Give Him Some TimeMature

    The next morning, I called Justin trying to see if he had forgotten what had happened in his drunken state last night. I guess he hadn’t, seeing as he didn’t answer. His punch left a slight bruise on my cheek but I kind of deserved it.
    After getting dressed and ate breakfast, I headed off to work, knowing that this was the only way of being able to see him. We work for a cosmetics company that we actually helped develop. Justin was head of the financial department and I was head of the chemical research department. Lucky for me, there is a research and development meeting before lunch today that Justin is going to be at. My chance to invite him to lunch and work things out.
    When I got to the company, my secretary informed me that the meeting had been postponed to the end of the week.
    “What are you talking about?” I asked confused, “Why would the meeting be postponed?”
    “I was told that Justin was taking a sick leave for a few days. I’m sorry Mr. Cross, but I thought that you were aware since you two are close.” I sighed deeply.
    “It’s okay, it’s not your fault. Thank you for informing me.” I headed back for my office but she had a look that told me there was something else. “Is there something else you have to tell me?”
    “Well um, a man named Mr. Dantes came to meet you. He said he knew you and that he would wait in your office for you,” she replied shyly. I looked towards my office and tried to see through my clouded windows. I don’t know a Mr. Dantes. I thanked her and strode over to my office to find a man get up hurriedly in one of my grey guest chairs.
    “Hello Mr.-” I stopped mid sentence. The man standing before me was the same man that had kissed me last night.
    “Hey Justin. You didn’t answer my calls so I thought I would stop by your work place,” Walter smiled weakly. I pinched the ridge of my nose and walked over to my desk chair to sit down.
    “Are you really that stupid?” I asked, not caring if I was rude. Walter looked at me confused. “I cant believe you cant tell who your own lover is.” He kept the same look on his face. You have got to be kidding me. “ I’m Anthony, Justin’s brother!” Walter quickly sat down at my tone.
    “Oh god, I am so sorry. I asked for Cross at the front desk and they sent me here. I thought Justin worked for this company?” he questioned.
    “He does, but at the financial building that is 5 blocks away from here. This is the research and development building.” Walter looked awed.
    “There’s more than one building?” I restrained myself from slapping my forehead.
    “Are you telling me that you love Justin and you don’t even know where he works? That is pathetic,” I mocked. Walter looked like a little kid being scolded. “Also, when someone doesn’t answer your call, that usually means they are pissed off. It doesn’t mean that you can parade into their workplace and corner them. That could make him look bad in front of his co-workers!”  I was standing up now, obviously going a little over board. Walter stayed quiet then spoke.
    “He didn’t answer your calls either?” I lost it. I couldn’t believe he had the nerve to mock me. I rushed over to him, pulled him out of the chair, and pushed him up against the glass window facing the view of the city. “Wait wait! Hold on a sec, I didn’t mean to piss you off. I just say the first things that come to my mind.”
    “Your mind? It doesn’t seem like you have one at the moment. Have you realized that all of this is your fault! That because you couldn’t tell who your own lover was you acted rashly by kissing some other man!” I yelled. Now I could see why my brother chose him. He was dumber than a sack of potatoes. Walter stared at me wide eyed. He gently grabbed my wrists but didn’t try to loosen my grip.
    “I’m sorry, I know that I’m a crappy lover but, to be honest, I never knew that he had a twin. He doesn‘t tell me much about himself,” Walter said, looking at me with sincere eyes now, “I didn’t mean to break up you and Justin’s relationship.” He bowed his head and it almost seemed like he was crying. He’s a real piece of work. Causing problems then trying to make others feel guilty. It seemed to work on me because I let go of him, his hands sliding off my wrists.
    “God damn it!” I sighed, rubbing the back of my neck, “Even if you were coming to see him, it was a waist of time. He’s taking a few sick days and won’t be back to work until Monday next week. I’m guessing you don’t know where he lives either?” Walter slowly shook his head and looked back up at me.
    “Thank you but, your right. I should give him some space. It was a bad idea to have come here.” He straightened himself up and put out his hand. “Thank you for not killing me and for giving me advice.” I hadn’t known I was giving you advice. I was basically just chewing you out. I shook his hand and he left. Well, thank god he‘s finally gone. I sat back down at my desk and made important phone calls. I wasn’t going to let him ruin this day as well. After work, I’m going to go and see Justin. See if I can talk to him and make sure he is okay and to clean up this misunderstanding.
    It’s now 6 o’clock and I just finished speaking with a client about some products. I finished all of my work for the day as usual. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to go down to the lab today. I was about to leave for home when my secretary called.
    “What is it, Karen?” I asked, in a polite tone.
    “It’s Mr. Dantes, he says you and him are having dinner today.” I love Karen, I truly do but sometimes she can just be too naïve.
    “Is he here or calling?”
    “Here.” I leaned back in my chair and groaned. “Tell him to meet me in the lobby. Thanks Karen.” I hung up and sat for a while. Does he have short term memory loss or something? I was sure I told him that I was not Justin. I got up and walked to the elevator. As I waited for my floor, listening to the dings, I realized something horrible. What if he is trying to replace me with Justin since they broke up. It would make sense since we are twins and look exactly alike. God this sucks.
    I got out of the elevator and walked into the lobby. Walter seemed to be very cheerful and waved his hand like a child to his mom, calling me over. Just before, he was sulking and whining like a scared infant, and look at him now. Is he bipolar? Why must I be tormented by this fool. I quickly walked over to him, stopping him from shouting.
    “Did you not understand that I am not Justin!”
    “What? Of course I do, I just wanted to take you out to dinner on me to apologize,” he smiled. Damn, it must have been that other reason then. But the company building is not the place to discuss such a matter.
