Chapter 20 — A New Beginning for Jusitn and Nick
Jan 4, 2003 – Orlando, FL – Florida Hospital – Kasai’s Hospital Room
“Hi there,” Aaron Canton spoke, walking into the room.
“Hi,” Kasai replied, pulling the sheet up to cover his exposed chest.
“I wasn’t trying to disturb you, but I was looking for your dad,” Aaron said.
“Which one,” Kasai said, looking at Aaron.
“Oh? Yeah, that’s right, you have two of them. Will you please forgive my ignorance today; I’m kinda slow right now. I’m looking for Mr. Poole, is he here by any chance?” Aaron asked.
“No, Daddy hasn’t been down here yet,” Kasai replied, sitting up in bed. “Have you tried his office on the second floor?”
“Yes, I went there, but no one was there. I assumed he would be here with you, but I guess I was wrong again,” Aaron said with a frown on his face. “I’m sorry for bothering you.”
“It was no bother. It’s always good to have company around here,” Kasai said with a smile.
“Well cool. If I have the time, I’ll drop back by here later on to see what’s poppin’,” Aaron said, waving at Kasai as he walked out of the room.
“Damn, he’s hot. I wonder what I have to do to get his digits,” Kasai said as Mark walked into the room. “Hi Daddy Mark, where’s Daddy?”
I thought JT was here, but I guess he isn’t. Where could he be right now? He’s not up in his office and he’s not here. I guess he’s somewhere else in the hospital. Maybe I should’ve checked the gym before coming here.
“I have no idea kiddo, I thought he was here with you,” I replied, sitting down on the bed, leaning in and kissing his forehead.
“Well that guy that just walked out of here is looking for him too,” Kasai replied, pointing at the door.
“That was Aaron Canton, without the make-up and stage lighting. He’s probably trying to find his brother still,” I said just as my cell phone rang as I pulled it out to see JT’s number flash across the screen. “Hello baby, where are you?”
“I’m at home, where are you?” He asked.
“I just got here to the hospital, to check up on Kai,” I said, smiling at him as I rustled his hair.
“Well damn, I guess we just missed each other. I just got here to the house,” he said as I wondered what he was doing there.
“What are you doing at the house baby? Aren’t you supposed to be here,” I said, shrugging my shoulders as patted Kai’s leg.
“No, Larry demoted me, so I quit and decided to go home,” he said as I shook my head.
“You quit? Baby, what all happened?” I asked.
“He told me that I was demoted and that Val-hootchie was going to be my boss, so I quit,” he responded as I heard him fumbling with something, probably his laptop, since I heard something beeping.
“Damn baby, so what are you going to do now?” I asked.
“Well, since you’re there at the hospital, I guess I’m going back there, so I can spend the rest of my day with my two favorite men,” he said as I made a funny face at Kai as he giggled.
“Okay honey, I’ll see you when you get here,” I said, making some kissing noises into the phone as Kai turned up his nose. “I love you.”
“I love you too baby,” he said as I closed the phone.
“You guys are just too mushy for me,” Kai said, laughing as he waved his hand dismissively at me.
“Whatever kid,” I said, grabbing him as I kissed his cheek and started tickling him as he started freaking out.
“Get off me! Get off me! Please don’t hurt me!” He screamed out, pushing me off of him.
“Oh God baby, I would never hurt you,” I said, getting up off the bed quickly as I watched him as he cried. “I’m sorry baby.”
“No Daddy Mark, I’m sorry. I just… I just don’t know what to do,” he said, sniffling as he reached out to me as I moved back over to the bed and then sat down as he hugged me.
In JT’s SUV
As I made my way out of the house, to head back to the hospital, I spotted Dean as he waited out in the yard, I guess for me. Walking over to him, he told me that he needed to talk about something important, but wanted to discuss it with my husband as well. Thinking about things, what could he possibly want to talk to me and my husband about. Telling him I was headed back to the hospital to check on Kai, he asked could he tag along to see Kai and I agreed.
“So, what is it that you need to talk to us about Dean?” I asked, turning onto Ventura.
