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by Candy Apple

Author's disclaimer: Pet Fly owns the guys and The Sentinel. No money being made. Just for fun.

by Candy Apple

Jim made his way out the door, past the cops, past the confusion of men and women being herded into police vans, busted for their participation in the blood sport in which he'd just been forced to participate. Amidst the confusion, he found Blair's voice, his heartbeat, and soon enough, his scent. All senses focused on Sandburg, he located him standing near one of the SWAT Team vehicles, talking to the doctor.

"Jim!" He excused himself from the conversation and hurried over to where Jim stood, still looking and feeling a bit dazed from the blows and the fuzziness of his vision from the pepper spray. "Sorry I disappeared there, man, but with all the confusion--and some of those people weren't exactly cooperating with the cops--I thought I should get the doc over there out of harm's way. What happened to your eyes? Jim, can you see me?"

"You're blurry, Chief," Jim responded tiredly. "I gotta get out of here for a while. Did you drive out here?"

"I rode with Simon. There's an ambulance here--"

"There's nothing wrong with me that won't heal on its own. I need to get out of this place. Get to some open space."

"Hey, Coleman!" Blair waved at one of the plain clothes Vice detectives who had shown up at the scene. "Could we borrow your car?"

"Borrow my... What do you want me to do? Walk back to Cascade?"

"Catch a ride with Banks--he's inside."

"Hey, Ellison, what'd the other guy look like?" Coleman teased, chuckling as he tossed Blair the car keys.

"Unconscious," Jim responded.

"Nice going. Remind us to recruit you for the PD's entry in the tough man contest." With that, Coleman headed inside. The middle aged cop had worked with Jim during his time in Vice, and the two men had a good rapport.

"Come on, Jim. Let's head home and then--"

"No. I want to get out of the city, into some wide open space--and I don't mean the loft."

"Are you sure we shouldn't just stop by the ambulance and let them--"

"I'm sure. Let's go." Jim started heading doggedly toward the police sedan, and Blair gave up the argument. He wasn't going to win this one anyway.

Jim leaned back in the seat, feeling his body coming alive with a symphony of aches and pains now that the action was over. Even Blair climbing into the driver's seat and slamming the door jarred him. His ears were ringing, his eyes felt like they were on fire, his head pounding, his stomach churning and everything else was simply throbbing.

He was immensely grateful to Blair for starting up the car and just driving. He wasn't babbling, he wasn't nagging about going to the hospital, he wasn't even fussing over the injuries. He was simply driving in blessed silence into the countryside. When they had left all lights, houses and signs of civilization behind, Blair turned off the road and drove into the dirt trail that led partway into a large plot of vacant land. The nearest house was several acres away, the most striking sound was that of crickets in the tall grass.

Blair was in motion now, getting out of the car and rifling through Coleman's trunk until he found the supplies he was after. Returning to the car, he opened Jim's door for him and held up a jacket for him to slip into. Fortunately, Coleman was a good-sized man, and the navy windbreaker emblazoned with "POLICE" across the back of it fit Jim easily, if not a little sloppily. Over Blair's arm were a couple of blankets, a first aid kit and a bottle of water. Jim idly wondered if Coleman knew his survival kit was going to be raided.

"There's an area over there that's not too overgrown," Blair said, turning on the flashlight, aiming the beam in the direction he indicated. "We can put a blanket down there to sit on."

Nodding, Jim rested a hand on Blair's shoulder for guidance, since his eyesight was going through a number of interesting phases from the pepper spray. He was surprised when Blair slid an arm around his waist and moved his shoulders both under Jim's arm, but found himself enjoying the warmth and the solid support of his partner next to him.

Blair spread the two blankets, then gave Jim a supporting hand as he made the effort to lower himself down to sit. Blair sat in a lotus position on the fabric and opened the water bottle.

"Let's try flushing your eyes, Jim."

Jim held out his hands and Blair poured some water in, repeating the process a couple of times. While it didn't completely erase the irritation, and his vision was by no means restored, the most intense burning was relieved somewhat. From there, Blair wordlessly tended to a couple of scrapes and a cut, his touch light, his face bearing nothing but concern for Jim's comfort.

