About: Kevin/Scotty/Wally/Nora, Jason, Nora/Ryan
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, part 71, part 72, part 73, part 74, part 75, part 76, part 77, part 78, part 79, part 80, part 81, part 82, part 83, part 84, part 85, part 86, part 87, part 88, part 89 and part 90
NEARING THE END OF MAY 2008
“That was the last of it.” Scotty sighs.
“Think we deserved a drink.” Wally says.
“Yes, let’s see if mom still has some of that lemonade.” Kevin suggests and they agree, as they follow Kevin to find Nora.
“Nora, thank you so much for allowing us to put my father’s belongings in your garage while we look for a place for dad to stay.” Scotty says, once they are in Nora’s kitchen.
“Honey, that is alright... Any luck so far?” Nora asks Wally. Wally shakes his head.
“No, the house we went to see was huge and not taken care of properly.”
“Aww, sorry to hear that.” Nora replies with compassion, then she turns to the her son and son-in-law. “Why don’t you boys go swim off that sweat…” Kevin and Scotty seem to like the suggestion, because not much later she can hear them splashing in the pool. She smiles and signals Wally to follow her.
From William’s study they can see the boys. Believing that they alone, they meet in the water and kiss each other. In the bright sunlight they can see the happy smile on Scotty’s face and the tenderness on Kevin’s.
“Aren’t they just beautiful to look at?” Nora asks, completely in awe.
“You think so?” Wally asks, shocked that Nora would so openly approve of Kevin and Scotty.
“Of course I do. I love my son and all that matters to me is his happiness and his happiness is Scotty.” She replies and Wally looks at her, overwhelmed with emotions. Oh, what he would not have given to hear Bertha say those words, just once!
If only he could have been just proud of his son… He wanted that so much. Just to be allowed to proud of him, instead of having to resent him, because he’s gay.
“Look at those two boys, Wally. They are in love with each other. The fact that they are both male, makes no difference for that love.”
“I love my son.” Wally says in a strangely strangled voice.
“I know. I see it in you. I also know, your wife couldn’t stand to have a gay son, anymore than my husband did. That hurts. That constant struggle takes away a lot of your energy, I know… But, Bertha is no longer here. Neither is William.
But we are still here. And so are Kevin and Scotty. We are both finally free to love them as we want. Their marriage will be a few weeks from now. I hope you’ll be there?”
“Yes, I’m not going to let Scotty get married again without his family by his side.” Wally replies and Nora smiles.
In the water, Kevin takes Scotty into his arms and kisses him once again. Deep. Thorough.
“Oh, my.” Nora reacts. “There’s a lot of need in that kiss.
“Yes. I fear that my staying at their loft limits their ... privacy.” Wally rolls his eyes.
“Ouch!” Nora replies with a grin.
“Yes, it is really important that I get myself a place of my own as soon as possible.” Wally sighs and Nora thinks how unfair it is that Kevin and Scotty have to share their loft, which is just big enough for two, with Scotty’s father.
Meanwhile she has a big house all to herself, now that Kitty spends more and more time with McCallister. Then her eyes grow wide. How stupid she was!!
“Wally! Come with me.” She says and Wally follows her up the stairs, where she stops halfway a long corridor.
“Wally, how would you feel about moving in with me?”
“It is the perfect solution. Kitty spends more and more time with her boyfriend. I am usually alone in this big house.
I have my bedroom/bathroom over there. That one is Kitty’s room, but the other four rooms and the guestroom are unused. I’m sure that none on my kids would mind if you take one of the rooms and stay here, while you get to know your way around this area. It will give Kevin and Scotty back their own life… And they need it, by the looks of it.
You can use the kitchen. I have a garden. You said you love do some gardening. You can keep an eye on your belongings from here and …. I wouldn’t mind having a man in the house again….?” She finishes her sales-pitch on a more selfish note. Wally smiles, because she suddenly seems a bit shy, having to admit she needs something for herself.
He really likes Nora. When Kevin told him how well-loved Scotty was, he couldn’t believe it, having heard Scotty’s name only been mentioned with disdain for so long, but the day he got introduced to Nora, he could see for himself how Nora’s face lit up when she saw Scotty come in, later than the others because he had to park his car.
