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Justin Taylor was tired. Tired of coming last in Brian's life. He didn't mind coming after Gus, of course. But shouldn't he, as Brian's partner, come at least before Michael and Lindsay? Brian was blind to their manipulations but Justin saw it all. He saw Michael's attemps at breaking him and the Stud of Liberty up. He saw Lindsay's dreams of being Brian's wife, he saw her greedy head rear whenever Brian did something for Justin. It was clear to him: Michael and Lindsay wanted him gone, far far away from Brian. And after 6 years of fighting for Brian's love, Justin really was tired of everything. For the last couple of weeks, he felt terrible but Brian didn't even seem to notice. Michael or Lindsay only needed to call and Brian would jump to help them. When Justin was too tired join to Brian on a night out at Babylon, Brian would just shrug and go alone.

Justin finished the last boards for one of Kinnetic's campaigns before he grabbed his duffel bag and packed his clothes and belongings. He wasn't like Michael or Lindsay, he wouldn't force Brian to chose. He knew how much Brian loved his two best friends. He never minded their friendship although he hated how they both used Brian's trust, generosity and loyality. However, he needed to think of himself first. He wasn't feeling well and couldn't wait for his lover to finally get a clue and realize that the blonde needed him. He packed everything he owned, put his keys on the counter and left the loft. He left Brian a letter on the bed, asking for a call so they could talk.

Unfortunately for Justin, Brian came home along with Michael. Ben had left him just a week ago and kicked Michael out of the house so the comic lover had to move into his Mom's house, which she shared with her lover Carl. Occasionally, Michael would sleep at Brian's loft, much to Justin's dismay. So, when Michael noticed Justin's letter in the bedroom, he took and read it and stuffed it into his pocket. He was sure that they finally got rid of one Justin Taylor.


2 Days Later

Brian was worried, angry and confused. Justin was gone and he had no idea why he left or where he went to. He called Daphne and Jennifer but neither knew about the blonde's whereabouts. Debbie had no clue either. The ad genius knew that Justin wasn't feeling too well lately so he called all the hospitals in the area but Justin wasn't to be found. When he asked Carl, the police offer explained to him that it seemed Justin moved out so there was no reason for the police to search for the young man.

Emmett and Ted had no idea where the blonde had gone to either but they all worried about him. And Brian. It seemed that Brian was going crazy in his 'quest' to find Justin. Why didn't the blonde call and why did he leave when they all thought he and Brian were happy and finally on the same page.

Michael and Lindsay on the other hand didn't worry but were almost celebrating the disappearance of Justin. They were both annoyed whenever Justin's name was mentioned. Melanie was ready to kick Lindsay out because of her ignorance towards someone they all considered a friend, family.

Justin had been busy since the night he walked out of the loft for good. He checked into a cheap hotel until he found a place to rent or buy. Luckily, he managed to save a little bit of money. The day after moving out of the loft, he went to a doctor who took some blood samples and did athorough check. Justin almost fainted when he was told the results: he was pregnant. With Brian's child. That news of course changed everything and Justin knew he had to think about his decision to leave Brian. He was mad tho when he arrived back at the hotel when he noticed that Brian hadn't called. When Brian still hadn't called two days later his anger turned into frustration and desperation. Did Brian even care that he was gone? He had his number changed before he left but he wrote his new number into the letter so Brian couldn't use this as an excuse. Before he could think about what he was going to do, everything went black.


Late Afternoon

"Justin?" Brian answered his phone, hoping it was Justin.

"Brian, it's Jennifer. Allgheny Hospital called me, Justin was brought in. It seems he booked a room at the Pitts Hotel and fainted. The Manager heard the noise and went to look for him. He called an ambulance when he found Justin. He's unconscious but the doctors are doing some tests now. I thought you'd like to know. I'm on my way there." Jennifer told him.

"I'm on my way. Let's hope he didn't hurt his head." Brian worried. He grabbed his keys and ran out of the loft, almost forgetting to set the alarm.



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Brian arrived at the hospital a little over twenty minutes later and was looking frantically for Jennifer. He found her in the waiting room where she sat with Molly and Tucker.

"Brian, thank God you're here. I'm so worried." Jennifer sobbed.

"What happened? What did the doctor say?"
Brian asked worriedly.

"We haven't spoken to a doctor yet. They're still doing tests, that's what the nurse told us. I hope they find out what's wrong with him. Mom told the nurse about his previous head injury and she promised to inform the doctors. Now we have to wait."
Molly told him.

Brian sighed. "I just wished I knew why he left. He must have changed his number. I couldn't reach him. I should have thought about a hotel. I was sure he would have gone to either Daphne or you. Maybe Deb's but I didn't think of an hotel. Shit."

The four of them sat down and waited for a doctor to come out. When finally, after about an hour, a doctor came out and asked for Justin's POA, Brian stood up.

"I'm his POA. What's wrong with him? Is he okay?" He almost begged for the doctor say something.

"Ehm, Mr...?" The doctor asked.

"Kinney. Brian Kinney. I'm Justin's partner. Jennifer is his mother, Molly his sister and Tucker is his stepdad. You can talk infront of them." Brian explained.

"Okay. We did some tests and it seems that Mr. Taylor was upset over something, so his blood pressure went up and he hadn't eaten much it seems. He has to eat properly or he could cause himself and the baby damage." The doctor informed them.

"Baby?" Jennifer asked at the same time as Brian.

"Justin is pregnant? Oh my God, I'm going to be an aunt. Yay. But he's okay now, right?" Molly wanted to make sure.

"Yes, do not worry young lady. Your brother will be fine. But he really needs to take better care of himself." The doctor said sternly. "He is a bit sleepy now but he can go home later today."

"Thank you, doctor Jameson." Tucker said since both, Jennifer and Brian were in shock.


At the Diner

"Hey sweeties." Debbie said in greeting when Emmet and Ted walked into the diner for a snack. "Have you heard anything from Sunshine yet?" She asked and sighed disappointedly when both shook their heads 'no'.

"I hope he's alright. It's really not like Justin to just disappear. I don't even know when he had his number changed." Ted said quietly.

"Yeah. I wonder if anything happened? Brian said they were fine, no troubles or arguments." Emmett added sadly. "I just wish Baby would contact one of us. I'm going crazy. Drew told me last night that he's coming home. He was really worried when I told him about Justin."

Debbie was about to say something when Mel walked in with Gus and JR. "Morning Deb. Ted, Emmett. Any news from Justin?" She asked. Emmett noticed that the lawyer looked really tired.

"No honey. Nothing." Debbie told her. "Let me bring you some orange juice and coffee before I take your orders."


At Ben's House

Ben was quite surprised when he opened the door to see Blake standing there.

"Blake, how are you? What a nice surprise to see you. Is Ted here as well?" Ben asked his visitor, motioning for him to come in.

"No, it's just me. I wanted to see if you're okay? You know, after breaking up with Michael." Blake said quietly.

"I'm all good, no need to worry. I don't regret that decision. I don't want to spend the rest of my life second guessing my place in Michael's heart. He will always want Brian. Lindsay is the same. I don't know how Mel can live with her. Or Justin. Neither Michael nor Lindsay care about how much they hurt Justin. And Brian, too." Ben said sadly.

"Justin disappeared. Nobody has heard from him in over 2 days. He even had his number changed. We don't know where he is or if he's okay." Blake told him.

"Shit. I will ask Hunter when he comes home if he heard anything. Hopefully, Justin will be alright." Ben sighed. Blake nodded in agreement.


At the Hospital

Justin opened his eyes slowly, trying to adjust to the light that was shining down on him. His head hurt and he felt nauseous. He blinked a couple of times, trying to figure out where he was. It didn't take a genius to figure out he was in a hospital but he couldn't figure out why. Thinking back, he remembered seeing his doctor who told him he was pregnant but he went back to the hotel and was angry about Brian still not having called. Just then, the door opened and his mom walked in.

"Justin. Justin, thank God you're awake. How are you feeling, honey?" She asked worriedly.

"I'm okay. My head hurts a bit and I'm afraid I'm going to vomit. Why am I here, mom?" Justin asked confused.

"You fainted, honey. The hotel manager found you and called for an ambulance. Brian is here. He is very worried and asked me to ask you if you would see him?" Jennifer said gently.

"Why is he here? Oh shit, he's my POA. I don't want to see or talk to him. He should go to his buddies, they're more important to him. He doesn't give a shit, mom." Justin told her angrily.

"Justin, how can you say that?" Jennifer asked her son, shocked. "Brian's been going crazy since he got home and you were gone. Nobody had a way to contact you since you had your number changed. He's a mess, Justin."

"He has my new number. If he would have bothered to read my letter he would have my new number." Justin shouted.

"What letter, honey?" Jennifer asked. Brian, who heard Justin shouting, ran into the room to see what was wrong.

"Yeah Sunshine, what letter?" He asked sarcastically. Justin refused to look at him. Jennifer nodded at Brian and left the room to give them some privacy.

Brian took a deep breath before he walked towards Justin's bed. "How are you feeling?" He asked cautiously. He didn't want to upset Justin anymore.

"I'm good. You can go now. I'm sure Michael and Lindsay have one or two things to talk to you about or problems you have to solve. Just go Brian. I'm tired of you putting them first." Justin said tiredly.

"I don't want to go, Justin. And I don't want you to go. Is that why you left? Because you think they're more important to me?" Brian asked quietly.

"Yes." Justin snapped in reply. He sighed deeply before he continued. "But then I went to see my doctor earlier today and he told me I'm pregnant so I guess I'll always be linked to you now."

"I know. I was shocked when the doc told me you're pregnant. I guess that's why you felt so under the weather lately, huh?" Brian spoke calmly.

"Wow, you noticed. Just go, Brian. I will stay with my mom until I find a place for myself. I won't stop you from seeing our child but know that I won't use him or her the way Lindsay does." Justin told him determindly.

"No! Justin, please. I want us to live together." Brian said.

"We don't always get what we want, Brian. You didn't even bother to call me." Justin sobbed.

Brian looked at his sunshine. Seeing him cry, it broke his heart. "I don't have your number, Justin. How could I call you?" He asked sadly.

"You do have my number. If you would have bothered to read my letter." Justin said.

"What letter, Justin?" Brian asked. "When I got home you were gone. No letter tho."

"I left it on the bed, Brian." Justin said quietly, almost above a whisper.

"I... shit!" Brian exhaled. "I went to the fridge first but Michael went to the bathroom. Maybe he took it?" Brian mused.

"It is possible. Michael would do anything to seperate us." Justin said.

"I'm going to kill him. Justin, I... I'm sorry. I do love you. Please come home." Brian begged softly.

"Okay." Justin answered with a small smile. Brian smiled back at him in relieve and happieness.




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After Justin was discharged, Brian took him home to the loft but did a quick stop at Justin's hotel to grab his stuff. He took care of the bill and then drove them home. He ordered Justin to lay down while he called all of their friends to let them know that Justin was back where he belonged. He then did some online grocery shopping. With Justin being pregnant, the brunette knew they needed more food. He also made a note to buy fresh vegetables every day. When he was finished, he looked at websites for baby stuff and marked some pages for Justin to look at later. When he was finished he took a quick shower before he joined his blonde sunshine in bed for a nap.


At Mel's House

Gus and JR were playing with some cars and dolls and Mel watched them from the couch. She wasn't feeling too well but blamed it on the stress with Lindsay and her job. She was also worried about Justin. She hoped that they would find him soon, before her beautiful children would notice his absence. She knew that both, Gus and JR, loved and adored Justin deeply. In fact, Mel considered Justin as Gus' other father. She hoped that would never change, no matter what happened between Justin and Brian. She knew that losing Justin would be hard on Gus and JR. There were times when she wondered if picking Michael to be JR's father was the right choice but then she would look at her precious daughter and she knew that she was perfect, no matter who her father was.

Mel was so engrossed in her thoughts that she didn't hear her phone ringing at first but Gus shook her arm a little. She quickly grabbed her phone and answered. She was happy and relieved when she hung up about five minutes later: Justin was back home and safe. She thanked Brian for letting her know. Once Justin was rested, he would tell them what happened. In her happy moment, Mel didn't realize that Lindsay and Michael were standing in the door to the living room.

"Why did Brian call you, Mel? And why were you thanking him?" Lindsay demanded to know. She sounded not too happy.

"Shit! Do you want to give me an heart attack?" Mel exhaled. "He called to let me know that Justin is okay and back at the loft. Not that either of you care."

