I'm not sure exactly what Annette said to Max whole we were up in Maine or if it's just a matter of seeing that people can, eventually, get back to who they're "supposed to be" and maybe have learned something or other along the way. Whatever it was, Max hasn't started trying to find a shade of lipstick he likes yet, but he bitches a lot less than he did before. I've spent a little time showing him what Agile is and we're staying to look at job listings so that he can get a feel for what he'll be able to handle after I stop being Yuan-wei and he's potentially flying solo as Elaine for a few months. It's kind of tender when we have to acknowledge that, and he's got me promising that if I land in a life that is compatible with Elaine's, but I don't know how likely that is, since I kind of think the Wongs are gonna try to fuck us over.
He's started to kind of embrace this as "summer vacation", though, so we've been able to have a little fun. We've hot a bunch of the touristy spots that I kind of avoided as someone who lives here, seen some baseball, both at Fenway Park and on the Cape, and made road trips around New England. It's kind of annoying that Max gets to drive, but they don't rent cars to 21-year-old girls on student visas with Hong Kong drivers' licenses no matter how much insurance she can pay for, generally speaking. We didn't go that far Thursday night, just to the House of Blues on Lansdowne, although that's still a bit of a hike in the heels I was wearing, causing Max to have a good laugh at my expense (I usually keep a pair of flip-flops in my purse, but I forgot). Why I got an apartment at the top of a hill, I don't know.
As much as my legs were hurting by the time we got to my place, though, I was still able to run a bit when I got there and saw someone waiting outside. "Jacky?! Oh my God, what are you doing here?" Heck, I was able to jump and wrap my arms and legs around him, too, though after a couple seconds the main support came from his hands cradling my ass as we kissed.
We came up for air a minute or so later, and he lowered me to the ground. "Couldn't go all summer without seeing my girl, even if she did have a class to take."
"You are so..." I heard a bit of shuffling behind me and stepped back a step. "What a thoughtless bitch I'm being. Jacky, this is my friend Elaine Preston; Elaine, my boyfriend Jacky Lau."
Jacky extended a hand and looked at Max curiously. "You speak Cantonese?"
I hadn't even realized that I had slipped into using that language when I saw Jacky, but I guess I had. Max tried to manage the handshake without getting his hand crushed while joking that he used to speak it better than me, but it looks like I've been practicing. Didn't make much sense to Jacky, but he laughed, figuring "Elaine" either didn't speak the language well enough to make the joke right or it was some sort of (African) American humor he didn't get.
We went up to my apartment and I gave him the tour, telling him to put his shit in my room since Elaine had the spare. Jacky said he could take the couch, but I pulled him closer, shifting his hand back to my ass, and said fuck that before slapping his butt myself. Then I asked if he wanted a drink or something to eat after his flight, eventually getting some beers from the fridge and heating up some leftover General Tso's Chicken and explaining that "Chinese food" over here often meant "Chinese-American", but, hey, that's cool, just another sort of regional Chinese cuisine. He wasn't sure about that, but he was hungry, and sucked it down while updating me on what was going on back "home". Max ate it up, although we both kind of tensed up when Bingbing was mentioned in passing.
Jacky had been on a plane for a while, so we let him take his leave, and then Max scored forward in his chair so he could tall a little lower, in English. "Pretty quick with the 'my friend Elaine' there."
"Dude, I've been living double lives and hanging out with people who aren't themselves for three years. You expect me to stumble over your fucking pronouns for the next month?"
"I guess not. It's just... I don't know, it's weird to see you've actually got a life as Yuan-wei. Like all I can think about is becoming myself again and you've just moved on."
"What am I supposed to do, spend all my time sitting around being miserable? I tried that as Deirdre. It fucking sucked."
"Max, there's a guy who flew halfway across the world to see me in the next room. Don't fucking 'yeah but' me! When I knew I wasn't going back, it was either go forward or fucking kill myself or something."
"Yeah, but you chose not to go back and now I'm--"
"Nope, not again. Not dong this a-fucking-gain, especially not with Jacky in the next room." And with that, I got up and headed to my bedroom.
Despite wanting to slam it, I closed the door quietly, then stepped out of my heels and let my dress fall to the floor. I was about to undo my bra and put on a night shirt when I saw Jacky was awake and smiling, so I just got into bed behind him and held him, eventually moving my hand down to his groin. I could feel the raised eyebrows rolling through his body, because he jokes that dicks are the only thing I'm really dainty about - I've got no problem with them in my pussy, but I don't like to look at or touch them otherwise, and just fucking forget about getting that thing in my mouth. Still, sometimes you don't want to wait for the hard-on to just happen.
But then, something I am really going to miss about Jacky is that, even though we don't see each other that often and he can't understand some of what's in my head, he knows my moods pretty well, and when I'm feeling kind of conflicted about being Yuan-wei, he picks up on it and does a lot of foreplay, making sure I feel good about every inch of my body as it is, with a lot of tickling and laughing and just making me feel good and right before he puts on the condom and then takes it to the next level. I don't know what he thinks I'm having doubts about when he picks up on that, but he does his level best to fix it.
That and the jet lag wiped him out, and I fell asleep soon after, not waking up until the next morning when I smelled something good. Pulling on an oversized t-shirt but not doing much else to clean up, I went to the kitchen and saw Max making a bunch of French Toast. His hair was kind of all over the place - Elaine and Cary had warned him that his perm was about at its expiration date but he wasn't up to hitting a beauty salon yet - so he looked kind of funny. "What's with this?" I asked. "First time you've cooked since the change."
"Nothing! Just hungry and figured that after all that you and Jacky were, you know, doing last night, it might be a while until you woke up."
"Yeah. Cause you really like it..."
"Well, duh. We've still got an express connection to the pleasure center down there, you know."
"No, I mean, you like it, like, all over the bedroom."
"Oh, yeah, it's kind of fun like that. I don't know if I'd like it so much if I hadn't been a big guy, but I think that made someone picking me up and tossing me down on a bed or holding me in the air kind of exciting, ya know?"
"You've got a year as Elaine coming, so you will. Unless you decide to act like a nun or something, and you're too sexy for that to be anything but a fucking waste."
"Are you sure? What if it's just you, and deep down you, like, wanted something like this?"
"What, you think I was some sort of woman in a man's body before? No fuckin' way, bro. It's just the Inn. Near as we can tell, it won't make you stupid or, like, give you a learning disability or anything - it won't downgrade anything in your brain - but it doesn't consider what pheromones you respond to an upgrade or downgrade, so you get what the body's got. For a curse that's been around decades or centuries, it's pretty fucking progressive. You may think you still like chicks now, but that's just the last twenty years of being told you're supposed to and the last ten associating us with boners. Your brain catches up with your body eventually, though, if you let it."
"You wouldn't say that if you were in my positions last night." I grinned and stabbed at some eggy bread. "Anyway, what do you think we should show Jacky first? I know I've been trying to make these few months fun-time for us, but I how you don't mind sharing me with Jacky for a week or two. Guy's got an ugly breakup coming, so we should both try and make the most of it while we can."
He didn't have a whole lot of ideas right then, and we stopped talking about Inn shit because that's about when Jacky woke up and joined us and we decided to hit the Aquarium and a Duck Tour.
I don't think Max really likes the idea of Jacky yet, but he's at least being polite and bit complaining about the noise coming from the bedroom. Which is good because that ain't going away until Jacky does.