Summary: William confronts Jim about them kissing in public.
Prompt Word: William
Part 17 of the prompt series.
Word Count: 368
William Ellison didn’t know what to think of what he just saw happen. He knew he would have to talk to his son about it, but didn’t know where to start. When he got home, he decided to call him.
Jim answered the phone, “Ellison.”
“Jimmy, this is your Father. I was behind you in traffic today when you decided to kiss your very male partner in front of everyone. Don’t you know how dangerous it is to be gay in your line of work?” William really wanted to help him, not hurt him.
“Dad, it’s our business and I don’t care what you think about it.”
“Of course you care, Jimmy. You’ve always cared. I don’t care if you want to be with a man, but I do care about someone not giving you backup at work.” William hoped that Jimmy would understand.
“I thank you for your concern, Dad, but things will be just fine. Don’t worry so much. Would you like to come over this weekend and talk to us?” Jim decided to just jump in with both feet and invite him over.
“I would like that very much, Jimmy. How about Sunday evening? Could I bring Steven too?”
“Yes, come for dinner and we’ll talk about things then. Try not to worry, Dad. Okay?” Jim hoped that he was getting through to his old man.
“I’ll try not to worry, Jimmy. In the mean time, please tell Blair I said hello and wish him well.”
“Thanks, Dad. We’ll see you on Sunday.” Jim hung up the phone and went into Blair’s arms.
“This is much harder than I thought it would be. He’s coming over on Sunday night.”
“Good, I’m glad he understands and will be supportive. And on Saturday we’ll invite our friends over and tell them. Is that all right with you?”
“Yes… Can we lie in bed and hold each other? I just need you right now.”
“You don’t have to ask me twice. Come on.” Blair led Jim upstairs and they held each other all evening long until they had to get up and make something to eat.
Things would get better. It had to.