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“I never would have thought he was the one,” Preston said when Cary finished telling him what had happened.



“I know, and it was all my fault. If I had loved him the way I should have…” He heaved a deep sigh of remorse.



“That’s not true,” Preston said adamantly, easing his hand out to take Cary’s which lay on the pristine white hospital sheet. It had been two days since he’d been shot and he was doing better than even his doctor had predicted. He still felt like a… Continue

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“I saw her name in the paper.”



“No Hugh, there was nothing in the paper about the shooting other than a small item saying an unidentified man had been attacked in the park.” Cary took a step back, staring at him.



“You’re right, I saw that and…and remembered she was the one who called you last night to tell you about it. I just assumed she’d been with him.”



“Hugh, I never mentioned who it was who called. I told you a friend of mine had been hurt was all and asked… Continue

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Late morning slid into afternoon and then evening as Cary sat beside Preston’s bed waiting for him to wake. Every time he’d ask Tabitha when that would happen she’d reply, “When he’s ready and not before,” which did nothing to relieve his impatience.



As night fell Cary stood and stretched, going to the window to look out over the city, rapping his fingers on the pane until Tabitha told him in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t stop she was going to kick him out. He was about to… Continue

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By the time they’d finished talking both Tabitha and Cary were exhausted. She offered him the sofa so that he wouldn’t have to make the drive home and possibly fall asleep at the wheel, or though she didn’t say it to him, get into a fight with Hugh because he was coming home so late.



Cary had accepted gratefully, telling her to wake him when she got up and he’d drive her to the hospital. As it was the weekend he didn’t have to go into work so he planned on spending the whole day… Continue

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“Did it bother you that Pres made porn movies?”



“Yeah, some, but I figured it was his life and if that worked for him it wasn’t up to me to say anything.”



“Maybe you should have Cary. Or were you afraid he’d take it the wrong way and think you were, humm not sure jealous is the right word but you know what I’m getting at.”



“That I cared because I cared for him as more than a friend.” A frown creased his forehead.



Tabitha nodded. “Think about that… Continue

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“Does Hugh love you Cary?”



“I suppose so Tabby from the way he acts, though he’s never come out and said so.”



“This sounds more like an arrangement of convenience than anything else if you want my take on it.”



Cary winced but couldn’t deny what she’d said. “It does sort of, doesn’t it?”



Tabitha nodded as she got up again to get the coffee. “Cream, sugar?”



“Sugar thanks.” He put in three spoonfuls when she set it and his coffee in front of… Continue

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“Would you come up with me,” Tabitha asked. “I mean if you don’t mind or don’t have to get back home to your boyfriend. I’m too wired to go to bed right now and I wouldn’t mind the company.”



“I don’t mind at all. I’ll just leave Hugh a text so he knows where I am. He’s probably dead to the world right now anyway. He got stuck working late at the construction site and was dragging when he got home.”



A few minutes later they were in her apartment. She asked if he wanted… Continue

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“Please answer, please, please,” Tabitha prayed as she heard the phone ring. She was on Preston’s cell, pacing back and forth outside the operating room, hoping the number he’d programmed in wasn’t Cary’s business line.



“Hello?” a sleepy voice finally answered.



“Is this Cary, Preston’s friend?”



“Yes.” The voice was suddenly alert. “Who’s this? Oh hell. What’s wrong, why are you calling and not him?”



“Pres was shot.” She took a deep, gasping breath.… Continue

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“Tired already?” Preston asked with a mocking grin as Tabitha sat down on the park bench.



“Well I have been on my feet all day. Give me a few and then we’ll do the whole walk around thing, look at the moon and the stars and be glad we’re alive to see them.”






“You sure you’re not really Pollyanna in disguise?”






She laughed. “No, that was my sister.”






“Somehow…
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Tabitha linked her arm in Preston’s, not pushing or tugging him into walking through the door, just being there with him. For him.



‘I can do this, I need to do this.’ Preston took a deep breath and stepped out into the cool night air. Immediately he closed his eyes as a couple walked by as if that could hide him from their sight.



