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Title: Anywhere, USA
Author: Marsabi
Warning: None
Summary: Luke and Reid meet again as adults


Chapter 6

The next morning Reid was running late. He’d slept poorly and hadn’t heard his alarm, and now he hurried into the locker room. He had no time for breakfast before he needed to start to prep for Ameera's operation, and so he quickly downed some vending machine snacks. He’d have to operate on sugar and adrenaline. He'd done it before, and he could do it again.

Briefly, he wondered how Luke was doing this morning. He imagined Luke already at Ameera’s room or lingering out in the hallway. After last night, Reid hoped he wouldn’t see him. His feelings for Luke confused him. Luke wasn’t just a little brother; Reid could admit it now. How could he tell himself that Luke was like a brother, when he kept picturing those lips on his cock? If it was only an attraction, Reid would deal with it, but Luke brought out weird, messy feelings of affection - and it was so much more complicated now that he knew Luke was gay.

Reid ran a hand over his face. He would do his job, avoid all this craziness, and leave as soon as possible. With any luck, he’d barely have to see Luke today. Besides, given how things ended last night, Luke was annoyed with Reid too, so he’d probably just stay away.

Feeling slightly better, Reid began to change. He took off his pants and put on scrub bottoms, and he had his shirt off, just about to change into the scrub top, when the door swung open.

“Reid,” Luke called out.

Reid paused in shock, his shirt still in his hand. Jesus. It was like Luke had a sixth sense. He always knew where to find Reid.

“Don’t you knock?” Reid snarled, annoyed at the way his heart raced at the sight of Luke.

Luke said nothing, his eyes on Reid’s bare chest. Reid could practically feel Luke’s eyes move like a caress, gliding over his bare neck and shoulders, then sliding down to his pecs, staying a moment on his nipples before moving to his lower abs. When he saw that Reid was watching him, Luke quickly averted his gaze and stared off at the lockers.

Complicated, Reid thought again and frowned.

Reid noticed Holden standing just behind Luke, a warm smile on his face, and the usual farm-ready wear making a drab fashion statement.

“Sorry for interrupting you, Reid,” Holden said. “I just wanted to stop in and say hello. It’s been a long time, and I didn’t want to miss you after the surgery.”

Social niceties always confused Reid. Who really cared? He nodded and said, "Okay."

“And you became a doctor,” Holden smiled, stating the obvious like he always did. “I guess you really did like all that medical stuff.”

“Nah,“ Reid drawled. “I only did it so I could wear these scrubs.” Reid pulled on his top. “They’re like pajamas. “ He glanced at Luke. “The medical stuff was just a bonus.”

“Well,” Holden went on, “I know Luke’s glad it’s you taking care of Ameera. He was ecstatic to tell me that you had returned to town and that you were the one operating on her. Ecstatic.”

Reid eyed Luke curiously. Luke was flushing a slightly pink color. He appeared to be still transfixed by the lockers.

“So you’re close to Ameera too?” Reid asked Holden.

“Oh, sure. And Noah. I’m here to support Noah through this, and Luke too.”

“I didn’t realize the Mayers meant so much to your whole family,” Reid said. He knew the Snyders were meddlesome busy-bodies, but everything about this situation reeked of weirdness.

Holden was about to answer, when his cell phone buzzed. “Excuse me, I gotta take this. “ Holden answered it with an annoyed glare. “Not here,“ he told the person on the other end. “Later.” He walked out the door to talk in private.

Reid wondered if he should mention the small fight he and Luke had had from last night, but Luke didn’t seem to be thinking about it. His eyes were at the door as he listened to Holden talking. They heard Holden whispering and then his voice rising at the person on the phone. Luke looked at Reid and smiled a bit ruefully.

“New girlfriend?” Reid guessed.

Holden’s voice carried again. Then silence.

“Yeah. And maybe, well Mom thinks - new long lost sibling.”

“You’re kidding!”

Luke sighed deeply. “I wish. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Abigail and Aaron, and I’m fine with anything Dad does.” Luke didn’t look fine to Reid. He looked stressed. Now that Reid was facing him, he could see circles under Luke’s eyes, tension in his face.

“What I worry about,“ Luke said. “Are the little ones. I really hope there’s no truth to Mom’s worries. I mean for Faith, Nat and Ethan’s sake. It will just upset them. Confuse them, you know?”

Reid nodded. “Maybe Lily’s wrong.”

“Maybe.” Luke ran a tired hand over his eyes. “You’re so lucky in some ways not to have anybody.”

Reid said nothing.

“Oh, God!” Luke said, his mouth dropping open. “I didn’t mean - that sounded so - I’m sorry. That wasn’t how I meant-“

Reid held up his hand to stop Luke’s words. “It’s just the truth,” Reid replied calmly.

Luke gazed at him with a mixture of guilt and compassion. “I’m sorry,” Luke repeated softly. “You know that I feel-“

“I have medicine,” Reid interrupted. “And being a doctor is fine; it’s more than enough for me.”

Luke gave him a troubled look.

“So you really might have another sibling out there?” Reid said crisply, trying to get the subject off of how alone he was. Why did that fact keep coming up?

Luke looked at him a long moment and then he nodded. “Seems to be the case.” He walked a few steps closer to Reid. “And the strange part is that Dad was the one who gave me the whole birth control lecture.”

Reid raised an eyebrow at that.

“Before he knew I had no danger of knocking anybody up.” Luke half-smiled.

“Worried about the girl next door and that tempting barn house, was he?”

“Yeah,” Luke said. “He stumbled over a few basic pointers and then handed me a book about it. It had some really nice pictures too, colored illustrations.“ Luke laughed. “Not really the book I needed though.”

“I doubt Oakdale library carries that book. If I recall, their circulation material stopped around the 1950s.”

“And now Dad once again might be in a paternity mess,” Luke sighed.

“Well,“ Reid offered. “I’m about to go into brain surgery, but if you want I think I could handle giving Holden a quick neutering afterward.”

“Reid!” Luke exclaimed “That’s awful.” But his eyes gleamed and mouth curved up.

“Snip , snip?” Reid made a scissor with his hand.

Luke snorted out a laugh.

“You know these heterosexuals,” Reid continued, “they can never keep their pants zipped.”

The door swung back open. “All done.” Holden smiled at them. “Luke? Want to head with me to Ameera’s room? I’m sure Reid has to get ready.”

“I do,” Reid said

“Okay,” Luke answered. He moved closer to the door.

“Oh, Holden,” Reid said, turning to the other man for a moment.

“Yeah?”

Reid saw Luke’s eyes bug out. He flashed Luke a quick grin.

“There’s something I wanted to tell you.”

Luke frantically mouthed, ‘please no.’

Reid held back the urge to laugh. He gave Luke an innocent stare and Luke shut his eyes like he had on Casey the night before.

Reid walked over to Holden, and, forgetting about teasing Luke, Reid studied Holden’s face. He’d been planning to say something to both Lily and Holden, and the time seemed as right as any. “Look, I,“ Reid paused. “I wanted to say I appreciate that summer that you took me in.” He extended a hand out to Holden and they shook.

Even though Reid didn’t think much of Holden as a reliable husband and questioned his choices as a father, he knew that he’d done him a kindness way back then.

Looking stunned, Luke watched them shake hands. Then his eyes became all big and melting. Reid could practically hear all the sappy, gooey thoughts running in Luke’s head. Reid rolled his eyes at him.

Luke’s grin widened at the eye roll, and he just wrinkled his nose back at Reid.

“Thank you for that,” Holden nodded.

Reid nodded back.

“We all just hope you can save Ameera,” Holden said. “We’re counting on it.”

“I’ll do everything I can.”

“We should go,” Holden replied. He clasped a heavy hand on Luke’s shoulder. “I’m sure Noah needs us there, right?”

Reid was watching Luke’s eyes, and he could just see the light going out of them. The moment of teasing and sweetness evaporating before him, Luke appeared miserable now. He shifted his feet.

“You’re right. I should go and see.”

“I’m sure it will all soon work out and return to how it was before,” Holden told Luke cryptically. It felt like he was speaking in some odd code.

Luke merely shrugged.

Once again, Reid felt like he was confused by the situation. He couldn’t figure out the Snyders and the Mayers deep connection. Since learning that Luke was gay, and therefore not in love with Ameera, the situation baffled Reid. But then again, this was Oakdale, where nothing made sense and everything got lost in translation.

“Bye, Reid,” Holden said. “We’ll be waiting outside the OR.”

Reid nodded.

“Bye,” Luke said quietly.

“Bye, Luke.”

Whatever this bizarre situation with Ameera and Noah was, Reid was firmly on Luke’s side. Reid just wished that Luke would stop blaming himself about Ameera . Wasn’t he sick of that yet? Luke always blamed himself for everybody else’s troubles; he’d been that way as a kid, too.

With his eyes, Reid attempted to communicate his desire to help him. Something gentled on Luke’s face, and Reid knew he understood him. Luke had always understood him.

But Luke said nothing else, his gaze swept over Reid’s body a moment, and then he followed his father out the door.

***

During Reid's final briefing of Noah, Luke had been nowhere to be seen, which wasn't too much of a surprise given how adamant Noah had been about leaving Luke out of all decisions concerning Ameera's care. But the presence of Holden and Lily, both physically supporting Noah with hands on his arm and shoulders, had triggered another round of questions for Reid to ponder as he walked toward the OR. They were treating Noah almost like a son, and hadn't Luke said that Noah had no family? Was he yet another stray the Snyders had taken in at their farm? Was he a warmer, touchy-feelier version of Reid himself? Had he milked cows for a few summers in exchange for a home, and managed to wriggle his way into their family, to actually be one of them?

Reid snorted. Who'd even want that?

Turning toward the OR, Reid saw Luke slumped against a wall; avoiding Luke was proving impossible today. Luke straightened up at the sight of Reid and came toward him, provoking in Reid an odd combination of feelings. As Luke nearly reached him, Reid couldn’t determine if it was fear or thrill that made his pulse leap slightly.

"What are you doing here?" Reid said, not stopping, but continuing on to the OR.

"Waiting for you." Luke was immediately at his heels, and Reid stepped up the pace, hoping that he still stood a chance of shaking him.

"Why?"

"Just 'cause," Luke said. "I wanted to say good luck in there."

Reid stopped short, unable to keep himself from looking at Luke again. "Don’t need it."

“Oh, course not,“ Luke said, amusement on his face. “I forgot who I’m talking to.” Luke gave a little, mocking bow and then grinned.

Reid smiled back at him, almost shyly. “I thought you were angry with me last night, but you came in to see me with Holden before and now you’re here again.”

Luke shrugged generously. “I was angry, but if you’re only here for a few days…I don’t want to waste them being mad at you.”

“Oh,” Reid said. Luke was so close to him there wasn’t an inch of space between their bodies.

“Even if I’m a blip,” Luke added.

“I-I never said you were a blip- I never,” Reid couldn’t believe he was actually stammering now.

Luke gave him a saucy grin.

“Are you being a wise-ass?” Reid asked him.

“Maybe. “ Luke tilted his head. “What’re you gonna do about it?”

“Listen, If I wasn’t on my way to surgery –“ Reid began stepping threateningly at him.

Pain suddenly shot through his leg. Cursing, Reid began to hop around on it, trying to make the charley horse go away.

Luke frowned, his teasing grin gone. “Are you okay?”

“Do I look okay?” Reid replied. He stamped his foot on the floor to try and stop the cramping pain.

“What is it?”

Reid sat down in a nearby chair and pulled at his toes. “Just a charley horse . I get them, mostly in the morning. I’ve had too much surgery lately and not enough stretching. And my hotel bed sucks. ”

Reid left out the fact that he had barely slept. The reason for it was staring him in the face all full of concern now, making the empathetic sounds that Luke made so well.

“You should try yoga,” Luke advised. “I’ve heard it’s good for loosening up muscles.”

“Yoga?” Reid snorted. “Do I look like an earthy-crunchy type?” Reid made a face.

“And for a doctor? Your diet is terrible.” Luke scolded him. “I saw all those vending machine snacks.”

Reid shot him a glare. “Thanks, Mom. Damn it. Right now, I'd try anything. Getting a kink in my leg right before a major operation is going to set it back. Can't go in until it's resolved.”

“Here,” Luke said, “let me help.”

“How?” Reid grimaced and pulled at his toes again. After a moment, he stood up, and tried to walk down the hallway.

“Wait, Reid,” Luke cautioned. “Give it a minute.”

“I don’t have time for this.” Reid made it one more step, when pain sliced through his calf muscle.

“At least lean on me ,” Luke said, grabbing at Reid’s waist and hoisting him close, causing Reid’s body to stiffen and his heart to speed up.

“I’m not leaning on you . Don’t you have a foundation to fulfill all these obsequious, do-gooder instincts of yours? Go rescue a small country or something. Leave me alone.”

Luke pursed his lips. “Being a jerk might scare off most of the people you meet. In fact, I’m sure it causes the hospital staff to flee in terror, but it doesn’t work with me. “

“Why not? Too much hayseed between the ears?” Reid grumbled, but he grabbed Luke around the shoulders, which felt firm under Reid’s hands.

“Too much exposure to you,” Luke replied, “and at a young age.” He wrapped his arm at Reid’s waist and, half-carrying him, helped Reid into a nearby room and over to another chair.

As he sank down, Reid couldn’t help letting out a small yelp of pain, and of course Luke noticed it, his eyes went big with worry and a stubborn look crossed Luke’s face. Reid knew there was no escaping Luke’s strange need to fuss over him. Reid made a sour face at him, but he found he couldn’t object any further, both because he knew Luke was a person of singular purpose and because the idea of Luke’s attention turned solely on him wasn’t entirely unappealing.

“Does it hurt that much?” Luke asked, clucking sympathetically. He gave Reid a small touch on the side of his leg; the touch was both a pat and a poke. “Should I get a nurse?”

“Do you want to kill me? Just let me up, alright?” Attempting one final escape, Reid started to rise, but Luke pushed him firmly down into the chair. Their eyes locked on each other and the force of Luke’s determination struck Reid. Luke’s eyes were so large and so deeply brown, Reid became momentarily lost in them. A faint spot of color was on Luke’s cheeks and he seemed equally compelled to just gaze back at Reid. Then Luke sighed deeply and dropped his eyes.

Luke bent down between Reid’s legs.

“What are you doing?” Reid snapped, coming to his senses again, trying to squeeze his knees together.

“I’m helping you,” Luke said, practically gritting his teeth.

“You know, I can prescribe you something for this irrational need you have to meddle. Or there might be a shot for it. Say the word and I’ll put a big needle right in your butt.”

God, Reid really had to stop fixating on Luke’s ass. First he threatened to tattoo it and now he was prattling on about sticking something in it. He’d been trying to change gears deliberately and get rid of Luke’s attentions, but now he’d only boxed himself into a corner with his own big mouth.

“I’m helping you,” Luke repeated, his lip jutting out. “Now quit fighting me.”

Luke stared him down, practically daring Reid to argue, and when Reid didn’t say anything more, Luke lifted up Reid foot, and quickly rolled the scrub bottom up to his mid-thigh. Then Luke placed Reid's foot on his knee, and began to knead Reid’s calf muscle, stroking the knotted flesh with his fingers. He had really warm, surprisingly strong hands, and Reid swallowed back a soft moan.

Luke scooted closer, massaging Reid’s leg in steady circles with the pad of his thumb. It felt good, really good, and a small shudder passed between Reid’s shoulder blades; he had to concentrate on not allowing his breath to come too quickly. Luke’s fingers dug harder into his flesh, creating equal parts pleasure and pain, and Reid had to fight the urge to contort his body in reaction to both. Reid’s heart thumped violently just under his ribcage as Luke dug his thumb in again, pressing on just the right place.

“Mmm,” Reid said, the sound escaping his lips before he could squash it.

“Feel good?” Luke stopped and looked up at him. Luke’s palm pressed flat against Reid’s leg, generating warmth, and Reid’s eyes felt pulled to Luke’s. For a second, he again lost himself in their clear gaze; the energy between them was electric.

“It ain’t bad,” Reid admitted, attempting to sound breezy and unaffected, but watching Luke from under his lashes, examining Luke’s flushed skin, he knew -- something was brewing between them. Reid could feel it in his gut, not that he planned to act on it, but just knowing that Luke might want him too caused a delicious coiling sensation in Reid’s groin.

Luke smiled quickly, bashfully, and went back to the massage, using all of his fingers on Reid’s skin, pushing into the muscle and then rubbing softly. Luke’s mouth hovered near Reid’s knee; his breath blew gently out, his fingers stroking Reid's skin, as his hand traveled up to Reid’s thigh, and worked the flesh there. For some reason, Reid didn’t protest. He didn’t remind Luke the pain was in his calf. Luke ran his other hand up Reid’s thigh and then glided it back down, moving closer, close enough that Reid could feel the heat coming off of him.

Reid gazed at the top of Luke’s golden head, bent practically at Reid’s crotch, and groaned. He firmly pushed Luke’s hands away, rubbing a hand over his eyes, trying to keep his dick from making itself very obvious to Luke and anybody else who might enter the room.

“Better?” Luke asked him softly.

Reid was incapable of speech; he nodded.

Luke flashed his dimples at him and grinned, jerking Reid's pants leg back down as he stood up. “I’m glad. Listen,” Luke said. “After the surgery, when all this is over, you know, if it goes well and all, do you want to meet up? Maybe grab dinner. Or even come over to my mom’s and I’ll make something for us.”

Reid stared at Luke for a moment, still trying to shake the image of Luke's head by his crotch, and asked the first thing that came to mind. "You cook?" He took a deep breath and focused on that thought. He was desperate to focus on anything after that massage to prevent getting hard. “You cook real, actual meals?”

“I do,” Luke laughed. “It was a matter of survival, since Mom never did. Once we moved out of the farm, I practically starved every night. Anyhow, I begged Grandma to teach me. She tried to teach the girls too, but they weren't interested. I started fooling around with it more and more. I mean, I’m not as good a cook as Grandma Emma, so don’t expect anything like that, but I can make a killer chicken parmesan.“

Reid just stared at him.

“It’s cooking Reid,“ Luke teased, "not brain surgery.“ Luke dropped his eyes a moment. “It was nice hanging out last night, right? I thought maybe we could get together tonight too. Let me thank you for all you’ve done.”

Reid raised his eyebrow in question, “Don’t you want to celebrate with Noah, Casey or your family? Assuming I’m my usual brilliant self today?”

Luke shook his head.

“I did a lot of thinking last night,” he said softly. "About them all…. I’ve made some decisions today that-“ He stopped and his body hunched forward protectively. “My timing sucks. Look, you’re about to go into surgery, right? I’m sure you need to do some things. We’ll talk later.”

“I’m holding you to that promise. “ Reid examined Luke curiously, wondering what decisions he’d made.

Luke just smiled warmly “I know you will. Just like I know you’ll be great in there with Ameera. You’ll be great.”

Reid didn’t know what to say to that, so he kept his mouth closed, and stood awkwardly to his feet. He angled his body closer to Luke’s, wanting to thank him, touch him. Reid started to lift his hand up and hesitated. He could sense the weight of Luke’s body and it would be so easy to just lean forward and kiss him, but one kiss would lead to a thousand problems, so Reid lowered his hand to his side.

Luke stared at him, like he’d known exactly what Reid was thinking, and then he moved back to let him go.

Reid left the room without looking back, forcing his mind off Luke, and the way Luke could look at him as if he mattered more than anyone else in the world.
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Title: The Last Doughnut
Author: Marsabi
Summary: When Damian disinherits Luke, can he survive in the real world?
Warning: Angst –well you know- the confrontation is here
Rating: PG
Part 14 Day Grief


His father was calling his name.

“Luciano ? Where are you? Luciano?”

Luke knew he must answer and soon. His heart skipped. His breath was caught in his throat. He needed just a second longer.

“Luciano?”

He was at his computer about to press the send button, about to destroy his relationship with his family forever, and he might be about to get caught –

---yet all Luke could think about was that he hates and loves them at the same time.

An hour ago, he finally went to the safe and tried the old combination. Damian had not changed it; his father was shrewd as a fox but so arrogant. It was beyond his imagination to ever think that anybody could outwit the great Damian Grimaldi. Of course, his father had never sat down and spoken to Reid. If he had, he might have been more cautious.

If he had taken the time to really watch Luke with Reid, Damian might have seen that he had underestimated the depths of Luke’s heart too.

Now it was done, except for a push of a button. He would send it to Reid and wait.

Luke rubbed his eyes tiredly and rested his elbows on the table. His finger still hovered about the mouse.

“Luciano! What are you doing? Didn’t you hear me calling you?”

Luke looked at Damian, who was standing in the hallway now. “Sorry.”

“I want you to tell your mother that I have to go out. She’s upstairs resting and I don’t want to disturb her. What are you doing? You look guilty,” Damian added, and started to walk over to him.

Luke tried to be quick with his response. “I was writing- I’m sorry- I know you hate it when I write my stories. “ Luke felt the smile he forced onto his lips turning numb.

Damian’s eyes were on him. He was closing the gulf between them with every step.

I’ll go to Reid. Soon this will be over and I’ll go to him. I’ll tell Reid how blue his eyes are and how sweet his voice is and how our bodies fit together so well . I’ll make love to him as if it were our first time- ----

Luke pressed down on the send button.

I’ll hold him and love him forever.

Luke closed his lap top just as Damian reached him.

“You’re right, I don’t like those stories. Waste of time, “ Damian said.

“So you’ve always told me.” Luke felt his stomach tightening.

“And yet you don’t listen, right?” Damian held a lecturing finger in his face. “ Cause here you are again writing. Those foolish stories. You need to grow up and take your responsibilities more seriously.”

“Do I?”

”Yes. Why not focus on what’s important?”

“And what’s that?” Luke felt the rage boiling inside of him and kept his gaze down.

“That you’re the heir to Grimaldi Shipping.”

“I’m not the heir to anything! “ Luke spat the words out at his father before he could stop himself. He looked up at him, all of Luke’s resentment suddenly visible in his expressive eyes.

Luke pushed away from the computer and stood up slowly, his feet felt like they were in concrete.

He’d done it now. There was no going back.

The information had been sent at least; he’d done that right. Reid would take care of it and he would be safe.

“What the hell is this, Luciano?” Damian hissed out softly. He suddenly grabbed Luke by the shoulders and pulled him close. “What are you talking about?”

Luke flinched. He turned head and tried to pull his arm free.

“I’m not your heir,” Luke said, his voice cracking. “I’m not anything to you.”

Damian released him in surprise, and Luke rubbed at his skin where his father’s fingers had been. Then he hugged himself and rocked back and forth on his heels like a child.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Damian said coolly.

“You’d deny it? I have the letter you sent me.”

“What letter?”

He came at Damian, flinging words at him like weapons: “You stand there and act like you don’t know. You make me sick. Grimaldi heir? Bullshit!”Luke’s rage spewed out of him. “ You disinherited me, remember? Then you went after my boyfriend – his job, his reputation. For what? So I’ll be that perfect son again? Guess what? “ Luke blinked back tears from his eyes. ”He never existed! “

“I didn’t send a letter- “ Damian denied .

Luke laughed hysterically. “You’re such a liar!”

“I didn’t send a letter.” Two spots of red were coloring Damian’s cheeks. His voice had turned razor sharp.

“He didn’t send it. I did.”

Luke and Damian both jumped at the sound of her voice.

Lily stood there at the bottom of the staircase. Her eyes like chips of ice.

“You did?” Luke repeated.

Lily gave a slightly, regal nod. “I did,” she repeated.

Luke felt like his head was about to rocket off of his body.

“Why?” Luke said in a small voice.

“For us! Our family!” Lily came right up to Luke , until they were face to face. “You were destroying us. Ripping us to shreds. Damian spent the whole summer in Malta upset. Your brother and sisters cried over you. And did you care? No. You’re off with that snake of a man.”

Luke stepped back from her twisted face.

“Cara, calm down,” Damian tried to restrain her. She shook him off.

Lily drew in a sharp breath.

“I thought if I fooled you with those papers from Damian’s lawyers and you assumed that we cut you off financially, you’d come back to us.”

“Why didn’t you just have him do it? Why lie and fake the letter?” Luke asked.

Lily glanced at Damian. “You’re his only child- his blood. He’s fond of the others, but…” She shrugged, “ I didn’t think your father would ever need to know. I thought it would be a few days, maybe a week, and you’d return to the house. But you didn’t. All these other people started helping you.”

“Cause they care about me!” Luke’s voice came out high-pitched.

“Care about you?” Lily gave a shrill laugh. “ They let you get beaten up. I care about you. Your father and I care. ”

“Why do you care?” Luke said in a frozen tone.

The simple question rendered Lily speechless.

“You’re my son,” Lily finally stammered out.

They watched each other like children in a staring contest, daring each other to blink.

“ None of this is for me. “ Luke spoke haltingly. “I used to think, when I was a boy that you were a terrific mom. But now I see that you didn’t protect me. You put your own wants ahead of me. Always. You let bad things happen, so that life could be easier for you. “ Luke swallowed back the bitterness nearly choking him. “ That’s how you care for me? What kind of mother did that make you, in the end?”

“Luciano, enough! Stop this. Your mother can’t take any more of the pain that you’re causing her. “

“She committed fraud, “ Luke said to Damian. “She had fake legal documents drawn up to let me believe that you-“ He shook his head. “How can you defend her ?”

“She’s my wife,” Damian said simply. “Her intentions were good.”

