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Pour Me Another - 9. Blind Date

Ian picked up his cell phone on the third ring and Asher didn’t wait for the friendly hellos before blurting out the reason for his call.  “Is that guy you tried to set me up on a blind date with, Timmy, is he still interested?”

There was a long pause on the other end of the line.  Asher pinched his thumb and forefinger across the bridge of his nose while he paced around his living room.  He hated to bombard his best friend like this.  For weeks Ian had begged Asher to meet this guy from Milo’s art gallery, but he had kept avoiding the young new artist, and now he was calling out of the blue to see if the man was still interested in meeting tonight.

“His name is Tyler and you’re suddenly interested in him now?” Ian sounded skeptical. Asher could hear it in his voice as he questioned why Asher had a sudden change of heart.  “I thought you had your hot straight boyfriend--”

“Fuck you, Ian!” Asher growled, letting his irritation show.  “I already told you that Michael is not my boyfriend, he was just a friend.  I don’t have a boyfriend and you know it!”

Before Ian could continue to question his friend’s motives, there were several loud bangs at Asher’s front door.  Asher rolled his eyes at the interruption.  He asked Ian to find out if the guy was still interested and if so, was he available to meet up with him later that night.

“Jeez, this day just keeps getting fucking better by the second,” Asher sarcastically mumbled as he went to investigate the banging at the door.

Yanking the doorknob with more force than was needed, Asher was ready to yell at whatever unlucky stranger was standing on the other side of his door.  “What the hell do you--” His words were cut short by Mrs. Nguyen frantically waving her hands in the air as she jumped around in the hallway.  The older woman’s words were a jumble of English and Vietnamese and the only word Asher was able to distinguish was the word ‘flood’.

“Shit,” Asher growled as the tiny woman grabbed his hand and dragged him down the hallway towards her apartment.

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Watching Tyler scan over the menu, Asher tried not to be obvious that he was staring.  He would sneak a quick peek before quickly glancing back to his own menu when the attractive guy looked up.  The game went on for several minutes, but when the waitress returned to take their dinner order, Asher realized that he hadn’t bothered to actually read any of the dishes printed on the laminated menu.

“Can we please have a few more minutes?” The waitress frowned as Asher turned his attention back to his date.

Tyler’s eyes sparkled in the candle light when he smiled. “Did you find something more appetizing than what’s offered on the menu?”

A blush crawled up Asher’s cheeks.  He hadn’t expected the man to be so handsome.  Milo had said his co-worker was really sweet, which usually translated to mean that Tyler had a wonderful personality, but would be majorly lacking in the looks department.  Asher shook his head and chuckled.  He wasn’t shallow or one of those obnoxious guys who only dated men that looked like male models, in fact he was attracted to guys that were overly masculine.  Which might be why Asher hadn’t been on a date in months, and yet while he was sitting here with a very attractive guy, who happened to be available and interested, Asher was still thinking about the sexy straight guy he couldn’t have.

Tyler’s hair was short and he wore it in the same gelled style as Michael, but that was where the similarities ended.  Where Tyler was blond, blue eyed and fair skinned, Michael had warm chestnut colored hair, deep dark brown eyes and rich sun kissed skin.

“Asher?”

The sound of his name caused Asher to jump.  His hand knocked over the glass of water sitting beside his plate.  “Oh my god!” Asher gasped as the water cascaded across the tablecloth.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you,” Tyler said, as he placed his napkin over the puddle to soak up the spill.  “You looked like you disappeared for a second.”

Quickly adding his napkin to Tyler’s, they had the accident under control by time the waitress made her way back to the table.  “Are you two ready?” She gave them a forced smile.  It was the look people gave when they disapproved of openly gay couples.  Asher had experienced it several times before in the past, but he never got used to narrow minded people looking down their bigoted noses at him.

Asher glanced back to Tyler and gave him a wink.  Too embarrassed to admit that he still had no clue what food was on the menu, Asher nodded his head towards Tyler, “I invited you here tonight as my date, so you should go first.”  Asher already knew that whatever the man ordered, he was going to ask for the same. The waitress wrote down how they wanted their food cooked before heading to the bar for two glasses of wine.

“So, Milo told me that you’re friends with Ian,” Tyler’s fingers fumbled with the silverware. Asher watched him try to hide his nervousness, but when the guy started tapping the handle of his fork against the knife, the tinny melody gave his anxiousness away.  Reaching across the table, Asher covered Tyler’s hand with his.  A warm sensation spread up his fingers making the hairs on the back of his arm stand up.

“I must be more nervous than I thought.  When Milo called this afternoon to ask if I still wanted to meet you, I didn’t know what to expect.”

