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" I never knew that we had such nice plates and stuff." We
never eat in the dining room. Actually the only thing that
we use the dining room for is doing our taxes.

David looked up at me and smiled. "I bought em. I think
Alex should grow up with good memories of the holidays and
nice dinners are a part of that. Actually Jamie got us a
fantastic deal on this stuff in England and sent it over to
us but I told him we needed it."

I walked behind David, wrapped him up in my arms and kissed
the side of his neck. "I'm going to England right after
Alex's birthday. Just for two days though."

David squirmed around until he could look at me. "England?
Really? Ya know, Jamie really wants to meet you. Could you
do that? I mean will there be time?"

"Mmmm. Probably. I'm going with General Shetlan but I'll
probably be meeting him there rather than flying with him."
I had a feeling that there might be the tiniest ulterior
motive behind this request.

"Well it's just that Jamie has heard me talk about you and
he's always wanted to meet you." David smiled at me. "And
since he's straight I couldn't see why not."

"Well sure. I'm sure we could get together for lunch or
dinner. When I get my flight numbers and stuff you can
email Jamie." I turned David back around so that his back
was pressed to my chest. "Okay, now where were we?" I
started kissing his neck again.

"Mark, you're giving me a hard..! Hi sweetheart! You done
watching tv?" Alex was looking up at us with Joe standing
behind him.

"What's Mark giving you daddy?" Alex's eyes were scrunched
up and he was trying to shove something in his back pocket
and having a hard time of it.

I whispered in David's ear. "Yeah daddy, what's Mark giving
ya?" David was wiggling out of my arms.

He hunkered down next to Alex. "Need help Alex?"

"I found a nickel and I don't wanna loose it." David helped
him put it in his back pocket. "Dad when is Doctor Mike and
Ted coming?"

David put his hand on Alex's head for a second. "Not for a
couple of hours Alex."

"Is Mrs. Meurer bringing the turkey?"

"Yep." David said.

"Is it gonna be cooked dad?"

"We're gonna cook it here Alex."

"How big is the turkey gonna be dad?"

"Really, really big Alex."

"Bigger than Joe?" Joe cocked his head at the sound of his
name.

"Nope, not bigger than Joe but pretty big."

"Does Joe get turkey?"

David glanced quickly at me. "Sure Alex but Joe needs to
eat mostly his regular food cause we don't want him to get
sick."

"Could Joe really get sick dad?"

"Well, maybe if we let him eat too much. The thing is, dogs
are kinda like garbage disposals. They'll eat almost
anything. So we just have to make sure Joe doesn't eat too
much."

Alex was looking at Joe and shaking his finger at him as Joe
moved his head up and down in time with it. "We're not
lettin you eat too much Joe. Cause you'll get sick."

As I glanced out of the window I saw Mrs. Meurer's car
pulling into our driveway. "David, foods here. I'll go
help Mrs. Meurer."

Walking out onto the driveway Mrs. Meurer began talking to
me even while I was fifty feet away. "Mr. Chauvet, Happy
Thanksgiving!" She had a huge foil covered tray in one hand
and was waving with the other.

I took the tray from her. "Hi Mrs. Meurer. Let me help you
with that."

Mrs. Meurer stopped what she was doing and turned to me.
" Mr. Chauvet, can you imagine? When I stepped out of my
house this morning and looked down at the ground next to my
steps, there was a tulip, a tulip, pushing it's brave but
foolish head above the ground! Can you imagine, so brave
but so foolish." She was shaking her head.

This was typical Mrs. Meurer and I never know what to say.
So like a jerk I just stood there and shook my head and
said. "Wow." And then. "I'll take this tray in and come
back for the rest."

Mrs. Meurer followed me into the house carrying two trays.
" David! Happy Thanksgiving!" Then seeing Alex she held out
her arms. "Viens ici, mon coeur." Alex went running over
to her and they spoke a mixture of French and German for a
while and then Mrs. Meurer went out to get the turkey to
finally satisfy Alex's curiosity.

"David, I am going to put the turkey in the oven now at 350
degrees. This will allow you to eat at three o'clock
precisely." She stood with one hand on her hip and the
other emphasizing her words. "David, you must baste the
turkey every," She tilted her hand back and forth. "twenty
minutes or so. You won't forget? Now everything else that
has a black x on the foil should go in the oven for the last
forty-five minutes and everything else should be
refrigerated and eaten cold."

