Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #73 (17.5)

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Today, the journey of Marshall and Lee comes to an end. But never fear, they'll still be around, we'll just be seeing them from a different perspective. I hope you've enjoyed reading about them, and I look forward to continuing the story in a different direction. And don't forget, after you've read the last chapter of Moving Forward, to go see what the other Briefers are up to. Their links follow my tale. Enjoy!

Moving Forward #73 (17.5)

“Like right now?” Lee asked. He nipped lightly at Marshall’s bottom lip. Damn, that hurt so good.

“No, not right now. Some other time. Right now I just want you in me,” Marshall said. “I want you to make me yours forever.” Not like they hadn’t done that before, many times, but tonight was special. Tonight was the beginning of the rest of their lives. This time would be different, at least in Marshall’s mind.

Without asking, Lee removed the bonds that held Marshall’s feet in place and eased his legs onto the bed.

Marshall was glad he hadn’t had to make the request to be untied. The position hadn’t been painful, but he could hardly wrap his legs around Lee if they were tied up, now could he? And if he did that, then Lee could plunge deeper inside him, as far as he could go.

Lee gently massaged each foot, making sure the circulation had returned, before he slowly kissed his way down each of Marshall’s legs. He licked the tip of Marshall’s softening cock. He felt it twitch in response.

Looks like somebody’s ready for another go.

Lee’s hand slid lower, brushing over Marshall’s hole, teasing his pucker before he slid the tip of one finger inside.

Marshall didn’t think that was near enough. “More,” he practically begged. “I can take it. Don’t stop there.”

Lee obliged, pushing his finger all the way in, then adding a second, quickly followed by a third. “Tell me if it’s too much,” he said.

“Never too much,” Marshall said.  “I’m ready. Hell, I’m more than ready for you.”

Suddenly Lee twisted his fingers, and Marshall gasped in surprise.

“Oh God,” he moaned.

Lee repeated the action, eliciting another moan. Not removing his fingers yet, he stretched them out and touched on Marshall’s prostate. Marshall arched his back and yelped his pleasure, his body sizzling as every nerve was set on fire. He cock was hardening again. He slid his hand across the hypersensitive skin and felt it tingle.

Lee pulled his fingers out, but before Marshall had time to mourn their loss, he’d pushed himself inside in one swift thrust.

Oh yeah. This was what he was talking about. Marshall gasped, adjusting to Lee’s presence inside of him. Lee fit perfectly, as if they were built for one another. Marshall had to believe they were.
Lee began to withdraw, slowly and steadily, until he was almost completely out, then he quickly slammed back in again. Marshall had no words, betraying his pleasure with every sound he made.
He tilted his hips, wrapping his legs around Lee’s waist and locking his ankles at the base of Lee’s spine.

“Hold on tight,” Lee murmured, filling Marshall completely and utterly, until it was impossible to tell where one left off and the other began.

Marshall thrust his hips in sync with Lee’s movements. His hand snaked between them and pumped his cock until he came again, spraying them both with his cum. He felt Lee’s body tighten as he found his release, felt the tremors as Lee came inside of him, and they rode the waves of their mutual orgasms before falling back on the bed, spent.

Lee wrapped his arms about Marshall, pulling him close. They were sweaty and sticky, and smelled like sex, but neither one cared. Marshall’s ass was sore, but in a pleasurable way.

They lay together without speaking, letting their breathing even out. Lee propped himself up on one elbow and pushed back a strand of Marshall’s hair.

“You’re amazing, you know that?” Lee said.

Marshall smiled. “Funny, I was thinking the same thing about you.”

“Ready to get back to work tomorrow?”

Actually, Marshall was. He liked what he did. It wasn’t just a job, it was a passion with him. He loved working with Lee, and he wouldn’t change anything about their lives. Not now, not ever.

“Yeah, I’m ready.”

“Let’s clean up and get some sleep,” Lee suggested. “Tomorrow’s another day.”

“I’ve heard that before,” Marshall quipped.  He held up his left hand, the wedding band glinting in the light from the bedside table. His heart swelled every time he looked at it. “Hey, does this mean you have to obey me too, now?”

