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Another close encounter, and Dylan is full of questions. 1315 words, mostly worksafe but a little not.

Title: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, 21
Theme: Emo techie meets MD, but not all is as it seems.
Rating: M, slash/yaoi

(Previous chapters)

Knockin' on Heaven's Door, 21
by Laura Bryannan

Raphael had promised a meeting, but it had been two days with no word, no call...nothing. Bummed, Dylan left the hospital one dreary morning oblivious to his surroundings only to be startled by a familiar, sultry voice. “Hey there, handsome. Going my way?”

“John!” Ecstatic, he lept into his lover's arms, demanding a kiss even though they were out in public.

Indulging him all too briefly, John backed away without letting go. “What would you do now if I wasn't here?” he asked.

“I'd go home and crash,” Dylan said.

Nodding, John pulled him toward the street, waving for a cab.

“It's too expensive,” Dylan protested, hanging back. “My place is far away.”

“Hush,” came the reply, as John shoved him into the waiting taxi and sat beside him. He called out Dylan's address like he lived there and Dylan leaned against his shoulder, content to be taken care of. The eyes that looked into his were as wolflit as he'd ever seen, inflaming his face and further inhibiting his already limited ability at intelligent conversation.

“I-I missed you,” he managed. The cabbie's curious eyes in the rear view mirror kept him from kissing John again, making it hard to know what to do with himself.

Smiling, John took his hand in between his own. “I've been indulging many blissful fantasies about this day,” he admitted. “Rafe returned from your meeting with quite a different attitude, you little charmer. I was surprised he let me out so easily.”

“Are you in jail or something?” Dylan asked.

“No, just an enforced vacation,” he was told with a sigh. “I'm not allowed to manifest, so I can't do my work. I'm like a beat cop consigned to a desk job until all this is sorted out. Today I'm ostensibly with Raphael, and he's willing to cover for me while....” John's impish expression finished his sentence, causing Dylan's heart to skip a beat or two.

“How much time do we have?” he asked.

“I'll take off when you go to work tonight,” came the welcome reply.

The prospect of all day with John, maybe all day in bed with John, caused Dylan such feverish commotion, he couldn't decide whether he was excited, terrified or both. But the cab ride to his apartment took way less time than he anticipated, and he hoped John didn't notice how his trembling hands fumbled the key in the door.

Once inside, John led him wordlessly down the hall into his room, pushing him caveman-like onto the bed. Pulling off Dylan's shoes while he toed out of his own, he hovered on all fours over Dylan's prone body, raking it up and down with a fiery glance that should have burnt his skin to a crisp. Growling in appreciation, John settled their hips together and gave him a smoky smile. “I don't know where to begin,” he whispered.

Welcoming the comfortable weight of John's body and the strong thigh nestled between his own, Dylan wrapped his arms around John's shoulders and pulled him into a kiss, hoping the luscious activity would still his pounding heart and quiet his nerves. It worked! By the time he realized John's hand was down his jeans, he was too horny to worry anymore.

Dylan couldn't tell which was sweeter, the tongue dancing in his mouth or the wicked rhythm of John's right hand. His hips responded in an ancient, obscene dance, the orgasm looming almost immediately. He squirmed, trying to warn, but John was aware. Breaking their kiss, he took Dylan into his mouth and brought him off that way, the vibration of his appreciative chuckling sending him blissfully out into the stratosphere.

It wasn't until he rolled over and bumped into someone that Dylan realized he'd crashed. “What about you?” he asked sleepily, “Aren't you horny?”

“I'm fine...for now,” John replied. Dylan heard him turn the page of a book and felt a gentle hand stroke his hair. “You sleep. Get all the rest you need and be strong for me later.”

Dylan took him at his word and let himself drift back into oblivion. It was deliciously comforting to have a warm body to snuggle against in bed. He'd forgotten how much. And, for the first time since their relationship began, he did not wake up alone. John smiled down at him, noticing his movement, and set down his book. “Good afternoon,” he said.

“Ummm,” Dylan replied, throwing his arm around John's waist, still not awake enough to talk.

