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Special Forces Chapter XXXI: Back to Base
 
 

September/October 1991, the Persian Gulf

Dan had been slouched in his seat, deep asleep, ever since they'd boarded the plane for the short flight across the desert from Dubai back to the camp near Kuwait. With his wrist needing another couple of weeks in plaster, duty wasn't upon him yet.

The plane was small, with two-seater rows, and his head had dropped onto Vadim's shoulder. Good hand resting on one muscular thigh, Dan snored softly into Vadim's ear, never waking up beyond a snuffle, even when the stewardess came to check if they needed anything. Life had been too good and cosy the last three weeks, and Mad Dog was as relaxed as a pampered pet.

Vadim leaned his head against Dan's, glancing up only when the stewardess passed. He didn't want to guess what she thought, but like everybody else, she most likely found Dan endearing in this state. He tried to concentrate on The Economist, but rolled it up eventually and stuffed it in the pocket in the seat before him. Still didn't manage to concentrate on printed words. He looked outside the window, seeing nothing, just barren desert. The flight was short, at least that, and Vadim touched Dan's hand when the plane was about to land.

"Whassup?" Dan's sleep-slurred speech turned the vowels and consonants into a parody of his usual accent. "Mmmmm …" Turning his head, he rubbed his face into Vadim's t-shirt, lips curving into a slow grin while his eyes remained closed. "Time for sex, yet?" Murmured.

Vadim ran his fingers over Dan's stubbly cheek. "I wish", he murmured back. "And unless we're talking the airports toilet, sex is out for at least another hour or so."

"Damn." Dan began to stretch, from the lower spine towards his neck, yawning in the process. "That means we're about to land, aye?"

"Aye."

Dan cracked one eye open, looking up at Vadim from his twisted position. "That also means that the question is now 'your hut or mine'?"

As in, living together? Vadim paused, then suddenly smiled. "I don't know. I'm not very attached to mine. And I get less visitors than you do."

Dan grinned, rolling his neck, then sitting up straight to fasten the seatbelt, or rather, to try fasten it one-handed, until Vadim reached over and closed it, by accident brushing Dan's groin.

"Those damn huts are too small for both our stuff. What about that, we use one for sleeping and …," Dan waggled his eyebrows and he produced a toothy grin, "and the other to store our kit? They aren't that far apart and we could throw both mattresses onto the floor to make it comfortable. Bloody beds are too narrow." Clearly, he had thought a lot about this.

Vadim smiled. "I guess the possibility of couples forming was not … thought of when they designed them. Sounds good. We keep the emergency stuff where we are and use mine for storage."

Dan laughed, "Aye, couples. That'll be a shock for some of our favourite 'mates'." He glanced out of the window when the plane went into descend, poking Vadim's ribs with his elbow. "Mitch is going to have a field day, but that stupid son of a bitch won't just have me or you to contend with, on our own. It'll be the two of us, and I can't see the wanker having the guts to confront us. Not even with his bunch of cronies for support."

Vadim paused, and the thought of those bastards seemed an odd weight. But Dan was right, of course. They'd do fine defending themselves. If they were attacked. It might just be rumour, gossip, and cutting remarks. "Well. They already established that I was your bitch."

"And that's a fucking load of bullshit." Dan's face had turned in an instant from relaxed grin to angry snarl, but it could just as easily smooth back into something else. "You're not, and that's that. Just don't give a shit what the arseholes say. Or punch them every time they do say something. Don't know, what's the better approach?"

Vadim smiled, seemingly still relaxed. "Just expect them to say it, that's all. We need to be prepared. It will all be behind our backs, and some likely to our faces. Teaching some a lesson would be good - just … pre-emptive measures. Gain the initiative."

"What you want me to do, walk into the Mess and break Mitch's nose once we get back?" Dan flashed a feral smirk. "Or wait before he actually says it?"

"Well, there's the CO. But I'm sure your friends would swear that Mitch tried to ambush us and we only handed him his ass in self-defence."

Dan was leaning slightly forward, the ground coming closer as the plane was about to land on the desert airfield. "Sounds like fun, if you ask me."

Vadim grinned. "Your idea of fun seems to have expanded somewhat …?"

"Well …" Dan's words were drowned out by the sound of the plane touching ground, "if you had told me just a few days ago that I'd ask you to fuck my arse with your fist and actually enjoyed it, I would have told you you're fucking sick. So, aye, seems my idea of fun has expanded quite a lot recently." Grinning, Dan settled back while the plane slowly rolled towards their parking station.

Vadim tensed and felt himself harden - Dan being so … unabashed and outspoken and them being out in the open. Oh fuck. "Yeah", he murmured, forcing himself to think something else. Just. Dan's reaction to what he'd done, and Dan demanding to try that again, and what it did to him, and to Vadim himself. "True … I used to be the more flexible one, once upon a time."

Dan's eyes remained focussed on Vadim for a long while, before a slow grin spread across is face. "Seems I'm the more flexible one, and bloody literally so. Who'd have though that this …" picking up Vadim's wrist, lifting hand and arm for a brief moment, "fits in something so tight." He wiggled briefly on his seat, as if to emphasise his words.

Vadim swallowed. Dan's teasing wasn't helping, and he leaned over to kiss him, one way to shut him up and also because he needed to. "You bastard", murmuring against the other's lips, while Dan was stunned at the public display of affection - and that in a non-western country to boot.

"Any chance we … can have some more time before going back to camp?" Vadim asked.

"And where would that be?" Dan stayed as close as possible, "got the safe house, you want to carry the luggage there?"

"Yes. Why not. Safe houses have a tradition, don't they?" Same place where he'd abducted Donahue? Probably. Vadim didn't care, as long as it had a bed and was somewhat more protected than the tin hut.

Dan cocked a brow while Vadim opened his seatbelt, ready to leave the plane. "In that case, follow me, but … I guess you know the place."