“I think I’d rather wait until you were with Mark. I don’t want him thinking I’m trying to get with you or something. I still love you JT, but not like I used to love you,” he said, looking out the window.
“What is it Dean? Why are you here all of a sudden?” I asked, trying to keep my eyes on the road.
“Fine, I guess I can tell you that part. I got married a while back and now I’m divorced,” he replied as I almost ran off the road when I heard that.
“You got married? To who?” I asked.
“I—I married Shannon, you know the girl from my last agent’s office. We got married last year and well—well she caught me sleeping around with someone else and now we’re divorced,” he told me as I shook my head as he continued to look out the window.
“So, who did you cheat on her with?” I asked, turning into the hospital’s parking garage.
“Some guy from a movie I was working on. I fell in love with him JT, but—but he doesn’t even love me. He doesn’t love me at all. It was all about the sex for him. I—I sacrificed the relationship I had with her, for a guy that didn’t love me. All he saw was a piece of ass to use as he wanted,” he said as the tears streamed down his face.
“I’m sorry Dean, I didn’t know,” I replied as I leaned over and hugged him. “Everything will be okay, I promise you that.”
“You can’t tell me something like that JT, I’m heartbroken here. Things will never be the same, ever again,” he said as we got out of the truck.
“Come on, let’s go see Kai,” I told him as we walked into the hospital just as my phone rang. “Hello?”
“Hello Mr. Poole, Daniel Sylar here,” I heard the voice of one of the hospital board members on the phone as we stepped into the elevator.
“Hello Mr. Sylar, what can I do for you?” I asked, wondering why he was calling for me, being that I was no longer a hospital employee.
“I was calling to convince you to take your job back,” Mr. Sylar said as I shook my head as the doors opened.
“I’m sorry Mr. Sylar, but I don’t want my job back. As long as Valgina Williams would be my boss, I wouldn’t want to work for Florida Hospital, ever again,” I declared with a sigh.
“That’s just it Mr. Poole, you were never demoted, Valgina Williams isn’t your boss. You are still the head of psychiatry services,” Mr. Sylar stated as I looked at the phone strangely as I stopped at Kai’s door, motioning with my head for Dean to go on in.
“But Larry told me,” I said as Mr. Sylar interrupted me.
“First of all Mr. Poole, I don’t care what Larry told you. You are still the department head of psychiatry services. As I see things, no paperwork has been processed for your resignation, so you resigning your job never happened,” Mr. Sylar stated as I scratched the top of my head. “Also, Larry Tanner is no longer employed by the hospital.”
“What do you mean he’s no longer employed by the hospital?” I asked.
“He’s been terminated, effective immediately. Please Mr. Poole, please come back to work. Myself, along with the hospital doesn’t want to lose your expertise around here,” Mr. Sylar said as I contemplated the options.
“So, Larry Tanner and Valgina Williams aren’t going to plague me at Florida Hospital?” I asked.
“Larry Tanner won’t, but if I need to, I will make sure that Valgina Williams doesn’t cause you any trouble either,” he stated as I smiled.
“I—I guess I’ll come back then,” I said, walking into Kai’s room.
“Good Mr. Poole, I expect to see you in your office at your earliest convenience,” Mr. Sylar said.
“I’m already here in the hospital, I can be in my office in a few minutes,” I said, looking at my watch.
“Great, I’ll see you there in a few minutes,” Mr. Sylar said as the phone connection ended as I closed the phone.
“I wasn’t demoted,” I said with a smile as Mark looked at me strangely and then motioned with his head at Dean. “I’m still the boss up there. Yahooo!”
An Hour Later – Florida Hospital – Hospital Cafeteria
“I’m sorry to keep you two waiting,” JT said as he walked into the room and then took a seat next to Mark. “Okay Dean, what is it that you want to talk to us about?”
“First, would the two of you stop looking at me like that, it’s scaring me. Damn, I just wanted to ask you two a favor,” Dean said with a frown on his face.
“What kind of favor Dean?” Mark asked, sliding closer to JT.
