Another Thursday, another goth night. This being the start of a new academic year Elspeth and Danny had arrived early in order to bag the table offering the best view of the entire club. She carried a Bic biro and a reporters pad, he a pencil and sketchbook. As editors of a popular zine they had to be constantly prepared to collect gossip.
Danny began to doodle; Elspeth followed his gaze over to the mirrors on the far wall.
"Looks like someone found time to buy a whole new wardrobe while he was in the States."
Tall, thin and ageless Ed was, for some the epitome of the towns goth scene. Commanding a six figure income from his familys publishing business some thought him cold and aloof but he had a sense of style that all admired.
"That mans vanity knows no bounds."
"Can you blame him?"
"Youll never get another chance- he took no notice of you that time he took us home and youll notice hes been trying to get me on my own ever since. I bet he only went for the pair of us cos hes got a thing for siblings and the Hayes sisters had already turned him down."
"Havent they both slept with his sister?"
"Not at the same time. Now stop drooling and see if you can find me a cute fresher or two "
Danny tore his gaze away from the object of his crush and scanned the room.
"Three oclock. He more your type?"
The newcomer wore a silk suit, his blue hair in an elaborate french plait. As he walked away from the bar the twins intercepted him.
"Hi, were Danny and Elspeth: wanna come sit with us?"
"Sure. Im Jamie by the way."
"Ok. We edit Dusk til Dawn if you ever fancy contributing."
"You do? That zine swayed my choice of Uni."
The three settled back down at their table as Elspeth began to point out familiar characters to the stranger.
"The Hayes Sisters- stay on the right side of them and theyll tell you where you can find anything you might want to buy."
"Trish- shell give you a good time but dont expect it to be permanent as shes got a thing for Ed, whos over there. Danny really fancies him too but hes straight."
"Lou- Eds sister, shes the black sheep of the family, fixes cars and stuff."
"Emily and Rog- theyre inseparable but they also give the best parties."
"Ill never remember them all."
"Dont worry, theyre a friendly enough bunch so you can take your time getting to know them."
A term had passed. Jamie and the other freshers had integrated into the scene and the twins were almost ready to send a new issue to the printers.
Come 11pm Ed was talking to Lou about an upcoming family wedding and speculating whom they should invite as partners.
"How about Izzy? Shes cute."
"You ask her then- I know who I want to invite: if shes speaking to me now. Hey, Jamie."
Ed had taken a shine to the boy- anyone with nearly as much style as himself was far better as a friend than as a rival. Besides hed wager good money on something serious developing between Jamie and young Danny Malone before the end of this term.
"I brought those DVDs back"
"Thanks. My jackets behind the bar if you want to ask someone to leave them with it. And Jamie " He pulled a crisp twenty out of his wallet, "get a round in while youre there."
Lou gave her brother a quizzical look as the boy walked away.
"Im telling you: hes got a bit of a thing for you, dear brother."
"Nah- hes one of Danny and
Elspeths little hacks."
"Dannys bad enough on his own- I couldnt cope with two of them."
"Hmmph." Lou pretended that shed only just realised her potential date was lurking elsewhere and stalked across to invite Izzy to the event in question.
Meanwhile Jamie was returning with drinks, change and a very excited Danny:
"Party this Saturday. Emily and Rog celebrating their anniversary or something. You going, Ed?"
"I expect so- I should be in the country."
"Oh, please! You dont have to rub it in about all your business trips."
Ed resisted the urge to respond: it was getting dangerously close to flirtation and he didnt want to give Danny any more encouragement.
"So, Jamie, are you invited?"
"Guess so. I was wondering about going down to Camden but that can wait until a weekend when nothings happening here."
So Danny and Jamie were both going That should make things easier for him. And if they kept each other occupied then maybe hed be able to patch things up with Elspeth. She seemed as keen on Jamie as her brother was but surely they werent playing with him at the same time and if not, then she should be free about 50% of the time.
Ed wasnt sure what anniversary they were celebrating. He distinctly remembered Emily and Rog getting together over the summer some three years ago and theyd definitely owned the house less than a year. But they had appreciated his gift of champagne and now he was enjoying his drink and the food Emily had provided.
No sign of Elspeth yet but no Danny or Jamie either so they were obviously still getting ready. Lou and Izzy were getting along like a house on fire so no point in disturbing them right now.
The trio were arriving at last, with homemade cakes and biscuits. Ed moved over to greet them.
"Did I hear you were looking for one more zine article on clothes?"
"Not from you."
That stung- he didnt know what hed done to antagonise her but it was almost certainly undeserved. He wasnt sure if it stemmed from the one night they had spent together, or from his subsequent rejection of Danny. Not that hed ever felt any attraction to the boy- hed invited Elspeth and her twin had tagged along. Nothing significant had happened between the men but hed fucked Elspeth and maybe Danny had expected more for himself so now his sister was being over-protective. Or maybe it stemmed from something else entirely
"Elspeth, please. Whatever Ive done to offend you, cant we just forget about it?"
"Look, Ed, Dannys the one that thinks youre some sort of gods gift: not me. If you want me to be civil just back off."
Elspeth spun on her heel and stalked out of the kitchen, leaving Ed more confused than ever but still determined to ask her to accompany him to the wedding.
Later that evening.
Ed leaned against the wall, his cheek still burning where Elspeth had slapped him ten minutes earlier. Hed drunk too much but right now he didnt care. He turned towards a sudden noise and Jamie spun in and out of focus.
"He took Elspeth home. You really have had too much champagne, havent you. Maybe it was the brandy you were topping it up with? I think you should lie down.
Ed nodded slowly hoping the room wouldnt start spinning again. Jamie pushed the nearest door open and led him into a bedroom. Ed lay on the bed,
the room was spinning again and he was dimly aware of Jamie sitting next to him stroking his hair. This wasnt happening, it was obviously a very strange dream: he could feel hands unbuttoning his shirt and then someone was pinching his nipples, running their hands down over his torso, unfastening his jeans. Need to wake up
Someones mouth on his mouth, a voice telling him to relax. Hands inside his jeans ("Black silk, niice ")- surely he was too drunk to be this aroused?
Hands again: touching, caressing, stroking Hed never dreamed this vividly before- could he direct it?
("Suck me ") Mouth obligingly around his cock, tongue flicking over the glans. This felt too good, never in his wildest dreams- but this was his dream, wasnt it?
Going to come soon the pace slowed- teasing, tantalising. Not sure how long I can take this. Nothing can be this good. Dont let me wake up.
He moaned, gave in to the insistent mouth, then nothing.
Ed woke the next day with a killer hangover. He was in Emily and Rogs guest bed, his clothes neatly folded on a chair.
That dream- it had been a dream? It had been so vivid.
But his head hurt too much to figure it out right now.
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