The lazy days of summer were coming to an end. Pronto. Next week, Geoff would be getting ready for his classes. Luckily, he hadn't had to do much this summer. He guessed he would be ready. It would probably be a rehash of last year, but everything would still be fresh and new. That's the way art worked.
"Well, you know I'll be at the library," Dayton said while Geoff was going through his art supplies out in his little studio out back that Dayton kept referring to as the shack. "You can come and see me. It's just down the hill from the high school."
"Of course." Geoff smiled. "We'll do lunch."
"I like that idea." Dayton smirked. "We haven't officially celebrated you know since getting the good news about no HIV."
"Right," Geoff nodded. "What do you have in mind?"
"Actually, some place for just the two of us-"
"We can't do that. Nancy has to go with us." Geoff looked at him as if he couldn't forget Nancy.
"So what's it going to be like when you start school?" Dayton looked at him. "Am I suppose to stay with her all the time?"
"You have a job, remember." Geoff touched Dayton's nose with a paint brush then as he edged toward him.
"Yeah, but you gonna be stuck worrying about her forever?" Dayton wasn't smiling as he backed away slightly.
"Her mother's going to stay with her while we're at work."
"Why can't she just stay with her parents right now?" Dayton fretted a bit.
"Because. She would hate it. She likes it here." Geoff shrugged.
"Well, what if she and her Mom can't get along when she's, you know, with her while we're gone?" Dayton looked at Geoff.
"I'm not too worried. I would be worried if you were the one having to do all the watching after her." Geoff explained.
"But-but I've been really nice to her." Dayton told him.
"Yes, you have, and I know it takes a lot out of you, too." Geoff leaned in with a smile. Finally, Geoff saw that look in Dayton's eye. They were home with each other. Geoff kissed him then.
"Oh, so that's what you've been up too." Dayton smiled and kissed him back.