Jeff bit his lip as hard as he could. The pain he was in was excruciating. He wanted so badly to beg for Adam to stop but he knew that his ex wouldn't until he called Chris here. And that wasn't going to happen in a million years, so he just kept gritting his teeth and trying not to scream. He didn't want to scream. His captors would like that too much.

"He's not much fun any more," Cody complained. "I don't think you're doing it right Adam. He's not even screaming."

Adam glared at Cody for a minute before grinning. "You know what Rhodes? You might have a point. Maybe this knife isn't bothering Jeff much at all. Maybe we should try something else."

There was a loud crash from downstairs that stopped everyone in their tracks. "What the hell was that?" Ted asked.

Adam looked at Randy. "I thought your uncle wasn't supposed to get back tonight."

Randy just shook his head. "He's not. Cody, go investigate."

Cody opened the bedroom door but he barely got two steps out of the room before getting flattened by the fists of Shannon and Evan. "Take that you bastard," Shannon growled.

Matt came flying in and tackled Adam, causing the knife to fall down to the ground. Eve came tearing in next, helpfully kicking Adam as Matt punched him. AJ and Jay went after Randy, Shane tackled Ted and then, like a knight in shining armor, Chris appeared. Jeff was so relieved to see him but he couldn't really move because he felt so weak from the blood loss.

"Jesus Christ," Chris said. He quickly untied Jeff and kissed him all over. "Oh God, are you okay? I am so fucking sorry. I should have never left you alone."

"Holy shit, he's really bleeding," Hunter said in amazement. "What the fuck is wrong with Copeland?"

"That's the question of the hour," Jeff muttered. He tried to sit up but it hurt like hell to do so he stopped. "I think he's seriously mentally damaged."

"You got that right," Chris agreed. He carefully picked Jeff up. "Hunter, you're helping me get him to the hospital."

"What about the four stooges?"

"I think the others have a pretty good handle on the situation. Let them take care of the bastards."

Jeff sighed and wrapped his arms around Chris's neck. "Why is Hunter here baby?" he asked as he was carried down the stairs.

"He saw you in Randy's car and he called me," Chris explained. "He's the one who figured they would take you here."

"Oh," Jeff said. He was surprised by Hunter's helpfulness. "Thanks Hunter."

"No problem Hardy," Hunter said. "I'm like a gay superhero or something. I mean, I'm not gay or anything, but I save gay people. I am a savior for gays and I should star in my own movie and then I should get an Oscar for it."

Chris and Jeff just exchanged looks and tried not to laugh. Hunter had way too many strange ideas floating around in that mind of his.


Jeff spent about a day and a half in the hospital. The only thing that was really wrong with him was the blood loss that came from all the cuts. Adam, Randy, Ted and Cody were arrested and eventually charged with kidnapping, breaking and entering, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and child pornography because Jeff was still seventeen and they were all over the age of eighteen. Chris and Matt refused to leave Jeff's side and actually got mad at each other when the other one wouldn't leave and give them time alone with Jeff. They were driving everyone nuts and then things got crazier when three people showed up at the door.

Those people were Hunter, Shawn and John.

"What are you guys doing here?" Jeff asked as they made themselves at home in his living room. He was sitting on the couch with Chris and Matt, who still wouldn't leave him alone for more than a minute.

"We came to see you man," John said. "Everyone's worried about you."

"Dave's not," Shawn pointed out.

Hunter rolled his eyes. "Dave's moving so his opinion doesn't count any more."

Chris raised his eyebrows. "Dave's moving?"

John nodded. "His dad got a promotion and he's being transferred to a firm out in Washington D.C. They're leaving next week."

Jeff sighed in relief. That was one less thing he was going to have to worry about. "Is that it or did you guys come to hang out while you were at it?"

Hunter grinned. "Actually, we got a text from Chris and we decided he needed a little help." He and Shawn grabbed Matt and tossed him over their shoulders. "It's time to give the love birds a little time to themselves buddy old pal."

"Son of a bitch!" Matt yelled. "Chris what the hell?"

Chris shook his head. "Sorry Matt. All is fair in love and war."

"You're mean, you know that?" Jeff told his boyfriend as Matt was carried out of his own house.

Chris kissed him on the cheek. "Sorry babe, but I got tired of him hovering all over me. Besides, I couldn't do this--" he pulled Jeff on to his lap "with him sitting right next to us. He would get all crazy and protective on me."

"And we can't have that," Jeff said with a grin. He rested his head on Chris's shoulder. Matt was going to smack the crap out of Chris for conspiring against him when he finally got back but that was okay. Matt wouldn't stay mad for long. "I love you."

"I love you too," Chris said.

"You'll stay with me?"

"I'll stay as long as you want me to."

"How's forever sound?"

Chris chuckled. "I've got no problem with that. That actually sounds pretty good to me."

Jeff grinned. Just a few months ago, if someone told him he would have Chris holding him right now, he would have told them to put down whatever they were smoking and face reality. But right here, right now, he was happier than he had been in years. And he was never going to let anything take that away from him again.