Zeke jumped to his feet, immediately tucking the pendant under his shirt. It was a silver ring hanging on a brown leather cord. There was an engraving on the ring, but I couldn’t read it from my distance.
The other guy he was with also tucked his in, looking out the window. He was wearing mostly leather, with a lot of buckles on his boots and shirt, and a few chains on his pants.
“Leo, what are you doing here?” Zeke asked. “I thought you had a match today.”
I eyed the guy he was with suspiciously. “… It’s in two hours.”
“… Oh.” He rubbed the back of his neck. “So, where’s Ixi?”
“Waiting outside. I was getting her some lunch.”
“Oh,” he repeated. He sounded really nervous.
“So, who’s this?”
“Just, um… a friend I met.”
“At… the gym.”
“You don’t go to a gym.”
“Uh, I went once. And, er, he also goes to our school.”
“You’re always with Mark and I at school. Zeke, where did you REALLY meet this guy? It’s not like I’m your mom. There’s no need to lie to me.”
“He met me on the Internet,” the guy said suddenly, looking back at me. “We found out that the towns we live in are really close to each other, so we decided to meet. Then we became friends. Is it really that big of a deal?”
“I didn’t think so, until Zeke started lying about it.” I looked at Zeke. “Is this why you’ve been avoiding Mark and I? To see this new friend of yours?”
He looked sick. “It’s not like that.”
“Then what is it like, Zeke? I’d like to know.”
“… Do you promise not to tell my mother?”
I nodded. He took a deep breath and looked back at the guy, who also nodded.
“… Matt’s my boyfriend…”