"What the fuck? Why is that little shit back? I thought we finally got rid of him." Michael shouted angrily.

"Well Michael, Brian was looking for him the past few days. Seems like he never wanted to get rid of Justin. Neither did I, or Emmett and Ted. Or your mother. Anyways, he's home resting now. That's some good news." Mel told him sharply.

"It's not good news. He should have stayed gone. He's only after Brian's money. That little cheating whore." Michael muttered.

"No, that would be Lindsay. And you. Justin never wanted Brian's money. Actually, he wants to be independent. Unlike the two of you." Mel muttered right back. "But I really don't give a damn about how you two feel about Justin. I'm glad he's okay and that's all that matters to me. If you two want to bitch about him, then go somewhere else because I won't allow you to spout your bullshit in my home."

Lindsay and Michael huffed but left. Mel sighed in relieve. She was glad that neither Gus nor JR seemed to have paid attention to the adults.


1 Week Later - Dinner at Debbie's House

The entire gang sat around in Debbie's living room as they usually did on Sundays. Most of them were happy that Justin was found and doing well.

"Okay everyone. Dinner was delicious. Now we can talk." Brian said seriously before he turned to look at Michael. "Anything you want to say, Mikey? You didn't happen to find a letter the night Justin left when you went to the bathroom, right?

"What the fuck are you talking about?" Michael asked confused but everyone could see the guilt in his eyes.

"Michael Charles Novotny, stop the bullshit. We know about the letter. Why didn't you give it to Brian?" Debbie cut right through Michael's act of innocence.

"Because Brian deserved better than this cheating whore. Brian would be better off without Justin. We all would." Michael snapped.

"Speak for yourself Michael. I for one love Justin and want him in my life." Said Brian.

"Brian, you don't do love or relationships. You fuck and that's it." Michael said proudly, refusing to believe Brian's words.

"Stop that. You know damn well how much I love Justin. After everything we've been through I would have thought that even you realized that. I love Justin and I'm going to spend my life with him. I don't need your approval to do so. Just know one thing Michael, if you don't change your sick attitude towards Justin, I will make your life hell." Brian told him sternly.

Michael blinked several times at Brian's harsh words. Lindsay seemed to appear shocked as well. Before anyone could say anything, Ben and Hunter came in.

"Hi everyone. Sorry for being late. We had a teacher conference and it went a little longer." Ben apologized.

"What the fuck are you doing here?" Michael screeched. "You left me so you have no business here."

"Michael!" Debbie yelled and slapped him on the head. "Ben and Hunter are family and will always be, so shut the fuck up. Ben, Hunter take a seat." Debbie gently told them. She couldn't believe how cruel and cold her son acted.

"Good, now we're complete. There's something we want to share with you." Brian stated. "Mother Taylor, would you like to announce the news?" He teased Justin's mother. Tucker and Molly sat next to her, grinning cheekily.

"Yes! I'm so proud of you two." Jennifer said, her eyes were filled with tears. "We finally know why Justin wasn't feeling to well lately and why he fainted which landed him in the hospital. He's pregnant. I'm going to be a grandma." She proudly said.

"OH MY GOD!" Emmett jumped up and down in pure joy. "That's amazing news. I'm so happy for you. I'm gonna be Aunty Em, yes?"

"Congratulations, Brian and Justin. I'm happy for you, too. If there's anything you need, let me know." Ted said sincerly.

"Yes, let US know. Seriously, so happy for you." Blake added.

Ben stood up and went to hug Justin while Hunter added, "Well done Blondie. I hope you and Brian will let me babysit."

"Of course we will. Thank you all for your support. Hey Smelly Melly, are you okay? You look weird." Brian was confused.

"Yes yes, I'm good. Just surprised, that's all. I'm happy for you, too. I can't wait for Gus and Jenny to hear that. They will be so happy and excited. Congrats, both of you." Mel said emotionally.

"Brian, how could you? What will Gus think? It will hurt him so much." Lindsay said angrily.

"Shit Brian, the little shit trapped you. Aren't you going to get rid of it?" Michael sneered.

"WHAT THE FUCK? NO WE'RE NOT GETTING RID OF IT!" Brian yelled. "And Lindsay, why would Gus be hurt? Justin and I will sit him down tomorrow and explain. Mel, could Jenny be there, too? They might not be related by blood but will be family none the less." Brian asked the lawyer who still looked pale.

"Of course. You'll have my full support. Justin, how far along are you? I can't see anything yet." Mel asked curiously.

"I just reached the 4th month so I still have some time before I'm starting to show. Thank you, Mel." Justin said gently. When he turned around he saw Debbie crying on Carl's shoulder. "Deb, what's wrong?" He asked worried.

"Wrong? Nothing's wrong honey. I'm just so happy for you and Brian. A child is a blessing but you already know that. I wish you all the best but I'm ashamed of Michael's behavior. I don't know what's wrong with him." Debbie told them sadly.

"Just ignore him, Debs. I think it's time for champagne, isn't it Emmy?" Drew tried to lighten the mood.

"Oh yes it is, but not for Baby." Emmett grinned. Lindsay and Michael stood up to gather their things and leave. Neither liked being ignored and the news wasn't good in their minds either.

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A couple of months later, Justin was showing. He and Brian remodeled the loft and had two rooms for their unborn child and Gus. Fortunately, there were no more complications during Justin's pregnancy but he and Brian worried a lot about Mel. The usually tough lawyer had lost weight and seemed weak and tired all the time. Brian wanted her to see a doctor but she refused. She was sure the stress at work and home were the cause for her weakness. Since that dinner at Deb's, Lindsay had been even worse. Instead of taking care of her children, she spent most of her time with Michael. Mel was shocked when Sidney Bloom fired the blonde woman because Sam showed up again. Of course, Lindsay denied having an affair with the famous artist but couldn't hide it any longer after Sidney walked into her small office while she and Sam were busy exploring each other's bodies.

That was the last straw for Mel. She kicked Lindsay out and won full custody over Gus since Lindsay didn't bother with her son after Brian made it clear that he wouldn't finance her. Brian also supported Mel during that time so Lindsay was even more upset. She moved in with Michael to share her misery.



Ethan Gold

'Ugh, Pittsburgh still sucks. I can't believe I'm back here. But it's for Justin and he's worth it. I'm so glad that his friends Michael and Lindsay contacted me. Poor Justin is pregnant with Brian's child. He actually wanted to leave the whore of Liberty Avenue for good but he found out about his pregnancy and moved back in with Brian Fucking Kinney. I bet Kinney got him pregnant on purpose so Justin wouldn't leave him. The bastard doesn't even deserve Justin. I'm still mad at myself for that one stupid mistake. How I wish Justin would have forgiven me. When I learned that he was back with Brian after he left me, I was so upset. I don't get what Justin see's in him. He's good looking, I'll give him that but that really is all. And he has money but he's a complete asshole and treated my Justin like shit. Lindsay told me that she had never seen Justin happier than when he was with me. She and Michael worry about his safety since Brian doesn't shy away from violence. I still remember him punching Michael at that party Lindsay and her wife hosted. He's an animal.

I honestly don't like that Justin is having that bastard's baby. Maybe I can convince him to give it up for adoption. I would rather see him carrying our baby. Of course that would mean we would have to change some things. When we were together he didn't want to bottom for me because it reminded him of Brian. I respected that of course but it ultimately lead to my unfaithfulness.

Anyways, I hope Brian doesn't give us too much shit. I've made a lot of money since I last saw him so all he has to do it pack his bags and we can leave this shitty town... and Brian Kinney.'



Construction Site

Chris Hobbs had just started his lunch break when he noticed a man and woman approach him.

"Christopher Hobbs?" The blonde woman asked.

"That's me. Who are you and what do you want?" He asked tentatively.

"My name is Lindsay Peterson and this is my friend Michael Novotny. We wanted to talk to you about Justin Taylor. I'm sure you remember him, don't you?" The woman, Lindsay, introduced herself and her friend.

"Of course I do. But there's nothing to talk about." Chris said warily.

"Listen, I truly wish you would have killed him but he survived and we can't change that. I know you hated doing community service. I also know that you and Justin met at the hospice and he was really scared. Don't you want revenge?" The man, Michael, asked.

"Revenge? What for? I was the one who almost killed him. I got away pretty lightly with community service, don't you think? I might not have liked it but it was better than jail time. Why do you hate him?" Chris asked. He was nervous but also curious.

"He ruined our lives. Lindsay lost her son because of Justin as well as her marriage. My marriage is over because of that little shit, too. And he tries to stop Brian from seeing us, his best friends." Michael told him.

"Whatever. I don't want to have anything to do with either of you." Chris said.

"Oh come on. You just need to scare him, maybe harm him a little bit. That's all. We have engaged other people so you wouldn't have to do everything. Just play a bit with him." Lindsay told him.

"No! And you should leave before I call the police and report you for harassment." Chris told them and got up.

Later in the afternoon, Chris went to see his lawyer to tell him what happened. He explained what Lindsay and Michael wanted him to do and asked for his lawyer to contact Justin. He deeply regretted his cowardly attack on his former classmate. His lawyer promised to inform Justin and suggested to report Peterson and Novotny to the police and getting a restraint order against them. Chris agreed and went home.



At Mel's Office

"Melanie my dear, you look horrible. Please, go to see a doctor. You look seriously ill my dear." Her boss Henry told her.

"I'm fine Henry, I promise. I just have a lot of stress at home since Lindsay and I separated. I'm sure that once everything settled down and is calmer I will be better, too." Mel said sincerely.

"No Melanie. That is not just stress. Please, promise me to see a doctor. I can't have you working like this." Henry didn't let up.

"Okay. I promise to see a doctor." Mel promised.

"Good. Why don't you go right away? If you need a week or two off, know that there won't be any problems. You need to be healthy and fit in order to fight for our client's rights." Henry said and Mel shut down her computer and grabbed her bag to see her doctor.



The Loft - 3 Hours Later

Brian opened the door and was surprised to see Mel with Gus and Jenny. He noticed that Mel looked like she saw a ghost and worried instantly.

"Daddy!" Gus yelled and Jenny shouted "Brian!".

"Hello Brian, is Justin here, too?" Mel asked in a small voice.

"Yeah, he is. Come on in. Gus, why don't you show Jenny your room and play a bit? Papa Justin and I need to speak with momma." Brian suggested. Gus nodded happily and grabbed his sister's hand. They ran to Gus' room in excitement.

"Hello Mel." Justin greeted her happily but his smile faded when Mel broke down crying. "Shit, Mel. What's wrong?"

"I... God, I..." Mel sobbed. "I have a brain tumor. My boss sent me home so I could see my doctor and I don't know how I'm supposed to do this." She cried even harder. Justin and Brian were speechless. The blonde hugged his friend tightly.

"Mel, I'm so fucking sorry. This is terrible." Justin cried.

"It is." Brian sighed. "Mel, look at me. Listen to me, are you listening?" He asked and waited for Mel's nod. "Good, listen carefully. You are not alone. Justin and I will be there for you. Don't try to push us away, okay? We're your family and I know from experience that you need a good support system." He told her gently.

"I don't understand." Mel looked confused.

"Brian had cancer. Testicular cancer and he went through radiation and the removal of one of his balls. He tried to kick me out and push me away but you know me. I'm persistent and stubborn and in the end, he realized that he couldn't do it alone." Justin explained.

Even though Brian had been cancer free for over two years now, Justin was still scared and the memories of the time were still hurting him.

"I didn't know. Why didn't you say anything?" Mel asked, shocked and even more confused.

"He thought he wasn't perfect anymore and he didn't want anyone's pity. Only Debbie, Michael and I know." Justin told her.

"It doesn't matter right now. You matter now. Whatever you need to do in order to become healthy again, do it. We will help you with Gus and JR." Brian promised.



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2 Days Later

Mel and Brian left the hospital feeling drained, talked out and scared, especially Mel. She would need an operation before radiation starts. Brian held her hand during the tests and waiting period. He vowed to help her through this strenuous and overwhelming time that lay ahead of her. The date for her operation was set for Thursday so she could take care of her work and family situation.

Justin was waiting anxiously for his lover and Mel to come back. Gus and JR were playing and the blonde had fixed lunch already. He was hoping for good news. When Mel and Brian finally arrived, Justin noticed how tense they both were.

"What did the doctor say?" He asked worriedly.

Mel told him about the results and that she would need to have surgery before radiation. The three of them knew that Mel would be knocked out for a while. As usual, Brian came up with a plan.

