After the dance, they all went to Noah’s house. The first thing Noah did was open the fridge and started handing out beers. He also made a few ‘fufu’ drinks for the girls.
Cole and Nicky each took a beer, along with everyone else. Nicky took one drink and nearly spit it out.
Cole couldn’t help but laugh at the face she made. “You didn’t have to drink it,” he said still laughing.
“I wanted to try it. And now that I have, I think I will stick with one of the mixed drinks,” she said and handed Cole her beer.
She turned and picked up one of the ‘fufu’ drinks and took a long drink, apparently trying to wash away the taste of the beer.
“Mmm. Much better,” she said with a smile.
It wasn’t Cole’s first beer. Noah’s uncle always let them have beer when Cole spent the night. But he knew better than to drink more than one since he was driving, even though they could have just walked home since he lived down the street and Nicky lived just around the corner.
They grabbed their drinks and took the seats at the bar that Kolby and Nemo just vacated, probably to turn on the music that was now blaring loudly in the other room. They talked about the dance for a minute, commenting on some of the couples that were there, while Cole quickly downed his beer. He felt his body relax, as the the warm feeling of liquid courage enveloped him.
Cole noticed it had gotten quiet, as quiet as it could be with the music blaring. The occasional sound of laughter had long since died out. He looked around and realized they were alone in the kitchen. “Let’s go find the others,” suggested Cole, figuring they had gone downstairs to the basement to hang out.
They didn’t have to go that far to find the rest of the group. Cole groaned as he discovered the reason for the relative quiet.
They had all paired up and were beginning to make out. No wonder no one was laughing. They were kissing and whispering to each other.
Nicky giggled softly. She pulled him close. “Wanna sit outside on the porch?” she whispered.Cole was grateful for her suggestion. “Yes. Please, lead the way.”
They settled onto one of the lounge chairs on Noah’s back porch. “It’s nice out here,” said Nicky. Noah’s house really was nice. The backyard had a pool and a hot tub. In the basement there was a gym with a steam room and a bar. Noah said that the life insurance from his parent’s death paid for the house. Since his Uncle was Noah’s custodian, he got a check each month to help pay for their living expenses. There was also money set aside for his college.
Cole smiled at the pretty girl sitting next to him. “It is. I had fun tonight,” he said.Nicky looked at him with a relaxed smile. “So did I, but the night’s not over yet,” she said softly.
She scooted over next to him and leaned her head on his shoulder. “The stars are pretty aren’t they?”
He automatically put his arm around her. It felt nice having her close, like they were when they slow danced. “Yes. They are.” he said. Then he felt Nicky shiver. “Are you cold?”
“Just a little,” she replied and scooted closer.
Cole let her snuggle next to him and rubbed his hand up and down her arm and her back to help warm her. “Thanks,” she said softly and relaxed into him.
As they sat holding each other, all kinds of thoughts swirled in his head. Should he kiss her? Or was this just friend snuggles? He thought it was more. How did Mom and Dad go from being friends to being in love? He remembered his dad telling him not to mess up. Now he wished he would have asked more questions. So he did nothing more than hold her for fear of doing something wrong. They sat in silence for several minutes with his arm around her and her head on his shoulder.
Then they heard a small splash and giggles.
They looked around in time to see Noah’s naked ass slide into the hot tub and scoop up Tahani, who also appeared to be naked, and begin to kiss her.
They both groaned at the same time. “Really Noah,” said Cole mostly to himself. He let out a frustrated sigh at the same time Nicky giggled.
“Come on Nicky. I’ll take you home,” he said quietly, figuring the naked couple had no idea he and Nicky were sitting outside.
Cole took Nickey’s hand and they tiptoed out of the back around to the car, stifling giggles along they way. Holding her hand was nice, thought Cole. She had let him do that at the dance too.
When they got to the car, Nicky stopped and looked at Cole, a sad smile on her face. She pointed to herself. “Thank you for taking pity on the geeky girl. I had a really good time.”
It may have started out that way, a little, but no more. He wanted to hold her again and he really wanted to kiss her. Still holding her hand, he tugged her closer and reached out to her. “Nicky, can I kiss you?”
“Kiss me?” she asked as if that was the strangest thing she ever heard.
