CHAPTER TITLE: Gus Takes Advantage_Seventy-Nine of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 850
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: ‘Before Brian moved to New York, Justin would be the one who took him to the art more as something fun to do than with any real thought as to Gus’ life work…’
As his family watches on, Gus starts finding his way
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
Gus Takes Advantage
The Same Time - Toronto
The Brian Kinney Operating Manual - A Life Examined
the chapter titled ‘ ‘Brian & Others - As to Their Outcome’
When Gus was around eleven, Lindsay began to understand with some vague certainty where his future would lie. Up until then, he had always spent a great deal of his time with her at Preston Jahns, more out of necessity than because of any real precociousness on his part or so she thought. But then she began to notice how whenever they would visit Brian and Justin in New York, the first thing Gus always wanted to do was see the museums.
Lindsay assumed that his fondness for these places was because they were comfortable for him, but then, she also began to notice that his interests were more to the curatorial side of the business. Not that, at the time, he would’ve had any real understanding of what that meant, still, it was the processes of acquiring art and the reasoning behind the displaying of that art within its given space and why those spaces were set-up the way they were, that piqued his interest, his innate curiosity. She realized that what he wanted was to learn about and work with art, not to actually create it. That he was more like Brian than he was like either her or Justin. It was this fundamental shift in Gus’ curiosity that alerted Lindsay to the writing on the wall.
Before Brian moved to New York, it was Justin who would take him to the art, but more because it was something fun for them to do together than with any real thought to Gus’ future. But by eleven, Brian and Justin would both go along, at his insistence, because Gus would remember where they’d gone the last time he’d visited his dads, and he’d want to go to those same places again. He especially loved the games they would play; invented by Justin to both help him learn and to maintain his interest.
Art postcards would be purchased from the museum store before he toured the exhibits, and his job would be to find the work each postcard represented. He became an expert. When he was very young -- six, seven, eight --that would be the extent of his involvement. Once he’d found all the artwork represented by te postcards, it would be time for them to go, but as he got older, he learned to slow down and to really start looking, unconsciously absorbing the ins and outs of how artwork was displayed and of how museums and galleries were organized. Finally, he started to wonder why and to maybe even question the reasoning behind the decisions museum people made. Why were certain paintings chosen to be made into postcards and others, prettier ones to his way of thinking, weren’t? He wondered aloud -- to Lindsay, to Justin, to anyone who’d listen -- why was artwork displayed the way it was? Why were things grouped one way and not another? Why did some galleries only show sculpture and others both paintings and sculpture and how did the paintings or sculptures come to be each particular museum in the first place? Who made these decisions and most importantly, why? He had so many questions, and with each, Lindsay and Justin took the time to answer, with the answers gaining in substance as his questions grew in depth.
Once a little older, a second game was added. The question ‘If you could take home only one piece from this group or this part of the gallery or from the whole entire museum, what would you choose?’ would be asked. And, once again when still young, he’d answered quickly ‘this one…this one…this one,‘ but without being able to articulate any real reasons for choosing the pieces that he did. But as time went by, Gus became more deliberate. He examined carefully, he chose well and he learned to clearly explain why.
By the time he was thirteen, Gus started to spend vacations on his own in New York with his dads, mostly just hanging out with Justin and Tristan at the Jaen Gallery. He was constantly by their sides. The clients loved him so the owners, Charles and Maureen, clearly understanding his added value, were happy to have him underfoot. Gus, while maybe not a genius, was a very intelligent boy and he took advantage of each opportunity handed to him and everyone encouraged him to do just that and so as he grew and he learned.
By the time Gus was fifteen, Lindsay clearly understood that for him, in some substantial and already vaguely hinted at way, art would become his life. As an agent or buyer, as a curator or museum director maybe, definitely as a collector, the possibilities were endless and all were right there in front of him for the taking. So between Lindsay and Melanie, Justin and Tristan, Preston and Andrew and even Charles and Maureen, they each in their own way would make sure that all the opportunities were right there for Gus Marcus-Peterson to take advantage of. Brian would even help a little, by providing him with the best education possible.
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