"You, Gus and Jenny will move in with us. Gus has his own room and Jenny could have the baby's for now. We also have a guest room upstairs that you could use. Justin is working from home since he has a studio so he will be here to look after you and take you to your appointments." Brian said.

"Brian don't be silly, this could take months, up to a year. You and Justin will have both hands full with the new baby. You can't possibly take care of Gus and Jenny and a sick woman as well. It's too much." Mel explained.

"It won't be too much, Mel. Brian is right. You will be really weak for a long time and won't be able to take care of Gus and Jenny on your own. If you three move in with us, you will be able to rest and still see your kids. When you have a good moment you will be able to play with them, or draw or whatever. Brian had planned to cut his hours at work once the baby is here. And if I or Brian really feel overwhelmed we could call Emmett and Drew or Ted and Blake. They most definitely will help too. Come on Mel, you know this is the best solution." Justin urged her.

"I guess you're right. It's just, with Lindsay I was the one who had to be strong all the time. It's strange to let someone take care of me." Mel told them.

"Lindsay is a selfish bitch. Can you imagine her taking care of you? I can't. But let's not talk about her. We need to call the gang together so we can get your stuff. But first, let's have lunch. The kids are hungry and you will need your strength, Mel." Justin ordered.




Same Night at Babylon

Ted and Brian sat in the office to go over the numbers and talk about Mel's situation. Ted agreed to help and was sure Blake would help too. A knock interrupted them and one of the bartenders came in.

"Hey Brian, there's some guy here who wants to see you,he said It's urgent and that you know him. His name is Kip Thomas." Jerry told them.

"Send him in but I want Ted to stay and send one of the bouncers in." Brian ordered. 'What the fuck does he want?' Brian mused.

Kip Thomas walked confidently into the office and took a seat. "Long time no see. I see you did well for yourself." The man sneered.

"What do you want, Thomas?" Brian cut him short.

"You ever wondered why I dropped the charges against you?" Kip started.

"Because it was bullshit?" Ted interrupted. He couldn't stand the arrogant asshole.

"No. Someone, let's say persuaded, me. He came onto me, I took him home and blew him,he told me some story about him being only seventeen and his father putting me in jail if I didn't drop the charges. I was surprised to learn recently that the kid was your lover, Justin. What do you think, should I report him to the police for blackmail?" Kip asked evilly.

"Well," Brian drawled. "You could report him but then you would have to explain your fake charges against me and I can just see these homophobic cops wanting desperately to help you, Thomas. Listen to me carefully, if you go after Justin I will make your life hell. You will never get a job in advertising. I dealt with Jim Stockwell and Jack Kinney. You won't make me sweat a drop." Brian snarled.

Thomas looked green and got up to leave the office. When Lindsay Peterson and Michael Novotny approached him, he saw his chance to get some revenge against Kinney and the kid. Now he hoped that Brian wouldn't make good on his threat.




Ethan Gold

'Ah this hotel is nice. Lindsay told me that Justin quit the diner so my chances to see him there are slim. I never knew where Kinney's loft was so I can't even lurk around there and wait for him. Maybe Lindsay or Michael can tell me. I can't wait to see my blonde angel again. He is such a beautiful man. I long for his touch, his smile. I was a fool to let him go but I won't make the same mistake twice. Kinney won't ever have him again. I already got in touch with child services so we will have a social worker ready once the Kinney spawn is born. I hope the adoption process won't take too long. I can't wait for Justin and I to start our new life together. Everything will be perfect.'

"Hello Michael, it's Ethan here. Can you give me the address to Kinney's loft? I don't know where else I should look for Justin. Of course. Michael, I will be careful and make sure Kinney doesn't see me. I know he would try to keep me away from Justin but the whore doesn't stand a chance. Justin and I will leave Pittsburgh soon. Yes, yeah. Thanks. Talk to you later." Ethan hung up and looked at the address in excitement. Soon he would see his blonde again. He was sure Justin would be as happy and excited as he was.



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Justin grabbed his bag and made sure to pack the list he used to remember what he would need to buy. With Mel and the kids moving in, they needed a lot more food and drinks. Brian had already left to a meeting with a client at Kinnetik. He set the alarm and walked down the stairs. He was excited to have Gus and Jenny around because he loved them both equally. His good mood however changed when he his eyes landed on a person he never wanted to see again: Ethan Gold.

"Justin wait." Ethan shouted and Justin barely stopped himself from rolling his eyes. "How have you been? I missed you so much. Wanna grab a coffee?" He asked and Justin wished that Brian would be there.

"I'm busy, Ethan." Justin told him shortly, just wanting to get over whatever Ethan needed to say.

"Justin please, let's talk. I really miss you and I know that you still love me. Why don't we pack your stuff and get away from Pittsburgh? We can start our new life wherever you want." Ethan told him excited.

"What exactly are you high on? I'm not going anywhere with you. I'm in a very commited relationship with the only man I always loved and always will love. I don't even think about you anymore. Brian and I are very happy. You should go back to wherever you have been the past couple of years and find yourself another idiot. It as sure as hell won't be me." Justin told stated firmly.

Ethan's eyes were wide and his mouth closed and opened without any sound. He never heard Justin using such a cold voice. "Are you afraid that he would hurt you, Justin?"

"What the fuck? Brian would never hurt me. Get lost, Ethan. I'm not interested in anything you have to offer." Justin snapped.

"You don't have to do this, Baby. I already contacted child care service, you won't have to keep the asswhole's spawn. There won't be anything tying you to him. You know how much he loves to fuck around. He's not what you need. I can help you to get away from him." Ethan offered.

"Listen to me, are you listening?" Justin demanded angrily and waited until he had Ethan's full attention. "Don't ever call me 'Baby' again! I will not get rid of my child. I want to be tied to Brian for as long as I live because I fucking LOVE HIM! Not you or anyone else. Only Brian. And don't you dare to compare tricking to cheating. Don't even try to compare yourself with Brian. He's a million times better than you. I DO NOT WANT YOU! I WILL NOT LEAVE BRIAN TO BE WITH YOU!" He shouted the last part. "If you don't leave me alone I'll contact my lawyer and report you for harassment and stalking. Just go and leave me the fuck alone. This conversation is over. Now get lost." Justin snarled and then went back into the building. When he reached the loft he made sure to lock it and then called Kinnetik.

"Hey Cynthia, can you please tell Brian to call me as soon as he's free? Make sure to tell him I'm okay. I just need to talk to him." Justin asked.

"Sure, no problem. Are you sure you're alright, tho? You sound a little upset." Cynthia noticed.

"Yes yes, I'm good. Upset and confused but I'm fine. It's just, Ethan Gold showed up at the loft. He sounded really weird. He appeared out of nowhere and claimed that he wants me back. He clearly is delusional." Justin told her.

"Ethan Gold? Should I know about him?" Cynthia asked confused but was relieved to hear Justin's laugh through the phone. "What? What is it, Justin?"

"Well, Ethan was the guy I left Brian for after the bashing. Definitely not one of my finer moments but I haven't heard from him in years. I just want Brian to know in case they cross ways." Justin told her.

"I'll tell him. Let me see if I can find out anything about this guy. It seems weird, you know. I'll do my best. Call if you need anything, Justin. I mean it." Cynthia said. Justin thanked her and hung up.

He was about to go to the bedroom and lay down a bit when the phone rang again. Justin sighed but turned around to take the call. He was surprised to hear from Christopher Hobbs' lawyer.

"I'm calling because my client asked me to. He didn't want to contact you personally but thought you needed to know. A couple of days ago, he was approached at his place of work by a blonde woman named Lindsay Peterson and a man named Michael Novotny. They wanted him to scare and harm you. According to them, you were the reason their marriages broke and for Peterson to lose her son, you also caused Brian Kinney to stop talking to them. My client came to me because they told him they had engaged other people to be involved. My client filed restraining orders against Lindsay Peterson and Michael Novotny and gave a statement to the police." Chris' lawyer, Henry Bellamor, told him.

"Uhm, shit? What the fuck is wrong with these two? Anyways, thank you for calling me Mr. Bellamor. I appreciate it." Justin said sincerly.

"You are most welcome, Mr. Taylor. In case you shall need it, Chris is willing to give a statement. He's prepared to do that since I could see this going to trial. Please take care of yourself and be careful." Henry Bellamor said and hung up.

Now, Justin was worried. Could Lindsay and Michael really hate him so much? Did they have anything to do with Ethan showing up? He was grateful for Chris' positive reaction towards him. After the whole Pink Posse shit, Justin wasn't sure if Chris was up for revenge but it seemed that he didn't have to fear his former attacker. He wasn't sure what to expect at this point anymore tho.




At Kinnetik

"Brian, Justin called earlier. It appears that Ethan Gold is back. He showed up at the loft and wanted to talk to Justin, seems that he wants him back. I've been looking for some information about this guy, he doesn't stand a chance against you, by the way. What did Justin see in him? Anyways, he left Pittsburgh about three years ago for a tour with some orchestra. He made a lot of money but was let down by several record Labels because of his attitude." Cynthia informed her boss.

"What the fuck? First Kip Thomas and now Ian. Why do these assholes show up after all those years?" Brian mused angrily.

"Kip Thomas? The guy that was going to sue you for sexual harassment? When did he show up, Brian?" Cynthia demanded to know. She couldn't believe that the weasel was back.

"Showed up at Babylon couple of nights ago. He threatened to go after Justin." Brian recalled.

"Why?" She asked, confusement evident in her eyes. Just what had Justin to do with it?

"It appears that Justin got Kippy-boy to drop the charges. That's all I'm going to say for now. Do I have any more meetings planned for today?" He asked.

"No, just the one you just finished. I'll get in touch with a private investigator. Something's going on and you need to know exactly what that is to keep Justin and your baby safe." Cynthia told him.

"Thanks Cyn, I'm going home for today. I hope Justin won't be too upset about Ian's appearance. Call if you find out anything." Brian told her and grabbed his stuff to go back to his lover.


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When Brian arrived at the loft he was greeted by his blonde sunshine who literally flew into his arms sobbing. Brian held him tight and worriedly asked, "Justin, what's wrong?" When Justin didn't stop sobbing, the ad man got even more worried. "Justin, talk to me. What's going on? Are you hurt?"

"Brian... God Brian. Chris Hobbs' lawyer called me. L-Lindsay and Michael went looking for Chris and wanted him to hurt and scare me a bit. Chris, according to his lawyer sent them away and went to the police for restraining orders against them. He also wanted his lawyer to contact me. Brian, why do they hate me so much? They told Chris they had engaged other people, too. I'm so fucking scared. What am I supposed to do?" Justin sobbed and Brian's heart broke more with each sentence. He was pissed, worried and determined to stop his former best friends.

"Nobody's going to hurt you or our baby, Justin. I won't let that happen." The brunette vowed. He carried Justin to the bed so they could lay down. Justin cried himself to sleep with Brian holding him tightly. 'Nothing and nobody will take you or our baby away from me, Brian vowed to himself.




Ethan Gold

'I don't believe him. Why would Justin want to be with Brian when he could be with me? I never treated him badly. It's because of the baby, I'm sure. Justin is all for family. He probably thinks he has to stay with Brian for his child. And he obviously doesn't want to give it up. Maybe, I could raise it with him? Hmm, I'm not sure if a constant reminder of Brian is such a good thing. I need to find a way to talk to Justin alone. Preferably in a nice, calm and comfortable environment. Maybe Lindsay and Michael could help me with that.'

"Hi Lindsay, it's Ethan. I saw Justin today but he refused to leave Brian and go away with me. He didn't even want to talk to me. I need yours and Michael's help to get him away from Brian to make him see reason." He told her.

"Ethan, leave it to me and Michael. We have a few surprises for them. Justin will soon see that Brian isn't good for him. Just be patient and it all will work out." Lindsay promised him.

"Okay, I will do but it's hard. I really miss my angel. I don't understand what Justin see's in Kinney. He's an asshole. Anyways, are you sure you can pay for me to stay longer at the hotel?" Ethan asked.

"That won't be a problem, Ethan. In fact, it is Brian who's paying for your room." Lindsay giggled. They said their goodbyes and hung up.

'Kinney is paying for my stay. He probably doesn't even know it, what an idiot. But he deserves it.'




At the Loft

Brian watched his lover sleeping. He knew that he had to talk to Carl in order to keep Justin safe. Nothing would be too expensive or impossible to make sure his family was safe. He got up carefully, not to disturb his sunshine, and walked to the kitchen where he grabbed his phone to call the one woman Justin adored and loved more than anyone.

