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Choices - Prologue. Prologue

** NOTE: This is the story of Liam MacPherson, who was introduced in Unforgivable. Although it would be helpful to read Unforgivable first, Choices can be read as a stand alone story.**

Prologue

 

Liam stretched tired arms over his head, feeling the delicious muscle aches that came after of vigorous sex. His hand came into contact with warm flesh… Alek. Rolling over, he leaned up onto his elbow, taking in the sight of his still sleeping boyfriend. Today had been wonderful. His big Russian had taken the day off and driven them out of town to a secluded pond. It was a beautiful, private location Liam hoped they could visit again soon.

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“Oh my God, Alek! It’s beautiful. How did you find this place?”

Aleksei’s grin was pleased as his eyes twinkled. “I’m glad you like it. The property belongs to one of my regular clients. He’s almost never in the area this time of year, and said I could use the swimming hole whenever I needed to get away.”

With a laugh, Liam wrapped his arms around his boyfriend’s neck, pulling him down for a kiss. “So?” he asked between heated kisses. “Does this mean we’re all alone out here?”

Aleksei’s grin turned wicked as he stepped back to pull his t-shirt over his head, revealing a muscular, lightly furred chest. “Get naked.”

“So bossy.” Liam winked before pulling off his own clothes, and throwing them onto a nearby tree branch. His jeans hadn’t yet left his hand when Alek started to drag him towards the water’s edge. “Hey, you big brute,” Liam scolded with a chuckle. “I like to go in slowly.”

“Hush,” Alek admonished, pulling him into the surprisingly cool pond.

With a squeal he would never admit to, Liam lost his footing and fell in, dragging Alek down with him. Alternately sputtering for breath and laughing, both men floated side-by side, holding hands. After a short swim, his boyfriend pulled out towels and a large blanket from the trunk of the car. The big lug had even packed a picnic lunch. It was only sandwiches and soda, but Liam was touched.

The rest of the afternoon was spent naked; alternately making love, cooling off in the water, and basking in the warm sun. It was the best day Liam had in some time.

“I love you,” he whispered, brushing his lips against Alek’s chest. “Thank you for today.”

“I love you too, Li. I know we haven’t spent a lot of time together lately….”

“This was perfect.”

When they returned to Liam’s several hours later, both men were exhausted. Not wanting to cook, they ordered a pizza, and fell asleep in each other’s arms within minutes of eating the last slice.

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Liam wished they could have more of these days. It seemed as though the longer they were together, the less he actually saw of his boyfriend. Frowning, he flopped onto his back. Could he even call Alek his boyfriend? He was positive they were both faithful, but their relationship was still a secret from everyone except a select few. After a year, Alek’s continued insistence on discretion was the cause of the majority of their disagreements.

“Why the frown, miliy moy?” Alek asked, his voice still rough from sleep.

“Just thinking...,” Liam responded, giving Alek a crooked smile. After the great day they’d had, he didn’t want to start a fight now.

“Thinking too much is bad for your health.” Aleksei leaned in for a kiss, and then looked at the alarm clock on the side table. “Damn,” he said, stifling a yawn. “It’s late, I’d better head out.”

“You could stay.” He offered every time, but Alek didn’t stay very often, saying he didn’t want his family to suspect he was seeing someone. Pointing out that Alek was seeing someone was not a popular response.

“You know I can’t, baby.”

“Yeah, I know.” Liam inhaled slowly, and decided to change the subject. “What time are you coming over on Saturday? Marty should be here at three, so if you arrive around six, we could have dinner and maybe go out somewhere after.” It was his birthday this weekend, and his friend Martin was coming into town for a couple of days to help him celebrate. They hadn’t seen each other in years, although they emailed, texted or talked on the phone several times a week.

Groaning, Alex slapped his forehead. “Shit.”

“What?”

“I forgot… a friend of my father’s just moved here from Russia, and my parents asked me to join them for the welcome dinner they’re hosting for him and his family.”

“Alek….” Bitter disappointment made Liam’s stomach sour. “You promised you’d be here. This is important to me.”

“Li….” Muscular arms reached for him, but Liam pulled away. “You know I want to be there, but my parents….”

“I’m so fucking sick of hearing about what your parents want. There’s always a fucking excuse with you,” Liam snapped, rising from the bed. He needed to put some distance between them. This wasn’t the first time Alek had let him down. “I… I don’t think I can do this anymore, Aleksei.”

“Liam? Please don’t do this. It’s one day.”

“No… this isn’t just about my birthday. I’m sick and tired of being in this god-damned closet. It’s not even mine! I won’t be second in your life anymore. I deserve better than being your dirty secret. If you can’t tell your family about us, we’re through.”

“Baby, please. Don’t do this. I promise, the next weekend, I’m all yours. We can do whatever you want.”

“I want you to leave.”

“Li….”

