Friday, May 21, 2010

15. Wedding Announcement, Gay Jokes and a Drunken Pick-up

Brooks didn’t want to kill anyone, so he tried to pretend like he couldn’t feel Jose flicking his ear from the row behind him.
The annoying little French-man was leaning up through the seats, suppressing a laugh as he continued to poke at his ear; as if Brooks didn’t already realize he was there.
He wanted to turn around and punch him, but that would get him in trouble with Boudreau; and, then the guys would never leave him alone. No, as long as he didn’t do anything, they’d eventually get board and move on to something else. At least he hoped so.

“Alright boys, we need to celebrate tonight!” Knuble yelled from somewhere at the back of the bus. “Listen up… I finally asked Melissa to marry me so… drinks are on me!”
Half the bus cheered, the other moaned, Brooks said nothing.

“You can’t get married Knuble! You’re like a baby! What are you 21, 22?” Morry complained, getting a few nods from the rest of the guys on the bus.

Knuble gave him a questioning glance. “Dude, I’m 37.”

“Fuck you are old.” Semin laughed, and Brooks couldn’t help but chuckle along at that. I didn’t really pay attention to anything else though, he simply turned and glanced past a sleeping Mike, until he could watch the view fly by out the window.

“Aww see! He’s not even paying attention, he’s watching his boyfriend sleep!” Ovechkin sneered from a few seats in front of Brooks. It’s wasn’t what he was saying, but the tone that caught his attention, and he turned towards Alex.

“What did you say?”

“Oh we were just talking about celebrating tonight, but you were occupied so you missed it…” He answered, laughing at his own line of thought.
“I mean, we’d invite you guys to come but we really don’t want to break up this ‘Broke Back Mountain’ thing you’ve got going on…” He added, earning a few hoots from his Russian counterparts.

“Shut the fuck up, Alex.” Brooks snapped, trying to keep his voice down, but he managed to wake Mike.

“What’s going on?” He yawned sleepily, glancing around to see everyone staring at him.

Brooks opened his mouth to say something, but Alex spoke above him. “Just talking about how queer you are.”

Mike sighed, not bothered, but annoyed. “We’ve been over this Alex… I won’t have sex with you. I’m sorry, I’m just not interested in men that way.”

“Oh please Mike, you’re so far in the closet you’re in Narnia.” Knuble cracked, causing Mike to laugh along. Unlike Brooks, Mike didn’t take the gay comments to heart, he could laugh them off and deal with them. Brooks couldn’t.

“Brooks, I just realized what it is you remind me of… a gay letter” Alex pressed, as he started to spin around in his seat.

Rolling his eyes, Brooks exhaled loudly. “What does that even mean?”

“You only come in male boxes. Get it?”

2 days later

Brooks laid on the couch in his apartment. Mike was laid out in the lazy boy chair to his right, while Cosmo was sitting on his stomach.
His legs were pulled up towards him, leaving enough room for Emily to sit at the bottom of the couth.
They were watching Might Ducks and laughing as Coach Bombay tried to find kids to play on his hockey team. “See Cosmo, that’s his mistake… he’s focusing too much on his defensive players, everyone knows it’s all about the forwards.”

“Oh Puh-leeeez!” Mike groaned, tilting his head backwards to look at Cosmo. “Don’t listen to your dad, he’s just jealous because he knows real men play defence… and you wanna be a real man, right Cosmo? Just like your Uncle Mike.”

“No way! She’s gonna be a big time forward like her dad, crushing the competition with body-weight and sheer willpower.”

“You guys forgot that Cosmo’s a girl again… didn’t you?” Emily chuckled softly as she glanced at her watch.

“No!” Brooks said defensively, grabbing Cosmo under the arms and lifting her easily; spinning her until she was looking right at Emily. The little girl gave her a two-tooth grin and clapped her hands, squealing. “This is the face of a killer. She’s going to be the toughest hockey player in the history of the world.”