Lee’s brow arched. “Is that what you think? You know you’re not too big to spank, right?”

“Promises, promises.” Marshall stuck out his tongue. Lee caught it handily and tangled his own with it, turning it into a kiss.

“Don’t worry, I’m sure there are spankings in your future. Now come on, into the shower before we both fall asleep here.”

“Yes, dear.” Marshall rolled over and off the bed, shaking his ass provocatively. As expected, he received a light slap for his effort.

They laughed all the way into the bathroom.

The end... for now

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #72 (17.4)

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Moving Forward #72 (17.4)

Lee repeated the same ministration on Marshall’s other nipple, then sucked at it fiercely. Only the cockring that held him in check kept Marshall from exploding prematurely.

Never pausing for breath, Lee continued to kiss his way down Marshall’s chest and stomach, his fingers caressing and stroking every inch of flesh he could reach.

Marshall wished his hands were free so he could touch Lee. Not being able to was the most exquisite torture. He writhed beneath Lee’s touch, arching into him, waiting for him to reach his cock and touch it. But when he came to Marshall’s groin, Lee passed over his cock as if it wasn’t there. He continued to tongue Marshall’s inner thigh instead.

“Damn, you’re evil,” Marshall moaned.

Lee looked up at him, his eyes so blue they were almost purple, and Marshall got lost in their depths all over again. “Evil?” He arched a brow.

“Yeah. But in a good way,” Marshall amended.

“What makes me evil?”

“The way you aren’t touching me.”

Lee laughed gently. “So, what would you like?”

“Right now? I’d like to be able to touch you,” Marshall quickly responded.

“Your wish is my command,” Lee murmured. He lightly licked the tip of Marshall’s weeping cock, producing another moan.

So. Damn. Good.

Lee slowly crawled his way back up Marshall’s body, deliberately rubbing against Marshall as he did.  Their skin was slick with a mixture of sweat and pre-cum. Lee lightly pinched Marshall’s hyper-sensitive nipple, before he removed the tie which bound Marshall’s hands. He threw the tie aside, then  rubbed the wrists gently. “Does that hurt?”

“Not a bit.” Marshall took advantage of his new freedom to wrap his arms around Lee. He ran his fingers along Lee’s back, stroking the warm flesh. Much better.

“That what you want?” Lee asked.

Marshall nodded. “To start with…”

“What else would you like?”

“You. Inside me.”

“My favorite position,” Lee said just before he claimed Marshall’s lips, silencing further discussion.
Marshall could never get tired of kissing Lee. His lips were firm and yet soft, gentle and passionate. And even after three years, Lee’s every touch still sent shivers up and down Marshall’s spine. He had no doubt he’d love Lee forever.

When they came up for air, Marshall noticed Lee’s lips were kiss-swollen, probably much like his own.

“Mouth or hand?” Lee asked, and Marshall knew exactly what he meant. Was there any real choice to be made? Between Lee jacking him off and Lee sucking him off, lips won every time. He laid one finger against Lee’s lips in response and felt Lee smile.

“Time to remove the toys, I think.”

“I think so too,” Marshall agreed. He took advantage of Lee’s proximity to squeeze each cheek firmly. Then he trailed a single finger along Lee’s cleft, across his hole. Lee sucked in his breath, obviously taken by surprise.

“Oh damn, boy,” he murmured. “You trying to tell me something?”

“That I think you have a very fine ass, yeah. And sometimes I like to be inside of it,” Marshall admitted.

But not right now, now he needed Lee to top, and he needed his cock in the worst possible way.

to be continued

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #71 (17.3)

Good morning and Happy Hump Day!  If it's Wednesday, then it must be time for more flash fiction from the Wednesday Briefers! We're a group of authors who bring you our finest flash fiction every week, 500 to 1000 words, inspired by one of our prompts.

The wedding night continued in this week's episode, as Moving Forward draws to a close. But never fear, even though their story is winding down, you'll still be seeing Marshall and Lee, just from other perspectives! Don't forget to see what the other Briefers are up to! Their links follow my tale!  Enjoy!

