Benny took a serious look at his handiwork on Casey's arm. There were flowers, and angels' wings, as well as sculls and crossbones. Hearts too. So many colors, reds, blues, greens, yellows and even purples. So many different shades outlined in black. He was rather proud of it. He read over the inscription. All is not lost. Stay gold.
He remained quiet. Distant, perhaps to Casey. He knew he'd been a fool. Thankfully, Casey wouldn't rub it in.
"Why don't you take a picture? It'll last longer." Casey just grinned. Benny tried to smile, but he couldn't.
His chest still hurt. Maybe it was all just an emotion that took a toll on him. The fact remained, Spencer had been his very best friend through it all. He had no idea something like this would tear them apart. Someone like Ka-Rad.
Casey went to get his digital camera. Benny took a picture like he'd asked. He was proud of his work. Maybe a snapshot was all he really needed now.
"You'd make Cyrus proud, you know that?" Casey let Benny have a drag off his cigarette. It wasn't dope. Casey rarely did that kind of thing since he worked as a custodian at a school. Casey flexed his arm and Benny took a picture.
"Aren't you hungry, yet?" Casey asked. Benny knew the sun would be up soon.
Benny just shrugged. He felt too drained to do anything. It was as if the life had been sucked out of him, and yet he'd some how kept going. Benny gave Casey back the cigarette and crawled into the couch, almost in a fetal position. He was soon asleep. At this point, Casey was all he had. If only he could love him back, but this was good as it was going to get.