The Magic of Presence -6- Destiny

We got up after spending the morning fucking each other's brains out, loving every moment by the way, yeah, I think the slut had finally met his match, for once, I was satisfied. Seth got me on the floor, naked I might add, and taught me some moves to defend myself. It was really cool. I didn't know I could move like that. He showed me things that I thought they only did in movies and shit like that. I was impressed, and sweaty. The funny thing about it was he never even broke a sweat at all, that genetic thing I found out. He doesn't perspire, which means no BO, like my jock roomies, thank God for small favors, but it took something else away, something that I lived for, my underwear fetish, they didn't smell, oh well, can't have everything I guess.

I went and took a shower in the tiny bathroom, he came in and joined me in the small little shower stall thing. It was tight, (and so is he), and we managed and I got out. I walked across through the kitchen area and thought I heard something outside as I put a duffel on the bed of my stuff. I heard it again and went to go to the window, knowing we were miles away from anyone or anything. I opened the curtain and there was a man on the front porch. My eyes went wide and then the door was kicked in. The first guy reached out and grabbed me and tossed me to the wall, and I hit, and tried to get up, the second guy grabbed me from behind, and stuck something in my neck that stung and burned. I spun my head and then I saw him coming.

The first guy spun and Seth was on him, arms and hands flew so fast at this guys face, his dark glasses were busted in a billion pieces and he crumbled, The second guy tossed me to the floor and I saw the flash. I rolled on the floor as the gun went off, Seth spun away with a grunt. He put up his arms and charged again, grabbing the guy by the wrist, spinning his arm, making him scream in agony, Seth pounded him over and over again until he crumpled to the floor, the gun clattering in front of me. The first guy, got up, and did some leg thing and took Seth out from behind sending him to the floor. Seth bounced and got to his feet grabbing the gun, as the first guy pulled his out, Seth took the gun off the floor and put to the guys chin and pulled the trigger, making him fall back. Seth dropped the gun on the floor and got to me. I was getting dizzy seeing the room spin as I got to my feet.

"You killed him." I said seeing blood everywhere, I looked back at Seth. "We have to stop this."

"We can't." Seth said grabbing both my arms looking me in the eyes. "Devin, she's going to kill you and me. There's no stopping her now. She will get what she wants in the end if we let her. You have to trust me." Seth said.

"Baby I can barely see you." I said as my head was reeling now. "You were fucking hot taking them out though." I said as I sat on the bed.

"I can't believe they found us." Seth said. "Get dressed, Devin. We have to go."

"Go? Go where?" I said, feeling like I was way drunk. "Where can we go?"

"I have an idea. Hurry now, I'll get everything to the car. Get dressed, babe." Seth said, he took the duffels out to the car really quick. He came back in and the second guy was on his feet. He was by the fireplace, and came at Seth, and Seth did some body throw on the guy, throwing him to the wall, making him hit. He was up and coming at Seth and he was backing up toward the fireplace. The guy charged and Seth looked and grabbed the poker, smacking the guy over his shoulders and neck, making him go down. The guy got to his knees and Seth swung it like a bat, clocking the guy, crumbling him into a pile. Seth dropped the poker on the floor, picking up the gun and tucking it in his pants.

"Hurry, Devin. They'll be here any minute, we've got to go."

"Who'll be here?" I was having a hard time talking now.

"They're called the pickup squad. They know you've been drugged by these guys, they were the diversion, the others will be here real quick to pick you up. We gotta go!"

"Won't she let us stay together?"

"No, Devin. I'm not part of her plan, I'm her solution, you're the key. She won't let us be together." Seth went and picked up the other gun and pulled clips from their pockets. "She will destroy us, don't you see it? They're going to kill us."

"Seth, I'm really scared." I said trying to get my head on.

"I know, babe, I am too. Trust me, I'll get you out of this, somehow."

"Okay." I said, going for the door, carrying my clothes, heading for the car. Seth was right behind me. He got the door open and put me in the seat. He came around the other side and got in. He pulled out and spun the car around and headed down the dirt road. We crossed the wooden bridge and that's when the bullets came through the windshield, covering us in glass. I screamed so help me. Seth drove like a wild man again, and then we came around the curve, one guy in a suit was in the road and was pointing something at us, Seth bounced him off the fender sending him up and over the car. I was wide eyed.

"Devin, can you hear me?" Seth asked, shaking my shoulder. I looked over at him once.

"Yeah?"

"Your parents, we're going to see your parents. I have help there waiting. We'll be safe. Sleep now, it will be awhile before we're there. You have to get the drugs out of you. Sleep."

"Okay." I said, and remember my head falling against the car door.

I don't know how much time had passed but it was dark by the time we got to the hotel. I remember Seth coming out and taking the bags out of the back of the car and putting them on some kind of cart thing and some guy taking it away. Seth pulled me out of the car and got me inside. We went up to this room on the third floor, down this hallway, it was so quiet in there, I could hear my pulse pounding in my ears. Seth got the door open and the bags were there. We went into this large sitting room and I remember hearing him say that the bed wasn't as good as our first one. I laughed at that saying that the bed didn't matter, it's what you do in it.

"Oh yeah, you're bombed." Seth said taking me into the bathroom. The tub shower was nice and he turned on the water and got me out of my clothes, dropping them on the floor. I was standing there naked in front of him, and we were looking at each other in the mirror on the wall.

"I'm pretty hot, huh?" I rolled my head back and forth checking my look in the mirror.

