Throughout my set I couldn’t stop glancing at the violet haired beauty sitting next to my sister. I knew that it had to be her non-binary friend, Nova. I still have know idea what sex they are but I feel myself drawn to them like a moth drawn to a flame. It isn’t just their smooth, rich mocha skin,warm, chocolate eyes, high cheekbones or violet ringlets…it is something in their whole being. I notice every curl of their lip and the delicate way they sip their beverage with their eyes locked on me. Oh, to be that cup…pressed up to those full lips sweetly. I feel like a magnet is drawing me to them and for the first time ever I am excited to finish my set and get off stage just so that I can be closer to them. Sidney told me that they were beautiful and I had expected someone pretty but nothing could prepare me for their sheer magnetism.
As soon as my set finished I made my way off stage and stowed my guitar in it’s case, leaving them in a secure backstage corner I quickly made my way towards the front of the house, aiming to get to the table my sister and her friends occupied, but before I was more than a step out of the backstage area a nightmare from my past walked up to me. Fuck! I heard she had started waiting tables here and I had hoped it was a lie! Cara was a blond wanna be barbie with an attitude of arrogance and entitlement. Her obsession with me started early. Maybe it started in grammar school. I’m not sure but it seemed that she was always bothering me. I made the mistake of finally caving to a single date with her in 10th grade. I would take her to the movies and try to leave it at that. First, we ran into my friend Gina outside the theater. Gina knew the deal. She knew that I had hoped that one date with Cara would get her to finally see how incompatible we were. Cara had to show her nasty attitude talking down to my friend and calling her racist shit what really made my blood boil is when she called her a “nasty swayback slut” and told her to go back to mexico. Gina isn’t from Mexico and certainly doesn’t deserve being called a swayback slut, maybe nasty, but not in the way she used it. I know gina enough to know her mind is as nasty as any of the guys we know, but I also knew her enough to know she was a virgin and had never dated anyone because she was afraid to tell most people her truth. I got it out of her one day when she was feeling especially down and vowed to never tell anyone. To this day she hasn’t told anyone else that I know of and Sid’s friend Chantelle is her little cousin and I haven’t said anything to her, though I do inquire as to how Gina is really doing. She always tells me everything is fine on the phone, but it is in person that you can really tell what is going on. I thought she would have come back to Brooklyn after finishing college, but her internship at a big media company’s Boston office turned into a permanent position, and she hasn’t returned home. Anyway, that horrible date just kept on crashing. I picked a movie that I would love and that Barbie doll wanna be would possibly dislike. I was right, but not even 10 minutes into the film her hands were all up on my junk and she was shoving her tongue down my throat. She was so slobbery. If I wanted to be slobbered on I would make out with my dog, but this girl couldn’t take the hint even when I tried putting the brakes on. As soon as the movie was over I hightailed it home and stood myself under the shower until the water ran cold, trying to scrub off how filthy I felt. I have managed to go years without more than a word or two to Cara, but here she is standing here smiling. “That was a great performance, Aldo! Can I get something special for the hottest musician to grace this place?” Her attempt at flirting nauseates me.
“Yeah, bring me a cold beer, whatever is on tap and bring it to my sister’s table, I’ll be joining her and her friends.” I answer coldly and with a nod towards the table where I again set my eyes on the beauty that I can't wait to get close to. Cara tries to rub herself on me seductively but pull away quickly heading towards my destination.
Sid rushed to embrace me as I approach. “Thanks Sid, but aren’t you going to introduce me to your new friend? I Already know the rest of your crew, though your numbers are low tonight.” I say noncahnlantly despite myself.
She then releases me and beams “Aldo, this is my gorgeous new friend, Nova. Nova, this is my talented older brother, Aldo!”
Nova and I reach out to shake hands
“It’s a pleasure…”
We start at the same time, stopping and giggling lightly. “I can see that Nova is gorgeous! Now, I know what you mean ,Sid.” I try not to sound too breathless as I tenderly take their hand placing my lips to their soft hand to kiss their knuckles, while my eyes are locked on their chocolate pools. I can't help but notice how long and graceful their hands are, like a natural born musician. “And you have musician’s hands. Do you play?”
“No, I have never had the talent or the opportunity, but I do love listening and dancing.” their voice comes out softly and when they bite their lower lip and lock up at me through their long lashes I want to pull them into my arms and secure my lips over theirs, but I play it cool. I still can’t tell what sex they are even this close, but right now I don’t care. I am lost in their eyes.
“If you ever want to learn I could teach you, I play a few instruments.” I notice the chair next to them, opposite, my sister is now unoccupied and slowly make my way there.Just then Cara approaches with my beer and attempts a more subtle yet feeble flirtation which i just shake my head and roll my eyes at, mumbling,” you would think she would know by now.”