They grabbed their luggage from the plane, with the taped-up box of gadgets being taken straight to the camp, and they hailed a taxi just a little later. To Vadim, it was a blur and a haze, mainly staying somewhat behind Dan to not give away what he felt and needed, not in this country, and definitely not in his profession.

The drive was short, once again back through twisted streets and small alleys until they reached the building that looked just like it had a month ago, before Dan had sent one jarhead and one Delta to the same place at the same time - not having a clue what had happened in the meanwhile. He was careful with the door, stepping inside after a few security measures, but the place seemed tidy and deserted in the shuttered gloom. Nothing that gave any hints to who had occupied it last, except for … Dan grinned when his gaze fell onto a different blanket than the one he'd had left across the bunk and a stack of water bottles, US make. He turned to Vadim who had followed, then dropped the luggage and locked the door behind him. "So," Dan put his hands behind his back, standing with legs braced and an impetuous grin, "what do you want?"

Vadim dropped his bag, saw Dan assume that PT instructor stance, while hiding the cast from view. It was easy to imagine Dan was fine again and back to 100%. You know what I want, he thought, but realized suddenly it was a game. Dan asked in jest, or part jest. His eyes flicked over to the chair where he'd had that chat with Donahue, then, quicker, back. Remembered being tied up and beaten, remembered wrestling Dan to the ground and having him on top. The memories made things worse, better. "You. I've always wanted you."

Dan's grin widened, bouncing once on the balls of his feet, thrusting out his chest. "The question is, Vadim, how you want me. Right now."

Right now. Just … yeah just two years and a few months ago they would have stumbled to the bed, biting and kissing and groping and rubbing.

Would you like to suck me off, if you had the chance? Does that arouse you?

Vadim closed his eyes and lowered himself, slowly, onto his knees, his hands moved back, crossed in the small of his back, right fist closed, left hand firmly holding the wrist. Knees connected with the ground, eyes still closed, but fluttering, like something inside needed to see. Needed to see Dan. Vadim looked up. "I … want to suck you off."

"Oh shit." Dan breathed out, his voice hitched, instantly husky. The grin had vanished, replaced by something larger, darker, the instant lust like a punch to his guts. "Why do you want to suck my cock?" He took a step closer, slipped without thinking into a part of himself that he'd almost forgotten. "What does it make you feel?" His good hand on the button of his sand coloured jeans, working on the zipper.

You're a masochistic faggot. Degenerate.

Vadim shook his head. "I need … to remember I want this. How much I want this." His face twitched. His own, free will. He could decide to do this. No force. He was offering. To his lover. "It gives me … power. Over you, over … myself, and …" Over the interrogator. Couldn't speak it.

Dan swallowed, heard something in the voice that didn't make immediate sense, would remember it later. "Damn right." Pushing the trousers down, he stood naked, his cock clearly interested. "You take my strength away when you do that. Legs tremble, knees buckle and my thoughts are mush." Raising his hand to touch the blond, short hair, Dan's voice dropped to a murmur, "and that's exactly why I'm a cocksucker. Not many understand the power, and it's fucking arousing to bring another man off."

Vadim looked up, Dan's voice crawled up and down his spine, mostly down, made him tense, that voice - that tone - got him ready to be fucked, just got him in the mind for it. "Used … to do it for the power. Just … the power. It's different now." It's the demons, as the doctor called it. "They haven't taken that away."

"I know." Dan's hand moved from the top of the head along the temple, "I remember." Caressing the cheek, jaw line, then back to the hair once more. His touch became more intense, more demanding. "Hope you remember me, too. From the first ill-fated attempt, when you choked me, to the last deep-throated greed that almost made me cum."

"I do. Fuck, I do." Wanked so often to the one at knife point, imagined so often how you do it. Vadim opened his lips, gathered saliva in a too dry mouth, and moved forward. Just his head, hands still crossed on his back, to take the cock, suck on it to get it fully hard, and once it responded, Vadim pushed his head down hard, nearly forced it down his throat, concentrating only on the technique, denying the torturer any room in this as the heat filled him, the impossibly strength and the thickness that just took his breath.

Dan gasped and let his head fall back into his neck for a long moment. Hips moving forward towards that mouth, while his hand stayed in contact with the head. Not forcing, not holding, just feeling every movement. Connected. Images before his closed eyes, memories, of caves, rooms, and the open. Nothing more potent, though, than the sight of Vadim, when he opened his eyes.

Vadim took him deep, several times, to get loosened up and get used to it again, then pulled back to concentrate on the head, sucking and rubbing it with his tongue, enjoying the taste, the touch communicating something to him, something that Dan's breathing pattern didn't. For once, the interrogator was not in this room, didn't stand between them, and Vadim felt a deep and desperate lust well up that he could allow now. His motions becoming stronger, positively fierce, taking Dan deep and powerful, fucking his own throat, and what discomfort there was, what restriction, only made him hungrier for it.

Dan lost control over his body, staring down at the sight, steadying himself with his hand that had slipped from Vadim's head to his shoulder. Moving in sync, not knowing who was setting the rhythm and who was following it, he felt his lust sharpen, deepen, settling in his guts and in his balls, making his knees unsteady and turning his movements desperate. His breath became as uncoordinated as his whole body, and he groaned, murmuring nonsensical sounds of encouragement and, strangely enough, gratitude. Yet all was forgotten when he felt his balls tighten, drawing up to his body and then suddenly, with a few harsh movements of his hips, he came with a barely suppressed sound, gasping Vadim's name, moaning while he shuddered. Dan's knees almost locked, and he could hardly stand, wanting to just let go and slide onto the goddamned floor.

Vadim reached up to steady Dan by his hips, cleaning him up while swallowing the cum, then slowly releasing Dan to straighten again, placing an arm around him to pull him closer, and hold him. Felt utterly and completely at peace now that no amount of shouts of 'faggot' and derision could touch him. "We … need to report back tonight? Or tomorrow?"

Dan buried his face in the crook of Vadim's neck, inhaling the familiar scent of soap, fresh sweat, and that which was purely, deeply Vadim. "Tonight. Damn."

"Bad planning."

Dan chuckled lightly, felt exhausted in the most pleasant way. His whole body strumming with contentment. Murmuring against skin, "what do you want me to do for you in return?" Tongue 'accidentally' snaking out to trace a vein and lap at salty, heated skin. Remembering the particular spots along Vadim's neck and behind the ear, that used to produce the most remarkable reactions.

Vadim tensed, hands nearly closing, fingers digging into Dan's back, and, yes, he was hard, and his cock twitched. He groaned and pressed Dan closer. "Anything … just … anything. Could … lend that good hand …"

"Or I could lend you my throat." Dan's murmur returned to huskiness, while his good hand was working on the other's trousers. "Up to you. You just say. I'll be your whore." Didn't have a clue how the last word had slipped out, decided after a brief moment that this was far too interesting a new game to bother about the ramifications. At least not just yet.

Vadim looked up, a sudden flash of something in his eyes, the blue intense as lightning just then, and the frown disappeared faster than it had come. He knew absolutely nothing about prostitutes, had never been there, no females to keep his cover, no males. Every conscript had been available, so why pay? But Dan, rendering a service. Dan … submitting to what he wanted. Unconditionally. "Suck me", he murmured, hands sliding back to rest on Dan's shoulders, pushing him down. His face, flushed, and heavy eyelids hiding most of the emotion in his eyes.

"Aye." Dan didn't quite manage to open the zip and pull down the briefs one-handed. "Whatever you want." Looking up, the darkness of his eyes intensified as he worked on the zip while nuzzling cock and balls through the fabric, and Vadim wanted to help him, wanted to make it easy and get to the good part - when he suddenly realized this was already the good part. A great part. Excellent part.

"How do you want me to suck you." Mouthing the hard contours while pushing the trousers down, "Sir." Added, out of nowhere.

Vadim's stomach muscles tightened, every muscle in his body electrified at that word. Sir. The epitome of power. Part of him wanted to tie Dan up and throw him on the bed only to fuck him, hard and fierce, but he couldn't resist the lips. The eyes, that dark glance that invited and lured and seemed mostly waiting for something. "Deep", he said, voice rough. "And … fast." No patience, not with these stakes.

"Sir, yes, Sir." Uttered sharply, as if he were still in the Forces, Dan nodded, managed to pull the briefs down and free the cock, pressing his face against it, revelling in the hard smoothness. The game mixed-up. Hustler, soldier, who the fuck cared. As long as he was right there, on his knees, about to lick and taste that cock and feel once again the heady power of the powerless.

He'd meant to take his time, but he had his order and there was no preliminary niceness, no licking of the head and shaft, lapping at precum, toying with the sensitive opening. Just his lips, closing around the swollen tip, and his head, moving down, his throat, opening. Impossible to deep throat in the pace he was setting himself, but his good hand closed tightly around Vadim's cock, stroked with the same rhythm as his head and the suction was hard and unforgiving. Fucking himself fiercely.

Vadim couldn't help it, worse, didn't want to help it, instead placed both hands on Dan's head, against the back of it, knew how much he could ask and at the same time knew Dan would deal with it, and that he wouldn't last long, anyway, not at that speed, not with Dan doing this. He thrust forward, forcing Dan deeper, taking control, just like that, feeling everything inside tighten as the pressure came down harder, fucking Dan in hard, not very controlled thrusts, just. A few. More, and went rigid, came hard, while Dan was gagging around the intrusion. Vadim shuddering and sweating, legs weakened as he heard himself pant and groan like a horrible weight had been taken off his shoulders.

Dan didn't tense, though, not after the first reflex. Did the opposite instead, just let go. Strange, to simply let go. Relaxing with that cock down his throat, and the urge to cough and worse, and yet his body went slack and his eyes closed. Just waiting. Taking. Waiting until he could swallow again. Could breathe.

Vadim pulled back, not completely out, loved Dan's heat and wetness, instead ran his hand down one cheek while Dan drew in deep breaths through his nose. Thumb tracing the line of the upper lip that was still semi-pursed against his cock, fingers cupping the chin, stubble and sweat against his hand, and it hurt to love so much.

Dan's eyes opened, and he blinked once, twice. Didn't move anything else, just stayed right there and then, arms slack at his sides, the cock softening in his mouth. Right where it belonged. Trusting, if Vadim was going to shove anything else down his throat, he'd take that, too. Even a muzzle. Or a blade.

Vadim gave him a smile, calm now, relaxed, at peace, happy, all tension gone, all fear gone, all darkness gone. "I liked that thought. Both. The … hooker. The … 'sir'."

Dan cleared his throat as he wiped his lips with the back of his hand. A missed drop, but he still licked his hand, making Vadim's eyes widen a touch. "I had a feeling you did." A slow grin began to spread across Dan's face. "No idea where they came from, but I think they will be back."

Back? A game. Dan liked his games, and, thought Vadim, so do I. "Interesting." Lame answer, but the blood still hadn't returned to his brain. Vadim pulled back, stowed his cock away, could still feel Dan. Was about to step away to find something to drink, but extended a hand. "Come."

Dan's fingers closed around Vadim's hand and he let himself be pulled up and back onto his feet. "Are you telling me now how good it was for you, asking me if it was good for me and declaring that I'm the one, the only one and you want to make an honourable man of me?" His grin turned into a full-blown smirk.

Vadim grinned. "You think the CO has the legal powers to marry us? Like a ship's captain?"

Dan laughed, deep-bellied, except that he his throat tickled. "We've already been through that, and you've decided I look shit in a dress, so let's forget about that one."

Vadim glanced around, then saw bottles of water stand near the bed. Didn't know the brand, which was strange, come to think of it. He knew all the possible brands of water that were drunk in the merc camp, so … these were not drunk in the merc camp. Good work, Sherlock. He stepped over, picked one up, checked the cap for tampering, then unscrewed it. "That jarhead water?"

