Author's Note: Sorry, it took so long to update. Wow, it really has been a while. I have been busy, and had zero motivation to finish this.
Part 9: Fate
Ennis wouldn't let go of Jack's hand no matter what happened. The men who locked the gate in the stairwell were being fought by the third class men. All the men together made a battering ram out of some of the furniture and broke through the barricade. Ennis held on to Jack as they climbed the stairs.
A man behind Jack punched a White Star Liner employee in the face for keeping them from getting through. Jack wasn't supposed to laugh but he did, which caused Ennis to laugh as well. He squeezed Jack's hand a little tighter.
"Ennis, what if they don't let us on the boats?" Jack asked.
"We'll find a way, Jack."
On the top of the deck the temperature had dropped some more. Jack shivered. Ennis pulled him in close as he looked around the deck for Alma. When he didn't see her he maneuvered Jack out of the way of the crowd of people coming up from below.
"The ship is sinking, isn't it?" Jack asked.
"Yes," said Ennis. He didn't want to actually believe it. But he could feel the deck on the starboard bow was lowered. It occurred to him that his and Jack's best chance would be on the stern of the ship.
"I didn't want to believe it."
"I don't think any of us did, Jack."
Jack was shocked. The ship really was sinking. The ship was considered "Unsinkable" but was in fact sinking. The irony felt like a cruel joke. Jack nuzzled himself against Ennis while they stood there taking it all in. The ship's orchestra was playing an upbeat rag.
"How long would you say we have?" Jack asked Ennis. Their eyes met. Jack could see the truth there even if Ennis didn't want to say it out loud.
"I'd say an hour," Ennis said.
"What if we got a room together, one last time," Jack suggested.
It wasn't difficult to find an empty room in First Class. They were all empty. It was the First Class passengers being the first loaded into the boats. Jack and Ennis entered the first room they found empty and began to tear off each other's clothes.
When the lovemaking ended they stayed in each other's arms for a few extra minutes. Jack sniffed Ennis's hair before he began to sob. Ennis rolled over and embraced Jack lovingly.
Ennis's heart broke at the sound of his lover sobbing. He hated hearing those noises come from Jack. Ennis knew time was running out but didn't want to press the issue. They could die. They both knew it. They could actually die.
"You don't want to try to live do you?" Ennis asked.
"Do you think we could?" Jack asked, "Be honest, Ennis. I saw the look on your face when we were on deck. I know you were scared. I was scared."
"You want honesty, Jack. I think the majority of us are going to die. There aren't enough boats and we're running out of time. Do you want to try?"
"I want to be with you until I draw my last breath," Jack said.
Ennis got Jack on his feet and they dressed in their own clothing. Ennis had to drag Jack onto deck again. It was getting more and more obvious that the ship was sinking more and more. The bow was submerged in water.
Jack and Ennis made their way to the bow, or what was left of it. There was a boat letting anyone else on after all the women and children in that area had already been saved. The boat was about to lowered when they got there.
"Do we take it?" Jack asked.
"Ennis," said Alma.
"Fuck," whispered Ennis.
Thank you for reading.