Penny was waiting in the parking lot for us. She raised an eyebrow when she saw Diane. It was something everyone did nowadays. I wasn't about to tell my family I was actually gay. Werewolves were pretty traditional. I knew I couldn't be the first one to be gay, but I'd never heard stories about it either. Besides, I didn't want to deal with the jokes my brothers would no doubt make. Though Karl and Lewis were both in university still.
“What you guys planning?” Penny asked as she left the parking lot and almost hit another car.
“The club,” Diane answered. Penny blinked and shot me a side-glance.
“Want to pick us up?” I asked, hoping she'd accept this idea and not stop me. She sighed and nodded.
“No going home with strange men Diane,” Penny said. “Other than Luca anyway,” she added with a laugh. I rolled my eyes while Diane replied with a nervous laugh. Diane went along with the jokes, understanding I wasn't ready to let my family know. She even offered to kiss me in front of my parents so they wouldn't suspect anything. I refused, that'd be too weird.
“Hey Diane,” Bryan said when we walked in. “When are you going to ignore my brother and date a real man?” he joked. I rolled my eyes at him.
“Can you introduce me to one? 'Cause I don't see any in the room,” Diane countered, crossing her arms and meeting his gaze head-on.
“You're looking at one actually,” he replied. “Just say the word and I'll show you a good time,” he added off-handedly with a grin. Diane frowned, making a show of studying him.
“Nah, not pretty enough,” she concluded, turning to leave the kitchen.
“I resent that,” he yelled after us. Diane laughed as we walked upstairs to my room.
“You realise he's only half-kidding, right?” I said as Diane glanced over her shoulder, as if he was still behind us. She turned around quickly at the words, eyes wide.
“I know,” she answered quickly, her cheeks flushing.
“But you won't get involved because?” I asked.
“He's your brother,” she sighed. I raised an eyebrow, how did that matter? “If things went wrong it'd become weird. I wouldn't be able to see you outside college as much. Plus my mum would kill me if I dated an older guy. An older guy who flunked college,” she rambled.
“He may have messed up at college, but he does have a job you know,” I replied. It was only repairing cars, but it took brains I didn't have. It was better than nothing. Besides, day jobs didn't really matter to our kind. Not that Diane knew anything about that. Her obsession with vampires killed any desire to tell her the truth.
“I won't be long,” I said, closing my bedroom door behind me. She'd already turned, heading to Penny's room. I heard Diane's foot tapping impatiently outside after a few minutes as I got dressed. Unlike me, she'd prepared for the club and packed stuff. I pulled on black jeans with chains on them, a plain t-shirt and my black jacket. If it were up to me I'd just wear my normal stuff, but I just knew Diane's clothes would be on the exaggerate side. I left my room and sure enough she was wearing a corset top with striped sleeves that showed bare shoulders. She was also wearing a layered black skirt and long matching striped socks with boots.
“Nice socks,” I commented. She rolled her eyes and shoved me back into the room. “Hey,” I protested and she started messing with my hair. When she was done she grinned and directed my eyes to the mirror.
“What's wrong with going to the club without spiking up my hair?” I asked.
“I'm not even going to answer that,” she replied, grabbing my hand. Penny and Bryan were having a serious conversation from the sounds of it, they quickly hushed it when we walked into the kitchen.
“Hey, I'll give you a lift,” Bryan said, standing up and grabbing his keys.
“Maybe I should come to-” Penny began.
“We'll be fine,” I interrupted. She frowned, wanting to argue. But she couldn't really make her case with Diane right there.