Dan took a glance and nodded. "Seems so." Holding his hand out, impatiently waiting for Vadim to finish drinking. "Right now I'm thankful for it having been left here." He looked at Vadim, who lowered the bottle, straight on, not a flicker of his eye and not a twitch in his expression. Jarhead. Matt. Donahue. Delta.

Vadim met the gaze. Donahue. His water. The place where he and Dan met. He handed the bottle over and wiped his lips, watching Dan. That expression was too schooled, too controlled. Dan was hiding something, protecting. From him, and against him. The closest thing they could get to hostile. Or was it? He couldn't trust his judgement. Dan might be joking … only that he didn't joke like that. "Well." Didn't know what else to say and looked away first. He didn't win staring competitions any more. That particular bone in his body appeared to have been broken, no, pulverized.

Dan took the water and lifted it straight to his lips. Drinking in long, thirsty draughts that rolled over his tongue, down his throat, filling his stomach. The water was lukewarm, but the shady room had kept the worst off it. Finishing, he set the bottle down on the chair beside him, only now realising his trousers were still pooling around his ankles, which made him grin and the atmosphere changed, all tension dissipated. "You want to stay here for a while before heading into camp, or tackle the bull straight by its horns?"

"Wouldn't mind stretching my legs", murmured Vadim, and moved towards the bed. Dan never managed to lie with a smile. These were 100% gold. "Just rest up a few minutes." Unlacing the boots, then pulling them off, he pondered what the Donahue thing meant. What it actually meant, not what it was. He looked up and gave a smile. "Your American and French buddies can wait five more minutes for their presents, aye?"

"Shit," Dan sat down with his bare arse on the bed. "You're saying something here. I didn't bring any prezzies, now did I?" Looking inconsolable for a moment, until he had Vadim's full attention and only then did he break into a grin. "Well, not much anyway."

Vadim shook his head, grinning. "I thought you did." Just like Dan to bring … whatever presents to soldiers that needed a change to the same old. Just like in Afghanistan, leaving full bergans behind. This time, it would be Jean and Donahue that received the gifts.

Bending down to undo his bootlaces, Dan glanced sideways, "besides, I'd take a Russkie any day over anyone else. You did get that, didn't you? Roof top, Thailand, embassy and all, eh?"

"Yes. You just can't kick the habit of Slavs …" Vadim moved, patting the mattress next to him. Didn't care what else Dan had done in this room. It was safe, and quiet, and he ignored the fact that Jean, strictly speaking, was a Russkie too. Didn't matter. Not for the next five minutes. Or ten.

Shuffling over, Dan lifted his legs, fiddling with the laces of his boots in that awkward position. "Morose, hm?"

"Always." Vadim stretched to reach the laces, but pulling the boots off Dan's feet proved impossible from that position, so he got up and pulled from the other side, setting the boots down and studying Dan there, on the bed, his, and soon again a mercenary and not a bored tourist. Civilian shoes were less difficult to take off, he reflected.

He got on the bed again, close to Dan, and held him with one arm, tight, feeling him breathe and the heart beat, and thought the whole soldiering business was such as waste of time.

* * *

Two hours later and a quick nap in between, they were in a rickety taxi on their way to camp. Dan had his old bergan strapped to his back, one bag in his good hand, Vadim carrying the rest of their luggage. They got out of the car after a quick exchange with the driver, not even bothering to haggle the price, then striding towards the gates.

"Home sweet home, right?" Dan flashed a grin at Vadim.

Vadim squinted his eyes against the low sun and knew the beast would swallow him up again. 'Home' was no place. Not here, not anywhere. Dan would have to do, like before the prison, but even then, there had been a family. This place wasn't home, this was merely where he slept after work. "At least the pay's good."

"Aye, and that means I can take you to New Zealand, show you the farm I bought, and then have it all done up for our retirement." Dan's lips curved into a cocky grin, seemingly not being able to imagine such a thing as retiring from active duty. Forty-two, a knackered body, but he kept beating it into submission.

Vadim smiled and shook his head. The farm. A far distant place on the other end of the world, and both of them retired old pensioners sitting on a porch, watching sheep? Actually, that did sound nice. "You'll have to take me there", he murmured.

"Next R&R, if it works out. My treat." The guards opened the gate after Dan's and Vadim's ID passes were shoved under their noses, and Dan kept walking, straight towards the guard house, to sign in with the duty officer. Craning his head back at Vadim, "I'm just thinking about the poor bastards who do this as their regular army job. They earn how many times less than we do?"

"Substantially." Vadim had to remind himself not to touch Dan, had to remind himself to stay away and was still standing close as he signed in as well, would have to remember no kissing, no touching. He glanced towards the camp. Mitch would certainly raise the issue - but then, part of him was looking forward to fighting him again. "Do we move the kit right away?"

"What time is it?" Dan turned half-way to face Vadim, the shades back over his eyes after a brief stint of identification. He stood close, one booted foot between Vadim's legs, and a hand brushing along one thigh as he turned back to the guard who'd said something. "What?"

"I said tea time, mate." The soldier pointed to the wall clock behind him, a cheap plastic affair. "Scran's up in a second."

Turning once more to Vadim, Dan grinned. "Sounds good to me. Let's dump our stuff in my hut and catch some food. Starving again. We can pick up the big parcels from the mail station afterwards."

Vadim nodded, and kept himself from placing a flat hand between Dan's pecs to push him away. Close. Whatever would happen in this desert, Dan was close. "Mail. Right." Mail was hardly worthwhile - sometimes legal letters and tax stuff from Her Majesty's Bureaucracy. No more letters from a dutiful wife. "Started any pen pal friendships while you were bored?"

"Bored? When?" Dan smirked, "and no, no pen pals, but I had parcels delivered here. Already forgotten? My new CD player and the other goodies."

"Oh, your shopping. You entirely manly male shopping, that is." Finding some of the lightness of Dubai, and holding onto it. Ignoring everything else, most of all the feeling he didn't belong here.

