Behind the mask 24/?By Marea67About:
Kevin/Scotty and others.Rate:
When Scotty has to deal with too many disasters at once, William offers him a solution that will change his life
*****P.S. Please remember, it’s an AU. In my London, the Walkers live in house that has land that borders a lake. Just go with it. ;D
“You wanted to see me?” Scotty asks.
“Yes. Sit down, Scotty. I have some news for you.” William points at the couch and they sit down together. “I couldn’t believe that Wally had lost all of the money he had saved for you.
I knew that, to him, your future and your education were very important and he wouldn’t have wasted the money on just anything.. I went through all his belongings, his accounts, his paperwork… And, finally, I found it. Your dad bought shares in a new company.
Your dad wasn’t the man to take chances, so he must have been pretty sure that there would be a large sum of money coming back to him. And he was right. It’s a young company, but the shares have done extremely well. If you would sell them today, this is what you’d receive as payment…”
He hands Scotty a piece of paper with a number on it. Scotty stares at it and looks up.
“Aren’t there too many digits on here?” He asks, unable to believe what he sees.
“No, there aren’t.” William replies with a grin.
“I would be… completely financially independent.”
“You can say that again.” Williams still laughs. Scotty’s hand covers his mouth. He tries to hold back his tears, but he’s too happy. It means that he will no longer owe anybody anything. Not Kevin, not the Walkers, nobody.
“I’ll pay you back anything I owe you…” Scotty stammers.
“No. I don’t want to hear it! Consider it one of our wedding-gifts… You still plan to marry Kevin?” William is suddenly worried, much to Scotty’s surprise.
“Yes. If he still wants me… I love him. And it was never about money between us.” Scotty answers.
“Good. After that whole debacle with Tommy, I was starting to question my ability to judge a character.”
“And you don’t mind that I’ll be your son-in-law?” It’s Scotty’s time to worry and William laughs.
“Scotty, you’ve been a part of this family for so long, that you’re already family to me. Just between you and me, I was so pleased with you, that there were times that I would secretly wish that Justin would come out to me…” Scotty starts to laugh as well. “If you ever repeat that to him, I will flatly deny it….” William’s eyes sparkle with humor.
“Naturally.” Scotty teases back.
“So, what do you want me to do with those shares?” William asks.
“Sell them. I’m glad that dad took a chance, but all this business-stuff is too shady for me. It’s not my field and I’d rather have the money and live comfortably with Kevin.”
“Then I’ll take care of it.” William nods.
Robert puts aside his phone and enters the dining-room, where Chad is quietly rehearsing his lines.
“Just had a piece of weird news…” He says almost casually, startling Chad from his script. He looks around, but there’s no one there, so apparently Robert is talking to him.
Feeling suspicious, he responds to Robert’s words.
“It would seem that Scotty Wandell just sold a large chunk of shares in a very solid company. He made a fortune on the sale.” Robert still speaks casually and Chad blinks.
“Why are you telling me this?” Chad asks.
“Oh, nothing. It was on my mind and I thought I’d mention it.” Robert gives him a smile that is so obviously fake that Chad considers advising him to never become an actor.
“I’ll consider it mentioned then.” Chad is glad that his voice sounds stable and strong. Robert nods as a goodbye and leaves Chad alone. Chad wonders if it’s true. He quickly gets on his computer and checks the financial news.
There it is, with some blurry picture of Scotty and Wally. Chad closes his eyes. He can’t believe it. He dumped Scotty, because Scotty wasn’t rich enough and now … Scotty has a lot of money. Life is so
“I need to talk to you.” Justin says, entering Kevin’s room without even knocking.
“What is it?”
“Is it true?”
“Is what true?”
“The McCallisters. You had dad invite them?”
“Why not?” Kevin shrugs.
“Alright. I get Robert. Robert is okay. But Jason and Chad? Your ex-fiancé? And Scotty’s ex-boyfriend?”
“Why not? Scotty and I are getting married. Chad and Jason are married. We don’t have to bite each other. There’s no reason why we can’t be civilized.”
“You want to get back with Jason, don’t you?” Justin suddenly asks.
“Come on! Look me straight in the eyes and deny it. Deny that you still have feelings for Jason…” Justin demands, but Kevin shakes his head.
“I’m not denying it. Of course I still have feelings for him. He was someone I was once in love with. I wanted to marry him, have a life with him, a family with him. I thought we would last forever, and suddenly we broke up under stress. And then, thanks to our brother, I went to sleep for 20 years, like a cheap version of Sleeping Beauty. I haven’t had time to actually deal with anything.”
