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Stories posted in this category are works of fiction. Names, places, characters, events, and incidents are created by the authors' imaginations or are used fictitiously. Any resemblances to actual persons (living or dead), organizations, companies, events, or locales are entirely coincidental.

Timothy - 20. Chapter 20

The drive to Stephen’s father’s office was quick, 10 minutes at the most. Stephen’s dad was in real estate. Beside buying and selling real estate he owned several apartment buildings.

Walking into his office’s reception area, the woman behind the desk quickly grabbed Stephen in a hug. “Stephen, It’s good to see you. Your father said you got married.” She said that looking around as expecting to see a woman.

“Hello Clair, it’s good to see you. I would like to introduce you my husband.” The look on Clair’s face told it all. She was not a happy person.

“Stephen, it is a sin to marry a man. You should have married a woman.”

“I’m sorry you don’t approve Clair. But I love Tim and we are married.”

“Does your father know?”

“Know what?”

“That Stephen has married this man?”

“Yes, Clair I do and approve of this marriage. If it bothers you, you can resign and I’ll pay you through the month. Are you guys hungry? I had planned on meeting your mom at the restaurant, Stephen.”

We didn’t answer, Stephen’s dad put his arm around my shoulder and led me out of his office. If there was any doubt that he approved of me as his son-in-law, that was dispelled with that hug and arm around my shoulder.

We walked to the restaurant and we must have looked strange. Stephen’s dad had his arm around me shoulder and Gramps had his arm around Stephen. Walking past a store window we could see ourselves. I started to laughing and soon I heard laughter behind me.

That was the way we arrived at the restaurant. Stephen’s mother was sitting at a table with two other women. We approached them, Stephen’s dad still had his arm around my shoulder. I noticed the ladies, sitting with Stephen’s mother, eyes as we approached. I thought another Clair.

Stephen’s mother surprised me. She rose from the table, came and gave Stephen a kiss on the cheek then came over to welcome me. I got a hug and a kiss on my cheek. If you thought I was surprised, Stephen was even more surprised. I guess the surprised shown on my face.

“You are not who I would have selected to be my son’s partner. I have had a long talk with your father Stephen and decided I had two choices. Either I accept your choice of a partner or I lose you. To be frank, I do not understand how two men could love each other as a man and woman can. But your father has spent time educating me and upon reflecting, I can now see many times when it was obvious you were not into girls. I couldn’t understand why you dated different girls and I couldn’t recall anytime when you dated a girl more than once. Timothy, you are and will always be well welcomed in my home.”

We walked to the table, but before we sat down, Stephen’s mother introduced me to her friends. I noted the smiles as they stood and shook my hand. Evidently, Stephen knew these women and I was sure I would get a catch up from him later tonight.

Lunch turnout to be an enjoyable afternoon. Before we left, I did thank Stephen’s mom for decorating the house. Stephen said I was a little ‘over board’ on my thanks. He said a simple thanks would have been enough. I just chuckled.

Stephen’s dad asked me if with my law degree and passing the bar would I be able to exercise my law degree as an independent lawyer. When I passed the Board, through reciprocity, I am able to act as an attorney, “Why do you ask? You know I’ll be working for Gramps.”

“I was thinking it would be nice to have a lawyer on my staff.”

“I have committed to Gramps, but anytime you need legal advice I’ll be happy to meet with you.”

“Tim, you shouldn’t have said that. Now between Gramps and Dad I’ll never see you.”

He was laughing when he said that. I think he was teasing Gramps and Dad. With my acceptance by Stephen’s mother I started to call them Mom and Dad.

Gramps went home with Dad, Mom went with her friends. That left Stephen and I alone for the rest of the day.

Arriving at our home, “Stephen, is it safe to park the car on the road?”

“I don’t know but we can park it in Gramp’s parking lot. I’ll bet he has a parking space close to his with our name on it.”

I let Stephen drive the car over, it was only a couple of blocks. “Tomorrow when we come over I’ll show you the security system. No one can get on this parking lot without alarming the security center. Wave, they are watching us.”

