Title: At the End of the Day

Author: Aeon Cole

Rating: FRT

Warning: Slash

Fandom: Proof of Life

Pairing: Terry/Dino

Challenge: 50ficlets

Table: One

Prompt: #23 Secret

Word Count: 280

Summary: It was their little secret.

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

It was their little secret, well not so little. They wished it didn't have to be a secret but in their line of work image was important and they couldn't risk losing clients because of other peoples prejudices. For Dino it meant having to watch women fall over Terry, his Terry. And for Terry it meant having to fend off said women without giving away their secret. In public they were friends and business partners. In private they could be themselves.

They walked through the front door of the small apartment they were renting in Rio after having attended a black tie affair in celebration of the successful rescue of a foreign diplomat. Dino dragged himself over to the sofa and flopped down. He'd been quiet and introspect on the ride home; not his usual self.

Terry understood his mood and knew that Dino was not really a social animal. He only attended these affairs because he had to. And while Terry had spent the evening socializing, Dino had spent his time mostly by himself. There had been several times during the evening when all Terry had wanted was to be able to share a dance or even a quiet moment with the redhead but it was not to be.

He walked over and took a seat next to his lover placing his arm around Dino and pulling him close. Dino rested his head on Terry's shoulder and sighed. He knew it was difficult for both of them, having to keep their relationship a secret. But at the end of the day they knew that they would always come home to each other and that was all that really mattered.

Fin