There was nothing visible for a long way. There were a couple farmhouses in the distance, but it would have required more effort than he wished to invest to extend his hearing or his irritated vision to discern anything about them.

Now there were only Blair and the crickets, and the occasional sound of the wind in the grass, or nearby trees rustling.

"Drink some. I know it's not all that cold, but you need some liquid." Blair held the bottle of water out and Jim accepted it, taking a few gulps before handing it back again. Then Blair set the water aside and shifted so his back was against the large tree that sheltered their little oasis. "Lean back against me," he said softly, and it didn't occur to Jim to do anything but obey, resting the back of his head against Blair's shoulder, his blurry eyes still taking in the stars above, and the utter lack of barriers around them.

Feather-light fingers massaged his temples, then worked back into his scalp, one easing down to the back of his head and finding just the right pressure point to quell a little of the pounding.

"Relax. We're going to take control of all those dials now, buddy. All the stuff that's been keeping you awake, annoying's all going to get turned way down now. Concentrate on even breathing. I know you're hurting and you can't do a lot of deep breathing, but try to relax and keep it even. That's it," Blair continued, his light massage of Jim's head easing the pain until it was nearly gone. The smooth, rich sound of Blair's voice drained away much of the stress of what had turned out to be a horrible undercover experience.

"First, we're going to work on touch. Picture the dial, and then turn it down slowly. Leave it up high enough that you're aware you have some hurts, but dial it down until they feel better." Jim understood the logic in the directions, as it wasn't really safe for him to be unaware of the pain altogether. He'd eschewed any medical attention, so his body's signals would be his only warning if something was seriously wrong. Sighing in relief as his body ceased to torment him and the pain receded to a bearable level, Blair's voice resumed it's soothing monologue.

"Now hearing, Jim... Turn the dial back, pull back from the ringing in your ears from all that cheering and the bells in the ring, and the vibrations of the impacts...move back from it, and turn it down slowly, until all you hear is the sound of my voice, and the crickets and the wind in the trees." All the while, gentle fingers still moved lightly over his temples and scalp. Everything seemed to fade until only Blair's soft voice remained, accompanied by the sounds of the night.

"Breathe in the fresh night air, and tell me if you smell anything pleasant...wildflowers, the clean smell of grass..."

"Fresh night air," Jim murmured, sighing contentedly. "Nothing but fresh air, and you..." He didn't think much of the last words, finding great comfort in the familiar smell of Blair. His hands, his clothing, traces of shampoo and the faint hint of some styling product that tried vainly to control the riot of curls held at bay by the hair band. There was some sort of soap, and a trace of aftershave. Then there was the scent of Blair's body, the smell Jim could find anywhere, though he'd never shared that concept with Blair. There was something that seemed too...invasive, intimate...primal. Like smelling one's mate.

"Did my deodorant keep me fresh all day like it promised?" Blair joked, and Jim actually chuckled for the first time in days.

"You smell fine, Chief. Just like always. Smells being home." Jim could almost hear Blair smiling behind him.

"Relax and doze a little if you can. We're okay here. I've got Coleman's back-up .38 and the cell phone. Nobody's around. We're safe."

"You've got Coleman's gun?"

"I'm not going to sit in a field in the middle of the night without some protection, man."

"You've got some protection," Jim retorted. "One of Cascade's finest, right here," he joked weakly, yawning until his jaws stretched.

"Tonight, I'm taking care of you. You're off duty. You know, there had to be times when primitive sentinels truly rested, and I believe, when they did, their guides were the ones who protected them, watched over them, cared for them until they were refreshed. Let go, Jim. Rest. I'm here, and I'm watching over you for a change. There's nothing here, no barriers, no doors, no locks, no walls."

"No walls," Jim repeated, his voice barely a whisper. Sleep there, leaning against Blair, was so seductive...

When Jim opened his eyes, he could detect the first hints of dawn on the horizon. Blair's breathing was even and steady, but he wasn't asleep. Jim reached up and took a hold of one of the hands that rested flat on his chest.

