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Pour Me Another - 28. Shrapnel of a broken heart

Bang! Bang! Bang! The wooden doorframe shook when Michael pounded his fist against the apartment door.

“Asssher,” Michael shouted from the hallway, an unmistakable slur to his words. “Come on, Asssh, I knooow you’re in there--”

Without warning, the door suddenly swung open.  Ian rushed into the hallway and punched Michael square in his jaw.  Michael’s head bounced back, slamming against the wall with a loud thud.  Luckily, Milo was only a step behind Ian.  He quickly wrapped his arms around Ian’s chest, pulling his boyfriend away from Michael, preventing a second blow.

“You’ve got some nerve showing your face around here,” Ian yelled at Michael.

“Look, Ian, I have to talk to him,” Michael begged, his eyes were swollen and laced with tears.

“You’re fucking drunk,” Ian growled.

Milo frowned at Michael and Ian arguing in the hallway.  “He doesn’t want to talk to you, Michael.”

“Asssher?” Michael hollered again from the doorway of Ian and Milo’s apartment.

Shaking his head, Ian broke free from Milo’s grip and shoved Michael several steps back.  “He’s not here, asshole!  Don’t you get it?  Asher couldn’t stand hearing anyone telling him, ‘I told you so,’ after you fucking shattered his heart into a million pieces.”  Ian pushed Michael again.

“Ian!” Milo’s tone was sharp as he stepped in front of his boyfriend, blocking the view between the two men glaring at each other.

“But it’s true,” Ian seethed.

Michael leaned closer and pointed his finger in Ian’s face. “You don’t know the first thing about Asher and me, you jackass!”

Milo raised his hands, forcing both guys to separate.  “I’m sorry, Michael, but Ian’s right, Asher’s not here.”

Michael’s face fell.  “Where is he?”

“Stay the hell away from him,” Ian growled.  “You’ve done enough already.”

When Ian turned and stomped off, storming back into their apartment, Milo gave Michael a sympathetic look.  “Hey, Mike, I’m sorry things didn’t work out for you guys, but you really need to go.”

“Go where? I’ve been by Asher’s apartment, but he isn’t there.  He hasn’t been home in days and he still won’t answer any of my calls.”

