"What! What has gotten in to you!" Sage thought she might go mad and pull every curl out of Gage's head. How could he speak that way to Spencer? She hugged herself hard as she had him sitting on their bed as if he were in time out.
"Hm." He was thinking. Perhaps. His eyebrows furrowed. Eyes all winced. This was really hard to explain, evidently. Sage sighed and plopped herself next to him.
"Look, you..you need to let Spencer be happy." She picked up a finger of his and inspected his clean fingernails. Maybe this was just wrong? She was beginning to think. Maybe this was her fault. She nursed her bottom lip.
"What do you mean?" Gage looked at her as if was speaking in a foreign language.
"Is this-" She didn't know if she could explain it. "Is this about you and Spencer? Do you..do you want to be with him?"
"For what?" He cracked a laugh. "No." He made a face full of disgust. "I don't think Noah's ..as..as great, as they say he is. I mean, someone needs to see if he can really be trusted. That's all." He was quiet then as he watched her fingers next to his. "OK..maybe..maybe I do love him. But..but its not..not the way he wants. I guess. But..but I don't want this guy to hurt him, either."
Sage guessed she understood.
"Well, you're gonna have to stop. Stop annoying Spencer." Sage looked at him.
"I can't help it." A sly smile emerged. "Its fun."
"You're being an idiot." Sage told him. "And you're not an idiot." She reminded him he had those accounting classes to take at night at the college.
"God, if only I could find ..someone..someone who could woo this, this dredlocks dude. Then Spence would know what kind of guy this Noah, really is." Gage was thinking out loud.
"Well, you're not. You are going to be studying numbers. Equations. Will you stop thinking about messing up things for Spencer and Noah?"
"Do I have to?" He leaned in to her more.
"Yes. You're going too." Sage told him. She knew it would be hard for Spencer to see the two of them together. "If Spencer wants to go with Noah, then he's going." It was the least they could do. She was afraid Spencer felt he was kept prisoner here. He was on the phone, at the moment, with some people, to take away the tree that was on his car.