Since the only ticket I could think of was a traffic ticket I went with the second prompt. Of course now I can think of all kinds of tickets and scenarios.
No More Lies
Tyler lounged on the steps and enjoyed the warm spring air. He watched Megan as she sat on a bench. She was very pretty — if you liked girls. Tyler didn’t and he really didn’t like this one, but he waited.
A few minutes later Jordan walked across the quad. Megan saw him. She smiled and called out a greeting.
Tyler sipped his coffee and watched Jordan as Megan stood on her toes and kissed him hello. They’d been dating for two weeks. If Jordan were true to form he’d be getting ready to move on.
Jordan glanced around and saw Tyler. He bent his head and spoke to Megan, too softly for Tyler to hear him.
Megan stiffened and pulled away. Jordan continued to speak.
“Fuck you, Jordan.” Megan walked off, her head held high.
Tyler hid his smile behind the rim of his coffee cup. Jordan came over and flopped down beside him on the steps. He grabbed Tyler’s coffee and drank.
“That went well.”
“Fuck off, Tyler.”
Tyler grinned then sobered. “Why do you keep dating girls? You always dump them after a couple of weeks.”
He watched Jordan run his fingers through his soft-looking hair. Copper strands gleamed in the sun.
Jordan’s green eyes met his then slid away. “I’m trying to be happy.”
“You’re not going to be happy with a girl.”
“You don’t know that.” Jordan sounded weary.
“After that little experiment you had with my roommate, I think I do.”
Jordan flushed. “It was just once. I wanted to…”
“Wanted to what? See if you liked another man’s tongue in your mouth? His hand down your pants?” Tyler tried not to sound bitter but he couldn’t forget walking into his dorm room to see Jordan and Pete tangled together in a make-out session. “I saw how much you were enjoying Pete’s attention. If you still think you’re into girls you’re lying to yourself and them.”
Jordan turned to face him. “It’s not easy for me. People have certain expectations.”
Tyler knew Jordan was talking about his family. “It isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s harder for some.” He gave Jordan a sympathetic pat on the knee. “I’m not saying you have to come out right here, right now. I’m just saying if you really want to be happy you should be honest, at least with yourself. Admit that you’re into guys and find someone you want to be with for more than a week.”
Jordan shook his head. “I can’t do that.”
“I’m not ready.”
Tyler retrieved and finished his coffee. “It’s okay to need some time. Just don’t waste your whole life pretending to be someone you’re not.”
Jordan stared at him but didn’t answer. He got to his feet and started walking.
Tyler struggled into his backpack and caught up. “At least stop stringing the girls along. It’s not fair to them.”
“You lie too.”
Tyler shrugged. “Everyone knows I’m gay.”
Jordan rolled his eyes. “I’m not talking about being out. Pete says you keep telling him you can’t fool around because you’re in a relationship. That’s bullshit. You’re not in a relationship. You’re just like me. Lying to someone who likes you.”
Tyler felt his face flame. “Pete doesn’t like me. He just wants sex. Anyway, it’s not the same.”
Jordan raised an eyebrow. “No?”
“No.” Jordan’s calm was infuriating.
They were at the dorms now. Jordan opened the door to his room and paused. “Explain it to me then. Because it sure as hell looks the same to me.”
Tyler followed him into the room and slammed the door behind them. “The difference is that I lie for a reason!"
“Is that so.” Jordan dropped his bag and stood with his arms folded. “What’s the reason then?”
“What?” Tyler’s anger evaporated as suddenly as it came.
“What’s your reason for lying to Pete?”
Tyler licked his lips. “I don’t want to fool around with him.”
Tyler pressed his lips together and stayed silent.
“Why not Pete? He’s—”
Tyler cut him off. “I like someone, but he isn’t interested in me. Okay? You satisfied?”
“How do you know he’s not interested?”
“I just know.”
“Have you let him know how you feel?”
“No.” He wished he’d never started this conversation.
Jordan moved closer and Tyler took a step back. His backpack bumped the door and he bounced forward, right into Jordan’s arms.
Jordan held Tyler by his shoulders. “Tyler, look at me.”
He raised his head and stared into green eyes. “What’re you doing?”
Jordan had bright patches of color on his cheeks and Tyler could feel him shaking, but he didn’t let go. He held Tyler’s gaze and spoke deliberately. “You were right. I like men. One man in particular.”
“I should go.” Tyler’s voice was almost a whisper.
He stared straight ahead at the neck of Jordan’s t-shirt. If Jordan started dating his roommate he’d have to switch rooms.
“No way. You said I should stop denying who I am so now you have to listen.”
Jordan eased Tyler’s backpack off and let it fall to the floor.
“Tell me the truth, Tyler. Do you like me the way I like you?”
Tyler’s head shot up. “What?”
“I don’t need to find a guy I want to be with. I’ve already found him.”
“But you made-out with Pete.”
Jordan pressed closer. “I wanted it to be you, but back then I didn’t know how you felt about me.” He brushed Tyler’s hair out of his face. “I need to hear it from you, Tyler. Who do you like?”
Tyler couldn’t look away.
Jordan cupped Tyler’s face and touched their foreheads together. “Please. Say it’s me.”
“You. It’s always been you.” Tyler kissed him. He grabbed at Jordan as if he was drowning.
Minutes later Tyler asked, “I never told anyone. How did you know?”
“Pete says you talk in your sleep. Especially when you’re…dreaming.”
“Oh.” Tyler flushed.
Jordan took his hand and tugged him over to sit on the bed. “No more lies. Not to ourselves or each other. Okay?”
Jordan pushed him onto his back and kissed him thoroughly before pulling back to smile at him. “I think I’m going to like being honest with you.”
This week's Silver Flashers are:
Lindsay Klug (m/f)
Victoria Blisse (m/f)