Milo shrugged his shoulders and sighed.  “Just give him some time.”

~~~~~

“Dude, thanks for letting me crash on your couch for the last few days.” Asher yawned and stretched his legs on the worn leather sofa.  The football game on television was currently tied, yet the action on the screen wasn’t the focus of Asher’s attention.

Ziggy handed Asher another beer before sinking into his tattered old recliner and kicking his heels up on the wooden crate that doubled as a coffee table.  “No problem, but don’t you think you’re avoiding the situation?”

Asher rolled his eyes.  “No, I just need a little more time before facing Michael, that’s all.”

“That the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard.  You’re just scared.”

“Shut up,” Asher grumbled and kicked at Ziggy’s feet.

“And you think hiding from the guy who broke your heart is going to help?” Ziggy asked. “What are you going to do if Michael shows up at the bar? You’re scheduled to work tomorrow, so what happens if he causes a scene in the middle of Chapel Chase?”

“That’s never going to happen.” Asher shook his head and snorted at the absurd thought.

“How can you be so sure?”  Ziggy questioned Asher.  “The guy’s called you over a hundred times.  He even showed up at Ian and Milo’s place, beating down their door looking for you.”

Asher set his beer on the makeshift table harder than he intended, causing the foam to spurt out the top and slosh down the side of the bottle.  “Have you seen Michael Waters in the bar?  I’m talking about really paid attention and watched him?”

“He’s not exactly my type.” Ziggy chuckled and winked at Asher before taking another long drink of beer.

“Mikie smiles, timidly flashing those sexy dimples, he acts calm and collected when his co-workers are around.  He’s cautious, calculating every move he makes to ensure that nobody from his real life misinterprets his intentions.  He quietly sits at the end of the bar--”

“Jeez, Asher, Michael’s not a freaking homophobe.”  Ziggy suddenly interrupted him.

Asher stopped and glared at him for a second. “Maybe not, but he is a hopeless closet case who’s terrified of anyone finding out that he has feelings for me.”  Admitting it out loud brought the painful memory of the scene in the park crashing back.

A smirk twisted Ziggy’s lips as he unexpectedly turned the tables on Asher.  “Well then, Mr. Burkhart, if he’s so hopeless, what did you see in him in the first place?  You knew the guy was straight, yet you still got involved with him.”

Rubbing his fingers across his chin, Asher scratched at the overgrowth of stubble covering his face as he whined, “I know, but can you blame me?  Those dimples and gorgeous smile, that cute butt, and not to mention the sex was so incredibly hot!”

“Whoa, dude, too much information!” Ziggy’s face scrunched up with horror.

Asher flashed a devious grin as he continued to make Ziggy uncomfortable. “I never thought in a million years that a guy like Michael Waters would bottom, but he let me fuck him so hard.  God, that man would cum buckets while I pounded his sweet ass.”

“Lord, I need a lot more alcohol if we are going down this road.”  Ziggy jumped up and grabbed four more beers from the refrigerator.

Reaching out for another bottle when Ziggy returned to the couch, “Thanks,” Asher said, but Ziggy playfully slapped at his hand.

“Nope, these are all for me.”

Their playful banter continued until Asher’s cell phone suddenly started ringing in his pocket.  Fishing it out of his jeans, Asher gasped at the screen.  His face flushed red and his heart started racing, seeing Michael’s name.

“Can’t you just talk to him and listen to what he has to say?” Ziggy asked.

Asher blew out a long frustrated sigh. His fingers trembled, holding the ringing phone in his hands.  He wanted to answer the call, but he didn’t.  Instead, he swiped his thumb across the reject button and tossed the phone aside.  “I can’t!”

Ziggy tossed his hands in the air.  “Well, nobody’s perfect.”

“I never said he was perfect,” Asher grunted.

“I wasn’t talking about Michael,” Ziggy said, raising an eyebrow at his friend.

“Look, Zig, the trial starts in a few days,” Asher huffed.  “If I didn’t have enough to worry about right now, I might be able to deal with Michael, but I just can’t.”

Ziggy rolled his eyes.  “You’re not the one on trial.”

“That doesn’t matter,” Asher said, glaring at him.  “Philip warned me that Allen’s attorney is going to do everything he can to get that asshole acquitted, including destroying my reputation.  They are going to attack my character.  Do you think Michael is going to stand beside me when they’re calling me a perverted faggot in open court?”

“But that’s not fair,” Ziggy growled.  “You didn’t try to kill someone!”

Asher shrugged.  “Still doesn’t matter.  It only takes one member of the jury to hate gays to cause a mistrial.”

“Well, I’ll be there supporting you, no matter what,” Ziggy said.

“You better be there.  I took a fucking bullet for you,” Asher chuckled, before punching Ziggy in the leg.

~~~~~

Rain pelted the window in Michael’s office.  Several files were scattered across the top of his desk and two messages stamped with large red letters marked ‘URGENT’ were sitting beside his telephone.

Michael’s fingers flew over the letters on his keyboard.  He typed fast and furious before suddenly stopping midway through a sentence.  The muscles flexed in his jaw while his dark eyes scanned the computer screen.

“No! No! No!” Michael shook his head and snarled at his work.  Angrily thrusting his fingers through his hair, disheveling the dark locks, making them stick out from his head in every direction, Michael continued to grumble out loud.

“Fuck!” He growled, using the mouse to highlight the entire page.  “That’s a total piece of crap,” he said, and with the click of a finger, the work disappeared from the screen.

“What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I get it right?” he mumbled under his breath to the empty room.

“Get what right, Michael?” a soft voice spoke from the doorway of Michael’s office.

Michael flinched and whirled around in his chair.  Lana Dawson stood there clutching a clipboard to her chest.

“I’m sorry, dear, I didn’t mean to startle you,” she apologized, stepping further into Michael’s office. “You haven’t submitted your holiday request forms to the Human Resources Department, yet.  I was making the rounds, picking up the last few stragglers so we could get a jump start on the holiday schedule.  Is yours ready?”