"Exactly, that one." Dan laughed. The manly shopping. Techno gadgets." He winked behind the shades, only the quirk of one brow and the twisting of the scar in his face visible.

They headed deeper into camp, where two teams had just arrived, covered in red dust, and heading towards the armoury to hand in the weapons. Vadim thought for a moment they looked like mythical creatures, more animals than men. Like those soldiers in myth, grown from dragon's teeth. Dragon spawn. He didn't look closer, merely trotted towards Dan's hut.

Walking slower for a moment, checking out the men, Dan tried to find a familiar face amongst them. He had to catch up with Vadim a second later. "Wondering yet what the scran assassin has cooked this time? I already miss the buffet in Thailand."

"Something with enough fat, sodium, and cholesterol to get even my heart into a nervous stutter, no doubt." The salt made sense, though, with the amounts they sweated out. "Good I start patrol duty tomorrow. That way I can get rid of the calories."

"Bugger, and I'm still off for at least another couple of weeks." Dan gave his hips a quick twist until they collided with Vadim's. "Guess that means I'll turn into a fat bastard in the meantime." He grinned, "oh, and better get the wrist checked out with the medic, don't I?"

"The way you treat that bandage, no doubt."

One dusty sweaty face lit up in the group of men while Dan was talking, and Jean briefly raised his rifle to acknowledge him, gesturing that they'd talk later. Noticing no doubt how Dan and Vadim were far closer now. A roguish grin, and Jean gave a wink.

"Hey!" Dan called over, "missed me, Princess?" Laughing his head off at the reaction, when Jean flipped the bird and called back: "Damn, we got off the wrong road. This must be the magic kingdom, I just saw a fairy."

"Ha ha ha!" Dan shouted across, wiggling his hips in an exaggerated fashion and bumping into Vadim a few times, who seemed just plain bewildered. "You're just dried up and missing me, wanker."

Jean's crew, tired and dusty, were laughing and joking amongst themselves and Jean gave Dan a nod, another grin and an insulting gesture. Dan was still laughing as he waved the Frenchman off.

They had almost reached the hut and Dan checked out Vadim, who glanced back over his shoulder, brow dark, as if he was unable to read Jean's comment, his joke, or the whole interaction.

"Hope you won't regret having me on the same mattress every night." Dan suddenly flashed a grin.

"No. Will you?" Vadim couldn't help but ask, and felt stupid as his voice seemed heavier than he'd wanted.

"Why?" Throwing his right shoulder against the door, which had got stuck from the constant change from heat to cold, Dan stumbled inside with a bright grin. "I'm the one who manages to sleep curled around you, at 48 plus degrees, while you are turning into a big puddle of sweat. I sure as fuck won't regret anything."

"It gets colder at night. Then you are clearly welcome. And … even in the heat." He'd regret that, Vadim knew, but the little discomfort was worth it. Maybe Dan's sleeping brain just needed the connection. Like his own sleeping brain always fucked him up.

Dan waited until Vadim had stepped into the gloom, then kicked the door shut, grabbed the other's shirt into his fist and yanked him close. All in one fluid motion that Vadim didn't resist at all. "I told you, my Russkie, I won't ever be without you again." Murmured, lips so close they almost touched until Dan crossed even that minimal distance and pulled him into a kiss.

Vadim's hands connected with Dan's back, pulling him closer, digging into his flesh as his lips opened and the hunger was back like there had been no quick release just a couple hours ago. It would be difficult to turn up for duty, Vadim thought with humour, pulling away just to murmur, "No regrets. Not ever."

"Good." Dan's shades hung at a precarious angle. "Just a bit of a problem now." His hands still on Vadim's hips, the good one digging into muscles as he rubbed his groin once against the other's to emphasise his unspoken point. "Still, I'm starving, guess I got to think of icebergs and bomb proof hairdos."

Vadim managed to pull away, his mind somewhere completely different, and yes thinking something else would be good now, otherwise he'd feed Dan a couple of snack bars and not let him out of the hut. He pushed the bag to the side with his foot. "Let's get you some food, then. And maybe … call it an early night tonight?"

"Definitely." Dan lifted his shades and stared down at his all too prominent cock. "Damn." Muttered, "down, boy, down!" To no avail, even when he added a frustrated "woof!" He sighed, "can't be helped, I'm starving, and it's not that the guys haven't seen a hard-on before." Grinning from one ear to another, "and if I'm really lucky they think it's a greeting for them."

* * *

Around lunchtime the next day, Dan was walking across the compound, carrying a bag in his good hand, while whistling. Back in the customary shades, t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, he ignored any stare that had potentially grown nastier since they've returned - and returned together, clearly a couple. Nodding with a grin to those who couldn't give a shit either way.

"Hey!" Hollering before he even got close to Jean's hut, "Princess!" Smirking at the odd turn of head and incongruous gape from some of the passers-by.

A little later, the door opened and Jean was leaning against the door frame, white dusty wifebeater clinging to his upper body, camo trousers riding low on his abs, displaying an expanse of shining skin with the faint glory trail towards his belly button which was just barely covered by the shirt. "Ah. Mr Honeymoon is paying a visit."

Dan's eyes were going ostentatiously from head to toe and back again, grin blooming into a fully-blown smirk. "Aye, and I thought I'd better deliver the favours to the wedding guests, aye?" Raising his bag he waved it about. He didn't even try to hide the reaction in his shorts to the sight of that French motherfucker.

Jean moved to the side only enough to allow Dan to squeeze in, allowing him to pass by getting very close, glancing downwards. Mildly surprised, but still on top of the game. "Wedding guests? I want cake, then. And maids of honour to … dishonour."

"Fat chance, Frenchie. Unless you like to fuck the nice arse of a gentleman of honour." Grinning ferally, Dan slipped past and into the hut, adding when the door closed behind him, "wait, as far as I remember you do like fucking a nice arse."

"Yeah, but only if it's extra special nice." Jean gave a laugh and clapped Dan on the shoulder. "You look well rested."

