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Tharntype The Series, Seven Years After, Chapter 21: A Little Happiness
“Brother Tharn, don’t forget your stuff, mom prepared it for you yesterday.”
“I put it in a duffel bag.”
“What time are you arriving?”
“If we make the 10 o’clock boat, we’ll be there by noon.”
“Won’t we be in time for the monk’s lunch hour (11 a.m.)?”
“Probably won’t make it in time.”
“What about fresh food?”
“I think I’d better not, I’ll drop by to see him in the morning, I’d better go over there and get ready myself.”
On Saturday morning, Tharn woke up early in the morning to do some work, because he had to catch his flight and his sister was there to remind him if there was anything he had forgotten. Since Tharn had to work on weekdays, he couldn’t prepare anything by himself, so he went back to his parents’ place on Friday after work to stay overnight and buy some things to take to Surat Thani. Well, it’s the second week to do the same thing.
“Tharn, the taxi’s here.”
“Thanks, Mom, I’ll be going then.”
“Brother, have a safe trip, tell Type that I miss him.”
“You should call him Abbot”
“Hey, I’m not used to calling Type brother.”
Tharn couldn’t help but be amused by the fact that his sister was calling her monkish boyfriend by his first name, but she couldn’t blame her, they had hardly been to the temple, so they weren’t familiar with the customs and name changes, nor were they used to them. He himself is also adjusting to these changes in many ways.
Type had told him that he didn’t need to visit him every week, but Tharn kept his promise, even if it meant sacrificing his vacation time, he would rush to the airport early in the morning, wait until Sunday afternoon and fly back.
Tharn never dreamed that he could be so serious and in love with someone so overwhelmingly.
Tharn eagerly jumped into the car, his sister’s voice behind him said,” Mom look at him, every Saturday my brother Tharn smiles so happily.”
“Because he’s happy.”
After a week of hard work, Tharn’s handsome face always had a big smile on it every Saturday and everyone could see how happy he was.
If the five days of work were just tiring, then Tharn felt that all the fatigue had vanished when he was able to see his beloved at the weekend, even if one of them was ordained and they could not touch or kiss each other.
“Mother, do you ever feel that the more time passes, the more Tharn loves Type, to the point where he can’t help himself?”
Thanya’s words made her mother, who was preparing her breakfast, laugh softly,” They’ve been together long enough, it’s not just love.”
“What do you mean by that?” Thanya tilted her head quizzically.
“There’s more than love, there’s ties that can’t be broken, there’s true love… Tharn and Type may have realized that there was more between them than just love and affection, there was a bond between them, a true love. This bond between them, not even some heterosexuals can achieve, it is the reason why they were so committed to each other.”
“But they fight a lot.”
“But they always get back together, even more in love.”
Tharn’s mother put breakfast in front of her daughter, while Thanya said to herself with her chin in her hand,” How love is so elusive.”
“Love, that’s for grown-ups and with the way your brother Thorn worries about you, it’ll probably be another ten years before you have it.”
Hearing her mother’s words, Thanya was even more depressed, she put her hands together and prayed to the heavens,” Please God, please let brother Thorn have a daughter soon, so that he will move on and let go of me. I also want to have a love like Tharn and Type… no, like Lung Tharn!”
The mother couldn’t help but listen to her daughter’s ramblings, she too wanted her daughter to be as happy as her son and although his son didn’t fall in love with girls as was generally accepted in society, a few years had been enough to prove that even if he did fall in love with a homosexual, he was no less happy than any other heterosexual person.
And, her son is so happy that everyone around him is jealous of him!
It took almost half a day to travel from home to the airport, wait for a flight to Surat Thani and then take a boat to Pang’an Island, but Tharn, who had just landed, did not go to his boyfriend’s house to drop off his luggage.
People might say he’s crazy, it’s only a month and it can be over in a breath, why don’t you just wait in Bangkok until your boyfriend is dead and then pick him up? It’s already a sign of dedication to do that, why do you have to go through all this? Tharn didn’t do it to impress or praise his loyalty. He did it because he wanted to do it.
It’s not someone else’s happiness, it’s his own.
His happiness is now dressed in monk’s robes, he has shaved his head, he is being ordained and even though it is inappropriate for him to come here all the time at this time, as long as he can see the other person’s smile, he can see the other person’s face, he can see the other person’s eyes, he can see that the other person is still safe and sound, even if he wastes a lot of time on the road, he will be happy.
Tharn admitted that he had hardly ever made any alms or tributes to the monks in the past, but last week he was so silly that the lady who came to the temple to do the deeds couldn’t bear to see him, so he taught him how to do the deeds.
At that moment, the young man was kneeling, carrying the prepared food to the monk.
