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Fanfic: Quality-test 
28th-May-2011 11:38 pm


By Marea67
About: Mostly Robert, (yes, I'm shocked as well!), but rest assured, I haven't gone completely insane. It's all about Kevin/Scotty (Well, duh!) so that should make the world right again. :) 
Rate: G.
Disclaimer: Brothers and Sisters doesn’t belong to me.
Summary: Robert and his thoughts on Kevin/Scotty/Jason, when he meets 'the competion' for the first time... Set between 2.08 (where Kevin asked Scotty back) and 2.09 (Robert and Kitty's wedding)


“Oh. This is unexpected.” Nora says and Robert is surprised that she’s not her usual hospitable self.
“Don’t tell me that we should have called, not after the million times you told me that I don’t have to call first, but that I’m always welcome here....” Kitty frowns.

“You are, honey, it’s just…” Nora waves her hands about and only now do Kitty and Robert notice that they are not the only ones in the Walker house. In the living-room Robert can see Sarah, Justin, Tommy, Julia and Rebecca.
“What’s wrong, why is the gang all here, except us?” Kitty asks

That is when Robert sees Kevin walk in, followed by someone Robert has never seen before. Kitty makes a surprised sound, but immediately walks over to the young man.
“Scotty! How nice to see you again.” She says and Robert knows she means it and he can now understand why Nora is uncomfortable.

So, this is Scotty, the one who's responsible for Kevin and Jason breaking up. It’s not that Robert minds that it’s over between his brother and Kevin, but he does know that Jason is hurting and he holds Jason pain against Kevin… and Scotty.
“Scotty this is my fiancé, Robert McCallister. Robert, this is Scotty Wandell.” Kitty introduces cheerfully.

It’s only then, that she notices the stone-cold look in Robert’s eyes and that she realizes that, in her enthusiasm over meeting Scotty again, she forgot about Robert’s brother, Jason. Alright, so this is going to be awkward. For a moment, that is longer than usually required, neither of the men move, but then Robert reaches out.

“Nice to meet you.” He says stiffly. Scotty nods nearly invisibly.
“Likewise.” He says and Robert and Scotty shake hands. Robert feels as if the Walkers have been collectively holding their breath waiting for the outcome of this showdown, because for once they are remarkably quiet.

It isn’t until Scotty steps away from Robert that everyone can seem to relax.
“We planned a little welcome-dinner for Scotty…. But you’re welcome to join us for dinner?” Nora offers, but Kitty now understands why everyone had been so shocked and turns to Robert.

“Maybe we should eat elsewhere?” She suggests.
“That won’t be necessary. Kevin and I can leave… You two are hardly in town lately and I don’t want Nora to miss out on chance to see the two of you. Kevin and I can postpone…?” Scotty looks at Kevin, seeking approval.

“Yeah, of course…” Kevin replies with a little smile for Scotty. “We can always pick another day.” However, Robert can see from the frowns on the faces of Sarah and Justin that they don’t agree. He takes a deep breath.
“We can’t avoid each other forever; better just get it over with.” He says.

“Perhaps it would be easier, once the wounds are less fresh.” Scotty states and Robert means to snap at him that Jason’s wounds won’t heal so fast, but then he sees Scotty’s face and there’s a certain kindness there, that makes that Robert understand that Scotty is completely aware of Jason’s pain.

“I know what it feels like if someone, that you love, breaks up with you and I can understand that you’re siding with your brother right now. I agree that we can’t avoid each other forever, especially not if Kevin and I can make this new attempt work, but with everything still so fresh and recent…I don’t want you to feel chased away and I don’t want you to be annoyed with my presence either…”

The words are so simple, so understanding that Robert is taken aback by them. He had expected to see someone who’d be gloating over his victory, but instead Scotty’s words just hit the right note. Scotty is aware of his brother’s pain and takes his responsibility. He silently apologizes for hurting Jason, but not for loving Kevin. And though Scotty is willing to make a concession now, he won’t back away next time. Robert becomes curious as to whom this young man is.

“I see no reason why anyone should leave. We’re all adults and we should be able to behave ourselves as such….” Robert catches the little sarcasm on Scotty’s face and almost starts to laugh, when he considers the possibility, that both of them just had the same thought, that ‘adult behavior’ cannot be expected from a room full of Walkers.

