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New year, new beginning
| Title: new year, new beginning |
Characters: Luke,Noah,Dr. Hughes,Casey,Holden,Lily,Brian
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Luke slowly opened his eyes and looked around an groaned when he realised where he was.
“Not again..” he thought and opened his eyes again and let them wander around the hospital room.
A jacket on the chair next to his bed caught his eye. “Noah.” He thought happily and a smile formed on his face.
“Hey you’re awake” a smiling Noah said softly as he walked into the room holding a plastic cup filled with coffee. “I just went to get some coffee. You’ve been asleep almost all day.” He said as he sat down in the plastic chair next to his boyfriend’s bed and put his coffee on the nightstand.
“How.. how long have I been in here for?” Luke asked trying to remember how he ended up in the hospital once again.
“3 days. Well actually the whole year. And you’ve been asleep for most of it.” Noah said taking Luke’s hand and giving him a goofy grin. “You collapsed on New Year’s Day.. you hadn’t been feeling well for a few days.. and well.. you ended up in here again.” He explained when he saw the confused look on Luke’s face. “I was so worried there was a problem with your kidneys again.. Don’t you remember?” Noah asked worried.
“No.. yes.. kind of.. it’s all kind of blurry..” Luke stammered as the past few days were slowly coming back to him.
“Have you been here all this time?” He asked Noah.
“Yes. Of course. Where else would I be?” Noah said lovingly. “I called work from here and told them I couldn’t come to work because my boyfriend was in hospital. My boss.. well she doesn’t like me much anymore but at least she didn’t fire me.” Noah joked and Luke gave him a small grin in return.
“I’m going to get dr. Hughes. He told me to come find him when you woke up.” Noah said as he got up from the chair and gave Luke a small peck on the lips before walking out the room.
“Luke we have to stop meeting like this.” Dr Hughes said jokingly as he looked over Luke’s chart.
“Tell me about it.” Luke groaned. “When can I get out of here? I feel fine really.”
“Oh I bet you do. But people don’t collapse for no reason. And until I am 100% sure it won’t happen again you are staying right here.” Doctor Hughes said in a friendly but stern voice. “Because I do not want either of your grandmothers or your mother coming after me because I discharged you too early.”
“I think you’d have to be more afraid of Noah coming after you grandpa.” Casey joked, leaning against the doorpost.
“Shouldn’t you be working? I don’t pay you to stand around cracking jokes you know.” Doctor Hughes asked his grandson.
“I’m on my break so I thought I’d go see how my best friend is doing because I saw said best friend’s boyfriend leave a couple of minutes ago. When are you kicking him out?” Casey said as he walked over to the plastic chair next to Luke’s bed and sat down.
“We’ll see” Doctor Hughes said and left the room.
“So where is Noah then? He’s hardly left your side since you got here.” Casey asked leaning back in his chair.
“I don’t know.. When I woke up he was here and we talked for a while and then his phone rang and he said he had to go but that he would be back as soon as he could.” Luke sighed.
“Maybe he had to go to work?” Casey said shrugging his shoulders.
“No he would’ve just said so.. He is up to something..” Luke said thinking.
“Maybe he is planning a surprise for you then. For when you can go home. But you are in here because of too much stress so don’t worry about it all.” Casey said seriously.
“How do you know why I’m in here?” Luke asked raising his eyebrows at his friend.
“I can read and I have ears” Casey answered grinning. “And Noah told me.”
“Where did you go?” Luke asked Noah who had just gotten back to the hospital.
"I had to pick something up in Oldtowne and check if I still had a job. Which I do by the way.” Noah said grinning as he leaned over Luke to give him a quick hello kiss. “Any news on when I can take you home?” He asked.
“No.. I talked to the doctor earlier but then Casey sort of interrupted and I think I fell asleep again after that..” Luke sighed. “I’m not so sure I want to go back to the farm or my parents’ house though.. after all that crap with Brian..”