Luke sucked in some air painfully . He stared at Damian. “And going after Reid? Using Casey? Was that you or was that Mom?”

“Going after that man? That was a pleasure. ” Damian’s face was a cold mask. “Your mother needed my help .We wanted to save our family. Can you understand that at all? She came to me. So I went after him, yes. I’d do it again. He’s nothing . Garbage. Worse than trash.”

Luke’s breathing was the only audible sound in the room. He felt like his lungs were straining.

“You’re not going to touch him. Or hurt his reputation again.” Luke narrowed his eyes at his father. A small, warning voice inside of his head told him to stop. Not to say any more. He was supposed to wait for Reid. But Luke just couldn’t take it one more moment.

He stepped all the way to Damian, so that there was only a sliver of space between them.

“ Do you know why you won’t ever trouble him again? Cause I went into the safe this morning, copied your files and took your flash drive. I have the crooked books. I have the proof. I have it all,” Luke told Damian rigidly, “And if you ever hurt Reid , I’ll send you to jail.”

The threat hung there in the dead silence.

“Well, “ Damian said crisply, almost proudly. “You are not so different from me after all.
Go ahead. Try. You can’t threaten me and succeed.“

“It’s not just you I’m threatening,” Luke answered back and looked at Lily.

Lily stiffened, her eyes glazed with hurt. “You’re threatening me now?”

“Your forged documents are a crime. “

“I wanted to stop you from ruining your life. Is that a surprise? “ Lily said, focusing on Luke’s face. “Everything I’ve done has been for you. To save you .“

She reached a hand out to him. Luke ducked away.

“I’m saving myself.” Luke whole face hardened.

Lily began to sob. She buried herself in Damian’s shoulder.

“And by the way,” Luke said to Damian, “those stories you hate? With Maddie’s encouragement, I sent one to a little magazine in New York and it’s going to be published. Want to know what it’s about? “ Luke’s mouth trembled a second and then twisted up in grief. “Me. The camp. Being gay. It’s just a small press, but who knows what’s next? Now everybody can read about your queer son.”

“Just go, “Damian said quietly, wrapping a protective arm around Lily. “You’ve done enough damage here, Luciano. “ Damian gestured to the door. “You have your wish. You’re free. Go and don’t ever come back.”

Luke picked up his computer and headed to the door. He could feel their hatred at his back. With trembling fingers, he stepped into the harsh sunlight. He walked a few steps to his car and then halted. He put one hand on his car to steady himself.


Luke closed his eyes, feeling the end of everything now.


***

At the farm, Luke quickly threw the saddle on his horse. He had just come from a talk with Holden. It hadn’t been easy. Holden had been very upset that he’d been kept in the dark. Luke had wanted to be the one he heard it from first. But now he was sorry he’d come. It was more than he could take.

He just wanted a ride. He wanted to gallop into the woods and cry his eyes out. Then he’d go and see Reid. He had sent the information to him just an hour ago, but it felt like an eternity of time.

The barn door creaked open. Luke jerked his head in that direction.

“What the hell is going on?” Reid asked him, his feet planted. “I get the email message and then nothing? Nothing? What the hell? “ Reid came up to Luke and the horse. “If Holden hadn’t called me I’d be on my way to that house.”

Luke rubbed a hand at the nape of his neck. “It’s over. It’s done.”

“What-?” Reid looked at him, his mouth aghast. Then a stream of profanity came out of his lips. “You confronted them without me? Without anybody?”

Luke climbed up on the horse. “I need to ride. “

“No,” Reid tried to grab at him, “We need to talk. How fucking stupid are you?”

“You have no idea what happened there!” Luke shook his head. “Look, just wait for me with Dad. Or go back to Al’s .Whatever. You really don’t want to stop me from riding right now.”

“And you really need to talk to me. “ Reid grabbed at him again. “Right now!”

“You want to talk to me?” Luke said furiously, “Fine. Get on.” He pulled at Reid. “Get on or go away.”

Reid looked at where Luke held him. Then he looked up at Luke.

“Pull me up,” Reid demanded angrily, “There is no way we are putting this off!”

Luke helped Reid up onto the horse. Reid sat awkwardly behind him, and grabbed at Luke’s waist.

Luke made a clicking noise and dug his heels in. The horse took off out of the barn, racing for the woods
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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)
Thanks traciamc


Part 12 Promises in the Dark

“Okay, so what did you do, Oliver, to turn that boy straight?” Henry demanded.

Reid ignored him and walked over to counter for some cookies.

“Luke was a happy, newly out gay man and now he’s a Grimaldi puppet. “ Henry glared at him, “This must be your fault somehow.”

Reid rolled his eyes, “Maybe we had a fight, “ he conceded.

“A fight? Someone mad at you?” Henry snorted, “How could that be?”

“Hey, we both said ugly things, “ Reid answered, munching on his cookie. “These are stale, by the way.”

“You’re still eating it, “ Henry pointed out.

“I have a strong stomach.”

Pulling up a chair next to Reid, Henry tapped his shoulder pointedly, “Stop changing the subject. I want to discuss Luke.”

“Well I don’t.”

Henry shook his head, ‘Look, Oliver. Just do what every self-respecting man does when he pisses off his significant other.”

“What’s that?” Reid asked.

“Beg,” Henry promptly answered. “Works with Vienna.”

Reid nodded, “I can see you groveling ,” He looked Henry up and down, “Not like anybody cares if you ruin that shirt with your snotty tears.”

Henry glanced down at his colorfully flowered- patterned clothes. “Some of us have style,” he told him.

“And then there’s you, “ Reid drawled.

“Look,” Henry said, “I know you’re in some kind of pain or denial or something but- “

“Please stop,” Reid groaned. He put his hands over his eyes.

“I’m just saying I can give you the name of my therapist.”

“ For the cross-dressing? Voices? Or your general inadequacies?“

“I see a therapist to discuss my feelings,” Henry glared and snatched the cookie out of Reid’s hand, “You should try it sometime.”

“I don’t have any feelings, “ Reid grumbled, trying to take his cookie back.

They both stopped talking as Maddie walked out from the kitchen, shot Reid a dirty look and left.

“Well, I see I’m not the only one disappointed in you.”

“What can I say?” Reid shrugged, “being hated is just part of being me.”

***

Maddie was walking away from Al’s diner, when a hand grabbed her.

He pulled her behind a tree and kissed her lips hungrily.

Maddie swatted Casey away. “Where’ve you been?” she asked. She hadn’t seen him since that day at the hospital. She narrowed her eyes at him. “If you think you can just get another quickie from me and then go –“

“No,” Casey smiled at her. “I think I want a take you somewhere and love you slow .All night.”

Maddie gulped. She searched Casey’s face.

He took her hands. “Maddie, “ he said, “I can’t tell you what’s going on with me. Not yet. But I am trying to dig myself out of my latest mess.” He tangled his fingers in her long, thick hair . “And I want to be with you.”

“You do?”

“Uh-huh. I do.” Casey kissed her again. “Can you give me another chance? Can we be together again? “

“Will you promise to explain all this to me very soon?” She countered.

Casey nodded. “I love you,” he said softly.

“Well, then,” Maddie pressed her lips to his, “where are you taking me for that all night date?”

***

An hour later, Reid sat in his apartment above Al’s just brooding. He turned the television on, watched some baseball, and ended up just chucking the remote in frustration.

When somebody knocked on his door, Reid glared at it. He didn’t feel like seeing Henry or Vienna again and listening to more stupid lectures.

“Go away!” Reid snapped.

The knocking persisted. With a muttered curse, Reid answered the door.

“This had better be important- “ He started to say.

“I think it is,” Luke answered promptly and then fell into his arms.

Reid quickly glanced around, still holding Luke, and closed the door.

“What – what’re you doing here?”

“Relax. They went out of town – unexpected business trip to New York, “ Luke was kissing the skin by Reid’s ear, nibbling at the lobe.

“But it may not be safe, “ Reid said a bit hoarsely, “you’re probably being watched.”

“I am,” Luke agreed, “by Casey. “ He laughed at the irony of Casey as a double-spy, “Damian gave him strict orders to follow me around.”

Reid pulled Luke back from him.

“What?” Luke asked.

“Nothing, “ Reid answered, “ I just-“ He inhaled sharply, all his emotions visible in his eyes, but the words wouldn’t come.

They just gazed at each other a moment. Luke rested his hands on Reid’s shoulders .

“I just want to look at you too, “ Luke said, picking up on Reid’s wordless feelings.

Reid smiled and cupped the side of Luke’s face. His thumb stroked the skin tenderly.

Silently, their gazes spoke of all the longing and love for each other in their hearts. A sweet feeling of euphoria swept over them. They were here- together - at last.

Luke lips trembled as their mouths connected slowly.

They were sucking sweetly on each other’s lips, drinking in each other’s taste. All their memories surfacing through the wet, embrace of tongues. The kiss was warm and felt like it could go on forever.

Luke let out a deep , pleasure-filled moan, the sound traveling into Reid’s mouth. Reid swallowed the sound and then answered it back. They sighed at the same time and broke away to smile at each other again.

Luke’s entire face was full of happiness.

Seeing him look so beautiful, Reid just needed to kiss him once more. He joined their lips again, filled his mouth with Luke’s taste, and everything outside of them dissolved into nothing. Eyes locked on each other, the passion suddenly felt explosive between them. Their pulses quickened. Their bodies ached. Reid just wanted to put himself inside of Luke, to call his name, to make him tremble…that was everything now. Luke just wanted to have Reid pound into his body, find his center, claim him, know him, love him.

They kissed at each other’s mouths with more hunger, suddenly starving for each other. Reid knocked Luke against the wall as he kissed him again. Luke twisted around him. Their bodies moved more urgently. They sucked raggedly at each other’s mouths like it was air needed to breathe.

Reid ripped open the buttons on Luke’s shirt. He thrust his hands against the flushed skin and pinched Luke’s hard nipple. Luke clawed desperately at Reid’s back, digging his nails into him, wanting to climb on top of Reid. They had their hands all over each other, pulling off shirts and kicking off clothes.

It was not enough contact. Luke groaned and then dropped to his knees. He was dreaming of this for two weeks and five days. He jerked down Reid’s briefs impatiently and then took Reid’s erection into his mouth.

Luke loved everything about Reid’s cock. He loved the rubbery feel of it near his tongue, he loved the smell. He loved the texture of it, the veined-ridges, and the taste. He wanted it so much. When Reid finally erupted with a shout, Luke greedily drank .

For a moment they were side by side on the floor. Luke licked his lips, still tasting the cum. He touched his mouth to Reid’s open one. Luke pressed his arousal at Reid. In answer, Reid lifted his leg up, positioning Luke to hump him. Panting with desire, Luke rode Reid’s leg until he was throbbing.

Then Reid grabbed him fiercely.

“My turn,” Reid growled. Emotions powerfully churned inside of him, as Reid pushed Luke’s thighs away.

In a much more aggressive manner, Reid began to pleasure Luke, attacking his cock’s head with a merciless tongue-lashing first, and then lifting Luke’s hips up firmly. Reid knew just where to squeeze with his mouth and where to lick. Luke was a helpless, thrashing mess in little time. His body bucked repeatedly upward. His limbs were shaking and covered in a sheen of sweat. Luke climaxed violently, calling Reid’s name.

Reid savored him, closing his eyes as he swallowed.

Luke was weeping now. Reid reached out and wiped the tears, but he understood Luke well. He knew that Luke’s tears were of joy and release for him. So Reid just gathered Luke in his arms and listened to his crying for a moment.

“I love you so much,” Luke managed to get out between his sobs.

“Me too,” Reid’s voice was low and quiet.

Luke inhaled shakily, “Let’s take this to the bed. Let’s get in your bed and never leave it.”

“Sounds like a plan to me,” Reid laughed. He held out a hand for Luke and helped him up.

Together, they went onto the mattress. They still held hands, not wanting to let each other go for even an instant. Luke drew up his knees, and Reid hovered near him, touching him constantly.

Reid used his mouth to get Luke ready again. Then Reid eased himself behind Luke.

They made love, and each thrust seemed familiar and yet strangely new; their emotions were so vivid now that they were sensitive to the beauty of just being joined. Reid rocked into Luke, cradling his hips, and giving him wave after wave of intense satisfaction.

Afterwards, they were quiet, their bodies still connected.

“I missed you,” Luke told him, “I missed us.”

Reid softly kissed the nape of Luke’s neck.

He shivered in response. “Don’t let me go,” Luke begged.

Reid rested his head on top of Luke’s and just held him.

“I won’t,” Reid said with a slight catch in his voice. “I never will.”

***

Morning came too quickly for them both.

Reid watched as Luke dressed. He started to get up too, but Luke shook his head firmly.

“Stay,” he said. “I want to remember you just this way.”

Luke’s eyes swept over Reid’s naked torso . He smiled slightly, and then went back to dressing.

“When are they due back?” Reid asked with some reluctance.

Luke sighed, “Not until tonight, but I don’t want to take any chances.”

Reid nodded soberly.

Luke came over and sat a moment on the edge of the bed.

“I’m close now,” he told Reid. “Damian took me to the vault the other day.”

“Did he give you the combination?”

“No, but it’s the same , I’m sure. He’s so arrogant he doesn’t think anybody is a threat. “

“Still…be careful.”

Luke grinned, “Worried about me?” He teased.

Reid took his face between his hands.

“Yes, I am,” Reid said, “ and it’s not a joke.”

“I’m fine, “ Luke reassured him, kissing him lightly. “Don’t worry ,all they can think about is grooming me to be the heir of Grimaldi Shipping again.”

“As soon as Damian gives you the opportunity to get the book, you’re out of there.”

“I agree,” Luke laughed, “it’s like living in an iceberg.” He ran his hand down Reid’s naked chest. Then he rested his fingers there, feeling for the steady beat of Reid’s heart.

“I should go,” Luke said finally. “I’ll sneak out the back way.”

Reid just nodded.

“I’ll be in touch as soon as I have it,” Luke said. He leaned in and kissed Reid passionately.

Reid could only watch as Luke walked out of his apartment. The place felt so empty without him. He stayed in the bed, inhaling the scent of their lovemaking and not wanting to move, holding Luke’s pillow and just breathing .

Suddenly, his apartment door flung open. Luke practically bounced into the room. Before Reid could utter a word, Luke jumped into the bed and landed right on top of him. He straddled Reid and gave him a big, smacking kiss.

Luke then waved his phone at him excitedly, “Out of town for one more night!” he beamed.

Reid grinned back, his eyes lighting up with joy. He grabbed Luke and they rolled around happily together.


They didn’t leave the bed for a long, long time.
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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

Part 9 Secrets , Sex, and Gambling

Reid had said he loved him.

Luke had let his words wash over him, filling his soul like the sweetest medicine in the world. He’d felt light-headed and desperately happy. His expression had become ecstatic and his eyes were moist.

But Reid didn’t let him answer. When Luke tried to tell Reid that he loved him too, Reid had covered his mouth gently and hushed him.

“Don’t say it,” Reid had urged him.

“Why not?” Luke’s heart was bursting to say the words.

“Because then you’d just be saying it back, or just to be kind- “ He shook his head, “Promise me you’ll wait and think about it. Be sure.”

Luke had scowled at him. For a genius, his boyfriend could be just so stupid. He was sure. He had been sure forever. But Reid clearly wasn’t ready to accept it. He’d looked worn out, wrecked. So Luke had nodded.

“Stay with me?” He had asked instead, giving Reid a break.

With a relieved sigh, Reid had climbed into the hospital bed with him ,and Luke had rested on his shoulder. Despite his brave words to Reid, Luke was glad he was there. He broke out into a cold sweat just thinking about what had happened to him, but Luke was determined to keep that his secret. He nuzzled Reid some more and pushed his fears away.

“I guess they’ll kick you out of here eventually, but this is nice,” Luke had murmured.

“Nobody is kicking me anywhere,” Reid huffed, the old arrogance back in his voice. “Let them try. “

“I can’t see Ali or Gretchen even daring to attempt it,” he’d agreed.

Reid had kissed the top of his head, “Even if Bob walks in here, I’m staying with you. “

And he had stayed the whole night. It was like heaven. Luke was sore and couldn’t sleep much , but he’d watched Reid instead, touching him gently. He’d run his hands over Reid’s skin. Nuzzled his neck. Held him. Watched him breathe. Luke felt so lucky to have found Reid from the very first. He could have fallen in love with a man who treated him poorly, or was passive-aggressive, or small-minded, or terrible at sex. Instead, he’d found Reid. That was a miracle. Nobody in his life had ever made him feel so loved. Luke gently traced his hand up and down Reid’s body.

Softly, Luke had whispered, “I love you,” to him over and over again. Even though Reid didn’t wake up, Luke felt like a part of Reid’s subconscious understood his words. Soon, Luke had vowed, he will hear the words out loud. Nothing will stop Luke from saying them next time, not even Reid.

***

In the morning, Luke slowly woke up to see Reid standing over his bed.

“Did I wake you? “ He asked, “Sorry, I have rounds.”

“S’Okay,” Luke muttered sleepily. He started to rub his eyes, then remembered his bruises. He watched Reid clean up in the nearby bathroom sink.

“Do you need me to help you-?” Reid gestured to the bathroom.

“No!”

Reid laughed, ”It’s nothing I haven’t seen.”

“In a romantic way, maybe,” Luke said hotly, “not in a nurse kind of way.”

Reid came over and sat on his bed. “Might be fun to be your nurse,” he teased.

“I wish I were still rich!” Luke exclaimed suddenly.

“Why?”

“Cause I’d pay anything to see you in a tight, skimpy nurse’s outfit right now.” Luke gave him a dazzling smile, and then groaned at the pain of smiling too much.

Reid shook his head at him. “Brat.” Then he sighed in regret, “ I have really got to start my rounds and I think Lucinda is coming to see you this morning anyway,” he told Luke, “After she visits Margo.”

“Yeah,” Luke laughed, “She won’t let these guys slip through any cracks in the law. She’s tough!”

Reid gave Luke a considering look. “You’re pretty tough yourself,”’ he said.

“Really?” Luke answered, surprised.

Reid nodded. “You got knocked around, faced a lot of crap, but you’re not letting any of it keep you down.”

“You know what?” Luke said, delighted, “Nobody in my whole life has ever called me tough.”

Reid laughed at his pleased expression and ruffled Luke’s hair, “I guess they just don’t know the inner Luke, “ he said.

“But you do,” Luke agreed happily. They smiled at each other.

“C’mere,” Luke motioned.

Reid hesitated, “There’s nowhere on your face to kiss you.”

“So kiss me somewhere else,” Luke grinned . His eyes met Reid’s and desire pulsed between them.

Reid didn’t need any more encouragement, he pulled Luke closer and inhaled great gulps of him. He sucked at the skin of Luke’s neck until he whimpered.

“I can’t wait until you’re better,” Reid said roughly, “I’m going to devour you.”

“I-I-“ Luke couldn’t form a clear word as he felt Reid’s mouth moving down the slope of his shoulder. His hot tongue pressing into the tender skin. Reid’s hand held his lower back and moved rhythmically up and down his spine. Luke placed his own hands on Reid’s waist.

Then Reid pulled back, “We shouldn’t.”

“Probably not,” Luke agreed hoarsely. Then he ran his thumb up and down Reid’s thigh.

“We need to stop,” Reid said again, right before he nibbled at the corner of Luke’s ear.

Luke moaned softly. “God, that’s good,” he said. Reid took the ear into his mouth fully and suckled it.

“You can’t ,” Reid broke it off again.

“But you can,” Luke teased and let his fingers drift down to Reid’s hard arousal. He gave a squeeze through his pants.

“Did I say you were tough? ” Reid groaned. “I meant cruel. You’re a cruel, cruel ahh-“

He twisted against Luke’s stroking hand.

“I want to devour you too,” Luke whispered, still stroking him, “I want to put my mouth on you and – “

“Stop!” But Reid was smiling. “This time I mean it!”

Luke stopped reluctantly. Reid sighed and gently held Luke a minute.

“I’ll miss you,” Luke told him, longing to say more. He watched Reid head to the door.

Reid looked back at him. His eyes were tender. “ Of course you will, “ he agreed.

Luke rolled his eyes. “And I forgive you,” he added teasingly.

Reid frowned suddenly, “For what?”

For not letting me say I love you, Luke thought.

“For not even getting me flowers or balloons or something. Remember when I came out ? You brought me those rainbow-colored balloons back then. But here I am in a hospital bed and you don’t even blow me up one,” he mockingly-complained.

Reid lifted his eyebrows a moment. “That’s cause I ‘m thinking about blowing something else,” he said finally, giving a killer grin.

Luke threw his pillow at him, “Always have to be obnoxious!” Luke laughed in delight.

“It’s part of my endless charm,” Reid shrugged as he caught the pillow in one hand.

Then Reid walked back, lifted Luke’s head up and cradled it in his palm. Reid gently put the pillow back and lowered Luke’s head.

Reid leaned down and touched Luke’s mouth carefully with just the tip of his tongue. Luke parted his lips and sought the kiss eagerly. They did not touch mouths; they let their tongues seek each other in a sweet circling motion. They both had their eyes open. Their breath mingled.

“Get some rest,” Reid told him gruffly, and headed out.

Luke gazed at the door after him for a long time. His mind drifted back to the day he’d moved out of Lily and Damian’s. Reid really had greeted him with balloons and Lady Gaga and a stunningly intimate embrace. He had been waiting for him, and had given him such amazing comfort and support. If he was tough now, it was only because Reid had taught him how to find his own inner strength.

Luke smiled. He could do the same for Reid now. Surprise him. Delight him. Tell him he loved him in a big, big way…

***

“Knock knock?” A voice called a little later, opening Luke’s door, “Up for visitors yet?”

Luke was stunned for a second.

“Casey!” Luke waved him in.

Casey entered with a mop and pail. He stared a moment at Luke’s battered face, and then he forced a smile.

“How do you feel?”

“You’re working here?” Luke said at the same time.

“Yeah,” Casey groaned, “not too many jobs out there for an ex-con.”

He came over and sat on Luke’s bed. “I meant to call you when I got out, but things have been crazy and –“ Casey couldn’t stop looking at Luke’s face. His guts twisted.

“Well, you’re here now.” Luke tried to smile at him through his hurt lip. “I guess it’s no secret now why I’m in here,” Luke said softly.

“Yeah,” Casey met his eyes again, “I kind of heard you were playing for the other team.”

Seeing Luke’s waiting face, Casey added, “It’s cool with me. I mean, maybe no details, man,” He joked weakly.

“So it doesn’t bother you?” Luke asked, ready to be defensive if it did.

Casey shook his head, “Not as much as hearing you were dating Maddie!”

They both laughed at that.

“You should call her,“ Luke urged.

“Naw,” Casey shook his head.

Just then, as if on cue, Maddie walked in to the room.

She and Casey avoided each other, as Maddie came over and gently kissed Luke.

“I brought some videos for us to watch,” she told Luke, “it must be boring here.”

“A little.”

Casey stood up to go, “I’ll come back,” he promised Luke. He was feeling sick anyhow at Luke’s beaten face, at seeing Maddie. She was staring at him, making his whole body clench in response.

He hurried out the door.

Maddie and Luke looked at each other.

“Go,” Luke told her.

She went.

***

“Casey!” She yelled.

He glanced at her and then moved on, pushing his bucket and mop .

“Wait!” Maddie chased him.

“What?” He turned abruptly.

“What?” Maddie mimicked, suddenly furious. “Why did you rush out just now?” She
demanded. “Why haven’t you returned any of my calls or-? “ She leaned near him. “And you smell like smoke,” she complained, “Why are you smoking?”

Casey inhaled Maddie’s scent. She smelled fantastic. “Why are you always asking why?” He said suddenly, and he pushed Maddie up against the storage closet.

“Sometimes I hate you! “ She cried out. Her hands rubbing up and down on his chest.

“Sometimes I hate me too,“ Casey answered, kissing the curve of her neck.

Maddie’s hand fumbled for the closet doorknob and they tumbled into the dark room.

They were all over each other, hands and lips seeking each other’s skin . Tongues tasting. The closet was too dark to see, and there was something so hot and forbidden about kissing in the dark. Groping and panting, their fingers found buttons and pulled at zippers.

Finally, their flesh was naked and greedy for each other. They knocked against the supplies and things crashed down around them. Neither cared. Maddie tangled her hands in his hair. She kissed his lips passionately. Casey cupped Maddie’s buttocks and lifted her up…

The make-up sex was rough and hungry and quick.

But afterwards, Casey seemed to regret it. He threw on his clothes.

“Wait,” Maddie said, in a tiny, sad voice. “We should talk.”

Casey sighed. “We will talk,” he promised. “ but not now.” He peeked out of the closet door.

“Why?”Maddie asked . “What trouble are you in now?”

“There you go asking why again,” he said.

“Casey!” Maddie pleaded. “what’s going on?”

Casey turned and smiled at her bitterly. ”You know me pretty well,” he admitted. He searched
Maddie’s troubled eyes. “I’ll call you. Later.”

She could only watch helplessly as he left her. Again.

***

Once he was safely away from Maddie, Casey made the phone call he’d been dreading.

“Just tell me if you did this,” he insisted angrily. Not backing down for once.

“I would never hurt, Luciano,” Damian Grimaldi replied. “You know it’s Reid Oliver that we’re after. Never call and question me again, if you want to stay out of jail!”