Michael stared at her.  He blinked several times, but he didn’t respond to her inquiry.

Lana gave Michael a soft smile, the rosy color made her plump cheeks glow.  “The building is practically a ghost town at this time of year with employees taking vacation time to spend the holidays with their families and loved ones.  I think the entire Accounting and Advertising Departments are taking off the whole week of Thanksgiving.  Old man Ashcroft is such a cheapskate, it wouldn’t surprise me if he actually shut off the water and power in those departments to try and save a few bucks.”  The woman’s easy laughter was light and musical.

The wind outside picked up and started spitting sleet and hail against the windowpane.  Michael shivered and rubbed his hands over his arms.  “Loved ones,” he scoffed, “I don’t think I have to worry about that, anymore, so you can mark down in your calendar that I’ll be here.  I’m not planning on taking off any time soon--”

“But what about the court case?” Lana abruptly asked.  “It’s been all over the news these last few weeks.  Won’t you be taking off time to be with your,” she hesitated before finishing, “to be with your friend during the trial--?”

“We broke up,” Michael’s voice trembled.

Lana gasped. “Oh dear, I’m so sorry to hear that.”

Michael stared at the gray clouds rolling passed the window as he quietly admitted, “It was all my fault.  I panicked and ruined everything, so I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be at the trial.”

“Did you love him?” Lana’s question was direct.  Michael’s head snapped back.  He stared at her hovering beside his desk, her arms crossed, waiting for his answer.

“That doesn’t matter.” Michael frowned, trying to avoid her question.

“Of course it does!” she chided him while tapping her foot, still waiting.

“Yes, I loved him,” Michael whispered, “And I still do.”

“Then you should be there, showing him your support.”

“What if Asher doesn’t want me there?” Michael sighed.  “He won’t talk to me.  He’s been avoiding my phone calls and texts, so why would he want me at the trial?”

Lana shrugged her shoulders.  “He might not, and that’s a chance you just have to take, but wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you did the right thing and stood behind your friend in his time of need?”

Michael took a long slow breath and nodded his dark head.  “You’re right.  Can you mark me off for those days?”

“I’ve already done it,” Lana happily chirped.  With a quick wink and a devilish smile, she turned on her short, stubby heels and sashayed out of Michael’s office.

As I peek out from under my bed, I see most of you have put away your pitchforks.  Are you still mad at Michael...Asher...Me??? :o   They made me do it!!! LOL Thanks for checking out the new chapter. Let me know what you think. ;)  KC

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Love it :) But I wish Mike wouldn't always turn to alcohol if something doesn't go his way

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Ewww, Asher, how can you talk about poor Michael that way!!

Oy this whiplash.... I need to go lie down.

:unsure:

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Life is like a roller coaster, some highs, some lows and some gut wrenching turns......

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Hey, great chapter like always! And no, i'm not mad. They needed to be challenge a bit. otherwise it would have been boring. It would have been like "Oh I love you, love you too, let's move in together, yeah and have a picket fence house and 2,5 kids!" lol

Because seriously, things went pretty fast for them: they meet, they they were barely dating when Asher got shot and then they were practically living together.

And I think it's a good thing that Asher let Michael wait a while before talking to him. So they both think of their relationship, of what they really want in a relationship. And like Asher's friend says he knew Michael had never been with a man before, so it's means a lot of changes for him and his life. The way he sees himself and the way the other see him is inevitably going to change and it take time, and sometime a lot of time to accept that change.

But, in the end, I'm sure they will manage to find their way to each other. And they need to support each other for the trial because the shooting was as hard for Michael as it was for Asher.

Kiss, Kiss ;)

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Hopefully taking a public stand, like staying by him through the trial, will help Michael show Asher how much he truly does love him. Great chapter, as always :)

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Michael panicked. Now he has to take the time think about it and realize that he needs to fess up at work, even if it means losing his job - that is, if he really wants to keep Asher.

 

As for Asher, I think he over-reacted and needs to get a grip. They both need to talk this out.

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Lana gave a very good advice to Michael. Ash probably wouldn´t have forgiven if Michael had decided to stay away from the trial and Ash definitely will need all the support he can have. I think Ash and Michael are meant to be together and they need and love each other, they just need to talk and be more open about their relationship, and I still think Michael needs to look for a new job. And he does need to stop drinking too much, being drunk isn´t the answer.

