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A Ship No One Asked For

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It was another steamy day on the Villa, and Arjun was relaxing by the pool. His soft, tan skin glowed in the warmth of the Spanish sun, his feet playfully splashing the water in the pool to cool himself off.

An unexpected shadow was cast over his spot on the grass. Arjun peered over his sunglasses at the intrusion. Jakub loomed over him, in that Neanderthal stance of his. 

Arjun sighed and looked back out at the horizon. "Hey Jakub." Jakub grunted.

Arjun uncrossed his legs and sat up straight. "Can I help you with something?"

Jakub shifted his weight on his legs. "I need your help with an issue on the terrace." That raised Arjun's eyebrows. What could a big guy like Jakub possibly need help with?

Arjun laid back down. "Sorry Jakub, I'm kind of busy right now." Jakub stepped closer and knelt down. 

"Please, Arjun? I need this." Arjun rolled his eyes, but his curiosity was spiking. "Okay fine, let's get whatever this is taken care of quickly so I can get back to my very important business." He got up, and Jakub smiled, gesturing for him to follow up to the terrace.

 

Jakub stepped into the blazing light of the terrace, with Arjun right behind. Arjun cast a cursory glance at the area. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. "Alright, what's this about then?"

Jakub hesitated. "You...you're like--", he lowered his voice into a whisper. "--bi, right?" Arjun folded his arms. "So that's the big issue you had to resolve? Trying to figure out my sexuality? It's none of your business who I chose to fuck or not fuck." Jakub rubbed the back of his neck, looking at the ground. "No, no that's not why I asked. I mean, I guess it kind of is..."

Arjun's chest puffed out and he pointed at Jakub. "Do you have a problem with people being bi? Because I have a problem with that." "No, that's not it." "Then what?"

Jakub closed the remaining space between them and planted a sloppy kiss on Arjun's lips. Arjun's eyes widened in shock before recoiling, and pushing Jakub away. "Dude, what the FUCK?" He wiped Jakub's saliva off his lips. "You can't just go around sexually assaulting people! Who the fuck do you think you are?" Arjun's face flushed with rage, fists at the ready to launch at the stupid bastard's face. "You think just because I'm bi that I'm less of a man? Well newsflash for you, bitch, I've taken down homophobes like you before." Arjun didn't consider himself a violent man--at the end of the day, he just wanted to pet doggies at his job. But growing up with others questioning his orientation had taken its toll on his nerves, and he hated giving people a reason to confirm their biases of Desi men as barbaric, but who else was going to stand up for him?

Jakub sat down on the sofa, head in his hands. "I know, look--I'm sorry. I just didn't know how else to--"

"How else to not be an asshole?" 

Jakub's voice was low, but tense. "Let me finish, okay?" Arjun scowled, but he relented.

"I um...I never really..," Jakub faltered. "I don't know if feeling like this is normal? I've honestly never felt this before." Arjun's expression softened slightly, and he sat down as well on the other side of the sofa. He cleared his throat. "Felt like what?"

Jakub looked up at him, somewhat relieved. Then just as quickly, retreated into himself again. "I just always assumed I was you know...straight." He left a long pause. "Until I saw you walk into Casa Amor." Arjun attempted to hide his surprise, but ended up blushing. He wanted to slap himself--why was he blushing at this guy who'd just forced himself onto him?

Jakub continued, "So..I don't know a whole lot about this stuff and..I know a couple of the other guys had talked about, about..those kinds of experiences and-." He shook his head. "I thought it was probably just a man crush or something like that and it probably is but." He bit his lip and glanced at Arjun. Arjun's face had since steeled itself, not giving anything away. 

"Anyway," Jakub exhaled. "I just wanted to see if there was anything to it. But I royally fucked up, bruv, I'm so sorry. There's no excuse." Arjun nodded. "You can say that again."

"Yeah...I know. You don't have to forgive me but please just know I'm not like that usually, I swear."

Arjun took a deep breath. He wasn't quite sure what to make of this. Jakub's pain seemed real, he knew it all too well. He extended his hand across the sofa. "Mate, just promise me you learned your lesson and won't go around doing anything like this ever again." Jakub's eyes became misty. "Thank you, I really don't deserve a second chance, but I truly appreciate it." Arjun laughed. "None of us are perfect, we're all cunts at one point or another. Although, you could just like, ask someone who's already shown interest next time?"

Jakub smiled sadly. "Yeah, huh, I should've thought of that." They both stood up and moved towards the stairs. Arjun clapped Jakub's back encouragingly. Jakub went downstairs first, but not before lingering on the steps to turn back and smile up at Arjun. "See you around."

Arjun stayed behind a moment, letting Jakub walk out of eyesight. He put his hands in his swimsuit pockets, and looked out at the view of the Villa. His right foot tapping, he decided he could resume his sunbathing up there.