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Mike Goes Ballistic
|I didn�t want to confront Mike about what was going on. Obviously he didn�t want me to know how he was getting so big, so I�d have to do some investigating on my own. One day, I saw Mike leaving the house. As he drove off, I called Justin and asked if I could come over. I walked over and Justin and I went up to his room.
�So J-boy, have you noticed anything strange about your brother lately?� I asked.
�Strange? He�s a fucking freak!� Justin said shaking his head. �He�s getting huge and all, and that�s great, but I wished he�d lose that attitude. This morning I was in his room looking for a shirt. You know we always wear each other�s clothes.� I nodded. �Well, I was looking through his drawer and he walks in a nearly bites my head off. I seriously wondered if he was going to take a swing at me.�
�Yeah, I know. He�s been like that with me too. I think something�s going on with him.� I paused to see what Justin�s reaction would be. He looked up at me, �Like what?� I was wearing a baseball cap at the time, so to lighten the mood a little bit; I grabbed one of Justin�s and put it on backwards. �Elementary, my dear Watson!� He smiled at me, �You can be such a dork, you know that?�
I ignored him. �Let�s examine the evidence. In the past two months Mike has gone from struggling to gain any weight to putting on over 20 pounds. He�s lifting really heavy weights. He can train like an animal every day without overtraining. His sex drive is out of control. He has nasty mood swings � and he�s got zits when he never had �em before.� I paused in Holmes-like drama. �I can mean only one thing Watson��
�You think he�s on steroids, huh?� Justin frowned. �I guess that must be it. I sort of thought the same thing, but I never thought he�d be so secretive about taking them. Where do you think he got them?�
�I say, Watson, really. You simply must pay closer attention.� I said it in a very bad English accent. �You�ll recall the day that we all went to Iron Mike�s a few weeks ago��
�Yeah, I guess. Can we lose the stupid accent?�
�Ok, ok. Remember how Jonathan and Carl reacted when they saw Mike. Jonathan looked like he expected Mike to be big and Carl was upset about it. Then they were arguing. I know Carl wouldn�t like it if Jonathan got steroids for Mike, so I�ll bet they were arguing about that. The only question left, is: Where is he keeping them?�
�Beats me, Sherlock.� Justin said. �I suppose they must be somewhere in his room.�
�Ah, yes! Very good Watson!� I was trying the accent again. �And we can further deduce from your most recent run in with our muscle-bound boy that he is keeping them somewhere near where you were looking today.� We walked through their shared bathroom into Mike�s room. �Now Watson, show me, if you please, where you standing when you had your altercation with the suspect.�
�Only if you promise not to talk like that anymore.� Justin laughed. I smiled and nodded. �I was right here, Holmes. Looking in this drawer, right here.� The two of us carefully looked through the drawer�s contents, but found nothing. We checked of the other drawers in the chest, but found only clothes in them too. We also found the couple cards that I�d given him. I thought it was cute that he kept them.
�I don�t understand it.� I said. �Why would he get so mad if you weren�t getting close to his little secret?� Justin shrugged. �I don�t know, he gets mad about a lot of things lately.� Then I noticed that one of the drawers didn�t close completely. We pulled the drawer out it�s opening and found the box taped to its back. �Shit Justin, this must be it.� Sherlock was now long gone. Somehow actually finding the drugs made everything seem much more serious.
We removed the box and sat down on Mike�s bed. We opened it and saw the vials and the needles. We both just sat there and stared for a good bit. Finally I picked up the large vial. The label said, �Testosterone Cypionate�. It looked like it was almost empty. Then I looked at the small vials. There were three of them. The label said, �Deca-Durabolin�. �What should we do, J-boy?�
Justin�s mouth was open and he was still absorbing the sight. �Whoa, Eric. He�s even injecting himself.� Just then the door opened and in walked Mike.
�What the FUCK are you two doing?� he yelled, slamming the door behind him. �Give me that!� He yelled as he grabbed the box out of my hands and put it on his dresser. �Who said you two could dig around in my stuff?� He was really angry and I think both Justin and I were afraid he was going to hit us. I�d never seen him like this, and with his new size, I was actually frightened of him.
�Easy, Mike.� I said, trying to calm him down a little. �We�ve been really worried about you, we just wanted to find out what was going on.� There was still rage in his eyes. We paused hoping he�d calm down. �Worried about me, why would you be worried about me?� He walked over to me and knocked the two hats off my head. �Take that stupid hat off.� He said, as angry as ever.
�What�s with you, bro?� Justin protested. �Don�t take it out on Eric.�
�Maybe I should take it out on you.� Mike shot back. Justin, to his credit, kept his cool.
�We just want to know why you�re doing this, bro.� I said calmly as I could.
�Why? Can�t you see why? Look at me!� He flexed for us. �Twenty-five pounds of rock hard muscle, that�s why I did it. Don�t tell me you wouldn�t want to look like this!� In my case, he was probably right. There was a nagging voice in the back of my head telling me to ask him to help me get some, but there was a louder voice telling me that we weren�t ready for this yet.
