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Summary - Modern day AU/AU. Jack is a fashion stylist and meets Ennis one night in a club.

Length - c800 words. Sorry it's kinda short. Look out for an epilogue over the next couple of weeks :)

Feedback - yes please!

A big hug of appreciation to the fantastic [ profile] sandscrit for the beta!

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(from Part 7)
An American passport.

Well shit.

Ennis flicked it open and pointed to the middle of the photo page.

‘Place of Birth – Maryland, USA.’

“Holy crap,” Jack said loudly. “You’re American.”

From Russia With Love

Part 8

“No,” Ennis shook his head. He typed quickly.

I am Russian. I cannot speak English well. I was only born in America. My father worked here for a while.

Seriously? What did he do?

I don’t know. Something in politics.

Wow. Like a Diplomat?

I guess. He died a long time ago. We moved back to Moscow when I was very young.

Jack nodded. That figured. “Sorry about your dad,” he said.

It’s ok. It was a long time ago. I don’t remember him.

Even so, it was still sad to grow up without a parent. Jack knew that first hand – he hadn’t seen his own father in nearly twenty years.

“So, what now?” he asked. He started to type, but Ennis stopped him, curling his fingers over Jack’s arm.

“I understand that,” he said with a smile.

“Do you understand much?”

Ennis shrugged. “Sometimes.”

Jack had suddenly had enough of the chat. He wanted to get out of here and actions spoke louder than words. He downed his beer quickly and grabbed Ennis’ hand. “Let’s take a walk.”

It had rained during their time in the bar and the streets were slick and shiny with water, the lights of the city reflected in shallow puddles. Jack pulled Ennis close and hugged his waist. Ennis felt a little stiff but didn’t resist. Jack let his arm drop but Ennis grabbed his hand and kept him close. The gesture made Jack feel warm and happy inside. Content.

They walking in silence for a while, watching the city rush past, happy to just be together.

“I love New York at night,” Jack said. “It’s so alive. So beautiful.”

Ennis grunted in reply.

“How do you say that? In Russian?” Jack wondered out loud.

Ennis looked at him questioningly.

Jack slid his phone from his pocket and translated.

How do I say ‘beautiful’?

“Ah,” Ennis smiled. “Grassy weed”

Grassy weed. Jack had a flash of déjà vu when he realized he had heard Ennis say that before. In the club in Moscow. The first time they had met. Shortly before they said goodbye. He didn’t want to think about that right now though, Ennis was here and there was no way he was going to say goodbye to him again without a damn good fight.

The fine rain had started coming down again, the air thick with mist that settled onto Ennis’ hair and made his curls spring free. Jack had the sudden urge to comb his fingers through Ennis’ hair and mess it all up, continue the work that rain had started. They passed a recessed doorway to a bookshop and Jack tugged Ennis into the dark space, out of the sight of passers by. He reached up and speared his hands into Ennis’ hair, rubbing over his head and loosening his blond curls. Ennis closed his eyes with a hum and let Jack stroke and caress him. Ennis slid his hands down to Jack’s ass, pulling him close, and they ended up in a gentle embrace. Jack buried his face into Ennis’ neck, breathing in the divine scent of his man mixed with fresh rain. It was so perfect he knew he wanted this. Always.

“Can you stay?” Jack mumbled, “in New York. Forever?”

“Hmm.” Ennis swayed against him, almost as if they were dancing again. “I like it here.”

Jack laughed. “Yeah, me too. Fucking love it. It’s the best place on earth.” He pulled back Ennis’ head and kissed him, lips softly caressing his mouth. “New York’s pretty damn good too.”

They made out for a few minutes, until a man with a small dog walked past the doorway. The man didn’t see them but the dog sniffed at them curiously. Dogs aside, Jack didn’t want to risk making this into a public performance. He reluctantly extracted Ennis’ hands from the back of his jeans and pulled him out of the doorway, back onto the glistening street.

“Home?” Jack said, moving his hands above his head to make the sign for a roof.

Ennis’ mouth twitched and he shook his head. “No. More… ” He swept his arm around, gesturing at their lively surroundings. “More this. Me and you.”

Jack grinned and started walking backwards, away from Ennis. “Oh yeah, that I can do. That I can definitely do. With pleasure.” He crooked a finger at Ennis, beckoning at him to follow.

Ennis smiled and jogged to catch him up, his hand grabbing at Jack’s arm.

Jack wound his fingers into Ennis’ and led him into the night. “Come with me,” he said. “Let me show you my city.”


