and strong language.
It's Saturday morning, Luke is up early to get things going at the shop before he meets the guys for lunch later that day. He comes down the stairs and realizes he doesn't have his phone on him. He quickly dashes back upstairs thinking he left it up there...
Finally he comes back downstairs where Laura is cleaning up after breakfast. He hollers out to Laura. His tone is frustrated. She knows he is not looking forward to today and so he is a bit stressed out and now he cannot find his phone.
*Laura* "Yeah, what is it?..."
*Luke* "I can't find my fucking phone? Did I leave it in the kitchen?..."
*Laura* "No, lemme call it..."
Laura grabs her phone out of her back pocket,
and calls his phone. They both pause in silence to wait
for the sound of his ringtone.
*Luke* "Did you hear that?..."
Then suddenly the sound he was expecting to hear come from upstairs was right in front of them. Luke quickly shouts and startles Phoenix.
The shout from dad jars him so quickly he drops the phone and begins to crawl away. He knows he is not supposed to play with Dad's phone but it was left abandoned on the kitchen table and such a shiny new phone like Dad's is a temptation he could not resist.
Luke begins walking around the couch to where Phoenix is so that he can get his phone and with a deep, loud voice he continues to scolds him. Phoenix has been told before that Dad's phone is not a toy.
*Luke* "What have I told you about playin' with my phone, huh?! You know
better. My phone is not a toy, son! You have all those other toys you
could have played with now you're gonna have to sit on timeout!..." *Laura* "Luke stop yelling...don't be so hard on him..
he knows he did wrong."
Luke grabs his phone, and then scoops up Phoenix
and sits him in the chair for a timeout. By this time
Phoenix is in full tears, Dad hardly ever gets this mad at him.
*Laura in a whisper* "Luke, stop I think you've been hard enough on him..."
*Luke* "He needs to learn, Babe...My fffu...my phone is off limits.
We can't go buy another if he breaks it."
*Laura* "I know that but still take it down a notch. He knows what
he did was wrong."
Phoenix continues to sit in the chair and cry. Luke can see now
what she means now that he calmed down some but
he is still nerve wrecked about the rest of the day.
Luke then turns to Laura.
*Luke* "I've got to go, Babe...I'll call you later."
*Laura shrugs her shoulders* "Okay..."
*Laura* "Baby...you know you don't have to agree to this lunch thing if
this is making you that stressed out."
*Luke* "I'll be fine! Better we just get it done and over with anyways,
this shit has been dragged out long enough..."
Then with Luke says goodbye and takes off to work for the day. When noontime comes around he heads towards the bar for
lunch with the guys.
Bull Tavern on a Saturday afternoon is bustling with business. Customers are coming and going and the pool table is crowded with players, jukebox blaring.
Luke is the first to arrive and gets very lucky at snagging his favorite booth to sit at. He slides in and begins to get comfortable and before he knows it Aric has come over to say hello. The two old friends quickly shake hands and greet one another. Aric was one of the first of a few people to welcome Luke when he first moved here.
Aric knows a little bit about what happened with Shaun, the whole baby business, and then leaving back to California,
but not in depth details.
As he steps away he bumps into a young woman
who is meeting a friend at the bar.
Like I said it's a busy Saturday, even with the cold chill in the air everyone is still getting out for the day.
*Luke* "No...it's cool. We gotta clear the air at some point, right?"
*Shaun sighs* "Yeah..."
When Shaun left he not only bailed on Amari and
the baby but he bailed on his two best friends as well.
He slides into the booth sitting across from Luke. Shaun knows Peter can hold a grudge but nine months is a long time to be gone. Can he really still be that mad about all of it?!
Luke now knows for a fact he's still mad, cursed up a storm on the phone this morning when Luke called him about
this impromptu lunch date.
Luke has always considered Shaun one of his closest friends. So it did sting a whole lot when he chose to pack up, leave and
ditch everything they worked so hard for.
Shaun lets out a huff of frustration. He knew the guilt trip would be coming and he has to try and explain himself the best that he can.
I'm enjoying having Rock Candy back together."
*Luke* "So you'd rather spend you time and energy with the band then get know Leila watch her grow. Believe me, I know what it's like to miss out on your kid,
it was hard being away from Laura and Phoenix..."
again. She always fucking does. And when she does she will bring down the band with her just like before...Amari would never do that."
being with me was just about the party scene..."
*Luke* "Yeah and I thought that's why you two got along so well...But you bailed when the shit hit the fan and not her. C'mon man wake the fuck up! She just had your baby!"
Same shit different people..."
*Luke* "No, this is not the same...And I didn't leave her knocked up. She lost the baby then I left after I realized that life would never get better with her because I was not in love with her."
