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Chaz stared at the hospital ceiling, trying to hold back the desire to count the tiny dots or the "beeps" in the background. Instead he concentrated on breathing. It was a good thing to concentrate on, Corey told him. Well, Joel told him that, too, but since Corey was his therapist, he listened to him more. That was probably a bad thought process. Very bad indeed. Joel was a good psychiatrist, he made a lot of money. And he loved Joel. So much it hurt. So much that he refused to see him, now that he'd lost their new baby. Because he knew it was his fault. Joel had been trying desperately to get him to eat, and he had been trying to. But not hard enough.

He knew it was his fault the baby died. He was starving himself to death, and this was the first sign. He'd felt like he'd eaten a lot, but logically...well. He knew it wasn't. He should have listened to Joel. He was at one of the lower weights he'd been at in years. A fact pointed out in many discussions. Many angry discussions.
They never talked about weight. Not usually. Normally it was a subject Joel knew not to bring up.


Joel hadn't even come to the hospital to see him yet.






That was the part that hurt the most. The baby was already dead. The weight was already gone. But Joel...he had talked about forbidden subjects. And talked. And talked. And now he wasn't there to talk anymore. Where was he?


Chaz stared at the ceiling, trying not to count the dots. Concentrate on breathing. It's the right thing to...



"You've gained two pounds since you've been here" He turned. A familiar dark head of hair, green eyes, mouth pressed into a frustrated line. Joel. He was here.




Keep breathing. Keep breathing.


"They've been tubing me." Chaz said shortly.

"Good." Joel was going to be stubborn. Chaz expected this.

"I missed you." Chaz wasn't going to be stubborn.

There was silence. One of the more painful silences of their relationship. Chaz knew this hurt Joel, but he also knew Joel had every idea how much pain Chaz himself was in. It was always Chaz that wanted the children. Joel just went along for the ride, he was always the more "masculine" one, the "traditional" one, the one raised in the human world to be a "man". Chaz had taken easily to his role in their new world, both man and woman, neither man nor woman, superior to both. When they'd had Vivienne, Joel had marveled at him. So he had to know how badly it hurt Chaz to lose a baby. He had to.

"Alex." Joel spoke softly. "I'm not angry."
That was a shock. Chaz lifted his head.

"But you've left me here..."

"I was wrong. But I'm not angry. I am...frustrated. I want you to get help again, though."

Chaz held his breath and looked back up at the ceiling.

"Breathe, Alex. Alex! Breathe with me- in...out...in...good. There's a place nearby that will do outpatient with you. I've talked to them already."

"No inpatient?"

"Not yet." Joel gave him a stern look.

Chaz sighed. "Do I have a choice?"

"You always have a choice."

Chaz looked up again. The holes in the ceiling looked bigger. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight...

just keep breathing.




hmmm. I miss my boys, I think I'll write more. they've disappeared lately, I think they're hiding from my fucked up-ness. maybe they'll come out of their reclusive lifestyle once I'm back in VA.

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