He’d hung up on Casey, and Casey was left not certain what to do or what to believe. Even if Damian was not behind the attack, he was still doing horrible things. Casey put a hand over his eyes, and he was doing horrible things too.

He wasn’t worthy of Maddie. He wasn’t worthy of Luke’s friendship. It had to stop. He had to fix it. But how?

***

“Hey,” Maddie said, startling Luke, “what are you writing?”

She had cleaned herself up, after a good long cry in the ladies room, and now wanted to see Luke. She still owed him a real visit. She had no idea what to expect from Casey anyhow. She just didn’t want to think about him because it hurt too deeply.

Luke looked up from his notebook. “Just about what happened and how I felt,” he told her. “I’m getting out a lot of things on paper.” Luke was sensitive enough not to ask her how it had gone with Casey. He could see the answer in her red-rimmed eyes and tense smile.

“That’s good,” Maddie smiled and pulled up a chair near to his bed. “You should do that. You were always a great writer.”

“Think so?” Luke said, flushing.

Maddie nodded, “I know so. You were the only one getting better grades in English than I did,” she laughed.

“So competitive,” Luke teased her, “You had to be the best.”

“But your writing,” Maddie told him smiling, “it blew me away in school.”She glanced at his notebook. “Can I see?”

Luke nodded and handed it to her. Maddie read it. Soon tears coursed down her cheeks and she wiped them with her hand.

“Luke, this is….amazing!”

“Seriously?”

“Yes!” Maddie looked at him, “You should send it somewhere. Try and publish it.”

“I guess,” Luke murmured, “I’ve been afraid of trying, of rejection.”

Maddie nodded. “Sometimes trying can be painful, “ she agreed, her mind wandering to Casey.

“But maybe I’m ready now, “ Luke said softly.

Maddie smiled, “Well then, let’s go over it again.”

“Right now?"

“Got someplace to go?” She asked , gazing around the hospital room.

“Good point,” Luke laughed.

They bent over his writing once more and studied it.

***

A little while later, the door to his room opened and Henry came in.

“I snuck out of the diner, “ he grinned at them, “thought Luke might be bored.”

“Henry,” Maddie said, “we’re working on something.”

Henry glanced at the notebook. “Looks dull,” he said, “ I have a much better idea to pass the time. “

“What?” Luke asked.

Henry held up a deck of cards, “Poker anyone?”

“Gambling? “ Lucinda said, entering the room, “Darling, I’m so in!”

***

“What the hell is going on in here?” Reid demanded , as he angrily took in the situation.

They were all gathered around Luke’s bed, cards spread out, money in careless piles.

Luke beamed at him,” Hey, Reid. Wanna play?”

“No,” Reid scowled, “And I told you to rest.”

“Did you expect him to just sit around all day?”Henry complained.

“No, Hank,” Reid answered,” I was hoping you’d come by to play dress up and braid Luke’s hair.”

“Now, now, boys,” Lucinda said. Then she waved at Reid. “Come on Darling,” Lucinda called,” be on my team.”

She saluted him with a tiny flask and chugged it back.

“Don’t be stupid,” Henry said mockingly, “Oliver would only make you lose more.” Henry shot Reid a look, “He only plays lofty games like chess.”

“Somebody needs to beat you, Henry,” Maddie complained as Henry took her money from her.

“Won’t be you, Sis,” he laughed and shuffled the cards.

Reid opened his mouth to kick them all out, when Luke gave him a melting smile.

“Play with us,” he urged him, “please?”

Cursing Luke’s beautiful eyes and full mouth, not to mention the guilt Reid still felt looking at his battered face, Reid realized he had no choice. Sighing, he took off his white coat, threw down his stethoscope and pulled up another chair.

“Deal me in,” Reid sighed. Luke clapped his hands in excitement.

Henry gave him a toothy smile, “It will be my pleasure to take your money,” he told Reid confidently.

Henry started dealing. He missed the sudden gleam in Reid’s eyes as he picked up his cards.

***

“Reid,” Luke exclaimed, “You won again!”

“Okay,” Henry accused him, “Oliver must be cheating.”

“I don’t cheat,” Reid said smugly. “I count cards.” Seeing Henry’s surprised face, Reid just shrugged as if bored, “It’s simple math.” Then he gave Henry a light smack on his head. “Oh right, Hank, I keep forgetting your 5th grade education.”

“My dear,” Lucinda patted Reid’s knee, “we are so going to Vegas.”

“Not without me!” Luke pouted.

“My jet- Vegas, “ Lucinda amended, “as soon as Luke is well enough.”

“Whatever,” Reid shrugged, “I can win there too.”

“So cocky,” Henry complained.

Luke giggled, “Isn’t he?” His eyes swept over Reid’s body.

Henry pretended not to hear him. Lucinda nearly choked on her drink. Maddie pounded on Lucinda’s back and shook her head at Luke.

“He has definitely rubbed off on you,” Maddie told him.

Luke and Reid looked at each other.

“Don’t say it-“ Luke managed, before dissolving into laughter.

“One more game,” Henry said, ignoring Luke, Reid and all the double-entrendes. He was determined to win back his money. Otherwise, he’s have some explaining to Vienna to do.

They all picked up their cards .
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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: None
A companion to Camp Queer
Thanks traciamc for the read

Part Three - First Steps



“How was your night out? “ Holden greeted Luke the next day. Luke glanced at his grandmother, who was busying making pancakes by the stove.

“Okay, you know,” he ducked his head away, “fine.”

Holden, sensing Luke’s embarrassment, merely smiled and returned to his morning paper.

“Eat,” Emma said, and gave Luke an enormous plate of food.

After their swim, Luke and Reid had both been starving and had driven through the closest Taco Bell, munching away on some soggy tacos. They had just sat in the car, eating and listening to various radio stations repeat the same 3 songs over and over. Luke had felt ridiculously happy.

When they had reached Al’s, Luke had walked Reid to his door.

“Wanna come in?” Reid had asked, his voice deepening.

“Doctor Oliver,” Luke had answered playfully, “this is our first date. I’m not a slut!”

“Too bad,” Reid had retorted with smiling eyes. “And don’t underestimate the power of a good slut.”

“Hey, you were the one who was used like a sex toy on the rooftops of Memorial,” Luke protested.

“It’s not gallant of you to remind me,” Reid teased. “But at least now I have a fallback career.”

That had ended up making them crack up again. It was still a surprise to Luke just how much Reid made him laugh. The last few years of his life, he had spent either apologizing or trying to rigidly remain on the “right” path. With Reid, he could finally let go of all that.

“Anyhow,” Reid had drawled, when they’d stopped laughing, “ We’re talking about you.

“Are you saying you’d like me to be easy?” Luke had flirted, not wanting to stop the silliness of the moment.

“I like you any which way,” Reid had flirted back.

Luke had flushed, thinking about all the ways they had yet to do it. He had looked down bashfully. Reid had cupped Luke’s chin then and lifted up his head, kissing him sweetly.

“So how much dating before you put out?” Reid had asked.

Luke had giggled, “Oh, maybe the third or fourth one.” The talk at the pond had made him feel good again, assured of Reid’s desire for him. He had smiled at Reid, and he had smiled back.
They both knew the time was coming to be together again.

Luke doubted either of them could hold out for that third date.

His grandmother’s voice suddenly brought Luke back to the present, “Well, I’m off to go food shopping,” Emma declared, picking up her big purse and kissing both Holden and Luke, “You boys are just eating me out of house and home.”

“Thanks, Mama.”

Emma waved at them and left. Holden looked at Luke with laughter on his face, “Don’t be fooled. She loves nothing more than a big house full of Snyders to feed.”

“Yeah.”

They ate their breakfast in companionable silence.

“Listen,” Holden said to him suddenly, “ don’t feel you have to come back here for our sake.”

“What do you mean?”

“From your date. You’re not a teenager, Luke. You can do what you want.”

“Oh, right,” Luke stammered. He did not want to discuss sex with Holden, not any kind of sex.

He had already spent that one night with Reid, and Luke was longing to be back in his bed. Holden was right; he was not a kid. He was an adult , on the verge of graduating and making his way in the world. Still, he had lost years of his life, years of normal experiences , pretending to be straight.

“Thank you so much…for taking me in and for everything.”

“You don’t have to thank me, “ Holden said simply, “I’m your dad.”

There was a pause. Both men sipped their coffee. Luke’s eyes were moist.

“I know Mom took the kids to Malta to keep them away from me,” Luke said finally in a quiet voice , “and that keeps them away from you too.”

“They have to return at the start of school,” Holden answered, “And let me handle your mom and Damian.”

“It not fair to you, Dad, the trouble I brought when I came out.”

“Luke,” Holden said firmly, “stop blaming yourself. “

Luke half-smiled. How easily he fell back on his old habits, when he was not with Reid. “I wish Mom could just be more like you. “

“She used to be different,” Holden’s eyes narrowed. He always blamed Damian for Lily’s poisonous attitude. “The kids will come home soon, you’ll see, and we’ll all spend time together here on the farm.”

Luke shrugged, “I hope so. “ But an insistent voice inside of Luke didn’t think that Holden was right.

Luke’s mind drifted back to Reid and their date. Luke’s face softened as he thought about him. He wondered how Reid’s day was going at the hospital, and if it was too soon to call him and hear his voice.

***

Across town, Reid could barely believe the bullshit he was hearing come out of Bob Hughes’ lips.

“I’m not sure why Damian Grimaldi has decided to put a stop to the grant,” Bob was saying to him,” but your work here at Memorial has been excellent and I’d like you to stay on- you just won’t make the extra income that the Grimaldi-Walsh grant provided.”

The table of doctors nodded their agreement. Not all of them were fond of Reid and his blunt attitude, but most of them respected his work.

Reeling back from the shock of what Bob was telling him, Reid quickly attempted to compose his face. He could guess why Grimaldi was trying to pull the grant from him, the very grant that had brought Reid to Oakdale in the first place, and it made Reid furious.

“We can talk over the new salary privately,” Bob told him.

Reid was barely listening, still calculating the loss of income from the cancelled grant. He’d have to consider the best way to handle the situation. For Luke’s sake, he needed to think it all through.

“Fantastic,” He said to Bob, “I can use the three pennies Memorial gives me now to start a new piggy bank.”

“Too bad, Reid,” Chris said, looking at him with an insincere smile. “Maybe you won’t want to stay in Oakdale?”

“What and miss out on all my chances to fix your incompetent work? No way.” Reid smiled back as Chris glared at him. He had no idea why Chris Hughes seemed to hate him on sight, but then again most people hated him. Reid didn’t waste too much time worrying about it.

Now Luke, on the other hand, would be devastated at being disliked. Not that people disliked him. Who would? Luke was sweet and kind to everybody. Just last night, for instance, he had chatted with the girl at the Taco Bell on and on, listening to her life story and offering her genuine sympathy. Reid wouldn’t have minded at all, except his food had been getting cold. Then Reid had seen Luke slip the girl a big tip. Who tipped the drive-thru girl at Taco Bell? Only a sap like Luke. Thinking about him, Reid’s heart warmed.

“Now,” Bob was saying, “We have a one more thing to discuss.”

Reid sighed. This meeting was never-ending.

” I want to announce that Dr. John Dixon will be joining our staff again in the Cardio wing.”

“What?” Chris said, surprised.

A few of the other doctors at the meeting looked surprised too. There was suddenly a great amount of whispering among them. They looked like schoolchildren playing a game of telephone.

“Apparently, he and Lucinda Walsh have –er rekindled their old flame in Amsterdam, and are both coming back here to Oakdale in a week or so.”

At the name of Lucinda Walsh, Reid looked up. Luke’s other grandmother was headed back to town? He wasn’t sure if that was good news or not for Luke, but he hoped Lucinda Walsh would support her grandson’s choices. Besides, Lucinda Walsh was the other half of the Grimaldi-Walsh grant, maybe she would support Reid too. It was worth investigating.

Bob dismissed them, and everybody went their separate ways, except for Chris who was following Reid into the elevator

“We both know why you lost the grant!”Chris sneered, as the door shut.

“What?” Reid asked him with impatience; he punched his floor several times and took a deep breath. He hated elevators, and he was beginning to actively dislike Chris.

“The real reason you lost the Grimaldi grant was you’re doing his son.” Chris said nastily.

“And you know this how?”

“I ran into Luke, mooning over you, just the other day.”

Reid frowned.

“And I heard my dad too,” Chris went on, “on the phone. He was telling somebody that Damian was really angry and not acting rational about canceling the grant.”

“You know,” Reid told him, “ grown men who spy on their daddies usually do it because they have no life.”

“I have a life!” Chris said.

“Sure,” Reid nodded, “If being overly bitter and undersexed counts as living.”

“It won’t be long before my dad sees through you, Luke dumps you, and you’re gone,” Chris predicted.

“You can dream,” Reid retorted. Why couldn’t he have used the stairs?

They rode for a minute in hostile silence. Then they reached the fifth floor for Pediatrics. Reid thought Chris’s specialty suited him well; he was such an entitled brat.

“This is where I’m getting off,” Chris said needlessly, waiting for the door to open.

“Your ability to state the obvious is one of your few skills,” Reid told him. “Too bad we can’t add being a good doctor to that list.”

Chris stormed out.

Reid sighed as the doors closed again. He hoped he would see Luke later, cause so far his day had really sucked. A moment later, as if by magic, Reid’s phone buzzed with an incoming text. He looked at it and felt some of his stress lift.

Luke wanted to meet him at the end of his shift for date number two.

***

After an exhausting set of rounds, Reid could finally relax. He had spent hours dealing with fearful patients, irritating family members, and more than one idiotic intern. But now his shift was over. Now Luke was there. In his office. In his arms. Reid had Luke by the waist. Luke was starting to lean his body into Reid’s and allow Reid to gently find his mouth. Luke smelled as good as he always did – like fresh bread. And Reid was ready to savor his lips.

Just then, the door to Reid’s office swung open.

“Dr. Oliver? Oh!” Nurse Gretchen stepped back, blushing. “I’m sorry.”

“Did you ever hear of knocking?” Reid growled, and glanced at Luke as he jumped off of his desk in a hurry.

“I’m sorry, “ she said again, “but I needed to talk to you.”

“What ignorant thing you did today?” Reid snapped.

Luke shot Reid a reproving look.

“I’m sorry, Doctor.”

“That seems to be all you can say,” Reid complained. “Just tell me what it is and we’ll pretend you actually have earned your job title.”

Gretchen cringed.

Luke, feeling badly for the nurse, seized on a sudden plan to rescue her.

“In case it wasn’t obvious, “ Luke interrupted, and told Nurse Gretchen calmly, “I’m gay and Reid and I are dating.” The words felt surprisingly good, but what was even better was the look on Reid’s face as he realized he would now have to be “nice” to Nurse Gretchen.

“Oh- um- fantastic,” the poor nurse was stuttering, her eyes like a trapped rat’s.

“So once more, why are you here?’ Reid asked neutrally, and then seeing Luke’s raised eyebrows, he added “You look nice today, by the way.” He plastered a fake smile on his face at Gretchen.

“Are you saying I normally don’t look nice? “Gretchen asked in a wobbly voice. Tears started in her eyes.

”No –”

“I try my best,” She whined. “But I’m a single mother with two kids, and just brushing my hair and finding clean scrubs takes effort.”

“I – well-“ Reid shot Luke a look of desperation.

“And my ex-husband picks them up and he looks at me just like you do –like I’m an unattractive slob!”

She began to sob loudly. Luke went over and gave her a hug. “Nobody thinks that here, Gretchen. “ Luke told her soothingly. “We all know what a hard worker you are.”

He gave Reid a withering glare over Gretchen’s head. To which Reid mouthed at him not my fault.

“Really?” Gretchen sniffed.

“Yes.” Luke’s mouth twisted. “ Reid told me just the other day that you’re his favorite nurse.”

Gretchen looked up into Luke’s eyes doubtfully, “He did?”

Reid frantically made a slicing motion across his throat at Luke and shook his head.

“Sure.” Luke smiled.

Gretchen turned to Reid.

“I’d love to be in the OR more, Dr. Oliver, if you’d request me.”

Reid just nodded, resigned. “We need stable influences like you in there,” he said dryly, his slight sarcasm floating right over Nurse Gretchen’s empty head.

She beamed at Luke, gave Reid a wary smile, and backed out of the room.

“She didn’t tell you why she was here?” Luke said puzzled.

“She probably forgot. She’s like a preschooler- you have to remind her 20 times a day. Now I have to find a way not to have her in my OR.” Reid scowled at Luke. “You so got the better end of this deal.”

“You know what?” Luke said swiftly and with his usual impulsive generosity. “I’ll release you from it. “

“Really?”

Luke shrugged. After growing up in a world of manners and secrets, the way Reid said exactly what was on his mind was refreshing. Luke really didn’t want him to change. But it had been fun to see Reid squirm.

“Great,“ Reid grinned, and the power of his smile hit Luke forcefully. “Cause I thought I might explode holding back all my insults.”

“I feel like I’m exploding for different reasons,” Luke said before he could stop himself. He saw Reid’s mouth fall open, and Luke dropped his eyes ,”Oh my God! I can’t believe I just said that out loud to you!”

Reid laughed richly. “Are you kidding me? You just made my whole crappy day ! ” He pulled Luke to him and rubbed a hand over Luke’s crotch, confirming Luke’s arousal. Luke’s knees buckled and he might have fallen if Reid hadn’t put his arms around him.

“We- we can’t here,” Luke glanced fearfully at the door.

Reid gently put him on the desk.

He turned and locked the door. “Here and now. ”

He sauntered back to Luke and stroked him again through the material of his pants. “I’m a doctor, after all. I can’t see my boyfriend in pain.”

Luke found his pants unzipped and pulled off in a matter of seconds.

He watched Reid drop down to his knees. Luke was already a puddle of mush at the word, boyfriend. Reid had never said that to him before. Luke closed his eyes as he felt those firm fingers holding him at his base and then gliding slowly down to his tip.

“Now tell me,” Reid said hoarsely, clearly getting turned on by Luke’s obvious lust.

“What?” Luke mumbled as the hand stroked him again. His toes were beginning to curl.

“Suck my cock.” Reid ordered as his mouth nibbled the side of Luke’s thigh. “Say it.”

Luke shook his head back and forth, even as he raised his hips towards Reid’s lips.

“Come on , Luke. Be loud and proud. It’s just us.”

“You suck,” Luke managed, but it came out like an accusation.

“You suck, please,” Reid returned, laughing. Part of him just enjoyed hearing Luke say things in that sweet, polite tone of his, but another part of Reid really did want to begin to encourage Luke to learn how to ask for what he wanted, in and out of bed.

Reid’s tongue gave a small , teasing lick.

“Suck me please!” Luke nearly shouted.

“Good,” Reid murmured and his one hand soothed Luke, gently rubbing circles on his lower back. “And yes, I will.”

Reid slurped Luke into his mouth like a tasty treat.

He took Luke all the way down his throat. Luke’s fingers grabbed onto the desk for support, as his legs clenched. He tried to open them up wider, allowing Reid closer.Reid’s tongue worked the underside of Luke’s erection . His hands cupped Luke’s backside now. With a gasp, Luke felt Reid whole mouth pull at him. He exploded right then, unable to stop himself, trembling with release.

Reid helped clean him up as Luke just slumped down, dazed.

“Okay?,” Reid said softly.

“Well,” Luke considered, “I’m in no pain.”

Reid nodded. “That’s because I’m a damn good doctor.”

“And not a bad boyfriend either, ‘Luke teased, deliberately using the word again out loud.

“So, where do you want to go now?” Reid just smiled, offering him a hand up.

“Oh,” Luke had forgotten everything but the feeling of Reid’s mouth.“I don’t care.” Luke would go anywhere with him. He sighed. “I’m flexible.”

“Yeah, “ Reid answered, his eyes suddenly gleaming , “I remember that about you.”

He led a blushing Luke out the door.


***

At the same moment Reid and Luke were leaving Memorial, Maddie was just coming out of the Oakdale library, a thick stack of novels tucked under her arm. The day was hot and sticky, making Maddie’s thin blouse cling to her skin. She looked down, trying to pull the material away from her, when a familiar voice shouted her name.

Maddie stared at Casey wordlessly. He stood in the center of the street, arrogantly daring any cars to come, his feet planted firmly. His reddish-blond hair was blowing in the humid air, and his eyes were challenging.

Maddie approached him cautiously, unable to believe he was real.

“What? How?” She gasped.

Casey shrugged,” I got released early for good behavior.” His eyes wandered up and down her body. “I see you’re still a geek,” he said finally, nodding to her books.

“Reading doesn’t make me a geek,” Maddie replied automatically, her heart still nearly bursting out of her chest with desire and surprise.

Casey seemed to be about to come closer to her, touch her maybe, but then his eyes filled with something unreadable and he backed away.

“Casey,” Maddie said, hating the vulnerable quality in her voice, the begging, but unable to stop it.

“No,” He shook his head,” Don’t. Like I wrote you, we’ve nothing left. “ His mouth twisted with regret, but his eyes remained cool. “Go home, Maddie,” he told her.

She just watched him stalk off, wondering where it had all gone wrong.

Maddie swallowed the lump in her throat. She really wanted to talk to somebody about this. But Henry, and by extension Vienna, were out. Henry loathed Casey, ever since he had gambled too much and then had stolen to pay his mounting debts . Henry would advise her to not give Casey another thought. Maybe she could talk to Luke about it. He and Casey used to be friends. Luke wouldn’t judge her harshly.

Because regardless of what anybody else thought, she knew Casey. He was not a bad person; he had just made mistakes. The biggest one, in her opinion, was trying to end their own relationship. If Casey Hughes thought she could be dismissed so easily than he forgot who she was. Maddie squared her shoulders determinedly and walked on. She planned to remind Casey of all they had shared and soon.

***
Casey repeated the mantra in his head over and over, ”I’m no good for her,” until he almost cared. He paused outside of the Hughes house, and lit a cigarette, another habit he’d acquired in jail. He blew out a ring of smoke and scowled. It was amazing to be free. To be out of prison and just looking at the sky and sun. But the price was high. So damn high. Maddie was not alone in her sudden misery. Casey wished with all of his heart that he could be with the girl he loved.

Sighing, Casey whipped out his phone and punched the one number saved. When the voice answered, Casey simply said, “I arrived. It’s begun.”

Then, feeling sick at himself but resigned, he walked into his house. He had just traded one prison for another.
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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.
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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: 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
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Natalie is a victim of a hit and run. Reid has broken off his engagement to Luke, but they are trying to work it out. At this point in the story, Luke plots with his family about how to romance Reid back.
Warning: None
Rating: PG
For sleeper6 -thanks for some inspiration!
A/n: Even if you have not been following this story, this can also be read as a one-shot on Luke wooing Reid


Part 11

“It’s a kitten!”

“That is not a kitten!”

Reid glared at the animal. It was not a kitten at all. It was an enormous, white and orange colored cat. The thing had rolls of fur hanging out and, here was the truly creepy part to Reid, it had only one eye. One piercing blue eye. There were scars where its other eye should be. The cat regarded Reid with what he could only describe as a pissed off expression on its feline face. It let out a single “Meow,” and then curled up again in its basket.

“And you can name it,” Luke bounced up and down on the bed with excitement, “and we can care for it together – “

“I’m not naming this…creature.”

“Reid!”

“Look, I don’t even like animals.”

“You just never had a pet, “ Luke dismissed.

“And cats? They shit in a box, right?”

“Well, some cats go outside, but due to his past with other cats and his sensitive nature –“

“Sensitive what?” Luke had clearly lost his mind!

“Listen-“

“And this is not even a kitten –“ Reid added “ you got me a one-eyed fur ball.“

Luke blushed.

“Okay, well, it was supposed to be a kitten “ Luke thought briefly about Ethan being disappointed there, “ But when I saw him,” He pointed to the giant cat, “ All majestic, but sad – he’d been beat up by another cat, poor guy so – “ Luke broke off and offered Reid a hopeful smile. Reid remained stony-faced.

“Are you telling me,” he said to Luke, “that you got me a one-eyed, fat loser cat?”

“He’s a lover, not a fighter. Besides, the man at the shelter told me they were about to gas him, what was I supposed to do?” Luke defended himself.

“Uh- let him get gassed?”

“Reid!”

“What?” Reid shrugged. “ His carcass would go to some lucky med student who could slice him and dice him.”

Luke quickly ran over and covered up the cats ear’s “Don’t talk about dissection in front of R.J,” he hissed out.

“R.J?”

“Reid Junior,” Luke said smugly , “Since you refuse to name our pet, I just did.”

“Listen up, “ Reid told the cat in a stage whisper, “First we used to skin you guys, then take a really sharp knife and – “

“Hey!” Luke cuddled the giant cat.

“We are not keeping him.” Reid said firmly.

Luke held Reid Jr. protectively. The cat licked a paw and glared over at Reid.

Luke carried him to the bed.

“Luke, no way!” Reid said, “There are no –“

“Don’t even say pussies-“ Luke warned.

“You said it for me,” Reid smirked. “ And there are none of those in our bed.”

“Okay, fine.” Luke’s face turned pouty. “ Reid Jr. can go back into his basket. “ Luke marched the cat over. “But at least try, please? For me? Give him one touch? He really is soft. Well, once I brushed out those clotted bits of fur. ”

“Has he been checked for vermin?”

“Reid.”

Reid looked at Luke’s big eyes and sad face.

He extended one, reluctant finger out

R.J playfully swatted at Reid’s hand.

