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RESOLUTION by Charlie Cochrane

“I’ve decided to make a resolution, Orlando.” Jonty laid down both spectacles and Jane Austen, to show he was serious. “For the New Year.”

“Oh yes? Is it to rub manure on your head every night to see if you grow a brain?”

“No. I was actually going to give up being rude to you.”

“Oh.” Orlando felt horribly contrite about his little joke. “That would be lovely.” Wouldn’t it just? The peace and quiet. The absence of feeling that one always had to be on guard in case some little verbal barb came flying over the dinner table or across the lounge. “When does it start?”

“Now.” Jonty nodded his head then made a great pantomime of looking at his hunter watch. “Eight pip emma on the twenty eighth of January. A bit late, but still valid for the rest of the year.” He smiled beatifically. “Now, my dear friend, can I get Mrs. Ward to prepare us some cups of cocoa and a slice of Dundee cake?”

“Please,” Orlando sighed. The best part of a year of this. Heaven.

By January the thirtieth Orlando had revised his opinion. Jonty was still being sweet, not a word out of place nor a single whack to the shin. He’d fussed over Orlando, ensured his every whim was seen to, deferred to him on everything. Heaven? Purgatory at the very least, if not hell itself.

“I don’t like it.”

“What don’t you like, my sweet? Tell me and I’ll put it right for you.” Jonty smiled.

Orlando had always thought he would never regard that smile as cloying, but now it was sickly. “This whole ‘being nice to me’ thing. It makes me nervous.”

“Why, my lamb?” Jonty’s face was all concern; Orlando wanted to punch it.

“Because this simpering lump of sago pudding isn’t the sparky and snarky man I married!”

“I don’t think we actually did get married, my precious, although if you say we did, we must have done. I am truly contrite and will try to amend ways, but how can I do so and keep my resolution?”

“Sod your resolution, Take your resolution and stick it up a hippo’s arse.” Orlando couldn’t recall the last time he’d been so angry. “And if you dare say there aren’t any hippos for miles around but if I insist it must be done you’ll travel to the Zoological Gardens post haste I’ll…I’ll…”

“So you don’t want me to be nice all the time, my cherub?”

“No. I want my old Jonty back.” Orlando placed his hand over his heart. “I solemnly swear that I repent me of ever complaining about your sarcasm. I admit I miss the insults and the shin whacks. I confess I’d like you to be mean to me, on a fair usage basis.”

“Splendid!” Jonty leapt across the lounge and threw himself in his lover’s lap. “I’ll resist the temptation to dispense all the insults I’ve saved up these last two days all in one big lump. Suffice to say you’re a big daft pudding.”

“Daft? Because I want you back to normal?”

“No, daft because you fell for it. Now I have your solemn vow to bring up in evidence any time you say I’m getting out of line.” Jonty grinned and plonked a big kiss on Orlando’s lips. “Licence to be myself, in perpetuity. Heaven.”

Orlando groaned. Happy bloody new bloody year.

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Picture by Doug Hyde


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( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 28th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, and a Doug Hyde picture to go with it. Thanks for the opportunity!
Jan. 28th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon.

PS and I'm going to credit Doug H, even though it came from a foreign site that didn't confirm the artist anywhere. Thanks for that :).
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Orlando & Jonty
That was like sunshine and it's snowing here again.

Jan. 29th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Orlando & Jonty
I can't guarantee that Jonty and Orlando will make the snow go away. I just hope they make it more bearable. Are you East coast America?
Jan. 28th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
“So you don’t want me to be nice all the time, my cherub?”

XD Poor Orlando. Jonty really knows which buttons to press.
Jan. 28th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I wonder how long he plotted it?

Actually, this is sort of based on an incident from the home life of the Cochranes. My girls asked me to be a normal mother. About an hour of it and they were begging me to go back to being mad.
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
I love these boys! Thanks for the lovely flash!
Jan. 29th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words. *hugs*
Jan. 29th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
Always love to see more of these two. *pets Orlando* Life will never be dull while he is with Jonty.
Jan. 29th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. A little livewire, our boy.
Jan. 30th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Jonty laid down both spectacles and Jane Austen, to show he was serious. LOL, truly a lovely way to show the seriousness.
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Takes a lot for Jonty to drop his Austen.

That is not a euphemism.
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
Adorable boys as always. Jonty will always be troublesome, won't he?
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Troublesome? An absolute pain in the bum, the little toad. (See icon for him trying to look insouicant and failing.)

Edited at 2011-02-01 11:38 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Mar. 3rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)

Oh look - John Barrowman. One of my faves.
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