"Yeah, you're beautiful. I'm a lucky guy to have you." Seth winked. "Now, get in and get cleaned up. I have to go downstairs and take care of the car and meet your parents. They'll be here soon."

"My Parents?"

"Yeah, I told you, remember? We were coming here because I had help here, don't you remember?"

"I think so."

"Good, I'll make some coffee for you. I'll knock three times on the door. Anything else, don't answer it, understand?"

"Yeah, hurry back okay?"

"I will, I promise." Seth said and kissed me like I was never going to see him again. It scared me. This whole fucking thing scared me. Guys were shooting at us now, and my parents were coming. This old bitch really wanted us dead, what the fuck is up with her? I just don't get it. Could what I have mean that much to her? Bring that much money? Or was it something else?

And then there's my superman. I know the gun went off in the cabin, and he spun away from it. I saw it, and then it dawned on me, I did see it, as I stepped into the shower. I let the water run over me, turning it more cold than hot. I needed to wake up and wake up fast. Whatever they drugged me with was still kind of draining me. I felt like shit. I let the water continue to drain over me and then I heard something . I shut the shower off and listened. I heard it again, thinking it was Seth.

I pulled back the shower curtain and there was another guy leaning against the counter watching me. He scared the fuck out of me. I jumped. He tossed me a towel and looked me up and down as I got out, nodding his head. I smelled coffee as I dried myself and walked out of the bathroom. At this point I didn't give a shit what happened to me. I had the towel in my hand and walked through the bedroom area and into the sitting room. There she was, sitting there, leering at me, it creeped me out.

"Hmmm, I see why my son has interest in you, Mr. Geary, you have an exquisite body. If I were only a little younger myself."

"Mrs. Palmer, eewww, really, that's like my grandmother wanting to do me, that's gross." The guy from the bathroom smacked me in the back of the head. "Hey!" I turned and he leaned forward glaring at me.

"I can understand your point of view, Mr. Geary, being in your place." She said as she got up. She went over to the desk where the coffee pot was poured a cup for me, handing it to me, looking me up and down. "Do you take anything in it?"

"Maybe a little strychnine, unless you've already done that."

"Oh, on the contrary, nothing so obvious as that. If I had wanted you dead, you would be, rest assured. No, you are far more valuable to me alive, as I said the other day. Now, do you have any idea where my son is?"

"Yeah, I expect Captain America any minute to come crashing through that door, and maybe kick this guy's ass."

She smirked and turned back toward the chair she had been in. I smelled the cheap coffee and took a long pull of it, yeah, it was probably drugged, but as I said, I didn't give a fuck at this point. My parents were supposed to be here and I was worried for them. I turned and looked at the guy behind me.

"Yeah, I bet you want your ass kicked, don't you?" I grinned.

"Yeah, only after I fuck yours." He said and my eyes went wide. "Put some clothes on or it might happen sooner than you think. You're making me awfully horny." His voice was creepy and he kept looking at me with that leer, like he wanted to hurt me and couldn't wait. "Just wait till she's gone boy, then you belong to me." Oh, yeah, I was fucking scared now. I looked back at her.

"What do want with me, Mrs. Palmer? What is this really all about?"

"I can smell it from here, Mr. Geary. Your essence, as it were, what you naturally give to all around you. I could get so lost in what you have. I imagine that it's an inherited trait, isn't it? Your father perhaps, he must have it as well, I'm sure." She smiled as she looked at me. "You may get dressed if you like, however I like it just the way you are." She smiled that dirty little old lady smile that turned my stomach. Eewww, and she probably had dentures as well, ugh! I was gonna puke for sure. I sipped some more coffee. "My son has very good taste, that is certain. Mr. Carlton shares those tastes as well. I'm sure he is going to enjoy you this evening after we take care of my son."

"What do you mean take care of your son?"

"He is becoming a hindrance to my plans. He stands in the way of my goal and must be eliminated."

"You would kill your own son? Lady, you are fucking sick."

"And what do you know of it? What has my son told you? How he was raised to be a trained assassin? How he has used and manipulated not only by me, but by his father? Hmmm, I'm sure he cried on those exquisite shoulders of yours or has told you all about it as you two made love together, and then there was his poor boyfriend Taylor. He was the real problem, the one that turned my son against me and my plans. Taylor was going to be the answer to everything, my only mistake was putting the two of them together in that school."

"So, it was you that had Taylor killed." I said, she nodded, as I stepped into a pair of skimpy underwear. Carlton's eyes went wide seeing what I looked like in my near speedo underwear, he almost drooled. "I don't think it was Taylor that opened Seth's eyes, he can do that for himself. He's got a good head on his shoulders."

"He seems to have another supporter, Carlton." She hissed out as she sat back in the arm chair.

"So it seems, ma'am." He stepped up behind me and rubbed a hand over one of my ass cheeks. "Too bad, too. I was kind of hoping to have both of you, but I know he's gonna put up a fight."

"FuckinA right he is. He's gonna take your sorry ass and stomp it. And you keep your fucking hands to yourself." I said as I leaned toward him. He leered again in reply. Yeah, like he's scared of me,...right.

"I am so going to enjoy making you scream. You like to scream don't you?" He cupped my cock with his hand and squeezed gently.

"Like I said, keep your fucking hands to yourself and your pencil dick in your pants, dude."

"Brave words." He sneered and touched me again. I slapped his hand away and reached for pants.

