Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 17 – Revelations

Lucas knew how to throw one hell of a party! Margot came in and started cooking before noon; beer and liquor were delivered shortly after that and Lucas and Glory stocked the two fridges and some coolers ready for their guests.

By the time everyone started arriving at 3, Glory was dressed in a pretty, flared blue dress that brought out her eyes perfectly! Lucas stuck to jeans and a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

It felt like everyone arrived all at once. One minute the house was empty; the next it was full of people! Lucas introduced Glory to so many people, they were all a blur! The only ones who stood out were Anna and Chris Pratt, who Glory ended up gravitating to whenever she was at loose ends, which wasn’t often. Lucas was a very attentive host and boyfriend and made sure she was rarely on her own.

When Robert Downie Jr. made an appearance, Glory was beside herself. She had been a big fan of his for many, many years, well before Iron Man hit screens! It took her a few minutes to get her courage up to go and talk to him. When she did, though, she found him to be very personable and sweet. He hadn’t planned on staying for more than a quick beer, so her visit with him was short but memorable.

She found Lucas after he left and shone her best fangirl smile at him.

“You used to reserve that smile for me,” Lucas said, sadly.

“You get much more than a fangirl smile from me now, love,” Glory said, and tiptoed to kiss him sweetly on the lips.

“True,” he said, putting an arm around her. “Are you having fun?”

“This is a blast!” she said, taking a sip of her beer. “Thank you so much. I was worried that I’d be so alone in LA; the only person I’d know would be you. Now I seem to have lots of friends.”

“No problem, babe.” He pointed to where Anna was talking to another woman. “Anna is waving you over,” he said.

So Glory went to see what Anna wanted and the rest of the evening flew by. The few people that were left by midnight were clustered around the fire-pit on the patio overlooking the ocean. It was a little chilly, so sweaters and blankets were in use and the conversation was quiet as they all wound down for the night.

As Chris and Anna were leaving, Chris said, “You guys are cute together. About time you had someone to warm your bed, Wolfe. I was starting to wonder about you…”

“Wonder what? If I might be gay? You were hoping, ya big fifi,” Lucas said, jokingly, pinching his friend’s ass.

“Nah, we thought maybe you’d given up,” Anna put in.

“Never,” Lucas said, pulling his friend into a hug.

By 2 am, it was just Lucas and Glory around the fire. They sat for a little bit, talking over the party; who she had met, who she had missed meeting, who might be around next time.

She sat next to him quietly for a moment. “It is a very exciting life you lead, my boy,” she said, finally.

“Not really. They’re just people; nothing special, once you get past the fangirl stage,” Lucas said. He was tired and more than a little bit drunk.

“Like you? Nothing special?” Glory stopped for a moment to think about that. “I beg to differ.” Glory was a little bit drunk, too.

“Come on, let’s crash. We can take care of this in the morning.” He indicated the beer bottles and glasses strewn around the patio.

Their bed felt mighty fine. Neither of them even bothered to get undressed.

 

But it wasn’t all party time. Glory started back to work on Monday and Lucas had lots to do as well. Over the next few months, they settled into a comfortable routine. Lucas was usually able to stay in town, but when he had to travel, Glory would try to arrange to go with him and work remotely. As long as she had advance notice, she could usually swing it.

The first time Lucas couldn’t take her with him, she stayed alone in the house with Cooper, which worked out better than she had hoped. Cooper was attentive and rarely left her in a room on her own. Lucas was only away for two nights and his return home was very welcome, but Glory knew that she’d feel much more comfortable now if he had to leave her alone.

Then Film Festival Season started, and many nights, after working all day, she’d come home to get dressed up to accompany Lucas to a premiere or a party or an event. There was also a lot of travelling to other city’s festivals…Sundance, TIFF (where she was able to have an extended weekend with her family), Cannes (she’d never been to France before, so this one was a thrill!). No matter where Lucas went publicly now, she was on his arm. No more hiding in the shadows!

She spent some time with Ilaria setting up her wardrobe so that her outfits would complement Lucas’. She had never been into fashion too much, which was fine with Ilaria! That meant she could try different ideas out on her, using up-and-coming designers who hadn’t made a name for themselves yet.