Of course this sparks a conversation I really don’t want to have so I try to subtly grab Nova’s attention without drawing everyone else’s and steer the conversation towards learning more about this enchanting beauty.
“There isn’t much to tell. I am a senior in High School, I love to dance and my parents are recently divorced.” they say softly, but I know there has to be a lot more to them than they are letting on and Sid comes in for the assist.
“Quit being humble!”Sid laughs. “Nova is an artist and poet , though they are shy about sharing their talents, however I have seen some of Nova’s work while assisting Ms Delucca.”
“It isn’t that I am shy about my art or poetry, it is that it is profoundly personal and intimate. I have only really shared any of it with one person and she is the person who knows me even better than my own family.” Nova softly states.I try to slowly and subtly entwine my fingers with Nova’s on the table, still hoping nobody calls out my move. I thinkNeville has noticed, but that boy is staying silent, however I have caught a small smirk on his face and now he is winking at me. He has noticed. He would be the one to notice, that one is always observant.
“Oh, you mean Cassie?” Jace says, before blushing once he realizes that he spoke up. “Um, I mean, I have heard you mention her a few times and that is who I would assume you mean.” Why do I suddenly feel jealous over both Jace and the=is Cassie person? What the fuck, man!
“Yeah, Cassie and I have been friends for over a decade. We met when we were just 7 years old and were inseparable in the last 3 years.” A soft smile graces Nova’s lips, but the realization that they are quite possibly underage hits me hard and I slowly remove my hand from theirs and take a long drink of my beer. FUck! My mind is a mess, my emotions are everywhere and I am in a purple Haze because all I can think about is how much I want this person who is quite possibly both too young for me and whose sex I am clueless about! This is divine torture, but I ama glutton for this punishment because I have never wanted to be with anyone the way I want this violet haired beauty!
“Nova, When is your birthday?” Neville finally speaks up. I see what he’s doing, great assist bro, because that is what I was wondering, but I didn’ want to seem like a creeper by asking. I mean it’s bad enough I am sitting at a table full of people around 6 years my junior, at least I can use the excuse of hanging out with my little sister, not that I am really hoping to get with one of her friends, right?
“What are you going to throw me a party? Well, you better start planning, you only have 5 weeks until I turn 18,”they chuckle and I swear my head swims with stars at the musical sound. There is amusement and mirth in their reaction and it warms me to the core.
“Yo bro! Are you hanging at the kiddie table tonight or what?” Aiden walks up smacking me on the back.”I only caught the tail end but you were on fire, some real passion in those last couple of songs tonight. Did you get yourself a new girl?” I want to smack Aiden so bad, but my best friend knows me well and I guess he's kind of right, because for the whole set my mind was on Nova, whether they are a girl or not they have a piece of me already and I might just lose myself.
Nova’s POV Even after Aldo said his goodbyes, giving us each a brief hug and whispering that he looks forward to seeing me again I felt like I was in a dream. Yes, he seemed to pull back and become a bit more reserved just before his friend showed up and I did not miss his friend calling our space “the Kiddie table”, but the way his lips brushed my ear and his seductive voice as he expressed his interest in seeing me again had my heart beating to a new rhythm all it’s own. I watched as the men went to a table at the back of the cafe where an angry looking brunette sat with her arms crossed. Aldo’s friend tried to kiss her and she pulled away scowling. I’m not sure what that is about, but not long after Aldo went backstage, then came out with a leather jacket and guitar case before leaving. “Nova? Are you even listening?” Chantelle chimes with a slightly impatient look on her face, but mischief in her eyes. Now that she has my attention she continues” We were just talking abou
Aldo’s POV Aiden and Candace have been fighting since last night. I don’t know what it is about, but just a minute ago she threw his engagement ring across the living room and it nearly hit me on my path to the kitchen. I am staying out of this shit. After my gigs on Friday nights we usually go out, but they kept arguing and I decided to just shut myself in my room and put my noise canceling headphones on and perseverate over the night’s events while listening to my favorite playlist. My music taste is fairly eclectic, which is great if you are a musician, you can take inspiration from many genres. Eventually sleep found me and my dreams featured a certain violet haired beauty. I probably shouldn’t admit this but even without knowing what sex they are the dreams were rather steamy and woke up with a situation I hadn’t had since highschool. It had been ages since I had a wet dream, but the sticky mess on my borders is evidence of where my dreams had gone. I’ve been doing all of m