    “Ok,” I said looking around and tugging my blazer down, “Lets go, people are looking at us.” Walter looked around and shrugged.
    “Alright, but I’m driving,” he exclaimed while flashing keys in my face. I slapped his hand away and we headed out. I was shocked that he had a car too be honest, and the new Ford Outlander to boot.
    He drove me a couple of miles out of the city to a quaint little pasta shop. The place was in good condition considering it was near the beach and the area seemed not so friendly. As soon as we walked in, the shop owner came out and said some things in Italian cheerfully. Walter responded with perfect Italian and hugged the man. He sat us down and called for someone to take our order.
    “I didn’t know you knew Italian,“ I commented while waiting for the waiter.
    “Well of course you wouldn’t, we just met,” he smiled. The waiter, who seemed not to fit in to the shops theme at all, came out and greeted us kindly. “Hey, don’t be so serious. This is Hisoka Keiji,” Walter introduced, “And this is my new friend Anthony.”
    “Hi, nice to meet you,” Keiji said.
    “Same to you,” I replied. He spoke incredibly good English even though you could hear a slight accent. After the short introduction, we ordered our food. I got a fettuccini and Walter a four cheese ravioli. It was fantastic! This was the best food I’ve had in a long time. I was enjoying the food so much that I had almost forgot what I was going to tell him.
    “I wanted to make something clear,” I said, clearing my throat, “I’m not like my brother at all. It’s only looks that are the same. Plus, I’m not gay so don’t try to use me as a replacement for my brother.” Walter choked on the water he was drinking and began to laugh. I started to feel embarrassed.
    “Now that I’ve got a good look at you, I can see that you two are indeed different,” he chuckled, “Also, I’m not interested in guys like you. You don’t exactly look the part of a gay man as well.” He drank more water and finished the last of his raviolis.
    ‘A guy like me‘. What’s that supposed to mean? No, don’t play into his game. He is just getting back at you for chewing him out earlier. I faked a laugh and finished my fettuccini.
    When we finished, he dropped me off back at work so I could get my car.
    “Thank you for the ride back and the dinner,” I said, getting out of the car. Walter came out as well and started walking me to my car.
    “It’s no problem. It was the only thing I could think of to repay you for what I caused. I thought about what you said to me and I realized that you were right. ” I thought back to what I said to him earlier.
    “About that, you were right about him not answering my calls. I acted irrationally and took my anger out on you. I shouldn’t have done that,” I stuck out my hand and he grabbed it. “Once again, thank you for the meal.” We shook hands and I opened my car door. “Oh wait, did you want Justin’s address? You know, to apologize to him.”
    “Uh, no thanks. I’m just going to wait for him to call me. I don’t want to put pressure on him.” I sighed, sensing his hesitation.
    “I know you don’t mean that,” he looked at me shocked, “Just follow me in my car, I’m heading over there right now actually. Maybe we could explain both of our stories to him.” Walter hesitated before nodding in agreement. The excitement on his face made me laugh to myself. He reminded me so much of a child. We got in our separate cars and headed for Justin’s place. If I had thought clearly enough, I would have been prepared for what we found there.
    We parked beside the drive way and got out. I looked and saw that the porch light was on but the inside lights were off. Once again, I should have realized sooner. Walter and I walked up to the door and was about to knock when we heard a noise. I pressed an ear to the door and heard Justin’s voice, along with another mans.
    “Wow, you move fast on a first encounter,” said the man. Justin laughed.
    “What can I say, I don’t like to waste time.” The man groaned. “That was quick, and you thought I was fast.”
    “Heh, you’re good at this. Are you ready for round two?”
    “You know it!”
    That’s when I stopped listening. I looked up at Walter and the look on his face told me that he heard it too. His eyes on the verge of tears, one hand covering his mouth. It made a part in me snap.
    Without realizing it, I broke open the door and stomped inside. Justin didn’t even have time to move to the bedroom and was on the living room couch. This made me even more enraged.
    “Oh hey Tony!“ He seemed oblivious to the fact that he was half naked in front of me now. I’ve walked in on him many times before but was never this pissed. “By the way,” he sat up and walked over to me. The man just sat there and pulled out a smoke. “I’m not mad at you. You actually did me a favor, helping me get rid of that clingy freak. Now I can go about my life freely.”
    I couldn’t believe he said that to me. This is it, I thought, This was what you wanted. For him to forgive you and to not be mad at you. Oh yea, then why do I feel like shit? I balled my left hand into a fist and punched him in the face. As he fell to the ground, the man sitting on the couch rushed over to him. Justin pushed him away and touched his lip to find blood on his hand.
    “What the hell!” he yelled, “Why did you-” I kicked him in the stomach. That’s when I felt someone pull me back. It was Walter. I had forgotten he was with me. He heard all the things this piece of shit just said moments ago. I looked him in the face and he gave me the same pained but passionate look he did when I walked away yesterday. I got out of his grasp and grabbed  Justin by the collar of his unbuttoned shirt.
    “Apologize,” I whispered.
    “I said apologize!” I was yelling now. “You are a real piece of work thinking that you could get away with what you did to Walter. He cares about you so much and you just think of him as a play thing! Are you even human? We had a meal together earlier and he couldn’t stop talking about you. He said that you were the world to him and that he felt like crap because he started to think that having lunch with other men qualifies as ‘cheating’. You’re the one who’s the cheater here!” I started wailing on him.
    I don’t really remember what happened after that. Only bits and pieces. I remember almost making Justin pass out. The guy that was with him freaked out and left. Walter trying to pull me off. Riding in a car with someone yelling at me. They we crying.

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