"Easy to do after two weeks in Thai heaven and one in Dubai luxury." Dan held the bag out to the other. "Here. And happy birthday to you, too."

"Awww, you shouldn't have." Jean took the bag, glancing at Dan to gauge what might be in it - like a rattlesnake or other practical joke, then opened it.

Inside, packets and CDs, a wrapped up Sony Discman, a round black box with cables, the CDs were The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, and some of the other classics. Jean glanced up, grinning. "You got my birthday date wrong, but that's fine. Let's make it Christmas today."

"Aye," Dan grinned, "figured you needed an edumacation in good music taste."

"Careful … the Legion has a long and rich musical tradition." Jean pulled out a final box with a beautiful oriental pattern, which contained a silk scarf with deep, rich colours, and Jean raised an eyebrow. "Aw, you do love me after all. It wasn't just a thing for one night."

"Har, har, har." Dan almost blew a raspberry. "Very funny, Frenchie. That's for your lady, thought she might appreciate something from Dubai." Sitting down on the bed, Dan pushed the shades into his hair before leaning back. "Don't get your hopes up, Princess, I might bring you prezzies, and might kiss you awake, but I sure as fuck won't sweep you up into my arms and take you away on my mighty steed." He laughed, adding, "unless it's for a shag of course."

Jean glanced towards the door. "I guess the other knight in black armour might disagree about any sweeping up stuff going on here, eh?" He put the scarf back into the box and set it on the table to the side.

Dan shrugged, "That's not up for discussion. I love him, that's that, but you think I am going back to the monogamy of Afghanistan? I never bloody shagged anyone except Vadim, until I got here. No fucking way I go back to that. Wouldn't be fair on my harem, right?" Flashing a smirk, "Love's one thing, and everything else is another." Stretching put his long legs, he dropped the plastered hand across his lap. "Or don't you agree?"

Jean's eyes dropped, continuing to dip lower as he grinned. "Okay, fair enough …" He moved closer and placed a hand on Dan's chest. "Can't say I disagree. Can't say I'm not fucking needy after three weeks with just Mrs Thumb and her four daughters …"

"What, you didn't find yourself another fuck-toy?" The mock-shock brought an evil gleam to Dan's dark eyes. "And here I was, thinking that the whole camp was lying down in front of your feet, squealing 'take me! Take me!'" He managed simultaneously to grin, snort, pull the t-shirt up to his throat and the waistband of his shorts down as much as they would go, revealing the line of dark hair.

Jean moved nearer, his chest hovering close to Dan's, supporting himself on one arm as the other went up to pull the shirt off, briefly lowering his head. "As a point of fact, nope, no such offers. But I hardly hang 'round the Americans, might have been luckier scoring there, eh?" Dipping his head low to kiss the exposed flesh, while Dan chuckled in the back of his throat.

Jean flicked his tongue across and into Dan's belly button. "I guess there were a few holes left unstuffed while you were gone …"

"You're pretty one-track in your thinking, mate." Dan's good hand rested on the bent neck, making its way against the growth into the short hair, stroking upwards. "It's not all about fucking …"

"Sometimes it's about being fucked?" Jean looked up, grinning, bared his teeth and traced the ridge of one of the scars, then the pattern of sixpack that became visible.

"Ha, ha, tosser," Dan rolled his eyes, laughing breathlessly at the touch of lips and teeth. "Here I was, thinking a Frenchman like you knew all about l'amour. Sucking, stroking, rubbing, all that shit." His hand slipped beneath Jean's white vest, tracing down heat-damp skin as far as he could reach. "I happen to like a male body, and whatever can be done with it."

Jean came up to meet Dan in a kiss, playful, but with heat and determination, almost straddling him now. "Here …" he murmured, breathless, "is a male body, so … what do you … want to do with it, huh?" Kissing again with lips and teeth open, tongue following as he pressed in, enjoying the building passion and heat and not stopping once to think.

"Well …" Dan breathed out, "you could always return the favour." Tugging on fabric to get the top off Jean's body. Dan managed to grin from ear to ear while never completely stopping the kiss.

Jean shed the vest, tossing it to the side without looking. "Which favour?" Sucking on Dan's lower lip now, pressing up against him, skin smelling of soap and sweat and dust.

Dan's eyes closed for a moment, as he fought, then lost, and let go of the groan that had been building up in his chest. "Your arse …." A man had to try, no matter how well he knew the answer. He'd still try and try again, while grinning like a fool. Hand roaming across Jean's back to rest on the powerful neck, relishing sweat, strength and skin beneath his fingers.

Jean laughed. "I'm curious, but not that curious ..."

"OK." Dan smiled and shrugged one-sided while Jean swallowed, debating, maybe, for a moment. Horny too, but at the same thing, that would make him gay, right? "You been thinking about my ass?"

Dan's laughter hitched, while his fingers tightened into Jean's neck muscles. "I think about everyone's arse, if they are worth thinking about. I'm a bloke, for fuck's sake. I think about sex 24/7." Lifting his hips off the bed to grind against Jean, then pulling him down, close to his lips once more. "And you, Frenchie …" murmured, while kissing, "have a particularly nice arse."

Jean was on top, grinding into Dan, kissing deeply, lust still growing. "I'm flattered, but trust me, if I ever want to know what it's like getting fucked, I'll ask you to do it, but … just … doesn't really do it for me, okay?"

Dan grinned, shook his head when Jean did seem sorry, and seemed to want to make up for it by opening Dan's trousers, sliding them down, helping him to shed them fully.

"Don't be stupid." Dan's interest was obvious, but then he had started to be interested back when Jean had opened the door. "I don't care. I get enough arse in my life anyway. Can't complain." Kicking the shorts into a corner, he grinned. "Just give me your speciality."

Jean paused, wondering, maybe, about Dan and Vadim, then grinned at him. "Yeah." He stripped the shirt off Dan, kissing his chest and sides, slowly moving up over Dan's throat and jaw, chin to his lips, hands roaming as he did, taking hold of Dan's cock like it was his own, kissing him deeply and hungrily while beginning to pump him.