“Jesus!” Reid quickly drew back. “He tried to attack me!”

“He was playing.”

“And I need all my fingers to operate on people, Luke.”

Luke put the cat down and put his hands over his eyes and rubbed them. “This is really not going according to plan,” he mumbled.

“What?”

“Nothing. I said – give the cat a few days, okay? I really can’t stand the thought of him killed at some shelter.”

“They have no kill ones – “ Reid started to offer.

“Please?”

“Why is this so important? “ Reid asked.

Luke shrugged. “It would be our pet in our home…” His voice trailed off. He couldn’t add that it was another major way to tie them together.

The cat meowed loudly and cleaned its fur with a scratchy tongue. Luke bent down and cooed to it.

Reid sighed. “Okay, alright.”

He would sleep on this, Reid thought, and figure out a way to talk Luke out of the cat in the morning.

“Great!” Luke beamed. Reid would sleep on this, Luke thought, and come to realize a pet was just what their relationship needed .

***

A day or two later, Reid came down to the kitchen furious. His skin was still wet and he was wrapped only in a white towel.

“What’s wrong?” Luke said.

“That creature is trying to shower with me!”Reid fumed, pointing to Reid Jr. who had just sauntered into the kitchen and began to greedily eat his food. The cat took massive gulps of his food into his mouth.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” Luke said, “Cats hate water.”

“Not this one,” Reid said, “I opened up the glass door to grab my razor, and he was just there- staring at me- watching me with that one eye. “

Luke’s mouth twitched. “I like to watch you shower too.”

“And he tried to sneak in,” Reid continued, waving his hands in the air. “His fur is all over the bath mat. I think he is going into the tub when we’re not here.”

Luke picked up R.J and stroked him. “Paranoid much?” He said to Reid.

“Fine! Take the feline’s side,” Reid turned on his heel and charged back upstairs. “I need to go to work.”

***

The next day, they found a few small scratches on the couch, and a hairball that Reid Jr. had coughed up by the bed.

“We just need to make a connection with him,” Luke told Reid. “He needs to know we care. “

Reid scowled, “I don’t want to bond with a cat,” he told Luke.

“But you want to bond with me, right?” Luke smiled. “And I want us to bond with Jr.”

“Can we please find a new name?”

“Sure, what do you want to call him?” Luke asked sweetly, “I’ll change it as soon as you pick a name out.”

Reid wondered if he could get the beast to leave by opening the back door and spreading out a trail of tuna fish that led to the woods. Reid grinned at the thought.

“See?” Luke said, pointing to Reid Jr. near Reid’s feet, “You’re starting to like each other.”

Yes, tuna might tempt him away, Reid thought, and nodded a fake smile back at Luke. Or maybe he could just drive him to an open field and ditch him, Reid mused. Cats weren’t like dogs, were they? They lacked a homing instinct.

“I really think you guys are starting to bond,” Luke was saying. Reid glanced down as R.J. hacked up another fur ball at his feet.

***

Reid, stop drinking from the toilet!

“What?” Reid turned around nervously.

“Reid Jr. “ Luke clapped his hands. “I said stop!”

Every time Luke left out the “Jr.” part of the cat’s name, Reid would be startled.

Reid , stop pawing at the crotch of my jeans!

Or Reid, potted plants are not food!

Luke would shout out these things and fluster the real Reid. The cat would not react to Luke’s scolding at all. He would just lazily stroll away, swooshing his tail in defiance.

“Stop,” Luke yelled again, as the cat tried to swim in the toilet.

He glanced at Reid. “Okay, he does seem to like water.”

“Told you.”

“Well, I can read some cat training books or something,” Luke offered.

“Or we could return him.”

“Reid, you don’t just give back a pet,” Luke admonished him, “Is that what you’d do with a problem child?”

Reid suddenly got an image of kids surrounding Luke. They were spilling red punch all over the carpet, swinging on the drapes, and taking off their dirty diapers – all while Luke sat there with a glowing, dopey smile reading books about building up a problem child’s self esteem.

Reid started to sweat. He had never been so happy that he and Luke were gay, and Luke could not just get “knocked up.”

“I guess we can work with the cat,” he muttered now. Better a cat than something else!

Another day passed.

***

“Okay, Luke, now I’ve had it!” Reid came stomping out of their bedroom.

“What now?” Luke asked with a sigh.

Reid pointed to the cat, “He got into my box!”

Reid kept a shoe box full of junk food in their room.

“That cat ate it all! My twinkies, my chips, my- “

“Boy that can’t be good for Reid Jr.,” Luke said in alarm, “maybe we should see the vet?”

Beside them, R.J was just sniffing the air and rolling around on his back, exposing a massive belly.

“He’s a devil-cat,” Reid was fuming, “he must have climbed up and pawed open my box.”

Luke’s eyes open wide, “How do you know you didn’t leave the snacks out?”
With a suspicious glance at the cat, Reid ran a hand through his rumpled hair.
Luke mouth twisted up suddenly with an urge to giggle, “Maybe if you ever fed Jr. , “ he told

Reid pointedly, “He wouldn’t be after your stash.”

“Fine,” Reid said. “I’ll feed the creature. Right now!”

“Great!”

They all went into the kitchen. Reid made a big deal out of finding the can opener and taking out R.J’s food.

Luke’s heart soared. Maybe Reid would finally learn to care for Reid Jr. now.

But then Luke heard Reid, gagging on the smell of wet cat food the entire time.

Watching Reid’s weak attempt at care, Luke suddenly was done. He had enough.

“That’s it!” Luke declared and marched up the stairs. Reid looked up from where he was still spooning out Fancy Feast. “What?” He asked. Luke didn’t answer.

Reid looked down at the food and his stomach turned. Why did cat food smell worse than any ER filled with blood and guts?

He frowned down at the big cat circling his feet. “This is your fault, you snack thief.”

The cat meowed.

A second later, a still angry Luke marched back down the stairs, holding a stuffed gym bag.
Just the sight of Luke with a packed bag made Reid’s stomach clench with panic. He wouldn’t leave him again, not over a cat, would he?

“Let’s go,” Luke snapped, handing Reid his coat.

“Go?”

“It is your day off, right?”

Reid gave a wary nod.

“We’re going to the Snyder pond.”

“The pond?” Reid said baffled. “Luke, it’s like 15 degrees outside!”

Luke handed him a hat, “Suck it up.”

“Uh, you haven’t decided to drown the cat in the pond or anything, have you?” Reid asked. “He isn’t that bad.” True, he had been plotting ditching the creature, but nothing violent.

“Don’t be stupid,” Luke told him, “the pond is frozen. Besides, Jr. is staying here. “

Reid followed Luke out the door. His boyfriend was acting truly crazy, but at least Luke was still his. He was not running away or anything. He’d take crazy Luke over leaving Luke.

As they left, Luke couldn’t help feeling furious. But not at Reid, at himself. He should never have started with Ethan and the kitten/cat idea. Who takes love advice from a six-year old? No, Emma’s idea was a whole different story. She had been married for like 20 years, before Harvey Snyder had passed. Happy, married years.
Luke snuck a glance at Reid as he drove them. Okay, Reid Jr. had not won him over, but this date surely would melt even Reid’s stubborn heart. Luke smiled. Reid was bound to be impressed.

***

“Are you sure it’s frozen?” Reid asked, bending down and inspecting the ice.

“Yes.” Luke said, lacing up his skates. “I’ve been skating here for years and years.”

Reid frowned, “I don’t skate. I’m going to fall on my ass.”

“Aww,” Luke came up to him, “And it’s such a cute ass. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you.”

Luke imagined the two of them skating around in romantic circles, holding hands. This was definitely going to work.

Reid bravely laced up the skates. Luke took his hand and helped Reid wobble out to the icy pond.

“You’re doing great!” He enthused.

Reid began to fall. The tangled together. They had not even gone two steps.

“I can’t,” Reid adamantly shook his head.

“Come on, try?” Luke pleaded.

Reid sat on the cold ice and refused to budge.

Luke bit his lip. Then his face lighted up. “Okay, you stand over there, and watch me.”

“Watch you?”

“Well, I don’t mean to boast,” Luke grinned proudly, “but I am kind of good at skating. I can skate like you can play chess. Watch this!”

Luke did a fast circle on the ice. Reid watched. Luke spun quickly around, and then he raised one leg straight up in the air. He spun again.

He skidded to a stop. “Well?”

“Well, I already know how flexible you are,” Reid smirked. “But not bad.”

Luke beamed. He could tell Reid was actually impressed. It wasn’t often that Reid was impressed. Luke racked his brain for another skating move.

“Here I go!” He shouted to Reid and skated quickly across the pond. Luke leaped. He did a jump. His skates smoothly hit the ground. He did a toe loop next and a single lutz. Luke gave a cheesy bow. He was even better at this than he remembered!

He saw Reid actually take out his phone and take his picture. Luke became really excited. He leaped into the air again.

Just a few more moves, and then maybe he could get Reid out on the ice again. They’d skate and kiss and it would be perfect. Reid would soon demand to get engaged again --
Luke decided to do his own invention a super-duper jump and twist. He launched his whole body up –

Crack

“Are you okay?” Reid yelled. He wobbled to his feet. Then he baby stepped, his arms out in front of him like a robot, over to where Luke had fallen .

“Yeah,” Luke rubbed his shoulder.

“Do you need me to take you to the hospital?” Reid managed to get to him and bent down to examine his arm.

Luke moved the arm up and down,” No, see. It’s fine.”

A stain of humiliation touched his cheeks.

What really hurt and was sure to be bruised, was his butt. Luke could just hear the snarky things Reid was going to say when his ass turned green from bruises soon.

“Listen, Brian Boitano,” Reid was drawling , snarky already, and he did not even know about Luke’s sore behind, “What did you think you were doing?”

“I can do that move,” Luke said hotly. “It’s just been awhile. “

Reid’s mouth quirked in amusement. He helped Luke up.

Luke’s eyes suddenly narrowed, “Are you laughing at me?” He demanded.

“Of course not,” Reid said smoothly. “It’s the cold air, it makes me shake.”

“You can let go of me,” Luke said, pulling away with as much dignity as he could manage. He
was going to have to ice his ass tonight in secret.

Reid tried to hide his laughter. He couldn’t wait to get Luke home later and give some TLC to his clearly hurt backside.

“We can still skate, “ Luke said now, but his own enthusiasm was waffling.

“Not me. Can I just go and enjoy my day off in quiet?”

Luke sighed. Where had he gone wrong? He’d rushed the whole skating date. He should have practiced his jumps first, and then taken Reid to the pond.

Reid gave him a friendly pat on the tush and Luke tried to hide a wince.

“We could stop by Emma’s,” Luke offered, “for some of her pie.”

“Now you’re talking!” Reid grinned. He took off his skates in clear relief.

If only he could cook like his grandma, Luke thought. That was clearly the way to Reid’s heart, but Luke’s skills were limited to eggs or pasta. What could he do? What else did Reid love?

Faith’s dirty suggestion entered Luke’s mind. Well, if he couldn’t lure Reid back to their engagement with romance and sweetness, then maybe it was time to try something else entirely!

They went to Emma’s for pie.

Luke plotting all the way…
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke and Reid are happily engaged, when Natalie becomes a victim of a hit and run. They fight over her operation. Reid reluctantly operated on her, but it caused Luke and Reid to break off their engagement. At this point in the story, they are trying to work it out.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Warning: None
Rating: PG

Lily Walsh’s fury boiled inside of her. How dare Reid Oliver be so rude! How dare he question her instincts as a mother? Yes, she had been late to take Natalie to school that day, but she was a single parent right now, and doing the best job that she could! Noah would’ve never talked to her like that. Noah had been kind, thoughtful. Why even during the time he married Ameera, or the time he had turned Luke in for cheating, Noah had been so sweet to Lily…Okay, not always kind to Luke, but still…That boy knew how to honor a mother! Noah used to bring her flowers, massage her tired shoulders, do her laundry. Lily always secretly thought it a shame that Colonel Mayer was a psycho. Too bad he had not been just an older version of Noah – one that was straight and liked women his own age. Lily and Colonel Mayer- now that would have driven Holden crazy! Reid Oliver, on the other hand, had no living parents and was no gentleman. Lily let her fury guide her down the hall. She barely noticed Casey and Ali fighting, or Nurse Gretchen looking at Match.com instead of her nursing files. Lily swung her Coach bag like a weapon and hurried to Bob Hughes.

Inside the Chief of Staff office, Bob and Chris were bickering.

“Dad, you have to think,” Chris scolded. “Remember what I’m telling you .”

Bob shook his head, “I can’t.”

“I know you’re taking the meds; I gave you them myself,” Chris clucked his tongue. “Maybe the disease is just getting worse?”

“No! No, I’m fine. Just a little- “ Bob’s eyes darted around helplessly.

Somebody knocked on Bob’s office door, and flung it open.

Lily marched in. “Bob, we need to talk.”

“Lily,” Chris said smoothly, “Nice to see you. How’s Natalie? How’s the family holding up?” Chris practically oozed charm. He gave Lily his best toothy smile.

“Not good. She can’t speak. It comes out like jumbled gook. And Reid! He won’t tell us a thing! I want another opinion.”

“Well, I could examine her,” Chris offered. “If I wasn’t suspended,” he added under his breath.

“Suspended?” Bob echoed. “When? Why? That’s ridiculous.” Bob honestly had no memory of Chris’ suspension.

“I want her examined, her speech fixed- “ Lily said as tears poured down her cheeks, “I want all of this to go away!”

Bob went over and patted Lily on the back. “It will be alright,” he assured her. Meanwhile, he racked his mind trying to remember what they were talking about.

“Can you look at her Bob? “ Lily sighed. “I’d feel so much better.”

“Absolutely, “ Bob said.

Lily thanked him. She left.

Bob turned to his son, “Chris, you’ve got to help me.”

“Of course dad, “ Chris smiled thinly and took Bob by the hand, “I won’t leave your side.”

***

Natalie reached up and fingered his bruise, her eyes wide and questioning.
How? ,/i> she wrote.

Luke put a hand to his chin. He had forgotten how beat up he probably still looked. “Oh , it was so dumb, “ he told Natalie. “I just did something stupid.”

Natalie examined him with grave eyes. Then her hands shook as she wrote, Me too

“Yeah, “ Luke agreed solemnly. “Dad told you about your accident and not wearing the helmet, right?”

Natalie nodded.
“That was really, really dumb,” Luke said firmly, “And you never will ride like that again, okay?”

Then, as his baby sister’s sad eyes, Luke relented. He kissed her softly on the mouth.
“And I will stop doing stupid things like fighting. We’ll both just do better, right?”

Luke cleared his throat with emotion. “And now,” he said,” entertainment “

Luke rummaged in the bag he had brought. “Cards? Checkers? “

Natalie shook her head.

“Hmm, how about a book?”

Natalie took out her pen and pad again. You’re stories , she wrote.

Luke made up funny, crazy stories for her a lot. They were better than any book.

“Really?” Luke seemed surprised, but pleased. “Okay.”

He launched into an old story about a mouse living in one of Grandma Emma’s jelly jars.

Natalie smiled up at her brother as he acted the story out.

Luke’s face was goofy.

“You forgot the part where he is all sticky,” Natalie said. She knew the story by heart, and that was her favorite part.

Puzzlement came over Luke’s features and he frowned.

“Sorry,” he flushed, “what again?”

Natalie realized she’d been so caught up in the story that she’d forgotten to write.

“Tell me,” Luke said.

Natalie repeated her words slowly, wanting him to understand. She could hear her slurred syllables.

“Sorry,” Luke said again. His cheeks turned crimson. He knew he was letting her down.

Natalie’s lower lip stuck out in a trembling pout.

"Hey, I’ve an idea,” Luke said softly. “Try to tell me just one word, okay? And I will listen super hard.”

Please, God, let me get this, Luke thought.

Natalie shook her head and crossed her thin arms.

“Come on, “ Luke coached, “you have to try! Please!”

Natalie sniffed.

Luke took his sister’s hand. “Sometimes, things aren’t easy, but we’re Snyders! We try again!”

Luke matched his sister’s pout with one of his own, “Please, Nat? One word.”

Natalie nodded and sucked in her breath. Luke leaned in.

Luke studied her lips and listened intently to the garbled sound.

Then he smiled, “Scared? Right?”

Natalie nodded and beamed.

Luke hugged her hard. He had actually read her lips more than he had understood the voice, but Natalie didn’t have to know that.

“You did it! “ He told his sister. “I’m so proud of you.”

Natalie wiped away a tear.

“I know it is scary.” Luke brushed another tear from her eye, and fought off a few of his own. “But it will be okay.”

He squeezed her gently.

“Reid is the best doctor that I know and he is all yours. And soon the therapists will be here and you can work hard with them. You’ll be your old, chatty self in no time,” Luke teased.

Natalie reached up at him and they hugged some more. He really was the best big brother in the whole world, she thought.

Just then, Lily entered the room. She sat down on the bed and gave Natalie a big kiss.

“Mommy’s here.” Luke made room for Lily.

Luke watched Lily give Natalie a “makeover.” Natalie giggled and was happy. He wished his mother be relaxed like that around him. Lately, they could barely speak without issues and Luke knew why. He sighed.

With a brisk knock, the physical therapist and speech pathologist came in. Reid had not wasted any time sending them, Luke thought, touched.

Then he watched as the physical therapy session started. Natalie was too weak to leave bed yet, but the therapist had her doing hand and foot exercises. She had to flex her fingers and her toes. Luke felt sad as he pictured the way Natalie used to effortlessly dance for him. And now she was struggling to flex her feet.

The therapist made her repeat the exercises several times. Natalie bit her lip with determination. She was trying so hard! Natalie met his eyes and nodded. She was listening to his earlier words of encouragement. She was such a brave kid!

Luke glanced down at his two engagement bands. Maybe he should be taking some of his own advice. He was just waiting and hoping for Reid to take back his ring. Maybe it was time for some action! But what? What should he exactly do?

The answer came to him, and Luke grinned suddenly.

“Mom, Nat,” He called to them, “ be back later.”

They nodded goodbye.

Luke hurried out the door. He quickly took out his cell phone and began to make the calls.

***

“Reid has put off marrying you!” Holden said, alarmed. “He canceled the engagement?”

Luke waved a hand ,” Don’t blame him. It got complicated with the operation and all.” Luke surveyed his family all around him. “But now I need to get him to say yes- again! And , like I told you guys on the phone, I’m not sure- I don’t know-“

“How to court him?” Emma suggested gently.

“Exactly!” Luke replied. “That’s where I need all of your help.”

“Court smort,” Lucinda dismissed the whole idea. “Just get the man drunk, hop in my jet, go to Vegas and be done with it.”

“Grandmother,” Luke rolled his eyes. “Reid can’t leave Natalie. And can you really see us married by an Elvis impersonator or something?”

Luke had called his family in for help. If his words could help Natalie, then maybe his family could help him. He was truly lost right now. Luke figured this was worth a shot.

“What we need to do,” Emma said excitedly, “Is give Luke a list of suggestions. Romantic things he can do to win his true love’s heart.”

“Grandma Emma’s been watching too many soap operas again,” Faith sarcastically whispered to her dad.

"No, no,” Luke said, “I like that.” He handed out paper and pens.

Emma wrote a note quickly and handed it out to Luke with a flourish. “I did this once for your grandpa Harvey and it worked like a charm.”

Luke wrinkled up his nose,” It isn’t baking , is it? You know I can’t cook.”

“Yes dear, “ Emma agreed , and passed him the note, “I’ve eaten your Snicker-doodles. “

Luke glanced at the paper, “Oh, well, this isn’t bad,” he said.

“Here,” Faith handed him a note, “try mine.”

“Jesus, Faith! “ Luke said and blushed.

Holden shrugged and scribbled down a few quick ideas. “What is Reid going to say about our help?” He asked Luke.

“Oh, no!” Luke said frantically. “Nobody can tell him! He would freak out or something. No, I just want to do this naturally- so he won’t even know he is being… wooed.”

“My turn,” Ethan said, looking up from where he had been playing with his trains.

“Oh, buddy,” Luke bent down to him, “This is grown up stuff. I didn’t even know you were listening.”

“I’m six,” Ethan protested and jutted out his chin. “And my idea for a present is going to be the best one ever!” Ethan had been wanting this himself. He figured if Luke bought one for
Reid …maybe his daddy would get him one too.

Luke smiled, “Right.” He took Ethan’s one word note.

Ethan tugged at his brother’s arm. “Luke, “ he said in a loud whisper, “do mine first!”

Lucinda meanwhile, was writing what appeared to be a novel length of ideas.

“Grandmother, “ Luke laughed, “just give me your top three.”

Lucinda sighed, “Darling, they are all so good! “ Too bad John Dixon was not in town to try out some of these ideas on, Lucinda thought, then cackled wickedly.

Luke took her notes. Then his eyes filled as he smiled at his family, “I really, truly appreciate it,” He told them.

“Of course, dear,” Emma said.

“Whatever,” Faith rolled her eyes with embarrassment.

“Mine first!” shouted Ethan.

“If it fails- Vegas- “ Lucinda patted him, “and a really good sex shop there,” She added in a whisper.

Holden stood up reluctantly, “I just hope you know what you’re doing , Luke,” he told him. Holden just could not picture Dr. Reid Oliver enjoying being romanced.

“Oh, I do,” Luke said, flashing his dimples and rubbing his hands together eagerly, “ He will be Dr. Oliver-Snyder in no time!” Luke practically giggled with delight; he had so many “dates” to plan!

***

His snacks were stuck. Damn!

Reid banged on the vending machine glass a few more times. He just wanted to leave the hospital for the day already, grab a pizza with the works, and eat it in bed with Luke. Reid sighed. He couldn’t go yet. He needed to check on Natalie some more; he was just waiting for Titanic Lily to clear out.

He also had two new trauma patients.

So no pizza, no Luke, no simple pleasures. Reid banged the machine some more.

“That junk will rot your brains,” A voice called out, “You should know that.”

With a sour face, Reid moodily turned around and examined Chris.

“Well, at least I have some brains to rot. “ Reid drawled. He gave Chris a dismissive wave, “Shouldn’t you be up some poor girl’s skirt right now?”

“My father called me,” Chris said defensively, “he needs me.”

“Bob doesn’t need you,” Reid snapped. He went back to banging the glass, “He needs better snack machines , maybe an expresso bar – not his dim-witted son.”

Why hadn’t he requested an expresso bar with the new neuro wing? Ah, oversights.

Reid glanced at Doogie. He had not forgotten the injuries to Luke’s face.
Reid laced his fingers together and lazily stretched out his hands. Well, if he couldn’t have food at least he could have some fun.

“So, since you spoke with your dad, I suppose you know?”

“What?” Chris frowned.

“His job. He is again thinking about retirement – but this time for real. “

“So, he wants us to compete again?” Chris said.

“Yeah, ‘fraid so. He asked me to write a thousand word article on what I would change in the hospital policies. “ Reid gave Chris a serious, searching glance. “Didn’t he mention it?”

“No,” Chris, sat down in a chair. “A thousand words?”

Reid shrugged, “By Monday. I guess he is not even considering you as a candidate anymore – “

“He is too! Or he will soon!” Doogie replied hotly.

Reid decided to push some more. “Oh, so you have your tux ready?”

“What?”

“To take Mona Cross to dinner on Saturday?”

“This coming Saturday?”

“Don’t worry,” Reid gave him a friendly pat, “With your fantastic people skills, I’m sure you will rise to the occasion.”

Chris took out his phone and began to scroll down for tux rentals. “I’m not worried, “ he snapped at Reid.

“Good, cause Luke has already booked a top restaurant for me to take her to...” Reid swallowed his laughter, as Chris furiously typed in fancy restaurants. It wasn’t nearly enough payback for what he’d done to Luke,but it was a start.

With a grin, Reid left Doogie to his search.

Chris scowled at the closing door. He would have everything he wanted. He would! Reid might be more prepared for the Chief job right now, but Chris had things in motion already that Reid knew nothing about . Chris smiled deviously. By the time Oliver put anything together, it would be too late. Way too late.

a/n: I had to post part ten again by itself(you can find it at the end of the story). I'm trying to move it here -sorry for this problem!! Here should be a link to ten (you might have to then go and back it up to 11) So sorry! http://marsabi.livejournal.com/25433.html
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Reid and Luke are happily engaged and living together, when a sudden event causes Luke to break it off with Reid. This is also my story for Natalie. I always loved her for hugging Luke at the end of ATWT. At this point in the story, Natalie has been hit by a car, and Reid and Luke have been fighting.
Disclaimer: ATWT owned them
Rating: NC-17
Warning: Sexual Content

a/n: Well, I’ve been PG so long…I think I got a little carried away…?


They crashed open the bedroom door, locked in a frantic embrace.

Luke pushed Reid into the wall. He immediately began to grind his body against Reid’s, greedily biting his neck, squeezing his ass, trying to devour him.

“Whoa, hey, the bed is right over there.”

“Can’t wait,” Luke said.

He took Reid’s body and made it spread eagle against the wall. Luke was pushing down his scrubs.

“We can slow down,” Reid licked his lips as he spoke. Luke’s hands were caressing him everywhere.

“No, right here. Right now.”

One hand reached around for Reid’s cock. Reid stopped protesting as broken moans escaped his lips. Luke stumbled away for only a second, to shed his clothes, and grab the lube and condoms nearby. Then he squirted his hands and rubbed some lube on Reid’s fingers too. Luke forced Reid to touch himself, covering Reid’s hand with his own. He guided both hands in semi-circles over Reid’s growing arousal.

