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29 November 2008 @ 01:52 pm
Coming Of Age - Part Three - Meetings  



Title: Coming Of Age – Part Three - Meetings
Author: foreverbm
Timeline: Two years post season 5
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Family
Rating: PG
Words: 2572
Beta: jule1122
A/N: This is part three of my Coming Of Age – Hunter and Amanda’s Story.
Comments and feedback is appreciated.

Part One – Explanations


Part Two - Discussions



I had hoped to get home early, but a steady stream of customers during the afternoon meant that it was after five when I closed the shop. I stopped at the bakery to get the fresh bread Ben had requested, and by the time I reached home I was tired and hungry.

Hunter had phoned during the day to tell me he and Amanda were studying in the library after class and probably wouldn’t be home till after six which gave me enough time to shower and make sure the house was clean before they arrived.

When I opened the door, the aromas from the kitchen did nothing to alleviate my hunger pains. I hung up my coat and headed to the kitchen to find Ben putting whatever smelled so damn good in the oven.

“Sorry I’m late.” I said, dropping the bread on the counter before walking over to him. He gave me a quick kiss before turning back to the stove.

“It’s okay, baby, everything is under control. Why don’t you go shower, and I’ll clean up in here.” He answered.

“What did you decide to cook?” I asked, managing a quick peek in the oven before he slapped my hands away.

“Spinach and ricotta manicotti and apple pie for dessert.” He replied. “No health food to be seen, which I know will please Hunter.”

“Nothing wrong with health food, in moderation.” I answered with a smile on my face.

“Moderation is good.” Ben retorted. “Except in some things!”

I laughed as he pulled me into his arms, covering my mouth in a deep kiss. I threaded my fingers through his hair, pulling him closer so I could rub my body against his.

I moaned when our mouths parted, and he pushed me away.

“Go shower!” He said, flicking my ass with the dish-towel he was holding. “They’ll be here soon, and I think Hunter would be slightly embarrassed if they found us in a comprising position…remember what we promised him.”

“No necking on the couch!” I answered. “He didn’t say anything about a quickie in the kitchen though!”

I gave him a quick kiss coupled with even a quicker feel before escaping the kitchen, his laughter ringing in my ears as I ran up stairs, grabbing some clean clothes and headed to the bathroom.

By the time I made it back downstairs, Ben had cleaned the kitchen and finished setting the table. I glanced at the clock and at that moment, I heard a key in the lock and looked up to see Hunter walking in the door, talking non-stop. He stopped mid-sentence when he saw me, and I saw him reach out and take the hand of the girl who was a step behind him.

“What’s for dinner, I’m starving!” He said, dropping his bag inside the door.

I walked towards them, ignoring him and stopping in front of the pretty dark-haired girl standing next to him.

“As always, Hunter’s mind is on food and not his manners” I said “I’m Michael.”

I ignored the glare from Hunter and instead concentrated on Amanda. She was as pretty as Hunter had told me, and I could understand what he felt for her. She had a fresh, wholesome look about her, and when she smiled, her whole face lit up.

“I’m Amanda; it’s nice to meet you, and thank you for inviting me to dinner.” She replied.

I turned to Hunter “Why don’t you show Amanda around while I find Ben and see if dinner is nearly ready.” I suggested.

“Choice!” He replied. “Come on, I’ll show you my room.”

I watched as they ran up stairs and wandered to the kitchen, finding Ben taking the salad from the fridge. He looked up when I walked in the door.

“Well?” He asked.

“She’s great. I can see why Hunter likes her. You know when you meet someone you just get a good feeling about them?” I said. “Well, there’s just something about her, I don’t know if it’s the way she obviously cares for Hunter or what but if anything does come of their relationship I think she would be a wonderful addition to our family.”

He nodded, handing me the salad “Go put this on the table, and I’ll get everything else so we can eat and get to know her better.” He answered. “And by the sounds of it, I don’t think they need you to play matchmaker.”

“Would I do that?” I said innocently and received a raised eyebrow look from Ben. I laughed before continuing “Hunter’s showing her around, well at least his bedroom, which by the way he had better have cleaned up!”

“Somehow I doubt that would have happened.” Ben laughed, opening the oven and lifting out the manicotti. “Have you ever known Hunter to clean his room without us standing over him.”

“That’s true.” I replied, walking into the dining room, putting the salad in the middle of the table before returning to the kitchen and taking a bottle of wine from the fridge as well as a pitcher of ice water.

“You want me to call them for dinner?” I asked Ben who nodded in reply. I headed upstairs to find them standing on the landing looking at photos we had put up recently.

They both turned when they heard me.

“Your daughter is adorable.” Amanda said, pointing at the latest photo of JR the girls had sent us.

“I think so too, but then I’m kinda biased.” I replied.

“Do you get to see her often?” Amanda asked as we walked downstairs.

“Ben and I try to visit once a month, and I call her every evening to say goodnight” I replied “And we are having her for the Christmas this year.” I couldn’t stop a wide smile crossing my face as that thought.