Emily leaned forward and kissed Cosmo on the forehead. “Sorry that I have to leave you here with them alone… keep them in line ok?” She laughed, standing up and pushing herself.

“Where are you going?” Brooks and Mike chimed together.

Emily laughed at their unison. “It’s Friday night, I work… I’ll see you guys tomorrow.”

“Woah… you work? I thought you worked here now?” Brooks asked, his eyes popping open.

“No, I look after Cosmo when you guys have games, I still have a job.” She snorted, shaking her head as she headed out the door.

Brooks stared after her, his mouth a jar. “Here’s your one chance Fancy don’t let me down! Here’s your one chance Fancy don’t let me down! Now don’t let me down! You’re momma’s gonna help you get uptown!” Mike started to sing in a high voice.

Snapping his head back down Brooks glared at him. “One more word, and I’m breaking your Reba McEntire Cds.”

It was unusually for Emily to be thinking of anything else but the numerous men around her, after all, her livelihood deepened on them having a good time; but she still found herself thinking about Cosmo, Mike and Brooks, and where she had left them.
They were probably still curled up on the couch, watching Mighty Ducks and trying to explain to Cosmo what icing meant, and how to shoot a knuckle-puck. The idea made her smile, and distracted her enough that she didn’t see Jake come up behind her.
“I’m not gonna lie to you Emily, you’re incredible.” He said coyly, his hand running along the smooth, bare skin of her back.
Emily didn’t even stiffen or feel awkward, he wasn’t the first guy that had made a pass at her while she was working.

“What can I say, I’m talented at what I do…” She said, glancing over her shoulder to smile at him; that smile she could pull out when she needed to. The smile that hid any kind of real emotion she was feeling, the one that allowed her to do her job convincingly.

He smiled back, his eyes half-hooded by the effects of the alcohol on them. Normally a girl wouldn’t feel flattered to have a drunk guy hitting on her, but Emily felt a little smug. There were girls on the stage taking their clothing off - legs open and tits out - but he was still looking at her. So maybe she wasn‘t exactly dressed like Mother Teresa, but she wore as much as she could, given the line of work she was in. “Aww… well thanks for the offer Jake, but I got someone to get home to after.” She lied, the lie that went hand in hand with the smile. She always said that when someone tried to take her home and it wasn‘t in the game plan; her fall back, imaginary boyfriend.

He nodded, sheepishly. “I figured as much… hot girl like you… but still, Brooks Laich, that’s pretty cool.”

Emily’s eyes widened as she realized what Jake was thinking.; after all, he had seen her talking to Brooks the day he’d come over to her apartment. She figured it was dangerous ground, Brooks was a mild celebrity in Washington and it was probably in her best interest to just set the story straight. But she didn’t. “Oh yah… he’s fantastic… everything a girl could ever want in a man.” She finished firmly, realizing that she wasn‘t actually lying anymore.
Jake held up his hands in defeat, giving her one last wistful smile before heading back across the club to watch the girls that were still on the pole.

Emily checked her watch and sighed. She was pretty much done here, she was usually always done with the men half-early; she wish the same could be said for the women.
Unfortunately, the women were much more demanding on her skills, time and energy then the men, and they were all waiting for her upstairs.

Grabbing her large, stuffed, black bag, she sighed to herself as she headed up towards the second level of the club.


  1. Interesting... I've almost got it figured out... I think*

    Great update!
    Can we punch Ovie in the face? PLEASE?? lol

    This story makes me giggle so much, it's kind of crazy* I can't wait for the next chapter though!!!

    I don't know what's more amusing, the way they are with Cosmo, or Mike and Brooks together!

  2. Fantastic - I think I know too, but having said that you'll probably surprise me.

    Oh Ovechkin, he covers his tracks with all the girls he has... yet he still has the mental age of fifteen.

    Tut tut Emily, is that going to just be a little white lie? Or a giant lie that will come back to haunt her later on?

