Put Up Your Kingdom For Sale

Chapter 6 - Just a Suspicion

Zac rolled over onto his side, pulling Eve into his arms. She smiled lazily and pulled him on top of her. He smiled and kissed her, his hands working over her shoulders, sides and hips.

Claire stepped off the bus and walked up Zac’s drive. She tried the door, only to find it was locked. She pulled out her key and let herself in. She put the plate of chicken marsala she had brought on the coffee table, and headed to Zac’s bedroom, thinking he was still sleeping. What she saw shocked her.
There was Zac, her Zac, on top of a woman she had never seen before. She could see what was going on, and being too shocked to speak, just left quietly. Zac and Eve didn’t hear a thing.

“Phyllis, wait up!”
“Huh? Oh, hey Candy, what’s up?”
The girl that had approached Phyllis had shoulder length curly hair, and dark brown eyes. She was dressed in a pair of black shorts and a white tank, a fairy silk screened onto it and accented with glitter. She wore a pair of Adirondack sandals, and had a tiger eyes stone bracelet around her wrist.
“I just heard from Rachel, you know, Claire’s sister, that she, Claire that is, walked in on Zac and some woman this morning!”
”Doing what…?”
”What do you think?”
”I’m thinking what Amanda or Holly would be thinking… is that what you’re thinking?”
”If you’re thinking of something that I plan to save until my wedding day, then yeah, we’re definitely thinking on the same level of thought.”
”Yup, I’m thinking what your thinking, I think… Ah hell, this is getting way too confusing! She walked in on them doing the nasty, right?”
”I guess you could put it that way.”
”Well, let’s just leave it be, maybe Rachel’s wrong.”
”You’re probably right, Zac loves Claire.”
”Yes, yes he does.”

Taylor walked down the stairs from his bedroom to the living room, only to see Phyllis and Candy sitting on the couch, laughing at something. He noted that Ike’s coat was on the coat closet doorknob, and smiled a little. He had forgotten that they were going to hit the mall this morning, and was meeting there.
“Morning everybody.” he said tiredly.
“Morning Luv.” Phyllis said, smiling up at him.
“Morning Tay.”
”Yo, about time you woke up Bro! Can we-“
”We have to wait for Zac, he’s coming too, remember?” Candy interrupted Ike.
“Oh yeah, right…”

Taylor closed the refrigerator and reached for the phone. It had been 2 hours since Ike and Candy had arrived, at 9:00, and he was beginning to worry about Zac. He had never been THIS late before. He dialed his little brother’s phone number and waited.
“Hello?” Zac’s tired voice said.
“Zac? Did you just wake you up?”
”Kinda… what’s up?”
”Well, we were going to go to the mall today, and you’re not here yet… I was beginning to worry.”
“Oh shit… I’m sorry Tay… I’m not feeling too well, so I went back to sleep. Why don’t you guys go with out me, and we can ALL go next time?”
”You sure man, I mean, we could all come over and try and make you feel better… know what’s wrong?”
”I think it was the seafood I had last night, it’s not really agreeing with me… look, just go without me, I’ll catch up with the whole thing next time.”
”Okay Zac. Feel better.”
”Thanks Tay.”
Taylor hung up the phone and walked out into the living room. Phyllis looked up at him.
“So, is he coming?” she asked.
“No, he’s not feeling so well.”
”Oh… what’s wrong?”
”I don’t know, but I have this sneaking suspicion that he isn’t sick.”
”Why do you say that Tay?” asked Ike.
“I heard female laughter in the back ground, and he said I just woke him up… he doesn’t sleep on the couch when he’s sick, and he doesn’t have a TV in his room…”
”Maybe he got one. You haven’t been over there in a while. Now that I think about it, neither have the rest of us. He’s like secluded…”
”From everything…”
“Oh come on, let’s not get hung up on this. We want to shop!” Candy said, trying to change the subject while giving a worried glance over at Phyllis.
“Oh alright, let’s go.”
They gathered their things and headed out to get in the car. Candy suddenly got an idea.
“Hey, why don’t you guys ride in one car, and Phyllis and I in the other… we’ve got lot’s of GIRL TALK to work on.”
“I guess…”
Phyllis and Candy piled into Phyllis’ black Elantra and they were off.
“Okay, so now can we think about the possibility that-“
”The SUSPICION that…”
”Right, the SUSPICION that Zac is cheating on Claire.”
“I guess, but it is only a suspicion.”
”Just a suspicion…”

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