Gabe made his way home slowly, unable to stop limping. The man had enjoyed making use of several of the products in his shop, and Gabriel couldn't help but feel he'd been a little more zealous than he'd needed to be. He was almost two hours later getting home than he expected. To his relief, he found the twins and Phoebe peacefully asleep when he got back. Putting the money he'd earned into his jar, he made himself a cup of hot chocolate and sank wearily onto the sofa, wincing as he sat. He flicked on the TV and watched the end of an old film, waiting for Jordan to get home.
As the clock over the mantelpiece chimed eleven, Gabe heard the front door open and Jordan came in. His brother saw the light on in the living room, poked his head round the door and scowled.
"You didn't have to wait up and check I came in on time." He growled.
"That's not why I'm up." Gabe said patiently. "Come here." He made room for Jordan on the sofa. His brother reluctantly came and sat next to him.
"What?" He asked, folding his arms and glaring at the floor.
"Good date?" Gabriel asked tentatively. Jordan shrugged.
"Would have been better if I'd've had another hour." He grunted.
"Well, then, next time arrange a date for the weekend, when you can stay out later." Gabriel saw Jordan opened his mouth and carried on quickly. "Anyway, I wanted to talk to you."
"Sex." Jordan looked over at him, his expression horrified.
"Sit!" Gabe said sharply when Jordan made to stand up. "I'm not going over the ins and outs with you, for God's sake. I just… I want you to be safe, alright." He handed Jordan the bag, fighting his own blushes. Jordan went bright red when he peeked into the bag. "Just, erm… read the leaflet, and… you can ask me questions, if you like… and… use the… stuff that's in there to stay safe… and don't rush her, alright?" Jordan spluttered indignantly. "Please, Jordan, just use it. I'm not caring for baby Jordan as well as big Jordan, alright?" Jordan stared at him for a moment, before he nodded mutely and bolted from the room. Gabe laughed at his brother's helpless expression. Gabriel watched the end of the old film and staggered up to bed, exhausted.