“You’re trying to get back with Jason then?”
“It’s only now
that I can start to deal with what could have been, what should have been, what wasn’t and how it all makes me feel.”
“I swear, if you hurt Scotty… If you break his heart…” Justin starts to threaten.
“I honestly don’t know what is going to happen, when I see Jason. But in all fairness, wouldn’t it be better if I knew
whether or not I'm over Jason, rather than being with Scotty, always wondering if I’d rather not be with someone else? I have to face Jason and get this settled for myself. I will never be able to love Scotty unconditionally if there’s some lingering doubt, whether or not I still have a desire to be with Jason.”
“Bullshit. You’re just looking for an excuse to get back with your ex.” Justin argues.
“I’m not the only one who has to face his ex.”
“Scotty would never…” Justin starts.
“Never say never, Justin. He was completely in love with Chad when he came to me.” Kevin picks up a magazine that has Chad on the cover. “Look at him.
He’d gorgeous. Drop dead beautiful. Don’t bother to deny it. Then look at me
. I may not be in as bad a shape as I was 20 years ago, but I still have scars. I’ll never win a beauty-contest. I’d get laughed right off the stage.
And Scotty now has the cash to buy Chad’s love. Can you really look me right in the eyes and tell me that Scotty won’t take one look at Chad and me and see that he’s better off with Chad?”
Justin opens his mouth to defend Scotty, but he has to admit to himself that there had been a time that Scotty had been blindly and completely in love with Chad. Chad is charming. And handsome. Very handsome. And Scotty had always loved the way he looked. What if he could still charm Scotty into his bed? Justin can only hope that Scotty is better than that.
Kevin sees his brother’s hesitation. How he had wished that Justin would laugh away his worries, but Justin doesn’t and he feels a little nauseous again. Kevin feels so much love for Scotty and he’s terrified to lose him or to turn out to be a fraud, when it comes to his feelings for Jason.
“I think, …” He slowly says. “... that we’re both unresolved. And that this will bring us certainty. One way or another. It has to be done.”
“I hope you’re wrong about Scotty.” Justin sighs.
“And I hope that I’m right about my feelings for Jason.” Kevin answers.
*****THE NEXT DAY
Kevin checks his watch. He still has some time before the first guests come. When he left the house, Justin and Scotty were playing a game of cards and Kevin had been happy to leave the house. Having a walk by himself will maybe help him get rid of the tension he feels.
He reaches a small landing-stage for boats. It’s made out of wood and it’s where he and his brother and sisters would used to put their little sail-boats in the water, except for Justin, who was too small. But that was years ago. The boats are gone, but the stage is still here and Kevin feels even more melancholy. So much is gone.
Staring over the water, he can almost hear himself laugh again. The last time he went sailing, he had been with Jason. They had ended up in the middle of the lake, on the bottom of the boat, in each other’s arms, kissing like there had been no tomorrow.
A sad smile comes to Kevin’s face. He wraps his arms around himself. The memory is so vivid that even now he can still smell Jason’s after-shave somehow. It shocks him, but not as much as when he hears someone behind him say:
“Our last summer together.”
Kevin clenches his fist, pressing his nails into the palms of his hands, when the warm voice that had once been able to make shiver, manages to touch some special place inside him again. It cuts through him, takes his breath away. An ache he had so long ignored comes back full force. He’s frozen to the ground.
“It was the happiest day of my life.” Jason softly says. “Just you and me. No one else in the world. On the bottom of that boat. You in my arms… All flushed and satisfied… Never saw a pair of blue eyes more beautiful than yours… And then you reached out for your pants and pulled a little box from the pocket.
Red velvet. Can it be more cliché? … And then you proposed to me. You asked me to marry you…. I don’t believe I’ve ever been happier in my entire life….”
“Really?” Kevin whispers and he turns around to face Jason. T
he sight of him makes him hold his breath a few seconds. Jason is still so very handsome. He has the warm, tender smile on his face that Kevin remembers so well and Kevin’s heart aches for what he has lost.
“Really?” He asks again, with more firmness in his voice. Jason nods, still smiling, unable to speak.
He’s clearly overwhelmed with emotions now that he’s face-to-face with the man he never stopped loving.
“Hi, Kev.” The familiar gentleness in words come so easily.
“Hi, Jase.” Kevin cannot help but smile back at his former lover.
END OF CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR