Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I never thought I was a special case

When all I wanted was you
And all you wanted was me
And all I wanted was you
And all you wanted was me-strckr

Honestly, Logan could have stayed in and watched a marathon of MY SO CALLED-LIFE, but then Clare Danes kept making him think of Sammi.  He had enough on his mind with his summer job and Randi as it was.

He didn't want to bring it up to Alex. Randi might be flirting with him. Besides, it was the 4th and Alex had other things in mind. Like a explosions.

Alex just wanted to be outside. They'd grilled prime rib, already. It was just the two of them. They'd had a smoky meat fest, corn on the cob and baked potato included. Logan supposed he needed a walk after that meal, anyway.

When it got dark, Alex got out his little treasure under the bed, a metal box of fireworks.

"How long have you had these?" Logan squinted looking at the packs of fire crackers, roman candles and even a couple of outlawed bottle rockets.

Alex just shrugged and left it a mystery. He grabbed a few, locked his stash back up and they went to the driveway. There were other neighbors gathering about, ready to do their thing for the 4th.

"You do blow up things, don't you?" Alex looked at him as if perhaps Logan was a spy and might turn him in to the FBI.

"Uh, yeah." Basically, he'd watched his brother have a bang with his fellow friends, which usually meant Noel getting the girl in the end. Although, Logan was a bit reluctant. They started to walk. Meanwhile it was growing darker and yet the skies were lighting up. There was no need to go to any major outdoor extravaganza at the stadium. Fireworks were all around them. Yet the air was becoming stifling. Logan was in a sweat.

Finally, Alex found a safe place with no one around near a playground. He lit the punks to start the explosions. Immediately he fired off links of firecrackers. Before Logan knew it, a bunch of young kids arrived to watch. So Alex set off the Roman candles next. He got a few oohs and aws.

Then Logan to set off a few firecrackers.  Logan grinned in satisfaction. It was kind of fun. Then a young boy, all of eight hopefully, brought out one of his fancy fireworks. Supposedly there were over a hundred lights in it.

"Would you do it?" The kid asked Alex.

"Sure." He told them to stand back. She shot off the stand up firework. It went off without a mishap. Of course, in spite of all the shots going off into the night of bright colors..there was the complaint. NO WAY WAS THAT A HUNDRED LIGHTS.

Alex just smiled at Logan who sighed. Soon enough they were on their way leaving the little ones to their own devices, but they followed. Someone up the streets had major fireworks going. Suddenly, it felt they were amongst the lost boys. Or was it just a sudden brotherhood? Funny, how the 4th could bring out a certain personality in everyone. This was celebrating the 4th, but in the end, it felt like a war zone without the carnage, but leftovers of fireworks.

"So we're good?" Alex asked on the long walk back. He put his arm around Logan as they walked through the setting smoke.

"Yeah, we're good." Logan smiled, still wondering just what Alex had become on the 4th. He knew so much about fireworks and how to put more things together to explode. It was slightly disturbing, but Logan could see how the kids were fascinated. Even adults. Logan thought he knew everything to know about Alex, something new caught Logan, off guard. Yet, in the end..he was glad to go home with Alex.


lucy and sarah said...

It is interesting what fireworks do to people.

FWB said...

I'm glad they had a good time. Seemed such a guy thing.

Josie said...

Fireworks can certainly cause sparks...
xo Josie

Cafe Fashionista said...

Fireworks are such a magical thing! :)

She is Sara said...

Looks like the fireworks are bringing out the best for everyone. They seem happy.

Cait said...

So cute!