When The Glitter Turns Gold – Chapter 13

Chapter 13 – Looker

Jun 20, 2004 – Jacksonville, FL (Baymeadows Suburb) – The Home of JT Poole – The Backyard

“Come on Wes, cut that out,” Todd said as he shields his face from the water that Wes splashed at him from the pool.

“I’ll cut it out when you join me in here,” Wes stated as he splashed Todd again.

“Alright you two, cut it out before I kick you out of the pool,” JT stated with a smile as he took a seat on one of the lounge chairs as Justin, Caleb and Howard walked out of the house.  “Are you getting in the pool Caleb?”

“Yes Daddy,” Caleb replied as Justin jumped into the pool and then held out his hand to Caleb, helping him into the pool.

“Stay on the shallow end with Justin,” JT stated as he looked over the top of his shade at Justin and Caleb as Howard walked over and took a seat next to him.

“Thanks for inviting me over JT,” Howard stated with a small smile as he looked around.

“No need for that Howard,” JT replied as he waved at Howard dismissively.  “You’re welcomed here anytime.”

“Thanks,” Howard replied as he looked over at Wes and Todd, playing around in the pool with each other and then he frowned.  “I wish I had that.”

“Wish you had what Howard?”  JT asked as he looked over at Howard.

“Someone to have fun with,” Howard replied as JT followed his line of vision and then sighed.

“If you want to find someone to have fun with, you have to put yourself out there, so the guys know you’re available,” JT stated as Howard averted his eyes.

“I—I don’t know how to do that,” Howard stated with a frown.  “I can never put myself out there like that, exposing myself to the world like—like that.”

“Come off it Howard,” JT said as he shook his head.  “I’ve seen you in action in the court room.  You’re like a shark, in a very small ocean when you go after the other guy.  So, I know you have it in you.”

“No I don’t,” Howard replied as he shook his head.

“Yes you do Howard,” JT stated as he nodded his head.  “I’ve seen you be a shark in the court room, I know you can do this.”

“Being a lawyer is one thing JT, I can do that,” Howard stated as JT laughed and then shook his head again.

“You might need to approach dating in the same way that you approach the court room,” JT suggested with a smile.  “You own that court room when you’re in it.  So, treat dating the same way.  Don’t worry about anything and go in it, looking to win.  Does that make sense?”

“Somewhat,” Howard replied as a ton sounded as JT turned and looked towards the house.

“I’ll get it,” Wes stated as he climbed out of the pool and ran around the house, heading towards the front gate.

“JT, what was that noise?”  Howard asked, looking at JT.

“That was the sound of the gate alarm and doorbell,” JT replied as he looked in the direction of the house.  “I wonder who that could be.  Justin, are you expecting someone?”

“No baby, are you?”  Justin asked as he and Caleb played around in the pool.

“I wasn’t expecting anyone, except for the ones here right now,” JT stated as Wes returned with Chad Aldon following him.  “Chad, what are you doing here?”

“Hey buddy,” Chad greeted as he walked over to where JT sat.

“Chad, what are you doing here?”  Todd asked as he got out of the swimming pool as Chad looked over at him and then shook his head.

“So, this is where you ran off to,” Chad said as he shook his head again.

“But that doesn’t explain why you’re here right now,” Todd stated, glaring at Chad. “Did you follow me here?”

“No, I didn’t follow you here Todd,” Chad replied as he sighed.  “It seems someone has a real big ego.”

“So, why are you here Chad?”  JT asked.

“I came to bring your birthday present,” Chad replied with a smile as Todd frowned.  “I’m also here in town, working on something.”

“That sounds cool,” JT stated as he got up and hugged Chad.  “So, what did you get me?”

“You’ll have to go see for yourself,” Chad stated as he turned and looked at Todd.  “The nerve of some people, thinking that the world revolves around them.”

“Hey, let that go Chad,” JT stated as he and Chad walked away from the pool.  “So, you’re here for work.  What are you working on?”

“I got a small part in a TV show and I’m also scouting some places for an upcoming role,” Chad replied as he and JT arrived at his rental car.  Opening the door, Chad pulled out a small box and handed it to JT.  “Your present my friend.”

“What is it?”  JT asked as he looked at the small box strangely.

“Just open it,” Chad replied as JT opened the box, revealing a key.

