When Jasper was fifteen he realized just how much he liked the same sex. He supposed that deep down he'd known even earlier about it, but his second year of high school was when he really took notice to it. He'd been running laps on the track and field of his school with the rest of the soccer team. They were warming up for practice, the coach watching from the sidelines as always. It was a nice day, so the cheerleaders were out practicing as well instead of being confined to the gym as usual. A few other students hung around the stands as well, a few guys who were only there to watch the girls practice and a few girls watching their boyfriends practice. Jasper could see his older sister sitting with a few guys, waiting for Jasper to finish so that she could take him home. His best friends Oliver was there as well, likely waiting because he needed a ride home as well.
Practice had ended when Jasper looked up to try and find Oliver, Brooklyn had ended up leaving with her friends, leaving Jasper to walk home. He didn't really mind though, it was still pretty nice out. Jasper left the locker room scanning the stands of Oliver, finding the raven-haired boy waiting by the exit with a few girls speaking to him. Jasper stood still for a moment with a stabbing feeling of jealous rising inside him as he eyed the girls. Oliver was cute, like a little sleep deprived puppy. Every so often a girl would come up to him, but Oliver was never really interested. However, it didn't stop Jasper from being bothered every time. Jasper walked up to them, joining at Oliver's side. "Hey, Oliver, ready yo go?" He looked over at the girls as if dismissing them.
"Yeah, let's go."
Jasper stared at Oliver as they walked. The afternoon sun beating down on them and causing Oliver to frown and try to shield himself from the bright light. Jasper grinned and moved to toss an arm around his friend and pull him close. "Trying to hide from the sun?" he laughed, "the sun could do you some good, you're as pale as a ghost." Oliver rolled his eyes in response.
"You're being pretty quiet today," Oliver commented after a few minutes of silence passed. "Normally you don't let the conversation die down."
"Sorry, I've just been thinking a lot about some things."
"Care to clue me in on what's going on?"
Jasper pursed his lips, he couldn't just tell Oliver he had such a massive crush on him.
"I guess it's more something I want to tell you."
Oliver was his best friend if he felt comfortable enough telling anyone it was him. "I think guys are attractive." He stated, it coming out more awkward than he had wanted it to. Oliver wants quiet for a moment.
"Like, you like guys?"
"Are you cool with that?" Jasper watched the other boy as he rubbed the back of his neck.
"Yeah, I don't have a problem with that." He gave a small smile, "you're my best friend, I'll support you no matter what."
Jasper cracked a big grin, "really? That's so relieving to hear, I was so afraid to tell you."
"I don't see why." Oliver rubbed his arm, "does anyone else know?"
"No, just you." Jasper sighed, "I've been really struggling with this for a while now…I've wanted to tell you for a long time, but...I just couldn't." Oliver steeped closer to Jasper as they walked, wrapping an arm around his longtime best friend.
"I suppose I'll have to help you find a boyfriend now."
Jasper smiled with a small laugh, "ready to be my wingman?"
"Honestly speaking, I don't think I'll ever be ready for that." He laughed, "It's a good thing you're sister makes Ashley do it and not me." They shared a small laugh together, "So anyway, when'd you know?"
"I think I kind of always knew, but I don't know really. It just kind of clicked for me." Jasper explained, "So, are you coming over or not? I got that new game we saw at the store the other day, we can play."
"Yeah, sure." Oliver smiled, continuing forward while Jasper trailed after him with a small smile. Now... he thought, maybe if I could just tell everyone else.