The months passed quickly and soon they were looking at Hallowe’en party invitations! Turns out, actors love to dress up for Hallowe’en, so almost every invitation was for a costume party. Glory was excited! She loved Hallowe’en more than any other holiday!

She and Lucas decided to go as Greasers to the parties. They were simple costumes, but fun to act the parts. Lucas, who still smoked occasionally, even had a cigarette pack to roll up in his t-shirt sleeve!

Their first costume party was hosted by Anna and Chris at a bar. It was a magical night! She and Lucas even lip-synched to ‘Better Shape Up.’ from Grease to much laughter and applause!

At the end of the night, as they were leaving, there was a small crowd of fans outside waiting for them. The location of the party and some of the attendees had leaked onto the internet. As they walked towards their waiting car, there were shouts of “Lucas! Lucas!” prompting him to smile and wave as several flashes went off around them.

Just before they got into the car, though, one call caught Glory’s attention. There was a man at the edge of the crowd and he called her name. She stopped for a moment and looked in his direction before Lucas pushed her into the car. He wasn’t in the mood for fans after partying all night.

Glory was looking out the back window as they pulled away, trying to catch a glimpse of the man who had called her name when Lucas asked, “Who was that guy?” He was also twisted around in his seat to try to pick the man out of the crowd.

Glory tore her eyes away from the back window with difficulty. “I have no idea,” she said, but something about his face tugged at her memory.

“Your hands are freezing, babe,” Lucas said, taking both of her hands into his to warm them up. He glanced out the back window again, but they had turned the corner so there was nothing to see.

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Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 16 – Home to LA

Glory’s transition had ended up being relatively painless. Her mom and Holly had wished her well and thrown a big going-away party for her, which Lucas came up to Toronto for.

The transition at work was just as seamless. Glory started mixing in some of the LA work with her regular work as soon as she got back home, and by the time Phil got back from vacation, she was working on mostly his stuff. All that was left was to finalize her immigration papers and ship her stuff down; all of which her company was helping with.

When Lucas met her at the airport, most of her stuff had already arrived at his place and she just had carry-on with her. It had only taken 3 weeks! Lucas couldn’t believe that she was finally here; that they would finally be together!

He watched the steady stream of people coming out the door for a glimpse of her face.  When he saw her, he barely recognized her! It had only been a week since he’d seen her, but she had changed her hairstyle back to the asymmetrical look and she looked fabulous!

“Glory!” he called out when he saw her. She turned towards his voice and waved before heading in his direction.

He lifted her into his arms and swung her around, making her squeal in surprise.

“What are you doing, you big goof!” she said, playfully.

“Just being glad to see you,” he said, and putting her down, turned her towards him so that he could kiss her soundly. “Welcome home,” he said, softly, liking the sound of that.

She liked it, too, and rewarded him with a brilliant, shining smile that seemed to light up the terminal. “I AM home,” she said, quietly. She’d lived with Brad, but somehow this was different; maybe because she was so far from her family, or maybe because she had something very special with Lucas. Continue reading “Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 16 – Home to LA”

Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 15 – Come Together

The day was finally here! Lucas had ordered his new car a month ago and today he could pick it up! He loved getting new cars, and this one was going to be special. He’d gone with an Audi Q5 crossover so he’d have the room to go camping. The reason he’d had to wait a month for it was the colour. They’d had a custom colour that was the same as the colour of Glory’s eyes, called Twilight Blue, and he couldn’t resist. She had been worth waiting for and so was his new car.

He was at the dealership when they opened at ten and impatiently waited while they got all of the paperwork ready for him to finalize everything.

He was finally behind the wheel just before noon. He sat for a few minutes in the parking lot synching his phone and setting up the radio. He had set the radio on his favourite classic rock station and had just driven out of the parking lot when his phone rang. Glory’s name and beautiful face came up on the display. Lucas pressed the button on the steering wheel to answer the call.

“Hey, gorgeous!” Lucas said, cheerfully.

“Hey, how’s your new car?” Glory responded.

“It’s a dream. I’m driving it now and your voice is so clear coming through the sound system!” Lucas enthused. “Can’t wait ‘til we go camping! There’s so much room!”

Glory laughed. “Boys and their toys!” she said, condescendingly. “What colour did you end up getting? I don’t think you ever told me.”

“It’s the colour of your eyes…that’s what I had to wait for; the custom paint job,” Lucas said.

