Summary: Solane breaks up with Eric and tries her hardest to convince him that Vince is who he's supposed to be with.
Warning: (if applicable): Male/Male kissing...
Many thanks to my most wonderful beta,nova33
Ships: (if applicable) Solane/Eric, Vince/Eric, Solane/Other
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Notes: Peices of" Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette are used in this story
[…] - means I skipped to the lyrics that mattered to this story.
"I'm sorry, Eric, but I have to end it. One of us has to and I can see that you aren't going to so that leaves me to do it." Solane's voice was as unemotional as possible and Eric stared at her in confusion.
"Why does it have to end? I thought things were going well. If this is about the whole me-moving-in-with-you thing, I told you, I can't move out, yet. I'm not ready to leave the guys just yet..." Eric couldn't help; but be confused. He thought everything was going well. He thought Solane understood why he couldn't move in with her just yet. Turtle and Drama would hate him for breaking up their "family" and he couldn't even begin to predict Vince's reaction. He thought Solane understood all that. Everything went back to normal for a week and now, on their two-year anniversary, she was breaking up with him. It didn't make any sense.
"It just has to Eric. We both know it has to end. Please, don’t make this any harder. I love you, Eric, but I am not in love with you. You understand? I love you like a friend Eric, but no more then that. I'm sorry, Eric, I really am. I hate that I had do this today, but I couldn't keep up the lie anymore." Tears fell from Solane's eyes, but she quickly wiped them away.
"My heart is – was - totally yours, Solane. Who is he?" Eric asked as he felt his sadness give way to his anger. He would never hit a woman, but he stuffed his hands in his suit pockets just to be on the safe side. He got up from his seat at the table as he laid down money to pay the bill. He stared at her while he waited for her answer.
"His name doesn't matter, Eric. You don’t love me, Eric. At least not in the way you’ve convinced yourself. Don’t be afraid of your feelings, Eric. Vince-" Eric had to cut her off there because he was so angry. The glass door slammed shut behind Eric as he was leaving the restaurant with Solane behind him. The conversation was not over, nor did she want it to be. She couldn’t leave until Eric understood his own feelings. She wasn't going to be like those other girls who just left Eric without helping him first.
"Don't even bring Vince into this. This has nothing to do with him."
"It has everything to do with him, Eric. Don't you see?" She grabbed him by his upper arms and flipped him around to look at her. "You're in love with him!"
"He's my best friend, Solane. That's all." Eric argued. His phone started ringing and he sighed. He broke Solane's grip, reached into his pocket, pulled out his cell phone, and read the caller ID. He wanted to laugh at the irony of Ari's timing. He was having one of the worst conversations of his life and Ari had to interrupt.
"What is it, Ari? I'm a little busy." Eric growled into the phone.
"I'm sorry, Eric, but I have follow boss' orders." Lloyd said in as small a voice as possible.
"Sorry, Lloyd, I thought you were, Ari." Eric apologized and looked up. He was kind of hoping Solane would have gotten bored and left so that he didn't have to fight about Vince with another ex-girlfriend. But she was standing there, patiently waiting.
"I'm going to transfer you to Ari now, Eric. Be careful, he's very mad." Eric waited for the click that signaled he’d been transferred.
“Where’s Vince, Eric?” Ari growls into the phone. Eric could tell Ari was very upset, but so was Eric.
“How the hell should I know, Ari? He isn’t with me.” Eric was sick and tired of Ari’s attempts to pin all things wrong on him.
“You’re supposed to be his manager, pizza-boy. Quit necking Solane for five fucking seconds and MANAGE!” The last word in that sentence was screamed into the phone; Eric had to hold the phone away from his ear. Solane gave Eric a sympathetic smile. Having reached Eric’s car, both climbed in.
“Why isn’t he at the premiere of the new Batman movie, E?”
“You never told me he was supposed to be, Ari! I can’t make sure Vince gets where he’s supposed to if you attempt to go over my head like this.” Eric spat his words into his phone before he slammed it shut and stuffed it back in his pocket. He slammed his hand into the horn of his car, causing a loud, shrill sound to come out. It was quiet in the car for a few seconds while Eric attempted to gain control of his emotions.
“You want me to drop you off somewhere?” Eric asked politely, even though he was still seething.
“If you could just take me home, I’d really appreciated it.” Solane replied carefully. Eric started the car and the radio clicked on automatically. It was set to the station Solane had chosen before they went inside for dinner. A song started and Solane turned up loud enough to shake the car.
“This is a song you need to hear, Eric. Listen carefully.” She finished saying just before the lyrics started.
Listen to your heart when he's calling for you.
Listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do.
I don't know where you're going and I don't know why,
but listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye.
And there are voices that want to be heard.
So much to mention but you can't find the words.
The scent of magic, the beauty that's been
when love was wilder than the wind.
“It’s not hard, Eric. Just tell him.” Solane’s voice was very soft and understanding. They were pulling up to her home now. She kissed him on the cheek.