"Brian? What's up?" She greeted.

"Daphne my dear, how are you? Are you up for a trip to good old Pittsburgh?" Brian asked, tongue in cheek.

Daphne giggled, "Why Brian, are you inviting me?" She chuckled. "How is my favorite? Is he eating and taking good care of himself and our baby?"

"He does but we need you here, Daph. Lindsay and Michael are causing trouble and Justin is scared as hell and to be honest, so am I." He told their friend.

"What the fuck? Tell me what exactly is going on, Brian. Nobody, but nobody hurts my boys and baby." Daphne growled. She listened carefully when Brian explained the recent events and discoveries. "They're dead, Brian. They are so dead. I'm packing my shit as we speak. I'll go to my teachers and explain the situation. I will bring my school stuff with me and try to do some whenever I can but Justin comes first. Fuck Brian, what's wrong with these two pathetic losers?"

"I can't tell you. But I'll feel better if I know Justin has you. I'm going to talk to Carl. He might be able to help." Brian told her sadly.

"Brian, I'm so sorry. I know you truly loved them as friends. But you need to understand that they don't respect you or give a damn about you if they're after Justin. How are you holding up regarding their betrayal?" She asked worriedly.

"I-I don't know, Daph. This is such a mess and if it wasn't for me, Justin would be fine." Brian told her.

"Stop right there!" Daphne shouted. "This is NOT YOUR FAULT! Lindsay and Michael are at fault, not you. You have every right to fall in love, to be happy and not on their conditions. They destroyed their marriages and families on their own. How is Mel, by the way?"

"Thank you Daphne." Brian sighed. "Mel is nervous. She's at her house with Drew, Ben and Blake packing her stuff."

"Mel's strong, Brian. She will be alright and so will you and Justin be with your baby. You guys are not alone. I just booked the flight. I will be there this evening. I'll grab a taxi and stay with you for as long as I have to. I won't let you down. See you tonight, Brian. Call if anything happens." Daphne promised and hung up.

Brian felt better knowing that Daphne would be here soon. He took a deep breath before dialing Carl's number.

"Horvath." Carl greeted.

"Hi Carl, it's Brian. Can you come to the loft today?" Brian came right to the point.

"Sure, I'm off today. When's convenient for me to call by?" Carl asked, sensing it was urgent.

"Whenever you can, Carl. It's serious. Justin's in danger." Brian told him.

"I'll be there in 15 minutes." Carl said and hung up. Brian turned around to prepare coffee. He would prefer his favorite, Jim Beam, but he knew he needed a clear head. He was so engrossed in his worries and thoughts that he didn't notice Justin walking towards him.

"Daphne was right. It's not your fault, Brian. I love you and wouldn't want to be with anyone else." Justin told him gently, but firm.

"Part of me still thinks you'd be better off without me. I brought them into your life." Brian stated sadly.

Justin sighed deeply, "No Brian. You cannot control them. They do what they want. You are not to blame for this mess. Never you, Brian." He wrapped his arms around Brian and kissed him passionately. "I love you Brian." Brian gave him a smile.

A knock on the door interrupted the intimate moment, informing them of Carl's arrival. Thirty minutes later, they finished explaining everything they knew about Lindsay and Michael's plans. Carl was shocked but promised to check with the station to see if he can arrange something to make sure Justin was safe.



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3 Months Later

Brian was worried. Justin was due in about a week and there were no sign of Lindsay or Michael. The private detective that Cynthia had hired, found out that Lindsay had used Brian's trust fund for Gus to pay for Ethan Gold's stay at a hotel. She and Michael also paid for Kip Thomas' hotel room for the week he was in Pittsburgh and approached Brian. He disappeared right after that and moved out of the country. Several call boys or former tricks of Brian and Justin came back to stir up trouble but got a tongue lashing from the two men and their supporters. The nightly calls only lead to several payphones across town but never to Lindsay or Michael even though the police was searching for them. To secure Justin's safety, Brian hired a bodyguard.

The only good thing to happen was that a judge withdrew all of Lindsay's rights to Gus and Michael's to JR. Mel and Brian shared custody of Gus and Justin was named the guardian for both, Gus and JR. Ben, Drew, Ted and Blake visited the loft every day to help with the kids and household while Emmett and Hunter got all the things they would need for the baby. Molly and Jennifer, along with Daphne, stayed there to relieve Justin whenever he needed some time for himself.

After Melanie's surgery, she had to stay in the hospital for two weeks but was released to rest at home for a bit. Brian escorted her to a therapy center where she would get radiation. She didn't want to do it at home to prevent Gus and Jenny from seeing their momma so sick. Both children cried when the adults sat them down to explain the situation. After Lindsay and Michael's disappearance, the two children were scared to lose their momma too. Gus tried to be very brave the day Mel shaved her head but they both ended crying in bed for hours.

With Mel at the center, the family and the bodyguards followed Justin every step he took, Brian thought they were pretty safe. He had changed the locks and code at the loft quickly after the dinner at Deb's house. Carl was a big help and kept the Kinney-Taylor household up to date. The situation divided the family tho: Debbie first tried to fight the protective mother hen mode she was in whenever it came to her Michael, but in the end she failed. She would always be Michael's mother no matter what. She distanced herself from Brian and Justin hoping that her son would come to her and stop the games he was playing with his blonde viper friend. That changed when Carl told her that as soon as Michael was found, he would be arrested. Debbie yelled and begged until she started to fall back into old patterns: blaming Brian. Her behavior destroyed her relationship with the police officer, who couldn't stand it anymore.

Taking a deep breath, Brian walked into the bedroom with the tray. He wanted to surprise Justin with breakfast in bed before he left for work. Justin worried about Mel, Gus and Jenny and how the situation would affect the children, yet he was excited to welcome their own baby girl to the world. And so was Brian.

"Morning sleepyhead." Brian said gently, pressing a soft kiss to Justin's forehead.

"Hmm, morning. Do I have to get up so early?" The blonde yawned.

"Nah, you can go back to sleep but first, you eat. You heard the doc." Brian reminded him.

"Yeah, but it really isn't my fault that I tend to sleep through all lunches. I can't help it. Our girl makes me so tired." Justin pouted and Brian thought it was adorable.

"I know, twat. She will soon be here and then you won't get that much sleep for a while, so enjoy it but please, don't forget to eat. I need you to both to be healthy. I want you around for a very long time." Brian mumbled.

"Ah you're such a romantic, Brian." Justin teased.

"Twat. I'm going now. Call if there's anything you need. My meetings shouldn't take too long so I'll be back soon." Brian said,he kissed his sunshine and made his way to the door. "I love you, Justin." He said and was awarded with Justin's bright sunshine smile.




At Kinnetik - 3 Hours Later

Cynthia ran into the conference room while Brian was in the middle of presenting a new campaign to Leo Brown. "Brian, Mr. Brown I'm so sorry to interrupt but Daphne called. There was a fire next door to the loft, it was huge. They had to leave the building and Justin is missing. They can't find him." She told them worriedly.

Leo looked from Brian to Cynthia, wondering what was going on.

"FUCK!" Brian yelled. "Lindsay and Michael." He said and Cynthia nodded.

"Yes, they were seen running around. Carl called his people already." She told them.

"Shit! I... I... fuck! Leo, I'm sorry but I have to go. My partner was kidnapped and is in danger. I need to... I don't know what to do. What about Gus and Jenny? Are they okay? Was anyone hurt in the fire?" He asked while grabbing his stuff.

"No, nobody was hurt, Gus and Jenny are scared of course but other than that, they're fine. They want Justin, you and Mel." Cynthia told him sadly.

"Call Mel and tell her what happened but she has to stay at the center. She can't stop her treatment. Just inform her and make sure she knows they're safe. If possible, don't mention that Justin's missing. She loves him and would come back just to kill Michael and Lindsay with her bare hands for hurting him." Brian said and stopped. The world around him faded to black but Leo fortunately saw him pale and caught him.

"Cynthia my dear, please call someone to come get him. He shouldn't drive by himself now. And then please tell me what exactly is going on here. Why would anyone kidnap his partner?" Leo asked confused. He remembered Justin fondly and couldn't understand why anyone would want to hurt the young man.




L indsay and Michael's hiding place

"Linds, I think he's waking up. Lindsay, your idea with the fire was brilliant." Michael said loudly.

"I knew they had to leave the loft. It was so easy to grab him." Lindsay giggled.

"What are we going to do with him now? Kill him?" Michael wondered.

"Oh no. My source at the hospital told me he should be due within the next few days. We'll wait until the baby is born. I want Justin to watch me kill his shitty brat. I will destroy all of his dreams before I end him." Lindsay muttered angrily. "He's nothing special. Look at him. He isn't overly pretty or anything, his talent is mediocre at best. Why would Brian want someone like him?" She wondered loudly.

"Because he manipulated him." Michael began to shout but was interrupted by some noise. "What the fuck? Lindsay, do you think someone followed us?" He said warily.

"No, that's Ethan. The weasel is crazy about Justin. He can fuck him. It will be pure torture for Justin." She laughed evilly and Michael joined her.

"WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE TO HIM?" Ethan yelled at them.

"Calm down, Ethan. He's just sleeping. He should wake up soon. You haven't forgot that you can't leave right away with him I hope?" Lindsay said.

"I didn't forget. Wait til the baby is born so you can get rid of it. Then Justin and I can start our new, Brian-free, life." Ethan dreamed.

"Yeah, that's exactly what we will do." Michael grinned.




At the loft

"I want Justin!" Gus screamed. "Daddy, where is Papa?" Gus shouted when he saw Brian walking up to him.

"I don't know but we will find him, sonny boy. I promise, we will find him." Brian cried.

They all sat in Brian's living room when loud yelling announced Debbie's arrival.

"This is all fucking Brian's fault! He almost got Justin killed at the prom and now Justin is in danger because Brian had to lead Michael and Lindsay on all their lives. The fucking asshole should be sitting in jail. My son has these ideas because of Brian." She yelled at Carl, who tried to get her to leave.


Chapter Text


"Brian, you need to eat something." Mel tried to convince the brunette. "You're exhausted, Brian. You haven't slept since Justin was kidnapped."

"I'm not hungry." Brian shouted and sighed. "Sorry. I just..." he began but ended up sobbing.

Melanie sat down next to Brian and hugged him. "I understand. I know you're worried. We all are. But you have to take care of yourself, too. When Carl finds him, you need to be fit. He will need you by his side, Brian. Justin will need you."

"I know but I'm going crazy. This waiting is driving me fucking crazy. What if they hurt him? What if..." Brian sobbed but Ted interrupted the desperate man.

"Stop, Brian! Don't do this to yourself. Justin is a fighter. Look at everything he's been through. He will soon be with you again." Ted said gently.



"Listen to me, I know who stole my car. I just want you to do your job." Brandon told the police officer angrily. For two days he tried to get any officer to listen to him. "My car has GPS, you could easily find out where it is." He continued while the officer just shrugged and motioned for him to sit down and wait.

Brandon sighed in relief when he saw Carl Horvath coming out of an elevator. "Detective Horvath, please wait." He yelled and ran towards the man.

"Listen buddy, I'm busy. Whatever it is, talk to one of the other officers." Carl told him. He was still looking for leads to find Justin.

"No! I know you're dating Novotny's mom so you're the right person to talk to. That bastard and some blonde bimbo stole my fucking car two days ago. I reported it but nobody here found out shit. I talked to the owner of the shop across the street where I parked my damn car and he showed me the video." Brandon explained angrily.

"Michael stole your car? Michael Novotny?" Carl asked hopefully.

"Yes, Michael Novotny. Mr. "I'm Brian Kinney's Best Friend" and that blonde bitch. I don't know her." Brandon told the detective. "I have tried to explain to your colleagues that I know the thieves and that my car has GPS so they could find out where Novotny left it."

"GPS? Oh for fuck's sake! Follow me Mr.?" Carl lead the blonde man into another room.

"Green. Brandon Green. Are you going to help me?" The blonde asked.

"I will. Do you know that they used your car to kidnap Justin Taylor? Maybe your car can tell us where they hide him." Carl muttered. "Give me the papers for your car. Henry, can you check the GPS datas and tell me where it is?" Carl turned to his colleague, a computer expert.

"Sure. Just give me a minute." Henry told them and quickly found out where Brandon's car was to be found. "The old supermarket. It's empty. I think it's used as a warehouse every now and then."