Then turning to the door. "Boys, my son and his family are
waiting for me. You'll be okay?" She slowly shook her
head. "You're both so skinny. You must eat! And I must
go!"

-------------------------

Alex pumps out a round from an imaginary rifle and I grab my
gut and slump to the floor. "Ohhhhhhhhhh! Ya got me!"
Still holding my gut I roll onto my back in the sunlit
living room. I close my eyes and throw my arms out in mock
death. Joe lays down and watches me.

Alex lays down next to me. "You're not really dead dad."

"Oh yeah I am."

Alex giggles. "No dad! If you're dead you can't talk." He
climbs onto my chest and pries my eye open. "See, you're
still in there." The sun is making his pale blond hair
incandescent. I reach up and touch it, it's other worldly,
magic. Alex puts his ear to my chest. "I can hear your
heart dad. You gotta be alive." I lift my head and kiss
the top of his head.

"Okay kiddo, I guess I'm gonna live." I close my eyes and
bask in the sunlight and the presence of Alex. I think for
a second that these moments will end, that he'll grow up and
start going to school and then get married and maybe even
move away and sure as shit he won't lay on my chest and let
me kiss the top of his head. I wonder if he'll remember. I
wonder if he'll ever be sitting in a business meeting or a
foxhole or just be out for a walk and remember the
Thanksgiving when we played soldier and he layed on my
chest.

"Watcha guys doin?" David hunkers down next to us and I
smile up at him.

"Just chillin." Joe gets up and walks over and stands next
to David, wagging his tail and looking up from time to time
at David.

David rubs Alex's back and ask him. "Sweetheart, you think
you might want to take a little nap before Mike and Ted get
here?"

"Daaaadddd! Do I have to take a nap?" David and I both
catch the lack of flat refusal and glance at each other.

"I think it'd be for the best Alex. You know that you're
not gonna wanna take one when Mike and Ted are here."

Alex giggles. "Can I just sleep here?"

"Sweetheart I think that eventually you're gonna feel too
heavy even for Mark."


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David came out of our bathroom naked, his skin pale in the
early winter sunlight that was streaming into the room, his
hair very black and falling over his forehead. Then when he
lifted his head and looked at me even from fifteen feet away
those emerald green eyes hit me and locked on, drawing me to
him.

David straightened up. "What?"

"Ahhhh....when do ya think they'll be here?"

David turned slightly towards the door as if they'd be
standing there. "Ah, maybe half hour, forty-five minutes.
Why?"

I touched the side of his face with my fingertips and turned
his face gently up to mine sliding my hand around the back
of his neck. David was looking at me with sudden
recognition in his eyes of what I wanted to do and doubt
that we had enough time.

Our eyes were locked and our lips just millimeters apart.
" Mark....the time," I kissed the side of his neck just below
his ear. "I..... Oh fuck!"

"Cmon babe." I kissed him again. "Alex is asleep." I was
murmuring in his ear. "Baby I need your ass." I ran my
hands down his back and cupped those incredible ass cheeks.

"Mark I....." I kissed him and shoved my tongue in his
mouth to keep him from objecting.

"No baby, no....don't say no. I need you soooooo bad." I
ran my finger over his asshole and he shivered. "And you
know that you need my cock."

I'm kissing David deeply, rubbing his butt and slowly
pushing him back toward the bed.

"Babe, you look so great, so hot and man I need you so bad."
I'm lowering David slowly to the bed and easing my legs in
between his. My finger is pressing firmly against his
asshole, moving slowly, without lube into him. "Sweetheart
my cock needs to be in your pretty little ass so bad." I'm
speaking softly in his ear. David is twisting his head away
so that I'll kiss his neck and he's beginning to make
sounds.

He's looking up at me with something akin to desperation on
his face. "Oh god! Fuck me Mark! Ennngg!"

I gently push David's knees to his chest and begin to slowly
push my cock into his ass without using lube of any kind.
He's thrashing around under me but I'm holding him in place.
His eyes are opening and closing with flashes of green
lightning. David knows that I'm not using lube and he knows
that I'm going to fuck him the way that I want to and it's
turning him on even more.

My cock is a little more than halfway in him when I start to
pull it back a bit and begin to fuck him. I'm aware of the
lack of time and also aware that it's exciting David. My
hands are under his knees and I'm pushing my dick hard into
him, almost frantically pulling it out and slamming it back
in, the lack of lube causing a friction that is causing him
to practically scream the David sound while he's got his
head raised trying to watch me fuck him. The sweat is
beginning to run down my back even as David is beginning to
loosen up and I'm able to make complete thrusts into him.