“A key?  What does this key go to Chad?”  JT asked as Chad smiled at him.

“Remember that house you had your eyes on out in LA?”  Chad asked as JT looked at the key and then nodded his head as his eyes widened.  “That house is yours now.”

“What!?  Oh God, Chad!”  JT squealed, hugging Chad around the neck as he jumped up and down.  “How did you get the house?”

“The owner put it up for sale and I did my best to talk him into accepting my price,” Chad stated as Justin and Todd arrived around the house, looking out of breath.

“Is everything okay here?”  Justin asked as he got closer to JT and Chad.  “I heard you scream.  Are you alright baby?”

“I’m fine as can be,” JT replied as he moved away from Chad and then showed Justin the key.  “Chad gave me my birthday present and I’m so happy.”

“What is that a key for?”  Justin asked as Todd shook his head, waved his hand and then walked away, heading back around the house.

“This is the key to my new house out in LA,” JT answered with a smile as Justin looked at JT and then over at Chad with a strange expression on his face.  “I’ve had my eye on that house for over two years now and it’s finally mine.”

“Oh really?  If you wanted a house baby, all you had to do was tell me,” Justin stated as Chad looked at him.  “I would’ve gotten you a house… Only if you had told me you wanted one.”

“I got the house that I want now,” JT stated as he held the key to his chest and then spun around in a circle, clutching the key.

“What happened to Todd?”  Chad asked, looking around to see that Todd was gone.  “I don’t mean to sound rude or anything, but what’s gotten into Todd?”

“Probably Wes,” JT stated as Chad’s mouth dropped open as Justin waved his hands, trying to get JT’s attention.  “Well they are dating.”

“They’re dating?  What—what about Veronica and—and the kids?”  Chad asked, noticing the pissed off look on Justin’s face.

“From what I was told, Roni has left him and took the kids,” JT stated with a neutral expression on his face.  “I thought you knew all of this, being that she’s sleeping with your man.”

“I don’t have a man anymore and I’m on the prowl for a new one,” Chad spoke as he shook his head.  “Another reason I’m out this way.”

“Oh really?  Do you already have plans?”  JT asked, looking Chad in the face as Justin threw his hands up and then walked away, heading back around the house.

“Ah JT, I think your hubby is upset,” Chad stated as he pointed at Justin’s retreating figure, walking around the house.

“I don’t know what for,” JT spoke as he shrugged his shoulders as he and Chad started walking towards the back of the house. “So, do you have plans with someone?”

“Not at the moment,” Chad answered with a smile.  “I was supposed to meet up with Rick, but he hasn’t answered any of my calls.”

“Well you can hang out here with us,” JT stated with a smile.  “We’re hanging around the pool and then we’ll have dinner.  Sound good?”

“Sounds perfect,” Chad stated as they arrived at the back of the house.

“I’m going inside to put this way and I’ll be right back,” JT stated as he looked at Chad as he held the key.  “Don’t you go getting into any trouble here.”

“I won’t,” Chad replied as he shook his head.

A Few Minutes Later

“Daddy,” Caleb yelled as he rushed over to where JT stood at the back door of the house.  “Can I get back into the pool?”

“Can you?”  JT said as Caleb smiled and then nodded his head.  “The correct way to say that is ‘May I’.”

“Okay Daddy, may I get back into the pool?”  Caleb asked as JT nodded his head.

“Yeah and I’m coming in with you,” JT stated as he jumped into the pool and then helped Caleb in.  “Hey Howard, are you going to sit around the pool all afternoon or are you going to get in?”

“I—I guess I can get in,” Howard replied as he placed his shades down on the table besides the lounge chair.

“Chad, are you going to get into the pool or what?”  JT asked, looking over at Chad as he sat on a lounge chair.  “Go inside and get changed and join us.”

“No need for that,” Chad replied as he kicked off his shoes, pulled a wallet and cell phone out of his pocket, pushed his pants down, took off his shirt, waved and then jumped into the pool, making a big splash.  “I was prepared.”

“I guess so,” JT said as he played around with Caleb.

“You know I’m always prepared for fun,” Chad stated as he surfaced as Howard stepped into the pool.  “Hi there, I’m Chad Aldon and you are?”

“I—I’m Howard, Howard Marshall,” Howard replied as he shook Chad’s hand.  “I—I’m a friend of JT’s and I—I’m his lawyer.”