Already more skilled at what he was doing than the first time, Type spoke up,” Looks a lot more familiar oh.”
“No Abbot, there’s still a lot I don’t understand.”
“For the benefactor, this is good enough.”
Tharn smiled, he wasn’t used to the change in name-calling and Type looked a little unnatural, but better, probably because he’d been a monk for two weeks now and his cold, hard exterior had softened.
“How have you been?”
“Good, I’m getting used to it. The problem at first was getting up early, but now I’m used to it… Why are you smiling?”
“Nothing to smile about, Abbot.”
It wasn’t that Tharn was laughing at the gentlemanly way of speaking, he was laughing at the thought of someone who couldn’t get up from sleep on weekends, even though he usually woke up earlier than he did and on his days off he couldn’t wake up at all and sometimes he would get kicked out of bed when he did.
By the look on Type’s face, Tharn knew that the other man would have guessed why he was smiling.
“How are your parents?” Type changed the subject.
Tharn, of course, was happy to change the subject, because even though they had shaved their heads and become monks, their personalities couldn’t just change and they still talked about normal things.
“Mother and Father are fine, they asked about you, wanted to know how you’re doing. Thorn is busy too, Thanya has recently signed a new brand endorsement deal, so she’s been studying and working at the same time, so she’s been very busy and I’ve asked the maid to clean the house during the week when I have some free time.”
At Type’s puzzled look, Tharn went on to explain,” I come here on my days off, so I don’t have time to clean and I’ve needed some help from my family lately.”
“You don’t have to come every week.” Type interrupted with a look of disapproval on his face.
Tharn was incredibly serious: “Don’t you try to stop me, I want to come, let me.”
Type sighed, a little embarrassed, but still said,” Alas! You have left my heart unsettled.”
Tharn just laughed and then changed the subject and as much as he wanted to make fun of the other person, this was really not the right time.
“Coming every week, I’m going to starting collecting the room charge.”
“This Tharn sleeps in Type’s room. What kind of room charge do you want to do now?”
“Well, you’re biased, always on his side.”
Tharn thought his boyfriend’s father had softened up for him, but he still made a bad face every time he came here, especially when the old man’s foot had healed and he could work on his own and he looked scarier than before, but… he wasn’t scared. He’s not afraid, in other words, he’s used to it.
He’d been a little scared at first, but after seven years he’d learned to deal with it and besides…
“I’ve seen you standing and sitting since noon, waiting for Tharn to arrive… What a stubborn old man.” Type’s mother exposes it and the exposer puts on a fierce face, but still refuses to admit: “Who’s talking tough, I’m afraid he’ll get lost or fall off the boat and die, how worried Type will be if that happens!”
“Thank you Dad, for your concern.”
“Who cares about you?” The other man raised his voice.
Tharn couldn’t help but smile,” Oh yes, Thanya has sent a dessert for you.”
The idea Type gave him before he was born was pretty useful.
Tharn laughed out loud at the thought and saw his boyfriend’s father flinching for a moment before rushing over to the bag in Tharn’s hand, the man was looking very fond of his cute little sister.
“Look at you, I’m not bragging, the old man tells everyone he knows Thanya, he blows a rainbow farts, says she’s a good actress, she’s got a good personality, she’s cute, everyone in the village knows, it’s a laugh, he wanted a daughter-in-law like that and he got it.”
Tharn received the signal and immediately confirmed,” Yeah, yeah, when I was a kid everyone said Thanya and I looked alike.”
“That was when you were a kid. Look at myou now. I don’t see the resemblance! Where’s the promised dessert? Where’s the dessert? Give it to me. You too, go and take a bath, then come and eat.” The stubborn old man changed the subject, Tharn didn’t want to tease the old man, bowed down, took out the dessert and handed it to Type’s father, then went to his familiar room.
Once upon a time, this had become his other home… Maybe he felt the same way as Type did when he was there.
“Two more weeks.” Tharn muttered to himself, lying on his back on the bed, staring at the ceiling, then stretched out his hand and clasped it.
“It’s only two weeks.”
He hadn’t figured out what he’d do the first time they met after Type’s ordination, maybe he’d… hold the other man tightly.
“I’m going back to Bangkok.”
“Well! You need to take care of yourself.”
Sunday, before he knew it, it was noon and Tharn came to say goodbye to Type, who was standing there smiling at him, wanting to hug him, wanting to touch him, wanting to feel the warmth of his body, but all he could do was clasp his hands and salute him.
“You need to take care of yourself, too, instead of eating out all the fast food boxes that aren’t nutritious.”
“I’ll wait for you to come back and do it for me.”
Tharn couldn’t help but say those words and Type added his tone, as if to remind him.
