Wednesday, April 14, 2010

fall out

Honestly, Nick couldn't say if he were going or coming, lately. He finally took a late lunch in the breakroom. He was savoring a homemade bean burrito from Heath's Mom. At least his nerves hadn't gotten to his appetite. But he had no time to eat, lately. He was on the phone with different librarians. Looking at book pages. Making orders for books. Just busy work.  There were still appointments to be made with contractors who were biding on updating the Carnegie building. Getting it up to code for handicapped people. Really, it was a long time coming. It was as if Nick had some how given the director a kick in the ass to jump start him. Now City council wondered if the director was even worthy of the position when at one time, he was saving city government money. Only, the facility wasn't getting any use by the public.

Of course, his boss hadn't said anything to Nick. It was as if he were scared that Nick would take his job which Nick found ridiculous. He was only a college student. But they definitely  were going to need a real staff here soon. There was so much to think about with this project, right down to furniture for the young adult area.

Just as he was finishing up, he saw Jack coming into the breakroom. How Nick wished they could have a sign up STAFF ONLY, but he was sure Jack would do as he pleased. As it was though, Jack pulled up a chair at the table and sat down.

"Look, it wasn't me." Jack looked him straight in the eye.

"Why are you telling me this?" Nick didn't want to talk to him. He didn't want to have anything to do with him.

"Because, I think... you think that it was me who messed with your car, but it wasn't me."

"You know, just to tell me... that you didn't do it, gives me good reason to think that you might have had something to do with it." Nick winced. "You're dad put you up to this? To talk to me?"

"Maybe." Jack was serious though. "Its just.. that place you and your friend were hanging out at ..it..is a gay bar."

Nick couldn't help but laugh.

"Believe me, it needs a few good gays to take it over and make it worth going to." Nick rolled his eyes.

"What? You didn't like the pizza?" Jack looked at him blankly.

"It was frozen." Nick knew a real pizza when he saw one. "Are we done here?" Nick finished his Pepsi. Crushed it.

"Just-" Jack hesitated. "Just tell me one thing." He was quiet then. "Are you-are you really with Heath now?"

"Yeah. We are. Together." He got up and tossed his trash away.

"Oh."

Nick walked away with a slight smile. He didn't look back. He didn't want to know if Jack missed Heath.

3 comments:

natalie said...

I'd like to hope that Jack was telling the truth about not actually doing that to his car, cause that would just be low... And I guess the secret is officially out for everyone now!

Holly said...

I know Nick will stand up for Heath.

meg said...

everything is going so well for nick..then this Jack thing. darn.