“Cool,” Chad responded as he patted Howard on the shoulder.  “Tag, you’re it!”

“Justin,” JT spoke as he and Caleb stepped out of the pool as he directed Caleb over to a lounge chair as he walked up behind Justin who stood behind the grill with a mean look on his face as he flipped a few burgers.  “Are you okay Justin?”

“So, now you notice that I’m here and you remember my name, that’s sweet,” Justin replied as he turned and looked at JT.

“Justin, what’s gotten into you?”  JT asked as he looked at Justin strangely as Chad walked over to the two of them.

“Excuse me JT, can I borrow you for a second?”  Chad asked as he smiled at JT and then looked at Justin.

“Ah…” JT replied as Chad interrupted him.

“It’ll only take a minute,” Chad said as he grabbed JT’s hand and then pulled him away from Justin.

“What is it Chad?”  JT asked.

“I need a favor from you,” Chad stated as he looked over at the pool and then back at JT.

“What kind of favor?”  JT asked.

“The song kind,” Chad answered as he looked at JT with a pleading look in his eyes.

“What?  Are you being serious here?”  JT asked as Chad nodded his head.

“Could you please sing a song for me?”  Chad asked as JT looked at him strangely.  “Please?”

“Chad,” JT said as Chad looked back at the pool and then back at him.  “What song?”

“That song you sang for that movie you were in after you left the Mouse,” Chad stated as JT scratched at his head.  “I think it was called Looker or something like that.”

“Oh Lawd, really Chad, really?”  JT asked as Chad nodded his head.  “Do you really think that’s the song that should be sang here, now?  I know what you’re up to now.”

“I—I think it would fit,” Chad stated as JT shook his head and then sighed.

“Are you sure you want me singing that song?”  JT asked as he looked Chad in the face.

“Yes, please sing it,” Chad said, nodding his head as JT sighed again.

“Are you trying to get a date out of him or is this just a booty call?”  JT asked.

“I’m looking for a date that leads to something long term,” Chad replied as JT shook his head again.  “Could you please just sing the song… Please buddy, I need some help here.”

“Fine,” JT replied as he sighed and then walked towards the pool.

[1]A pretty face reflected in a mirror
So perfect in every way with every move
The picture’s getting clearer
He’s got it all, he’s got it made
But when he smiles is he really smilin’
He’s the only one who really knows
Emerald eyes so cool and so inviting
Hide the side, he never shows

He’s a looker that’s what they say
He’s got it all, he’s got it made
He’s a looker with a beautiful face
Always on display

The magazines always show him smilin’
So perfect in every way
But in the night, I hear a young boy cryin’
He’s got it all, he’s got it made

He’s a looker that’s what they say
He’s got it all, he’s got it made
He’s a looker with a beautiful face
Always on display

See the face reflected in a mirror
With every move the picture’s getting clearer
He walks into a room, people stop and stare
But he just looks away as if he didn’t care

He’s a looker that’s what they say
He’s got it all, he’s got it made
He’s a looker with a beautiful face
Always on display

“JT, what was that all about?”  Justin asked as he walked up to JT as Howard climbed out of the pool quickly, looked at JT strangely and then rushed off past him, heading around the house.

“Chad wanted me to sing the song,” JT replied as Chad looked at JT, shrugged his shoulders and then rushed off in the direction that Howard had gone in.

“What’s going on here?  Were you trying to get Howard and Chad together or something?”  Justin asked as he looked at JT strangely as JT nodded his head.  “Well, I don’t think it worked.”

“Seems that way,” JT said as he sighed and then shook his head as he turned around.  “I feel drama coming.”

“I’m sure,” Justin stated as the doorbell sounded.

“Who could that be?”  JT asked as he looked around.

“It’s probably another one of your friends,” Justin sarcastically said as he turned around.  “I’ll go get it.”

“Todd, if that’s your wife, I’m calling the police.  I don’t need that kind of drama here,” JT stated as he shook his head as he walked towards the pool.

The Parking Area

“Howard—Howard wait!”  Chad called out as he ran up to the car that Howard had gotten into.  “Howard please…”

“Why should I wait?”  Howard asked as he looked at Chad strangely.  “You—you had JT sing a song about me… You had him sing a song that doesn’t match me at all.”

“I—I was trying to say that you’re hot and pretty,” Chad stated as Howard shook his head.

