Chapter 10

'Fucking Brian... Who does he think he is? How can he even be here? Shouldn't he be in that Greenhills place? How can he always make me do these stupid things? Oh yeah, the threat of death; always a good motivation. Damn Brian... Why is it always me?' Ted mumbled while walking towards the Marriot Hotel.

"Are you sure he'll come?" Justin asked.

"He'd better or he'll be very sorry."

"How long have you known each other?"

"About ten years I guess."

"Okay, he'll come," Justin smirked. Brian raised his brow. "I think he's too afraid of you not to come."

"You're probably right."

Ted walked inside the hall of the hotel and spotted Brian immediately.

'But who the fuck is that blond sitting next to him? He looks like he's twelve. He's damn cute though.'

"Good morning, Theodore, glad you could join us."

"Brian. What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be at Greenhills?"

"I got bored so I decided to come home."

"Oh. And who's this?"

"Theodore, let me introduce you to Justin Taylor," Brian paused. "My future husband."

Ted looked more than shocked. "Your... your... hus... hus...husband?" Ted stuttered.

"Yeah well, to be exact, a 'life partner' 'cause gay marriages aren't legal in this state."

"Nice to meet you, Ted," Justin said shaking Ted's hand and giving him a big smile.

"I... I... umm... you too. But how did all this happen? Brian, this is so not like you. You're just shitting me, aren't you?"

"No, I'm not shitting you. I've finally found the love of my life and I'm gonna tie the knot. Is that a problem for you?"

"No, no, of course not, I was just surprised."

"So did you bring my credit card?"

"Yeah, here."

"Thanks. You didn't use it, did you?"

"I'm quite keen on living so no, I didn't."

Justin grinned.

"I also brought keys to your loft; I thought you might need them."

"Good thinking Ted, I hadn't thought about it. Thanks."


"So, are we ready to go?" Brian asked.

"Go? Where to?"

"To city hall," Brian stated like it was the most normal thing.

"City hall? I'm not following."

"Christ Ted, haven't you been listening at all? To tie the knot," Brian said wrapping his arm around Justin and giving him a quick kiss.

Justin was absolutely beaming.

"You... you mean TODAY?"

"Yes today and we need you to be our witness."

"Isn't this a bit soon? I mean, how long have you two known each other?"

"Long enough. Are you criticizing my decision, Theodore?"

Ted realized that he'd better not get in Brian's way or he'd have to say bye-bye to his job. And 'cause he liked to have a roof over his head... "No no, I'd love to come. Jesus, no one will believe me when I tell them. Oh, and Emmett will be extremely jealous that I saw this and he didn't. Not to mention the men of Liberty Avenue."

"Who's Emmett?" Justin asked.

"I'll tell you later; now we have to go."

So the trio left the hotel and headed towards Ted's car. Justin was window shopping and walking a few steps before Ted and Brian.

"Theodore, eyes up!"

"Huh? What? I didn't..."

Brian gave him a warning look. "I know it's great but it's mine, got it?"

"Yeah, sorry," Ted said sheepishly.

Justin stopped so abruptly that Brian bumped into him. "Christ! What now?"

"Sorry. I was just thinking... what about the rings?"

Brian grinned. "A bit anxious, huh?" Justin just smirked. "We'll get them after our trip to the city hall, okay?"

"Wouldn't it be more traditional to get them BEFORE?"

"Yeah well, this isn't a traditional thing. Besides, the registration office is open just until noon."

"Well let's hurry up then; we wouldn't wanna miss our opportunity!"

Ted shook his head. "I can't believe this..."

"Did you say something, Ted?"


"Good, let's go."


An hour later Brian, Justin and Ted were sitting in a restaurant having lunch.

"Can someone please pinch me 'cause I still can't believe you two are officially partners now?"

Justin did as told.


"Well you asked for it," Justin said innocently.

"He's very obedient, you know," Brian said.

"I bet you like that."

"Doesn't hurt," Brian said tongue-in-cheek.

"Okay, no details please."

"As you wish."

"So, what are your plans now?"

"First we have to go to the jeweler's," Justin said quickly.

Brian rolled his eyes.

"And then we need to stop by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."

"The newspaper? What the hell for?"

"We're gonna put an announcement in it."

"Announcement? You're not saying...? People are going to choke on their morning coffee when they see that!"

"That's the best part," Justin said. "I'd pay a lot of money to be there when my father sees it."

"You think he won't approve?"

Justin huffed. "I know he won't; the reason I was in Greenhills was because I'm gay and they were supposed to cure me, you know - set me straight. Literally."

"Oh, I assume they didn't succeed."

"Hell no, I'm now gayer than ever!"

"I can vouch for that," Brian said.

"I'm sure. So, do I need to come with you or can you pick the rings yourself?"

"I think we can handle it; you can go back to work. BUT, not a word to anyone, understand?"

"Got it, boss," Ted said saluting. "Will you be returning to work anytime soon?"

"Yeah, I'll be back soon, though I'm sure Cynthia has been holding the fort?"

"Yes she has; no problems there."

"Well good then."

After lunch Ted left for work and Brian and Justin left to buy the rings. The happy couple went to the best jeweler in Pittsburgh 'cause only the best was good enough for Brian Kinney. And now for Justin too. The saleswoman was a bit self-conscious when she realized that Brian and Justin were the couple.

"You wanna see the certificate? 'Cause we have one, you know," Brian said a bit irritated.

"No, no, of course not, I was just a bit surprised; you're my first gay couple, so to speak. I'm so sorry; I didn't mean to offend you in any way."

Brian's face softened a little. "Well well, a gay virgin," Brian said smirking.

The woman laughed. "I guess so. Now, let's find you two the best rings there are."


"Happy now?"

"Yep," Justin said gazing at his new shiny ring. This wasn't exactly how he had envisioned his life to turn out but then again, being almost-married to Brian Kinney -- well, that wasn't a bad deal either.

"So, what next?"

"A quick stop at the Post-Gazette and then we'll go to my loft for a MUCH longer stop," Brian said raising his brow seductively.

Justin felt Brian's words going straight to his groin and he licked his lips. 'God I hope it won't take us long at the newspaper,' Justin thought.


Three hours and several orgasms later Brian and Justin were lying in Brian's bed.

"God!" Justin panted.


"I don't think I can move a muscle for a week."

"I have to say you almost wore me out."

"Almost? I don't think you could go again anytime soon either."

"Wanna bet?"

"Christ no! My ass couldn't take it if I lost."

Brian smiled smugly. "Tell you what, let's take a nap and then we'll go to the diner."


"Yeah, it's a place on Liberty Avenue my friends and I used to hang out -- though I'm not sure if I have any friends anymore. The place is a bit crappy but it's become kind of another home for us, and my best friend's -- I mean Michael's -- mother works there. I'm sure we'll find most of the gang there 'cause we have a surprise for them."

"We sure do," Justin said looking mischievous. "You know what?"


"I think I could go once more."

'A man to my taste,' Brian thought.


"Are you ready?"


"Here we go," Brian said opening the door to the diner.

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