"Mr. Carlton, please. Let's not give in to temptations yet." She said in her snaky voice. I turned toward her as I got my jeans on.

"Hmmm, nice and tight, just like I like it." He said behind me.

"Okay, dude, you're really creeping me out breathing down my neck like that. Back the fuck up!" I said looking over my shoulder. This time he did. "And you're no better lady, with your sicko grandma thing you've got going on. When did that nut actually fall out of the tree? And what do you really want with me?"

"As I was starting to say, I suppose that my son told you all about it. You two have spent considerable time together, I'm sure he has. But in case he hasn't, I'll fill in the gaps for you. When his father and I came together for the last time, I somehow became pregnant, much to my surprise, especially at my age. I thought to myself that Seth, being an 'accident' would allow an opportunity to try a few things, as I knew that I would never really carry him to full term without complication. So, my chemists and I began a series of augmentations on the fetus, in order to try and preserve him as it were and let him mature to full gestation. It worked and worked too well, really. I suppose he has labeled it as 'genetic enhancements'." I nodded, as I leaned against the desk. "I suppose it was, a poor choice of words by one of the chemists, actually. We enhanced Seth or endowed him with certain attributes, but there was something missing in the equation. You hold that key naturally within you. The key to unlock his full potential."

"Pheromones." I said, turning up my lip.

"Yes. It is a natural essence that will accent his enhanced capabilities, making him far superior in most aspects of everyday normalcy."

"Normalcy?" I said, folding my arms over my chest. "And all of this paves the way for a higher profit margin, doesn't it?"

"Of course." She said as she sat forward. "Think about it, think about it carefully. The things that he can do already, accentuated and highlighted by your ability. You've undoubtedly seen what he can do, having spent as much time as the two of you have together. He's proud of his abilities, and they would take him far."

"But you want to 'eliminate' him. Your words, I believe."

"He stands in my way." She said as her face changed, going cold and stony. "At this point, I can reproduce what he has synthetically. I need you and what you have naturally. It cannot be reproduced synthetically at this point. We have tried for years. The closest was a chemist and perfumer by the name of Beaux."

"You mean the perfume dude?"

"Yes exactly. He reproduced it synthetically and it made him famous and rich beyond his wildest dreams. Then more research came from the Germans in World War II, their genetic research teams found that certain natural elements blended could cause certain effects in the human genome, properly adapted, they could make just about anyone into anything that they wished."

"Because of pheromones?"

"That's the key, the string that binds everything else together." I kept watching her, and she was getting so lost in her own babble, and I kept noticing that the 'magic' was working on Carlton. He was becoming lost, the more I sat there and just relaxed. She was blinking more and more herself as time went by, and I knew she was feeling it as well, but as she was across the room from me, and the ventilation was blowing toward me rather than her, I wasn't having the effect on her yet. The dude was the one that I needed to fall under first. And where the fuck was Seth? And my parents? I was getting really worried. Carlton turned and put his hand on the small of my back, there was a look of lust in his eyes now, that hollow 'sniffer' look. She saw it, and its effect on him, and she went wide eyed.

"Carlton." She said, trying to bring him around. "Carlton! You must get away from Mr. Geary. He is affecting you." I turned and stepped in and he tilted his head back, I grabbed him and kissed the sicko creepy dude and he melted and crumbled under me. I grabbed the gun in his belt and let him fall to the floor. She got to her feet. "You will ruin everything. I'm offering you a chance to live your life like you have never known it before. It will be a fountain of youth if we can perfect it! You can look like you do for another sixty years, think of it! Don't stop me now!"

"Lady, you are whacked." I said, "Sit down and shut your hole." I pushed her back into the chair and she went down with a thud. Carlton went to get up, his head was reeling. I pulled out the coffee pot and slammed it against his temple, knocking him to the floor, glass going everywhere. The door opened and Seth stepped in, looking around, seeing me, her, him on the floor.

"Are you alright?" Seth's eyes were wide.

"Dude, where the fuck have you been?" I asked, waving the gun around. "Grandma Moses here was creeping me out watching me take a shower and drip on the rug. Sicko man here," I said pointing at Carlton on the floor, "wants to fuck us both so bad, it's killin him. I had to use the 'magic' on him, almost had her too, but the ac vent was turned the wrong way. Here," I said, slapping the gun into his hand, "I'm fucking done with this shit." I walked out the door.

"No, you can't let him go!" She said in a voice full of rage, she pushed Seth against the door and she came toward the hall. The gun went off and she staggered out of the door, grunting. She staggered forward a couple of steps as I turned back, looking in horror at Seth who held the smoking gun in his hand.

"She pushed me, and it went off." He said with wide eyes. "Mother." He said as he stepped closer to her. She crumbled and I caught her in my arms as we went to the floor together.

"I suppose it's better this way, Mr. Geary." She said in a soft voice.

"Devin!" I heard a voice coming down the hallway, I looked over my bare shoulder and saw my Mom and Dad with two guys in suits coming on a run. I looked back down at her in my arms and Seth as he knelt beside me, taking her hand in his.

"You two will survive together." She moaned as she was gasping for breath. "You will remain whole." She took a final breath and her face changed. It seemed to grow older as the seconds clicked away, both of us looked at each other. Then I saw the face of my Dad in front of me with my Mom standing behind him. The two suits were looking down as well and then stepped in.

"Dad...Mom, are you guys alright?"

"Yeah, we're fine. Are you alright?" My Dad asked.