“It’s okay,” Asher smiled at the man sitting across from him. “Ian and Milo believe it is their duty to make everyone as deliriously happy as they are and have appointed themselves honorary matchmakers for all gays in the tri-state area.”

Tyler laughed as he agreed with Asher.  Their conversation was light.  It quickly steered from mutual friends to their chosen careers.  Asher wasn’t embarrassed to work as a bartender, yet he was grateful that Tyler took the lead in the topic of conversation.

Listening to Tyler talk about the different galleries that have displayed his work, Asher’s cell phone suddenly vibrated on the table. When Michael’s name flashed across the screen, Asher inhaled sharply.  It was an involuntary response to seeing the man’s name on his phone.  Tyler watched Asher quickly swipe his thumb across the ‘reject’ tab.

“If it’s important--”

“It’s not,” Asher cut Tyler off before nervously chewing on his bottom lip.  Just as he looked up to apologize to his date for the interruption, the phone started buzzing again.

“Maybe you should take that,” Tyler softly suggested.  Asher could see the hurt in the man’s bright eyes.  Shaking his head, Asher rejected the call for a second time which brought a sexy grin to Tyler’s cute face.

“Is this guy a jealous ex-boyfriend or something?” Tyler asked.  Asher shook his head and laughed.

“No, he’s most definitely not my boyfriend!” Asher fought for air between chuckles. Tyler’s blond brows knitted together in confusion.  “Michael’s as straight as they come,” Asher informed him.  “He’s just a friend…sort of.  We kind of had a huge argument earlier today.”

Tyler’s eyes widened. “Then you should talk to him,” he insisted.

Shaking his head, Asher told him, “Don’t worry about it.  He can wait until tomorrow.”  Picking up the phone to turn it off, it buzzed in Asher’s hand for a third time.  Instead of an incoming call, Michael sent a text message.  Careful not to show any reaction to the desperate message, Asher read Michael’s plea to, ‘please call me,’ as the phone powered off and the screen went black.

Asher took each breath, slow, calm and steady.  He was out on a date with a gorgeous guy, so why was he still thinking about Michael Waters?  Asher had to stop his mind from lingering on someone he would never have a chance with and just enjoy tonight.  Tyler was handsome and talented, he had shown true concern over the argument Asher had with Michael, but most important, he was gay.  This might actually go somewhere.  Tonight could lead to a relationship, which Asher hadn’t had in a long time.

It was time to pull out all of the stops.  With his sexiest smile, Asher turned his attention back to his date.  “So, Tyler,” Asher paused before flicking his tongue over his full lower lip, letting the man’s eyes settle on his seductive pout before continuing to charm the handsome young artist. “Tell me more about you and your artwork.”

The guy’s blue eyes lit up as he explained the latest piece that he had been working on while Asher pushed all thoughts of Michael Waters out of his mind.

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Bang! Bang! Bang! The fists pounding at the front door didn’t stop.  They paused for a few seconds only to start again in a new set of wood splintering blows.

“Christ, its two o’clock in the morning,” Asher rubbed his sleepy eyes as he stumbled across his darkened apartment.  His light brown hair was stuck out from his head in every direction.  The breeze blowing through the open windows of his apartment was balmy with the summer heat.

“Mrs. Nguyen, I already showed you how to shut off the water in case the toilet overflowed again,” Asher grumbled at his elderly neighbor before reaching the door.

Sliding the lock on the door, Asher swung it open, expecting to find the old woman waiting with another emergency.  The lady was sweet, but she was a walking catastrophe, every week the woman had some sort of crisis that she wanted Asher to handle.

Instead of finding his needy neighbor, Michael Waters stood in the dim hallway outside of Asher’s apartment.  His eyes were red rimmed and bloodshot.

“What are you doing here?” The gravely sound of sleep still thick in Asher’s voice.

Michael’s eyes darted around.  He looked everywhere except at the man whose door he had been beating down in the middle of the night.  Michael looked upset.  His hair was disheveled, his face was pale, and his fingers trembled as he rubbed them across his temple and winced from the touch that appeared to cause the man more pain than soothe his frazzled nerves.

“If you came to apologize, Mike, you don’t need to,” Asher’s words were barely a whisper.  “I promise you, I’m not mad anymore, but it’s really late, so go home and we’ll talk about this--”

Michael suddenly kissed Asher.  The touch was unexpected.  Asher’s lips parted when he gasped in surprise.  Michael took it as an invitation to deepen the connection and his hot tongue skimmed past Asher’s teeth exploring the secret recesses of his mouth.  Someone moaned.  Asher was unsure who it was, but at this moment he didn’t care.  The kiss was wonderful.  The smoldering taste of whiskey was still fresh on Michael’s breath.

