A Love For All Seasons - Sue

Just a Little Summer Lovin'

Jim Ellison was in Sentinel heaven. Sitting in the woods on a quiet summer evening, no one else around for miles. No one but HIM...his guide, his beloved Blair. He smiled serenely. Life was good.

"Hey Jim, watcha smiling at?" Blair was enjoying the sight of his happy and contented Sentinel. But he couldn't keep quiet for long.

Jim threw him his patented "1000 watt Ellison special" grin. Guaranteed to turn his guide into a willing pile of mush.

"I was just thinking about how perfect this is, you know, being here with you. I love you so much and you love me. Does it get any better than this?"

Blair's heart melted at the unadulterated love in Jim's eyes. He felt almost overwhelmed at the emotions he saw there. The feelings he reciprocated a hundred fold.

"You know I love you too, big guy. I don't think there's anything better than the two of us together."

Jim drew Blair into his arms for a tender kiss. This was how he wanted to spend the rest of his summer nights. Being in Blair's arms and loving him.

***

Fall In Love

"For pete's sake, will you two knock it off?" Simon Banks yelled at his friends Jim and Blair. He shook his head as he tried to brush the leaves out of his hair. "Why I asked you to help me with yard work I'll never know."

"Hey, man, it's not my fault. Jim started it."

"Did not. You started it this morning when you used up all of the hot water. I told you paybacks were a bitch," Jim replied, sounding amazingly like a ten year old.

Simon rolled his eyes. Sometimes he felt like their father more than their boss and friend. "Just knock it off. As soon as we get these leaves raked and bagged we can quit for the day. I've got beer in the fridge and steaks ready for the grill."

"Do you know what eating red meat does to your arteries? I hope you at least have a salad to counter-act it!"

Jim pulled Blair into a headlock for a noogie. "Hey, Chief, you know darn well you're a carnivore at heart. You can just eat roots and berries for the next week or so to make up for it."

"Hey, man, watch the hair!" Blair laughed up at Jim, not really trying to get away.

"Gentlemen, rakes...leaves...NOW!" Just then Simon's cordless phone began to ring. "I'll be right back. Get back to work."

Simon answered the phone and glanced at Jim. "It's Joan. I'm gonna take it inside. I'll only be a few minutes."

"Okay. Chief, you go grab the trash bags and I'll finish raking these piles together."

Blair went to grab the bags and when he returned Jim had managed to gather the remaining leaves into a huge pile.

"Hey, Jim, you know what would be fun? Let's jump into the leaves!"

"Uh, Chief, how old are you exactly? I haven't jumped into a pile of leaves since...NEVER!"

"Come on, everyone's done that!" Blair gave Jim a disbelieving look.

"Not around my house. Dad didn't believe in rough-housing when you were supposed to be working."

Blair gave Jim a sad look. It broke his heart sometimes to hear about all of the things Jim had missed out on as a child. Not the material things, but the simple pleasures that all children deserved. He'd made it his mission to put the fun back into his Sentinel's life.

Jim pulled him into a hug. "Come on, Chief. Don't look like that. It's not that important."

"I hate what your parents did to you. I hate that I wasn't there to help you."

"Babe, you're ten year's younger than me. Even if you had been around, I'd have most likely ignored you."

"I know, but I still wish I could go back and fix all the crap they did to you."

"You're here now. That's all that matters. Come on, let's get this done."

Blair peeked over at Jim. When he saw that Jim wasn't looking at him, he took a few steps back and... "Banzai!!!"

Jim jumped back as a streak of Blair flashed by him and landed in what was once a neat pile of leaves.

"Whoo hoo! Man, that was fun! I haven't done that since I was a kid."

"When exactly WAS that, Chief, last week?" Jim smiled indulgently at his little love muffin.

"Come on, Jim, try it. You'll like it."

"That's what you said last night."

"You tried it. You liked it, didn't you?"

"Oh yeah."

"So...?"

"Move over, Chief. Banzai!"

Blair barely got out of the way before Jim landed in the leaves.

"Well?"

"Well what?"

Blair threw himself on top of Jim. "Well, was it fun?"

"Actually, it was kinda fun. But not as fun as this!" He pulled Blair's face down for a quick kiss.

Blair pulled back and then dropped a series of kisses all over Jim's face.

Suddenly, Jim flipped Blair to the side. "Simon's coming."

They both looked around in a sudden panic at the mess they'd created.

Simon looked in stunned amazement at the now scattered leaves. "Okay, children, would you like to explain to me what the hell happened?"

Jim and Blair looked at each other and at Simon.

"He did it!" they said in unison pointing at each other.

"Did not!" came the stereo reply.

Simon stepped back as a hand-full of leaves flew his way. The "kids" were at it again.

***

Snowbunnies

Dawn was just arriving in the city of Cascade. Traffic was light and very few people were even awake to enjoy the covering of snow that had blanketed the city overnight.

"Come on, come on", Blair grabbed Jim's hand to drag him along. "We've got to hurry before anyone else gets there"

Jim rolled his eyes, then smiled at the childlike glee in Sandburg's voice.

"Can you explain to me, Sandburg, why exactly you're dragging me to the park at 6:00 in the morning? You hate mornings!"

