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04 December 2008 @ 12:57 am
Coming Of Age - Part Four - Conversations  



Title: Coming Of Age – Part Four – Conversations
Author: foreverbm
Timeline: Two years post season 5
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Family
Rating: PG
Words: 2286
Beta: jule1122
A/N: This is part four of my Coming Of Age – Hunter and Amanda’s Story.
Comments and feedback is appreciated.



Part One – Explanations


Part Two - Discussions


Part Three - Meetings


Ben and Hunter had both left when I finally came downstairs the next morning. I hadn’t slept well, Ben finally getting fed up with my tossing and turning in the early hours and telling me to ‘stop worrying and go to sleep!’ Easy enough for him to say! I knew he was worrying as well; the only difference was he was better at hiding it than me.

I walked into the kitchen, poured myself a coffee and then wandered into the dining room to find a note on the table from Hunter saying that he and Amanda were going to the movies tonight, and he’d be late home.

Damn! I really wanted to talk to him about Amanda’s mother. I’d liked Amanda instantly, and although I’d only spent a matter of minutes in her mother’s company, I knew that my feelings about her were the complete opposite. Once again I felt like we were being judged because of our sexuality instead of who we were. Amanda had said very little about her home life during dinner, and I wondered if there was a father in the picture, I got the feeling there wasn’t, and I also felt that her mother not only didn’t approve of us, but of Hunter as well.

After all the shit we’d been through with Callie’s parents, all I could hope was that Hunter, now he was a few years older, could handle it. Somehow I thought this time he would, and his protectiveness towards Amanda was obvious.

I glanced at the clock and realized that once again I was going to be late opening the store and headed off in a hurry, making a mental note to text Hunter later to see if everything was okay.

The morning flew by, a new shipment had arrived, and I was busy trying to sort that out when the door opened. My face lit up when I saw Ben standing there.

“What you doing here?” I asked, putting down the comics and walking over to him.

“I have an hour between classes and thought I’d take you to lunch.” He answered. “What would you like to eat?”

“Apart from you?” I said, grinning.

I found myself being pulled into his arms and kissed deeply.

“You’ll have to wait until tonight for dessert.” He answered when our mouths parted. “And we need to talk.”

“Hunter?” I asked, as I reached for my jacket, turned the sign on the door to Closed and followed Ben onto the street.

“Yeah.” He replied as I slipped my arm through his. “But let’s find somewhere to eat first. How about Chinese?”

“Sure.” I replied and we headed to a small restaurant that was a favorite of ours. It wasn’t very busy, so we found a quiet table near the back. After our order was taken, I sat back waiting to hear what Ben had to say.

“I talked to Hunter before he left this morning. About last night and Amanda’s mother.”

“And?”

“She is dead set against their relationship. She wants Amanda to concentrate on her education and believes Hunter is a distraction. Hunter said she and Amanda had an argument the day before when she told Amanda she wasn’t to see him any more, and Amanda apparently said, and I quote Hunter here ‘I’m nineteen not fourteen and am quite capable of making my own decisions.’

“I can imagine how well that went over.” I replied as the waitress bought us our meals.

“Me too.” Ben replied, absently playing with his food. “But it gets worse.”

“Why doesn’t that surprise me!” I answered, taking a mouthful of food.

“Hunter was there the other day after school and overheard her on the phone telling someone about ‘this scruffy kid that Amanda was seeing, who lived with a couple of queers, and they were not the sort of people she wanted her daughter associating with and she hated to think what sort of lifestyle they led’.” Ben said, taking a sip of water before continuing. “Apparently Hunter was ready to storm in and let her have it, but Amanda managed to stop him.”

“I told you I liked Amanda.” I answered, trying to lighten the mood before continuing seriously. “She doesn’t even know us; or Hunter for that matter, and surely she can see how much her daughter cares for Hunter, why would any parent carry on like that. All she is doing is pushing Amanda further away.”

“I agree, baby.” Ben answered, glancing at his watch before tackling his food.

“And what happens if she finds out about his HIV?” I asked. “If she doesn’t like him now, that will be the end of any hopes of Amanda getting any support from her. And did you ask Hunter about Amanda’s father?”

“Apparently he walked out on them about five years ago.” Ben replied. “Amanda has intermittent contact with him, but her mother has completely wiped all traces of him from their home.”

Considering her home life, my respect for Amanda was growing by the minute, and it gave me hope that when Hunter told her everything, she would at least listen and try to understand what his life had been like back then, that everything he’d done had not been of his own making but more for a need to survive. My mother may drive me insane at times, but at least I knew she loved me. I shook off my thoughts as Ben spoke.

