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Summary: When Natalie is a victim of a hit and run, Luke and Reid’s relationship is tested.
By the time Luke arrived home from Al’s, he found Reid on the couch, buried in paper work.
He had a chili stain on his shirt and a pencil stuck behind his left ear.
Luke thought he looked adorable.
Reid looked over at him and smiled. “Hey.”
“Hey yourself.”Luke flopped down on the couch. “What’s all this?” He gestured to the files surrounding them.
Reid grimaced. “I’m helping Bob with some cases. He’s lost track , so-“
Luke nodded. He teasingly pulled the pencil out from behind Reid’s ear.
Reid shifted in his seat. “Actually, I need to talk to you about this.”
“Oh?” Luke cuddled against Reid’s shoulder .
“Here’s the thing. Bob asked me if I’d consider becoming Chief again.”
Luke just nodded, not surprised. “What did you say?”
“That I needed to talk it over with you first. “ Reid answered simply.
Luke gave a melting smile and looked at him.“Really?”
“Of course,” Reid kissed his lips and then picked up another file. “This impacts you too. I’ll have even longer hours. I don’t know. A year ago, I really wanted it…”
“I don’t know. I’m not sure I want to slave away at Memorial to push papers. Besides, I still am lousy at the people thing.”
Luke laughed, “Who’d you make cry today?”
Reid gave him an insulted look, then he sighed. “Maybe a nurse or two.”
Luke patted Reid’s chest. “Yeah, your people skills are pretty awful,” he agreed.
“Thanks. “ Reid said dryly.
“ But so what? You have other talents. “ Luke said, becoming serious. He looked into Reid’s eyes. “You’re brilliant, of course. But also you work damn hard there and you’re fair. “ Luke fingered Reid’s collar on his shirt. “I think you’d be a fantastic Chief- whether you have people skills or not.”
There was a beat of silence, then Reid threw the file in his hand down across the table.
“Why did you just do that?” Luke asked, laughing again.
“I’m done working.” Reid replied and turned to kiss him sweetly.
Luke snuggled against Reid.
“This has been a really odd day,” he sighed.
“Yeah, sure has,” Reid agreed.
Luke snuggled some more until he was practically on Reid’s lap.
“It’s good to be here,” he added, and kissed his boyfriend one more time.
“Nowhere else I’d rather be,” Reid murmured to him.
Suddenly, Luke straddled Reid’s lap and gave him a longer kiss. He sucked on the delicate skin of Reid’s ear and moved his hands to the belt buckle of Reid’s jeans. Luke quickly loosened it and then slid his hands inside, feeling the cotton of Reid’s briefs and rubbing there in fast circles. Reid’s body responded by bucking forward . Luke squeezed harder.
In just another moment, Luke pictured Reid’s proud cock springing free. In just another moment, he would kiss it with his lips and slurp it into his mouth greedily. He would take Reid to the back of his throat and taste his creamed goodness.
“Wait,” Reid pulled back. He pushed Luke’s hands and buckled his belt.
“What?”Luke said with surprise and a trace of hurt in his voice.
“Holden dropped off Natalie; she’s in the kitchen,” Red whispered hoarsely.
Luke glanced that way and climbed off of Reid’s lap. “Oh.”
“Yeah,” Reid said regretfully.
“You should have said something sooner,” Luke accused.
“Hey, I was working nicely, when you came home. You climbed on me!” Reid shot him a stern look, “Don’t think I still fall for your innocent routine, Snyder, we all know it’s you always doing the stalking. Waiting for the opportunity to wiggle all around me. Just like that time in Dallas. “
“I don’t wiggle,” Luke said with great dignity. “And if I remember, you kissed me!”
But Luke’s cheeks flushed with pink. He very well remembered following Reid around his hotel room, touching his shoulders, invading his space, moving as close as possible.
“See?” Reid pointed at Luke’s face, “guilty.”
Luke made a clucking sound with his tongue, “I was just trying to help you.”
“And maybe get you to see me a little bit,” Luke conceded, his cheeks crimson now.
Reid leaned into him. “And?”
“Okay, fine! I wanted you to kiss me. Happy?”
“Very,” Reid laughed.
Luke wrinkled up his nose at him, “You suck.”
“I would love to, “ Reid quipped, “but your sister is here.”
They smiled at each other.
“I’m going to miss her when she goes home for good in a few days,” Luke said, “ but there are a few things, like the lack of privacy, that I won’t miss.”
Luke sighed,” Did Dad tell her about Ali and Chris?”
Reid hesitated, ”I’m not sure.”
“How do you explain something like that,” Luke wondered,” to a sweet kid like Natalie?”
He reached out and took Reid’s hand.
Reid kissed his fingers gently, “Kids are tough. They survive all kinds of things.”
Luke searched Reid’s eyes, contemplating if Reid was thinking of his own childhood just then, which Luke knew held a lot of pain.
“I’m a good listener,” he offered and tapped Reid on his sneaker with the pencil.
“But I’m not a talker,” Reid replied with a small smile, grabbing the pencil and putting it down .
The door to the kitchen opened just then, and Natalie came out with Reid Jr. meowing at her heels.