"Yeah, I guess so. Uh, Mom, Dad, this is Seth." I said as the two guys in suits were trying to get in and around us. They took her from me and lay her on the floor. "Uh, who are the guys in the suits?"

"They're with the EPA." Mom said.

"The EPA?" I asked.

"Well, actually we're with the FBI." One guy stood and looked at us. "We were posing as EPA agents to get close with this situation you and Mr. Palmer are involved in. Mr. Palmer," He said as he took the gun from Seth's hand, "we understand what's been going on with your mother here, and we're here to help. Your brother Matt contacted us a few days ago, giving us all of the details. The EPA has been investigating your mother for quite some time and her experiments but couldn't prove anything as they were blocked at every turn. Your brother thought we might be better able to help, once you contacted him and set things in motion."

"Uh, agent or officer, there's a creepy dude in there in my room on the floor. I knocked him out with the coffee pot. Careful, he might want to put his hands all over you, he's creepy that way. Just sayin." I said and turned back to my Mom and Dad. "God you guys look great." I smiled at them and gave them hugs.

"Yeah we got a call from one of your roommates, Vinnie?" Dad said. "He was really worried and was talking about all kinds of crazy things, experiments, and stuff like that?" Dad said, giving me that look. "You want to explain this to us?"

"Yeah, but I think I need to get dressed first."

"That would be nice, dear." My mother said. I smiled at her, as the FBI guy drug out Carlton, as he staggered by me.

"Now, who's gonna be screamin?" I asked and he looked at me confused. "Yeah, right." I said as I walked into the room. They all followed me and we could hear more shouting and talking as police began to arrive quickly. A blanket was pulled out of the room so Seth's mother could be covered up as the coroner and his people came up to claim her. I sighed and turned and looked back at the three most important people in my life. I smiled wide, and looked at Seth, my love, my protector. "Dude, come here." I said as I held out my arms. My Mom's eyes went wide as I kissed Seth fully, wrapping my arms around him. He kissed me back and put his arms around my waist being careful of my back. My Dad cleared his throat, and I pulled back. I smiled wide. "Uh...Mom, I've got something to tell you. I'm with Seth, we're together, kind of joined at the hip. Mom, I'm gay."

"What?"

"Sorry, Mom. There's no other way to say it. Dad's known for a long time, he's cool with it. Oooh, sorry Dad, didn't mean to throw you under the bus." I grimaced, "Mom, Dad said I should tell you when the time was right. I can't think of a better time to tell you than standing here in a hotel room with my boyfriend." I smiled weakly. "Did you guys check in, by the way?"

"Devin Alan Geary." She said, putting her hands on her hips. Yep, I was dead now. My eyes went wide. "We get drug around the state, taken out of our home by strange people, shuffled around from town to town with no explanation except that everything will be alright, and you have the nerve to stand there and tell me that you're gay? Are you serious? You pick now?"

"Timing is everything, I guess."

"You chunkhead!" (Her favorite name when she was really pissed) "You expect me to take all of this in stride?" And then she looked at Dad, and smacked him in the shoulder, "And you knew this the whole time? And you never told me? Me, you know your wife, his mother?" She shook her head and then turned toward Seth, who cringed, "Seth, is it dear?" He nodded, as she took his hand. She gave him a hug and my eyes went wide. Okay, he's just the boyfriend, uh, where's mine? She gave him a kiss on the cheek and pulled away from him, looking him up and down.

She smiled wider, "Welcome to the family, such as it is." She shot me a burn through look and then kicked my Dad's shin with a side kick, making him wince. Dad shook Seth's hand and then gave him a hug. I held up my hands and she glared at me. Okay, I'm dead, I know it, never forgive me, it's okay, I'll survive. I rolled my eyes, she smiled. There was a knock at the door.

"Mr. Geary?"

"Yes?" I said.

"I'm Agent Ross, FBI." He said, holding up the folded wallet thing with a badge and picture ID. "I need to ask you some questions if you don't mind."

"Certainly, come in." I said, getting out of the doorway, letting him in. Mom, Dad, and Seth were sitting down on the couch, Mom in the middle. "We know of Mr. Palmer and his part in all of this, but, we need to clear up how you're involved in all of it."

"Oh boy." I said as I rolled my eyes again. "Have a seat." I said, holding up a hand. He sat and pulled out a notebook. "Okay long story, I'll give you the short version." I said, as I sat at the edge of the desk near where he was. I told him all of the events leading up to now, how Seth and I came to be together on the run as it were and involved with each other, and I touched on my 'gift', the 'magic', and as I did, I saw Agent Ross transform in front of me, and become a 'sniffer'. My Dad and Mom saw it as well and my mother was in shock over it. Dad had never really explained it to her, yep, this was going to be a long night in their room for sure. Agent Ross got up and got to the door, trying to clear his head from it. His resistance was strong, and he was doing really good with it. I was happy about that. Already had one guy with a gun try and take my ass tonight, hmmm, didn't need another one, whew! He thanked me and walked out.

"There you go." I said with wide eyes, turning back and looking at all three of them. "So, did you guys check in already?"

"Uh, yes we did." My Dad said. "We're down the hall next to the elevator."

"Oh good, not to close." I smiled wide, wiggling my eyebrows at Seth. He blushed. "So, how about dinner? We haven't eaten since yesterday. Seth's buying." I smiled wide.

