The Letter Jacket

"Austin Owens," announced Coach Jenkins to the cheers of the athletes and their families at the senior awards banquet. Austin looked over at his parents and sister Lily with a smile as he stood and they cheered. As he made his way up to the stage, Coach Jenkins read a list of Austin's accomplishments that made him eligible for his letter jacket and various patches and pins.

Austin turned his back to the assistant coach, Coach Barry, who held the jacket open so Austin could slip his arms into the sleeves behind it before sliding it up onto his shoulders. He saw a flash from his family's table and beamed with pride at this moment, seeing another flash before Lily lowered her phone and called, "Go, Austin!" over the roomful of applause.

As they left the conference room at the hotel, Lily said, "Wait! We need a better picture. Mom and dad, get in there with Austin." They sandwiched him, his mother, Karen, wrapping his arm around his back and Glen, his father, resting his arm across Austin's shoulders.

While Lily took a few pictures, Glen told Austin how proud he was of him. Karen added her praise to his father's, kissing him on the cheek before asking Lily to trade places. Glen stepped out of the picture and Lily snuggled up close to her twin brother, wrapping both arms around his waist. He pulled her in close with is arm around her shoulder.

"Don't cover the letter, sweetie," Karen said, prompting Lily to move her arms inside the jacket so the giant white S could be clearly seen on the blue field of the jacket. Their mother took a couple of pictures of the twins together before Lily took the camera back.

As Lily took pictures of Austin alone and with some of his teammates and friends who had also earned their jackets and awards that night, Glen and Karen talked off to the side.

"It looks good on him, doesn't it, honey?"

"Mmm," purred Karen, snaking her arm around her husband's waist. "But not as good as you looked in yours."

Glen looked down and noticed that fire in his wife's eyes. "You sure you're not just turned on by all the buff young meat in here?" he smiled as he looked around the room. Karen looked around as well before returning her husband's gaze.

"Yours is the only meat I want," she replied.

"I wonder if my jacket still fits."

"Do you even know where it is?" she asked with a tinge of excitement.

"Probably in the same box as our yearbooks and trophies." He leaned down and whispered in her ear, "And your cheer uniform." She giggled at his reminder.

"Ugh," Lily grunted, rolling her eyes. "You two at it again?" Austin was by her side, smiling and shaking his head.

"You two are embarrassing," he said.

"Would you rather us be like those two?" Karen asked, pointing over Austin's shoulder.

The twins looked behind them and saw Kelly Garvin leaning against the wall, texting on her phone while her parents argued behind her. Austin and Lily knew that Kelly's parents had divorced a couple of years ago and it was nasty. They can't even be in the same room without making digs at each other until it escalates into a fight that is uncomfortable for everyone, but especially for Kelly. She was a sweet girl, and pretty, on the volleyball team and every time her parents both showed up for a game or ceremony, she looked tense and her performance showed her anxiety.

Kelly was a short blonde with a firm athletic build. Her hair was almost white, but her skin was also very fair, with only a dim peach hue to it. She had a triangular nose and full, bright pink lips, which separated in a smile to show her perfect teeth. When she was at school or even with only one parent (either one), she came across as very lighthearted and kind, but when both parents were together, she retreated into a shell and kept her head down.

In contrast, Lily's hair was a light brown even though her skin was also fair. Whereas Kelly's eyes were a light brown, like a hazel color, Lily's were a deep blue. Lily did not have the stronger athletic build that Kelly had, but had a more long, flowing form. She was petite with an elfen nose, narrow chin, and thin frame. Austin shared some of the similar features in regards to hair and eye color, and skin tone, but his look was more rugged and muscular. He also had a light tan from spending so much time in the sun while Lily stayed insight working on art projects and creative writing. She was a very creative and artistic young woman, but her brother enjoyed more practical activities: outdoor activities, science and math, and sports. He liked to build stuff with his hands and to break it down, both solving problems and creating problems to be solved by someone else.

No one noticed at first, but Lily had made her way over to Kelly, startling her as she got close. Austin and his parents all looked at each other, none of them knowing what was going on. As they watched Lily, she talked to Kelly for just a minute before seeing Kelly shrug. Lily spoke some more and touched Kelly's arm. After a couple of minutes, Kelly smiled and nodded timidly. She turned and said something to her parents, but they didn't even acknowledge her. Instead, as she walked with Lily toward the family, Kelly kept her head down and sent a short text before putting her phone in the pocket of her new letter jacket.

