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Last Request Part 1
| Title: Last Request|
Summary: Luke (aged 72) thinks he's dying and he and Noah spend the day looking back on their life together.
Characters: Luke, Noah, various friends and family members
Author's note: This was written for the Nuke/Janis BigBang 2011 on LiveJournal
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“Hey there kiddo, how’s it going?” Noah said as he answered the phone after glancing at the caller ID.
“It’s happening dad. We’re on our way to the hospital now.”
“What? You mean..”
“Yes! The baby is on its way! You’re going to be granddaddies again! Is papa there? I want to tell him myself.”
Noah glanced to the door to the bedroom he shared with Luke.
“Uhm.. now is not a good time kiddo. He’s resting..”
“Oh right.. how is he?”
“Ah he’s alright, he was just tired so he went to lay down for a while.” Noah told his son, convincing himself it wasn’t a completely lie.
“Dad.. how is he really? When did the doctor stop by last?”
Noah sighed. He still couldn’t keep anything from his kids.
“You know how he is Josh. He needs a new kidney and because he’s not exactly 20 anymore.. he’s not very high on the transplant list.”
“That’s stupid. Can’t you pull in a few favours? We know people in that hospital. Or maybe call Uncle Aaron or Aunt Faith or Aunt Natalie or maybe Uncle Ethan.. they could get tested. They might be a match.”
“You know they all got tested last time. They’re only half siblings. The chance was slim they would be a match.”
“At times like these I really wish I was your biological son. I would’ve been a match. I would’ve given papa my kidney in a heartbeat. I don’t need two anyway.”
Noah smiled at the mention of his son’s name for his husband. At 36 he still calls him papa.
“I know kiddo. Your papa does too. But the meds work for now. We’ll deal with the rest when we have to ok? Now you just focus on becoming a papa yourself. Sarah and the baby need you more than we do right now.”
“Alright dad. Tell papa I love him. I’ll call you when the baby is born.”
“Alright will do. And slow down, you’re no use to anyone if you get yourself killed. Have you told your brothers yet?”
“Yeah I already talked to them so don’t worry. Ok I have to go now. Sarah is finally done packing her bag. I’ll talk to you later dad, love you.”
“I love you too kiddo. Give my love to Sarah.”
“Will do, bye dad.”
Noah smiled as he hung up. He was going to be a granddad again. Their little boy was becoming a father himself.
He walked to the bedroom to tell Luke the good news and caught himself holding his breath when he put his hand on the doorknob.
Don’t be stupid, it’s just Luke. He’ll be fine. The meds work. It’s just a little rough patch right now.
He opened the door and let his eyes adjust to the dark room. He saw his husband laying in the bed looking paler and thinner than he’d looked in a long time.. and so still.. almost like.. For a minute Noah feared the worst and his own heart skipped more than a few beats.. until he saw Luke’s chest rise and fall in time with his breathing.
Thank god.. he’s still with me.
“Luke? Baby wake up. I have something to tell you. It’s good news. Trust me, you really want to hear this.” Noah said as he sat down on the bed and took his husband’s hand in his and softly squeezed it.
Luke slowly opened his eyes. Noah thought he looked tired and a lot older than his 72 years.
“How are you feeling?” Noah asked him, not letting go of his hand.
“Tired. I feel like I closed my eyes only 2 minutes ago.” Luke said as he glanced at the alarm clock on the nightstand. “But it’s been 3 hours..”
“Have you taken your pills yet for tonight?”
Luke shook his head.
“They don’t work Noah. They only make me feel tired all the time. I’m tired..”
“But the doctor said you were doing better. That the meds seemed to work. I’ll go get a glass of water so you can take your pills.” Noah said and got up from the bed but Luke stopped him.
“Noah.. didn’t you hear me? I’m tired. I’ve been poked and prodded so much the last 20 years.. I’m tired.”
“What? Luke you can’t give up. The Luke I know would fight till the end and then some.”
Luke gave him a small smile.
“What if this is the end Noah?”
“It’s not. You are not getting rid of me that easily Snyder.” Noah said as he turned on the bedside lamp.“Josh just called, Sarah went into labour. Don’t you want to see your new grandchild?”
“Of course I do. But I’m tired Noah. If this is it.. if this is my last night.. I’ll be ok with that.. if you just stay with me.”
“Of course I’ll stay with you. But this is not your last night. You’re going to live forever. You and me together forever remember?”
“That’s what we said when we were kids. That’s a lifetime ago, Noah. You and I both know I’m living on borrowed time.”
“Well then we might as well borrow some more. I can’t lose you Luke. I couldn’t back then and I still can’t.”
“You’ll be fine.”
“No Luke I won’t. You can’t give up now. Let me call the doctor. He can give you something to lift your spirits and give you more energy. Don’t leave us Luke. Me, the kids.. we love you.. we want to keep you around. Please take your meds. Do it for me.. please.”
“Alright.. but no doctors or hospitals. I mean it Noah.. I’m done with those.”
