A few days later, the families decided that their stay in Bridgeport had run its course.
Harwood had to make a few adjustments, and ended up putting their apartment up for sale. Apparently, he was done living in the city, and wanted to return to Twinbrook.
Eventually, all the loose ends in Bridgeport were properly tied up. everything was packed, and Marc promised his entourage that he would stay in touch.
“All right, we got everything?” Dennis asked Shark. “Got your meds, clothing, Sagebear’s belongings?”
Opening his bag. Shark showed his father everything. The others put all their clothes somewhere in the back of Sinbad’s truck.
Sagebear was the first one in the truck after Sinbad. Sitting in the middle of the seat, she happily rolled onto her back and began rolling about.
When Shark tried to get in, he reluctantly had to roll her back a little so he had room.
“Excuse me, sweetie,” he said to her in a calm voice, “Daddy needs to sit there now.” The moment he took his seat, Sagebear leaped up into his lap after he buckled in.
Looking on from their hiding place, The Twin watched sadly at the way Annette was acting in her prison cell. Behind them, Horse-Face’s companion tried to busy himself with looking at their drawings instead.
“You know she isn’t going to change now. So why do you keep watching her?” He asked them while inspecting a particular drawing. “And what is it you’ve drawn here?”
To answer his question, The Twin walked over to see what he was looking at. It was a picture of various caricatured people, of which one of them was blue. They pointed at said blue person, then back out to Annette.
“Oh…” The young man said. “I guess that one’s obvious.” He then drifted over the rest of the pictures already up. “I don’t know if this is meant to have this place look cheery, or what. But if it is, it isn’t working.”
Shrugging, The Twin sat back down to continue working on the pictures. Horse-Face’s companion just sat near the now closed passage entrance.
“I’m getting hungry,” he whispered mostly to himself. “I wish Horse-Face would bring me some honey-roasted cashews. Or maybe some ice-cream cake.”
The last words deeply saddened The Twin, for reasons they kept to themself. Despite it sounding like the typical lamenting of a young man, they knew the context behind such a request.
None of the group knew whose idea it was. Harwood just took the credit.
But about halfway to their destination, everyone in the truck had gone completely au naturel.
Harwood certainly seemed to have no problem with it, leaning back with a pleased expression. Marc, on the other hand, was trying to look away as soon as possible.
“I gotta say,” Blaise stated while side-hugging Dennis, “wouldn’t be the first time I’ve sat naked with a bunch of other people. It’s good to let the girls out.”
Trying to shield Sagebear’s vision into the back with Shark’s giant teddy bear, Dennis nodded. “If only I knew the experience you’ve had, dear. Heck, I don’t think I’ve even kissed someone the same gender as me.” He sounded embarrassed as he said this.
Listening to this admission seemed to intrigue Harwood. “Have you ever wanted to?”
Dennis shrugged now. “I am not opposed to it happening. If the chance presented itself, I would take it.”
He was then brought to attention by Harwood leaning in, and gesturing for him to come closer. What happened next was witnessed by both Marc and Blaise with much amazement.
Shark could see what was happening in the back of the truck thanks to the rearview mirror. Though he and Sinbad were just as naked as the others, he looked on with a sort of shocked awe.
“Um, Sinbad?” He got his fiance’s attention. “Are you seeing what our dads are doing?”
“No, what?” When he took a glance himself, Sinbad’s eyes widened. He then shook it off and went back to watching the road.
When he composed himself again, Sinbad made a more impressed expression. “Good for them.” He then pet Sagebear on the head before putting his hand back on the steering wheel.
Both men weren’t too fazed in reality by Dennis and Harwood making out. They let the two of them do their thing.
After that, the families kept watching the scenery go by, on their way to their next location.