“You’re very aggressive today, fighting Chris and now - ” Reid’s sarcasm stopped as Luke pushed one of his own fingers inside of his own ass. Luke thrust Reid’s finger in and out.
Reid’s one hand was holding onto the wall, clawing at it.

“This,” Reid managed to gasp out, his body quivering.

“You just wait,” Luke boasted. His teeth nipped at Reid’s side.

“Where’d you get so confident, Snyder?” Reid asked.

Luke’s other hand wandered up under the scrub top and pinched a nipple. Reid shouted.

A pleased grin touched Luke’s lips. “Well, there was this dark-haired barista –“

Reid attempted to kick at Luke , who laughed. “Who taught me nothing, “ he added. “And then I was saved by this arrogant doctor.” Luke continued to use his teeth on Reid.

“A sexual genius, no doubt,” Reid’s voice sounded strangled.

Luke dropped to his knees behind Reid. He spread Reid open, and Luke flicked his tongue inside. He teased the opening with his lips. Blowing, sucking, then taking small little bites at the sensitive skin. Luke’s hand massaged Reid’s heavy, throbbing erection.
Reid attempted to turn and give Luke some pleasure back, but Luke pushed him back to the wall. He needed to be the one to give the pleasure.

Luke started at the base of Reid’s now leaking member and licked back to his anus. Reid made a keening noise in his throat and thrashed around. Luke held him firmly.

Luke thrust in his tongue again as Reid trembled. Luke then kissed a path from the back of Reid’s thighs down his knees and then found his way up again. He pressed his own erection into Reid’s high, round buttocks.

“Okay, right here.” Reid agreed, in an unnaturally high voice. He suddenly felt the stab of
Luke’s hardness at his hole. “ Fuck me!”

Reid pulled off his scrub top and stood there, surrendering. He was achingly beautiful to see. His skin glowed in the darkness, his muscles rippled as he moved both hands now up on the wall. Luke couldn’t help running his open palms over the skin of Reid’s strong back, and then encircling his waist. Luke kissed the lobe of Reid’s ear.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered into it. “I’m sorry.”

He slid his hand lower again. He could feel Reid’s member flex. Luke stroked the hard ridges . He squeezed with just enough pressure to make Reid cry out, but not enough yet to make him come.

“Shhh, “ Luke gently said, “a bit longer, babe. Not yet. I’m going to do you first.”

Reid was beyond speech. Luke rolled the condom on and pulled the flesh out of the way. Reid’s hands braced themselves on the wall. Luke bent Reid down slightly. Luke exhaled softly near his neck. His lips pressed a quick kiss on the tender part of Reid’s shoulder. Then Luke’s whole body began moving inside of Reid. Luke’s cock slid in deeper, finding its way home. Luke mastered Reid’s erection, teasing and caressing the steely flesh.
Reid could feel his body yielding to Luke’s as he thrust hard, finding the very center of Reid. He took Reid completely, pounding him against the wall.

“Reid, Reid, Reid,” Luke chanted with each thud.

Reid came violently into Luke’s waiting hand. His head flung back, the vulnerable curve of his neck exposed. Eyes closed, mouth open.

Luke released him. Reid’s feet gave out completely now and he sank down to his knees. Luke sank down too. He offered Reid a truly wicked smile and then deliberately licked off each of his fingers that were coated with Reid’s essence. Then Luke kissed him. Their tongues mated. Reid could taste his own salty flavor and taste the sweetness of Luke’s tongue. He moaned at the intoxicating combination. Reid pulled at Luke’s hair and wrapped an arm around him. The kiss deepened and lingered.

Reid broke it off and forced air back into his lungs. “Did you just ravish me?” He asked jokingly, but his body was still shuddering.

“Hope so,” Luke smiled, his eyes misty. He offered a hand and pulled Reid up. Naked flesh to flesh, Luke gave him a heartfelt embrace. Their bodies lined up perfectly and Luke stroked
Reid with affection. He rested his head on Reid’s shoulder and hugged him. “”I love you.” He told Reid, his voice shaking.

Reid did not answer. He pulled back from the hug and studied Luke’s face. They simply gazed at each other a moment.

Then Reid took his hand and led him to the bed.

Luke raised his eyebrows at him in question.

“You know that was really good- quick and dirty,” Reid grinned slyly, “but now it’s my turn.”

“Reid!” Luke exclaimed, “I need a moment to recover!”

Reid grinned again, “Guess you’re getting old. “

He looked at Luke, stretched out naked on the bed.

He covered Luke in a stream of kisses.

“Recover.” He told him. He let Luke relax for a little while, but continued to kiss his body.
Luke’s contented breathing was the only sound in the room.

After some time had passed, Reid leaned into Luke. “Now I’ll lead,” he whispered.
Reid traced Luke’s lower lip. His body pressed on top of Luke. Reid gently let his finger caress Luke’s mouth again. Luke opened up his lips and the finger slid inside. He suckled it.
Meanwhile, Reid used his own mouth to tenderly kiss Luke’s skin all over.

Luke moaned softly.

“I want you slow now,” Reid murmured, his tongue tasting Luke’s ear and neck.

Their hands linked together, lips kissed, and time eased between them.

Reid spread Luke’s thighs apart. His teeth grazed gently up and down Luke’s succulent skin. He teased Luke, kissing all around his shaft, but not yet taking him into his mouth. Luke bucked.

“Please,” Luke begged, “I want you so much.”

Reid smiled in the darkness.

Every part of Luke’s flesh was savored and stroked. Tasted and touched.

“Here,” Luke whimpered, offering his cock, holding his hips up with desperation.

In answer, Reid squeezed his ass, kneading the flesh. He ran his mouth down the line of Luke’s hip.

Luke sobbed with pleasure and frustration.

“Please!” Luke said again, but this time it was a command.

Finally, Reid pushed Luke’s legs up and away. Only then did he slowly, bit by bit, take him down into his throat.

“God!” Luke cried out as Reid mouth fucked him. Luke thrashed helplessly. Reid’s hands had moved underneath him forcing him up higher; he took Luke even more.

Luke exploded.

“I love you,” he shouted. He felt Reid draining him, swallowing every drop.

“I love you,” Reid admitted roughly, after he let Luke go.

Luke could feel Reid’s aching, leaking cock against his thigh. Wordlessly, he began to stroke Reid with his fingers. His other hand slipped a finger in and out of Reid’s tender hole.

The pressure increased. Reid panted and lifted his body, allowing Luke to penetrate more. Luke determinedly jerked Reid from the front, and then thrust his fingers into him in back. The combination sent shocks through Reid’s entire frame.

Suddenly, Luke withdrew the hand and smiled. He flipped over onto his stomach.

Needed no more invitation than that, Reid rolled on a condom and then gently prepared Luke. He slid his hard dick in and out of Luke, not quite fully entering him. It was Luke who pushed his body back, moving Reid inside of him fully. They both gasped.

“I love your body, “ Reid moaned. He rode Luke in strong, rhythmic motions.

“And I love what you do to my body,” Luke returned in a low tone. His hands fisted on the bed. He felt Reid getting closer and closer to his release. Then Reid hit Luke’s spot with amazing strength. Waves of endless pleasure filled them both.

At that last second, Luke turned his head. He watched Reid’s face as he climaxed above him.
The expression was beyond beautiful.

***

They rested on each other. Luke caressed Reid’s hair and kissed his chest. He smiled happily, feeling a huge weight lift off of him. Then Luke glanced at Reid’s hand. He sat up.

“Something is missing,” Luke said. He reached over and took off one of the engagement bands from his finger and offered it to Reid.

The happy smile on Luke’s face faded, as he watched Reid move away from the ring.

“What?” Luke asked.

Reid shook his head. “I can’t .”

“You can’t?”

“No. Not yet.” Reid pressed his lips together.

Neither one said another word.

Luke put the ring back on. He stared at the two bands on his finger.

“Are you punishing me?” Luke asked finally and folded the cover around his naked form, feeling exposed.

“No!” Reid answered. He tipped up Luke’s head to his. “No.”

“Then?” Luke stared at Reid. Luke let out a troubled breath.

” You don’t trust me,” Luke saw.

“I- need to just- have time.”

Luke gazed around the bedroom, their bedroom.

“How much time?” He looked into Reid’s eyes. Reid could see the deep sorrow in Luke’s expression. He reached out to him.

“It’s not that I don’t love you,” Reid assured him softly. “I could never stop loving you.”

“And I love you! I thought you understood – I was just terrified about Natalie. I still am!”

“It’s not that- I do understand that,” Reid acknowledged. “Do you understand how I couldn’t risk her dying on my table? I barely got through Annie Judd’s death and she was a stranger, but Natalie? “ Reid’s voice cracked. “She’s my little sister. And -And you.” He could not continue. Reid looked away.

“I know.” Luke whispered sadly. “ I do see that now. And If I hadn’t run into Dad and Faith,
I –“ Luke’s voice trailed off. There were so many “ifs” between them.

“But we love each other, right?” Luke said searchingly.

Reid quickly nodded yes.

After a moment, Luke added, “You’re just not sure about marrying me.”

Reid played with the edge of Luke’s cover, twisting up the fabric in his hand.

He would not meet Luke’s eyes and took a giant breath:

“When you left me…When you walked out. It was like something my parents did to me. Whenever I wasn’t good enough, didn’t perform well enough, they did that.” Reid did not take his gaze off of the bed. “They just withdrew from me. Their love was like crumbs. A piece here or there. Always with a huge price. They became disappointed over something- they simply removed their love. Left me in my room or whatever, until I did better.”

Luke swallowed hard. Reid rarely mentioned his parents. And he never, ever used his childhood as a way to whine about something or to make an excuse. Luke knew if he was bringing it up now, then it must deeply matter.

“I just never thought you’d do that,” Reid said.”I thought when we got engaged, made a commitment- we might fight, but you’d never just …leave.” Reid’s eyes looked shattered.

“If I could take it back – “ Luke started to say. He felt so awful now that he couldn’t find the right words.

Reid smiled tightly, “ I get that, Luke.” He sighed. “And I am not mad anymore. “

“But you can’t just forget it,” Luke said slowly. His eyes saddened.

It was more sadness than Reid could bear.

“Hold on a minute,” Reid said suddenly. “I have an idea.”

Reid fumbled around in the nearby night stand.

“I’ll tell you what. How about I put this on for now?” He pulled out the frog ring. Luke watched as Reid slid it on his finger.

“And the real ring?” Luke couldn’t help asking.

Luke smiled slightly though, at the sight of the frog now on Reid’s finger.

“Give me some time?” Reid answered.

Luke frowned again. It wasn’t all he’d hoped for.

“Hey,” Reid said, “As my boyfriend once said to me, how about if I give you some encouragement along the way?” He played with Luke’s fingers.

“Oh!” Luke pretended to give Reid a mock shove, “How long have you been waiting to throw that line back in my face?”

Reid rolled his eyes, “A long time. About as long as those 5 months of blue balls you made me endure.”

“So,” Luke answered, “ Are you saying I have to wait 5 months before you take back my ring and agree to be engaged again?”

He was depressed; he had planned to have Reid as his husband long before that.

Reid just shrugged. “I’m saying –let’s just go day by day.”

They were both silent a minute.

Then in one quick gesture, Luke opened up his cover and let Reid inside.

He wrapped the blanket firmly against both of them, pulling Reid’s naked body close to him, spooning them together. Luke understood that he needed to make Reid feel safe with him again. He was determined to do just that; he just had to figure out a way. But Reid would be his again completely. A stubborn smile touched Luke’s lips.

Luke snuggled against him, and Reid snuggled back.

It was a start.

***

A gentle shaking disturbed Luke from a deep slumber. He opened his eyes and saw Reid crouched over him. Reid was dressed. Luke smiled at him lazily at first, still in a dream state. But then he bolted up.

“Is it Natalie? Is something gone wrong?”

“No, nothing is wrong,” Reid quickly assured him. “I thought you might want to come back to the hospital with me. “ His eyes smiled at Luke. “I just was sent Natalie’s latest scans and they looked good.”

Reid touched Luke’s shoulder.

“I think it’s time to wake her up.”
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Reid and Luke are happily engaged and living together, when a sudden event causes Luke to break it off with Reid. This is also my story for Natalie. I read a lot with Ethan and Faith, but not many stories have her in them. I always loved her for hugging Luke at the end of ATWT.
Warning: Angst
Rating: PG

a/n: I based the medical part on a magazine article that I read. Sadly, I also based it on a friend of mine who, while getting ready for an Aids race for charity, was a victim of a hit and run on his bike. I hope it is medically accurate, but I’m not a doctor so…Then again, if Noah can have a full head of hair and magic eye drops, I think my medical info is just as sound!



Part Two:

At the hospital, Luke and Reid found Lily a sobbing mess. Bob had just given her a shot of something to calm her, but she still blubbered all over Luke as he embraced her.

“My baby!” She cried, smearing her lipstick on Luke’s shirt. “My baby!”

“I know,” Luke hugged her.

“Why did she take out her bike? I was on my way home!”

Emma arrived and rushed over to Lily. She looked at Luke. “I can only stay a little- I am going to relieve the nanny and take care of Ethan. Keep him busy at the farm.” Emma bent down and squeezed Lily hard, “It will be alright, honey.”
Luke began to fall apart with Lily. He felt huge sobs starting inside of him. Reid took his hand and pulled him away.

“Stop this now,” he told Luke firmly. “You can’t lose it. Not like Lily.”

“But-“

“ Call Holden. Call Faith. Help with Ethan. Do what you need to do, Luke. “ He shook him. Now was not the time to coddle him, even though it pained Reid to be tough. Luke responded. He sniffled and stopped crying.

“You’re right, okay. I’m okay. I can do that.”

"You can,” Reid ran a finger down Luke’s cheek. “You can do it.”

Luke nodded bravely. They walked back to Lily.

“ Can I see her?” Luke asked. “ Where is she? Where is Natalie?”

Lily gestured wildly, “Back there,” she motioned to the ER. “I saw her already, but they asked me to step out. “

Bob hesitated. Lily had gone hysterical at the sight of Natalie. He wasn’t sure it was wise to let Luke see her either. He sighed .

“Come for just a moment, “ Bob told Luke. Then he nodded to Reid. “I think she is stable, but I need you.”

Reid nodded. Luke started to ask another question , but Reid and Bob were already going to the trauma room and Luke quickly followed.

Natalie was there. Her blond hair streaked with blood. Her eyes wide and frightened. Nurse were working furiously all around her.

Luke approached her slowly; he moved like he was walking in a fog. He was afraid of knocking into the machines and tubes all around him. He felt so clumsy suddenly. He was aware of Reid quickly putting on a white coat, barking a few orders at the staff, and turning into “Dr. Oliver” right before his eyes. He was aware of the strong odor in the room: astringent and bleach and the iron smell of blood. He was aware of the harsh bright quality of the lights. But mostly, he was aware of Natalie’s small body; her feet not even long enough to reach the edge of the exam table.

“Luke! Help me!” Natalie said, her gaze locking on her brother’s. Luke took her hand or tried to take it, but he did not want to pull at her IV drip. He tried to smile and his lips felt frozen. His sister’s face was a mass of bruises. Her left eyelid swollen shut. He touched her gently on her shoulder.

“Natalie! You scared me so much!” Luke managed to tell her. “ I’m here now. Reid too. “ Luke glanced at Reid and Bob who were studying her CT scans, “And you will be fine –“
As the words came out of Luke’s mouth, Natalie’s eyes suddenly rolled back in her head.

Her body seized. Nurses roughly pushed past Luke.

“Out, out, out,” Reid told him, shoving him away.

“What’s happening? What’s happening?” Luke shrieked at Reid.

Machines beeped. An intern flew into the room with a crash cart.

Reid turned his back to Luke and began to help Natalie. Luke felt a firm hand on his back. He tried to shake it off. He tried to get closer to Reid and Natalie.

“Let them work,” Bob told him. He grabbed at Luke again and forced him out. As he pushed

Luke through the door, Bob looked back to Reid. Their eyes met. Reid needed to stabilize Natalie and fast.

***

In the hallway, Luke wheezed in big gulps of air. He bent down a moment , feeling dizzy. Bile rose to the back of his throat and he swallowed it down. He tried to think of what Reid would want him to do. He would want him to calm down. Luke straighten up and took a few careful steps towards his family. They had not yet noticed him; they were distracted by a fight going on between Lucinda and Margo, who had both just arrived.

“What are you doing about the driver? “ Lucinda was barking at her. “Who leaves a child by the side of the road?”

Margo’s face looked pinched. She had no evidence yet, except for some tire skid-marks. She busied herself with a notepad and pen and tried to look professional.

“Well?” Lucinda demanded.

“The driver might have been drunk or stoned.”

“At this hour?”

Margo shrugged, “It’s the holiday season. Maybe the driver has a record or –“

“Find him!” Lucinda ordered. “Or will the Oakdale Police be incompetent as usual?”

“We need to focus on Natalie, mother,” Lily looked up, “and get in touch with Holden.”

Holden and Molly were visiting Abigail in Los Angeles .

“Luke, can you try him again?” Lily was asking.

Luke did not respond. He kept seeing his baby sister’s face, her voice, when she had pleaded with him to help.

“Why isn’t Holden here?” Lucinda raged. “He is still in LA? Still off with Molly, that slut?”

“Please mother.”

“You should have gotten rid of her, darling, like I told you.”

“Lucinda!” Emma scolded, “None of this is helping. Holden’s cell phone is not picking up –we will call again.”

“Let me tell you about Holden – “ Lucinda was saying.

But Luke stopped listening to them. He watched the door for signs – for Reid.
***

Inside the room, Reid had managed to stabilize her –for the moment. Sweat coated Reid’s face and dripped down his forehead. He bent over Natalie.

“Where the hell was Chris?” Reid demanded to Bob.

Chris had been on call, but had not shown up. Natalie’s care had fallen into the hands of the nurses and young interns, until Bob had arrived.

Bob flinched. “I don’t know.”

Chris had been slipping as a doctor ever since his successful heart transplant. Thanks to
Reid finding a heart, Chris had made a full recovery. But instead of being grateful, Chris had, in Reid’s opinion, acted like a spoiled brat. He had decided he needed to “live,” and had proceeded to blow off work, sneak around on Katie, and try risky sports. He had been hanging out partying with Casey and not coming to work much. He was on the verge of suspension more than once.

Poor Katie had caught him cheating on her just weeks after his recovery. She and Reid had walked in on Chris fondling Nurse Gretchen, his hand yanking up her skirt and exposing her undies that had read “Happy Monday!” on them. Reid had yelled at him and Katie had cried. A humiliated Nurse Gretchen, jerking down her panties, had fled at the sight of Reid.
Since then, Chris had been making his way through the nurses. Katie had left for an extended “vacation”, taking Jacob to visit her mother Lila. Although she had promised Reid she would return for his wedding to Luke. Reid wished he’d ripped the donor heart out of Chris Hughes and given it to a better person . The bastard had the IQ of spam and the morals of an alley cat.

Bob had put off his retirement, due to all this business with Chris. Bob almost had given Reid the Chief job, but Kim had pleaded with him to wait, to give their son a chance to change. She’d pleaded that Chris was just going through a “tough time” adjusting. Reid had told Luke he did not even want to job now; it was a bunch of BS and paperwork. Reid preferred the operating room to the board room anyhow. The only part of being Chief that he would enjoy would be firing Doogie’s ass.

“She’s stable; you did it,” Bob said now, blowing out a huge breath.

“She’s stable so far,’ Reid cautioned. “But we need her to stabilize for 24 hours before we can operate.”

Bob nodded.

Natalie was now fully hooked up to machines; her body shrunken and pale.

Reid reached out a hand and touched a strand of Natalie’s blond hair. It was soft, like Luke’s, and only a few shades lighter. Reid imagined that Luke’s hair was this exact color as a young boy. He pictured the first time that he had met Natalie and she had given him a beautiful smile. She had just gotten past the last of her baby teeth. Her smile had been wide and trusting. Reid’s hand shook as her stroked the hair. There was matted blood on it.

Reid’s fingers trembled. Badly.

Bob saw and frowned in concern. “You know- you’re too close to this. You shouldn’t be the one to –“

“I know,” Reid said.

“You do?” Bob was surprised. It wasn’t like Reid to agree so fast.

Bob studied Reid. His skin was still sweaty. Reid was holding his hands together now, trying to stop his shaking.

Bob patted Reid’s back. “I’ll call over to Bay City and get somebody.”

“No!” Reid snapped. “I’m not turning Natalie over to some neurosurgeon from nowhere-land who got his license in a cereal box. No, “Reid drew in his breath. “I know somebody in Boston. She’s good. “

“Who?”

“Dr. Alexa Jones.”

“Dr. Jones?” Bob echoed. “ I have heard of her. “But will she come tonight? She has a huge practice.”

“She’ll come for me,” Reid said with a hint of his normal arrogance. He walked over to the ER phone. “I will get her.”

He dialed the number for Boston General. They had gone through Harvard together and had once accidentally dated the same boyfriend. Reid had not known the guy was pretending to be straight and Alexa had not known he was secretly gay. They both kicked the guy to the curb and had remained friends.

***
Reid had managed to avoid telling Luke that particular story, not that Luke hadn’t tried to dig up everything he could about Reid’s past. Sometimes, Luke’s attacks for information could be downright sneaky. Once, just a few days after they’d moved in together, he’d cornered Reid after his shower, while he was shaving. Reid had been concentrating on the slightly foggy mirror, his face already full of lather.

“So,” Luke had said, slipping up behind him. “Did you miss me last night?”

“Hmm,” Reid had answered as he pursed his lips and slid the razor down his chin. Luke had been out with Casey. Watching the way the razor moved along Reid’s skin, Luke had licked his lips at Reid and smiled innocently.

“We had fun. Casey got to telling me stories of some of his ex-girlfriends.”

Reid’s eyes had met Luke’s in the mirror, dreading what was coming.

“How about you –ever think about your ex- boyfriends?”

“No,” Reid had made a face, “don’t be a moron.”

Luke had shifted around. “I just want to know more about you. I told you my entire sexual history!”

Bits of shaving cream had fallen into the sink while Reid had laughed.

“I doubt one ex-boyfriend could be defined as a sexual history, Luke.”

Reid made another clean swipe with the razor and then tapped it against the sink impatiently to wash out the foam.

“Maybe it qualifies as a small skirmish. And from what you told me about Mayer, “ Reid couldn’t help adding, “his soldier could barely stand at attention.”

“Very funny.” Luke took the razor from Reid’s hand and washed it out a little more. Then he handed it back . Reid began to shave the other side of his face.

“I could go on with the great battle of Noah,” Reid had grinned as he shaved. “Small sword, jammed gun? “

“Fine, be obnoxious,” Luke had said. Coming up behind Reid, Luke had pressed himself into Reid’s naked back. “I have ways of making you talk.”

“Why do you need to know these stories?” Reid had asked. “I love you. The end.”

Luke had shrugged. “ I know, but…”

Reid had dropped the razor and turned. He’d given him a firm kiss, getting lather on the side of Luke’s face.

At Reid’s kiss, Luke had smiled. Sliding one hand into Reid’s hair, Luke had just tilted his face close to Reid’s. Luke inhaled the scent of shaving cream and man. Reid reached out a finger and wiped the spot on Luke’s cheek. Luke had shot him his ridiculously, charming smile. He’d placed both palms against Reid’s bare chest. Keeping his eyes glued to Reid’s, Luke slowly worked his hands down to rest on the towel slung over Reid’s hips.

“Just tell me the number. “ Luke had whispered sweetly. “How many?”

Flexing his muscles, Reid had pulled away. “Well, I am a damn fine specimen.” He preened around the bathroom a bit. “But I don’t know if you can count that high, Einstein. The number is so large.”

“Shut up!”

“It’s bigger than all the grains of sand in the ocean,” Reid had said with mocking poetry, “Than all the stars in the sky.”

Luke had grabbed the can of shaving cream and blasted him with it. Foam had dripped down Reid’s face and chest.

“Hey!”

“You never learn when to stop ,” Luke had laughed. Reid wrestled the can away from him and squirted Luke back. In just moments, they had covered each other in lather.

They had not made it to the bedroom. Things had turned heavy and hot right on the bathroom rug. And Luke had dropped his interrogation – for the time being. Reid knew it had been just a reprieve.

That was the tricky part about being involved with one Luke Snyder. He appeared blithely sweet and all that on the surface, but underneath he was the most stubborn, single-minded person on the planet.

***

Reid was abruptly pulled out of the rest of the memory at the sound of the nurse connecting him through.

“Reid!” Alexa’s rich voice came over the phone, “What a long time it’s been.”

“I have a problem,’ Reid said.

“What no hello first? Am I no longer your favorite fag hag?” She laughed at her own joke.

After simultaneously dumping their shared man, Alexa and Reid had bonded over drinks in the various gay bars around Boston, earning her Reid’s nickname.
Normally, Reid would have been snarky to her and they’d have bantered back and forth. But this was not a normal time.

“I need help,” Reid said simply.”Please. “

In her office, Dr. Jones almost fell out of her chair. She knew that if those words were coming from Reid’s mouth it must be serious.

“Tell me,” she said.


***

When waiting for a loved one in a hospital, the whole world quickens to white. Time does not stretch itself out in a smooth line anymore; it shatters and falls down hard as a storm.

