Warnings: Implied adult stuff.

Chapter 6: Progress

After returning to the station and finalizing all known facts and thoughts for the day with the case team, I began preparing to head back home. Mike had left first in some sort of hurry, but we all assumed he had a special date of some sort, and laughed it off. I acted like I was in a hurry as well, so I could get back with my Clausy.

Arriving back home, I opened the door and saw Clausy watching television in the living room. He saw me and stood up, approaching me and ready to embrace me.

"Ninten!" he called to me. "Welcome back."

"Thanks," I said, sighing after. I realized how tired I was from thinking too much about the case today. Perhaps it was because I didn't eat dinner yet, so I was low on energy.

Clausy noticed my weary expression. "Are you okay?" He let me rest my head below his chin.

"Just tired and hungry," I said, my sound almost muffled by his shirt.

"Shall I get dinner ready for you, 'Oreo-detective'?" he said.

I looked up at him, nudging an eyebrow and giggling. "'Oreo-detective'?"

"The cutest detective ever—that loves Oreos," Clausy stated.

I kissed his cheek. "Yes please."

Clausy brought me to the sofa. In my comfy seat, I threw my head back and let my body stretch as much as it could while Clausy went into the kitchen to grab a pack of Oreos.

"Do you want milk too?" Clausy called.

"Yeah," I answered back.

I waited for a moment more as I listened to the clinking of glass hitting the counter table, and hearing what I assumed to be milk being poured into it. Along with the sound was a speaker on a video game channel from the TV, talking about new content within an upcoming famous crossover fighting game. Clausy came back to me and set the glass of milk and 13-pack of Oreos gently on the glass table in front of me.

"Thanks, Clausy," I said.

"No problem, babe," he responded. He sat down next to me, throwing his arm around me. I leaned forward slightly to reach for the Oreos, and then went back to Clausy's arm and relaxed on it as I ripped open the pack, pulling out one of the cookie sandwiches. I ate, with eyes on the television that Clausy was also watching with some sort of interest. I could tell he got bored after some ten minutes passed when he looked at me, petting my head as I continued to eat the last few cookies.

"So when do you usually sleep?" Clausy asked.

"11 or 12 o'clock," I answered.

"Well, it is almost eleven," Claus stated. He must have seen the clock hanging on one of the kitchen walls. "Don't you wanna shower or anything?"

"No, I don't feel like it," I answered. "Plus, I wanna spend some more time with you."

"I see," Clausy responded, smiling. "Well, finish up eating and then we can get started."

I was already getting stimulated, knowing what was to come. Eager to hurry up, I quickly drank the milk from the glass and set it down after seeing most of it was already consumed.

"Done," I stated. Clausy immediately put his arms around me and pushed me down on the sofa. He placed himself above me, letting me admire his rather average, but sexy body, and his sexy smile.

"You got a milk moustache," he whispered. He leaned down and pressed his lips on mine, soon licking the bits of milk off from the edges of my mouth. I whimpered with efforts in high-pitched cuteness, knowing that I was trying to appeal to him, and it was successful. As my arms embraced him closer, our lips began dancing wildly, letting the puckering sounds fill our ears and wiping the ongoing television out of its existence.

Clausy began moving down my body, raising my upper clothing up so that he could kiss my skin. He went down in a swift manner, using his hand to seductively sneak into my pants. Clausy soon removed my lower garments, and things went on from there...

We eventually landed in the bedroom, both nude as we could be. When things had finished, I was in my lover's arms, rubbing my face against his neck. Clausy continued to gently stroke my body afterwards.

We both lay close together in a moment of silence, aside from the gradually decreasing breathing rate from the both of us. I kept repeating the workday I experienced today.

"Look at what I found," Hurley told us. On the discussion billboard, he pinned familiar dead males' photos, their soulless head as well as their butts marked with the "I" tattoo.

"We already know they all have the tattoo," Mike stated.

"Ah, but what you don't know is that they all conspired to help with Soda Drug deals," Hurley added.

"And how do you know that?" Captain Kurtz asked.

Hurley began explaining. "All of them had a friend—Douglas Reyes," he pinned his university ID to the board on the side, "—who knew all of our four dead guys. He was so shaken up by their deaths, so it was easy getting him to tell me their little secret. He was also a part of the drug deals, but didn't want to do anything more with it. He said he was afraid of getting killed too."

"Getting killed?" I asked.

Hurley went to the billboard and pinned a pink sticky note to the first three dead males. "These three were murdered because they almost gave away their secret business. Douglas told that they were getting reckless with recruiting people to make the Soda Drug. He warned them to only let 'The Ink' do the recruit job, but they didn't listen. And so, they got murdered by 'The Ink.'"

"So this 'Ink' person," Kurtz interrupted, "does Douglas know anything about him?"

"He only knew that 'The Ink' was the one that branded them all on the buttocks with a fine black pen. And then after…well, having a finger up inside them for a while as an initiation, they all began dealing and recruiting makers."

"If 'The Ink' branded them, then shouldn't Douglas have seen the guy's face?" Mike asked.

"He wore a black ski mask while he was doing the job. But, Douglas did get a small description of his hair."

"His hair?" Kurtz asked.

"Apparently his mask wasn't on completely, and so when Douglas turned his head, he saw that the guy had a little bush of silver hair at the back of his head. He said it was sure that it was silver because he wouldn't have forgotten a guy's hair color like that."

"So we're looking for a guy that has white or silver hair," Kurtz stated. "And assuming he isn't too old, he'll be easy to find. Good job, Hurley."

Hurley smiled and nodded once. "Call me if you need me again." He walked away back to his desk area.

"All right." Kurtz looked at Mike and I. "You two, go home. You've done enough today."

I went my separate ways with Mike and headed to my car. I kept pondering about what kind of young guy would have silver hair these days.




I wonder if he's here?

"…Ninten?" Clausy whispered to me.

"Hm?" I sounded back.

"Oh…you're not asleep yet," he stated. I didn't notice he stopped rubbing my back until he resumed.

"Something wrong?" I asked him.

"No, not really…" he mumbled.

"Did you want to tell me something?" I said.

He didn't answer within seconds. I saw a saddening expression on him for a moment, but then he forced on a smile before he thought I noticed. He kissed my forehead and wrapped his arms around me.

"I love you," he whispered.

I smiled, "I love you too."


In the morning, Clausy and I took a little time to cuddle before we cleaned up and headed to the university. We made it in time, although earlier than Ness and Lucas, so we waited for them.

After they arrived, we walked together through the crowd of students heading to the front of the school. It seemed that since we were a group of boyfriends, we attracted more attention than usual. Ness was the professional athlete and still is on top, while I was the cool-looking cop with a hidden personality. Lucas seemed like he wanted to hide behind Ness from the attention, giving him the timidly cute appeal, and Clausy only acted normal, letting people know that he was carefree.

According to our schedules, we all had British Literature as first for today. We followed Ness to class while he and I pointed out what was important and what wasn't inside the university. When we arrived at class, Ness and I took our seats while the twins introduced their selves to the professor. After settling in, class started.

After the school day rolled by, Ness, Lucas, Clausy and I hung out at the grand park. We played a simple game of catch, although it wasn't too simple with Ness' excellent pitching skills. However, some old bullies of ours visited us, attempting to get back at Ness for arresting them after he caught them trying to smoke cocaine. Sadly for them, Ness owned them too hard and they ran away before I could arrest them for disrupting the peace.

We had a break at Smoothie Sally's afterwards. We ordered our beverages and sat at a table outside, waiting. Ness brought our drinks to us. I, in a humorous manner, tried to drink my cold smoothie quickly. I felt the cold shock already hitting my head.

"Ow—B-Brainfreeze!" I cried out loud.

Clausy set his drink down and laughed at me. "That's what you get for drinking too fa—agh!" He began to hold his head as well, making me smile.

Ness laughed us. "You both are such dorks."

I tried drinking some more of my smoothie again, attempting to embrace the frozen chill rather than be pained by it. It only made my head feel worse, but I was still enjoying the taste. Clausy also did the same, though it felt like he was trying to race me to see who would finish our drinks first. We kept at it until Ness told his drink was given to him wrongly. He got up from his chair and began to walk away to get a new one.

"Whoa!" Ness' drink spilled onto the floor and some splashed onto Ness and Lucas, as well as the person Ness bumped into.

"I'm so sorry!" Ness apologized. "Are you okay?"

My eyes widened when I got a better look at the person on the ground.

Silver hair.

The male tried to wipe the soda off of his pants and the bottom of his shirt. "Yeah, I'm fine, thanks."

"You okay, Ness?" I asked.

The other boy perked up and stared at Ness. "Wait, you're Ness?" he asked.

"Yes...?" Ness questioned. Suddenly, he silently gasped. "Wait a second, that hair—you're...?"

"Yeah, it's me! Nick!" said the other boy.

Nick? That's Nick?

"Nick?!" Ness exclaimed. "You're Nick?!"

"Uh-huh!" The other boy nodded.

"No way! I can't believe this!" Ness looked excited.

"Ness, who's this?" asked Lucas.

"Oh, right, um..." he looked at Lucas nervously, like he didn't want Lucas to know about that guy. "This is Nick, he's an old friend."

Nick grinned, "Actually, to be correct..."

"...I'm his ex-boyfriend."

Clausy and I did a spit-take with some of the smoothies already in our mouth. "Ex-boyfriend?!"

