I don't know what happened, but suddenly Tyler's whole personality just seemed to darken as if on a dimmer switch. It was an actual, visible, reaction. One displaying a weird emotion that had obviously hit him before he had a chance to hide it from the rest of us. "Hey..." He said.
There was an awkward pause, and then Matt looked at me and said, "Hey, Ariel. Long time no see. What's been up?"
"Nothing. Tyler bought me fried dough." I just didn't know what else to say. Tyler had taken his previously good mood and completely shut it off. It was like these invisible walls went up all of a sudden and he refused to let anybody. Not even me.
"Ohhh, you mean the guy with the stand on the next row over? Yeah, we've gotta try one of those." Matt smiled. I saw Sam fidgeting a little bit, and Tyler had gone silent on me. But why? What happened? Everything was awesome a few seconds ago. Is it me? Did I do something wrong?
Sam asked, "How have you been, dude?"
Tyler cleared his throat, and he said, "I've been...you know. Ok. Good. Really good. You?"
"Same here. We just decided to come out and do the obvious for Spring Break, you know? There aren't too many arcades left in the world nowadays, you know?"
"Yeah. I suppose not." Tyler said.
There was another awkward moment of silence. Nobody seemed to want to look another person in the eye. I could feel the tension in the air. I was breathing it in, and it made me sick inside.
Matt asked me, "So you guys came together? Just you two, or...?"
Tyler said, "We came with Randy and Ryan, and a couple of friends. They're around here somewhere. I'm sure you'll run into them, we split up about twenty minutes ago, so..."
"Yeah..." I said softly.
Sam said, "Oh. Ok, well...cool." We all just sort of stood there for a second, and then Sam said, "Well, we're gonna go check things out before the lines get too long. So...I guess we'll see you around, huh?"
Tyler nodded. "Sure." Then he looked back at Sam, and he said, "See you guys later."
Sam and Matt both said goodbye to me, and I waved and all but...something was wrong with my Tyler. They 'broke' him or something. I don't get what happened.
He tried to smile for me and said, "Come on. Let's go see what's over there." But that's not a Tyler Jordan smile. I know a Tyler Jordan smile when I see one.
I followed behind him, not saying much. My brain filling up with every possible scenario from Sam and Matt maybe being mean to him in the past, to maybe jumping him in an alley or something. I always wondered what it was that kept Tyler so distant from those two, but now it bothered me more than ever. Because...they're nice guys and all, but if either one of them did something to hurt my Tyler, it's into the fiery pit of lava they go!
A nervous jitter rumbled around in my stomach. I was walking by Tyler's side, just as much in love as I was before...but I felt like the mystery of what happened was going to taunt me all day if I didn't at least try to ask what was going on. "Um...Tyler...?"
Great. Now I got his attention, and I have NO idea how to approach this delicately. "How come you don't like those two guys?"
For the first time today, Tyler hid his eyes from me. He never hides his eyes from me. "It's nothing like that. Sam and Matt are my friends. Or...more like Randy and Ryan's friends. We used to be friends. It's complicated."
He sort of shrugged his shoulders, but he wouldn't look at me. He said, "I guess you can say that we just grew apart. That's all." He stared off in to space for a moment, and he said, "It's old news. Honestly. I don't really think about it anymore."
Should I feel bad? Or...um...awww, I don't know what to do. I want my sweetheart to smile again. "If...if you, maybe, want us to go hang with them for a while...I mean, we can do that. I won't mind." I said.
He just gave me a warm smile and said, "Not a chance. I'm here with you. That's all I want."
It took me a second to make sure that I was balanced enough to keep walking. I smiled wide, and this really cool sensation spread across my chest, coming from the middle of my heart, and it was like I fell in love all over again. I swear, it happens, like, fifty times a day. Maybe I should stop worrying. Just...let it go. I'm enjoying a sunshine day with the boy of my dreams. What could be more awesome than that?
"Tyler...?" I giggled.
"I kinda wish we had stayed home today. You know...I mean, like...at your house." I trembled a little bit. "Like...in your room."
Tyler blushed. "So that's what you've been smiling about all morning? Hehehe!" I nodded bashfully, and he said, "Actually...I was kinda thinking about that too."
My mouth opened wide. "You were???"
"Of course. Hehehe, honestly...I can't stop thinking about you. I just...I thought you might want to come out here and have fun with everybody. I didn't want to feel like I was pushing you or anything..."
"No! You should push! You should definitely push!" I told him.
Tyler bit his bottom lip in the cutest way, and he said, "Well...I mean it's not like we have to come back tomorrow. We could just...you know, spend some time alone."
