Dominic hurried across town to the 49th Precinct. When he rounded the corner he searched the street for a parking space. He found one and pulled in. Getting out of his car he scanned the sidewalk, when he saw it was empty he relaxed a little. Hurrying inside he was directed to Keith’s office. Opening the door he found it empty. A new sense of fear arose in him as he entered and closed the door. As he looked around the office, he smiled seeing so much clutter. He looked casually at the odds and ends hung on the walls. A picture of his high school basketball team, an image of his high school and college diploma’s. Dominic felt less apprehensive towards life just being somewhere Keith had been. God was he falling for Keith? Or was this some kind of infatuation with a hero?
Keith burst through the doors of his precinct and was alerted there was a Dominic Turner waiting in his office. He hurried down the hall and opened the door. Finding Dominic admiring his diploma’s Keith shut the door and walked to him.
“Those are quite prestigious, Keith!”
Keith smiled and found himself turning Dominic around and pressing his lips to Dominic’s. For what seemed like lifetimes fireworks exploded over the two men and the night sky replaced Keith’s office. Before either one of them could grab hold of anything they were falling into the endless night sky. When Keith pulled away and looked into Dominic’s eyes, he smiled.
Dominic returned his smile and stammered, “Tha…That…That was amazing!”
Keith’s smile widened, “Oh come on.”
“Keith that was amazing,” Dominic held Keith’s hand and smiled back.
“You sounded super scared, so what’s wrong?”
“Keith when I left the Energy Center tonight I received a text. It was from a blocked number and it said you shouldn’t have done that. It really scared me Keith.”
“Why didn’t you tell me or call here,” Keith asked in a speculative voice.
“I did…but they told me they were so busy and it was probably nothing. So I went home. And before I went to sleep my phone rings. So I got up and answered it thinking it might be you.” Dominic smiled sheepishly.
“But it was the blocked number,” asked Keith with fear creeping into his voice?
Dominic’s smile faded and he turned to face the wall. “Keith…” Tears began to clog his throat.
Keith moved close to Dominic and brought his arms around Dominic’s body, “What is it?” He softly laid his lips to Dominic’s head and held him close.
Dominic let out a chocked sob and turned to face Keith. Looking into his eyes Dominic spat out the words as tears streamed down his face, “Keith they want you dead.” His head fell on Keith’s shoulder as he began crying steady and constant tears.
Keith tightened his grip around Dominic but his face held a frozen fear. There was a knock on the door and Dominic tried to escape from Keith’s arms. But Keith had a strong hold and held him close as he called out, “Who is it?”
“Whats wrong Loraine, I’m kinda busy.”
“It’s the hospital, they say John can be discharged but he wants you to take him home.”
Dominic shifted in Keith’s arms and looked up to lock eyes with Keith. “Who’s John?”
“Sir, what should I tell them,” prodded Loraine impatiently?
Keith was torn; between an old love and the possibilities of a new love. Keith broke eye contact and released Dominic. He went to the door, opened it and whispered to Loraine, “Tell them I will be there in twenty minutes.” With that he closed the door and turned back to Dominic who stood in the same spot with a look of confusion. “Dominic, John is…” What was John? A lover? A convict? No, no John was… Keith didn’t know. All he knew was that Keith felt as his heart was pulling him in two directions. He didn’t know which way to turn.
Dominic stood waiting for an answer he could practically answer himself. He felt as though he had been brutally punched in the gut and his heart. Knowing that the answer would not be what his heart wanted Dominic let a few tears fall and made his way towards the door and Keith. “Thank you for everything Keith. I…I um…”
He was interrupted when Keith laid his lips down onto Dominic’s; another explosion of feelings and something else. Keith couldn’t identify what it was that made his heart beat in time with Dominic’s. He felt as though the entire world was perfect. The choice for him had been made in that kiss. Keith Richard knew, down to his bones, that his heart belonged to Dominic Turner. Ever since that afternoon when they kissed in the laboratory of scattering scientists; Keith knew it. Pulling back he looked down into Dominic’s eyes and said, “Dominic, please don’t go.”
Dominic took a few moments to return to reality. He had to remember to breathe as Keith had taken his breath away. “Bu…But Keith…”
Keith placed a finger on Dominic’s lips and made a shushing noise. “Dominic, I like you. And I want you to come with me when I talk to John.”
“But Keith who is John?”
“John is a man I met on an investigation. And there was an amount of lust. But not the amount I feel for you Dominic. So will you?”
“Keith are you sure you want me to come I mean, what if he doesn’t wanna let you go?”
“Then we can cross that bridge when we get there.” Keith wiped Dominic’s eyes and flashed his winning smile.
“Ok. I will come.” Dominic smiled back and followed Keith out of the station.