It had touched him so much. Not just Nora, but also the playful way Justin and Scotty were together and meeting friends of Scotty’s like Jordan, Tyler and Chad. Being shown the kitchen where Scotty works and hearing Scotty introduce him, shy and proud, as his father.
This while he could have completely understood if Scotty would never want to talk to him again. Whereas Nora had fought for Kevin, Wally had never really put his foot down when it came to Scotty and he only now starts to realize how much he hurt Scotty with his non-action. And all he can do now is hope that he still has time to make amends.
So he follows Nora, as she shows him the rooms, but eventually Wally chooses Kevin’s old room. For one, it has a good view of the garden, but also because he feels that if he would go for another room, he’d be invading the space of one of Nora’s other children, who, except for Justin, he hasn’t met so far.
But he also believes that Kevin wouldn’t mind it very much, if it meant that Kevin could have his loft back to share with Scotty alone. And he’s right. Though Kevin and Scotty are surprised by this sudden solution and Scotty insists that he is most welcome to stay at their loft, Wally does sense that they are happy with his and Nora’s decision.
Jason sighs in the heat, wishing he had never agreed to go to Malaysia. Oh, the people are friendly. The place he’s staying in is very clean. He can handle the heat. But he’s just sick and tired of being here, while he feels he should be somewhere else. In America, with Chad, in Chad’s bed, in Chad’s arms.
During the day Jason focuses on his work. He never worked harder in his life. But at night Chad haunts him in his dreams. Sometimes Jason wakes up in a sweat-soaked bed, believing he can still smell Chad’s aftershave on his pillow and see the quickly fading marks of Chad’s fingers on his skin.
“Reverend McCallister?” The voice belongs to Father Gomez, who’s been here for nearly 40 years. “The school is already taking shape. This project is really going very well…. But, forgive me my curiosity, your heart is not in it?”
Jason smiles sadly and shakes his head.
“Someone waiting for you in America?”
“Not anymore.” Jason replies.
“You regret that?”
“Yes. I miss… that person a lot.” Jason replies, carefully trying to avoid betraying himself by using ‘him’ or ‘his’.
“Did you break up with him?” Gomez asks and Jason nods before realizing his mistake.
“Him?” Jason asks.
“You sleep very restless. You talk and cry in your sleep…. I may not be a man of the world, but not even I can believe that there would be many women out there called Chad.” Gomez sees, with a little smile, how a blush spreads over Jason’s cheeks. “No worries. I already knew. It was told to me when they told me you were coming.”
“And it doesn’t bother you… that I’m gay?” Jason asks, Gomez is rather old-fashioned.
“Bother is a big word…. I don’t understand…. But I don’t believe in ‘hell and damnation’ for everyone who’s different… I pray for your soul each night… That is all I can do… You, and I have no doubt about that, are meant to preach the word of God..
So why God puts so many obstacles on your way by making you gay, I don’t know… It is not up to me to judge… It is just that, at this moment, God is losing you… Your heart lies somewhere else and you are not complete… Jason, if your body and mind are here, but your heart and soul somewhere else, then you cannot give yourself 100% to anybody.” And with those words he leaves Jason alone with his thoughts.
Nora rushes to pick up the phone.
“Mrs Walker? Nora Walker?” she hears softly and again she mutters yes. “It’s Ryan. Ryan Lafferty? Connie’s son?” The voice is so soft that she can hardly hear him.
“Yes, hello, Ryan. I remember you.” She replies.
“You gave me your number … in case… I needed help… I could call you?”
“Yes, honey, I remember…” Nora cannot help but speaking more softly herself.
“I need help.” It sounds so strangled.
“Where are you?”
“Do you know where the our company is?”
“Go, there, I will ask one of the men to drop you off here. There’s a steady stream of trucks going from here to Ojai and back. Go to our Ojai office there and ask for Holly Harper. I will inform Holly. Go now!” Nora insists and Ryan hangs up.
END OF PART 91