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26 February 2008 @ 01:06 am
Higher Education Chapter 20  
Title: Higher Education
Fandom: BBM
Rating: NC-17
Summary: This is an AU!AU featuring Jack and Ennis in the higher education setting. Happy ending.
Disclaimer: Not my characters, and I make no money from them.
AN: Unbeta'd, I'm sure there are typos. My dog was very sick earlier but now she is eating as I type. That's a very important note! I love my Sasha. Oh, and sex ahoy, though not terribly explicit.
Word Count: 2948
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Chapter 20

Ennis ran through his mental packing list just under his breath as he loaded his meager belongings into a suitcase and a backpack. He checked under the bed multiple times, crawled far enough into the closet to feel silly, and checked under Ryan's already-vacated bed as well. Leaving when Ryan had already gone was somehow depressing, though he and Ryan had not got along all that well. Still, he felt like he was leaving a part of himself here, like he'd had memories, times he could never relive, and he didn't know if he'd ever see any of these people again.

He'd already said goodbye to his lab mates. They brushed off Ennis's concern easily with a list of the next AAS conference locations and each of their relative probabilities of having enough research done to attend them. Ennis tried now to console himself; he was going to be seeing Jack in, well, twelve hours give or take. Teng had already moved out, so that meant no more lounges, no more phone sex, no more suggestive e-mails. He was going to nail his man to the floor in the middle of the kitchen, if he had any say. Just because he could. He remembered Jack's joke about wallpapering the place in come and smiled. Time for Jack to put his body where his mouth was, huh?

Ennis inhaled, smelled the scent of his room for this one last time. He'd done a lot of leaving places as an orphan. He was used to the places he'd called home becoming nothing but mere memories, and this place hadn't even been that much. It wasn't any home, but just a dorm on the other side of the world from his own warm bed. He didn't look back as he took the suitcase in hand, swung the backpack onto a shoulder, and headed down the cold, linoleum-paved hall towards home.

Jack didn't have a car, and Ennis was flying into Cheyenne. Jack had been determined to be there, no matter what, and, besides, he couldn't stand the idea of Ennis riding a slow bus home when he could be with Jack already. It'd taken some begging, but Jack had finally managed to impose upon Teng, borrowing his ex-roomie's tiny gray VW Sorocco for the journey. He drove with the window open and the radio on, though in th spaces between cities all he could get were crap stations and soft rock. He was feeling good enough, though, that when Mariah Carey sang some breathy duet he didn't bother changing the channel. It sounded like some bad romance movie soundtrack. Hell, for all Jack knew, maybe it was some bad romance movie soundtrack. But then, here he was, driving to embrace his love in an airport after a long European separation, so maybe he was living in that bad romance movie after all. Jack laughed and dealt with the Mariah situation, 'cause it couldn't spoil his mood. Anyway, he reasoned, no one made romance movies about two men, and they never would.

Jack whistled along with the breeze through the window. The car rattled and shook in just about every nook and cranny, and occasionally he would find himself beating on this or that to try and silence it, but nonetheless the goofy smile never left his face, but only grew as he pulled into Cheyenne and down to their tiny airport this warm early-summer day. He wondered what he and Ennis were going to do this summer. The whole world seemed at their fingertips. Jack was committed to working twenty hours a week-- way more than the dining hall would have ever given him-- on the next part of the brown dwarf project. Other than that... they could go on a vacation, laze around inside, or run, hike, camp-- anything they liked. They were free, and Jack sure as hell was not taking any classes this summer. Never again, he had vowed to himself.

The smell of the airport brought the sense of winter rushing back to Jack's brain. His one and only flight away from home in his life had been to see Ennis. Now he wasn't going anywhere, but the airport smelled like that excitement and anticipation regardless. The thing that said stale carpet and sterile cleaners to other fliers, told Jack about possibilities, about the millions of people who'd passed through here and how little they mattered compared to the one, only one, he actually wanted to see.