The air was humid in the hallway.  It dampened the fabric along the front of Michael’s shirt.  Michael closed the space between them and wrapped his arms around Asher’s body.  Someone moaned again. Michael rubbed his hands over Asher’s bare shoulders, tracing his way up until he was cradling the back of Asher’s head.  The contact was explosive.  The thin material of Asher’s gym shorts couldn’t hide the erection in his pants.

“Come on Ash, get rid of whoever’s at the door and come back to bed.” Tyler’s voice called from inside the apartment.

The sound of another man broke the spell.  Michael stumbled away from Asher.  He stood there trembling as his eyes peered into the darkness.  The light suddenly turned on in the bathroom, washing white light over Tyler’s lean frame.  The man didn’t bother to close the door as he walked around the room naked with his penis bouncing proudly in front of him.

“I shouldn’t have come here.” Tears pooled in Michael’s wide eyes as he backed into the shadows.

“No, Michael, wait!” Asher grabbed his arm, but Michael jerked his shoulder, easily shrugging away from the touch. “I can explain,” he pleaded.

“This was a mistake.  I’m sorry,” Michael’s soft voice disappeared in the darkness.  His head and shoulders both drooped as his feet raced toward the staircase before vanishing into the night.

Thanks guys for reading! I'm sorry that it's taking me longer than normal to reply to your reviews.  I love hearing from readers.  This story is so important to me, but I've had some major health issues that I've been dealing with in real life.  I'm trying to write everyday to keep my mind off an uncertain future.

It means so much to have your encouragment and support! Thank you, KC smile.png

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Oh wow, I so didn't expect Michael to go to Ashers flat. Got to wonder what is going on in Asher after that kiss :)I would love to know more about Michael, as it seems that my first hunch about him being a closet case was true.

All in all, I don't get the impression that he is a ungarisch asshole. Instead, I think, he Fels too much - he lets things get to him too easily. I wonder if they will resolve this Problem between the two of them :) while I am Looking forward to more, I hope you get better soon. best wishes, ninecila

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Wow talk about poor timing. And wow what a kiss talk about steamy.. I hope Asher doesn't let Michael get away. Getting laid in frustration can be a good in the moment but I think Michael complete with obvious baggage is a better thing.

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Hmm, Tyler's just a rebound fling... Sigh. This is one of those situations, where everything's messed up but no one is to be blamed. Asher, Michael or Tyler were all right in their place. I feel really bad for Michael though. He didn't deserve that. He did try to contact Asher. To come at his place at 2am... he's not looking for a fling, isn't he? He's in for something serious. But now... Can't wait to see what happens next? (Though I scared, keeping in mind your mean streak with your characters. :P)

 

Tyler seems to be really sweet. But we all know that Asher's heart is already with a certain someone called Michael... So can I have him please? Pretty please? LOL

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!! Finally some progress - and Ash have another man in his bed !! :pissed: Grumpy now ! :P

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Poor Tyler. Poor Michael. Poor Asher. ): I hope Asher gets the chance to make a choice between the two. *hugs Tyler* Poor Tyler ):

Great chapter, loved the flirting and body language! :)

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Asher has had quite a day! Starting with anger, and ending with apologies and

awkwardness. Poor guy! Isn't that the way life goes? First a drought then a flood.

Sometimes life just sucks, doesn't it?

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No!I Was so hoping that Tyler hadn't gone home with him. Geez... Awkward! And poor Michael, that's probably not what he expected.

I will be impatiently waiting for the next chapter

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Ashers totally! a slut! this tyler character is totally going to be a one night stand.....now the question is how to get around all this with micheal!

 

I love this storY!! please keep it up!

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If only he had taken that call, things might have been different. I can't help but feel bad for Tyler. I eel like he's going to get his heart stepped on and seriously broken.

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Talk about embracing your inner cliffhanger. We barely got safely down from last weeks cliff and whoops, slide, and here we are dangling again. Oh the slow sweet torture. You are a total control freak!

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I know I asked about the 8 chapters and no kiss thing last week, but is this chapter your idea of vengeance?

At least the kiss seemed like the real deal to Asher...

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Good, good, good grief. I am feeling sorry for Michael. Hopefully, this will not discourage him. Poor Asher also. He is in the in between mode, and wants Michael so bad. and Tyler is at his apartment. What a mess. Great Chapter KC

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Oh wow! Just wow! I don't know what I expected but that was great. Every week now, I can't wait for the next chapter. I'm glad I wasn't reading this at Timmies, lol. I hate explaining my "holy craps" and ' oh wows" that I say out loud.

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Wow, poor MIchael. He was so upset at finding another guy at Asher's place. And Asher, I really didn't expect him to bring Tyler home with him. But then again, Tyler seems like the whole package. lol I wouldn't want to leave him waiting in bed. ;)

 

Shit, what's Asher gonna do? Is he gonna run after Michael? Kick Tyler out? If he kicks Tyler out, could you send him to me, or better yet, maybe he has a straight twin. Or cousin, or non-twin...I'm no picky. hahah

 

Great chapter KC!