“I have a feeling that he feels the same.” She climbed out of the car and waved goodbye to Eric.
Eric walked in the house and listened for sounds from the other three men. He followed the sound of the TV into the living room. “At least they’re not watching porn together.” He thought.
“Hey, guys. What are you watching?” He climbed over Turtle and Drama, who were sitting next to each other on the floor in front of the couch.
“Die Hard!” Screamed Turtle and Drama.
“We’ve seen that movie at least twenty times.”
“Die Hard!” Screamed Turtle and Drama again.
“Whatever” He said and walked into the kitchen. Vince followed him sensing something was off.
“What’s up, E?” Vince asked.
“Nothing.” Eric said and then he mumbled, “Nothing I feel like talking with you about.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Vince asked, having heard the mumbled statement.
“I’m going to bed…” Eric said and started up the stairs pointedly ignoring Vince and his question. Vince was not one to let things drop that easy though. He followed Eric up the stairs and into his room.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Vince asked again with a little more force. He was sick and tired of how Eric was shutting him out, then letting him in, and then pushing him out again.
“Leave, Vince.” Eric said finally meeting Vince’s eyes. His voice was laced with something Vince couldn’t place. Vince closed the door with a slight click from the knob.
“I am not leaving. Not until you tell me what the hell has you so pissed at me.” Vince stated his voice brooked no argument, but Eric was just as stubborn.
“I don’t want nor do I have to tell you anything. Now, GET OUT!” His anger over the whole situation finally being released. Vince blinked in surprise. E had been mad at him sure, but never like this. Vince watched as Eric’s anger deflated. He pushed Eric lightly so that he sat down on his bed as Vince sat down beside him.
“What happened on your date tonight?” He asked softly afraid of sparking Eric’s temper. He had seen what happened to those in high school who had pissed Eric off. He didn’t want to be on the end of that.
“She ended it…” Eric said. All traces of anger at Vince completely gone, but Vince knew he still had to tread carefully. Vince pushed down this feeling of joy at the news. Eric was his friend, he shouldn’t be happy that he was left heartbroken again.
“Why?” He had to ask. He had to know. Eric was a great guy with a good heart who loved these girls so much and yet they kept breaking his heart. Vince thought that maybe Solane was the one who wouldn’t hurt Eric. This thought had caused him pain. He ignored that pain though and watched as Eric fall further and further in love with Solane. He tried to be happy for Eric, he really had. He pretended everyday that Eric and Solane had been together that he was happy for them. He’d known for a long time why wasn’t he hadn’t been happy for Eric and Solane, but he pushed it down. He didn’t want to lose his best friend.
“She is in love with someone else.” Eric replied. He knew that that was only half of Solane’s reason. But the other half of her reason was ridiculous, wasn’t it?
“Is it?” An inner voice in his head asked, and he shook his head.
“Yes, it is.” He responded to the voice. “There’s no way…and even if…he’d be disgusted…he’d never return them…It’s ridiculous…”
“He’d return them.” The inner voice replied.
“No he won’t.” He answered simply.
“He won’t?” The inner voice asked in uncertainty.
“No!” He screamed in his head and then realized he’d taken it out of the hypothetical situation and made it a real situation. “Damn it!” The voice laughed.
“I’m sorry, E. I know you thought she was the one.” Vince replied to Eric’s last actually spoken statement. Eric smiled lightly.
“Why were you mad at me, though?” He knew asking that was risking Eric’s anger, but he had to know.
“You were a part of her reason. I guess, I’m just a little sick of girls breaking up with me and you being part of the reason, you know?” Vince nodded. He understood how that annoyed his best friend.
“What…I’m not the one she fall in love with, am I?” He asked a little worried. Eric shook his head. Vince breathed in relieved.
“Then what was her reason that had to do with me? I mean if it’s not that she’s in love with me.”
“Her reason was that I am.” Eric replied. He suddenly found the carpet to be very interesting.
"You’re what?” Vince asked, not quite connecting things. Eric sighed.
“In love with you.” Eric replied, still staring at the floor. The room fell unnervingly quiet. Eric thought maybe Vince had run from the room, but when he looked up Vince was still there, staring at the wall, thoughtfully. With each passing quiet second the lump of worry and nervousness grew in Eric’s stomach. He was just about to deny Solane’s accusation when Vince looked at him and Eric was certain now. More certain then he’d been during Solane’s attempt to convince him and the conversation with his inner voice.
“Are you?” Vince asked quietly, his voice held no disgust or hatred. Eric knew he couldn’t keep it buried in lies and false feelings anymore.
“Yes.” The simple word slipped from Eric’s lips before he could stop it.
“Good.” Vince whispered before placing his lips softly on Eric’s. Eric was glad that for once he listened to his heart.
A/N: I hoped you liked it and please comment. You can also find this story and all of my one-shot stories at this URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1172365/
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