"Hey," Hamilton greeted as Will and Scout joined him on the
grass beneath a poplar tree. The lounging brunette propped himself on his elbows
and looked at his friends. "What's up?"
"Rawley Summer's End Bash," Will said. "You going?"
Hamilton shrugged. "Don't know."
"Didn't you ask Jake yet?" Scout said, then frowned. "Or is
Jake supposed to ask you?"
"What?" Hamilton sat bolt upright and stared at his
"We should triple date," Will suggested. "Caroline and me,
you and Jake, and Scout and...," he racked his brain, "...the inflatable doll
under his bed."
"Funny, Krudsky," Scout shoved Will, who laughed.
Will grinned at Hamilton. "So, what do you say?"
"Wha- why- what--," Hamilton stuttered. "Jake and I are just
Scout and Will snorted. "Yeah, just like Scout and Blow-Up
Brandi are friends," Will said.
"Bite me," Scout told him with a fake glare. He turned to
Hamilton. "What my not funny roommate is trying to say is that we already know
you and Jake are... you and Jake. Heck, everyone knows."
Hamilton's mouth dropped open. "Everyone knows?"
"Well, Finn still seems to be in the dark, but definitely
all the students," Will said.
"Definitely," Scout echoed.
"Oh." Hamilton looked stunned.
"So, what do you say?" Will asked. "Triple date?"
"I- I have to talk to, uh, Jake," Hamilton stammered.
"Now's your chance," Scout gestured across the way, "there
Hamilton turned his head and saw Jake ambling towards them.
With a panicked expression on his face, he leapt to his feet and hurried towards
the spike-haired brunette. He led Jake away from where his friends were
Will and Scout exchanged glances, jumped to their feet, and
rushed after them. Hamilton and Jake had stopped near the path that led to the
crew team's dock. Laughing under their breaths, the two boys sneaked up behind
the other two and proceeded to eavesdrop.
"Everyone knows what?" Jake said, frowning up at
Hamilton gestured wildly between them. "About... that
we're... they think..."
"Care to complete that sentence before I start to grow
facial hair?" Jake teased.
"Huh?" Hamilton blinked slowly.
"Hello? Kidding?" Jake frowned again. "Hamilton, what's
"Will wants us to go on a date with him," Hamilton
Jake's brows flew up. "Kinky."
Hamilton seemed to snap out of his stupor and chuckled. "Too
kinky for me. I like my men short and...," an off-kilter grin appeared on his
"Oh ha-ha," Jake said, slugging him lightly in the
"No, seriously," Hamilton began. "Will and Scout want us to
go on a triple date with them. To the Summer's End Bash."
"A triple date?" Jake gave him a confused look. "I don't get
"You know, a triple date. Will and Caroline. Scout and
his... date." Hamilton's lips quirked, then he shook his head and continued.
"And us. Me and you."
"Me and you?" Jake stared at him. "On a real date? With
"Yeah," Hamilton said. He smiled sardonically. "Just like
two guys on a real date with each other."
Jake looked at him thoughtfully. "Do you want to?"
Hamilton took a short breath and let it out quickly. "I...,"
he paused, dropping his eyes to the ground.
"Hey, it's cool," Jake shrugged, "We don't want to give the
masses any more--"
"Jake, wouldyoubemydatetotheSummer'sEndBash?" Hamilton
interrupted in a rush.
Jake looked floored. "Um, repeat that?"
Hamilton raised his eyes and repeated with a bashful blush,
"Would you be my date to the Summer's End Bash?"
A small smile appeared, then disappeared so a huge one could
take it's place. "I'd love to be your date," Jake told him.
Hamilton beamed. "Okay. Good. It's settled."
Behind the cover of a blossoming bush, Will and Scout looked
at each other and simultaneously whispered, "Awww."
Stuffed full of barbeque and coated in bug spray, the small
group lounged on a blanket spread out in the grass awaiting the fireworks to
start. Caroline and Scout's date, Sally, chatted with each other past the two
boys sitting between them.
Will nudged Scout and gestured towards Hamilton and Jake,
who were sitting in front of them. Scout frowned at Will, then looked where
told. A grin spread over his face when he saw Hamilton's hand cover Jake's on
the blanket between them.
"Have you ever seen anything cuter?" Will whispered to
"Only when I'm forced to watch chick flicks," Scout
"Don't you hate it when girls make you see them?"
Will glanced up at the sky, then back Hamilton and Jake's
hands. "My favorite is The Cutting Edge."
"Untamed Heart," Scout said.
Will chuckled "Are we pathetic or what?"
"Oh yeah," Scout agreed. He suddenly straightened and his
face hardened. "Trouble."
Will sat up and practically growled, "Ryder. Jerk."
"Woah, down boy," Scout said. "Heel."
Will shot Scout a glare before turning it back on the Brit
that was strolling directly for them.
"Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt," Ryder said as he stopped in
front of the couple. "Pleasant evening, innit?"
"It was before you showed up," Hamilton said, tightening his
hand over Jake's.
"Funny," Ryder said sarcastically. He looked down at Jake.
"Wherever did you find him?"
"Jealous?" Jake asked with a smirk.
"Of a couple of nancyboys like you two?" Ryder snorted.
"You know, Jake, green looks really good on him," Hamilton
commented, smirking as well.
"Ha," Ryder scoffed. "Well, luvvies, time flies when you're
bored out of your soddin' skull. Ta."
"Ta," Hamilton mocked as Ryder walked off. "Ugly English
"Very impressive, Hamilton," Jake said. "You certainly told
"I did, didn't I?" Hamilton grinned.
Jake laughed. "Um, not."
Hamilton's retort was cut off by the first crack of
fireworks in the sky. He shared a private smile with Jake before turning his
attention to the sky.
Will relaxed back on the blanket beside Caroline. He glanced
over at Scout, and Scout nodded towards Jake and Hamilton again. Will looked
over at them. Hamilton and Jake were watching each other rather than the
Will leaned over towards Scout, "I don't know if I could
handle seeing them kiss."
"Uh, no," Scout agreed. "But we're supposed to be watching
the sky, not them."
"True." They exchanged grins, laid back on the blanket, and
watched the sky.
And that was when Hamilton stole a soft kiss from Jake, the
first of many as fireworks lit up the night.