He was making me sooooo HARD by suggesting something like that. "M'kay. That sounds...rad..." I was shaking. Literally shaking. "I almost don't want to wait until tomorrow. I miss you. I mean like, I miss...umm...what we did this morning. I really really miss what we did this morning. Hehehe!"
"Hehehe, wow..." Tyler grinned, and I knew that it was naughty but...it was hard for me to stand still while I was thinking about it. Then he gets this really wicked look on his face, and he's like, "You wanna bail?"
"I mean, there's a bus stop a couple of blocks from here. The 203 bus should take us back to the neighborhood. Ryan and the guys wouldn't mind if we just sorta faded out for the day."
"Omigod, really?" Ok, if I got any harder I was going to start poking people in the back pocket by mistake! "Umm...hehehe....m'kay..."
Then, he raises an eyebrow, and he says, "But only on one condition."
"Well, we didn't come all the way out to the carnival for nothing. You've gotta win me something. So it'll be worth the trip." He said.
"Oh..." I said. "But I don't know how to do anything..." I said.
"Sure you do." Tyler looked around for a bit, and then he saw a booth over to the left of us. It was one of those things where you throw a baseball at a stack of milk bottles or something and knock them all over to win a prize. "There we go. Something tells me that this is going to be your game."
"Nooooo, Tyler, I'm no good at this stuff."
"Maybe not before, but today you have an incentive." Then he leaned in close to whisper in my ear, "Win me one of those stuffed animals...and I'll take you home and fuck you until you're too weak to move."
AHHHHHH!!! What the...?!?!
"Outta the way! I'm next!!!" I was going to win something if I had to jump over the counter and kick those bottles over one at a time! I think my hole actually began to quiver and spasm just thinking about it! I wanna be weak! I wanna be too weak to move! YES! What do I do? Where do I stand? Here? There? How much? Give me the balls! How many do I get? My turn, my turn!!!
There was only one person in front of me. Just one! Then MY turn! Come on...hurry up! Three balls. Three chances. That's all I need. Omigod, I'm shaking so BAD right now! Oh man...oh gosh...I'd better hit it. Please God, let me hit it!
Then, just like a dark storm blowing in from out of nowhere, I heard that stupid Sean jerk's voice coming up behind us! I gritted my teeth in frustration and saw Ryan, Sean, and Cody, walking over to where we were standing. But...I didn't see Randy with them? Where's Randy? What did that butthole do with Randy???
Sean was drinking one of those big chocolate shakes from the ice cream place. "Come on, Ryan. Dude, have some. I went out of the way to get you an extra straw and everything. It's just gonna go to waste if we don't share."
"I'll think about it. Geez, pushy much?" Ryan grinned. He said hello to us, but I was watching how close and 'familiar' Sean seemed to be to somebody else's boyfriend. He even stands close to him, you know? Like, almost close enough for them to be holding hands.
He said hello, but I made sure to ask him, "Where's Randy?"
Sean opened his mouth to say, "Who knows? I guess he got tired of hanging out with us. Decided to go wandering off on his own."
I glared at him for a second and said, "That doesn't sound like Randy to me..."
Ryan said, "Actually, I was kind of hoping he was with you guys. I didn't see where he went to, so..."
"Next up!" Said the guy at the counter. Ooh! Ok! MY turn! Forget about that pig-faced dummy! MY turn!!!
Ryan asked, "What do you guys have going on over here?"
And Tyler said, "Ariel is going to aim for the bottles and win me something special. That's what." Suddenly, I heard Ryan take in a deep breath, and everyone immediately took a cautionary step or two back from the booth. "What? Where are you guys going?"
They exchanged a few looks, and Ryan said, "Nowhere. We're not going anywhere. It's just...umm..."
"What?" Tyler asked.
Ryan stumbled for words, and he said, "Well, Ariel...and NO offense, dude, honestly...but he has a tendency to be a little bit...um...uncoordinated with stuff like this."
"Not today." Tyler smiled. "Today, he's going to be a full blown athlete. I believe in him."
He believes in me. See? I'm not a clumsy dork all the time.
At least...I hope I'm not.
I heard Sean slurping his milkshake loudly. And he said, "Don't miss..."
Fuck you! Ugh! Ok...he doesn't matter. Hehehe, this is for lots of sex and a whole day of Tyler kisses! I can do it. I know I can.
I picked up the first ball, and I tried to focus on the bottles in front of me. Steady. Steady...
I threw the ball as hard as I could, and it missed ALL of the bottles, hitting one of the tent poles and bouncing off to the side, causing the guy behind the counter to quickly duck and hold on to his hat. "And it's a WILD one! Yikes, kid. Take it easy, huh?"