I climb farther up onto him so that I can fuck him and kiss
him and I bury my tongue in his mouth. I'm completely
enveloping him.

I can barely breath and I back away a little and grab
David's dick and give it two hard pumps and he starts
Shooting all over his face and chest. I pull my dick out of
his ass roughly and shoot on his stomach.

We're both exhausted and I collapse on top of him, taking
care not to crush him.

I suddenly start to laugh. "God damn that was good!"

"Holy shit this is a mess." Then he smiles up at me. "It
was fuckin good. But let me up Mark, I gotta shower again,
they're gonna be here in minutes."

I step off of the bed pulling David with me and we walk
together into the bathroom to shower again. I'm out of the
shower first and just finishing drying off when we hear the
doorbell.

-------------------------

Alex beat me to the front door and was screaming his hellos
at Mike and Ted. I was about fifteen feet behind him and
still tucking in my shirt. Mike scooped Alex up, gave him a
hug and walked with him toward me, Alex's arms tightly
around his neck.

Mike gave me an odd look and then, shaking his head slowly,
smiled broadly. "Hi Mark. Happy Thanksgiving." Alex was
acrobatically leaning over Mike's arm giving Ted a hug.

I gave Mike a lopsided grin. "Alex was taking a nap." I
laughed. "David and I were just....ah, changing clothes."
Mike handed him over to me.

"Sweetheart ya gotta put some clothes on. Okay?" When Alex
heard the doorbell he just took off for it wearing only his
briefs.

"Seeee, my teeth are still really good!" Alex was turning
Mike's head around with his hands as he leaned outta my
arms. "I brush em all the time!" Mike smiled at Alex and
ruffled his hair.

"You're doin a great job Alex but remember you have to keep
it up."

David came around the corner and gave both Mike and Ted a
hug. "Thanks for coming guys. Alex has been goin bananas."
David smiled. "And we like ya too." Then to Alex. "You
know you do have to wear clothes." He turned to me. "Mark
would you help Alex get dressed? I'll work on the food."

I started to walk toward Alex's bedroom but Mike stopped me.
" Mark, can I come with you?"

David and Ted were in the rec room starting a fire in the
fireplace when Mike and I took Alex into his room to get
dressed.

I was sitting on Alex's bed and had him wrapped up in my
arms. "I think we should let Mike pick out your clothes
since he's the one who has to look at ya all afternoon.
Whadya think?"

Alex wiggled out of my arms and took Mike by the hand.
" I'll show ya how to do it. It's really easy cause my
shirts are in one drawer and my pants are in this drawer."
Alex pulled open the drawer next to him and took out a pair
of pants.

"How about these? I like these pants."

Mike pulled out a shirt and hunkered down next to Alex.
" Those are good Alex and how about this blue shirt. You'll
look really sharp."

Alex held his arms straight up so that Mike could slide his
shirt down on him. Then he leaned against Mike so that he
could step into the pants that I was holding for him.

"Okay little guy, how bout some shoes?"

"Dad, you're supposed to put socks on."

"I knew that. I was juuuussst testing ya."

Alex tilted his head back so that he could look up at Mike.
" He didn't know that Mike."

Mike laughed. "I know Alex but I thought he covered it
pretty well."

I sat back on the bed. "You guys gonna just pick on me or
are we gonna get this show on the road?"

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The day was cold but sunny and sitting in the rec room with
the fireplace blazing and leafs blowing against the glass
patio doors, we felt cocooned, warm and protected. David
set out platters of Mrs. Meurer's hors d'oeuvres, a variety
of olives both green and black, salt and oil cured. There
was smoked salmon and sturgeon and both chopped chicken
livers and two other pate's, mussels in a wine and butter
sauce, four different cheeses, there was champagne and a
variety of beer and soft drinks not to mention pretzels,
potato chips and four types of crackers.

Mike was drinking beer. I was drinking red wine and both
David and Ted were drinking white wine and while none of us
was drinking much we were getting relaxed. Alex had spread
himself physically over both Mike and Ted and was soaking up
the attention that he was getting.

"Oh Mark, Gordy came in for a cleaning the other day,
remember Mr. Wandering Hands?" Mike chuckled. "Said he had
a great time at the party."

Ted looked at Mike. "Gordy?"