“No more excuses. I’ve been patient for a year, and nothing has changed. Either you’re here on Saturday, or I’m done.” The silence from the other man was telling, and Liam felt tears start to roll down his cheeks. This hurt so much, but he knew he was making the right decision. He’d allowed this to go on for far too long. With a determined nod, Liam turned to face the window.

“Just go, Aleksei. If you care about me at all, you won’t make this harder.”

When the bedroom door opened and was shut again, he felt as though his heart had shattered. The air went out of his lungs as the reality of what he’d done swamped him. Climbing into his bed he grabbed a pillow and hugged it close as silent tears dampened the fabric. He knew he made the right decision, but that knowledge did little to ease the hurt. Alek had chosen, and he didn’t choose him.

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Liam and Alek. How I have been waiting to hear about these two. And now that I have, it is in then form of a heartbreaking rupture between them. One cannot blame Liam for his stance; being in a tight closet for someone else for a year would be brutal for anyone. Perhaps Liam just snapped, but this must have been coming for some time. Is the next chapter coming in a few minutes? Please?

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Have being waiting to hear from Liam, he was such a nice and sweet guy. Alek is a cool guy too, but maybe he needs to grow on his own first. Hope Liam finds his happiness elsewhere, he reserves an open guy. Nice start

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It's not so much that Alek is still in the closet which annoys me, but he actually forgot the plans Liam had for his birthday. :angry: Says it all about the lack of priority for his boyfriend's happiness. Liam made the correct conclusion and decision. Maybe being without his lover will finally prod Alek out of hiding, and if it doesn't Liam is better off finding someone else - or at least not wasting his time on a coward.

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I'm not keen on Alek right now, but I think Liam has to bear some blame. He allowed the situation to go on for too long, and I believe that contributed to Alek's callous and selfish outlook. He walked a line that Liam validated. Kudos to Liam for hanging in there, though. He tried, and Alek didn't... not really. Cheers... Gary....

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Well, love can only get you so far. Living a half life isn't enough in the long run. Perhaps Alek will understand that in the future. Though that future might be without Liam.

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We knew this had happened but that doesn't lessen the impact. I expect things to get better for Liam whether that includes Alek or not.

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I'm going to offer a bit of a different perspective on this. I'm still in the closet with my family. In fact, I'll probably always be. They're just the kind of people that won't ever be accepting, and I I already know this. So I can understand if Alek doesn't want to come out to his family. That's really his decision to make. The problem I see is that Alek's closet comes with a ridiculously unhealthy dose of paranoia. He's chained himself in his closet so that he can't be free to enjoy his relationship like he should, and he's put Liam second every time.

 

It's all about priorities, and Alek's clearly aren't with Liam. So Liam is right to end it. He probably should have sooner. It's ridiculous for Alek to forget his boyfriend's birthday, especially when they had plans. Again even if he didn't have a big coming out moment, Alek could easily make an excuse to skip dinner with his father's friend.

 

So wow that's quite a start. Lots of drama right away. I'm curious though, was this the first time they broke up, or the last? I remember in Unforgivable it was mentioned they had an on again off again relationship.

 

I'm looking forward to chapter 1 now. :)

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Maybe this will force Alek to make some of the toughest decisions. He can choose Liam and walk away from his family. That does not necessarily mean that he has to give them up. There's always the chance that his family could surprise him or eventually come around. In the end if he feels so beholden to his family, then it doesn't matter if he s gay, straight or sideways, not until he make a choice for him. Separating who he is apart from his family.. Hopefully he doesn't lose Liam before he finds out.

 

Also, that was better inscribed in my head....

 


Looking forward to their story....

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Hmmm bit over the top, in my view. Suddenly, now? He should have said something about their closet a long time ago. Hope Liam didn't bite off his nose to spite his face... Alek might just not come back...

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On 01/12/2017 02:39 AM, Parker Owens said:

Liam and Alek. How I have been waiting to hear about these two. And now that I have, it is in then form of a heartbreaking rupture between them. One cannot blame Liam for his stance; being in a tight closet for someone else for a year would be brutal for anyone. Perhaps Liam just snapped, but this must have been coming for some time. Is the next chapter coming in a few minutes? Please?

It is tough, but I think Liam needed to do this, for himself. The next chapter will be posted tomorrow morning. :)

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Parker :)

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On 01/12/2017 02:43 AM, Caz Pedroso said:

An intense start. I will look forward to more...Soon???

 

:hug:

Yes, it was pretty intense... more so when I was picturing it happening. Chapter one will be up tomorrow, so it won't be too long of a wait.

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Caz :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 02:44 AM, sweetlion86 said:

Have being waiting to hear from Liam, he was such a nice and sweet guy. Alek is a cool guy too, but maybe he needs to grow on his own first. Hope Liam finds his happiness elsewhere, he reserves an open guy. Nice start

Liam is a sweet guy, but he was increasingly unhappy in his relationship. I like Alek too, but he does have choices of his own to make :)

 

Than you for your review and your support, sweetlion :)

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On 01/12/2017 02:52 AM, Timothy M. said:

It's not so much that Alek is still in the closet which annoys me, but he actually forgot the plans Liam had for his birthday. :angry: Says it all about the lack of priority for his boyfriend's happiness. Liam made the correct conclusion and decision. Maybe being without his lover will finally prod Alek out of hiding, and if it doesn't Liam is better off finding someone else - or at least not wasting his time on a coward.