"Sorry..." I said. But I felt Tyler rub my back gently before nodding for me to try again.
I could still hear Sean slurping and sucking on that dang milkshake, and then he says, "You don't have to use a different straw, Ryan. We can share this one if you don't mind my cooties. Hehehe!"
Ugh! I pulled my arm back, and I fired away!
I GOT 'EM!!! Like...I knocked ALL of them over! On the second try! And no accidents! I did it! I won! And now I'm gonna get humped and pumped and pounded until I can't take anymore!!! I want my boy sex! Hehehe!
I was so happy that I cheered out loud, and I jumped up in the air, my fist coming around in excitement. I didn't realize that I was standing so close to the rack of stuffed animal prizes beside me. I also didn't realize that it wasn't exactly connected to the booth itself.
My fist hit the rack, and it instantly fell over to the side. Some guy saw it about to fall on him and he sort of pushed it back up...but that only caused it to fall over in another direction. It was heading right for Sean and Ryan and I thought it might actually hit one of them on the head...but they luckily jumped out of the way, instead.
I covered my face in embarrassment as a few people helped to lift the big rack back up again...brushing off the stuffed animals, now that they were covered in dirt and grass and stuff. Darn it. I hate when stuff like this happens.
The guy at the counter said, "Please, just take something and move on..."
I looked at Tyler, and even though I was blushing and he was giggling, I knew a deal was a deal. And we were out of here. So I looked up, and I grabbed a little blue teddy bear...and I gave it Tyler. "For you..." I said. Tyler ruffled my hair, causing me to look down and hide behind my hair.
"Way to go." Sean said. "Say, Tyler, you'd better make sure your health insurance is paid up, hanging around with the twerp here. Hehehe!"
Ok, you know what? Enough is enough...
I asked him nicely not to talk to us...
It wasn't an accident, but I tried to make it look like one. I just took a few steps forward, and I pretended to trip over my own two feet. I had done it enough times in real life to make it convincing. I stumbled forward, making sure that my elbow was out...and I purposely bumped that gigantic chocolate milkshake hard enough to smash it against his chest and spill it all OVER him! It was sooo dark, and so thick, and super COLD too! Good!
"Oh no! I'm sorry..." I said. "You're milkshake...you spilled."
"What the HELL?!?!" Sean said. He couldn't do anything but stand there with his arms out, dripping with a big ol' mess on his shirt. "Are you fucking kidding me, right now?"
Cody laughed and pointed at him. "If you ask me, I think this new look suits you just fine! Hahaha! High fives go out to Ariel for the play of the day!"
I was trying not to laugh, but a few snickers got out anyway. "Really, Sean...I'm so so sorry. It's just...I get excited sometimes. And I can be so...'uncoordinated'." When I said it, I noticed Ryan give me a look and a half smirk, almost as if he knew I did it on purpose. Good. He should be concentrating on finding Randy anyway. Not spending time with this boob head!
"Shit..." Sean said, taking some napkins and trying to wipe his shirt off. "Where is there a sink or something? I need to just...ugh! What the fuck, man?" Sean stormed off to go clean up, and even though it was a bad thing to do, I felt satisfied. Truly satisfied.
I turned to Tyler and said, "So...you wanna go, or...?" I was SO anxious! Let's go! Let's go, let's go, let's GO!!!
Ryan asked, "Go? Where are you guys off to?"
"Ariel and I decided we might just come back another day. You know?"
"But we just got here. We didn't even make it past the first hour yet."
"I know, but...even though I 'overslept' this morning...I'm still really tired. I think I'm gonna get a little more sleep."
I said, "A LOT more sleep. Lots more. Hehehe!"
Tyler nudged me and said, "Yeah. Probably a lot more. Probably, like...for the rest of the day." I nudged him back, then he nudged me again, and we started to giggle as the game went back and forth for a few seconds more.
Cody stepped in and said, "You know what, I'll be right back in a second. I'm going to see if I can take care of something really quick." And he walked away from us.
We didn't want to leave Ryan there all by himself, but...my booty needed some loving. Hehehe, and I was going to make Tyler earn that teddy bear! When we got back to his house. Believe me.
So we said our goodbyes, and Tyler and I started walking towards the bus stop. It was hard to keep from skipping, but I managed. Just...don't slow around. I need my baby to love me again. Soon. So soon.
It was then that Tyler asked me, flat out, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?"
"YEP!" I said proudly.
"Hahaha, you devious little 'twerp'. I love it!"
And I love you, Tyler Jordan. I love you.
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