About: Kevin/Kitty, Tommy/Julia, Joe/Sarah, Kevin/Scotty
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything
Extra: This an AU (Alternative Universe) story, so remember : The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are part 01, part 02, part 03, part 04, part 05, part 06, part 07, part 08, part 09, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18, part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22, part 23, part 24, part 25, part 26, part 27, part 28, part 29, part 30, part 31, part 32, part 33, part 34, part 35, part 36, part 37, part 38, part 39, part 40, part 41, part 42, part 43, part 44, part 45, part 46, part 47, part 48, part 49, part 50, part 51, part 52, part 53, part 54, part 55, part 56, part 57, part 58, part 59, part 60, part 61, part 62, part 63, part 64, part 65, part 66, part 67, part 68. part 69, part 70 and part 71
HALFWAY APRIL 2008 – THURSDAY, DAY AFTER THE FUNERAL
“Thanks for helping me carry everything upstairs.” Kitty says to Kevin, as she sits down on the only available empty place on her desk. Her legs dangle in the air.
“Well, we all helped.” Kevin replies modestly and Kitty acknowledges that this is true, but those final two boxes were carried by Kevin and her, while the others were in Nora’s kitchen, having something cool to drink.
“And I should thank you for being the first to say that Scotty should get his share.”
“Goes without saying, baby-brother.” Kitty shrugs.
“I guess, I still often think that you are against Scotty and me… my being gay… and all.” Kevin replies shyly, it’s almost unkind and he tries not to sound accusatory.
“I see where it is coming from, Kevin. I wasn’t very vocal about my support, not like mom, Sarah or Justin, but I have always accepted you. I have never loved you less because you’re gay. I guess, for me, the hardest thing to deal with was dad. To me, dad had always been this rock, the person to run to in time of trouble.
Dad had all the answers. Dad always knew what to do. Then you came out. And I was shocked, yes. Surprised too. I never saw it coming. I really didn’t. But once I knew, it was alright. You’re gay. That’s it. End of story. I don’t understand why you fall in love with men, instead of with women, like Justin or Tommy do…
On the other hand, I fall in love with men and I love them, so… who am I to judge?.. But Dad…. Dad made such a problem about it. I adored dad, but I completely disagreed with how he treated you after you came out… and I started to realize that maybe my father was not the man with all the answers… that, he too, could be wrong..
It required a complete review of everything I had done, had decided, had thought of, because, at that point, I was where I was because of him…. Your coming out meant that I ended up questioning myself and doubting myself… But that is what I know now, … Way back then, I only felt extremely uncomfortable and I didn’t know why.”
“I guess we all grow up, mature, forgive… ?” Kevin wonders. Kitty slips off her desk and wraps her arms around Kevin, who replies to her hug, by holding her tight. He kisses her hair, realizing how good it feels to be able to let go of the old baggage of the past.
“Let’s go get a drink. I could use one too.” He then says.
“Five thousand?” Julia asks. “Wow!”
“You can say that again.” Tommy laughs.
“So, were Joe and I really in his will? I still can’t believe it. He always made us feel like second choice.”
“You, Joe and Scotty are in the will.”
“Yes, there were provisions for legal partners to come. At the time, it was only you and Joe, but since then Scotty got added.”
“I’m just surprised. Knowing how William felt about Kevin’s being gay and all.”
“Well, it was a provision for a legal partner. And Scotty is about as ‘legal partner’-ish to Kevin, as he could ever get.”
“It’s the same as the provision for the children. Kevin told me that dad knew we wanted to have a child and he constructed it in such a way, that IF he would die, while you were pregnant and before he could change his will, our child would still get its fair share. He tried to think ahead for all of us.”
“I’m glad he did. I think it’s great for Joe and Scotty and also for myself.”
“Do I hear a wild shopping-spree coming?” Tommy laughs and Julia is tempted to think about what she could buy with it, but she shakes her head.
“I would rather use it for something else.” She says. “I want to have a child, Tommy.”
She just blurted it out and now she doesn’t dare to look at Tommy, who just sits opposite of her and feels a bit overwhelmed by the sudden demand.
“Oh, right.” He says.
“I’m sorry, Tommy. I shouldn’t have said it like that, it’s just that I want it so badly.”
She takes Tommy’s hand. “I don’t want to remind you that you’re sterile. Or hurt you with that fact, but I cannot switch off my desire to hold my own baby… I’ve been thinking about this… and I talked to the clinic and … if we want, then Kevin or Justin can be the sperm donor .. Like that the child will at least be a Walker.”
“Wouldn’t that be weird?”
“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now and I’m ready to accept it. But I don’t know if you can… And I don’t know if they will want to be a donor.”
“I want to think this over.” Tommy says. “Just give me a bit of time, please.”
Joe whistles when Sarah gives him the news.
“I was pretty sure you’re father would keep both Julia and me out of the will. I know he never thought either of us was ever good enough for his children.”
“Yes, I think Tommy and I were equally surprised.” Sarah admits.
“It’s why I didn’t go with you. I expected some final insult from your dad and I wasn’t ready to face it.”
“It’s alright. Julia couldn’t get time off from school and Scotty wasn’t there either.”
“Well, he wouldn’t have gotten anything anyway. Scotty was unknown at the time.” Joe points out and remembering Kevin’s instructions Sarah replies:
“No, Scotty will get the same amount as you and Julia. The amount was for each legal partner and at the time only Julia and you were official partners.
But I think, that dad considered it possible that Justin would quietly marry Fawn and he wanted to provide for her. And that now became a way for Scotty to inherit.” Sarah explains.
“So, he planned for his straight son’s possible wife and ends up paying to his gay son’s husband, who he tried to bribe out of his son’s life? … Talk about ultimate justice.” Joe grins.
Sarah had brought him up-to-date with the latest family-gossip and this is incredibly amusing to him.
“So. Five thousand. For you only. Any plans?” Sarah asks.
“I don’t know. I think we need to wait with spending it, until I return.”
Sarah likes the sound of the ‘we’ and smiles. She's carefully adjusting to the hope that Joe and she can get through this and be a family again. As if he senses her hope, Joe wraps an arm around her.
“Think you can wait a month before you start spending?” He asks, pressing a kiss on her hair.
“So…? I actually inherit an amount?” Scotty asks surprised.
“Yes. Five thousand.”
“Oh, wow! I didn’t expect it. You said that …”
“I know, I said you wouldn’t get anything, but the way it was drawn up …
I think that at the time that I drew it up for dad, I didn’t consider ever being in a relationship, let alone a marriage, or in our case a domestic partnership. I guess dad didn’t want to leave anything to some guy I was occasionally shagging, but we are in a domestic relationship , which is, for us, about as married as we can get.”
“I’m happy with this. Stunned and happy.” Scotty laughs.
“So, any thought about how to spend it?” Kevin asks.
“No. I think I’ll put it on our savings account. I am considering taking extra courses and expand my knowledge about food.”
“Good plan.” Kevin smiles, glad to see Scotty being so careful with his money, although he wouldn’t mind it, if Scotty would be slightly more frivolous with it.
“I have another good plan.” Scotty says.
“Tell me later. “ Kevin says, straddling Scotty’s body.
Scotty smiles, he wrap his arms around Kevin and pulls Kevin on top of him. There is however no chance that he can explain his plan to Kevin, because within seconds, Kevin’s lips are on his, Kevin’s tongue explores his mouth and the warm, gentle hands caressing his body make any coordinated thought impossible, so he abandons his own plan. Kevin’s idea is much better anyway.
END OF PART 72