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NEW!!! "Hazard Pay - Final Chapter"

Posted on 2013.12.16 at 19:24
Title: Hazard Pay – Chapter Thirty-One

Pairing: Noah/OMC

Rating: M

Prompt: Action!Noah in action ripped from the headlines!

Disclaimer: Don’t own ‘em. Don’t make no money.



***

Pippa turned to the camera. “We’ll be right back with our final segment, including questions from our audience.”

“Oh, crap!” Noah said, just as Holden re-entered.

“What’s wrong?”

“Audience questions,” Noah told him. “AUDIENCE QUESTIONS!” he repeated at Holden’s blank look.

Holden tilted his head. “So?”

“What if someone asks something, or says something…”

“Homophobic?” Holden shrugged. “From what I’ve seen, he can handle it.”

Noah growled in frustration and climbed of bed, but the pain in his leg made him double over. “Shit!”

“Easy there, cowboy,” Holden advised.

“I should be there!” Noah gestured at the TV. “I should be there to support him, but I can’t because of this.” He pounded on his fist on his leg in frustration, then slumped back on the bed. “I hate being helpless,” he admitted.

Holden’s voice was calm. “First of all, you’re not helpless. You’re just a little hamstrung right now.”

Noah laughed in spite of himself. “Okay.”

“Second, I think Jeff has things well in hand.”

Noah sighed. “Yeah, I know.”

Still, he gnawed nervously at his thumbnail during the commercials. Sure enough, the first audience member to ask a question had a belligerent tone.

“You claim to be a newsman, but I just wonder what makes you think this is news. I mean…” The woman paused to put a hand on her hip. “It’s not news who I’m dating. Why should we have to watch a TV show about who you choose to have sex with?”

A few other audience members nodded, but Jeff remained calm.

“Well, you’re right,” he said easily. “It’s not news. And it’s certainly not how I would have chosen to come out. On the other hand,” he added, leaning forward in his chair, “there are people in this country who have been outed who have lost their jobs, lost custody of their children, and been ostracized from their families. Some have even lost their lives. And to me, that’s newsworthy. So, while a single case such as mine isn’t news, when you look at the bigger picture, there’s a story there.”

“See?” Holden looked at Noah. “He can handle it.”

Jeff leaned back to scattered applause, while Pippa approached another audience member with the microphone.

“Hi, I’m Leslie,” she stammered nervously.

“Hi, Leslie.” Jeff sketched a little wave.

Leslie blushed visibly. “I’m just wondering if you might stop traveling to other parts of the world, because it will be more dangerous for you now that you’re, um, out.”

“Absolutely not,” Jeff replied firmly. “I mean, obviously I’ll use common sense, but I’m not going to live my life in fear. And as we were just talking about, as a gay man, I could just as easily be murdered in the United States as in the Third World. But hopefully the person wouldn’t get away with it quite so easily here.”

There was more scattered applause as Leslie sat down. Lily tiptoed in the room and sat down again, handing Noah a glass of water.

“Drink this,” she ordered. “How’s it going?” she asked Holden.

Holden grinned. “He’s kicking ass.”

Pippa approached a serious looking young man with thick glasses who spoke in a single breath.

“Hi, I’m Adam, I’m a big fan. I’m interested in becoming a journalist and I’m wondering what additional classes I should take in college besides my major and also how to get started in the business.” Adam paused and gulped for air. “Uh, thanks.”

Jeff scratched his ear, looking abashed. “I’m not really the best person to ask about college, since I dropped out, but I guess any kind of history course would be important. Or political science or economics. Anything that helps you understand the bigger picture. Pippa, what do you think?”

“Writing courses,” Pippa said. “Or foreign languages. Anything that helps you communicate effectively.”

“Yeah, those are good choices,” Jeff agreed. “As for getting started, I don’t really know. I just kind of jumped in, feet first, and learned as I went.”

Pippa nodded. “There’s definitely no substitute for hard work and long hours. Next question, please.”

Adam sat down, looking disappointed, while Pippa held the microphone out to an older woman with big glasses and even bigger hair.

“Jeff, I’m wondering what you think your parents would say if they knew you were gay.”

“Christ,” Noah muttered. “What a stupid-ass question.”

“Shh!” Lily said. “I want to hear what he says.”

Jeff took a deep breath before replying, but his tone remained calm. “Well, first of all, my parents both grew up with heavy expectations from their families about who they were supposed to be. My mom was expected to be a Southern belle and land a rich husband, and my dad was supposed to be a captain of industry, not a writer. So they were determined not to do the same to me. They always made sure I had plenty of room to be myself.”