"How long have I been out?"

"A couple hours. The sleep was good for you. You needed to rest."

"You didn't sleep at all, did you?"

"I told you, I was watching over you. You can't do that and sleep at the same time. I wanted to protect you so you could rest without worrying."

"I did," Jim responded, realizing how restorative the undisturbed, stress-free rest in the cool, fresh night air had really been. He straightened up and turned to face Blair, who smiled at him immediately.

"I really, really missed you, man," he said genuinely.

On an impulse, Jim moved closer and pulled Blair into a gentle hug, which the younger man returned enthusiastically. At that moment, Jim realized that one of his greatest stresses during the draining assignment had been Blair's absence. Seeing him at the prison had been a brief relief, and yet he'd feared for his safety from the outset. The fate that would have awaited a man of Blair's size and attractiveness in one of those cell blocks was not something Jim wanted to dwell on, and it made him tighten his embrace.

"I told you to stay away from that place, Chief. Do you have any idea what would have happened if you'd wandered into the wrong area, or run into the wrong people?"

"I wanted to be with you. To be your back up. That's my job, Jim. I'm your partner. Not some guy from Detroit."

"That's right, Chief, you are my partner. But I don't love the guy in Detroit, so that's why I wanted him in harm's way and not you."

Blair pulled back and looked Jim in the eyes.


Jim hesitated a moment, feeling as if he'd said too much, and risked everything. His feelings for Blair ran deeper than any he'd ever had for anyone before...his family, his friends...even his wife. Blair was different. Blair held his heart in one of those exceptionally gentle hands of his.

"Yeah, love." Jim reached up and caressed Blair's cheek with his thumb.

"I love you too, Jim. When you were in that place, I just...I was just going crazy. I wanted to be with you somehow. And they kept finding reasons to cancel my class or keep me out...I just wanted to see you every day. Know you were okay." Blair shook his head. "I didn't expect this to happen, but I guess I'm not too good at living without you."

"I know the feeling. I didn't do all that great without you, either." Jim smiled, and Blair returned it.

"Um, Jim? What kind are we talking about?" Blair asked hesitantly.

"Maybe we should experiment." Jim slid a hand around the back of Blair's head and pulled him closer, claiming the full lips gently, probing them until they parted and two tongues tasted each other.

"We must have good enzymes," Blair said when they parted, and Jim laughed.

"Where the hell did that come from?"

"Alec. He told me kissing was good when your enzymes are compatible. So I guess we have our answer."

"Hey, who are we to argue with enzymes?"

"I don't want to argue with it, Jim. I love you. I know that's not going to be easy for either one of us...but it's true. And I don't want to lose you."

"I feel the same way."

"I kept thinking this was just like, major friendship. That maybe I'd missed male bonding before this, and this was it." Blair shook his head. "I never thought I was gay. I mean, I wouldn't have freaked out or anything if I were--but you're the first...the only man I ever wanted to..." Blair took a deep breath. "The only man I ever thought know," Blair made a little gesture between them with his hands.

"You already told Incacha we were having sex, so technically, we've already come out at least once."

"I told him what??" Blair's eyes bulged.

"That little gesture you did with your hands? I hate to break it to you, Romeo, but that's one of the gestures the Chopec make to refer to being lovers or being married."

"Jim, you don't suppose...I mean, why would I pick that particular gesture? You don't suppose that it was..."

"That you instinctively knew it somehow?" Jim suggested, and Blair nodded.

"What if we...Jim, do you believe in reincarnation at all?"

"I think it's possible. Since nobody can prove exactly what does happen, I think it's as good a theory as any."

"What if we were together in a past life? What if you were one of the ancient sentinels Burton wrote about, and I was your partner back then? Your guide? What if we were lovers? And somehow, when I was communicating with someone from that culture, a Chopec Shaman, I remembered how to tell him what we were to each other, even though I didn't know it from this life?"

"That's an interesting theory, Chief. But right now I'm interested in the present. Do you have any idea where we go with this?"

"I don't have experience with men, if that's what you're asking. You ever experiment in the Army?"