She smiled at Luke.
“PParty soon!” She reminded him.
“Yeah!” Luke grinned. Lucinda was planning a New Year’s Eve bash.
Standing up from the couch, Luke went over to the nearby radio.
“Grandmother only throws amazing parties too. So we’d better practice our dance moves.” He turned on some rock music. “ I can’t believe she thinks you’re old enough to stay up to midnight!” Luke teased.
The New Year’s party was also to celebrate Natalie’s recovery, and they all knew it.
The music blared and Luke began to dance around their living room .
“Come on!” Luke gestured to Reid, swaying his hips and spinning around.
Reid rolled his eyes at him.
“You’re a complete dork,” He told Luke.
But actually, Reid thought he looked adorable.
“Fine! “ Luke wriggled past Reid in an exaggerated disco move. He went to his sister. “ How about it, Nat?”
She giggled, and then slowly went to him. Just a few days ago, she might have not tried to dance, but every day in her therapy, Natalie was getting stronger.
Luke carefully slowed down and took her by the hand.
Reid watched as they danced together. Natalie was the more graceful, even after being hurt, she had the natural style of a dancer. One day, Natalie might really be able to return to her ballet lessons, and then who knew how far she would go?
Luke, on the other hand, danced with sloppy enthusiasm.
Watching Natalie move, Reid suddenly thought that he did not want to be Chief of Staff. He wanted to cut deep into the brains of trauma victims, like Natalie, or people with terrible tumors. He wanted to operate and fix them and watch them recover.
Then he wanted to come home to Luke.
“Whoo-hoo,” Luke was saying now, spinning Natalie around lovingly.
Natalie’s whole face lit up. The cat meowed at her, and she broke away from Luke to pick up Reid Jr., and with careful steps, Natalie danced on.
“Aww,” Luke cried out, “replaced by a cat!”
He pouted to Reid in protest and held out a hand.
“I don’t dance,” Reid replied, but Luke just yanked him off of the couch.
“It figures,” Luke complained a moment later.
“You. You do too dance! “ Luke eyed Reid’s graceful sway. “Just like you do everything else.
Reid laughed, “Yeah, it’s a curse.”
Luke wrapped a hand around Reid’s neck. Their bodies moved closer.
“Will you dance with me at the New Year’s party too?” Luke sighed with longing.
Reid raised one eyebrow. “Depends. Natalie will go home with Lily?” Reid asked.
Luke shrugged. “Yes.”
“Then I might be persuaded to dance with you, if you do something later for me.”
“Recreate that night in Dallas, only we don’t stop at a kiss.”
Luke grinned and Reid gave him a sudden dip. Luke squealed in surprised delight.
Natalie and the cat dipped too.
They danced the night away.
At bedtime, they both tucked in an exhausted Natalie. Luke chatted about the party and how Lucinda was sparing no expense. They had the entire ballroom at Metro for the night, a live band would be there, and the most expensive caviar and champagne was being ordered.
“No cheeseburgers or fries, sorry,” Luke called from the bathroom, laughing. He was just finishing brushing his teeth. He carefully put his toothbrush next to Reid’s, which hung on the left next to Reid’s dental floss. When they had first moved in together, it had amused Luke to occasionally switch things around, just to see Reid go crazy and put it all back. But now, he was used to his slot for his toothbrush, his side of the bed, and his part of the dresser. It now just all felt right.
“Did you hear me about the fries? “ Luke walked into their bedroom.
Reid was already asleep. Curled up on his stomach with ass slightly in the air – that was how Reid always slept. He had a routine, even for dreaming. His head was turned and Luke could see his face looking open and relaxed. Luke walked over and gently covered him. Then he got into the bed on his side, and spooned his body into Reid’s.
Inhaling the scent of him, Luke snuggled closer. He could smell the citrus-flavored soap Reid used and the smell of clean skin. Luke trailed one finger down Reid’s hip and over that inviting ass. Reid stirred, but did not awaken. Luke sat up on his elbow and just looked at him. He played with a bit of the curly hair at Reid’s nape.
Then Luke kissed Reid’s shoulder softly. He held him all night long.
The next day, Luke stood in his bedroom and sighed. Casey was right; he was lucky. End of story.
Leaving early for work, Reid had been careful not to wake him. He did leave a note by his pillow telling Luke goodbye. Most people would be surprised to know that Reid was usually thoughtful about small things like that. He often left Luke notes. They were never mushy, almost always factual, but they made Luke feel good because it was clear that Reid had him on his mind. For a man as busy as Reid, that mattered.
Now, after reading the small note, Luke sat on his bed. He held out his hand and studied the two engagement bands on his finger. Then he slid them off carefully and put them in a box .
Maybe someday .
It hurt, but felt like the best thing to do. He stared a moment at the glittering bands. Then Luke closed the box.Luke put it into his dresser drawer. He did not see his little sister, standing quietly at the entrance to his bedroom, watching him.
Natalie frowned as Luke took off his rings. He had sad eyes. She silently backed out of the doorway and down the hall, a determined tilt to her chin.
Looking like a mini-Luke, Natalie smiled suddenly, flashing her dimples.
She knew just what to do.