The family was waiting now. Emma had left to care for Ethan, but the rest of them huddled together. Luke held his mother’s hand and tried to rub at her cold fingers. Lucinda paced up and down the hallway, looking for anybody to abuse.

Suddenly, Casey and Ali showed up. They hurried over to Luke.

“How is she?” Casey embraced Luke in a bear hug.

Luke’s eyes welled up and he shook his head. “We’re waiting.”

Ali hugged him too. “I’m on my shift –sorry! I gotta go now.” She kissed him. “We would have been here sooner, but my car is in the shop.”

Casey hugged Luke once more. He smelled a little of smoke.

“Where have you been?” Luke asked Casey.

“Nowhere – just hanging,” Casey’s eyes filled with tears of his own, “I’m so sad about Natalie. “ He hugged Luke some more.

“Thanks.”

Casey nodded. “You need anything, Luke? Coffee or food?”

Luke smiled at his friend. “Just need to know how she is.”

Jack Snyder hurried up to them. “Sorry! I wanted to come with Margo. “ Jack’s eyes slid away, “But I had Carly issues.”

“Don’t worry about it,” Lily said. “Have you heard from Holden?”

“No,” Jack shook his head. “Luke, can I get you a sandwich? Lily?”

They both refused it. Everybody seemed to want to feed them now.

“Not hungry, Uncle Jack.”

Before Jack could reply, Chris Hughes came into the hallway. He went over too and patted Luke. He gave him a big smile, “Don’t worry. Really. I have heard of worse, seen worse.”

Chris’s eyes darted all around. His face had stubble, his shirt was undone. He spied Nurse Gretchen and gave her a leer. She stuck out her chest and angrily walked past him.

“She’ll be fine,” Chris said. He smiled over to Lily to comfort her now.

“Thank you.” Lily said, but she continued to cry.

Everybody jumped up then, because Reid and Bob were coming out of the ER.

Bob Hughes looked at his son. “Where have you been?”

“I- er- forgot the pager and -“ Chris stammered. He tried to give his father a hound-dog face.

“In my office! Now!” He looked at the Snyders. “Be right back.” Bob took Chris away.

Casey let out a low whistle.

“Listen,” Jack said. “Let us go and get some coffee,” he nodded to Casey. Who looked puzzled and then realized that Jack thought they should give Reid a private moment with the immediate
family.

“Right. Back soon, guy,” He tapped Luke on the shoulder.

But Luke was watching Reid.

Reid came over to the family. His family.

Lucinda grabbed Reid’s hand. “Thank God, finally a competent face! How is she?”

Reid cleared his throat. His voice was still hoarse from his cold.

“Natalie has suffered a traumatic brain injury. A brain shear has occurred, “ At their blank faces, Reid hesitated, “It’s a shifting inside of her skull. The brain is bruised and –“

“Oh God,” Lily moaned, sinking back into her chair, her knees buckling.

“But you can operate and fix it, right? “ Luke said. His hand gripped Reid’s .

“We can operate,” Reid answered, “once she is stable enough. “ He did not add that she might not become stable enough; Reid pushed that thought away. “But Natalie has suffered a complication already –a mini stroke.”

“Stroke? “ Lucinda parroted. “What? She’s a child!”

“I know. But it’s not an uncommon side effect of brain trauma. Our next CT scan will show more, but I expect there has been tissue damage .”

“How much?” Luke asked.

Reid opened his mouth to answer, but looking into Luke’s worried face, the words would not come out.

“We can’t tell until we look inside, “ Reid finally admitted.

Bob came back over. He had suspended Chris. He did not relish the idea of telling Kim, but it had to be done.

Now Bob wanted to help Reid.

“Listen,” Bob told the Snyder family what Reid could not voice. “Prepare yourselves. There could be memory loss , speech impairment, walking problems or worse.”

“Worse?” Lucinda asked.

“Cognitive damage. Mild or severe. We have no way of knowing.”

Reid felt his body shake again and inhaled sharply. “We don’t know yet. ” He tried to offer Luke a reassuring smile. “She could be lucky.”

Bob raised an eyebrow, but said nothing. It just confirmed for him that Reid was way too involved to be objective.

Luke had heard enough. He grabbed at Reid and burst into tears. Sobs wracked his body. Reid gently took Luke down the hall and into the break room.

“Just take a breath, sweetie. “ Reid murmured, he never called Luke any endearments. Today, he had called Luke both babe and sweetie. Normally, this would have thrilled Luke, but he was in a world of fear and grief.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Luke said. “I know you told me not to cry.”

Reid did not answer; he just held Luke and rocked him.

After a few moments, Luke pulled himself together. At the same moment, Bob opened the door to the break room.

“Look, I’ve talked with Lily now. We think it would be wise to have the family stay in shifts. Nothing can happen until the morning.”

“I want to stay.”

“No,” Lily said ,following Bob into the break room. “I’m taking the first shift.”

“Mom-“

“She’s my baby.” Lily went over to Luke and stroked his tear-filled face. “You both are. Please go and rest, hon. I will need you here in a few hours to relieve me. “

Lily glanced at Reid. “Will you please drive Luke home?” she asked.

Reid and Lily did not like each other much, but they both loved Luke.

Reid nodded.

Lucinda came into the room now. “I plan to hire nurses round the clock. Real ones.”

“Alison will take care of Natalie tonight,” Bob told her.

“An ex-porn star? Ex-junkie? I don’t think so!” Lucinda huffed. “Luke and I are both on the
hospital board and that is the best nurse you offer?”

“Don’t worry, grandma,” Reid said. He always called her that to tease her. Usually, Lucinda and Reid could spend hours busted each other’s balls. Lucinda, Reid often liked to tell Luke, had a rock hard pair of cohunes.

But now, he could see the fear behind Lucinda’s tough, condescending tone.
“I will drop Luke home and come right back. I’ll stay with her.”

Lucinda grabbed Reid’s face and pinched his cheeks. “Fresh.” But she was reassured.

Luke smiled at them. He liked how cute and easy Reid and Lucinda were together.

***

But in the car ride home, Luke cried again softly. He had just hung up the phone with Holden, finally reaching him in Los Angeles.

“Dad is flying in. He was hiking with Molly and Abigail and did not have reception before.”

Reid nodded. They pulled up to their house. It was a cozy, three bedroom house that suited them perfectly. Natalie and Ethan had slept over a number of times. That had been one of Luke’s reasons for wanting a house and not an apartment.
For Reid, it was his first home. Ever. He had moved a lot as a kid. And his parents had not seen the point of owning a home. Later, when his Uncle Angus had taken him in, they had lived in a cramped apartment by the park. Reid was terribly proud of his house with Luke, and that they had purchased it together.

Luke opened the door and they went in. Both men were exhausted. Luke tossed the keys on the coffee table. Normally, Reid would scold him for that and neatly hang them on their designated hook by the front door. Tonight, he barely noticed it.

Luke sat down heavily on the nearby couch and rubbed his eyes with the back of his hand like a tired child.

“The only thing giving me courage in this whole nightmare, “ he told Reid, “Is that Natalie will be in your hands. “

Reid faltered and nearly tripped. He sat down next to Luke, slowly sinking his weight down into the soft leather.

“I won’t be,” he said.

Luke looked at him, ”Won’t be what?”

“Operating on Natalie,” Reid said softly. “It’s a conflict of interest.”

Luke stared at him dumbly.

Reid sucked in a ragged breath.

“I just can’t operate,” he repeated.

Luke felt like his heart was being cracked-open and a huge, cold space poured in.
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Title: Hit and Run
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Reid and Luke are happily engaged and living together, when a sudden event causes Luke to break it off with Reid. This is also my story for Natalie. I read a lot with Ethan and Faith, but not many stories have her in them. I always loved her for hugging Luke at the end of ATWT.
Disclaimer: Owned by ATWT
Rating: NC-17
Warning: Angst here! Explicit Sexual Content

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profiles

Nov. 27th, 2010 02:35 pm
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Title: Profiles
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke wants to fill out dating profiles just for fun, but Reid is not too sure of the plan
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: total fluff and sexual content

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Title: The Secret of Being A Grimaldi
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke can read minds and has visions. Damian is back. Chris is dead. Luke and Reid are going to Malta to try and confront Damian about the missing foundation money.
Warning: None
Disclaimer: Not mine- ATWT
Rating: NC-17

Thanks to Stl29tide for some help
and Chameleonen for the tips on Malta




Chapter Ten

Malta


Reid and Luke sped through the island of Malta, their motorcycle hugging the delicious curves and hills. Luke had his chest pressed up at Reid' back, and his legs brushed Reid's legs. He was holding Reid's waist and thinking that there was nowhere on earth that he would rather be. The limo had left them off in the local town, but it was still several miles to the Grimaldi castle. Reid had convinced him to get the Harley-Davidson. It was a big hog, all red and chrome, and boasting a rubber-mounted,fuel injected Screamin Eagle engine. Reid was smoking hot in his tight jeans and jacket, and Luke had put on equally tight jeans and a button down shirt that showed off a small tuft of his chest hair. They both wore helmets at Reid's absolute insistence, and now they were roaring past scenery of Malta. Reid hit the throttle and they soared.

Luke had been uncertain about getting the motorcycle. He had never been on one.

"It is the only vacation time that I have had in years," Reid said, and gave Luke a rare smile.

"But they drive on the left side here, Reid. Can you handle that?" Luke had been to Malta several times and had always taken limos.

Reid rolled his eyes. "Luke, I'm a brain surgeon. I can handle driving on the left side of the road. "

"And you'll go slowly?"

Reid's eyes gleamed, "Of course."

Now he was not going slowly at all, and Luke was loving it. Reid was so assured at the controls that Luke imagined this must be what it was like to watch him operate. Those capable hands gliding over the throttle, giving it torque, moving with no doubts of his own abilities.

Reid could handle so many things well. He could handle the truth too, Luke began to argue with himself, about the mind-reading. Luke should tell him. Luke will tell him. But not yet...they were having so much fun. Technically, this felt like his first date with Reid. Luke wanted it be special. He would tell Reid at the castle. Soon.

Just then, Reid pulled the bike over at a local farmer's market and turned back to Luke.

"I'm starved!" He grinned.

"When aren't you starved?" Luke teased, watching Reid hop down from the Harley and wipe some dirt off his jeans.

He held out a hand to Luke. Their fingers grabbed onto each others. Together they browsed the small roadside market, selecting luscious fruits. Luke held up a crispy apple to Reid's lips and he took a mouth-watering bite.

"Hmm,"Reid said. He bent over the stand to get some more apples and Luke just watched. He couldn't help but enjoy the view of his lover's ass.

"Careful, Snyder," Reid said , straightening up and meeting his eyes. "I can tell what you're thinking."

"Can you?" Luke smiled.

Reid took another big bite out of his apple, "Yeah. Keep those big-brown cow eyes off my ass."

Luke laughed and shoved Reid gently. Reid responded by wrapping one casual arm around Luke and then shoving him back a little. Luke picked out a container of melons and some bright, purple grapes.

"These good?" He asked.

"Oh, yeah," Reid answered. He had more fruit than he could carry now.

They went up to pay. Luke could hear nothing but happiness coming from Reid. Simple thoughts, that were unlike him.

Food and Luke, Luke and food , was all he could hear.

They carried the fruit to a nearby palm tree. They ate in the shade, feeding each other fat pieces of melon until the juices ran down their faces. Reid leaned in and licked some off of Luke's open lips. Their tongues met in an intimate dance. Reid cupped the side of Luke's face and placed another melon slice into his mouth. Then he leaned his whole body into Luke's and sucked on part of the exposed melon. Their mouths met again and the kiss tasted like fruit and each other.

"Best date,' Luke whispered.

"What?"

"Or worst one, whatever. Tell me something." Luke smiled coaxingly. He suddenly wanted to know everything about Reid.

"Best? Right now, idiot," Reid teased, and then gave him a beautiful, flirtatious grin. "Worst?" He shrugged. "Around med school, I was with this guy I thought was crazy about me. But on our third date I caught him getting another guy's phone number. "

"Ouch."

"Yeah." There was a pause. "I still went home with him."

"What ? Why?"

"I don't know. Hormones, I guess. "

Luke heard, Lonely and geeky and stupid back then.

"What about you?" Reid asked.

Luke hesitated. "I never really dated...There was only Noah and we kind of fell into this messy love thing. We never had dates." Luke stared into Reid's blue eyes. "Not like this."

Reid looked away. Luke persisted. "This is really great. I just want to say that I feel good, being here with you." He peeked over at Reid.

Reid shook his head and gave him an embarrassed smile, "Yeah, let's not do this."

"Do what?"

"Talk about our feelings, okay? I'm not good at it."

Luke heard, I ache for him.

"Okay," Luke nodded, his throat clogged by emotion. "No feeling talks."

"Good," Reid said suddenly standing up, "I need to go back and buy something to drink." He nervously asked, "Lemonade good?"

Luke nodded.

Reid snapped his fingers. "Lemonade it is."

As he watched Reid run back for drinks, Luke's smile faded. He was so happy here with Reid. He wished the two of them could just freeze time and not leave. He wished he did not have to tell Reid about his ability to hear his mind. He would wait. Just a little longer...


Oakdale

As Luke and Reid were making their way to the Grimaldi castle, Oakdale was about to have a visitor.

Lily Walsh was eating lunch at her house and trying to thinking of ways to get rid of her mother, Lucinda. Lucinda had arrived , unannounced, to lecture Lily, as usual, about her flaws. First, she started in about Holden and Molly and why was Lily letting him just get away? Then she started in about how Faith was out of control again. Finally, her mother took out the big gun and brought up Luke and Damian.

"I don't want to discuss this mother," Lily said.

Lucinda let out an annoyed breath. "Lily, dear, you can't just ignore the fact that he is clearly out there somewhere. Probably just waiting for Luke in Malta. "

"Why did you give Luke the jet?"

Lucinda shook her head "Darling, he was going, one way or the other. He thinks Damian is just going to hand him over the foundation money."

"Maybe he will."

Lucinda groaned. "What is it about you and men, Lily? You need to learn to see past their smiles?"

Lily shifted in her seat. "I'm not a fool, mother," she said, "Although you'd like to think so. I know Damian. I know he did awful things, but I truly think he loves Luke."

"He may love him," Lucinda warned, " but he is after something. Mark my words, he won't stop until he gets it!"

Lily sighed and offered her mother some tea. This would be a long lunch.

***


Meanwhile, across town at Memorial, Bob Hughes grew concerned. Reid Oliver had taken a few personal days and Bob had approved them, but now Chris had disappeared too. Bob did not want to admit how disappointed he'd become in his son over the last few years. Now, Bob was very short handed. He could not get Chris on his phone and hated to call back Reid. He was in a pickle.

Just then, Kim came up to Bob.

"Darling I'm afraid you are not going to like this? " She said.

Bob raised an eyebrow. "What?"

"It's about Chris. He sent me an email. He's gone back to Africa."

"What!"

"He hates to disappoint you, dear, but he really wanted to be his own man and go help the people there. He wasn't happy here."

"So he just leaves? No two week notice? No goodbye to us?"

"His message says he was embarrassed and nervous to face you, but he will get in touch with you soon. He says he is sorry."

Bob shook his head. "That sounds like Chris. Selfish."

"Now Bob- " Kim put a restraining hand on her husband's arm.

Bob shook it off. "No dear, I won't be happy about this. I need to go and work on bringing in some more doctors. "

Kim frowned as Bob walked off in a huff. She just hated being in the middle of her son and her husband. She too had been hurt that Chris did not say goodbye. But she would just wait for him to visit, and until then try and accept it.

***


Damian Grimaldi stood outside of Lily's house. He had just sent another phony email from Chris Hughes to his parents, buying him more time. The Oakdale police were so incompetent that Damian knew it would be a long time before they even knew Chris was dead or suspected foul play. Damian would be long gone by then. He peered in the window and saw Lily with Lucinda. That old hag! She wasn't part of his plans; he had hoped to find Lily with Luciano, but this might work out fine. Damian signaled to his men in the waiting car, and then he rang the bell.

Lily Snyder opened up her door and saw Damian Grimaldi standing there in plain sight. She screamed and nearly collapsed to the floor. Damian caught her in his arms and put her gently down on the couch.

"Pleasure," Damian said and touched Lily on the shoulder. Lily began to writhe and moan and touch her genitals. Her eyes glazed over with lust.

Lucinda, meanwhile, charged at Damian, yelling at him "No, damn you!" She attempted to beat Damian with her clenched fists.

"Pain," Damian said, and gave Lucinda's face a hard squeeze. Lucinda immediately bent over in agony, holding her head in her hands.

Just then, Damian's phone buzzed. He glanced at it and read the message with surprise. Luciano wasn't in Oakdale at all; he was already in Malta. Damian smiled. He watched Lily thrashing and moaning. He watched Lucinda rocking with pain. Luciano would soon be in his power too. He would get Luciano to do his bidding, be in his control, and then they would take over everything - together. Damian called in his bodyguards to come inside the house. They left the car parked outside and entered. Damian nodded to the two women. "Bring them," he ordered. He was eager now to return to Malta.

***

Malta

Luke and Reid had reached the Grimaldi castle. It sat on the highest hill of the island, surrounded by an interlocking series of caves. Down below, the ocean was visible. It's blue waters beating against the rocks. The castle itself was enormous. It had huge stone walls, a turret, and several balconies. The castle had a gloomy air about it. Nothing else could be seen for miles - just the castle, dark and imposing.

Luke and Reid had climbed off of the motorcycle.

"Very Edgar Allan Poe, " Reid said finally. "Bad dad keep ravens here?"

Luke ignored the insult and took Reid's hands in his.

"Reid," Luke said nervously. He swallowed a couple times. "I have to tell you something, right now, before we go inside."

Reid shrugged, "Okay," His tone was wary.

Luke heard, If he is going to be feeling guilty over Noah right now and want to break things off with me, I'm going to scream -

"It has nothing to do with Oakdale or Noah or anything like that, " Luke went on, squeezing Reid's fingers and ignoring his surprised face that Luke had picked up on his unspoken worry, "I want to be with you. I really do, " Luke told him and smiled slightly. Then his voice began to tremble, " And I hope you'll want to be with me when I tell you -"

Luke's words were abruptly cut off. Security guards from the Grimaldi castle stormed outside and grabbed Luke and Reid roughly. They immediately dragged the two men apart.

One of the guards shook Reid roughly. "No damn trespassers here,' the guard yelled at them.

The guards took out something to tie them up. The ropes were thick and cutting into their flesh already.

"Wait! " Luke said, trying to shake the men off, "I order you. I'm Luciano Grimaldi and -"

They ignored Luke's protests. Gags were put on the two men's mouths. Then the guards finished binding both men up and them pushed them through the castle doors.


Chapter eleven

Luke and Reid were thrown into separate rooms in the Grimaldi castle. Luke found himself tied to a rather large bed post. His feet were tied together and his hands were tied to two different posts. He still had the gag in his mouth. Luke did not believe that Damian knew of his guards' decision. He was certain that the guards would suffer when Damian did find out their actions. Luke tested the ropes. He was stuck. He worried about Reid taken in the room nearby. He felt guilty about bringing Reid into this situation.

Just then, the door flew open. Reid stood there, rubbing his chafed wrists, but smiling slightly. Reid climbed onto the bed and came up to Luke. He quickly removed Luke's gag.

"How did you- " Luke started to ask.

Reid grinned. "Luke, I'm a surgeon. I spend my day making knots or loosening them with sutures. I do knots all the time."

"Oh."

"And I admit, " Reid said, "I also was something of a magic fan as a boy. I used to practice rope tricks." Reid looked at Luke proudly.

Reid had started to work on freeing one of Luke's arms.

"That is pretty nerdy," Luke teased him, "Even for you."

Reid narrowed his eyes and stopped undoing the rope. He then glanced at Luke tied up and spread out across the bed.

"Do you think we are in danger right now?"

"No," Luke answered. "I think Damian must not be here and those idiot guards are just acting on their own."

"Yeah, that is what I concluded too. "

"Hey, untie me and go and see," Luke said.

Reid sat back on his heels. He ran one long finger down Luke's chest. "Hmm. Don't know about that, since we aren't in imminent danger."

"Reid!"

"Seems to me this is a moment I should not waste. Having Luke Snyder all tied up and at my mercy."

Reid nuzzled the side of Luke's neck.

"I mean , you did just call me a nerd, right? Plus you did make me suffer through that airplane sex game."

"I didn't tie you up!" Luke protested, tugging at his ropes.

"True, but you did forbid me to move, to touch you -" Reid skimmed another finger up and down Luke's body.

Luke heard, Payback is a bitch, Snyder.

He knew he was in trouble now.

"The guards, " Luke protested weakly.

"Think we can't escape,' Reid answered. His fingers teased Luke's lower stomach. He lifted up Luke's shirt and kissed his navel.

Luke squirmed against the ropes and felt himself already getting hard.

"Call me a nerd now," Reid muttered, and he began to stroke Luke through his jeans.

Luke could see the two of them in the bedroom mirror. He watched as Reid lifted the shirt higher and took one of Luke's nipples into his mouth. Reid sucked it firmly, and his hands slid down to Luke's erection. Luke struggled now to pull at the ropes. He kicked at his tied feet.

Reid slid Luke's jean zipper carefully down. Then he reachd in and pulled out Luke's cock.

"What it is it with your family anyhow?" Reid asked him. "You blackmail me, threaten me, and now your crazy dad has kidnapped me." He was stroking Luke up and down.

Luke opened his mouth to try and defend himself, when he felt Reid's lips brushing across his heavy cock.

Luke stared into the mirror , watching as Reid took him inside his mouth. He watched his whole body jerked in reaction. His arms pulling at the ropes helplessly.

"We should go-" Luke managed to say, "Ahhh, soon."

Reid pulled Luke's briefs down to his ankles. He reached Luke's hole and played at it with a finger.

"Yeah, I'll stop."

"Yes, no. Ahh, you tease!" Luke groaned out. "At least untie me!"

Reid did not reply. He was too busy taking Luke back into his mouth. Luke could feel the delicious pressure mounting inside of him. He wanted it so badly. Reid sucked harder. He took Luke deeper into his mouth. It was only a moment later that Luke came between Reid's open lips. Letting Reid suck the most vulnerable part of him.

Reid quickly undid the ropes holding Luke up, and Luke slid down, boneless, to the bed. Reid released Luke's bound feet and gave them a gentle rub.

"We should continue this later, " Reid told him. "Get up."

Luke saw his own reflection in the mirror. His eyes looked huge and dazed. His face looked soft. His hair was messy.

"What about you?" Luke indicated the huge bulge in Reid's pants.

Reid looked down at it ruefully. "A few moments of fun is one thing, but we should go. Don't worry, " he added smugly, " I'll have to tie you up again later and finish."

Luke grabbed at Reid. "Oh, no way, Doctor Oliver. You are not leaving this bed."

Luke slid his free arms around Reid's neck and brought him into a passionate kiss. Soon, they were both lost in loving each other. Flesh moved against flesh. Hips grinded. Tongues tasted. They equally gave and took from each other. The sex turned tender. Luke pressed his hands against Reid's pounding heart. Reid's body shook with sweet tremors. A smile lit the shadow of his face. They began to approach a mutual climax. The whole time, Luke saw himself in the mirror, eagerly taking Reid into his body. Eagerly meeting each thrust. Eagerly loving him.

There was nothing else. Reid folded Luke into his arms. They both knew that they should get up and move. But neither one stirred.

They tangled up together on the bed for a moment, each one breathing heavily. Their bodies linked.

Reid turned to Luke, "This is the strangest trip I've ever been on." He kissed Luke's fingers.

"Sorry your not back in Oakdale? Doing rounds and bossing the poor nurses?"

"Oakdale? That dump? I'm thinking Malta is much more attractive. Even with bad dad and some overly-zealous guards."

Luke grabbed their clothes. "We do need to get out of here. I don't know where in the world Damian is, but we need to regroup and then I need to find him."

"I agree."

They dressed and opened up the door. Quickly, Luke and Reid made their way down the hall. As they rounded the corner, Luke crashed right into somebody coming up the stairs.

"Luciano!" Damian threw his arms around his son and squeezed him tightly. Then he kissed both of Luke's cheeks. "At last."
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Title: The Secret of Being a Grimaldi
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke has the power to read minds and has visions, and Damian is back.
Rating: NC-17
Warning: none



Chapter Nine

Reid skewered Luke with a look. "This isn't happening,' he said firmly. "It's impossible."

Luke tried to maintain a serious face, "Reid, I beat you, fair and square."

Reid shook his head. "Can't be."

"Why?" Luke asked. "Cause you're a genius and I'm just average?"

"Well...Yeah!" Reid nodded. Then he snuck a look at Luke. "No offense."

"We could play again," Luke offered with a smirk. It didn't really bother him that Reid said
that, since not many people were at Dr. Oliver's intelligence level. Besides, Luke had his own advantages.

Reid nodded. This must be a fluke. There is no way he beat me.

"Let's play again, " Reid agreed.

They bent over the chess board and set up the pieces once more. Meanwhile, the plane moved through the air and sunlight. There was something Luke just loved about the speed. The clouds outside, the plane rushing onward, it excited him.

"Hey, Snyder!" Reid snapped his fingers near Luke's face. His sarcastic voice interrupted Luke's thoughts, "Move."

