A/N: Song used is 'Stranger' by Chris August.


Stranger
Evan and Ethan Brightman


Evan stood up and was about to leave the park when he felt a pair of eyes on him. He turned around, an expression of pure shock on his face at the sight of the man in front of him. He felt like he had met this man somewhere before, felt like he had been born into the world just to know this man who stood in front of him, with the same ice blue eyes as him, the same soft blonde hair. His breath caught in his throat at the way his shirt was not too tight, but not too loose, clinging to his body in all the right ways.

"Who...?" the word was released into the air from his lips faintly, as if he was afraid that if he spoke too loud, the other man might leave, might disappear into thin air.

"I'm Ethan. You?" the man held his hand out politely and Evan shook it. When their hands touched, Evan could feel warmth crawling up his arm, and everything just felt so right.

"Evan," he replied curtly, a small smile on his face. Soon after, they sat down on a park bench together and started a conversation, one that consisted more of looks than words. Maybe it was the fact that Evan couldn't stand tearing his eyes away from this man in front of him, this familiar yet so unfamiliar male who looked like him and was him, in a way, yet wasn't him. Or maybe it was just the simple fact that they knew each other so well, it was almost like they shared one mind, and so they felt no need to speak unnecessary words. Evan was entranced by Ethan, by the way his eyes sparkled when he laughed, by the way his lips curved around his words, by the way his tongue would every once in a while poke out to lick his lips.

Stranger, 'til I hear your laughter
Crazy, 'cause you're all I'm after
It's a pleasure; it was nice to have met you
And I'll remember to never forget you

'Cause when I'm excited,
I don't hide it, just to let you know
I'm feeling you baby from bottom to the top
How could I not stop to say hello?

"I love you," Ethan breathed the words out softly before he even realized what he had said, then blushed soon after. "I'm-I'm sorry... It's just..." the roses on his cheeks bloomed, spreading now to his neck. His hand flew up to his hair, and he closed his eyes in embarrassment, waiting for the rejection from Evan that would never come.

"Hey, no need to be embarrassed," Evan scooted closer to the other man on the park bench, wrapping his arms around Ethan's shoulders. "I love you too," he whispered tenderly into Ethan's ear, a smile dancing on his lips.

"We-We've only just met," Ethan glanced up at the other male for a fraction of a second, admiring the way the sunlight danced on the tips of his hair, igniting it, the way the other's arms felt so warm and nice and protecting around him.

"To hell with that. Time means nothing, and even if it did mean something, it shows us that this is true love, isn't it? Because I don't know how you feel, but I feel..." Evan's voice drifted off, because all of a sudden, he was at a loss for words, because he couldn't possibly start to describe how Ethan made him feel. Ethan was like the other side of him, someone who was him and not him at the same time, someone who he undoubtedly loved.

"...Like everything will be okay as long as we're together?" Ethan asked quietly, unconsciously finishing Evan's sentence. Evan only nodded – no words were needed for them to express how they felt, because they both knew that the feeling was so wonderful yet so indescribable.

So hello there,
How are you? Amazing,
It's nice to finally meet you
Been patiently waiting

Been waiting just to see you
To tell you, I dreamed you
Now I found you, so call off that search
'Cause I found my stranger

To an outsider, everything seemed too hurried, too rushed between them, but to Ethan and Evan, everything was just so right.

Evan pressed his lips gently to Ethan's, each one marveling at how soft the other's lips were. A slight parting of a mouth, then the slip of a tongue. Before they knew it, they were exploring each other's mouths, checking to see if every nook and cranny was really identical, seeing if everything in the other's mouth felt the same way. And it did. Ethan cried out softly in delight as he realized that Evan's mouth even tasted the same as his, although there was that faint strawberry aftertaste he loved so much from the ice cream Evan had consumed earlier that afternoon.

Stranger, 'til they call your name
It's amazing; it's just a simple thing
I see you walking, but don't you walk too far
I may be nervous; I wanna be where you are

'Cause when I'm excited,
I don't hide it, just to let you know
I'm feeling you baby from bottom to the top
How could I not stop to say hello?

Evan's hands running down Ethan's sides in one fluid motion. Ethan's tongue tracing the sharp curves of Evan's hips. Everything was just so right between them, and no matter how many times they touched each other, felt each other, loved each other, nothing changed. Each curve and dip of their bodies remained the same, an exact mirror image of the other. And no matter how many times they spoke those three words to each other, over and over again, the meaning never changed.

So hello there,
How are you? Amazing
It's nice to finally meet you
Been patiently waiting

Been waiting just to see you
To tell you, I dreamed you
Now I found you, so call off that search
'Cause I found my...

Their first time had been sweet and sensual – nothing was rushed or hurried or lost in the heat of the moment. It wasn't something they had planned; it had just happened and they knew at the moment that it was the right thing to do. There were no exceeding feelings of lust or passion, only a strong, raw emotion... love. Evan was careful with Ethan's body, not wanting to bruise it or touch it in any way that could damage the other man. Ethan did likewise, because even though the other never minded, they both knew that they couldn't bear to harm each other.

Strangest thing that I ever did feel
I had to make you smile just to prove it's real
It was the laughter that started attention
So if you're feeling the symptoms today, all you gotta do is say

Hello there,
How are you? Amazing
It's nice to finally meet you
Been patiently waiting

Been waiting just to see you
To tell you I dreamed you
Now I found you, so call off that search
'Cause I found my stranger

Afterwards, they both collapsed on the bed, exhausted. Their faces were happily flushed, each one panting softly into the sheets.

"I love you," Ethan whispered, the words ghosting over his lips in a way that made him unsure as to whether he had actually said the words aloud or not.

"Love you too," Evan sighed contentedly, pressing his body closer to Ethan's so that their chests were pressed together.

'Cause I found my stranger
'Cause I found my stranger...

Before he had found Ethan, Evan had been lost in life; he had always felt as if something was missing from his life, something that he couldn't place his finger on. Something inside of him had urged him into going to that park on that fated day. The day he met Ethan. Maybe it was... fate?

All he knew was that Ethan completed him, made his life and every fiber of his being whole again. As they laid there on the bed, their hearts beating in time with one another, Evan knew that he would love Ethan for all of eternity, with all his heart, his being, his soul. Ethan felt likewise, but neither felt the need to voice their love aloud, for they already shared one mind. One heart. One soul. One lifetime.