“Babe, don’t forget I’ll be running late tonight.”
Kade looked up from the note he was making to himself to buy milk and eggs, at his husband Brian’s words. “I know you have interviews for a new bartender tonight. See I remembered,” Kade stated with a grin. His smile grew as the sound of Brian’s deep chuckle made it to his ears.
“You can’t fault me for making sure. It’s better to remind you then to have you plotting my death.”
“I only did that twice in the ten years we’ve been together and none of them in the past five since we’ve tied the knot.” Kade laughed when Brian only raised an eyebrow at him. “I’ll never tell how many times I’ve truly plotted.”
“I know love.” Brian leaned down, giving Kade a kiss on the forehead. “What do you guys have planned for today?” Brian asked as he straightened before sitting down next to Kade on the bed.
“Josh has practice tonight, then after since you won’t be home until late, we’ll probably go out for pizza and ice cream,” Kade answered as he absently toyed with Brian’s fingers.
Brian groaned before stating, “Now I feel bad. I didn’t know Josh had practice. I should reschedule.”
“Love, don’t worry about it, you’ll be there for the game on Saturday, and that’s all Josh cares about,” Kade tried to sooth his husband.
“I don’t know maybe Beth can do the interviews.”
“No, you do the interviews, and come back home as quickly as possible, and then Josh can tell you how practice went. We both know how particular you are when it comes to who works at the Naked Lunch.”
Brian sighed to himself. “You’re right. I’ll figure out a way to make it up to both of you guys.”
Kade knew there wasn’t any point in arguing with his husband. Once he had an idea in his head, Brian was like a dog with a bone. And if he felt like he let his family down, he would be more determined to make amends.
“Okay, enough with the chitchat. It’s time for you to get going. It’s not okay for one of the owners to be late for work,” Kade informed Brian.
“Hardy har har. If you wanted me gone, that’s all you had to say.”
Kade tilted his back when Brian leaned forward to give him a goodbye kiss. “Have a good night at work,” Kade whispered across Brian’s lips. His husband gave him one last kiss before standing from the bed.
“Have fun at practice, and if you meet a hot young man, tell him it’s a package deal, and I’m not talking about the kids.” Brian winked.
Kade chuckled while swatting at Brian. “Of course we’re a package deal.” Kade smiled to himself as he smacked his husband’s butt when he turned to leave. He loved that they were secure in their relationship and able to joke, without the other getting jealous.
“I’ll call you tonight to let you know how things are going,” Brian called over his shoulder.
“Sure thing, love.”
Kade heard the front door open and close, followed by the sound of Brian’s motorcycle roaring to life.
“Dad, Kristina keeps taking my action figures and saying they’re hers.”
Kade fell back onto his bed and groaned as tiny feet rushed toward him following Peyton’s words.
“And so it begins,” he mumbled to himself.
Brian took a moment to take a few deep breaths after he parked his motorcycle in the back of the Naked Lunch. He hated missing out on practices, plays, school activities, or family time. To him, it felt like he was letting them down, and he never wanted to do that, but Kade had made a valid point.
Brian took another minute to collect himself before getting off his bike and entering the Naked Lunch. The bar was his and Kade’s pride and joy. Although Brian was the one who worked the day to day of everything to do with the bar, they were still equal partners.
Brian was happy to take care of everything because it gave Kade the chance to be home with the kids.
“Hey boss man, you made it right on time, your first interview will be here in thirty minutes,” Beth called from the bar.
“Thanks, I’ll be back in the office. Come get me when they get here.”
“Sure thing boss man.”
Brian headed toward the back where his office was and took a seat behind his desk. He couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to make tonight up to Josh. Even though Brian knew Josh wouldn’t make much of a fuss about Brian missing his practice, it still weighed heavy on him.
He needed to shake his mood before the first interviewee came in. He already hated conducting them, and to add on that he was missing something important didn’t help matters. Not for the first time, Brian wished he wasn’t about to lose Beth to medical school, but he wouldn’t begrudge anybody a better chance at life and doing something they loved.
Brian took one last deep breath before powering up his computer. Maybe he could find something for the family to do together on Sunday.
Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2017