"Good job, Henry." Carl praised him and walked out of the room with Brandon on his heels. He informed his colleagues about the empty warehouse. "I will keep you updated." Carl promised the young man and grabbed his gun to bring Justin home. He just hoped that they wouldn't be too late.



Justin started to regain consciousness,He Lay there listening to the noise around him. He was dizzy and in pain. Although Lindsay and Michael were talking loudly, he could hear Ethan screaming but it sounded too far away. When he tried to sit up he realized that he was in labor. Lindsay and Michael were arguing loudly in front of a door. Ethan was behind the door, banging and screaming at them to let him out. His captors seemed to be making fun of him but lost their focus quickly after looking in Justin's direction.

"Ah Justin, you're awake." Lindsay sneered as she walked towards him. Michael just grinned evily.

"What do you want from me?" Justin panted.

"For you to disappear!" Michael yelled angrily. "You took Brian from us and changed him. Do you have any idea of how much I wished he would have left you to die at your prom? Why couldn't you just do all of us a favor and get out of our lives?" He kept on muttering.

"I never took Brian from you. You were his friends and I never wanted for him to chose." Justin yelled back.

"Are you in pain, Justin?" Lindsay asked. "I think you're in labor. This shall be the perfect moment to make you feel all the pain we have felt because of you." She said with a sneer and grabbed a knife, which was laying on a table nearby, covered in dirt.

Justin's eyes widened in fear and disbelief as Lindsay approached him with the dirty knife. He tried to move but was restrained to the bed. Lindsay stabbed it into his belly and sliced it open, Michael stood next to her laughing loudly as Justin screamed in pain. Ethan was screaming from inside the room behind the door, watching in horror as Lindsay let go of the knife and grabbed into Justin's belly and held up a little baby. Right at the moment where Lindsay wanted to stab the baby the door burst open and police officers stormed in. Carl, who lead the team, didn't hesitate for a second and shot both Lindsay and Michael and screamed for his colleagues to call for an ambulance. He ran towards Lindsay and grabbed Justin's baby, checking the little girl's vital signs to make sure she was still alive.

Michael screamed in pain while Lindsay just lay on the floor, laughing evilly. The officers cuffed the two and lead them out of the empty warehouse to the police cars. Carl stood next to Justin, who was unconscious. Another officer tried his best to stop the bleeding while Carl gently rocked the little girl.



"Kinney." Brian answered his phone, hoping to hear good news from Carl.

"It's bad, Brian. We found Justin and..." Carl said but stopped to take a deep breath, "and your daughter. They're both alive and on the way to the hospital. I made sure to inform the paramedic about Justin's allergies." The elder officer told his friend.

"We're on the way." Brian said and hung up. While the brunette was on the phone, the gang and Justin's mother and sister as well as Daphne grabbed their jackets and phones and were ready to go. Ted held up Brian's jacket and closed the loft door and set the alarm. The accountant knew that Brian wouldn't care about anything other than his lover at this point.


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At the Hospital

They all arrived a little over twenty minutes later and a nurse lead them into a room where they had to wait for Justin's doctor. Jennifer and Molly couldn't stop crying while Brian was dangerously calm. Too many bad memories from the prom were haunting him. He was startled when the doctor walked in.

"My name is Dr Kolb, I just checked Mr Taylor. His condition is critical, he had lost a lot of blood and I'm afraid that his kidnapper used a dirty knife so we had to give him antibiotics. We've managed to keep him stable so far but we cannot promise anything yet. We'll have to wait and see if he makes it through the night. I'm sorry that I don't have better news for you." The doctor informed them about Justin's condition.

Jennifer was the first to speak. "Thank you, Dr Kolb. We appreciate your efforts. What about Justin's baby? Do you have any news about her?"

"Yes, that little girl is remarkably well given the circumstances. You can see her if you wish." Kolb offered and lead the group to the nursery.

Brian looked at his little daughter and that's when reality hit him. His precious beautiful little girl may never meet her daddy because of Michael and Lindsay. The nurse, an elder woman promised to inform them if anything happened before they went to the waiting room where they found Debbie.

"You bastard! Kinney, you're a monster! Michael was shot! They hurt him." Debbie yelled at Brian. It was enough for Daphne, she couldn't stand Debbie's hypocrisy.

"SHUT UP YOU WIG ABUSER!" She, as in Daphne, yelled right back at the waitress. "How dare you blame Brian for your criminal son's stupidity? Brian didn't tell him to kidnap Justin, he didn't tell him to hurt Justin so bad that he might die. It also wasn't Brian who shot your useless piece of son. It was the cops and they probably had their reasons. And you should be glad about that because if I see the fucker I'd off him with my bare hands. I'm sick and tired of you blaming Brian for everything that went wrong in your son's life. He's a fucking adult who destroyed his relationships and marriages because he can't let go of a fantasy. He hates Justin so much that he almost killed him. And I swear to you, if Justin doesn't survive this, I will gladly kill your son myself and spend the rest of my life happily in jail."

"And you should also remember that you raised Michael, not Brian. It was you and only you. You let him get away with everything, you never accepted that your son wasn't as nice and charming as you imagined him to be but instead of facing the truth, you blamed everyone else but that shit will stop now. You are a cunt and as stupid and heartless as your fucking son." Molly added just as angrily.

Debbie, who was shocked at Daphne and Molly's outburst, blinked and tried to come up with something to say but no words left her mouth. Carl walked into the waiting room and stopped his ex from saying anything else.

"How can you attack Brian like that? Who are you? You look like the Debbie I used to love but you don't act like her at all. In fact, you act just like your son, Deb. Lindsay and Michael stole Brandon's car, kidnapped and drugged Justin. They sliced him open with a dirty knife and were about to kill a little innocent baby, disguising it as love for Brian. I wasn't the one who fired a weapon, but I'm proud of every officer that did. The doctor will remove the bullets from Michael and Lindsay and then they will be escorted to jail. They won't get out of this Deb. You have to decide if you want to go down with them or try to live your own life. It's on you now. But be aware, I will not tolerate you blaming and harassing Brian, Justin or anyone else from their family. Your son made his bed and now has to sleep in it. You still have the chance to make your own." Carl told her sternly. The disappointment was clear to see on his face and to hear in his voice.

Debbie looked at her ex and the people she used to call her family, shook her head and left while the gang sat down and waited for news about their sunshine.

'This is all my fault. Justin wouldn't have to deal with all the shit in his life if it wasn't for me. He wouldn't even know Michael or Lindsay without me. I fucking failed him again. I almost got him and our daughter killed.' Brian thought but Jennifer noticed and watched him closely. She had a good idea what was going through the brunette's mind.

"Brian?" She asked gently but didn't receive a reaction from him. With a little more force she managed to raise Brian out of his dangerous thoughts and told him sternly, "Stop right there, Brian! You are not to blame for this mess. You haven't done anything wrong! You did what every human does: fell in love. It's not your fault that Lindsay and Michael could not deal with it. They each had wonderful and loving partners but failed to give them their love. You are also not to blame for Debbie's mistakes. She chose to ignore everything negative about her son and refused to believe that he wasn't her perfect angel. She started it and taught Michael everything. She lied about his father and never faced her own mistakes. Michael learned that from her. And Lindsay was raised by people who worried more about how people view them. They're both spoiled brats and none of that is your fault. Justin loves and respects you, something Lindsay, Michael and Debbie never truly did. They loved you for what you could give them but not for yourself. Justin does and he taught each one of us that you were nothing like your father or a heartless asshole. We all have opened our eyes to your true self and we love you. Justin told you from the very beginning that you're a wonderful father to Gus and yes, you have had your problems because you're both too stubborn for your own good but no matter what happened, you always found your way back to each other. You are stronger together. Don't believe the shit Debbie just spouted. You are loveable and most importantly: you are worth loving. You deserve love and happiness." Jennifer spoke passionately and in tears.

Brian looked around and saw everyone nodding in agreement with Jennifer. Maybe they were right, maybe it was time to leave all the pain and bitterness behind. Michael, Debbie and Lindsay never really knew him but believed in the masks and walls he built in order to protect himself. He now knew who his real friends were and there wasn't any need for the huge walls anymore. He had Gus and a beautiful little girl, now all he needed was for Justin to fight the infection and wake up so they could live and watch their children grow up together.


At Debbie's House

'How could they talk to me like that? I've always been there for them, I loved them, provided them with food and a safe place and this is how they thank me? Michael would have never done any of this to Sunshine if Brian hadn't always lead him on. I knew he was trouble from the moment I first saw him. He was always in trouble either with other students, teachers or parents. Why couldn't he love my boy? Michael always took care of him and protected him. He ruined his own life to make Brian happy but the asshole was never satisfied. He couldn't leave my poor boy alone. And now Michael could go to jail and Brian gets away with everything. He always did. When he abused his nephew or that Kip guy he had Michael to help him through that. And Ted... he would have been all alone at the hospital if it wasn't for my Michael. Blake left him to die and Michael was there to help him. Even later when he did drugs, Michael never let him down. Now he acts like Michael never did anything good for him. Just like Emmett. Michael took him in for free so Emmett had a place to stay, he was there for him when the shit with Teddy and Drew happened. Mel isn't any better either. She wouldn't have had Jenny if it wasn't for my Michael. Ben should have been happy to have someone who married him. I always knew he wasn't good enough for my son. Hunter would probably be dead already if it wasn't for Michael helping him. And Justin... he used to be such a good boy. Michael helped him with the comic and gave Justin a source of income but he had to flaunt his relationship with Brian to Michael although he knew that my boy had feelings for the bastard. Molly is really just a spoiled brat. How Jennifer could let the little madam talk to me like that, I don't get it. Daphne acts like she's all perfect but she's just a slut with a big crush on Justin. She wants him for herself. I need to make sure that I get custody of jenny. Mel will fill her head with lies about Michael and me as she grows and I can't let that happen. And how dare Carl compare me to Lindsay? I thought he was a good man but now I know he's not. They will all come back to me, begging for my forgiveness as soon as they've realized how badly they have treated me.'


At the Hospital

Jennifer, Molly and Daphne took turns to check on Justin and Brian's baby girl. They were all shocked from the news that Justin fell into a coma because of the blood loss and the infection. Due to his allergies, they couldn't just give him any medicine but had to carefully pick the right one. Justin was weak and his condition had everyone worried.



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Brian felt like he was going crazy. In the past few months he had learned that the people he called his best friends and family had betrayed him. It was finally over but Justin was the one who had to pay the price for Brian's inability to see Lindsay and Michael for who they were. He couldn't protect Justin and their daughter, he couldn't stop his former best friends and no matter what Jennifer and the others told him: he was a failure. Sitting in the waiting room, he thought back to the night he met the tough blonde fighter. Brian knew that Justin was special, different than the other tricks. Hell, Justin never was a trick. He wanted more from him although he wasn't ready to admit it at that time but Justin somehow found a way to break through the walls right into his heart. They had lots of ups and downs but always found their way back to each other. Even death couldn't tear them apart. But now things were different. It wasn't just about the two of them anymore. It included Gus and Jenny, and of course their own daughter. Brian was raised out of his thoughts by a nurse.

"Mr. Kinney? I know you're very worried about your partner but I need you to fill out the papers for your daughter. Did you and Mr Taylor pick a name already?" The nurse, Regina, kindly asked the tired brunette.

"Yeah..." Brian sighed. "We did. Leonie Estefania Kinney. I wanted to propose to him but never got the chance." He told Regina sadly. Emmett couldn't hold back the tears at this point.

"Such a beautiful name for a beautiful girl. She will bring you all the happiness in the world. I will fill out the papers and call the doctor to see if there is any news. I truly hope you'll get the chance to propose to your partner." Regina said with a small smile.

"Thank you." Brian answered tiredly.




Treatment Room 3

"Ouch... for fuck's sake! Can't you be a little more careful?" Michael shouted. The doctor just finished removing the second bullet. The first gazed his upper arm but the 2nd went right into his ass. He figured that Novotny must have turned after the first bullet grazed him. He had zero compassion for the injured man tho. The doctor would rather be at home with his wife and two children instead of treating such a cold hearted person.

"If you would hold still it wouldn't hurt that much. But it might gives you a clue on what your victim had to go through. I can't wait to get rid of you." The doctor sneered. Michael blinked but didn't say a word.

As soon as the doctor was finished, he lead two police officers into the room who immediately cuffed Michael to take him to the station.