*Luke sighs* "Yeah, I know what you mean...Shit, so things really are like that for you and Amari?"
*Shaun* "Yes!...Didn't Laura know any of this?"
*Luke* "Hell if I know...She never said otherwise to me."
*Shaun* "Or Amari just never told her what was really going on."
*Shaun* "I plan to go see her, and I will be apart of her life, Mari can't stop me from that."
*Luke* "Okay, fair enough...Just know you've got a whole angry horde of women ready to tear you apart...Good thing Amari is a sane person. I don't think I could have ever done this with Rufus.
Hey, speaking of Rufus...I know you've got good reason to not have faith in her,
but she is fucking killing it right now. And I think you know exactly why!..."
*Luke* "Yeah....I fucking figured she's using music as a therapeutic outlet. Look I'm glad she's doing good but you know deep down that shit will not last..."
*Shaun* "She's not the same woman you last saw....I know I didn't want to believe it either, but she is healthy, she looks healthy and your little sister is doing good too.
*Luke* "You've seen Ruby?..."
*Shaun* "Yeah, man...she's a happy little girl and getting big too."
*Shaun* "No she doesn't, everyone still thinks Ruby's father is some random roadie..."
*Luke sighs* "Good, cause we don't fucking need my father
finding out. He'd turn this whole thing into a fucking circus act."
*Luke* "Good, thanks man..."
*Shaun* "Brothers right?..."
*Luke nods again* "Yup..."
*Peter* "You two starting this fucking shit show without me?..."
Luke responds to Peter's crass comment. He is still
mad at Shaun and probably will stay mad unless someone can talk him off the ledge. That someone usually has to be Luke.
*Peter* "Yeah well I'm here now"
Peter walks to the other side of the table on Luke's side of the booth. His face is covered by his sunglasses and hat so it is hard to read his facial expressions but the tone of his voice tells it all.
*Shaun* "Hang on, Luke and I were having a civil conversation about this."
*Peter* "Fuck that shit!...And fuck you!"
Shaun lets it slide for now he knows Peter well too
and knows how stubborn he can be.
Peter is still livid as ever he has yet to get out all the anger
that has stirred up for the past 9 months. He lifts his
sunglasses off his face and leans in, he is nearly loud enough for the whole bar to hear him, only if the music wasn't so loud.
I know cuz I was there, Luke wasn't...."
Shaun looks down at his mug of beer and sighs. He knew that it would come to this but still you always hope deep down that it won't. On the other hand he knows what he did was shitty but he had to make a choice and for him this was his best option.
*Shaun still looking down* "So what the fuck do you want from me
Peter? I tried to apologize...Anything I say will never be good enough..."
Peter slides into the booth and sits next to Luke.
He lowers the sound of his voice this time but the tone is still angry.
What you did was shitty man, fucking real shitty! One day you'll wake up and realize it and when that day comes don't fuckin' expect me to be there!...I had to spend hours rescheduling all of our gigs and when Luke I finally find a guy worthy enough to replace you. I can't get a place
to take us cause they're all booked up!"
*Peter* "No!!! I don't need your fuckin' money!"
*Shaun* "Okay fine...So I guess this is a stalemate then huh? Just fuckin' agree to disagree?"
*Peter* "I'm not fuckin' agreeing to shit! You started this the moment you knocked up Amari. A vasectomy would have stopped any of this shit from happening!..."
*Peter* "Noooo! No, that is not what I'm saying...I...I.. mean."
Peter looses his train of thought and the point he was trying to make.
He is so blindsided by his anger he cannot see past it.
*Shaun* "What?!!! Are you fuckin' serious?!!..."
Peter turns to Luke.
*Luke* "What?! It's true though...And you're not making a lot
of fucking sense right now."
*Luke* "Uh...oh-kay then why the fuck did you?"
*Peter* "To prove to Willow that she's the only one for me and
that whatever happens, fuckin' happens..."
*Shaun* "Now who's the one who's fuckin' pussy whipped? You
Then Peter takes a swig of his beer. Luke decides to try and
change the direction of the conversation.
*Shaun* "Oh, but I gotta listen to yours?!..."
*Luke* "C'mon...let's just fucking forget about all that. So if things were different
and let's say Mari never got pregnant...Would you still have left?.."
*Peter* "Rufus is just gonna let it all go to shit again anyways...It will happen."
*Shaun* "Oh really? You think you know Rufus better than me?.."
*Peter* "No but Luke fucking does..."
*Luke* "Shaun said she is doing well, and I believe him...Just let it go Pete..
This is not worth staying angry over."