“That song was about a girl… It was about a girl that ignored everyone because she was a beautiful airhead!”  Howard snapped as Chad sighed and then covered his eyes.  “I’m not an airhead!  I don’t go around ignoring people!”

“Howard, I wasn’t trying to say that you did,” Chad said as he sighed.  “I—I was only trying to say that you’re hot and I think you’re cute… You’re really cute.  That’s all that I meant.”

“I—I…” Howard stated as Chad interrupted him.

“Please Howard… I think you’re cute, hot and sexy and I was only trying to say that.  Please Howard, please don’t leave,” Chad pleaded as he took Howard’s hand in his own.  “Please stay here and hang out with me.”

“I—I don’t think I should,” Howard stated as he pulled his hand away from Chad.

“What—what can I do to change your mind?”  Chad asked, his eyes locked on Howard’s.  “I don’t want you to go, I want you to stay here so we can get to know one another.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea either,” Howard stated as Chad frowned and then looked down.

“I—I… Okay then Howard,” Chad stated as he shook his head.  “If you change your mind, I’ll be here really late.”

“I doubt I’ll be changing my mind,” Howard stated as he started the car and then closed the door.

The Backyard

“What in the hell is going on here?  Ho, what are you doing here?”  JT asked as Glitter walked into view as he hopped up from the lounge chair.

“Baby, wait before you…” Justin said as JT held up his hand, stopping him.

“Glitter, what in the hell are you going on my property?  You have some damn nerve, coming here!”  JT snapped, walking towards Glitter.  “There’s no damn good reason for you being here!”

“Baby, please calm down and listen,” Justin stated as JT shook his head.

“Shut up Justin!” JT snapped as Justin sighed and then shook his head as JT got to Glitter, getting in her face.  “Why in the hell are you here ho?  No, why did you even let her come back here Justin?”

“Baby, would you just listen?”  Justin asked as he walked over to where JT stood and then grabbed his hand, pulling him back a bit.  “You need to listen to what she has to say.”

“Why do I need to listen to this ho?”  JT asked as he looked Justin in the face.

“I don’t have to take this shit,” Glitter said as she threw her hands up and then turned around.

“No Glitter, wait!”  Justin called out, moving quickly to grab Glitter’s arm, stopping her.  “Don’t go, just tell him!”

“Tell me what?”  JT asked as he looked at Justin strangely as he turned his attention back to Glitter.  “What’s going on here?  Why are you giving this ho special treatment here?”

“Marc and Vanessa have been stealing money from the record company.  The company has the police investigating and so far, a warrant has been issued for your mother’s arrest,” Glitter stated as JT shook his head.

“That has nothing to do with me, so why in the hell are you here?”  JT asked as he glared at Glitter.

“It’s your mother man,” Glitter stated as JT shook his head again.

“Did she tell you this at the door?”  JT asked, looking at Justin.  “If so, you should’ve turned her damn ass away.”

“Your mother is going to jail man,” Glitter said as JT shook his head.

“But that’s not my problem,” JT stated as Glitter cut her eyes at him.

“Yeah, you probably helped them,” Glitter stated as JT hauled off and smacked Glitter across the face, almost knocking her down to the ground.

“JT!”  Justin screamed as he jumped in front of Glitter, catching JT’s hand before he could swing again.

“What in the world is going on here?”  Todd asked as he and Wes rushed over.

“That’s it, you only gotta hit me once!”  Glitter yelled as she pointed her finger in JT’s face.  “You’ll regret ever putting your hands on me, fucker!”

“Hell, I already regret ever knowing your skanky ass!”  JT snapped as he turned his back to Glitter.  “Get the hell off of my property and don’t you dare come back here!”

“You’ll see me again, this isn’t over!”  Glitter snapped as Justin did his best to politely push her towards the front of the house and to her car.

“If you come back here, it’ll be over permanently!”  JT snapped as Wes and Todd’s eyes widened.  “I’ve had enough for one night!”

“JT,” Wes said as he followed behind JT.

“Wes, leave me the hell alone!”  JT snapped as he walked towards the house, not noticing that Caleb had been watching everything.

“JT, I think you need to calm down and look around,” Wes spoke in a calm and clear tone as JT stopped walked and then turned around quickly, about to say something, but then stopped.  “Your son is watching.”

