Will sat cross-legged on Jack's bed, next to his lover, his hands fidgeting in his lap as the question seared itself into his mind

Will sat cross-legged on Jack's bed, next to his lover, his hands fidgeting in his lap as the question seared itself into his mind. Jack looked up from reading a map, and he murmured, "Something on your mind, luv?"

Will bit his lip, wondering if he should ask. After a moment, Jack sat up and slung an arm around the young man's shoulders, asking, "What is it? You've got that look on your face…"

Finally, Will looked into Jack's eyes. "When the kraken… just before – you know I saw you and Elizabeth, right?"

Jack looked a bit uneasy at the memory. "Aye."

"Did you kiss her? Did – did you like it?"

Jack put his fingers under Will's chin and tilted it up so their eyes met once more as he truthfully replied, "No. I knew what she was doing, and the only reason I didn't push her away was because if I did, we all would have died."

Will frowned. "You told me that your compass pointed towards the Pearl before you came back… was it pointed towards her?"

"No. I didn't know if it was pointed towards you or the Pearl herself, but I found out later."

"You never told me that…"

"Moments before I fired the gun, I glanced at it again. You were caught in the net in mid-air, and that's where the needle pointed."

Will's heart swelled with happiness. "Oh, Jack!"

He lunged forward and hugged the pirate tight, and Jack smiled, embracing his lover before he whispered, "You're my one and only – you know that, luv."

"Thank you," the young man whispered, resting his head high on Jack's chest as the pirate began sliding long, slender fingers through his hair.

"Will, you have to know –" Jack said slowly, frowning as he tried to put it into words, "Ol' Jack might have trouble sayin' the words, but he does love you very much… it's just hard for 'im to say it…"

"I know, Jack," Will replied gently, winding his arms around Jack's torso. "I don't need to hear the words."

He leant forward and locked their lips together in a gentle but deep kiss, slowly pushing Jack down on his back on the bed and only breaking their connection to unbutton his lover's shirt. Unhurriedly, he undressed the pirate, first his shirt and vest, and then his boots, followed by his breeches, until Jack lay naked before him, completely relaxed and wearing nothing but a smile as he beckoned Will to kiss him again.

This time, Will leant down and trapped Jack's lips with confidence, knowing that he wasn't lying…