*Shaun* "Is this about Fiona and what happened with her and Rufus?"
Luke cringes and thinks oh shit don't bring her up?! Fuck!
*Peter* "Fiona?! What the fuck?! Why you want to bring my dead ex girlfriend into this shit?!...Rufus is a liar! She's a fucking cunt and will do whatever it takes to get her way and you sit there and fucking defend her?! Rock Candy is doomed if you let her "
Peter sets his beer mug back down and looks Shaun straight in
the face, his words hitting Shaun like an icy, cold wind.
*Shaun* "Wha...are you fuckin' serious?...Luke?..."
You wanna be a stubborn son of a bitch, fine! Fuck you! I'm done here..."
Peter picks his mug back up and looks down into the amber gold liquid, he too is not happy but his pride always gets in the way. Luke however tries to stop Shaun from leaving
*Luke* "C'mon don't let his bullshit bring you down!...Let's just finish lunch."
Shaun pulls out a fifty dollar bill and throws
it down on the table and heads for the door.
Peter slides out of the booth and goes to sit opposite of Luke. Before that he shreds a few layers of clothing all that adrenaline,
anger, and beer heated him up...
*Luke* "Yeah I can! And your shit attitude about it all is not helping either!..."
*Peter* "Pleeeease! Like you're not fucking pissed at him for ditching us for Rufus!"
*Luke* "Yeah I was mad at first but I got over it...And he happened to make a few good
points if you would have let him talk...."
*Peter* "What is so good about ditching us and his kid for Rufus?!..."
*Luke* "You're not gonna change his mind, he said that...
I know it's not a perfect situation
but when is shit ever perfect? Can you fucking get
past the Rufus shit already?!.."
*Peter* "No fucking way! And you of all people should feel the same
after all the shit she's put you through!"
Luke laughs, and shakes his head in disbelieving manner. He knows Rufus has done some sketchy things to hang onto him but he is not so innocent either. Peter too is to blame for some of it.
*Luke* "Wow! You're fucking delusional right now...I mean, I know you're mad about Shaun,
but shit man. Rufus is guilty but so are we! More so if you think about it
and we are damn lucky she let it all go!"
*Peter* "Rufus fucking deserved what she got! You may not have the balls to say it,
but I fucking do! She played games and got burned simple as that..."
who called Cade, I never asked you to do shit!..."
Peter laughs now, Luke clearly wanted her gone but at the same time he did not want to hurt her. So Peter took
the bull by the horns and called in Cade.
going in fucking circles! She was never gonna leave you alone!.."
by Cade and you'd probably still be with Fiona..."
and leave Fiona out of this!...She has nothing to do with this!"
Luke slams his beer down onto the table.
something to do with Rufus. They fucking played you and it
pisses you off. Let it go, Pete!..."
Luke is right, Peter has never let it go and he never wants to talk about it. His reaction is plain and clear. Luke thinks this is why he cannot get past what Shaun did too.
forced to leave because it's the only way out of her fucking web of games."
Peter is right, it wasn't always good times and rock n roll with Rufus. Luke feels bad he never asked him to split and leave with him.
what I had to do for me at the time. I needed to be alone. Find my own fucking way.."
Peter deep down understands, but he is still hurt by
it when he thinks back on it.
didn't even tell your best friend you were leaving...I had to go find Rufus and ask her what the fuck happened. Which of course was her twisted sense of reality..."
Luke stops him and interjects. He cannot believe what a ridiculous rabbit hole of nonsense they have stumbled into...
that you made for yourself are my fucking fault?!..."
Luke grabs his jacket and gets up and out of the booth.
through and make a life with Willow. She deserves nothing less!..."
Peter has a hard time not seeing things so black and white.
to tell him I got it reversed!..."
*Luke* "You're just mad cause I used it to prove a point!
Peter waves his hand up and looks away. All this change
lately has really thrown him for a loop.
I've got too much shit I've gotta finish up at the shop.
Have a good fucking weekend..I've gotta get back to work."
Peter slumps in his seat. Great not only is he not
on speaking terms with Shaun now but he may have
just blew things up with Luke.
Luke bundles back up for the cold air outside and heads off. He too is not happy that he let things go so south with Peter, but he is tired of the drama as well. We all have faults, we all make mistakes, and we all need to be forgiven every once in awhile. It is obvious Peter has deep seeded issues and anger towards Rufus, which he may be entitled to,
but he needs to learn to let it all go.
Say it ain't so!
Don't let this bromace dye you guys just because you
cannot see eye to eye on everything.
Hopefully these three friends can work it out again...
Thanks so much for tuning in and reading and commenting
on the lives of my crazy little dolls.
See you all next week!