Time & Again

Chapter 13 - Freedom, Immortality, and the Stars!


“So you didn’t hate me?”

Chase frowned as he carefully considered his answer. Finally, he settled for replying with, “No, I did not hate you. I was irritated at your ineptitude, given that I knew what you were capable of. Still, that can be worked on; we have time, now.”

Jack smiled as he looked up at Chase. The older man was lying on his side with his head in his hand, propped up on his elbow. The other hand was idly stroking Jack’s belly, and the younger man was luxuriating in the fact that Chase apparently wanted to touch him “just because.” It was a good feeling.

“So why did you send me away?” Jack asked, remembering that last threatening encounter before he’d dragged Omi back to their time.

Chase sighed. “It was for your own good, Jack. I very nearly took you.”

“I don’t understand.”

“It wasn’t that I was simply being evil, there at the last – it was loss of control. I was angry and hurt and nearly insane. If you had stayed, I would have taken you without your consent. I would have violated you.”

Jack’s eyes widened and he felt himself go cold at the realization of how close he’d come to being dreadfully hurt.

“It hurt terribly at the time,” murmured Chase. “I believed myself inferior and that you wanted Guan. I was totally infatuated with you and you could barely stand to be touched by me.”

“Only because I was afraid of what you – the here and now, you – would do to me once I got back,” Jack replied quietly.

“I know that now. Then… well, let’s just say that I do not deal well with rejection.”

“So… I really did complete the mission? I really helped you become evil?”

Chase smirked and nodded. “If not for you, I would have remained Jun-Han, grown old, and died centuries ago.”

“Wow,” muttered Jack. Hesitantly, he reached up his hand, wanting to touch Chase but unsure of how much right he had to do so.

The older man caught his hand and brought it to his face, humming quietly with pleasure when Jack eagerly touched him, lightly stroking and fondling one pointed ear. He looked down at the youth lying beside him and said, “I want you to touch me, Jack. Of course, there will be times when doing so will be inappropriate, but I’m confident you’ll know the difference.”

Jack snickered. “You mean I can’t strip you naked and do things to you in the middle of a battle?”

Chase raised an eyebrow. “That would be interesting, except that I doubt you even know what you mean by ‘things’.”

The younger man smirked wickedly. “True, but you’ll teach me.”

“Oh, yes, indeed,” Chase replied, and leaned down to kiss Jack.

When he pulled away, Jack was gratifyingly dazed with bliss and looked it.

However, once he came back to his senses, the youth frowned and asked, “So what was all that about trying to get Omi to rule by your side?”

“I wanted him to rule by our side. I’m rather fond of Omi, actually. I know you don’t understand it, but the boy is quite charming, really; and a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, his friends won the day. But I haven’t finished with him yet.”

“So, then… when I came to your palace after he turned… why were you so…”

“Mean? Indifferent?”

Jack nodded.

“I had to be. It was all I could do to not drag you off to a private corner and have my wicked way with you. But I couldn’t do anything until you’d made your trip to the past,” Chase explained.

“And now that I have?” Jack asked hesitantly.

Chase grinned. “You’re mine now, Jack Spicer. I will never let you go, so you’d better get used to it – fast.”

Jack laughed. “Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could get away from you.”

“You really are a genius.”

Jack snorted. “I knew that already. Now teach me something I don’t know. We’ve only got another fifty years at most.”

Chase blinked and then frowned at the younger man. “What do you mean?”

“Well… I met me from the future. I’m old and infirm and toothless and balding. Since I got old, that means I’m still going to die. So you’d better teach me everything while I’m young and can do stuff for you.”

Chase sighed and shook his head with a grin. “You’ve forgotten one aspect of the Sands of Time – not only can it help you travel through time, but it can change time as well. When you made that trip to the future to collect yourself, you had not yet met me. The Sands of Time acted on that information, and took you to a future out of infinite possibilities – a future in which you had never met me. In this timeline, you will be with me forever and always. I will teach you everything I know – including how to live forever.”

Jack’s eyes widened at the explanation. Then he groaned and smacked his forehead with his palm. “I can’t believe I forgot about that.”

Chase pulled Jack’s hand down and rubbed at the red mark on the youth’s forehead with his thumb, smirking when Jack relaxed with a sigh and a smile.

“So, still think we have only fifty or so years together?” he asked smugly.

“Nope – but I hope you know what you’ve let yourself in for,” Jack replied.

“I can handle it. If I can wait twelve-hundred years for my lover to be born, I can handle anything.”

“Glad to hear it.”

Then, Jack surprised Chase by taking the initiative and leaning up to kiss the older man.

As Chase lay back, pulling Jack over him, he found himself more excited than he’d been in a long, long time. Jack Spicer was finally his and the future was ahead of them, but at least he wouldn’t be alone.

He couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

The End


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