Justin, however, was getting fed up with him. �Yeah, right Mikey. You don�t look as good as you think you do. You look like you got stung by a bee!� I couldn�t believe Justin insulted him. It was definitely the wrong thing to have done. Unfortunately, there�d be no time for diplomacy. Without saying a word, Mike dropped his arms from flexing and punched Justin in the jaw. The shock of it stunned both Justin and me, but only for the briefest of moments. A trickle of blood came from Justin�s mouth. I saw Justin getting up, and I knew this wasn�t going to be good.
�No Justin!� I yelled trying to grab him. But in a single motion he pushed me away and swung around hitting Mike in the face with a perfect roundhouse kick. Mike hit the floor like the proverbial ton of bricks. He wasn�t knocked out, but it must have been close. Justin stood over him ready to hit him again. As Mike started to get to his feet, Justin said, �If you have an ounce of brains left, you�ll stay right where you are.� Thankfully Mike came to his senses and did just that. He knew he no match for Justin�s years of martial arts training.
I got to my feet and grabbed Justin and started moving him toward the bathroom door. I knew I needed to separate the two of them before they started in again. I whispered to Justin that I�d take care of it. He grudgingly went toward the bathroom yelling at Mike has he went. �Get your fucking head screwed on straight Mike! We had a promise; you remember that? We never hurt each other, you fucking asshole. WE NEVER HURT EACH OTHER!� I saw a tear in his eye as I pushed him through the door into his room and closed it. I knew what he was talking about. It was one of the first things Mike had ever told me about Justin � how they�d promised each other that they�d always look out for each other and never hurt each other. Now for the first time in years, Mike had broken that promise and Justin was hurt.
After I got Justin into his room, I grabbed a towel, wetted it and went back to find Mike sitting on the floor, blood flowing from mouth and nose. It was dripping into his and he just sat there looking down. I sat down on the floor next to him and grabbed his shoulders. �Here, lean back so we can the bleeding stopped.� Mike rolled onto his back and laid his head in my lap. He looked up at me as I washed the blood off his face.
�I fucked up pretty bad, huh?� He said softly. His amazing blue eyes were searching for forgiveness in my eyes.
�Yep, you did.� I said calmly.
�Would it help if I said I was sorry?�
�Depends what you�re sorry for.�
�Well, I�m sorry I started this whole steroid thing.�
�And I�m sorry I went ballistic on you and Justin.�
�And I�m sorry I kept secrets from you and lied to you� he whispered, looking away.
�Yeah, that�s the biggie Mike.� I turned his head back toward me.
�So what do I have to do to get you to forgive me?� His expression was pleading with me.
I thought about it for a second. �Two things,� I said stroking his hair a little, �First, you have to promise that we won�t have any more secrets. Second, you have to tell me why you did this.� I smiled at him, letting him know that I�d already forgiven him.
�I promise � no lies, no secrets, except for birthday presents.� He smiled at his own joke. �This whole thing was stupid, I know. It actually started before our parents found out about us. Jonathan seemed really cool, and I thought he could help me figure out why I wasn�t progressing. I talked him, and we got onto the subject of steroids. He told me that he�d done them. And, well � look at him, that guy is so hot.� I cleared my throat a little. �Umm, well not compared to you, but he has a nice body.� He continued. �Jonathan told me that he could get some for us, so I got them. I was actually planning on surprising you � I had enough for both of us. But then that shit happened with my parents�� He paused to find his next words. �I just wanted you to look at me like you used to when we first met. I wanted to be the big guy that you and Justin looked up to, not the one who was struggling to keep with you guys. I just wanted to be the best at something again. I don�t know.� His voice trailed off. �Does that make sense to you?�
It did make sense to me. Mike had been thrown some pretty nasty curves over the past few months, and I hadn�t done as much as I should have to help him through it. �It makes sense to me, Mike. The thing with your parents really sucks; I know it�s hard on you. I just wish I could help more. Speaking of them, you�re going to have one nasty bruise where Justin kicked you. How are you going to explain that?�
Mike frowned. �I�ll just tell my Dad that Justin and I got carried away wrestling. He�ll be ok with that, and my Mom practically doesn�t speak to me anymore.� I couldn�t imagine my parents treating me that way. I figured I�d better lighten up the mood.
�You know, bro � there are a few aspects of your little biological experiment that I kinda liked.� I said grinning broadly at him. �Like what?� he smiled back. �Like the way you toss me around when we�re having sex! Grrrrr!� I growled at him. �GRRRRRR!� he growled back, �it�ll still be in my system for another two weeks or so�we may as well enjoy it�
�Maybe you can come over tonight and show me just how sorry you really are.� I said knowing he�d be trying to do everything he could to make me happy.
�I think I could do that!� he grinned. �But first, I need to make things right with Justin.�
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