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Pour Me Another - 11. Kiss and Tell

“Michael Waters?” Ian stared at Asher lying in his hospital bed. “You’re telling me that you kissed Mr. Dimples…that incredibly hot, but undeniably straight guy from the bar the other night?”

Asher nodded his head and smiled at the confused look on Ian’s face.

“But what about your date with Tyler on Saturday night?” Ian asked.

Wincing at the mention of the other man’s name, Asher contemplated coming clean.  Tyler worked with Milo at the art gallery.  The news of their one-night-stand was going to get around eventually.  Before he confessed all of the sorted details, Ian blurted out, “Oh my god, you fucked Tyler, didn’t you!”

Asher’s eyes widen when Ian figured it out.  There was no use denying it, “You have to believe me, it wasn’t planned.  We hit it off and it just kind of happened.” Asher’s voice strained when he started coughing, as he admitted the truth.

“Where does that leave Tyler?  Are you planning on telling him that you’re interested in someone else or are you just going to leave the poor guy hanging, hoping for a second date?”

Asher pinched the bridge of his nose, squeezing his eyes closed, he said, “He already knows.”

Ian opened and closed his mouth like a fish out of water, gasping in air.  His pale face slowly grew redder, but still, no words came out as he glared at Asher.

“Michael sort of showed up at my apartment.  I thought he came to apologize for the fight we had, but instead he kissed me.”

“He kissed you?”

Asher bit his bottom lip trying to contain his smile, “Yes, and it was amazing.”

“Jesus Christ, you’re getting a freaking boner just thinking about him!” Ian raised his voice and pointed to the thin hospital sheet starting to tent with Asher’s erection.

Quickly adjusting to cover his growing excitement, Asher chuckled and rolled his eyes at his best friend pointing out his body’s response to just thinking about Michael Waters.

“Unfortunately,” Asher sighed, “Tyler was still in my bed when Michael kissed me and he was able to see the whole thing.” Closing his eyes, Asher remembered the pain on both men’s faces. “It just happened so fast, and then Tyler was walking naked through my apartment.  Michael freaked out and ran away.  A few minutes later, Tyler was leaving too.”

Ian chuckled. “Dude, you really know how to fuck-up a first date.”

Asher rubbed his fingers over his face and nodded in agreement. “Yeah, I know.”

“Where is Mikie-boy?”

“You just missed him.  Michael went home to change, but he’ll be back soon.”

“So, are you guys dating now?”

The long pause spoke volumes.  Asher had also debated that very question in his mind a million times.

The playfulness left Ian’s voice. “Let me guess.  Mr. Dimples is a hopeless closet case that only wants to fool around in the dark?”

“It’s not like that,” Asher quickly defended Michael. “He’s confused about all this--”

“About what,” Ian growled, “He has the balls to make-out with you, he’s brave enough to dabble with his bi-curious side, but he draws the line at actually dating you?”

“Ian,” Asher tried to protest, but a fit of coughs choked out his words.