It took Jack only two minutes to find the gate Ennis's plane from Texas was flying into. Jack didn't even want to imagine being on planes as long as Ennis had been. He'd flown from Germany to New York City-- a place Jack half expected he'd never get to see-- then to Dallas, and from there out here. Well, in theory, anyway. His plane hadn't landed here in Wyoming yet.

Jack slouched down into a leather chair by the gate and stared unseeing at his boots. He hadn't brought anything like a book, and most of the time he was happy to sit and do nothing after so much hard work during the school year. Just now, though, Jack felt like he wanted to get up and pace or something. He stayed as still as possible, simply out of a sensation that pacing would make him look seriously lame, and if anyone could tell he was pacing over a guy coming off the plane, Ennis would have a shit fit.

Twenty minutes must have passed, Jack all the while trying not to wonder what the exact time had been. Didn't matter, 'cause he didn't have a watch and couldn't see a clock, but by now a few other people were milling around the gate. Jack's head snapped up like someone had said his name when the plane pulled up to the gate and people started getting off. He was on his feet without even realizing it, hands buried in his jeans pockets. His tight blue T-shirt stretched across his chest. he'd been letting off some steam at the gym, not that it was unusual for him, but he had half a hope that Ennis would notice, or care, or something. He'd been working harder these past few weeks to not gain weight through finals. Or that's what he'd told himself, though at the current moment, he didn't that that was the whole story.

One by one, people spilled off the plane and were hugged by friends and family, then took off down the single concourse of the small airport, presumably towards the twin luggage carousels. Jack watched the exit of the plane, a futuristic cave mouth, with a sinking in the pit of his stomach. Why--

The question was cut off mid-thought as the lanky and troubled looking young man exited that cave, worrying at some piece of paper in is hands. The change in lighting seemed to alert him to the open airport around him, and he tucked the paper into a back pocket under his backpack before squinting down the hallway towards the concourse exit. He hadn't seen Jack. In fact, he didn't even know Jack was going to be here. He was supposed to take a bus, and likely had been studying the schedule even now. Ennis took a couple steps more forward before he finally looked in front of him towards Jack, hands now hanging greedily at his side. Ennis froze.

The moment hung in time for a second as more families chatted around them and headed down the concourse. When the stillness finally broke, it was Ennis's mouth that broke it, rising in a full smile the likes of which even Jack had rarely ever seen. Jack wondered if even his answering smile was as good. He advanced towards Ennis while Ennis continued advancing towards him, eyes averted and cheeks rose-red from a gentle blush.

"What're you doin' here, huh?" Ennis spoke so softly that Jack had to lean in to hear him.

Jack didn't answer, but reached out and wrapped one hand around Ennis's slender-and-strong shoulder. With that contact, that proof of the reality of this situation, they seemed together to shit into a different mode entirely as Jack flung his arms as quickly about Ennis as he could, and felt the answering slap of Ennis's arms hitting his own back. "Sonofabitch," Jack hissed under his breath.

When they were done hugging, Ennis came up with a smaller, but more playful, smile. Ennis's eyes played back and forth along the concourse for a second, and then he pushed Jack the seven or so paces into the men's room. They had hardly hit the doorway of that place before Ennis pulled Jack tight against the inner wall and, holding Jack's head still as if Jack might ever try to escape, Ennis kissed Jack hard enough that Jack saw stars. Barely able to draw breath, Jake heaved against Ennis. When they broke for air, Ennis seemed to calm, but Jack was just lighting on fire, just coming to believe the situation he'd found himself in. He flung Ennis against the facing wall of the small hallway leading into the men's room proper, Jack not sparing a thought for the contents of Ennis's backpack. They held each other there, with their whole bodies, mouths included but not alone.

Ennis, though, seemed to come back to the ground at the sound of a flush from the stalls behind them. He leaned in toward Jack and whispered, just one thing that Jack would treasure for always, before Ennis walked up to a urinal and unzipped.

Jack felt a little lame for not realizing that Ennis must have to pee, plane-hopping as he had been all day. Jack leaned against the wall and watched Ennis's, back unapologetically. The way he was feeling, he felt rather like he was never going to let Ennis out of his sight again. A man came out of a stall and washed his hands, and in all that time, Ennis hadn't not started a stream of piss. Jack had a coy smile on his face. No kidding, Ennis was hard. Still hard, from the sound of it. when the man left, Jack came up behind Ennis and clapped him on the shoulder.

"Are you planning on standing here all day? 'Cause I was hoping to get home."

Ennis managed to both smile and growl at the same time, and Jack shook his head and stepped away once more before Ennis finally began to relieve himself. Thank fuck, 'cause they could not get home fast enough for Jack.

They left the bathroom walking next to each other, close enough that their arms brushed, and neither pulled away. When the concourse seemed deserted around them, they even snatched each other's hands in passing, small enough to seem like a mistake maybe, or so Jack justified it, though he didn't really believe anyone could mistake it. Ennis could not possibly be thinking straight, but Jack was not about to blame him because for sure he wasn't thinking half straight himself. And he didn't have any jet lag.

They did manage to stand side-by-side without touching for the moments it took to find Ennis's single suitcase at the luggage claim. They'd missed its first trip around because they were sneaking peaks at each other instead. Jack wondered when Mariah Carey was going to start playing over the speakers here. Jack hauled Ennis's suitcase out to the car, and Ennis didn't protest. Jack took that as a sign of fatigue. Ennis claimed to not be hungry or thirsty, didn't even inquire as to where the car had come from, and dropped into the passenger seat heavily. He slept most of the way back to Laramie, and Jack let him. Ennis would need to be pretty rested up for what Jack had in mind once they got home.

The apartment fit like a glove. The smell was familiar cleaning products that he'd bought himself, Jack, and Jack's dirty dishes. "I know you didn't clean this place," Ennis muttered with a smile.

"I might a had some help..." Jack was dragging Ennis's large suitcase to the bedroom already.

"Whose car was that?" Ennis felt his brows wrinkle. He felt like he was just waking up from some sort of sleep. Well, besides the actual sleep he had just woken up from.

"Teng. Took some sweet talking."

"You better not be sweet talking Teng." Ennis was unhappy to see that Jack had to pop his head out of the bedroom to make sure Ennis was joking.

"I got a couple girlfriends to help me with the cleaning."

"If you've got girlfriends, I think we need to--"

"Jack held up his hand and went to the fridge, withdrawing with a beer. "If you are going to keep making those stupid jokes, I will drive you back to the airport."

Ennis laughed. "So, what are you know, one of those gay guys who goes around with gals?"

Jack turned to look at Ennis, unsmiling. "If having friends who are chicks makes me into that, then whatever."

Ennis immediately saw his mistake. He stepped towards the sexy, strapping man across from him. "Aww, come on Jack, I didn't mean anything by it. Just trying to make a joke."

The corner of Jack's mouth came up and he snorted. "Trying, huh? I think even that's generous."

"Asshole." Ennis took another step towards Jack. Jack was between him and the bedroom, and whenever he stepped forward, Jack stepped back. Ennis had no idea if Jack was aware of this or not.

"You been working out or something?" Ennis squinted his eyes at the tight shirt stretched across Jack's chest. He recalled the shirt. It wasn't new, but it sure hadn't fit like that before. It was still loose at Jack's waist, but across his shoulders...

"I've gotta do something to keep in shape since you've been depriving me of my favorite exercise."

"Yeah?" Ennis stepped forwards.

"Yeah." Jack stepped back. It was like some sort of dangerous dance, but Ennis was hardening, knowing that Jack knew what was going on as well as he did. Some kind of foreplay that Ennis had no experience with, that's what this was. He couldn't imagine a girl having this conversation anyway.

"I remember you were thinking of making some decorating changes? Looks like you haven't done them yet."

Jack's face was blank and he registered nothing for a good few moments, but the second he did recall the conversation Ennis was referencing, Ennis could see it in his eyes. The blue sparks became huge embers. "What, uh, room... did you want to start in."

Yes, Ennis had the upper hand again. Felt good. he didn't know when this had become a competition, but he thought the steps-towards-the-room thing had been Jack's secret doing, and he'd thrown Jack off his plan and off his game. He liked Jack off his game just 'cause Ennis didn't like to feel like he was part of a game at all.

"The room doesn't matter to me, we've got to do them all, right?"

Jack recovered his smile and his balance, took a few strong steps forward and met Ennis at the edge of the kitchen, and unbuckled and pulled down Ennis's pants, all so quickly Ennis could hardly get a handle on what was going on. Jack dropped to his knees while Ennis protested. "Was... It was you who was going to, uh... wallpaper--"

Jack took him in and didn't stop to argue the particulars of a phone tease held months ago. Ennis had no choice but to drop the subject as his brain and tongue first stopped communicating with each other, and then his brain stopped functioning altogether. He came so soon, too soon, into Jack's mouth.

"Jack!" He struggled to catch his breath. "I meant to... I was meaning to..."

"It's ok," Jack stood and rested a hand on Ennis's shoulder. "We've got all summer."

That wasn't good enough for Ennis, and he let Jack know by pulling Jack's shirt off to see those muscles underneath. Ennis moved his hands over the familiar planes, too recently spent to be ready again but aware that it wouldn't take long. Ennis leaned forward and placed a warm, gentle, living kiss on Jack's startled lips.

"Could be," he answered. "Hope we'll have more than just the summer, Jack."

Jack smiled and wrapped Ennis up in his arms. Ennis folded his arms around Jack in turn and whispered close to Jack's ear.

"It doesn't change that I want to enjoy the time we have now."

Jack stroked the mussed hair above Ennis's ear. "I love you."

"Mmm, love you more." Ennis breathed a kiss into Jack's neck. Jack seemed to rock them to his own tuneless dance, though not for long. Ennis came surging back with his own ideas, proving that jet lag meets its match in lust. They both passed out just before dawn, and didn't get out of bed the entire next day. By the day after, Teng was hot on the tail of his ride and Jack had to beg forgiveness, but Ennis guessed that Jack's apology was a lie. The smile he gave Ennis as he pleaded with Teng on the phone said that Jack was anything but sorry. Ennis blushed and went to do laundry. Home wasn't all about sex. Not that it was about laundry either. It was just about being, being in a place where you didn't have to try. Ennis hadn't realized how much he'd missed it until he had it back.
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elena_62elena_62 on February 26th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Hi Jess!

Great chapter! Jack's anticipation of Ennis's arrival, the reunion kiss, playing around in the flat... just perfect!

Thank you for writing!

Antonella (in a hurry, I should work and not read, but I had to read *now* about the reunion!)
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm so flattered to have distracted you from work *g* Thanks once again for the compliments.
bmshirtsbmshirts on February 26th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
Higher Education Chapter 20
Very nice chapter. Soft, gentle. The sex was great. Don't get me wrong! I love explicit sex scenes but sometimes the ones that skirt the edges are very good also. We get to use our imagination. Hee Hee!
It's good to see the two guys together. I hope they get the summer they're anticipating.
Thanks. carole
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Higher Education Chapter 20
Good, because I prefer writing sex scenes that skirt the edge ^^ Thanks for reading.
sweetjesweetje on February 26th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Ennis is finally home! I think I've missed them being together almost as much as they have.
I love the bathroom scene. But then I have always loved the reunion scene in the movie. And this one brought me back to that as I was reading.
Thank you for this long awaited chapter. I enjoyed it more than you know. : )
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
*blush* Thanks for the comment!
eandjeandj on February 26th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
This was awesome
Jack borrowing Teng's car, Ennis' smile at the airport, the reunion kiss,
"Hope we'll have more than just the summer, Jack."
Loved it all
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad you liked it.
thelastaeriethelastaerie on February 26th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)

what did they say? separation makes the heart grow fonder? that's a long separation alright and that is SOME reunion sweetness!!