"But this is different, Jim. This is THE FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON, man. It's special. Besides, it's our first snowfall as a couple." He turned the puppy dog eyes full force at his partner.

Jim predictably crumbled in the face of such formidable persuasion. He was putty when Blair turned the eyes on him. Damn him!

The park came in to sight, causing Blair to drag Jim even faster. He surveyed the area, looking for the perfect spot.

"Okay, Chief, you got me here. Explain to me again exactly what we're gonna do?"

"We're making snow angels. Whenever Naomi and I lived anywhere it snowed, we always made snow angels in the first snow of the season. It's tradition! You don't really mind, do you Jim?" Blair looked up at him with pleading eyes.

Jim pulled him into a hug.

"When have I ever refused you anything you asked for? Now come on, let's make these damned angels before I freeze my ass off. I need coffee!"

Blair whooped with delight and pointed to the target.

"Now here's what you do--you just turn around and drop back. Then you move your arms and legs like this," he instructed as he demonstrated the motion. "Then you CAREFULLY get up and look--angels!"

Jim looked as he and Blair cautiously got up from the snow. He was just glad no one from Major Crimes had been around to see this. He'd never live it down if they knew that tough-as-nails Jim Ellison was making snow angels with his little guppy.

"Look, Jim, they're perfect" Blair breathed.

Jim looked and damn if it didn't look like to angels--two angels who were holding hands. Blair looked up at Jim with adoration in his eyes.

"Thanks for doing this with me. I know you didn't really want to. It means a lot to me that you did it."

Jim pulled Blair close and dropped a kiss on his cold, red nose.

"YOU mean a lot to me. But who needs a snow angel when they've got a real-life angel?"

"What do you mean, Jim?"

"You're my angel. Year round. I love you, Blair"

"I love you too, Jim. Let's go home now."

***

Springtime Is For Lovers

Cascade in the spring, Jim thought. Could anything be wetter or muddier?

Jim looked down in disgust at his formerly clean clothes. Why did the suspects always run and why was HE always the one who had to chase them? They always ended up in the wettest, nastiest places imaginable. Sometimes being the Sentinel of the great city sucked!

"Come on, scuzz ball! Let's move it!" Jim dragged his equally dirty suspect with him. "Now the back-up gets here."

"Hey, Ellison, looking good!" one brave uniformed officer snickered.

Jim growled at him. Seeing trouble was about to occur, Blair stepped away from the truck and grabbed Jim's arm.

"Come on, big guy. Turn him over to the uniforms and let's get you cleaned up."

Jim looked down mournfully at his clothes. "Chief, I'm gonna make a mess in the truck."

"Hold on a sec..." Blair rummaged through his ever-present backpack. "Here it is..."

Jim looked in amazement as Blair pulled a blanket out. "Sandburg, one of these days I'm gonna see what exactly you carry in that thing! Why are you carrying a blanket?"

"I work with you, Ellison. You never know what you're gonna need. I have to be prepared for anything."

Jim shook his head in amazement, his bad mood gone. How did Blair DO that? He always seemed to say/do the exact thing to distract him.

Jim spread the blanket over his seat and climbed in. He looked over at Blair. Blair smiled back innocently.

"Okay, Sandburg, what are you up to now?"

"Who me? Why ever would you think I was up to something?"

"When you look all innocent and quiet, that's when you're the most dangerous."

Blair tried for an injured look, but couldn't control a smile. Jim knew him too well.

"Well, I DO have one more thing for you in my backpack...I'm just not sure if this is the right time to give it to you."

"Okay, Chief, give! I wanna see!"

Blair gave Jim a long look, then reached into the backpack. He pulled out a small box. Jim felt his heart jump into his throat.

"Jim, I'm in love with you. You gave me the first real home I've ever had. You're my best friend and my favorite person. You're the first thing on my mind when I wake up and the last thought before I sleep. You fill my dreams. I can't imagine the rest of my life without you in it. Will you marry me?"

Jim felt his eyes fill with tears. He could barely speak past the lump in his throat.

"Chief...Blair...I..." Jim choked out. He reached out towards Blair.

Blair watched the emotions play over his face. "Come here, big guy."

He pulled Jim into his arms. Jim buried his face in Blair's neck. He felt the tears soak Blair's shirt.

"Why are you crying, Jim? You do want to marry me, don't you?"

"Blair, all I've ever wanted in my entire life was to matter to someone. Really matter. You always make me feel like I'm the most important person in the world. No one has ever done that before. I just love you so much!"

"So, does that mean yes?"

Jim choked back a laugh. "Of course it's a yes. Though why you'd wait until I was covered in mud to ask..."

"Some of my best fantasies involve you and mud. Besides, you always look beautiful to me."

Blair slipped the ring on Jim's finger. "Now, this is only your engagement ring. You get the real thing when we have our ceremony."

He leaned over and kissed his future husband.

Cascade in the spring, Jim thought. Could anything be more beautiful?

The End.

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Author's Acknowledgements: For Patt, who knew if she nagged me long enough I'd come up with something, and of course for Lisa (and her evil twin) even though I suspect they BOTH are evil - for scaring me into finishing on time. Ok Patt, stop the threatening late night calls, please!