Comfort, fluff and frerard
Donald had decided that it might actually be slightly easier on everyone if he took some time off of work to pack while the boys were at school.
Even though it was rather hard on the boys to come home to find their father was already packed up and set to move out, it was, probably, less of a blow than actually having to see their father packing.
The fact that the packing was done shocked both Mikey and Gerard. The miserable realization suddenly struck them fully, as if snowy rocks and acid were crawling on their insides, slowly threatening to smother them.
It finally completely hit them. It hit them that things were drastically changing. It hit them that they were sad and vulnerable. It hit them that they had to finally abandon all last hope that they could hold on to what they were so used to. It hit them that they possessed quite a bit of anger that was slowly consuming them. It hit them that they had to rely on themselves from that moment on. It hit them that they needed to protect and comfort and support each other. What hit them hardest of all, was that they had each other, and the greatest friends that anyone could ever ask for, to carry them through all the worst, and most unbearable, of it.
Without a word, the two brothers hugged each other tightly in welcome comfort. They silently sobbed all of their emotions out onto each other's shoulders, while, in turn, soothing each other with the simple fact that they had each other.
After they had calmed down considerably a while later, Mikey spoke up. "Gee," he said, barely above a whisper, and sniffed. "Yeah, Mikes?" Gerard replied. Mikey sighed. "I want ice cream, Gee-Gee." They both giggled. "I think there's still some left. Let's go see."
They headed to the kitchen. As it turns out, there was, indeed, some delicious coffee flavored ice cream left. Both boys bubbled over with excitement. Mikey quickly grabbed them both spoons, and they proceeded to eat the icy delight right out of the tub.
After enjoying the mouthfuls of heaven in silence for a while Gerard spoke up. "Hey! Did you invite Bert to our movie-night at Bob's tonight?"
Mikey nearly choked on his mouthful of ice cream, but then quickly recovered with a wide grin. "I didn't have to. Turns out he's already there, as we speak. Bob invited him home after school."
Gerard felt a smile tug at his own lips. He was glad they had a new friend, and he was also glad the new friend was being pulled right in.
"Seriously, Gee-Gee. I bet that, before long, those two will be kissing. You should have seen them in the classes we had together after lunch. I'm not even kidding. Everybody noticed. Okay, maybe not everybody . . . But a whole lot of people," Mikey said, nearly bouncing with excitement.
Gerard's eyes grew a little wide, and, before he could even attempt to control it, his mouth opened to spill three potentially dangerous words. "I kissed Frankie!" he blurted out, then, realizing what he had just said, quickly slammed both his hands over his mouth in mild horror.
Mikey was completely silent for a while. His face was blank, and Gerard was beginning to wonder if he was even breathing at all. His heart was beating so extremely fast. He felt mortified. He had no idea how to possibly undo his words. He was about to start pleading for the earth to suck him deep into its depths, when Mikey finally gave Gerard some reaction.
"When?" he asked, while his face still betrayed absolutely no emotion whatsoever. "Yesterday," Gerard nervously replied, biting his bottom lip.
Another silence followed. This one was much shorter, but Gerard could basically taste the anticipation. Mikey cocked his head to the side, then finally rolled his eyes. "I'm just glad you waited until I wasn't around," he said.
Gerard gaped at him, shook his head, screwed his eyes shut, then gaped back at Mikey. He opened his mouth, but closed it again. He didn't really know what to say, and he couldn't believe his brother didn't actually freak out on him.
Mikey considered his brother for a second, then burst out giggling. "Your face!" he ecxlaimed between his laughter. "You look like you've seen a ghost, Gee. Are you alright?" he finished, finally calming down.
Gerard still stood there, saying nothing. He was looking down and blushing. Mikey quickly placed his hand on Gerard's shoulder, giving him a little nudge. "Gee?"
Gerard looked up. "Mikes, I didn't know how you would react, and then you didn't think it was weird, and now . . . And now you're laughing at me . . ."
Mikey hugged his older brother. "Why would I think it's weird, Gee? Wait! You didn't use your tongues, did you? I really, really don't ever want to see that!" He shuddered a bit, making Gerard giggle.
"No, no, no, no, Mikes! No tongues! We just, uhm, saw people kissing on the TV, and, uhm, wondered what it was like. I still wonder if we are actually supposed to kiss girls though," he replied, giving his younger brother a very thoughtful expression.