“As we’ve said from the beginning all we can do is be there for Hunter, and for Amanda, if she wants us to be, and see what happens.” Ben said, looking at his watch again. “Now I have to get back to college.”

I finished my last mouthful of food before speaking.

“Is it wrong that I’d like to see them make a go of it?” I asked Ben. “I know all the arguments against it…they need to finish college, they’re young, there are issues they both have to face….but somehow they just seem so damn right for each other.”

Ben leant over the table, his lips meeting mine for a snatched kiss.

“Ever the romantic!” He said, as he stood pulling on his jacket. “And no, there’s nothing wrong with it all. Just don’t get your hopes up yet.”

“I know.” I replied as I followed him out the restaurant, stopping on the footpath.

“Since Hunter won’t be home till late tonight, how about we have a romantic evening of our own?” I suggested.

“Mmmm…..what exactly did you have in mind?” Ben asked, a wicked grin crossing his face.

“I’m sure I can come up with something!” I answered, standing on tip-toe to kiss him. “See you tonight. I love you.”

“I know.” Ben replied with a wink and turned heading off in the opposite direction.

I walked slowly back to the store, our conversation going through my mind. Everything from now hinged on Amanda’s reaction when Hunter talked to her. Once again I hoped it would be soon, because the deeper they became involved, the harder the rejection, if it happened, would be for Hunter.

I managed to get away from the store at five. It looked like rain so I quickly stopped at the market to pick up something for dinner and had just walked in the door when the phone rang. I picked it up to be greeted by giggles and settled down for my nightly chat with JR, which mainly consisted of me talking and her giggling. I had just hung up when Ben walked in the door.

“You look tired!” I said frowning.

“Stop fussing Michael, I’m fine.” He replied, as three sneezes escaped making a lie of that statement.

“You’ve got a cold!” I answered.

“I got caught in a heavy shower of rain on the way home that’s all.” He replied. “What’s for dinner?”

I glared at him, his changing the subject not working on me at all.

“Get out of those wet clothes and take a hot shower.” I said, pushing him towards the stairs.

“Michael…..”

”Do it!” The tone of my voice broke no argument.

He realized there was no point arguing, and I watched him head upstairs, hearing more sneezes before he reached the landing.

I went to the kitchen and put some chicken pieces into the oven before throwing a salad together and headed upstairs to find Ben.

The sound of sneezing led me to the bedroom, and I found him sitting on the side of the bed.

“Bed now!” I told him walking over and pulling back the covers.

“Michael I told you to…..”

“Stop fussing! Yeah I know, and I told you to get into bed.” I answered.

I heard him sigh, and he finally moved and climbed under the covers without any further argument.

“You taken your meds?”

“Yes.”

“Good. Do you want anything to eat?”

“No, thanks.” He replied.

“Because I cooked, or because you’re not hungry?” I asked, a smile twitching at my lips.

He cocked his head to one side looking up at me.

“I love your cooking, baby.” He answered an innocent look on his face.

“Of course you do.” I replied grinning at him. “As long as it doesn’t include anything more than opening a can or box.”

He reached out and pulled me onto the bed.

“Have I told you lately how much I love you?” He said, running his fingers down my cheek. I reached for his hand and threaded my fingers through his.

“Yes, but I don’t mind hearing it again.” I answered. “And tomorrow when you’re feeling better, you can show me exactly how much you love me.”

“I’m sorry I’ve ruined your romantic evening.” He said. “But I promise to…..”

His words were cut off as he started to cough, and I frowned at him.

“Enough talking. I’m going to make you some hot tea, and then you’re going to sleep and if you’re still like this in the morning, you’re not going to classes.”

“Michael stop making a big deal, it’s just….”

“A cold!” I finished the sentence for him. “And if that’s all it is fine, but you know I worry.”

“Guess you had to inherit something from your Mother seeing you missed out on her cooking skills.” He answered, diving under the covers before I could punch him.

I climbed off the bed shaking my head. “It’s just lucky for you that you’re sick otherwise you would pay for that comment.”

I could hear his laughter from under the covers as I left the bedroom and went downstairs.

I checked on the chicken before turning on the kettle and making hot tea for Ben. I carried it upstairs and placed it on the bedside table. He was already asleep, and I reached out, brushing a stray strand of hair from his face, and dropped a light kiss on his head. His eyes fluttered briefly before he drifted back to sleep. I stood there watching him for a few minutes trying not to let my worries about his health overtake me before going downstairs and dishing up my dinner. I settled with it, in front of the TV, my thoughts still on Ben and not the program in front of me.