“I—I was wondering, wondering ah… I was wondering could… Well, could I move in with you guys?” Dean asked, his head held down, fixated with some spot in his lap.
“What!?” JT and Mark said in unison.
“Never mind, I’ll find some other place to live,” Dean said, getting up from the table quickly as he turned around.
“Dean, Dean wait,” JT said as he got up and then grabbed Dean’s hand, stopping him. “Just sit back down and tell us why you need a place to live.”
“Well I told you about what happened with Shannon,” Dean said with a frown as he looked down at the table again. “To start, the divorce is now final and I’m homeless. She didn’t want to play fair at all. I can understand with all that happened, she was mad, but she didn’t have to do what she did. To not put her through any trouble, I decided to just settle out of court, but instead of that happening, she got a woman lawyer that was a totally bitch.”
“What happened?” JT asked.
“Shannon listened to the damn bitch and put the screws to me. She didn’t want to settle out of court, she wanted to air our dirty laundry for the rest of the world. We ended up going to court and guess what, we got a female judge. None of that went well at all. The bitch gave Shannon my house, both of my cars and a whole lot of other stuff she didn’t deserve to have,” Dean explained as he sighed and then rubbed at his eyes.
“Damn man,” Mark said as he shook his head.
“Well I’m glad the damn judge didn’t mess with the rest of my assets, but I do have to pay Shannon an ass-load of cash on a monthly basis for alimony for the next two years,” Dean stated as he shook his head and then sighed again. “Right now, I don’t know what to do.”
“Damn, who did you cheat on her with?” Mark asked as JT elbowed him in the side.
“Does it really matter?” Dean asked, looking down at the table again.
“Oh man, you didn’t,” Mark said, getting up from the table as he looked at JT with a hurt expression on his face. “I knew it! You show your face for one minute and you two are back together again!”
“What? What in the hell are you talking about? Dean didn’t sleep with me, if that’s what you’re thinking,” JT said, glaring at Mark. “Dean, just go ahead and tell him who it was you were caught sleeping with. I don’t feel like having this argument again.”
“She—she caught me with some guy on a movie I was working on,” Dean replied with a frown. “Look Mark, I understand how things seem, but me and JT haven’t been together for a very long time and basically, I don’t have the same feelings for him, like I used to. It’s just a friendship, family type of bond we share, nothing more than that. It has nothing to do with romance or anything like that.”
“Yeah right,” Mark said as he looked down and then shook his head.
“I thought we went through this already. If you don’t have enough sense to trust me, then I think it’s time for us to go our own separate ways. I don’t need the constant temper tantrums, accusations and these so-called fits of jealousy,” JT stated as he grabbed his bag and his crutches and started walking away.
“Baby don’t, I’m sorry. You know I trust you,” Mark said as he followed behind JT.
“If you trusted me so much, you wouldn’t be so quick to think I would jump into bed with someone else. The only man I love and sleep with is you and only you Mark. When are you going to get that through your thick skull? I married you, not him,” JT said as he punched Mark in the shoulder and then walked away from him with tears in his eyes.
“JT, JT wait!” Mark called out as he followed JT down the hall, leaving Dean sitting at the table with a confused look on his face.
A Few Hours Later – JT’s Office
“Well hello you two,” JT spoke as Justin wheeled into his office with Nick following behind him. “Glad to see you. So, where have you been most of the day Justin? The nurses and some doctors have been looking for you for a bit.”
“Ah, well…” Justin trailed off, looking down.
“Did you forget about your session this afternoon?” JT asked.
“I—I’m sorry,” Nick replied with a nervous look on his face. “I didn’t mean to cause any problems. I—I took Justin on an outing for a few hours. I didn’t think it would be a problem.”
“You took him on an outing? Where did you two go, if you don’t mind me asking? Did you have fun?” JT asked, looking at the two men.
“Yeah, it was quite fun and very interesting,” Justin replied with a blush creeping around the corners of his cheeks.
“Well I’m glad you two had some fun. What can I do for you guys?” JT asked, leaning against his desk.