There was a pause before Glory said, “Your car is shit brown?”

This made Lucas pause for a second. Were her eyes brown and she wore contacts? No, he would have seen her take them out or put them in. And she would have said something when he gave her the ring the colour of their eyes. No, they were definitely deep blue.

“Your eyes are not brown,” he said, firmly. “they’re deep blue; the colour of the twilight sky.”

Glory laughed. “You’re right. But most people think, because they’re so dark, that they’re brown. Leave it to you to see their true colour.”

“It was the first thing I noticed about you when you finally looked at me,” Lucas said and turned a corner to head towards his house.

“So, what’s on your pretty little mind, love. You don’t usually call me in the middle of the day,” Lucas asked.

“Well…” Glory paused for a second. “There’s a job posting,” she said, finally.

“In your company? For LA?” Lucas asked.

“Yup. And it’s more on the design side than I’m doing now, so that would be more what I’m looking to do,” Glory said, quietly.

“Are you going to go for it? You sound hesitant,” Lucas said, concerned.

Lucas could almost hear Glory shrug on the other end of the line. “I guess I just didn’t think it would happen quite so quickly,” she said.

“I know it means leaving your family behind. But it’s not like you’ll never see them. You can fly home whenever you want,” Lucas said. “You can take extended vacations and go and hang out in Toronto.”

“I know and I’d rather not have to wait to be with you, but saying goodbye is going to be hard.” Glory sniffled at the other end of the line.

“Well, you don’t have the job yet. Do they want you to come down and interview for it?” he asked.

“Yeah, on Friday. At least that gives me the weekend to be with you, which will be fun,” she said.

“That will be fun. First time in LA?” he asked, knowing already what the answer would be.

“Yeah, first time in LA, so you’ll have to show me all of the hot spots,” Glory said. “They’re working on my flights now. Do I need a rental car? Probably not, eh? And no hotel?”

“I have an extra car if you need it, but I’ll probably just drive you around in mine. And I hope you don’t think you’re coming to LA and staying in a hotel!” Lucas answered her. “When are you thinking of flying in?”

“Probably tomorrow, late afternoon. That’ll give me time to relax a little bit before the interview the next day. I was going to try to push it off, but my prospective boss is starting 2 weeks of vacation on Monday and he wanted to see if I would be a good fit for the studio before he left.” Continue reading “Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 15 – Come Together”

Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 14 – Sightseeing

35. Quite a milestone. A time to take stock and see how your life is stacking up to your expectations. Lucas rolled over onto his back and stretched. He had felt Glory get out of bed a few minutes before to use the washroom, so he knew he wouldn’t disturb her.

To most people, his life must look like heaven! He had a thriving career as an actor; he had a wonderful family and circle of friends, and now he had the most beautiful woman in the world as his girlfriend. He smiled to himself. Most people would be right…he had never been happier.

He still hadn’t opened his eyes when he felt Glory slide back into bed beside him. He rolled over towards her and his hands met filmy, soft material over smooth skin, which made his eyes pop open.

“What are you wearing?” he asked, groggily, lifting the blankets up to get a better look at the beautiful magenta nighty.

“I never got to wear this particular birthday present for you, so I thought I’d make it a double gift,” she said. “Happy birthday, love. How’s 35 feel?”

“Better now,” he said, rolling on top of her and pressing his lips against hers. Her mouth tasted of mouthwash and he realized that his breath must be pretty foul.

“I’ll be right back,” he whispered turning his face away from her and climbing out of bed.

Glory kicked the blankets off of her so that the effect of the pretty nighty wouldn’t be lost on him when he came back in, and it wasn’t. He stopped inside the door and stood, surveying the scene with a speculative smile on his face. Then he came over and got back into bed next to his beautiful lady.

“I am the luckiest man in the world,” he said, running his hand up the smooth material.

“Yes, you are,” she said, pulling him down for a long, soulful kiss, and that was the last thing either of them said for a very long time.

Lucas lay on his back with Glory’s head snuggled against his shoulder. His hand moved rhythmically over her arm as he let his thoughts wander. This wasn’t the first birthday he’d started with a beautiful woman in his bed, but somehow this birthday felt different; this relationship felt different. He shook his head. Don’t read too much into this, he thought, just enjoy it.

“Good start to your birthday, movie-boy?” Glory murmured sleepily.

