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08 November 2008 @ 10:38 am
Picnic In The Park  

Title: Picnic In The Park
Author: foreverbm
Timeline: 3 years post season 5
Genre: Romance/Angst
Rating: PG
Words: 2,228
A/N: This was written for the 3 little words challenge: lotion,picnic,bee for queensoftarts
Additional Notes: A day out planned by Ben and Michael gets off to a bad start after a homophobic comment starts them thinking about the problems their daughter may face in the future, but in the end the days turns out fine.
Beta: jule1122

“Michael, are you ready?” Ben called from the bottom of the stairs.

“Coming!” Michael answered as he bounded down the stairs, a picnic basket under one arm and almost hidden by the blankets he was carrying.

“Shit!” Michael yelled as he felt his foot miss the stair, everything flying out of his arms, and he felt himself falling forward only to be caught by Ben’s strong arms at the last minute.

“You okay baby?” Ben said, as he stood his husband back on his feet.

Michael nodded, trying to catch his breath.

“Glad you were there to catch me.” Michael grinned up at his husband before bending down and picking everything up from the floor.

“Always will be.” Ben replied. “And how many times have I heard you telling Hunter not to run down the stairs.”

Michael stood looking slightly shamefaced as he looked at Ben.

“And what have I told you….that’s what parents do….tell their kids not to do something then do it themselves.” Michael laughed.

“Okay you win.” Ben replied, taking the basket from Michael. “I’m going to get the food organized…. you go and put the blankets in the car, ok?”

Michael headed towards the door and opened it before stopping and turning back to Ben.

“Did you check the weather forecast?” He asked, looking up at the sky.

“Yes, Michael I did.” Ben replied, shaking his head. “And that’s the fifth time you’ve asked me that since we got up!”

“Sorry.” Michael answered. “But it’s not often we get a day without the kids, and it would be just our luck for it to fucking rain.”

Ben sighed before replying. “Stop worrying; they said it was going to be fine all day. Now go pack the car, or we’ll never leave.”

Michael smiled happily as he walked out the door, and Ben headed off to the kitchen, packing the basket with the food he had prepared as well as a bottle of wine.

“I want to call Ma before we leave to see how JR is.” Michael said walking into the kitchen.

“Michael, you’ve already called her once this morning, and it’s only ten o’clock. She’ll be fine….now get your cute little ass out to the car.” Ben replied, picking up the basket and ignoring the scowl that crossed his husband’s face.

Half an hour later, they arrived at the park. Ben grabbed everything from the trunk and followed Michael until they found a secluded spot surrounded by trees which would offer them some shade when the day warmed up.

Ben laid the blankets out and settled down, using his jacket as a pillow as he stretched out. Michael sat down next to him, looking around.

“It’s so peaceful!” He said turning to Ben.

“I’m sure it’ll get busier later.” Ben answered. “Perhaps we should make the most of this time alone.”

Ben reached out pulling Michael onto the blanket, wrapping him in his arms. Michael lifted his head about to answer, but Ben covered his mouth in a deep kiss and all thoughts were forgotten as they explored each other’s mouths, Ben’s hands caressing Michael’s back through his shirt.

The peace was interrupted by the sound of footsteps running in their direction, stopping not far from their blanket.

“Mom look, those men are kissing!” A voice called out, and Ben and Michael both sat up turning in the direction of the voice to find a boy of about nine standing in front of them.

“Mark, come away now!” A woman came running up, grabbing hold of the child and pulling him away. She turned to look back at them, and they both heard the word ‘disgusting’ pass her lips before she hurried off, ignoring the child’s pleas to slow down.

“It’s okay, we’re married.” Ben yelled out at the retreating pair before turning to his husband. Michael was sitting stock still, and Ben could see the anger on his face.

“It’s okay baby, he’s just a kid.”

“Yeah, I know. But he’s another kid who’ll grow up with the same thoughts as his parents.” Michael said his voice shaking.

“It’s getting better, Michael.” Ben tried to reassure his lover.

“Is it?” Michael replied, the anger still evident in his voice. “It seems like we take one step forward then two back.”

“We’ve always said it will take time.” Ben replied, dropping his arm over Michael’s shoulders and pulling him closer.

“But how much time?” Michael asked. “Look at all the problems we faced with Hunter’s adoption. Do you think we’d have had so many hurdles to get through if we weren’t gay?”

“We always knew it wouldn’t be easy.” Ben answered quietly.

“I understand that.” Michael said “But it still doesn’t make it right. I’m sure that if we weren’t gay, the social worker would have encouraged us to adopt Hunter in the beginning instead of having to fight just to be his foster parents. We seem to have to keep fucking proving ourselves over and over again.”

“But it’s worth it isn’t it?” Ben asked, surprised at the anger coming through in Michael’s every word.

“Of course it fucking is.” Michael answered “But that’s not the point. We’re married legally, at least in Canada, but we don’t live in Canada. But we can’t get married in our own country, and sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever be able to.”