“I want to know when can I leave the hospital, for good,” Justin said as he looked up at JT.
“Leave the hospital for good? What are you asking here Justin?” JT asked.
“I don’t want to be here JT, I would rather be someplace else without all the—interruptions,” Justin stated with a sigh. “I want to go back to my life, if you know what I mean.”
“Justin, you’ll be cleared to leave here, when your doctors and I believe that you’re ready to go out into the world and actually be able to handle day-to-day living,” JT stated as he walked around his desk and then took a seat, picking up a folder from his desk and opening it. “Justin, you still have medical issues that haven’t been addressed yet and do you really think you can get around and manage your life daily, without…”
“That’s just it JT, I think I’m ready to do that,” Justin said as he looked down. “I just need to get out of here to see.”
“Okay, where are you going to go Justin?” JT asked as he stood up and then walked around his desk, leaning against it when he got back in front of Justin.
“Well ah… Well, I could… Well, we haven’t thought that far along yet,” Justin replied as he looked over at Nick.
“Where were you planning on going?” JT asked, looking at Justin and then over to Nick.
“We would go to Nick’s hotel,” Justin answered.
“You would go to Nick’s hotel. Do you think that’s a good idea?” JT asked, looking at Justin with a concerned look on his face.
“Right now, it’s the best idea I got, if I want to get away from here,” Justin replied with a frown. “Until I can get into a place of my own, that would be the next best thing.”
“Where would you look for a place of your own Justin?” JT asked, crossing his arms across his chest as Justin looked at him and then looked down.
“Well, I—I don’t know where to look JT,” Justin stated as he looked down again and then sighed.
“That figures,” JT said as he moved back around his desk again. “Justin, if you don’t have a place to go, I just can’t up and agree to you leaving here.”
“Why not JT?” Justin asked in a whiny tone. “I can’t stay here forever. Besides, people are starting to circulate rumors around this place and I’m getting scared that some of those might get out to the rest of the world.”
“What kind of rumors are we talking about here Justin? Nick, do you know what he’s talking about?” JT asked with a frown.
“I’m talking about the rumors about us being romantically involved,” Justin stated as he moved closer to JT’s desk.
“Ah, those are not rumors Justin,” JT said as he looked at Justin and then shook his head. “You two are romantically involved.”
“I know that, but that’s nobody’s business but ours and our friends that know about us,” Justin said as he sighed and then shook his head. “I want to get out of this place, mainly because I don’t have any privacy here and I want to spend every waking moment that I can with the man that will soon be my husband.”
“You want to spend time with the man that will soon be your husband? Really now,” JT said, blinking twice.
“Yeah, I’m going to be Nick Tanner soon,” Nick said with a smile.
“Well I guess congratulations are in order for you two,” JT said with a smile. “So, when’s the big day?”
“We—we haven’t decided on a date just yet. We’re trying to solve one problem at a time,” Nick said with a frown. “Besides, we have other problems to solve, before we can get married to each other.”
“What problems are those?” JT asked, looking at Nick with concern.
“I don’t want to talk about any of that, that can be saved for a later time, maybe during a session or something,” Nick said as he looked down. “Our main concern right now is finding a place to live. Since you don’t agree with the hotel, do you have any suggestions as to where we can go, that will be suitable for us?”
“Now that I think of it, I do,” JT replied as Justin’s head shot up. “I have the perfect suggestion.”
“What’s the suggestion JT?” Justin asked, looking at JT as it looked like he was thinking something over in his head.
“How would you two like to move into my house?” JT asked, looking between both men.
“Your house? Really?” Justin said, looking at JT strangely. “Are you sure about that JT?”
“Yes, I’m sure Justin. My house is already wheelchair accessible and all the rooms are equipped for all possible needs for wheelchair bound individuals. I have two rooms on the main floor that are vacant, that you two could use,” JT stated as Justin and Nick looked at each other.
“We would only need one room,” Nick said with a smile.
“Are you sure?” JT asked, looking at Justin and then at Nick.
“Yeah, one room is all we’ll need,” Justin and Nick said in unison and then giggled as JT shook his head.