Moaning into Jean's mouth, Dan lost himself within heartbeats. Just like every single time he kissed that wannabe French motherfucker with his Russian face and Russian eyes and ... nothing otherwise Russian about him. Nothing like Vadim. Nothing … and then Dan ceased to think. Hips pushing towards the hand, his own digging hard into Jean's neck muscles, pushing and pulling. Close, closer and more, as always drowning in that goddamned skill of lips and teeth.

"You sexy bastard", murmured Jean between kisses, pressing against Dan's leg, knowing he'd come into his pants. Free hand holding Dan close, who was losing control, rapidly, as suddenly somebody banged against the door.

"Jean, you in there?"

"Merde!" hissed Jean, jumping off Dan as if stung by a scorpion. "What the fuck do you want?" Called out.

"What?" Dan croaked. Lips swollen, body in the dumbfuck state of arousal.

"I wanted to talk about the route tomorrow." The voice behind the door shouted.

Jean closed his eyes. "Putain", he murmured, already getting up, fishing for the shirt.

"You can't be fucking serious!" Dan groaned, desperate, yet already looking around for his shorts. What the fuck was he going to do with that hard-on of his?

Jean shrugged, cast an apologetic glance to Dan, who was cursing under his breath while getting to his feet and towards his shorts. Bringing out a stream of the most colourful expletives he could find, in every language that came to his mind, including Pushtu and Russian.

"We should talk through the route and the map. I'm going to brief the boys, so …" The disembodied voice called out once more.

"Yeah, it's important, it's about the job. Get ya." Jean slid the shirt down, got his trousers back in order, then walked towards the door while Dan just about managed to get into his shorts and close them haphazardly. The t-shirt was irretrievably lost. Couldn't be helped.

Jean glanced at him, and Dan nodded before scooting back onto the bed, snatching his shades and pushing them onto his nose. Flip-flops somewhere, t-shirt hopefully out of sight, in nothing but those goddamned shorts.

"Sorry. Come on in." Jean called out, opening the door. That very moment Dan spotted a deck of cards, hastily went for it, and leaned over the table, hiding his raging arousal by dishing out cards.

He'd kill that motherfucker. Tomorrow.

The other merc came through the door and Jean kept in his back, or half covered by the door, hiding the evidence nonchalantly, as if he'd never done anything else.

"Thanks, Jean. You lucky bastard are off tomorrow, but after what happened last week, I want to be one hundred percent sure."

"Sure, no problem. Only … didn't want to turn my back on Mad Dog. The bastard's cheating at cards."

"Aye, Frenchie!" Dan called out, even managed to laugh, while randomly dishing out cards.

Jean brought out a map and unfolded it on the table, explaining the route and the possible problems, again. Apparently, the route had changed after an attack, and people were generally more on edge than normal. Jean kept close to the other, hiding behind the man's body, who seemed at ease with that closeness, while Jeans spelled out the road. His finger tracing the line on the map and speaking, monotonous, precise, every now and then clasping the other's shoulder and cracking a stupid joke. Mates.

"Thanks man, that's helpful."

"Take the map, and bring back Pascal in one piece … I'd miss my sweetheart too much." More jokes, promises of bringing back the whole team alive, and Jean saw him out the door, closing it firmly and locking it as soon as the guy was out. "Oh fuck."

"Well." Dan pulled his lips from his teeth, baring both rows, while stretching his arms to the side, letting muscles slide along skin. "That was fun."

"No. Shit. Yes. Fuck." Jean shook his head. "Fuck. Killed the mood."

"Wouldn't say so." Dan started to grin, while slowly pushing the shades off his eyes, perching them on the top of his wild hair. "You missed a whole show, here. All that touchy-feely shit going on between you two? Didn't need much imagination to get the porn rolling in my head." Dan patted the front of his shorts. "Only thanks to my steely determination I managed to keep the boy down. The show would have been even better with booze."

Jean laughed. "What? Me and him? That was … completely innocent. Hey, I'm not gay. Seriously."

"No, of course, not, mate. You're as straight as fuck, your lady is proof to that." Pointing leisurely at one of the pics on Jean's wall, Dan smirked, but there was nothing malicious about that grin.

"Yes. She is." Jean shook his head. "Pervert. But … booze I have. I'm off tomorrow, he's taking over my patrol." He nodded towards one of his chests. "There. Some red, and some whisky."

"Whisky." Dan didn't even think before deciding. "Where the fuck did you get the stuff from? Not quite legal here, aye?"

"Nope. I have friends in high places, and they don't always check everything. Plus, what I do in my off time is my own business, and none of theirs. Fuck them." Jean went digging around the chest, found the whisky, glancing with regret at the wine. "Wrong temperature. Completely wrong temperature. Shit."

"And what does that mean? You not even bothering to drink it? Booze is booze, mate."

"It's wine." Jean rolled his eyes. "Okay. Yeah, I'll drink it."

Grinning, Dan threw the cards onto the table, then shuffling them into a lose pack. Glancing up from a haphazard fringe of dark hair and entangled shades. "Think it's safe yet to get our kit off again? Booze is so much better naked."

"Strip poker, huh?" Jean nodded towards the cards.

"You want to play?" Dan laughed, "I'm game, but I warn you, I'm damn good, with my skills honed by a very special lady. You'd get naked anyway, so there's no challenge."

Jean laughed. "No need to draw it out, then …?" He pulled his shirt free again and dropped it on the floor, then opened his fly, pushing his trousers down, half-interested, mostly because of the situation. "I won't dance, you know."

"Dance?" Dan laughed at the mental image. "Why the fuck should you dance?"

"Stripping. You know. Pole dancing. Don't gays have bars where guys strip and do dirty things on a pole or on a lap?"

"What the fuck do I know?" Dan shrugged. "Never been to anything like that."

"No?" Jean sounded incredulous.

