What Happened After Chapters

Carter ended up leaving Chapters, sans Mike.

“What a kind and supportive friend you have been,” Mike said, flipping through some print-out as he waited for the manager. “What’s your excuse? I’ll be sure to remember it the next time you need booze.”

Carter didn’t even hesitate, “Important stuff to do. Research.” A thinly veiled code for I need to Facebook-stalk a certain someone right now so I need to go home to access the internet because my cellphone is about as advanced as a walkie talkie.

Mike didn’t pick up on Carter’s hint, and Carter didn’t bother to spell it out for him. “I’ll make it up to you,” he added. “Just not now.”

And with that, he hurried off home.

Priorities sure seemed to shift when hormones were involved, and Carter sure had hormone flare-up ever since this discovery. It was like an algae bloom, a resurgence of hope and a potential cure for his blue balls. Yes, there was someone else out there who was as potentially desperate as he was.

Carter didn’t know Adrian that well, but he couldn’t believe he had never caught wind of the fact that the guy was gay. The number of out kids in their school was slim, never mind their grade, and Carter had always assumed that his connections provided him a pretty accurate picture on their numbers.

How he missed Adrian, he wasn’t sure. It wasn’t as if they knew each other especially well, but Carter figured that somewhere he would have caught wind of Adrian’s gayness.

But maybe their social circles were just too far apart. Different friends, different interests.

As it turned out, they were not as far apart as they could be.

When Carter finally got home and logged onto Facebook, he was slightly stunned to see not one, but fourteen of his 300-ish facebook friends were mutual friends with Adrian. While this further baffled Carter, it did give him access to Adrian’s otherwise screened Facebook profile.

Carter did a preliminary profile check first. Single, looking, and he had listed his attraction to males right on his Facebook page. Not only that, but according to said profile he was also a member of the Centennial Musical Theatre club.

Carter had to sit back in his chair for that. He drummed his fingers on the desk, wondering how his gossip circle had failed so hard that an Out-on-Facebook, single-and-looking theatre kid had slipped under their collective gaydar.

He felt like messaging his 300+ network. You should be ashamed at your pathetic grapevine powers. But he didn’t. Carter had other things to do, the least included scouring Adrian’s profile page for more information. Commonalities. Something that may come up useful in conversation.

Which was precisely the moment that the door creaked and Carter heard his sister slink into the room.

Carter realized, belatedly, that his head was not large nor square enough to completely block the view of the screen from his sister. He punched the button to turn off the screen and whipped his head around to see her leering right at him.

“Facebook stalking then?”

“Why. Are. You. Here.”

She was holding a DS cartridge. “Taking back my Pokemon from your clutches. But it appears that I interrupted something more…”

“Potentially entertaining?”

Rebecca smiled, pranced over to his bed and sat down.

Like many thirteen year old girls, Rebecca wasn’t the typical hedonistic mall rat which thirteen year old girls are often stereotyped as. She was more of an intellect. A blossoming debater for her middle school. Voted “Most likely to discover new species of fungi” in her Grade 6 graduation booklet. Slightly addicted to Harry Potter.

But going along with the stereotype, she did enjoy talking about boys. A lot.

“So”, she said, swinging her legs a bit. “Tell me about him”

Carter sat back in his chair.. “He’s gay and seventeen and single.”

She whistled.

“Ray of hope then?”

Carter was trying not to grin, but really he couldn’t help himself.

“Looking like it.”

  • Solidus

    Carter’s wittiness. :3 He’s so cute.

  • Kensey

    Centennial? That’s a place in Snohomish Washington! Weird. Well it DOES rain here a lot…..

    • bellhasabat

      pssst, story is set in British Columbia. Which is pretty similar to Washington anyways ;D
       Centennial is also really popular name for places/schools/anything, its rather versatile!

  • ello

    haha lol i love his sister :D

    • bellhasabat

      as do I. 

  • Eshr97

    omfg this is REALLY awesome and cute…

  • WynterWillow

    This is freaking adorable. It reminds me of when I talk to my gay best friend about the guys he likes. XD

  • http://twitter.com/cryoka Alejandro Vent

    That’s me and my sister bahahahahahaahahaha. 

  • Null

    The informality of their relationship, and age difference reminds me of Holden and Phoebe’s relationship in Catcher in the Rye. Only I don’t hate Carter.

    • http://timothy.green.name/ Timothy (TRiG)

      I didn’t hate Holden. The guy is deeply grieving for his little brother, needs his family, and has been shipped off to boarding school. He’s hurt and lost. And yes, he is sometimes a bit scathing and seems to dislike the world, but he does have a good heart, as you can see with Phoebe.

      TRiG.

  • TearsoftheFallen

    This reminds me of my friend and I. I’d pester her about what she’s doing stalking her crush on facebook and when she’d answer with something like ‘Nothing’ or ‘I’m not stalking’ I’d reply with ‘THE HELL YOU AREN’T! Go talk to him like a normal person or I’ll do it for you!’ loooool…I guess it isn’t like this? No, it is >:D

  • Zihaya

    I found a spelling error in case you want to correct it. “Carter sat back i his chair..”

  • JuniperJollies

    Rebecca has got to be the best younger sibling EVER.

  • Guest

    After reading this, Adrian’s Facebook profile states his attraction to males, does that mean Adrian’s family knows about him being gay? I would assume he would have some relatives, his brother or his family on it (not all of them, but a few?) If he does have them on his Facebook, it’s not like he can put them on private, since Carter as a stranger, by not adding Adrian as a friend, can see this status, it would be logical that that anyone of his family can see it. Then it begs the question that his parents know about him being gay, and they still push him towards meeting “nice girls”. So he is basically in the situation where his parents ignore (and pretend that they ever knew in the first place, or that it ever existed) everything that is associated to him being gay in societal terms, drama club, musicals, how he acts in daily life, who he should love, what class he should take, and his life. Wow. That sucks. Hope on board to the train of worst parents ever.

    • Guest

      I had this theory years ago, but didn’t own an account. Had to come back to post this :}

      • wishIwereanime

        I’m a month late, so this might not be relevant anymore, but Adrian’s parents do know about his sexuality. I believe he tells them in Spring in December, a story about his life before Carter. Unfortunately you’re right, and they’re not very supportive… More of a ‘disappointed’ attitude.

    • elijah elquest

      that wishIwereanime said, plus in the book store carter already knew he has gay before facebook stalking him. probably word around school or something.

      • fsa

        he saw him reading a magazine with male models…

  • https://www.lsrhs.net/ Glitter Goku

    i think we’re all slightly addicted to Harry Potter

  • https://www.lsrhs.net/ Glitter Goku

    i think we’re all slightly addicted to Harry Potter

    • Schadenfreude

      Not after Book 4…

    • reanee

      Nope, i’m out of that “we” (sorry…)

  • AGIS

    Jesus…Carter is like…the highschool equivalent of me. Fuck, I may have met Hazel and Bell at some point haha. Even the short stories…. All to familiar.

    • Fictional_Reality

      SEBASTIAN

      (sorry)

      • AGIS

        Yeah, me too…

  • https://plus.google.com/106769419622842427225 LevixEren

    That just.. what?! That actually happened.. so yes. I m grinning too right now

  • Lavender_Okamari (・ω・)ノ♪

    I seriously love Carters family, they just take everything in stride. I really like that. Probably should learn from this too Xd

  • GarbionProulx

    God, his family is really supportive and I love it.