We went downstairs and had dinner in the restaurant off the lobby. It wasn't spectacular, but it was alright. We went back up and went back to our room. We all talked for a while, about school and what had happened, comparing what we had all gone through. I kept noticing that Seth was nodding on and off while we talked. Then I remembered the sleep thing with him.

"How many days has it been?" I asked as I got in front of him.

"Six." He said as his head bobbed.

"Shit, are you serious?"

"Yes." Seth smiled. "I can actually sleep now without having to look over my shoulder. We have a big day tomorrow too."

"Oh? What's tomorrow?" I asked, holding him up a little.

"You go back to school, at the university."

"I, uh, yeah...well we'll see." I said.

"What do you mean?" Seth asked as he was nodding.

"It all depends on you of course. What are you going to do?"

"I have to talk to my...brothers and sisters and find out what they... want to do with the company. Now that she's gone, it's kind of up in the air..." Seth was really fading.

"What's wrong with him?" My Mom asked.

"It's part of what he does. He's been up for six days straight, watching out for me. He will go into this sleep for about 18 hours, and won't wake up. I've got to get him to bed. Dad will you help me real quick?" I asked Dad and he nodded and then we grabbed Seth and got him to the bedroom, getting his clothes off him. Dad was looking him over as well as we tucked Seth in.

"He certainly is very pretty isn't he?" Mom whispered to me from the foot of the bed.

"Oh no, Mom, he's frickin gorgeous. Don't you think?"

"Well yes, dear, but..."

"Okay, Mom, hands and eyes off the boyfriend here." I gave her a scowl and she glared back at me. "You guys gonna be okay?" I asked them with all sincerity. She smiled and said yes. They went to their room for the night. I got undressed and went to bed myself, and even though I was going to be next to him, I was going to be alone that night, the first time in what seemed a long time for me. It was depressing, that beautiful hunk of man lying there and I couldn't do anything with it, I mean I could, but he wouldn't remember and it wouldn't be any fun. Shit, the worst night of my life and I was so horned up. Fuck!

"Are they gone?" Seth asked in the quiet of the room.

"I thought you were asleep?"

"I am. I'm talking from the other side." He chuckled a little.

"You're a sneaky little fuck, aren't you?"

"That's what you love about me, isn't it?"

"Well there's that, and then there's..."

"I get it." Seth said. "Now, I need you to do something for me."

"Name it."

"I need you to hold me while I sleep all that time. Can you do that?" He asked softly, as he rolled to his side.

"You bet I can." I said as I cuddled with him in the bed, loving his smooth skin, his warmth, his softness, his being. Yeah, I'm in love alright? Give it a rest will you? He's an awesome cuddler, okay? I soon went to sleep myself holding him as we spooned. Uh, yeah...

The morning came. I rolled away from Seth, he was almost like an ice cube all night long. No wonder he wanted me to hold him all night. I got up and got dressed. The phone in the room rang on the desk. I went out and answered it. It was Dad. He wanted to know if we wanted to join them downstairs. I said I had to stay with Seth until he woke up, it wouldn't be until afternoon.

I went back to the bedroom and checked on Seth. He seemed cold still. I pulled out an extra blanket and covered him with a doubled layer, hoping that would help. I lay down next to him.

It was quite a while until he woke, it was near 2. We set about getting our things together and went downstairs and checked out. My parents met us in the lobby and we went had had a late lunch. We talked for a while and then they set off for home in a rental car, as the FBI had left them to themselves. They had about a four hour drive to get back home. Seth and I went out to his car. The windshield had replaced by one of those mobile windshield van guys that morning. Seth and I drove back to the university. It was about two more hours from where we were.

It was good to see Tricia again. She met us downstairs of my building and went up with us. Seth made himself comfortable on the piece of shit futon thing while she and I caught up. She said Vinnie should be back, but it was Cory that was the bad one right now. Since we left, Cory had had a hard time getting over what had happened. He was scared and upset that I wasn't coming back, especially when guys in suits had shown up and asked them all kinds of questions.

Vinnie showed up and grabbed a hold of me and picked me up off the floor, swinging me around and hugging me. He put me down and sat in a chair listening to everything that we told him, both Seth and I. He kept looking at Seth and giving him the evil eye, Vinnie was really jealous. I didn't think he would ever be like that, but he was doing it hard. I smiled at it. Seth kept one eye on him the whole time.

Cory finally showed up and did the macho jock bullshit thing, bro hug, fist bump, and all that. Yeah, he was still upset. We talked and Vinnie was going back and forth in and out of his own room. Cory kept looking at Seth and kept nodding at him. I had never really drug guys to the room with Vinnie and Cory there. Oh, they might have met in passing, coming or going, but this was the longest time I ever had anyone in the room with me. We were finally done talking and I got up and went into my room, 'closet', Seth followed me in and closed the door. He lay on the edge of my narrow bed, watching me unpack.

"So, what are you going to do now?" I asked him, as I put clothes away.

"What do you mean?"

"Well, since you're not having to 'bodyguard' me anymore, what are you going to do? I know you said you had to talk to your brothers and sisters, but..." I asked, going back into a duffel bag. He sat up and grabbed my wrist and pulled me to him with such force.

"Devin Geary, I love you, you know that?" I blinked hard and nodded in silence. "That's not going to stop now that you're out of danger. I don't ever want to be far from you at all. Now what can we do about that?"

"Well, you could keep your room over at Litchen's Hall. I could sneak over every now and then, after class and practice..."

"Not good enough." Seth said as he pulled me closer to him. He kissed me softly and I moaned with it. He pulled back and we opened our eyes.