"Hey, Austin, you know Kelly, right?"

"Of course. How you doing?"

"Okay, I guess," she shrugged, not looking him in the eye.

"Great job on the awards. Player of the year. Gotta love that, right?" asked Austin. He knew he needed to give Lily space to work. He pulled his little bag of pins out of his pocket. "You want to help each other pin our letters?"

"Okay."

As Austin and Kelly worked on Kelly's jacket first, then on Austin's, they smiled and laughed and compared the pins and patches.

While Austin had Kelly distracted, she approached her parents. "Mom, dad, I invited Kelly out for ice cream with us. Is that cool?"

"We weren't planning to go get ice cream, but . . ."

"You guys don't have to go. Austin and I can take her with us."

"Would it bother you if your father and I went?" Karen looked at Kelly's parents still biting and scratching at each other. That area had cleared as their voices escalated and people wanted to get away from the negative vibe. "It might be good for her to be a part of a loving family for a little while."

"Sure, that would be great." Lily and her folks talked a little bit and she snapped some pictures of Kelly and Austin pinning each other's jackets, making sure to catch the smiles on their faces. Traditionally it was their parents who would do this, but Lily knew her parents would understand, and Kelly would likely be doing it alone if it weren't for Austin.

Lily walked over and asked if she could get a picture of the two of them. Austin didn't even think for a second, just putting his arm around Kelly's shoulder, which seemed to relax her. She had both hands clasped in front of her, but when Lily said she couldn't see the letter and pins, Austin smiled, "Just put your arm around me. I won't bite." Kelly returned his smile and timidly put her arm around his waist. Lily took a couple of pictures and then showed them all the ones she took of them, promising to e-mail them to Kelly.

As Kelly and Austin followed Lily over, Glen and Karen met them halfway. "Mom, Dad, this is Kelly. Kelly, these are our parents."

"Hello. Thank you for inviting me out for ice cream, Mr. and Mrs. Owens."

"It's our pleasure, Kelly. We're glad you've decided to come with us," Karen replied.

"Do you have a favorite place you'd like to go, Kelly?"

"No, sir," she shook her head in response to Glen's question. "Anything is fine with me."

"Oh, that's good, then. We usually like to sneak into the Cottler farm, milk one of his cows and make our own. How does that sound?" asked Glen with a straight face.

"Daddy!" cried Lily.

"Glen," Karen laughed, slapping her husband's chest. Turning to Kelly, seeing the confused look on her face, she quickly corrected him with a smile. "You'll have to excuse my husband, Kelly." The blonde's face eased into a relieved smile. "How does The Silver Spoon hit you?"

"That would be great," she smiled. "Although," she smiled with a pause, "I've never milked a cow before."

Everyone burst into laughter and Lily took Kelly's hand, laughing as she pulled her toward the door.

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As soon as Glen and Karen walked into the kitchen from the garage, Glen made a play for Karen's ass. She laughed and swatted his hand away while Austin and Lily looked at each other, Austin rolling his eyes, Lily making a gagging face with her finger in her mouth.

Glen turned around and told the kids that it was late and they were going to bed.

"Sleep good," Austin smiled, and then turned to Lily and made a slow fucking motion with his hips, his eyes closed in ecstasy. Lily covered her mouth with both hands to stifle her laugh, her eyes wide. Austin smiled at her before turning toward the living room.

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Glen was glad to have found their box in the back of the closet. He had set it on the dresser before going into the bathroom to brush his teeth. When he walked out he found the black and gold jacket lying on the bed, the wrestling pins and patch still displayed proudly on the large gold C. Slipping it on, he laughed a little bit as he looked at himself in the mirror. "Hey, hon?" he called out. "It's a little snug, but my jacket still fits pretty good." He rubbed the slight bulge of his stomach as he turned side to side, sucking in, then relaxing it.

"So does this," Karen said seductively. Glen whipped his head around to see his wife standing at the closet door in her old black and gold Carlisle High School cheerleading uniform. She ran the backs of her fingers down the outside of her breasts, down her sides and then grabbed the hem of her short pleated skirt before flipping it up quickly so that her husband could see her trimmed triangle of dark brown hair.