Scotty turns around and joins Kevin. Robert follows Kitty. Nora makes sure that Robert and Scotty sit nearly at opposite ends of the table, so that every opportunity for an argument is taken away. With Sarah, Tommy, Julia and Justin as a buffer between them Robert hardly has to speak or listen to either Kevin or Scotty.

It isn’t until nearly the end of the dinner that Robert purposely focuses his attention on Scotty again. He had wanted to disregard the young man, find faults in him, compare him to Jason and find Scotty totally useless, but if he’s honest to himself, he knows he’s being childish.

For Robert can bicker about Kevin all he wants, but he also knows that Kevin is not a fool and that he wouldn’t chose a fool for a boyfriend. The fact that he had previously chosen Jason proves that. So Robert quietly pays more attention to Scotty and he finds himself listening to a young man who seems to be well aware of his own identity.

He hears Scotty tell Tommy about the bad times he had been in and how deep he had sunk, but it’s not a whiny story laced with self-pity. It’s a levelheaded account that gives a lot of credit to Kevin for being the one to rescue Scotty, though Robert finds himself agreeing with Kevin’s shy declaration that Scotty probably hadn’t need ‘saving’.

He searches for qualities that make Scotty look like less than Jason, but instead he finds similarities between his brother and Scotty. Perseverance, the believe in his own abilities, while still searching for support and acceptance from those they love. Someone who’s eloquent enough to deal with the Walkers and Kevin in particular.

But the biggest difference lies in how open Scotty is about his sexuality and the effect it has on Kevin. Kevin openly displays how much he loves Scotty, to such a level that Robert feels slightly weirded out by it. He should not have been surprised. After all, he had even seen Kevin and Jason kiss each other on a few occasions.

Still the change in Kevin is too big to ignore. There are no grand gestures, it’s not like they’re sucking face in front of everyone. No, it’s more the subtle things. It’s in their eye-contact, in the way they smile at each other, the way that they so easily complete each other’s sentences, or how they seem to read each other’s mind.

He can see how Kevin’s hand gently touches Scotty’s and the little reward he gets when Scotty gives him a quick grin, only to focus his attention back on Justin. Of course, Jason had always been painfully aware of his place in society and his responsibility towards his congregation.

But Robert wonders if this hasn’t led to Jason perhaps being too distant, too unapproachable, for there’s certainly a big difference between how easy Scotty displays his affection for Kevin and the stiffer way that Jason had responded to Kevin. Perhaps not less loving, but definitely more guarded.

He would like to think it over some more, but Nora mentions the fact that the dessert will soon be served, and this is everyone’s cue to bring the dishes to the kitchen. Robert quickly catches up with Scotty.
“So, I assume I will see at our wedding?” he asks without further intro.

Scotty seems surprised by the way that Robert suddenly talks to him, but he answers nonetheless.
“I don’t think so. When Kevin asked me, it was because we were just friends and Kevin could have needed the emotional support. It’s bad enough to go to a wedding on your own.

However, now that our relationship has changed, we feel that it would be inappropriate. Besides, there’s no reason to rub it in for Jason. It would be most painful for him to see Kevin and me at your wedding… considering that he has more right to be there than I have.”

Robert looks up.
“Jason won’t be there and I don’t expect that he would want Kevin to be there alone, just because of him. I can filter the pictures that Jason will be see and avoid those that have either you or Kevin or the both of you in them.” Robert shrugs.

“So, … I insist that you come as well.” Robert knowns he's pushing the subject a bit.
“I will discuss it with Kevin first.” Scotty replies stiffly, annoyed that Robert doesn't accept the decision that Kevin and he had reached, after long deliberation. 

But Scotty can't stay angry for long, instead he manages to produce a smile.
“Thank you for the invitation. It was very kind.” Scotty says politely. And with those words he turns away from Robert to help Sarah with the dishes.

Robert frowns and doesn’t know what to think. He takes a deep breath and decides to give this a chance. He will behave normally towards Scotty and, who knows, maybe one day he’ll even like him.