“Oh my,” JT said as he looked down, shook his head and then sighed as he walked away from Wes, heading towards Caleb.  “Caleb…”

“Daddy mad!”  Caleb yelled as he backed away from JT, getting close to the edge of the pool.

“Caleb stop!”  JT screamed as Caleb jerked backwards and then fell into the pool.  “Caleb!”

“What’s going on?”  Todd asked as he turned around.  “Oh God!”

“Caleb!”  JT screamed as he jumped into the pool to grab the little boy that thrashed about in the water, trying to calm him down and get him to safety.  “Daddy’s got you.  You’re alright.”

“Is he okay?”  Todd asked as JT moved to the shallow end of the pool, getting to the ladder and climbing out as he helped him with Caleb.

“Caleb, are you alright?”  JT asked as he laid Caleb down on one of the lounge chairs as the little boy coughed and then started crying.  “Caleb?”

“Daddy mad,” Caleb said as he coughed again as JT shook his head and then pulled him close, hugging him tightly to his chest.

“Daddy’s not mad,” JT whispered to Caleb as he pulled back and then smoothed his hair back on his head.  “I—I’m sorry son… I didn’t mean to act that way.”

“Okay Daddy,” Caleb said as he sniffled and then hugged JT around the neck.

“Are you two okay?”  Wes asked as he stood behind Todd.

“I think we’re okay,” JT replied as he picked Caleb up into his arms.  “We’re going inside to get dry.”

“Right behind you guys,” Wes stated as he looked at Todd and then back at JT’s retreating figure into the house.

“Wes, is there something wrong?”  Todd asked as he looked Wes in the face.

“I don’t know.  JT’s acting strange.  I—I’ve never seen him act so—so violent like that before,” Wes stated with a frown.  “What’s gotten into him?”

“He’s probably just fed up with all that’s going on,” Todd stated as he shrugged his shoulders.

“Maybe so, but I’ve never seen JT resort to violence in that way,” Wes stated as he sighed as he and Todd walked towards the house as Justin appeared with a scowl that meant trouble.  “I think we better head that off before something else happens.”

“Justin,” Todd called out as he ran to stop him from going into the house.

“Not now,” Justin said as he waved his hand at Todd as he got to the door, opening it as Todd grabbed his arm, stopping him.

“Yes now,” Todd said as he and Wes looked at him closely.  “Stop man.  I know you’re mad, but don’t go in there arguing right now.”

“Damn right I’m mad,” Justin said as he turned to look at Todd.

“Well now isn’t the time for you being mad,” Wes stated as he looked Justin in the face.  “Something happened a moment ago and you being mad isn’t what’s needed right now.”

“Me being mad is needed right now,” Justin said as he shook his head.  “My husband just pushed…”

“Your husband almost lost his son a moment ago,” Todd stated as Justin’s eyes widened.

“What?!”  Justin snapped as Wes waved his hand, trying to quiet Justin down.

“After Glitter left, Caleb fell into the pool,” Wes stated with a frown.  “He overheard everything that had happened between JT and Glitter and he—he was scared and fell into the pool when JT tried to go to him.”

“The little boy almost drowned,” Todd stated with a frown on his face.

“Oh God,” Justin said as he took off running down the hall.

“Please let him be calm when he gets to where he’s going,” Wes stated as he turned to Todd and placed a hand on his shoulder.

“I think Justin can keep it together,” Todd stated as he pulled Wes close and then kissed his lips.  “I must say that this has been one eventful day.  Everything was going so well until Chad showed up.”

“Stop it,” Wes said as he popped Todd on the ass.

“What?”  Todd whined as Wes raised an eye at him.

“JT has more friends than just us and Chad happens to be one of them.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but Chad was his friend first, right?”  Wes asked as Todd sighed and then looked down.

“We met him at the same time,” Todd stated as Wes lifted his chin.  “He and Chad were supposed to be recording…”

“That doesn’t really matter babe,” Wes stated as he leaned in and nipped at Todd’s nipple, eliciting a yelp from him.  “You have me now and Chad’s interested in JT’s lawyer friend, Howard.  You leave him alone and focus that attention on keeping the two of us happy.”

“Yes sir,” Todd replied as he and Wes kissed.

To Be Continued…

[1] Song Excerpt = Looker by Sue Saad (from the movie ‘Looker’)