"What are you talking about?" River looked at Declan as if he were out of his mind. They were both watching the pot of water to boil so the pasta could cook. The creamy chicken primavera was simmering as Declan stirred it quickly.
"Just think about it." Declan wouldn't look at him.
"What's there to think about? I'm not being Connor's friend." Plain and simple. It was just odd, the whole encounter with his ex's new boyfriend. River was beginning to wonder if Noah ever thought of him as a boyfriend, anyway. Wasn't he just doing his brother a favor, taking him in?
River blew a breath not wanting to think about it.
"You shouldn't just write him off. Maybe things aren't as perfect as Noah would seem to think." Declan shrugged as if he had something entirely different in mind.
"Have they ever been that perfect?" River looked to see how the pot of water was doing. Little bubbles were starting to form. Of course, he felt like blowing up, just the thought of Noah persisted like a bad headache.
As it was, he felt as if he'd came a long way since his days with Noah. And, possibly, it was Noah that helped him get the job at the University. Did he have to pay him back, somehow? River squinted hard.
"Look, we are not party animals." Declan smiled at River as if he wasn't to expect them to make the rounds at the bars and discos with Noah and Connor. After all, Declan and River did like to sit on the couch in front of the TV with dinner while watching HAPPY ENDINGS. "Besides, maybe there's a chance..."
"Oh..no you don't. Noah and Spencer have parted ways for good. We will not be bringing up Spencer in..anyway." River shook his head. "Hadn't we done our best to break them up, to begin with? Because, we both know Spencer deserves better."
Finally, the water was beginning to boil. And the doorbell rang.
Declan and River looked at each other as if they didn't even know the doorbell worked. Declan coaxed him toward the door. River rolled his eyes, but to his surprise, there his brother Phoenix was at the door.