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Kenton Weston is living the dream.  He is a very well respected member of the Philadelphia Medical Society, a transplant surgeon, and young.  What Kenton does not have is someone with whom to share his life.  Kenton is gay and he knows that “coming out” could hurt his medical career, but if he ever hopes to have a meaningful relationship he may have to take a chance.  When Kenton meets the father of a patient, he thinks he has met the man of his dreams; that is, until he falls in love with the man’s son.

Tonight was one of the few nights that Kenton was not on call, and he was looking forward to a much needed and well deserved night of rest and peaceful slumber.  He was just drifting off to sleep when the phone rang, which he chose to ignore.  I’m not on call, and I need to sleep, he thought, somewhat bitterly.  A little while later someone banged on the door which resonated like a jackhammer inside Kenton’s head.  Realizing that this unwelcome noise had no intention of ceasing until he gave it the attention it thought its due, Kenton slowly made his way to the door. 

Wearing only pajama bottoms, Kenton opened the door to find one of his colleagues looking panicked.  “Kenton, we need you to come to the hospital.  There’s been an accident and unfortunately three people are dead.  However, they were all three kidney donors and I can’t possibly perform several procedures simultaneously, and as you know, time is not our friend.” 


“I need to leave today, Kenton, please.”  Kenton didn’t see this coming.  He had meant to explain to Jeff the role of Jay in his life and Kenton wasn’t quite sure what that was.  For someone who longed for the simple life, you sure do know how to let things become complicated, he told himself. 

“Are you sure you’re up to it, Jeff?  Are you sure you’re ready to take the next step?  It’s a big one.” 

“I’m ready,” he assured Kenton. 


After watching Kenton for awhile, Jeff walked around to the side of the bed opposite from where he was sleeping, and quietly climbed into bed.  He pulled the covers up over his naked body and lay on his back staring up at the ceiling.  He squeezed his eyes shut tight as if to give himself courage.  Turning onto his side, he moved closer to Kenton until he was close enough to put his arm over him and rest it on Kenton’s chest. 

Kenton was immediately awakened when he felt Jeff’s hand on his chest.  He turned onto his back.  “Jeff, are you okay, are you feeling okay?” 

Jeff’s hand did not leave Kenton’s chest as he said, “I don’t think of you as an old man, Kenton”, and then kissed him on the mouth.

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