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11 October 2013 @ 01:04 pm
TRUTH  
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Title: Truth
Author: later2nite
Rating: G
Timeline: The incomparable 204
A/N: Originally written for techgirl_on_ij's Bday in 2012






"Hey, stud. Wanna dance?"

Four simple words. Innocuous enough one would think. But that's how it all began. That's how the truth invaded our lives.

I trailed him out of Woody's, more than certain I didn't want to spend the rest of the evening indulging in my wicked ways. Tapping him on the shoulder from behind, I surprised him when he turned around to see it was me.

"Shut up," was his gut reaction, hardly believing I'd actually passed on fucking some random guy on Pride weekend.

I pulled him back toward me and promised him he wouldn't forget this one, the thought of what Chris Hobbs had stolen from him never far from my mind. Walking with him to the center of the crowded street, I draped my arms over his shoulders, utterly content to be there with him.

"Do you hear this, Brian?" he asked as we slow-danced. "It's one of my favorite songs. The lyrics are so meaningful."

I knew it was sung by ABBA, but I'd never paid any particular attention to it before. "Yeah," I agreed, "it's good."

"What they're singing," he said. "It's so perfect for where we are right now."

"Dancing in the middle of Liberty Avenue?"

"Just listen," he said. Then he started to mouth the words along with the song. "I'm a shoulder you can cry on. Your best friend, I'm the one you must rely on." He pulled me closer to him. "You were always sure of yourself. Now I see you've broken a feather. I hope we can patch it up together."

I kissed him slowly when the chorus played, mourning his lost memories. "You'll get through this," I whispered.

"I know, Brian," he whispered back. "I love you for being here for me. We're gonna get through this together."

The lump in my throat prevented any kind of verbal response. He didn't expect one, yet, strangely, I found myself not loath to the idea of offering one. Slowly swaying with him to the strains of ABBA, I rested my forehead against his, not wanting this lesbianic moment to end.

How had he done this to me? When had he done this to me? I started to think back.

It'd been months since I'd strolled into his prom and searched for him amid a sea of eighteen-year-olds. Taken aback at the sight of him all decked out in his tux, I led my handsome partner to the middle of the floor for a dance, determined to give him a night he'd never forget. We pulled off some pretty fancy footwork as I recall, boldly ignoring all societal norms in front of his classmates and their chaperones. I kissed him passionately during the closing notes of the song, lost within his mouth.

Setting out to give him the night of his life, it had turned into the night of my life as well, for it was then that I knew I loved him.

Justin drew me out of my reverie and hugged me tightly during our Pride dance. He peered up into my eyes. "I bet if you believed in love," he said softly, "this is what it would feel like."

Never one for emotional words of affection, I guessed the world wouldn't come to an end if I answered honestly when he kissed my lips and asked, "Don't you think so?"

Holding him fast against my beating heart, the truth was unexpectedly painless.

"Yes."


End




ABBA's "Chiquitita" ~~ beautiful companion vid by the amazing qafmaniac ~~ check it out
 
 
 
shadownyc: B/J Pride Dance - 204 by strlingdragnflyshadownyc on October 11th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Love this!!!

One of my fave moments.
later2nite: best pridelater2nite on October 11th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. ♥

Yeah, this is one of my fave scenes, too.
JonDH: Pooh & Pigletthespian15 on October 12th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
That's beautiful. :)
Hugs, Jon
later2nite: pride 2later2nite on October 12th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

*Hugs you*
guavejuice: pride2guavejuice on October 12th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
Setting out to give him the night of his life, it had turned into the night of my life as well, for it was then that I knew I loved him.
So true! I love how you captured Brian's thoughts because it was clear to see this insight dawning on him during the prom dance.

Two amazing tender loving moments so artfully rolled into one *happy sigh* beautiful piece. Thank you so much fot that moving reminder, my dear Linda.
*hugs you tight*
V.

Edited at 2013-10-12 05:34 am (UTC)
later2nite: pride with edgeslater2nite on October 12th, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, V, for this sweet comment. Happy that you liked this little fic.

I do think that Brian finally gave into his feelings for Justin during their prom dance. I've always thought of it being the turning point when he admitted to himself that he loved Justin.

*hugs you back*
techgirl_on_ijtechgirl_on_ij on October 12th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Aww, I've read this so many times and it's still so good. It's a bit sad but filled with so much love and hope.

It's hard to believe that song isn't written for this scene :)
later2nite: best pridelater2nite on October 12th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I know - that song is so perfect for the scene. I remember after we'd marathoned that ep. and you sent me the lyrics to that song. That's when I got the idea for this fic, and your Bday was coming up so it became your fic. ♥

smooch
bksbraceletbksbracelet on October 12th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful I loved the part where Brian sees Justin in the hall and gathers his lost youth into a dance
later2nite: pride 2later2nite on October 12th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Chris. Glad you liked it. Yeah, Brian at the prom is pretty much as perfect as this show gets.

Hugs,
Linda
isijusisijus on October 12th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful

Hugs
later2nite: pride 2later2nite on October 12th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

*Hugs you back*

Edited at 2013-10-12 10:46 pm (UTC)
mitakaymitakay on October 12th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh- that was just beautiful!
Thanks for the treat. :)
Xo
later2nite: pride with edgeslater2nite on October 12th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. ♥
predec2: Tender shotpredec2 on October 12th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely little ficlet, Linda! That is one of my favorite scenes; the look on both their faces showed how much in love they were while they danced, and the kiss they shared was so tender. I always wanted to know what they were saying to each other while that was being filmed.;) Thanks for sharing this! *Hugs* ~Kim
later2nite: best pridelater2nite on October 12th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Kim! I know - I always wondered what they were smiling and talking about in that scene, too. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Hugs,
Linda
sjmpetssjmpets on October 13th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Nicely done.
Now that would be the night Justin would never forget.
later2nite: best pridelater2nite on October 13th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the sweet comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, Justin would certainly relish Brian affirming his love for him back in Season Two.
lorie_s on October 13th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
This was so beautiful. Crying happy tears. Thank you.
later2nite: pride with edgeslater2nite on October 13th, 2013 07:01 am (UTC)
Awww, happy tears are good, though. LOL Thanks for the sweet comment.
balrogtweety: kissbalrogtweety on October 13th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
This was one of the better moments they shared. Thanks.
later2nite: pride 2later2nite on October 13th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
Agreed. The Pride dance in the street is so romantic.. Thanks for the sweet comment.
tera10tera10 on October 13th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I do not know what to say. It is a scene so beautiful, so tender and delicate that you left me speechless.

A hug
later2nite: pride 2later2nite on October 13th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this beautiful comment. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

Hugs,
Linda
sandraj60sandraj60 on October 18th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
I loved the pride dance almost as much as the prom's. You did a nice job of capturing the romance of that pride dance.
later2nite: pride with edgeslater2nite on October 19th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree. The Pride dance is so romantic. I love it just as much as the prom dance. ♥

Glad you enjoyed this little fic. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. It means so much to me.