I honestly already had some suspicions about that idea long ago after I made Ness get addicted to gay pornography. I noticed he had been acting differently towards our male friends, especially me. I confronted him once and realized what I had done to him.

When Nick came into the picture, I saw that he had an interest in Ness. That young silver haired boy had a crush on Ness and even had some of Ness' interest for a time, but I never really got to see them act all lovey-dovey with each other. It was probably because immediately after Ness returned his feelings to Nick, Leila quickly intervened with them, as Ness had told us long ago during 8th grade. Then, Nick suddenly moved away, without giving me a chance to be a normal friend with him.

Now I saw an older version of Nick. He looked much more mature, although he still had a part of his baby faced younger self.

I was still very cautious, however. I recalled Hurley's words.

"Apparently his mask wasn't on completely, and so when Douglas turned his head, he saw that the guy had a little strain of silver hair at the back of his head. He said it was sure that it was silver because he wouldn't have forgotten a guy's hair color like that."

...Could it be?

Nick sat down and conversed with us. We told him about our lives with our boyfriends so far. He had an interested expression, but it felt like he had his eyes mostly on Ness. I realized Lucas was feeling uncomfortable throughout the situation, especially after I remarked that Nick was Ness' first kiss. Ness had just finished telling Nick about how he fell in love with Lucas, and how they officially became a popular couple at E.B. Junior High.

"Well, that's quite a story," Nick commented. "You both do make a cute couple."

"And Luke's the cutest guy ever," Ness added.

"Aw, cuter than me?" Nick teasingly asked.

"Oh, don't bring that up on me!" Ness reacted.

"I'm kidding, I'm kidding." They both laughed together. "So, what are you guys going to do now?"

"Well," Ness began, "we're done with classes today and finished lunch. I don't think there's much for us to do next."

I patted Clausy's leg. He looked me in the eye—I returned a glare to him, shifting my pupil in the direction behind us, telling him that we have to leave—or at least I hoped he had gotten the message.

I stood up. "Clausy and I got homework to do, so we're gonna get going," I told. I threw my empty cup into a nearby trash can and began making my leave.

"We'll see you guys later!" Clausy told them. I heard his footsteps catching up to me as we headed towards the parking lot.

"Something up, Ninten?" Clausy asked me as soon as we were out of their range.

"Yeah, work," I answered.

"Did they call you or something?" he asked.

"No, I just remembered something important I have to do right now," I told him.

"Oh, okay…"

We got to my car and entered it. Clausy had a slightly confused and worried expression. It was probably because was feeling uneasy about suddenly leaving Ness and his little brother with some new guy he never met before. In addition, he was probably being suspicious of me right now.

I tried to get his mind off of what had happened. "Do you want to do anything before I go?"

"Do you have to leave now?" Clausy asked.

"Sorry, I have to…it's kind of important," I answered.

"Well, I guess I'll go play on the computer at home," he stated. "Mind dropping me off first?"


After starting the car, I drove us on the road home. No words were said along the way until we had returned to the house. I turned off the car for the moment and exited the car, with Clausy following me behind

"Need to get some things," I told, lying.

"All right."

At that point I was beginning to feel like I was rushing things and showing I didn't care about his feelings. I had hoped Clausy didn't get the wrong impression. I already had what I needed—I only acted like I needed to go inside just to have a little moment with him and reassure our relationship.

Clausy went into the bathroom first after I had gone into our bedroom. After he finished his business, he found me standing next to the bed and the counter.

"Don't you need to go?" Clausy asked.

I nodded. I slowly turned to Clausy and approached him.

"I…" I opened my mouth, pausing. "…I'm sorry for leaving unexpectedly like that."

Clausy smiled and patted my head. "It's all right. I understand."

I had a feeling he really did not. Regardless, I wrapped my arm around him and pulled him close for a quick kiss. He returned the embrace and lip movement with as much love as he could, as I was. We pulled away for breath, but that was the end of the kiss.

"You take care, okay?" Clausy said, rubbing his nose against my cheek.

"I will," I answered. I wanted to embrace him a little longer, and rested my head next to his.

In all honesty, I only wanted to tell him what I needed to.

"Don't get too close to Nick," I whispered.

Clausy pulled his head away with some confusion. "Why?"

"Just don't," I told him. "Promise me?"

Clausy looked a little reluctant, but grinned after staring into my pleading eyes. "All right, I promise."

I smiled back at him and gave him another kiss on the lips.

"Besides," Clausy said after I pulled away, "he's not my type anyways. He's too…flamboyant."

We both chuckled at that fact before I made steps toward the door. I looked back at him before making the turn, and he waved at me. Knowing I kept our love intact, I made my way outside back to my car and started it.

Before leaving, I pulled out my phone and dialed Hurley's number. I put the phone to my ear.

"…Hurley here," said Hurley's voice.

"It's Ninten," I stated. "I need you to do a background check on a Nick Russell."