"Okay, relax." Luke sucked on one finger as he thought about where to start. Then Reid's thoughts on the game started entering his head.

In a matter of 15 minutes, Luke moved his queen. "Checkmate," Luke said.

"You don't understand; this is impossible. I never lose."

"But you just did."

"But I never do! I - you - It must be this damn airplane and the high altitude effecting my frontal lobe or something."

Reid continued to stare at the chess board like it would soon provide him with the answers.

"I need some food," Luke said and went over to the fridge. Lucinda's jet spared no expense. There was a full kitchen and living area. "You want?'

"Huh?" Reid was still staring at the board going over and over the moves in his mind, "No."

It was just so delicious to torment him. Luke had not intended on cheating. But Reid's thoughts had just appeared in his head. Move after move, Luke could hear what Reid was going to do.

Actually , Luke was starting to read his thoughts more frequently, and when he concentrated on Reid, he could hear them almost at will. Maybe it was because they had slept together, and therefore Reid and Luke's connection had increased. Because Luke still could not read strangers' minds. The people at the airport had all been a blank, and he could barely read his pilot's thoughts, before they took off for Malta. But Luke had only met and talked with the pilot a few dozen times. It seemed to Luke that the deeper his connection, the more his mind could probe into another's. The chess game at first had been to just mess with poor Reid, but then it had become almost a test.

Reid was looking a little panicked.

"Does it really matter if I beat you?" Luke asked him gently, and handed him a sandwich.

Reid took the sandwich, despite having refused the food a moment before, and chewed.

"It does matter, " he told Luke as he swallowed down the lunch meat.

"My parents took me to chess competition after competition and I never let them down." Reid threw down the sandwich and looked frustrated. "This just makes no sense."

"And they cared about it so much - your winning?"

Reid just shrugged.

"What were they like?" Luke pressed.

Reid rolled his eyes. "Well, they weren't like your bad dad. They didn't steal and try to murder or do any crimes. They were normal. "

Luke heard, Cold and demanding.

Luke reached out and touched the side of Reid's face. He gave Reid a melting smile.

Reid drew away a moment and looked almost pained at the touch.

"I'm going to figure out why you were able to win."

"I know you will."

"I don't need sympathy or anything. It's just chess."

"That wasn't sympathy. It was," Luke grinned, "affection."

Reid just looked at him a second. "Oh," he said. Then Reid looked away.

Luke heard, Nothing has prepared me for this. For Luke...so warm.

"I'm thinking," Luke's voice had gone soft. "We should play another game."

"What? " Reid asked, "Checkers? Bingo? No thanks."

"No," Luke said and closed the space between them. He looked into Reid's eyes and fingered the collar of his leather jacket. "A different sort of game entirely."

"Oh!" Reid' eyes began to gleam. "How long until we land in Malta?"

Luke laughed. The plane was gently rocking from some turbulence, but neither man noticed. Luke pulled at Reid's hand until they were both tumbling onto the big black couch.

Reid started to reach for Luke's lips. Luke pulled back.

"Wait."

"What?" An almost hurt look crossed Reid's expression.

"The game," Luke told him. "I want to be the only one doing it."

"Doing what?" Reid asked.

"Doing all the touching, " Luke replied. "You can't touch me yet, but I'm going to touch you."

"But I want to touch you," Reid murmured, attempting to stroke Luke's face. Luke caught his hand.

"Please?" Luke smiled at him. "Since we've gotten together, you've always taken the lead. I just want to try this ...just for a little time, okay?"

Luke kept his eyes on Reid's blue ones.

Reid swallowed hard and then nodded. "Sure, why not?"

Luke paused a moment. While it was true he wanted to be the one in charge, to pleasure Reid, Luke also wanted to test out his power a little more. In the past, whenever Reid had touched him, Luke could no longer read his mind. Once Luke's own body was lost in the pleasure of sex, his powers stopped. But what if Reid were in his control and not yet touching him? Luke was curious.

Luke kissed the graceful curve of Reid's neck. "Remember, no touching me."

"Right."

Luke grinned. "What do you like?" He asked.

Reid just smiled. "I like everything you do."

Luke heard, I want to feel those lips on me, and that tongue. Starting at my toes.

"Lie down," Luke commanded.

Reid obediently stretched out on the couch. He looked at Luke with hungry anticipation.
Luke stood over him. He undressed his shoes, socks, those tight black jeans. Luke picked up one of Reid's lean legs and kissed his way down to Reid's toes. Then he took the toes inside his generous mouth and suckled them one by one.

"Luke!" Reid's hips lifted slightly off the couch.

Luke, Luke!

Luke licked the arch of Reid's foot.

Reid was naked except for his briefs now, and he seemed almost shy. He trembled as Luke began to touch him all over. Everywhere caressing him: skin, lips, hands. The plane rose up on a pocket of air and then dipped down again.

"What else? " Luke prompted. Trying to get Reid to think his desires, even if he would never say them.

Reid's hands were clenched already. "All good," he mumbled.
Luke heard, My cock

Luke pulled down Reid's briefs in one quick motion. Reid was rock hard and waiting to be touched. Luke positioned himself between Reid's legs. He took Reid into his hands. He gently rubbed up and down.

Luke heard, Circles. Mouth

Luke pressed his tongue firmly down on Reid. He took the tip into his mouth and circled it with his tongue. Reid sucked in a deep gasping breath.

Reid swallowed visibly. His eyes were glazed as he looked down and watched Luke moving between his open thighs.

Luke heard, God I want him. He can't know how much.

Luke sucked on Reid's cock; he teased him by nipping at it with some teeth. Then he sucked again.

Luke heard, Oh, yes. Oh, please, please.

Reid was thrashing his head from side to side. His whole body tensed. Luke took him deeper inside the wet cradle of his mouth. Reid exploded. Luke savored the taste of him. He eagerly swallowed and swallowed.

Luke took a moment then, as Reid lay languid on the couch, and quickly grabbed his suitcase and the condoms and lube. Luke then shed his clothes. He walked proudly back to Reid, who was watching him.

Luke had to concentrate now to read his mind. Luke's own body was aroused. He met Reid's eyes and really focused.

Luke sat down on the couch and pulled at Reid.

"Lie on me," Luke whispered and half-dragged Reid face down across his lap.

Luke spread Reid's cheeks wide and went to work. He could hear Reid's thoughts, as his tongue followed the silent orders. He moved his tongue every way that Reid wanted, finding the exact spot . Reid was moaning. Soon Reid seemed to have no clear thoughts at all.

Only then did Luke let him lie back down. Luke lowered his mouth to Reid's and then lowered his body on top of him. He could feel Reid quivering. The small plane was bouncing on the air.

Reid couldn't resist touching him any longer. Reid's hands buried themselves in Luke's hair. He stroked Luke's back and hips. He touched Luke some more. It didn't matter. Luke could hear nothing by now; he too was lost in a sexual haze. Luke's head swam. His pulse throbbed.

Luke kissed Reid's shoulder, letting Reid feel his weight. Luke opened the lube and moistened his fingers and he stuck them deep inside of Reid. Their mouths met greedily.

"I want you , so much right now,' Reid rasped out ,and it thrilled Luke to hear the real words actually being spoken.

"Me too," he told Reid. Luke longed to say even more. He longed to tell Reid how much he wanted to just be with him like this. That Reid was in his head and in his arms, and all others were silent and far away. Just be with me, Luke thought, be with me all the time.

Luke took his fingers out and stroked Reid with his heavy cock. They teased each other, shaft touching shaft. Luke lifted Reid's legs up and back. Reid arched his hips in welcome. Luke then pushed into Reid inch by inch, feeling his body yield. Luke pushed in some more, almost tenderly, before he increased the pace. He felt like he were reaching out to the very center of Reid's being. Pounding now. Every thrust of Luke's body felt full of wonder. Their voices called to each other as their bodies moved in a matched rhythm. And Luke knew, right then, that this went beyond sex, slipping now into love, pulsing, newly fallen between them.

After that, they were quiet.

Luke stared at Reid. He suddenly realized that what had started out as a fun sex game was now wrapped up in his heart. Luke realized too that he needed to be honest with Reid, if this was truly a relationship, and tell him about the mind reading. Luke wanted to be honest. Eyes moist and lips quivering, Luke opened his mouth to speak -

"Hey," Reid said. " You look weird. Don't get all weepy on me or anything."

"Right," Luke closed his mouth. He knew that Reid was private and protective of his emotions. What would he do, how would he feel to learn that Luke had been reading his most personal thoughts?

Luke grabbed for Reid's hand and just held it. He didn't know what else to do.

"I'm just - cold," Luke finally said, "airplanes are always cold."

"Here," Reid reached his arm down and scooped up his jacket from nearby. He gently placed the coat over Luke's bare shoulders.

"So I have a question," Reid said, as he stretched back down and rested his head on Luke's chest.

"What's that?" Luke mumbled, stroking Reid's curly hair.

"What is the plan here? I mean are we just going to storm the castle and demand the foundation funds back? Don't think bad dad's going to appreciate that."

"Don't call him that. " Luke frowned. "He has done some bad things -"

Reid raised an eyebrow.

"Okay, lots of them. But you didn't know him. He loved me. And he had his good points."

Luke sat up, cleaned them both off, and then started to pull on his boxers and pants.

Reid simply watched him and waited.

Luke tossed Reid his jeans, briefs, and shirt. He continued to wear Reid's jacket.

"I really think this thing with the foundation money is just ...Damian's way of getting my attention."

Reid's mouth twisted, "A simple phone call wouldn't suffice?"

"First of all, everybody back in the States thinks he's dead or missing. He did text me that he was alive, but he can't just come and visit me."

"Why is he taking the money though?" Reid asked logically, as he too started to get dressed. "Doesn't he have millions."

"Billions, " Luke corrected. "And yes, although it is all tied up in Grimaldi shipping. Legally, the money is frozen to him and open to me, as the head of all of this. " Luke chewed his lip. He picked up his shirt and just held it to his body a moment. Then he reluctantly took off Reid's jacket and slipped it on.

"That's why this is so puzzling." Luke said as he gave Reid back the jacket. " Damian could have gotten into the shipping funds and taken that too, but he didn't. It might have taken me a lot longer to notice money missing from the shipping company. And the foundation - it was my idea, my baby - so why steal from that? Unless," Luke concluded, " he is just forcing me to take action and come to him."

"Still..." Reid scowled. He didn't look convinced. "I guess you know him."

"I do."

"Not just being blinded, are you? By that Snyder optimism thing?" Reid asked. He finished dressing but still sat on the couch.

"No, " Luke's tone became defiant.

"Okay," Reid said at Luke's change of voice. He shrugged. "I'll put myself in your capable hands. "

"Thank you," Luke said, somewhat mollified. He sat back down on the couch.

"Sure," Reid smiled. "After all, those hands took good care of me just a few moments ago." He gave Luke a saucy grin.

"Shut up," Luke elbowed Reid in the side. But he was laughing. He used to hate Reid's rude comments. When did they start becoming so funny? It must be that Luke understood him so much better now, and the vulnerable side of Reid that was just below that sarcastic surface.


The pilot's voice suddenly came over the private speaker, "Mr. Snyder?"

Luke pressed the intercom. "Yes, Joe?"

"Please take a seat. We are about to land in Malta. "

"Oh boy," Reid said. "I just remembered he was even here."

Luke curled up his lips into a smile, "Worried about all that moaning you did, doctor?" He teased.

Reid merely rolled his eyes. "Give the guy a big tip, will you?"

***

In the airport, Reid stood back and watched as Luke was busy arranging their limo. He was worried about this whole trip. Reid had an uneasy feeling about going to see Damian; he really thought that Luke was being too simplistic about his father. Reid was tempted to tell Luke that they should just skip it, fly off to Rome instead. He pictured Luke naked in some hotel overlooking the Fontana di Trevi. Fucking Luke and eating pasta all day sounded much better then meeting bad dad. Luke looked over at him just then and smiled. His dimples flashed, his skin glowed, and his eyes were full of warmth. Reid just nodded back at him. He didn't smile at all.

Reid Oliver's childhood had passed by so quickly he often forgot huge slices of it. But then he remembered his parents drilling him with flashcards at the age of three, and the doctors evaluating him by age five. Reid had tried to answer every question, tears running down his serious face. School was by far the worst, the teachers resentful that he knew more than they did; the other children taunting him, kicking and spitting and knocking off his glasses. Reid had tried not to care. He had sat up in the front of the class, excelling at each and every subject. His town was small and rural, and had not valued education. Most of the children around him had no greater ambition except to buy the house next to their own parents' homes and work year after year and go nowhere. Reid Oliver was different. Ambition ran in his veins. By the time Reid was 15, he had graduated early and had one clear goal - escape. He left with nothing, and built his own life, brick by careful brick, until he was on the top of the ivory tower, untouchable. Medical school and a prestigious internship followed. Yet his parents never once told him they were proud of him. No success had ever been enough. Reid had learned that it was better to be alone.

The driver came up to Luke and soon he was engaged in a conversation with him. Reid stood back and watched Luke's animated face. Luke could talk to anybody and make them feel at ease. As he watched Luke talking and laughing, Reid only had one thought: he could not risk falling in love with Luke Snyder
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Title: The Secret of Being a Grimaldi
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Luke can read minds and is having visions. Damian returns and causes trouble. Luke and Reid just became lovers in chapters 5/6.
Disclaimer: All from ATWT
Rating: NC-17
Warning: Extreme violence... For anybody who hates Chris Hughes


Chapter 7

Author note: This chapter really is more gruesome than most things I write. But to me, it feels like justice for Reid's ending on ATWT and his poor organs.  Feel free to skip down to Chapter Eight . Eight is nice and light.



SInce sunrise, the dark birds had been circling the Oakdale woods. They had flown up to the highest branch of a giant tree, just waiting for the possibility of lunch. They called to each other incessantly.

Across town at Al's diner, two men were busy consuming a rather large quantity of burgers and fries. The meat was raw in the middle, but the men did not notice. They were large, thick-headed, hungry men.
Their boss had sent them into town with a simple order: kidnap F. Snyder and C. Hughes. The boss had sent them this order in a quick text, providing these names and the victims addresses. The men were on their way to do the job, when they stopped for some food.

Meanwhile, Chris Hughes was on his way to stop by his brother's house. He wanted Tom's help in convincing their father to give Chris the Chief of Staff job. It wasn't fair to give it to Dr. Oliver. He was a pompous ass, as far as Chris was concerned. Maybe he was a genius surgeon. Big deal? Chris was well-liked. Besides, Chris was the son of Bob Hughes, not Reid!  Chris felt anger at the thought. How dare Dr. Oliver become his own father's choice. Tom would help him. They would just wear Bob down about it. He would soon give the job to Chris. People always gave Chris what he wanted.

Across town at Al's, the two men had finished their lunch.

"Which one should we grab first? " asked the taller man to his partner, as they walked out of the diner .

The other man was very fat, but totally ruthless. The taller man was simple and just enjoyed his huge paycheck for the work he did. The taller man would have like to do the job quickly. He wanted to sample to local bars, maybe hook up with some easy girl for the night.

The other man shrugged. "Let's grab this C. Hughes first. He lives a little closer."

The fat man was bored by this job. It had no chance for blood or fighting, or anything he enjoyed. Just a standard kidnapping. Big deal. He would have to chat with his boss, Mr. Damian Grimaldi, about his employment lately. But even the fat man knew to approach Damian with extra care. He would ask for a change of partner and some more action, after this Oakdale job was done.

"Hey," the tall man said, groaning a little, "is your stomach hurting at all?"
"Naw," the fat one said impatiently. "Let go and do this, okay?"

They drove to the Hughes house.

When Damian's two men reached the Hughes house, they actually walked up to the door and were planning to knock politely. It was amazing in this day and age how many people still just let you inside.

But as they walked up Tom and Margo's sidewalk, they saw a man just outside the door, fiddling with a key.

"Hey," the taller one said, "Are you C. Hughes, by any chance?"

The man, who was wearing a white lab coat, and looked annoyed, turned to them. "Yes, I'm Chris Hughes, what do you want?"

The fat man and his partner exchanged glances. Too easy.

The fat man grabbed Chris Hughes by the arm and flashed him the gun. "Come with us," he said.

As the two men drove toward Lily Snyder's house to pick up F. Snyder, they both began to sweat. Chris Hughes was in the back seat. His mouth was gagged. His eyes wide and tear-streaked. Snot hung from the corner of his nose.  He had been wailing like a baby, so they had shut him up. 

"Hey," the fat man said to his partner. "Pull over there. My stomach, ahhh. I gotta take a dump."
"In the woods here?" The taller one asked.
"I can't wait."
 

The car pulled off the road and into a thick, wooded area. The men looked at Chris.
 

"Should we tie him up in the car?" The taller one asked. Holding his own, now aching stomach.
"Stupid burgers!" The heavy one cursed. "Stupid hick town.""Just bring him," the taller one shouted. "I can't wait either."

They grabbed their guns and grabbed Chris Hughes. The three of them stumbled into the woods.

"Don't try a thing," the fat man told Chris. Then he pushed Chris down by a tree and went to take a big shit.

Chris Hughes thought he saw his chance to get away. The two men obviously had food poisoning. Chris got to his feet. He would run  into the woods. Chris didn't want to die. He still needed to do so many things: become Chief of Staff  through nepotism and then delegate the harder work to the nurses, date Katie in order to continue to promote the growing incestuous nature of Oakdale,  learn to hold an erection for more than 2 minutes and convince a girl to not spit it out. No, Chris would not die. He would escape, just like the heroes on television.

"Aww no!" The taller one said, seeing Chris Hughes take off. He hurriedly tried to pull up his pants.

The fat one did not bother to pull up his pants. He just grabbed the gun and shot.
"Wait! " The taller one exclaimed, " the boss didn't want us to shoot him!"
The fat one shrugged, a sudden gleam of excitement in his eyes, "Unforeseen problem," he said. "What are you gonna do?"

Chris Hughes ran as fast as he could. But despite being a decent-looking guy, he was in horrible shape. He immediatly began to perspire. The sweat rolled off him. His body stank. Chris stopped threw off his doctor's coat and ripped off the gag. He started to run again, when he heard another shot. The first one had missed him,  but this one hit him in the shoulder.  Chris felt his whole arm spasm. Another shot. Chris fell to the ground.

The two men, shit running down their legs, caught up to Chris.

He was still alive, but shot and bleeding. They looked around the forest. Then they looked at each other.

The fat man shrugged. "Get a shovel from the back of the car."
"Why did you pack a shovel," the taller one asked, perplexed.
The fat one smiled, "I am always prepared."

The taller one saw that when he opened up the trunk. Besides a shovel, he saw an army knife, lighter fluid, two more guns, and even an umbrella. Too bad his partner had not packed toilet paper, the taller man thought as his stomach continued to clench in pain.

When the two men got the shovel, they dug a fast pit. Chris Hughes was still alive, but bleeding heavily now. He could see the men digging the pit.

"Please, " Chris said in a whisper. The men ignored him. They kept digging, stopping only to crap a few more times. The woods began to smell of blood and feces.

The taller man stopped a moment, "We should really call the boss. Make sure he wants this."
The fat one hesitated. "He's close to dead already. Won't change anything."
"We should call, " the taller man insisted.
"Right. You call. " The fat one said. "I need to go to take another dump."
"What about him?" The taller one said.

They both studied Chris Hughes.

"He ain't going anywhere."

They left him a moment. One man went to make the call and the other man went to take another crap in the woods. The pit was right next to Chris. His eyes  opened and he stared at it. A gurgling sound was coming from his mouth.  Pain radiated from every part of his body. That was when Chris saw them. The birds. Circling above him in the sky.

The birds flew down  and landed on Chris. They hopped along his bleeding flesh. Their yellow eyes were blank as they bit. Pieces of clothes and skin got thrown in the air like confetti. The claws dug into his skin and then into his bones. The screaming sounds did not scare the birds away much. They flew up when he screamed, and then immediately flew back down. They were focused on the meat. One bird sank its claws right into Chris Hughes' balls. It feasted there. It pecked at Chris Hughes' cock over and over again. Another bird, ate at his left eye. The white part oozed out. A third one landed on his chest and began to eat at the skin and blood. Eating Chris Hughes' guts and heart. More birds were coming. There was no more screaming, the body finally stilled. The birds, however, continued their meal.

By the time the two men came running back, it was all over. The birds had done the job for them.

"What a way to go," the fat one murmured, in almost sick appreciation.
The taller one retched in the dirt.
"Should we throw him in the pit and bury him now?" The taller one asked, once his stomach recovered.
The fat one shrugged, watching the birds feast.
"What's the point now? They will leave nothing," He said. "Let's just grab his ID. We don't ever want anybody identifying this one." 

The two men did that and then went to the car. They sighed. Now they had to call the boss again.

Damian Grimaldi cursed in Italian.  Incompetent men! Screwed up informants! First his men botch the simple kidnapping. Then they tell him the wallet of the man read Chris Hughes, not Casey Hughes. And to make Damian's day even worse, Chris Hughes was dead. Nobody was supposed to die. His informant had never mentioned Chris Hughes had returned to town. The only reason Damian had thought to target Casey in the first place was due to the knowledge that Holden was out of town and Noah was in the hospital. He had simply hoped to get Lily and Luciano's attention. Now, the men had kidnapped the wrong C. Hughes and it had to be covered up. What a bad day Damian was having . Oh well, nothing ever went smoothly the first time around.  Damian threw back a quick shot of whiskey. He really must get better help.

"What should we do now about , F Snyder ?" His man on the phone was asking.
Damian scowled, "Nothing, right now."  He shook his head. "Just return to Malta. "
"Right. Sorry boss."

Damian just hung up. He would deal with those idiots later. Right now he had to fly from New York to Oakdale and sooner than he had planned. 



Chapter 8


"You are more upset about the money missing than you were about my brain," Luke pouted.

They were sitting at the breakfast table, hungry from a long passionate night.
 
After returning from the hospital, Reid had taken Luke into Lucinda's steam room. They had made love right up against the glass door. Their bodies pressed together. Sweat from the steam room dripping off their backs. Reid had licked the salt on Luke's bare skin. He had tasted and teased him, moving his mouth on Luke's body, seductively.  Reid then had pushed Luke's thighs apart and there was nothing to stop his probing fingers. He caressed Luke intimately, and had sank down into the steam. All Luke could feel was his hot mouth pressing against him. Sucking the very essence of Luke as he had exploded . After that, Reid had moved back up Luke's trembling body, practically holding Luke up as Reid's lips had found Luke's lips and he kissed him hard in a torment of tongues and teeth. Steam and sweat covered their flesh. Unable to resist,  Luke had glided his fingers up and down Reid's spine and down to his ass. Luke then had deepened their kiss. Their bodies joined in a hungry urgency. The passion built into hot, sweet torture.  And like that first encounter in the cabana, Reid again took his sweet time.  Reid had cupped Luke's backside and lifted him up. He had sank into Luke, rocking into him in sure and steady strokes.  Whatever lingering doubts Luke had suffered after years of being with Noah, he now forgot. The sex with Reid left him raw and satisfied. It went beyond anything he had ever imagined.

Now they were eating toast and eggs and contemplating the stolen money.

Reid was frowning. "Brain trouble I can handle. It's clear. But the missing funds mean no neuro wing."
 
Luke heard Reid's thoughts clearly, no wing, lives lost, my job in trouble

He quickly touched Reid on the shoulder. Luke big eyes were full of compassion. "It will be alright," he told Reid softly. "I have an idea where the money is...and even if I lose it all, I have other money. My grandmother, my mother."

Reid shook his head. "No way! Taking it from the foundation - that is what a foundation is for- but I'm not taking your personal money, Snyder. "

"Okay then," Luke said. "Take a trip with me instead."

"A trip?"

Luke nodded. "To Malta. We can leave right away "

"I don't take vacations. I haven't had a day off from work since med school," Reid protested.

"It isn't a pleasure cruise, " Luke snorted. "We are going to the Grimaldi castle in Malta. I just know that is where Damian and my missing funds must be."

"I can't believe that I'm involved with somebody whose family owns a castle, " Reid mused.

"Oh," Luke's whole face lit up all of a sudden, "Are we involved?"

"No!" Reid said quickly. "This is just ...you know...fun."

Luke heard, Luke just wants great sex from me. He doesn't want more. Keep it simple, Oliver.

Luke wanted to correct Reid's thoughts. He wasn't sure how to do that. Truthfully, he had expected it to be only sex too. But for Luke, sex was never simple. And he was feeling a lot more than that for Reid, especially after Reid had taken such good care of him at the hospital. However, Luke was not sure exactly what it was he was feeling for the doctor. With Noah, love had come before they had even contemplated sex. With Reid, the incredible sex had started so fast. Luke glanced at Reid. To just look at him, Luke would have believed his words. That this was all just simple fun. That would have crushed Luke. But actually hearing Reid's thoughts, allowed Luke to sense Reid's nervous caution underneath it all. Luke did not believe that this was casual for Reid either. But he did not know how to just come out and reassure him. 

"So you will come with me to Malta," he said to Reid.

"I have my patients...like Noah." Reid looked at Luke with a slight challenge in his eyes. "What about your boyfriend?"

"Ex-boyfriend."

"He is stable, but don't you want to be here?" 

"You said that he would be sedated for days. We will be back soon enough."

Luke met Reid's eyes directly. "He can wait. Are you going to come with me or not?"

"Convince me."

Luke leaned over the table and gave Reid an open-mouthed kiss.

