Griff expected Clint to inhale the food since they’d last eaten in the early morning. Instead he picked at the edges of the paper plate until Griff finally asked, “Do you want something else? We can go out or—”
Clint looked at him, moist eyes meeting Griff’s gaze. “Are Phoenix and Fern really with Matt’s kids?”
“Of course they are. I wouldn’t lie about something like that, Clint.”
Clint pushed the plate away, put his elbows on the table, and folded his hands together. He rested his forehead on them and drew a deep, shuddering breath, then another. “He…. Dylan… he told me…. Phoenix bit him, and then he told me I’d never have to worry about them or you ever again. I really didn’t think he’d get the drop on you, but Fern couldn’t fight her way out of a paper bag, and he had a gun… and….”
Griff stood and hurried around to the other side of the table. He put his arm around Clint’s shoulders, and Clint leaned against him. “One of the neighbors found them running loose. They spent a night in doggy prison, but weren’t hurt. The shelter had them checked by a vet when they got there. As soon as we’re home, we’ll go get them. They miss you, I could tell.”
Clint wiped one hand over his face and straightened. “They do?”
Resting his hand on Clint’s head for a second before sitting back down, Griff said, “Of course they do.”
After eating, they settled on the bed and found a movie to watch. Clint slipped his arms around Griff’s waist and pushed his legs between Griff’s, head resting on his chest. Griff didn’t think they were through the opening credits before Clint was out cold, soft breath blowing against Griff’s chest. Griff made it to the end of the movie, but finally gave in to his own fatigue and fell asleep holding Clint. When he woke up in the morning, Clint was still tucked to his side and in his arms. It struck Griff that it had been months since they’d slept so close together. Despite the circumstances leading up to the previous night, it felt good waking up holding one another. Griff realized how much he’d missed it.
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