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Quite some time ago, I wrote a little story called "Completeness"

The Wonder of It All
by Alanda

Rating: PG
Warnings: Very light slash, a little language
Quite some time ago, I wrote a little story called "Completeness". Some wonderful people on the list requested that I write a prequel, which I agreed to do. So, without further ado, here is the prequel to "Completeness". Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own them. Title comes from the song "Wonderful tonight".
Copyright: February 21, 2001
Comments: Yes




"Oh my God! That band was horrible!"

Murdock smiled. "Well Face, what did you expect? Besides, they're just here
for the tourists." Murdock stopped undressing and turned to look at Face. He
had seen an expression in the mirror that had him curious. "See anything you
like, Lieutenant?"

Face quickly answered. "No! I mean, no sir Captain. I...I was just..." He
swallowed hard and hung his head. "No sir.", he whispered softly. "I...I'm
sorry sir."

Murdock kept staring at him. Finally, Face raised his head and said, "I was
just wondering sir, where did you get those scars on your arm and back? If
you don't mind me asking, sir."

"Not at all. When I was about ten years old, my brother and I got into a
fight. He pushed me, I stumbled backwards and I went through a glass door."

"Oh." Face hung his head again.

Murdock walked over to where Face was sitting on the edge of the bed and
squatted down in front of him. "You know, there's something I've been
meaning to tell you. You don't have to call me 'sir'. I may be regular army,
but I'm not that hung up on my rank."

Face looked into Murdock's eyes. "O.k." They held the gaze for a long minute
and then Face looked away. "Well, I guess we'd better turn in."

"Yeah. We have a short ride back into hell tomorrow." Murdock never stopped
looking at Face. When the Lieutenant shifted uncomfortably, Murdock stood up
and continued getting undresses. "Have you had a good time this week?"

"Oh yeah. I've had a great time! Thanks for letting me tag along."

"No problem. Anytime. Hey look, I'm going to step outside and smoke a

"O.k. If you want, leave the balcony doors open. I kinda like hearing the

"No problem." Murdock stepped onto the balcony and lit a cigarette. He left
the doors open as requested. When he came back in, he stopped and looked at
the young Lieutenant. Face had already undressed down to a t-shirt and
boxers and was under the sheet, his back to Murdock. In the soft moonlight,
he could see the man shaking. He stopped by the bed, Face's back still to
him. "Are you o.k.?", Murdock asked softly.


Murdock could hear the fear in the young soldier's voice. He put his hand on
his shoulder and felt Face tense. "You sure?"

"Uh yeah..." Face cleared his throat. "I'm fine." Murdock gently turned Face
onto his back. He could see that his eyes were bright with unshed tears.

"It's o.k., Face. You hear me? It's o.k."

"No! No it isn't! I'm a soldier! An officer in the Army! I was raised
Catholic for God's sake! It's not o.k.!" He turned and looked at Murdock.
"It's not o.k.", he whispered.

Murdock grinned. "Catholic, huh? Try being raised Baptist in the South.
Texas of all places."

Face looked at him in shock. "'re?"

"That's right, and I'm telling you that it IS o.k. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with you."

"Does anyone know?"

"Nah. I pretty well keep private things private around here, if you get my

Face nodded. "Are you gonna tell?"

"Not planning on it."

"How did you know?"

"Well, any fool can usually tell when he's being checked out. Even this
fool. I have to say I'm flattered. You're a good looking man."

"You're not a fool.", Face said with conviction. "In fact, you're the
smartest person I know."

Murdock smiled at the compliment. "Why thank you. By the way, have you
ever...?" Murdock let the rest of the question hang in mid-air.

Face nodded. "A few times. Why?"

"Just wondering. Look, I'm going to be honest with you. I would love nothing
better than to take this further along tonight, but we have an early
morning. Besides, I like to think of myself as a gentleman, and a gentleman
NEVER does that on the first date. However, would you mind if I laid in this
bed with you tonight and held you close?"

Face was surprised, which confirmed what Murdock had been thinking. He had
already assumed that the 'few times' Face spoke of were probably not that
pleasant and definitely not under the category of love making. "I'd like
that.", Face answered.

Murdock smiled and crawled into bed beside him. As they lay there, Face
spoke. "I like hearing the waves. Reminds me of home."

"Where's that?"

"Southern California. L.A. to be exact."

"Got family back home?"

"No. I was raised in an orphanage."

Murdock held him a little tighter. "I hear they have pretty beaches there."

"Oh they do!", he answered brightly.

"I was raised in Texas, but every summer we use to spend two weeks on the
Alabama Gulf Coast."

"Alabama has beaches?"

Murdock laughed softly at Face's surprise. "Oh yeah. They're gorgeous."

"I had never been out of California until I joined the army. I'd like to see
those beaches in Alabama some day."

"You will.", Murdock said. "I'd like to be with you when you do."

"I'd like that.", Face said softly. Then, he yawned.

"Get some sleep", Murdock whispered. "I'll be here in the morning."

"O.k.", Face said drowsily. "Good night."

"Good night.", Murdock answered and placed a gentle kiss on the top of his
head. As Face slept in his arms, he thought of a line in the last song they
had heard the lousy band play earlier that night. As he held the man, he
softly sang.

"...and the wonder of it all, is that you just don't realize how much I love



The Wonder Of It All by Alanda



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