CHAPTER TITLE Babylon@BOSTON _Seventy of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 760
WARNINGS: this chapter: none,_Brian 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: ‘And naturally, the first order of business was the unveiling of Justin’s mural…’
Brian takes his first steps towards becoming a big-time business man although not without his regrets
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
Six Months Later
Despite the reality that there were already several decent dance clubs in the greater Boston area, he’d been warned that Babylon’s opening night was much anticipated, and by their turn-out, all the pretty little club boys had proven the dire warning more than correct. This was one happy bunch of guys, and Brian had every intention of keeping them in their fantasy-induced state of bliss for as long as possible. Go-go boys danced to the never-ending drive of thumpa-thumpa while even the bartenders did their own variations on bump-&-grind behind the bar. Glitter shimmered silver and gold from the ceiling like soft rain veiling everyone and everything. Nearly all of the family was there, Michael and Ben, Theodore and Blake, Emmett and Drew. All of his sweet little Pittsburgh couples had shown plus even Lindsay and Melanie. They were here to celebrate and the champagne flowed for free.
Naturally, the first order of business was the unveiling of Justin’s mural displayed prominently by the main bar so as not be missed. The unveiling at Babylon@PITTSBURGH, for obvious reasons, had been subdued and Justin’s mural there had reflected that, but not this time. This time was a celebration and this mural reflected that difference. This one wasn’t nearly as dark as Pittsburgh’s, this one was, in fact, a manic abstraction of metallic and jewel tones yet weirdly organic. With the light a certain way, it almost seemed alive, like it was somehow undulating or maybe…maybe that was just the drugs.
Once the unveiling was concluded, there was much applause especially from the club boys and Justin basked in their recognition and approval and who could blame him? They knew, they could tell…he was, or at least had been, one of them. Not only had he been a twink, but he had even been a go-go boy and now he was making good. They had respect for making good, especially for an ex-twink making good and they gave that to him.
The only kink in the evening was the missing Jayden. They’d designed this club from scratch together, had gone over every aspect of its construction together and he’d so wanted so them to see the final product together. Smaller than Pittsburgh, they’d made it more intimate without catwalks or dance pedestals, and the smaller design had allowed them to pay more attention to every detail. With just two bars on either side of a large dance floor and with quiet spaces built-in around the edges, it was modern, sleek and clean like all of Jayden‘s designs. It shone golden, dark and beautiful, burnished and well…elegant and it glowed as if of another world and that was exactly what they’d wanted.
He should’ve been here, but that hadn‘t been possible. It would’ve been too awkward, Justin didn’t know much about him, and Brian had every intention of keeping it that way. Plus, obviously, Jayden had moved on, had gone on with his life. More and more, they’d drifted apart and while not unexpected, while maybe even necessary, sometimes he would realize just how much he missed him.
This was only his second ‘baby’, but he knew it would always be his favorite. Each club would feature a mural by Justin as its heart, its center, but this would be the only one that would have Jayden’s heart as a part of its heart, its center as well.
“Hey, you okay?” Justin said.
Startling, he said, “Sure, I’m great. Why wouldn’t I be?” Taking Justin’s arm, he moved them through the opening night crowd and Brian surveyed this his second kingdom, the one not really so very far from home. Next time though would be different because next time would bring him to New York. Number three would be bigger, bolder, brasher and with its completion, the break with Pittsburgh would be final.
The Brian Kinney Operating Manual - A Life Examined
the chapter titled - ‘Brian Finds His Way’
In the years to come, while Brian and Justin will consider New York to be their primary home, they will also consider two to three other cities to be their secondary homes, but once Brian is able to move to New York, Pittsburgh will no longer be one of them. They will visit it from time to time until there is no longer any need and when finally having left it behind, with the passage of time, they will allow it to be made into something much softer and finer than it had ever actually been.
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