Mar 14

March promptly penned: “It’s okay. You don’t have to love me.”



Jackson leaned back against the mountain of pillows and crossed one long, muscular leg over the other at an attempt at casual as he watched all the blood drain from Elliot’s face.

“W-What did you say?”

“I said that I love you,” Jackson said simply. “I didn’t mean to say it so soon. I know you’ve got trust issues, and I totally get it. It’s okay. You don’t have to love me back. Not yet. I’m willing to wait for you to be open to accepting my feelings for you.”

He could feel Elliot pulling away from him. Not physically. Physically, Elliot still lay next to him in his giant king-size bed wrapped up in the Egyptian cotton sheets they’d tangled just a few hours earlier. But emotionally, mentally… Elliot might has well have been a smoking outline through the wall like an Bugs Bunny in an old Looney Toons episode.

Jackson leaned toward Elliot, pressing a kiss to his lips before resting his forehead against Elliot’s. “We can take things day by day. Go to work, where we’ll just be friends, and outside of The Knife… we can do whatever we want. Go out wherever you want. Stay in. It’s all up to you. We take things at your pace. Or we put a stop to this and go back to just being co-workers.” He ran a hand through Elliot’s hair. “I’d never hold that against you. In the kitchen, I’m a professional—”

“I know you are, Jackson,” Elliot interrupted. “I know. We wouldn’t have gotten this far if I thought you were anything like Nick. I just…” He let out a breath, running his hands up Jackson’s arms before wrapping around his neck. “I just need time.”


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  1. Bronwyn Green

    Awwww, poor Jackson. :( I hope Elliot pulls it together.
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  2. Kris Norris

    Ah, Jackson is playing his cards early. Go Jackson. We’re rooting for you.

  3. Gwen Cease

    I love how Jackson is so accepting. How can Elliot do anything, but love him?? Great short

  4. Pansy Petal

    A sigh worthy story. Not scary. Not sad. Thank you. I needed a sigh. Hope Elliot gets there for Jackson. *sigh*

  5. Jess Jarman

    Very emotional for a short price. Well done.
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