Chapter 1

Will can hear Sonny's steady heartbeat as he opens his eyes. His head is resting on Sonny's chest. He can feel the tickle of his soft…sparse chest hairs on his lips.

He carefully lifts his head and opens his eyes. Sonny's eyes are still closed in sleep. His mouth is curved up in a smile. Will wonders what he is dreaming; if he is dreaming.

Will carefully…slowly lifts his body off of Sonny and moves away. He sits up and looks back with a haunted…lost look at Sonny sleeping.

Will gets up and decides to skip a shower and go for a run. He doesn't want to wake Sonny up so he quietly gets some cloths out of the closet and gets dressed. He grabs his keys and puts his hand on the doorknob.

"Will….where are you going?"

Will turns to see Sonny sitting up in bed. "I…I was going to go for a run."

"You should have woken me up."

"You looked like you were having a nice dream. I didn't want to wake you up."

"I WAS having a nice dream….I was dreaming about you. But I don't like to wake up with you gone. Definitely the wrong way to start the day."

Will gives Sonny a small smile. "I better go for that run."



"Is something bothering you?"



"I'll be back soon Sonny."

Sonny gets out of bed. "Oh no, you couldn't promise. Tell me what's wrong."

"How come you always want to talk about everything?"

"Because I want to know what's going on inside your head."

"I'm not very good at explaining what's inside of me Sonny."

"Yeah….you are," smiles Sonny. "I just need to get it out of you….is all." He grabs Will's hand and brings him over to the bed. Will sits down. Instead of sitting next to him, Sonny squats down in front of him.

"Tell me."

Will looks down.

"Tell me", Sonny whispers as he kisses Will's cotton covered knee.

He looks up with those soft, melting chocolate brown eyes. "Tell me."

Will looks up, "it's Valentine's Day tomorrow."

Sonny nods, "Yes, it is. You still ok with me planning our night?"

"Yeah, I am." Will says as he looks down."

"Ok, so you're not ok with it."

Will looks back up. "I am Sonny….promise."

"Ok then, what is it?"

"This is our first Valentines Day together."

Sonny looks confused. "Yes, I know."

Will takes a deep breath. "What if I mess it up?"

"What do you mean? What if you mess it up?"

"What if I get you the wrong thing, if…."

Sonny interrupts Will, "stop Will. You can't mess up. You want to know why?"

Will nods his head yes.

"Because I love you and you love me and really that is all I want for Valentines Day, just you."

Will rolls his eyes. "You're just saying that. That's not true."

"No, I'm not just saying it. Will, this is the first Valentines Day that I am truly looking forward to and it is because I have you. Believe me, as long as I have you, I have all I want for Valentines Day."

Will looks at Sonny with his ocean blue eyes as he searches for the truth.

"You believe me?" asks Sonny.

Will can see the raw honesty in Sonny's eyes and marvels again at how someone like Sonny could love him. He fingers the keychain in his hand and looks down. Sonny had given him this key chain last month as a reminder of how much he loved Will. He reads the inscription in his head. "There's no one better for me. I love you."

Will looks up. "Yes, I do. I believe you Sonny."

"Good….now…..let me get dressed and I'll go on that run with you."


Sonny is at the coffee house and he is pissed off. Chad asked if he could take off with Abby for the next few days. Sonny had agreed but now he had no back up and he needs back up. He needs back up because three of his suppliers are delivering today and its going to be a mess trying to get through everything and stocking it. Add to that, that one of his employees called in sick at the last minute and now he's short staffed on a crazy busy day.

Sonny runs his fingers through his hair and breaths out. He looks up and his body unconsciously relaxes as Will walks in through the front door. Then Sonny signs as he realizes that he won't be able to devote very much of his time to being with Will until closing time.

Will walks over. "Hey, how's it going?"

"Not great."

"How come?"

Sonny tells him about his day.

"I can help you sort through the supplies and stock up. I've done it before lots of times."

"The stuff is not even here yet. It should be here by closing though, but I'm too tired to deal with it tonight."

"Ok", says Will.

"I'm sorry Will. We're crazy busy. I need to get back to work."

"Don't worry about it. I just like being here." Will goes to the corner booth and takes out a folded piece of paper from his back pocket. He grabs a pencil from behind the counter and hunches over that piece of paper as he concentrates.

As closing time comes Sonny looks exhausted. The supplies arrive and they are unloaded in the backroom. Will gets up and walks over to Sonny.

"Sonny, I need to go do something real quick. I'll meet you at home, ok?

"Sure, I'll see you soon."


Sonny goes to go clean up a table and Will quickly goes to the back and slides into the backroom. He goes to the back corner behind some boxes and sits down to wait.

Sonny closes soon after and takes a deep breath as he locks the front door. He can't wait to get home and slide into bed next to Will.

Sonny walks into the apartment. "Will, I'm home."

Will doesn't answer and after looking around Sonny soon realizes that Will is not home. "He must have gotten held up," he thinks.

He takes a shower, gets dressed and when Will is still not home he decides to call him. He picks up his phone and calls him.

"Hi," answers Will.

"Where are you?"

"I'm at a friends. I'm sorry, I got held up. I'm in the middle of something and I'm probably not going to make it home tonight."


"Don't be upset Sonny."

"What do you mean, don't be upset. We always sleep together. The only night we've slept apart since you moved in was when you stayed with Logan to work on my spring designs for the coffee house…and even then you weren't gone the whole night….Are you at Logan's?"

"No, I'm not at Logan's."

"Then where are you?"

"Why does it matter?"

"It matters…damn it Will. Where are you?"

Will doesn't answer.

"Will, it's Valentines Day tomorrow. Please come home."

"Sonny this is really important to me. Really important."

Sonny closes his eyes. "Ok, when will you be home?"

"Call me when you wake up and I'll be ready."


Sonny hangs up. He crawls into bed and lays down. The bed seems too big without Will. He hits the pillow, "damn it," he growls out.

Back at the coffee house Will gets to work. He doesn't want Sonny to have to deal with this on Valentines Day. He's helped Sonny plenty of times so he knows what to do.

Several hours later he's exhausted. He's gotten through three-fourths of the boxes. He groans as he stretches his back and rolls his shoulders.

He decides to take a break. He brings out his folded piece of paper from his back pocket and begins to work on it again.

Sonny rolls over again and unconsciously reaches out with his hand. He has spent most of the night tossing and turning. He sits up and looks at the clock. It is five in the morning. Will said he didn't want to mess up Valentines Day. Sonny mutters, "damn it Will. You're messing up. I said all I needed was you and damn it I don't have you here."

Sonny chews on his bottom lip. Will said to call him when he woke up…..well…..he was up. Was it stupid to call him this early?

"F ck it", he mutters as he picks up the phone to call Will.

Will picks up on the second ring. "Hey, you're up really early."

"Did I wake you up?"


"Can you come home now?"

"Well that kind of depends."

"On what?"

"Do you have a spare key at the coffee house? I'm inside and I'll need it to unlock the front door."

"What! What are you doing at the coffee house?"

"Do you have an extra pair of keys Sonny?"

"I'll be right there."

"Sonny…" Will rolls his eyes as he sets the phone down. It's not like he can go anywhere, so he waits.

To be continued….