“Ohkay, stereo much, that was just weird,” JT said, laughing. “If you two want to move in, I’m all for it. I’m sure Mark wouldn’t mind. Hell, he better not mind, it’s my house anyway.”
“Well, if it’s going to be a problem, we can look elsewhere JT,” Justin said with a frown.
“Nope, it’s settled,” JT said, giving them the thumbs up. “Let me go ahead and say this first though, if you live with me, I can no longer be your doctor. I’ll have to assign other therapists here to your cases. You two want that?”
“Would it be somebody we can trust?” Justin asked, looking at JT.
“I’ll be sure to put you in good hands,” JT stated.
“Okay, I guess that’s something we’ll just have to deal with,” Justin said, looking up at Nick. “You cool with that?”
“Sounds cool to me, if that’s what you want,” Nick replied, leaning in and kissing’s Justin’s cheek.
“Cool, we’re in JT,” Justin said as JT moved back around his desk.
“Nice, let me call everyone. We’re going to have a barbeque today,” JT stated, picking up the phone on the desk.
“Really, why?” Nick asked.
“To celebrate the new people moving into the house,” JT replied with a smile. “We have a hotel running at the Poole-Walden estates.”
“Ah, okay,” Justin said with a giggle. “You make it sound like there are more people there besides you, your husband and your son.”
“There are more people besides us. Nurse Sebastian is moving in and a friend of mine is moving in too. Steve also spends a lot of time around there too,” JT stated as he pressed a button on the phone. “Hi Angie, pass the word around to the gang that there’s going to be a cookout at the joint.”
“Cool man cool,” Angela’s voice rattled out through the speaker in the room. “So, your hubby tells me that you’re mad with him. Is it safe for me to move in?”
“Yes it’s safe for you to move in,” JT said with a smile. “About damn time that you did girl.”
“Yeah, I know it is. I’m going to take you guys up on the offer this time. Hell, it would be nice to be around my baby boy Kai,” Angela said as JT shook his head.
“Oh yeah, I can see you spoiling the boy rotten. He’s already rotten now,” JT said, laughing as Nick and Justin just looked at each other. “Oh yeah, before I go, I got a surprise for you.”
“What is it? Don’t keep me waiting, tell me already,” Angela said.
“Besides you, Nick and Justin are moving in downstairs,” JT said with a smile as he winked at Justin.
“Really? Great, gets them out of the spotlight of nosey central. How long are they staying for?” Angela asked.
“They’ll be staying as long as needed. I’m in no hurry, it’s all about healing,” JT said as he looked over at Justin and Nick. “Okay, I have to get things done on my end. Don’t forget to pass the word, oh and don’t invite Tamara, she’s too damn greedy and I don’t think others enjoyed her slutty demeanor the last time we got together and she was around.”
“Oh alright, I was only trying to give Andy someone to keep him company. I guess he’ll go at it alone, again,” Angela said as she sighed.
“I’m quite sure Andy can round up his own tail,” JT said as he laughed again. “I’ll see you at the house later on and bring something.”
“Yeah yeah, I’ll stop by the store on my way to your place, since I’ll be getting off in a few minutes or so,” Angela spoke.
“Okay girl, bye,” JT said as he pressed the button to turn the speakerphone off.
“So, it’s a party. Can we invite some people?” Nick asked.
“Sure,” JT replied with a smile. “But first, you two need to get your stuff and get going to the house. I’ll get Steve to take you two there so you can pick one of the rooms that you want, while I go talk with a few doctors.”
“Okay cool,” Justin said, smiling. “JT?”
“Yeah,” JT said, looking over at Justin.
“Come here,” Justin said as he waved JT over to where he was.
“Yes Justin,” JT said as he leaned down to Justin as Justin pulled him down closer and then kissed his cheek and then hugged him.
“Thank you JT, you’re the coolest person I know,” Justin said as Nick hugged JT too.
“You’re welcomed, just doing what I can to enhance the lives of my patients,” JT said with a smile.
To Be Continued…