Hello and welcome back to Free Fiction Friday! We’re back to the prequels to Turning His Life Around! There are seven parts to this one, called Jealousy, and five more short stories after this one. Yay! 🙂

Please remember that the guys are technically underage in these. Any sex is fairly tame (described, yes, but tame) until much later in the series.

If you haven’t read Turning yet, you might consider checking it out. These stories make a lot more sense if you’ve read it first. These should also be read in order:

Nightmares and Waking Dreams (Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 )
Homework Break (Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3 * Part 4 * Part 5 )

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and feel free to let me know what you think. I always love to hear from my readers. 😀

Read Part 1 here * Read Part 2 here * Read Part 3 here * Read Part 4 here

Read Part 5 here * Read Part 6 here  * Read Part 7 here

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They’d been worked hard in the dojo the following morning and both boys had been rather grateful for it. When they woke, things had been awkward for a few moments. They didn’t say much, just got up and got ready to go.

Greg had greeted them as he always had with his exuberance, thumbs up and huge smile then proceeded to put them through their paces. The physical exertion had helped them clear their heads and by the time they left and were on the bus on the way home, the tension from the night before had begun to fade.

“Hayden’s coming over this afternoon. He wants to hang out with both of us,” Ian said over their lunch of sandwiches.

“Both of us?” Kane asked, looking up.

Ian nodded. “Yeah. He wants to be your friend, too.”

Kane frowned. “I wasn’t very nice to him yesterday when he picked you up. Sorry about that. I guess it’s just weird for you to do stuff without me.”

“I know. But if we’re all friends, maybe it won’t be the rule, you know.”

Kane nodded. “Yeah.”

Not long after they’d finished and cleaned up, there was a knock at the door. They looked at each other and Kane smiled, this time genuinely. “Go on. It’s your boyfriend.”

Ian shook his head at his friend, still a little confused by Kane’s shifts over Hayden and hurried to the door. When he opened it, Hayden was leaning against the jamb.

“Hi,” Hayden greeted Ian then gave him that deadly smile.

“Hi,” Ian said, his own smile wide. He stepped back and Hayden stood up, approaching him. He glanced over Ian’s shoulder at Kane.

“Hi, Kane,” Hayden said, a little warily.

Kane considered him for a moment, then grinned with real amusement. “You better kiss him before he explodes.” He laughed as headed into the other room.

“Kane…” Ian groaned, his eyes closing in mortification.

Hayden just chuckled and then Ian felt his boyfriend’s lips on him and a hand on the side of his face. His eyes flew open then slid closed right away as he accepted the kiss. Hayden kept it light and mostly chaste and pulled back just a moment later. “Hi,” he said again, quietly this time.

“Hi,” Ian grinned up at him. “Come in.”

Mrs. Kelly chose that moment to come out from the kitchen. “Hello,” she smiled. “You must be Ian’s boyfriend.”

Ian was back to hoping the floor would open up. Did she have to put it that way? He swallowed. “Mom, this is Hayden. Hayden, this is my mom. Um, Mrs. Kelly.”

“You can call me Mom, too.” She smiled. “It’s nice to meet you. Ian, come get drinks for everyone.”

Ian glanced at Hayden. “I’ll be right back.” He waved toward the living room. “Just… yeah…” he turned and hurried after his mother.

She’d pulled cans of soda out of the refrigerator and set them on the counter. “Do you want snacks or something?” she asked, turning to her son.

“No, Mom, that’s okay,” he said, grabbing the cans, hoping to escape quickly back to the living room.

“Just a minute, Ian,” she said and stepped up to the counter next to him. She bit at her bottom lip and panic settled in his chest. “Um, I wanted to ask you… um… are you…”

No. No no no no no. She’s not going to ask me this. She’s not.

“Sexually active?”

She did. Ian closed his eyes and knew his face was bright red. “No, Mom. I haven’t had sex yet.”

“Okay. Good. I just wanted you to, you know, be safe if you do.”

Ian’s eyes flew open and he stared at his mother, blinking. “Mom?”

“Well, I don’t have to worry about you getting a girl pregnant, do I?” she asked, with a puzzled look. “But I’m a nurse. I see plenty of diseases and stuff that comes from unsafe sex. I just want to make sure you’re being safe.”

“Mom, is it possible to die of acute embarrassment?” he asked, closing his eyes again.

She laughed. “No. I won’t say anything more, I promise.” She pulled him in for a hug. “I saw you kiss and I’m a mom. I worry. Now, go have a good afternoon with your friend and boyfriend.”

When she let him go, Ian stepped back and stared at her. “Thanks,” he mumbled and escaped the kitchen. When he got to the living room, Kane raised an eyebrow, but Ian just shook his head. Not now.

He handed the drinks around and settled in on the couch next to Hayden – yet again the only place open to sit. Ian registered vaguely that Star Wars was playing on the VCR. Hayden looked over at Ian. “Are you okay?”

Ian closed his eyes and willed the color to fade from his cheeks. “My mother has the world’s worst timing.”

Kane moved over next to Ian on the couch. “What did she say?”

Ian glanced over at Kane. “She…” he started, his cheeks heating more. “She asked me if I’ve had sex yet.”

Both of the other boys winced. Kane cast a frightened look toward the kitchen. “She’s not going to ask me, is she?”

Ian shook his head. “I don’t think so. She… she didn’t catch you kissing your boyfriend.”

Another wince. “Sorry,” Hayden mumbled.

Ian looked over at him. “No. Not your fault. See… my mom’s a nurse and, well, she sees a lot of stuff at the hospital, so she’s a little more, um, health conscious than other people. And, well, she’s just worried about… you know… stuff…” He buried his hot face in his hands for a moment then sighed and looked back at Kane. “Besides, now that she’s talked to me, she’ll assume I’ll talk to you. You’re off the hook.” He glared at his best friend a minute, muttering “not fair” then sighed. “Ugh.”

Hayden rubbed a hand over Ian’s back. “That sucks. How about we worry about Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, instead?”

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