“I don’t want to sound cliché Ash, but screwing around with straight guys might be fun for a while, but it never ends well.”

~~~~~

“What do you mean, ‘it was a fucking accident?’ This guy ‘accidentally’ discharged his gun into Asher’s chest?” Michael raised his voice at the police officer standing in Asher’s hospital room.

Everyone jumped when Michael continued to shout.  “He could have killed him, does he know that? Does that asshole know Asher almost fucking died?”

Ian sat on the edge of Asher’s bed while his parents, Lilly and Tom, paced around the small room.  Everyone stared at Michael and Officer Duvall squaring off.  The officer scowled as his dark eyes narrowed on Michael, taking a protective stance in front of Asher and the rest of his family.

“Just calm down, Mr.…” The officer quickly scanned the notes in his little black journal looking for Michael’s name.

“Mr. Waters,” Michael finished for him with a growl. “I’ll be a lot calmer after you have that douchebag locked up.”

“That’s one of the reasons why I stopped by.  I wanted to tell you that we have a suspect in custody.” The officer proudly puffed out his chest when he announced, “Douglas Allen was placed under arrest this afternoon.”

“That’s great news,” Ian said patting the back of Asher’s hand.  “I can’t believe they caught the guy so quick."  Michael’s eyes glared at Ian touching Asher’s skin.  His face reddened when Ian didn’t immediately remove his hand from Asher’s body.  The touch was innocent, but Michael looked shaken by the close contact.  He shook his head and turned his attention back to the officer, ready to continue the argument when he was interrupted.

“Did he confess?”  Lilly asked, while her husband, Tom, wrapped his arms around his wife. “Has he told you why he did this to our son?”  She needed to know.  Up to this point, they had all speculated why someone would have wanted to hurt Asher, yet none of them could come up with a valid reason.

“Yes, ma’am.  The suspect admitted to shooting Asher, but he claims that his intended target was your son’s co-worker, Mr. Andrew Zigler.”

“Ziggy?” Asher exclaimed with surprise.  “The guy was trying to kill Ziggy?”

Officer Duvall nodded his head.  “It appears that Mr. Zigler was having a sexual relationship with the suspect’s wife.”

Asher burst out laughing, which brought a fit of wracking coughs that shook his entire body.  Lilly rushed over to her son at the same time one of the nurses rushed in to investigate what was happening.  The episode passed quickly, but not before Asher chuckled and told the officer, “Of all the dicks to get shot over, Ziggy is the last guy I thought I’d take a bullet for!”

Ian chuckled under his breath as Lilly and Tom rolled their eyes at Asher’s inside joke.  The officer glanced between them before suddenly looking back at Michael, whose face paled at the bad pun.

The nurse wasn’t happy that Asher had gotten so agitated.  She glared at Officer Duvall, then quickly glanced over everyone else in the room, “I think it’s time for Mr. Burkhart to get some rest.  Why don’t you come back later when he’s feeling up to having visitors?”

“Yes, ma’am.” The officer tipped his head towards the nurse, and then turned his attention to Asher. “I just wanted to let you know that the man has been placed under arrest.  You need your rest, so I’ll check back in a day or two to update you on the case; in the meantime, you have my phone number, in case you need to call for any reason.”  The man glanced at the nurse, who silently confirmed that Asher would still be in the hospital for the next few days.

After the officer left, she turned her attention on Asher’s remaining visitors, “That goes for all of you.”  She frowned when they didn’t immediately move towards the door.  “C’mon, chop-chop.”

“Alright, Nurse Ratched,” Ian mumbled under his breath, bringing a smile to Asher’s face. Lilly and Tom both kissed their son on his forehead and told him they would be back after grabbing something to eat.

“That applies to you, too,” The nurse cocked an eyebrow at Michael, hanging back after everyone else left.

When Michael reluctantly headed for the door, Asher reached out and grabbed his hand.  “Can he please stay?” He asked the nurse with big pleading eyes.  She glanced between them then placed her hands on her hips with a huff.

“He can stay only if you promise to get some sleep--”

“I promise,” They answered in unison.

“And you,” She continued over top of them, turning her icy stare on Michael, “keep your voice down.  There are other patients on this floor who need just as much rest as your friend.”

“Yes, ma’am, I promise.” Michael spoke, looking like a child that had been scolded.

Once she was satisfied that she wouldn’t have any more trouble out of them, she checked Asher’s chest injury, then lifted his limp right hand, inspecting it for any change in sensation.  The nurse finished up and recorded his vitals in his chart. “Are you having any trouble breathing?” She asked him as she adjusted the dial on the medication pump set on Asher’s I.V. stand.

Asher told her no.  She appeared satisfied with his answers and worked her way towards the door.  Michael grabbed the chair from the far corner and scooted it closer to the bed; he laced their fingers together, just as Asher’s heavy eyelids fluttered closed.

~~~~~

Dr. Edwards checked on Asher’s progress the next morning while he still slept. “I’m quite pleased with Asher’s prognosis.  He’s recovering remarkably well.”

“When can he go home, doc?” Michael asked, still curled up in the chair beside Asher’s bed.  Lilly smiled at him.  He had barely left Asher’s side since the moment he arrived.

The doctor glanced between Asher’s parents then back to Michael. Lilly nodded her head.  It was a slight movement, giving permission to discuss Asher’s care with this man that obviously had strong feelings for her son.  “If Asher continues to improve at this rate, I think he should be ready to go home by the end of the week, but he won’t be back to work for a while.”

As if hearing his name, Asher started to stir in his the hospital bed.  He moaned when his stretch was cut off by the IV line stopping his arm from extending.  All eyes turned to him and watched him slowly wake up after another medicated sleep.

Removing his glasses, the doctor smiled when he turned towards Asher. “You’re incredibly lucky, Mr. Burkhart.  If that bullet had hit the left side of your chest instead of the right, it would have struck your heart dead center.  Even with the track the bullet actually took, it still did extensive damage to the pectoral muscle as well as the nerves that extend under your arm and continue down to your elbow and hand.  There was a lot of repair done during surgery, but you’re going to need physical therapy after you leave the hospital to regain full strength in your arm.  Now that you’ve had a collapsed lung, you’ll have an increased risk of lung complications down the road, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

Tom Burkhart thanked the doctor as he left to check on his other patients.  Turning towards his wife, he told her, “We have to get your sewing supplies out of Asher’s bedroom before this weekend.”

