By James Sammons
Trey burst through the door and slammed it behind him. His face was bright red.
"That son of a bitch!"
He violently took off the coat he was wearing, almost ripping it as he did so, and threw it onto the chair. He sat down, stood up, and sat down again. He looked at his watch. 5:22 p.m., Nick would be home within minutes. He sat there, he didn't know how long, on the verge of tears. Then the door opened.
"Hello!" Nick called from the door "Are you here?"
"I'm in the living room!" Trey sounded angry.
"Shit, what now" Nick thought to himself. He walked around the corner and saw Trey sitting in his usual spot on the couch. "What's wrong?"
"As if you don't know." (Nick always hated that answer.)
"What are you talking about?"
"I used your coat today when I went out. I found this in the pocket." Trey pulled out a yellow piece of paper.
"See for yourself."
Trey thrust his hand out, and Nick took the piece of paper timidly. He opened it and recognized instantly what it was. A receipt from Robinson's Jewelry Store for $1128. It was dated five weeks ago.
He stared at it for a moment. "Damn it" he thought to himself.
"Well? What do you have to say?"
"Let me explain.... You see-"
"Shut up! Just...just.... I can't believe you!"
Trey began to cry.
Nick moved closer, but Trey backed off.
"Stay the fuck away from me!"
"Trey, you don't understand-"
"Don't understand what! You spent over a thousand dollars on fucking jewelry! Over a month ago! Who did you give it to Nick? You sure as hell didn't give it to me! My birthday was last week, and our anniversary isn't for six months! Who is he? Huh? Is he younger than me? Is he better looking? What? I want to know why!"
Trey was sobbing now. He just stood in the middle of the room, unable to move. Nick moved closer, and wrapped his arms around Trey.
"There is no one else. It's for you." He whispered into Trey's ear.
"I'm telling the truth, Trey."
"Then where is it? You didn't give it to me on my birthday, so..."
"It's not for your birthday."
"Then what? Where is it?"
"In the bedroom. Wait here, I'll get it."
Nick went into the bedroom and returned a moment later. He held out a small black velvet box. He opened it, revealing two gold rings inside.
Nick pulled out the ring on the left and handed it to Trey.
"Read the inscription."
Trey read to himself. "To Trey - Forever. Love Nick."
Trey just stared at the ring, not knowing what to say.
"You see," Nick said in a soft voice, "I wanted to take you to the lake during a weekend, to the rock where we first kissed. I was going to ask you then, but I was too nervous, or maybe too scared. That's why I've waited so long."
"Oh my God. Nick, I- I'm sorry. I didn't- I thought-."
"I'm so sorry."
Nick put his arms around Trey again.
"It's alright. I love you. I always will."
"I'm so sorry..."
Nick stepped back, and wiped the tears from Trey's cheeks. He put his hands on Trey's waist, and looked directly into his eyes.
"Listen to me. I forgive you. I don't care what you thought. All I know is that I love you, and that I want to be with you. Forever."
"I love you Nick. I am so sorry."
Nick took the ring from Trey's hand, and gently slid it onto Trey's ring finger. He took the second ring from the box, put the box down on the coffee table, and handed the ring to Trey.
Trey took Nick's hand and began to cry as he put the ring on Nick's finger.
Nick looked into Trey's eyes.
"Forever." He said.
He leaned forward, and kissed Trey softly on the lips.
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