Word Count: ~ 530
Author's Notes: Part of the Angst vs Schmoop Challenge at shelter_diner
As birthdays went, it wasn't much different than many others. A warm day spent at the beach with family, good friends, good food and the people he loved most. However, this one was special. This one would be the first birthday since he and Shaun had gotten together. Zach smiled and opened the back of his Jimmy, hefted a cooler and began the walk down the path to the beach.
Half way down, Gabe took the cooler from him. “Beer? I'll carry that,” Gabe informed him.
Zach smiled and surrendered the cooler. Little did Gabe know, the cooler with the food was already at the beach with Shaun and Cody.
“So, what did my brother get you?” Gabe asked, leaning in conspiratorially.
Zach shook his head. “Nothing.”
[and now. . . the rest of the story]