Lucas chuckled quietly. “Best birthday ever,” he said, quietly, pressing his lips to the top of her head. “Should we get up and get this day started? I have lots to show you.”

“What’s your hurry? This feels too good to rush,” she said, snuggling in a little closer. “It’s like gobbling birthday cake; can’t do it. You have to savour it.”

“You’re right. Boston will wait,” he said, letting his body relax into the bed.

“So what do you want to show me?” Glory asked.

“A little of this and a little of that,” he answered. “I thought I’d show you my old high school if you don’t mind hanging with a bunch of seniors for an hour or so. Becky said today would be better than tomorrow to come into her drama class. Then, if you’re interested in the historical stuff, we can go downtown. And even if you’re not, there’s a quaint little downtown shopping area that’s fun to wander through.”

“That sounds like a lot of fun,” Glory said, propping herself up on her elbow so that she could see his face. “What time do we have to be at the school?”

“Her senior class is right before lunch, so we have to be there by 10:30. Then I can see if I can take you around the school and the area. Then we’ll drive into Boston and we can stay there for dinner. I’ve made reservations at one of my favourite spots.” Lucas had pulled her head back down onto his shoulder. It was just after 8 am, so they still had time and he wasn’t quite ready to be vertical. Continue reading “Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 14 – Sightseeing”

Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 13 – Aftermath

Lucas and Glory woke slowly the next morning. Although Lucas had said that sightseeing was the plan for that day, he obviously hadn’t taken into consideration what condition a late night of hard drinking would leave them both in!

Lucas groaned as he rolled over and put his hand to his forehead. “Fuck,” he said. “I should have drunk more water last night.”

Glory didn’t feel much better. “Oh, God,” she said as she tried to move. She had been drinking out of nervousness and had ended up drinking much more than she normally would have. She felt like throwing up would make her feel better, which was never a good sign.

After about 15 minutes, Lucas finally managed to get up. When he came back, he had a big glass of water and a couple of Ibuprofen in his hands for Glory.

“Here,” he said, “take these with this and you’ll feel better in an hour or so.”

Glory turned away from him and said, “Just kill me.”

Lucas laughed, softly, which made his head hurt. “If I have to keep living, so do you. Here take these so I can get back into bed.”

Glory sat up slowly and carefully took the pills and drank down the water. She lay back down, but a few minutes later, had to get up and go to the bathroom, which was equally difficult. But she had another big glass of water while she was in there and by the time she got back to bed, her head had started to clear a little bit. A couple of hours more sleep and she’d be fine. Lucas was already snoring softly when she crawled back in beside him. He rolled towards her and put an arm over her and settled back to sleep.

Two hours later, the smell of bacon wafting into the room woke them both up. Glory opened her eyes to see Lucas looking at her.

“Morning, gorgeous,” he said. “Feel better?”

“Almost human…but I don’t think I’m up for sightseeing today,” Glory said, apologetically, her stomach still feeling a little bit queasy.

“Yeah, I should have taken drinking into consideration when I planned this weekend. There’s no way I’m taking you around Boston today. Sorry,” he said, still not moving too much.

“I have no issue with that, babe,” Glory said. “That bacon sure smells good. I wonder if there’ll be any left in an hour or so.” She closed her eyes again.

“Sorry, probably not. That’s what my mom does to get everyone up. What time is it?” Lucas asked, rolling over to see his cell phone.

He groaned and rolled back to face Glory. “It’s only 11 o’clock. I’ll take you out for bacon this afternoon,” he said and closed his eyes, too.

Glory chuckled and reached out to touch his face. “I love you,” she said, softly, and was rewarded with an angelic smile before she closed her eyes again, too.

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Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 12 – Lucas’ Birthday

Saturday dawned bright and sunny. They had fallen asleep quickly the night before and were awaken quite early when Miles opened their bedroom door and he and Cooper came to join them in bed. The rest of the house hadn’t started to stir yet, so Lucas let Cooper lay across the foot of the bed and pulled Miles in between him and Glory and settled back to sleep.

An hour or so later, Becky stuck her head into their room checking to see if Miles was with them. Lucas gave her a tired little wave from bed and closed his eyes again.

But Glory couldn’t settle back to sleep after that. “Does Miles usually come and sleep with you when you’re here?” Glory whispered.