Mike slid his hand down and entwined his fingers with Ted's.
" Yeah hun, you remember the guy that," He glanced down at
Alex, "was paying so much attention to David."

"Oh that son-of......a gun." Ted looked at David. "He took
a shot at me too."

David was smiling wryly. "Well I'm just glad that I could
contribute something to the party.......and thankful that I
didn't have to contribute more."

Ted said. "You know that party is so weird cause I feel
like I've got to be nice to everyone no matter how much of a
jerk they are cause I don't want to loose you a patient."

Mike smiled and shook his head no. "Un uhhh! I told Mark
he could throw Gordy off the balcony."

Alex traversed the length of the sectional by knee walking
over people and then climbed onto my lap. "When are we
gonna eat dad?"

I rubbed his back. "Boy are you talking to the wrong guy
Alex. David is the supervising chef today.

David called over to Alex. "Baby it's gonna be another two
hours so if you're just crazy with hunger have some of this
great stuff Mrs. Meurer brought."

"Well you fix it dad?"

David got up and walked over to the buffet. "Okay
sweetheart but I want you to try a little bit of
everything." David made Alex a small plate of food and
situated him at the cocktail table. He sat down next to me
while he was helping Alex and I quietly slipped my arm
around his waist.

I had fucked David twice today and I still wanted him. I
don't know why I was so horny but just being near David was
giving me a hardon. The feel of his back through his shirt,
the smell of him, the slightly darker stubble that was
already beginning to show on his face and oh god those eyes.
It wasn't only the color, which was striking, but something
behind them, something that I couldn't put a word to,
something that could draw me and made me want to protect
him. God how I wanted to kiss him!

"Mike what are you guys doing about getting a place of your
own? You still selling your condo?" Mike had been watching
me out of the corner of his eye as I touched David. He had
a slight smile of approval on his face. I looked at Mike
and pointedly kicked my shoes off, he smiled and did the
same.

Mike glanced quickly at Ted and smiled. "The holidays are
messing us up a little here. We've got a couple of places
to look at next week. We've seen some nice places, just
nothing that really talked to us."

Alex was smiling with a mouth full of food. "Houses can't
talk, only people can talk."

Ted laughed and turned to Mike. "Being a doctor and all
you'd think you'd know that."

Mike laughed and slid his arm behind Ted and then touched
his forehead affectionately to Ted's shoulder. Mike turned
to David.

"David, you never talk about your new business. How's it
goin?"

David kicked off his shoes and curled up on the sofa leaning
against me. "It's really goin great Mike. A few months ago
we started managing money for individuals and companies and
that's really growing like crazy." David reached over and
fixed Alex's collar. "But it's all going really well. It
was a good move for me and I've got some really great
partners."

Alex got up and turned around to show us a cracker with some
pate on it. "Do you guys know what this is?"

"That's goose liver pate Alex." David said.

Alex shivered in an exaggerated way. "Eeeewwe, I don't know
if I can eat that."

Everybody laughed. I said. "Comere Alex an gimme a bite."

Alex was holding the cracker like it was nuclear waste.
" Here Dad, you really gonna eat it?" Joe was sitting two
feet away and his nose was locked on to the movement of food

Alex leaned against my knee. "I gotta see you eat this
Dad."

I popped it in my mouth. "It really is delicious Alex but
it may be that it's something that you come to like when you
get older. It's okay if you don't want to eat it but unless
you're just totally grossed out by something you ought to
try it. You never know what's gonna be really great and
Mrs. Meurer wouldn't make anything bad."

Alex looked skeptical about all of this but said. "Okay
Dad, I'll try to eat everything. Dad, is there anything
that you don't like to eat?"

"Rhubarb, Alex. I hate it." I smiled at him. "You know,
it seems the more ya hate something the more people are
always trying to get ya to eat it too."

David turned his head and looked at me. "You don't like
rhubarb? Why didn't I know that?"

I smiled at him. "Cause you never tried to feed me rhubarb
pie."

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At about seven o'clock that evening, as we were all about to
fall asleep from a day of nonstop eating and no exercise
whatever, the doorbell rang. I knew that it had to be Frank
and his gang and Alex and I went to answer the door. Alex
couldn't stand not being there whenever the door was
answered.

Frank was wearing a long black topcoat over slacks and a
sweater and his wife Marcy was wearing slacks a sweater and
coat all in varying shades of beige accented with gold
jewelry. Close behind them and almost jumping up and down
were Chris and Jason.

