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Title: Without Borders 1/14
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Noah remains blind, and he abandons Oakdale and Luke. Luke is left feeling guilty and lost, so he decides to focus on the foundation and PR work. Luke moves the foundation to Rome and avoids America. However, two years later, his family in Oakdale has been pressuring him to visit, and when an old friend calls him with a problem with her medical organization’s image, Luke agrees to fly to Miami. But can he turn their best doctor into a media star? As the cameras roll, Luke soon finds himself in a “pretend” relationship with Dr. Oliver …
Warning: Sexually explicit content (some parts)
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends)

First of all, a big shout of thanks to the amazing rhiannonhero! Thanks for encouraging me not to throw this story away, and for kicking my butt at all the right times.
Thanks also to the lovely traciamc for reading my lazy typos, and chatting with me about James Franco.

A/N
Without Medical Borders (WMB) is a fictional organization, but is modeled loosely on Doctors Without Borders.
Most of these places in South Beach really do exist.


Chapter One



Describe me any way you want. Say that I’m handsome, or affectionate, or sweet. Maybe I look like your brother, your friend, your old lover. I don’t care what people think. I’m not the kid I used to be. I’m no longer innocent, and I won’t go back.

My boyfriend had an accident. He blamed me for it, and maybe it was my fault. No doctor we found could help Noah get his sight restored, so he turned bitter. He left me and broke off all contact. I spent the year in a bottle, continuing to disappoint my family and what was left of my friends. I was hospitalized, went to rehab, and was hospitalized again. My parents would not let me near my siblings. My foundation was floundering. It took nearly dying from damaging my kidney to get me straight again. I had a second kidney operation and woke up feeling glad to be alive and foolish to have ever touched alcohol. I woke up a different person.

So here I am, trying to find a place between that old Luke and the new. The foundation is once again running smoothly, and I have spent this year traveling the world, giving out money. If I couldn’t save Noah, well, at least I have saved others. But it never feels like enough. I will never be able to make up for the loss of his eyesight or my part in that. All I can do is go forward.


Luke looked up from his journal as the captain’s voice came over the loud speaker. He had landed in Miami, still not far enough from Oakdale and those old torments. Luke sighed and closed his journal. He gathered his suitcase and walked alone down the ramp. Intense hot, moist air greeted him, making him feel like he was in a giant sauna. Luke gulped down some water and grabbed a cab over to the headquarters of Without Medical Borders. The cab driver nearly hit several cars on the way over, breaking all the speed records on I-95, but Luke wasn’t worried. The cabbies in Rome drove much worse. Besides, Luke liked speed. He and Damian often raced cars together. He liked racing down the track, pushing the limits of the car. He would have rented one here, if the visit were longer. As the driver stepped on it, Luke gazed out at the palm trees calmly. This place was known as a gay man’s paradise. Too bad he was only here on business.

Soon enough, the cab ride was over, and Luke gave the guy a generous tip. He studied the large, impressive building, which was one part offices and one part a working hospital. The men and women working for WMB were stationed in places all over the world, however all of their assignments started here at the Florida hospital. It was this administrative office that decided what countries the organization would be stationed in, and it was to here that they flew in some of the most serious cases, treating the patients for free and performing operations with equipment not available in some areas of the world.

Usually, Without Medical Borders had great press. But there had been two significant disasters in a short period of time, throwing the organization into chaos. The first incident had involved George Simms, a very important doctor in the organization, whose familiar face was soon splashed all over The New York Times for laundering dirty money through the WMB and other charities, rattling the donors’ trust. The second scandal followed when a WMB helicopter had to abort a landing in North Darfur due to an increase in the violence there. Some people bitterly blamed Without Medical Borders for the many deaths of the locals. They argued that WMB should have taken the risk and landed.

After reading about the disasters in the newspaper, Luke was not surprised at Jessica’s call. Jessica Griffin was the head of the Florida organization. She was a top-notch lawyer, and an old family friend. She had left Oakdale long ago, but Luke had been close with her daughter, Bonnie. She had begged him to come and help.

“Not only is your foundation a huge supporter of our work here,” she’d argued, “but you are the best PR person I know.”

Her timing had been perfect. Normally, Luke might have hesitated to come in person, but he was reluctantly planning to visit his family back home.

“Send me everything on the situation and on your staff,” he told her. “I’ll see what I can do.”

Luke had called Jessica back within hours of her desperate plea. He’d studied the staff at Without Medical Borders, and had found a solution. Luke was feeling pretty pleased with himself when he’d told her, “You have an answer to your image problems right with you in Miami, a Dr. Oliver? I was reading about his work, his latest write ups in medical journals- he’s amazing. His work is cutting edge.”

“Yes,” Jessica had answered, hesitating, ”Reid is a fantastic surgeon, but- “

“He’s young and single and he has a decent face, at least on his staff picture. You need an image booster - Dr. Oliver might be it. “

“Well,” Jessica had said, “I don’t think Reid will agree –“

“Oh, he’s shy? “ Luke had chuckled, spinning around in his office chair. “I can help him get over that.”

“No, not shy,” Jessica had said.

Luke had cut her off. ”Whatever his hang up, I’ll fix it. He’ll be perfect, you’ll see.”

***

Dr. Oliver had apparently complained long and loud about doing any press. Jessica had told Luke that he’d refused to even try and help, but Luke dismissed it. He felt confident that once he met with Dr. Oliver and sold him on the idea, everything would work out fine. He arranged to be Miami for a week. He didn’t think it would take very long to help. Then he planned to travel to Oakdale for a few days. A day or two was all Luke could handle with his family or that town.

***

Luke reached the lobby and was now looking for Dr. Oliver’s office. When he’d asked a nurse for directions, she’d winced and pointed down a hallway. “Good Luck, “ she told him. “Enter at your own risk.” Luke gave her a puzzled thank you.

On his way down the corridor to the office, he paused to look at his recent phone messages. The first one, from Damian, made him smile.

Missed our lunch date today, Luciano. I’m sure you’ve saved the doctors already. Enjoy your trip home. Say hello to your mother for me. D

Since moving to Rome, he and Damian had grown extremely close. The text had made Luke recall their last lunch together.

“Miami has lots of men like you, yes?” Damian had said over their last meal, scooping out a big bowl of Tortelli di Patata for them to share.

“I guess.“ Luke shrugged it off. “I won’t have time for that. “ Luke met his father’s eyes and groaned at the hope in them, “Dad,” Luke said, embarrassed, “I’m not going to Miami to fall in love.”

“I know,” Damian said, chewing his pasta thoughtfully, “but at least have some fun, right? “

Luke nodded. “This from the man who once tried to turn me straight?” he teased his father.

Damian nearly choked as he protested, “A long time ago! ”

Luke laughed and smiled at him, “Just messing with you,” he told him with affection.

“Not funny, Luciano, “ Damian scolded and poured himself a glass of wine, “but I’ve learned from my mistakes.” He suddenly leaned into Luke urgently, “ Now it’s your turn. Don’t let one bad relationship close off your heart.”

Luke didn’t reply. He gazed into the distance. He thought about trying to meet somebody special and let go of his old hurt, but it was so difficult. He’d never told Damian the whole truth about Noah. He’d never told anybody; he’d been too ashamed. Luke turned back to his father. He smiled as Damian drank some Chianti and chatted about work. Miami was just business, Luke thought as he forced himself to eat some pasta, nothing more.

Now, only a few steps away from meeting Dr. Oliver, Luke retrieved his last message and then sighed. Lily had left a small voice mail asking again when he would arrive in Oakdale.

He felt like texting her back with one word: never.

***
As he walked a few more steps to Dr. Oliver’s office, he tried to put his visit home out of his mind. When Luke politely knocked, Dr. Oliver opened the door with an impatient, “What now?”

He stared at Luke, his mouth turned down in a fierce line of displeasure. He was dressed in scrubs and holding a bag of mini-frosted donuts.

Luke heart thudded in his chest. Dr. Oliver’s eyes – god, so blue – met his own wide ones. The man was gorgeous. His staff picture had not captured those eyes or the perfect shape of his face. Luke felt his breath getting stuck in his throat.

The frown remained when Luke introduced himself. “Oh right, that,” Dr. Oliver gave a long-suffering sigh and gestured reluctantly for Luke to come inside.

In contrast to Dr. Oliver’s harsh greeting and casual dress, Luke stood there in his Prada suit and sparkling loafers and offered a big smile.

“So,“ Dr. Oliver had drawled arrogantly, “you’re the King of Spin.”

Luke felt shocked at the blunt insult.

“And you’re the arrogant SOB who won’t help out your own hospital,” Luke countered as soon as he’d recovered.

Dr. Oliver’s mouth curled in distaste. ”Who has time for the endless parade of interviews? I’m actually busy, you know, saving lives? I don’t have time for bad tabloid TV.” Still holding his donuts, he crossed his arms over his chest.

Luke shrugged. “Make time.”

Dr. Oliver frowned and clearly bit back whatever rude retort he’d wanted to say. His eyes were angry and piercing.

Luke swallowed.

“Meanwhile,” Luke said, trying to break the tension, “since I’m here, why don’t you show me this place?”

“I’m not a tour guide,” he said crossly.

“And this isn’t Disney World.” Luke replied. “I get it. But I want a tour anyway.”

“I can get a cute nurse to fill you in? “ Dr. Oliver suggested.

Luke’s mouth twisted .

“I want you,” Luke answered.

They stared at each other a moment. A muscle jumped in Dr. Oliver’s cheek.

“Fine,” he said. He tore open the donut package, and sugar flew everywhere, including all over Luke’s suit.

“Oops. Sorry about your Versace there,” Dr. Oliver said, sounding unapologetic. He handed Luke a napkin from his desk.

Luke smiled coolly, “Prada actually,” Luke brushed off the mess, ”and I have lots of suits.”

Dr. Oliver raised an eyebrow, “I’m sure. “

He motioned for Luke to follow.

“Let’s just make this quick,” Dr. Oliver said, “ I don’t have time to hold your hand.”

“Quick,” Luke agreed, “just the way I like it.”

The doctor stared at Luke again. Then a reluctant smile touched his lips.

They walked from department to department.

Meanwhile, Dr. Oliver was stubbornly not speaking. He would show Luke a room and grunt, “Peds, “ or “Trauma,” and that was it.

Luke stopped walking and poked at his side. “You do realize that I can fix this mess only if I understand how things work both here and abroad?”

“I have an idea,” Dr. Oliver tapped the side of his head mockingly, “it’s called the internet. Use it.”

He started to walk on. Luke hurried over and grabbed at his arm. “I did use it. But forgive me, millions of my foundation’s money is involved, and my friend has asked me to help. I actually wanted to know how things work first hand.“

Dr. Oliver looked down at where Luke held his arm.

“What’d you want from me, Mr. Snyder? “ he said.

Luke made a frustrated gesture. “Not much. Some conversation. We chit chat, exchange ideas. You tell me why this place is so special and how we can save it.”

Dr. Oliver’s face became pinched, “Yeah, “ he shook his head, “I’m incapable of small talk.”

“I’m beginning to see that. “ He was also beginning to see why Jessica had been so hesitant about using Dr. Oliver for the face of WMB.

They stared at each other a moment. Then Luke dropped his eyes nervously. He stared instead at the collar of Dr. Oliver’s shirt, and couldn’t help noticing the creamy skin there. Luke had the strangest desire to press his lips to it.

Just then, a familiar voice called his name.

“So happy you made it!” Jessica said, walking over to them.

“Me too,” Luke answered, giving her a smile.

“Reid,” Jessica Griffin said tentatively, “I do hope you’re behaving yourself with Mr. Snyder.” She gave him a firm glance.

“I’m being perfectly civil,” Dr. Oliver declared hotly. “See?” He gave them both a giant, fake smile that looked like it would hurt his teeth.

“Is he?” Jessica raised an eyebrow.

Luke met Dr. Oliver’s blue eyes.

“Sure,” Luke drawled, “he’s a Girl Scout.”

“You should see my merit badges,” Dr. Oliver agreed.

Luke met his magnetic eyes again. Another surprise flash of attraction shot through Luke’s body. He took a step back. Luke wasn’t certain if it was just his imagination, or if Dr. Oliver’s eyes had quickly slid over his body, but he could feel heat going right to his cheeks.

“Well, let me get you off the hook for now,” Jessica was saying to Dr. Oliver, “I really want to take Luke here to lunch.”

“Yes, do that,” Dr. Oliver said. He nodded, relieved to be dismissed and ready to take off.

“Lunch sounds great.” Luke smiled with extra sweetness at Dr. Oliver, “Nice meeting you. We’ll talk soon.”

“Can’t wait,” Dr. Oliver answered sarcastically.

Luke looked at Jessica, “But let me take you out,” he told her generously. “Name any place you want to go.”

“Really? Fantastic!” Jessica exclaimed.

He caught a hungry look on Dr. Oliver’s expression at the mention of a lunch out.

Luke smiled again, “Enjoy the cafeteria food,“ he told him, giving his arm a pat. Luke almost laughed at Dr. Oliver’s disappointed expression.

Luke couldn’t help noticing, as he walked away, that Dr. Oliver had a firm, beautifully-shaped ass.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Damian disinherits Luke and he’s forced to survive in the real world.
Rating: PG
Warning: None
Thanks traciamc

Part 16 VIVA


Okay, Luke felt a second of panic. Reid was late. That never happened.

Why had he agreed to meet him at the airport? They should’ve come together. Why did Reid insist on going to the hospital one more time, a job he no longer even liked, just to help stupid Chris Hughes with some patient?

Luke chewed his lip and glanced down at all of his luggage. Maybe Reid had gotten stuck at security? Luke could just see him there, arguing with some heavy set, bald headed guard. Reid would definitely argue with anybody who dared to take away his snack foods or question his itinerary.

Luke took out his phone – no messages.

Well, that was to be expected. Reid barely liked talking to people in person, much less on the phone. Luke, on the other hand, had no qualms about leaving long, dirty messages. He liked to text all the sexual things he wanted Reid to do. It was easier than saying them out loud to him. Luke texted one to Reid right then. It involved his pinky finger and a whole lot of tongue. If Reid was out there, surely he’d respond to that?

“Where’s your man?” Lucinda demanded suddenly and a guilty blush spread over Luke’s cheeks.

“He’s just late.” Luke closed his phone.

Lucinda made a disapproving noise. “I have my jet all gassed and just sitting here? “ She glanced at her watch. “Time is money , darling . And I plan to win some money.”

“I know.”

“Reid’s coming,” Vienna assured them all. She didn’t look up from her mirror as she applied a new coat of mascara to her eyes. “I saw him just a few hours before. Grabbing our cookies and stuffing them into his pockets. “

“What does he think, “ Lucinda laughed, “that my private plane has no food?” She gave her boyfriend John a squeeze, “ I stocked it with some of your favorites.”

Casey looked up from the wad of twenties, “What kind of food?”

“Casey?” Maddie shook her head at him, “you’ve stopped counting. “

“Relax,” Casey told her, “we’re going to Vegas, baby. It’s all good.”

Vegas. Luke smiled and looked at his family and friends gathered all around him. Lucinda had asked, no demanded , that Luke have big goodbye celebration. But not in Oakdale. She’d rented out the top floor of the Ventian hotel. At first, it was only his father and his grandmother planning to come. Then John Dixon had signed on. Soon Vienna was asking him about the trip, and of course, Henry could never refuse a free ride to Vegas. After that, Luke just had to ask Casey and Maddie to tag along too. Luke had been thrilled that all of them cared so much about him and wanted to celebrate with him.

Convincing Reid to spend 4 days in Vegas with this group, however, hadn’t been easy.

Holden walked up to him and patted Luke’s shoulder. “You look worried.”

Luke shrugged. “No . Reid’s never late that’s all.”

“I’m sure everything’s fine, “ Holden said.

“Right,“ Luke said with forced brightness. “Anyhow, before he gets here- I just want to thank you , Dad, for being here.”

“You already thanked me, Luke.”

“I want to thank you again, “ Luke said firmly.

Holden smiled. “You’re certain this is what you want? To move to Vegas? You don’t want to stay at the farm here in Oakdale?”

“I’m sure.”

“Reid could stay with me too, “ Holden offered.

Luke smothered a laugh at the thought of Reid at the farm. He could just imagine him mucking out stables or milking the cows. He could just imagine Reid’s level of discomfort at making Luke shout out with pleasure in the night, and Reid would make him shout out, even if they tried to be quiet. God, he really knew how to do that one thing with his mouth – he could just see Reid’s face the first time Holden or Emma flung open their door to see why Luke was screaming.

“This is what we want.”

“I have 200 bucks,” Casey declared suddenly. “Ready to party.”

“We can party,” Maddie ordered , “but no gambling.”

Casey frowned at her.

“Remember why you went to jail?” Maddie drawled. She took his money and stuffed it in her pocketbook. Then she kissed him sweetly.

“We’re all ready to go,” Henry complained as he massaged Vienna’s shoulders, “but where is Oliver? “

Luke swallowed hard and tried to dismiss all the irrational fears building up inside of him. This was Oakdale, after all, where his happiness was usually taken away from him.

He tried to focus on the positive. He was really leaving town. He was really free . He really was leaving with the man he loved. He closed his eyes a moment, just holding on to those thoughts.

When Luke opened his eyes, he finally saw him.

“At last!” Henry yelled out.

Reid strolled up to them, not looking concerned, carrying a small bag and a whole bunch of snacks.

Relief flooded Luke as he watched Reid.

“What?” Reid was frowning at Henry. “Some of us actually have important work. I was needed saving lives.“

“You kept us waiting. Are you always so inconsiderate?” Henry said.

Reid flicked a finger at Henry’s striped purple and pink shirt, “I’ll stop being inconsiderate the day you stop being loud.”

“Did you help Chris?” Casey asked.

“Your uncle seriously must have gotten his medical license from a cereal box,” Reid told him. “But of course, I saved his stupid ass. “ Reid flashed a quick grin.

Sheer joy invaded Luke’s body at the sight of Reid smiling. He felt warm all over. His eyes felt moist.

Lucinda waved at her pilot, “We’re ready! “ She called out. “Viva Las Vegas!”

Reid reached Luke then and handed him the food.

Luke took it and launched himself into Reid’s arms.

“Hey?” Reid laughed. “Have you really been waiting that long?”

Yes, my whole life. To have his hand in mine, to have him with me, to find my partner.

Luke’s flashed his dimples at him.”Nope. Not long at all.” He covered Reid’s face with kisses. “ I’m just happy to see you.”

***

The party started on the plane. Lucinda and Henry argued over who poured the best martini. John offered to be their taste tester. They downed green apples ones and pomegranate ones and lemon drops.

Meanwhile, Luke danced enthusiastically with both Maddie and Vienna, stomping and twirling them around and around. They blasted Lady Gaga’s ‘ I was Born this Way’ and ‘Poker Face’, and enjoyed the space of the private jet, dancing until they were sweating. They collapsed together on the couch, hugging and laughing.

Casey used his i-phone to check out the best places to catch Elvis impersonators.
Reid stuffed his mouth full of junk food and then ate everything Lucinda had on the plane.

“If it’s not nailed down, he’ll eat it,” Luke laughed, watching him affectionately.

“I hope he gets a job quickly, “ Henry said, as he joined them on the couch, “Otherwise your food bills alone will put you in the poor house. “

“Reid says he can get hired at Desert Springs hospital with no problems.”

“He can always become a dealer,” Vienna laughed, “if that falls through.”

“And I can always wait tables again, “Luke said. Then, when Henry and Vienna’s mouths dropped open, Luke burst into laughter.

“Just kidding, “ he told them.

John and Lucinda offered a round of shots, and a Virgin Bloody Mary to Luke.

Having finished off the food, Reid came over to them, licking his fingers.

“When’s dessert,” he asked Lucinda.

Luke patted Reid’s flat stomach, “Amazing.”

“If I ate all that,” Maddie agreed groaning, “I’d be a whale.”

“What’s the secret?” Vienna added.

Reid shrugged, “I’m unique.”

Then he leaned into Luke and whispered, “And somebody has me burning lots of calories off. I just read your text. I think the bathroom is available right now. “

Luke’s face turned red as a tomato.

“What’s wrong?” Holden asked.

“Nothing ,” Luke said quickly, “this Virgin Bloody Mary is spicy.”

He gave Reid the evil eye. He whispered back to him, “That was an idea for when we’re alone.”

“When’s that gonna be?” Reid grumbled. He stood up and started to the large bathroom area in the back of the plane.

Luke watched him. Reid peeked inside the restroom door, and then looked back at him. ‘Room for two’ he mouthed.

Luke glanced around at everybody. Casey was asleep, Maddie and Holden were reading, John and Lucinda were still drinking and flirting with each other, and Henry and Vienna were now watching Casino on the big screen TV.

Luke stood up casually and went to the rear of the plane.

“Make it fast,” he said in Reid’s ear.

Reid licked at Luke’s neck, sending shivers down his spine. “Prepare to join the mile high club. “ He led a laughing Luke into the bathroom, “And I am never being quick with you.”

To his surprise, Luke stopped him from going into the restroom.

Luke beamed at Reid. “Are we really doing this?” he said in wonder.

“About to screw in the airplane’s john with your family only a room away?” Reid said dryly. “Yes, we really are.”

Luke smacked him lightly. “Not that. “ He smiled at him. “Are we really staying in Vegas to live? For good?”

Reid took his hand and squeezed, “For as long as you want. I’ll live anywhere you want.”

They disappeared into the bathroom.

***

A little later, Casey came up to Luke and poked him in the ribs.

“I was just googling the best Vegas sex shops, but I see you and Reid need no extra help .”

Luke flushed, “Oh God. You knew what we were doing back there?” He glanced at Holden and Lucinda. “Does everybody know?”

Casey shook his head, “Naw. Just me,I think. Anyhow, if you’re done,” Casey looked over at his girlfriend, “I think it’s me and Maddie’s turn.”

Luke laughed, “All cleaned up and yours,’ he told him.

Casey grinned wickedly and went to pull a confused Maddie to the back of the plane.

***

Luke watched as Reid and Henry bickered over poker. Reid won again.

Reid felt Luke watching him and patted the seat near him. Joining him on the couch, Luke smiled at Reid. “You really are unique.”

“Why’s that?” Reid asked, shuffling the cards. Henry had walked off to down another martini and have a sulk.

Luke batted his eyes at Reid, “Lucky in cards AND lucky in love.”

Reid considered that and then nodded, “You’re right.” He grabbed Luke’s face and gave his boyfriend a firm kiss. Then he looked at Henry, “Ready to lose again?”, he called out.

Luke sighed. “I’m in for a lifetime of that ego, aren’t I?” He rested his head on Reid’s shoulder and then grinned up at him.

Reid didn’t answer because Henry had come over in that moment. Before long, a sweaty Maddie and beaming Casey came over too. John and Lucinda had discreetly made their way back to that bathroom, and Holden was pretending he hadn’t noticed all the couples disappearing from time to time.

“Let’s go,” Henry demanded. “I’m getting my money back.”

“Deal me in,” said Vienna, “I’m getting our money back.”

“Me too.” Holden came over,” I should at least beat this guy once before he steals my son away.”

“Don’t forget about me,” Luke piped up, “I’m in. If anybody wins over Reid, it should be me.”

“You can all dream,” Reid told them with a smug face. “But you’re all about to lose.”

“Shut up,” they all chorused back at him.

Laughing, Reid dealt the cards.

***

As the plane began its descent into Vegas, it gently bounced over some choppy air. Reid put down the Nevada magazine that he’d been reading through. It had listed lots of possible apartments. He smiled at the thought of living with Luke. Then he glanced down.

Luke was nestled against Reid, sleeping.

Reid reached down and ran his fingers through Luke’s hair. He got more haircuts than anybody Reid knew. Today the hair was cut short and seemed darker. Reid played with the little spikes at the top, and then let his hand rest on Luke’s cheek.

He had been so frightened for Luke. After Holden called him, Reid had sank to his knees, sweat dripping down his back, feeling worried beyond reason. Visions of Damian hurting Luke or kidnapping him or something equally horrible had flashed in his mind over and over again. He had survived his parents’ death. He’d survived a lifetime of loneliness. But he knew in that horrible moment that he could never survive the loss of Luke. Not ever.

How had it happened? How had a nosey, “straight”-acting, barely legal blonde gotten control of his heart and never let it go?

Luke’s lips were slightly parted. At Reid’s touch, he made a sighing sound and then began to lightly snore.

“Idiot,” Reid chastised himself softly. Because looking down at Luke, just listening to him snore for God’s sake, Reid felt hopelessly lost in a rush of love .

A small smile flickered over Reid’s mouth. The truth was he found the snoring adorable. He found everything Luke did adorable and he always would.

As if sensing his thoughts, Luke suddenly woke and opened up his eyes. He gazed at Reid.

“Are we here?” Luke asked, sleepily.

“Yeah,” Reid answered and gently kissed his lips. “We’ve arrived.”


The End

A/n Thanks to all who read and commented! I appreciate it! I’m working on something new (hope to get it done soon) with a very different Luke and Reid, a good Damian, and setting outside of Oakdale.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: none
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read


Part 11 Games

Casey signaled Reid and Luke with a wave of his phone.

“Okay, I made the call. He’s on his way here. With Lily. They’re maybe ten minutes away.”

”Great,” Reid said, glancing at the hospital elevator. “Be out of sight. Damian can’t know you’re around.”

“Got it.”

Casey dashed down the hallway and found a place to watch without being seen.

Reid looked at Luke, “You ready for this?”

“What? The inquisition?” Luke joked, “Bring it on.”

But Luke’s eyes were pools of sadness. His skin seemed pale to Reid, his features pinched.

“If you’ve changed your mind-”

“No,” Luke’s lip jutted out with determination. “I can do it. “ He shot Reid a rueful look, “I’ve been acting for these two for most of my life. “

***

Last night, they’d planned it out carefully. Luke had listened and nodded, laying his arms across Reid’s lap and putting his head on the center of Reid’s chest. Luke looked up at him, his eyes round and wide, like a little boy’s .

“I’m really going to miss you,” he’d said, his tone subdued.

Reid found that he couldn’t speak. He could say nothing at all.

Luckily, a nurse’s aid had flung open the door then to deliver Luke’s meal.

“My last supper,” Luke had joked, opening up some jello.

“What?” he’d asked, seeing Reid’s startled expression.

“Look at you trying to be all clever,” Reid said with teasing approval, “You sound like me.”

“Oh God, no!” Luke laughed. “Not that!” Then he’d inspected his food more, wrinkling up his nose in distaste. “Yuck! I can’t eat this.”

“Hey, I have to eat here daily,” Reid had joked, “and you got my favorite beef surprise served on an orange tray. Let’s just hope the botulism holds off 24 hours.”

Reid had watched as Luke tentatively ate the food. He picked up a pen from his lab coat and his prescription pad and began to absently doodle.

“Earth to Reid,” Luke said impatiently.

“What?” Reid looked up with a bemused expression.

“I was talking to you.” Luke had glanced at his drawing, “What’re you doing ?”

Reid flushed, “Nothing, I sometimes need to keep my hands busy.”

“Are you drawing a brain?” Luke had said, then he poked Reid gently in the rib, “You geek.”

“Drawing brains relaxes me,” Reid had defended himself. “Did you expect me to be drawing hearts and writing you love poems?”

“Nope,” Luke had answered, snatching the pad from him, “nerdy sketches of brains is what I’d expect from you.” He studied it. “Geez, Reid, do you have to everything so well? “ The sketch was like a piece of abstract art with each part of the brain in its complex pattern.

Luke admired it a moment longer. Then Luke had ripped off the page with Reid’s drawing and folded it carefully.

“Why’d you take that?” Reid said.

“I’m keeping it,” Luke had replied, his voice indicating the question was foolish. Reid watched him put the drawing into his wallet.

“Now, whatever else is going on,” Luke had smiled, “you know I have this with me, and I’m thinking of you.” He’d said nothing more, merely gazing up at the ceiling, lost in his thoughts.

“Do you want to back out?” Reid had asked him softly.

Luke took such a long time to answer, that Reid was afraid he was upset. But when Luke finally met his eyes, his expression was clear and calm.

“No, you?” Luke had asked.

“No.”

Luke nodded and gave Reid his hand.

"I haven't been...completetly honest, Reid. All this has been a lot harder to bounce back from then I hoped. But I'm working on it."

"I know."

"You know?"

"Yeah."

Overcome with feeling, they simply touched, their fingers holding on tightly, a warmth radiating between their palms.

***

Now, the elevator light flashed its arrival. Luke’s back was to it, making it look like he was clueless about his parents . Reid wished he could stop what was about to happen. He drank in the sight of Luke’s lovely face, wishing he could trace the line of Luke’s full mouth once more, wishing he could touch all that fresh skin.

Luke titled his head questioningly.

Reid gave him a barely perceptible nod. The time had come.

“Just what is your problem now, Luke? “ Reid asked him, sounding irritated.

“Look at me!” Luke shouted, just as the elevators opened. “My face! Look at what being with you has done! I tell you, it’s over! It’s so over!”

“Are you breaking things off?” Reid’s tone became incredulous. “Going back in the closet?”

“I’m getting my life back!” Luke answered, shoving at him, “the one you stole! “

“Good luck with that, “ Reid replied, in the coldest voice he’d ever spoken to Luke in.

They glared at each other. Then Luke pushed him again.

“I hate you,” Luke cried out,” I really hate you!” He nearly spat the words at Reid.

Reid’s anger was palpable on his face, “I hate you too,” he snarled in a low tone. “You’re nothing but a stupid little boy who –“

The sound of a harsh slap echoed through the hallway. The side of Reid’s face was red.