The thing that said stale carpet and sterile cleaners to other fliers, told Jack about possibilities, about the millions of people who'd passed through here and how little they mattered compared to the one, only one, he actually wanted to see.

I love all those inner monologue Jack had while he's waiting for Ennis to show up... not unlike in OS when Jack drove to Riverton, except this Jack knew "fore sure" that what's going to happen and they have a whole summer ahead... and beyond :)

Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! Thanks for the great comment.
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Another excellent chapter from you. I love the playful banter between those two and the very sweet sex. Very, very good!
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 15th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
buffymonmon on February 26th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
that was me just now, btw:)
Teritmn1966 on February 26th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
I hope your Sasha has continued to improve. I know how stressful it can be to have a sick pet on your hands so my thoughts are with you.

This update was perfect. I'm so glad Ennis is finally home and they held hands!

Thanks so much for this. It's a great way to start my day.

★Mella★: BBM - loveschlopki on February 26th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
not that it was unusual for him, but he had half a hope that Ennis would notice, or care, or something. He'd been working harder these past few weeks to not gain weight through finals. Or that's what he'd told himself, though at the current moment, he didn't that that was the whole story.

loves that jack worked out for ennis ♥

omg and i loved loved loved that reunion kiss ♥ *faints* i love against-wall-slamming *fans self*

LOL @ maria carey

Jack was between him and the bedroom, and whenever he stepped forward, Jack stepped back.

loved this, too *rawr* foreplay, yeah

and ennis noticing jack worked out ♥

It was just about being, being in a place where you didn't have to try

thank you ♥

i'm glad your dog is eating again, i missed that there was something wrong..but it's good. hope he is perfectly fit again soon ♥
landofthedragonlandofthedragon on February 26th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Great reunion Jess I could really feel Jacks excitment and anticipation as Jack waited for Ennis's arrival. The moment when they first laid eyes on one another was a gorgeous moment no wonder Ennis pushed Jack into the mens room, liked the simularities to reunion scene, nice touch. I hope the summer is a long one and we have a lot more lurid details next time, what can I say theres a lot of catching up to do and I really don't want to feel cheated LOL.

Love this story can't wait for more. L
cathyinazcathyinaz on February 26th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
I love this fic and I'm glad the boys are back together finally. Thanks.
noreinsnoreins on February 26th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
I don't comment often enough on this but I just wanted to let you know that I'm still reading and still enjoying. Especially now that they're back together again. That reunion in the airport was wonderful - I was convinced that Ennis was going to pull Jack into a stall in the mens room, though!!!

Home wasn't all about sex. Not that it was about laundry either. It was just about being, being in a place where you didn't have to try. Ennis hadn't realized how much he'd missed it until he had it back.

iovgreiovgre on February 26th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
He checked under the bed multiple times, crawled far enough into the closet to feel silly.

thank god i'm not the only freak when it comes to packing up!!!!!

so glad they're finally back together, the reunion-scene at the airport was really cute.
samtyr: roadsamtyr on February 26th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
This was great. I liked everything about it. Now I think that spending a year apart did them both good, they were able to grow and mature that would not have been possible if they had been together. (Sorry if that is worded funny.) I'm looking forward to reading more.
jennydcfjennydcf on February 26th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Umm, you expect coherence now?
You made my day.:-) This chapter is so joyous. Maybe it made me a little sad, too, because it's been awhile since I've seen Ennis and Jack so clearly as Heath and Jake--I think it was the radiant smile and the developed back and shoulders. :-) I love the flirting/foreplay of Ennis stepping forwards as Jack steps back, and the contrast between Ennis' thoughts on leaving yet another place and group of people in Germany and his thoughts in the final sentences.