“How wonderful!” Amanda replied “Christmas is extra special when children are around.”

“Do you have brothers or sisters?” I asked her.

“No, I’m an only child.” She replied, and I noticed a slight wistful note in her voice. “I love kids which is why I am studying to be an elementary teacher.”

Another mark in her favor, I decided, thinking that would impress Ben immediately, and I could see where some of the dinner talk would be heading.

Ben came from the kitchen as we entered the room and walked towards Amanda.

“Hello Amanda, I’m Ben, Hunter’s other Dad.” He smiled at her.

“Nice to meet you.” She replied, shaking his outstretched hand. “You have a lovely home.”

“Thank you.” Ben replied as we all took our places at the table.

Conversation during dinner was lively, Ben and Amanda soon into a discussion about college and teaching, while Hunter wolfed down his food as if it was his last meal. He was keeping a wary eye on everyone, but I noticed his gaze lingered on Amanda when ever she spoke.

I knew Hunter must have filled her in about us when she turned to me and asked about my Comic Book Store.

“Christ don’t get him started!” Hunter moaned but Amanda ignored him and I could see him shaking his head as we debated Superman versus Spiderman.

“Get Hunter to bring you to the store one day.” I told her.

She turned to Hunter looking at him questionably

“Guess I could stand an hour there.” He said begrudgingly but I noticed the indulgent look he gave her.

I helped Ben clear the table and was about to bring out the dessert when there was a knock at the door. I looked at Ben who shrugged, visitors in the evening was a rare occurrence for us. I put down the plates and walked over and opened the door.

“Ma! What are you doing here?” I could tell by the look on her face it wasn’t the welcome she was expecting.

“What! I can’t visit my son occasionally?” She replied, pushing past me and walking inside. I closed the door behind her and sighed, turning to her, but she had already walked into the living room.

“Debbie! What a nice surprise.” I heard Ben say, standing and giving her a peck on the cheek, his eyes meeting mine over her shoulder. The silent message of ‘keep calm’ clear in his eyes. The patience he had with my mother never ceased to amaze me.

“We’re about to have dessert, would you like to join us?” He continued.

“Don’t mind if I do.” She replied, pulling out a chair and sitting down. “Carl’s on late shift so I thought I’d come for a visit.”

She turned to Hunter about to say something when she noticed Amanda sitting next to him.

“So who’s this adorable child?” She asked loudly. Hunter looked like he wanted to dig a hole and climb into it. “You keeping secrets from your Grandma?” She scowled at him before turning to Amanda.

“I’m Debbie, Michael’s mother and you are?” I could almost feel Hunter cringe from across the table, but Amanda didn’t seem affronted by the direct approach from Ma.

“I’m Amanda, a friend of Hunter’s.” She replied. “It’s nice to meet you Mrs. Novotny, Hunter has spoken of you often.”

“He has?” Ma gave Hunter a quick look, and I noticed a slight flush on his face. “I can only imagine what he’s told you.”

“Oh no!” Amanda said hurriedly. “He’s told me that you love to cook and make the best ziti ever, and he also said that you helped convince him to stay in Pittsburgh when he came back a couple of years ago.”

I looked at Hunter, his face turning bright red and gave him a reassuring smile, thinking he’s obviously told Amanda a lot more than I thought about his life if he’d mentioned the bombing and aftermath, but obviously not why he’d left in the first place.

I still hoped that he would tell her everything, sooner rather than later, because just telling parts of a story can make life complicated, and I was also worried that Ma may say something out of line. With that thought on my mind I turned to her.

“Ma, you want to help me with dessert?” I asked, standing and walking to the kitchen.

She stood and followed me to the kitchen.

“Why didn’t you tell me Hunter had a girlfriend?” She demanded as she took the apple pie from the oven.

“Because we only just found out ourselves!” I answered “And keep your voice down.”

”Don’t you…..”

I held up my hand, silencing her. “Hunter hasn’t told her about a lot of things.” I told her quietly “And I just don’t want you to….”

”Shoot my mouth off?” She replied, a smile twitching at her lips.

“Yeah something like that.” I replied returning her smile.

“Don’t worry, sometimes I do know when to keep my mouth shut.” She answered. “He’s a good kid; he deserves someone special in his life.”

“I agree but Ben and I are just worried it’s all happening so fast, and he’s still young…”

“What’s age got to do with it!” She said loudly, then lowered her voice. “You were over thirty when you met Ben and look how fucking long I had to wait to find Carl…mind you, he makes me feel like a sixteen year old when we’re…..”

“Mother!” I said.

“What?” She exclaimed. “Since when did you become such a prude…I do have a life now you know.”

“And there are some parts of it I just don’t want to hear about.” I answered.

“Well anyway…where was I…oh yes…Hunter.” She carried on as if I hadn’t spoken. “Sunshine was only seventeen when he met Brian and who would have thought that would have lasted but it did, and I like this Amanda.”

“So do I. But there are some major hurdles to get through before you start planning their wedding.” I said.