"Frank, Marcy, come on in! Chris, Jason, geez it's good to
see ya." I reached out and hugged the two boys. Somehow
they seemed bigger. Maybe they were. Meanwhile Alex had
backed up against the wall and was holding a small toy
tractor in his hands. When I looked up David was taking
everyones coats and Frank was hunkering down next to Alex
and ruffling his hair.

"It's my tractor Uncle Frank." Alex was holding out his toy
to Frank.

"And a fine looking tractor it is too, lad." Frank lifted
his bulk back up with a little effort.

I knew that Alex was feeling a bit shy so I bent down and
scooped him up thinking he might feel better if he was being
held. "Alex, you know Frank and Marcy, he was nodding
vigorously, and this is Frank's grandson Chris and his
friend Jason."

Alex leaned his head against mine but took Chris's hand when
he held it out.

Chris's eyes were dancing and he seemed thrilled to meet
Alex. "Alex, Jason and I have been looking forward to
meeting you." Jason reached up and ruffled Alex's hair.

"Hi Alex, you sure are a big boy." Jason's voice was
amazingly deep.

"I'm gonna be four!" Alex held out four fingers and then
looked at me like he wanted me to confirm it.

"You sure are." David said as he ushered us back into the
family room all the while performing introductions between
Mike and Ted and the Connelly gang.

Once we were all seated again and drinks ranging from coffee
to Frank's scotch had been passed around Alex climbed into
David's lap preferring to participate from that relative
safety. It had been a long day for him and he was probably
getting a little tired too. For a millisecond it occurred
to me that I'd like to bury my face in David's chest.

Mike, Ted and Frank were discussing property values and the
advantages of various communities while David and Marcy were
talking about how easy it was becoming to shop for clothes
from Europe on the internet. Chris and Jason and I were
discussing the difference in the weather between Wisconsin
and Northern California.

Chris and Jason had lost the tentative quality they had when
we first met them and it was obvious now that theirs was a
settled relationship. They sat next to each other and
touched a lot. Not in a sexual way but just in a
comfortable way, a way that only comes from a lot of sexual
contact.

Frank yelled over to me. "Marky, when you goin to England?"

"Mmm, I think it'll be the sixth Frank, unless Shetlan
changes it again." Since David's lap was occupied by Alex,
Joe came over to me and put his paws on my lap. I scratched
his ears. "I'm gonna meet Jamie, I think he's gonna pick me
up at the airport."

"Hold onto your wallet! That guy is as slick as they come."

David gave him a look. "Fraaaaannnk!"

Frank laughed. "He's a good guy Mark. You'll like him.
And now that he's married it seems to have settled him a
bit. But Mark, believe me, charming doesn't do him justice.
The world is just lucky he's decided to do it legally."
Frank looked around the room and then turned again to me.
" When the hell are you guys gonna decorate? Ya know ya
might need to do some business entertaining or some shit,"
he glanced at Marcy, "I mean stuff, like that.

David answered. "I've got a designer coming next month
Frank."

I looked at David. "You never said anything. What are they
gonna do?"

"Mark we just need some new furniture. When we first moved
in here we just kinda made do with inexpensive stuff and now
we need to update things."

I was genuinely surprised. "You don't like this stuff?"

"No Mark, I like it, it's just that it's getting kinda ratty
looking and we can afford it so I thought we'd kinda refresh
the place."

Frank was looking very satisfied with himself for having
stirred something up. "Marky, just let the designers do it
and for god sake don't look at the bill.

David gave Frank a dirty look and turned totally around to
face me. "Mark, remember when we bought those suits when
you first went to work for the old company?" David smiled
sweetly at me. "Well that worked out okay, so will ya just
trust me on this? It's nothing to get all stirred up
about."

I touched David shoulder lightly. "Course I trust you
David. I mean what can a sofa and a couple of chairs cost.
A couple grand?"

Everyone in the room moaned except Alex who just kept
swiveling his head around.

Marcy spoke first. "Mark honey, you can't get anything for
that." She glanced quickly at David. "But dear, just let
the designers do it."

Frank folded his hands across his ample gut. "Kid, what
planet are you living on? This is gonna cost thirty
thousand at least. Damn Marky, take the rubber band off of
your wallet."

I don't know why I'm so cheap about stuff like this.
Normally I don't give a damn and I trust David completely
but it just seems to me that you buy a sofa and it should
last like twenty years.

