CHAPTER TITLE: The Brian Kinney Operating Manual_Forty-Three of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 1,170
WARNINGS: this chapter: none_Editors 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: ‘The revised chapter is ‘How Brian Does Tricks’ and the changes are not only obvious but profound.
the Editors of the Brian Kinney Operating Manual have an Announcement
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
The Brian Kinney Operating Manual
From the Office of the Editors
A new chapter has been added to ‘The Brian Kinney Operating Manual’. It’s available to anyone who wants to understand. Okay, maybe it isn’t actually a new chapter, maybe it’s just that the old one has had so many revisions done to it that it just seems like new. The title remains the same ‘How Brian Does Tricks’ and the changes are not only obvious but profound.
Part I - Whereas Brian used to spend two to three nights a week at Babylon, tricking and drinking, with little sense of responsibility, generally closing the place down -- sometimes going home alone, sometimes not -- and almost always unable to remember how he ultimately got there;
he now spends three to four nights a week at Babylon overseeing his investment, taking care of his boys, seeing to inventory, resolving healthcare issues -- yes, he has initiated a healthcare plan for his bartenders, his dancers, his bouncers, in fact, for everyone on his payroll -- tricking only once, maybe twice a night and indulging in ‘the drink’ only minimally, usually leaving around midnight, he almost always leaves alone.
Note - He now limits himself to weekends only drug use, but that’s a whole other chapter, the one entitled ‘Brian and His Coping Methods - Sometimes They Work, Sometimes They Don’t’ It’s one of the longer chapters and touches on much of what is mentioned in the above summary paragraph. Three million, four hundred & thirty thousand and fifty people who read this chapter found it helpful, five didn‘t.
Part II - Whereas Brian never before, and we cannot emphasize this enough, never before did a trick twice, at least not knowingly and not until Justin -- who, let’s face it, did start out with that designation*:
he now does. He more than repeats, he actually keeps them for two, three or sometimes even four months, but never longer.** He not only knows their names, he knows where they work. He knows some of their likes and dislikes and he actually keeps them on speed dial, without the optional accompanying photo, for at least as long as each one lasts. And he only does one at a time.
There is more, so…so much more, but we believe this to be enough to get the basic idea across, to whet the appetite as it were. And the obvious question should be why? Why the changes? Why such truly radical departures from previous norms? Why indeed.
The prevailing theory involves Justin Taylor* and there can be little doubt as to his influence. Can it even be seriously argued that without him any of these modifications could have taken place? We think not. But other theories do exist and should, at least, be noted here.
1 - the Brian is a Dad Now and Doesn’t Want to be Like His Dad theory. We favor this one also; we find it to be very supportive of the Justin Taylor theory. We can imagine that Brian wants his son’s respect when the child has grown. As he was living his life, we doubt that would have been possible and that reality could not have been entirely lost on Brian.
2 - the Brian is a Grownup Now and it’s About Time He Started Acting like One…in His Own Way, Naturally theory. There is a lot of validity to this one also. Let’s face it; the man is thirty-four when Justin leaves. How many more times could he come home stumbling-down drunk or fucked-up on drugs, not even knowing who gave him the shit or what he’d actually taken? How many more times can he wake up with a total stranger in his bed and still maintain his dignity? After thirty-five, it just becomes pathetic. And yes, we are editorializing here so…sue us.
3 - the Brian is a Business Man Now, He Runs Two Companies, Kinnetik and Babylon, and He Has a Reputation to Maintain…in His Own Way, Naturally theory. What would his clients think if he were seriously involved in scandal? He has either a very tolerant client base or one that is amazingly uninformed. Seriously, do these people even read the paper? He has come so close on so many occasions to the kind of scandal we, personally, would never tolerate in our ad guy, scandal both at his own hand -- we’d cite examples here but honestly, who’s got the time, and scandal at the hands of others -- i.e: his nephew with that whole child-molestation thing or that guy he fucked in his office at the Ryder Agency with that whole sexual-harassment thing. We shudder still at what could have been.
4 - the Brian Has Tempted the Fates for Far Too Long theory. STDs, HIV, big bears that won’t take no for an answer, Brian has pushed the envelope for far too long and his unhealthy ways were bound to catch up with him eventually and we wouldn’t like to see that happen. On this one, we’re pretty sure we can all agree.
There is more…so, so very much more, but this should suffice, in some small way, to help us all theorize as to the changes. Perhaps it was just time.
Or perhaps the real reason isn’t a theory put forth by anyone at all because, truth is, almost no one knows about his internal implosion, his nightly nightmares, so highly-evolved is his ability to conceal. This isn’t something that can be discussed or conjectured or even dissected into forever because well…only Brian really knows…he and his long-term tricks and they have all been sworn into secrecy. Sadly, even Justin will never really understand.
The real reason, at least in the beginning, is the nightmares…the never ending, night shattering, destroyers of sanity. He got so sick and tired of waking up scared shitless, at war within his own mind and so very, very alone. He didn’t really want anyone else to know, but soon enough realized that without outside intervention, he just might lose his mind. He brought home a trick who was allowed to stay the night and when the nightmare happened, and it always did happen, Mark helped Brian get through it. So he got to come back, and again, and again until it was time for him to go.
And so did the second one, a sweet guy named Phillip and so did the third, a funny, sad guy named Kenneth. By the time of the fourth, a guy named Richard who started out fine but ended up a jerk; the nightmares had eased to an almost manageable level and were really no longer the primary reason. By the time of the fifth, an architect named Jayden, Brian just wanted someone around, some of the time. Someone he understood and who, at least to some extent, understood him. By the time of the fifth, Brian really just wanted someone to come home to once in awhile.
*see the chapter entitled ‘How Justin Taylor Changed Everything’
**see the chapter entitled ‘Bran and Jayden Harker’
Next Chapter: Just another one of the ways in which two lives can influence each other
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