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Title: “...quit if he had to...” - 10
Author: [ profile] morrobay1990
Genre: au
Word count: 520
Disclaimer: Jack & Ennis are AP's
♥ Jack

Ennis went back to ranch work, hired on here and there, not getting much ahead but glad enough to be around stock again, free to drop things, quit if he had to, and go into the mountains at short notice.

“You ever gonna tell me what's goin on? You know, that other guy?”

They had gone out early for breakfast, then to the stock show, then another restaurant for dinner, finally ending up at a bar before coming back late, both in a good mood...a mood for sex.

Jack had been aggressive in bed...almost as if he was trying to punish Michael for not being Ennis.

“Doesn't have anything to do with this.”

Michael said in his slow Texas drawl, “Well, now, it just might.”

He reached over Jack and took a cigarette from the pack on the nightstand, lit it, rolled over on his back and blew the smoke at the ceiling.

“Something musta happened or I wouldn't be here.”

He gave Jack a minute to answer, but nothing.

“He supposed to be here instead?”

Jack rolled over on his side facing Michael and took the cigarette from his fingers, took a long drag.

“What difference does it make?” The words floated out on a cloud of smoke. “Maybe he was supposed to be here...but he ain't are.”

He moved his hand softly over Michael's stomach, up his chest, to the side of his face and trailed his fingers through his hair.

Jack had begun to feel a sort of tenderness towards Michael...he knew what it was like to be on the wanting side...and he didn't want to be the cause of the kind of pain that he, himself could hardly stand.

Ennis wasn't here now, but nothing had changed, not wasn't like they had given up on each was just another temporary fuck-up...Jack was used to them.

He kissed Michael and moved closer, “Look, I can't give you a lot...”

Oh, Christ!

That's exactly what Ennis would fact, Ennis didn't even say it, he just acted out those very words “I can't give you a lot”...staying away, not making much effort, only able to give Jack barely enough to get by on.

“Look, Michael, I'm drunk, too drunk to talk about this now.” He kissed him again, “We had a good day today...a good wanna talk about it tomorra, I guess we can...ain't much to say, though.”

Michael got out of bed and opened the bottle of whiskey they'd brought back with them, drank from it.

“Guess I better get as drunk as you are, then.”

And he thought, but didn't say, You are one cold sonofabitch, Jack Twist.

The next morning both men were quiet, kept to themselves, lost in their own thoughts...or maybe just ignoring each other.

They showered separately and dressed, left the room and as Jack got near the truck he said, “What the hell...I got a ticket for parking in the motel lot?”

Something was stuck under the windshield wiper on the driver's side.

Michael said, “Don't look like a ticket.”

As Jack got closer, even before he picked it up, he could see what it was.

He took it off the windshield and leaned heavily against the truck, sorrow and regret visible on his face, audible in his voice.

“Jesus Christ."

Then it faded to a whisper. "Ennis.”


Date: 2011-06-10 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please let Ennis still be in Denver! They need to talk.


Date: 2011-06-10 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Susan,
no, he couldn't stay in Denver...not with Jack and another guy...but they do need to talk, not one of Ennis's strong points.


Date: 2011-06-10 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack you need to find Ennis and then the two of you need to talk.


Date: 2011-06-10 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Neyla,
right, they do need to talk...we'll see.

thanks for reading and commenting

Date: 2011-06-10 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HOLY CRAP! I AM HOOKED! This is so great, Nancy!

Date: 2011-06-10 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
damn, glad you're hooked,

back to step one

Date: 2011-06-10 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay well you did it you sent Ennis away. But, you keep us on the edge again. You are loving this I can tell keeping us all guessing and waiting for more. Does the note state we need to talk meet me here if you want? or does the note say goodbye? Or does the note just say Sorry? Oh so many choices and here we sit waiting. Joe

Re: back to step one

Date: 2011-06-10 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nope, no note...trying to keep you guessing

Date: 2011-06-10 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks for updating so quickly from the last post ... but this is even worse now lol, still don't know what Ennis is up to ! And now feeling horrible for the three of them ... so I'll go and sit by Joe and wait .... ☺ ☺ ☺

Date: 2011-06-10 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you won't have to wait too long

thanks for your comments

Date: 2011-06-10 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh I'm really torn here
poor Michael- Jack should set him free- he's only using him when Michael cleary wants more
and Ennis- what did he write on this paper, is he still around, will he give them a real chance now that he's seen another man with Jack?????
I know you will post soon but I'm impatient nonetheless

Date: 2011-06-10 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Questions, questions...

And yes, poor Michael...but like Jack, he's old enough to know how much he can take..

thank you

Date: 2011-06-10 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ennis leave a note? Not his style. He gets his point across with few words. What he plans to do with Jack when they meet at the border is another question. Brilliant.

Unless I've completely misunderstood, which has happened!

Date: 2011-06-10 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right, not his style at all

On the border? Close...(and a damn good idea, didn't think of it, though)

thanks, Kim

Date: 2011-06-10 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah hell...

Please let Ennis still be around? Pretty please?

Date: 2011-06-10 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
he's around, just not as close as y'all want him to be :)

Date: 2011-06-10 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Spare on words but big on emotions. Jack's now he has the note. Ennis' on realising what is going on. And poor Michael wanting what he can't have.

Can't wait for more.



Date: 2011-06-10 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thank you so much, glad you like it...

Date: 2011-06-10 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One: "That's exactly what Ennis would say". Seeing things the other way round now, the other face of wrong, so to speak.
Two: once again, I find putting myself in Ennis' boots. One written word: Sorry. Allowing Jack the choice whether to dump him finally, or go after him. Taking upon himself to make Jack's choice, whatever it may be, his own.
To my knowledge, nobody ever covered the ground you are mapping so well. Thank you.

Date: 2011-06-10 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the other face of wrong...yes, he's got a taste of what it's like to be in the driver's's not so good

thank you!

Date: 2011-06-10 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh wow..... what a blow....
i had to go back and see if it was au or more canon..
well i still can hope, then....

Date: 2011-06-10 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, I started it as post canon, then switched to au...but I always try to keep their personalities canon-like.

thank you

Date: 2011-06-10 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was not a note, though, was it? it was just his map. And Ennis didn't really need to write anything on that, the message for Jack quite clear. "I was here, I saw you".

More and more intriguing. You have a gift for writing canon.

Thanks, I hope you'll update soon.


Date: 2011-06-10 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, dear girl, you got it exactly right.

No note, just the map that Ennis used to find his way to Jack *sniff*

And yes, "I was here, I saw you"...I was going to put those exact words in an A/N on the next chapter...but I'm glad I don't need to.

Thanks so much.
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Date: 2011-06-10 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"what a mess - I love it"

Love that! We like to go through the mess with them as long as they come out ok in the end...but no guarantees

"quit if he had to..."

Date: 2011-06-10 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know what is going to happen but Ennis, even if he does not say it, is a jealous man and seeing with his own eyes Jack with another man, must has been very difficult. Jack will have to do a lot of things to get Ennis back. Thank you for sharing. Martha

Re: "quit if he had to..."

Date: 2011-06-10 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Martha
you are so right, Ennis is jealous, and to see Jack with Michael...very hard for him.

thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Date: 2011-06-10 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jack, ...idiota, buscalo!!!

Date: 2012-07-02 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love this. So much angst....meeeeeeep


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