Title: Through the Tough Times
Disclaimer: Fiction, but in my heart we know!
Author's notes: I have to start my swimslash with a tribute to my beloved Thoogie. I know it sounds strange but they are the OTP and I truly believe that too. I just miss them so...they both looked so sad this week in Beijing. Anyway, I wrote this last summer for the boys.
Also: All errors are mine and it's been awhile so hopefully it's not too messy.
Through the Tough Times
They say that in a truly successful relationship you take turns carrying each other through the tough times.
Pieter and Ian had that loving balance between them. They were always there for one another, sometimes not physically but always in mind and spirit. Each one lifting the other and bearing his weight until he could be strong again.
Watching them together, it was easy to see that they are made for each other. One seemed to begin were the other ended and so on in a continuous circle of caring and love.
As the two men prepared to leave for China, they quietly wondered who could carry the other this time…
Pieter’s marriage had been hard. He’d stalled as long as he could. They managed to handle the wedding. A child though…as joyful as both men were with the birth, they understood she was a permanent connection that would constantly pull Pieter to another world, another life further away from Ian.
Ian’s retirement came much too early, shrouded in rumors and innuendos. Emotionally more than physically exhausted, he assumed his departure would squelch the media circus that was his life. Unfortunately, he was wrong and he didn’t know how much more he could take.
Pieter and Ian collapsed into each other’s encompassing embrace the moment they saw one another. Quiet tears for one and heavy sobs for the other but the same love and pain.
This time they would carry each other.