“Shut up! “ Luke screamed at him. “Just shut up! You did this to me! I was fine before you.”

Luke pushed at Reid, almost knocking him to the floor, “You messed me up!” He yelled .

Luke went at Reid as if to attack him some more. Lily cried out . Damian grabbed his son. “Luciano, it’s alright,” he said, “come with us.”

He had to force Luke away from Reid, as Luke tried to kick out at him with his feet.

“Let me go! Let me fight him. He ruined my life!”

“Oh, baby!” Lily said, her voice thick with emotion,” That’s not true! We’ll take you back.”

“Really?” Luke looked at Lily with his bruised face. “Even though I’ve caused so much trouble?”

She opened her arms. Luke turned and buried his head in his mother’s shoulder.

“I’m so sorry,” Luke said.

“We forgive you,” Lily soothed. “But we will need to set some rules.”

“I understand,” Luke’s voice was muffled against her shirt, and he sniffed loudly.

As she led her son to the elevator, Lily couldn’t help giving Reid a small, victorious smile.

“Go home to mommy, “ Reid sneered at them. “I could care less!”

Lily held the elevator door for Damian. Luke didn’t bother to look up from her shoulder.
“Come on,” Lily called to her husband. She didn’t want to chance another moment between Luke and Reid. She wanted Luke safely home with her.

“In a moment, Cara,” Damian said. He came closer to Reid. His eyes were chilly. “Just make sure you stay away from my son,” he said in a soft, menacing voice.

Reid shrugged insolently, “I have no reason not to,” he answered.

Reid watched as Damian joined his family in the elevator and pressed the down button. The door closed and Luke was gone.

***

Casey came out of his hiding place. He put a comforting hand on Reid’s shoulder.

“That was intense , man,” he whispered. “I don’t envy the conversation that Luke will probably have to suffer though with those two,” he shuddered.

Reid drew in a ragged breath. He pinched the bridge of his nose and closed his eyes. An ache for Luke welled up inside of him. He tried to speak to Casey and then just shook his head. For the first time since he had come to Oakdale, Reid felt his aloneness pulsing inside of his body. He had forgotten how isolated he’d always felt from the world – before Luke. Reid used to feel that, aside from his work, he mattered to no one. He could break apart or disappear and no one would grieve for him. He’d felt like a shadow in his own life.

Then he had come to this town. He had met Luke, who was like warmth seeping into his veins. The darkness inside him had just vanished. It had unsettled him at first, Luke’s fierce ability to love. But now he craved it all the time, and Reid was dreading the separation from him.

He drew in a painful breath. Reid reminded himself why they were putting on this charade. This was for Luke. To give Luke a future without his parents keeping him like an animal in a golden cage. How could they be like that? How could they not see that he needed to be free? How could anybody want to cut Luke down into tiny pieces of insecurity and doubt?

God, he wanted to see Luke’s face already, hear his laugh, see his eyes sparkle. How could he miss him already? Reid wanted to hold him, joke with him, comfort him. Reid wanted to know that this person he trusted most in the world was in his arms, where he belonged. He swallowed his own sadness and tried to focus on what he needed to do.

“Let’s just hope Luke convinces Damian to take him back at Grimaldi Shipping, “ He finally said to Casey, “ And we can put an end to this mess quickly. “

***

Two weeks passed. The only one to still see Luke was Casey. Damian trusted him to watch over Luke’s every move. Henry and Vienna had tried to see him. Lucinda had tried too. They were all shut out. During his first week at home, Holden had managed to get a letter to him. Luke kept it in his wallet, next to Reid’s sketch.

The letter read:

Dear Luke,
For the life of me, I don’t know why this is happening again. Maybe breaking up with Reid has made you spiral out of control? I only know that I want your happiness. I see that you left some things here in your old room. I hope that means you might return? Know that your things will be waiting for you. No questions asked.
Love,
Dad


Luke pressed his hands into his suit pocket and felt the comforting presence of the wallet, knowing what was inside. He followed Damian into Memorial. It was the board member’s quarterly meeting. But Luke knew it was also a test. Damian wanted to watch him with Reid.

They stepped into the elevator. They both had on dark, expensive Italian suits. Luke’s hair was slicked away from his face just like Damian’s hair. Neither one smiled as they went to Bob’s office. It wasn’t until they headed for the board room that Luke saw him. His step faltered a minute, before he regained control. His pulse pounded. Luke took one quick look at Reid, feeling a deep shock of recognition flood his entire body, and then looked away. He made sure his face was an inscrutable mask.

He didn’t dare look at Reid again. All the doctors sat on one side of the table and the board members on another. Luke listened to Bob speak and then Damian. He appeared to be listening, but in reality he didn’t hear a word. He could feel Reid. The weight of Reid’s body sitting just across from him was like a magnet pulling at his skin. It was as if there were no others in the room, only them. Luke could sense Reid’s presence, his proximity.

Luke reminded himself that he was doing this for Reid, so that his family could no longer hurt him. If he followed their plan, he would be able to force Damian to leave Reid alone for good. Luke swallowed the bitterness in his mouth.

The meeting ended. Damian was shaking hands and pushing Luke forward. He shook hands and smiled, tasks he could do in his sleep. He knew the second that Reid left, although he did not hesitate or glance at him.

They walked with Bob back to the elevator. Damian was deep in conversation about some new money for Chris Hughes and a pediatric unit. The doors to the elevator opened.

Reid

Damian’s gaze sharpened on Luke. He walked into the elevator and forced himself to turn away from Reid’s blue eyes. Luke clenched his jaw. He jammed his hands in his pockets, feeling for the wallet.

“Damian?” Bob prompted his father back to their conversation. They resumed their talk.

Reid was directly behind him. He could feel Reid’s breath at the nape of his neck.
Luke tilted his head slightly back, wanting to fall toward Reid’s body, but not daring. Luke’s chest tightened. His heart beat so loudly and frantically that he was certain Damian must know. But when Luke looked at Damian, his father appeared indifferent.

They stopped at the floor for neurology. Luke moved to one side and looked blankly at the elevator buttons. When Reid left, it hit him like a physical blow.

The elevator reached the bottom floor. Bob and Damian stepped out. Luke went with them, and they all shook hands again. Then the limo pulled up.

Luke turned to the car and climbed into the darkness.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: none
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read


PART 10 Up on the roof

A few days later, Reid was having yet another crappy day at Memorial. Bob had accused him of being “distracted” by personal problems, and more small mistakes with his patients’ files had occurred. Reid admitted Luke was a priority but absolutely denied the mistakes. Chris was there and his smirk made Reid wonder if Doogie was behind it all. It was becoming clear to Reid that Bob was not his biggest fan anymore. If push came to shove, Reid believed that Bob would back his son up. Only John had defended Reid, agreeing with him that any nurse or clerk might be responsible for the errors. There were enough incompetent idiots at Memorial, not that it mattered. It was still on Reid to fix it. These were his patients being tampered with and Reid felt his blood simmering. His patients, damn it ! He watched at the morning meeting as Chris and Nurse Gretchen played a game of hand holding under the table, until Reid finally burst out:

“I’m trying to listen to Bob explain this medical procedure to us. Can you play rock, paper, scissor, sex somewhere else?”

Bob had only lifted his eyebrows at Reid and continued his speech. Chris and Gretchen stopped for all of a minute. Reid began to really hate his job here. All that mattered was finding out what was going on and making sure no patient of his suffered from any errors again. Clearly, somebody had his prescription pad, access to his computer and so on. The fact that he had no proof that it was Chris was aggravating.

Reid was in a sour mood when he finally had a break and went to see Luke. Luke’s eye and lip were almost healed, and he was due to be discharged soon. That would be a huge relief. Just the other day, Luke had mentioned having no health care and then had shrugged and said, “Well, I’ve only been here a few days, it can’t cost that much, right?” So now Reid and Lucinda had to handle his biils without hurting his pride. Yet another problem for Reid to figure out.

All Reid wanted was to see his boyfriend and have Luke give him one of his blinding smiles. He opened the door to the room, anticipating that Luke grin, when all he saw was an empty bed and a note. Reid felt a wave of panic. He knew Luke was trying super hard to act tough, to act like he was fine. But he didn't fool Reid. Reid knew Luke was silently suffering. He often had nightmares. He woke up sweaty. Still, he'd thought Luke was improving. The nightmares had been stopping to a degree, and his eyes were smiling too now, not just his lips. Reid had worked hard to be there for Luke all the way, and to not allow Luke to know that Reid was aware of his fears. Luke kept insisting he was fine, and Reid knew he would be fine, in time...just not yet.

Reid picked up the small paper and frowned. What the hell was Luke doing now? He wished Luke would be honest about everything. Reid felt a mix of fear and anger, so he went with anger. It was easier to dea l with anger than the gut-gripping worry he had.

His mood went from sour to completely black as he turned and headed for the stairs.

***

Luke nearly jumped as the door to the roof banged open. Reid stood there looking seriously angry.

“Are you total moron? Why are you out here,” he shouted . Luke swallowed hard and then gestured sweetly to his picnic surprise.

“It’s like old times,” he told Reid. “ Remember all those dates here on the roof?”

Reid stared. Luke was in his hospital gown, robe and slippers. That smile Reid had longed for was on his face. There was a blanket and picnic basket, filled with all kinds of food. Burgers and fries and chicken legs and muffins and corn bread…The food overflowed. Luke followed Reid’s gaze.

“Vienna came by with it all for you and me.” Luke walked to him. “Surprise!” He said happily.

“You still shouldn’t be out here,” Reid repeated, but his voice had lost its anger.

Luke shrugged, “They say I’m being discharged tomorrow. My ribs are healed. I feel fine. “ He motioned Reid to the food, “Come and eat with me.”

“Why are you doing this?” Reid asked him, eyeing the food hungrily now, but still holding onto a small piece of his temper.

Luke looked at him a moment.

“Because I love you, “ He answered softly.

Reid held up a protesting hand, “We agreed to wait until you’re sure –“

“Oh for God’s sake, “ Luke took a deep, steadying breath, “I’m sure. “

“Look, you’ve never had a relationship before me and sometimes –“

“Stop it!” Luke said, a flush of anger coloring his cheeks, “Stop treating me like a kid. I’m all grown up, and I know how to love.”

“Okay, but-“

“I love you,” Luke said, scowling, “and it’s really irritating me that you’re so thick-headed.“

Reid opened his mouth to argue, when all of a sudden Luke jumped up on a higher part of the roof.

“I love you!” Luke shouted defiantly, “Hear me?”

“Luke! Get down!”

Luke ignored him, “I love Dr. Reid Oliver! “ He shouted it again and louder, throwing back his hands like he were shouting it to all the world. “I love you, I love you, I love you- “ Luke screamed at the top of his lungs. Reid rushed over to him.

“Okay, okay! Get down, idiot!” His voice was a deep growl.

“You believe me?” Luke said, ignoring the warning in his tone.

Reid nodded furiously, “Get down here.”

Luke climbed back down . “You better believe me,” he threatened, “Or so help me Reid, I’ll tattoo it on my ass.”

Luke walked slowly, deliberately over to Reid, his eyes never leaving his. When he reached him, he wrapped an arm around Reid, so that their faces were close together. Luke embraced him.

“Normally, I am not against a good tattoo, “ Reid said dryly, giving into Luke’s hug, “but in this case, why ruin perfection?” Reid sighed and breathed in Luke’s scent. A deep, sensual longing filled him.

Reid reached under Luke’s robe and gown and cupped his naked buttocks.

“Gotta love a hospital gown,” Reid murmured and squeezed.

Luke moaned. “You ruined this,” he scolded, “I was going to feed you and tell you very romantically how much I love you,” then Luke smiled . “I do love you. And I’m never going to be quiet again about that. I’m going to tell you every day, maybe five times a day! I love you, love you , love you “

“Luke,” Reid interrupted suddenly. “How’s your lip?”

“My? My lip” Luke touched a finger to it, ”much better but-“

“Good,” Reid grabbed him, ”cause I really need to shut your beautiful mouth up before I choke on your sap,” Reid declared. Then he kissed Luke, deeply, his tongue taking control of Luke’s surprised lips. He sucked at Luke’s tongue. His hands still caressing Luke’s firm ass. Luke groaned and they both sank down to their knees.

They kissed again, fiercely. Reid’s lips hungrily nipped at Luke’s full ones, and Luke teasingly thrust his tongue in and out . Groaning, Reid threaded his fingers desperately in Luke’s hair and pulled Luke’s legs around him. Their erections rubbed at each other, grinding frantically. They rolled near the blanket, still kissing.

“The food,” Luke said weakly, breaking away to gulp in some air.

Reid glanced at it, “Later,” he said shoving the basket aside in one rough motion. He put Luke stomach down on the blanket instead. “You first,” Reid told him. “I seem to remember promising to devour you.”

Dazed, Luke felt Reid move to underneath his robe and lift it out of his way. He felt Reid’s warm palms skimming across his flesh. Then Reid gave him a different kind of kiss, his lips at Luke’s opening, his tongue penetrating him, finding the very center of him.
Luke shouted, incoherent words of love and pleading. He staggered up to his knees and pushed back against Reid to feel more of his moist, hot mouth. Reid’s entire head was under his gown and attacking Luke’s buttocks. Reid nipped the sensitive line skin, blew gently across Luke’s aching hole , and then kissed there once more. Luke could only scream and cry out. He groped around for something to hold onto because he felt like he might collapse from pleasure. His erection was throbbing painfully.

Just when he couldn’t stand a moment longer, Reid stopped and Luke looked back at him. Panting, Luke could only watch as Reid fumbled to undress. His body was truly magnificent, the skin rippling in the sunlight. Luke’s pulse beat frantically just seeing him. He watched as Reid reached for his wallet, and then ripped open the foil package with his teeth.

He paused only a second, “Are you up for this? “ Reid said hoarsely, his voice ragged with desire, “Cause I can –“

In answer, Luke grabbed the condom and rolled it onto Reid’s arousal, making Reid moan.
Then Luke pushed at Reid until he was on his back. Luke straddled him. Their eyes met. Electric currents shot through their bodies. Their hands sought each others. Luke bent down and kissed Reid’s neck from his shoulder to his ear.

“Please,” Luke said,” I need this. More than I ever imagined.”

“Me too,” Reid admitted, his eyes glazed with passion. His muscles rigid with want.

Luke placed Reid’s heavy erection at his wet hole. He grinded his ass all around Reid teasingly, flicking Reid’s dick up and down and in slow circles. Reid grunted and then took Luke’s hand away. Watching each other, Reid entered Luke slowly, filling him.

Reid thrust in deeper with a shout. Luke’s fingers covered his face and he rode Reid blindly. Reid’s hands were at his hips lifting him up and then lowering him back down against him. His body felt heavy and aching. An incredible , sweet pressure made Luke’s whole body quake. Then he convulsed in a gritty cry of satisfaction. His release came hard and quick, sticky goodness coming over Reid’s stomach and thighs as Reid continued to thrust up into him. Luke could only whimper and bury his head in Reid’s neck, hanging on as Reid finished.

Reid stayed inside of him. They both were panting loudly now. Reid’s hand tangled itself in Luke’s hair and he gently rubbed his scalp.

A long time passed. Finally, Luke pulled off and collapsed next to Reid. They both were staring up at the sky. The sun was setting by now, its colors turning pink and orange across the clouds.

Reid eventually sat up, and then dressed. He eyed the picnic basket, and began to eat. Luke propped himself up on one elbow.

“I got all the things you liked,” Luke said smiling. “Of course, you like everything from Al’s so it was easy.”

Reid nodded, still eating with gusto.

Luke looked away a moment. “Can I tell you something?”

“I know,” Reid said with a pretend suffering sigh, “You love me.”

“I do,” Luke laughed, “but not that.”

“What?” Reid handed Luke some chicken and corn bread.

Luke hesitated. “I don’t want to let Vienna and Henry down, but I really get sick thinking about returning to work at Al’s. Especially at night.” Luke peeked up at Reid, ‘So much for my being tough, huh?”

“No, that’s perfectly understandable,” Reid said, chomping down on a handful of fries.“Anyhow, don’t worry about it. You shouldn’t return , not for the day or night shift. “ Reid looked at him and then simply shrugged, “You sucked away.”

“What?” Luke replied, baffled.

“As a waiter, Luke,” Reid rolled his eyes, “you sucked.”

“I- I …really?”

Reid just nodded and bit into more chicken, “Absolutely.”

Luke sat up and tied his robe tightly. “Well, why didn’t you say anything to me before? I mean, I knew I wasn’t great at it, but…Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Well hell, I thought you’d improve- learning curve and all that. But you never did. “ Reid had to look away from Luke’s outraged expression or he would have laughed.

“I thought I did okay!” Luke snorted and glared at him. “So you didn’t tell me just to let me be foolish?”

“ Well, it wasn’t just that. I – “ He suddenly stared down at the food. “ I tried to say something, but…You always gave me doughnuts and things and I just…”

Luke smiled, “Love me? “ He said it teasingly, not expecting an answer.

But Reid looked up and met his gaze. “Yeah, “ Reid said quietly, “ I just love you.”


Luke’s mouth fell open .

“What?” Reid asked, confused, “You know that- we covered that days ago.”

“I know,” Luke said in a low voice, his cheeks blushing, his eyes suddenly wet with unshed tears, “I just figured you wouldn’t say it so easily to me. I was hoping to hear it from time to time, but-“ He brushed his hand over his eyes.

“Relax,” Reid said, continuing to eat, but with a smile, “It’s no big deal. It’s not like I’m proposing or asking you to adopt babies with me.”

Luke threw some fries at him.

Reid laughed.

He then put his food down and held his arms open to Luke, who quickly cuddled against him.

“I do love you,” Reid told him, “I have no problem saying it. It’s the simple truth.”

Luke looked up at him then, and Reid sharply inhaled as he saw the glowing love shining out of Luke’s whole face. Luke appeared to be lit from within.

Reid swallowed hard. His boyfriend was just so beautiful.

“Luke,“ Reid said and raised one shaking finger to Luke’s cheek.

“Hmm?” Luke replied dreamily.

“Pass me those muffins,” Reid ordered and then he caught Luke’s face between his hands and kissed his lips possessively once more.

***

At the same time Luke and Reid were declaring their love for each other, Lily was across town alone. When the doorbell rang, she jumped in surprise. She had few guests since returning to town.

Lily opened the door and met Holden’s eyes.

“Well,” she said ,”this is a surprise.”

“Can I come in?”

She opened the door wider. “The kids aren’t here.”

“I know that,” Holden replied, “ It’s you I want to see.”

“Oh?”

Holden walked into the room and leaned against the wall. He looked at Lily for a long moment.

“Sometimes,” he said finally, “it’s hard to believe so many years have passed . I can still see you as that girl I met in the barn.”

Lily stared at him, her mouth softened slightly, “Sometimes it seems like yesterday,” she agreed, picturing Holden young and shirtless.

“But other times, “ Holden continued harshly, “It seems like a million years ago, and that girl is long gone. She’s just gone.” He shook his head. “I can only blame it on Damian for so long for the terrible woman you’ve become.”

Gasping, Lily folded her arms across her chest, “If you came here just to hurl insults at me-“

“No,” Holden said, he pushed his face close to hers, “I came here to tell you that as soon as Luke’s released from Memorial and he looks a little better, I’m taking Natalie and Ethan to see him.”

“No!” Lily argued, “That is a bad idea! It will only confuse them.”

“I’m not asking your permission, Lily,” Holden said tightly, “They’re my kids too and Luke is their brother.”

“Well, “ Lily snapped, “Maybe we need to go back to court and settle this mess.”

“Maybe we do.”

They stared at each other. Neither one was willing to back down.

Finally, Holden turned and slammed the door behind him. Lily sank down to her knees and bitterly wept.

Lily struggled to her feet, feeling like she was the one who had been beaten up. With shaking fingers, she took her phone out of her purse and called Damian.

“Come to Oakdale,” she told him,” I need you right now!”

***

When they finally returned to Luke’s room, Casey was standing there, waiting for him.

“I have something to confess to you,” Casey said gnawing at his fingernail

“Who’s this? Reid asked

Luke introduced them

“Great another Hughes,” Reid muttered

“The worst one of all,” Casey joked, “when you hear me out. I need to tell you something,” he said to Luke, then looked at Reid , ”Both of you.”

After Casey had explained that it was Damian blackmailing him and pushing him to ruin Reid’s career, Luke was so furious he could barely speak.

"So you’ve been changing Reid’s notes? Messing with his patients? All on Damian’s orders?”

Casey nodded, miserably. “He got me out of jail early, and I believe him when he says he has the power to put me back in.” Casey grabbed at Luke. “I’m so sorry!”

Luke shrugged him off, “Maybe you belong in jail,” he said hotly. “How could you do this?”

Meanwhile, Reid sat down on Luke’s bed. “I should have known Doogie was too stupid to be behind it.”

“No,” Luke whirled on him, ”You should’ve told me about all of this. I could have told you it was probably Damian. This is so like him!”

Reid met Luke’s furious gaze head on. “You’re right, I should have told you. “ He said calmly, diffusing Luke’s anger. “But let’s figure it out now.”

“Together? “Luke said firmly, and then smiled at him when Reid came over and nodded.

They gazed at each other. A rush of ease and understanding passed between them. They pressed their bodies next to each other, eyes transfixed, hands touching.

“Should I leave? ‘Casey asked, as the heat between Luke and Reid became evident.

“No,” Reid said, stepping away from Luke a little, “we’re going to need you.”

“Just wait until I call him!” Luke fumed, redirecting his temper now at his parents, “I will give Damian hell once and for all!”

“No,” Reid shook his head. “Not that way. We have the element of surprise now. We need to use it. Play it his way. Like chess. In deliberate moves. “ Reid became lost in thought a moment, and then he smiled slowly. “I know. “ He turned to Luke. “I have a plan. But you won’t like it, not at all.”

He tenderly touched Luke’s cheek. “Can you do something you don’t like? For me? Do you trust me to figure this out?”

Luke looked into Reid’s eyes, “You know I do,” he said.

Reid nodded, and looked at Luke and then Casey, “Okay,” he said, “here’s what we’re going to do.”
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world?
Rating: PG-NC 17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: None
Previous chapter: http://marsabi.livejournal.com/21704.html

Part 8 Revelations

Luke opened one eye slowly and then the other, the light seemed burning . He shut his eyes quickly and moaned. Then he heard a murmur of voices and his name being called. He tried again, opening them as widely as he could. But they were just small, bruised slits.

“Hello there,” said a vaguely familiar voice, “Glad you finally woke up to join us. This one was fit to be tied.”

“It’s just he slept so long,” Lucinda huffed, tears in her eyes that she refused to let fall, “I was beginning to think you were incompetent.”
"Hardly,” John Dixon replied, “Just letting the boy regain some needed strength.” John smiled at Luke, “Normally, I’d be doing valve replacements or angioplasties around this time of the day, but the old gal here insisted I stay with you.”

“Am- am- I okay?” Luke’s voice sounded like a rasp. He frowned and then immediately winced with pain. His entire face hurt.

John nodded, “Basically , yes. You have cracked ribs, a mild concussion and a great deal of bruised and cut areas, but…”

“You were lucky, Darling,” Lucinda told him, sitting carefully down on Luke’s bed, trying not to touch his black and blue flesh, “The police came right away. Apparently, an older gentleman came back to the diner to ask you something and saw it through the window. “

Luke opened his mouth to ask for Reid, when his door swung open.

“There he is!” Vienna called out, forcing her voice to sound bright, appalled at the sight of Luke’s face, “Awake.”

She came in with Henry. They had muffins and a container of lemonade. Luke’s favorites.

“How ya doing, kid?” Henry asked.

”I’m sorry,” Luke answered, “the diner- it must be a mess.” He could remember things getting knocked down, smashed. “And now you’re short -staffed too.”

“Please, Luke, “ Vienna waved one manicured hand at him, “No worries.” A tear slid down her cheek, making her mascara run. She was relieved to see that Luke was still acting like Luke –sweet and earnest.

“We can mange without you for a few days, “ Henry smiled with a small trace of irony in his voice. “But we’ll miss you.”

“We’re the ones who are sorry,” Vienna added. “We never had any trouble at Al’s before and-“

“You really need better security,” Lucinda interrupted them with anger.

“Grandmother,“ Luke cut her off. “It’s not their fault.”

“You’re right,” Lucinda nodded, “It’s those barbarians’ fault. Monsters! Good thing they’re in custody . Margo had better not handle it wrong or else! ”

“Reid and Holden are down there now, making sure of that,” John said.

“Dad and Reid are at the police station?“ Luke asked.

“They were here by your side all night,” Lucinda assured him, “But they wanted to be certain these men got what’s coming to them!”

Luke sank back against his pillows, thinking all of this over. He should be crying. He should be frightened. He should be wanting to hide. But he felt none of those things. That Luke was gone, left on the floor of Al’s diner. All he felt was a desire to see those creeps brought to justice. All he wanted was to stop the endless cruelty that had caused his friend Armand’s suicide, the “de-gaying” camps, his beating. Luke inhaled sharply. He felt like his thoughts were racing, the way a child might race up an enormous hill. He was plummeting down the other side now, and there was fear in him, but also a sense of weird triumph. They had thrown the worst at him, and he was still here.

Just then, his door opened once more and Lily stepped inside, an enormously expensive floral arrangement in her hands.

“Luke,” she said quietly, ‘You’re awake.”

Luke stared at her.

“Well,“ Henry said, backing out of the room, “We’ll see you.”

“Yes,” Vienna air-kissed him . She gave a disapproving look to Lily, almost snorting at Lily’s conservative outfit. Then Vienna said pointedly to Luke, “We love you.”

“Let’s go, “ Henry said, “Before you start one of your legendary cat fights.” He made a gesture like a claw and then quickly pulled Vienna out of the room.

“Mother,” Lily asked Lucinda, “Can you excuse us?”

Lucinda hesitated, and then John firmly took her arm.

“I’ll be right outside,” she told Luke.

Mother and son looked at each other.

“I’m sorry,” Lily said finally, her eyes moist, “that this happened to you.”

Luke waited. Lily said nothing else. She didn’t say she was sorry for the awful things she had said. She didn’t say she was sorry for allowing Damian to disown him. She didn’t say she was sorry for all the rejection or for turning his siblings against him.

Luke closed his eyes shut. “Look, Mom,” he said in that raspy voice, “I know you care about me-“

“I do! Of course I do,” Lily spoke quickly, “ You’re my son.”

Luke opened his eyes. “But you still think who I am isn’t acceptable, right?”

Lily’s own eyes filled with tears, “Look at what just happened!” She said angrily. “ This is exactly why I can’t accept it! “ Lily paced the room in agitation. Then she went near his bed. “ Luke, Luke…don’t you see? It would be so much better and easier if you just...” She trailed off at his expression.

Luke shook his head, “Just be somebody different? “ Then he put one hand up to his bruised cheek. He took a breath. “I can’t do this right now with you,” he said. He looked at her. “I need to rest.”

Lily’s lips trembled, but she nodded. “I’m here for you, baby. “ She touched his hand gently. “Please think hard about coming back to us- to your family- to the way it used to be.”

Luke just shook his head again. She really didn’t get it.

He rolled away from his mother and faced the wall. Every part of his body hurt, and now his heart hurt too. He listened as Lily left the room and closed his door. Luke stared at the hospital wall.

Reid, Reid…I want you he closed his eyes, please get here soon

***

Outside of Luke’s room, Reid leaned against the wall and tried to stop the panic from gnawing at his guts again. Panic took over every time he returned to the hospital room. Holden tapped him on the shoulder in silent sympathy, and went in to check on Luke. They had spent the last hour making sure those scumbags were being prosecuted and not getting away with anything. Reid had sat in the station, forcing his hands tightly together, forcing his mouth to remain shut for once, as Tom Hughes helped them press charges. He’d wanted to slam those assholes against the nearest wall. He wanted to tell them that Luke was his; he was Luke’s. Then he’d wanted to slice open their empty brains with a chain saw.

Reid felt like this whole thing was almost an out of body experience. He had been stunned when he had seen Luke in the ER, and for a moment when he’d seen all that blood, and he’d thought he might have to operate on Luke’s skull, he had just stood there, frozen, numb. There had been blood in Luke’s hair and covering his whole face. His lips had been swollen, and a deep laceration had just missed taking out his eye. When the nurse had cleaned the blood away, relief had poured through Reid’s body at seeing only cuts and bruises. He had assumed much, much worse.

Still, the sight of Luke had made Reid have to clench his teeth together in order not to scream. Luke seemed so small on the stretcher, shrunken. He never wanted to see Luke that way again: so hurt, bruised, battered, and humiliated. How could he have left that diner? How could he have not seen those idiots watching Luke kiss him? He went over and over those moments at Al’s, even though he knew it was a useless exercise. Reid couldn’t help himself, couldn’t help berating himself for everything. Thinking of it now, Reid made a strangled, choking sound and gripped the wall.

Holden came out. “I told him we pressed charges and all of that,” he said, his face filled with sadness for his son. “I was about to tell him you were waiting to see him, but he fell asleep.”

“That’s okay,” Reid answered stiffly, “I’ll just go sit with him.”

He was partially glad that Luke was sleeping again. He had watched him sleep all last night. Reid had not slept at all. He felt unhinged. Maybe Luke would reject him now and maybe he deserved to be rejected. Maybe it would be better for Luke to just be done with him. Reid didn’t know what he’d say to Luke. His mind was a swirling, chaotic mess.

***

Luke was having a beautiful dream. He and Reid were having a picnic lunch by the Snyder pond. The sky was a deep blue, the sun was bright, and the water sparkled. He was so close to Reid that he could feel his body heat, and he could smell Reid’s skin. Reid kissed his hair. He laced his fingers gently with Luke’s own.

