**********Disclaimer-Sexual themes are used in this chapter.**********
The volume of the radio was blasting yet the sound of Bae's off key singing could be heard along with those iconic guitar riffs that Steppenwolf made famous so long ago. Bae was feeling independent, adventurous and ready to take on the world head on. The message in the music just added some more enthusiasm to the first day of his new life. He sang the chorus even louder while he was grateful that no one else could hear him.
Grandpa Wolfie made this mix made specifically for Bae's road trip to university and when it came to music Grandpa was the expert. His Grandfather also arranged for him to look at the fraternity on his first night. Wolfie was a member of that fraternity and was rumored to be quite the party animal in his day. A party was scheduled at the fraternity tonight and Bae was one of the few freshmen who was fortunate enough to receive an invitation. He was sure they wanted him to join but living at the fraternity was completely out of the question. Bae's main objective was to study oceanography and he was sure that fraternity life would interfere with that. Everything about the ocean and sea life always fascinated him and he was eager to learn as much as possible. He did think that he should attend a party or two. All work and no play would make Bae a dull boy and he certainly didn't consider himself dull. He was hoping he could convince his best friend Cassidy to go with him to the party but that seemed unlikely now.
When Bae first met Cassidy they both had the same hopes and dreams. They made specific plans together for the future. Bae was the type to plan everything out and disliked anything or anyone who rocked the boat. Cassidy would be attending university first so he would find a place for them to live while studying. After university they were both going to join the navy to work as oceanographers. A monkey wrench was thrown into that plan when Cassidy met this Javiera bitch. She even wormed her way into living in their apartment. Cass was even supposed to be on this road trip with Bae as carpooling was more energy efficient, but Cass suddenly had to leave two weeks earlier because Javiera was already there. Bae understood why Cass wanted her around she had a great ass and a nice rack. Who wouldn't want a girl who looked like that? The problem was that Cass claims that he loves her and now he wants to marry her. How could Cass travel and explore the world with a ball and chain hanging off of his foot? She changed everything. This was something Bae could and would never understand. Sadly he had no choice but to tolerate her for Cassidy's sake. Like it or not, she was a part of their lives.As the song changed, Bae started to think about the recent past instead of the future. Last summer seemed to take forever as he was anxious to get out on his own, but for his parents it was another story. Every time Bae mentioned university with so much enthusiasm, he couldn’t help but noticed the bittersweet looks on his parent’s faces. They were indeed happy and proud that they prepared their son to start his own journey in life however the reality of letting go was beginning to set in. Chrissie and Mickey did want to help him get settled in but Bae convinced him that it was better they didn’t. They had his baby sister Morgan to take care of and of course all the work for them to move back to Aurora Skies. Chrissie was going through the morning sickness phase of her third pregnancy at the time so they didn't press the issue.
Bae’s girlfriend Shanta also had those same bittersweet looks on her face that his parent had all summer long when he drove her home the night before. They were attending different universities so they were not going to see each other for a while. She wanted to be a nurse so she decided to attend Académie Le Tour in Veronaville which had a better nursing program than Sim State University. Bae promised to call often and visit her on a break which was a promise he intended to keep. Due to the distance between the two universities those visits had to be overnight visits. He had special plans for the sleeping arrangements now that their relationship had moved up to a new level.
The day before Bae promised to spend the entire day with her on his little island. He picked up a radio, packed a lunch and was able to sneak out a 6 pack without his parents knowing. His father was always warning him to stay away from any kind of booze. Mermen had a low tolerance for the affects of alcohol and it tended to dehydrate their scales faster. Bae figured what was the harm a couple of beers could be especially while he was on the island surrounded by salt water.
He wanted to remember everything about this day as he knew he would miss the smell of the salt air and sound of the waves as the floated onto the shore. He certainly was going to miss this place for sure as he wouldn’t see it until next summer. His breaks during the year would be spent with Shanta or visiting his parents in Aurora Skies
She wore this bikini on purpose. It was Bae's favorite and she knew the effect it had on him. His eyes were never off her whenever she wore it and she noticed the areas they always went to. She really didn’t have to encourage him that much as she already felt his erect motivation when he pulled her close to him. That motivation was always there whenever they were they were alone but when she pulled away from his advances he didn’t pursue.
Today everything was going to be different and she wasn’t going to pull away. She was ready to give her body and her love to him. At least she thought she was ready. She had to be ready. The Sim State university girls would tempt him and they would be more than willing to ease some of that tension for him. This is something she was certain of. She knew she had a very attractive boyfriend who also came from a wealthy family. Bae was definitely a catch and she knew someone would try to reel him in while she wasn't around. It wasn’t as if she didn’t love him or she didn’t want him to be the first. She just knew she had to give him a reason to stay interested in her and it had to be now.