“I can move some things into Allison’s room for the time being.” Lilly told Tom.  The Burkharts had not touched their daughter’s bedroom since the day she died.  Everything was exactly where she had left it.

“No, Mom,” Asher’s voice was still groggy from the pain medication, “I want to go home--”

“That’s what we’re discussing, honey.” Lilly patted his leg, as she and her husband continued to make arrangements for Asher’s release from the hospital.

“Not to your home.  I want to go to my home.” Asher said more forcibly.

“The apartment is out of the question.”  Lilly didn’t even look at him, as she and Tom continued planning for his medical needs.

Michael remained quiet as the tension mounted between Asher and his parents.

“I want to be in my own place, surrounded by my own things.”  Asher struggled to sit up and gasped from the pain.

“You see that?” Lilly admonished her son, “That’s exactly why you can’t go home on your own.  You are going to need constant care for a few weeks.  It already takes us almost an hour to drive into the city as it is.  The daily commute alone--”

“I’ll stay with him,” Michael suddenly spoke.

All eyes turned towards Michael, sitting in the chair beside Asher’s bed.

“I have plenty of sick leave and vacation time accumulated,” He suggested, “And I already live in the city so it’s really not out of the way.”

Asher stared at Michael.  The distance between Michael’s uptown apartment and Asher’s downtown walk-up was further than Michael was letting on, but Asher was contemplating the idea.  Over the last few days, they had very few moments alone.  They were surrounded by doctors and nurses, family, friends and co-workers.  Michael had been by his side the entire time, yet they’d hardly had two seconds alone.

Smiling at the opportunity to get to know Michael better, Asher quickly agreed, “Thank you, Michael, that’s a very generous offer.”

Lilly frowned. “Are you sure, honey?  It’s a lot of work for just one person,” She questioned her son.

“Yes, Mom, I think it’s a good idea, and if Michael needs to do some work or run an errand then Ian or Milo can swing by and sit with me, so you don’t have to make such a long trip,--”

“I would walk to the ends of the earth for you, Asher Gabriel Burkhart.” Lilly scolded her son.  Asher knew it was true.  His mother had always put her children and her family first before everything else.

“I know, and I love you for it,” Asher softly admitted to his mother.

Michael’s eyes crinkled when he heard Asher’s full name. “Gabriel?”

Cocking an eyebrow, Asher shot Michael a challenging look, “Don’t forget that I’ve seen your driver license,” He let that knowledge sink in before announcing, “Not only do I  know your middle name, your height and your weight, but I also know your age and that you’re an organ donor.” Asher finished playfully sticking out his tongue.

Michael faked a look of outrage, “I think that’s an invasion of privacy,” He claimed.

Asher shook his head and chuckled. “Nope, that knowledge is protected under Client-Bartender Privileges Act of 1933.”