Jeff leaned forward again. “Plus, like I said, my dad was a writer and also a huge jazz fan. He used to cut classes at Yale and drive up to New York to visit the clubs. He was friends with quite a few musicians. My gGrandmother Edith used to call them hopheads, which I guess they were.” Jeff smiled. “But a lot of them were gay, as were the writers and actors and artists my mother hosted at her parties in New York.”

He took another deep breath. “So I’d like to think they’d be okay with it and just want me to be myself.”

Jeff’s face hardened slightly. “But the truth is, I’ll never know what they might think, because they’re dead and I can’t ask them.”

Jeff leaned back in his chair. Noah’s heart ached for him, knowing how hard that question must have been. The questioner must have sensed the same thing, because she quickly sat down, looking abashed.

“Serves her right,” Lily said firmly. “Noah, drink your water.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Noah rolled his eyes, but obeyed.

“We have time for one final question.” Pippa nodded toward a stern-looking older man who had his hand raised. “You, sir.”

“I’m wondering if you’ve considered what this sort of publicity might do to your career.”

“That’s a good question,” Jeff answered coolly. “A few years ago, nothing mattered more to me than my career. And I would have done anything rather than risk damaging my professional reputation.”

“And now?” Pippa asked.

“Now, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my career. But I can honestly say that nothing in my life has made me more prouder than having Noah Mayer choose me as his partner.”

“Oh, geez.” Noah felt warmth blossom in his chest, and he sipped his water to cover his embarrassment.

“Which is why,” Jeff continued, “I’ve decided to take a hiatus from TNN.”

Noah spat water across the bed. “What?”

Pippa frowned. “Are you saying TNN is forcing you to take a leave of absence?”

“Not at all,” Jeff said. “My boss at TNN has been nothing but gracious. This is something I’ve decided to do on my own.”

“Why?”

“Noah still has months of physical therapy ahead of him,” Jeff replied. “I’d like to be there to help him through it.”

Noah sputtered, even as some of the audience members cooed.

“That’s so sweet,” Pippa chimed in. “But are you sure you’ve thought this through?”

Jeff nodded firmly. “I’ve already given my notice at TNN. And I’ve rented an apartment near the hospital where Noah is staying.”

“What?” Noah turned to Holden. “Did you know about this?”

“First I’ve heard of it,” Holden replied, although he looked a little smug.

“Shh!” Lily scolded again, flapping her hand at them. “I want to hear this.”

“Speaking as one of your oldest friends,” Pippa was saying onscreen, “I never thought I’d see the day when Jeff Carter turned down a work assignment.”

Jeff got a stubborn line between his brows, one that Noah recognized. “Work is important,” he said firmly. “Family is more important.”

“Well said,” Pippa replied. “Any last thoughts for our audience here and at home?”

Jeff thought for a moment. “There’s a proverb I learned in the Middle East,” he said finally. “‘We all live under the same sky.’ It means, despite our differences, we’re all pretty much the same inside. That’s certainly what I’ve found in my travels. So, gay and straight don’t have to be dividing lines if we don’t let them. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings. Let’s treat each other as such.”

“Well said again. I’d like to thank our studio audience for their participation--"

Noah wasn’t listening. As the show went to credits, he turned off the TV, lunged for his cell phone, and hit speed dial.

“Jeff Carter here.” Jeff’s voice was as smooth as butter. “To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking?”

“You know damn well who this is” Noah hissed. “You can’t do this!”

“Do what?”

“Quit your job.”

Holden and Lily exchanged glances, smiling indulgently. They both rose, and Holden helped Lily on with her coat.

“I’m not quitting my job,” Jeff purred in Noah's ear. “I’m merely taking a hiatus. And for the record, I’m independently wealthy. I can do whatever I want.”

“Dammit, Carter, be serious!”

“I’m perfectly serious. Pippa says hi, by the way. What did you think of the show?”

“You both kicked ass, of course,” Noah snapped. “But don’t change the subject.”

Noah was temporarily distracted as Lily gave him a peck on the cheek. “See you at Thanksgiving,” she whispered. “Bring Jeff.”

“Wait…I’m not sure—"

Noah sputtered helplessly again as Holden gave a cheerful wave and escorted Lily out the door.

“You there, Solo?”

“Yeah, I’m just…” Noah rubbed his eyes. “You know I would never ask you to choose between your career and me.”