"You're right, it's not good enough is it?"

"Not one damn bit. Get out of your clothes."

"What?" I asked with a chuckle, standing up.

"I said, get out of your clothes. I still have that switch turned on, remember? I need to make love to you right now, and I mean right now." Seth said, as he got to his knees on the bed. I was boning in my jeans just watching him move.

"Uh, what about my roomies?"

"If they want to listen to us at the door, then they can for all I care. I want you, and I want you bad. And I'm going to take you right now."

"Really?" I asked, gulping and licking my lips.

"Yeah, really." Seth said as he came closer to me on his knees on the bed, he cupped my crotch with his hand and he kneaded me. I started breathing hard and moaning at his touch.

"Oh fuck, this is so nice." I whispered, "And I want it so bad."

"Then let me give it to you, baby. What you want, what you need." Seth whispered as he lipped my neck and was moving up to my ear while he was squeezing my ass with one hand. A knock on the door.

"Busy." I said, clearing my throat, wrapping my arms around Seth's shoulders.

"Uh, Dev? There's someone here to see you, man." Cory said through the door.

"Fuck." I pulled back and grabbed Seth's face with both hands. "I expect you to be naked and ready when I get back." I growled, Seth smiled and pulled off his shirt. I rolled my eyes looking at his chest and abs, and bit my bottom lip. I opened the door like a wild man, and there was Cory. "This better be fuckin good!" I growled in a low voice at him with wide eyes.

"Sorry, dude." Cory said, holding up his hands. He looked over toward the door, I looked that way myself, and went wide eyed. It was my hottie psyche professor.

"Uh, Professor Atkins...uh, what can I do for you?"

"It may be more of what I can do for you, Mr. Geary."

"Uh, please, won't you come in and sit down?"

"I'll come right to the point, if you don't mind." He said as he walked his sexy ass across the room in those tight slacks that I lusted after so much. "You have in the past two years in my classes have proved yourself time and time again as one of my brightest students."

"Thank you, Professor." I said as he sat down on the piece of shit futon thing, and just looked at it with scowling eyes, then looked back up at me. "I am in need of an assistant to help me with class preparations and filling in for me with lectures and what not. I wondered if I might be able to entice you, with an offer?"

"Uh, you mean, a paid offer?"

"Yes, of course, a small salary as a student teacher. It's modest by any means, but if you're willing, the board of trustees will see it as something of a possible future for you."

"I,...I,...don't know what to say." I sat in one of the chairs across from him.

"Well, you could say...yes." He said, and then smiled that killer smile of his. What could I do?

"Dev, I think that's great." I looked at Cory. I smiled briefly and looked back at Atkins.

"Uh, Professor Atkins, my roommate, Cory Ellison."

"I thought that's who you were." Atkins stood and shook Cory's big hand. "You're the star fullback for the university, right?"

"Yes,...well, I'm a fullback, not really a star." Cory blushed and looked humbled. He was so cute when he had that look. I smiled wide for him.

"Professor, I'd love to." I said, standing and reaching out my hand. He smiled and shook mine.

"Thank you, Mr. Geary. I thought you might." He grinned briefly. "Come to my office day after tomorrow and I will have you fill out some forms and we can get you all set." He said and walked by me and Cory. "Thanks again, Mr. Geary." He said as he opened the door.

"Uh, no,...thank you, Professor." I smiled, as he closed the door behind him. Cory slowly turned and went wide eyed, as I was stripping clothes right there.

"Uh, dude, what are you doing?"

"I'm going to go to my room and fuck my boyfriend, what do you think?"

"Yeah,...uh, okay...I guess I'll see you later then." Cory was wide eyed as I turned away and headed for my door. I opened it and Seth was laying there in my bed, partly cover by the sheet, waiting. He was so sexy, lying there like that, one arm behind his head, bicep flexed, his chest and abs barely covered by the sheet. I was dropping my underwear as I came up beside the bed.

"You're not going to believe what just happened?" I wiggled my eyebrows.

"Tell me later." He said in a soft voice as he pulled me down to him. I melt into him with one of the most passionate kisses he has given me. Oh, yeah, it could wait till later...

Seth and I are lying together on my narrow little bed, in my 'closet'. My eyes open and I blink a few times. I turn my head slightly, and he is there, his eyes closed and he is breath taking, lying there next to me, breathing so softly. He's perfect in every way. I am starting to think how lucky I am becoming. I mean, look at this guy, lying naked in my bed with me, wanting me, and me alone. Yeah. I sigh heavily to myself, and he stirs and opens his eyes, focusing on me.

"Hey." He whispers. I smiled wide.

"Hey." I roll my head a little toward him. "How'd you sleep?"

"Hmmm," He says as he moves a little off me, "On and off. Your bed is uh..."

"Yeah, I know, it's a piece of shit." I roll my head away from him. "It's all I've got right now."

"Well, we need to do something about that." He says as he goes to get up.

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, get a different bed, that's all."

"Oh, that's all?" I ask, watching him get up and reaching for his clothes. I sigh watching his body and roll over closer to him. "There's only one bed that I really want." I said softly, lying back on the pillows. He stops dressing and gets back down on the bed with me, covering me.

"And what bed is that?"

"You know the one." I give him my sexiest look I can. "Our bed, the one at the cabin." He smiles wide.

"Too bad it won't fit in here." He said as he looks around the room. "You barely have enough room to bend over in here without banging your butt on a wall."