Lilly and Tom smiled listening to their playful banter.

~~~~~

Lilly Burkhart took charge of getting things ready for Asher’s homecoming.  When Michael left to gather his personal belongings from his home, Lilly contacted a cleaning service in the city to give the apartment a thorough scrubbing, convinced that the colony of microbes living in Asher’s place would cause even the healthiest person to come down with some mysterious third world disease.

Asher begged his mother not to go out of her way, but she insisted.  Once Lilly was out of earshot, Asher pleaded with his dad to supervise the work, stating his urgency by adding, “There’s stuff in my place that is, uhmmm, well, let’s say that it’s very, very personal,” Asher winced as he searched for the right words.

“Jesus Christ, Ash, what do you have, a secret orgy room?” Tom muttered under his breath.

Asher rolled his eyes. “No, Dad, but I’m a healthy young guy with an active sex life--”

“Don’t you think you’re over reacting a little, Ash?  I’m sure the maids’ have cleaned homes for customers who have sex,” Tom waved his hand, dismissing Asher’s concern.

“I was having sex… gay sex, hours before I was shot, Dad, how well do you think that one is going to go over?” Asher was blunt, his eyebrows shot up as he watched Tom’s face pale suddenly understanding Asher’s urgency.

“Oh!  I’ll just send Michael to the apartment ahead of the maids--”

“It wasn’t with Michael,” Asher bit his lip, as his eyes glanced around the room, too ashamed to look his father in the eyes after admitting the truth to the man that raised him.

Confusion clouded Tom’s words, “But, I thought you and Michael were dating?”

Asher took a long deep breath before looking up at his dad, “It’s complicated.”

Tom nodded his head.  He wouldn’t do anything to cause his son more pain. “Well, on second thought, maybe I should go help your mother.”

Asher forced a weak smile when his father suddenly understood the depth of his dilemma and ran off to oversee Lilly’s latest project before the maids arrived.

New Chapter is up as promised.  I didn't want to leave you guys hanging.  I'm heading to the hospital tomorrow morning, my surgery is scheduled for first thing and if everything goes well, I'll be home in a few days.  ((I make a terrible patient...everyone who works in HealthCare does, LOL)) :lol:

You guys are great and I can't thank you enough! ;)

Wish me luck, KC:kiss:

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Well interesting reason to get shot lol. But it sounds like Ash and Michael will have quite a bit of time to sort everything out. Something tells me it will not be a quite easy convalescent, but it will prove go be interesting.

 

Hugs and warm wishes for your surgery KC

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Michael being a nursemaid should be quite a test of his feelings. LOL Seeing his protective side come out full force is an interesting feature as well. I'm particularly amused when I imagine what kind of "gay sex" evidence Asher's mom is likely to find in his apartment if Dad doesn't get there first. :D

 

Nice chapter. Looking forward to ALL of the rest. :)

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I'm happy that Michael has persevered so far, and even volunteered to take time

off to help Asher recover. I am pleased at his devotion. It sounds like love. Of course

the real test will be spending whole days together once Asher leaves the hospital.

They haven't had too much time alone yet, so we'll all see.

 

Asher's parents are so sweet and supportive, he's a lucky man in many ways.

Good luck to you as well KC.

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so so so so good. :) so cute! i can't wait to see how it all turns out :) good luck with your surgery!! <3

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Great chapter, good luck KC! You're in our thoughts!

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Great chapter again K.C. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery....keeping happy, positive thoughts for you.

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Good luck tomorrow KC! My thoughts and prayers will be with you!

 

I was sorta curious to what evidence gay sex leaves as compared to straight sex...I mean, not meaning to get graphic, but cum-stained sheets can be found after both types of sex. Just sayin'...

 

And I don't know why what gave me this impression, but I thought Ziggy was gay - that's why I thought Asher laughed so hard when the cop told him Ziggy was the target b/c he slept with the shooter's wife.

 

Florence Nightengale Michael has a nice ring to it. lol I think Michael will have his work cut out for him. :)

 

Good luck again, KC.

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All I gotta say is, I sure as hell hope Michael turns out to be worth it! Sounds like potentially high maintenance. Good luck with the surgery tomorrow, KC. Our prayers are with you!

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Well we are going to see what kind of nursemaid Michael makes. Asher should have some fun at his expense.

Hope all goes well for your own surgery KC. It sounds like you are about as good a patient as Asher is (a patient who is not patient). Hope you have lots of love and support at the hospital and back at home.

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Hey KC,

Praying for a safe surgery and a quick, easy recovery. I will pray that the doctors do the best job possible. It was really nice of you to see that we get a new chapter before you went!

I liked this chapter, but I can't help but have a sense of fear that Ash is gonna get hurt by Michael. If Michael does that after was Ash has been through, I may not forgive him! Ash is so in love with him and Michael loves him too, but he just can't accept himself as bisexual or gay. His paling at the joke (that Ziggy joke was funny) shows how afraid he is I love how Michael is so impulsive and intense, but at the same time, it makes him do things that push Ash to think there is hope for them, when Michael sees it differently later. I hope he doesn't keep doing stuff that gives Ash hope and then freaking out. He has to be less ego-centric, esp. with poor Ash having been so hurt.