“Hmmm? Sometimes,” Lucas said, quietly, reaching across the sleeping child between them to stroke Glory’s arm. “If it’s not Miles, it’s Owen.”

“You must be a pretty awesome uncle,” Glory closed her eyes and tried to relax and get back to sleep.

“I must be,” Lucas said with a smile, which faded as he drifted back to sleep.

They got another hour of sleep before the other 2 kids realized that their brother and Cooper were missing and went to find them. Owen was first. He didn’t get into bed, but stood at the foot of the bed petting Cooper. Stella was too tiny to get up into the bed on her own and stood next to Glory’s side of the bed pulling on the blankets until Glory rolled over and lifted her into bed with them.

Troy was on their trail, though, and rescued Glory and Lucas a few minutes later. He gathered his offspring up and took them down for breakfast. Cooper followed the gang out to make sure that he didn’t miss any droppings under the table.

Lucas reached for Glory and pulled her close with a contented sigh. “This is better,” he said. “My niece and nephews are great, but not as nice to cuddle with as you are.”

“We should probably get up and go, shouldn’t we?” Glory whispered.

“My birthday. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do,” he said, sleepily.

Glory traced a finger down his chest. “If we went back to your place, we could…” she stretched up to give him a long, passionate kiss, which caused the desired result of a small tent forming in the blankets.

“We could do that here…the door has a lock on it,” Lucas said. Glory had pulled away and he tried to get her to come back down and kiss him some more, but she was already up and getting dressed.

“Grrr…okay, let’s go back to my place. But you’d better make it worth my while!” he said, grumpily and he started to search for his clothes.

Glory gave him a withering look. “Do I ever not?” she asked.

Lucas laughed. “True.”

On their way out, Joan asked if they wanted to stay for breakfast, which Lucas refused. Joan wasn’t surprised.

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Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 11 – Boston

Just landed.

Lucas looked at the text on his phone. He was already at the airport, but he wasn’t alone. He hadn’t been able to convince his mom to let him pick Glory up on his own, so she and his sister, Becky, were there with him.

“Seriously, mom, I promise to bring her right over to the house once I’ve dropped her stuff off at my place,” he had pleaded.

“It’s always nice to have a welcoming committee to meet you at the airport,” Lucas’ mom, Joan, had said. “Besides, how do I know that you guys won’t get to your condo and fall into bed and we won’t get to meet her before the party?”

“You know I wouldn’t do that, mom,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m not some horny teenager. On the other hand, I get the feeling that Glory is a little fragile. I don’t want you guys to scare her away!”

But Joan wouldn’t be deterred, so the three of them were there at the airport waiting for Glory.

 

My mom and sister are here with me. Can’t wait to see you!

 

At least he could warn her before she was in the thick of things.

 

Yikes! Family already? Thanks for the warning, movie-boy.

 

Lucas laughed out loud at her continued use of that nickname. I guess I’ve been called worse, he thought.

“What’s so funny?” Joan asked.

“Nothing. Just a text from Glory. She likes to call me movie-boy. Not sure yet if I like that,” he said.

Joan raised an eyebrow at Lucas. “Movie-boy? That’s a new one. She doesn’t call you Cap?”

“Once in a while, but it’s usually just Lucas or movie-boy,” he answered.

“I’ll have to remember that,” Becky said with a laugh.

“You won’t get away with it. Like I said, I’m not even sure if I like her calling me that,” Lucas said emphatically. Just then, he saw Glory coming towards them, waving, and he went up to meet her.

He greeted her with a kiss and said, “Sorry,” before his mom and sister joined them.

“No problem. It’s what I’m here for after all,” she said, quietly, and turned towards Joan to be introduced.

Lucas took the handle of Glory’s wheeled suitcase with one hand and kept the other hand on her back as Joan and Becky talked to her.

“It’s a pleasure to meet both of you,” Glory said with sincere smile. “Lucas talks a lot about his family and I’ve been looking forward to meeting all of you. I mean, the rest of you.” She turned to Lucas. “Will Greg and Kayla be at the party? I didn’t think to ask.”

“Greg’s flying in tomorrow afternoon and Kayla a little later,” Lucas said. “Come on. Let’s get to the car before we have to deal with any fans.” He was still very sensitive of Glory’s sensibilities when it came to his public persona.

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