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Getting Brian Back

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The boys, after Nicky’s many arguments, started to stay out of the way of the adults and stuck to playing video games and watching what went on around them. They watched as Gisele, Han, Tego, Rico, Tej, and Roman worked their magic as they followed Brian and Dom’s instructions getting the heist set up and other information. They noticed their mother Teresa on the edge with Mia, helping with tracking and finding information about the person they were taking down.

While the boys liked the excitement, they kept their eyes on Brian and Dom mostly. Nicky watched his dad and Dom interact. The two weren’t hiding anything but they tried to contain some of what was going on. Brian and Dom were standing in the kitchen space working on dinner. Dom saw Nicky approach and tried to move but Brian wouldn’t let his hands go.

Nicky walked over and said, “Hey Dad. Hey Dom.”

“Hey Nicky.” Brian said as he looked at his son. “What can I do for you?”

“You have a minute so we can talk?”

“Yeah. Sure. You fine here or do you want somewhere more private?”

Nicky looked between Dom and Brian and said, “I’m good here.” Dom sensing a probable father/son moment went to leave the area but Nicky said, “You can stay too.”

“Okay.” Dom settled in beside Brian and kept himself relaxed.

“I’m curious about you and Dom. I know you like, maybe even, love mom but you spend any free time you have with him and you guys share a room at night. I just want to know what’s going on?”

“You know I love your mother but I’m meant to be with Dom.” Brian looked at his son and asked, “Are you all right with that?”

“Yeah. You need to be happy too.”

Brian smiled, laced his fingers with Dom’s and said, “We’ll make it through this and then we’ll pick where to go and let life lead us where it wants us.”

“So we’ll still be altogether when you guys are done here?”

“Yeah if you’re mother wants to stay then you all are welcome as long as you want.”

Dom looked at Brian and muttered, “The boys are welcome any time.”

Nicky caught what Dom said and asked, “Why don’t you like my mom?”

Dom raised an eyebrow at Nicky and said, “I like her just fine.”

“Then why are we welcome and she’s not?”

“She is but it’s complicated. Stick to the easy questions?”

“Easy questions. Um okay. Do you love my dad?”

“He knows I do.”

“Have you ever told him that you love him?”

Brian looked between his kid and his lover and went to say something but Dom beat him to an answer. “Never used those three words but he still knows.”

Nicky stood up and walked over to Dom. He poked his chest like his mother did earlier and said, “He might know but use those words on occasion. He’s a good guy to be doing what he’s doing. He could’ve disappeared into the woodwork but he came back for all the important people in his life.”

“What is it with you people and poking my chest when you’re mad?”

Brian grinned. “I think they picked that up from me sorta.”

“Teaching ‘em bad habits Bri?”

“I won’t do it again. I’m sorry.” Nicky apologized.

“Don’t worry about it. You’re both worried about Brian but he’s good.”

“I know but I don’t want to see him hurt.”

Dom looked Nicky over and asked, “If you and Oleg both know Brian is just Brian, why do you both still call him dad?”

“Dad raised us both. Oleg’s family wasn’t very good and spent a lot of time at our house and I’ve been calling him dad since first grade. He doesn’t have to be doing what he’s doing but he is so take good care of him.”

“I will.”

“And you’ll be nicer to my mom? She’s a good woman.”

“I’ll try.”

Nicky frowned and said, “She wants to make sure dad’s all right. That’s all she wants.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.” Dom said.

Brian looked over Nicky and asked, “Everything all right?”

“Yeah. I just wanted to make sure everything was all right between you guys.”

“Everything’s good and when it’s not, we’ll tell you.”

“When mom finds a boyfriend would we still be able to see you?” Nicky asked looking at the tabletop.

Brian untangled his fingers from Dom’s and crouched in front of Nicky. When Nicky looked at him, Brian said, “Whatever happens you and Oleg both know you got a dad to turn to. If your mother finds someone to love and they find their own little spot you guys can still see Dom and me. Don’t worry about any of that though, we’ll work things out when we get there.”

Nicky hugged Brian and said, “I love you dad.”

“I love you too son.” Brian said as he held him and looked over his head at Dom.

Dom just nodded.