Treatment Room 7

Dr. Cassandra Elves had seen it all, or so she thought. Treating Lindsay Peterson gave her the creeps. The blonde woman wouldn't stop talking about her victim. She complained about the unfairness she had to live with. Elves figured Lindsay was convinced that Brian Kinney should only have children with her. She was supposed to marry the brunette, not Justin Taylor. Elves was sure as hell no art expert but even she had seen Justin's work and knew that he was anything but mediocre. She wondered if Lindsay could get away with her crime by claiming insanity. Listening to her ranting surely left the Doctor with the impression that Lindsay had lost her mind a long time ago.

She didn't even try to be careful when removing the bullet from Lindsay's hip but she wished that the blonde witch would have to indulge more pain. A woman who was ready to kill a baby and the father so cruelly didn't deserve any compassion. While Elves herself never saw children or marriage in her future, she respected women and men who wanted to have a family. Lindsay Peterson and her companion Michael Novotny didn't deserve a family tho. Those two belong in a cell, far away from the people they wanted to hurt.



Waiting Room

"Mr. Kinney?" Nurse Regina approached the group. "I just talked to the doctor. Justin's condition hasn't changed but he said you could see him for a couple of minutes if you would like. I'm sure he would be happy to feel your presence."

"I want to see him." Brian said and stood up. He followed the nurse and sat next to Justin's bed. Seeing his sunshine so still and lifeless hurt him so much and it reminded him strongly of the prom. He carefully laid his hand over his lover's and spoke softly to him.

"I know you're hurting, Sunshine but I need you. We need you. Leonie Estefania is doing so good. I guess she has your fighting spirit. If I could take the pain away and make everything alright again I would." He sighed and took a deep breath. "Come back to me, to us. Don't let Michael and Lindsay win. You're strong, Sunshine. Don't leave me, please. I love you so much and want for us to see our kids growing up." He was interrupted by a knock on the glass. The doctor motioned for him to go back to the waiting room.

"I have to go back, Sunshine but I promise to be here. When you open your beautiful eyes I won't be far." He kissed his lover gently on the lips before he stood up and left the room with tears in his eyes.


4 Hours Later

"Mr. Kinney?" Nurse Regina called quietly. She really felt for the brunette and the entire family that sat in the waiting room, praying for young Justin to survive.

"Yeah..." Brian answered weakly.

"Someone wants to see you." She said with a bright smile. "He just woke up. The doctor is with him but he really wants to see you."

Brian jumped up and practically ran to Justin's room. He didn't bother to knock on the door. When he laid eyes on his beautiful partner, he felt like his heart was bursting. His Justin was alive and smiling at him.

"Justin!" Brian breathed. "Justin, God Justin." Not finding anything to say, Brian ran towards Justin's bed and grabbed his lover's hand and pressed a gentle kiss on his forehead.

"Oh God Brian... it was terrible." Justin hiccuped. "They killed her, Brian They killed our daughter. I couldn't protect her, Brian. I'm so sorry." The blonde couldn't stop crying.

"No Justin, they didn't kill her. Our princess is alive. She's such a tough cookie, just like you are. She's well and getting stronger minute by minute." Brian told him, crying too.

"She is alive? Not dead? They didn't kill her? Oh thank God! I... I was so scared that we had lost her, Brian." Justin whispered.

"Mr. Taylor, I'm sorry to interrupt this private moment but I really need to check your vitals and ask you a couple of questions." The Doctor said but was ignored by the two lovers. He wasn't really mad or annoyed tho. He read the reports and could only imagine how precious this moment was for both of them.

Brian agreed to let the Doctor check Justin over while he would update Jennifer, Molly and the others who were still sitting not very patiently in the waiting room. He also wanted to ask Nurse Regina if he could take Leonie to Justin.

The family was so relieved to hear about Justin and of course they wanted to see the young man but they agreed to go home and wait until the next day. Nurse Regina agreed to bring Leonie to her daddies after getting Justin's room ready for the infant. She told Brian to go back to his lover and wait for her to bring the little girl.


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1 Week Later

Brian looked at his beautiful partner and thanked whatever God existed for Justin and Leonie to pull through the nightmares of the last few months. Justin fell in love with their daughter the very moment her saw her, just like Brian did. Daphne and Jennifer were still staying at the loft to help with the kids since Justin was still a bit weak and hardly slept because of the nightmares that tortured him whenever he closed his eyes. Brian tried his best to help and support his blue eyed lover but it hurt him to watch the suffering Justin went through.

Mel had to go back to the clinic to finish her treatment so Gus and Jenny stayed at Brian's loft. Both of them loved their new little sister and were very sweet and careful with her. Jennifer and Daphne sat them down to explain why Justin wasn't there for a while…


"Gus, Jenny... we would like to talk to you about Justin and your sister." Jennifer began delicately.

"Where is Jussin?" Jenny asked sweetly while Gus looked worried.

"He..." Jennifer said but began to sob so Daphne jumped in.

"Justin is hurt. Very bad people took him against his will and hurt him and your little sister. They are at the hospital and the doctors and nurses are taking very good care of them. They will be coming home soon." Daphne explained gently.

Jenny began to sob uncontrollably and Gus fired a lot of questions. "Why would someone take Jus away from us? And why would they want to hurt him? Or Leonie? She is so little and Jus... he's my Jus. What did they do to them? And WHY? Why aunt Daphne, WHY?" Gus asked in tears.

"Oh Gus, my sweet boy. I wish I could tell you. I guess they were very jealous and didn't think properly about what they did. It was a very bad thing to do." Daphne tried to explain.

"Jealous? What is that?" Jenny asked confused.

"It means that the people that took him away from us and hurt him wanted what Justin has. They wanted Brian and all of Justin's talent and good traits, his beauty, his kindness and cleverness. They knew that Justin was a better person and they didn't like it." Jennifer said.

"Oh but they just had to go to school and learn then they would be smart too. And everyone has a talent and is beautiful. Being kind is not hard. They had no reason to steal my... our Jus. Daddy loves him so much and doesn't want someone else. He told me so." Gus said angrily.

"We know all that Gus, but they didn't. But now they are in a place for bad people and they can't hurt Justin or Leonie anymore." Daphne told them.

"Leonie Estafunny." Jenny said and they all giggled. Jenny still had some problems pronouncing Leonie's middle name Estefania.

"Jenny, why don't you call her 'Funny' or like daddy did, 'Eesti'. At least until you can say her name right." Gus suggested sweetly and Jenny nodded happily in agreement.



At Ben's House

"They did what?" Hunter yelled. Ben had just finished telling him what Lindsay and Michael had been up to in the past weeks and the young man was close to exploding in rage. "How could they? What the fuck... this is... I WANT TO FUCKING KILL THEM!" He screamed the last part from the top of his lungs before he slumped into the chair, his shoulders shaking. "Tell me they're alive, Dad. Tell me Justin and their baby is alive." He begged, sobbing.

"Justin and Leonie Estefania are both alive and are back at home where they belong. I didn't want to tell you over the phone, son. Brian called this morning and said that Justin would like to see the family. He's feeling better and wants to introduce us to their daughter. She's beautiful, just like Jenny and Gus." Ben said but then stopped to take a deep breath. "The only one who will not be there is Debbie."

"Why the hell not? She was as excited and happy as we were when they announced Justin's pregnancy!" Hunter said angrily.

"I know that but she changed her tune. She blames Brian for Lindsay and Michael's behavior." Ben explained.

"How so? Brian loves blondie, he would never harm him. I don't believe for a second that Brian told those fuckers to do this to Justin and..." Hunter stopped, trying to remember her name, "Leonie. That's her name. Almost forgot. Are Michael and Lindsay saying that the shit they did was all Brian's idea?"

"No! But Debbie told us that Brian encouraged them to do those things and for their feelings toward him." Ben said but Hunter interrupted him.

"NO FUCKING WAY! HE NEVER DID THAT! He only ever offered his friendship. They used him all the time for their own shit. This is all so fucked up. Can we go to the loft? Please? I need to see them."

"Of course, son. Grab your jacket. We're going now." Ben said with a smile. He was proud of his son for seeing through the lies of Debbie, Michael and Lindsay.



Interrogation Room

"Mr. Gold, please tell us how you know Justin Taylor." Carl said with a blank face, starting the interview of Ethan Gold.

"We met years ago, on his 18th Birthday. Linds... I mean Lindsay Peterson and her wife Melanie Marcus invited him to a show where I was playing . I play the violin. We talked and flirted a little. I couldn't forget his beauty. A couple of days later he visited me at school and listened to me playing. After that, we met more often and at some point we fell for each other. He was with Kinney at the time but left the asshole to be with me." Ethan explained.

Carl kept his face blank but motioned for Ethan to continue.

"We were happy and so in love. I know that he loved me more than he ever loved Kinney. But the problem was that Justin didn't want to bottom for me because it reminded him of Brian. I have needs, too and I made a terrible mistake. I cheated on him and he found out and left me. I haven't heard from him since then but I missed him so much. He's the love of my life so when Lindsay Peterson and Michael Novotny contacted me some months ago to tell me about Justin wanting to leave Kinney but couldn't because he was pregnant I was so happy. They told me that Justin missed me so much and that he still loved me." The violin player said.

"Go on." Carl urged him.

"They agreed to help me win him back. I caught up with him at the loft and tried to talk to him but Justin refused to even talk to me. I think he was scared that Brian would find out. He's an abusive animal. I was so worried about Justin's safety. Anyways, they called me and said that they had Justin and as soon as he gave birth to Kinney's brat, I could leave with him but they're liars. They drugged and tortured him. I tried so hard to comfort him with my presence and my touch but he was so restless and then..." He stopped, sobbing... "they, then they sliced him open and tried to kill him. I don't care about Kinney's brat but they hurt Justin."

Carl looked at Gold with a frown, narrowing his eyes. "Are you sure this is what happened? I talked to Justin about everything and he told me different. How did you 'comfort him'? Explain that please."

"He... he was so cold, shivering and restless like he had a bad dream. I kissed him, cuddled him... I made love to him but nothing helped." Ethan said sadly.

"Made love to him? What exactly do you mean? Did you penetrate him?" Carl asked forcefully.

"Of course I did. I was hoping it would calm him but it didn't help." Ethan sobbed. "It felt so good to be inside of him after all those years I dreamed of being so close and intimate with him."

"Was he unconscious when you penetrated him?" Carl asked.

"Yes he was but I knew that he wanted it. Wanted me." Ethan explained with a dreamy expression.

"Interview is finished. Mr. Gold, you'll be lead back to your cell." Carl said and waited for the recording to stop before he leaned closer to Ethan. "Pray and hope that you will not lose your pathetic dick for what you did to Justin. Jail is not a good place for weak losers like you." He smirked and left the room. Ethan was too shocked and confused to say anything. He was sure that Justin would tell everyone how much he loves him and not Kinney.



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Brian was a bit worried about having the gang here. He wasn't sure if Justin was ready for their group of people but he quickly realized that he didn't need to worry. Emmett, who was usually glowing with life, was careful and quiet around Justin.

"We're all so glad to have you and Leonie back with us." Ted said when they all sat in the lounge, having coffee and cake. The others nodded in agreement and Justin thanked them with a honest smile. It wasn't his big sunshine smile but it was a start. A knock on the door interrupted the group.

Jennifer got up to open the door and was relieved to see Ben and Hunter. She was worried that Debbie would show up. "Ben, Hunter, it's so nice to see you. Come on in. We're having cake and coffee. I'll grab you some dishes." She welcomed the two and Hunter walked straight up to Justin.

"Hey blon... Justin I'm so fucking sorry for everything that's happened. Dad told me and I'm so mad. C-can I... can I hug you? Only if it's okay for you of course." He spoke sadly. Justin nodded and got up to embrace the teen.

He could only imagine how hard it must have been for Hunter to hear what the man he thought of as his other dad had done. "Thank you for caring, Hunter." Justin whispered.

"I always cared. I know I haven't always shown it but each one of you is my family." He whispered back. "Can I see her?" He asked, looking at Justin with a shy smile.

"Ben, would you like to see Leonie, too?" Brian asked. He watched how careful and caring Hunter approached Justin in awe.

Ben nodded, not able to say anything so Justin lead them to their bedroom where Leonie was sleeping. "Beautiful! She's absolutely beautiful." Ben cried and was joined by Hunter who couldn't stop the tears either.

"She is. And such a strong little girl. I'm so glad she made it." Hunter said and turned to look at Justin. "And you, too Justin. Our lives wouldn't be the same without you."

