Chapter 12 – Gutter Ball

11-14-17_8-14-43 PM

The six of them arrived at the bowling alley.  I guess it’s not that bad, thought Ben as he looked around while they got their shoes and picked out balls.

Catalina giggled at him about the ball she picked out.  He wondered if they called her Cat because she sounded like a cat in heat with her incessant giggling. Maybe it was a nervous tic and if she had a drink it would calm her down.

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As soon as they had their shoes on, Ben headed straight to the bar and bought a round. If it didn’t calm her, maybe it would make her squeaky voice easier to take. Cat followed him like a puppy dog.

11-14-17_10-07-15 PM

After they had their drinks, they walked over to the lanes. Casey was wrapped around Emma kissing her neck – and she was into it. Ben frowned as a little pang of jealousy hit him in the gut. Or maybe it was just an overprotective brotherly feeling that unnerved him. It was obvious their relationship was getting serious. He liked Casey well enough, but he better not hurt his Southern Belle or there would be hell to pay.

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Catalina walked up and put her arm around Ben shaking him free of his thoughts. “What’s wrong Ben. Don’t want to bowl?”

He pulled her closer and whispered in her ear, “I can think of a few things I’d rather be doing with you than bowling.”

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“Ben!” she squealed and giggled. “You are a hot mess. Is that the only thing you ever think about? Come on. This will be fun.”

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It took everything Ben had not to pull away from her. He knew he wasn’t going to ask her out again but he was lonely, or was he just trying to fill the void left by Emma? He rolled his eyes when Cat turned around and allowed her to pull him over to the others.

“Come on Benny Boy, it’s your turn after Emma,” called out Nick, seemingly excited at the prospect of watching Ben bowl.

Ben watched Emma take her turn. She was so damn cute. Why couldn’t Cat be more like her.

After Emma went, he decided to try and help Cat with her bowling. That was how he planned to get her into his arms, although the way she was all over him, he probably didn’t need to. The other couples were very much enjoying each other so he tried.

Cat threw a gutter ball anyway and giggled about it – again.

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11-15-17_7-37-10 PM

After bowling was mercifully over, they all headed back to the apartment to watch a movie. As they were heading into the apartment, Emma and Casey stopped. “Guys, Em and I are going to pass on the movie,” said Casey embarrassing Emma.

“Oh…” said Rachael looking back and forth between Emma and Casey.

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Nick let out a little laugh. “Rach, babe, you can stay with me tonight.” Then he looked at Casey with a knowing grin and added, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do big guy.”

“You better not do anything he would do!” growled Ben.

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“Dick-hay-ud,” came Emma’s aggravated voice, “That’s the pot callin’ the kettle black. Come on Casey.”

“Emma’s right, you are a dick,” said Casey looking pointedly at Catalina.

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Catalina tugged on Ben’s arm looking confused at their exchange. Ben shot one last glance at Emma and followed Catalina into his apartment while Emma and Casey went in the opposite direction.

Once inside, Ben put on a ridiculous chick flick and snuggled with Cat on the couch. She was fine as long as she didn’t talk.

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Rachael settled in Nick’s lap in the chair and the couple was soon making out. It made Ben a little uncomfortable, maybe because they were enjoying each other too much or it made him think about what was happening in the apartment across the hall.

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“God Hamlin, get a room!” said Ben not bothering to hide his disgust.

Nick shot Ben a questioning look and the couple obediently got up and made their way to his room.

Ben sighed then picked up the remote and turned off the TV. “Mmmm. Much better,” he said.

“Ohhh, I was watching that,” complained Catalina.

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Ben didn’t say anything. Instead he pushed her down on the couch and crawled on top of her hoping to silence her with  kiss.  Her giggling on the way down was more than he could take and he sat up. He wasn’t doing this.

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Catalina frowned. “What’s wrong ‘Benny Boy’?” she asked using the nickname she had heard Nick use then giggled again and reached over to pull him back down.

Ben cringed and resisted. “I’m sorry Cat, I’m not feeling too well.”

11-15-17_9-05-06 PM

“Ohhh,” she said with a pout, ” I bet I can fix that.” She slid down off the couch until was she kneeling in front of him. She reached up and began to unbuckle his pants.

11-15-17_9-11-23 PM

Damn, thought Ben, I’m fucked. At least she isn’t giggling anymore…. “Ohhhh shit,” he said out loud as she started to slide his zipper down and then surprised himself and grabbed her hands stopping her. Was he really going to stop her? What was wrong with him? He sighed, “No sweetheart. I appreciate the offer. But no thanks. Maybe you should leave.”

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“Oh…” she said pouting again, “It’s Emma isn’t it?”

Emma? Was that it? He knew full well what she and Casey were doing in the apartment next door?  “No. It’s really…I just don’t feel well. I’ll call you a cab, okay?”

Catalina got up and smoothed out her shirt. “Don’t bother,” she snapped, “I can walk. I had fun anyway. See you around.”

Well, no more giggling, thought Ben. “Let me at least walk you home. It’s late,” he offered.

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“Fine, a cab then.”

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36 thoughts on “Chapter 12 – Gutter Ball

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  2. Dang, she’s pissed 😂 and wow… turning down a BJ? Who is this guy and what has he done with Ben??? 😮 It was interesting to see him actually reject a girl for once 😛 I loved your bowling shots, by the way!!!!

    And I love how jealous/protective he still is of Emma 😉

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    • Yes! Lol… where is the Ben we all know and love to hate? He did piss her off…because, yeah, what guy ever turns that down! Sadly, Emma is on his brain…and sadly it’s too damn bad. Casey is with her now.

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  4. Finally starting to see that maybeeee he is being affected by Emma? Or could he continue in denial? Because, from the way things are looking, I don’t think he will be able to go to his…”previous lifestyle” so easily.


  5. The green monster has finally caught Ben and I don’t think it’s letting him go just yet..! Aww Ben, are we having second thoughts about this whole “I don’t do relationships” attitude?
    But now Casey’s in the picture (who’s also a cutie by the way) so Ben trying to ruin Emma’s relationship could easily backfire..! 🤔

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  6. Before I forget, I don’t know if it’s just my computer glitching, but when I tried to get to this chapter from the gen one table of contents it linked to an error page, so I just went back to chapter 11 and navigated from there, just so you know!
    Alright, onto the chapter~
    Ben being annoyed by Cat had me laughing, but also feeling kind of sorry for him. I mean, him turning down a girl? It had to happen eventually 😂 I hope he doesn’t try to act out or do anything to get Emma back since she seems happy and Casey looks like a nice guy. Realizing he does have genuine feelings for her and letting her go though might be a good opportunity for him to rethink his view on relationships in general…

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  7. I just realized I missed an opportunity to comment on the Christmas episode about Ben gifting his dick again; alas 😭
    Pretend I did, and that it was insanely hilarious 👌🏻

    Did he just… turn down a BJ? 😱
    Whaaaat… my brain is having a rough time processing that. Who are you and what have you done with Ben O.o

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  8. Ohhh that must be serious love sickness, that he even turns down a bj xD
    Well Ben, now it’s too late! And don’t he dare to interfere with Emma’s happiness >:c

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  9. I have been following the story and it’s getting really good! Seems Ben is in a limbo with his feelings here… whole new ones starting to creep in. Somehow I have a feeling he and Emma will end up married. Who knows

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