CHAPTER TITLE: As You End I Begin_Eighty of One Hundred
RATING: this chapter: PG
WORD COUNT: this chapter: 440
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: ‘Emmett decides, and rightly so, to simply ignore the obvious clichés associated with both graduations and retirements concentrating instead …’
The natural yet evolving ebb and flow of life in Pittsburgh
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
As You End I Begin
Two Months Later - Pittsburgh
The Brian Kinney Operating Manual - A Life Examined
the chapter titled - ‘Brian & Others - As to Their Outcome’
Following along with life’s peculiar dance of ying and yang, the timing is such that Carl’s retirement and Daphne’s graduation take place in the very same month, so a date is picked conveniently located between the two life-altering events and a celebration of endings and beginnings is planned.
Emmett decides, and rightly so, to mostly ignore the obvious clichés associated with both graduations and retirements and concentrates instead on just creating one helluva party. Debbie and Carl offer up their house as if someplace else could have ever even been considered. Still, Emmett is who he is, and so while he isn’t able to keep himself from incorporating at least a tad of the cliché, he is able to still play up to his signature style of understated elegance, an idea he’d arrived at almost three years ago when planning Ben’s tenure party and that had since been refined to perfection.
From that single event, the inspiration had come that would set Dishin’ It Baby apart. Emmett, Joel and Daniel still do completely off-the-wall and over-the-top parties for a certain type of clientele, mainly the Babylon club boys who, no matter what the occasion, do love their off-the-wall and over-the-top, but for the most part, they’ve gone another way, like with this celebration which sweetly comes off without one single complication. Ahhh life!
It’s the warm summer’s breeze, swaying the strings of twinkling lights, that keeps everyone gathered in the Horvath’s backyard, as evening drifts to night, then night to early morning there is still no end in sight. Everyone is content, everyone is satiated from both good food and drink and everyone is happily entertained with stories both funny and sad. The guests are, to say the least, an interesting mix; Carl’s cop and decretive friends, Daphne’s fellow student friends and both of their families and personal friends. Even Justin is there, if without Brian, and while definitely a different kind of gathering, to see them all together is to see the true meaning of family, of friendship, connected as if they’ve known each other all their lives, even when they haven‘t. And no small part of this event’s success is because of the atmosphere created by Dishin’ It Baby.
And so, as a lifetime career spent fighting the bad guys is about to end, another, which will be spent taking care of the hurt ones, is about to begin. Such balance. Such symmetry. And for these two people, for Carl Horvath and Daphne Chanders, life sure-as-shit is grand. One has found his way while the other will find hers. Not everyone is so fortunate, but they are and we can’t help but celebrate too.
Next Chapter: We learn, we teach, we help each other along the way and we become better people for the journey
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