Now everyone was talking at once, to each other and to the
room in general. Chris and Jason were talking to each other
about how they'd change the living room. Ted was talking to
Marcy about paint colors and Marcy was telling Frank that he
should never have brought the whole thing up. I got up and
walked over to the buffet to get another cup of coffee.
Mike joined me.

"Mike, you really think this needs to be redone?"

Mike looked at me and smiled. "Does it matter?" He turned
his back on the room and so did I. "Look, David's got like
the best judgement in the world right?"

"Yeah sure, no question."

"If he wants to do this why fight it. You don't give a damn
one way or the other but he does. And it would be better if
you decide to do more formal entertaining."

I looked at Mike and smiled. "I know Mike, I'm just teasing
him. And if you really look at the expression on his face
you'll see that he knows it. He knows that he can do
anything that he wants to, anything at all. He also knows
that I have no clue about stuff like this. If it was left
to me we'd be living in a tent."

Alex came up to us and took my hand. "Dad, we getting new
furniture?"

I put my coffee down and picked Alex up. "Would you like
that Alex?"

Alex screwed his face up. "I suppose it'd be okay." Alex
had his legs wrapped around my waist and I was holding his
back. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Chris
watching us. I mouthed to Mike. "Be right back."

I walked over to Chris and Jason and then tilted Alex
backwards until he was lying, squealing, on Chris's lap.
" Chris, how would you like to have a little boy? This one
doesn't seem to be doing anything." God, the boys seemed so
grown up.

"We'd love to have a little boy, Mark, especially one as
squirmy as this one." Alex was giggling and climbed over
Chris and ended up sitting between the boys.

"You can't get me now daddy!" Alex had linked his arms with
Chris and Jason.

"Nope Alex, I guess you've got two strong bodyguards now."
I hunkered down in front of Alex and held his stocking clad
feet in my hands. "But you know that pretty soon now it's
gonna be that time."

Alex looked pleadingly up at Chris and Jason. "They make me
go to bed sooooo early."

We all laughed and then I leaned forward and shoved my hands
behind Alex and touched my forehead to his. "Okay, how
about this? If you go in and get into your pajamas you can
come back out and stay up for another half an hour."

Jason rubbed Alex's shoulder. "That's a pretty good deal
Alex. Besides I bet you got some really cool pajamas."

I knew that Alex was exhausted, he had been going nonstop
all day. He put his arms around my neck and pulled himself
off of the sofa. "Okay dad, but I get to come back out,
right?"

I kissed his forehead. "You bet kiddo." Alex went running
to his bedroom with his arms held out from his body like the
wings of an airplane.

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Half an hour later the taillights of Frank's car pulled out
of our driveway, followed by Mike's SUV. I leaned against
the closed door and pulled David's head to my chest.

"God people are a pain in the ass!"

David looked up at me surprised. "I thought you liked all
those people?"

I pulled his head back to my chest. "I do, actually to one
degree or another I love all of them." I ran my fingers
through David's black hair, feeling its silkiness. "It's
just that every minute that I spend with them is a minute
that I'm not spending with you. At least not in the way
that I'd like to spend it."

We walked hand in hand into the family room were Alex was
asleep on the sofa. David sat down and touched Alex's hair.
" Guess we finally found out what it takes to wear him out."

I looked around the room. "We really have to clean this up
tonight?"

"Mark, why don't you take Alex in and I'll just load all
this stuff in the dishwasher, the rest we can get tomorrow."

I lifted Alex gently off of the sofa and carried him to his
room. All the way there he was talking to me but he wasn't
really awake and he never opened his eyes. Joe, who had
been trotting behind us jumped up on Alex's bed as I tucked
him in.

I walked into our bedroom and stripped off my clothes,
David, walked in just as I was sliding into bed. "Geez
David, I'm exhausted, I can only imagine how tired you must
feel." He peeled off his clothes and then climbed in next
to me. I rolled over half on top of David, wrapping my arms
around him. His hair was very black against the white
pillow and he already had dark stubble on his face, his eyes
a deep sea green. I kissed his chin, then his nose and
finally his mouth.

"Thanks for today sweetheart and happy Thanksgiving."

He pulled my head down for another kiss. "You sure you
don't care about the decorating."

"Baby you can do anything you wanna do, except fall out of
love with me."

David kissed me again and then rolled on his side pulling me
with him. His head was on my upper arm and my other arm
around his chest, his breath and heartbeat strong but
slowing for sleep. "Love you Mark."

"Me too you babe."


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