"No. I never swung that way, and neither did my friends. At least, we didn't swing with each other, let's put it that way." Jim smiled and shook his head. "I'm not interested in men. I'm interested in you."

"Yeah, same here."

"Then we don't have a problem." Jim took both of Blair's hands in his. "I love you, you love me, we live together already...where's the problem?" Jim had to smile at the wide grin that broke out on Blair's face.

"No problem at all, man. I think what we've got is something really beautiful...not a problem."

"My thought exactly. At least, I have something really beautiful." Jim framed Blair's face with both hands. "Really, really beautiful."

"I never figured you for a romantic," Blair said, as Jim felt the cheeks beneath his palms warming with a slight flush of embarrassment.

"I have to be inspired."

"It's kind of chilly out here. Think we ought to go home, get some serious sleep, and then...see how inspired we really are?" Blair raised one eyebrow and grinned evilly. Jim chuckled and kissed his mouth again quickly.

"Let's go, Chief."

The two men gathered the blankets up and started back for the car, Jim's arm around Blair's shoulders, Blair's arm around Jim's waist.

As the sun rose in Cascade, the two men returned Coleman's car to the police garage, borrowed another unmarked sedan and managed to slip away without being detained. Simon knew Jim needed downtime, and later in the day would be time enough for his report.

When they finally returned to the loft, Jim headed toward the bathroom, then paused and reached out his hand toward Blair, who hesitated an instant and then took it, following Jim into the small room and closing the door behind them.

Clumsy, nervous hands awkwardly removed clothing, piling it in a heap on the floor until both were nude. Seeing each other naked wasn't in itself a major revelation. There were times one or the other streaked through the apartment, or times they were running late and one shaved while the other showered. Neither had ever been truly self-conscious around the other.

Now, though, the moment was charged with a new meaning, and the tension hung heavy in the air until Blair reached out a tentative hand to stroke over Jim's smooth chest, touching him in a way he never would have thought to before, his thumb grazing over a nipple before Jim mirrored the touch.

"I don't want to make love to you with the stink of that place on me," Jim said in a voice husky with emotion, his hand still resting over Blair's heart.

"Let's wash it away then, because I really want to make love with you." Blair led Jim to the shower, where he worked at adjusting the water temperature.

Both men stepped in under the spray, Jim releasing Blair's hair from its restraint, unable to resist kissing him soundly, just to experience their newfound physical intimacy. While he embraced the smaller body, Blair managed to snag the soap and began washing Jim's back, then moved away a bit and soaped up the broad expanse of chest. It seemed appropriate to Jim that Blair's hands wash away the last traces of his ordeal in the prison.

Jim snagged the soap from Blair and began lathering up the springy curls of hair on Blair's chest, then embraced him again to wash his back. Finally backing away slightly, both realized what remained to be washed, and it was Blair who took the soap from Jim and lathered his hands, then knelt in the tub and carefully soaped the firm globes of Jim's buttocks, and then ever so gently went about lathering up the large, partially erect cock and the heavy balls beneath it. Jim parted his legs slightly, and Blair took the invitation to wash the intimate area there, then lathered up Jim's long legs and washed one foot, then the other, before moving away and steering Jim under the spray.

As soon as Jim was rinsed, he guided Blair up to his feet again and reversed their positions, carefully washing Blair's buttocks, letting a single finger trail over the little pucker hidden between them. The semi-erect cock seemed to harden a bit more at that, and Blair moaned softly, spreading his legs to give Jim better access.

"Just a bath for now, baby," Jim said gently, continuing his wash job. When he straightened up, he took on the job of washing the long hair, working the lather through it, smiling at Blair's little moans of pleasure at the attention. Shielding Blair's eyes from any running soapy water, he guided the wet head under the spray and worked the water through it until it was rinsed.

"You need some of this stuff in it too," Blair said, snagging a bottle of conditioner that sported a hook for hanging on the shower rod. "Show me how much," Jim said, holding out his hand, and Blair put the appropriate dollop there, then closed the bottle and hung it up again.

