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  1. Public Bookmark 1

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    Dumped. Possibly the lowest point in his life to date, and he’d been dumped. Steve stared at the reservation email, for the quaint cabin – hot tub in all – and thought fuck it.

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    17 May 2022

  2. Public Bookmark 3

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    Still reeling and recovering from the events of S3 and Steve’s arrest, he ends up with a fractured relationship with his unit, a dismal sense of self-esteem, and some bloody weird, painful feelings that he hasn’t even managed to identify brought to the fore.

    It’s just that he’s trying to mend his friendships. No other reason why he just wants to make his gaffer laugh, while they’re stuck up in the driest conference ever to plague Cornwall; and why every reprimand stings. Why he wants Hastings to be casually, physically affectionate with him just as much as he doesn’t. Why he never, ever wants to get into the explanation for why being grabbed by the upper arm makes him flinch away.

    But close quarters always seem to spur conversation. Harder ones, easier ones, and the specific kind that leave him lying awake in an overbooked hotel.

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    16 May 2022

  3. Public Bookmark 1

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    Dot takes an interest in Steve Arnott's body. For purely professional reasons, of course.

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    16 May 2022

  4. Public Bookmark 3

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    He understands it, how this all could be taken as a morphine-dream. He’d thought the same, right up until that one nurse came in to crack the comfortable curtain between knowing reality and holding onto imagination. How else could it be real, all those impossibilities stacked up?

    “You’re allowed to want more,” he says, and his heated face already is tilting up like his body knows the need better than his mind.

    Hastings’ brow creases.

    “You can,” he pushes, desperate, because it would be just like the gaffer to tell him that it’s not the time; that it’s too soon, and he’s in too vulnerable a position. All sensible things to say. But he doesn’t give a fuck, not now, here in a hospital bed this man's spent a night watching over and twenty minutes holding him close in - and Christ, not after all these years of looking away and missing the glances returned.

    Alternately; a rough start, unexpected comfort, and how to go from there after spending a decade upholding the law to the letter - through bad cooking, physiotherapy, romance, throwing well-deserved punches at police bars, a home, the most loyal of best friends and a complementary honorary nephew.

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    16 May 2022

  5. Public Bookmark 2

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    "Steve?"

    He looks up, at Ted standing over him - with his hand outstretched, offered in front of everyone, and a quiet kind of vulnerability behind a small smile.

    It’s funny, really, that he doesn’t need to think before taking it. Letting Ted pull him into his arms in the middle of a pub in Ireland where people are either sober enough to play, drunk enough to dance, or too pissed to continue. Thronged with people who knew the eighteen-year-old version of Ted and would welcome him back with open arms, bring him right into their tight fold without question or so much as a comment. He'd call it unbelievable, if he weren't in the middle of it all. Improbable. Unlikely. Perfect.

    (Coming home and coming out are difficult things. And doing both, at once, after forty-odd years, is easier done with a loyal partner.)

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    16 May 2022

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