Date: 2012-03-28 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That made sense. And I love the idea of Ennis staying in New York with Jack, they'd be very happy :)

Loved this, Anna!

Date: 2012-03-29 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks KK. I hope they will be very happy together too!
A x

Date: 2012-03-28 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahhhhh...this was just lovely, Anna. The sense of peace and contentment between them is really palpable - there's no two ways about it, these two have fallen in love, big time.

And I can totally understand Ennis's desire to see Jack's city, too - I finally made it to NYC last August having wanted to go pretty much my whole life and I fell in love with the place within seconds of arriving. Seeing it for the first time is just an amazing experience - and doing it with someone you love by your side makes it a million times more special.

Thank you for this gorgeous tale - I'm looking forward to the epilogue already *big hugs*

Date: 2012-03-29 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much :)
I agree with your thought on NYC. I've been there a few times and I love the place! I would so live there in a heartbeat if I could. It's so full of life.
I'm hoping to write the epilogue sometime over the next couple of week, so keep your eyes open!
A x

Date: 2012-03-28 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've got a huge smile on my face and I've got a warm feeling inside. :D


it's always sad when a great story comes to an end

thanks for the journey


Date: 2012-03-29 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Linda. So glad that it made you smile. I felt happy writing it, so I'm glad that came across :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-28 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Anna.
I always love your stories. This is particularly sweet and it let me with a sense of peace, in spite of the lively nights of New York!
Shall I say how much I love epilogues or do you already know?!
Another gem to your collection.
A big hug

Date: 2012-03-29 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Roby.
Yeah, I figured you'd be at the front of the line when it came to wanting an epilogue!! I'm hoping I can get one done over the next couple of weeks as it's crazy busy time for me.
I'm happy to leave you with a sense of peace for now :)
Bigs hugs back,
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-28 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
beautiful !! I have a big smile on my face right now ! ;o)

thank you so much !!

Date: 2012-03-29 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are very welcome! Thanks so much for reading - and smiling!!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-29 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was so fun and I'm so happy they are together and will be together forever. Joe

Date: 2012-03-30 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Joe. I am happy to leave them together forever too!
A x

Date: 2012-03-29 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, I love a happy ending. And what an great city Ennis will get to know. Making alot of money as a model will definitely help Ennis enjoy the better things NYC has to offer. I love my town, but unfortuately, you have to make some serious cash to be able to enjoy the good life living downtown in East Village/Soho. But, another enjoyable story from you my dear. Looking forward to the epilogue. It is Blintzs at Tiffany's or Vodka and Bagels? ;)

Date: 2012-03-30 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Anna!
I agree with your NYC assessment. I'd need to win the lottery before I could afford to live there!! Oh but I can dream...
There are so many location options for the epilogue, my mind boggles!! I'm sure the boys will let me know in due course - when they have finished their sight seeing of course :)
A x

Date: 2012-03-29 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've done a really lovely job on this. I think they'll have a lot of fun together!

Wonderful ending!


Date: 2012-03-30 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Donna, very glad that you approve!!
A x

Date: 2012-03-29 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
awww... perfect ending. what a nice story. i enjoyed every twist and turn. you did a great job. thanks so much! :)

Date: 2012-03-30 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and it was great having you along :)
A x

Date: 2012-03-29 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awwwww... I'm sorry to see this end. But, I've got an epilogue to look forward to. And also, happy ending for our boys. ♥ Perfect!

Date: 2012-03-30 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Mira :)
I love giving them a happy ending, it makes me smile to think of them running around NYC all crazy and full of life!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-29 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
this was so sweet and romantic in the end
thanks so much
it's always a pleasure to read a story from you

Date: 2012-03-30 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Paula :)
So glad you liked it - I do like sweet and romantic!
A x

Date: 2012-03-30 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I always love these short and sweet gems of yours. You have a great ability to pack a lot of story, emotion, and twists into a little space. Of course, if you *wanted* to make these stories 800 chapters long, then that would be okay too ;-)

Date: 2012-04-01 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know I appreciate all the help you have given me on this - but I think 800 chapters might be pushing it a little!! LOL!
Smoochies :)
A x

Date: 2012-03-31 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! Love that it's working out for them. Nice touch that Ennis had called him beautiful!

Date: 2012-04-01 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Yes, how could Ennis think of Jack of anything other than beautiful?!
I'm happy to leave them in a good place :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-04-03 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so glad they are together and that Ennis can visit his lover's city. New York is another world and more than one hundred years advanced. They will be happy and I am so glad. Thank you so much for this amazing story. Martha
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