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Maybe Not Halloween. Maybe Not Thanksgiving
Summary: Murdock wants to be elsewhere for Christmas.
Warnings: Slash but as usual nothing graphic.
Disclaimer: Definitely not mine and no money made.
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"Maybe Not Halloween. Maybe Not
It had only been four days. Seemed longer. Much longer. Murdock sat on the grass outside the VA staring into the distance. Was it really just 96 hours ago that Face had last been here? His mind concentrated on trying to convert that to minutes and then to seconds.
"Murdock. It's getting late. Time to be heading back indoors." The man gently squeezed his shoulder. "Besides it's getting cold out here. Won't be long till winter sets in."
Murdock slowly climbed to his feet. "You think I'll still be here at Christmas?"
The man sighed. "I don't know, Murdock. I don't earn the big bucks round here. Just an orderly. It's going to depend on how things go between now and then I guess."
"I'd like to be out of here for Christmas." His gaze wandered from his companion into the distance.
"Well maybe you will be. Best to look on the bright side. You have any family?"
Murdock tilted his head to one side. "Sort of."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"It means, sort of." Murdock repeated.
Back in his room Murdock stared at the calendar. Halloween was just around the corner. After that it would be Thanksgiving and then Christmas. He desperately wanted to be anywhere else than at the VA when that rolled around again. Not that the VA was a bad place to be. The staff did their best. It's just that they had their limitations. Murdock shut his eyes and his mind began to wander.
"You going to spend the whole day in bed?" Face said prodding him gently in the ribs.
"You think of anywhere better." Murdock replied, his eyes tightly shut and a broad grin cemented on his face.
"Well depends. We have to eat."
Murdock opened an eye. "We could get someone to deliver. The phone's within reach."
Face sighed. "You really want me to spend the whole day here with you? You lusting after my body that much?"
Murdock rolled over and snuggled closer to his companion. "Yup. I am insatiable."
"Evidently." Face said, trying to hide a grin.
"You ever going to let me up from here? You know sometime I have to get at least as far as the bathroom."
"Not right now." Murdock said draping an arm across Face's midrift.
"What about our invitation to dinner tonight with Hannibal that you so willingly accepted the other day?"
"We can cancel." Murdock laid his head on Face's stomach.
"Murdock." Face said trying to keep his mind on the conversation.
"You are making this awfully hard for me."
Murdock grinned. "That's exactly what I had in mind. You sure you still want to go to the bathroom?" His hand roamed back from Face's ribs, heading south.
Murdock looked up from the book he was reading.
"You have a visitor. You feel up to some company? He looks real official too. Uniform and everything."
Murdock raised an eyebrow "Military police?"
The orderly shrugged. "Maybe."
"OK." Murdock said tossing the book aside. He could hear the rapid footsteps in the coridoor outside. He swallowed. Decker. Or maybe some of Decker's cronies. He was wrong. In front of him, wearing a broad grin, was Lieutenant Templeton Peck in full military uniform.
"Thank you sir." He said brusquely to the orderly. "You can leave us alone now. I will try not to be too long but please ensure that we are not disturbed. Feel free to lock the door if you prefer and I'll let you know when I am ready to leave."
The orderly speedily left and did exactly as Face had suggested.
"How you doing?" Face enquired sitting down beside Murdock on the bed. He gently squeezed his friend's arm. "This was the first time I have had a chance to get back."
"Four days." Murdock said flatly.
"Not for want of trying. It's getting harder and harder to get in here. Sometimes, however, they don't see what is right under their noses."
Murdock stared at the floor. "Four days. Ninety six hours ....."
"I know. Look, I tried, believe me."
Murdock looked up at him then, hearing the hint of desperation in his voice.
"I don't like this any better than you do but until we can get you out of here permanently, can you think of any other solution?"
Murdock shook his head slowly but said nothing.
"You think I don't want us to be together all the time? You have any idea what all these nights alone are doing to me? I even gave up the king size bed and got myself a single because I hate having all that empty space next to me."
Murdock sighed. "It's nearly Halloween."
"What?" Face said feeling more than slightly exasperated.
"And then it'll be Thanksgiving and then Christmas."
"I don't want to be here at Christmas, Face."
Face gently slid an arm around him and pulled him closer. "I don't want you here tomorrow but at the moment we don't have a choice."
"You've got me out of here before." The misery in Murdock's voice was evident.
"I can get you out of here again but you know there is a reason why you are here."
Murdock nodded slowly. "How much longer, Face?" He gently rested his head on Face's shoulder.
"I don't know, baby. I wish I did."
There was a long silence then. Neither man knowing what to do or say. Face just held him close listening to the sound of the clock endlessly ticking in the background. Time passing. Valuable time. Time they could be spending wrapped around each other a long, long way from here.
Finally Face gently pulled away. "Let me see what I can do. Maybe not Halloween, maybe not Thanksgiving but definitely Christmas, OK?"
Murdock looked up at him. For the first time Face could see hope in his eyes. "You mean it?"
Face smiled. "Yeah. Christmas. I promise you we won't be apart. I'll work something out. Might have to involve BA and Hannibal but we'll be together for Christmas."
"And New Year?"
"Want to start the New Year as you mean to go on, eh?"
Murdock nodded. "New Year. New start." He paused. "Just the two of us, Face."
Face swallowed. He tried to smile but inside his heart was breaking. What should he do? Give the only person he really loved in the world some false hope or tell him the truth. A truth that might just break his heart.
"No more VA? No more running? You know I can't promise you that."
Murdock looked lost again.
"I can promise you though that there will never be anyone else for me, Murdock. However long it takes, whatever it takes, I'll be there waiting."
The loud knock at the door broke the moment. The orderly stood outside pointing to his watch.
Face had literally seconds. "Christmas, Murdock. I promise you." He squeezed his arm.
The key turned in the lock and the door opened. "Sorry Lieutenant."
Face, ever the professional, stood almost to attention. "I quite understand. Thank you Mr Murdock. Your help has been invaluable." He walked stiffly towards the door. To the orderly he added "I shall be back next week. We have just a few more points that we would like to clear up."
The orderly nodded. "Of course, sir."
As Face left he glanced back over his shoulder. Murdock was watching his every move. Face noted with more than a small amount of satisfaction that the hope had returned to his lover's eyes.
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