"Thank you. Both of you. When I woke up I thought they... k-killed her but then Brian told me that she's alive and getting stronger. I was so happy and relieved. Brian sometimes calls her his little tough cookie." He told his friends with pride in his shaky voice. After a couple of minutes, the three joined the rest of the group in the lounge and enjoyed the closeness of their family.




"I'm here for Lindsay Peterson. My name is Thomas Clark, lawyer."
The dark haired man said and was lead to a room where Lindsay was already waiting.

"Mr Clark, finally." Lindsay muttered angrily.

"I couldn't be here earlier as I was in court. Your parents called me. Tell me what happened." Thomas demanded.

"It's all a misunderstanding. We wanted to save Brian who is our dear friend for many years." She simpered.

"Brian? As far as I'm informed your victim's name is Justin Taylor? Who is this Brian and what does he have to do with everything?" He asked but before Lindsay could answer, he interrupted her. "Just start from the beginning. I need to know everything."

Lindsay explained the dynamics of the group and how Brian is the father of her son. "You see, everything was perfect until Justin refused to go to New York. Brian was always there for us, me and Michael. Justin wanted to leave him and we were so happy but then Justin was pregnant and wouldn't leave Brian alone. He manipulated Brian all the time and forced Brian to stop being friends with us. Michael and I saw how Brian changed and became a stranger to all of us and we decided to break them up. We contacted Kip Thomas, Ethan Gold, Gary Sapperstein, Chris Hobbs and Justin's father Craig Taylor."

"Kip Thomas showed up at Babylon and threatened Mr Kinney but left the state right after Mr Kinney made it clear that Kip Thomas had no chance. Chris Hobbs went to the police and his lawyer to get restraining orders against you and Michael Novotny." Thomas Clark interrupted her.

"Yes, they didn't have the balls to help us. Weak cowards." Lindsay muttered annoyed.

"What about the others? Ethan Gold, Gary Sapperstein and Craig Taylor?" He urged her to continue.

"Ethan was easy to manipulate. He fucked Justin when we had him sedated with drugs. The Sap, Gary Sapperstein I mean, provided them for us. Craig Taylor helped us out with money. He was very upset when we told him that Justin was not only gay but also pregnant. Craig called him a disgusting freak." Lindsay giggled.

"Why did you try to kill Justin Taylor? And his daughter?" Clark wanted to know.

"Because Brian is mine! All those years I waited for Brian to realize that I'm perfect for him. And I am the only one who can have Brian's child. I made sure of that. Gus is Brian's only child." She said proudly.

"Well Lindsay, there's nothing I can do to help you. Your parents called me to find out what exactly you're charged with and I'm not happy to be one to tell them that their daughter is a cold hearted monster." Clark said angrily and got up. Before he left, he wanted her to know that she was a failure. "I might not be happy to tell your parents about you but I am very happy to tell you that you failed. Justin is alive and so is his daughter. Both are healthy and back with Mr Kinney. You, Novotny, Gold and all the other helpers will go to jail for many, many years and they will be happy." He said and left her shouting and screaming.

'What a selfish bitch. The only one manipulating Kinney was her and her Novotny buddy.'



"Nancy, Ronald." Clark greeted his clients. "I just spoke to Lindsay and I'm sorry to tell you that I will not represent her. She is charged with stalking, attempted murder in two cases, false imprisonment, drug abuse, mayhem, theft, kidnapping, fraud and violation of the narcotic law."

Ronald and Nancy Peterson knew they made many mistakes in raising their daughters but never once would they have thought that either of them was able to be so dangerous.

"She tried to kill an innocent baby for selfish reasons. As a father myself I cannot represent her." The lawyer added.

"We understand." Nancy said shakily. "I'm shocked. I know we weren't perfect parents but we never raised her to become such a person." She cried.

"Did she kill the baby?" Ronald asked, fear clear in his voice.

"No, the baby is fine. The police stormed the building in the right moment." Clark explained.

"Thank God." Ronald breathed. "Lindsay's a mother herself. How could she do that?" He muttered.

"From what I've read so far, she abandoned her own children in her quest to get rid of Justin Taylor and his baby." The lawyer told them.

"Justin Taylor? The artist? I don't understand. Wasn't he part of the group Lindsay always had around her?" Nancy asked confused.

"Yes, he was. He is Brian Kinney's partner, has been for a couple of years. Kinney is also the father of the baby. When Lindsay and Michael Novotny kidnapped Justin he was pregnant. According to the reports, Lindsay literally sliced him open and got the baby out of him. That's when the police came in. She was about to kill the baby but got shot by an officer." He said.

"No! No, that's not my daughter." Ronald said in outrage. "This woman is NOT my daughter anymore. She's all alone now. We won't help her. No money, no support, nothing."

"It's so hard to realize that my own daughter could do something like this but Ronald is right. We cannot help her. We might don't understand and tolerate the whole gay lifestyle but murder? That's so much worse. How she could do that to someone she claimed to be family and to a child... no. She's on her own now. Thank you for finding out what happened, Thomas. I understand you couldn't represent her we wouldn't ask that of you." Nancy said.




Brian was working on his computer, it was long after midnight, when Justin's scream made him jump. He ran into the bedroom as fast as he could. "Justin!" He said.

"Don't. Brian don't touch me right now, please. I... I need a moment." Justin begged.

Brian stopped but sat down on the edge of the bed. "Okay. But please talk to me."

"I wasn't sure if it really happened or if I imagined it." The blonde sobbed. "It was real. Brian it was real. He did it."

"What? Justin, tell me what Michael did!" Brian urged. He felt helpless but angry at the same part.

"Not Michael. It was Ethan. L-Lindsay and Michael kept me drugged but Ethan... he... touch... touched me, k-kissed me and he, God Brian he raped me." Justin sobbed.

'No! No no no no no NO!' Brian thought. 'I'm going to kill the bastard.'

"Brian, did they take my blood at the hospital?" Justin asked warily, raising Brian out of his thoughts.

"They did, why?" Brian wondered.

"He didn't use a condom." Justin said and climbed over to Brian who opened his arms and held his scared lover.




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When Justin was finally asleep, Brian paced around the loft. He was way too upset to sleep. The thought of Ethan Gold hurting his sunshine drove him almost crazy, he wanted to kill the weasel for causing his sunshine so much stress.

On the other hand, Brian was relieved Justin told him. He couldn't imagine his reaction in court if he was to find out so much later. He probably would be arrested for assault in the courtroom. His sunshine, his Justin had been through so much in his young life and there was nothing Brian could do to take the pain away.

"No chance to make it all go away but you can help him through this." Daphne's voice reached his ears.

"How? How am I supposed to make this better? Tell me, Daph. How?" Brian asked with desperation in his voice.

"You already began to do that, Brian. You listened, you held him. If I know Justin he was afraid you wouldn't want him after that. But he knows different now. He knows you still love and want him." Daphne explained gently.

"But he's suffering . And it will always be there, in his mind. Even if he can't remember much of it. He knows it happened." Brian wanted to shout but kept his voice low.

"Yes, Brian. It will always have happened but with the love and support of his family and closest friends and especially YOU he can learn to live his life without this destroying him. We cannot allow Ethan to destroy our relationships with Justin as friends and family. YOU cannot allow Ethan to destroy the life you have with Justin. I know it is hard but push Ethan out of your thoughts. Focus on Justin. I've read some books about rape and how victims can cope with it. Give Justin the chance to live his emotions: his fear, his frustration, his anger and everything else he might feels. If you focus on your anger towards Ethan it will tear you and Justin apart and that is what Ethan wants." She said determined.

"I know you're right, Daph. I just... I..." Brian began but was soon wrapped in Daphne's arms and they both cried for Justin and the pain he had and still has to endure.

"It's so hard." Brian whispered and Daphne nodded in agreement.





'For fuck's sake, how long does it take to bring Michael here.' Debbie thought angrily. She sighed in annoyance when an officer came in with Michael following.

"Ma!" Michael greeted her happily. "It's so good to see you. Is Brian coming too?" He asked hopefully.

"Ha, as if Brian would show up. He's with Sunshine. Michael, what were you thinking? You could have killed Justin and the baby? What happened to make you do this?" Debbie demanded to know.

"But... what do you mean 'could have killed'? They're alive?" Michael stuttered.

"From what I understand yes, Justin and the baby are fine and back at the loft." Debbie answered then snapped. "Now answer my questions Michael!"

"NO!" Michael shouted. "We killed the brat. And Justin couldn't have survived this. If they're alive then it was all for nothing. Brian still isn't free of the cripple and his bastard. Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!" He muttered angrily.

"Michael." Debbie snapped forcefully. "What were you thinking? Why did you do this?"

"Why? To get rid of the little shit. Brian's mine. He promised me. You know, 'always have, always will'. He belongs to me, not Justin. Please ma, call Brian and tell him to come visit me. I need to speak to him. I also need for him to pay for my lawyer. He owes me." Michael said.

"He won't help you, Michael. I know he should as this is all his fault but he and the others don't want anything to do with you or me. They even kicked me out because they didn't want to accept the truth." Debbie told him.

"It's not Brian's fault. Justin's to blame for all this. I wish Hobbs would have killed him or that he left us all alone but no, the little shit wanted Brian and got pregnant on purpose to make sure Brian can't get rid of him easily." He muttered.

Debbie looked at her son, shook her head as to clear the webs and realized for the first time that Michael really hated Justin with a passion. Maybe it wasn't Brian's fault but Michael and Lindsay's?

"I have to go. Take care, Michael." Debbie said and stood up.

"But no... stay please. I'm lonely here and the criminals scare me. Don't leave me here ma. I don't belong here." Michael sobbed.

"I will see what I can do, sweetheart. I love you, Michael." Debbie said sadly and left.





"Good morning, my name is Detective Carl Horvath, Pittsburgh PD. I'm looking for Craig Taylor." Carl introduced himself to one of the employers. Before the woman could direct him to Craig's office, a scream caught their attention.



"How could you do this to him? Justin is your son for fuck's sake!" Molly screamed.

"Do not talk to me like that young lady. I am your father..." Craig began but Molly interrupted him.

"Then act like one you asshole! You are nothing but a worthless piece of shit! Justin is MY brother and I love him. How could you help those bastards in their quest to fucking KILL him?! How could you do this? Tell me, I really want to know." Molly demanded angrily.

"I do not answer to you, Molly." Craig yelled back.

"But you answer to the law and as of right now to me. Detective Carl Horvath, Pittsburgh PD. I'm here to arrest you for aiding and abetting in the kidnapping and attempted murder of Justin Cole Taylor." Carl put the cuffs around a shocked Craig's wrist. "You have the right to remain silent until you have contacted your lawyer." He said and winked at Molly.

"Put him into the filthiest cell you have along with a rapist and lose the key." Molly muttered, looking disgusted at Craig. "As of now I don't have a father anymore. Craig Taylor, you are dead to me." She said and stormed out of the office and store.

"You heard her." Carl smirked and lead Craig out of his office through the store to his car. He tried hard not to smile when the customers noticed them and put their articles back and left the store without buying anything.



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'Fuck! RAPE? I did not rape Justin. I love him, I would never hurt him. I bet it was Kinney manipulating him again. I need to talk to Justin, he will understand. I need to tell my lawyer to get in touch with him.'





"Hey boys, what can I get you?" Debbie asked around but nobody paid her attention. "I asked what you want to order." She snapped.

"From you?" Brandon asked. "Nothing. Hey Kiki, could we order from you?" Kiki nodded in agreement and tried to hide her smile. Brandon's friends refused to hide their amusement and snickered loudly at Debbie's expression of confusement.

"What's wrong with me?" She asked curiously.

"I bet everyone wonders the same." A leather bear muttered.

"What the fuck is your problem? I never you treated badly, I'm always there for you so what the fuck is your fucking problem? Didn't get enough cock last night or what?" Debbie shouted.

"YOU ARE THE PROBLEM." Brandon yelled at her. "We all know what you said to Kinney. You're a disgrace to every single parent out there who truly loves their child. How can you even dare to blame Kinney for the loser's shit? And by loser I mean your son. He fucking stole my car to kidnap and kill Justin. And why? Because Kinney didn't want to fuck him. And then you come along and blame Brian for the shit your son did." The entire dinner erupted in applause after Brandon finished his rant much to Debbie's annoyance.

"I took care of Brian when he had no one. I know him better than you do. You don't know what happened so you better shut the fuck up. It's not of your business." Debbie shouted and stormed out of the dinner.





