Title: Finding Family 20/40
Rating: Adult - Overall
Paring: W/X HUA
Disclaimer: I own nothing, including the characters used in
this story and make no money off them.
Summary: This story is a follow up to "Flip The Script."
The boys are living together happily when something unexpected
turns their lives around.
The disarray in the library showed itself not only in the objects
lying broken and missing from the room but also in the thoughts
and feelings of the four people left sitting there.
Deena was finally the first to break the silence.
"I'm really sorry about all this. We just didn't have anywhere else to go.
He wasn't always like that, you know. When I first met Billy about a
year ago I thought he was the sweetest, most thoughtful person on earth.
I admit we did party a lot but we only got drunk."
No one moved to stop her talking. All recognized her need to
somehow explain her situation.
Deena rubbed her small hands across her lower back and tried to
work out the kinks.
"He was working part time delivering newspapers, but it was hard for
him to get up in the mornings so after missing a few days they fired him.
It wasn't fair at all the way they treated him. He's better than a petty
job like that anyway. With no money coming in he had to move
into my small flat with me. It was his idea but I didn't mind.
We were in love." She shrugged her shoulders.
"Didn't take long before I got preggers."
Deena rubbed her hands lovingly over her swollen belly and continued.
"It really pissed him off that I could be that careless and stupid.
Guess he's right. Anyway once I started getting big and ugly he
started staying out all night. Sometimes longer. When he did come back
he acted all crazy. Not drunk, just wacky. Wacky and mean. That's
when I found out about the drugs. He knew how I felt about
dope but he said he had to sell it for money for the baby, but there
wasn't any money. Not for me and the baby. Just plenty of money
for more drugs.
A couple months ago I had to stop working. I did factory work and
couldn't stand on my feet all day any more. After 30 days of no rent they
threw us out of the flat. That's when we came here. Billy said it would
be all right."
Deena looked to Will pleadingly.
"Said this place belonged to a rich relative that wanted us to use it. The
stealing and parties didn't start till about two weeks ago. I told him it was
wrong but if I complained he.......well, he got upset. Then the others
started coming round. People he met in the pubs in town. I think
some of the women were.........more than friends."
Her voice on the last words was low and sad.
Deena hung her head to conceal the tears that rolled down her cheek.
Willow got up and went to the other woman. Sitting down beside her she
cringed at the warmth of the spot where Billy had been sitting.
Running her fingers gently through Deena's hair, Willow pulled her close.
"Does he hit you?"
Denna nodded against Willow's shoulder.
"Have you been to a doctor lately?"
The soft hair shook back and forth.
"Do you want us to get rid of him?"
Deena raised her face and immediately pushed away.
"No! I love him. I need him. Our baby needs him. Once the baby is
born he promised no more drugs. He said he will get a proper job and
take care of us."
Willow pulled her in again and rubbed her back. The last thing she
wanted was to see Deena upset. Pointing out the bull shit in that false
hope would do nothing to help this situation.
"O.k. I'm sure everything will work out. Right now we just need to take
care of you. When was the last time you ate?"
Deena looked up at her and had to pause to think.
"Yesterday? Billy sometimes brings me hamburgers or
fish and chip take away, but I guess he forgot today."
Listening to the exchange had Will and Xander fuming.
Both knew if they sat there any longer somebody would be
in line for a serious ass whoopin'.
Will stood and took Xander's hand.
"We'll go to the kitchen and see if we can find anything."
Still hand in hand the two men hurried down the hallway through the
Will slowed, amazed that he could still be shocked by the damage.
Xander who had already seen the destruction when he peered in from
outside, tugged him by the hand encouraging him on.
"Not now, Baby. It's all just stuff."
Xander could see his lover was starting to drown in the overwhelming
weight of responsibility and pressure and he had no intention of letting that
happen. Xander knew he had to find a way to help shoulder some of
that weight without giving any hint of disrespect to Will or his position here.
Between the library, bedrooms, and dining room, both men thought they
had seen the worse.
They knew the instant they stepped into the kitchen that they hadn't.
The stench of rotting food was mind boggling. The sink stood full of
scum covered water that was being used as a spa for the maggots
and fly larva that were swimming there. Every dish, even the fine
china and silver, was food crusted and stacked.
It was impossible to tell what the food was unless one of them
was willing to scrape off the mold.
Which neither was.
As expected the cupboards and food pantry were bare save a
few cans of soup and vegetables that were kept for emergencies.
The fact that Billy couldn't even fix her a bowl of soup fired
Will's temper a notch higher.
Xander stood with his hands on his hips unsure where to start.
It was the tearful face of the man he loved that snapped him
out of his stupor and got him moving.
"Well. First things first. You take Willow into the village and
pick up some groceries. I'm going to start cleaning up this mess.
Get something we can fix for everyone quick and easy. Also
stock up on the usuals, cereal, meat, you know, how you shop at home."
Overwhelmingly grateful to Xander Will resolved to never again
complain about his lover's 'take charge' attitude.
He nodded and quickly turned to collect Willow, glad to be
escaping this nightmare if only for a little while.
Will stopped in the kitchen doorway and looked back.
"Buy garbage bags. Lots of garbage bags."
Will nodded his agreement and hurried away.