"Hmm. Well, do you WANT to kiss girls, Gee?" Mikey asked. After a while Gerard shook his head, then shrugged, sighing. "I don't know, Mikes. I really didn't hate kissing Frankie, but I think it's because we are best friends. He wasn't yucky to kiss or anything."
Mikey smiled at him. "So, you want to kiss him again, then?" he asked. Gerard blushed, shrugging. "I guess. I think so . . ." He trailed off, then realized something. "What do you think Mom and Dad will think, Mikes?" he asked, sounding rather worried.
"Gee-Gee . . ." Mikey sighed. "We have an uncle who has a boyfriend, remember? And Dad said that this one man at his work had a husband, right? All you did was kiss Frankie, who is your best friend. You didn't even use tongues. Besides, they like Frankie," he pointed out.
"Wait! Do you think that means I'm, uhm, what's that word? Gay? Does it mean I'm gay, Mikes?" Gerard asked with wides eyes. Then he remembered . . . "Wait! And what about Bert and Bob? You said they were gonna kiss, right? Does it make them gay too?"
Mikey didn't even have time to answer, because their parents chose that moment to arrive home. Weird how their time synced like that, but it was so natural. They always arrived home basically at the same time. It was actually going to be weird not to experience that anymore.
Both boys went to greet their parents. They all exchanged their hellos and hugs, before Gerard decided to bring in his parents' help on his problem.
"Mommy, Daddy?" he began nervously. "What would you think if I, uhm, maybe kissed Frankie? Would that be bad?" He decided to just get it all out there and be done with it. His heart was drumming away frantically, though.
Neither parent said anything at first, then they exchanged a look. And wait! Were they actually smiling? Wow!
They turned back to their oldest son. "You already did, didn't you?" Donna asked. Gerard flushed. How did she know that? He couldn't speak, so he just nodded. Donald laughed. "I didn't think it would happen this early on. I guess you and Linda were right, after all," he said. "I'm always right, Donald," Donna said, only half-joking.
"Wait! Everbody knew it was gonna happen before me?! And nobody's mad?!" Gerard asked. He was so extremely confused.
Both parents crouched down in front of their son, gently stroking his cheeks and shoulders. They were still smiling warmly at him. "Of course we knew! You and Frankie are like magnets. You always have been," Donna pointed out. "True. And why would we be mad?" Donald asked. Gerard shrugged. "So it's not, like, bad?" he asked. Both parents shook their heads, causing Gerard to smile.
Suddenly, Mikey was attacking Gerard with a massive hug. "I'm so happy! My big brother has a boyfriend!" Everyone laughed. "Mikes! He's not!" Gerard replied. "Yet!" Mikey countered, grinning. "Yet," Gerard agreed.
The doorbell rang. "Speak of the devil," Donna said, winking. They all knew that it was Linda's turn to take the three boys to the movie-night/sleepover. They did alternate, after all. They've been doing it for a very long time.
As soon as the door was open, Gerard and Frank basically flew into each other's arms, hugging each other very tightly. Donna and Linda watched them fondly. Donald had retreated to go shower already, by that point.
"It happened, Lin," Donna said happily. "What? They kissed already? But they're babies!" Linda replied, a little surprised. "Well I guess we were right, then. Damn! I can't believe I missed it."
"Moooom!" Gerard whined, blushing. Frank was blushing too. He looked at Gerard questioningly. Gerard sighed and ducked his head. "I'm sorry, Frankie. I told them, and they said they knew it was gonna happen. And I think they're all, like, happy."
When he looked back up at Frank, he found that Frank was beaming at him. They hugged again, and Frank said: "Me too." Gerard beamed too. "Yeah?" he asked. "Yeah."
Linda and Donna clutched each other's hands, and they were trying not to cry. "Our sons are dating, Donna!" Linda said happily. "I know!" Donna replied in the same state of happiness.
"Okay so now my brother really has a boyfriend!" Mikey grinned. Frank giggled, giving Gerard a quick peck on the lips.
The boys quickly gathered their things, greeted the Way parents, and went to Bob's. Gerard and Frank held hands the entire way there in the car. They held hands all the way to the front door. They even held hands as they entered the home and greeted their friends after Linda left.
It seemed that, even when awful things happened in life (like your parents getting a stupid divorce), there was still always room for some happy things to make it all just a little bit better.