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She asked him a few days before her twenty-first birthday. They were sitting on the couch mindlessly watching some nature documentary and passing a blunt back and forth.

 

“Seth, have you ever had a threesome?”

 

He choked on the sip of whiskey he had just taken. Kate laughed and lifted her head off his shoulder to look at him. “Where the hell did that come from, princess?”

 

“Just something I’ve been thinking about.”

 

Seth turned to look at her now, “Oh, really?” Kate just nodded. “Not gonna happen, princess. I don’t like to share. Especially not with some random guy.”

 

Kate took a drag from the blunt and turned her attention to the television in an attempt to distance herself from the words she spoke next. “Who said anything about a guy?”

 

His eyes widened, “Something you wanna tell me, baby?”

 

The red-head shrunk in on herself and fiddled with her fingers before responding, “I dunno.”

 

Seth put out the blunt, moving to cross his legs on the couch before scooping Kate up and placing her in his lap. He combed through her hair, his other hand tilting her head so she could look him in the eyes. “Hey, it’s okay.”

 

She sighed. “I dunno. It’s just been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I never really got to back in Bethel and then the whole culebra mess happened so…”

 

He continued combing through her hair and the hand that turned her face to him was now stroking her back, waiting for her to continue. “Princess, if you’re worried that I’m gonna judge you...that’s literally the last thing I’m gonna do.”

 

A small smile formed on her face before she continued, “It started back in Bethel. I thought it was normal at first. I had a crush on my best friend. That happens to everyone, right? Until I tried to kiss her and it became clear that this did not happen to everyone and it was definitely not normal. At least, not to anyone in Bethel. She freaked and ran out, told her parents what happened when she got home. They called my Daddy and told him. He found me in my room and asked to talk. I didn’t understand why this was being treated like a big deal. It’s not like they teach you about it at Catholic school. But Daddy sat me down and held my hand, looked me in the eye and said ‘Katie-Cakes, what you did today was wrong. Being attracted to the same gender is a sin.’ And that was that. I told him it was a mistake and it wouldn’t happen again. I pushed those feelings down and forgot about them until you and Richie came along and dragged my family into the Twister. We were literally surrounded by attractive women...I was terrified. Kisa came out and the air literally left my lungs. I couldn’t stop staring and luckily my dad was too worried about Scott drinking tequila to even notice. I felt dirty. Sick. I wasn’t supposed to feel like this. Those feelings went away as soon as she turned into a blood-sucking monster, but still. It was a sin. Then everything else happened and I was forced to forget about those feelings again . You and I went to Mexico, and I was so caught up in my crush on you and then dying and getting possessed by the Queen of Hell that I never thought about it again. Didn’t seem important. Until recently, at least. It’s been eating me up inside and I don’t like that feeling. Like I’m hiding who I am. Hiding who I am from you . I don’t want us to have secrets or hide anything from each other.”

 

Seth cupped her face in his hands and pressed a soft kiss to her lips, her heart fluttering at the sheer love that came from it. He pulled away, tucking her hair behind her ears. “I know I’m a jackass most of the time, but princess there is absolutely nothing you can tell me that’ll change how I feel about you. I don’t care that you like women. There’s nothing wrong with that, okay?”

 

Kate nodded, smiling when his lips pressed against her forehead. “Thanks.”

 

“You don’t have to thank me for anything, princess. I want you to be able to be your full self with me, okay? You wanna be with a woman? Go ahead. I'm not gonna stop you. At the end of the day I'm here for you, no matter what.”

 

The young girl smiled. “I’m not breaking up with you if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s just an experience I want to have. I’m not really sure how to go about it, in all honesty. I don’t even know what to label myself. I should probably talk to Kisa about it. She’s the only woman I know who likes the same gender.”

 

“Well, that’s a relief. But that’s a good idea. I obviously support you but I’m not exactly well versed on this kinda thing. Maybe you can even have that experience with her since you had a crush on her and all.” Seth teased.

 

Kate let out a loud laugh, covering her face with her hands. “Oh my god, Seth! It was not a crush! Just thought she was pretty, that’s all.”

 

Seth held his hands up in defense, “Hey, I’m not judging. You wanna have that experience with Kisa? Fine by me. I’d rather it be her than some random stranger anyway. But it’s your decision.”

 

Kate sat still for a minute, contemplating her decision. “I’ll talk to her later. We’re supposed to hang out anyway.”

 

The eldest Gecko pressed a kiss to her temple before adjusting their position and turning back to the television, “Sounds good.”

 

They sat in silence for a few minutes before Kate spoke again. “We can still have a threesome, right?”

 

“Anything you want, princess.”