Luke’s eyes flew open.

Reid’s blue eyes stared back at him.

“You look awful,” Luke said, after a moment, taking in Reid’s stubble and the dark circles under his eyes.

“You’re not winning any beauty contests yourself,” Reid replied. “But don’t worry,” Reid continued, “the bruises will heal. You can still have a career as a male model.”

Luke laughed and then winced and held his side. “Don’t make jokes, “ he pleaded, groaning.

But Reid was no longer looking at him; he was watching Luke hold his hurt ribs. Luke noticed that his expression darkened with anger.

“It’s okay,” Luke said to him, trying to smile through his split lip. “It looks worse than it is. It doesn’t hurt so much.”

Reid swallowed and looked off in the distance. He felt raw and exposed.

“Reid?” Luke asked slowly, sensing an incredible tension emanating from him. “What’s wrong?”

“My fault,” Reid said harshly, still not looking at him.

“Your fault?” Luke asked in confusion.

“I pushed you. Always pushing you to hold my hand or to kiss me in public or –“

“Stop!” Luke tried to sit higher up in his bed, ignoring the sudden pain. “Don’t say that.”
Reid still was looking away from him. His face tight. He wasn’t crying, but that made it somehow worse. Luke could sense the terrible need in Reid, and he immediately responded to that need.

“Reid,” Luke said quietly, but firmly, “Bad things happen. People get hurt. It’s not always somebody’s fault. “ Luke gave a hard laugh, “Or it is somebody’s fault - ignorant jerks who -“

“And if you hadn’t come out and started being with me- “ Reid said brokenly.

Luke cut him off. “If I hadn’t come out, I’d be dying inside. Do you hear me, Reid? I was dying inside day by day. “ Luke leaned forward, his voice aching with emotion. “I was living lies. Hating myself. And then I met you,” Luke reached for his hand and squeezed it, “And you saved me.“

“But it got you hurt, I got you hurt –“ Reid voice was low and rough, he gripped at Luke’s hand and couldn’t go on.

“You didn’t hurt me.” Luke insisted, “ Bad, stupid guys did… Not you. Okay?”

Luke tried to turn Reid’s head to him, but Reid was being stubborn. The best Luke was able to do was have Reid rest his head on his shoulder. Luke could feel a telling wetness at his neck and finally understood that Reid was trying desperately not to allow him to see him cry.

Luke gently stroked Reid’s hair. He could feel a shudder go through Reid’s body and he knew Reid was fighting for control. The trembling ripped at Luke’s heart.

Luke struggled for the right words. He took a breath, “I know you think cause you’re older and more experienced than I am that you need to be the strong one, “ Luke whispered to him softly, “but you don’t. I’m okay. Really. And I’m right here.” Luke caressed him again. “Look at me,” he commanded Reid.

Reid finally turned and stared up at Luke, just looking at him. His eyes were bluer than Luke had ever seen them. They watched each other wordlessly.

Reid carefully started to put each of his hands against Luke’s cheeks and was about to hold his face between his fingers. But at the last moment, Reid hesitated, afraid his touch would hurt Luke. So he took Luke’s hand and placed it on his chest instead. Luke could feel the steady beat inside his body.

Reid finally met Luke’s eyes again. His own eyes were glistening with emotion. Slowly, Reid raised Luke’s hand from his chest and placed a small kiss on the inside of his palm.

“Luke,” Reid said simply, gazing at him intensely, “I love you.”
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: ANGST
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read
Previous Chapter: http://marsabi.livejournal.com/21409.html

Part 7 Homecomings

“Here’s one of my favorite people in the whole world!” The voice boomed. His grandmother opened up her arms and Luke embraced her.

“Tell me, darling, tell me everything I missed this summer with you.”

Slowly, Luke told his grandmother about his summer. Luke’s eyes searched Lucinda’s as he said the word “gay,” and her hawk-like gaze held his and never wavered as he told her about the money, and about Reid.

Afterwards Lucinda frowned, “You know, whatever you need from me is fine. Money for school, money to live. It’s yours.”

Luke shifted in his seat. “Thanks, grandmother. But I want to do this alone. Stand on my own two feet. Dad’s letting me stay at the farm rent free, and that’s enough. I’m paying him back through chores and helping with the horses. The rest is up to me. “

“But a waiter? Working for that Henry Coleman? I can give you a job here. At Worldwide.”

“No,” Luke stubbornly shook his head. “It’d still be a gift. Besides, I honestly hate marketing and all of that. I am relieved not to be in Grimaldi shipping or any other business.”

“Fair enough,” Lucinda said. “And good for you darling!” She gave him a pat on his knee. “Be independent! I was. Nobody gave me a damn thing. I went out there and I took it!”

They smiled at each other.

“Now, “ Lucinda commanded, “tell me about your fella –Dr. Oliver.”

Luke blushed. “I think you’d like Reid, “ Luke said shyly “you’re a lot alike.”

“Really? “Lucinda cackled. “Poor man.”

“He’s great,” Luke went on, unaware of how dreamy his face was, “He is strong and honest. Maybe to a fault, but …” Then Luke looked at his grandmother, “It- you don’t mind- hearing about him? “

Lucinda shook off his worries with a wave of her hand, “Having a gay grandson is quite fashionable these days. “ She smiled. “Besides, you were a little too good there before, my sweetheart, this gives you just a little bit of edge.” She teased him. “Although, “ she swept her eyes over Luke’s outfit, “I’d have thought coming out of the closet would have improved your wardrobe.”

Glancing down at his striped shirt and jeans, Luke pulled at them self-consciously.

“Maybe I should get some new things?”

“Yes,“ Lucinda beamed, “We’ll go shopping , Impress our doctor boyfriends. “

Luke laughed, “Please don’t suggest we double date, grandmother, I don’t think I’m quite ready for that.”

“You are excused,” she wagged a finger at him, “for now. “ Then she smiled and said, “It’s good to see you happy. See that beautiful face smile!” She reached out and pinched Luke’s cheeks.

Luke shifted, “I am happy. But mom won’t like your taking my side.”

“She and I are always fighting,” Lucinda shrugged, “no matter.”

She gave Luke a measured look, “Lily is on her way home right now,” Lucinda added. “ She is putting Faith at boarding school today and then flying here with Ethan and Natalie. Did you know that?”

Luke shrugged, “Nobody called and told me,” he said. He swallowed back his hurt. He was now an outsider, looking in at his family. He tried to imagine talking with his mother, sharing anything with her. His mind could only go back to the 4th of July party and her face at his confession that day. The way she’d moved past him as if he no longer existed, and had rushed out of the barn.

“And Damian?” Luke asked, gulping hard now. Would his father even want to see him?

“No” Lucinda replied slowly, “He’s staying in Malta a few more weeks.”

Luke couldn’t help being relieved. He rubbed his sweaty palms up and down his pants.

“I know,“ Lucinda said suddenly, “let’s call her.”

“Who?”

“Your mother. Enough is enough! Let me talk some sense into her right now.”

“Grandmother-“ Luke protested, but Lucinda was already dialing.

Luke caught his lip between his teeth and waited. He couldn’t help the hopeful look in his eyes.

“It’s mother, darling,” Lucinda began, “And I’m sitting here with Luke. He’d like to talk to you and –“

Lucinda frowned and said, “Lily- don’t be an idiot.”

Luke turned away, wrapping his arms around himself.

He barely listened as Lucinda tried again and again to talk to Lily, or when she snapped, “Darling –you’re a fool! Aren’t you the one always accusing me of interfering? Of butting into your choices? And now here you are, making the same mistakes! Hello? Hello!”

Lucinda stared at Luke, a bit shocked. Lily had been so cold and inflexible.

“She hung up,” Luke said, and he brushed away a stray tear with the heel of his hand.

“I’m sorry, Darling. Maybe when you see each other at the farm later? She’s taking the kids there and –“

“Maybe,” Luke’s voice was flat.

“Forget it. Forget her ,” Lucinda forced a big smile at him, she hated seeing the pain in her grandson’s eyes, “ Let’s go shop!”

“Thanks Grandmother,” Luke replied softly, “but another time.”

***

After doing some errands around town and trying without success to see Reid, Luke went home to tend to the horses.

At the farm, the limo was parked out front and he knew it right away – his mother’s car.
Lucinda had been right. She was back.

He reluctantly forced himself to walk into the house. The first thing Luke saw were his siblings eating at the kitchen table.

“Look at you guys!” Luke exclaimed, suddenly feeling happy. He was so glad to see them! He went over to Natalie and Ethan to hug them.

“Hi, “ Natalie answered stiffly, not returning his warm hug.

Luke looked into her small face and saw her eyes were cold and unsure.

“Luke! “ Ethan said smiling, he opened his tiny arms. He was so innocent. Luke breathed in his boyish smell. He hugged his brother, wanting to cry.

“Ethan!” A sharp voice said, “Come away.”

“Why?” Ethan asked.

Lily just shook her head. “Go see your father upstairs. Our visit here is almost over.”

Natalie and Ethan went to Holden’s room. Lily and Luke stared at each other across the kitchen table.

“Mom,” Luke finally said softly.

Lily just shook her head. She had Luke’s eyes color. They had the same shaped mouth and chin. But as Luke looked at his mother, he felt like he was looking at a stranger.


“What’d you tell them?” He said hoarsely, “What did you say to Natalie about me?’

Lily shrugged, “We just told her you’re making bad decisions lately, and were not to be trusted right now. “ She glared at him , “We certainly didn’t tell her the disgusting details.”

“Enough , Lily!” Holden entered the room. He walked over and put a protective hand on Luke.

“No , it isn’t enough ,” Lily snapped. Soon they were in a bitter argument over him. Luke’s eyes looked toward the stairs, and he prayed Natalie and Ethan couldn’t hear. It wasn’t fair to them. They were so young and they depended on their parents being kind to each other.His parents fought back and forth.

Luke could not make himself speak. He just sat there and watched the ugliness.

Until finally, he found the strength to get up and walk out to the porch. As he listened to them, Luke thought maybe he should try and fix it. He hugged his arms around his waist. He could hear them yelling some more. They were all pulling at each other, his whole family was being split down the middle. Because of him. Luke covered his hands over his eyes.

“This is because of you.”

Luke whirled around at the sound of his mother’s voice. He had not heard Lily join him on the porch.

“I’m so disappointed in you, Luke,” she was saying.

Just months ago, Luke would have caved into that tone, given in to the let down on her face.
Just months ago, he’d been deeply in the closet, trying so hard to please her and Damian.

“I’m disappointed in you too,” Luke heard himself say. To think he’d been about to try and apologize her. Luke narrowed his eyes. He was done with that. Just months ago, he’d been a scared boy. But now he was growing up. He was a man. And he had Reid.

“It’s that man,” Lily said, the words spit out at Luke, like it caused her pain to say them. “He’s done this to you. I wish you’d never met him.”

“I’ll be sure to tell him that the next time we kiss,” Luke answered.

Lily gasped.

Luke own eyes widened with surprise; he’d never spoken to her quite so bluntly.

Then slowly Luke smiled; it felt damn good. He pressed against the screen door and held it open for Lily.

“Goodbye Mom,” he said.

She brushed past him without another word.

After she left, Luke sank to his knees for a moment. The victorious feeling had faded, and he felt the sting of losing her, losing so many people he loved. Luke inhaled a deep breath. But he wasn’t going to take the blame for it. Not anymore. He just wasn’t.


***


After a long shower, Luke showed up at Al’s to work the dinner rush. Henry and Vienna had called and asked him if he minded coming in on his day off. They had some kind of unexpected, big date night planned. Luke was happy to agree. Reid was supposed to work the late shift, and he really did not want to stay at the farm and look at Holden’s sad eyes. His dad’s pain at the situation was his pain too.

Now Al’s was almost empty. The supper crowd had come and gone. The hour was getting late. Even the cook, who was sick with a bad cold, had taken off, after Luke had urged him to leave and feel better. There were only two tables left anyhow, an older man who was eating a burger at a snail’s pace, and a table of rowdy college boys. Luke had served the boys before, and had endured their spitballs and lousy tip. He wasn’t too happy that they were back. He glanced at the clock. Only another hour and he could lock up for the night.

“Hey there,” Reid said, coming down the stairs, dressed in scrubs.

They had not seen each other all day. Luke had wanted to run over to him, after the scene with Lily, but Reid had been preoccupied on the phone with some kind of problem at work. Then he had needed to go and sleep between his shifts. Luke’s eyes swept over him hungrily. He looked so good. Luke had missed him so much.

For his part, Reid was in a hurry to get to work. He had just argued with Bob over the phone about another complaint against him. Supposedly, Reid had failed to write down the correct post-op procedure for his patient, which Reid insisted was ridiculous. Bob thought he had made a simple mistake. Reid told Bob he didn’t make mistakes, simple or otherwise. He was impatient to get to Memorial and clear the whole mess up.

“Are you going in for the entire night?” Luke was asking him now.

“Looks likely. You can crash at my place if you want though.”

“Really?”

Reid shrugged. “Sure. Why should you drive all the way back to the farm?”

Luke’s face lit up like Reid had just offered him a trip to Disney World.

“Thanks!” He put down the tray he’d been holding and gave Reid an impulsive hug.

Luke just wanted to hold his boyfriend, to touch him. He ran a finger along Reid’s jaw. He longed to tell Reid about Lily and their fight, but he figured it would have to wait. He buried his face a moment in the crook of Reid’s neck. Then, when Luke felt Reid’s arms wrap around him, he lifted up his face to Reid’s and gave him an open-mouthed kiss.

Reid returned his kiss with surprise. Luke was usually still shy about that sort of thing in public.

When they broke apart, Luke was grinning at him.

“What was that for?” Reid asked.

“I don’t know. Just cause.”

Reid smiled at him. “I suddenly wish I didn’t have to go to work.”

“Me too,” Luke said. Then he shrugged, “But we can talk when you get back.”

“Sure,” Reid answered as Luke walked him to the door of Al’s, “Talking was exactly what I was planning to do with you.”

Luke laughed and watched Reid until he disappeared. Then he turned and settled the bill with the old man, who had finished a little more burger and was ready to leave.
Luke looked at the clock again. He walked over to the table of college boys.

“Hey guys,’ He told them, “ We close in 15 minutes . Anything else you need?”

“Not from you,” One of the young men answered, pushing his baseball cap down over his eyes. “Fagot.”

“I- I’m sorry?” Luke said, thinking he misunderstood him.

Another one at the table stood up. “You heard us.”

“That was sick,” said a third, “Watching you and that guy. Made me wanna puke.”

The four of them were all standing by now. Luke swallowed uneasily and took a tentative step back.

“Sorry it offended you,” he said , trying to remain calm, “But you’re free to go and never come here again.”

“You telling us what to do now, fag boy?” The one in the cap shoved at Luke.

The others circled him.

“N-No,” Luke stammered out. “I –“

They did not give him a chance to say any more. The four of them attacked Luke, kicking and punching him over and over. Pain radiated in every part of his body. Luke raised his arms up and tried to protect his face from a kick. They only kicked him harder. Luke could hear them laughing as they punched him. He could taste blood. He could feel his mouth moving and trying to scream.

Then Luke’s world went black.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: None
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read
Previous chapter:
http://marsabi.livejournal.com/21005.html

Part 6 Last Doughnut

There was no escape. Reid tried to deny it, ignore it, hide from it.

But Luke was a terrible waiter. Being Luke, he worked extremely hard. Reid watched him at his first shift. He scurried around, frantically setting up tables and filling up ketchup and mustard bottles. Then he stacked the jelly, and put out the shakers of pepper and salt. He moved carefully, biting his tongue in earnest concentration. He looked that same way whenever Reid taught him something new in bed.

Luke had made coffee, awful, watery stuff that Reid had forced down his throat. Coffee grains were on the side of his cup. Reid winced, but drank it because Luke’s expressive eyes were on him.

Then the breakfast crowd poured in the diner. At first, Reid thought Luke might do a decent job. His first customers appeared happy. Luke was laughing and talking to a young couple, completely charming them with stories of traveling in Europe. It would have gone well if Luke had actually paid attention to their food. While he chatted on and on, he’d let their eggs turn cold and runny. Luke was so busy describing the wonders of Malta, that he failed to even notice the problem. The couple tasted their breakfast and exchanged looks. Luke beamed at them so sweetly that the poor couple had smiled bravely and eaten it.

His next table was a family. The children whined and played with the jam, smearing some on the walls. The mother tuned it all out, texting on her phone. The boys at the table soon had a sword fight with their forks. Luke politely tried to stop them, but the parents ignored it. The father only wanted to know if his little crumb-snatchers could eat for free.

“Free?” Luke looked around puzzled.

“Yes, do kids eat free today. They do right?” The man demanded.

“I- I guess so,” Luke nodded, “Sure.” Luke nervously shredded a napkin in one hand, saw what he was doing, and quickly stuffed it away. He wore a big button on his apron that read “Ask me about our Big Sized Burgers!”

Reid was pretty certain Al’s had no ‘ Kids Eat for Free’ days. He groaned to himself at his seat. Well, it was his very first day. Maybe he would improve.

Just minutes later, Luke walked past him carrying a tray of juice glasses, “It’s going really well,” he excitedly whispered to Reid. Then he dropped the tray. A sticky mess of juice and glass covered the floor. Luke looked startled.

Henry ran out of the kitchen with a mop, and Reid had the feeling Henry was already regretting hiring Luke. Watching Hank becoming flustered was the only good part of the whole disaster, at least for Reid.

Luke, meanwhile, had moved on with determination to his next table. He greeted the two men enthusiastically , pumping their hands up and down like they were long lost friends. Reid watched his perky stride as he fetched the men their breakfast. He practically sashayed around the restaurant. That made Reid hide a smile behind his menu; Luke probably wouldn’t like being told he sashayed. Pranced maybe? Nope, he wouldn’t like to be told that either.

Luke was nodding at the two men, listening to their stories as he poured them cups of his horrendous coffee. Reid glanced up at the clock on the wall of the diner. He really needed to get to work. He glanced at Luke again.

Luke looked across the way at him and smiled.

Reid couldn’t help thinking Luke was like walking sunshine, and the world was dull before him. Reid picked up his things and stood up. He also couldn’t help thinking Luke might be fired by the time he returned from work. He hesitated by Al’s front door. He wasn’t certain he should leave.

Luke seemed oblivious to his job hanging by a thread. He waved a cheery goodbye to Reid and took his next table’s order.

***

At Memorial, Reid was not off to a great start either. To his surprise, he had apparently missed a meeting scheduled for after lunch. He frowned down at his date book. He always kept the planner and his pencil on his desk, and he always meticulously wrote down his appointments. But somehow this meeting had not been there. Bob had expressed his unhappiness. Chris had gloated. Reid had briefly wondered if Chris hadn’t snuck in and erased his notes.

Then, the nurse Reid requested as his OR nurse never showed up. She had been requested by another doctor too, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. The doctor argued that the nurse was assigned to him that day. That led Reid to a pretty ugly exchange with the skinny, flat-assed doctor. Luke would be disappointed in him. He’d actually made the doctor tear up. That had been a first. Usually he only made the nurses cry. He’d ended up using that ditzy Gretchen in the OR, who met all his orders with a blank expression. She almost passed out, when Reid peeled the skin back off the patient’s face and dug into his frontal lobe.

***

During the evening rush at Al’s, relieved to be done at the hospital, Reid could only watch his boyfriend in horror as he went from one dining disaster to another.
The first lady Luke took an order from wanted her steak well done, but he forgot to put the order in while he had played a game of peek-a-boo with a nearby toddler. When he’d finally realized it, Luke had tried sticking the steak in the microwave to speed up the cooking process. Of course, the poor lady bit into a steak that tasted like a rubber tire. She picked up her knife, cutting at it furiously, while Luke apologized profusely.

Meanwhile, a gaggle of teenage girls were there too, ordering desserts and giggling over Luke. He had smiled at them and blushed.

“What can I get you?” he asked them.

One of the girls dropped her fork. Luke bent over to retrieve it.

“Oops,” the girl said.

Luke picked it up, looking puzzled at the girls’ giggles. As he finished the order, a second girl deliberately dropped a spoon this time. Luke bent over once again.

The girls found this hilarious. They checked out his ass gleefully. Reid couldn’t really blame them there. Those girls were the only customers of the day he didn’t think were complete morons.

Taking a quick, appreciative glance of Luke’s ripe ass himself, Reid quietly snuck upstairs to his apartment. He couldn’t watch any more of Luke’s mistakes.

***

When he knew that Luke’s shift was over, Reid came down. He sought out Luke and found him sitting in a booth, groaning.

“Not a great day” Reid asked, sliding into the booth.

“It went okay, I think,” Luke said, “ It’s pretty hard.”

Reid nodded. He was about to be honest with Luke and tell him flat out what a crap waiter he was, when Luke added, “I’m exhausted.” He really did have circles under his Bambi eyes.

“Come here,” Reid commanded, and Luke moved over to him.

Reid picked Luke’s legs up and pulled off his socks and sneakers. He gently rubbed Luke’s feet.

Luke practically moaned in pleasure, “You have no idea how good that feels. “ He sighed. “How did you know my feet would be so sore?”

Reid just shrugged. He had waited tables through college. He remembered aching feet. Of course, Reid had been a fantastic waiter. He never forgot an order, he always refilled drinks, and he was always efficient. Talking to the customers had been the only tricky part. He’d just ignored them as they complained endlessly and occupied his mind with his chess moves or college exam questions.

He massaged Luke’s toes some more. “There are other jobs,” he said quietly. He thought about suggesting Luke try and find a job writing. It was a touchy subject though, because of his family.

“Oh, no,” Luke answered and lifted his head to shoot Reid a big, goofy smile, his dimples flashing, “I couldn’t let Henry down. Besides, my feet will get used to it. It was my first day.”

“Sure,” Reid nodded.

“Tomorrow will be fine,” Luke added optimistically, and Reid couldn’t help smiling at him. That was the thing he was discovering about Luke; underneath his sweetness was a giant, stubborn streak. Part of Reid wanted to knock some sense into him, but another part of him admired Luke’s determination .

But the next day, at Luke’s breakfast shift, disasters continued. Reid had overslept, but as he walked into Al’s he took it all in. A bunch of rowdy college boys were shooting spitballs, and a man was insisting on bringing in his drooling dog. Worst of all, an older couple kept complaining and sending back their food.

“These eggs are too dry,” the old lady whined, “they taste like cardboard, no flavor. “

“You said plain and no butter,” Luke answered in confusion.

“Make them again,’ the lady ordered him.

Luke brought out new ones.

“These eggs are too oily,” the old man said. “We both have high blood pressure , you know?
Trying to put us in an early grave? “

“Sorry!” Luke quickly said again.”You said to add flavor…” When they just shook their heads at him, Luke took away the eggs.

After catering to the old couple’s every complaint, Luke came back to an empty table and no tip.

He glanced that them with a stunned, hurt face as they were walking out the door.

“We’re on a budget, “ the old man had just shrugged.

“Fixed income, “the old lady added.

Luke just nodded and then smiled, forgivingly. Reid was only surprised that Luke didn’t give them his own few dollars. Reid sighed. He hoped that couple would end up at Memorial one day soon, and he could show them something to really complain about. For now, he watched as the boys flung more spitballs, and the man demanded more syrup, and Luke bounced back and forth like an abused pinball.

As Luke finally had a moment to approach him, Reid drew in a deep breath. This was it.
He was done with this idiocy. His boyfriend was not going to put up with this crap. Reid was not going to watch him put up with it.

He had to tell Luke that he sucked, it was the kinder thing to do. Reid watched Luke walk to him, wiping one greasy hand on his forehead. Luke’s other hand was in his apron pocket. He started to open his mouth and give Luke a stern lecture.

“Here,” Luke whispered , interrupting Reid, as he bent down and brushed a quick kiss over Reid’s lips. Luke was finally beginning to give him affection in public.

“What?” Reid asked. He was irritated that Luke had cut him off. But he also took in Luke’s appearance. Luke looked messy, and sweaty and his hair was all floppy. His bashful smile made it clear that Luke probably thought he looked awful without his normal time to primp or use his million hair products. Reid thought he looked edible.

Luke glanced around for Henry or Vienna, and then he pulled a big powdered doughnut, wrapped in plastic wrap, out of his apron pocket.

“For you,” Luke beamed. “I save you the last doughnut.” He pressed it into Reid’s hand. “I know you got up late today. I know how you love the doughnuts. “

Powdered doughnuts made Reid salivate. He devoured them. Many times, he managed to grab one at the diner, but other times they were long gone before he came downstairs. He had often whined to Luke about missing his favorite breakfast fix, but he hadn’t thought Luke had been listening to him.

Reid stared into his boyfriend’s sweet face. He unwrapped the doughnut and automatically bit down into the sugary snack.

“Thanks,” Reid murmured gruffly. All thoughts of his prepared speech to Luke fled from his mind.

Luke crossed his arms and observed Reid’s happy face. “You’re more excited by that doughnut than you were at the flowers I brought on our first date.”

Reid glanced up at him, a thin film of sugar already on his mouth. “What can I say? “ He shrugged, “Doughnuts are very romantic.” He offered Luke a warm smile.

Luke shook his head at him. “I’ll have to remember that,” he laughed.

“You do that,” Reid told him, and took a second bite. He closed his eyes in ecstasy.

Every day after, Luke saved him the last doughnut. That whole week, he’d offer one to Reid as he left for Memorial, or Reid would find it on a tray outside of his apartment door. Sometimes there was milk with it too.

Every morning, Reid tried to tell Luke that his waiter skills were terrible. And then he’d see the doughnut.

***

It was Luke’s day off. Reid knew that he was going to see his grandmother; she had just arrived in town. But he had remembered the doughnut- it was waiting on a tray outside of his door. Luke had spent a long, delicious night in his arms. They’d had sex in Reid’s shower, on his floor, in his bed. Luke was demanding one moment and whimpering the next. His energy had been endless, amazing. Then again, sex with Luke was never boring or predictable, and it wasn’t just because of all the different positions they tried. It was Luke. They way he gave himself- so completely, so trustingly - going wherever Reid would take him. It was that expression of pleased delight on his face every time he made Reid moan, and it was that expression of intense, almost painful joy sweeping across Luke’s features just before his own orgasm rocked through his body.

Reid was stunned Luke could walk, much less remember to grab him a doughnut on his way out.
Reid sighed as he picked up the treat. This whole situation was beginning to scare the shit out of him. Sometimes, it was all Reid could do not to babble stupidly in Luke’s arms.

As he made his way downstairs, he found Henry and Vienna huddled by the kitchen, whispering back and forth. They broke off guilty when they spotted Reid.

They looked at him.

“I’m sorry, “ Vienna told him, “but we are trying to find a way to let Luke go.”

“No!”Reid protested, “You can’t. He’ll be…You just can’t.”

“It isn’t working,’ Henry said, his eyes truly sorry, “ He ‘s a great kid, but an awful waiter- “

“It’s his first week!”

"He broken several plates and glasses, he let people eat for free, he burns food or serves it cold , he- “

“Okay , Okay- “ Reid cut him off. “I’ll pay you,” Reid interrupted, “for those plates and glasses. “

Henry stared at him.

“He’ll improve,” Reid said quickly.

Henry and Vienna exchanged looks.

“Hank?”Reid added, but his name sounded like please. “Think of Luke’s pride. This is his first job.”

The two men looked at each other.

“Alright,” Henry said, rolling his eyes. “One more week – a trial. “ Then he gave Reid a disgusted glare. “Appealing to my sense of honor –a low blow!”

“I know, “ Reid grinned at him, “morality can be a bitch.”

Henry grinned back a second, and then went into the kitchen.

Vienna smiled widely at Reid.

“What?” Reid asked, irritated.

“You know, “she laughed.

“No. I don’t.” Reid tried to walk away from her, but she followed him outside the diner.

“When are you going to tell Luke? “ She asked.

“Tell him what? That he sucks as a waiter? I hope never.”

“No,” Vienna touched Reid’s arm, “that you love him?”

“I- what? “ Reid sputtered. “Love? Why are you bringing love into this?”

Vienna just stared at him. She cocked her head to one side. “So you don’t love him?”

Reid eyes narrowed. “Love is – “ he waved his hand , “so not the point here. Luke deserves a fair shot to improve and…” He trailed off as Vienna continued to smile at him. “Oh, put that dumb grin away,” Reid snapped. “Even if I did, love him,” Reid said, “What’s it matter? “

“Well, I think he loves you too and – “

Reid shook his head at her. “I’m his first” , he told Vienna impatiently. “We all think we love our first, but it’s just a crush. Just that combination of hormones and gratitude.”

Vienna clucked her tongue in a disapproving sound, “I think you’re wrong. You should find out. Give it a chance.”

“Thanks, mom,” Reid drawled, his features tight and closed off. “But spare me advice from the woman who keeps Hank warm at night.”

Vienna sighed. Reid was so stubborn. Why couldn’t he see that Luke was a sensitive man, the type who only loved truly and deeply?

“Fine,“ she said to Reid, “keep it all bottled inside.”

“Fine,” Reid agreed, “Can you stop pestering me now? What is it with the people in this town in everybody else’s business? “ He hurried away from her, feeling like he might crawl out of his skin.

***

Vienna watched him stride away. She bit her lips and tried not to laugh at him. Maybe Henry would want to play the Virgin and the Doctor in bed that night- such a lovely, lovely game.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: None
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read
Previous chapters:


Part 5 Over Easy

A few days later, Luke and Reid were walking to Al’s, when Luke spotted a dejected Maddie sitting on a nearby bench. Luke nudged Reid.

“Go over with me, “ he said. “Let’s talk to her a moment.”

