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 * Read Part 8 here

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“I like that idea,” Ian said and they turned their attention to the screen.

It didn’t take long for the embarrassment to fade as they heckled the movie and quoted along. Ian’s mom brought out popcorn at one point. They switched tapes and though Hayden made a point of holding Ian’s hand or keeping an arm around him, they did have a lot of fun together. “No! No! Don’t kiss her! She’s your sister! And she’s a girl! Ewww!” Kane yelled.

“Seriously, dude, kiss Han. He’s a lot hotter,” Hayden added and Ian and Kane laughed.

“Then there’s Lando. He’s not bad,” Ian added then glanced at his boyfriend, realizing what he’d said.

Hayden grinned at him and dropped a kiss on his cheek. “Eh. He’s okay.” Hayden shrugged. “There really aren’t a lot of cute guys in these movies, you know.”

Kane either didn’t notice the kiss, or he ignored it. “I think they just don’t want to take the spotlight away from Han,” Kane said and the other two nodded. “Mr. Badass himself.”

This was answered with chuckles and they turned their attention back to the movies. When the credits were just rolling on Return of the Jedi, Ian’s mom appeared in the doorway again. “Hayden, would you care to stay for dinner?”

Hayden glanced at Ian, who raised his eyebrows and waited. “Mom makes great stir fry,” Kane said and Ian felt Hayden relax.

“I’d like that, thank you.”

“Good. Okay, Ian, Kane, come set the table and get washed up.” She left the doorway and the three of them stood up.

Ian was nervous at first. His mother made sure that Hayden sat next to him. But she didn’t bring up anything embarrassing, thankfully. He was also grateful that the naked baby pictures he knew she had stayed in her bedroom.

Hayden helped clean up and wash dishes, which earned him major points with Mrs. Kelley. When they were finished and everything was put away, Hayden turned to Kane. “Mind if I steal him away for a while?”

The spiky-haired boy just stared. “That’s up to him, but… I appreciate you asking.” He smirked at Ian. “Might be good, anyway. I never even get two minutes to myself with him around.” Ian snorted and smacked Kane in the back of the head.

When they were settled into the Jeep, Hayden glanced over at him. “I thought we might just drive for a bit,” he said, reaching for Ian’s hand.

“Okay. I don’t much care, as long as we’re… erm…” He trailed off, embarrassed again and looked out the window, watching the cars go by.

Hayden grinned. “Me, too,” was all he said as he took the turns to the interstate, grateful to be able hit fifth gear and leave it there. He took Ian’s hand again. “I think Kane’s warming up,” he commented as he maneuvered through the Saturday night traffic.

“He’s just not used to sharing my time.” Ian glanced back over at Hayden. “I told you last night we’ve been friends for a long time.” Hayden nodded, keeping his eyes on the road. “But in all that time, it’s been pretty rare that we’ve spent any real time apart. There was a few times where he lived further away than we liked, but he found his way to my house as often as he could. His… home life… well, it sucked. I can’t tell you more than that, it’s up to him, but…” He trailed off with a slight shrug. “Anyway, it’s not you, specifically,” Ian finished.

Hayden nodded again. “I kind of gathered that. So, does he have anyone? A boyfriend?”

Ian shook his head, “No. He’s got a crush, but like I was with you, he doesn’t even know if the guy is straight or what.”

“Oh? Who is it?” Hayden asked.

Ian glanced over at him, hesitating. But he hadn’t promised Kane he wouldn’t say anything. “Kenji.”

“Kenji Narita?” Hayden asked.

“Yeah… do you know him?” Ian asked.

Hayden chuckled. “Your friend has good gaydar. Yes, I do. He’s a friend of mine.”

“No kidding.” Ian stared. “Wow. Well, that’s… something. Now if I can just convince Kane to say something…” He frowned in thought.

“I could. Say something, that is.”

“You don’t have to do that. I mean, I think it would be great, but…”

“Are you kidding? Maybe Kane will let me have more time with you that way,” Hayden said and Ian blushed, again.

“Okay. It would be nice for him to have someone else.” Ian said, and shifted his attention back to the window. Why did the thought of Kane with a boyfriend bother him? He shook the thought away and watched the scenery go by as Hayden took an exit off of the interstate. A few twists and turns and he pulled the car into a small parking lot. The sign next to it said, “Evergreen Nature Preserve.”

“They don’t patrol out here much.” Hayden said and Ian raised an eyebrow at him.

“You, um, spend a lot of time out here?” Ian asked with an amused twist of his lips.

Hayden laughed. “No. Not me. I heard my brother talk about it. He brings his girlfriends out here.”

“Oh.” Ian blushed, feeling foolish. “You know, though, um, I… don’t know if, erm, never mind.” He snapped his mouth shut, his face blushing brighter.

“I’ve had a few boyfriends before, but not many, Ian,” he said, turning to his boyfriend.

“It’s… none of my business. I mean, you know, what you did before me.” Could this be any more awkward?

“It is, in fact. You have a right to know what you’re getting into,” Hayden said. “I’ve had sex,” he said simply and shrugged. “But it was only with one person and, in case you’re worried, I’m negative.”

Ian just blushed more. He hadn’t really given a lot of thought to it. Then again, he’d just started dating the other boy the day before, for God’s sake! He tried to take a deep breath, but was finding it very difficult to do so. He’s just told his mother that afternoon he wasn’t sexually active! He closed his eyes and did his damnedest to get a hold of himself. “You’re… my first boyfriend. I haven’t before. Not… well, not actual sex.”

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