"Are you sure you're ready for the look on their faces." Paddy beamed.
"Yes." Simon smiled back as he eyed their rings once more. It was a wedding band set in white gold. Each had their names on them. Together. Forever. It had just been a civil union ceremony with a few strangers around close to the beach. But it was quite simple and lovely. And it was done. Practically a marriage.
But there was a part of Simon who wondered if he was seriously breathing. They'd taken the plunge. So quickly. Not like with Josh where one day he wanted to while the next day..why bother. Really, this was the future. And he wanted a partner. He did.
And he needed all he needed to know about Paddy the last few days. It was great. And he was in love. Not with just Paddy's smile, or his fit bod, but with his soul. Yeah, it was so intense with him. Knowing his past, wanting a better future with him. He knew he wanted to... for Sid, his son, to have someone like Paddy in his life. What more could he ask for. He was happy. He was finally happy and he didn't give a damn what anyone said about it, either.
"You know, some flatmates I used to live with this, did this too. But I think we were much more romantic, going sea-side and all." Simon told Paddy as they sat there on the train ride back.
"You're sure, it was the right thing?" Paddy's sincere eyes looked into Simon's.
"Yes, why not?" Simon wondered what Paddy was thinking. "Do you think it was right?"
"Yes, of course. I love you. I want to be there for you. I can't think of any place I'd rather be." His words were a comfort to Simon. They kissed then as if they couldn't just keep this to themselves. Simon could hardly wait to tell them the news when they got home.