“I don’t know,” Reid hesitated, “She looks all depressed.”

“So?”

“So?” Reid’s mouth curled up and he gave a mock shudder,” She might need a hug or something. “

Luke laughed, “Fine. Run away into Al’s. But I’m going to talk with Maddie.”

“You are an excellent boyfriend,” Reid declared and gave Luke a fast kiss, before he could change his mind. Reid didn’t want to wait and have Luke guilt him into going over to Maddie to make small talk with her. He need not have worried, his words and that kiss thrilled Luke to his toes.

Maddie was watching them by now. She gave them a small wave. Reid nodded at her and then left.Luke went and sat down next to her.

Maddie smiled, “Why can’t life be like an old movie?” she asked him.

“What do you mean? ” Luke said. “Black and White?’

“Simple,” she sighed. She looked at him and said “Casey’s back.” Seeing Luke’s excited face , she quickly added, “And he wants nothing to do with me. If this were a movie, he’d rush into my arms and call me his girl again,” she frowned, “ the way he used to.“

“Well,” Luke offered, “it must be a lot for him, to be out of jail and have to readjust. Maybe give him time?”

Maddie shook her head impatiently, “Time? “ she complained, “I gave him time. I waited for him. No,” she scowled, “ I should just grab him by his stupid red hair and drag him to Lookout Point.”

Luke laughed. He thought a moment about Look Out Point. When he’d been in high school, all his friends had taken their dates there. But Luke never went. He had always imagined going with somebody special.

“I’ll take Reid too,” he told Maddie impulsively, “We could double-date.”

Luke glanced wistfully toward Al’s. Never in a million years could he see Reid agreeing to go and make out at some high school hangout.

Maddie giggled. “That would be a sight.” Her eyes turned back to being sad, “Not that Casey would go anywhere with me right now.”

Luke gave her a sympathetic look and squeezed her hand.

Maybe it didn’t matter if he missed out on all those past times; if he had never fit in. He had Reid now. They had a future.

“Do you want me to talk to Casey?” he asked Maddie. “Try and get him to open up?”

Maddie shrugged. “Maybe. I don’t know. “ She rested her head on Luke’s shoulder. “Just promise that you’ll be my friend.”

Luke wrapped his arm around her tightly. “Always,” he assured Maddie. “I’m here for you.”

“Me too, Luke,” Maddie vowed, “I’m here for you too.” They smiled at each other.

***

Inside of Al’s, Reid and Henry were going at it.

“You think you’re so smart, “ Henry was saying, aiming his spatula at Reid’s chest, “ just because your some –“

“ - Genius?” Reid supplied.

“No! Some- “

“Harvard educated doctor?”

“No-“ Henry sputtered. “So arrogant! But you’ll get yours.”

Reid took the spatula out of Henry’s hand, “It won’t be you, Hank. You just can’t get the best of me. Not in this lifetime. Not a snowball’s chance in hell.”

“Ha!” Henry bragged, “little do you know how devious I can be.”

“Really?” Reid drawled.

“ I can fool you anytime , Oliver. I’ve been a priest, a chambermaid, and a talk show host. Fooling you is nothing.”

“I’ll call you in if a patient of mine needs last rites- oh wait,” Reid smacked his head with his hand. “None of them ever do.” He smiled at Henry, “But your maid skills, hmmm…- do you change bedpans?”

Henry grabbed back his spatula, “One of these days- “ he threatened again.

Reid grinned, “Care to bet on that?”

“Henry!” Vienna ordered, looking up from her fashion magazine, “No gambling.”

Henry smiled at her, “Of course not, my angel.” He narrowed his eyes at Reid and whispered, “You’re on.”

“Looking forward to collecting soon, “ Reid laughed. Then he took the spatula from Henry once more, twirled it like a baton, and threw it into the nearby sink.

Reid looked at Vienna. “Tell Luke I’ll be right back.” He whistled on his way up the stairs to his room. It was always a good day when he could drive Henry insane.

***

Casey stood at the doors of Memorial, inwardly sighing as he caught sight of his Uncle Chris. Chris hurried over.

“I have a golf game in an hour,” he told Casey. “I only have time for a quick tour.”

“Fine,” Casey shrugged, “whatever.”

“Casey,” Chris scolded, “if you’re going to work here as an orderly, you should be at least upbeat. No one wants a gloomy face.”

Casey forced a smile. Man, his uncle was a douche. This was painful, having to act grateful .

Chris toured him around. “Here are the keys to the doctors’ offices. “ he told him, “You will be responsible for mopping them up and keeping them all clean.” Casey nodded,” Which one is Dr. Oliver’s?” He asked Chris in a casual tone.

“Him?” Chris’s mouth looked sour. “Over there, that one. But feel free to keep his a mess,” Chris laughed. “I hate that guy.”

Casey looked at Chris, "Really? Why?”

Chris just shrugged, “He has a God complex around here.”

Casey nodded and said nothing. He pocketed the keys. Chris hated Reid, huh? That might be useful.

***

Outside of Al’s, Maddie tapped Luke’s hand, “So. Let’s stop talking about Casey. How is your love life?”

Luke looked down at the ground, blushing.

Maddie poked him in the side, “That good? “ She laughed. “Although, I still have trouble seeing you with Dr. Oliver. He’s so ...” Maddie shrugged at him, not wanting to offend Luke.

“I know,” Luke half-smiled, “He ‘s rude. A lot, “ Luke added, his eyes dancing. “He’s rude all the time.”

Maddie’s mouth fell open, “It turns you on!”

“What?”

“His snark. You like it.”

“M-Maybe. “ Luke flushed. He gazed away a moment, and then turned back to Maddie. “I just like how he tells it like it is- no bullshit. And underneath it all, he can,” Luke turned scarlet now, “ be sweet. “

“Uh-oh” Maddie said.

“Uh-Oh what? “ Luke asked.

“You’re already head-over-heels .”

Luke started to deny it, but couldn’t.

Maddie studied Luke, “Protect yourself,” she advised her friend, “ I speak from experience.” But she knew it was too late for Luke. He was so open. She sighed again. She had been like that with Casey once.

“Just don’t use the L word with him” she warned.

Luke caught his lip between his teeth. It had crossed his mind to tell Reid he loved him; he’d almost told him just the day before. But he trusted Maddie’s opinions.

“Why not?” He asked hesitantly.

Maddie shook her head sadly, “Men like Reid don’t like to hear that kind of thing. “

Reluctantly, Luke nodded in agreement. “He does hate the touchy-feely stuff,” Luke admitted.

“Casey did too.”

They were silent, both thinking of their men.

“So…What else is new?” Maddie asked finally.

“Well, “ Luke said, “I’m poor.”

“What?” Maddie gasped.

Luke filled her in about Damian.

“What you need,” she told him,” is to stand up on your own. A job.”

“Yeah,” Luke agreed, “but what can I do? I’ve never really worked before and-“

Maddie’s eyes suddenly gleamed. She took him by the hand,” Come with me,” she said, pulling
Luke into Al’s, “this is one problem I can fix”

***

Reid left his apartment and headed back into the diner. His eyes swept over the place until he saw Luke. Luke was talking to Henry and Maddie. But when he saw Reid, he left them and practically ran over. Luke threw himself into Reid’s arms and gave him a huge hug. He literally squeezed the breath out of Reid and then stepped back. His whole face was beaming with joy.

“What happened?” Reid asked. “Did you just win the lottery?”

“Better!” Luke replied enthusiastically, “I got a job!”

“A job?”

“Yeah, right here at Al’s! I’m going to wait tables.”

Reid stared at Luke in shock. Luke gave him another big hug.

Henry walked over, a grin on his face.

“Yeah- now Luke can be here 24/7, “ Henry smirked. “Always here.”

Reid narrowed his eyes at Henry, who batted his own eyes at Reid.

“I mean, I will take my last class for college and finish, “ Luke was saying, “Henry agreed to work around that. And I know this is just temporary, but I’ll be earning my own paycheck. My own way!” He smiled at Reid, waiting for Reid’s approval. Luke was practically doing a little happy dance in front of him.

And how could Reid not give his approval to Luke? Just days ago, Luke had been so devastated and so determined to not cry. Now he was so happy. Reid glared at Henry a second. Then he smiled gently at Luke and said, “Congrats. Maybe now I’ll get a decent cup of coffee in this rat trap of a diner.”

Luke shot him one of his stunning, earth-shattering smiles. Reid swallowed hard, feeling his heart flip over. He suddenly wanted to get Luke alone.

“Come on, Luke,” Maddie smiled, “I’ll show you the kitchen.”

“I can’t wait!” Luke said. He dashed off.

“Me either,” Reid grumbled.

“Guess Luke will be able to keep you on your best behavior, Oliver.” Henry said. “He’ll be here watching you.”

“Kind of like the leash Vienna has you on?” Reid suggested sweetly.

Henry shrugged, “I’m a trained man and proud of it. But you? “ He laughed at Reid, “Mr. Obnoxious? How do you feel about a chain?”

Vienna came over to them. “What are you two fighting about now?”

“Nothing, my flower. “ Henry assured her. “Just chatting about the weather.” He looked out the window. “Guess it ‘s cold outside,” Henry said smugly, his eyes on Reid.

“Cold?” Vienna laughed, “It’s nearly August. “

“Yes,” Henry openly grinned now, “But hell has just frozen over.”

He rubbed his palms together like he was about to collect some money and, laughing even more, Henry went back into the kitchen.

Vienna looked at Reid, puzzled. “Really, sometimes I have no idea what Henry is talking about. “ She shrugged and went back to her magazine.

Reid just rolled his eyes. He glanced toward the kitchen and sighed.

***

“Hey,” Luke said, standing outside of Reid’s apartment above Al’s.

“Hey,” Reid answered, “I wasn’t sure you were still here.”
"Yeah,” Luke stepped into the room, “It took longer than I thought to go over everything.
There’s a lot to know." He looked around Reid’s place. “Anyhow, thank you,” he told Reid. He had not been inside in a long time.

“For what?” Reid asked.

Luke shrugged, “For earlier. Listening to me the other day about Damian. Just being there for me.”

“Oh,” Reid smiled, “that.”

Luke walked over to his coffee table and began to nervously stack Reid’s magazines. “Yeah that. I want you to know…” He kept his gaze down.”I would return the favor any time. If you ever need to talk?” He looked up at Reid. He wished Reid would tell him something, anything important to him. He tried again, “Or if anything is ever bothering you at work or here, I can listen?”

“Nothing bothers me,” Reid dismissed quickly, “ It all bounces off. I’m like rubber.”

“Bendable? “Luke laughed.

“Hey,” Reid chuckled, “pretty funny, Luke,” Reid grinned widely at him.

“I try,” Luke smiled. “ But I bow to the master.”

“As you should,” Reid answered. “And I’m restraining myself here at your word choice.”

They exchanged a flirtatious look.

Then Luke sobered a moment. “Seriously, if you want to talk , I –“

“Shh,” Reid pressed a finger to his lips. Reid’s mind flashed briefly on the Grimaldi grant and his worry over the loss of it, but as he met Luke’s eager gaze, he just couldn’t bring himself to burden Luke with it. “I’m good,” he shrugged.

“Oh.” Luke nodded. He guessed Maddie was right about discussing their feelings. He clearly did not want to have a talk of any kind. Reid certainly would not want to hear how much Luke loved him.

Luke turned and rubbed his cheek against Reid’s palm like a cat seeking affection. Reid stroked his cheek and jaw a moment in response. Luke would just have to express himself and his love in the only way he knew Reid would accept.

Luke slid his hands over Reid’s pants and massaged his firm backside. Then he grabbed Reid’s belt and slowly slid it off of its loops.

Reid watched him intently. Their gaze held as Luke dropped on his knees.

***

Luke was lifted at his hips, his neck arched back, his feet swung over Reid’s shoulders. Reid pushed inside of him, his blue eyes looking down at Luke’s flushed skin. He lowered his mouth to Luke’s and kissed him hungrily, swallowing up Luke’s moans. At the same time, Reid hammered in and out, his pounding into Luke’s body insatiable. They were both caught in a thick haze of desire. The pressure between them building and building, until it exploded in an intense, all-consuming release.

Afterwards, they were side by side in Reid’s bed.

Luke played with Reid’s fingers, and then raised his hand to his lips. Reid smiled in the darkness.

“Stay?” He asked Luke softly.

“Okay,” Luke replied neutrally, but his pulse raced with delight.

When they woke up in the morning, their hands were still clasped, their bodies still tangled together, and their eyes were instantly on each other.

They both couldn’t imagine a better way to begin the day.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real” world? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process?
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG- NC-17 (depends on chapter)
Warning: None

A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read


Part Four - Topsy-Turvey

“Come on!” Luke begged.

“No,” Reid stated flatly.

“Please?” Luke poured a glass of lemonade for himself.

“I don’t ride horses,” Reid told him, irritated.

Luke shook his head at Reid. “You came all the way out to the farm with me, listened to me go on and on about a sunset ride, and now you’re saying you won’t go? “

“Pretty much.” Reid took Luke’s lemonade and sipped at it. “Horses smell, they have flies, and they aren’t safe. “ Reid crunched down on the ice.

Luke watched Reid take his drink and just smiled. He poured himself a second glass. He could wear the good doctor down. Reid would be on top of a horse in no time.

“What’s this?” Reid asked, fingering a fat envelope with Luke’s name left on the kitchen table.

“What?”

He handed the envelope to Luke.

Luke frowned in puzzlement. He rarely received mail at the farm, yet and the envelope was addressed to him from some strange law firm.

“Is your dad around to ask about it?” Reid said, sensing Luke’s surprise.

Luke shook his head, “No, he called to tell me he took my grandma to see my Aunt Meg. I wonder what this is about?”

Reid shrugged, “Only one way to find out.”

After reading a moment, Luke sank down into a chair in shock. He had expected Damian’s fury, his attack…He had not expected to just be out and out rejected.

The letter stated in cold, legal terms that Luke was no longer the Grimaldi heir. He was disinherited completely. He was to have no personal contact with his father ever again. The money was hard enough to wrap his mind around, but his heart immediately stung at the frigid way the news had been sent. No phone call, no warning ,no goodbye. Just done. His father had declared him no longer his son. A wave of intense hurt made it hard for Luke to breathe.

He sat there open-mouthed.

Reid took the letter from him and quickly read its contents.

He was quiet a long moment.

“So,” Reid finally said softly, “guess I’ll no longer be calling you Trust Fund.”

Luke forced out a laugh, “Ah, the bright side of this.”

Reid reached out and gently rubbed at Luke’s shoulders.

“Don’t worry,” Luke said, attempting to joke, “I can still give you a free meal,” He gestured to Emma’s stocked fridge and tried to smile.

“Food can solve any problem, “ Reid answered. But neither one was laughing.

Luke looked bleakly into Reid’s worried eyes. “I don’t care,” he told him, his lip jutting out with determination. “I don’t.”

Reid just nodded.

Luke stood up. He drank his lemonade in one fast gulp. “I am not crying over this,” he told Reid, and his eyes were dry and burning.

It frightened Reid a little. But he also understood Luke’s desperate need to be strong.

“Right. Who needs billions of bucks any way? We always have each other. And Taco Bell. “

Luke nodded back, “Taco Bell is good and it’s cheap. “ Luke took a deep breath. “I’ll find my own way alone.”

Reid took his hand. He ran his thumb across Luke’s palm. “You’re not alone, “Reid said.

Luke’s mouth suddenly trembled and he leaned into Reid’s body.

Reid inhaled Luke’s sweet, fresh scent. He stroked his back.

“Reid,” Luke suddenly pulled away and stared at him.

“What?”

“I-“ Luke looked off, biting his lip.

“Just tell me what you need?” Reid whispered.

Luke looked back, “I need you, “ he answered. “I need you right now.”

“No problem,” Reid answered, “I just happen to be available.”

***

They banged open Luke’s bedroom door, their mouths launched on each other. Luke couldn’t catch his breath. He could hear his own gasps and little moans of pleasure at each thrust of Reid’s tongue.

Luke craved Reid’s taste, deepening the kiss. Their tongues danced together in a matching rhythm, touching back and forth. Then Luke sighed as the kiss ended. Reid’s mouth, his tantalizing tongue – it intoxicated him.

They took off each other’s shirts. Their hands reached out, mirrors of each other, moving over hard nipples and flat stomachs. Pants came off next. Their thighs pressed together.

They caressed each other for a long time. Reid’s skin was bathed in light, his muscles taunt, his lips perfectly formed. Luke remembered how when he first saw Reid , he immediately thought he was the most gorgeous man in the world and it was still true. It seemed almost unbelievable to Luke now that he could really kiss Reid, hold Reid.

Reid touched a finger down Luke’s treasure trail and then smiled at Luke’s shiver. Reid’s fingers then journeyed to Luke’s ass, his crack, and back to his balls. He played lightly with them. Luke moaned and desperately kissed Reid’s lips, jaw line, neck.

After stroking each other’s firm torsos, Reid reached for a condom, prepared to roll it on. But Luke’s hand stopped him. He held Reid’s erection and the condom. Reid looked at Luke questioningly, and silently Luke communicated to Reid with his eyes.

They exchanged no words, but Reid understood . He saw Luke’s heart. Luke needed to take control, to equal out everything else in his life that was spiraling away from him. Luke needed Reid to be his.

Reid took the condom away from his own hardness and gently rolled it on Luke. He handed Luke some lube. Then Reid went to the bed and flipped onto his stomach. He raised up his knees and offered himself, somehow seeming to be both vulnerable and in control .Luke went to him, covering them both with a sheet, and then sliding his hand over Reid’s firm buttocks. Luke put his arms around Reid’s neck and gently played a moment with the hair at the exposed nape. Then he let his hand wander down.

Luke felt like he was meant for this moment, for Reid to be under him, trusting him; for Luke to tenderly use his fingers and his mouth, worshipfully on Reid, celebrating each part of his lover. Luke gently kissed the back of Reid’s warm shoulder . He pushed in a finger, closing his own eyes, and feeling a deep rush of pleasure at Reid’s sharp inhale.

Luke entered with exquisitely, slow force, letting their flesh lock perfectly. They fit like coming home. Pausing for a moment, Luke brought his lips to Reid’s hair and breathed in his scent. He gave him the softest of kisses. Then Luke exhaled, feeling like he had been missing being inside of Reid, even though he had never done this before. He was feeling like he was melting into Reid. Something was resonating deep inside of his heart, and it would never be forgotten.

Luke put his mouth on Reid’s back and licked the salty skin. He thrust again, harder now, and moaned loudly. Reid felt tight, his muscles squeezing Luke. Luke rocked into his ass, in and out, with more and more energy. Reid began to shout. He trembled. Luke rode him, digging his hands into Reid’s hips. He set a fierce pace. He clasped Reid firmly and gave it to him deeper and deeper. Reid was calling out his name. His foot was pounding on the bed and he was groaning helplessly under Luke’s forceful thrusts. Luke never imagined how good being inside of Reid would feel, how familiar somehow, how right.

Soon, both men were lost in the final give and take of pleasure.

***

They rolled near each other, their faces close. Reid tucked some of Luke’s hair behind his ear.

“Can I ask you something?” Luke asked tentatively. The air smelled of sweat and sticky sex.

“If you even dare ask me if this was good,” Reid declared, ”I’ll have to hurt you.”

“No,” Luke laughed,” I know it was good,” He shot Reid a shy, smug smile “Your screaming kind of gave it away.”

“I didn’t scream.”

“Like a little girl.”

"You need your hearing checked.” Reid protested.” I was just giving you some encouragement.”

“And then there’s your foot,” Luke added, “still Thumper.”

“Okay, if that nickname ever leaves our bed, “ Reid sat up on one elbow, “ I will really will do terrible things to your beautiful body.”

Luke just smiled.

Reid sighed. “I can see our future. You’re going to make a very demanding top.”

“No I’m not!” Luke replied, but he dropped his eyes. Partly because he suspected Reid might be right, and partly because the talk of a future thrilled him.

“Okay, maybe,” Luke giggled. Then he snuck another look at Reid,” And maybe you’re saying
I’ll become a demanding top because you really liked it,” he pursed his lips in a coy smile.

Reid merely shook his head. “What’d you want to ask me before, smart mouth?”

Luke paused. “I wanted to ask... “ He licked his lips . Then he sighed. “Can tell you about Damian? I feel like I need to get it out, all of it, from the start.”

Reid considered this. “Okay,” he said. Reid held his arms open and Luke nestled against him. “Tell me all about bad dad.“

Luke talked and Reid listened, pulling him close. Luke spoke of his childhood, his off and on again relationship with Damian. He told Reid their whole history together, from kidnappings to the camp, until finally Luke had exhausted himself. He fell asleep, spooned trustingly against him.


Reid, however, stayed awake, his eyes alert. His mind uneasy. He rested his chin on the curve of Luke’s shoulder, worrying about what was to come.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real world”? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process? Pairings: Reid/Luke, Maddie/Casey, Henry/Vienna, Lily/Damian, Lucinda/John
Warning: None
Rating: PG – NC-17 (depends on chapter)
This is a companion to Camp Queer.


Part Two - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

“Hey, what are you doing? Writing?” Reid asked as he appeared in the waiting room, still in his scrubs. Reid had been working for at least an hour, while Luke had been waiting to resume their date.

“Good deduction, Sherlock.” Luke teased, glancing up from his notebook.

“Thanks, Hemingway.” Reid sat down next to him. “I meant, what are you writing?”

Luke shifted in his chair, crossing his leg over his knee. “Just notes and ideas.”
Luke carried his notebook everywhere now. He had grabbed it from the car, while he had been waiting for Reid. Truthfully, he had been writing a story about the most gorgeous man in the world cooking for his date. That was the creative part, since Reid did not cook at all, unless Luke counted the horrible , runny eggs Reid had given him once. But he had been faithfully trying to capture all the sweet, fluttering feelings of being on a new date.

“When are you going to admit this is what you want?” Reid asked him, tapping at the notebook, “Maybe send something out there?”

“I’ve one semester left of college,” Luke answered shortly, “in marketing.” Damian and Lily had made him give up his writing long ago because it was too “artsy,” which for them had meant too queer. They had insisted on a business degree and Luke was destined, they said, to take over Grimaldi shipping one day. It was too late, in Luke’s mind, to change his major with graduation looming, and he had no idea what Damian would do or say when he came home and faced his now openly gay son. He could only imagine an awful scene.

Reid just looked at him, not fooled at all by Luke’s quick dismissal of his writing. “I have to go back in the ER for about another twenty minutes,” he told Luke, “I just came out to tell you that I’d understand if you don’t want to wait? We can have our big first date another time…”

“No,” Luke assured him, “ I’ll wait. Go ahead.”

“Okay,” Reid smiled and Luke smiled back. Neither of them noticed Chris Hughes observing them together. Their shoulders brushed. Eyes flirted. Then Reid gave Luke a pat on his shoe and stood up.

As Reid went back to work, Luke could not help glancing in appreciation of Reid’s body in his blue scrubs. A happy expression lit up Luke’s whole face.

“Luke?” Chris asked.

Luke jumped. “Oh, Chris. I didn’t see you there.”

“Obviously.” Chris sat down in the seat just occupied by Reid. “Are you seeing Oliver?” Chris asked incredulously.

Luke frowned a little. His family and Chris’s family were friendly, but he did not really know Chris too well.

“I’m not judging you,” Chris hurried to say, seeing Luke’s face. “Or your preferences. Just… Be careful where Reid Oliver is concerned.”

“Why?”

Chris looked at Luke with an earnest, self-righteous expression, “We went to medical school together. Did he mention that?”

Luke shook his head.

“Well, of course not,” Chris said almost angrily, “Reid doesn’t even remember. Anyhow, he was quite player then, if you know what I mean.”

“No, I don’t follow you.”

Chris gave a deep sigh, as if it pained him to tell Luke. “He was out and dating all kinds of guys, one night stands, that sort of thing. “ Chris watched as Luke’s eyes wavered. “And once he had them, well, everybody joked about how Reid never was interested again in them. “

Truthfully, Chris did believe in those rumors he had heard about Reid at medical school. But more importantly, it irked him that Reid did not even recall his presence there. Chris thought that Reid Oliver was such an arrogant, prima donna. He had just charged into the ER now, taking over a patient that Chris was working to help, pushing Chris out of the way. It wasn’t his fault that the patient nearly died on his table. But he could practically hear Reid thinking he was a moron. Worst of all, Bob was falling all over Reid these days. It made Chris furious, but there was nothing he could do.

“Oliver only does casual sex and one-nighters,” Chris said now to Luke. He liked Luke and figured he was doing him a big favor. The sooner he saw the real Reid Oliver, the better.

“It- it’s not like that with us,” Luke said defensively, but doubt colored his voice.
Luke twisted his hands in his lap. He took in a sharp breath.

“Of course not, “Chris smiled. “Still, I’d hate for him to be letting you down gently with pity or something."

“He’s not.”

Chris nodded. “I’ll see you.” He walked off.

Luke closed his notebook. His stomach was queasy. The desire to write gone. He couldn’t help thinking again about the fact that Reid had not touched him in nearly two weeks. Could this just be sympathy ? His happy expression disappeared. Luke waited now for Reid, anxious and deflated. Reid was beautiful, brilliant, confident, sexy…Why would he want somebody as lost as Luke was?

***

“Okay,” Reid said as Luke drove down the road, the humid air blowing into the window, the night now dark , except for a round, full moon, “I’m sorry it was so long. But will you at least talk to me?“

Luke said nothing, his hands gripped tightly on the wheel.

“I’m a doctor, Luke. I’m not going to apologize for it,” Reid said flatly.

“Fine,” Luke replied, his mouth twisted as if he had a sour taste in it.

“Where are you going? Old Town is the opposite way.”

“I don’t know; I was just driving.” Luke turned suddenly. “I guess I’m going home.”

“You want to go to the farm?” Reid asked, confused. “I thought you wanted a first real date and dinner out.” Reid stomach was rumbling. He could go for some of Emma’s home cooking, but he was surprised at Luke. “Not that I don’t like being there with you. I have great hopes of catching you in farm clothes and bare feet, milking the cows, “ Reid joked.

Luke didn’t answer.

“I had to work.” Reid said again. Then he sighed. “Are we going to the farm or not?”

“No, I don’t know, ‘Luke turned again, “I don’t really want to see my dad or grandma right now.“

He stopped the car suddenly.

Reid peered out into the darkness, “Are we at the pond?” He asked.

Luke didn’t answer. He opened the car and slammed the door.

Raising one eyebrow cautiously, Reid followed him.

The heavy air warmed every part of Reid’s flesh, and he could just make out the gentle movement of the pond water.

Luke was at the water’s edge, throwing in some small stones. In the moonlight, Reid could see his expression was both angry and sad at the same time.

“What’s going on?” He asked.

“You tell me, Reid,” Luke answered hostilely. “You tell me! Is this just a – a pity date or something?”

“What?”

Luke began to kick off his shoes and socks. “Cause I don’t need that. Forget that! “

“I don’t know-“

“Was I so bad?” Luke said quickly, turning to look at Reid. All of his insecurities flooding him. “So bad you no longer want to kiss me or anything? “ Luke sniffed loudly and brushed a hand at his eyes. “I was a virgin, you know. I will get better. “ Even as he said it, his cheeks reddened with humiliation. Luke wished he had not said a word. Why couldn’t he be the silent type? Now Reid could see what a fool he was.

Reid was flabbergasted. He tried to logically run the night’s events over in his mind and see where Luke was coming up with all this drama.

Luke let anger overtake him suddenly. Anger was what he needed. He drew on his rage like air. “Was I a one-night stand, huh?” He said in a confrontational tone. “An inconvenience now for the brilliant doctor? Stupid Luke, you don’t know how to get rid of him?”

Luke peeled off his shirt angrily and threw it down.

“What? Why are you- what are you talking about? And why are you getting undressed? “ Reid demanded.

“I’m going for a swim,” Luke snapped wildly. “I’m hot .”

He turned and started down to the water.

“It’s night!” Reid protested.

“So what? I can take care of myself,” Luke said hoarsely. “I can! I’ve been swimming here my whole life. And I’ll tell you something else,” Luke shouted out, startling Reid. “You may not want me anymore,” he unsnapped his pants and tossed them aside. “But there are plenty of guys who will! Plenty of guys will want me,” Luke declared and gestured to himself. He stood there in nothing but tight, white briefs. The moonlight shone down on his luminous skin. His face was full of angry passion.

Reid’s mouth went dry. His whole body clenched in reaction.

“Wait,” He said to Luke, his words barely forming.

Luke ignored him and dove into the water below.

***

Reid cursed and then awkwardly stripped off his own clothes down to his drawers. He stumbled a bit on the rocks, and then followed Luke into the warm, pond water.

“Luke! Listen!”

“No,” Luke shouted and swam away. He was a stronger swimmer than Reid, who was struggling to catch him.

“Do you really want me to drown?” Reid called. He knew that would make Luke feel guilty.

"Maybe!" Luke said in a bitchy tone, but he swam in his direction.

He stopped a few feet from Reid. They were both breathing hard now and treading water.

“What?” Luke demanded petulantly, flipping his hair out of his face.

In the moonlight, Reid tried to scrutinize Luke’s features, but he couldn’t see him too much. Reid made a large splash in the water as he went closer to Luke.

“I’m only saying this once, idiot, so listen up.” Reid’s voice was brusque. “ That night was good. Very good.”

“Really?” Luke’s eyes widened with uncertainty.

“Oh for God’s sake, yes! “ Reid practically shouted. “The next morning, my feet never touched the ground. I think I flew to work. It was that good, bonehead.” He reached for Luke both for balance and to reassure him.