Moving Forward #71 (17.3)

They emerged from the shower a short time later. Returning to their bedroom, they dried themselves thoroughly before falling together on the bed, lips meshed, bodies taut with desire.

The urgency which had impelled them into the shower had been replaced with a more sensual languor, immediacy exchanged for a sensual subtlety. This night was theirs to enjoy. No need to rush; they could take their time and prolong their pleasure.

“Would you like me to get out some of our toys?” Lee asked.

“That sounds like a great idea,” Marshall agreed, even though it meant Lee leaving the bed. But he knew it wouldn’t be for long, and it wasn’t. He placed a couple of items on the bedside table before he turned to Marshall.

 First, he bound Marshall’s wrists together with one of his ties and placed his hands above his head. Then he secured his feet in a similar fashion, one to each bed post.

“You’re mine,” Lee whispered, “now and for always, and nothing will ever change that.”
“Nothing,” Marshall murmured in agreement.     
Spread-eagle now, completely exposed, Marshall watched Lee with avid interest. Selecting a black ring, he secured it around Marshall’s cock. “Just a little insurance,” he said with a wink and a grin.

Marshall understood, and he didn’t mind. He also didn’t object when Lee lubed up one of their butt plugs and slowly slid it inside of Marshall, taking his time and not pushing the muscles too hard. Marshall felt the pressure in his channel, felt the cool slick that covered the plug, and he wished it was Lee. All in good time, he knew.

“You have your safeword?” Lee asked, and Marshall nodded. Not that he’d ever need to use it, but he certainly remembered what it was. He felt secure with Lee, knew he’d never hurt him.

“You have yours?” Marshall teased.

“Smartass,” Lee replied.

“So your safeword is smartass?” Marshall smirked, just before Lee hushed him with a long, slow kiss, one that seared into his very soul.

By the time Lee released him, he had nothing else to say, his rock hard cock evidence of how much he’d enjoyed the kiss. He was gratified to notice Lee was every bit as hard as he was.

Lee straddled him, sitting so that Marshall’s cock nestled comfortably against his ass, careful not to put his full weight on Marshall. Leaning down, he kissed one shoulder, then slid his tongue over the soft skin of Marshall’s collarbone, sucking at it. Marshall suspected he’d have a heck of a hickey after this, but he didn’t care. He arched up into Lee’s touch, wishing he could do more, but with his hands tied like that, he was unable to.

“Like that, do you?”

“You know I do,” Marshall moaned.

Lee continued to kiss his way across Marshall’s chest, licking and sucking as he went. When he reached one nipple, he took it between his thumb and forefinger and pinched. Marshall gasped, a mixture of pain and pleasure.

Lee took the taut nipple into his mouth and lightly tongued it, easing the tightness. Damn, that felt good.

to be continued

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Aaron Burr!

Recently, while celebrating my daughter Sarah's graduation from college, we were drinking in a local pub, and the discussion briefly turned to the musical Hamilton, which both Sarah and I are very obsessed with, although for different reasons. My son said to me, "You probably never even heard of Aaron Burr before Hamilton." I had to laugh at that.

That is far from the truth. Actually, I've been a Burrite since even before Lyn-Manuel Miranda was born, some forty-odd years now. I read a novel called Blennerhassett when I was a teenager, and that did it. But my interest was reawakened when, through Sarah, I discovered the musical, which I had previously dismissed as "just hip-hop". Well, that teaches me not to be so quick to judge. Give something a try before you decide whether you like it or not, and don't hate a genre, hate or dislike a song on its own merits.

At any rate. I have begun doing a lot more reading about Burr, Hamilton, and the whole Revolutionary War period. And today is a very special day indeed. Aaron Burr, Jr. was born on February 6, 1756.

Aaron's grandfather on his mother's side was Jonathan Edwards, the fire-and-brimstone preacher most famous for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", in which he visualizes God dangling people like spiders from his fingers over the fires of hell and damnation. Aaron's father was Aaron Burr, Sr. He was a minister and was also the head of New Jersey College (which became known as Princeton).

