Title: Pure Hell
Author: Aeon Cole
Fandom: Proof of Life
Prompt: #12 Hell
Word Count: 580
Summary: Terry would never forget that day.
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"You look deep in thought," Dino said after a few moments of watching his lover.
Terry's head popped up. "How long you been standin' there, mate?" he asked.
Dino smirked. "Long enough to tell you got somthin' on your mind." He plopped down on the couch next to the Aussie. "Come on. Spill it."
"You know what today is?" Terry asked.
Dino raised an eyebrow. "Thursday?"
Terry snorted out a laugh. "One year ago, Dino," he said. He could see the gears turning in the redhead's brain. Then he saw the light go on. "You remember now?"
Dino rested his head to the side laying it on Terry's shoulder. "Sorry," he said. "I guess I sorta lost track of time."
But that day, that whole week was burned into Terry's brain. It was not something he would ever forget.
The job had gone wrong in more ways than he could count. They'd been ambushed in the jungle. He'd gotten away but the kidnappers had grabbed Dino. It wasn't until he'd made it back to where the chopper was waiting that he realized the redhead wasn't following behind him. He'd gone back in a panic to search for him but all he found was an empty camp and Dino's AK laying on the ground. He knew something had happened to his friend because he would never willingly give up his weapon.
They weren't lovers yet at that point but Terry knew his feelings for his friend were more than simple friendship. He'd been too afraid to say anything, not knowing if Dino felt the same and not wanting to jeopardize their friendship. But now he was terrified he'd never get the chance. His team searched and searched but as dusk fell they had to admit defeat, at least temporarily.
Two days later word had come out of the jungle of a body found near the river. There was talk from the natives that it was the body of a redheaded male. Terry's heart sank as he thought of Dino lying out there dead. It was the worst night he'd ever spent, pure hell. They'd gone out to the village where the body had been found and, much to Terry's relief, it wasn't the body of his friend. Within a couple more days Dino had been located, not much worse for wear; a little tired, a little dirty, but alive.
It had taken every ounce of self control Terry possessed not to pull Dino into his arms and take him right there in front of their team. But as soon as they got back to the hotel and they were alone it was a very different matter.
Terry stared at the redhead. "I thought you were dead," he said softly.
Dino stared back and saw something in Terry's eyes. He stepped up close to him and smiled. "You're not going to get rid of me that easily," he said as he took Terry's hand.
Their first time was anything but gentle but it was what they both needed at the time.
Terry looked down at Dino's head resting on his shoulder. "It's ok. I can understand why you wouldn't want to remember," he said as he slipped his arm around his lover.
Dino smirked. "Why? Because I was kidnapped or because I couldn't walk right for a week after that night."
Terry laughed, his mood lifting. "Want to return the favor?" he asked as he leaned in for a kiss.