“Ok. No doctors, got it. I’ll go get a glass of water so you can take your pills.” Noah said as he quickly got up before Luke would have time to change his mind.
Luke sighed but decided to keep his mouth shut.
“There, I let the tap run for a little while so it’s nice and cool.” Noah said as he handed him the glass a few minutes later.
“If you shake me I’ll rattle.” Luke complained but swallowed the pills.
“That’s ok. You will just save us money on baby toys. We’ll just shake you instead of buying a rattle.”
“Still not funny mister.”
“It is a little.” Noah said as he got comfortable on the bed next to his husband. “You always liked my lame jokes.”
“Only when I was still trying to get you in my bed. I got that part covered now so I don’t have to laugh at your jokes anymore.”
“See? The meds are working, your sense of humour is coming back already.”
“Noah.. please don’t get yourself full of false hope. I’m dying and we both know it.”
“No. You’re not. Not for a very, very long time. I’m not either. I promise. And you know I keep my promises.”
“So you’re going to fight for me?”
“Someone has to if you won’t do it.”
Luke smiled and snuggled up to his husband.
“I remember another time where you said you’d fight for me. A long time ago.”
“You mean that time when I..”
“Fought Kevin because you thought he wanted to ask me out too?” Luke asked amused.
“We were only 17 and I barely knew you..” Noah said laughingly as he thought back to that Tuesday afternoon all those years ago.
“Noah! Hey Noah! Earth to Noah!”
“You’re practically drooling man.. who is he?”
“What are you talking about? What makes you think I was looking at someone?”
“Who said anything about looking? You were staring.. and enjoying the view from what I could see. So tell me who is he?” Gabe asked as he sat down next to his best friend on the stone bench outside their school. “Is it that guy in the red sweater? Or maybe him. The one with the football.”
“No.. none of them. I wasn’t looking at anyone really.”
“Let’s see.. you were looking in that direction there are 4 people near that fountain.. and I’m pretty sure you weren’t staring at that girl in the flowery dress.. so I have 3 options.”
“Gabe, leave it.”
“Option A: Blonde guy with questionable fashion sense. Really.. who wears stripes these days anymore? Or maybe Option B: Blonde guy from the basketball team.. but I’m pretty sure he’s straight so you wouldn’t be looking at him. And then there is option C: Hot guy that likes to take his shirt off a lot during gym.” Gabe continued, ignoring his friend.
“Gabe.. just forget it.”
“I know I’d go for option C. What I wouldn’t do to get a taste of him. Gym is my favourite class since he got transferred into our class.. but I have to remember to wear baggy shorts these days. He doesn’t have to know exactly how much I enjoy gym now.”
“Gabe! Ever heard of the phrase Too Much Information?”
“But you’re Noah and you don’t go for guys like him. You like to play it safe. So that only leaves Blondie with the Striped t-shirt. Want me to go find out if he’s interested?”
“What? Are you insane?! NO! I can get my own dates, thank you.”
“He won’t know you’re interested if you just sit here staring at him you know. He’ll only think you’re some creepy stalker.”
“He won’t.” Noah grumbled. “We have a few classes together.. he knows me.. but that other guy is always hanging around him..”
“Which one? The hot one?”
Noah sighed. He and Gabe had been friends forever and shared a lot of interests but in some ways they couldn’t be more different.
“No, the other one. The guy in the white shirt.”
“So? He’s straight, I’m sure he is.” Gabe said, shrugging his shoulders.
“Yeah and we both know how well that gaydar of yours works. I only say: Michael Goldsmith, prom, last year.”
“Hey, he kissed me back, and he liked it!”
“Sure, he liked it so much he gave you a black eye as a thank you.”
“Who says I’m talking about the kiss on the dance floor?” Gabe said grinning.
“I know there wasn’t another kiss because I took you home after he punched your lights out remember?”
“I remember..but he came to see me later. He came to my house after you went home.”
“Sure, let me guess, this is the part where you tell me about your secret affair? The story of your undying love for each other?” Noah said, trying to keep the sarcasm out of his voice.
“Nope, it’s not. I’ll tell you that story some other time. We were talking about your love life here remember? Or well.. what would be your love life if you’d actually make a move sometime.”
“I can’t just go up to him and ask him out if that other guy is hanging around him.” Noah sighed and wished he had a way to get Luke alone.
“What’s his name anyway? I know people, I can find out if he’s dating anyone.” Gabe offered.
“His name is Luke. Luke Snyder. I know he’s not dating anyone.. he told me.”
“So you know him already? Then why are you still sitting here with the creepy stalker act? Go talk to him. Ask him out.”
“I can’t.. the guy in the white shirt is always around him. I guess I’m not the only one that’s noticed Luke..”
“If you’re so sure White Shirt is after your man, go get him. Ask Luke out before that other guy can.”
“You think I should? Maybe he’s already dating that guy.. I haven’t talked to him in a while..”
“If you won’t I will. I’m curious to see what’s under that striped shirt.”
Noah rolled his eyes as he got up from the bench.
