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Lucas paced nervously. In the year since his mother had come back into his life, they'd come to an understanding, Lucas was his own man, with his own life now... but while his mother had made mistakes, she was still his mother. They had learnt to be friends and now, were slowly learning to be mother and son again.

"Calm down," Joe said, smiling with amused affection at Lucas' pacing.

"I'm calm..." Lucas said.

"The hole you're wearing in the rug disagrees," Joe said.

Lucas shrugged, smiling tensely.

"Lucas," Joe pulled his young lover close. "It'll be fine."

"I just want you two to get along, I know you don't like her but..."

"Lucas, I don't dislike your mother... I dislike how she handled raising you, but people make mistakes, you've forgiven her and that's enough for me. As long as she doesn't hurt you, I'm happy that you've found her again," Joe said.

"Kay..." Lucas nodded, burrowing against Joe's neck, his arms wrapped tightly around Joe's waist.

The knock on the door came all too soon and Lucas went to answer it, glancing back at Joe before he opened the door. Joe smiled reassuringly.

"Hi Mom," Lucas greeted, opening the door to let her in.

"Lucas, it's good to see you."

Kathryn Shaw, was a slight woman, with dark hair and eyes, it wasn't hard to see where Lucas got his looks from, although he was much taller than his mother.

"Mom, this is Joe," Lucas offered, standing at her side as he led her into the living room.

"Mrs Shaw, a pleasure to meet you," Joe extended his hand.

Kathryn's expression dulled. "When my son told me he was romantically involved with a man... a much older man, I did not approve..." her face softened and she smiled. "But he lights up, just speaking your name and that tells me everything about how much he loves you. The pleasure is all mine."

Joe mentally relaxed. "I love him a great deal too, Mrs Shaw."

"Please, it's Kathryn. Won't you tell me how you met my son, he is reluctant to share," Kathryn said.

Joe laughed. "I'm not surprised, he was trying to shop lift at the time."

"Oh really?" Kathryn smiled, letting Joe lead her to the sofa.


"Night mom," Lucas hugged his mother, kissing her cheek.

"Next time, I'll take you two out to dinner," Kathryn said, waving to them both as she got into her car.

"Wasn't so bad," Joe said, smiling.

"Oh sure, for you two, geez I've never been so embarrassed in my life," Lucas blushed again just thinking about the stories the two had traded. He supposed he should be grateful they got along but was teasing him the only common ground they could find?

"I like hearing about you as a kid... and I think she liked hearing about the years she missed out on," Joe said, pulling Lucas too him.

Lucas grumbled softly, fighting the smile that threatened to give him away.

"Next time, you can tell embarrassing stories about me," Joe promised, his fingers catching in Lucas' hair as he pulled him in for a kiss.

When Joe released him, Lucas smirked. "You mean like that time with the handcuffs, when..."

Joe cut him off with another kiss. Some stories, your lovers mother should just never hear.

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