"Damn, baby," he smiled. He could feel a flush of excitement causing his prick to grow. "You're even sexier now than you were then."

"You really think so?" she asked in an innocent-sounding voice. Twirling her long brown hair around one finger, she walked toward him seductively. "You don't think my ass is too fat?" She turned and flipped the skirt up, sticking her ass out at him.

"No way. It's perfect."

"Or that my tits are too low?" She turned back to face him and cupped her hands under her large breasts.

"Better than ever, baby doll."

"Or that my lips are too big?" She slowly lifted the front of her skirt with one hand and with the other she pulled on her dark, full labia.

"I love your lips!"

She put the tip of her finger in her mouth and sighed. "I'm really glad you think so. I would hate to think you didn't want me anymore because I'm too old and fat."

"Babe, you're sexier than ever." He walked over to her with a charming smile. "And just in case you don't believe me. . ." He took her hand and kissed her palm before placing it on his crotch, where she squeezed his shaft with a purr.

"It feels so big and hard," she whispered, looking into his eyes. She ran her finger over his wrestling pins on his letter and said, "No wonder you were team captain." Looking back into his eyes seductively, she said, "Why don't you show me some of your moves?"

Their tongues dueled as he picked her up by her bare ass and pressed toward the bed.

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"You were so sweet to Kelly tonight, Austin," Lily said as she set a soda in front of him on the coffee table before dropping onto the other end of the couch and stretching her feet out toward her twin brother.

"It was nothing, Lil," he said, not even taking his eyes off the sports wrap-up on the news.

"It's not nothing," she said emphatically. Austin turned his head to look at his sister. "She doesn't have a family like we have. . . like I have." Lily sighed and fidgeted with her fingers. "Kelly is in my math class this year and was in science and lit with me last year. I've watched her close up over the last couple of years. Honestly I was surprised to see her there tonight. For a couple of reasons."

Austin looked confused. "What do you mean?"

"First off, I didn't think her performance had been very good the last couple of years, so I didn't know she'd letter. But second, and this is the big reason, I just didn't think she would want to be there when the banquet is a big family event." She just shrugged as she said it and looked back at her lap.

"Well, you're the sweet one, then, because I never would have thought about it if you hadn't noticed her and invited her out for ice cream." He placed his hand on her shin and stroked her leg as he said it before patting it and turning back to the television.

"It does kind of suck that she got to pin you, though," she mumbled.

Austin stood up and grabbed his jacket off the back of the kitchen chair where he had draped it when they came in. He walked back over and tapped Lily's foot so she would move it. She pulled her knees up, still sitting sideways on the couch. He handed her the jacket. She took it, confused. "Look in the pocket." She dug into the right pocket and felt a plastic bag. Pulling it out she noticed his track pin, his academic pin, and his stars.

Her eyes quickly found his and she realized he was smiling. "I couldn't let just anyone pin me, Lil. That's your job."

"But Kelly. . . I saw her pinning you, and even got pictures," she said, reaching for her phone on the table.

Austin grabbed her wrist and moved to holding her hand. "I just let her do the year and Varsity pins. I consider the other ones too special to let Kelly, or anyone else for that matter, put those on. That needs to be done by someone very special to me." He smiled at her and noticed that she had a huge smile, but her eyes were filling with tears.

Lily looked down at the plastic bag and noticed that each of the brass pins was in a smaller plastic bag. She felt through them she watched them roll in her hand. Her brother cleared his throat and she looked up. "I'd rather not carry that bag around with me everywhere I go," he smiled.

"OH!" Lily laughed and shuffled to her feet. "Well, stand up, letterman," she giggled. "Put that jacket on so I can do this right." She reached out her hand and he pulled himself up off the couch, towering over her. She was only about 5'4" and he was 5'11". As she fumbled with the bag, he bent down and kissed the top of her head. "What was that for?" she laughed.

"No reason. I just love you, is all," he smiled at her.

