CHAPTER TITLE: Gus Explains_Forty-Two_of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 1,035
WARNINGS: this chapter: none_Gus’ POV
DISCLAIMER: Nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already? Not mine.
Originally Beta’ed by herefordroad, all subsequent mistakes are mine
Story throughout contains excerpts from The Brian Kinney Operating Manual including commentary from the Editors
SUMMARY FROM THE EDITORS: ‘Oh, and one funny thing is we split up, Mama Mel and JR stay with Mikey and Ben and then me and Mama Lindsay stay with Daddy Brian. I like it.’
Gus has a story to tell so…shhh!!!
AUTHOR‘S NOTES: This story projects 59 years into the future and reflects all that that entails, many of the loose ends are tied-up. I dance with POV, I dance with time, in essence, I just dance to the song Brian & Justin sang to me.
Contains: Brian_others, Justin_others. They grow old, they are always together for just as long as time allows, but, ultimately, they will die.
As someone wise once said, ‘In the end, it’s all about Brian and Justin’ and I can only agree
A Time From Now
One Week Later - Toronto
They sat before him in their Tuesday morning Sharing-Time half circle, restless, waiting for him to begin, so he did.
“So, moving here, at first it was scary. Honest. Everywhere we went nothin’ looked right. I wanted to go home bad, but my moms told me where we lived now was home and that we could go see where our old house still is, but that we can’t live there no more…oh, sorry…anymore.” Gus glanced at his teacher, Mrs. Chadwick, with a little smile. “I had my moms and I got to take some of my stuff with me and JR came too, she’s my little sister. But see? I missed my dads. Daddy Brian ‘cause well…he’s my dad, but Daddy Justin too ‘cause he babysitted for me all the time and we‘d draw and color and stuff. So, it was tough. We didn’t have anybody here like all those people there, but Mama Mel kept telling me we would soon enough, but it took for…ever, like a million years maybe.”
“But actually, it did get better. I got used to our new house and they got me to go to school here and I got some friends now, too, like Markey for one thing. He comes to play at my house sometimes and they let me go to his house sometimes and he’s got a dog, so I asked for a dog but Mama Mel said ‘no way’ but we’ll see. Sometimes I can get my way with her, if I do things smart. But even if we don’t get a dog, we’ve still got Preston and Andrew now and they‘re way better than any old dog. No offense Markey.”
Markey shrugged, indicating there was no offense taken. “S’kay,” he replied, adding, “but I’m not too sure how Snoopy’s gonna take it though,” and his eyes shone when everyone laughed, especially when Gus did.
“So see, Preston has this place where Mama Lindsay got her job, it’s this place with all these pretty pictures. It’s called a gal…er…y, like that, and that means a place where you can keep pretty pictures but the pictures, they change. I really liked this one of some dogs out walking, but when I went again, it was gone. Mama Lindsay says that’s a good thing. That means the picture sold but I don’t see how it can be a good thing when I can’t see it anymore, I’m still thinking on that one. But, like I said before, why it really got better with her getting that job is ‘cause we got to find Preston and Andrew and now we get to eat dinner at their house with them and I like them a lot.”
“And we did go back to where Daddy Brian is, well…once we did, it’s this place called Pittsburgh, I was born there, and we got to see all those other people ‘cause we got to eat at this lady Debbie’s house, she’s got this thing for JR. I think maybe she likes JR a little more than me but not too much. She pretty much likes me a lot. And when Mikey and Ben come over, they bring Hunter and Hunter plays with me so that’s cool. He’s older, Hunter is like almost grown up. Oh, and one funny thing is we split up, Mama Mel and JR stay with Mikey and Ben and then me and Mama Lindsay stay with Daddy Brian. I like it. I mean I miss Mama Mel, and JR too I guess, but I really like it when it’s just me and mama and daddy, we don’t get to do that too much, but it’s really cool when we do.”
“Daddy Justin isn’t there anymore and I miss him the most I think. One time we went someplace else, New…something…oh man, I forget and Daddy Justin was there. He tells me how that’s where he lives now. I was confused, I was ‘cause I guess I thought he belonged with Daddy Brian like I belong with my moms but I guess not. He tried to explain it to me but I didn’t get it, it just made me sad, really. We used to all be in the same place and now we aren‘t. I don’t think no matter how hard I think on it that’ll ever be right to me, but I keep getting told that it is so…I guess it is They’re grow ups and they outta know, right? That’s what they keep telling me, anyway. But we’re here now and that’s for sure and that’s mostly okay.”
He smiled toward his first grade teacher letting her know he was done. He stood patiently waiting for what always came next, swaying slightly side-to-side, with all his classmates sitting in front of him and with every one of them quiet. He smiled, they smiled and everyone waited.
Ms. Chadwick was slightly stunned and not unreasonably so. Normally, she had to almost drag words from her children, especially when in front of the classroom and even if there had been a slight improvement over the past few months. Gus was usually a quiet boy, but today telling about things he so obviously cared about, he was confident, completely at his ease. She had read notes along those same lines in his file that had been forwarded by his kindergarten teacher from Pittsburgh, and Ms. Vargas had been quite right.
Addressing the class she asked, “Any questions?” And several eager hands went up. Without waiting for instruction, Gus called on each, one by one, until everyone was satisfied. Ms. Chadwick murmured to herself, “The kid’s a natural, a real charmer.” She also realized that he was probably going to need every bit of that charm to carry him through life because, if she understood him correctly, both parents were gay and that couldn’t be an easy situation, not in this day and age, not even in Canada. Seeing that he was finished, she praised Gus for a job well done and reminded the rest of the class that Sharing-Time was over, watching as they scurried back to their seats, everyone pleased.
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