“Of course we will!” Ben stated firmly.

“You honestly believe that?” Michael fiddled absently with his wedding ring waiting for his husband’s answer.

He sometimes wondered if Ben really understood how much he loved him, how much he wanted to be his husband not just in name but in the eyes of the world. The thought that something could happen to Ben before they could marry legally was always at the back of his mind, and it scared him.

“Michael, listen to me.” Ben lifted Michael’s chin, looking directly into his eyes. “You are my husband, a piece of paper will not change that nor will it change the homophobia we have to face every day. All we can do is keep fighting, not just for us, but for our kids as well.”

“I guess.” Michael replied, snuggling into Ben’s chest. “I just worry about what JR will have to face when she starts school. Will other kids give her shit because they hear their parents saying she’s got two fags for fathers and dykes for mothers?”

“I honestly can’t answer that baby.” Ben said “But whatever she does have to face, all we can do is be there for her when she needs us, and know when to stand back and let her fight her own battles.”

“I don’t want her to have to fight battles.” Michael argued. “I want her to be treated just like every other kid, whether they have two parents or one, whether their parents are gay or straight. Is that really too much to ask?”

“It’s not Michael, and in a perfect world that’s what would happen.” Ben answered. He hated seeing Michael upset like this and wished he had the right words to reassure him, but he would be lying to himself if he didn’t admit that JR may not have an easy time of it when she started school.

Ben lay down on the blanket pulling Michael with him.

“As long as she knows she is loved, that she can come to either of us if something or someone upsets her, that’s half the battle won.” Ben said, running his fingers over his husband’s face. “Remember she has a huge support group around her and with yours and Mel’s genes running through her body, I think she will be a pint sized dynamo.”

Ben was pleased to hear Michael’s laugher and pulled him closer, raining light kisses over his lover’s face.

“I just can’t help but worry.” Michael said looking up at his husband.

“I know baby, and it’s one of the things I love so much about you, the way you care for everyone, but there’s one thing I know for sure, whatever we have to face we will get through it for one simple reason.” Ben said.

“And what’s that?” Michael asked curiously.

“Because we love each other and nothing and no one can ever take that away from us.”

Michael looked deep into Ben’s eyes seeing the love radiating from them, and his breath caught in his throat. The thought of losing this man he loved more than life itself sent a shiver through his body, and he felt Ben’s arms tighten around him as he buried his head in his husband’s chest.

They sat there both lost in their own thoughts for a while longer. Ben heard Michael sigh and moved slightly so he could look at his husband.

“You want to carry on from where we were so rudely interrupted?” Ben asked a smile twitching at his lips.

Michael gave him a weak smile, his thoughts still on the conversation they had shared and the worries about his daughter. But he couldn’t resist his lover and reached up, running his fingers through Ben’s hair as he pulled his face to him, running his tongue around Ben’s lips before forcing his mouth open and devouring the sweet taste of his husband.

When they finally parted for air, Michael decided to push all his worries from his mind and enjoy this day with his husband. He knew that now JR was living with them, days like this would be hard to find, but he had no complaints on that front.

“Are you hungry?” Michael asked, reaching for the picnic basket, lifting the lid and pulling out containers of food.

“Yes…but not just for food.” Ben replied, a wicked grin crossing his face.

Michael burst out laughing, smacking Ben’s hands away as they began playing with the buttons on his shirt.

“I really think you need to take that shirt off, Michael.” Ben said, pushing Michael’s hands away and slowly undoing the buttons. “It’s getting very warm, and I would love to rub some lotion onto your back so you don’t get sun burned.”

“It’s not that hot, but I wouldn’t want to disappoint you.” Michael laughed, removing his shirt and lying on his stomach, his head turned to the side so he could see Ben. He let out a contented sigh as he felt Ben’s hand slowly rub the lotion over his back.

“Does that feel good?” Ben asked as he traced his fingers down Michael’s back.

“Mmmm….wonderful.” Michael purred.

“Turn over, and I’ll do your front.” Ben said laughing at the speed Michael moved.

“And then it’s my turn!” Michael stated, a soft moan escaping his lips as Ben ran his fingers around the top of his jeans.

“I think that can be arranged.” Ben replied. “But you know I think we should have stayed home today.”

“How come?” Michael asked.

“Because then I could strip all your clothes off and tend to the rest of your body.” Ben answered.

“Perhaps we could ask Ma to keep JR for another night.” Michael suggested hopefully.

“Maybe we could.” Ben winked at his lover then handed the lotion to Michael before pulling his shirt over his head.

Michael pushed him onto his back then squeezed some lotion onto his hands and slowly rubbed it on his husband’s chest.

“Ouch!” Ben yelped as Michael tweaked his nipple. “You’ll pay for that later!”

“I hope so.” Michael grinned, putting the cap back on the bottle before lying on top of Ben. He could feel Ben’s hard cock through his jeans and rubbed himself against it.