“I know you would never ask, sweetheart. That’s why it’s so easy to choose.”

“But…” Noah sighed. “I feel bad.”

“Don’t,” Jeff said. “To be honest, this isn’t just about being with you.”

“It’s not?”

“No.” Noah could hear the hesitation in Jeff’s voice. “There’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but I’ve never managed to work up the nerve.”

Noah leaned back on the pillows. “What’s that?”

“Write a book.”

“Really? You’ve never mentioned it.”

“I know,” Jeff admitted. “Mostly because the idea scares the crap out of me.”

“What do you want to write about?”

“My parents.”

Noah sat up straighter. “You mean…”

“Yeah.” There was a pause. “I want to write about what really happened.”

“Oh, Carter,” Noah sighed. “Are you sure you’re ready?”

“No.” Jeff’s voice shook a little. “I’m not sure. But I’m tired of carrying this secret around. I want to tell the truth, consequences be damned. Hey.” His voice lightened a little. “I just came out on national television. Anything’s gotta be easy after that, right?”

“I guess, but—”

“I need you to help me get through this, Solo.”

Noah felt his heart soften. “If you think having me around would help…”

“It would. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I can do this without you.”

Noah sighed again. “You know I’ve got your back, Carter, no matter what. And I’d be honored to help you.”

“Thank you.” Noah could hear the tension in Jeff’s voice ease. “I just figured now was the time, you know? You’ll be doing your rehab, I’ll be working on the book—and when that’s done we’ll figure out the next step.”

“Speaking of the next step, when did you find an apartment here? You never mentioned anything.”

Jeff hesitated. “I’d like to take credit,” he said finally. “But it actually wasn’t my idea,”

Noah frowned. “Whose was it?”

“Luke’s,” Jeff admitted. “He called me earlier today and offered me a place in some new condos he’s had renovated. He said you’d need me by your side while you’re in rehab and that I — we, actually — should have a place in Oakdale, rather than just stay at a hotel.”

“Oh,” Noah said softly.

“He’s a good man,” Jeff said. “Even if I hate to admit it.”

Noah felt his eyes burn with tears. “Yes, he is,” he said thickly. “He’s the best.”

“He did mention that he and Dr. Whatshisname were moving back in together. Are you okay with that, Solo?”

“Yeah, I am,” Noah said slowly. “I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I’m okay with it. I just want Luke to be happy. And if he finds happiness with Reid, then I’m at peace with it.”

“Peace and good will to all, huh? You’re not getting mushy on me, are you, Mayer?”

“Maybe a little,” Noah admitted. “Speaking of which, we’re invited to Thanksgiving at Snyder Farm. It might be a little awkward, but I can promise you the best meal you ever ate, courtesy of Luke’s grandma Emma. Although you might have to saw a Hubbard squash in half.”

“A what?”

Noah laughed. “It’s a family tradition. I’ll explain it when you get here. Speaking of which, when are you flying back?”

“Tonight,” Jeff said. “I thought about staying in New York a few days, packing some boxes — old letters and stuff — but it’s been a long hard day and I miss you.”

“I miss you, too. And whatever you need to write the book, we’ll get it here.” Noah thought of his three boxes, still stuck in Ali and Casey’s attic. “I have some stuff to unpack, too. I know it’s only temporary, but we’ll make the place our own.”

“We always do. Anywhere I hang my hat, right?”

“Right.” Noah fought tears again. “I love you, Carter. God, I love you so much.”

“I love you, too, Solo.” Jeff’s voice grew brisk. “Now get some sleep. I’ll be there when you wake up in the morning.”

“Okay. Good night.”

“‘Night, Solo. Sleep tight.”

Noah hung up. After a few moments, he pulled his laptop to him and searched the Internet for a particular phone number. His hand shook a little as he dialed, but the voice that answered was as cool and composed as ever.

“One of the blessings of the modern age is Caller ID. Hello again, Noah Mayer.”

“Hi, Dr. Harada,” Noah stammered. “Um, I’m sorry to call you at home.”

“Nonsense.” Noah could imagine the woman dismissing his concern with a brisk wave of her tiny hand. “You know my students are allowed to contact me whenever they need to.”

“Well, um, I wanted to apologize first of all for kind of dropping off the map.”

“From what I hear, you’ve been all over that map.”

Noah laughed. “I have, actually. But I didn’t keep in touch like I promised I would, and I feel badly about that.”