28th-May-2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
29th-May-2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Brilliant work. Love this story and love how you wrote Robert and the tension between he and Kevin and Scotty, but you can definitely see that after his conversation with Scotty he knows SCOTTY isnt there to gloat. :) I like the end bit whether the knife of the tension is still there but Robert is giving it a chance. Great ending.
29th-May-2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I always wondered how awkward it all must have been. The relationship (and its ending) wasn't just about Kevin/Jason, but also Scotty and it also must have had an effect on Kitty and Robert. I can imagine both of them siding with their respective brothers. :)
29th-May-2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
29th-May-2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Nice.. I loved it :)
29th-May-2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was about time to be 'nice' to Robert again. :)
29th-May-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting idea. Did you rewatch the episode? I had forgotten about that moment. It's funny how easily Robert, Rebecca and Holly were written out without the viewers feeling nostalgic about their presence in the show.
29th-May-2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't particularly 'rewatch', I regulary watch the 'lobster-scene'-moment, because I love it so much still. :)

But I can imagine that there is that moment where Robert and Scotty would be face-to-face and I can imagine that Robert would have had problems with that. Kevin didn't just cheat on some random boyfriend, he cheated on and dumped Robert's brother and regardless of how I feel about Robert, I never doubted that he loved Kitty or Jason.
30th-May-2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've never been in this situation, but I imagine Jason can take comfort in knowing that Kevin cheating on him with the guy who then became his husband. Somehow, it was inevitable.
31st-May-2011 08:30 am (UTC)
At first I thought: Robert? Umm.. But... I liked it a lot! I
t's amazing how well you can write Scotty's polite part!

31st-May-2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hee, I know! I had this feeling 'Oh! What is wrong with me that I want to write Robert?' - But it worked out fine.

And I may have a dirty mind ;), but I'm a polite person, so writing Scotty is not so difficult. Sometimes being polite is such as good defense-mechanisme.
1st-Jun-2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I just started reading your fanfics a couple weeks ago, and they're really good!!!! Before it got canceled I used to rely on Brothers & Sisters to get me through the week, and since then I've been reading as many of your stories as possible, unfortunately I've come to the last one. So I just wanted to say thank you, and please don't stop writing just because the show is over, I need my Kevin/Scotty fix!!
1st-Jun-2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Thank you. Don't worry, I'll keep on writing. They are still too much a part of me. :)
1st-Jun-2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Sometimes it's very difficult to define and draw a line for me, whether I should be mad at Robert for what he said to Kevin at the wedding (I understand his part being a protective siblings) or he basically blamed Kevin just for dumbing Jason no matter what the reason behind it, no matter if Jason has done anything wrong.

And we saw so little of Scotty's reactions to things/ incidents (most of the time than not in earlier seasons), it confused me sometimes about the real characteristic of Scotty's personalities in that regards. But I think you nail it very well. Robert McCallister could probably just be some homophobe Senator to him at the time because they never really met. Scotty only heard about him from Kevin (and of all the not so nice stuff :D). So it's actually so much fun to see their interaction here! And it's always fun when someone can shut the Walkers up and rendered them so quiet like a sea without wind. LOL!

They're probably the most remote in-laws in the Walker family!
BTW, did Scotty and Robert even ever talk/have a conversation before the dinner where Bertha/Wally visited K/S (where all the famous people were sitting outside the patio?) :D

Hey, and my favourite part of the story is Robert's comparison between Scotty and Jason, between their similarities and differences.I think that's very sweet! Especially when it came to the part how it affected Kevin. heh...

And it's also very nice about the invitation. I'm not surprise Robert didn't know what to think. He probably will think what the hell did he just do! Invite Scotty to the wedding! :D Conflicts

(O.T.: hey, it's all your fault. Last week we talked about S2 and I kept watching the post-lobster-Sebastian scene over and over again. Am I going nuts?)
1st-Jun-2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Weirdly enough I'm not so much angry with Robert's reaction as I am with the lack of defense for Kevin from the other Walkers. I would have loved it to see Sarah or Nora or perhaps Tommy or Justin to point out to Robert that Kevin is NOT the only one who screwed up in the relationship.

And where I agree that a wedding is not the place to fight this out, I would not have mind if someone had adressed it in perhaps 2.10 during the conversation in the kitchen, that perhaps Jason had some apologizing to do as well and it wasn't all about Jason (the poor soul) being dragged into Kevin's "psycho melodramatic romantic...." (bad evil Kevin) A more finely tuned :"STFU, Robert" from one of the Walkers would have been appreciated by me, I guess. :)

I don't believe that there has been much interaction between Robert/Scotty. Not that I mind. They already Robert/Kevin for me, when Kevin started working for Robert, where I before enjoyed the verbal sparring between Robert/Kevin, Kevin suddenly lost that ability to form a half-way decent sentence in his presence. (Alright, I admit it. I still have 'hangups' regarding season 3)