"Work a little into the top, but concentrate on the ends," Blair said, closing his eyes and relaxing as Jim followed the instructions, then rinsed the hair again.

Blair took his turn then at shampooing Jim's hair, and when it was thoroughly rinsed, the two of them grinned at each other, reveling in the new-found intimacy. One more prolonged kiss beneath the cooling water, and they turned off the taps and stepped out, both grabbing towels.

"You've got goose bumps already," Jim said affectionately, bundling Blair up in one of the big white towels, moving his hands vigorously to dry Blair and warm him up at the same time.

"What about you?"

"Being cold isn't exactly a problem right now, Chief." Jim kissed the end of Blair's nose and finished his drying job, doing his best to ignore the erect cock that was almost at full attention.

"My turn." Blair took his time toweling Jim dry, lingering gently over the bruised spots and admirably passing the opportunity to further taunt the straining shaft that was taking an ardent interest in its counterpart on Blair's body.

"What about your hair?" Jim looked at the mass of wiggly strands, which he'd only blotted with the towel. Already, a little fuzz was forming around the curls.

"I can take it from here."

"Hey, I always complete an assignment. Now what do I do?"

"Okay." Blair grabbed yet another bottle off the shelf near the sink and opened it, squeezing a glob of white stuff that soon rose into a snowball in Jim's hand. "Gently mash that together in your hands and just finger-comb it through my hair, and make sure enough gets on the ends. It can just dry naturally then."

Jim followed the directions, figuring that the next time, he could bathe his lover and pamper him properly without step-by-step instructions.

"Still seems pretty wet to sleep on."

"We both need some food first." Blair let an eye travel down to Jim's cock. "And a little...stress relief." Blair knelt on the bath mat and stroked the turgid flesh a bit tentatively at first, and then, as Jim leaned back against the sink, holding onto the edge, picked up the pace, encouraged by the reaction. Then, almost too quickly for Jim to see it coming, Blair engulfed the head in a hot, eager mouth that worked the top half of his cock while the pumping hand continued at the base.

"Oh, God, Blair...ugh..." Jim gave up on speech, and just hung on the edge of the sink, watching the head full of drying curls moving back and forth, finally letting himself look at the full lips wrapped around his cock. "Blair...I'm going to..." He made a feeble attempt to pull back, but when he wasn't released, came in a burst down Blair's throat.

Blair backed away a bit then, coughing a little, but still swallowing what he'd already taken in.

"Blair, baby, you don't have to..." Jim's protest was cut off by Blair's tongue lapping at his spent cock, cleaning up anything he'd missed when he had to pull back. Then, Blair went very still and looked up at Jim with a solemn expression on his face.

"I love you," he said simply.

"I know. I love you too," Jim responded, still out of breath and feeling more than a bit boneless from the incredible climax. He reached down and gently gripped Blair's shoulders, pulling him up and then holding him close, delving in for a kiss, tasting himself there. "Let me take you to bed and make love to every part of you," he whispered in Blair's ear. A needy whimper was his only response as Blair's whole body undulated against him.

Leading Blair by the hand through the loft and up the stairs, Jim realized he had no clue about the advanced mechanics of actually having sex with a man. He'd seen more than he wanted of the activity in Vice, but nothing he'd witnessed there would guide him in how to treat Blair. This wasn't leather and whips and chains or a quick blow job in a back alley. This was making love. Blair had given him a wonderful first taste of being loved by a man already, and Jim vowed that Blair's first experience would be no less wonderful.

Once they reached the bed, both men climbed into it and slid under the comforter, relaxing against the cool sheets. Jim pulled Blair into his arms and kissed him, thoroughly, then rolled them so Blair was on his back, Jim rising above him braced on hands and knees on either side of Blair's body.

The scent of Blair and his arousal, added to the visual image of Blair naked, beneath him in their bed, brought out a primitive, possessive streak in Jim as he leaned down and whispered hotly in Blair's ear.

"You're my mate, Blair. We belong to each other. No one else touches you but me; no one else touches me but you," he concluded, and when he drew back, his eyes were met by Blair's intense gaze. There was something unsettling in those eyes, something compelling and...familiar.