“Life happens,” Dr. Harada replied, then lowered her voice. “Or, as you young people say, shit happens. I’m happy to hear from you now. Are you recovering from your injuries?”

“I am, thanks,” Noah said, touched by her concern. “Uh, I was wondering if we could maybe meet for tea some day. Like old times.”

Dr. Harada’s voiced warmed. “I would like nothing better. I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures.”

“I was also thinking, if you wanted, I could maybe come and talk to one of your film classes. I could show some of my footage from the field and talk about the challenges of shooting under extreme conditions.”

“That is an excellent suggestion, Noah,” Dr. Harada purred. “It’s always helpful for my students to hear about real-life applications for their skills.”

She sighed. “So many of them dream of glamorous careers in the film industry. But as you and I know, life doesn’t always happen the way we think it will. There are always unexpected twists and turns.”

Noah laughed. “That’s one way of putting it.”

“But somehow, life ends up unfolding exactly the way it should. Don’t you think so?”

“I do,” Noah said after a moment. “Even a week ago, I might have not have believed it, but I do now.”

“I look forward to our meeting, Noah. Just email me some good times for you, we’ll figure out a date, and I’ll put the kettle on.”

“Thank you, Dr. Harada. Good night.”

“Good night. And Noah?”

Noah pressed the phone back to his ear. “Yes?”

“Welcome back to the land of the living.”

Noah closed his eyes. “Thank you.”

After he hung up, Noah settled back against the pillows. Night had fallen an hour previously, and the deep darkness outside was tinged with the purple-golden glow of the street lamps. Snowflakes brushed against the windowpanes, but the storm had eased, leaving quiet in its wake. A few stars peeped through the clouds as they passed, promising clear skies ahead.

“We all live under the same sky,” Noah murmured, picturing Jeff looking up into the same starry darkness somewhere in New York. Then he settled down and fell asleep instantly, knowing that Jeff was on his way home to him and that, no matter what life threw at them next, they would face it together.

The End
***
COMING UP NEXT: Extra-schmoopy epilogue!

Comments:


pirl
pirl at 2013-12-17 04:01 (UTC) (Link)
EEEEEEeeeeEEE!!! I love it!!! Jeff & Pippa taking on the world, changing minds and getting everyone on board the Equality Train! And it warms my heart that everyone in on Team Noah. Holden & Lily being his "couch buddies" to watch the show, Luke coming thru and getting Jeff a permanent place to be by Noah's side. I love everyone so hard.

Oh to see the scene where Jeff meets Emma, she's going to gush over him. And I could totally see him say something ohso-southern-charm to make her blush like a little girl.

Extra-schmoopy epilogue!??!?!? Yes, yes, 1000x yes!! Tho I'm SO DAMN SAD this is ending! D:
willwork4dean at 2013-12-17 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Did I mention the epilogue will include both schmoop AND sex?
pirl
pirl at 2013-12-17 04:54 (UTC) (Link)
It's like you just told me I'm getting Christmas, New Years, my birthday, my un-birthday, Festivus and the 4th of July all at once!
myalterego1 at 2013-12-17 15:29 (UTC) (Link)

Love a Happy Ending

I have to admit, Luke/Noah will always be my OTP. However, your writing sold me on Jeff/Noah 100% I love how this story unfolded and am so sorry to see it end. Gosh, but you are talented. Can't wait for the schmoop!

And, does this mean that someday we'll see the end of Angel's Lie too? My Willworkfordean fanfic addiction must be fed!
willwork4dean at 2013-12-17 18:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Love a Happy Ending

I agree that Nuke will always be my OTP and when I started writing the story I just assumed they would end up together. But then that darn Jeff came along! I'm glad you ended up enjoying the story anyway. :-)

Yes, I will definitely be finishing "Angels Lie"! My goal was to finish both stories this year but obviously that's not going to happen. :-(
BOOM! goes the dynamite!
mslauren2930 at 2013-12-18 01:38 (UTC) (Link)
I feel so strange saying this, but I kind of want Noah to share one last cigarette with Reid. :)
willwork4dean at 2013-12-18 02:13 (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Maybe they can sneak out for one at Thanksgiving.
Writer
aspirwriter at 2013-12-18 13:33 (UTC) (Link)
I think...you did an amazing job with this story. From beginning to end, you built Noah's character true to form. Jeff was a great addition that you really gave a personality too, and it made absolute sense for them to be together in the end.