My biggest problem with Alek was forgetting his boyfriend's birthday, and Liam needed to do this, for himself.

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Tim :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 03:28 AM, Headstall said:

I'm not keen on Alek right now, but I think Liam has to bear some blame. He allowed the situation to go on for too long, and I believe that contributed to Alek's callous and selfish outlook. He walked a line that Liam validated. Kudos to Liam for hanging in there, though. He tried, and Alek didn't... not really. Cheers... Gary....

I agree with you, Liam has to bear some of the blame. He could have walked away a long time ago. He knew what he was getting into and made a conscious decision to stay.

 

Thank you for all of your support, and your quick work to get this story posted this week. You're amazing :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 04:32 AM, droughtquake said:

I don't know why I never read beyond the prologue of Unforgivable, but I'll be correcting that now…

lol no worries. Unforgivable isn't going anywhere. I look forward to hearing your comments on both stories, droughtquake :)

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On 01/12/2017 05:16 AM, Puppilull said:

Well, love can only get you so far. Living a half life isn't enough in the long run. Perhaps Alek will understand that in the future. Though that future might be without Liam.

Sometimes loving someone just isn't enough to keep a relationship going, and I believe Liam finally figured that out.

 

thank you for your review and your continued support, Puppi :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 06:18 AM, dughlas said:

We knew this had happened but that doesn't lessen the impact. I expect things to get better for Liam whether that includes Alek or not.

no, it doesn't lessen the impact, but it does give everyone a glimpse of what Liam has been through :)

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Dugh :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 06:46 AM, JeffreyL said:

Can there be much gay drama without a closet?

Closets can be tough place to be, and it can be tough on your partner. I hope you stick around to see where Liam's life leads him. Thank you for your review and your support, Jeff :)

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On 01/12/2017 07:42 AM, spikey582 said:

I'm going to offer a bit of a different perspective on this. I'm still in the closet with my family. In fact, I'll probably always be. They're just the kind of people that won't ever be accepting, and I I already know this. So I can understand if Alek doesn't want to come out to his family. That's really his decision to make. The problem I see is that Alek's closet comes with a ridiculously unhealthy dose of paranoia. He's chained himself in his closet so that he can't be free to enjoy his relationship like he should, and he's put Liam second every time.

 

It's all about priorities, and Alek's clearly aren't with Liam. So Liam is right to end it. He probably should have sooner. It's ridiculous for Alek to forget his boyfriend's birthday, especially when they had plans. Again even if he didn't have a big coming out moment, Alek could easily make an excuse to skip dinner with his father's friend.

 

So wow that's quite a start. Lots of drama right away. I'm curious though, was this the first time they broke up, or the last? I remember in Unforgivable it was mentioned they had an on again off again relationship.

 

I'm looking forward to chapter 1 now. :)

Although I am sorry your family wouldn't be accepting, I appreciate you giving that perspective. I don't think Alek is a bad man, I think he is afraid to lose his family. It sounds easy to say that he should do it for love, but losing everyone you've ever known and cared about can be a daunting choice.

 

I don't think I was as clear as I should have been in the prologue. This is their last breakup. I will go back and make that a little more clear.

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Spikey :)

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What an intense start!
I can't wait to see where this goes cause even if you love someone with all your heart sometimes love isn't enough.
Nice to see Liam again :)

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On 01/12/2017 09:26 AM, Defiance19 said:

Maybe this will force Alek to make some of the toughest decisions. He can choose Liam and walk away from his family. That does not necessarily mean that he has to give them up. There's always the chance that his family could surprise him or eventually come around. In the end if he feels so beholden to his family, then it doesn't matter if he s gay, straight or sideways, not until he make a choice for him. Separating who he is apart from his family.. Hopefully he doesn't lose Liam before he finds out.

 

Also, that was better inscribed in my head....

 

 

Looking forward to their story....

It would be a tough decision for Alek, likely tougher than for Liam. Remember, Liam only has Alek to lose. If Alek does what Liam wants he could potentially lose his family. I can't say more without giving away too much away.

 

Thank you for your review and your support, Def :hug:

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On 01/12/2017 10:14 AM, Mikiesboy said:

Hmmm bit over the top, in my view. Suddenly, now? He should have said something about their closet a long time ago. Hope Liam didn't bite off his nose to spite his face... Alek might just not come back...

As I said in my response to Spikey, I need to go back and make it a more clear that this isn't their first fight about this, or their first split, this was just the final straw for Liam.

 

Thank you for your review and your support, tim :hug:

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