Awesome-ness: Ace finally has awesome, spectacular woo-hoo...
Ace had taken Tracy out to the local diner to talk over drinks and explained that he wasn't ready to settle down into one relationship. He tried to explain that it wasn't her - it was him. And that he'd just recently started dating again after raising the boys his entire young adult life.
He told her about Staci...
He shouldn't have been surprised when she'd walked away with tears in her eyes.
Ace broke the ice by playing a little music for his guests. Everyone stopped what they were doing and listened with awe.
Then, he put away the guitar and headed around to talk to all his guests. He'd headed over to talk to Staci first.
"Nice costume," he told her, thinking up all sorts of fantasies for that costume...
"This old thing?" she asked, fluffing the skirt. "Just a leftover from my cheer leading days!"
Oh man, Ace thought eagerly. His fantasies just quadrupled!
"So, do you want to stay for the after party?" he asked her with a grin.
Just then a gasp went around the room.
Holly had fallen...
Ace raced over to her side and stroked her hair back from her face. "Hol? Are you okay?"
"Hol?" He hesitantly held his fingers to her pulse. He hung his head in grief. She was gone...
"Is she okay?" Bethany sobbed behind him. "Ace? Is she okay?"
Slowly he shook his head and Bethany collapsed into Topher's arms.
Topher gently stroked Bethany's back. "It's going to be okay, Bethie," he told her repeatedly.
Ace walked around, quietly thanking people for coming over and seeing them out. He glanced around and noticed that Staci had slipped away sometime. He guessed they didn't have that sort of relationship.
He glanced over at Topher consoling his sister. It would've been nice to have someone to comfort him...
Sighing, he grabbed the trash and took it out to the trash can, then stopped suddenly.
"Tracy?" he asked with surprise.
Tracy ran up to him and wrapped her arms around him. "I just heard, Ace. I'm so sorry!"
Words failed Ace, he just clung to Tracy desperately.
Tracy stroked his cheek, trying to reassure him. "It's okay," she assured him. "We can stop if you want.."
Then, all thoughts flew from his head as they began kissing again.
Ace laughed and pulled her closer for another kiss. "That was pretty awesome," he agreed. "But I think I could do better. We should probably do it again..."
"Again? Already?" Tracy said with surprise.
Ace just grinned as he slipped back under the covers. "It's been a long time for me and I am definitely eager to make up for lost time!"