"Don't look at me that way." Noel squinted hard. As it was, Logan was sure Noel didn't have these few minutes for him at the coffee shop. He was talking up about his new friend Owen, who seemed to know all the girls on campus who liked to party.
"What way?" Logan winced back. He had a load of books with him and decided on the berry smoothie while they were waiting in line.
"Don't judge me." Noel shook his head. "I can feel it." He kept his voice low. Logan barely spoke above a whisper, trying to keep this from anyone else's business.
"Maybe its you, judging." Logan looked his brother in the eye. "You're still alone." Logan reminded him that this 'getting laid' phase wasn't getting him anywhere.
"Just don't go there." Noel put in his order as well as Logan. They moved toward the pick up station. "You wouldn't know fun if your life depended on it."
"So this is all about fun now?" Logan found Noel hopeless. "Is this about Mom and Dad? Because, if its about Mom and Dad...you...you need help."
"What?" Now Noel was laughing at him.
"You know guys are just as susceptible to HPV as girls are. There's a report on it." Logan mentioned as he hugged his books. He'd just seen it on the news this morning. He bet his brother didn't even turn on the TV. His life line was that amazing phone of his. That he was constantly on.
"Who are you? I don't even know you, anymore?" Noel told him as he grabbed their drinks to find a table. "Its like you're the poster boy for ABSTINENCE or something." Now Logan had really gotten his brother in a huff.
"I'm worried about you." Logan nodded. His Mom and Dad were fighting over a house. Somebody had to think about Noel. "I just don't want you to regret all this, someday. OK?"
"Well, at least I'm not on the sidelines, like you are. Watching the world go by," Noel said in his defense. Logan had a pretty good idea then that he was taking the road less traveled.