“Do you want me to make you some coffee or tea?”

Tightening his grip on John's body, Dylan replied, “No. Don't go anywhere.”

Chuckling, John stayed put, waiting patiently until Dylan's brain turned back on. He kept his eyes closed long after he was fully awake, trying to memorize the moment, still finding it hard to believe it was actually happening. Finally, however, his genuine curiosity got the better of him. “Have you met God?” he asked. It seemed a natural question when you had an angel in your bed.

“Nope,” John replied. “As far as I can tell, the creator of this universe is not a being like you and me. I think the Buddhists got it right. They say you cannot know what God is, only what God isn't, for the creator is not of the phenomenal world, and that is all we can experience. God is what existence exists in. God created and observes existence, but is not part of it. Does that make sense?”

“Maybe,” Dylan said, trying to work it out.

“On this planet,” John continued, “the beings in charge are the archangels, and they answer to the Elohim. Above them are the....” John made a sound so foreign to Dylan's ears, his jaw dropped in wonder. “And that's all I know.”

Dylan would have preferred something more definite. “So, you're not sure God exists?”

“I didn't say that,” came the reply. “I don't know how anyone can look around creation and not see that there is intelligence behind it.” Leaning down to offer a sweet kiss, John concluded, “Utter perfection.”

“But bad shit happens all the time,” Dylan protested.

“The chaos is why it's perfect,” John told him. “The Creator put everything into motion and then set it free. It wouldn't be amusing otherwise, I imagine. Why play a game if you already know the outcome?”

For some reason, the idea pissed Dylan off. “So life is just a game?” he asked, indignant.

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” John replied. “Shakespeare said that, and he was right. What happens here cannot affect the eternal nature of your soul so, yes, you could call life a game. Or so say all the bodhis I know.”

“Bodhis?” Dylan asked grumpily.

“The bodhisattvas,” John told him. “The way-showers like Sid; the ones who voice The Teaching for a culture. I've been privileged to meet a few and they all basically say the same thing.” He grinned, pausing for dramatic effect, then sang, “All you need is love."

Dylan couldn't help smiling. John had a good voice. Still, it didn't add up. “Don't tell me John Lennon was a bodhi-whateveryoucallit.”

“No, of course not,” came the reply. “Not like Confucius or Buddha or Jesus, but The Beatles certainly had a unique role to play in this world's history.” With a quiet growl, John scooched down on the bed and grabbed him up in a bear hug, nestling their hips together seductively. “Enough talking,” he groused. “You're as bad as Rafe.”

Dylan giggled, flattered by the comparison to the dashing archangel. The powerful body in his arms was so perfectly delicious, John so forceful and demanding, he felt giddy with anticipation, ready for anything.

“I've never been inside a man before you let me in,” John admitted, voice husky against his ear, sending shivers cascading. “May I do it again?”

to be continued

Date: 2010-02-23 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yay for a new chapter tonight! i'm glad these two get some more time together, they're just too cute. i really hope they get all of this resolved soon so they can stay together. it's just a little inter-species dating, it's no big deal, lol. i appreciate john's philosophy on god and all, and found dylan's difficulty in understanding it a believable reaction. all in all, another great chapter, and the bits of juiciness weren't too bad, either! :)

Date: 2010-02-23 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad I'm not the only one up late tonight. Despite the reunion, this chapter turned out a lot more philosophical than smexy. I'm glad it wasn't too dry and transitional. *huggles happily*

Date: 2010-02-23 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh yeah, i'm a night owl through and through! and hey, philosophical can be smexy, for sure. especially when coming from a naked, beautiful angel ;)

Date: 2010-02-23 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Teehee! Methinks Dylan could listen to John talk all day.