Luke pulled Reid against his body, their legs still kicking in the water.

“Can we go back to the shore?” Reid asked.

“One sec-“ Luke ran a tentative hand up and down Reid’s spine. “You’re being honest? Not just pity?”

Reid shook his head impatiently, “When have you ever known me to offer anybody pity?” He said.

Luke’s face suddenly glowed, “Never!” He declared happily. “Not once.” He nuzzled Reid’s neck.

“Exactly,” Reid said. “So why all this craziness?”

Luke treaded the water and was silent a moment. He thought about telling Reid about Chris, but decided it would only cause Reid trouble at work. “I guess, I wondered why you hadn’t tried to be with me since that night?”

“I was – you were- you just came out of the closet, got kicked out of your house, and –“ Reid rolled his eyes with sudden embarrassment.

“You were-“ Luke searched his face, “trying to be nice?”

When Reid refused to answer, Luke laughed, “I thought you didn’t do nice?”

Reid half-shrugged, “For you, I made an exception.”

They leaned into each other at the same moment. Their lips eager to taste. Wet bodies merged, limbs wrapping around each other. They sank under the water as they shared a deep kiss. Then they pushed back up, bodies still entwined.

“Let’s go back to the grass,” Reid murmured, “and continue this.”

“Wait,” Luke said. At Reid’s puzzlement, Luke shyly smiled, “I have been wanting to share the pond with you anyhow and a swim in the moonlight” He shrugged, “…it’s romantic.”

“Cornball,” Reid taunted, splashing Luke playfully.

Splashing back, Luke dodged Reid as he grinned.

“Hey!” Reid sputtered. The water soaked Reid full in the face.

“You started it!” Luke teased .

“And I’m going to finish it,” Reid vowed. He grabbed for Luke’s foot.

They wrestled happily for a moment.

Then Luke turned and floated on his back. Reid watched Luke moving through the water, his arms and legs spread. His eyes closed. Reid’s gaze became like a silent caress, as it moved over every beautiful inch of Luke’s body. Finally, unable to watch a moment longer without dissolving into whimpering need, Reid willed himself to relax.

Soon Reid was floating too. Luke opened his eyes and glided over to Reid. They both gazed up at the night sky, full of gleaming stars, and they linked their hands together. There were no sounds but the quiet hum of insects and the gently lapping of the water against their skin. They floated some more, heads moving side by side now, just enjoying the humid night.

Reid released Luke’s hand and ran his palm over Luke’s skin from chest to thigh. Then the hand traveled back up its path. Reid stopped floating and treaded water, his body now over Luke’s. Luke’s heart was banging so loudly that he was certain Reid could hear it.

Reid lowered his head down to the wet, exposed skin of Luke’s stomach and let his tongue gently lick at the water there. He circled around Luke, and lowered his head again, this time to Luke’s mouth, tasting those tender, slightly salty lips.

Luke jerked upright in the water and tangled his limbs around Reid’s waist. He stared into Reid’s eyes and smiled hopefully, tilting his head. Reid’s fingers reached out and tightened on his back. Luke opened his mouth and waited. His entire body was throbbing. They kissed again. Time just stopped. Their mouths locked on each other’s.

If anyone was looking, they would see two men embracing in the dark water, their desire for each other burning brightly in the night.

Finally, Reid groaned, and put an end to their kiss. “I am getting exhausted with all this swimming. If we’re going to continue this, I need to get out of here. “
Laughing, Luke led Reid out of the water and helped him to the bank, and then they rested on the grassy hill overlooking the pond.

Reid studied Luke with an intense expression.

“What?” Luke asked. “You look like I’m a science project.”

Reid just shook his head in wonder. “This has to be the strangest date I’ve ever been on,” Reid told him.

“Well,“ Luke answered, “it’s the only date I’ve ever been on.”

They glanced at each other and began to laugh. Reid folded his arms above his head and Luke rested on his shoulder. Reid ran a careless hand through Luke’s damp hair and massaged his scalp lightly with affection.

Their laughter drifted over the pond, filling the night with sound.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the “real world”? Will he drive Reid crazy in the process? Pairings: Reid/Luke, Maddie/Casey, Henry/Vienna, Lily/Damian, Lucinda/John
Warning: None
Rating: PG – NC-17 (depends on chapter)

A/n: This is a companion to Camp Queer. It is helpful to read that one first. Here is the link:
http://community.livejournal.com/noah_who/13459.html

If you don’t have time to read CQ, you can still enjoy this story by itself. This story opens at Luke and Reid’s first date. Luke has just come out of the closet, but he had a secret relationship with Reid going on. Noah was never his lover, and when Luke came out of the closet, he was rejected by Lily (married to Damian), but accepted by Holden. Thanks traciamc for the read, and cas74 + rtruffles for the encouragement!

Part One - With A Cherry On Top

Danger. Warning. First Date with Near Virgin. Proceed with Caution.

As he waited for Luke, Reid could almost see these signs of trouble flashing in his head. Why had he ever agreed to let Luke pick him up? Why had he agreed to a formal date at all? Reid nervously paced his apartment over Al’s diner. It was Luke’s fault. Luke had turned those Bambi eyes on him and asked him about a real night out on the town. Like a sap, Reid had found himself agreeing. Now he felt ridiculous; like a schoolgirl waiting for prom more than a brilliant neurosurgeon only hours ago performing a procedure on a tricky brain aneurysm.

For Reid, sex had always been just simple fun, a rush of endorphins, an elation at release, like drinking two or three caramel lattes in one shot. That was it. With Luke, however, it was more like a hundred caramel lattes. It had been explosive, euphoric, and beyond anything in Reid’s past experience.

It had all started out as a mission of mercy. Reid had helped Luke accept the fact that he was not straight, practiced some sex moves on him, and assisted him in peeking his cute blond head out of the closet. That was all it was supposed to be.

But then there had been Luke with his goofy grin and tears of joy the night they had finally slept together. . .Usually after sex, Reid just wanted the guy to go away. But with Luke, it was all different. Reid was Luke’s first, and that fact alone made him feel like he was hanging on the top rung of a very high ladder.

And now, they were dating. Reid felt a bead of sweat drip down his forehead. Reid didn’t date. He just had to take things slowly, very slowly.

The doorbell rang. Gulping hard, Reid quickly tucked in his silver dress shirt and eyed his dark slacks in the mirror. Reid snorted at his image. This was what it had come to – he was checking out his own ass.

Frowning, Reid swung open the door.

Luke stood there with a single, pink flower in his hand. His eyes sparkled. He pursed his lips and coyly drew back his head, in what Reid could only describe as a “pretty” face.

“You’re late by fifteen minutes,” Reid greeted him sourly.

“Here,” Luke handed him the rose. Reid impatiently threw the flower on his coffee table, missing the slight flicker of hurt in Luke’s eyes.

He gave Luke a stern glance, and was met with the sheer beauty of Luke’s gaze.

“You look great!” Luke enthused, giving him another one of his sparkly smiles, making Reid scowl more.

Everything about dating irritated Reid: the need for polite exchanges, the games of twenty questions, the boring stories- it was like being in a foreign land. He would nod his head, but confuse the language. Reid understood medicine, chess moves, and dirty sex. What if he failed to offer Luke what he wanted? Worse yet, what if Luke actually wanted to make small talk? Reid cringed. Trouble. Trouble. Too much trouble! The signs in his head went crazy. The pressure was making him choke.

“Let’s go,” Reid grumbled and began to lock his door.

“Are you always this bubbly on your dates?” Luke inquired.

“I don’t go on dates,” snapped Reid.

“I can see why,” Luke mumbled and studied the ground.

The suddenly crestfallen expression on Luke’s face had Reid silently cursing. He had screwed it up already. Reid never regretted a thing usually, but now he wished he could rewind back to the moment Luke had first come to his door. Luke had such a fragile heart and the last thing Reid ever wanted to do was crack it. Reid inhaled deeply. He needed just a moment to calm himself down.

Reid paused. “You know what? I forgot my wallet.” He would go back into his apartment, splash some water on his face, and try again.

Luke shrugged. “ Don’t worry about it. I’ll pay.”

“Thanks Trust Fund, but we at least go dutch.”

“Can you please stop calling me that?” Luke’s smile faltered.

Reid just shrugged. “I’ll just be a minute. Go and wait downstairs.”

***

Luke hesitated on the stairs and sucked in a nervous breath. He had not touched him. Not since that night during Annie’s crisis, when Reid had come home and they’d made love. He had waited in Reid’s apartment, brought pizza and massage oil, and then… Had he done something wrong? Luke had no experience to compare it. For Luke, the night had been magical.

The only relationships Luke understood were with his family members, and most of those were messy and hurtful and left Luke constantly apologizing. He was divided between his two fathers, pulled by them in different directions. He had felt off balance for most of his life, as if he had been tumbling down a dark hole. The expectations on him were so high that it had driven Luke to bury his own feelings and deny his own nature. It was only now that he was attempting to climb his way out and truly try to live. He had no idea what he wanted yet, except for one clear thing in his mind: he wanted Reid. How he wanted him! Just the thought or the whisper of his name could make Luke’s pulse race. Reid. Luke shuddered with both longing and hope. He held the railing a moment as his body quaked. He imagined Reid’s intense gaze as they had made love.

It went beyond the physical yearning though. After Luke had come out to his mom and dad, Reid had been so supportive at the July 4th party, and then helping him move out of his mother and Damian’s house. Reid had been amazing. His mom had taken his siblings and left for Malta on an extended “vacation” until summer was over. Even now, the sting of that rejection made Luke ache. If it had not been for Holden and Reid’s support, Luke might have crumbled. He wondered now what would happen when Damian and Lily and the kids all returned. But he was so much happier at the farm with Emma and Holden. He was so much happier not having to act straight all the time- it had been exhausting.

Luke glanced at Reid’s door and then continued down the steps. Why hadn’t Reid even tried to kiss him again? He chewed his lip and worried. His gut wrenched . Maybe he had not really satisfied Reid that night? That was the real question burning behind Luke’s uncertainty. But how do you ask your new boyfriend on your official first date a question like that?

***

Luke went down the stairs and into Al’s. Of course, Reid would live above a diner, with all that food waiting just below. The diner was quiet at this hour. Only Henry was there, behind the counter , cleaning up.

“Luke!” He called surprised. “What are you doing here?”

“Er- “ Luke swallowed hard. He took a deep breath. “I’m on a date.”

“What?” Henry frowned. “Maddie said you guys were just pretending to date- that she was just distracting me from that no good Casey. Thank God he’s still in jail.”

"Yes, but-“

“So you’re not on a date with her?”

“I’m uh,” Luke examined his shoes, “ dating somebody else now. A man. “ His whole stomach twisted as he added,” I’m gay.” Luke’s heart beat with fear as he waited for Henry to react.

“You’re gay?” Henry repeated. “Does Maddie know?”

“Yes,” Luke nodded. He could tell that Henry was not disgusted or anything, unlike his own mother, and he felt the tension inside of him ease.

“You’re gay?” Henry said again.

“He was the other night, when I had him in my bed,” Reid quipped, coming into the room

Luke blushed all over. “Reid!” He hissed.

“What?”

“Do you have any manners,” Luke said back, crimson now.

“You’re dating him?” Henry said to Luke. “Really? It’s fine your gay and all, but him! Anybody but Oliver!”

“Now, now Hank- “ Reid drawled , “Don’t be jealous.”

Henry looked at Luke pleadingly, “You’re a nice kid. Run away from him- far away.”

“You still can’t have me,” Reid deadpanned to Henry.

“I don’t want you! I’m straight.”

“Come on Hank, I’ve seen the dress. “ Reid raised his eyebrows suggestively. “ We all know you long to be the next RuPaul.”

Luke looked from Henry to Reid in confusion.

“Ignore them , Luke,” Vienna instructed , as she came from the kitchen with Maddie in tow. “They bicker like two dogs.”

“If anybody should be upset about Reid and Luke, “ Maddie declared ,“it should be me. Luke was my boyfriend first,” she batted her eyes, kiddingly.

“You know, just wait until your rent check bounces, Oliver,” Henry was threatening, “just once.”

Reid had stopped listening to him and was busy opening up the cookie jar that sat on the counter.

Henry looked back at Luke, “Flee now,” he said. “And you’re paying for those cookies,” he told Reid.

“Don’t get a tear in your pantyhose,” Reid answered, throwing down a few dollars.

“Oh Henry,” Maddie groaned, “not drag night again?”

“Henry makes a delightful girl,” Vienna said.

“You- you’re gay too?” Luke asked Henry, bewildered.

“Of course not,” Henry said, while he rummaged around for the fixings of a martini, “ I love Vienna. She just likes it when I put on some silk.”

At Luke’s open mouth, Vienna squeezed his cheeks, “So innocent, this one.”

“Henry tries to embrace his inner gay,” Reid offered, chewing another frosted cookie, “but the real mystery here is why Vienna wants him at all.” Reid turned to Vienna. “You sure you don’t want me to take a look inside your brain? Could be some damage you just don’t know about?”

“I’m sure,” Vienna said.

“Great,” Henry whined, “I have to deal with Oliver and I’m out of alcohol. “ He looked up to the heavens. “That’s just dirty play.”

“How about you, Luke? “ Maddie teased. “You sure about the gay thing, right?’ Maddie gave him a smile.

Luke nodded. “I’m sure.”

“Too bad.” Maddie sighed. “ All the ones I like are gay or in jail.” Maddie looped a friendly arm through his.

“We straight gals can all mourn the loss of Luke, “ Vienna grinned, taking his other arm.

Finally relaxing with the easy and warm acceptance from them, Luke laughed.

“Aren’t you going to fight for him?” Henry said to Reid dryly. “Because either of my girls here can kick your butt.”

Reid was shoveling in a few more cookies at record speed. “ I don’t fight. I might hurt my hands,” Reid retorted licking icing off of his fingers.

“Aren’t we going to dinner?” Luke asked, watching Reid.

Reid shrugged, “A pre-dinner snack.”

“Tell Luke he looks good,” Vienna instructed Reid. “Doesn’t he look good?”

Reid pretended to examine Luke closely, taking in the spiked blond hair and fit of his expensive blue suit. “He’ll do. “ Reid said. Then Reid gently touched Luke’s cheek. “Ready?”

Luke ducked his head in an endearing manner, “Sure.”

“Aww! “ Maddie and Vienna both exclaimed . They released Luke to Reid and smiled.

“Take care of him!” Vienna said.

“Show him a nice time,” Maddie added.

Reid rolled his eyes at them. “Next you’ll want me to check that he has clean underwear.”

“No, we want Luke to keep his pants on,” Vienna scolded and Reid gave a bark of laughter.

Luke blushed again .

Henry just shook his head. “You poor kid. Like a lamb to the slaughter.“

***

As they walked through Old Town , Reid took Luke by the hand. Their fingertips touched lightly, sending delicious, electric currents through Luke’s entire body. But then he darted a glance all around him and Luke tugged his hand away. He jammed them into his pockets.

“Watch out!” Reid said.

“What?”

“A homophobe – over there by the bench- “ Reid gestured to an overweight man.

“Reid!”

“And another Luke, hide! I think one is coming at us now,” Reid taunted, pointing at a small girl and her mother.

“Okay,” Luke muttered, “You’ve made your point.”

“Really? Cause if you think the fat guy is about to rush us- I have 911 on the speed-dial.”

Luke stopped walking. “It isn’t easy for me still, alright?”

Reid stopped walking too. “Not everybody in town is full of hate for homosexuals,” he said to Luke quietly. “Some people maybe, but there are plenty of others who just don’t care if two guys are holding hands.”

Luke shifted his feet. “That, as you well know, has not been my experience.” In the past, Luke had been sent to a camp to “fix” his gay impulses and his family had not supported his sexuality at all. They had convinced Luke that a homosexual lifestyle was immoral and that most people would agree with this view. He glared at Reid. “And stop making fun of me.”

Reid pulled at his hair, “But making fun of you is so entertaining.”

“You are such a jerk,” Luke put his hands over his eyes and shook his head, but amusement was in his voice now. “How can I be dating such a jerk?”

“Pretty much, I’m always a jerk,” Reid agreed.

“Are you ever going to learn some manners?” Luke asked.

“Depends,” Reid’s eyes flirted with him a little, “Are you ever going to be comfortable being out ?”

They stared at each other a moment.

“Okay,” Luke drawled slowly, suddenly feeling silly. “I’ll make you a deal. I will come out to more and more people and in return…you have to be nice to them.” Luke absently brushed some cookie crumbs from Reid’s shirt.

“Nice?” Reid scowled. “ I don’t do nice. I didn’t say I –“

“Afraid?” Luke smiled.

“Hardly.” Reid scoffed. “Fine. For every person you come out to in the next few weeks, I’ll be nice. “

“Agreed.”

“Great. Give me back your hand then.”

Luke did. They began to walk some more. Luke did feel like some people’s eyes were on him, but he was determined to ignore the looks he felt and concentrate on Reid.

Besides, Luke craved the touch of Reid’s firm fingers woven with his. The was a tingling in Luke’s body as their palms met. My boyfriend . Luke’s heart leapt at the thought. He snuck a peek at Reid. Now if he could only get him alone and get a kiss again…

“Where are we headed , anyhow?” Luke asked.

“This French restaurant that Vienna told me about. It’s the only fine dining in Oakhell.“
Reid glanced at Luke. “Is that okay?” He wanted to treat Luke to a special place for their very first date. The place cost big bucks and Reid had actually saved a little from his last paycheck.

Luke nodded, “Sure. “

Luke did not have the heart to tell him that restaurant was a favorite of Damian’s. Luke had been there many times over.

“You like French food, right? ” Personally, Reid liked the food at places like Al’s, but he knew Luke came from a sophisticated background. Besides, you don’t give your boyfriend a first date of burgers and fries.

“Absolutely!” Luke heard the unspoken concern in Reid’s voice and responded to it immediately. He would have preferred a good burger and fries to French cuisine, but he never wanted to hurt Reid’s feelings by changing his plans.

“Good,” Reid said with relief.

“Great,” Luke smiled.

They reached the front of the restaurant. Luke dropped hands and they went inside the door.

The host warmly greeted Luke.

“Mr. Grimaldi!”

“Snyder,” Luke told him.

“Are your parents coming too?” The host asked him pleasantly.

“No- um- no.”

“How many in your party tonight? “ The man asked.

“Two, just me and- “ Luke suddenly was sweating, he didn’t look at Reid. “my friend.”

“Under the name Oliver,” Reid said.

As the host hurried away to check Reid’s reservation, Reid leaned down to Luke’s ear and whispered, “Now, who’s the chicken?”

“I’m just-“

“Bock Bock,” Reid said, smirking. Then he glanced around the restaurant. “Hmm, who will I be an asshole to first?” His eyes were gleaming with mischief.

“Fine!” Luke pouted. “I’ll tell this guy we’re on a date.”

“That’s the spirit, “ Reid said with mock encouragement,” Just tell him, I’m a fag as he serves you foie gras and cherries jubilee.”

“Reid! “ Luke squealed in protest, “You really have no boundaries do you?”

Reid shrugged, “I don’t believe in pretense,” he said, “life’s too short.”

“Yeah,” Luke answered softly.

He suddenly thought about his friend Armand, who had been his bunkmate at Camp Straight Heart. He had killed himself rather than face the world as a gay man. Learning about the suicide, had been one of the central forces that had motivated Luke to come out. The other force, of course, had been Reid. He swept his gaze over Reid’s lean frame. Maybe Reid had a point about just being honest.

The host came back,” We have your family’s favorite table open,” he told them.

“Wait,” Reid said in confusion, “you’ve been here enough to have your own table? “ He narrowed his eyes. “How many times?”

Luke shrugged and didn’t look at him.

“Oh the Grimaldis come here often, “ the host told Reid happily, “they actually own the building.”

“Terrific.” Reid shot Luke a look. Luke pretended not to notice.

“It’s fine, “ Luke tried to reassure him. “The food is fantastic here.”

Just then Reid’s pager went off. He glanced at it, still upset that his big fancy dinner for Luke was not really special. He read the text and groaned.

“Emergency. It says they need my help.”He glanced at Luke regretfully. “I don’t think it’s a long one, want to come and wait while I do this? Or you could stay and eat…? ”

“No, I’ll go with you.” Luke’s sudden smile took Reid’s breath away. “Let’s continue our date.”

They left the restaurant and headed for Memorial.

Camp Queer

Jan. 5th, 2011 09:29 am
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Title: Camp Queer
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke is successfully sent by Damian and Lily to a camp to "fix" his gay impulses. Noah is a counselor at that camp. Meanwhile, a new doctor is headed to town...
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
RAting: NC_17
Warning: Lots of Noah Bashing

I was so busy finishing Hit-and-Run, that I forgot to post this story from Noah Who.

Camp Queer is a complete story (in 8 parts). However, I am interested in writing a companion piece to this fic from Noah Who. I would love any and all comments about where you see the LURE story headed now, since I am currently brainstorming for it... I am done with Noah, but I think this Luke and Reid still have a lot to explore.

Here is the link (I hope) to the story:

http://community.livejournal.com/noah_who/13459.html
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Title: Hit and Run 20 (LAST)
Author: Marsabi
Summary: After Natalie is a victim of a hit- and-run, Reid and Luke’s relationship is tested
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: PG
Warning: Fluffy and some strong language



a/n: This is it! Thanks so much for all the comments; it really kept me going. I appreciated every comment. Here is the end…

Part 20

Reid was dressed like a prince. He wore a fancy red and blue vest and shirt. He had a crest of gold decorated on his chest. His legs were in blue tights. Nervous sweat was starting to pool at Reid’s eyebrow, and he carelessly wiped it with a puffy prince arm.

“Do you see me?” Reid demanded.

“Oh God, “ Luke said.

“I’m ridiculous!”Reid moaned, throwing up his hands in despair. “And I don’t even know how this happened to me. One moment, I was seeing Natalie off and the next your family descended on me with crap about your mouse fetish and Valentine’s Day and –“

“My what?”

“And then I tried to tell you how you look and how I felt, but I end up shoveling cat shit, and then the next thing I know, Natalie has me getting out my credit card at a costume shop and – Look at me!”

Luke did. He tried to fight it, but a huge wave of laughter hit him. He gave a small pinch at his own arm to try and stop it.

“You’re bratty sister even gave me these cards, “ Reid babbled on nervously, oblivious to
Luke’s shaking shoulders and twisting mouth. “She was afraid I couldn’t remember. I mean, I told her I have a photographic memory!” Reid’s voice trembled with indignation, “ But she didn’t listen. “ He took an index card out from his pocket, “She wrote down word for word romantic things I was supposed to say.”

Luke was desperately biting the inside of his cheek now.

Reid read from the card in a robotic voice, “You’re my handsome prince and I’m going to be your prince too, “ He looked up at Luke with an incredulous, pained expression.

Luke couldn’t help a burst of laughter that escaped his lips.

“I don’t know how she got me to go this far, “ Reid was mumbling, “Your sister is ruthless. She’d be a great chess player.” Reid read another line, “We can be together and make our own beautiful castle of love.”

Luke held his side and tried to stop. It was no use. A great belly ache of laughter escaped.

“Oh shut up!” Reid said suddenly seeing Luke’s face, “quit it.”

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Luke held up a protesting hand, even as he roared with more laughter. “But your costume? Those- those words from your mouth,” He had to lean against a wall as he laughed.

Reid balled up the index card and threw it at him, “I hate you!” He said.

Luke only laughed harder, a partly nervous laugh, and a snort came out of his nose.

“I’m glad you’re enjoying this,” Reid said, but his lips twitched. “It is pretty awful, huh?”

“Terrible,” Luke agreed.

Suddenly, both of them were laughing. The sound filled the room.

Luke walked over to Reid and pulled on his puffy sleeve.

“Should I call you Charming from now on?”

Reid flipped him the bird.

They laughed harder.

“ Okay, not Charming, not at all,” Luke said, through his giggles.

“None of this would have happened, if you could just stay awake after sex,” Reid accused.

Luke cupped Reid’s disgruntled face. “Sorry.” He let his hand slide down Reid’s cheek gently.

Their laughter died in that moment of physical contact. Reid looked deeply into Luke’s eyes.

“No, I’m sorry. That I left tonight. But your family. The bridal suite, the speech, this outfit- I just panicked, you know?” Reid said.

Luke tensed up a little. He swallowed the lump in his throat and just nodded.

Reid took Luke’s hand from his face and just held it a second.

“I didn’t mean to leave; I just went into breakdown mode,” Reid admitted. “It was all too much.”

“So you came here,” Luke whispered seriously now, and understanding at last, “Where you feel safe.”

“Yeah,” Reid said. “And where we got so off track.”

Luke licked his lips. His eyes filled with mixed emotions.

He had no clue what Reid would do next. Now that he had laughed at him, Luke suddenly wanted to cry. He looked away and pulled nervously at his ear. “So…?” He said softly.

Luke looked to Reid then, as if to discover some part of Reid that had been eluding him.

“So,” Reid gazed around the exam room. Then he sighed. He looked at Luke’s hopeful face. “So. I hope Natalie and you will forgive me. But I gotta do this like me.”

“Are you,” Luke stammered, “doing it?”

“I’m wearing a fucking prince suit, aren’t I? I am doing this alright.”

“Okay,” Luke gave him a tremulous smile. Then he wiped more tears from his eyes. “And you, you trust me again?”

“It was never really you I didn’t trust!” Reid said quickly. “Did you think that?”
Luke wouldn’t answer.

“I’m sorry.” Reid glanced at him, “Is that why the cat and the skating and the rest? You were proving yourself?”

“Did it work?” Luke asked shyly. “Was it the public sex? I know you liked that part. Was it Reid Jr.?”

“It wasn’t the sex! And not the damn cat!” Reid laughed.

“Then what?”

Reid shook his head. He thought about the way Luke punched Chris, defended him to Lily, comforted him after they’d fought. He looked at Luke and wanted to tell him that it was everything about him. It was his very essence that Reid loved so much.

“I don’t know.” He smiled.

Luke smiled at him too. “You’re not mad about all that crazy stuff I did?”

“Well,” Reid drawled and rolled his eyes, “We may have to talk later about your family and boundaries…”

“Oh geez,” Luke said. “Let’s put that talk on hold.”

“Agreed,” Reid answered. Then he snuck a shy peek at Luke. “It was never you I didn’t trust –it was the rest.”

“The rest?” Luke looked puzzled.

“Our house, our love, our – life.” Reid looked down with embarrassment. “Look…I don’t usually end up with things like this or someone like you. I’m the guy who works all day and night and then comes home to a frozen dinner and an empty apartment.” He touched Luke reverently . “And then I met you. You turned all my expectations upside down. That’s what it took me awhile to believe in again – that I could really have a life with you that would last.”

“It will last,” Luke gave him a reassuring smile, ”Cause I love you. ” Luke leaned his forehead against Reid’s, and circled an arm at his waist.

“Me too,” Reid said thickly.

Then he tilted his head at Luke, “So why didn’t you just come out and talk to me about all this? Tell me how worried you were about the engagement ?”

Luke was quiet a long moment. “ I know I should have just been honest. But I knew I’d let you down before.” He struggled over his words, filled with raw emotion. “ And I was just too afraid of your answer.”

“And why did you take the rings off?” Reid persisted gently.

Luke buried his face in Reid’s neck and hugged him tightly.

“I think I know the answer, “ Reid said. He absently stroked Luke’s hair. “You were trying to do what you thought I needed. So you put the rings away. Even though you didn’t want to, right?” He could feel Luke shudder in response.

Reid wrapped his arms around Luke protectively. He even rocked him a moment. “Are you ready for your proposal?” Reid whispered in Luke’s ear.

A sob racked Luke’s body, “You, you don’t have to. I’m happy to be together. I-“

“Shut up,” Reid told him cheerfully. “Stop babbling. “

“Me? You’re the babbling one,” Luke replied . He was about to add more, when Reid held Luke away from his body and gently hushed him.

“Now-“ Reid said. “Don’t interrupt, okay?” Reid’s voice trembled with the true depth of his feelings.

Luke bobbed his head up and down. His fists clenched. He tried to freeze like a statue.

Reid squeezed Luke’s hand, and then he dropped down on one knee.

“ I’d rather be doing brain surgery in here right now, “Reid groaned.

Then he gazed up at Luke’s loving expression. Luke’s cheeks were pink, and he had a sweet, tentative smile of encouragement on his face. “Or maybe not,” Reid said softly.

He could feel Luke’s hand shaking in his own. Tears were starting again in Luke’s eyes.

“Watch the water works,” Reid advised dryly, “This costume is a rental.”

Then when Luke remained silent and waiting, Reid exhaled deeply .

“I love you,” he told Luke simply. “And I want you to be my husband and plan our wedding again and…” Reid paused nervously. “Will you please marry me? I really love you. More than junk food, more than brains, more than anything or anybody. Okay? That’s it, I guess. “ Reid shrugged self-consciously. “I said it… So will you?”

With a shout of undisguised joy, Luke hauled Reid up to his feet and hugged him tightly. “Yes! “ He said. “Yes, yes, yes!” Luke’s face flushed with happiness and he flashed
Reid his high-voltage smile.

Their lips met.

“Can I tell you a secret, Snyder?’ Reid said suddenly.

“You’d better tell me all your secrets, Dr. Oliver,” Luke teased in a choked voice and kissed Reid softly.

“ Earlier this evening? When I told you my number? You know, that was just my sex number. “

Luke sniffed. He wiped some stray tears away. “What do you mean?”

“My real number? My love number?” Reid smiled. “ It’s one, Luke, only one.”

With that, Reid slid the frog ring off of his finger and carefully placed it on Luke’s.

Luke’s whole face lit up with joy.