Shit. “I’m sorry…”
She smiled that same smile she did when he asked her to go with him to the dance and his heart skipped a beat. Then she simply said, “Yes.”
He was instantly nervous. “I’ve never…”
Cole kissed her chastely on the lips and groaned.
“That was lame,” he said.
She just giggled. He was beginning to love her giggles. Then she put her hands on his face. “Let’s try again,” she said softly.
Relieved he didn’t blow it, this time he made his lips soft and kissed her gently. She responded in kind.
Everything ceased to exist except the two of them and the feeling of his lips on hers. He wanted more and gently pulled her closer. He snaked out his tongue and ran it across the seam of her lips. She opened her mouth slightly and their tongues and lips began to work together. Clumsily at first, but quickly, they developed their own personal rhythm. His body was responding to her so he broke their kiss before he lost control and did something stupid.
She put her head on his chest breathing hard. “Damn,” she muttered into his chest.
He stroked her hair. “What does this mean Nicky?”
She looked up him smiling shyly. “I’m not sure, but I really want to do that again.”
Cole couldn’t help the laugh that escaped. He really did love Nicky. They had been friends for so long. Would they be like his mom and dad and fall into a romantic love? He felt like maybe that was already happening. “Me too. But we need to get you home now before we both get into trouble.”
Cole lay in his bed after her took Nicky home, thinking about their kiss. He groaned. There was no way he was getting to sleep.
He got up and got in the shower. He needed relief.
After his shower, he felt better, but still couldn’t get Nicky out of his head. Eventually, he fell asleep thinking about her.
The next morning, he walked downstairs to breakfast, Duke hot on his heels. After breakfast he needed to go to the clinic to walk and feed the boarded dogs.
His dad was standing behind his mother while she was preparing breakfast, kissing her neck while she giggled.
Now that he had kissed Nicky, watching his parents, he knew that was what he wanted someday. He would graduate in two years. Maybe he and Nicky would be like them. They could get married and go to the same college. It would be so nice to see her everyday. He knew he would miss her terribly if they went to separate schools. Then he laughed to himself. They had shared one kiss and he had them married. He didn’t even know how she felt, other than she said she wanted to kiss him again.
Cole sat down at the counter and cleared his throat, which did nothing to stop his dad from kissing his mother’s neck.
“I’m right here…” said Cole.
“I’m here too!” announced Ami as she sat down next to Cole.
Finally, his dad moved away from their mother and grinned. “How was your date?” he asked.
“It wasn’t a date,” said Cole. He could feel the heat rise up his neck at the obvious lie.
“Uh, you took a girl to a dance and then to an after party. I think that qualifies.”
The party was a secret. “How did you know?” asked Cole.
His sister giggled and his mom looked incredulous when his dad answered. “Cole, Noah lives three doors down. There were cars lined up and down the street, our truck included.”
Busted. “Oh…um, well, I only had one beer and Nicky didn’t drink anything. We only stayed about an hour.”
“Was Jim there?” asked Ben.
“No sir,” said Cole looking at the ground, fully expecting to get grounded.
“Well, I’m glad you used good judgement and didn’t stay long,” said his Dad, “those kind of parties can lead to trouble without adult supervision, and you are only 16. I will have a talk with Jim.”
He didn’t want his Dad talking to Noah’s Uncle. He would rather have been grounded. Noah would be really mad at him for telling and would probably get in trouble. “No Dad. Please don’t. I promise, he already knows. He bought the beer.”
“And didn’t stay?” asked his mother.
“Next time, I will call and if he isn’t there,” said his dad, “I will be. So think twice about going to a party with alcohol and no parental supervision.”
That made Cole mad. He was being honest and still getting in trouble. “Dad! You can’t do that! Everyone would be mad at me. They already think I’m weird, that would make it worse!”
“Look Cole, I know what happens at those parties. I was your age once. I am glad you didn’t stay. And you never answered my question. How was your date?” asked his dad.
“It was fine. I gotta go get dressed. I’m going to be late to Doc’s,” said Cole and got up to leave without breakfast in order to avoid further cross examination.
“Did you at least get pictures?” asked his mother.
Cole sighed, thankful she no longer sounded mad. “Yes Mom, we did.” He pulled out his phone and thumbed through them before running upstairs to get ready for work.