Date: 2010-02-23 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This made me squeal! XD It also makes me extremely giddyis a dork that you mentioned the Bodhisattvas! <3 I've recently been reading about the important ones. So far Bodhisattva Tara has caught my interest the most. She's said to have come from Avalokitesvara's tears. But I've yet to go through them all. So who knows XD

/stops nerding out

Date: 2010-02-23 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was worried this might be too much Religion 101 or something. Thanks so much for your vote of confidence. I can go off to bed with a smile on my face. *smoochies*

Date: 2010-02-23 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't find it that way at all. That sort of religion has always interested me. ^_^ Happeh Sleepin! XD *smurgles*

Date: 2010-02-23 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad I'm not the only one. ^_^

Date: 2010-02-24 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Most certainly not! And I liked John's outlook on things. X)

Date: 2010-02-24 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*smoochies* <3

Date: 2010-02-23 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Even though it's usually not my cup of tea at all, I really enjoyed the religious talk and din't even mind that we didn't have more smex. Anything with these two guys together is a pleasure to read.

Date: 2010-02-23 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so relieved. I wasn't sure whether folks would be rolling their eyes, but I know that if I had an angel sitting across from me I'd want to pick his brains just like Dylan. More smex next chapter, I promise!

Date: 2010-02-23 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well I think even I wouldn't be able to resist.

More smex next chapter, I promise!

Date: 2010-02-23 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hugs madly*

Date: 2010-02-23 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want a hottie to pick me up after work! *pouts*

Lovely, darling. <3

Date: 2010-02-23 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too! *sniff*

Date: 2010-02-23 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once upon a time I was in contact with a hippie harp-maker who astrally traveled. He mentioned something similar to this mystical ordering of things -- evolved beings helping out lesser ones, and the world a 'classroom' to help people grow. I like this outlook on life, definitely makes everything that happens seem a little less random and painful.

Ultimately, though, the idea that the universe is a game has occurred to me. What's the basic raison d'etre for existence? Not even the harp-maker could tell me.

Date: 2010-02-23 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh and I enjoyed this chapter very much. <3

Date: 2010-02-23 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hug hug hug* ^_^

Date: 2010-02-23 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great story! I must say, I've placed this AU firmly within my own belief system, and it's been fun trying to work out the logistics of the plot accordingly.

Personally, I believe we're here to create--ourselves, our inner world, our lives--to brighten our little corner of the universe with our soul's unique skills.

Date: 2010-02-23 03:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Lovely chapter. I like this take on religion and God, because there's something about overpowering and vengeful gods that just doesn't set right with me. And I knew there was something otherworldly about them BeatlesXD

Date: 2010-02-23 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's probably blasphemous to say but, IMHO, Yahweh of the Old Testament was in no way the creator of the universe. A powerful being with a great marketing campaign, yes. But no creature who was truly omniscient and omnipotent would behave the way he did.

Oh yeah, The Beatles changed the world. They had to be something! :D

Date: 2010-02-23 06:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
A powerful being with a great marketing campaign <- LOL, but I agree with you, it always strikes me how very human the reactions of God in the Old Testament are. My God is a serene and understanding being not at all inclined to meddle so much in the affairs of people.

Date: 2010-02-24 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, the idea that the creator of the entire universe would be paying attention to any particular individual or group here on this little planet never made any sense to me.

Date: 2010-02-23 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohh, HOW can you cut it off there?

Ah, now I'm gonna be in agony. But they are so cute. I just can't get enough of them.

Date: 2010-02-23 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sorry for the cliffie. I was surprised by how much Dylan wanted to stall the sex in this chapter. I think he's more nervous about getting laid again than he wants to admit. :D

Date: 2010-02-24 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The religion conversation definitely works. Dylan is curious, naturally, and it's a good way to explain the cosmology of this world. And to have it happening in bed when Dylan wakes up is just right. I love their snuggly time in bed, talking--gosh, this is really the first time Dylan wakes up and John is beside him?

That last paragraph is to die for. I love exactly what John said--after that, Dylan must be like a puddle of melted chocolate waiting for him.

Date: 2010-02-25 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Knowing that you're a student of the subject yourself, I'm relieved you think it makes sense. Yes, it's the first time. John usually spirits himself away once Dylan konks out.

Methinks John knows Dylan needs some melting. I hope the next chapte will live up to that promise. ^_^
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