Lily felt butterflies in her stomach, but didn't really know why. She had always been close to Austin and loved him very much, and she knew he loved her, too. They had always been close. A couple of times in upper elementary and middle school, he had had to defend her from jerks, but once he made it known that he would fight hard for her, even if he got his ass kicked, things settled down some. When he made it onto the track and field team and went through his growth spurt, he became intimidating to any would-be bullies. Unfortunately, she remembered, it also made him intimidating to would-be boyfriends as well. She had only been on a handful of dates, but it was always with guys with similar interests: creative and artistic, kind and gentle, but not athletic. As a result, they were also intimidated by him, likely putting him in the same category as those who had bullied them, no matter how much she proclaimed his goodness and kindness to them. Now they were 18 years old, about to graduate, and she hadn't so much as kissed a boy.

Austin, she was sure, had been with lots of girls, probably losing his virginity at twelve or something. He was always talking with girls in the hallway, went to dances with cheerleaders and was out with friends all the time. While she had never met any of his girlfriends, she could not believe that he had not had hookups or something. He probably just didn't want to make her feel bad, or since it was sex, felt it would be too personal to talk to her about, which she totally got.

"Lil? You okay?" he asked.

"What?"

"You kind of drifted off there for a minute. You all right? Need help opening a bag or something?"

"No. . . no, I'm fine. Just thinking."

"About what?"

"Well, why did you pick me to do this? Not mom or dad? I mean, I'm flattered and everything, but I don't want to take this away from someone else."

"I told you. I picked you because you're special to me. I love you."

"I love you, too. I just thought mom would—"

"Mom already did one. This one is yours."

"What? When?"

"She pinned dad when he got his."

"How do you know that?"

"Dad told me. When I showed him my letter and told him about the ceremony he congratulated me and told me about when he got his letter jacket. He and mom had been dating for almost a year and she already had her letter jacket for cheering before they started going out, but when he got his, he asked her to pin him." He laughed a little and shook his head.

"What's so funny?" asked Lily, confused.

Austin was looking down at the floor as he remembered the rest of their conversation. "Dad told me that's also the night th—" He looked up and his face turned serious. "Nothing."

"Come on, tell me," she whined. "'The night that. . .?'"

He sighed and shook his head before whispering, "The night they lost their virginity to each other."

Lily's hand flew to her mouth to cover her gasp, her eyes wide. "He actually told you that?"

He shrugged. "I think it just kind of slipped out. I didn't ask about it or anything, and dad just kind of skipped over it when he told me congratulations again and to go tell mom. Come to think of it, when I told her, she mentioned remembering the night dad got his, too. Then she kind of shook her head and giggled," he snickered.

"Oh. Okay," Lily shrugged, pulling out the track pin. As she pinned the various pins on her brother's jacket, she asked finally, "Why didn't you get one of your girlfriends to do this?"

"What girlfriends?" he huffed.

"You know, all those girls you talk to in the hallway or meet at parties?"

"Lil, what are you talking about?"

She kept placing pins as she talked, not looking him in the face. "I see how all the girls at school look at you. I mean you're a letterman now, district pole vault champion, handsome and kind . . . You could have your pick of anyone, I'm sure. You're going to be swarmed at college."

"Who says I want any of those girls?"

"Why wouldn't you?"

"What do I need them for, when I have you?" he smiled.

"Ha ha," she said flatly.

"You're way smarter and prettier than they are."

She stopped and took a moment to replay that statement, the butterflies returning. She looked up at him. He just stood there with one eyebrow raised, waiting to slap down her argument.

She went back to placing the last star on his jacket. "That certainly explains my sustained virginity," she mumbled.

"What was that?" he asked.

"Nothing. There!" she said, straightening his pins one last time. "Here, let me get a close-up with all your pins." She snapped a few pictures and then backed up and took a couple more of her brother in his newly pinned letter jacket.

"Well, what do you think?" Austin asked, standing proudly.

"You look great, Austin, you really do."

"Thanks, Lil."

As she scrolled through the pictures on her phone, Austin gave her a hug and a kiss on the top of her head. "I'm going to put some of these online, you want to come help me choose?"

"Sure, I've got nothing else going on. Afterward, you want to watch a movie, maybe something scary?"

"Mom and dad's wedding video?" Lil asked with a wide smile, causing Austin to burst into laughter.

After popping some microwave popcorn and grabbing some glasses and a two-liter bottle of soda, the twins made their way upstairs. They tried to stifle their laughter as they heard their parents having sex. Lily made sex faces and tossed her head back, whispering "Do me, do me!" while Austin just thrust his hips at her and grunted before they both plowed into her room and burst into laughter after closing the door.

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