Reid gave him a mockingly stern face, "Well, I can't trust you to go alone."

Luke squeezed Reid's hand. "True. " He peeked up at Reid through his eyelashes and took a chance,

"I need you, Reid," Luke told him.

"You need me?" Reid parroted.  

Luke shrugged and gave Reid a coy, little smile, "After all, I might still require more medical attention."

***

Reid opened the door to the house he was sharing with Katie. He found  Katie folding some of Jacob's laundry. It was always amazing to Reid to see just how tiny the kid's clothes were. 

Katie glanced up at him and smiled, "Hey roomie."

Reid nodded.  

"Spend the night at the hospital?"

"Uh...Of course."

"You are so dedicated

"That's me."

"Then why did they tell me you were not there? I called last night to ask you to pick me up some milk."

Reid groaned. Katie smirked. Busted.

"Who did you hook up with?"

'Hey, I don't kiss and tell," Reid said grumpily. He began to help Katie carry the huge basket of laundry to her bedroom.

"Well, you still sound the same, obnoxious, but you look relaxed."

"Do I?"

"Hmm. Just tell me, good sex or bad?"

Reid just looked at her.

"Wow!" Katie grinned. "That good."

"Listen, let me give you the rent check now. I am actually going out of town for a few days."

"With this new lover boy?" 

"No, no. There is a problem with some of the foundation's money and they need me."

"To do what?"

Reid searched his mind for an answer. "Deal with the people involved."

"Somebody wants you to deal with people? You?"

"Hey, I can talk to people!"

"What about work, the hospital...?"

"Chris and Bob are here. I'm sure the amazing Hughes family will keep the circus going for a day."


Katie made a face at the word Chris. "He hasn't called me at all today, thank God, " she told Reid as she handed him some of her underwear to put in her drawer. 

"Maybe he finally got the hint," Reid said, taking Katie's hot pink undies like he was taking a mouse by the tail. 

"I hope so! How many times does a girl have to say no?" She handed him some more underwear. This
one had polka dots and a smiley face. 

 "Katie," Reid groaned. "I'm happy to help out with the laundry, but how about you just give me Jacob's stuff?"

Katie laughed. "Reid Oliver, you so want to wear my panties."

Reid flushed.

Katie chuckled harder. "Or maybe see them on that new lover?"

Reid left the room. "I can't hear you," he said and walked quickly away.

Katie was still laughing as he fled.


***

Meanwhile, Luke quickly drove over to Lily's house to pack up for the trip. When he arrived, he found Faith there.She was sprawled out on the couch, and painting her toes a deep blue color.

"Hey," Luke smiled at his sister. "Where's mom?"

"Who cares?" Faith rolled her eyes. "Sobbing over dad some place, maybe."

"Try to be nice, Faith. "

"Why?"

Luke heard, Mom hates me. She hates me!

"Mom and you should try and talk," Luke advised gently.

"No."

"Faith," Luke sighed. He knew trying to reason with Faith was impossible."Listen, can you tell her I'm going
to be out of town a few days with Dr. Oliver on foundation business?"

"Dr. Oliver?" Faith said. She closed up the nail polish and flexed her feet. "Are you dating him now? He's hot."

"We're just -I mean-" Luke stammered.

Faith's eyes widened. "You are with him! Is he coming over? Can I see you guys make out?"

"Faith!"

"What?" Faith smiled at her brother. "I like watching two guys kiss. "

"I really don't want to hear this," Luke said, trying to escape up the stairs.

Faith followed him. "Just tell me what he kisses like."

"No! I'm not telling you anything about my love life. Got it?"

Faith made a sour face at him. "Luke, I'm a frustrated virgin. Let me live vicariously through you and -"

"Nice vocabulary," Luke teased.

Faith flashed him a smile, "Thanks. I'm studying for the SATS."

"I'm still not sharing with you," Luke told her. He opened up and suitcase and began to pack.

"Oh, come on! Don't be NFL."

"NFL?"

"No Fun Luke."

"Faith. Why don't you go call Parker or somebody?"

"Parker," Faith snorted. "He doesn't want me and neither does Gabriel. It's all about that yucky Liberty. "
Faith wrinkled up her nose. "I'd rather Parker and Gabriel kiss each other than her!"


Luke heard, I'm so lonely.


Luke ruffled his sister's hair. "Hang in there, Faith. The right guy will come. " 

"Whatever." Faith rolled her eyes. "Let's get back to you and Dr. Hottie. Give me one detail."

"No."

 "Please!" She gave Luke her best sad face. "Like how does Noah's kiss compare to Dr. Oliver's?"

Luke sighed. "You will drop this, after I tell you that?"

Faith nodded.

"He's ...It's like Noah's white bread compared to creme brulee. Or- "

"Vegetables compared to a hot fudge sundae," Faith offered, growing exciting.

Luke laughed. "Visiting Alaska versus Tahiti."

"Fucking a mannequin versus fucking a  --"

"Okay , Faith. We're done!"

Luke pushed her out of his bedroom and shut the door. Sisters! But there was a wide smile on Luke's face as he grabbed from the top shelf of his closet some condoms and lube that had not been opened in a long time.  

Luke arrived at the airport early. Lucinda's jet was all ready for them. He stood at the terminal and gazed out the window. Then Luke turned, somehow sensing Reid coming up behind him.  Reid was carrying a small suitcase and his medical bag.

"Hey!" Luke beamed at him. "I was only joking about the medical attention."

"Can't hurt," Reid shrugged.

They smiled at each other.

Reid was dressed in his leather jacket , silver shirt, and tight black jeans. Luke let his gaze slowly take in his new lover.

"Are you ready to fly? "Luke asked him softly.

"Sure," Reid replied, "Lets go."

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Title: The Secret of Being a Grimaldi
Author: Marsabi
Summary: Damian returns and Luke finds out that his family has superpowers.
Disclaimer: These characters are based on ATWT; I own nothing
Rating : NC-17
Warning: SEXUAL CONTENT




Chapter 5

Luke floated on his back, his fingers trailing aimlessly into the water, his eyes gazing up at the night teaming with stars. The air was humid, but the pool water gently soothed him. His grandmother's pool house was actually a small bungalow.  Outside of the tiny house, there were several cabanas, a steam room, a hot tub, and an outdoor grill. Inside the pool house, there was every convience Luke could want. He was hardly struggling. Lucinda had even sent over food from the main house. Most importantly, there had been no disturbances or visions. Luke breathed in the air. He could smell the nearby orchids from Lucinda's garden. He allowed his body to relax and drift through the water. 

"Swimming alone at night can be risky," a voice called out, making Luke jump up with a noisy splash. 

Dr. Oliver stood at the edge of the pool. He was still dressed in his dark blue scrubs. His blue eyes were hungrily roaming over the sight of Luke Snyder floating on his back in only a green Speedo. Dr Oliver had come straight from the hospital. He had a five oclock shadow of stubble on his face. He had been watching over Noah Mayer for 24 hours now.

" Why are you here? Is it Noah?" Luke was asking, sounding worried.  "Mom said he was stable just a few hours ago?"

"He's fine," Reid assured him. His expression became a little sour at the concern in Luke's voice. "But I thought you might want an update. Your mother said you were here. " Reid glanced around. "Didn't want to go to the big house?" He asked sarcastically, gesturing to Lucinda's mansion nearby.

"Noah is fine," Luke was repeating , ignoring the rest of what Reid said.

" Relax. Your boyfriend -"

"Ex-boyfriend."

"Will be fine, thanks to my brilliance.  We are sedating him for a few days, letting the brain heal, but when he wakes up I expect him to see perfectly."

Too bad, he will still be a sexually-confused, controlling idiot who does not know how to treat Luke right.

Luke shifted in the water; he had heard Dr. Oliver's last thought.

Luke was suddenly aware of how Dr. Oliver stood staring at him. The moonlight made Luke's skin glisten. Drops of water slid down Luke's chest.

"So?" Luke said uncomfortable, "why are you here then?"

Reid swallowed hard and did not answer for a moment. Then he shrugged, "Maybe I just wanted to talk about that kiss," he said with a direct and honest expression on his face.

Luke began to swim back and forth in the water. He had been the one flirting with Reid, but suddenly he felt exposed and shy.

"Well?" Reid demanded. Luke stopped swimming and looked at him.

"What?"

"What is with you these past few days? No apologizing? No whining about Noah? No sitting by his bedside like a good lap dog? And now, kissing me?" Reid tried to probe Luke's expression. It was too dark to really see his normally expressive eyes.

Luke tilted his head coyly, " A kiss is just a kiss, " he said. 

Then he swam up closer to Reid. 

"What's the matter doctor, did it make you nervous. Afraid?" Luke challenged. 

Reid snorted, "I'm not afraid of much, Mr. Snyder."

Luke heard, small spaces, lack of air, caves, the dark

"Yeah, you do seem fearless, " Luke told him with sudden gentleness.

Reid could only stare at him.

Luke swam in a small circle. His long legs kicked through the water. His muscled arms glided above his head. Luke's heart was racing. He swam some more. He could feel Reid watching him. With Noah, Luke had to fight to get Noah to notice him or admit to wanting him at all. Noah had been so reluctant. But here with Reid, Luke did not need to read his mind to sense his massive desire. The chemistry was sizzling between them.  It felt like nothing in Luke's limited experience. He stopped swimming and glanced at Reid.

"You did say I shouldn't swim alone," Luke gestured with his hand for Reid to join him.

Reid Oliver was no fool. He threw off the dark scrubs impatiently and stripped down to his black briefs. Then he climbed down into the pool.

"Float with me," Luke whispered. Reid obeyed. The two of them floated on their backs a moment. The night was beautiful. Stars blazed down at them. The moon was almost full. Luke stopped floating and put his hands underneath Reid's body.

Reid's eyes flew open in surprise. Luke stood over him and smiled.

"You look tired, doctor. I thought I would help you out."

Luke blushed in the darkness at Reid's sudden thoughts. He was glad that Reid probably could not see that blush. This man wanted him. Badly. It made Luke feel powerful in a way he had never truly felt before. 

Luke supported Reid's weight in the water, moving him around in the pool. He was enjoying this. And Dr. Reid Oliver was actually allowing Luke to control him and move him through the water.  He looked down at Reid.  Reid had gorgeous skin and firm muscles. His stomach was flat and Luke was thinking about bending down and kissing it.
 

"You can carry me away any time," Reid murmured, his eyes closed once more. Then he added  sarcastically, "You might not be as useless as you look."

Luke took away his hands abruptly and pushed Reid under. 

Reid came up from the water, "Hey! Unkind!" He said.

Luke laughed. "Then learn to keep your mouth shut, Doctor Oliver, " he teased, "don't be obnoxious when you have a good thing going." 

"You know, Snyder, that might be the best advice I've heard in a long time. "
 
Reid made a gesture like he was about to lock his lips up and throw away the key. It made Luke laugh in appreciation. Luke felt suddenly more sure of himself and relaxed. 
 
Reid  then swam up to Luke. He reached out and touched Luke's face. Their eyes met and Luke smiled. No more words were exchanged. Their lips found each other in a mutual kiss. Tongues thrust at one another like swords. Mouths opened and heat exploded between them. Luke  grabbed and pulled at Reid's hair. The water was cool; their bodies were not. Reid held Luke around the waist and deepened the kiss.

"Hmmm, good," Luke sighed.

Reid smiled, "Yes, it is."
 

They kissed some more. Bodies touching. Chests rubbing up and down on each other. Luke vaguely noted that as he kissed Reid, he could hear none of Reid's thoughts. It was like Luke could only feel now, not think. Not hear. Just touch and be touched. 

Reid was wrapping his legs around Luke and soon they were treading water. Luke heard himself whimper at the hard, satisfying lust filling his body. Luke's mouth already felt swollen. Reid broke off the kiss and was nuzzling his neck, and electric shocks coursed through Luke at the friction and Reid's stubble. They sank under the water a moment. Bodies wrapped completely now, Luke clutched at Reid, wanting this, wanting his flesh pressed tightly to him. They came up for air. 

Reid's breath was ragged . "Maybe we should go out of the pool. I don't want to drown while we -" 

"Not yet," Luke said softly.  Luke reached for him and kissed him again. The water splashed between them. Reid tasted amazing. Luke's whole body felt warm and alive.

"Lets just kiss some more," Luke whispered. "I don't really like the rest anyhow."

"The rest?"

"Don't worry, we can finish in a second, but I just love to kiss."

"Finish?" Reid repeated and drew back to examine Luke.

Reid's hand was still caressing Luke's back in the water.

Luke pulled away. "Just don't expect...too much. Sex for me has never been...I just find it overrated. "

Luke ducked his head down, suddenly embarrassed.

Reid forced Luke's chin up to look into his eyes.

"It's just a bit fast and even painful for me..I never really...Can we just go back to not talking?" Luke suddenly pleaded.

Luke jumped away from Reid and got out of the pool. He began to towel off vigorously.

Reid slowly got out of the pool too. He didn't bother to grab a towel.

"Sex is fast and...not good for you?" He said softly. He took Luke's hand and stopped him from toweling off. 

"It doesn't have to be that way," Reid said. 

Luke met his eyes.  They studied each other.

"It doesn't?" Luke said hoarsely.

Reid nodded.

Luke heard, We are so about to have fantastic fucking sex - right now!

Luke jumped back and nervously walked towards one of the cabanas. It had a white, billowing tent around it. Inside, the cabana had a cushioned bench and several pillows. Reid followed him into the cabana. The night was steamy. Luke's skin felt flushed. Could he really enjoy it? Noah had always criticized him for complaining and -

Reid touched Luke gently on the chest. Then he began to kiss him, softly, almost sweetly. Luke stopped thinking and just gave his whole body over to that kiss. Reid kissed him on the neck and shoulder. Luke could feel his erection pressing into his thigh. Then Reid pushed him gently on to the cushions. He put his tongue into Luke's navel and sucked. Luke's toes curled in surprise. His cock already felt like it might burst. Reid roughly pulled off Luke's bathing suit and then his own. Their breaths were ragged now. Luke had never felt so aroused. Reid took him into his mouth. His tongue was merciless. He tortured Luke with it, expertly teasing and thrusting against Luke. Reid tasted the pre-come, licking at it. Then he stopped to glide back up Luke's body and kiss his lips.

"Do you taste yourself?" Reid whispered. "You taste so damn good, don't you."

Luke could taste himself on Reid's lips. He couldn't answer, only moan. All of this was raw and new for him. With Noah, it would have been over already. Reid ground his mouth against Luke's open one. 


"I want to 69 with you," Reid mumbled. Then Reid was turning around. Taking Luke's hard cock back into his mouth. Offering Luke his own cock and a beautiful view of his solid ass. Luke trembled as he reached for Reid. He took Reid into his mouth and sucked him, at the same time, Reid was blowing across Luke's tip. They sucked each other. Their limbs quaking. Luke's mouth had to fall away several times as Reid blew him. The desire made him stunned and left him gasping. Then he took Reid back into his own mouth. Reid groaned. 

Reid pulled his mouth away and gently stopped Luke.

"Wh-What?" Luke asked in a daze. 

Reid stared at him a second, and then gave Luke the most beautiful smile that he had ever seen. 

"I don't want to come yet," Reid said. "I want it to last for you a long time."  


Chapter 6

After that, Luke lost track of the hour. The blood was pounding throughout Luke's whole body. Reid's mouth and his hands were everywhere, tasting and touching. Luke buried his face in Reid's chest, lost in his scent. He just clung on to Reid's strong back and was lost. Primal whimpers were coming out of Luke's throat. Reid's fingers had been moistened and now they were inside of Luke, plunging in and out of him. Luke closed around him tightly. Reid murmured his name and his free hand wrapped around Luke's aching cock. Before Luke could take another breath, Reid put another finger inside of him. He stretched and massaged him, hard and deep, until Luke's whole being was screaming for release.
 
Then Luke found himself being turned around and drawn up to his knees. He now had his back to Reid, who was continuing to rub his scratchy face along Luke's skin, scraping him.  Reid was also on his knees. Luke could feel Reid' hardness pressed into his ass. Luke reached back one hand and wrapped it around Reid's neck, pulling Reid closer.

Reid's strong arm muscles clamped around Luke's torso. He stroked Luke with one hand and his other hand dug into Luke's hip. Then Reid was urging Luke's legs farther apart and Luke fell forward, bracing himself on the cabana pillows. Reid plunged his tongue into Luke's ass. He held him firmly and worked until Luke felt all the parts of his body were turning to liquid. Luke felt his flesh opening up, ready to receive pleasure, maybe for the first time.

"Now," He screamed at Reid desperately, "please now!"

It was what Reid had been waiting to hear. Still, he had to make certain.

"What do you want, Luke? Do you want me inside you?"

He kissed the back of Luke's neck and ear. Reid teased one finger over Luke.

Luke could only nod and moan. 

"Tell me. Give me the words." 

"I -want. I need you inside me now!" 

 Reid drove into Luke in one sure stroke. Reid was aroused beyond reason. They were both shocked and staggered by the heat between them. Reid was pounding into Luke and Luke was soaring. They owned this. They owned each other's bodies. Reid groaned loudly and began to come, and Luke's body rushed to follow. There were no voices or visions or sounds. There were no other people or ex-boyfriends or judgments.  And in this moment, nothing could hurt Luke, he was in the presence of bliss.

Reid felt wrecked and struggled to breath in huge gulps of air. Luke's body was still shaking from the effects of such amazing sex. He offered Reid a dreamy smile. Luke never wanted to come back from this. Reid returned the smile, and rubbed Luke's shoulder in small circles. There was a glimmer of victory in Reid's eyes as he observed Luke's swollen mouth and heated cheeks.
 
"Okay?" Reid asked protectively.

Luke just nodded.  Then he turned and rested his face on Reid's chest. Luke played with the small arrow of hair under Reid's lower stomach. 

" Doctor Oliver - er Reid?"

"Hmm?"

"This was real, right?" Luke asked. 

"Yep."

"And we still hate each other?"

"Of course."

"Just checking" Luke whispered. 



Luke woke up to the feeling of somebody's weight on him. Then he remembered. He quietly turned his head and studied Reid as he slept. Without his usual snarky defense, Reid looked younger, more vulnerable.Luke gently covered him with his sheet.  Luke let his eyes wander around the room. They were in his bedroom at the pool house. They had both eaten Lucinda's food, ravished by that point, and then fallen into the bed and immediately into a deep sleep.

Luke crawled out of the bed. His body and ass ached all over, and he had scrapes from Reid's stubble.  But it felt right. Luke cast one more glance back at Reid. He had not been able to read his mind at all during sex; it made Luke curious about what Reid would think or do once he woke up.

Truthfully, he was shocked that Reid had stayed with him. He would never in a million years thought Dr. Reid Oliver would like to cuddle. But there he was, holding the blankets now as he had held Luke moments before. Luke found Reid so surprising.

Luke walked into the living room and turned on his computer. He had been able to forget Damian for awhile, but now he was back to worrying about it. Luke knew he would not be able to sleep. So he tried to contact Damian again and , when that failed, tried to look further into the foundation's stolen money. Luke sighed deeply. He had not even told Reid yet that the money for the neurology wing was in jeopardy. Now he really did not want to have to tell him. Luke had no clue what he and Reid really were to each other at this point, but his gentle heart did not want to disappoint him.


The vision grabbed Luke by surprise. One moment, he had been just sitting and typing at the computer, and then he saw this:

A tree and a large dug pit.  A pit  with a body sprawled out next to it.  The face bloodied beyond recognition. Battered so badly that there was parts of the skull visible.  The man had some kind of bit marks all over. Pieces of his flesh were scattered. And then, near the pit, Luke saw a shovel and a white doctor's jacket. 


He screamed. When Reid jumped up from the bed and ran into the room, Luke was standing and screaming. His eyes wild and glazed. Reid ran over, shook him, and then slapped him hard across the cheek.

Luke grabbed onto Reid and just held him. Luke ran his hands all over Reid's warm body.

"What is it?" Reid was demanding. 

Luke shook his head.  He couldn't. 

Reid reached out and shook him again. "Tell me?"

Luke was silent, but sobs racked his body.

"What you spill your guts out to everybody, but now that we just had mind-blowing sex you think you'll turn all strong and silent on me?" Reid teased softly, and touched the side of Luke's face. 

Luke gave a watery laugh depite himself. "Mind-blowing?" The words struck him as both wonderful and ironic. 

"Well, it is not like I've had the opportunity in Oakhell to meet lots of other gay men," Reid defended his words quickly. 

Luke heard, So mind-blowing. So amazing.

"But before coming to Oakdale, you just had awesome sex all the time right?"

"I've had my share," Reid said.

Luke heard, Not in soooo long. Medical school. Guy with small dick. Nothing like this

Luke crashed into Reid with unexpected force. He kissed Reid's open lips and then hugged him fiercely. 

Then Luke pulled away. "I gotta ask you. Cause my family says this is normal for me, like genetic or something, but if it isn't, if I have a brain tumor or-"

"Whoa! Hold the phone!  What are we talking about?" Reid said.

"A tumor."

"Do you have balance problems? Weakness in your legs?"

"No, no - but I don't know," Luke voice was panicked. "I don't know what is true anymore. If it isn't a tumor, if its like I'm going  crazy like Aunt Meg, then I just-"

"Luke!"

"Luke looked up at Reid, his big brown eyes full of fear. 

"I'm seeing visions," he told him softly. 

  
An hour and fifteen minutes later, Luke watched Reid examine his tests. Reid was dressed in a pair of Luke own's jeans and one of his polo shirts. His scrubs had gotten wet by the pool. Reid had been surprisingly steady about Luke's confession. Or maybe not so surprising. Doctor Oliver was used to a crisis, after all. He had this great focus. He could make a person feel like he was in control. This made Luke feel so much better already. He knew Reid would be honest with him if the scans showed something wrong.

"Look on the bright side," Reid had said, during the long car ride to the hospital.

"What's that?"

" It doesn't sound like a tumor.. .But if it is a tumor, then I'll be happy to cut it out -  free of charge." 

"Gee thanks."

"Your welcome."

 

Reid looked over at Luke a moment.  "I need one more thing to check, wait here."

Luke nodded and chewed on his lips.

Reid grabbed him suddenly and gave him a hard kiss.

"What was that for?" Luke asked, pleased.

"Luck," Reid said, parroting the words Luke had offered with his own kiss before Noah's operation.

Luke heard,  His lip chewing thing drives me insane!

"Give me one second," Reid told him and left the room.
 

Back at the pool house, Reid had drilled him quite a lot about his visions. He asked turned immediately into Doctor Oliver mode and went through all the symptoms of various tumors with Luke. 

"Do you think it is possible, like my family is saying, to just have psychic thoughts?" Luke had finally asked him. He had braced himself for a ton of obnoxious remarks. But Luke really respected Reid as a doctor and really had wanted to know his opinion.  Luke had stood before him dreading the answer.

But Reid had yet again surprised him.

"What we see , what we hear, what we taste and so on," Reid had said, "require billions of nerve cells to flash unsent messages. It happens rapidly, unconsciously. All the time. Can the brain be heightened, the intensity expanded? Why not," Reid had mused. "The brain is this amazing thing, alien like gray spaghetti, but miraculous. I do think that sometimes its powers can be great -"

Reid had shot Luke a sheepish look. "Sorry, I'm going on and on. Is this helping you at all calm down?"

Luke nodded. Their eyes met and held. Listening to Reid actually had been calming, and Luke had listened to him unaware of the adoring smile on his face, unaware of the way his feelings were growing for Reid in that moment.

"So these visions might be true and ...?" Luke had asked him. He wasn't sure he wanted the visions to be true. That last one. That dead body. The lab coat nearby. Panic clawed at Luke's guts. He knew it could be any doctor, but still...

"They may not be future predictions," Reid had answered. "The right hemisphere, which controls imagination and intuition might be just heightened with some kind of sensitivity."

Luke hoped and prayed that Reid was correct about that part.

The door opened suddenly, bringing Luke back to the present. Reid walked back in and sat down next to him.

"All clear," he said. 

"Really?"

"Your brain is empty - whoops- tumor free."

Reid patted Luke's cheek, and his eyes were teasing. 

Luke let out a long breath. "Thank God. I'm really fine?" He turned to Reid, searching his face for lies.

"Your good, " Reid repeated. 

"Don't sound so disappointed, " Luke joked. 

"Well, " Reid gave a mock sigh, "as much as I would have loved to cut into that brain of yours Snyder, I really would miss those over-styled blond locks that would have to be shaved off."
 
Reid gave a tug on Luke's hair.

"You wish you had hair like mine, " Luke laughed.

Reid pursed his lips.  "I shudder to think of your salon bills."

Luke laughed fully now and so did Reid. Luke could feel the stress leaving his body.

"How come we are standing in your lab, with my brain scans here, and we are discussing my hair products?" He said to Reid.

"You're right, " Reid said. "Let's go back to your place and continue where we left off. Didn't I see a steam room by your grandmother's pool area?"

Luke grinned. "It has a whirl pool there too."

Reid raised his eyebrows hopefully.
 
Luke heard, I want to fuck him in the mouth, in the steam, under the jets. I want him to ride my ass and make me scream -

"I'm ready," Luke said , a bit breathlessly.

Reid smiled

They left the lab together.

Luke still had not told him about the money, but he planned to tell Reid about it in the morning.

As for the ability to read his mind, well...a guy had to keep some power over the most exciting lover he had ever known.

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