In the musical Hamilton, a great deal is made of Hamilton being an orphan, he says he "grew up on the wild" - his father split when he was ten, and his mother died when he was twelve (they were both sick at the time). He moved in with a cousin, and that cousin committed suicide. Pretty tragic, I admit.

But by the time he was two, Aaron had lost both parents and both grandparents, so never really knew them. He was raised by his mother's brother, his uncle Timothy Edwards, who besides Aaron and his sister took care of his own siblings when they were orphaned and another sibling's children. It must have been hard to get individual attention with such a brood to look after!

Aaron was brilliant and precious from a young age. He attended Princeton early and graduated when he was only sixteen. He joined the army and was a decorated soldier. He was part of the arduous trek to take Quebec, and acquitted himself bravely in the battle in which General Montgomery was killed. As LM puts it - "I was a captain under General Montgomery until he caught a bullet in the neck in Quebec".

While a soldier, he met Theodosia Prevost, whose husband was a British officer engaged in fighting against the rebels. They began a relationship, and after her husband was killed, they married, and he became father to her three children. They had one child of their own, a daughter also named Theodosia. Burr's was died of cancer in 1794, and he became a single parent. He raised his daughter to be strong, and he made sure she received the finest education available, which was unusual for women in those days. She was renowned for her beauty and her accomplishments, and played hostess for her father. When he sent her a message that she was to entertain the Mohawk chief, Joseph Brant, she never hesitated, organized a dinner for his reception, and by all accounts it was a great success.

Well, I didn't intend to write Aaron's bio here, just wanted to present facets of his amazing personality for the benefit of those who only see him in terms of the duel. There was much more to the man than that.

There are a number of great books about him, including Fallen Founder by Nancy Isenberg, and Burr, a novel by Gore Vidal, both of which I really enjoyed.

Someday I hope to see Hamilton, both the original cast when they release the DVD, and live, whenever I can get tickets, probably years from now. But until then, I have books about him as well as his journal and memoirs.

Happy Birthday, Aaron, with all my love!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #70 (17.2)

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The honeymoon continues for Marshall and Lee in this week's episode of Moving Forward. Their tale is almost done, but don't think we're done with this world yet, there's more to come, so stay tuned! Don't forget to visit the other Briefers and see what they're up to. Their links follow my tale! Enjoy!

Moving FOrward #70 (17.2)

Technically, nothing had changed, nothing was different between them, and yet there was a subtle difference that Marshall could feel in his heart.  They’d affirmed their love to those people in their lives that they cared about, the ones that mattered. Marshall had always assumed this day could never be, for obvious reasons, and yet here it was. He couldn’t be happier.

“Want to go first and soak up some water before I join you?” Lee asked.

“Yeah, that sounds good.” Marshall quickly stripped and tossed his clothes into the hamper. He gave Lee a quick kiss, one which promised much. Stepping into the shower, he adjusted the water to the temperature they preferred, somewhere between pretty hot and scalding.

He closed his eyes and leaned back into the spray, letting it run over his hair and down his back in warm rivulets. How many times had they made love right here? How many times had he knelt before Lee and sucked him off? Marshall was getting hard just thinking about those times.  He reached for his own cock automatically.

“Thinking of starting this party without me?”

Lee’s voice broke into Marshall’s reverie. “You caught me,” he confessed. “I was thinking about you and I couldn’t help myself.”

“Thinking about me were you?” Lee stepped inside the shower as he spoke, letting the curtain fall back into place behind him. “What were you thinking? Good things, I hope.”

“Very good things,” Marshall admitted. “I was remembering other times with you right here, and thinking about you naked just made me even hornier.”

“Well, then, good thing I’m here to help you out with that.” Lee palmed Marshall’s cock, displacing his hand with his own. He wrapped his fingers about Marshall’s shaft and squeezed. “Is this something you had in mind?”

“To start with.” Marshall leaned in to Lee’s touch, reveling in the sensations which filled him. No matter how many times they made love, he never grew tired of this feeling.