"I give myself to you and I take you as my lifemate. There will be no others." Blair rested a hand over Jim's heart as he spoke, and in that moment, they were not in Jim's bed, or even in the loft.

Jungle plants surrounded them, the night air heavy with the perfume of exotic flowers and the rainforest. Jim claimed Blair's mouth in a fiery kiss, all senses tuned to his mate.

Blair wrapped his arms around Jim and held on fiercely, giving his all to the kiss that sealed their vow to each other. The rustle of the trees in the mild, moist air of the jungle night added accompaniment to the symphony of their shared moans of pleasure as Jim licked and sucked at the nipples lurking amidst soft chest hair, trailed kisses over Blair's chest and belly, and finally reached under Blair's thighs and pushed his legs up toward his chest.

The exposure of his most secret, untouched place should have been reason for Blair to feel nervous, but he simply relaxed against the soft blanket that separated him from the cool ground, and luxuriated in the unthinkable sensations of his mate's hot tongue lapping at his balls, a hot mouth licking and sucking at the tender skin of his perineum, and finally, the tongue tip tickling his center as he writhed shamelessly and tried to force himself down upon it.

Nothing in the world existed for Jim in that moment except for Blair. Blair and the thought of claiming him, marking him, taking him as his mate. If this meant they would live in isolation, outsiders...better that than to be mated like an animal with a chosen female in order to breed offspring while his true heart's desire continued to serve him only as a faithful assistant.

Licking his fingers, he carefully slid one saliva-slick digit into the tight hole his tongue had teased moments ago. His lover moaned and squirmed, bearing down on the invader.

Blair felt the single finger slide into his body, possessing him, claiming him, preparing him. The powerful man hovering over him was a perfect sculpture of toned muscle and...and bronzed skin. Somewhere in his mind it registered that Jim seemed darker somehow than he should be...darker than he was even with a summer tan. His own hands, braced on the broad shoulders, were still his own...but... darker, the strands of hair he could see beneath him seemed to have deepened in color until they were nearly black, though they still curled as always.

Jim slid a second finger into Blair's body, but quickly removed it upon the little grunt of discomfort. Saliva dried too quickly and wasn't slippery enough to keep him comfortable...least of all this first time. Sighing with relief, he reached for the nearby leaves of an aloe vera plant, breaking the fat, tender foliage and gathering the juices.

He was startled to find himself on the jungle floor, on a rough blanket, looking into Blair's...deep brown eyes, his bronzed face watching expectantly, strong legs still raised and parted wide in invitation. Garments of rough, primitive fabrics lay discarded nearby.

"Take me, Enqueri," the younger man gasped, reaching up to skim the Sentinel's strong jaw with slightly trembling fingers. Catching the wandering hand and kissing it, he withdrew the two fingers that had been scissoring inside his lover's body and replaced them with three, smiling as the younger man writhed and shouted his pleasure, his cock leaking with the evidence of his excited state.

The Shaman lay there, exposed, waiting for his Sentinel to claim him. He had spent many hours in deep meditation searching for an answer from the spirits about their intention to escape deep into the jungle together, to live as lovers, to break the codes and customs of their people. There would be no Sentinels born of this union, and a fugitive and his Shaman/lover would not be able to serve any tribe. Still, this love...this overpowering passion would not be denied in the name of duty or tradition.

In the final night before their departure, the Shaman had lapsed into a trance and seen a powerful vision. The panther, spirit animal guide to the Sentinel, leapt and merged in a blinding light with the wolf, spirit animal guide to the Shaman. Taking this vision as a blessing on their union from the spirit world, he had consented to their escape into the jungle.

The Sentinel coated himself with the juices of the aloe vera plant, and moved close to his lover. Pushing in slowly, he closed his eyes, relishing the moment of first connection.

Jim opened his eyes, and looked into Blair's deep blue eyes, mahogany curls fanned out on the pillow of their bed in the loft. The other man looked as confused and disoriented as Jim was himself, but was soon brought back to himself by the sensations of their sex. Seeing that Blair was wincing now, his breathing becoming labored, Jim ceased his movement and stroked a damp thigh lovingly.