“Well what if you didn’t have to?” Noah said as he sat down on Luke’s bed.
“What do you mean what if I didn’t have to? I have to live somewhere.. and where would I live if I wouldn’t go back to the farm or my parents’ house?” Luke said getting more and more confused by the minute.
“With me. You could live with me." Noah said taking a key out of his pocket and handing it to his boyfriend.
Luke took the key from Noah’s hand and stared at it for a few minutes.
“Are you serious? You have an apartment?” Luke asked looking from the key to Noah and back.
“No.. we do.. if you want to..” Noah trailed off, feeling very nervous all of a sudden.
What if Luke didn’t want to live with me? We’ve only been back together for a few weeks.. maybe it’s too soon. Is it too soon?
“Are you kidding me? I would love to live with you.” Luke said interrupting Noah’s thoughts.
They had talked for a while about what living together would be like and the things they were going to do when Luke got out of hospital when Luke started yawning.
“Are you tired? You want me to go so you can sleep?” Noah said getting up from the bed.
“No Noah don’t go. I am really tired but I’d like to fall asleep in your arms.” Luke said blushing slightly as he moved over to make room for his boyfriend.
Noah smiled and got on the bed next to Luke and wrapped his arms around him.
“I can’t wait to get home and do this every day” Noah said softly and got a sleepy “hmm” from Luke as a reply.
When Noah was sure Luke was asleep he switched the TV above the bed on and found some game show to entertain him for a while. He felt himself get sleepy too and got a bit more comfortable on the bed when Lily and Holden entered the room.
“Oh sorry, we didn’t want to interrupt.” Holden stammered when he saw the two boys in bed together.
“It’s ok..” Noah said feeling a little uncomfortable as he carefully got off the bed trying not to wake Luke. “He uh.. was tired.. and uh he fell asleep again.” He stammered avoiding Holden and Lily’s eyes.
“So have you heard anything about when we can take him home again?” Lily asked trying to change the subject.
“Uh no and uh..” Noah looked over his shoulder at his sleeping boyfriend.
Should I tell them about our plans? Maybe Luke wanted to tell them himself.
“Uh I don’t know if I should tell you this.. but uh Luke isn’t going home with you when he is discharged.. I uh.. we uh.. we decided to move in together.” Noah said preparing himself for the inevitable Lily-explosion.
“Move in together?” Holden asked after a few minutes of uncomfortable silence.
“Yes sir. I uh got an apartment when Luke and I were on a break and I asked him to move in with me today and he said yes.” Noah explained nervously, eyes shifting back and forth between Holden and Lily.
“This is ridiculous! You can’t look after Luke properly and you two are too young to live on your own. Both of you can just move back to the farm.” Lily said raising her voice.
“Could you please keep it down. Luke needs his rest.” Noah said looking over his shoulder to see if his boyfriend was still sleeping.
“Noah I realise you and Luke are in love but I think you are moving a bit too fast. You haven’t been together for that long yet and living together is a big step.” Holden said trying to calm both his wife and his son’s boyfriend down.
“Yes and I think they are too young to be living on their own.” Lily protested.
“Do I get a say in this?” Luke said sleepy.
“Great you woke him up. Thanks.” Noah said angrily to Lily.
“Sorry they woke you up babe.. I told them about our plans.” He explained to Luke.
Luke smiled and caressed Noah’s cheek.
“I can’t wait” he said and kissed his boyfriend.
“Are you sure you want this Luke?” Holden asked calmly.
“Yes, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my entire life. We’ve lived by Grandma’s rules long enough, we want to be a normal couple, living together in our own apartment.” Luke explained to his parents.
“And if you get sick of me you can always move back to your parents’ house” Noah said jokingly as he sat down next to Luke on his bed.
“I’ll never get sick of you bubby.” Luke said affectionately and kissed his boyfriend.
“I am so glad I can finally get out of here.” Luke said as he sat on the hospital bed tying his shoelaces.