“They didn’t even look in our direction Pres. Most people are too self-absorbed, especially couples out for an evening stroll… Continue

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“So?” Tabitha said as soon as she walked into the living room the next morning.



Preston shrugged. “So nothing. We talked a lot is all.”



“Oh Pres what am I going to do with you? I bet you didn’t say a word about your feelings. And before you say it’s too early to remember that you’ve known him a lot longer than you have me. He’d have to be a fool not to know on some level what you feel even if he won’t admit it to himself.”



“Tabby, damn it, he’s in a relationship… Continue

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“Where the hell have you been,” Hugh asked angrily as Cary walked into their living room. “Do you know what time it is?”



“I’ve been with a client. I told you that when I called.”



“No, you said you were working late.” Stalking towards Cary Hugh thrust him back against the door, saying with a sneer, “Did you have fun with this ‘client’?”



“God Hugh, get a grip. It was work. Do you think I like doing that when I could be home with you?” He tried to squirm loose from… Continue

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“Is Tabby really her name,” Cary asked as he trailed after Preston, grabbing the champagne on the way to the kitchen.



“Yep, short for Tabitha. She’s the one who helped me escape from the hospital and then nursed me back to health. A true Florence Nightingale.” Preston smiled to himself. “She’s a wonderful person and a good friend.”






“Better than me,” Cary said softly under his breath.






Preston…
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“Yes, it’s bad,” Cary replied, not willing to lie to Preston as he tightened his grip on his shoulders. “I can understand now why you think you need to hide away here.”



“You never were one to pull your punches with me.”



“Never saw a reason to.” Cary traced a fingertip along the worst of the scars. “This gives you a sort of piratical look you know. It’s kind of sexy.”



Preston snorted out a short laugh. “Maybe, if it was the only one.”



“But it’s not, I… Continue

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Preston woke with a start to the sound of the buzzer. His heart leapt with hope until he blearily looked at the clock and saw it was past eight. “Damned, stupid, idiotic pizza delivery people,” he growled. “Probably pushed the wrong button.” He debated ignoring it then figured the fool would just keep buzzing so he stumbled up and crossed to buzz them in.



As he started back to the sofa his cell rang. One look at the Caller ID and he answered, saying angrily, “No Tabby he didn’t… Continue

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Cary drove by the apartment building one more time, still tying to decide if this was a fool’s errand or the real thing. And why did he care anyway? He knew why he cared. If it was just a joke then it would tell him something about a man he had started to think of as a friend. If it was a joke then he’d take their relationship back to purely a business one and nothing more. “Do it,” he told himself as a car pulled out of a parking space just in front of him. He swung into it and then sat there… Continue

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“He’s not going to show up Tabby Cat,” Preston said into his cell as he paced the living room floor. “He thought I was joking just like he was. I should have answered his last question.”



“No, Pres, you should have answered his unasked question and told him who you really are.”



“I know.” He ran a hand through his hair and then growled as he realized he was at the window again looking down at the street in front of the apartment building.



He hadn’t meant to tender… Continue

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Cary held his breath as he watched Rickerson work his way through their new website. Everything he and Kelly had discussed and worked on now hung in the balance. If Rickerson rejected it… He didn’t want to think about that. Yes he was being selfish, he knew that, but he had come to value the times he and Kelly had been together even if it had been just through emails and then, once there was an actual site to visit, by IMs.



What had started out as just a business arrangement,… Continue

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“You look very pleased with yourself,” Hugh said once he’d given Cary a welcome home kiss and handed him a bottle of beer.



“I am. That man I told you about who wants to create our website came up with a design that Rickerson actually approved of that might drive more business our way.”



“So he’s male? I thought you didn’t know if he was male or female.”



Cary laughed. “I did the obvious and asked. After all I can’t spend the next however long it takes to get this… Continue

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“Interesting.” Rickerson tapped his lip as he compared the three designs Moriarty had sent and listened to Cary tell him of Moriarty’s logic behind the resubmitting the one Rickerson had originally rejected. He studied that one intently, noting the changes and additions. Eventually he nodded. “The man has a valid point and with the alterations I think it could work for us. Let him know I would like to see it as a working site. If it still looks as good then, and there are no glitches, I’ll… Continue

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