Earlier That Day
A pair of black ray beams covering his eyes, Josh walked into the tuxedo shop that day with one thing on his mind, and that was to find out when Nathan was coming back from his father. A small sigh escaped his lips as he noticed Zac and his father standing in the back of the store, bickering to themselves about what suit Josh should wear.
“I think I can pick out a suit for myself.” Josh chuckled, walking up to his father as he placed a light hand on his brother’s shoulder.
“Good afternoon Joshua.” Wayne nodded as he turned his attention back to the row of black tailored suits.
“Dad.” Josh mumbled. “Afternoon Zatchell.”
“Afternoon Bubble Butt.” Zac chuckled.
“I need a new nickname.” Josh sighed, rolling his eyes at his brother’s remark.
“Nah.” Zac chuckled. “I like it and I think Hayley will too.”
“Funny.” Josh muttered as he started shifting through the rack of suits.
“I know.” Zac grinned.
Josh simply rolled his eyes as he started walking towards the front of the store. He allowed his fingers to trail across the smooth fabric of the sleeves of the passing suits. Amidst the average black suits there were a few navy, pale blue, white, and even one, single pink hiding in the racks. A small smile formed on Josh’s lips as he watched his brother pick up the pink suit and hold it up to their father. With a small chuckle, Josh faced the store window and stared out into the empty street.
Waking up at 10 to go shopping for a suit wasn’t on his list of things to do on a Friday but never the less Josh managed to roll out of bed and make his way here. Sliding his sunglasses off his nose, Josh tucked folded them over the front of his shirt, casting his eyes down towards the different suits. As much as he tried to get his mind over the matter at hand, a small red head kept creeping into his mind. With a quiet sigh, Josh chewed on his bottom lip as his mind started replaying the past couple of days. He remembered how hard Hayley tried to get them to talk about their kiss but being the stubborn person he is, Josh would just change the subject and move on. It wasn’t that he didn’t like the kiss, that was the problem at all. The problem is the fact that everything is happened so fast.
Josh never imagined that he might develop feelings and as they grew closer and closer. And as they learn more about each other, he constantly finds himself pushing her away. He didn’t know why he did this but every time he would smile at Hayley or make her laugh he would get this nagging feeling that it wasn’t meant to be. That this whole relationship was forced and they were only acting this way because it was expected was what was crawling around his thoughts.
Letting out a heavy sigh, Josh draped some suits over his arm and headed towards the dressing room, ignoring the small ‘ding’ of a bell, signaling that someone has entered the shop. Locking the door behind him, Josh turned and faced the mirror, a small frown forming on his lips as he attempted to smooth down his disheveled hair. His eyes had dark bags underneath them from the lack of sleep he’s been getting as well as the stubble along his jar being a tad too long for his liking. Sighing quietly to himself he undressed himself slowly before pulling on the first suit.
“Well don’t you look smashing.” Zac grinned as Josh walked out in his first suit.
“I feel like a penguin.” Josh groaned as he stood in front of the mirror, frowning as he pulled at the collar of the shirt. “I don’t like this one bit.”
“Josh, you just can’t walk down the isle in a pair of jeans and a blazer.” Zac chuckled.
“It’s my wedding, I should be able to do whatever I want.” Josh mumbled.
“Well it’s Hayley’s wedding too and I’m almost positive that she would want you to wear a suit.”
“I’m trying on another one.” Josh called over his shoulder as he headed back into the dressing room. Zac smirked, knowing that he one, and tried to look around to see where Wayne went.
“Where’s dad anyway?” Josh shouted from the dressing rooms as Zac shrugged.
“Beats me. He was here a second ago.”
“Typical.” Josh said, rolling his eyes as he stepped in front of the mirror once more.
“I swear one day you’re eyes are going to stay like that.” Zac mumbled.
“Whatever you say.” Josh chuckled, fixing the front of his suit jacket as he stared in the mirror.
“I kinda like this one.” Zac tried as he watched Josh’s eye brow raise.
“It’s like two sizes too small.”
“I’m trying here.” Zac called as Josh waved his hand dismissively at him before heading back into the dressing room.
“It’s like he doesn’t care that I’m getting married.” Josh sighed as he walked out of the dressing room again.
“You know that’s not true.” Zac argued.
“Dad cares more about the family business that me.” Josh mumbled as he turned to the left.
“Well I care.” Zac smiled. “And I like this one.”
Josh froze in place as he watched a familiar face enter the mirror to his left. A weak smiled played on his lips as Josh’s formed a straight line.
“Nathan.” Josh nodded.
“Hello Josh.” Nate smiled. “Nice to see you Zac.”
Zac stood there speechless as he shook his head and walked off to find his father.
“What are you doing here?” Josh snapped.
“I came to see my little brother get married.” Nate sighed.
“More like dad forced you to come.”
“You know that’s not true.” Nate whispered.
“Actually I don’t know, seeing that you didn’t call since you left.” Josh spat.
“I had my reasons not to call.” Nate argued.
“No you had your reasons not to call dad. Not me, not Izzy, not Jon, not Zac, and defiantly not mom.” Josh fought as he turned around slowly, facing his brother for the first time in years. “Honestly I think the only reason you didn’t call was because you’re a coward. You always were.”
“I don’t deserve to be talked to like this. I’m the eldest.” Nate snapped.
“You lost that name ever since you left this family.” Josh spat. “I’m the eldest now and I’m the one taking care of this family. I’ll be taking over the family business not you. I’m the one that helped Zac get a girlfriend-”
“Zac has a girlfriend?” Nate whispered.
“I’m the one that tutored Jon when he was failing math and I’m the one that helped Izzy get over the fact that you left her. You were her friend and you just left her and luckily for you she doesn’t remember you enough to cry anymore.”
“I didn’t mean to hurt everyone.”
“But you did Nate!” Josh screamed. “I can’t even begin to tell you how many nights I had to comfort mom while she cried over you. He own son just left her. You went and got married without her being there. And then the final blow came when you had mom’s grandchild and you never told mom when she was born. All we got in the mail was a photo that we had to assume was from you.”
Josh ignored his brother and walked into the dressing room, tearing off his clothes as he placed the suit back on the hanger. Stomping out of the small room Josh walked over to Zac and handed him his suit.
“Tell dad I want this one.”
“Josh…” Zac whispered as he stared at his brother, frowning at the anger hidden in his eyes.
“I’ll see you back at the house.” Josh nodded as he headed for the door.
“Josh!” Nate screamed.
“You want to know the best part about you leaving?” Josh sighed. “The best part is that in less than two weeks I’ll be the one finishing the deal and marrying Hayley. I’ll be known as the next great Farro while you will be what you always wanted in this family. Nothing.”