"Shhh. Just relax and let it happen, baby. Nice and easy now."

"Jim....before...we were...we weren't..."

"I know. I saw. But we were still making love," Jim added softly, easing into Blair's body a bit more.

"One soul, two bodies," Blair managed, as Jim slid the rest of the way inside, finally completing the first penetration. There was considerable pain at first, and Jim stayed frozen there, one hand petting Blair's thigh, the other reaching down to grasp and pump at his flagging erection.

"I love you, Blair...relax for me, baby. I know it hurts right now. We're going to take it real slow."

"One body now, too," Blair said, smiling. "Move, lover. Let me feel you inside. Take me, Jim," he gasped, his body relaxing and the pleasure of Jim's pumping hand and the bulk stretching his passage outweighing the first discomfort.

Jim began to move slowly, pumping in and out in easy strokes, Blair's legs wrapping around his body, pulling him in tighter as Jim leaned down and claimed Blair's mouth, his tongue plunging into the warm depths much the way he was plunging into the tight tunnel. Breaking the kiss, he kissed, licked and nipped his way down Blair's chin to his throat, and finally stopped at a succulent spot on his neck, clamping his mouth over it, sucking hard, pumping faster.

Blair was moaning and gasping with every thrust, driven mad by the pleasure that still bordered on pain. On one deep stroke, Jim's cock hit Blair's prostate, and the younger man screamed then, his fingers digging into Jim's shoulders more harshly than he planned. Jim repeated the motion, again and again, until Blair was screaming, senseless with the pleasure, heedless of the noise he was making.

Jim had found the magic spot that was driving Blair into a frenzy, and as the internal muscles, which massaged him vigorously on every stroke, clamped tightly around him and Blair's completion spurted forth onto Jim's stomach, he picked up the pace of his thrusts, letting out a primal, animal scream as he came, and came hard, filling Blair's body.

"Love you," he managed, kissing Blair's reddened lips gently, bracing his arms on either side of the younger man's head. There was a deep passion mark on Blair's neck, and only now did Jim's softened cock slip from his lover's body. He took a hold of Blair's thighs and guided them gently back down to the bed.

"I love you too. Jim...did you see...?"

"I saw, baby. It won't matter how many lifetimes pass...we'll always find each other again. Always," Jim said, feeling that conviction somewhere deep in his soul--a soul he suspected was much older than he realized. "Are you okay?" Jim asked in a voice little above a whisper.

"Yes, I'm okay," Blair said, grinning.

"Not too sore?"

"It hurts a little, but it was my first time." Blair was still smiling softly. "You took good care of me. Like always." He accepted Jim into his arms, even though the larger man's weight pressed him hard into the mattress. Strong arms wound around him and rolled them over so Blair lay atop Jim. "We found each other...that means that no matter what happens to us in this lifetime..."

"We'll be together in the next, somehow." Jim kissed Blair again, then moved down to lick at the passion mark on his neck. "You're mine now, Blair. And I don't share," Jim said, no trace of amusement in his voice as he looked deeply into Blair's eyes.

"I don't want to be shared." Blair smiled, and Jim's expression softened immediately. But in that moment, there had been a very definite trace of the powerful, primitive Sentinel who had claimed his Shaman in the jungle generations ago. "I always thought all the old-fashioned stuff about waiting until marriage was silly." Blair sighed. "God knows, I'm no virgin that way...but I understand now how meaningful it is to have some virginity to give when it matters most. I'm glad I had that to give to you."

"It's a gift I treasure, Chief. Almost as much as I treasure you." Jim slid his hands into the mass of soft curls. "When I saw you in the...dream? Your hair was darker, your eyes were this deep, rich brown--"

"You were bronzed and dark, your skin more the color of...I don't know, more like the Chopec, I guess. And mine was too, what I could see of myself."

"We were breaking all the rules to be together," Jim summarized, kissing Blair again, letting his hands wander down to possessively squeeze and massage Blair's buttocks.