I know what the girl was saying above about the remnants of his night with Tyler being at the apt. but I don't think it was about what he'd see. I think it was that he didn't want his mom finding toys and condoms, etc. And he didn't want to send Michael and remind him about his seeing a naked Tyler come out of Ash's bedroom. I do feel bad for Tyler! That would suck to have your night end that way. Poor Milo is gonna prob. catch some fall-out there!

Well, I can't wait to see how you can make it feel like Michael starts to become comfortable in his own skin. That has to happen before they can form a relationship that isn't on a severely damaged foundation. He's seems to be pulled to Ash and clearly has feelings...but I think it will take time for him to acknowledge those feelings and act on them. When he does decide to go with it, will he be able to be out? Will he be able to accept himself and his feelings for Ash. I hope he can.

Hugs KC

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Was wondering about the gay sex evidence myself. Good chapter KC. I can't wait to find out what kind of nurse Michael is going to be.

I hope you don't get a Nurse Ratched hovering over you for the next few days.

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Get back on your healthy side soon. We'll miss the frequent updates but take care of yourself first and foremost.

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The positive side of things is that MIchael will have to function around Asher on a regular basis. I think this will help the "who am I?", process alone. If the attraction is as strong as it seems, being in such close proximity with Asher should push Michael over the edge and to the truth about himself. JMO. Great chapter as always.

Wishing you the best in surgery KC. Will be praying for you. Think positive! :hug::hug::hug: Jo Ann

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On 06/11/2013 07:33 AM, Daithi said:
Well interesting reason to get shot lol. But it sounds like Ash and Michael will have quite a bit of time to sort everything out. Something tells me it will not be a quite easy convalescent, but it will prove go be interesting.

 

Hugs and warm wishes for your surgery KC

Thanks for reading Daithi. I'm starting to feel better and get back to writing. I can't wait to post more and see what the readers think. Thanks for sticking with me. KC

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On 06/11/2013 07:56 AM, Mann Ramblings said:
Michael being a nursemaid should be quite a test of his feelings. LOL Seeing his protective side come out full force is an interesting feature as well. I'm particularly amused when I imagine what kind of "gay sex" evidence Asher's mom is likely to find in his apartment if Dad doesn't get there first. :D

 

Nice chapter. Looking forward to ALL of the rest. :)

Michael might be geing himself into more than he knows :P Well, if you can't imagine what kind of evidence is left behind in Asher's bedroom...I'm never letting you see my bedroom :lmao:

 

Thanks for reading, kc

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On 06/11/2013 08:37 AM, Stephen said:
I'm happy that Michael has persevered so far, and even volunteered to take time

off to help Asher recover. I am pleased at his devotion. It sounds like love. Of course

the real test will be spending whole days together once Asher leaves the hospital.

They haven't had too much time alone yet, so we'll all see.

 

Asher's parents are so sweet and supportive, he's a lucky man in many ways.

Good luck to you as well KC.

I hope Michael is up to the task of taking care of Asher. I know how grumpy patients can be after getting out of the hospital, LOL

 

Asher's parents are cool, I really hoped the readers would like them :)

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On 06/11/2013 10:28 AM, vinnyvin said:
so so so so good. :) so cute! i can't wait to see how it all turns out :) good luck with your surgery!! <3
Thanks Vinny, glad you like it, I'm starting to feel better and hope to get bacck to writing soon. KC :)

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On 06/11/2013 10:37 AM, said:
Great chapter, good luck KC! You're in our thoughts!
Thank you, Myiege, glad you're still reading and enjoying the story. :)

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On 06/11/2013 10:44 AM, Breeze said:
Great chapter again K.C. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery....keeping happy, positive thoughts for you.
Thanks for liking the chapter and all of the well wishes. I'm starting to feel better and hope to get back to writing soon :) Kc

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On 06/11/2013 10:51 AM, charlieocho said:
Here's sending megatons of healing your way.
Thanks for the well wishes! I'm starting to feel better :)

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On 06/11/2013 11:00 AM, CW Prince said:
ok, I'm doing a little jig here....Go Mr Dimples Go!!! LOL
Michael is a surprising character. He has a rough-edge but he is a good guy! :)

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On 06/11/2013 11:23 AM, Lisa said:
Good luck tomorrow KC! My thoughts and prayers will be with you!

 

I was sorta curious to what evidence gay sex leaves as compared to straight sex...I mean, not meaning to get graphic, but cum-stained sheets can be found after both types of sex. Just sayin'...

 

And I don't know why what gave me this impression, but I thought Ziggy was gay - that's why I thought Asher laughed so hard when the cop told him Ziggy was the target b/c he slept with the shooter's wife.

 

Florence Nightengale Michael has a nice ring to it. lol I think Michael will have his work cut out for him. :)

 

Good luck again, KC.

Hehe, gay sex vs straight sex?? ... I've had both and lets just say that gay sex is alway a lot messier...lot more toys...and lot more fun :P

 

Nope, Ziggy is straight boy! And now Nurse Michael is going to have to step up to the task! Thanks for reading, KC :)

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On 06/11/2013 11:59 AM, mickey1952 said:
All I gotta say is, I sure as hell hope Michael turns out to be worth it! Sounds like potentially high maintenance. Good luck with the surgery tomorrow, KC. Our prayers are with you!
Taking care of Asher will challenge Michael so we'll see if he's up to it. Thanks for the well wishes, I'm feeling a little better today and trying to get caught up on things! :) KC

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