Episode Nine « The Caliente Affairs
Act 3: Confessions
Orlando showed up a few minutes later. “I come in peace! No jokes, no ‘Freud’ crap, it’s just me. Do you wanna tell me what’s up?” Orlando said, offering only advice that a friend could offer, sensing that was all Dirk really wanted.
“Something happened the other week.” Dirk took a deep breath in, the cold December air soothing his lungs. “Something that’s made me freak out about my feelings.” Dirk could feel the words coming, but they were so hard to share. He didn’t know how Orlando would react.
So, instead of guessing, he decided to find out. “A boy… tried to kiss me.” Dirk said, feeling relieved that the world hadn’t imploded like he thought it would. Though the puzzled look on Orlando’s face now made Dirk feel uncomfortable.
Dirk knew better than to name Alex. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust Orlando, but more the fact he wasn’t even sure if he could physically say those words out loud. “I can’t tell you. All I can say is, I thought we were having a great time as friends and then… he leaned in to kiss me. I was just so shocked.”
“As far as I knew, he has a girlfriend.” Dirk added, sharing with Orlando all his worries that had been stored up inside for the past few weeks.
“I don’t wanna know what he’s thinking.” Dirk said, feeling awkward about the question. “The girl he’s seeing is one of my friends too. She’s really sweet, and I don’t want to see him hurt her.” Dirk said, asking for Orlando’s advice.
“Oh. Well, I think you might be feeling some sort of guilt. Feeling like you betrayed your friend – even though it’s not your fault.” Orlando offered, feeling the advice coming to him so easily.
“I do not want to go around kissing boys. That’s disgusting!” Dirk assured his friend, as he cringed just at the thought of it.
Trying not to laugh, Orlando offered his friend his final word of advice. “I think what you have to do is tell this dude’s girl. Then maybe your conscience will be put to rest by showing yourself that you can do good – and it will be good, she deserves to know.” Orlando said.
“…but of course, that’s because I’d want to be there to get in on the action!” Orlando laughed. Ignoring his friends joke, Dirk thought long and hard about what he was going to do. He knew Orlando was right, he had to tell Meadow that Alex didn’t feel the same way she did about him. But could he really tell Meadow that her boyfriend was gay?