Nothing truer than these words: "....But as you and I know, life doesn’t always happen the way we think it will. There are always unexpected twists and turns.”
Noah laughed. “That’s one way of putting it.”
“But somehow, life ends up unfolding exactly the way it should. Don’t you think so?”
“I do,” Noah said after a moment.

As you experienced yourself writing the story, there are unexpected twists and turns, and things ended up as they should.

Glad Luke ensured Jeff would be near. Glad he's getting back with the doc. And I would love to see Thanksgiving in the epilogue, or any sign that both Luke and Noah are happy in each of their lives shared with another, as well as in the life they will always share as close friends who shared special, young love.

Job extremely well done!

tom
willwork4dean
willwork4dean at 2013-12-19 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
Aww, thanks so much for your lovely comments! There is definitely a very happy ending come up for everyone involved, including lifelong friendship. I can see Noah and Jeff being patient counselors during the inevitable Reid/Luke drama. (One time when crashing on their couch, Reid finally admits that he secretly likes the drama, too.) Reid and Noah sneaking out for the occasional cigarette. Reid and Jeff enjoying the occasionally snarky comment. And everyone being proud/supportive of each other's accomplishments.
random_nic
random_nic at 2013-12-18 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know where to start, end, or what to even put in the middle to adequately relay my love for this story. So many great things here... the grudging Noah/Reid camaraderie, the fact that Holden and Lily's concern is what's best for Noah (rather than what Luke thinks is best for himself in any given moment), the tremendously written original character of Jeff, and most especially, that this was a *Noah*-focused story. So often even in great fics, we're reading a story primarily about Luke's world, with Noah as a leading character, but without a real existence outside of being Luke's boyfriend. As someone who bemoaned how the show gave Noah such a raw deal, so often sidelining him when it made no sense for him to be offscreen, this beautiful tale of Noah will stay with me, and remain an all-time favorite. SPECTACULARLY DONE!

Edited at 2013-12-18 02:05 pm (UTC)
willwork4dean at 2013-12-19 16:39 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for your sweet comments! I'm definitely a Nuke fan, but at the end of the day, Noah's my guy. He's the one I love no matter what the storyline. (I kinda feel the same way about Holden and Lily. I love them together, but when they're not together, I love Holden and get pretty annoyed with Lily.)
It just killed me that, at the end of the show, Noah left Oakdale the same way he arrived - alone. In both situations, it took so much guts for him to keep moving forward despite that. I kinda needed someone to acknowledge that. It also felt good to write a story where Noah wasn't somebody's fallback position - where the person who was with him felt like the luckiest guy on the planet. At the same time, I didn't want to make anybody out to be a cardboard villain. Anyway, so glad the story worked for you!
wheelie47
wheelie47 at 2013-12-18 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
Ah it can't be the end already?! But yay for the promise of an extra schmoopy epilogue!!

But such an ending!! I wanted to hug and cheer for Jeff all at the same time. Go Jeff!!! And Noah's reaction was just spot on... it was so him!

Jeff is such an excellent character and you've developed their story so well that I'm so happy you have them together here at the end. They have both come a long way and they deserve it. Go Carter and Solo! And knowing that Luke is happy too and that he had a hand in getting Jeff an apartment put an extra shine on the wonderful ending.

Thank you for such an amazing story!!!
willwork4dean at 2013-12-19 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you feel that everyone stayed true to character. Luke offering a place to live felt like such a Luke thing to do - impulsive and generous and big-hearted. And I think, once the smoke cleared, Luke and Noah would genuinely want each other to be happy.

Jeff was pretty sneaky, too, telling Noah about the book. He knew Noah wouldn't feel comfortable having Jeff quit his job to take care of him. But Jeff needing Noah to help him get him through writing the book? That's a different story. Silly Noah!

Thanks for sticking with the story! I'm really looking forward to writing the extra-happy-ending epilogue.
valenti1965
valenti1965 at 2013-12-19 08:33 (UTC) (Link)
Wow go Jeff! Amazing last interview!! Can't Wait for the epilogue of this amazing story!!

Edited at 2013-12-19 08:35 am (UTC)
willwork4dean at 2013-12-19 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for sticking with the story! I'm really looking forward to writing the epilogue and finishing the story with a big bow on top!
jb1183
jb1183 at 2013-12-26 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
I've started reading this story late in the game, so firstly, forgive me for not having commented on previous chapters and secondly, forgive me for my forthcoming verbosity since I want to comment on the story as a whole.