“Everything is about sex with you isn’t it?”
“Yep.” Gabe grinned. “Go get your man tiger.”
Noah took a deep breath and walked over to Luke and his friends.
I can do this. What does that other guy have that I don’t? A jacket with the school logo? I bet he can’t even spell the school’s name. Oh god he’s seen me.. he’s smiling at me. Smiling is good. God he has a nice smile.. those dimples are adorable..
“Hey, Noah, right?” Luke said friendly when Noah walked up to him.
“Yeah, yeah, it’s Noah. Hi.” Noah said and surveyed the guy in the white shirt from the corner of his eye.
He doesn’t look happy. Well too bad sucker. You snooze you lose. I’m asking him out now.
“So.. what’s up?” Luke asked.
“I uh.. can I talk to you for a minute? Alone.”
Luke glanced at his friends for a quick second.
“Uhm Luke we’re kind of in the middle of something here. The party..” The white shirt guy said, giving Noah a get-lost-NOW- look.
“This won’t take long. I’m sure your party can wait a few minutes.” Noah said, looking the guy in the eye.
“Yeah, I’ll be right back Kev, the party isn’t for another 3 weeks anyway, we have plenty of time to talk about it.”
“No, we don’t. We were just talking about who to invite. This clown can wait until we’re done.” Kevin said, daring Noah to reply.
“Clown? Who are you calling a clown? I just want to talk to Luke for a minute and neither of us need permission from you.” Noah replied, stepping into the guy’s personal space.
“Who said anything about permission?” Kevin replied, taking a step closer to Noah so they were practically chest to chest. “You were interrupting something. Just go away and come back later when Luke is free.”
“Who are you? His secretary?” Noah asked, looking down at Kevin. “Are you worried I’ll ask him out before you can and he’ll actually say yes to me?”
“Like he’ll say yes to you. Luke can do way better than you, the school freak.”
“Better? Should he date someone like you then? Poor little rich kid with your expensive clothes. How did you even get into this school? Did daddy bribe them?”
“You take that back. You don’t know anything about me or my family so don’t even think about them!”
“Truth hurts doesn’t it?” Noah smirked.
“You know what else hurts? My fist in your face.”
Noah laughed .
“Give it your best shot.. Shorty.”
“You think I won’t do it.”
“I know you won’t. Fighting will get you suspended. That won’t look on your college application. Daddy will have to make it go away again by slipping someone a few 100 dollar bills.”
The next few moments were a blur of fists and screams and before he knew it Noah was on the ground trying to dodge the fist aimed at his face.
“Get off of me you freak!” Noah yelled, trying to push the other boy off of him or roll them over.
“Kevin! Are you crazy?! Get up!” Noah heard a girl yell right before he felt a first on his jaw.
Damn that’s going to leave a bruise.
Noah noticed a small crowd had started to form around them as he managed to roll them over.
Great. Just what I needed, an audience.
Just when he was about to give Kevin a taste of his own fighting skills Noah felt someone yank him off of the other boy.
“What the.. GABE! Let me go!” He yelled, glaring at Kevin who was being pulled away by the guy Gabe had dubbed The Hot One.
“Oh I’ll let you go. When we’re at the nurse’s office. You’re bleeding you idiot!” Gabe said as he dragged him inside.
“You seriously want me to believe you got this from falling over?” The school nurse asked Noah as she finished cleaning him up and putting a bandage on the cut in his eyebrow.
“It was a really bad fall miss Henderson. One minute we were talking and the next BAM there he was on the ground.” Gabe explained putting on his most angelic face possible.
“I’m sure it was..” The nurse replied, obviously not believing a word of the boy’s story. “Oh hello, can I help you?” she said looking at someone behind Gabe that had just walked in.
“Uhm.. I just came to see if Noah was ok.” The other person said and Noah’s heart sped up.
“Your friend will be just fine after his fall.” She said. “He just has to stay put for a little while so I can call his parents to come pick him up.”
Noah wanted to protest but Gabe interrupted.
“That’s a great idea, miss, I’ll help you.” He said as he lead her out of the room.
Luke walked up the exam table where Noah was still holding an ice pack against his jaw.
“Hey..how are you feeling?”
“Like someone used my face as a punching bag. Your boyfriend has issues.”
“Boyfriend? You think Kevin is my boyfriend?”
“No, we’ve been friends for years but I’m definitely not his type. Kevin is straight.”
“Oh.. right.” Score!
“You just.. pushed his buttons in all the wrong ways.. I don’t know why but he doesn’t like you.. or your friend Gabe.. and the comments you made about his father.. well.. they didn’t help either.”
Noah nodded his head and regretted it right away. Bad move Mayer. No nodding after someone punched your lights out.
“But I believe you wanted to ask me something?” Luke said sounding hopeful.
“Uh.. yeah.. I uh.. I was hoping you uh..” Noah stammered. “Will you go out with me Friday night? On a date?” There, I said it.
“I’d like that a lot.”
// End Flashback//
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