“I’m sorry, I’ll be going. I’m afraid I’ll do something inappropriate if I stay here any longer.” Tharn said, he didn’t want to go, but he had a plane to catch and if he stayed any longer, he would miss him, which was taboo for the difference in their status one was a monk and one was a civilian.
“I’ll see you next week.”
“Alas! I’m too lazy to advise you, so go home and be safe.”
Tharn smiled at him, then got into Type’s father’s car and Type’s father drove him to the dock to catch a boat.
The stubborn Type’s father asked,” What are coming time next week, I’ll pick you up then… But don’t get co-cky, I’m only doing this as a favor to Type.”
“Thanks, Dad, I’ll call you again to make sure.” Tharn laughed softly, already counting the days until next week.
As he boarded the boat, the sea breeze blowing in his face, looking further and further away from the island, Tharn said to himself,” I’ll see you in a week.”
“What did you say Yankee! You’ve been flying every weekend to see Type… Pfft, Abbot Type? Seriously?”
“It’s been three weeks since I’ve done it.”
“ Gee, you’re good at that, Tharn.”
Today, the week was only half over and our man Tharn had to be at home to receive a visit from a friend and a friend’s young husband, Techno, who was carrying something for him to take to Type.
How Techno came to return something, bought something to take to Type and it’s a long story.
He wanted to help Type when he was shaved, but he was too busy with work after the long vacation, so he hadn’t seen Type since then.
“What’s the matter, Brother No, if you were to become a monk, I’d come and see you every day?”
Tharn expressed his frustration at Kengkla’s shamelessness. He really gave up his face to get No’s attention.
“Oh, you don’t have to see me every day because I became a monk during my sophomore break. Didn’t my brother tell you?” When No said that, Kengkla froze for a second, saying, ”Hey, I didn’t know that.”
“It was just a novitiate, when my grandmother died, so I went on a novitiate to pray for her and I didn’t even know you sophomore year.”
Kla’s face was heavy, just like Type said… He already knew Techno from head to toe, but Techno didn’t know anything and silly No turned around and kept talking to Tharn.
“So, you’re picking Type up next week?”
“Not sure, I don’t know much about this stuff either, mum said to check the yellow calendar for luck, maybe a week’s delay in getting back.”
At first he was disappointed to hear the news, but he didn’t want to upset Type, so he just smiled and said it was okay, it was just another week to wait.
“How do you put up with it?” asked Kengkla suddenly.
“Why can’t you put up with it?” Tharn retorted, Kla sighed heavily, put her arm around No’s shoulder and said, ”I’m just thinking, if I’d been apart from Brother No for that long… I’d have ra-ped him already.”
Techno slapped his boyfriend hard on the head, cursing, ”Guilty as charged.”
The little wolfhound blinked innocently, raised his hand to rub his beaten head, lowered his head and spoke in a rather sad tone,” I love you too much, is that wrong?”
If Type had been there to hear him say that… He’d have snickered. Probably would’ve rolled his eyes, Tharn shook his head, then sighed, feeling sorry for his friend.
“Hey! I didn’t say anything to you, don’t get emotional, Kla.”
This Techno is spoiling his little hubby too much too!
“Heh! No, I’m gonna have to give you a good scolding when Type gets back.” Tharn added.
Kla snapped, ”Let him be a monk for the rest of his life, so he doesn’t come back to haunt us.”
Tharn knew Kla didn’t mean what he said, but the thought of Type becoming a monk for life… Even though he’d said he’d wait forever, he’d feel instantly sad.
No saw the look on Tharn’s face, then smacked his little boyfriend upside the head and quickly changed the subject, ”Tharn, I think you’d better hear this news, it’s about Faires, did you know that Type took care of him?”
“Got it.” Tharn nodded.
“Oh yeah? He told you all about it? Anyway, I didn’t like the way the kid acted at first, but now I kind of feel sorry for him. Kla’s still following up on the kid and I hear he’s been threatened to death by his friends, which is fine if they really love him, but I think it’s more likely he’s being bullied.”
Techno said with a frightened look on his face and thought to himself, it would be horrible if he also met such a scum.
“I think he deserves it, who told him to get his hands on someone who’s already married? He’s got me in trouble too.” He don’t know what’s going on between them, but Kengkla’s face looks like he’s got a grudge against the kid.
“And it’s not because you’re a pain in the ass! By the way Tharn, what do you think about this?”
Tharn just laughed and said,” I don’t have any idea, but if he tries to mess with us again… I will not tolerate it.”
Probably because the look of hatred on Tharn’s face was so obvious, his friend as well as his friend’s little boyfriend all immediately went silent, Tharn had to change the subject to lighten the mood,” How do you think I should greet him?”
“99 roses plus a candlelit dinner at the Sky Restaurant, so you stay with him and let him nott bother us anymore!”
