Summary: (kinda long sorry) A week into the Lady GaGa tour, Nick and his brother, Sean, must go back to their hometown due to the death of their mother. Sean is the guitarist of one of the opening bands—The White Tie Affair—and Nick is Cinema Bizarre’s tour manager. So, Nick calls his long-time friend, Riley, to step in. But there’s a catch, Riley is straight….. and Strify isn’t happy about that. Who will hook up with who? Whose heart will get broken?
Not So Conventional Love
Chapter 6 – “Touching and Kissing”
Kiro woke to a pounding headache and bursting bladder. Stumbling into the bathroom, he quickly relieved himself. While making his way back to his warm bed, he walked past Strify’s doorway and did a double take. He found Strify and Riley spooning shirtless.
Being the light sleeper that he is, Strify heard Kiro’s faint “What the fuck” coming from his doorway. They locked eyes and Kiro stared in disbelief.
“What?” Strify asked in German, just in case Riley could hear.
“What the fuck is this?” Kiro retorted as he pointed
“Listen, nothing happened!” Strify replied in Riley’s arms
“Well, it sure as hell looks like it did!”
“Well, it didn’t, ok! He…” Strify paused and finally continued “He couldn’t do it!”
In a softer tone, “Do you wanna talk?”
“Not now. Let me enjoy this while I can.”
“Ha ok. Wake me when you get up.”
“Thanks Kiro” Strify gave him a halfway smile and nuzzled back into Riley’s embrace
Strify rolled over and opened his eyes—he was alone. The pit in his stomach had just multiplied, and he sat straight up, rushed to the bathroom and had no such luck.
After searching the entire apartment, Strify went to the kitchen cabinet a picked up a mug to make tea. He was completely numb to the whole situation. Right now, Strify would prefer to feel nothing than realize Riley was gone.
Hearing the ruckus, Kiro emerged from his room in sweats and a muscle shirt. “Hey. Is he still in bed?”
A simple “No” slipped out of Strify’s lips as he poured water in the teapot.
“Well where is he?”
Strify didn’t answer, only look into Kiro’s eyes and try to hold back the tears. But, he could handle it. “KIRO!” Strify began to collapse, but Kiro caught him in time to ease the landing on the floor.
“Strify, what happened?” Kiro asked gently, rubbing Strify’s shoulder.
“Everything was fine,” Strify wiped his nose. “Well, it was until I started to pull his shirt off. I…I could tell he was nervous but…but I didn’t care. He was finally going to be mine.”
“It got better” Strify said in between sobs. “That is… is until he felt the wood in my pants”
“Shit. Listen, tomorrow we are going out and you can forget about Riley!”
“If you say so.”
For hours, Kiro held Strify and they cried together.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THE NEXT DAY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“Strify!... Strify are you almost ready?” Shin yelled from the kitchen
Strify stared blankly into the mirror. He was completely numb; he pushed out all his feelings—good and bad.
He then emerged from the bathroom and plainly responded, “Let’s go.”
“Allll right.” Kiro knew Strify was sad, but something else was up. But, he brushed it off.
Kiro, Shin, and Strify all walked arm in arm to the subway. When they got to the club, Strify led the both of them straight to the bar. “3 shots please”
“Strify, what happened to your apple martini?”
“I’m in a different mood tonight.”
“Um ok.” Shin turned to Kiro and they both gave each other a look of concern
As the bartender set the 3 drinks down, something caught Strify’s eye—a brunet, athletic guy with green eyes. Without taking his eyes off of him, Strify quickly downed the shot and made his way over to the left side of the bar.
The tall man requested a shot and Strify ceased the moment and quickly commanded, “make that 2”
“Vodka?” The man opened up his body to face Strify.
“Ofcourse. I like the hard stuff.”
“Oh, where you talking about drinks?” ;)
On the other side of the bar:
“Kiro, you notice anything…familiar about that guy?”
“Well, he either has a strong resemblance to Brody Jenner… or Riley”
“Shhhhhh!” my friends are asleep.
“Whatever. They can suck it! Which way is your room?”
“To the right” Strify pointed to his door. “I’ll be right in.”
“Don’t… call me that.”
The man was too drunk to take in Strify’s request. “Well hurry!”
An already drunk Strify reached for the liquor cabinet to pour one last, numbing drink. At the moment he felt the burning sensation in his throat, Riley’s face came to his mind.
“Are you coming?”
“No, more like in an hour.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~3 WEEKS LATER~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“Get the FUCK out!”
“What the fuck is your problem?”
“YOU! Now get out of here!”
“Do you even know my name?”
“No and I don’t give a shit”
“Why are all the good fucks such assholes?”
The Riley look-a-like quickly stormed out of the apartment.
Kiro, hearing the argument, made his way into Strify’s room. There, he found him lying on his bed, staring at the ceiling.
Kiro asked softly, “What’s wrong Strify.”
He shrugged and simply said, “He wanted to see me again.”
“Whoa, you got that pissed because he… he wanted to see you again.”
Without emotion, Strify replied, “Ya. I told him last night that I wasn’t looking for a relationship, a one-night-only thing.”
“Well wrong with a relationship, Strify?” Even though he already knew the answer, Kiro asked, “And what’s with all the guys? Where’s your occasional girl?”
“One, I’ve had enough of relationships, and two, I guess my taste has changed.”
“Don’t bullshit me. Shin and I’ve both seen the Riley twins coming in and out of your room for weeks now.”
“Kiro! This is my way of coping ok.”
“Listen, I don’t want to fight. What can I do to help you?”
“Leave me alone please.”
“Ok, but we have an appointment at the studio at 5 to start recording the new album.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~LATER THAT NIGHT~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“Well this is a complete waste of time and money,” Yu complained
“I just think the creative juices aren’t flowing.”
“Shin, I’m sorry I have a lot on my mind, OK.”
“Strify, I didn’t mean it like that towards a single person. None of us are putting good ideas down”
“Whatever, I guess I’ll just leave then.”
“Strify don’t. Come on”
Strify didn’t say anything as he picked up his coat and walked out of the studio. “I can’t be like this any longer,” he thought. “I just have to get over him.” He put his key in the lock the apartment. “Kiro is right, he’s never going to be able to adapt to my needs and that’s that.”
Then out loud, Strify said, “Glad that’s decided,” as he threw his keys on the counter.
“Glad whats decided?”
Strify gasped, “Oh, shit.”
“Hey,” replied a raspy, but familiar voice.
NOTE: This chapter is special because the song "Touching and Kissing" inspired this entire story. Ironically, this chapter has about 1% of Riley in it. DONT WORRY chapter 7 will definitely make up for it.