“You have something else in mind?” Lee teased, his lips barely brushing over Marshall’s, like delicate butterfly wings, soft and yet sensuous.

“You know I do, we talked about this, didn’t we?”

“Mmm, maybe we did.” Lee’s mouth claimed Marshall’s, swallowing any further conversation, as his hand pumped him. Marshall slid his wet hands down Lee’s back, stroking and caressing as Lee’s tongue tangled with his in wordless communion. Lee knew how to play him; he was a veritable virtuoso, bringing him so close to his climax that Marshall could feel it coming, then backing him down in a decrescendo.

Lee released him long enough to murmur, “Come for me now and I’ll make sure you come again later, I promise,” before he consumed his lips with his kiss once more.

Marshall couldn’t have stopped his release even if he’d wanted to, which he didn’t, too attuned to Lee’s authority to question what he said.  His body reacted to Lee’s command, his balls drawing tight against his body, even as Lee continued to fist him until his orgasm overtook him. He shuddered in Lee’s masterful grasp, covering Lee’s hand, and spraying his chest.

Momentarily sated, he leaned forward against Lee, catching his breath, before they switched positions, Lee beneath the shower head now.

to be continued

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #69 (17.1)

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Marshall and Lee's saga is almost done, they've gotten "married" in their eyes, and the eyes of their friends. What might come next? Find out in this week's episode of Moving Forward! Don't forget to visit the other Briefers and see what they're up to! Their links follow my tale! Enjoy!

Moving Forward #69 (17.1)

The reception at Milly’s had been all kinds of fun. The food was delicious, the beer was cold, as was the champagne with which everyone toasted the new couple. Marshall couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the best day of his life. And he couldn’t thank Roy enough for making it happen.

Afternoon had passed into evening before they knew it. They thanked everyone who’d come, received their heartfelt congratulations, and everyone returned home. Walking into the house, Marshall noticed their suitcases still sat in the bedroom, right where they’d left them. There’d been no time to unpack when they arrived; Roy had whisked them off too quickly. Marshall reached for his, intending to deal with it before it got too late, but Lee stopped him with a hand on his arm.

“You know what? Those can wait until tomorrow,” Lee said. “We have more important business to take care of.”

“Business?” Marshall arched a brow. “You want to work?  Today?” Surely they were entitled to time off, especially since they’d just gotten married.

Lee laughed. He circled Marshall’s waist, drawing him close. “Not that kind of business,” he said. “I had something else in mind.” He kissed Marshall, softly at first, then with a growing passion. 

Marshall quickly realized what Lee was thinking, and he heartily approved.

He pressed against Lee, rubbing against him without hesitation. He’d come a long way from the eighteen-year old virgin he’d once been, the one who’d been so eager to  have Lee teach him the ways of love.  Lee had taught him a lot, and not just about sex. Their relationship had strengthened and solidified in the past three years, growing stronger until it settled into what it was today. Now they were equal partners in every way. Not that Lee had ever made him feel any less. Marshall realized that Lee was the dominant one in their relationship, and always would be, and he was fine with that. Didn’t make Marshall any less strong, though, in his own right.

“Tell me what you had in mind,” Marshall encouraged him.  He ran one hand up and down Lee’s back before placing his palm on one cheek and rubbing it.

“I think you have some idea already, don’t you? Or are you just playing coy?” Lee grinned.

“Coy? Me? I don’t think I have a coy bone in my body.” Marshall laughed.

“Then maybe you should just come out and tell me what you want,” Lee said.

Marshall leaned in close enough to whisper in Lee’s ear. “I want you inside of me. I want you to make love to me for the first time as my husband. What would you like?”

“The very same thing,” Lee assured him before he claimed Marshall’s lips once more.     
They drew apart momentarily. “Roy told me he left a special bottle in the fridge, just for us,” Lee said. “Want to break into it now or later?”

“Later. Right now I just want to be with you.”

“Nothing else?”

“Well, maybe a shower.” It had been a long day, much of it spent on the road. A little hot water couldn’t hurt.