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Talk about getting your hand caught in the cookie jar. Suppose both Asher and Mr Dimples (Michael) have some explaining to do. This is one of those situation that I like to refer to as a Cluster F*. You want what you think you can't have so you self medicate with someone else that you know you can have and think that could become more only to be forced to face the fact that the one you are with is not the one that makes you happy nor the one you really want. By this stage tho it is too late to take anything back as you have already put your foot in it and it already sticks of cow shit. No matter what you do you will all suffer from the actions. The only feeling of salvation from the situation is found in the hope that you'll at least get to explain things and that the one you want to hear, understand and forgive you will care enough to put forth the effort.

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Wow, what a breathtaking end to the chapter. i did not expect tyler to end up there the way the date was going, and for Mike to show up, that's just horrible timing and made me feel really bad for him and for Asher too. you have a wonderful story going here. I hope that you feel better soon.

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Wow, what a mess. That rebounding thing never works, Asher didn't you know that. Totally great chapter KC, can't wait to see how you fix this one :D

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Feels a bit abrupt, Michael's capitulation to his true feelings. Also, I expected Asher to be a little more in control of how he goes about things and not act out of anger. He hasn't behaved as less than an adult yet. Story's still interesting though, waiting to see where it goes.

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On 05/28/2013 06:35 AM, ninecila said:
Oh wow, I so didn't expect Michael to go to Ashers flat. Got to wonder what is going on in Asher after that kiss :)I would love to know more about Michael, as it seems that my first hunch about him being a closet case was true.

All in all, I don't get the impression that he is a ungarisch asshole. Instead, I think, he Fels too much - he lets things get to him too easily. I wonder if they will resolve this Problem between the two of them :) while I am Looking forward to more, I hope you get better soon. best wishes, ninecila

Thanks so much Ninecila, I'm sorry for the late reply, life has been crazy, but I don't want to disappoint readers with my personal issues interfering with my writing.

 

Yeah, Michael going back to Asher's was unexpected ;) And to find another man there :o Scandalous! There is a lot more so we are not done with these guys yet! Thanks for reading and hanging in there with me and my story, KC :)

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On 05/28/2013 06:40 AM, Daithi said:
Wow talk about poor timing. And wow what a kiss talk about steamy.. I hope Asher doesn't let Michael get away. Getting laid in frustration can be a good in the moment but I think Michael complete with obvious baggage is a better thing.
Rebound sex is never good for anyone. Tyler is a good guy but I agree with you that Michael is the better choice...but boy does he have baggage! We'll see just how much before this story ends. Luckily we have about another 20ish chapters to go! Kc :lol:

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On 05/28/2013 06:50 AM, Ieshwar said:
Hmm, Tyler's just a rebound fling... Sigh. This is one of those situations, where everything's messed up but no one is to be blamed. Asher, Michael or Tyler were all right in their place. I feel really bad for Michael though. He didn't deserve that. He did try to contact Asher. To come at his place at 2am... he's not looking for a fling, isn't he? He's in for something serious. But now... Can't wait to see what happens next? (Though I scared, keeping in mind your mean streak with your characters. :P)

 

Tyler seems to be really sweet. But we all know that Asher's heart is already with a certain someone called Michael... So can I have him please? Pretty please? LOL

Just think how this chapter would have ended if Asher would have answered the phone calls and texts ;) I do have a mean streak with killing characters...who do you think I should torture in the next chapter? LOL

 

Thanks for reading, sorry for the late reply, KC :)

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On 05/28/2013 06:52 AM, carringtonrj said:
Thanks for sharing, KC. Great steamy kiss. x
The kiss.... it had me all hot and bothered just writing it ;) Thanks for reading, Richard! :) Kc

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On 05/28/2013 07:03 AM, Slytherin said:
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!! Finally some progress - and Ash have another man in his bed !! :pissed: Grumpy now ! :P

:thumbup:

Sleeping with a guy on the first date is always a bad idea. AND Asher did it as a revenge sex...which always ends bad :( Sorry you're grumpy but glad you liked it! :) Kc

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On 05/28/2013 07:53 AM, vinnyvin said:
Poor Tyler. Poor Michael. Poor Asher. ): I hope Asher gets the chance to make a choice between the two. *hugs Tyler* Poor Tyler ):

Great chapter, loved the flirting and body language! :)

Thanks Vinny, but the flirting and body language got 'em into this mess, LOL. What if Tyler runs out and catches Michael and the 2 of them hook-up leaving Asher alone....oh the endless possibilities! :P

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