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I'm Going Slightly Mad: Chapter Seven
When he first set out, this seemed perfectly logical. He was only going to drive an hour and a half to go see his parents. If that wasn’t logical, he didn’t know what was. Then he was at the doorstep of his childhood home, and remembered that his family was Catholic. Kissing guys-- well, homosexuality, anyway-- was supposed to be a sin, and Aaron could probably expect, at the very least, a verbal ass kicking from his parents. He might not believe it-- why would God hate one of His own creations for something they couldn’t control; that didn’t even make sense-- but his parents were a little more traditional.
He was such an idiot. It was too late to go home though; he’d already rung the bell.
Sonia’s face split into a grin as soon as she opened the door. “Aaron! What are you doing here? Don’t you have class tomorrow?”
“I do, but I needed to talk to you, and I didn’t want to do it over the phone,” he explained.
Extra 1.1: Ego
Alter egos are an odd thing, Carson's discovered.
They aren't actually that odd in the way you'd expect. He's been living a double life since age seventeen, and balancing them both has been much easier than he expected. The odd part is figuring out which alter ego is actually you.
On workdays, he is Carson Lauritz. He's simply your average joe; making a living doing payroll at a car dealership and going home to an average apartment every night. He has a family, or, at least, parts of his family. He has a cat. He has to pay rent. He struggles to get by and to stay happy.
Carson is normal. Except when he's not.
When he's not, he is Shield Shifter: a superhuman quasi-hero fighting crime with a group of other superheroes. He generates forcefields, molding them into whatever he needs. He can use them to hover, or he can make baddies run into them, or he can trap his enemies with them. It's a pretty handy power to have, all things considered.
When Carson is Carson, nobody notices him.
I'm Going Slightly Mad: Chapter Six
Just as Lucas promised, he did not feel better in the morning. If anything, he felt worse. Not only did he have a splitting headache, an uneasy stomach, and a lump on the back of his head, he was also no longer drunk enough to not care about the breakup.
He threw up again in the shower, right after he cleaned the previous night’s vomit out of his hair. That was enough to convince him that he shouldn’t have bothered waking up at all. This was before he walked into the kitchen and was hit by the bitter stench of aged puke. As quickly as he could, he grabbed a glass of water and a bottle of aspirin, and retreated back to his room. The best thing he could hope for was a nap. Spontaneous combustion would be preferable, but, really, what were the chances?
He managed to pass out for about three hours, but the shrill ringing of his phone yanked sleep back out of his reach. With a growl, he snatched up his phone, flipping it open violently.
“Whoever this is
I'm Going Slightly Mad: Chapter Five
Aaron was not known for procrastination. If he had something to do, he did it without hesitation. He saw no reason to do otherwise.
Today, he decided to procrastinate.
It wasn’t a problem of willpower. He had more than enough of that. The problem was in execution. Namely: a lack of it. Or any idea how to figure it out. He was at a dead end, and he hadn’t even started yet. Brilliant.
Frustrated, he started going through his collected evidence.
So, he’d kissed Lucas, and he might’ve enjoyed it, if Lucas had been doing it just because he wanted to. The texture of his stubble was enjoyably new and exotic, and the knowledge that Lucas could overpower him on a whim had been exciting and somehow attractive. The thought of strong hands on his jaw, framing his face, pulling him close, sent a rush of heat through him that he simply couldn’t ignore. He clearly had no problem with kissing men.
At the same time, he remembered what it was like to kiss Jenna. Her soft, f
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