“Not a bad idea,” Lee agreed. “Separate or together?”

That was a no-brainer.

“Together,” Marshall replied.

“Then let’s get this party started.” Lee winked. Of one accord, they both began to strip.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Briefs: Moving Forward #68 (16.4)

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Moving Forward #68 (16.4)

“We’ve come a long way in recent years,” Roy continued, “great changes have been made in this country with respect to the law and people’s rights. And one of these changes means that you can marry the partner of your choice, whoever he or she is, and your union will be recognized. Marriage is for everyone, which is how it should always have been. But better late than never, right?”

Roy’s words were greeted by nods and murmurs of assent. Rye and Slim gave Lee and Marshall two thumbs up.

The rest of the ceremony passed as if in a dream, as first Marshall and then Lee agreed to the vows which Roy recited for them. Marshall had heard the words before, when watching marriages that took place in television shows, but they’d never held such meaning as they did at this moment, when he was face to face with Lee and promising to love, honor, and cherish. And then they exchanged the rings which were handed to them by their best men, placing them on one another’s finger.

“I now pronounce you husband and husband,” Roy said. “You may now kiss the groom.”

Marshall tingled at the words, knowing in his heart that they were true, at least in the eyes of the people who mattered, even if not recognized by the law.  He and Lee moved toward each other, and their lips came together softly, then more firmly, as everyone cheered. When they drew back, Lee was smiling, and Marshall could swear he saw a tear in his eye. Probably the match to his own.

They stood there for a long moment, simply gazing into one another’s eyes. Marshall had no words for what he was feeling. He’d never thought to see this day, and he was overwhelmed by how much it affected him. Judging by the look in Lee’s eyes, he was having much the same reaction. The sound of Roy clearing his throat brought him back to the present.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” he said in a solemn voice, “I’d like to introduce to you Mr. and Mr. Clinton.”

Marshall and Lee turned toward their friends who instantly rose and surrounded them, shaking hands, offering their congratulations. Milly hugged each of them in turn, before announcing, “Food’s waiting at the diner, ladies and gentlemen. I closed it for the reception, and Roy here provided the drinks.”
More cheering as everyone headed to their cars.

“See you there, boys.” Milly winked at them. “Try not to be late, if you can help it.” She laughed, taking Mayor Callendar’s arm. “Care to escort me, Mister Mayor?”

“I would be delighted,” he assured her with a chuckle.

Marshall and Lee and Roy were the last ones left.

“Come on. You don’t intend to be late to your own reception, do you?” Roy arched a brow.

“Since the diner’s only a few minutes away, I don’t think that’s a problem. But first I want to say thank you.  I never expected… never dreamed…” He seemed at a momentary loss for words that matched Marshall’s own.

“You don’t have to say anything, Lee, it’s my pleasure.” Roy fidgeted slightly, as if he was unsure of what he wanted to say. “You and Marshall… you’re more than friends, you’re family to me. And I hope you know I’d do anything for either one of you. Anything, any time.”

“I know that, Roy.” Lee’s voice was thick with emotion. “And I appreciate it.” He reached out and hugged Roy, then Marshall did the same. “You’ve already done so much for us, I can never repay you. I feel privileged to call you my friend. More than a friend, you’re like the brother I never had, and you’ve been there for us every step of the way.”

Roy’s face turned pink, but he was smiling nonetheless.

“Does that mean I can call you Uncle Roy?” Marshall teased, which produced a laugh from the other two men.

“Don’t be a punk, Roy will do just fine,” Roy said. “Now let’s go before they eat all the food.”

“How’d you do everything so fast?” Lee asked as they headed out the door. “I mean, on such short notice?”

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Roy replied. “I learned that from you, Lee.”

“From me?”

“Yes sir. You never gave up hope, not even when things looked darkest, or when our leads panned out into dead ends. You said we’d find Marshall no matter what, and we did.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Marshall hugged the marshal again.

“Let’s go,” Roy said gruffly. “I hate to see a grown man cry.”

Lee slid his arm around Marshall’s waist, as they followed Roy to his car.

to be continued

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