'What the fuck?' Brian muttered when he heard the loud banging. He knew that the only person knocking like this was Debbie and he mentally prepared himself for another attack. He just hoped Justin would sleep through her visit.

"What the fuck do you want?" He said in a no-nonsense tone when he opened the door.

"To tell you to stop spreading that bullshit about Michael around. You know that this is all your fault." Debbie began but a loudly yelling Justin interrupted her.

"Don't you fucking dare blame Brian for this you cunt. Lindsay and Michael did that on their own and if you cannot see that, then you should be admitted to keep everyone safe. Ethan fucking raped me and your son watched him do that to me. And you wanna know something else? Your oh so innocent and perfect son was smiling and laughing the whole time. He couldn't wait to cause me pain and kill me. That's all on him, not Brian. And if you don't fucking leave now I'll call the cops on you and have you arrested for harassment."

When Justin was finished yelling at her, Debbie couldn't do anything but stare at the blonde, her mouth opening and closing without a sound. Even Brian was a little surprised by Justin's outburst but he couldn't hide the pride he felt.

"You heard him Mrs Novotny,Leave us alone. We're done with you." Brian added and he knew that he had just officially lost the closest thing he knew to a mother.

Debbie turned around and her cheek collided with Jennifer Taylor's hand. "Don't you dare come at both of my sons again, you will live to regret that. Your pathetic excuse of a son has caused enough harm to my sons and I am so fucking done with your never ending excuses for that grown up manchild of yours. Accept that your son fucked up." Jennifer shouted at a still shocked Debbie.

When Debbie held up her hand to slap Jennifer back, her hand was grabbed by Ben who looked her dead in the eye. "Don't even think about it. WE ARE NOT MICHAEL! You cannot slap us around because you didn't like what you were told. Leave Debbie. Just leave and don't bother us again." He told her calmly.

Admitting defeat, Debbie left without looking back.





'Brian Kinney just left and I'm at a loss here. He told me what Justin had to endure by the hands of Peterson and Novotny. I know I am upset and filled with rage so I can only guess how Brian feels knowing the two people he called his best friends did that to his Sunshine. His Sunshine... I don't even think Brian realized how often he used this phrase. My heart breaks for both of them but I have to let go of my own feelings if I want to help them and I do.' Alex sighed.

He and Brian scheduled a session with Justin for the next day but he knew that Justin is not the only one who needs to deal with this in order to recover. Brian will need help as well as the whole family.



"Hello Justin, call me Alex. Brian I would like for you to join us. You are needed here." Alex told his patients. Justin and Brian entered Alex' office and took a seat on the couch and waited for Alex to begin.

"First of all, I think it is best to have you both here for every session so you can heal together. Would you like to do it this way or separately?" He asked.

"With Brian Please,I feel better if he's close." Justin said quietly.

"Of course I will be here, Sunshine." Brian spoke determined.

"Good. I think we should begin with you telling me about the feelings you had towards Lindsay and Michael before any of this happened. I would like to know about the relationships and dynamics between you." Alex began.

"I... they were my best friends. I trusted them, you know. I thought they cared about me and wanted the same for me that I wanted for them. Which was to be happy. Lindsay's the mother of my son Gus. We... we were family." Brian said sadly.

"Yeah, we were family. Lindsay used to be very supportive of me and my art. After the bashing she encouraged me not to give up. I thought of her as my big sister." Justin added.

"And Michael?" Alex asked.

"Michael was my brother. I always protected him in school from the bullies and helped him with homework and later I helped out with money whenever he needed some. He took care of me when we were out and I was too drunk or high." Brian told them.

"It's different for me. Michael never liked me and made it very clear since the beginning. We had some good moments like when we were working on rage but he never accepted me as Brian's partner or anything." Justin added sadly.

"And now? What do you feel for them now?" Alex asked.

"Nothing." Justin said.

"Hatred. I don't ever want to see or talk to them again. If I could I would kill them with my bare hands." Brian said angrily. Alex could feel the rage coming in waves from the brunette.

"Justin, why do you feel nothing for them? Aren't you upset or hurt?" Alex demanded.

"No!" Justin said loudly. "I don't want to feel anything when it comes to them."

'Hmm, not good', Alex thought and one look at Brian he knew the brunette was concerned, too.

"I understand that you would rather not feel anything, Justin but you need to allow the emotions you feel. They're part of the healing process." Alex explained.

"I... I can't." Justin sobbed quietly.

"Why? Tell us why." Brian urged, crying as well.

"They took something from me, from us. What if Ethan infected me with something? I don't want to think about this." Justin hiccuped.

"Justin listen to me, look at me and listen." Brian demanded and only continued when he had Justin's attention. "I love you! I don't care if that asshole infected you with anything. It won't make me love you less. Nothing could, Justin. Hell, I wouldn't stop loving you if you were pregnant with the bastard's child. I am with you until the day that I die. Nothing and nobody can change that." He said passionately.

"I think we should wait until you get the results from your blood tests, Justin. Brian told me you've been drugged most of the time. Are there some things you remember?" Alex changed the topic.

"Not much. But I remember the look on their faces when Lindsay grabbed the knife and... it hurt so much. All that pain and then she held my daughter, our daughter like a toy and wanted to kill her. I was screaming and... and then I woke up in the hospital. I, thought they... I thought our daughter was dead." Justin sobbed and Alex could feel his heart breaking for the young man.

"Do you remember Ethan Gold's presence?" He continued to ask and noticed that Brian took Justin's hand to massage it gently.

"Not really but I heard his voice. He was talking to them. And sometimes I could feel his touches." Justin shivered. Brian wrapped his arms around his lover, trying to calm him.

"Time for a break. I left the rest of the afternoon open so you can take your time. I'm going to get us something light to eat and coffee. You can stay here and rest a bit. If you need anything my assistant will help you." Alex said quietly and got up. Brian nodded his thanks and focused on his upset lover.


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"Are you sure we can continue our session now?" Alex asked gently and was glad to see Justin nodding in agreement. "Okay Justin, tell me how you feel most of the time."

"I... sometimes I feel dirty and then I want to take a shower and wash the dirt away but no matter how hard I scrub, it's still there. I thought..." Justin stopped, trying to find the courage to go on. He didn't want to hurt or worry Brian but he knew he had to be honest. "I sometimes think about taking a knife or a razor blade and rip the dirt off my skin but when I tried once I only hurt myself but I have to admit that it felt kind of... freeing." He admitted.

"Justin..." Brian grasped but Alex stopped him.

"How does it feel freeing to you, Justin? Can you try to explain that?" Alex asked and hoped for Justin to get it off his chest. It was a huge step to admit self harm.

"It was just... freeing you know. I could control it. I caused the pain, not someone else." He said quietly.

"God Justin." Brian said, the shock and pain clearly recognizable in his voice.

"Do you feel the urge to do it, Justin? Or did it just happen once?" Alex continued. Justin looked at Brian before he took a deep breath.

"Since it happened yes, sometimes I get the urge." He admitted.

"When Justin? When do you get the urge?" Brian wanted to know.

"When I wake up after a nightmare, when I think of... Ethan and what he did to me. When I want to just be close to you. When my mom or Daphne hug me." Justin said inbetween sobs.

Brian's eyes widened in disbelief. Justin's confession shook him and he wondered why he didn't notice the signs.

"Did you tell Brian how you feel?" Alex asked, hoping he read Brian's face right.

"No. I couldn't. Brian is so wonderful." Justin said and turned to look at his lover with a honest smile. "I don't think I could cope without him. He gives me space when I need it but holds me when I need it, too. He's so understanding and sweet and gentle with me. The last thing I want to do is worry him more than he already does."

"Justin of course I worry. You're my partner... my... my everything! I want to be there for you. I might not always know what to do or say but I want to help you. You have to let me in to do that. I wasn't the one they did all this shit to." Brian said but Alex and Justin both interrupted him.

"No Brian! They did this to us!" Justin said.

"That's where you are wrong Brian. They might have not done anything to you directly but it still affects you." Alex told him.

Brian sighed and took a deep breath, pinching his nose before he answered, "Yeah that's true. But I don't want Justin to deal with this himself. We're in this together and I want for us to heal together." He said looking at Justin.




"Mr. Novotny, would you please tell the Jury why you hate Justin Taylor and Brian Kinney?" Frank Engelhard asked.

"I don't hate Brian!" Michael yelled.

"You don't? Then why did you try to kill his partner and daughter?" He asked curiously.

"Because Justin is a cheating whore who only uses Brian for his body and money." The comic geek replied.

"And what does that have to do with you, Mr. Novotny?" Frank wanted to know.

"Brian is my best friend and I look out for him. Justin manipulates him all the time. He's not my Brian anymore." Michael explained.

"Your Brian? Do you mean he isn't the Brian you could go to when you had money problems? Or when you did something wrong and needed him to fix it? The Brian who was lonely and needed alcohol and drugs to deal with his childhood and emotions?" The lawyer asked and Michael looked like he saw a ghost.

"My son and I took care of the asshole when he had no one! He would be nothing without us." Debbie shouted, interrupting.

The judge, August McFaydor, looked at the waitress in disgust. "Quiet! I don't allow such behavior in my court."

"Thank you your Honor." Frank said before he turned back to Michael. "You did nothing to help when Ethan Gold raped him. According to the statements you made in interrogation, you enjoyed watching suffer. Your hatred towards Justin Taylor comes from him being who Brian Kinney wants. Did I get that right, Mr. Novotny?"

"Brian promised me! He loves me, 'always have, always will'. That's what he always said." Michael said in a 'duh' voice.

"As a friend. Brian Kinney has told us that he never had the intention to become romantically involved with you. In fact, he wasn't even interested in a one time fling with you. Surely you know that?" Frank urged.

"NO!" Michael shouted. "Brian loves me, only me. Justin is just a trick." Frank just smirked. Novotny had no chance to get out of this. Lindsay Peterson would be harder tho.



Brian was frozen in place. The full force of Michael's hatred for Justin hit him once again but before he could find any excuse to blame himself for this mess, Justin turned to him.

"I'm so sorry, Brian I wish you wouldn't sit in there and listen to them." The blonde said quietly.

"There's no place where I'd rather be, Justin. Wherever you are is where I will be. I was just thinking that all of this is my fault but it really isn't. Michael did this. Lindsay and Ethan, too. They did it because of me but that's because they don't want to accept my choices. And no matter what they might say or do Justin, my choice will always be you." Brian vowed and was gifted not only by Justin's bright smile but also a passionate kiss from his sunshine.

"I love you, Justin." Brian whispered.

"And I love you, Brian." Justin whispered back.




'God, that guy is so sick. How can a human being enjoy watching someone being raped? That's as bad as being the rapist. I'm looking forward to Lindsay and Ethan's hearings.' Alex thought.



"Mr. Gold, why did you help and in their kidnapping and torturing of Justin Taylor?" Frank began questioning Ethan.

"I didn't torture him! I love Justin, he's my angel. I tried to comfort him." Ethan told him.

"By raping him?" Frank continued.

"I didn't rape him. I would never hurt Justin, I love him." Ethan said, desperation in his voice.

"Was Mr Taylor awake when you 'comforted' him?" Frank asked.

"No. No he was shivering and in pain." Ethan answered.

"Did he tell you that he wanted you to 'comfort' him?" Frank urged.

"No, he wasn't able to speak." Ethan admitted quietly.

"So, Mr Taylor was not awake, he was in clear discomfort and he didn't verbally agree to have sex with you. That is called rape, Mr Gold." Frank explained.

"I wanted to help him." That was all Ethan said before he began to sob. "No more questions." Frank dismissed Ethan and his tears.



"Mrs Peterson, you know why we are here. Would you like to explain your actions?" Frank acted bored.

"I did what I thought was best for Brian and our son Gus. He shouldn't be replaced by Justin's brat." The blonde woman seethed.

"Oh, I wasn't aware that Brian Kinney didn't intend to keep taking care of his son?" Frank said.

"He wouldn't say that but that was Justin's intention. He wanted Brian and all his money for himself. Justin never understood that Brian cared more about Michael and I. We are his true friends and Justin was jealous." Lindsay said.

"Justin Taylor's jealousy? Do you still think what you did was 'the best for Mr Kinney' as you said so?" Frank wanted to know. Lindsay's answer would help the Jury to see how evil she really was.

"Yes, of course. Brian was so busy catering to Justin's every whim that he couldn't even visit me or Michael in prison." Lindsay sneered.

"No more questions, your Honor." Frank smiled and sat down.

The judge stood up and turned to the Jury. "Please go to the chambers and make your decision."