“The truth is- there’s nothing I want more in this wide world than to be your husband, “ Reid admitted.

They kissed again slowly and deeply. Their lips smacking as they parted.

“I’m sorry this wasn’t good like your proposal, “ Reid said suddenly, breaking it off with a guilty face. “That we’re in the hospital, of all stupid places.” He gave Luke a sheepish look. “ I wanted to romance you, I really did. I worked it all out with Natalie and it’s all waiting there. But-”

“Reid,” Luke put a finger to his lips, stopping his words. “You’re standing here, telling me you love me, wanting to get engaged again, wanting to become my husband .” Luke gave an elated laugh. Then Luke’s voice cracked with love, “ This – here and just like this - is the most romantic thing in my life, you big idiot. “

“Really?’ Reid exclaimed.”I did a good job?” Reid’s entire face was suddenly open and excited like a little boy’s, making Luke suck in his breath.

“A really good job,” Luke told him. “Just the way you did it.”

Reid grinned happily, and Luke sweetly kissed him.

“Although, I do have to thank Natalie for one thing.” Luke added.

“What’s that?”

“You look damn good in these tights. “ Luke laughed and ran his hand down Reid’s leg suggestively.

A moment later, Reid pulled back and sighed. “Well, everybody’s waiting to congratulate us at Lucinda’s party. We should go. They all expect me to be proposing right now at the bridal suite. “

“That’s nice,” Luke murmured, pulling him in for another kiss.

“Yeah, your family is excited. They must have called me a hundred times. So should we go?“

“Nope,” Luke nibbled the line of Reid’s jaw.

“No?” Reid said in confusion. “It’s almost midnight.”

“We’ll go and see them all and wish them a happy New Year,” Luke said gruffly, “ but much, much later. I want to spend a little time with you and me first. “ He nuzzled Reid’s neck and then sucked on the sensitive skin there.

“Just you and me,” Luke repeated.

Luke looked at Reid and gave him a melting smile full of promise.

“Just you and me,” Reid agreed.

He no longer felt silly standing in front of Luke in his prince outfit. Reid knew in that moment that he would love this man until the day he died, and that their love would last for always.

Just like a fairytale, they were meant for happily ever after .

The End
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: After Natalie is a victim of a hit-and-run, Luke and Reid’s relationship is tested
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: Some strong language
Rating: PG

Part 19

It was New Year’s Eve.

Reid was rushing Luke along, and trying to remind himself to breathe. He hated to acknowledge it, but he was extremely nervous. He had not eaten all day. His stomach was in knots and the thought of food actually made it hurt. Besides, he had slept poorly last night. He had gotten up feeling drained. Now they were only an hour away from the party - only an hour.

Reid picked up the clock again for the fourth time, “Would you move along?” He said to Luke.

It didn’t help that Luke was walking around in just his briefs, looking like an angel in an underwear ad, not helping his nerves one bit.

His scheduled proposal time was almost here. Reid felt dizzy from just the thought and sat down on their bed. The lack of sleep and sustenance was getting to him. And Natalie had made him go shopping all day. Shopping! In and out of every frilly, prissy store imaginable.

“Why do you care so much if we’re on time?” Luke complained. “ You hate parties.”

Could Luke’s underwear be any tighter? Could he be any more perfect? Reid studied the clock again.

“I don’t hate parties, besides its Lucinda. Now stop asking me so many questions,” Reid said anxiously, “and get your butt in the shower.”

“You had my butt in the shower last night,” Luke said laughing, “however, I might be persuaded to do it again – “ Luke and his hot, skimpily-clad body started over to him. He offered Reid one of his killer smiles.

“No,” Reid held out his hand to stop him. “ I want you to actually get clean. “

“ Spoilsport.” Luke stuck out his pink tongue. Reid felt like somebody just cut him off at the knees. Part of him just wanted to drag Luke back to bed and keep him there.

Luke wouldn’t get his romantic proposal then. Natalie would kick his ass.

“I’m not spoiling things,” Reid said with irritation. “ I just know how long it takes you to do your pretty hair.”

“Hey,” Luke pushed at him, “just for that remark , I won’t go and get ready until you tell me something…revealing.”

“Oh, come on!”Reid put a hand to his head- none of this was going easily for him. He could feel his mind turning into quivering mush. Is this what love did to you? He was beginning to have not one coherent thought. He just wanted to go and get it over with, and here was Luke goofing around, wanting to play. Didn’t he know how hard this was for Reid? Well, okay, he didn’t know, but still…

“Let’s see. Before I shower for the party, I need you to tell me…” Luke chewed his finger in thought. “The number.” He shot Reid a triumphant grin.

“The number?” Reid parroted. “ Fuck Luke! You want to tease me about the number of men right now?”

It was an ongoing fight they’d always both enjoyed. Luke constantly asking for details of Reid’s sexual history, and Reid’s carefully avoiding it. It always had bothered Luke that Reid knew all about Noah and Luke’s history together, but much of Reid’s past love life was a mystery to him.

“Tell me,” Luke said now, his eyes dancing.

“If I tell you the number of men I’ve been with, will you hurry?” Reid snapped. He really had more important matters on his mind. He’s promised Natalie he would not screw it up; he did not want to screw this up. And now they were already running late.

Luke was stunned, “Yes,” he agreed eagerly. He couldn’t believe Reid was about to finally reveal the number of men he had slept with. Luke braced himself, suddenly wondering if he really did want to know.

“Okay, then. ” Reid rolled his eyes.”Five. Happy now?”

“Five?” Luke’s mouth dropped” Just five?”

“Look, I never said I was some kind of Casanova, you just got in your mind.” Reid grinned suddenly, “Probably cause I’m such a master in the bedroom. “

“Five?” Luke said again.

“Hey,” Reid said a little defensively, ” I was busy becoming a world class neurosurgeon. And before that a chess champion and Harvard medical school student and –“

“Before that a high school science geek?” Luke offered, laughing.

Then Luke’s face glowed wickedly. “So five, huh? Hmm. You mean if I go and sleep with just a few more men, I could tie you?” he teased.

“You’re not sleeping with anybody but me,” Reid said hotly.

“I don’t know,” Luke mused.“Five only? “Luke laughed again, delighted.

“They were five extremely satisfied men,” Reid said.

“I’m sure.”

“Just go and shower , smart ass. I answered the question.”

Giggling, Luke headed for the shower.

Reid rushed over to their closet. He glanced down a moment at the texts from the family urging him to hurry. Then Reid took out the outfit he’d hidden behind his tux. He took a deep, terrified breath and grabbed it.

Reid gazed at his appearance in the mirror and winced. He looked ridiculous. He must be out of his mind. How could he listen to Natalie? She was eleven years old! He shook his head and glanced at the bathroom door. Luke was still in the shower, no doubt conditioning his hair or whatever.

Reid studied himself again. If they were still alive, his rational, cold-hearted parents would be shocked by his idiotic behavior. No one in his family ever foolishly acted from emotions. If his Uncle Angus could see him, there would be vicious taunting and ridicule. Reid examined his reflection again. No, not like this. He just couldn’t. It was all too risky. He didn’t know anything about declarations of love. Panic consumed him. He had to get away. He had to think this over. Just for a little bit of time. He grabbed his winter coat and quickly covered up the outfit.

Then Reid walked out the door.

***
When Luke opened up the bathroom, showered and shaved, and looking more lovely than a man should be allowed to look in his tux, he found himself all alone.

“Reid?” He called. The room was deserted. Luke looked around in confusion . He went down the stairs and wandered from one dark room to another. A pang of loneliness hit Luke. The house was empty.

Then his phone buzzed. Luke went and picked it up.

Meet me at the hospital the text read, I’m in exam room one.

***


The hospital was eerily quiet. Soon there would be New Year’s Eve accidents and drunks pouring into Memorial’s doors, but right now it was early. Luke was surprised that an emergency had called Reid away. At least, that was what he guessed. He was baffled why Reid wanted him to come to the hospital, and not just meet him later at the party.
Luke walked to the exam room and opened the door.

Reid stood in his long white doctor’s coat and scrub pants, but there was nobody else there.

“Hey,” Luke said, suddenly feeling unsure.” What’s going on? I thought you must have had an emergency.”

“I did,” Reid said grimly. “of nerves.”

“What?”

Reid slowly looked Luke over from head to foot. He was wearing his formal black tuxedo. It outlined the shape of his body snugly. His hair was combed back and spiked a little. His beautiful skin looked illuminated, even under the harsh hospital lights.

“You look amazing,” Reid told him honestly.

“For a guy you just stood up?” Luke asked, a little hurt and irritated now that he could see no emergency in sight.

Reid ignored that.

“Do you know,” Reid said, moving around the exam room and fiddling with one of the machines. “That this is the room they brought Natalie into.”

Luke glanced around. “It is? I guess it is. That day was so crazy.”

“Yeah,” Reid said. “I remember coming in here and seeing her for the first time. “ Reid paused and cleared his throat. “And do you know, my hands shook when I touched her.” He frowned with puzzlement as if the shock of that day was still with him. “ That never happens to me.” Reid’s eyes flitted all about room. “ I never, ever shake. “
Luke’s heart was hammering in his chest with confusion. “ Your hands?” He repeated. “ Shook?”

“Yeah, I didn’t tell you.” Reid drew his eyebrows together. He had just assumed Luke would somehow know his fear. He realized now that had not been fair. “I’m sorry,” he told Luke.

Feeling awkward, Luke grabbed at the edge of the metal table. “Sorry? About your hands?”

With a muffled oath, Reid began to babble:

“No, I’m sorry I’m screwing up! You deserve this to go as planned. You deserve it all to be perfect! Natalie told me how to be romantic and she had me reserve the bridal suite of the hotel. It’s supposed to be like in the Nutcracker, I think. She has music on and ready and there are flowers there, even rose petals in the tub, and balloons and sparkling cider and – but Luke, “ Reid turned away with a rueful smile, “I just couldn’t go there. “

He gestured around wildly. “ I couldn’t do it!” Reid took a step back from Luke. “ All that isn’t me. I’m not that guy – I couldn’t.“

Luke inhaled a sharp breath. He tried to get closer to Reid.

“Do what? Couldn’t do what?” Luke asked desperately now. He felt the shock of the situation hitting his stomach.

“Wear my heart on my sleeve and be all sappy,” Reid answered, backing away from him. “ All I thought about is will Luke think this is good enough? Is this romantic enough? And what will happen in that hotel room, when he sees everything? I panicked. “

Reid turned away.

Frantically, Luke tried to answer. “ It doesn’t matter,” Luke stumbled over his words, “Do you hear me?” I don’t care about music or flowers or a bridal suite- I just need you to – I don’t – just please –“ Luke’s voice broke.

But Reid didn’t hear Luke’s plea. He was clammy with sweat by then, and in his own world of agony.

“Look,” Reid declared suddenly, “See what an idiot I am.” And with that, Reid began to take off his lab coat and scrubs in order to reveal to Luke just what was underneath.


a/n: Okay, don’t throw tomatoes at me for the cliffhanger… the rest is being posted later today; it was just getting too long here
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Natalie is a victim of a hit and run, Luke and Reid have their relationship tested.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: Sexually Explicit and Strong Language
Rating: NC-17

a/n: This is almost the end to the story, but I couldn’t resist teasing Reid a little more and having one more NC-17 moment …Hope you guys like

Part 18

When the door opened a little while later, Reid nearly jumped out of his skin. Luke carried some office papers. He smiled at Reid distractedly.

“I’ve had a bad afternoon, “ Luke told him. He shrugged out of his coat and then walked to the kitchen. “Lucinda kept asking me to pick up more stuff. And I’ve neglected so much foundation business, “ he sighed. “Good thing I’m the boss or I’d be fired. “

Reid followed him, examining Luke’s every move. His eyes studying him like a science problem.

Luke unwrapped something in foil from their fridge and sniffed. He wrinkled up his nose and put it back .

“I don’t know how we ever fed Natalie here,” Luke said.

Reid reached into the fridge and absently opened up the foil . He nibbled the contents.

Luke gave him a look. “I’m pretty sure that’s not edible.”

“I have a strong stomach,” Reid replied. He poked at the food some more with a fork.

Luke took a glass down and filled it with water. He drank some noisily.

“Well, I better finish this work,” Luke said.

“What? You’re going? You didn’t eat.” He wanted Luke to stay. Reid started rummaging around the fridge. “Look here’s pizza from the other day, a hamburger and hey – a taco . Now that’s good food!”

“Eat this,” Reid ordered. He handed Luke a hamburger, and frowned when Luke handed it back.

Luke shook his head and then began to wash out his glass. “Sometimes, I can’t believe you’re a doctor. I think you must have skipped basic nutrition class.”

Reid picked up the soggy taco. “How ‘bout this? Last chance? We can go halves?”

“Bon appetite,” Luke grinned at Reid as he left the kitchen.

How can I bring up weddings, when he keeps leaving the room? And why am I trying to get him to eat old Taco Bell? I should have bought lobster or something. Damn!

Reid quickly tossed the leftovers in the trash and followed Luke. Luke headed up the stairs with his papers in his hand.

“Luke!”Reid called and when Luke stopped, Reid crashed right into him.

“What?” Luke asked. He put a hand on Reid to steady him.

Reid glanced down at Luke’s hand on his arm.

“I just –“Reid hesitated, “I want you to know that you can ask me anything. Whatever’s on your mind, you can ask me.”

Reid stood back and waited expectantly.

“Really?”

“Yes.” Reid stood and waited for Luke to bring up love and relationships and feelings. God, he hoped they wouldn’t have to talk about feelings too much!

“Okay,” Luke shrugged. “I really could use some help today, while I finish my work. Would you mind cleaning out R.J’s litter box? It’s a mess.”

“You’re asking me to…” Reid’s face twisted up in disgust, “clean out the cat’s crappy box?”

“Didn’t you just say I could ask you a favor?” Luke demanded.

“No! Yes! “ Reid huffed, “I don’t think that’s what I just said. I didn’t mean –“ He ran hand through his hair. “Okay, whatever.”

“Great. Thanks!,” Luke said and continued up the stairs.

“Terrific,” Reid muttered as he grabbed a bag of fresh kitty litter and the scooper. This was going well.

He thought Luke would have picked right up on his verbal cues by now and be kissing him with happiness, not having him shovel cat shit.

***

Reid finished and then went slowly up the steps. He peeked into their bedroom at Luke.

Luke was busy working at their desk.

Reid watched. He noticed the missing engagement bands and flinched. When Had Luke taken those off? More importantly, why had Luke taken the rings off? Reid flashed back to the day he told Luke he would not put on the ring. He had just needed some time, not forever. Of course, he still wanted to marry Luke. But had he told him any of that? What exactly did he say to him? Reid could not recall it.

After a moment, Luke looked up. “All done?” He smiled.

Reid nodded.”Yep.”

“Hey, we need to get our suits ready for grandmother’s New Year’s party. Don’t let me forget.”

“Right.”

Reid had imagined Luke would just propose again, after a time, and he’d say yes again. Clean. Easy.

He eyed Luke’s naked finger. Okay, so Luke was insecure now or something. He’d have to let him know that he still wanted to be his husband. He just needed to reassure Luke that he was ready and loved him and -

Luke looked over at him. “You’re being a little weird. You okay?”

“I- I’m- “ Reid sucked in a sudden breath. Reid’s eyes darted around.

Try. Reassure him!

“Do you know that the brain has three main neurotransmitters to activate love? Adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin,“ Reid babbled suddenly.

“Uh-huh.”

“Then feelings of great attachment form and you have oxytocin and vasopressin too, all those chemicals. Pretty soon you have the brain’s mix for love. And once these chemicals are there, they can stay forever, you know, forever? “ Reid voice went up a notch, “Do you get what I’m saying.”

Come on, Luke. Understand me

Luke had been reading over one of his papers. He looked up a second, “Um, are you writing an article for a medical journal?” He asked politely.

“No!” Reid snapped.

“Sorry,” Luke gave him an annoyed look. “Don’t jump down my throat.”

Great, Oliver, now he is pissed at you.

Luke went back to sorting his things. “I’m almost done with this.”

Stop talking science, bonehead. Try what Luke likes. Try poetry or something.

Circling around him like a shark, Reid spoke again.
“Okay, forget brains. They’re not important. Luke, um, did you know that I…I like your eyes. “

“What?”

“Your eyes,” Reid nodded vigorously.

“My eyes?” Luke said.

“Yeah, there um, like a puppy’s.” Reid rushed on. “ I mean in a good cute way- not a drooling , begging way,” Reid broke off clumsily.“And your hair is- like- like a great shiny “ Reid searched his giant intellect for words, “–field of –…corn.”

“Corn?”Luke repeated.

“Yeah,” Reid pinched the bridge of his nose. “ I like corn. It’s good. On the cob. Or I like it cut up and creamed .”

There was a pause.Reid swore under his breath.

Luke just shook his head. “What’s wrong with you?”

Reid sighed.

“You know, I am feeling a bit off.” He gestured to his head and made a sound like an explosion was going off in there. “Must be your family here. Chattering on and on. “

“About what?”

“Nothing. Stupid things. I think I have a migraine. I’m going in the shower and er– be back.”

Luke just looked at him, as Reid turned and fled. Reid closed the bathroom door and started up the water. He banged his head against the wall. He took several gulping breaths.

That was a huge disaster. Good job, idiot. Way to be romantic!

What the hell was he going to do now?

“I know what you’re doing!” Luke suddenly tapped on the door, startling him.

“You do?” Reid said in shock.

“Yeah,” Luke entered the bathroom. “And it won’t work.”

“It won’t?”

Luke shook his head. “Nope. We are going to that party tomorrow night. It’s as much a celebration of Natalie’s recovery as it is a New Year’s party. Being nice to me won’t get you out of it.”

“Oh,” Reid sat down on the edge of the tub. “That.”

He looked up at Luke. “Okay, you got me.”

What did anybody expect from him anyhow?

Luke nodded, “I knew you were being all nice to get out of it. Face it Reid, you can’t fool me.”

“I can’t?” He nodded sagely. “ You always know what I’m thinking.”

“I do,” Luke returned, somewhat smugly.

“It’s like you read my mind,” Reid said sarcastically.

He sincerely hoped he never would have to romance Luke ever again. His original strategy of being rude as possible to Luke as he had fawned all over that douche Noah had been a million times easier than this. What had he done back then? Just been a total jerk and then kissed him and then… Wait a minute…That was it, sex.

Sex he could do.

Reid stood up and then reached into the shower to feel the water temperature. “Like right now. Can you guess what’s on my mind?” He gave Luke a lascivious grin.

“Well, you were fed not long ago,” Luke drawled, “so I’ll guess me?”

“So smart,” Reid marveled. Then he opened up the glass door to the shower. “Mr. Snyder, step
right this way.”

I’ll give Luke the best sex of his life. I’ll get him to be all happy and glowy- the way
I like Luke anyhow - and then I’ll ask him.


Reid grinned at him.

They quickly stripped. Together, they entered the shower.

***

It wasn’t long before Reid had Luke by the hips, his hard cock pressing against Luke firmly. His hand on Luke’s tip, brushing it back and forth against his knuckles and then stroking it with his fingers.

Groaning, Luke’s hips rocked forward .

Reid dropped to his knees worshipfully. He began to taste him intimately with his tongue. He slid one thumb over Luke’s slit, and then used his mouth again.

“Ohh,” Luke’s body convulsed. “Please. “

“Tell me what you want,” Reid said softly, “and I’ll do it. Tell me.”

Luke could only make incomprehensible sounds as his cock got rock-hard.

Luke’s wet hands slid up and down the shower wall.

“God! “ Luke shouted in sweet agony. “I just want you!” Luke eyes darkened. His lips were slightly parted.

He was lovely.

“You got me,” Reid said in answer. He wrapped his tongue around Luke’s head, and then took
Luke fully into his mouth. Luke pumped his cock in and out of Reid’s mouth.
Luke pulled frantically at Reid’s hair, holding the back of his neck. His cock knocking at the back of Reid’s throat.

And then Luke was there, his hot, milky explosion filling Reid’s hungry mouth.

Luke nearly collapsed; he panted and shook. Reid released him and then caressed his body gently. He ran his hands up and down Luke’s spine. Luke glanced down at Reid’s enormous erection pressing into him, and his eyes widened. Reid turned him around and kissed his neck and shoulders.

“Bend over,” Reid commanded in a husky voice.

“I –“

“Now!”

Luke bent down, and Reid palmed his ass. “Beautiful,” Reid murmured. Then he took down the shower nozzle and let the water pulse over Luke’s exposed hole, washing the sweet flesh.

“Ahhh,” Luke moaned. The water was like little shocks of wet heat. Reid added his finger, thrusting it in and out of Luke. He was already getting hard again.
Reid pushed another of his fingers inside and rotated it.

Grabbing the wall for support, Luke helplessly groaned. “No, no , no.”

“Yes, yes, yes,” Reid laughed. “I’m going to lick you now,” Reid told him.

Then he put down the shower head and removed his fingers and found Luke with his tongue.
Meanwhile, Reid’s hands glided all over Luke’s slick body.

***

Reid toweled Luke off gently and then started to the bed. Luke tripped and slid down to their rug.

“I. God that was – Wow.” He moaned. Reid sank down beside him.

“What makes you think we’re done?” He whispered, still focused on giving Luke every bit of pleasure he could. He was still determining the right moment to ask him. Besides, they were both hard now.

Reid pushed Luke down on the carpet. He turned so that his mouth hovered just over Luke’s cock. Luke had a full view of Reid’s sculpted butt. Luke couldn’t help reaching up and trailing a finger down the cheeks and flicking at Reid’s crack.

“69 with me,” Reid demanded. He knew how much Luke loved the mutual pleasure of that move.

Sure enough, Luke shook with anticipation. He slid Reid’s dick into his mouth. Luke’s hands massaged Reid’s ass. Reid pushed apart Luke’s thighs. Reid took Luke between his lips. They both sucked.

***

“Fuck me already!” Luke sobbed, his whole body twisting.

“No.”

“I can’t take this, I can’t take it!”

“You’re taking it, “ Reid ordered, lowering down his mouth.

Sobs of need racked Luke’s whole body,” Please, Reid, please.”

“Soon,” Reid soothed. “Soon.”

***

Reid let out an animal groan of pleasure.

They had made it to the bed, finally. Luke was underneath him, his legs on Reid’s shoulders.

“You’re so incredible,” Reid moaned.

He thrust deeper. Luke clenched his muscles around Reid’s hard shaft. He loved the way Luke quivered with need then.

Reid made an indeterminable noise of satisfaction. Luke was so fucking tight.
Reid began to move rhythmically inside of him. He captured Luke’s erection with his hand and stroked him up and down. He pounded into Luke’s ass.

“I guess those brain chemicals of ours are on fire right now,” Luke suddenly laughed and then panted.

Reid paused and looked down at him, “You heard all that? I didn’t think you were really listening. “

Reid thrust into him again. Luke’s head thrashed back and forth with pleasure.

“I always listen to you,” he replied, his whole body shaking.

Suddenly, Reid had no desire to keep pulling out every sex trick he knew. He stared down at
Luke’s lovely face, flushed with passion.

***

Suddenly he just wanted to kiss Luke and never stop.

***

Luke’s eyes flew open. “What?” he asked.

“This-“ Reid answered and bent down to Luke’s lips.

He kissed him with all the sweetness he felt inside. Their tongue touched gently. Luke weaved his fingers into Reid’s hair.

Reid began to move inside of Luke again, slowly now. He rocked in and out.

“You’re, “ Reid moaned as Luke lifted up his hips to meet him, “You’re everything,” he said to Luke, “everything.”

Luke sucked in a sharp breath at his words. His face went soft.

“For me too.” Luke managed to say. “ You’re everything too,” he told Reid thickly.

They kissed again. The kiss lingered, a warm, sweet pressure.

Being inside of Luke was perfect, like knowing where to belong. They moved again, eyes open, watching each other, giving each other coded messages that lovers silently speak. The thrust of their bodies matched the rapid rhythm of their hearts.
Then Reid closed his eyes. He felt a tingling ache inside. He pulled Luke up higher, chest to chest, mouth on mouth, his hands digging underneath Luke’s firm buttocks, lifting up.

Moving. Soaring.

“Mine!” Reid shouted out as he finally climaxed.

“Mine ,” Luke answered, groaning and spilling his semen, creamy and plentiful. Reid didn’t mind. He liked the hot rush of Luke against his skin. He liked knowing they were both lost in pleasure.

Their bodies were woven as one, limbs tight. The air full of the musky scent of love.
Reid rolled over, taking Luke with him, still holding him. They rested . Their breath slowly calming. Reid finally pulled out. Luke collapsed next to him. He wrapped his hands at Luke’s waist and rested his head on Luke’s shoulder.

Now.

Reid practiced the words for a moment in his head. Then he frowned and practiced them again. This was a lot more difficult than he’d imagined. He absently made lazy circles on Luke’s stomach. He liked just resting in the warmth of Luke’s body. Sometimes it seemed like Luke had a light burning inside of him; the way he would radiate heat and the way his whole face could suddenly brighten. Reid was eager to see that high voltage smile now as he asked Luke to be his. He took a huge breathe and spoke.

“Luke. I was thinking,” Reid voice came out, actually trembling, “We’re doing pretty well with this whole love thing so…What do you think about getting engaged again?”

Reid was elated. He’d said it! He looked up hopefully at Luke.
Luke was asleep. His hands were curled and resting sweetly by his head. His mouth was innocent and open and slightly bruised from their kisses. His still wet hair was at his forehead in messy strands.

Of course, too damn late.

Reid gently stroked his thumb over Luke’s lips.

Luke deserved better than a post-sex proposal anyhow. Reid held Luke in his arms and tried to think.

***
An hour later, Reid’s mind was still blank. He carefully got up, not waking Luke from his sleep. He would just have to surrender. Reid grabbed his phone with a deep sigh.
Reid shook his head and began to text: Okay, Natalie. You win. Please give me your idea. I need help! You’re completely clueless, soon to be brother-in-law

Across town, Natalie smiled at the text from Reid. Step Four: Get Luke a fantastic, romantic proposal. She texted Reid back detailed instructions of just what to do. Natalie smiled contently. She couldn’t wait for the ceremony.
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Summary: When Natalie is a victim of a hit and run, Luke and Reid’s relationship is tested.
Warning: None
Rating: R


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…”

“Not now?”

“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?”

“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.”

“Me too.”

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 .

A standoff.

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.

They danced.

***

“It figures,” Luke complained a moment later.

“What?”

“You. You do too dance! “ Luke eyed Reid’s graceful sway. “Just like you do everything else.
Perfectly.”

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.”

“What?”

“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.
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Title: Hit and Run
Summary : When Natalie becomes a victim of a hit and run, Luke and Reid must fight for their relationship.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: some angst, some Cake, some answers
Rating: PG
Part 15

It took about ten minutes for Alison to break down and confess the whole sordid event.

“Chris and I have been seeing each other,” she began, peeking a minute at a white-faced Casey.

“We’re in love!” She added defensively.

“Ali, quiet!” Chris ordered.

Alison shook her head adamantly. “I can’t do this anymore.”

“So you two were together, “ Reid said prodding her on, “the day of the accident.”

Ali bit her lip. She swallowed hard and didn’t dare look at all the Snyders. The Hughes family was also standing all around her. She couldn’t look at their faces either. “Yes. We were coming back from some …alone time. Chris was hung over, so I was driving the family car. I looked at Chris to just – just for a second – I swear! She came out of nowhere!”

“Why didn’t you stop, Ali? Why?” Luke’s voice was thick with hurt.

“We did!” Ali shot back. “We did. But I couldn’t have everybody find us, not together. I wanted to be with Casey – I thought it wasn’t love, not then…” She turned to Casey. “I couldn’t hurt you, not like I did before with Mick and ”

“Gee thanks, you bitch,” Casey growled.

Ali recoiled from him.

“Go on,” Jack said.

“Tell us,” Reid added.

Ali let out a shuddering breath. “I was trying to end it with Chris and still marry Casey, but I – I couldn’t resist him. “ She glanced at a sullen Chris, then continued, “ We did stop for Natalie, but…Chris looked at her. But he said we needed to ditch the car; he promised he’d head right back once he got his own car. He’d go back and examine her. We just had to –
“ Ali stopped talking.

“Get rid of the evidence?” Jack said in a chilly tone. Tom began to pace around the room, while Margo seemed frozen.

“It really wasn’t a hit and run. We stopped! We planned to help her soon. Chris went to his car and headed back to help her.”

Everybody looked at Chris.

His face was expressionless. “I don’t know what she is talking about,” he said.

“Chris did not do this!” Kim added, “You did it Ali and now you are blaming him. You are just like Susan!”

“Shut up!” Ali yelled back. She had actually just called her mother and Emily to hurry over.

“What did you do next, Ali?” Reid asked calmly. He was so logical and focused; he would have made a great Sherlock Holmes in another life.

Ali’s voice trembled now, ” I called Casey and told him- “ she stopped and cried some more.
They all looked at Casey. His face was pale and set.

“She called me and told me she’d had a bad fender bender- hit a dog or something. I saw the blood, but I thought, I swear, that it was a stray that had since run off.”

Ali nodded, “I told him that. Chris told me to tell him that.” She looked at Chris pleadingly. He ignored her.

Casey gulped hard and began to rush his words out:“I took the car, smoking and messed up, to the mechanic. Took Ali to change and go to the hospital…it was only then- “ Casey stared at Luke. “I – I didn’t know about Chris-“ Pain colored his words and he looked sick. “ I –I became suspicious, but everybody kept telling me I was being paranoid. That it had been a dog . Chris. Ali. Even you, Dad.”