“Kla, that’s you, not Type and if Tharn does what you say, he’ll get a flower in his face.”
Both Tharn and Techno knew Type very well, so Tharn smiled at Techno’s words and his nerves relaxed and he thought to himself… It’s only a week away.
It’s just a matter of time and he’s back.
“Brother Tharn, are you coming to dinner today?”
“I’m not free today.”
“Aw, I see you’ve been busy lately, you got a date?”
“Well, it’s an important date, so I’ll be off.”
Friday afternoon, as soon as the alarm went off, Tharn said goodbye to his colleagues who had invited him to dinner, because today he had to go home to get his things ready and then catch a plane to the south… This is the fourth week he’s been there.
Tharn was calling home,” Mom, have you bought the things I asked you to buy?”
“It’s all bought, water, food, personal effects and fruit, by the way isn’t Type going to return to the faith?”
“I don’t know for sure yet either, what if it’s going to be delayed another week, so I’d better have something ready just in case.”
“I don’t think it’s necessary to prepare.”
Tharn’s mother, like others, thought that since she was reincarnated, there was no need to prepare too many things. But Tharn wanted to do this, even if it was unnecessary, it could still be used for merit.
“Tharn, you’re going back to your apartment to get your bag first, right?”
“Yeah, I’m going to take a shower.” Tharn replied, looking at the road ahead, he thought he’d be stuck in traffic for a while before he got home, probably late at his parents’ house.
“Mom, you don’t have to wait for me, I won’t be home until late.”
“Well, I won’t wait for you.”
He didn’t know if it was Tharn’s delusion, but he always thought his mother sounded excited.
“Maybe I’m overreacting.” Tharn mumbled as he put the phone down on the passenger seat, then put his hands on the steering wheel, mentally going over what he was going to do next, the food he was going to offer the monks, the clothes he was going to wear to meet Type and that was about it.
Tharn thought, as the car pulled up to the apartment.
As he had done for weeks, Tharn locked his car, got his things out of the car, took the elevator upstairs, went back to the apartment where they both lived and opened the door with his free hand. The house should be as dark as it had been for the past month or so, but today was a bit strange.
“Did I forget to turn off the lights?”
The light from the living room illuminated the apartment and Tharn couldn’t help but frown,” Probably the babysitter forgot to turn it off.”
The house was so organized that Tharn thought his mother had sent the babysitter over to clean it up, just like she had done so many times before. He walked straight into the house and set his things down on the coffee table, when suddenly the smell hit his nose and he strode into the kitchen, following the aroma.
The pot was on the stove and on the glazed counter was an assortment of seafood, shrimp, squid and blanched fish, all neatly arranged in plastic bowls.
The aroma of the soup hit his nose, not the aroma that froze him, but the familiar look of the soup as if he had seen it before.
Suddenly, there was a sound of a door opening from the bedroom, Tharn turned his face to look and then he stared with wide eyes, his hand tightened unconsciously holding the lid of the pot and saw the half-open door being opened from inside…
“Ow, you’re back.”
“!!!” Tharn couldn’t say anything, he just stood there, staring at the man in the doorway… Type.
The man no longer wore a yellow monk’s robe, but shorts and a T-shirt and his face looked a little uncomfortable, for the short, once dark hair was gone and only the short stubble that had sprouted from his blue scalp was visible. It was uncomfortable, but it was definitely the man he loved the most.
“Why?” That’s all Tharn could say, an open-ended question.
“Oh, you mean about the ordination? The abbot said the auspicious days are only the day before yesterday and the end of next month, so I’ve decided to end it the day before yesterday, I was not even a monk for a month, only 26 days… I’ve only got 26 days…”
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I didn’t have time to tell you, the Abbot asked me and I said yes then I left back from the monastery, I stayed home for a day and came back… Can you stop looking at me like that? Is it weird? My hairstyle…” Type said and stroked his bald head and looked away, he wasn’t used to his look.
Type continued,” I was going to call you when I got back, but I called our mom first and I was afraid you’d get something for me again, so our mom suggested that I give you a SURPRISE…”
Before Type could finish his sentence, Tharn threw down the lid and rushed over to the other man, hugging him tightly, feeling each other’s body heat, feeling the other man’s body stiffen for a moment and then hugging him back tightly.
“You’re back, you’re really back!”
“Well, I’m back, who do you think I am?” As rude as Type’s tone sounded, he wasn’t angry, because this was the Type he knew.
During Type’s monastic training, he was really uncomfortable talking to Type like that and now this was the most realistic moment. Type patted him on the back and whispered in his ear.
“Thanks for waiting for me…”
Tharn didn’t answer the other man, just held him tighter, tighter, tighter… He’s really back!
~ TharnType The Series~
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