Aldo’s POV After Candy accepted Rodrigo’s invitation for a date, asking if he would prefer Candy or Cade to show up, I blocked out their flirtations and ordered another round of drinks. I drank up, paid up and excused myself to go home. I don’t know if someone who was a stuck up asshole in high school can make that huge of a change in a few short years, but that isn’t my problem until Rodrigo traits Cade bad and I’m the one picking his drunk ass up off the floor while he ugly cries on me. Cade and Aiden have been my dearest friends for a long time. I met Cade in school, but Aiden was a private school kid who I met at one of my first gigs. He loves music and had dreams of owning his own label one day so when he liked what he heard when I played and sang he told me he wanted me as his first act he’d sign when he made that happen. Now, Aiden has been working for an independent label to learn the ropes better before striking out on his own. Speaking of Aiden, he is sleeping on t
Nova’s POV You know that song by Fergie.. The lyrics go “‘cause I’m tippin’, i’m stumblin’ , Clumsy ‘cause I’m fallin’ in love..” Yeah that seems to be the theme of my week..let me just recap as I get ready to head out for another Friday at The Nightingale Cafe where I will get to see Aldo again. I spoke to Cassie on Saturday and apologized for hanging up so abruptly on her and told her how Fridays would probably be the worst night to call me from here on out. Then I told her about Friday night. I described Aldo the best I could, not that my words could ever do him justice. She then finished telling me what she had been trying to tell, me and I am excited to say the least. Her father is being stationed in New York! They won’t be all that close since they will be upstate, but he promised that he would buy her a used car for a late birthday present (her birthday was last week, and i did give her a birthday call and send her a card) once they got here which means that we can see
Aldo’s POV Candace leaving Aiden put him down in the dumps for a short while, but really he had been kind of walking on eggshells for months with her which is why he had proposed to her in the first place. He was hoping that putting a ring on her finger would help her see that he was serious and ease her jealousy. It just seemed to make her worse rather than better and now I am extra glad that both I have this new posh gig that I signed the contract for on Tuesday, but also that Aiden was called into the producer’s office and informed that he was up for a big promotion at the label he works for, because now it’s just the pair of us paying rent. Aiden’s love life aside this has been a really great week and I am looking forward to tonight’s gig. I haven’t been able to flirt with any girls, it just felt wrong and Tom called me out for not being flirty. Flashback to Monday Night: “Dude! You haven’t flirted with any of the ladies once today, not even Adia! What’s up with that?
Nova’s POV I find him leaning on the wall in the alley next to the building. His eyes are closed and he is humming a song as he takes a long drag off of the cigarette, inhaling before slowly breathing the smoke out in a steady stream. “Gotta a light for me?” I ask quietly. He looks at me inquisitively but pulls out a zippo lighter and lights my cigarette for me. I notice his eyes traveling my body. “I got it from Chantelle, you don’t have to wonder where I have them hidden. I don’t always smoke. I used to do it more in Atlanta, especially when Cassie and I snuck out to the clubs.” I chuckle before continuing “Everyone is talking about going to Mariposa in a little bit. I told them I wouldn’t mind a smoke and got a cigarette from Chantelle, knowing she has the ones that I prefer, but I also told them I would see if you were up for joining us. Sidney wanted to come ask you, but Neville convinced her that I could do that while having my smoke.” His eyes meet mine and his voice i
Aldo’s POV I am sure Nova’s grandmother is literally going to kill me if I fuck things up, especially if Nova gets hurt in the process, so I am really regretting letting my hormones and the alcohol influence my texting with them last night, I wasn’t drunk, but was just buzzed enough to lower my inhibitions a bit. I can’t fuckin believe that I offered to send a dick pic! What The Fuck was I thinking!? I was thinking with my cock, that is the only viable explanation. Now I have to act right from here on out and apologize for my asinine texts. Me: Nova, I’m really sorry about last night. Me: I was flirting way too hard and crossed a line in those texts. I hope you don’t think any less of me.There is no response, but the messages are still unread so I roll out of bed and get myself coffee and some toast and eggs. I am eating while trying not to panic over my own stupidity when a text comes in, unfortunately it is not from Nova. Cade: Hey loverboy! So I heard through t
Nova’s POV I call Cassie bright and early since she will spend half of the day in flight, then will be trying to settle into her new home. “Hey, Cas! I have so much to tell you, Girl, but first…Did you manage to get any sleep?” She giggles,”Yeah I kind of had a fitful sleep here and there. I fell asleep reading on a reading app. There are some great werewolf romance stories out there and I would drift off reading, wake up and read some more before drifting off again, so, overall, not different from most weekends without you.” I sigh,”Girl, we need to fix that! You need your sleep and a nightlife.” I take a deep breath, “Anyway, I have got to tell you…I have a date tonight!” I can’t help the excited squeal as I finish that sentence. “Oh, really? My bestie has a date and I haven’t screened them first?” She taunts with a giggle. “I need the deets, then you have to call me when you get home, or maybe in the morning.” I go on to describe Aldo as best as words can