The question in Bae's mind was, why did she have to wear this bathing suit today? This sexy bikini was always pure torture for him. All of her bikinis were torture for him. Considering the limitations she set, he was already planning to spend some time in the water before going home.
He did respect her limitations but that didn't stop his hands from wandering while they were making out. He was eighteen and had the normal needs most male eighteen year old would have. As his hands started to venture near new and forbidden areas he waited for her shoo his hand away. It didn't happen. This encouraged him to go a little further so he slipped his hand under her top. She still didn't stop him. He caressed her breast and he heard a soft moan of pleasure from her lips when he played with her nipple. Not only was she not pushing him away she seemed to be enjoying it as much as he was. Could she be ready? Or did she find a new way to torture him?
He moved his hands behind her neck so that he could start untying her top but he stopped before he did. He was already at the point of no return but seeing her boobs and then having to..... He didn't want to think about it but he had to find out if she did indeed wanted to take this step with him.
“This is ok? Are you sure?” Bae whispered in her ears.
“I have never been more sure of anything in my life,” Shanta answered. “I love you, Bae and I’m ready.”
I’m ready were two words Bae was waiting to hear from her for a very long time. He continued to untie her top and he removed it. They made out a little more before he made a woman out of her right there on Bae's very own island paradise. This was the girl who never let him pass second base but today of all days; she decided let him go all the way home. It might have been a little late in the game for Bae's liking but he was up for extra innings.
He drove her home around midnight and then they had to say their goodbyes to each other.
“I already miss you,” Shanta said with a tears in her eye.
“I’m going to miss you too.” Bae said “but don’t look so sad. We will make this work.”
“I can’t help it. I love you and I won’t be seeing you for a while.” She said.
“I’ll call you tomorrow my little pearl.” That was his special name for her and she always blushed when he called her that. “I’ll come to see you before you know it.” He whispered in her ears and he kissed her goodnight.
Never once did it dawn on him that she professed her love for him quite a few times that day. Bae was quite attached to her but love? No, he wasn’t there yet. Sailing, exploring and adventure were his future plans and were the only things on his mind besides sex. Love was something that would come later, much later. If at all.
The next morning the car was loaded and Bae said goodbye to his parents and to his baby sister. He wanted to hold her but she was a bit fussy that morning. It was almost as if she sensed that her big brother was leaving that day. Bae just gave her a kiss on the forehead and waited for her to drift off to sleep. He was going to miss her but pretty soon there would be another baby in the house for her to play with.
He went to look at his room one last time as his parents would be moving in less than one month. He grew too old for his old boat bed a long time ago but refused to give it up. He loved his room exactly the way it was and his parents planned to set it all up in his bedroom in Aurora Springs. They knew he would never move there but they wanted him to know there would always be a room for him in their house. Arrangements had already been made for him to own his own houseboat in Isla Paradiso. His paternal Grandparents were acting as caregivers while he was away at school.
Chrissie wanted to cry as her little boy drove away and eventually she couldn't hold back the tears. The years seemed to go too fast for her and she wished he was still her little boy. Mickey held her hand and stood right beside her as he always knew how to calm her nerves when she needed it the most. It was a very emotional day for both of them and they were both proud of their son.
Bae promised he would drive carefully and he would put the top down when the sun became too strong. Being a vampire she was never fond of the sun but she was worried about Bae dehydrating. Bae didn’t listen to them as he wanted to exert his freedom and driving fast with the top down did look cool. Besides he knew enough to take a dip into any lake or beach that he passed by as he didn’t like the feeling of his scales becoming chapped and flaky. He also knew not to speed too much as he didn’t want to scratch up the car.
Just as soon as he heard Clapton on the guitar, Bae arrived at his destination. This always seem to happen, his road trips always ended as one of his favorite songs started playing. He honked on the horn and called out for Cass while keeping the volume blasting. There was absolutely no way that Cassidy or the whole neighborhood didn’t know that Bae had arrived but he continued to call out to his friend.
When Bae turned around a gorgeous blonde who was passing by caught his eye. She noticed the looks he was giving her and she walked up to introduce herself while the music played on.
“Hi, I’m Layla” she said in a seductive tone while giving him a come-hither look, “I see your playing my song”
Bae just took one look at this hot co-ed standing in front of him and he knew he was going to enjoy the next four years.