“Casey, just be quiet,” Tom said. He stopped pacing and gave his son a look.

“What does he mean?” Margo asked her husband.

“The perfect son,” Chris jeered at Tom.

“Shut up , Chris. I covered up this mess to protect Dad. You told me it was Dad!”

There was a stunned silence. Tom Hughes had covered up a crime. He would be disbarred, maybe worse.

“So how does Bob tie into this?” Asked Holden suddenly, confused. Molly took his hand and held it. Holden refused to allow himself to cry. He repeated his question in a firm voice.

Reid’s mouth twisted up. “Don’t you see? Chris sent Casey on a fool’s errand with the car and then he began to change Bob’s medication as the fall guy. Might as well blame your own father, right?” Reid looked at Chris with disgust. “In your mind, Bob had already betrayed you by suspending you and never giving you the Chief job.”

“No,” Kim moaned, “no, no, no.”

“We are bringing Bob up from his cell right now,” Jack told them.

“I examined him there,” Reid said. “He is better now; I put him back on his real medication.”

“This is too much,” Lily whispered. She looked at Chris and Ali. “You have been in our home countless times. You’ve cared for Natalie at the hospital. How could you-“ She broke off and began to sob.

Luke put a protective arm around his mother. She clung to him. Reid walked over and patted Lily a little on her back. Lily looked up startled and then gave Reid a small smile of thanks.

The door opened and Bob came in. He had eyes for nobody but his son.

“Where did I go wrong with you, Chris?” Bob said sadly.

Chris exploded with anger. “Where did you go wrong? That’s right, I’m always the screw up. Tom is perfect; you’re perfect. I hate being in this family. “ He looked around wildly. “I should have been Chief! It was so easy to convince you, Dad, that you hit Natalie. You kept getting more and more confused. And your precious Ali?” He sneered at Casey, “Just a tramp as always.”

Ali sobbed, finally understanding that Chris had used her as much as the rest of them.

“I wasn’t going down for her.” Chris was raging. “ I woke up at the impact and saw what Ali had done. She and I had been drinking all night; we were tired and at fault. I wasn’t - I had her ditch the car, yes. But I did head back. “ He spared a quick glance at Lily. “I’m not a monster- I wanted to go back. But Margo was there- the police. The ambulance was coming, so…” He shrugged.

“You bastard,” Luke suddenly shouted, startling his family with his language. “Every minute for Natalie mattered.” He went up to Chris. “When I think of my sister struggling to speak a full sentence! Trying to get up from her hospital bed!” Luke screamed hoarsely. “ In therapy ever day, and you think it’s okay cause you were going back for her? “ Tears of helpless rage poured down Luke’s face.

“Easy,” Reid said to Luke, and he took Luke away from them all for a moment.

“Calm down,” Reid said softly.

“Don’t tell me I’m overreacting,” Luke replied heatedly.

“I’m not! Are you kidding? I want to scream a few profanities at him too.”

Luke sniffed, “Really?”

“Absolutely.” Reid gently cupped Luke’s face. “But listen. All yelling will accomplish is getting you thrown out of here, see? Take a breath,” Reid advised. He still held Luke’s face in his palm. He studied Luke, seeing that he was getting it together.

Luke turned his lips into Reid’s palm and sweetly kissed it. “Okay,” Luke said.

“Good,” Reid replied. “I don’t want you arrested right now for disorderly conduct or something. I love you, but I hate the thought of having to visit you in jail. The cells are too small, beds all narrow, and I’d have to fight for your honor with some guy named Bubba.”
Reid shook his head in mock horror, making Luke smile.

Reid smiled back, “There’s the Luke I like to see. “ He patted his cheek.

Together, they went back to the others.

“So Doogie,” Reid drawled ,” You were telling us all about your good deeds?”

Chris ignored Reid. He turned to Margo. “I went back. It was really all just an accident. “

“You father’s medication?”Reid pushed suddenly, “They just accidentally got switched too? You …What? Suddenly couldn’t read pill bottles? Became spontaneously dyslexic? “

Chris’s face went hard. His boyish good looks not disguising his ugliness now.

“Shut up, Oliver! None of this is your business!”

“We’re his family and this is his business ,”Holden said. “And I am wondering how any son could do a thing like that?”

“Chris,” Margo added in a sad voice, “To try and get a job is one thing, but to actually blame him for a crime?”

“ Look,” Chris searched his mind for a good spin on it. “…I didn’t plan to involve him at first. I only switched his medication to persuade Dad about Memorial. He was letting Oliver here take over everything! He didn’t see me! I just wanted to have some influence on him again. To have him make me Chief.”

Bob just sat in complete shock. It was Lily who actually got up and comforted him. Bob could not look at his son.

“I didn’t plan to do all this,” Chris defended his actions again. “Not at first.”

“Man’s a boy scout,” Reid muttered.

“So why involve Bob in the rest? “ Margo was demanding. “Why frame him?”

He shrugged. “ Carly would have been fine as my scapegoat. But it didn’t happen that way.”
Jack started at Chris, and he backed away. Margo held up a hand at Jack.

“But when Carly didn’t work out due to a lack of evidence, you decided to use Bob,” Reid said, he kept the interrogation moving as much as the cops. He wanted Chris to confess it all.

Chris glared at Reid. “I knew it was only a matter of time before the car might be found. Margo kept on digging.”

“And you went along with it,” Casey spoke suddenly to Alison.”You had me convinced my granddad was sick and that I was being silly about the car and all this time- it was you .”

Ali had been rocking back and forth in misery, crying. Now she looked at Casey, wiping away her black-streaked eye liner.

“I- I’m not a bad person,” She cried out. “I – Chris said if we let Bob take the blame that no court in the country would convict a confused old man, and I really did think his dementia had gotten worse. I didn’t know Chris had changed his medication.” She pulled guiltily at her hair, twisting it around. “ Plus, by then, I thought Chris and I were in love and it was more than a fling now… I – he told me what to do!”

Casey turned away from her.

“It seems the only one knowing all the information here was Chris,” Holden said. “He convinced Bob that he was guilty and then made Tom believe it too.”

Reid nodded, “Yep. Doogie is the definition of an opportunist. He used Casey and Tom to cover things up and let Ali think they had a future to keep her going along with it all. He could cover up the crime and be Chief.”

Holden and Reid nodded at each other – a good team.

There was a moment of silence as everybody took in the crime.

“Where did we fail?” Bob asked Kim sadly.

Kim shrugged away from him. “Chris, my Chris, is ill.” She told Bob in a pleading voice. “ He needs help!” She would never abandon Chris. She’d just have to make Bob see that he was sick and not to blame.

“I want a lawyer,” Chris said, not even looking at his crying parents. “And not Tom!”

“I wouldn’t represent you ever, “ Tom snarled.

“How could you be sucked into this?” Margo asked Tom sadly. “Even out of love for Bob? “

Tom had no answer. He was basically a weak man.

Margo wrapped a protective arm around Casey.

“I want a lawyer too!” Ali said. She tried to reach out for Casey, who shrank away and let Margo hug him tightly.

“You are all going to pay for what you did,” Lily vowed.

“For once, we agree,” Holden told her. Molly shot Lily a jealous look that everybody else ignored.

Meanwhile, Luke felt like he’d been punched in the guts. He leaned into Reid.

“You were right about Bob,” Luke whispered. “ I should have listened.”

“Doesn’t matter,” Reid whispered back and kissed Luke’s head.

“I’ll get out of this,” Chris was saying, “It was Ali driving, not me!”

Nobody even answered him. Bob was comforted by a compassionate Lily and Holden, while Kim dialed lawyers and cried. Susan and Emily arrived and hugged Ali. Jack checked in with Carly at their home.

Casey broke off Margo’s hug and slowly approached Luke.

“I’m sorry. I was such a fool to believe all the lies. I should have known . Listened to my gut. ”

Luke held out a hand, “It’s your family and your girlfriend…I -I’m sorry for you!”

The two friends embraced with great emotion.

Then they stepped back and watched as Ali and Chris were finally led to their cells.

***
Outside the station, Luke watched as Reid and Bob shook hands . Reid had offered to go to the hospital for Bob, but Bob wanted to go too. It was the only place left that still made sense to him. He and Reid agreed to go together. Their handshake went on for a long time, both men not wanting it to end. Luke was glad Bob would have Reid to help him. He waved goodbye and watched the car until it disappeared from sight.

“He was very good in there,” Lily commented, coming up behind Luke.

“What?”

“Reid,” she said, “he’d be a good cop.”

“He’d enjoy the doughnuts anyhow,” Luke laughed, “And he is pretty much good at everything.”

Lily almost smiled at that. She reached out a hand and rested it on Luke’s shoulder.

“You really love him, huh?”

Luke shrugged.

“Don’t worry, I finally am seeing that. I guess, it’s been so hard, you don’t know.”

“What?”

“Losing you.”

Luke looked at her in surprise. “Mom, you don’t have to lose me- “

“But I do. It’s right that I do. You have your own life, and that’s what really hurt me.
Seeing you move so far from me and be with Reid.”

“I’ve had other boyfriends,” Luke replied, puzzled.

Lily shook her head, “Noah was more like another son. He followed my rules. He never took you far away from me. But with Reid, it’s adult. “

Luke was silent a second. “I guess, that’s true. I mean with Reid I am trying to build a whole partnership –a life.”

Lily nodded. “And that is what’s hard for me- to let you go. Really let go. I see now that I was blaming Reid, and I’m sorry.” Lily wiped away a stray tear. “ It’s just I have no husband- my house is empty. I don’t know how to be without a man,” Lily admitted quietly. “And without all my kids too. Faith hates me most of the time, Ethan always wants to be at the farm . Natalie went to you.” Lily dabbed at her eyes.

“Mom, Natalie is just with us for this week. Reid told you she can move back to your house by New Year’s.”

“I know, but she is my baby,” Lily smiled. “It’s still hard. I guess I need to work on being okay when I’m alone.” Lily took a deep breath.

Luke smiled and hugged his mother. “You’re not alone. I am always a phone call away, alright?”

Lily hugged her son with all of her strength, “Thank you. My sweetheart. I love you.”

“I love you.”

“Good thing Reid’s not here,” Lily added.

Luke stiffened, “Why?” he asked cautiously.

“Cause, “ Lily laughed and made a face, “he made it pretty clear to me- no more drama. “

“Yeah,” Luke laughed too, “that sounds like him.”

She took her son’s hand, “He and I are very different people, but I am going to try a lot more with him. Okay?”

Tears formed in Luke’s eyes, “Mom,’ he said, “That means a whole lot.”

***

The next day, Reid and Luke attempted to meet and pick up some dinner from Al’s; Reid had worked round the clock at the hospital again, trying to help an emotional Bob focus. This was Luke and Reid’s only time together. But as soon as they entered Al’s, they saw Casey sitting there, not touching his giant cheeseburger and fries, and looking lost. Luke and Reid exchanged glances and slowly approached him.

“I just can’t go home,” Casey said to them in greeting.

“Sorry,” Luke said to him.

Casey shrugged. “Love sucks.”

“You’ll find another girl someday,” Luke said softly, “ You’ll love again.”

“I don’t know," Casey said. “I might be done.”

“No,“ Reid said, “Luke’s right. Just get back out there, there are lots of other cheating lying girls in Oakdale.” He ate one of Casey’s fries.

“Reid!”Luke scolded.

But Casey gave a laugh and then laughed so hard he held his sides, “Yeah, I’ve already dated some of those too. Emily? Vienna? Ali? Oakdale ladies all. ”

Then to all their surprise, Casey grabbed Reid and squeezed him. “Thanks. I don’t know the last time anybody made me laugh.”

“Um,” Reid actually blushed, “I’m going to go and get our take out order.”

Luke smiled in amusement. He winked at Casey. Then he followed Reid up to the counter.

“Listen, I know we made plans at home to eat, but –“ Luke gestured to Casey.

“No, okay,” Reid said in understanding, “go and do what you need to do.”

“You don’t mind?”

“Well, I’ll miss you,” Reid grinned, “but I have some nourishment so- “

“You’ll survive on chili and corn bread,” Luke added with a returning smile.

They kissed goodbye. Luke let his eyes admire Reid in his jeans as he left.

Luke went back to Casey and they sat together eating awhile in silence.

Casey finally spoke. “I know Ali did the crime too and God I hate her, but Chris- he just messed with everybody in the family. All of us,” Casey’s voice roughened.

Luke did not answer. He had nothing good to say about Ali or Chris.

“I thought Ali changed, after Mick Dante. I thought she really changed, “ Casey added.

Luke sighed. “I used to think things like that- not anymore. People don’t change really.”

“What do you mean?”

“I used to think like that with Noah. That if I just worked harder at it, if I were just was a little better a boyfriend –“

“Luke, you were a great boyfriend to that loser.”

Luke grinned. “But he never made me feel like I was…I just kept thinking if I worked more at it, he’d change. He’s stop judging me so harshly or appreciate me more- he never really did. You know? “

They fell into another silence.

“Well,’ Casey said, “my parents have been great. Dad is admitting what he did and facing the consequences and Mom has been awesome to me.”

“Good.”

“But things are so screwed up. You’re so lucky, Luke, “Casey said suddenly.

“What? Why?”

Casey took a bite of his burger. He shrugged. “You family is pretty solid right now and you’re with a guy who really loves you.”

“Yeah-“ Luke said, although he felt a little sad at the word guy and not fiancée.

“What?” Casey asked, seeing his friend’s look.

“It’s nothing, stupid.”

“Spill. I want to hear something other than Poor Casey right now.”

“I just wanted to get married in this coming year to Reid and now…Cause we fought and you know-“

“Over Natalie, right? God, that is on my family too.”

Luke waved his hand away, ”No, that’s on me. I messed up with him. Anyhow, I don’t think marriage is coming this year or any time soon.”

Casey chewed a moment. “Let me ask you a question.”

“Shoot.”

“Can you see Dr. O ever running around town cheating on you? Lying about things and sneaking around?”

Luke shook his head. “No.”

“Yeah, me either.” Casey smiled. “That guy has it so bad for you ,Snyder. So what does a piece of paper really matter right now?”

“I guess,” Luke said slowly and he did feel better listening to Casey. “It’s just, hard to explain, but it is something I really, really want with him. That’s all.”

“That’s cause ever since we were kids you’ve been just a girly-girl at heart,” Casey tossed a fry at Luke.

Luke caught it and popped it in his mouth. “More man than you are, Hughes. I can still whoop your ass on the basketball court.”

“In your dreams.”

“We’ll see when the snow is gone. “

“It’s a bet,” Casey told him.

Luke smiled at his oldest friend, “I love you, Case, “ he told him. He hated to see Casey
hurting so deeply.

“See?” Casey made a face, “You’re a total girl. “ Then he reached out and punched Luke lightly on the arm in thanks.

Casey sighed. “I probably do need to date outside of this town. “ Casey looked at Luke a moment, “Dr. O doesn’t have like some smoking hot sister, hidden away some place does he?”

Luke laughed. “Not that I know of.”

“Too bad, man, too bad.”
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke and Reid are happily engaged, when Natalie is a victim of a hit and run. Reid and Luke fought about Reid operating on her, causing them to break up for a time. They are now back together, but still not engaged again.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: Sexually Explicit
Rating : NC-17

Part 14

At the station, they found the whole Hughes clan. Kim was crying and shaking her head. She had a worried arm around Chris, who was trying to comfort his distraught mother. Tom and Margo were in her office with Bob. And Casey was being comforted by a very pale and quiet Alison.

The Snyders did not know what to say to the Hughes family. They’d all been friends for years and years, but now they were all awkward and distant with each other.
Luke gave Casey a nod. He returned a weak smile.

Then the door to Margo’s office opened. Margo and Jack came out, grim-faced.

“He’s given a statement.”

“Who?” Holden asked.

“Bob,” Jack answered as Margo became visibly upset.

“Bob?” Lily repeated, stunned.

Margo swallowed hard and nodded. “Apparently, his medicine for his dementia is not working. He doesn’t exactly remember it, but he is convinced that he must have been the one to hit Natalie.”

Kim started to cry and Chris rocked her in his arms. Casey also began to cry.

Casey tried to reach out for Alison.

“No,” Ali shook her head. She ran to the restroom to be sick.

Margo wiped her own tears and looked at her devastated family. “The question is…Who else has known about this and who has tried to cover it up?”

Luke sat down in a chair, shocked. Reid came up behind Luke and silently rubbed his shoulders.

“No one helped him, “Chris was saying ,” We all noticed Dad was off…but none of us suspected this.”

“The car was in the shop,” Kim was crying, “ Everybody in the whole family uses it. Mostly Casey and Ali. Not just Bob! Besides, it just had a small fender issue.”

“Even if he did it, Grandpa is sick, “ Casey whispered, “Chris, tell them.”

Chris just stood there.

Just then, Bob came out of the office, looking haggard and worn. He was leaning heavily on Tom.

Bob saw a stunned Lily and Holden and held out his hands pleadingly, “I’m sorry, “ he told them. “I didn’t even know at the time, but now – “ Bob buried his face in Tom’s side.

“This doesn’t make sense,” Reid murmured, but nobody was listening to him.

“Not another word, Dad,” Tom said firmly . Tom’s eyes looked at the others. “Not a word, anybody.”

Margo stood up and read Bob his rights.

***

“It doesn’t add up,” Reid said again later. They had taken Natalie’s things and drove them out to the farm; Reid had agreed that she was well enough to spend Christmas evening with Ethan and Faith and Emma out there. Lily had even decided to stay at the farm and be with her children, much to the displeasure of Molly. But Luke was pleased to see his mother actually happy, and his siblings all together. Holden had told Molly she would just have to be a grown up about it. Holden had sounded a lot like Reid there, and it had made Luke smile. Nobody had felt like a long Christmas dinner, but for the little kids’ sake, they had all gone through the motions. Luke had hugged Natalie tightly as they said goodbye to her for the night. They planned to pick her up in the morning. If her recovery continued to progress,
Reid told the family she’d be back at Lily’s house full time by New Year’s.

This was the first real chance they had to discuss what had happened at the police station.

Luke wasn’t listening too much. He pulled off his shirt and headed to their bathroom. He came out a few moments later.

“I mean, Bob was fine the day Natalie came in…His problems started later, I remember- “

“Please, “ he cut Reid off, “this whole thing is making me sick. “ Luke’s mouth curled up in
distaste. “The Hughes car was fixed up to hide it. Bob left my sister, my baby sister, on the side of the road covered in blood. And Casey is part of this, I feel it. “

Reid was frowning. “That’s the other thing, Luke. Bob would never just leave a bleeding girl –I don’t care if he did have a return of the dementia- he wouldn’t.”

Luke sighed. “Look I know you respect Bob.”

“I-“

"But I expect you to support my family.”

“What? Without question?” Reid’s expression soured.

Luke threw up his hands, “Yeah, maybe. I mean Bob confessed.”

“I know that, but-“

“Why would he do that, if he’s innocent?” Luke shook his head.

“Well-“Reid started to give some reasons.

Luke put a hand out to stop him.

“I just can’t debate this right now. “ Anger glittered in Luke’s eyes. “ I’m too upset. Let’s just go to bed, okay?”

Reid hesitated. “Fine.”

They both got into their bed.

“But I will add,” Reid said, “that I wouldn’t put all your faith into the Oakdale Police. You do a crime in this town and you are usually the one person not arrested.”

“Reid-“

“I’m surprised they don’t have the real criminals on their Christmas mailing lists. Margo must have been a drug doing flower child in her past because her brain is like spaghetti; Jack’s office must have wall to wall mirrors so he can watch himself arresting people and collecting his self-righteous medals, and –“

“Stop!” Luke pushed at him, his face flushed and irritated. “I asked you to drop it. I told you to stop. Why do you do that?”

“What?”

“Never know when to shut up?”Luke replied exasperated. “ You just keep being obnoxious, cause you’re always convinced you’re right.”

“I am right,” Reid said softly.

“Whatever,’ Luke snapped. He turned away from Reid, rolling to the edge of their bed. “Just be right and be quiet, okay?”

Reid’s face took on a hurt expression. He curled up against his pillow.

They slept.

***

Waking up a few hours later, Reid reached out to touch Luke gently. He felt sorry about their fight.

Reid’s fingers touched an empty space.

Panicked, Reid immediately got up and peeked out the window, looking down at their front driveway.

Luke’s car was gone.

Reid stood there, stunned. Then he moved slowly away from the window, walking like an old man. Reid Jr. appeared suddenly and meowed at him, circling his legs. Reid scooped up the cat and held it. Reid’s stomach turned uneasily. He put his head into the soft fur of the cat.

Then Reid heard a car and a door opening. Reid cautiously let the cat go and went down the stairs.

He saw the kitchen light on.

Luke was there, a carton of ice cream in his hand, and a bag of sundae toppings on the counter. He glanced over at Reid.

“You couldn’t sleep either? I’ve been tossing and turning,” Luke smiled ruefully, “I need something sweet.”

Luke opened up the carton. Then he turned to Reid, who Luke just realized was eerily silent.

“What?” Luke asked.

Reid swallowed convulsively and couldn’t answer. His blue eyes were darker than normal and his face was pale.

“I- you- didn’t ,” Reid stammered. “You’re here.”

“What do you mean? “ Luke asked, perplexed. Then it all clicked in his mind. “You thought I walked out? Cause we were fighting ?”

Reid shrugged and wouldn’t look at Luke.

“Oh, Reid,” Luke said compassionately. He went over and slid a comforting hand underneath Reid’s shirt and gently rubbed his back.

The pressure that had been building up inside of Reid since he had found himself alone suddenly broke. He buried his face in Luke’s neck and clung to him.

Reid mumbled, “I guess I overreacted. “

“Yeah, you sure did.” Luke continued to massage his back and shoulders. “But maybe it’s good we talk about it. “

“No, talk. Let’s just get naked and forget it.” Reid sniffed, his face still buried. He was now red with embarrassment.

Luke laughed, “That is so your solution to every problem, but sorry. Talk is needed here. Or, I’ll talk, you listen. “ Luke paused a moment. He knew he had to find the exact words to help Reid.

Luke tenderly touched Reid’s cheek. “ I may fight with you, I’m sure we will. And I may turn into a shrew, be dramatic, whatever. I may even throw things at you, or even try to kick you in your rude ass.”

He felt Reid shake with a sudden laugh, and it made Luke smile.

“But I promise you, “ Luke added, “I won’t leave.”

He felt Reid nodding.

Luke exhaled deeply, “And I’m sorry,” he told Reid.

“For what?” Reid finally lifted his head up and stared at Luke. “ I’m the one all freaked out,” Reid said, “and over nothing .”

Luke stroked Reid’s damp cheek and then gave him a kiss. ”I promised I would be understanding and I’ve been...” he thought of all his silly plotting to win Reid back to a wedding ,“ stupid, “ Luke laughed. He held Reid’s face in his hands and looked at him so lovingly it made Reid suck in his breath.

“You, doctor, have got me. Forever. Right here. And until you really get that through your thick skull- well,” Luke shrugged, “I’m going to just give you as much time as you need, and for as long as you need it.”

There was a moment of silence, while Reid absorbed Luke’s words fully.

“Luke?” Reid said in a serious voice.

“Yes?” Luke answered anxiously.

“Can I have some of your ice cream?” Reid said finally and gave Luke a small smile.

Pursing his lips together to keep from laughing, Luke shook his head in wonder. “You’re really asking me about my snack right now?”

Reid shrugged, “It looks good.” He tried to peek into the bag of topping and Luke playfully batted at his hands.

“Tell you what, I’ll make you one,” Luke said, “I’ll even give you the bigger bowl.”

“Really?” Reid’s eyes twinkled with delight, “You are a good boyfriend.”

“I’m the best,” Luke agreed.

“Did you buy whipped cream ?” Reid inquired.

“Yep.”

“Chocolate syrup?”

“The works,” Luke replied, “and I don’t mind sharing.”

Then Luke started to make him the biggest ice cream sundae that he could. He added tons of whipped cream, syrup and sprinkles then handed the bowl to Reid. He watched with a smile as Reid dug into the treat with his usual vigor.

“You know,” Luke said, “I’m glad we had a fight.”

“Why? “ Reid asked, “So you can watch me have a nervous breakdown over your sugar run?”

“No,” Luke laughed, “but you are kind of cute when you panic. “ He stepped closer to
Reid. “No, I’m glad we fought, so you can see that I’m not going anywhere. “ Luke smiled.

Reid licked some whipped cream off of his fingers and considered him. “ I’m glad we fought too, “ he said suddenly. “Cause now I have a reason for makeup sex and for getting you upstairs and naked.”

“Oh, that can be arranged. “ Luke grinned wickedly, “But only if you bring some of that whipped cream.” Luke moved over to Reid and took his fingers. He licked each one with his tongue. Reid closed his eyes in pleasure.

After that, Luke just held his hand a moment and Reid opened his eyes to see that Luke was staring at him. He offered Luke an almost bashful smile. Luke inhaled sharply. He suddenly wanted Reid so much it was a physical ache. A sudden rush of heat and energy passed between them.

“Or, Dr. Oliver,” Luke finally whispered, “ I could just cover you in that cream right now, and then make love to you tonight until you can’t walk.”

Reid’s breathing sped up instantly. “Good thing Natalie is at the farm, “ he managed to say weakly, before Luke’s insistent lips covered his.

Luke put his whole being into the kiss; he wanted Reid to taste how much they belonged together. That they were meant to be- completely and without any doubts, whether they were married or not.

Luke branded him with his tongue, starving for the possession of Reid’s mouth. Luke’s fingers fumbled with the waistband of Reid’s briefs. He yanked them down. He picked up the can of whipped cream. He let it spray Reid in the most intimate of places. Luke dropped down.

His lips sucking on Reid determinedly, Luke licked his whip creamed cock back and forth, and then took it into his mouth. Luke’s lips were soft and full and fantastic. He deep-throated him all the way back and sucked harder.

“Luke-“ Reid whispered, trembling , as Luke released him. “Please!” Reid said, but it wasn’t in a begging voice at all. Reid said it like a command.

Only, he wasn’t sure what he was asking for exactly. For Luke to take him in his mouth again? For Luke to let him do the tasting now? For Luke to just not ever stop?

“Please,” Reid said again. He placed his hands on Luke’s chest.

“Hush,” Luke answered. He kissed Reid suddenly, and Reid could taste the cream.

“Love you so much,” Luke said simply. He leaned into Reid’s ear and gave it a small lick. Then Luke added softly, ”Love you always, always , always, “ and Reid knew that this was what he had been asking to hear. This was what Luke instinctively knew to tell him.

Reid sighed deeply.

Then Luke turned Reid around. “Not done. “

“But I –“ Reid wanted to say something important back to Luke, but all over his words began to jumble up.

“Would you please bend over?” Luke asked in that polite way of his.

Reid rested his hands on the counter and obeyed. His mind just mush now.

“Spread your legs.”

Luke sprayed more whipped cream.

Then he dropped to his knees again and began to use his tongue on Reid’s hole in stunning, giving ways that had Reid panting and thrusting in agony. The sounds of Reid’s painful groans filled the kitchen.

Luke now fully penetrated Reid with his tongue, pushing it in and out without mercy.
He tasted every drop of whipped cream, until Reid’s knees gave way and he fell to the floor in a heap of swooning desire.

Only then did Luke gather Reid back into his arms, lead him up the stairs, and make good on his other promise.

Luke pressed his body against him, and closed one hand possessively around his hardness, making Reid’s entire frame jerk. Luke raised up his legs with a gentle insistence, the broad tip of his cock poised at Reid’s opening. Luke teased him a moment, letting his head slid in and then pull back out. He kissed away Reid’s moans.

He entered Reid slowly, staring into his magnetic blue eyes.

Reid looked up at Luke, towering above him. He was the most beautiful man that Reid could imagine and he belonged to him. The thought was staggering. Reid opened his mouth to tell Luke, but Luke bent down and sucked on his open mouth. He began to rock his body into Reid’s .

Eyes closed, Reid lifted up his hips higher. Soon, he was lost in a world of sensation, as Luke began to find an amazing rhythm. He rode him endlessly, keeping his word about making love all night long.

***


The next morning, Reid could barely walk.

It took Reid extra time to move around and get ready for work. Luke slept peacefully, while he dressed in his scrubs and grabbed his things. Reid stomach rumbled, but there was no time for breakfast. With Bob arrested, he could only imagine the chaos going on at Memorial.

Despite running late, Reid paused for a moment to just gaze at Luke. Then he smiled widely, without his usual guarded expression, and left.

Memorial was packed with the sick and injured. The holiday season seemed to always bring about more and more patients. Hurrying to grab a Twix bar before his rounds started, Reid quickly headed for the break room. He wondered if Bob had made bail yet, and considered going later to the police station. He didn’t want to argue any more with Luke about it, but Reid instincts all screamed that Bob did not hit Natalie. He had been aware and lucid at her operation. No, there was hidden something here. A part that just made no sense. Reid pursued his lips together . It was a puzzle and he liked to solve puzzles. He also wanted to have this end for Luke. It was taking too much out of him. Luke was just so sensitive-- -

Reid pushed open the break room door and found Chris leaning into a smitten Alison. He had a strand of Ali’s blond hair twirled in his fingers. She was giggling and had her head tilted to him. Their bodies were intimately entwined together.

Reid took two steps backwards. Then he reached for his cell phone and snapped a picture of them.

They quickly broke apart.

“What the hell-“ Chris shouted.

Alison covered up her face with mortification.

“We go way back, “ Chris said , “That’s all. We go way back.”

“Back, forward ,and probably horizontal too,” Reid quipped.

“Please, we’re in love, “ Ali said in an agonized whisper.

