Page 1 of Tobias

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Tobias Franklin Redhawk watched as his twin walked toward him. He was dodging sprinklers on the baseball diamond, trying very hard to not get soaked to death, but also, to get to him. He knew why. He knew why, but he didn’t want to talk to him about it. Not now. Not while he was with her. JB would give him a lecture, tell him how stupid he was, and then tell him he should talk to their father or someone. He just didn’t want to hear it. Not now.

“Tobias? Did you hear me?” asked Hildi, stomping her foot like a petulant child.

“Huh? Yea, yea, it was a false alarm,” he said, swallowing back the bile rising in his throat. How could he have been so stupid! He knew better than to not wear a condom. It was the number rule for any of them. “That’s good.”

“Yea, so we can do it again,” she smiled.

“No. No, I don’t think that’s a good idea. If we do it again, and that’s a big if, I’ll be wearing two condoms,” he said, staring at her.

“It’s not a big deal, Tobias. I thought I was protected,” she said with a shrug. “I thought you like the feeling of doing it bare.”

“Yea, I did,” he nodded. “But we’re seventeen, Hildi. I don’t like the thoughts or feelings of having to support a family before I even get to begin my life. Plus, one of us could have had an STD. I mean, I know you’re seeing other guys, and that’s cool and all, but still. Double condom or not at all.” He could see her thinking and didn’t understand why this was such a hard decision. Did she want to get pregnant?

“I don’t like condoms, Tobias.”

“Sorry, Hildi. I’m out.” JB stormed toward them, soaked to the skin.

“Tobias! Do not go with her!” he yelled as water dripped down his face, his t-shirt plastered to his chest. Hildi rolled her eyes at the conservative twin brother. They were both hot as shit, but JB was a real buzz kill.

“Relax, JB. I’m not going anywhere with her.” He smirked at his brother, knowing that his intentions were good, although his actions seemed unnecessary.

“Just because I don’t attend your fancy school, JB Redhawk, doesn’t mean I’m not as good as you are. It damn sure doesn’t mean I’m not good enough for your brother.”

“I didn’t say you weren’t,” he frowned at the girl. “Is she pregnant?”

“No,” said Tobias. JB let out a long, slow breath, then looked at his brother with a serious expression.

“Did she tell you that she already has a daughter?” Tobias’s head came up, staring at the girl. “Yea, I didn’t think so.”

“God, you’re such a fucking drip, JB. I didn’t say anything because it’s not a big deal. My daughter isn’t your worry.”

“I’m not judging you, Hildi. It takes two to get pregnant. But you weren’t being honest with Tobias, and that’s what makes me mad. I know my brother, and I know what we were taught. Always wear a condom. But according to Dustin Breaux, you refused to let him wear a condom.” She shrugged, looking away from the brothers.

“Whatever,” she said, waving him off. “I like sex and the feel of a man inside my body. I won’t apologize for that.”

“First of all, he’s not a man. He’s a teenager just like me, just like you. And you don’t have to apologize for liking sex, Hildi. It’s natural that we all like sex. But you have to protect yourself and your daughter.” JB was attempting to be respectful and mature, but he was slowly losing his shit. He started to speak again, but Tobias gripped his arm.

“I really wish you would have been honest with me, Hildi. I won’t have sex with you or any other girl again without a condom. I’m sorry.” She said nothing, walking away from the brothers.

Tobias turned to head toward home, choosing to walk the distance today. His brother was slowly following. After walking a few minutes, he stopped and turned to face JB.

“I’d already decided I wasn’t going to do it again with her,” he said.

“Tobias, with her? That means you’re going to do it again with another girl. You’re seventeen! You don’t want to get some girl pregnant!”

“I won’t,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “I promise, JB. From now on, I’ll double wrap.”

“You do understand it’s not just about pregnancy? You could get an STD, and not something mild. It could be something horrible, Tobias.”

“I know,” he said, nodding. He swallowed, staring at the familiar face in front of him. His brother was always looking out for him. Always there to clean up his mess. “Listen, JB. I like sex. I mean, I like it a lot. I need it. Taking care of yourself just isn’t the same. I’ll be careful, but as long as there are women out there willing to give it up, I’m willing to give it back to them.”

“What if one of them screams rape?” Tobias stared at him, a pit growing larger in his stomach. He hadn’t thought of that.

“I’ll be careful. I’ll-I’ll choose wisely,” said Tobias.

JB was exhausted from the conversation. His brother wasn’t stupid, but he was making stupid choices. All for sex. As Tobias walked away, JB followed, not saying anything else. When they reached Belle Fleur, JB took off toward the cafeteria, not even inviting his brother to go with him.

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