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That Mitchell and Webb Short Fic Collection

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"You don't have to do this." David told Robert when he cornered him in his dressing room after they'd finished a day of shooting on the set of Peep Show.

"Do what?" Robert sighed as he sat down in a chair, picking up his script and looking over lines for tomorrow.

"You don't have to avoid me, you don't have to put distance between us." David was exasperated, when it first started David shrugged it off but not anymore.

"Yes, I do." Robert had put down his script, he needed to get away from here.

"Why?"

"Because things a different now." David just stared at Robert. "I'm married now."

"You're married, that has very little to do with us talking to each other." David gestured around them. "It has very little to do with us writing together." Robert stayed silent for a minute as he thought about what to say.

"I'm not distancing myself from you because of our writing together. I'm distancing myself from you because of..." Robert's voice trailed off. “Because of the other thing." Robert had his eyes glued to the floor.

"The sex we used to have?" David raises an eyebrow, managing to look like a cross between annoyed and amused.

"Yeah."

"Rob, look at me." It took a minute but Robert finally looks up into David's eyes. "I have no desire to destroy your marriage. Certainly not this early into it."

"But-" Robert interjected but David held up a hand to silence him.

"We haven't had sex in over three months. Even before the engagement things between us had been slowing down."

"David-"

"No, you've been avoiding me, cutting off conversations for weeks. It's my time to speak." David didn't sound angry or upset, he was just stating facts. He waited for Robert to nod before continuing. "It's not an accident that that portion of our relationship has been in decline, I saw the way you looked at Abigail- I think I noticed that you liked her before you even did. I started to back off then. I'm not going to jump you or anything, if that's what you're worried about."

"David." Rob sighed, his tone full of astonishment. "That's not what I'm worried about, it's me not being able to control myself around you that's the problem."

"Did it ever occur to you that I can say "No', Robert?" David rolled his eyes.

"No?"

"Well, I can." David walked over to him and ran his fingers through Robert's hair, he looked him in the eyes and whispered. "And I will. Just please, please, don't shut me out. Don't send me away."

Robert was only slightly horrified to realise he was crying. He was crying as David wrapped his arms around him, He was crying as David was whispering to him.

"We're going to be all right?" Robert wanted it to be a statement but it sounded more like a question.

"Yeah." David told him reassuringly. "Yeah, we're going to be better than all right."