the ties that bind by phoenix.writing

2 May

Mike was a lot more outgoing than Jon was.  Jon had known this from the beginning; there was no way that he would ever have had the guts to steal a stranger’s laptop in order to get his attention.  But Mike had done so, and it had worked out quite well for both of them—so much so that Jon had even reluctantly conceded Sophie’s part in the whole thing and admitted that he was the slightest bit grateful for that extremely loud conversation.

But admission of Mike’s daring came with a corollary; he’d seized the moment because he’d been interested in Jon, and he was just as likely to become suddenly interested in someone else and be gone as fast as he had come.

Jon got that.  Jon had told himself he got that and that he hadn’t been looking for a relationship anyway, but when the signs came that the other man was losing interest, Jon realized that telling himself until he was blue in the face didn’t really do a lot of good when his emotions were engaged.

But he could still be perfectly mature about this, be happy about the time that they had together, and move on … gracefully.

Alternatively, he could see if Sophie was available to be loud and disastrous.

By the time Mike told him that they needed to talk, Jon felt as though it was a fait accompli and almost wished that the other man had decided to write another note—entirely lacking in class, of course, but it would mean Jon didn’t have to look at him when he learned that he had been found wanting.

It was no doubt for this reason that he stared entirely stupidly and entirely woodenly when Mike told him what was actually going on.

Jon hadn’t even known that Mike’s father had been in prison, never mind that he had just gotten out and was now living with Mike and his mom again—despite his mom saying that she wasn’t going to take the man back.

Jon had seen the scars, though they’d never talked about them, so it came as no surprise to be told that Mike’s dad had very little use for Mike.

Mike hadn’t looked at him once through the entire confession, and Jon realized just how uncomfortable he was and just how much it had cost him to make this confession.

Jon’s mind flew through the possibilities, and he found himself speaking before he could think better of it.

“It looks to me as though you have two choices.”

Mike glanced at him, finally, a spark of curiosity in those blue eyes, and Jon realized that that was what had been missing over the last couple weeks, the thing that had tipped him off to something being wrong.  He had thought that Mike had stopped being interested in Jon rather than withdrawing from everything.

“They do say ‘finders keepers’,” Jon pointed out.  “Arguably, my laptop is therefore yours.  You could sell it and go on the run.”

Mike’s lips tipped up slightly, looking as though it was in spite of himself, face still shadowed.  “Or?”

“Or you could move in with me.”

Mike’s eyes flew to Jon’s.  “Really?”

There was a vulnerability there that Jon wasn’t used to seeing.  “To be honest, I’m not sure how much the laptop is worth.”

Mike’s eyes were still riveted to Jon’s face.  “I might not be able to get very far.”

Jon nodded.

He knew that it could go horribly wrong.  The bachelor often felt crowded for one person, never mind two living here full time.

But somehow, Jon believed that it could work, and when Mike smiled at him with the smile that Jon remembered from the coffee shop, the one that was full of such happiness and promise, Jon was sure of it.  They would manage together.

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Link to Bills, Books, and Blue Eyes.

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7 Responses to “the ties that bind by phoenix.writing”

  1. ingridfnl May 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Great tie in with the previous story! 🙂

    • phoenix.writing September 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks. They were just so adorable, I couldn’t leave them alone. 🙂

  2. jmforceton May 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    The conflict builds nicely with a good resolutuion.

    • phoenix.writing September 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      Thank you. 🙂

  3. juleshg May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I like a happy ending and you have set up a nice banter between the two. They are a very cute couple. After the Jo and Angel heartbreak I was afraid to get my hopes up!

    • phoenix.writing September 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

      LOL I realised there were a number of parallels between this story and that one. I’m glad you found this one happier. 🙂

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  1. first impressions by phoenix.writing | the character project - September 19, 2010

    […] Jon and Mike have been seen before in Bills, Books, and Blue Eyes as well as The Ties that Bind. […]

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