 

Great chapter!

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no pitchforks for now, you even get a cup of coffee,. I would have stabbed Micheal in the balls if he didn't try to do something.

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Are you in a hurry? For a moment I thought I was already reading the ending. The pace of the story is like on fast forward. Don't let this end yet I'm enjoying Asher and Michael so much. I'll join the mob with pitchforks for now. Hahaha!

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I'm glad Michael will be at the trial. I know Asher will appreciate it even if he can't admit that to himself.

 

Maybe then they can talk. Oh, I just thought of something: maybe Asher will get gay-bashed at the trial and Michael will stand up and defend his man! lol Oh, and when it was mentioned about the jury and Asher said it only takes one homophobe to cause a mistrial - I thought that the jury is selected, questioned, and approved by BOTH attorneys, so there should not be any homophobic people on the jury. Right?

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I can see both of their sides, but I don't like it. It has to be tough Asher getting his feelings hurt, but Michael was a coward for not standing up to his a$$hole boss! :pissed: I love Lana, i think she is good for Michael. I hope he listens to her and still goes to the trial to support Asher. These guys needs to sit down and work it out. Another Great Chapter Mr. K.C. :worship:

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I like that KC: "They made me do it". Is that an excuse for taking them through the wringer or a song from "Chicago"? I guess alls fair in love and war. Great chapter!

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First, I put down the pitchfork....for now. hee hee. Second, gotta love Lana and Ziggy. They are the voices of reason. Asher did over-react because he knew that he basically turned a straight guy gay. LOL. So Michael panicked ...sit down and talk about it instead of turning into a drama queen. Michael needs to stop turning to alcohol. That only gives you really bad morning breath and a helluva hangover. Anger management for Ian?? Going to the trial to show support for Asher is the right move. Brownie points to him for that. And if he gets Asher back because of it, he needs to buy Lana a really expensive piece of jewelry. :*) Just saying.

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That's better ! <_<:lol: I really hope they can fix this ! They belong together :yes: Michael better go to the trial and support Ash and then they have to sit down and talk to eachother :thumbup::)

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On 05/22/2014 05:51 AM, ninecila said:
Love it :) But I wish Mike wouldn't always turn to alcohol if something doesn't go his way
Yeah, Michael uses alcohol as a crutch and it's too easy for him to slip back and now that he thinks he lost Asher he fell right back with old habits. Thanks for reading! KC :)

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On 05/22/2014 06:12 AM, Irritable1 said:
Ewww, Asher, how can you talk about poor Michael that way!!

Oy this whiplash.... I need to go lie down.

:unsure:

Roller coaster whiplash! :P It was more of an off-hand comment. I'm bad for saying crap like that all the time, but I don't feel that Asher really mean any harm. He and Ziggy are very close friends and friends talk about everything. Hope your whiplash doesn't last long, LOL ((don't want you to have to wear a neck brace for the next chapter :P ))

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On 05/22/2014 06:16 AM, Daddydavek said:
Life is like a roller coaster, some highs, some lows and some gut wrenching turns......
Exactly! If life was all smooth sailing on one straight line...where would the fun be in that? :lol: Sorry there weren't a lot of answers in this chapter but new chapter is coming, and there is a few for you. ;) Thanks for reading, Dave!! :)

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On 05/22/2014 06:41 AM, clochette said:
Hey, great chapter like always! And no, i'm not mad. They needed to be challenge a bit. otherwise it would have been boring. It would have been like "Oh I love you, love you too, let's move in together, yeah and have a picket fence house and 2,5 kids!" lol

Because seriously, things went pretty fast for them: they meet, they they were barely dating when Asher got shot and then they were practically living together.

And I think it's a good thing that Asher let Michael wait a while before talking to him. So they both think of their relationship, of what they really want in a relationship. And like Asher's friend says he knew Michael had never been with a man before, so it's means a lot of changes for him and his life. The way he sees himself and the way the other see him is inevitably going to change and it take time, and sometime a lot of time to accept that change.