“One week really is too long to spend here. Even though you being here made it a bit more bearable.” He said smiling at Noah.
“Now come on let’s get out of here before Dr Hughes changes his mind and decides to keep you here a little longer.” Noah said holding out his hand for Luke to take.
“Gladly.” Luke said as he took Noah’s hand and gave him a small peck on the cheek.
“So, are you ready to go home?” Noah asked smiling brightly at his boyfriend as he turned the key and started the truck.
Luke wanted to answer but the truck’s radio had sprung to life when Noah had turned the key and now the sounds of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours blasted from the speakers, loudly.
Both boys started laughing and once Noah had calmed himself down enough he turned the radio off.
“So that’s what you listen to in the car!” Luke said teasingly.
“Hey it was on the radio. I wasn’t my choice.” Noah said laughingly.
“Sure Noah.. it was on the radio. Don’t worry I’ll still love you if you’re a Cyndi Lauper fan” Luke teased.
“Come on let’s get out of here and go home.” Noah said trying to change the subject.
“No we can’t go home yet. We have to stop by my parents’ house first. I need to pick up some of my stuff. I can’t wear your t-shirt forever you know.” Luke said grinning.
“Why not? It looks better on you than it does on me. I think it should be the only thing you will ever wear from now on.” Noah said jokingly as he drove the truck in the direction of the Snyder Mansion as he secretly called it.
“I think I’m actually going to miss living here.” Luke said as he walked up to the front door of his parents’ house holding Noah’s hand.
“You know, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to..” Noah trailed off looking his boyfriend in the eye. “Noah Mayer I want nothing more than to live with you. Wake up next to you in the morning and go to sleep with you right next to me every night.” Luke said and pulled Noah close and kissed him.
They allowed themselves to get lost in the moment for a minute and the world around them simply ceased to exist. That was until Brian opened the front door and interrupted their moment.
“Oh uh.. sorry I didn’t know anyone was out here..” he stammered. “I uh.. I didn’t know you were coming home today Luke.”
“I’m not. Well not coming home to this place. Noah and I are moving in together. So you’ll have to find another member of my family to hit on. Maybe if you’re lucky Aaron will come back from Seattle soon.” Luke said giving Brian a look of pure hatred and disgust.
“I’ll only get a few things now. We’ll get the rest some other time ok?” he said turning his attention to Noah who nodded in reply.
“Ok I’ll be right back. Love you bubby.” he said and gave Noah a quick peck on the lips before walking past Brian into the house.
“So.. You and Luke are moving in together huh?” Brian asked and Noah swore he heard a hint of jealousy in the man’s voice.
“Yes we are.” Noah answered and both men stood in an uncomfortable silence for a few minutes.
“Look I know what you did, Luke told me everything. So just stay the hell away from him ok?” Noah snapped.
“I don’t know what Luke told you but I can assure you all I did was take care of him while he was drunk and he may have misinterpreted certain things.” Brian said in a business-like tone of voice.
“Really? How do you misinterpret a kiss then?" Noah said sarcastically. “I don’t care how you explain it all to yourself but I do care about Luke. I care about him a lot. He ended up in hospital because of you and your twisted little games.” He continued, getting angrier by the second and it was taking every bit of self control he had not to knock that sly grin off of Brian’s face.
“Luke ended up in hospital because of his habit.” Brian said and almost spat out the last word.
“Luke's drinking had nothing to do with him being in hospital. He was exhausted from all the stress you caused him with your twisted games. You better hope Lucinda never finds out what you did because I am pretty sure she will destroy you. I hope you have good life insurance.” Noah said fuming with anger.
“What did you and Brian talk about?” Luke asked as he put a bag of clothes and a box with some of his stuff in the back of Noah’s truck.
“I just told him to stay the hell away from us.” Noah explained.
“Us or me? Because I don’t need you protecting me from the bad man Noah.” Luke said irritated.