The word wedding was a bad choice, I knew the moment I said it. I could see her mind working, already having them married and setting up home together. I shook my head and wondered if Amanda knew what she would be getting into with our family if they decided to make a go of it.

“Hey, we’re hungry out here!” Hunter’s voice broke my thoughts, and I took the pie from Ma and walked back into the living room.

“Sorry!” I said, putting it on the table, reaching for a knife and cutting it into pieces.

Ma sat down and conversation started again, all of us talking at once, Amanda seemingly able to keep up with everything, which was another mark in her favor.

By the time the table was cleared and Ma had decided to head home, with a promise from Hunter that he would bring Amanda to visit, I was happy to sit back and relax.

I could tell that Hunter wanted some time alone with Amanda before she had to go home so took pity on him and shooed them off to his room.

I tucked my legs under me and snuggled up to Ben on the sofa.

“That went well….even with the unexpected interruption from Ma.” I said, looking up at Ben.

“Yeah, I think so too. And your Mother was very well behaved, but somehow I think you had something to do with that.” Ben said.

“Ma listening to anything I had to say would be a first.” I laughed. “But yes, I did let her know that some topics were off limits.”

“Thought so!” Ben replied, lifting my chin and kissing me. “But I like Amanda, and I think she would be good for Hunter.”

I nodded, but the thought of her rejecting him because of his past was still a major concern for me. I was about to mention that when Hunter and Amanda came downstairs, and I untangled myself from Ben and sat up.

“Amanda’s car broke down the other day so her Mom’s coming to get her.” Hunter said and at that moment there was a knock at the door. We both stood and Ben walked over to answer it.

“I’ve come to pick up Amanda.” A woman’s voice came from the outside.

“Come in…I’m Ben, Hunter’s father and this is my husband Michael.” Ben said, putting his arm around my waist.

“Nice to meet you.” She replied, but I could tell by the tone of her voice how insincere her words were. I glanced at Hunter who had a protective arm around Amanda, and I noticed a look of defiance on both their faces.

“Amanda are you ready?” She asked.

“Sure Mom.” Amanda replied, the smile on her face not reaching her eyes. She leant in, saying something to Hunter before turning to us.

“Thank you for dinner, I had a lovely time.” She said, and this time her smile was genuine.

“Our pleasure, Amanda, and I hope you can come again soon.” I answered as she walked towards the door, her last look at Hunter before they disappeared from sight.

“Her mother’s a fucking bitch!” Hunter said and stormed off up stairs.

I went to go after him, but Ben held me back.

“Leave him Michael, it’s late. We’ll talk to him in the morning.”

I sighed and slipped my hand into Ben’s.

“I think there may be more problems ahead than we imagined.” I said sadly, remembering the look on Amanda’s mother’s face.
 
 
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pinkfrictionpinkfriction on November 29th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Uh-oh. I don't like Amanda's Mom.

But I do love this story!
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Michael Owns Me: EmmettHelloforeverbm on November 29th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) It's an important story for me and I want to get it right for Hunter :)
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kata_ny on November 29th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
getting better,are we?you implied ANGST!:)
i knew this had to be too easy to be true.
but hey,Callie's folks were 'oh how cool' at the beginning and then turned into complete assholes maybe this time is the other way around and all she needs is some education.
*is hopeful*

Edited at 2008-11-29 09:50 am (UTC)
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Michael Owns Me: BenWriterforeverbm on November 29th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Meh...maybe getting a bit better :)

And yes, there will be angst, just have to get into my 'writing world' again soon for the next chapter.
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shadownyc: stephmck - Ben-Michaelshadownyc on November 29th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Deb was able to restrain her usual chattiness to appropriate subjects.

I like this new twist with Amanda's mother. It's certainly added a whole new dimension to things that could impact Hunter & Amanda's relationship.

Great chapter!!!

I really need a good, simply Hunter icon. LOL
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Michael Owns Me: MichaelHunterHugforeverbm on November 29th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Writing Debbie was a challenge for me :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

If you after Hunter icons check out the Hunter and JR page on my website :)

http://www.benmichaelforever.com

*shameless plug here*
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shadownycshadownyc on November 29th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I grabbed one of Hunter and one of JR. I'll credit in keywords (as always).
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Val: Supernatural Jaredz3nyatta on November 29th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
oh dear... :(

I'm looking forward to the next installment though. :)
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Michael Owns Me: MichaelHunterHugforeverbm on November 30th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for following this story and hope to get started on the next chapter later today :)
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secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 2nd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Hurray for angst -- always makes a story more interesting. ;-) But I trust you to make everything turn out okay.
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Michael Owns Me: hunterforeverbm on December 2nd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Thank you for all your comments on this story I am glad you are enjoying it. Chapter 4 is with my beta at the moment and there is plenty of angst to come, don't worry about that and thank you for trusting me with Hunter :)

{{{hugs}}}
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sjmpetssjmpets on December 3rd, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
i think it's time for hunter to tell her everything. i don't know how she'll take it all but i'm sure her mother isn't going to find out yet and when she does i hope amanda will stand up to her and for them.

ben's cold. that's all it is isn't it?
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