But, in the end, I'm sure they will manage to find their way to each other. And they need to support each other for the trial because the shooting was as hard for Michael as it was for Asher.

Kiss, Kiss ;)

Oh, I can't do "Kiss-Kiss-Hug-Hug....life is always perfect kind of story!" Nope, can't do it. I would stab myself in the eye if that was all there was to read! :lmao: I know it moved fast in some spots, but I tried to still have high emotions and tension so it wasn't all 'happy-happy-hunky-dory' :P These guys need to cool off but I don't think they are ready to quit each other ;) Thanks for checking out new chapter! :D

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On 05/22/2014 07:37 AM, Valkyrie said:
Hopefully taking a public stand, like staying by him through the trial, will help Michael show Asher how much he truly does love him. Great chapter, as always :)
Thanks so much! I'm glad Michael is thinking about going to the trial, I think if he didn't there would be no hope for them getting back together...so maybe this is a hint of what's to come ;) Maybe... :P

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On 05/22/2014 09:47 AM, Terry P said:
Michael panicked. Now he has to take the time think about it and realize that he needs to fess up at work, even if it means losing his job - that is, if he really wants to keep Asher.

 

As for Asher, I think he over-reacted and needs to get a grip. They both need to talk this out.

Haha, I thought you said they need a time-out! Yes, they do need to talk it out :D Michael has a lot to think about. Showing his support publicly for Asher will definitely score some brownie points!! ;)

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On 05/22/2014 01:15 PM, Suvitar said:
Lana gave a very good advice to Michael. Ash probably wouldn´t have forgiven if Michael had decided to stay away from the trial and Ash definitely will need all the support he can have. I think Ash and Michael are meant to be together and they need and love each other, they just need to talk and be more open about their relationship, and I still think Michael needs to look for a new job. And he does need to stop drinking too much, being drunk isn´t the answer.

 

Great chapter!

That's one of the bad things about M/M romance, guys can be such dumbasses at times :P I think they needed to cool off but they are both thinking about each other and aren't ready to give up just yet soooooo ;) I think they might still stand a chance. Thanks so much for reading!!

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On 05/22/2014 01:40 PM, nostic said:
no pitchforks for now, you even get a cup of coffee,. I would have stabbed Micheal in the balls if he didn't try to do something.
:o :O :o ((shield balls and make mental note to never cross Nostic)) :lol:

 

Now...where is my coffee? Milk with 3 sugars please!!! :P

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On 05/23/2014 10:05 AM, Lisa said:
I'm glad Michael will be at the trial. I know Asher will appreciate it even if he can't admit that to himself.

 

Maybe then they can talk. Oh, I just thought of something: maybe Asher will get gay-bashed at the trial and Michael will stand up and defend his man! lol Oh, and when it was mentioned about the jury and Asher said it only takes one homophobe to cause a mistrial - I thought that the jury is selected, questioned, and approved by BOTH attorneys, so there should not be any homophobic people on the jury. Right?

Unfortunately they can't eliminate a juror for being homophobic (or what if they don't admit it?) The legal system is flawed, but let's see what happens since the trial starts soon!!! :)

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On 05/24/2014 07:44 PM, Rndmrunner said:
I like that KC: "They made me do it". Is that an excuse for taking them through the wringer or a song from "Chicago"? I guess alls fair in love and war. Great chapter!
:P :P If anyone gets mad, I can always just blame Asher and Michael, LOL Those two can be very uncooperative at times :lol: Thanks for reading :D

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On 05/22/2014 06:45 PM, I am IAN said:
Are you in a hurry? For a moment I thought I was already reading the ending. The pace of the story is like on fast forward. Don't let this end yet I'm enjoying Asher and Michael so much. I'll join the mob with pitchforks for now. Hahaha!
No, it's not the end yet :) I know sometimes I write very fast and the pace goes from 0 to 1,000,000 in the blink of an eye :P BUT I will start wrapping it up very soon. This story has been amazing and the response to my characters is better than I ever dreamed of, but it is time for it to come to an end. I have so many ideas for new stories so I hope you check out whatever comes next :D Thanks for all your encouragement!!

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