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05 March 2012 @ 09:39 am
LETTING GO -- B/J double drabble  
letting go.jpg

Title: Letting Go
Author: later2nite
Word Count: 200 - Double Drabble
A/N: Written for the prompt 'Weddings and Funerals' at QAF Drabbles on Insane Journal
A/N 2: You've got to use your imagination with this pic.
Think of it as age-enhanced to the point of Justin being 60 years old and Brian 72.

They arrive by limousine and file into the church, distinguished gentlemen clad appropriately in dark colors. Time has slowed them down considerably, Brian's knees causing him discomfort most mornings and Justin's eyesight poor.

"I have to attend," Justin announced over breakfast the morning he'd spotted the obituary in the newspaper.

"Naturally," Brian had agreed, leaning into his husband with a kiss to the side of his face. Some gestures never get old. "We'll go together."

Now Brian absorbs by osmosis the closure that washes over Justin as they sit listening to the eulogy, shoulders pressed together, staring straight ahead.


It hits Justin in the gut while he stands at the grave site watching the casket lower into the earth. The source of his pain, inflicted a lifetime ago and randomly returning to haunt him as his youth had slipped into advanced age, has been silenced forever.

His hand reaches for Brian's down at their sides as the last clump of dirt is thrown onto the pine box by a grieving family member of the deceased. "I'm glad I can't remember," he whispers into his ear.

Brian sighs. "I still can't forget."

Returning to their limo arm in arm, blessed peace has arrived.

mitakaymitakay on March 5th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
That was emotional and beautiful.
Lovely job.
...and so nice to imagine B/J at this advanced age- still happy together, always there for each other.
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I love thinking about them when they're older, too. Glad you enjoyed it. ♥
sjmpetssjmpets on March 5th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Final closure.
Nicely done.
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I thought it was about time they get some closure. Glad you liked it. ♥
toshiani007 on March 5th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, loved it!!!
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ani. Makes me happy that you liked it. ♥
Cindytrintiff on March 5th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Very poignant; wonderful drabble!

Hugs, Cindy
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Cindy. Glad you liked it.

Hugs ♥
SnapeGirl: B/J snowingsnapegirlusa on March 5th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully done, sweetie. Thanks for burring that abusive bigot, and for letting Justin--and Brian--have closure, and the knowledge that they DID survive. ♥
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. And believe me, it was my pleasure to engineer the demise of this abusive bigot. (great description, BTW) I love imagining Brian and Justin finally at this stage, putting the pain to rest. Glad you enjoyed it. ♥
guavejuiceguavejuice on March 5th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
So intense and filled with emotion, yet very much IC. I like the age enhanced B/J.
Thank you for sharing, Linda.
*Hugs you tight*
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, V. Yeah, the age-enhanced Brian and Justin are really fun to think of. I'm happy that you liked it.

Hugs, ♥
techgirl_on_ijtechgirl_on_ij on March 5th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
This is so good, I'm happy I made you remember it:)

I love that Brian and Justin survived and he did not. Lovely drabble
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. Yeah, I had forgotten all about this one until I read yours yesterday. It's so satisfying to ensure the survival of Brian and Justin, and their tormentor?... He's history!!!

Hugs ♥
Yvonne Reidyvonnereid on March 5th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
This is very good hon,very sad too but nice at the same time,because after all this time....our fave boys are still together :)

Huge Hugs,Vonnie xoxox
minajuy on March 5th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
that was fantastic, I am often amazed at where fic writers go with there stories, and how they full in the missing gaps,

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bumerbmwbumerbmw on March 5th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I even teared up at the end!
I doubt that Brian will ever forget what happened to Justin!
and this is beautiful!
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Whoa! I don't think I've ever brought anyone to tears before... Thanks so much for the kind feedback. I'm really happy that you thought it was beautiful. ♥
Pam81pam81 on March 5th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
A closure Justin needed.
Really beautiful, sweetie.
It's so good to see them still so close in the future.
Thanks ♥
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Pam. Glad you enjoyed it. They'll always be this close... my brain can't handle anything else. ♥
briansbottom: prombriansbottom on March 5th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I like the thought of them being together into old age.
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. The thought of them together into old age is beautiful to me. ♥
Set your mind at rest and let your dreams run freemoonbrightnites on March 6th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Fantastic. :)
I absolutely love that photo -- it's one of my favorites of them.

I adore fics where Brian and Justin are much older and there simply aren't enough of them around.

"The source of his pain, inflicted a lifetime ago yet returning to haunt him intermittently while his youth had slipped into advanced age, has been silenced forever." -- Beautiful. ♥
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the awesome feedback. It's so nice to know how much you enjoyed it. Yeah, this pic is one of my faves also. ♥
meggi63: B/J4evermeggi63 on March 6th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Very intense, emotional and finally liberating! *sighs*
Thanks for sharing!
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 6th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Meggi, for the nice feedback. I'm happy that you enjoyed it. ♥
kinwad on March 9th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Loved it, my dear! So very poignant!
later2nite: promolater2nite on March 9th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Kin. I'm honored that you read it and left me a comment. That means the world to me. ♥
ivylovebjivylovebj on July 22nd, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
It is always my dream,hope them will together forever

because I just believe only them can bring so beautiful life and true love to me in the world,if they can't get over all the rough thing in the life and together,I think no one can and no real love
in the world.

It is very fantastic to image they are together after forty years.

Linda,I love you and your story so much!
later2nite: promolater2nite on July 24th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Ivy, for this beautiful comment. I agree with you on everything you said. Brian and Justin together forever equals all that's right with the world. ♥

*hugs you*

Edited at 2012-08-10 08:19 pm (UTC)