“I know you don’t. But let me be your knight in shining armour. I just don’t want him near you or me. I can’t stand him, I nearly hit him when we were talking." Noah said and Luke noticed the death grip his boyfriend had on the steering wheel.
“Hey, don’t take it out on your truck. That wheel is not Brian’s neck and it won’t turn into it no matter how much you want it to.” Luke said jokingly as he slipped into the passenger’s seat and fastened his seatbelt. “Now take me home.”
“Close your eyes.” Noah said as Luke put his key in the lock of their apartment’s front door.
“What? Why? Noah I’m not closing my eyes. It’s stupid.” Luke said a little annoyed.
“Just humour me ok?” Noah pleaded and covered Luke’s eyes with his hands.
“Now put your hand on the key and turn it to the right to open the door.” Noah instructed and Luke did as he was told.
“Ok now careful don’t trip over the threshold and walk straight ahead” Noah said still covering Luke’s eyes with his hands and they shuffled into the apartment together.
“Ok now stop and wait here. And keep your eyes closed. I’m just going to put your stuff inside and close the door. No peeking Luciano.” Noah said laughingly.
“Can I look yet?” Luke asked when he heard the door close.
“No not just yet.” Noah answered and Luke thought he sounded rushed.
“Noah are you cleaning up? You know you don’t have to do that for me. I’ll probably make more of a mess in the next 24 hours than you did in the past few weeks.” Luke said.
“No not cleaning up. No peeking.” Noah said and Luke turned around because his voice was coming from a different direction now.
“Noah what are you doing?” Luke asked and then chuckled when he heard the beeping of a microwave. “Are you cooking?”
“You ask a lot of questions, you know that?” Noah said and took Luke’s hand, carefully leading him to the sofa and making him sit down .
“You can look now.” Luke opened his eyes and in front of him on the coffee table were two plates with Chinese food and a little candle in between the two plates.
“Welcome home.” Noah said handing Luke his plate.
"Are you going to give me a guided tour of the apartment any time soon?" Luke asked a little while later. “I’ve only seen the living room and you won’t even let me get up to get a drink from the kitchen.”
“Well you need rest remember? And besides it’s nothing very interesting..” Noah said shrugging his shoulders and turned his attention back to the TV.
"Noah I am not your guest or something. If I’m going to be living here I’d like to know where everything is.” Luke said annoyed.
“Ok, ok.” Noah sighed and switched off the TV. "You want a tour of the apartment, you get a tour of the apartment." He said as he got up from the sofa and pulled Luke to his feet too.
“Well this is the kitchen.. I haven’t used it much because it just seemed stupid cooking for just myself.” Noah admitted.
“We’ll cook together from now on.” Luke said looking around the kitchen. “I’m not the greatest chef in the world but I’m sure we can make something edible together.” He said smiling at his boyfriend and took his hand. “Now show me the rest.”
“Right.. ok.. well that’s the living room but you’ve already seen that and this is our bedroom.” Noah said as he led Luke through the living room and opened a door.
“And we have an en suite.” He said as he opened another door and showed Luke the bathroom.
“Hmm we have a nice big shower, big enough for two people.” Luke said wrapping his arms around his boyfriend’s waist.
“Get your mind out of the gutter. You need rest. And so do I. I’ve been sleeping in a plastic chair for a week.” Noah said as he let himself fall backwards onto the bed and closed his eyes. He felt Luke join him on the bed and rolled over to wrap his arms around him.
“You know what I just realised..” Noah said propping himself up on his elbow.
“Every big thing in our relationship happened in a hospital. Just think about it. We became boyfriends when I came to see you in hospital after what the colonel had done to you and now I ask you to move in with me when you’re in the hospital.”
Luke looked up at his boyfriend’s serious face and couldn’t help but laugh.
“Well maybe we should start looking for a new place to do things from now on.” Luke said in between fits of laughter.
“Yeah we should. It’s a new year, a new beginning, time for new traditions. You know I have a feeling 2009 is going to be our year.” Noah promised and kissed Luke.
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