“Michael, stop it!” Ben growled, once again wishing they were at home so he could have his way with his husband.

“Spoil sport.” Michael moaned as he felt himself being lifted off Ben.

“As much as I would like to fuck you right here and now, I really don’t think it’s a good idea!” Ben stated.

Michael smiled at Ben and knew that they would be heading home earlier than planned.

“Guess I’ll just have to eat something else then!” Michael said, reaching for the picnic basket and began pulling out the containers of food.

Ben sat up, taking the food from Michael and laying it out on the blanket. He opened the bottle of wine and poured each of them a glass, handing one to Michael.

“Let’s eat!” Ben said, taking a bite from a sandwich. “Then perhaps we could go for a walk?”

“And find a secluded spot where you could….” Michael began.

“Michael….I told you…later…just be patient.” Ben replied. “I promise this day will end in a way that will leave you completely and utterly satisfied.”

Michael smiled at his husband as he helped himself to a piece of chicken, swatting away a bee that was making a dive for the food.

They sat quietly enjoying the warmth of the sun on their bodies as they ate their way through the food and after packing the plates and left over food back in the basket they strolled through the park hand in hand.

By the time they returned to the car, they decided that the day was cooling off and they headed home to finish what they started earlier, both deciding in their own minds that JR was going to spend another night with her Grandma.
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secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on November 8th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
*hugs* I understand why Michael feels so angry. I have felt that way this week myself. But Ben is right -- no one can take their love away from them. This is a lovely fic. ♥
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Michael Owns Me: weddingdayforeverbm on November 8th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
*hugs back*

Thank you! It was the Prop 8 decision that prompted me to go down this track, however briefly, because I was and still am so angry about it.
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pinkfriction: girls gus jr familypinkfriction on November 8th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
That was heart-wrenching bit lovely. The current situation in the S angers me so much.

Hmm...JR living with Ben and Michael.....Can we discuss this further? I'm not entirely adverse to the idea as long as it is explained in a way that is believable and does not ostracise the girls in any way (or involve them dying).
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Michael Owns Me: JRhappyforeverbm on November 8th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you and of course we can discuss it, but be assured I would not ostrasice them or kill them off. I will run my idea past you when we talk tomorrow :) and see what you think.
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pinkfriction: lindsay sunglasses hotpinkfriction on November 8th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I didn't think you would! It will be interesting to hear your ideas.

And I can't wait to chat *squee*

I'm off out in a minute (Christmas shopping lol), I would say have a good day but it's almost bed time isn't it?

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captains_girl: Ben Mikey QAF US Love Youcaptains_girl on November 8th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this! What's the situation with Prop 8 at the moment? I'm a bit behind on the news....Been so caught up with the election, even here in the UK. Thanks! x
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Michael Owns Me: weddingdayforeverbm on November 8th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I am in Austalia so probably as far behind as you on news about it but the report in our paper today said they were going to the oourts to try and get it over turned.

Edited to say that icon was made by me :) Thank for you using it :)

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shadownyc: stephmck - Ben-Michaelshadownyc on November 14th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
I love this story! It really gives a full picture of Ben and Michael and their committed and loving relationship, accompanied by some of the things that they have to surpass to have a successful marriage.
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Michael Owns Me: familykitchenforeverbm on November 15th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Their marriage is very strong because of the love they share for each other and their family and through that I believe they can survive anything that comes their way.

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A fanjustinlovesart on November 19th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
Very poignant and real, as only Ben and Michael can be. A litle sad, too, but you know they are going to get through every obstacle together.

I am fine with JR staying with them, but like Marina I hope it's not the result of death or a fight with the girls. However you decide to get them to this point, I hope it's the result of a common decision and that the girls are still considered JR's mothers and parents. Everythng else (except death of course) would be OOC, in my opinion.
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Michael Owns Me: for youforeverbm on November 19th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! They will get through what ever life throws there way, they have enough love and a strong enough marriage to survive anything.

I can assure you the reason JR will be staying with them will be completely in character and will in no way be detrimental towards the girls.

I've discussed it with Marina and she is happy with my ideas and I hope you will be as well :)
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Yvonne Reidyvonnereid on January 2nd, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
very nice hon xxx
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Michael Owns Meforeverbm on January 3rd, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading it Yvonne &hearts and glad you liked it
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Pam81: Ben&MIchael my desirepam81 on February 8th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Love it ♥ Very well done!
I understand Michael's feelings. It's hard to fight everyday of your life against some assholes. Love is love.
I love the way Ben is always so positive. ^^
And I think that JR will be ok with Debbie. :)
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Michael Owns Meforeverbm on February 9th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Love is love...such a true saying and one I wish that all people would live by.

Ben always knows what to say I think, Michael worries about everything so much but Ben is the rational one.

I think Deb would love having JR to stay, she would spoil her I know
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