“Yeah, if I were you I’d get that love tested for STDs, “ Reid said sarcastically, “the clinic is just down the hall.”

Chris met Reid’s eyes. That bastard Doogie was incapable of love. Reid knew that from Katie. Doogie only did things that helped Doogie. So what then?

Reid’s brain quickly assimilated all the facts.

“Now this,” Reid said smugly, “makes sense.”

Without taking his intelligent eyes off either one of them, Reid dialed Jack’s number at the police station.
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Reid and Luke are happily engaged, when Natalie is a victim of a hit and run. They fight about Reid’s operating on Natalie and break up for a time. At this point, Luke and Reid are back together, but not engaged.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: Christmas, fluff and Lily
Rating: NC-17


“Please!”

“No.”

“Why?”

“She’s downstairs!”

“We’ll be quiet.”

“Sure. You’ve had sex with me before, right? When am I ever quiet?”

A hand placed another hand on throbbing, leaking erection

“I’ll settle for just me then.”

“Selfish bastard.”

“Yep.”

“Reid?”

“Hmm?”

Luke began to use his hand, “Merry Christmas.”

Reid couldn’t answer. He was too busy biting down on his pillow to muffle his moans of pleasure.

***

Natalie was sitting at the Christmas Tree .She was still in her Rudolph pajamas, Reid Jr. was curled up in her lap. The cat had fallen in love with Natalie, since she’d moved in temporarily with Luke and Reid. The feline slept with her and meowed for her, and even begged up on its hind legs for her at the stairs. Cats don’t beg, but Reid Jr. did. Maybe it was because Natalie was secretly feeding him all the time. She was equally in love with the one-eyed cat .

“Happy holidays! “ Luke shouted down at her now. Reid was following. Natalie grinned up at them and gestured to all the presents under the tree.

“Ccrazy,” she laughed. Her hair was starting to grow in places and the blond fuzz was starting to stick out of her bandage.

“I agree,” Reid drawled as he looked at the tree, “I think Luke bought you an entire Toys R US.”

“I just got excited. That’s all,” Luke said, and broke off a candy cane from the tree to eat.
He smiled at Reid. “And some of these presents are for you.”

“Pays to have a rich boyfriend,” Reid replied. Then he sat down next to Natalie under the tree.

“Go ahead,” Reid told her, not quite able to mask the excitement coloring his voice, “Open a few.”

The truth was Reid had been more excited at the toy store than Luke. He had been the one to pick out the biggest gift of all for Natalie- a new bike and helmet. They’d also filled their cart with stuffed animals, music boxes, and Hannah Montana CDs. Reid had practically danced in the aisle as he threw in toy after toy.

Ripping open a present or two now, Natalie had a wide smile. In a few hours, they’d all be going to Emma’s to join the rest of the family at the farm. But at this time, the three of them created a cozy little circle of happiness.

“Want some breakfast?” Luke asked his sister.

Natalie started to write it down on her pad, when Reid stopped her.

“Use your words,” he told her firmly.

She stuck out her tongue at him.

“And you’re manners, brat!” Reid added, but he was amused. Reid and Natalie had formed a true sister and brother relationship in just a short time. It made Luke’s heart just ache with joy to see them.

“EEEgggs?” Natalie stammered out.

“Eggs?” Luke repeated. “Sure.”

“One of the few things Luke can actually cook,” Reid laughed.

“Hey, I don’t see you in the kitchen, except to eat!”

Natalie held up a hand to stop Luke from leaving, “FFFirst, Reid’s ggifffts?”

Luke grinned. He and Natalie had lots of presents for Reid under the tree, but two of them were special gifts.

“You go,” he told his sister. They all watched Natalie’s careful steps as she walked. She was improving physically every day.

Natalie smiled shyly and handed Reid a card.

To my other big brother she’d written. Inside the box was a new robe.

“Natalie picked it out online herself, “ Luke told him, grinning widely. The robe was red and white and extra fluffy; it had Santa’s face all over it.

Reid busied himself with the robe and pretended his eyes were not wet.

“Thanks,” he told her gruffly and kissed her cheek.

“PPPutt it onnn!” Demanded Natalie.

“Er-, right,” Reid nodded and then shot Luke a murderous glare as he silently laughed. Reid then wrapped his lean frame in the huge robe.

“You know, Nat,” Reid said suddenly. “It would be even more perfect if Luke here had one of these.”

“No, that’s okay,” Luke said swiftly, “I have a robe.”

“But it doesn’t match mine,” Reid gave him a slanted smile.

Yes! That is good! Natalie wrote down in excitement, If I ever had a boyfriend, we’d wear matching outfits too! If she ever did get a boyfriend, she’d walk the malls in cute matching clothes, Natalie’s face turned dreamy at the thought, and he’d be a lot like Reid.

She gave Luke an imploring look.

Luke sighed. “Great,” he nodded at his sister, “I’ll order one more in my size.”

Luke looked at Reid. “Happy?”

“Ecstatic,” Reid answered and leaned in to bite off some of Luke’s candy cane.

Luke laughed . Then he flopped down next to Reid and rested his head on Reid’s shoulder.

“It is a soft robe,” he commented.

Reid patted his knee.

“Now, for my big gift,” Luke said. He had lots of little, expensive things for Reid under the tree, but he knew material things really meant very little to him. He was really hoping that this gift would be a success with Reid.

“I thought you gave me a present already?” Reid smiled suggestively and Luke knew exactly the “gift” he meant and blushed.

Reid took the slim envelope that Luke held out to him, and looked at it curiously.

He opened the card and then said nothing.

Luke became nervous. “ ‘Member the day you sent me to the foundation and told me to work?”

Reid nodded.

“Well, this is what I thought of.” Luke swallowed. “I know how Doctors without Borders is a charity you respect and…If it’s too much, I have not mailed in the official check yet; I can
still stop it.”

Reid lifted an eyebrow, “Only a million dollars in my name to them? “ He looked at Luke fully now, “Why so little? Why not two or three?” Then Reid cleared his throat.

Luke laughed, “It is the foundation paying, but don’t think Doctors Without Borders won’t have your name on their new mailing lists.”

Reid reached over and hugged Luke.

“You really like it?” Luke was pleased. For once, none of his family had been involved with his offering. Just Luke.

Reid nodded vigorously and started to say something else, when the doorbell chimed.

Reid stood up. “And now, my gift” he smiled.

Luke looked perplexed.

“If you don’t like this,” Reid told him dryly, “all I have for you are some crummy ties from Sears.”

They both went over to the door. Reid opened it and Lily stood there holding a poinsettia. A stiff smile was on her face.

“What are you doing here?” Luke said hotly.

“I was invited,” Lily told him.

“Come in,” Reid held the door open wider. Natalie saw her mother and waved at her happily.

Lily’s smile turned warm then and she hurried over to greet her daughter.

Luke took a step toward his mother.

“Hold on,” Reid took his arm, “Let’s talk about it.”

“You know I told you my mom and I had a falling out,” Luke said in a whisper; he didn’t want to upset Natalie.

“Yes, and I know why too.” Reid gestured to the porch and Luke followed him outside.

“Look, I know you were standing up for me, okay? And it was – “ Amazing. Incredible.
Reid searched for a word, “Nice. But not needed.”

“Reid –“

Reid placed a finger over Luke’s protesting lips.

***

Reid had gone over to Lily’s and confronted her. She had poured out all of her resentment at him, and he had just patiently waited her out. He let her talk on and on, until she finally was quiet.

Then he had simply asked her if her “drama” was done? He had sat down and bluntly warned her that she could lose Luke. But that he did not want that for Luke. So he offered to help her make up with her son. “We don’t have to like each other,” he told Lily, “We just have to not hate each other.”

Lily had fallen silent and then shrugged. “I can try, “she had said. Then they had made arrangements for her visit.

***

Now Reid hushed Luke.

“Do you remember once telling me that nobody in this crappy town would ever want to have a drink with me?”

“That was a long time ago – “ Luke said, upset.

“No, but listen. You were right. Nobody but Katie liked me back then. And now.” Reid gave a half-laugh. “Now everybody in this crappy town wants me. Even your grandmothers do shots with
me in my office.”

“What?” Luke laughed, puzzled. “They do not! That’s never happened.”

“Hmm,” Reid decided better not to give away Emma and Lucinda any more than needed. “The point is that it doesn’t bother me to be disliked. I’m okay with your mother not being a fan. “

“But I want her to like you and respect you! She can’t just come here and be rude –“

“Hey, I’m okay with rude. I understand rude. Rude is actually refreshing.” Reid made a face. “ Too many people liking me makes me want to flee in terror.” He gave a mock shudder.

Luke shook his head. “Reid, I want- “

“I know,” Reid smiled and stroked Luke’s face. “You want her to love me and be nice and we all join hands at the dinner table and sing Kumbaya.”

Luke’s mouth gave a reluctant twitch. “I’m not that naive.”

The hand on Luke’s face pushed the hair out of his big brown eyes.

“You’re just sweet, “ Reid said to him. “But you can’t argue with the man in the Santa robe,” Reid said firmly.

They kissed.

“Beside,” Reid said, playing his trump card. “Look how happy she makes Natalie. “

Luke blew out a long breath. “Are you sure?”

Reid nodded.

“Okay,” Luke agreed. “I’ll try with her. But if she is mean or whatever to you, Reid, I will fight her again.”

Luke took Reid’s hand and held it.

“Luke,” Reid said softly,” I appreciate it. But I don’t want to be the reason you have a falling out with your family. Not even your emotional mama, “ he laughed. “ Understand?”

“I love you,” Luke said.

Reid rolled his eyes, “How could you not? I’m a brilliant catch,” He boasted, “ Even if Lily doesn’t think I’m good enough for her son.” Then he gave Luke a soft kiss. “Well, I guess I can’t blame her there - you are pretty close to perfect. “

They smiled at each other.

“Love you too,” Reid added shyly.

Luke looked over at the door and inside at where Natalie and Lily were playing together with the presents.

“I’m ready to go in,” He told Reid. “Thanks.”

“You’re welcome, “ Reid smiled. “Let’s go have a happy holiday.”

***


After a little while, they all arrived at the Snyder farm. But as soon as they got out of the car and Emma took Natalie inside the house, Holden came out with a big frown.

“What it is?” Luke asked.

“Jack just called,” Holden replied grimly. “Apparently, they just found the car that hit
Natalie. It had traces of her DNA.”

“But that’s great,” Luke said.

“It is and it isn’t. “ Holden took a deep, troubled breath,” The car. It belongs to the Hughes’. Somebody in that family hit Natalie.”

“Oh my God!” Lily said.

Luke paled.

They all looked at where Natalie and Emma had gone into the house.

“I’m headed to the station now,” Holden told them.

“We’ll all go,” said Luke. He looked to Reid, who nodded.

Lily took Holden’s arm, “I just can’t believe this, ‘she said.

“Maybe it is a mistake,” Luke offered, “Like with Carly.”

“We’ll soon know,” Holden answered, and they all headed down to the police headquarters.
marsabi1: (Default)
Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Natalie is a victim of a hit and run
Warning: Sexual Content – Light Bondage and Hot Tubs
Rating: NC-17


Looking at the picture of Luke leaping in the air, legs spread, dopey smile on his face, Reid couldn’t help laughing again. He hadn’t possessed such a great picture of Luke being so ridiculous since they had ridden mechanical bulls together. Unlike that picture, however, Reid had no plans to ever delete this one. He glanced at his office door. Luke had sounded happy that he’d ask him to come over to the hospital, even though it was late at night.

Christmas was fast approaching and their house had not even been decorated yet. That had surprised Reid, last year Luke had made a huge fuss, turning the whole place red and green. Reid had teased him mercilessly for being a sap, but he had kind of liked it. The Snyders knew how to do up the holidays. Not that he’d ever admit it, but Reid was looking forward to Christmas dinner at the farm. It wasn’t just Emma’s scrumptious food either. The family was just so…well, warm and messy. Reid thought back to all the Christmas times at his childhood house. His parents had a simple tree, minimal fuss. Reid had to eat a formal meal with just them, and he only received the most sensible of presents. His parents had not been terrible people, Reid felt a stab of guilt for thinking poorly about them. They had not abused him or anything. It was just a cold house - a house of rules and expectations. Then they had died and he had been shipped off to his Uncle Angus. That had been even worse. Christmas then had meant no Christmas at all. Uncle Angus believed in punishment and more punishment.

The door opened and Luke stuck his head in. “Hey,” he smiled. Reid smiled back. Every day with Luke felt like Christmas to him. Maybe that was why a small part of him was still waiting for some Grinch to come and steal it all away.

“Don’t just stand at the door,” Reid said, still smiling at his boyfriend. Luke kind of looked around before he entered. His eyes darted about nervously. He was dressed in a wool hat, gloves, and a long ankle-length winter coat.

Reid stood up. “I have something to show you.”

“So you mentioned on the phone.”

“Yeah , come with me.”

“Wait!” Luke looked around again. “Can’t we stay in your office?”

“No, I need to show you some things. What’s wrong with you?” Reid demanded, as they stepped into the hall and Luke ducked his head down.

“Me? Um, not a thing. ”

“Do you want to stop by Natalie’s room first?”

“No! I mean, it’s late.” Luke shook his head vigorously. “ She might be sleeping.”

Reid shrugged, “Whatever. “ They walked down the hall. Reid unlocked the door on the right.

Luke raised his eyebrows. “You want to show me the physical therapy room?”

“Your foundation bought it.”

“I know,” Luke said, “and I’ve seen it with Natalie. She’s been doing great in here. “ He smiled, thinking about Natalie’s progress.

Reid grinned, “Exactly what I wanted to discuss. “

They stepped in the room. Luke’s foundation had built it before Natalie’s accident. There was no expense spared. It had giant exercise balls and bands, a massage table, weight machines, and even a small hot tub.

Reid turned to Luke. “I wanted to give you an early Christmas present. “ He cleared his throat nervously.

“Reid,” you don’t have to get me a thing,” Luke protested. Except a proposal, a wedding, a marriage, that was all he wanted from Reid. So much. It kept him up at night.

“I know, Trust Fund. Believe me, you’re hard to shop for.” Reid took a breath. “It’s not really a present…Here is the thing. Natalie needs some serious care still. She really shouldn’t be released for another two weeks or so.”

Luke nodded.

“But I was thinking, “ Reid shot Luke a shy glance, “If she came home with us, and we had some of this equipment. I mean she could be out of the hospital for Christmas that way.” Reid did not look at Luke now, but stared determinedly down at the floor. “ I could take her vitals every night, change her dressing and watch over her. It would work, I think. “ Reid rushed on nervously, “We could just help her transition out of the hospital early, with your parents’ permission, of course. And she could be in a real bed for Christmas and probably in her own home by the New Year.”

Luke felt the breath knock out of him and tears filled his eyes. “Really? You’d take Natalie home with us?”

Reid shrugged, “If you want to? “

Luke launched himself at Reid, kissing his lips. “That is the most amazing – you are the most beautiful person!”

“Stop.” Reid actually flushed. “ We all know you’re the pretty one.”

But he accepted Luke’s kiss with a smile.

“You really will take her home for me?” Luke asked with wonder.

Reid became a little-self conscious, “ Well, she’s no one-eyed cat, and I couldn’t wrap her up under a tree, but I guess you like the idea.” He fell back on sarcasm to hide.

Luke just looked at him tenderly, not fooled .

“Thank you,” Luke said. “Natalie will be so glad. She hates the hospital!”

“Who doesn’t?”

“And she will be over the moon to leave by Christmas. What a great present!”

Reid looked away. Luke touched his cheek gently.

“I’ll be watching over her,” Reid said, “but that is why I brought you in here. We need to get ready, buy her some of this stuff. And I might need a nurse for the times I’m at work.”

“Whatever she needs.”

“Good, cause your paying the bill,” Reid laughed. “Now we just have to let the family know.”

“Yeah,” Luke briefly thought about his mother. She wouldn’t mind, would she? Not if Natalie could get out early. The alternative would be staying 2 more weeks at Memorial.

Reid gave him a brief hug, “I’m glad you’re happy," he was saying to Luke. Then Reid frowned. He patted Luke up and down.

“Uh, Luke?”

“Hmm?” Luke mumbled, his mind still on Natalie.

“Are you wearing any clothes under there?”

“Oh!” Luke jumped back. He had planned to try this in Reid office, near the desk, maybe with
Reid’s blanket that he always kept tucked away in the drawer out… Luke ducked his head again and blushed.

Faith’s idea – here it goes- have raunchy sex in a public place.

Luke took off his cap and his gloves. He opened up his coat and then dropped it to the ground.
Reid’s stunned gaze swept over Luke’s muscular chest, narrow hips, legs covered with golden hairs.

“Nice,” he said gruffly. “But?” Reid sent Luke a baffled look, “Why?”

Luke shrugged, “I’ve never done it in a public place. Never took that risk. “ His cheeks were crimson.

It was all he could do not to cover himself.

“Big surprise,” Reid snorted. “You and Mayer- the kinky experimenters.”

“Hey, we had our moments,” Luke said defensively. “Noah was a gentle and sweet –“

“And boring and predictable,” Reid finished. “ Did he ever let you out of being the bottom? “
Reid smirked at Luke’s face. “Poor you.”

“Hey-“

“Good thing I am neither gentle nor sweet, “ Reid continued, starting to move toward Luke.

Luke wrinkled up his nose. “Believe me, I know that.”

“And you love it, right?” Reid reached him and grabbed his shoulders. “You like it dirty and tough, “ Reid murmured, “Your already an orgasm in waiting,” he took Luke’s erection in one hand.

“I am not!” Luke denied, but they both looked down at his growing cock.

“You know, “ Reid said softly, “public sex is fun, but if you really want to get kinky –“

“I never said I wanted to get kinky- “Luke protested, this idea of Faith’s was suddenly tumbling way out of his control.

Reid reached behind Luke and pulled down a green exercise band. “I have a few fantasies of my own.”

“Reid!”

“What? I’ll lock the door.” Reid turned and locked it. Then he gently pushed Luke by the wall. He grabbed both of his hands and tied them with the band, and knotted the other side on a hook on the wall.

“You seem like you’ve done this before? Just how many ex-lovers have you tied up?” Luke demanded.

“Oh dozens” Reid replied, his eyes gleaming.

“Figures,” Luke muttered. His lower lip jutted out.

“But never with an exercise band. I mostly use leather or chains.”

Luke wanted to slap at him, but his hands were tied.

Reid trailed a finger down Luke’s naked torso.

“Did you come prepared?” He asked Luke hoarsely.

Luke could only nod and gesture to his coat.

“Good boy.” Reid pulled out the lube and condom.

Reid came back and brushed his knuckles over Luke’s erection. Luke bit his lip to keep from crying out.

Luke’s eyes widened as Reid took down one of the giant exercise balls and rolled it over to Luke.

“What’s that for? Planning to do some crunches?”

“Why?” Reid made a face, “My abs are perfect.”

“True,” Luke laughed, “ Who knew chips and soda lead to a six pack?” He looked as Reid sat down on the big yellow ball and bounced a little on it. “So?” He questioned him.

Reid grinned at Luke, “I plan to be here awhile, might as well be comfortable.”

“Oh,” Luke said and flushed. Then he glanced over at the door.

“We have to be quiet,” he warned Reid in a whisper.

Reid’s face took on a wicked grin, “I’ll keep my mouth busy.”

Still bouncing on the big ball,, Reid took Luke between his lips and suckled him.
Luke inhaled sharply. He could feel the magnificent force of Reid’s tongue. Reid pressed down on the spongy part of Luke’s tip and then circled it underneath. Then he licked all the way to the base.

“You’re killing me,’ Luke moaned softly.

Reid looked up for a moment and flashed his teeth, “I’m a doctor; I’ll revive you.”

He went back to work on Luke. Caressing his inner thighs and taking him down his throat. The slight bouncing motion of the ball only made Reid’s mouth move better . He bobbed gently up and down as he loved Luke with an expert tongue.

Lucked bucked. His legs felt weak. The bands tied to his hands held him up.

Reid grazed a sensitive area with his teeth.

Luke couldn’t help it. He let out a small yelp of pleasure. Reid gave a triumphant smirk and took him into his mouth once more. He held Luke firmly and sucked harder and harder.
The pressure inside of his body exploded, and Luke climaxed in one uncontrollable shudder.

After a moment, Reid stood up. He walked around Luke and gave his butt a sweet pinch. Then he released Luke’s hands. Luke dropped to the ground, panting.

“We can finish at home,” Luke suggested in a thick voice.

A smile touched Reid’s lips. He walked over and turned on the hot tub.

“I can’t wait for home,” Reid said and pointed to the huge bulge in his scrubs. He pulled off
his clothes.

Luke stood up, still shaking.

Walking over to Reid, Luke took the lube and wordlessly began to caress Reid’s hard member.

Reid groaned. Luke had amazing hands. His fingers were stronger than they looked; he knew exactly how to massage and squeeze and stroke. Reid had to break the contact or he would have come all over those sweet fingers.

Luke half-smiled cause he knew exactly why Reid pulled back. Reid gestured toward the hot tub, and they climbed in, thick foamy bubbles all around them.

Reid encircled Luke’s waist in the water. His hands moved up and down Luke’s body, making tiny splashes of water.

Luke began to kiss at Reid’s neck, and smiled when Reid flung his head back, allowing Luke more access to his skin. Reid pulled Luke onto his lap and sat down on the small bench inside the hot tub.

Luke could feel Reid’s hard cock just under his left thigh. He deliberately wiggled around on it.

“Tease,” Reid said throatily. “Brat,” he groaned at Luke’s wriggling.

“Sweet talker,” Luke replied.

The steam rose up and they breathed it in. Frothy bubbles swooshed around their flesh as Reid found Luke with a finger.

“Now, who is teasing?” Luke managed to say, riding the finger up and down.

Reid answered with a penetrating kiss. Their mouths were on fire for each other. Luke gave him deep, open-mouthed kiss after kiss, tangling his hand in Reid’s curly hair.

“I want –“

“Me too-“

“Right now-“

“Yes!”

Reid pulled the finger out and pushed inside of Luke. Luke leaned back onto Reid’s shoulder, still cradled in his lap, and let Reid thrust into him over and over.

They were both breathing heavily, sweat from the heat of the hot tub and their bodies dripping down them.

The ecstatic grinding built to a fevered pitch. Luke aroused Reid more with his mouth and hands. Reid groaned and thrust up again. Sending them both over the edge that was cataclysmic.

***

Afterwards, they just floated around the small tub mindlessly.

Luke had to give his sister credit; this was the best plan yet.

Reid was hopping out of the hot tub and grabbing a few towels.

“Pretty good,” he told Luke with a lazy smile. “But of course, I need to think back on all the others I’ve done it in a hot tub with.”

Luke laughed and splashed some water in his direction. But a flicker of hurt clenched at his belly. The number thing was a running joke between them, but at that moment, it only reminded Luke that there was still a gap between him and Reid. He wanted to hear beautiful words. Reassurance.

Luke climbed out and dried off. He gave Reid a searching look. The sex had been amazing, it always was. And he knew Reid was just joking with him. But he suddenly felt depressed.

Just ask Reid. See what he says. Just try.

Luke glanced down at his two engagement bands. His fingers trembled. He clenched them up in a fist. He couldn’t. It had been hard enough to get up the nerve to propose to a man like Reid that first time.

Luke knew that Reid desired and loved him, but Luke had a sinking feeling that Reid wouldn’t accept the ring yet. It was like a constant punch in the stomach to think about.

“You’ll have to pay for a cleaning crew in here,” Reid was teasing, “We left our mark.”

“Not a problem,” Luke answered.

“Hey,” Reid tipped Luke’s face back. “You okay?”

Luke forced a big smile. “Great! “

Just don’t think about it. Just stop. Let it go. Luke forced an even bigger smile.

Reid frowned at him and handed him his coat. “Want to come to the office and borrow some of my scrubs for the ride home?” he asked quietly.

“Yeah,” Luke said, “Guess I didn’t think that part out so well.”

Reid wagged a finger at him. “Planning is everything, Mr. Snyder.” He suddenly grinned. “Next time you dress as a flasher, maybe give a little bit of color too. “

“Color?”

“I’m thinking a nice red ribbon tied around that delicious cock. I like to unwrap my surprise
packages. “

“What makes you think you’ll get a next time?” Luke asked sweetly.

That’s it, keep it light. Keep it fun.

Reid made a sad face. “That was it? Our one time for a public romp?”

“I’m just saying it’s your turn,” Luke shoved a playful elbow at Reid’s side. “Step up your game, Dr. Oliver. Didn’t you tell me you were never boring or predictable?”

“Careful, or I might throw you down right on Emma’s buffet table .”

“What and ruin her Christmas pies? “ Luke laughed, “Not you!”

“You’re right- food first. Jump Luke second.” Reid’s lips curved. “ Hmm. Maybe I’ll just strip you naked at the church while your family all sings Silent Night?”

Their eyes met and flirted.

They stood there in the hallway a moment; both of them smiling stupidly at each other.

Then Reid patted Luke’s coat.

“Come on,” Reid said, “ let’s get you some clothes.”

“Thanks.”

“No big deal,” Reid kissed Luke’s damp hair affectionately, “I’ll share.”

I’ll find another time, a better time…and ask him

They headed back to Reid’s office and then home.

***

The next day, Lily stood outside of Natalie’s room and took in her son’s furious face.

“What do you mean no?” Luke demanded.

Lily folded her arms.”Like I told Natalie; it’s not a good idea.”

“She wants to come home with me, Mom- to leave this place. Don’t you want her out for the holidays?”

“I want her at my house, not yours,” Lily retorted.

“Don’t you mean not Reid’s?” Luke said angrily. He kicked at the hospital wall with his shoe.

“Okay, yes.”

“Mom, he is her doctor. She would not normally be ready to go home; he is bending the rules for her- trying to do something sweet. Can’t you just, for once, think about what is best for
Natalie ?”

Lily drew in a deep breath. “Now you even sound like him ! I am a good mother.”

“I’m not saying you’re a bad one. But Mom, -“

“And if Natalie can leave, then I will take her home. I can hire a nurse. “

“I know, but a nurse is not a doctor. And Reid is the best person to watch out for her while she is so fragile. “

Lily stubbornly shook her head.

Luke threw up his hands. “So you’d rather have Natalie spend Christmas in here than with us?”

“I still wanted another doctor-“ Lily started to say.

“Oh this is so not about Reid as her doctor,” Luke interrupted.

Lily was taken aback. Luke had never raised his voice to her like this!

“You have never liked Reid,” Luke was shouting now, “And it has got to stop.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, Reid is the man I want to marry, or hope to –“

“Hope to?” Lily asked , puzzled. She was the only member of the family who did not know about the canceled engagement.

“Never mind,” Luke waved that away. “Just listen. Reid is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

“But honey, he is so hard and rude and –“

“Stop it!” Luke yelled out. Neither of them noticed Reid coming down the hall.

Reid stopped in his tracks, hidden by the corner, and listened.

“I love him, mother. I love everything about him. And frankly, I don’t care anymore what you think.”

“Luke- “

“I am a grown man. Not a baby. You need to respect my choices “ Luke had tears in his eyes and so did Lily. She tried to touch him and he brushed her away.

“What are you saying?”

“Just, don’t do it. Don’t make me choose between you. “

“I- I- I’m your mother!”

“And I love you,” Luke sighed. He wiped his hand at his eyes. “But don’t force this, Mom. Or I will choose Reid. “

Lily gasped.

“I love you,” Luke said quietly and firmly, “but Reid holds my heart.”

Reid felt his throat clog. His mouth opened in amazement.

He knew, of course, that Luke loved him. But if he had to make a bet, he would have said that Luke would always put his family first. Reid understood that; he knew just how important family was to Luke. He never expected…Nobody had ever… chosen him. Reid struggled to put a name on all his swirling emotions.

He leaned heavily against the wall, and took a few shuddering breaths. Suddenly, it was too much for Reid. He couldn’t go down the hallway and look into Luke’s eyes.
Reid fled. He ran to the vending machines and mindlessly stuffed his face with pretzels and chips. For once, food did not make him feel better. His stomach was queasy.

Okay, he would go back down that hall and face Luke. He would say- something nice. Civil. Kind. Crap! He sucked at civility. He could just be honest and tell Luke he had heard.

Reid frowned. There had been so much pain in Luke’s voice. Reid paced around the break room .

***

Meanwhile, Luke and Natalie made plans for her to come home. Lily had given into Luke, but had left in an angry rush.

“You can help Natalie for now,” She had told her son, “but I won’t give you any more.”

Luke had just nodded, exhausted from battling with his mother.

Natalie’s beaming smile soon made up for it.

“RRReallly?” Natalie had gasped out , the one word conveying all of her simple delight.

Luke had nodded and took his sister’s hand.

Natalie grabbed a pen and pad and wrote to him. Thank you! You are saving me from this place!

She gave her brother another melting smile. Luke smiled back at her, and tried to shrug off his bitter feelings for Lily. Making Natalie so happy was worth it. And Reid had made it happen; made it possible for Natalie to spend Christmas with them. Luke’s heart constricted with love as he thought of Reid. His mother did not know the true Reid at all.

***

Across town, Lily fumed. She also wiped away the hot tears from her face. She looked around her empty house. Faith and Ethan were at the farm. There was nobody. She was all alone. How did she get all alone? She always had somebody in her life, taking care of things and helping her. She did not know how to be alone. Lily covered her eyes and cried. She had never, ever seen Luke so angry.

The doorbell rang. With a loud sigh, Lily smoothed her hair and face.

“Coming!” She called out.

She opened the door and then stood there frozen in place.

“May I come in?” Reid asked.

Lily’s eyes flashed with resentment.

Reid put one determined foot inside the door…

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