Connor followed Stephen into their flat later that night, a frown on his face as he collapsed onto the couch. "What do you think?" Connor asked his boyfriend.
"About what?" Stephen called from the bedroom.
"Nick. This Claudia Brown thing. Do you- I mean, the way he looked at us." Connor continued, crossing his arms over his chest. "Do you think he could be right? That maybe they did change something in the anomaly?"
Stephen sighed, coming out of the bedroom. Connor was distracted momentarily by the sight of his boyfriends bare chest, then snapped back into focus as Stephen started to speak. "I don't know, Connor. It seems…a little far fetched. I mean, they were in the future. How can you change the past by being in the future?"
Connor opened his mouth to reply, but even he didn't have an answer to that. "But Cutter said they created their own future by being there the first time and finding the camp and the body- Ryan." Connor said, blinking back tears.
Stephen sank beside him, pulling him against his chest. "What I'm saying is that Cutter seemed shocked that we were together. And he really believes that this Claudia exists. Maybe he's right."
"If he is right, and something did change." Stephen started, his arms tightening around Connor. "I don't believe we weren't together. Maybe he just didn't know."
Connor thought about how insecure he was at the beginning of their relationship and wasn't so sure. "Or, maybe, you really did go on that date with Abby and the two of you were together."
Stephen pulled away, looking down at his boyfriend with a mixture of disgust and annoyance. "How many times have I told you that would never happen? I was dying."
Connor shrugged, his eyes twinkling in amusement. "You still asked her out."
Stephen rolled his eyes. "Yeah, and you told her that I was gay because you were jealous."
Connor's mouth dropped open, "How did you know that?" He asked in shock.
Stephen laughed, leaning forward to press a quick kiss to Connor's lips. "Abby. She thought it was funny."
Connor closed his mouth, glad that Stephen was just teasing him. He thought back to the time they had told Abby that they were dating. It was shortly before he had been kicked out of his flat- luckily she had gotten over it in time for him to sleep on her sofa for a week.
And then Stephen had found out and made him pack his things before dragging Connor back to his flat. Connor had been living with him ever since.
"Do you think we should go see Cutter? See how he is?" Connor asked, only to receive a groan in response.
"Connor, if Nick wanted to see us he would come to us." Stephen replied, having been dealing with the Professor for the last ten years.
Connor frowned, "But what if things are even more different than he knows? How do we know he even lives in the same place? What if he just shows up at someone's front door? Or what if he was still working at the University? I don't think the new Professor would appreciate a man walking into his office. Or the ARC? Did they even have an ARC?"
Stephen sighed, reaching for his mobile and dialing Professor Cutter quickly as Connor knew he would. Stephen would do whatever Connor wanted if it meant he would stop worrying. "Cutter? Connor wanted me to call you. He's worried that more things have changed and you might have some questions." Stephen frowned, leaning forward slightly. "What? Alright, we'll be there in a minute…me and Connor…" Stephen frowned once again. "Nick, Connor has been living with me for the last three months… yeah, we'll be there soon."
He hung up, than turned to Connor with a resigned look. "Alright, you were right. Let me get a shirt on and we'll go."
Connor nodded, a pleased smile on his face as his lover walked back into the bedroom.
Alternate reality or not, he wouldn't have it any other way.
Sequel to come…