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26 February 2012 @ 01:21 pm

Title: Justin's Gift Of Gab
Author: later2nite
Word Count: 300 - triple drabble
A/N: Written for the prompt 'Sick!fic' at QAF Drabbles on Insane Journal

"Gus Peterson's parents? Follow me, please." The emergency room nurse speaks with practiced professionalism, leading Lindsay and Brian down a long cold corridor toward their broken son.

"We've set his fractured femur and tended to the abrasions, but it's the bump on his head that concerns me." Gus's attending physician speaks briskly and doesn't mince words. "I need him to stay awake for the next twenty-four hours. Maybe even longer."

The boy's parents thank his doctor, exchanging a few worried glances.

Brian sighs. "So, Sonny Boy, have I ever told you about the time I got hurt playing soccer?"


"I'm so sorry, Melanie. I was running behind him, holding him up, and then he just took off on his own. He was pedaling so quickly!"

"Justin, don't blame yourself. We certainly don't. It was an unfortunate accident." Taking his hand, Mel squeezes it and smiles. "You're the only one of us who's young enough and fast enough to teach him to ride his new two-wheeler."

"I wish they'd let us in to see him. I'd feel a lot better if I could see him." Justin hangs his head.

"I hear you." Mel's anxious for good news, too.


Drinking stale vending machine coffee in the emergency room's waiting area, Justin and Melanie check the time every other minute.

"Lindsay knows we're waiting, itching to find out what's going on. She'll tell us something soon."

"Brian probably never wants to see me again. I bet he holds me responsible for damaging his son. I feel so awful."

"Justin, I told you. Don't go there. It could have happened to any of us. Gus is big now."

"Shit! Here comes Brian. He's gonna kill me!"

"Sunshine, Gus needs you. Start talking to him, and don't shut up until tomorrow!"

The End
minajuy on February 26th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
that last line made me giggle, short but sweet
later2nite: red shirt guslater2nite on February 26th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured if anyone could talk non-stop for 24 hours, it would be Justin. Thanks for the nice comment. Glad to make you giggle. ♥
marny1: funmarny1 on February 26th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Poor Gus and poor Justin for worrying so much. But that last sentence ... LOL .

* hugs *
later2nite: gus footballlater2nite on February 26th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Happy to make you laugh. Thanks for the sweet comment. ♥
Pam81: Gus: My fandom has kids...pam81 on February 26th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
LOL at the last line.
This was great, Linda ♥ I've really enjoyed it.
Thanks for sharing!
later2nite: cute guslater2nite on February 26th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pam! Happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the nice comment. ♥
shinya_diey on February 26th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Nice story. Poor Gus and Justin.
BTW... Last line was a killer ^^
later2nite: train setlater2nite on February 26th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you liked the last line. ♥
toshiani007 on February 26th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
***giggles*** Adorable, loved it!!!
later2nite: red shirt guslater2nite on February 26th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ani! So happy you loved it. ♥

ladynomad915ladynomad915 on February 26th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
This a very cute and carrying story.

Justin got his proof that brian is not madat him.

later2nite: gus footballlater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks. Glad you liked it. Yeah, Justin was all worried for nothing. Brian could never be mad at him. ♥
shadownyc: B/J foreheads by brokenelevatorshadownyc on February 26th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Great idea! I like how Brian shows Justin he's still one of Gus's fathers, as well as Brian's partner.
later2nite: cute guslater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I was going for that exact effect, so I'm happy it came through. ♥
rulisteningbjrulisteningbj on February 27th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Justin is the perfect man for the job. Funny.

Dee Dee
later2nite: train setlater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Dee Dee. ♥ I'm happy you thought it was funny. I'm pretty sure Justin can do the job! LOL
techgirl_on_ij: Gif Brian-Justin-Gustechgirl_on_ij on February 27th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
LOL i've always loved this drabble! Happy you decided to post it here, too.

later2nite: red shirt guslater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I can't believe you remember this one, but you might remember that this was the very first thing I wrote after V.V. was finished and you posted it for me, and I still didn't know how to post anything. You had to talk me through posting this one, step by step, so I could do it myself. I still thank you every day of my life for all the help you've given me on the journals since the day we met in your IJ. You've been so patient with my lack of skills - I always say you deserve a medal for putting up with me!

*Hugs you back like whoa* ♥
(no subject) - techgirl_on_ij on February 27th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Cathy's Cornerbritinmanor on February 27th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Justin shouldn't have worried, especially if he'd known that Gus had to stay awake for 24 hours...

Perfect set-up. Justin can talk straight for 24 hours, and not drive Brian NUTS :)

Very cute concept, Linda!

later2nite: gus footballlater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, Cathy! I'm happy you liked it. Justin can totally talk for 24 hours straight - and for once, Brian WANTS him to!

Hugs ♥
bksbraceletbksbracelet on February 27th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Rotflmao so funny so is Brian planning on helping!!!!!!!!!!!
later2nite: cute guslater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
LOL Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny, too. I'm sure Brian will be in the room with them, but he'll no doubt let Justin do most of the talking. Thanks for the sweet comment. ♥
Set your mind at rest and let your dreams run freemoonbrightnites on February 27th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
I have no problem at all believing that Justin's sweet chatter has healing properties. :)

Nicely done!
later2nite: train setlater2nite on February 27th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Michelle! I'm happy that you liked it. I just thought it was time for Justin's sweet chatter to be put to good use. LOL

Hugs ♥
meggi63: B/Jfunmeggi63 on February 27th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Poor Gus...but it wasn't Justins fault. And Brian for sure will not blame him.
And at last, Justin will be soooo good for Gus...like the last line says. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
later2nite: red shirt guslater2nite on February 27th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Meggi! I'm so happy that you liked it. Brian doesn't blame Justin at all, deciding to use his gift of gab for some good! LOL

Hugs ♥
Calicoevery1sangel on February 28th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
This was ADORABLE! I LOVED IT! I can just imagine Brian coming in and saying something so simple when Justin thinks he is going to be destroyed
later2nite: gus footballlater2nite on February 28th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm happy that you loved it. Yeah, Brian could never hold Justin responsible for this, but he could definitely take advantage of his gift of gab!

(It was nice chatting with you tonight. ♥)
bumerbmwbumerbmw on February 28th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
ohh my! the last sentence is just perfect! ♥
later2nite: cute guslater2nite on February 28th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Makes me so happy that you like it. ♥

And the last sentence? I just thought Justin's 'gift' would be perfect to keep Gus awake. LOL