"At least one thing remained constant, huh?" Blair responded, smiling, then purring a little at the hands that were rubbing his ass, the fingers trailing toward his still slick, tender center. He spread his legs, straddling Jim, rocking against him as a questing finger rubbed over the slightly inflamed flesh that was still tingling from their lovemaking.

"Oh yeah, that feels good, Chief," Jim gasped, his slick cock sliding against Blair's with every move, his finger tracing the slippery pucker he'd just claimed. Pushing the finger into Blair's passage carefully, he rubbed the slick walls while they rocked together. Blair groaned and rose up until he was almost sitting on Jim's finger, sending it deeper inside his tender hole.

Blair leaned back down and licked over Jim's nipples, then set to work at sucking one hard into his mouth, giving it the same rhythmic stimulation Jim was giving him with that one devilish finger. They kissed again, roughly, and Blair returned to his work on Jim's second nipple, his ass writhing wildly and shamelessly with the firm rubbing of Jim's finger deep inside his passage.

Jim came first, and as his seed spurted over Blair's belly, he picked up the pace of the internal massage he was giving his lover. Still out of breath and recovering from his own climax, Jim watched Blair gyrating nude above him, wishing he had the stamina to go a third round right that moment.

"Oh God...Jim...oooo...mmmm," Blair was bearing down on the finger now, and Jim pulled him forward with one arm.

"Bend over for me, baby. Let me give you what you want," Jim growled in a husky voice, withdrawing his finger and returning with two, scissoring them inside Blair, making him writhe until one long finger found his prostate and rubbed it firmly. With a loud cry, Blair came for the second time, collapsing on top of Jim, who was still panting, recovering.

"Oh wow," Blair gasped, and Jim smiled, hugging him tightly.

"Sleep now." Jim cuddled Blair close and patted his butt. "I love you."

"I love you too." Silence reigned for long minutes until both were nearly asleep. "Jim?"

"Hmm?" Not inclined to jar himself out of his semi-sleeping state with words, that was all the reply Jim was willing to give.

"Where did the lube come from?"

"The plant," he responded, shifting a little, stroking Blair's hair. "Go to sleep, Chief."

"What plant?" Blair raised up now, both hands resting palms down on Jim's chest as two dark blue eyes stared at Jim's closed ones until they surrendered and returned the gaze.

"An aloe vera plant."

"Where?" Blair gestured around them. There were no plants nearby, and no sources of lube of any sort that Jim might have used. Yet there most definitely had been plenty of lube, and Blair could still feel its slickness inside of him.

"I just reached over and broke off some leaves and..." Jim frowned, looking around.

"Jim, there is no lube here."

"There has to be." Jim rose up a little, and Blair moved aside while the other man rifled the night stand. "I used something. I wouldn't have tried this without lubricating you first."

"I know you did. I can still feel it. But there's nothing here," Blair recounted unnecessarily. "Don't you see? We did more than dream, man. We traveled. Or our spirits did."

"Our spirits went out and picked up lube?" Jim frowned at Blair.

"Our spirits traveled back to the first time we made love, to the first lifetime when you claimed me as your lover. Our souls had to come back, but we were there, Jim."

"I don't know for sure where I traveled, sweetheart, but it was a beautiful place. I promise you we'll visit it through all the rest of our lifetimes."

"I promise I'll always look for matter how unlikely it might be, or what separates us. In my heart, I'll always know I need to find you. Just like I did this time around."

"Come here." Jim gathered Blair close and pulled the sheets up around them. "You called me Enqueri, just before..." Jim traced Blair's lips with his finger. "That's what Incacha called me when I lived with the Chopec."

"He knew, Jim. He knew, and that's why he gave us that look, and why I made the gesture I did, when I tried to tell him we were partners."

"If we have Incacha's blessing, and the blessing of the spirits, I think we're in pretty good shape, don't you?"

"Sounds like a lifetime deal to me," Blair responded, yawning and snuggling into the embrace. "Actually, it sounds like eternity," he murmured before slipping off into sleep, his nose tickled by the far away scent of jungle flowers...

The End