    When I read the chapter, I thought perhaps Emily was getting married, keeping a husband in her closet? All the same I loved it and impatient to see 16.

  3. Uhhh, I'm not sure what to think right now about Emily's job... but Emily and Brooks totally want each other, and they need stop tiptoeing around the idea and one of them has to make the move!

  4. arggh i really want to know what emily does for a living! and i really liked the perspective of emily!

  5. I haven't had the chance to comment on this story so far since my internet has been being a pain but again another great story so far. The relationship between Brooks and Mike makes me laugh out loud and I have a few ideas about what Emily may do for a living but I'm going to keep them to myself and see what happens! Can't wait for the next update.

  6. so em is a stripper...and has a crush on brooks 'OMG'!

  7. Okay seriously reveal what her job is soon! I am dying in suspense and suspicion. I don't get it, the stripper thing doesn't quite add up so we know she does something in a strip club...but what exactly is the job?

    Great chapter otherwise!

  8. I don't even have a guess what her job is lol. Loved it and the last couple chapters I missed because my internet was on the fritz. Brooks and Emily are fantastic together(:
    I feel like the mini-lie she told Jake is gonna come back and bite her in the ass

  9. Good chapter, but you might want to watch switching from 1st to 3rd point of view.

  10. So it seems like some people have an idea as to what Emily is... and my head is still in the sand. I have no fucking clue. And have I mentioned it's KILLING me?!?! haha.

    So I still complete adore Mike and Brooks, their relationship is fantastic!

    So uh... help a girl out yeah?! hahaha.

  11. I have learned to not bother to guess what I think Emily's job is. I do have to admit though, that I don't think she's a stripper just because strippers are supposed to be appear "available" to the customer/client. But I still don't know, and I'm not harboring a guess.

    The whole entire part with the team on the bus cracked me up, and I'd quote it all if I could.

    “You guys forgot that Cosmo’s a girl again… didn’t you?” I thought this was going to be my favorite line from this update, but then I got to this one: “This is the face of a killer. She’s going to be the toughest hockey player in the history of the world.” Hehehehehe. I love that Brooks thinks of his daughter this way. It's so endearing.


    And of course, the Emily Mystery. You sure know how to keep us coming back for more, Zigh. Sexual tension, humor, mystery... it's got all the elements!

  12. The title alone lets me know it's going to be a wild ride.

    “Oh please Mike, you’re so far in the closet you’re in Narnia.” Hahaha! Keep cracking the one-liners Zigh! Why is it that gay jokes and hockey work so well together? During tonight's game, Pierre McGuire exclaimed that Patrick Marleau "has a smokin' hot stick"! Pretty sure you have to drink a shot everytime he says stuff like that.

    "he knows real men play defence" But does Mike know that, isn't he famous for not playing D?

    Go Zigh go! There is so much energy in your posts that they just crackle.

  13. just one kiss..
    just one kiss between Emily and Brooks and this will all spark and the fire will begin!

    I make no sense eh? thought so.

    They are soooo secretly crushing on each other, it's cute, but gets old. Someone has to make a move!!

  14. Absolutley hilarious as usual. I am not going to even attempt to guess, I will take stock of the hints and keep my assumptions and guesses to myself. The whole Cosmo the big scary hockey player was cute. I can't wait to find out what she is, and for Brooks or Emily to make a damn move! :D

  15. haha this is even funnier than the last one! Brooks needs to make a move!

  16. I love a good mystery and this is it! Fantastic job, Zigh. I am so intrigued on this one. You have me guessing like crazy :P

    Let me say, I love how much the gay jokes get under Brooks' skin and I love even more how Mike just lets them slide. It seems so....them. Hahaha

    “I mean, we’d invite you guys to come but we really don’t want to break up this ‘Broke Back Mountain’ thing you’ve got going on…”
    ^^Idk why but lmfaooo. Ovechkin.