And no, you're not going nuts, it's just a normal symtom. IF I sit down to watch it, I usually watch it 10 times, just take in every little detail again... And I am completely normal when it comes to Kevin/Scotty..... ;D
5th-Jun-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
A more finely tuned :"STFU, Robert" from one of the Walkers. I wish Kitty/Sarah would say something (watched that episode the other day after reading this LOL). I had wanted it to be Tommy or Justin, but they're so screwed with Lena at that point. In S1, Kitty outed Kevin to Ida in S1 just because Kevin kept accusing Robert as a homophobe. And it wasn't news that Kitty didn't like it that Robert kept thinking his brother is better than her brother. *I* would have defended my brother's honor if something come to that. It's very natural. So in 2.10, while Kitty was already so mad at hearing Robert's words of not wanting a baby, it would be very easy for her to just ask Rober to STFU, 'yeah, Robert, we get that your brother's perfect. So leave my brother alone! Just like what Jason did all along' and then give Robert a death glare. I think that would have shut him up!! :D
(hey, maybe you should remedy that and write us a scene. If you haven't yet. Now I need to go check:D)

(Still enjoying the whole Happy Now series on my NDS - reading the whole series the second time though cuz I was distracted by some other work and I hate being disturbed LOL)
4th-Jun-2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
“Oh. This is unexpected.”
Well ya got that right ;D

I liked this a lot....a very honest and refreshing reaction here between all the players. Good job.
5th-Jun-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was weird to write 'Robert'. :)
5th-Jun-2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I missed the entire Jason relationship so by the time I saw this scene on my dvd's I was angry at Robert. I felt like he was being harsh on Kevin because I was already in love with Kevin being with Scotty. I realize more now than I did then that Robert had the right to be upset with Kevin because he'd hurt Jason BUT I dont think it was his right to come down on him like that. It didnt help that I never really became a fan of Roberts. I really thought he was an arrogant jack ass for most of his time on the show. But then again that's my opinion. Yes Kevin hurt Jason and Jason had a right to be hurt and talk to Kevin but what they seemed to forget was that Jason hurt Kevin too. Months without calling the man you supposedly love would eventually become a sign I'd think.

I'm not saying that two wrongs make a right because they certainly dont. And like I said I was already biased by the time that I saw it.

And now to my comment on your story...sorry had to get my rambling out first.

I really like this. It shows a side to Robert that we really didn't see. I like that he couldn't hate Scotty. And I'm glad that he didn't give him an earful here as well as in the show.
5th-Jun-2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I agree that Robert was allowed to be angry at Kevin for cheating on his brother, but I think I would have appreciated a 'counter-reply' from one of the Walkers (Perhaps not immediately Kitty, but perhaps Sarah, Tommy or Justin) pointing out to Robert that Jason has acted like a jerk towards Kevin as well and that Jason carried a part of the responsibility.

I guess what bugged me most of all was Kevin coming off like a jerk, when in reality BOTH Kevin and Jason had screwed up.

Worst is that I felt the same during the Scotty cheating storyline. Too much blame towards mean, incentive Kevin so that poor Scotty just HAD to cheat. They both screwed up, yet, I keep feeling that largest chunk of the blame ended up on Kevin's side and not Scotty's, where I still feel that Scotty COULD have taken a different course of action and get his frustrations across in another way than by cheating.

For all my thinking that Robert was a very arrogant man, I believe he could also the bigger picture and, in a way, I'm glad we never saw him direct his anger at Scotty, but only at Kevin.

5th-Jun-2011 02:02 pm (UTC) - Really nicely done
You have a lovely gift for noticing the blanks that should have been filled in during the series, and then writing the scene exactly as it should be. Not to mention offering perfect, satisfying visions of Scotty and Kevin and how they react to each other.

Good job.
5th-Jun-2011 08:16 pm (UTC) - Re: Really nicely done
Thanks! I really like to imagine the 'unseen' moments in the show. :)
22nd-Jun-2011 03:26 am (UTC)
What happened?? You stopped writing! I need your stories!
24th-Jun-2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
I've updated the stories-list, but these last 2 weeks have been incredibly busy ones in my Real Life, so I haven't had much time to write, but hopefully I can continue "Wedding-jitters" today or tomorrow and from then on finish it. I haven't stopped with writing! And I still have plots and ideas, but the only thing missing right now is time. :)
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