After cleaning up I decided I would sleep in the spare room so as not to disturb Ben and after a quick clean up, was about to head to bed when the door opened and Hunter and Amanda walked in.

“Amanda got her car fixed today so she dropped me off.” Hunter said.

“How was the movie?” I asked.

“Wonderful.” Amanda said.

I noticed the look on Hunter’s face.

“What did you see?”

“PS I Love You.” Hunter replied, rolling his eyes.

I couldn’t help but laugh.

“If Ben can sit through Spiderman six times for me, I’m sure you can cope with the occasional chick flick” I answered.

Amanda turned from me to Hunter.

“You said you wanted to see it.” She said.

“Of course I did!” Hunter replied not very convincingly.

“You mean you watched it because I wanted to?” Amanda asked.

I noticed a blush crossing Hunter’s face.

“I guess.” He replied, dropping his head.

“Oh Hunter, that’s so sweet.” She answered leaning in a giving him a quick kiss on the cheek. “Next time we’ll see something you want ok?”

I felt like I was intruding so decided to leave them alone.

“I’m off to bed.” I said, and they turned their attention back to me.

“Where’s Ben?” Hunter asked.

“He wasn’t feeling well and went to bed as soon as he got home from college.” I replied, and saw a worried look cross Hunter’s face.

“His meds?” Hunter asked.

“No, a cold and cough. I’m sure he’ll be fine tomorrow.” I replied in a positive way but could tell Hunter wasn’t fooled.

I could see Amanda following this conversation with interest and decided to leave before it became awkward.

“I’m off, make sure you lock up.” I said, then turned to Amanda. “It was great to see you again, make Hunter bring you for dinner again soon.”

”Thank you, I’d like that, and I’d better get home.” She replied, looking at Hunter who nodded in reply.

I walked into the kitchen to get a glass of water and leave them to say their goodnights. When I walked back, Hunter was at the bottom of the stairs and he stopped, waiting for me.

“I’m going to tell her everything tomorrow.” He said, a determined look on his face.

“I think that’s a very wise decision.” I replied, dropping my arm over his shoulder as we walked upstairs together.
 
 
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kata_ny on December 3rd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
oh god,i sooo don't envy Hunter right now.but i guess this had to be done.
Amanda's mom is horror.sheer horror.
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Michael Owns Me: familykitchenforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Yeah she's not very nice is she :( but don't worry Amanda can handle her :)
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pinkfrictionpinkfriction on December 3rd, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Hunter. Can't wait to read more, Amanda's mom is such a bitch.
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Michael Owns Me: MichaelHunterHugforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
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shadownyc: foreverbm - Huntershadownyc on December 3rd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
While I trust Amanda, I certainly think her mother's another story.

I'm also worried about Ben. The timing of all this doesn't bode well.

Great chapter!
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Michael Owns Me: BenMirrorforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! The next chapter is started up as it's such an important one I am not rushing it :)
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tigerstriped86tigerstriped86 on December 3rd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I dedicated a half hour to getting caught up on the fic after the email I got from you. I must say that I'm impressed with what you have.

The pacing is great for this story and I'm glad you didn't take too long to dwell on the dread before Hunter goes to tell her. I like the fact that Amanda's got a teaching goal, I think that adds a nice spin to it. I also foresee a great plot involving the mother-in-law (whoops..chanelling Debbie there for a moment) and I'm eager to read more.

Can't wait to see more of Amanda's wonderful personality.
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Michael Owns Me: FamilyStreetforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Hey sweetie

Thank you for reading it and I am glad you are enjoying it and the way I am writing/tackling this idea.

I hope to have another chapter up with the next few days :)
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secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on December 3rd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ack, now I'm worried about Ben!
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Michael Owns Me: Ben doorwayforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Hugs you and Ben :)
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QAFanqafan on December 4th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Viv, I love your writing. I'm glad I found this! I love Hunter, and wish I saw more fics with him in them. You portray him perfectly, along with Ben and Michael. (One thing that always annoys me about some fics with Hunter is when he's portrayed gay...which he isn't)

I can't wait to see the next chapter!
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Michael Owns Me: hunterforeverbm on December 4th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am glad you found it and are enjoying it. I love Hunter and have always wanted to explore this storyline with him and his father's.

I hope to have the next chapter up over the next few days :)

{{hugs}}
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