Title: Finding SHELTER
Pairing/Characters: Shaun, Gabe, Zach
Rating/Genre: R for language and some intimacy.
Notes/Warnings: ***A fanfic prequel to the movie Shelter (2007). The backstory to Shaun and Zach…***
Shaun is a soon-to-be-published author, trying to finish his first book, which seems to be causing a rift with his partner, Rick. Rick would rather him do something else, like become an English professor. Even as Shaun struggles with his book, he's struggling with something else, memories of a certain lad back home, whom he can't seem to get out of his head, especially as every time he turns around someone reminds him that Zach is out there. Will his relationship survive the struggle or will his seeming unrequited feelings for Zach jeopardise what he's working towards?
Shaun was tired. He’d had another of those pointless fights with Rick about his writing. How could you love someone yet not understand them? Sometimes he felt that Rick just didn’t get him; didn’t understand that he had to write. It wasn’t a job, a choice, it wasn’t a hobby. It was his fucking life.
He had two months to complete the book and get it to his publisher to make his deadline and avoid any penalties stemming from the advance that he’d been given to produce it, publisher-ready, by the deadline. So what if it meant that he had to lock himself away in the study and not break for a damn party he didn’t want to attend anyway? Why did Rick not understand that going to a Saturday night dinner party that was contrived by his rich circle of friends for no other reason than that it was Saturday night and they were bored, could not take precedence over his writing? Not now.
His phone rang and he checked the caller ID before he flicked it open. It was Gabe, and even before he said hello, a smile was already forming on his lips. His brother, as annoying as he could be at times, sometimes had perfect timing.
“Hey bro, how’s my favourite fag?”( Read more... )PS: I wrote this because I was trying forever to find a fanfic of how it started – the obvious attraction that Shaun felt for Zach even before his return to the coast. Zach in his break-up argument near the end of the movie had told Shaun he was sick of “being your childhood wet-dreams” and he should find another fantasy, which more than hinted that he’d known Shaun was gay and had more than an inkling that Shaun had feelings for him. Shaun for his part earlier told Zach – "I didn't know you knew about me". I wanted to explore that in this piece of writing. I hope I did it justice and hope others will enjoy.