Love Across Time chapter 3

Holding out his hand, Ryan helped Ethan to his feet, ignoring the tingles that shot up his arm. Licking his lips to moisten them, Ethan took the proffered hand and allowed Ryan to help him to his feet. "I apologize if I startled you."

Letting go of Ryan's hand and shaking off the electric shock he felt, Ethan responded, "It's okay Ryan. I'm Ethan. Ethan Evans.” Wow is this guy awesomely hot. I know everyone around here. He must be just passing through on his way somewhere. "I restore old furniture, and sometimes I help with the restoration of old houses.”

“So I’m guessing that you’re really good with your hands.”

Ethan fought to keep from rolling his eyes. Did you really just say that? He thought to himself. He couldn’t count the number of times he heard that, especially as a pick-up line, and a lame one at that. This time, however, he was kind of wishing it was. He was really taken in by Ryan. He shrugged his shoulders. “I guess. Did you have something you wanted to have restored?”

“Possibly. I’m not really sure yet, but if I do, I’ll definitely be in touch. I’m going to head out and let you get back to work. Again, I apologize for startling you. It was nice to meet you.”

“Same here. Let me know as soon as you find out and I’ll give you a free estimate on what it will take.”

“Thanks. Take care, Ethan!”

“You too, Ryan.”

~~~~~

As soon as he was in the clear Ryan activated his beacon. He immediately stepped out of the travellator and rounded on Liam, his rage barely controlled. “Thompson! What is the number one precept of this organization regarding interacting with people from the past?”

Liam recoiled slightly at the anger in Ryan’s voice. Responding weakly, he said, “It’s to be avoided at all costs.”

“Well guess what, fuckwad? You fucked up entering the destination coordinates and I materialized right in front of a person, close enough to kiss him. Scared him so bad he passed out. If I hadn’t caught him as he fell he would have cracked his head open on a workbench. God only knows what damage to the timeline THAT would have done.

Who knows what damage this fuck-up has done, and I still haven’t been able to find out what the timeline alteration is that I went back in time to fix in the first place. I need to report this incident and figure out how to fix it!” He jabbed a finger into Liam’s chest. “You need to figure out what went wrong with the coordinates and fix that immediately!” He left, seething, to find the boss and fill him in on what was happening.

~~~~~

Unable to concentrate on anything, Ethan decided to call it a day. He needed to talk to someone about what had happened and what he was feeling. He knew his oldest brother, Troy, who, as a real estate agent, was showing houses today. His other brother, Chris, who was a Neurological Patient Care Technician, was off today. Glancing at his watch, he hopped into his car and headed for the gym where he knew Chris would be working out.

Arriving at the gym, he found Chris in the corner of one of the exercise rooms skipping rope. Looking around, this time he did roll his eyes at the looks his hunky brother, dressed in black shorts and a tight black t-shirt was getting, ranging from covert glances to outright ogling. “Hey, Chris. Can I talk with you for a minute? I know you hate having your workouts interrupted, but it’s kinda important.”

Chris stopped, folded his jump rope in half and placed it around his neck. “You can talk to me anytime, little brother. Is this something we can talk about here, or would you rather go someplace private?”

“I’d rather do it in private.”

“Sure, just let me shower real quick then we can head over to my apartment.” A half-hour later they were sitting in Chris’ apartment, each with a beer in hand. “Okay, so what’s up.”

Ethan took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Something happened today at my shop.”

A look of concern crossed Chris’ face. “Are you okay?”

“No, not really. I was looking over this nightstand that I’m restoring, then when I turned around to look at the original pictures, a guy suddenly appeared right in front of me, right out of thin air.”

Chris raised an eyebrow. “You mean you turned around and he was standing there?”

“No, I turned around and then he appeared. He was close enough to kiss him. I freaked and fainted. When I came to, this guy, his name was Ryan, grabbed my hand to help me up and I swear it was like touching a live wire. You know the song “Sometimes I feel like I'm trapped in time..."? That’s the way he made me feel. I know its cliché, but it felt like time stopped.”

“Are you sure you’re not imagining all this? It could be an after-effect of the trauma you just went through.”

“Yes, I’m sure. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about him.” What Ethan didn’t know was that he was having the same effect on Ryan. “I don’t know what to do.”

“Have you thought about talking to him?”

“I don’t have any way to get in touch with him. He did say he might have something to be restored, and that if he did he’d contact me.”

“Let’s hope he does. In the meantime, I need food. Want to stay for dinner?”

“Sure.”

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