"Uh...yeah, I know it's cramped and all, but you don't have to make fun of it." I roll my eyes.

"I'm not." He gets closer to my face, I can feel the warmth of his breath on my face, "I'm just saying that it's really small in here, but, I like being tight, especially with you."

"You're such a smoothie." I said through gritted teeth. He looks my face all over with his eyes, and they sparkle in the low light. "And, you're so fucking sexy."

"Yeah, you're not bad yourself, you know that." He smiled wide, giving me dimples. Oh God, here we go again! I melt under him. I wrap my arms around him and hold him tight to me, and then he kisses me softly. Slowly he presses more and more, and I give it up to him. He climbs more on me, and I spread my legs for him, letting him in. I'm moaning under him and his kiss, as his hands are sliding up and down my sides. I'm so lost in him, and so much in love, I can't think straight. He works my mouth over and over and then slowly pulls away, looking at me again. I'm so lusting and waiting. "We need to get up." He says softly, and my eyes go wide.

"What? Again? You're going to just stop in the middle of all of this?" I said, and he smiles that even smile of his. "Fuck! How can you do that? I don't get it?" He raises an eyebrow and gets up, leaving me on the bed. He shakes his head a little at me.

"I'll be right back." He says as he turns and opens the door and walks out. I drop back into the pillow again, and growl with frustration. He comes back a couple of minutes later, closing the door behind him, smiling his even smile at me as he walks in. He reaches for his jeans and starts to put them on. Now, I'm upset. It's over for this morning, my favorite time of the day. Damn. I roll over and get up, and walk around the end of the bed and walk out the door myself. I cross the living area, headed for the bathroom, go in and shut the door. I pee and then brush my teeth. I put the toothbrush up and turn and open the door, crossing the room again, and then hear a gasp. I look up and there's Tricia with wide eyes. I'm kind of wide eyed myself actually.

"What are you doing?" She asks, her eyes moving up and down on me.

"I...uh...could ask you the same thing, actually." I gulped seeing her, she's naked as well.

"Well, I was on my way to the...uh,...bathroom."

"Oh, okay." I said, still wide eyed and getting out her way. She turned twenty shades of red and walked by me. I went back to my room, closing the door behind me.

"You alright?" Seth asked.

"Uh, yeah...just had a bit of a shock, that's all."

"What?" He smiled, giving me part dimples.

"Uh,...Tricia's here." I whispered. He dropped his smile and looked me up and down.

"And she saw..."

"Yeeaaahhhh?" I rolled my eyes.

"Oooh, bet that was interesting."

"What's that supposed to mean?" I looked at him shocked. He smiled, again, turning toward me, getting close.

"Don't you know?" He got close and kissed me, "She may be with Cory, but she loves you."

"What?"

"Think about it." He kept smiling and then backed up a couple of steps. "It's the way she looks at you, watches you. Yeah, she's in love with you."

"We're friends, we..." I stopped and thought about it for a minute, sitting on the bed. Seth was right, huh, I knew she was in love with me. I shook my head. Seth came and sat next to me, putting his arm around my shoulder. I lay my head against him, sighing. "Wow, so now what?"

"Deal with it the best way you can, I guess. You know her better than anyone. Handle it the best way for both of you. You know what to do." Seth looked at me and kissed me softly.

"Yeah, I guess. I don't want to hurt her though. I guess I just didn't see it." I hung my head a little.

"Devin, there's a lot of people that love you actually. You just need to look around, and you'll see it."

"I never knew that, I guess. I thought I was alone, and always would be." He reached up and turned my head toward him. He gave me very soft eyes and I was getting lost in them.

"You'll never be alone, not as long as I'm alive." He smiled and kissed me softly.

Months turned to years. Seth and I continued to be together. He had met with his brothers and sisters about his mother's company. They all worked to turn it around and make it more of a success for all of them. Seth was put in charge of it and he continued to run it, making changes and stopping the 'experimenting' that had gone with it for so long.

I had graduated college with my degree and started teaching full time, as well as becoming a psychologist. I loved what I did, and I thought I was good at it, helping people with their problems. I had an office downtown, not far from the University where I taught psychology. I stayed busy enough, I suppose to keep me out of trouble.

Seth and I had bought a house together, and had settled into day to day life, when we were together. His work took him away a lot, and he was home maybe about a week per month. It was hard for me to deal with sometimes, as my need and want for him was always so great in me. I slowly learned how to deal with it, and him not being there, like he had promised me all that time ago. He had told me that I would never be alone, but in reality, I was. I thought about those days when we first met, being thrown together as we had been, the thrill of it, the suspense, the deep passion that we had for one another. There were times that I missed it very much.

I was in my office at the University one afternoon, after giving a very long lecture. I was slightly drained by it. The 'magic' had been working on some of the students that were close to me in the lecture hall. I always had to be careful with it, and I had finally learned to control it more with thought. It was thought and action or actions that made it come out, sometimes just a little, sometimes a lot. If I was calm and rather subdued, it was barely there. If I was anxious or nervous, it was intense. So, I learned to lead a 'quiet' life and stay away from large groups of people.

I put my valise next to my desk in my office and went to sit down. I looked at several notes that were there, mostly from students, a couple from colleagues of mine, but one stood out. I picked it up and read it. It didn't make much sense. I read it again. I put it down and picked up the phone. I dialed the number that was on the note. It rang at the other end. The voice that answered, was soft and sounded far away. I couldn't hear very well at all.

