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Timothy James "TJ" Raymond ([personal profile] tj_ray) wrote2011-07-25 09:09 pm

Voicemail

TJ rolls over with a sigh and opens his eyes. He can hear Shy talking to someone in the living room and figures he must be on his phone. He wonders if he's checking in with Orlando or maybe even trying to work things out.

"Oops, phone," TJ softly mutters to himself, remembering that he's had his own cell phone off since the early part of the day. He reaches for it and turns it on, a little surprised when he sees that Orlando called him. After checking the time of the call, he frowns as he listens to the message.

"Man, I hope you're talking to him now, Shy," TJ murmurs, walking out of the room so he can eavesdrop on his friend. When he hears that Shy's actually talking to his friend Tom, he quickly retreats to the bedroom and calls Orlando back.

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-27 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Orli picks up his phone right away. "TJ? Is Shy there?"

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-27 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," TJ says, keeping his voice low. "I'm really sorry I didn't call you sooner, but I only just checked my phone. But Shy' s here and he's okay."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-28 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
"Thank God," Orlando breathes. "I know he doesn't want to talk to me, but if he changes his mind, tell him to call me. I don't know what he's told you...." he trails off.

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-28 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
"Actually, the only thing he's told me is that the two of you broke up," TJ says, hoping to be diplomatic. "He's really upset, but I told him he can crash here for as long as he needs to. Maybe once he cools off, he'll call you."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-29 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
Orlando closes his eyes. "I don't think he will, TJ. I was awful to him when I broke up with him, and I feel terrible about it. Basically, I dumped him, and he's got every right to be angry. I just want to be sure he's not... you know, out of his head or anything."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-29 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
"He was pretty upset when he got here, but, like I said, he hasn't really talked to me about it. I gave him a beer and calmed him down, so don't worry about him doing anything crazy. I'll keep an eye on him for you."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
"You've no idea how much I appreciate that, TJ," Orli says sincerely. "I just want him to be able to put this behind him one day."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
TJ bites his lip for a second, knowing that he's probably overstepping. "Is there any way this is something that can be worked out between the two of you?" he asks softly.

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
Orlando sighs. "No, TJ. It's not because I don't care about him, or that we've had a fight. I just have come to realize that I wasn't being fair to him, and that I don't love him the way I thought I did. I feel like he's a wonderful friend, even as close as a brother, but that's not what you can build a marriage on."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
"You know, he still loves you a lot," TJ says, thinking about the fact that Shy made it pretty clear he hadn't really there with him earlier. "I think that's why he's so mad."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"I know he does," Orlando answers quietly. "I feel awful about it. I wish when one person falls out of love, it happened automatically for the other, but it doesn't." Orlando's been there himself, so he should know.

"I'm going to pack his things, so when he wants them, he can send for them. Everything that's his is still his, I hope he realizes. Every thing we've ever bought him, or given him - the boat for example. That's his. I want him to have it. And Neko, he left her here, but if he gets to a place where he's settled and he wants her... she misses him already."

Orli misses him already too. He might not have loved him as a husband should any more, but he did love him. He just knows he can't say that.

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
TJ knows what Shy told him about not wanting anything that Orlando had given him, but he won't share that right now. "Okay, I'll let him know about his stuff," he says, then hesitates for a beat before adding, "and that he's missed. By Neko, I mean."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Orlando swallows hard to hold back his thoughts. "Yeah. Shy's a wonderful person, TJ. I know that. I wish things could have turned out differently. I really do."

Funny how life just makes you do the same things over and over.

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sometimes things just happen, man," TJ says. "I've been there. It just takes time. He'll see that."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Somehow, that makes Orlando feel a little better. He's glad Shy's safe with TJ. "Thanks, TJ. I'm just glad he went to stay with you."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-30 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"He's been a good friend to me so I'm glad I can return the favor. I just wish... Well, you know."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," Orli answers. "I know."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
TJ wishes there was something else he could say, but it's not as if he can fix anything. "Listen, I should go before he starts to suspect something. I'll let you know how he's doing, if you want."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
"If you would, if it's not too much trouble, yeah, please," Orli says softly. "And if you need anything to help him, money, whatever, let me know."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
"I will. And I'll try to get him to call you."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
Orlando frowns a little. "TJ, I'd love for him to call, but I don't want you to push him. He might run."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, okay," TJ says. "I'll do what I can without pissing him off."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm sure you'll manage," Orlando says with a smile. "I have to say, if I were as freaked out as poor Shy, you'd be a good bloke to have around."

[identity profile] tj-ray.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
TJ smiles. "That's really nice of you to say, Orlando. Thanks." He hears Shy call out to him as he heads back to the bedroom. "Okay, he's coming. I'd better go. I'll talk to you later. And don't worry."

[identity profile] orlandomuse.livejournal.com 2011-07-31 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Easier said than done, but Orli doesn't say that. "Ta, TJ!"

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