I have to commend you on completing such an epic fic. I am a huge Nuke (and especially Noah) fan, and you took Noah (and the readers) away from the familiar setting for much of the story and created intricate new worlds for him to inhabit. I am in awe of the way you palpably brought to life the various settings through the richness of your detail.

Speaking of rich detail, everything I love so much about the character of Noah Mayer is on full display here. This is unquestionably one of the most wonderfully complex, insightful, and fully realized portraits of him that I have ever read. It's actually more than a little bittersweet for me that this absolutely triumphant portrait of Noah happens to occur in a story where he and Luke do not ultimately end up together and where Luke plays such a minor role.

But then that leads me to Jeff, who is another triumph-an original character who is written with such depth as to come fully alive for the reader. By the time the story came to a close, I felt like I KNEW him, and that's entirely because of your care in crafting him. His relationship with Noah was developed with tremendous depth and insight, and you made it absolutely impossible to root against them-although my ideal ending would probably have needed to involve a polyamorous arrangement since I also couldn't ultimately root against a Nuke reunion either.

I have to admit that I spent the entirety of the story absolutely *sure* that the catalyst for Noah leaving town-Luke not telling him about the party the Snyders planned for him, would eventually be revealed to have been a huge misunderstanding, since it just doesn't ring true for me that Luke would ever do something so cruel, even during that period in 2010 when a lot of us were disappointed in him.

Speaking of Luke, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would be very interested in reading some "missing moments" to this story involving him, should you ever have the desire to write them-in particular his "long talk" with Lily and the phone call with Jeff. Your dialogue comes across completely natural, so I'd love to see these conversations given a "voice."

Sorry for the dissertation! This story was quite an achievement on your part!
willwork4dean at 2013-12-27 22:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you feel that I accurately portrayed Noah! As a fic writer, there is no higher praise.

Like you, I'm a huge Nuke fan and have written tons of fic where they end up together. (I just reorganized my Master Fic post to make it easier to find my completed stories, if you're interested in reading them.) This story was definitely a departure. I usually hate OCs, so it means a lot that folks have enjoyed reading about Jeff.

Also like you, I believe there is no way that Luke would deliberately do something so cruel. But it wasn't totally a misunderstanding either. What happened was that Luke felt like his parents put him in an awkward position with Reid by asking him to invite Noah. So he did a very Luke thing - he meant to tell Noah but accidentally/conveniently/carelessly "forgot," or put it off, or assumed that he would find out by some other means, since everyone Noah knew was invited and no one in Oakdale can keep a secret. The end result was a very Luke-like situation - by trying to make everyone happy and not hurt anyone's feelings, he ended up making no one happy.

I honestly tried to write a scene where Luke and Noah discussed what happened, but it always ended up feeling forced. Plus, it hurt Noah's pride to have to admit that A) In his entire life, no one had ever thrown him a party before, and B) He was so upset at Luke basically he ran off and joined the Circus/Foreign Legion. Luke didn't want to be so petty as to point it out, but nor was he completely ready to admit that he maybe kinda forgot on purpose.

In the end, I decided it didn't really matter what happened and why, because both Noah and Luke were ready to forgive each other their failings. But I hope the explanation helps.

Thanks so much for your kind comments!
jb1183
jb1183 at 2013-12-28 06:44 (UTC) (Link)
That explanation really does help, so thank you for taking the time to give it. I do wish that explanation had somehow made its way into the story somewhere, since without knowing there was truly no genuine malice intended on Luke's part, I think a little more negative shadow is cast over him throughout the story than he probably deserves. But I'm a fic writer myself, so I also definitely understand trying to write a scene or conversation and finding it coming across as forced.

Thanks again and you're very welcome for the comments!
seajellybaby
seajellybaby at 2014-01-05 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
This story has been such a joy! What a great escape from real life! Your characters (and I mean yours as you have a wonderful way of making up your own as well as adapting those from ATWT) just jump out from the page/screen and I spend my life waiting in anticipating for the next thrilling chapter! And even though you make us wait in agony, it's always ALWAYS worth it! I'm really going to miss this Noah but especially the amazing Jeff who we all came to love despite our usual dedicating to Nuke endgame.. Can't wait for the final chapter and congratulations on finishing it!

Angles Lies next!! Yippee!!!
willwork4dean at 2014-01-05 20:55 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, sweetie! Thanks for your kind comments, as always. Escaping from real life is what I'm all about, LOL!

The Epilogue is up now - really hope you like it!
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