I looked for the cameras and couldn’t see any. If Stephen said they could see us I believed him,

I waved and Stephen’s phone rang. Laughing, “It’s okay Jess. I wanted to show Tim the security system.”

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4 hours ago, weinerdog said:

I gotta say Clair isn't very bright when your Bosses son comes into the office and introduces his husband to her well duh his Father knows about it and that comment about it being a sin ...not a smart move

People with those positions generally, in my opinion. aren't very smart. She obviously knows Stephen, probably met him when he was in his dad's office numerous times. Some people take advantage of knowing, in this case working, a long time for an individual and feel that they can make comments to somene younger than them.

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3 hours ago, Chris L said:

Sounds like an employee thinks too much of herself in her position to tell the bosses son he's a sinner instead of a happy congratulations. Luv that Timothy now has double duty with Gramps and Dad. Hopefully the security mention is not a foreshadowing of something nefarious to come. Great chapter, so enjoyed Mom being honest but accepting. True, she had two choices and chose the right one. 

Why would I create a story with some nefarious intent 😀

Mom is on board, that is good news. Not sure about working for Dad. HIs hands will be full working for Gramps at least for an initial period 

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3 hours ago, Clancy59 said:

Sometimes, in small, family-owned businesses like this, the head receptionist/secretary, if she/he has been there long enough to become intimately involved in both the business and the family dynamics, becomes an ancillary member of the family.  Obviously, Clair thinks of herself as a second mother, or at least an honorary Auntie, to Stephen and allowed to make these kind of personal criticisms.  (As an actual, and/or honorary, Auntie to over 40 nieces and nephews (and more coming!), I would never make most kinds of criticisms to them or their families.  I would just think them! 😊). Stephen, Sr. put the kabosh on that thought immediately. Good for him.  He may depend on her for a lot of daily issues in his business, but he just told her she is not indispensable or irreplaceable.  He and Stephen’s mother have accepted Timothy as Stephen, Jr.’s husband and that’s all that matters.  Her negativity and homophobia is unwanted and won’t be tolerated here.  Then he sealed the deal by walking away with Timothy while embracing him.  :glomp:

Yes, I had a secretary that became a close friend of the family. I had one rule, business in the office and pleasantries outside of the office. There is a saying, familiarity breeds contempt, in this case familiarity led to someone's stepping out of line. Dad is very proud of Stephen and I believe Stephen could have married anyone and as long as Stephen was happy, he would respect his choice.

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32 minutes ago, mikedup said:

Awesome chapter, mom has certainly changed , I think that her husband had her see the light and instead of loosing a son she gained another son and everything can only get better

Yes, Dad supported by Gramps has made her realize that she could have lost a son if she didn't accept Stephan's choice of a partner.

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Wave, you're on candid camera!! Love it ... As for Clair she can stick her head up her arse and collect her final  paycheck on the way!! Totally in love with dad and Gramps.😜Since they are throwing jobs about, do they have any spare?🤗

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Both Stephen Sr and Cramps are old enough to tell Claire "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out". Of course they probably wouldn't to avoid a harassment suit. My grandpa used to say the middle of that word oftimes describes the person filing the suit. 😆 

Another good chapter Cal. Keep them coming.

:thankyou: and Stay Well.

 

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14 hours ago, Kev said:

Wave, you're on candid camera!! Love it ... As for Clair she can stick her head up her arse and collect her final  paycheck on the way!! Totally in love with dad and Gramps.😜Since they are throwing jobs about, do they have any spare?🤗

I thought you liked your job?  You are being kind to Clair 😆

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4 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Both Stephen Sr and Cramps are old enough to tell Claire "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out". Of course they probably wouldn't to avoid a harassment suit. My grandpa used to say the middle of that word oftimes describes the person filing the suit. 😆 

Another good chapter Cal. Keep them coming.

:thankyou: and Stay Well.

 

Thanks Tony. Amazing I have used that expression many times and have been the recipient of it as well

Hope all is well north of the border

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