"Yes, hello, this Professor Geary....what did you say?....I'm sorry, I can barely hear you....you want me to what?....what was that?....yes, of course but,....that's a little strange....yes, I can leave right away....I don't usually do that sort of thing, but if it's that urgent....I suppose I can come....yes, it's about two hours away or so, I've been there before....I can find it. Yes, you're welcome. Alright, I'll see you a little later. Goodbye now." I hung up the phone and just stared at it. The soft far away voice had been begging for my help. Now, I've had patients in the past request a few strange things, as we all can do that from time to time. But, this was a little different, this call for help, asking, begging for me to come right away compelled me, pulled me toward them. I had written down the address that was given to me by the soft voice and picked up the note. I picked up my things and walked out of my office and went to the car. I got in and started to drive,...north.

It was quite some time when I reached the area where I supposed to meet the soft far away voice. I drove down the road and saw a sign, and I slowed, reading it, as I drove by it. I kept going and saw another road off to the left and saw the road sign back a ways and turned in. I pulled up and saw the address that was given and started driving up the dirt and gravel road, entering the trees. It looked familiar to me somehow. But, being a city guy, one tree looked the next. I kept going. It was a bit further and I crossed this wooden bridge, and then the memory started to come back to me. I had been here before. I got a little excited about it and as I came around the slight bend in the road, there it was the little cabin on the left of the road. I pulled up and shut the car off and got out, looking at the boarded up windows and the weathered siding. It was just how I had remembered. I walked up to the door on the porch and knocked. The door swung open a little, but there was no one there. I pushed the door open a little more and called out for anyone, but no one answered. I stepped closer to the doorway, not seeing anyone. I pushed the door open a bit more and then stepped in. I smiled a little seeing everything that was there, as it had been when we had left in such a hurry that day, so long ago.

I stepped inside further and looked about some more. The bed was there, its old metal frame still holding it up off the floor and the same looking quilt covered it. The leather couch was there across from the large stone fireplace, with the big leather chair next to it at an angle. The little table and chairs were still in the open kitchen and I stepped in further. The door closed behind me, and I spun around with wide eyes. My heart was racing all of a sudden, and then he stepped out of the shadows of the wall.

"Welcome home, Professor." His voice was soft and smooth.

"Seth. You scared me half to death. What are you doing here?"

"Keeping an appointment."

"What?"

"I'm in need of...therapy." He gave me that even smile of his that I loved so much. My wide eyes softened toward him. He stepped closer to me.

"What kind of...therapy?"

"The kind that you do best." He stepped close to me, going almost eye to eye. "And I have something to give you in return for your therapy."

"And what would that be?"

"Turn around." He said almost in a whisper. I did and he slowly put his arms around me and rested his chin on my shoulder. All I saw was the bed. "This place, our place together, remember? It was special here for both of us."

"Yes, it was, wasn't it?" I whispered, and leaned my head against his as I put my hands over his.

"The bed...your bed, the one you always wanted. It's right there waiting, waiting for us. Remember what you told me that day in your room?"

"We were talking about my old bed."

"Yes." He said as he nuzzled my ear with his nose. Oh no, there was the first switch. "You said this was our bed."

"And I meant it, it is our bed." I turned in his arms and looked at him. "I would make love to you in this bed every day, if you'd let me."

"Then Professor, I suggest that you get your clothes off." He smiled evenly again.

"What?" My eyes were scanning his.

"We're not leaving anytime soon. I want us to make love to one another for as long as we can." He kissed me softly and then pulled away, leading me to the bed. He sat me on the edge and stood in front of me. He leaned down and pushed against me, laying me back, as he kissed me, and then as I felt the bed fully against me, he pulled back and smiled wide, giving me the dimples. I melted, with another switch tripping in me. I grabbed him and pulled us together tight, working him over and over with my mouth and tongue. He slowly surrendered to me and my passion, making him moan over and over again in my mouth, another switch, yes sir. Slowly he pulled back from me, and looked down at me, with such a loving look in his eyes. I loved him more than I ever had in all the years that we had been together.

"There's something else I wanted to give you."

"What?" I squirmed under him.

"This place."

"What do mean?"

"I bought it from my brother. The whole thing, the cabin, the woods, the bridge, everything."

"What?" My eyes went wide.

"I want us to spend all of our time here, or as much time as we can. This is our special place together."

"Oh, Seth." I said and then frowned. "You don't get it, do you?"

"What?"

"Anyplace is special when I'm with you, when we're together. All you have to do is be with me. I've missed you so much, with you always being gone." I said in a soft voice, and dropped a tear from my eye. He looked down at me, and his face changed, looking worried now.

"You're lonely, aren't you?" My eyes burned as they welled up, and I started to look away from him. He stopped me from moving anymore, holding my chin. "Aren't you?" I nodded on the bed. "Oh Devin, I'm so sorry. I promised you that you would never be alone or lonely, didn't I? And I've let you down." Another tear rolled out of my eye. "Never, never again. I'm so sorry." I took in a deep breath and let it out slowly.

"So, how long do we really have?"

"The rest of our lives." He smiled. "No one or nothing is going to stop that now, I swear to you. I'll never leave you again." I smiled softly.

"Promise?"

"No...I swear it. I have a lot of time to make up with you. Now Professor, let's get started on that. Get your clothes off." He said as he wiggled his eyebrows. I smiled wide and cradled his cheek in my hand, loving him so much.

 

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