"No." Extracting the shades from the mess of his hair, Dan shrugged before chucking them to the side, then once again getting out of his shorts. "Got any mugs, or is it drinking straight out of the bottle?" Dan reached for the whisky as Jean found two mugs.

"Drinking wine like this is a crime. Take it from a Frenchman, this is … a crime."

"I don't mind. I'll sure as fuck get into the mood again."

Jean laughed. "I bet you will." He poured drinks, starting with whisky himself, clearly trying to get drunk quickly as he gulped it down in a few deep swallows.

"Hey, you got an agenda, or what? If I keep up with you, I'll be piss drunk in fifteen minutes." Grinning, Dan downed his first liberal shot. "Or are you waiting for me to take advantage of you so that you can claim later it wasn't because you wanted to do it but because you were pissed?"

Jean quirked an eyebrow over the rim of the mug. "You think I'm capable of such a nefarious lie?" He moved closer, grinning, before Dan could utter any piss-taking remarks. "You think I'd claim I kissed …" his lips touching Dan's, moving closer, "caressed …" hands running over Dan's heated skin, "and stroked …" hand rubbing the insides of Dan's leg, fingers splayed, "by accident?"

"Aye." Dan's grin was on full beam. "I think you are capable of a hell of a lot." Emptying the mug in one go, the whisky was running down his throat like liquid fire. He just about managed not to cough while clinking the empty mug against Jean's. "But I'm not complaining."

Jean downed the rest of the whisky, flushing slightly, and poured more. Feeling the alcohol already, after the enforced sobriety. Half sitting on Dan, his lips again on Dan's chest, only pausing to take another swallow of the alcohol. "Hey, never did anything that was bad for you, or did I?" Pushing Dan's legs apart, which opened readily, his lips had arrived at the place where leg met torso, close to Dan's cock, but not touching. Just biting the inner thigh playfully.

"That …" Dan gasped out, "depends on what you define as 'good'." His cock was definitely convinced that this was very, very good, especially the way those lips kept moving South. Not that Jean could get any further South, perhaps a little more North would be perfect, and a bit more … he drew in a deep breath while the fingers of his plastered hand carded through the short blond hair. So much like ... and yet not … and all was different. No rules and not giving a damn about what the fuck was going to happen next. "I need more booze." He managed to get out after a series of particularly promising nips and bites of the far too sensitive flesh of his inner thighs.

Jean grinned and reached over to pour more whisky, adding some to his own mug, and taking another deep swallow, fingers sliding down Dan's dam and towards his ass. "God, I fucking loved fucking your ass", he suddenly said, grinning, changing sides to nip the other thigh, nose brushing past Dan's cock by accident.

Dan's cock jumped towards Jean's face at those words, barely missing. Downing all of the whisky in one go, he coughed, which rapidly morphed into several noisy breaths as the lips and teeth kept doing their work while his legs kept opening further to allow better access. "I can … imagine. I …" but he shut up, dropped the empty mug on the bed and his good hand joined the other, stroking Jean's neck and temple, jaw line and cheek.

Jean grinned, baring teeth as he pulled at Dan's flesh. "You what?" Visibly enjoying the touch, biting firmer until it stung, then lapping the same reddened skin with his tongue, as if soothing it. Hand moving to Dan's cock, circling it, as he moved a little closer to the centre. Cock in full view, and he glanced up to Dan, almost nervous. "Shit", he murmured.

"S'okay." Dan slurred the words together in a husky mumble. The fingers of his good hand spread across Jean's neck, up the back of his skull. Even though he didn't mean to, light pressure was guiding, pointing the way. "Don't have to." Murmured, but fuck, he'd be ready to pray to any god, Allah, Jehovah, Baby Jesus, who the fuck ever, if only Jean would. He was so hard and horny, he'd offer his soul to the devil, if the old codger didn't already own it. "S'okay …"

Jean swallowed audibly, the pressure in his neck reassuring, tender and gentle, and clearer than a thousand words, as clear as Solange's helpless whimpers or her squirming on the bed. Only that Dan was by no means Solange. Wrong equipment. Right equipment. Oh fuck. The taste was salty, almost smoky, a strong taste, but clean, healthy, and he opened his lips and slipped the head in. Hand holding the cock, twitching flesh, veins thundering under his fingers, or his own pulse. He forced his tongue to extend, probe the thick piece of flesh that was entering his mouth, lick it, strange, silky, hot, his eyes fixed on Dan's taut stomach, the terrible groves of scars, survival written all over that body.

Dan's groans were everything but controlled. Jean. Straight Jean. Mate Jean. Friend Jean. Comrade Jean. Straight-as-yeah-hell-fuck Jean. His hips twitched, but he stilled himself, while he never increased the pressure on the neck, but never diminished it either. Just there. Shuddering with lust and staring down at the sight of the utterly focussed way his cock was being tasted, licked, and touched.

Jean took another inch, felt that was as far as he could go, put pressure on his lips, then remembered his hand, slowly pumping Dan.

"Shit, I …" Dan let out incoherent sounds, while his thighs tensed until he could feel the strain down to his toes. "I … let you … tell … won't cum … know …"

Jean glanced up at the words, seemingly putting the meaning together very slowly, then thought he just couldn't look at Dan, not while … doing this, and stared straight at Dan's stomach, mind blanking as he tried to remember what to do now. Breathed in through his nose and sucked on the flesh, feeling Dan respond, moved up with resistance, and licked across the head, more taste. So that was precum, he thought, mind blurred by what he did, while the alcohol was truly nothing but an excuse. He almost pulled off, then pressed his lips firmer together and went down again, hand pumping faster than his mouth as he remembered, and back up again, the motion less stiff now, coming from his neck and shoulders.

Dan's thighs tensed even more. Rock solid muscle under deeply tanned skin, except for the flesh itself that Jean was sucking and stroking. The sight was killing him, and he didn't have a clue why this man, of all men who'd sucked him off, was blowing his mind, not just his cock. Perhaps the unexpected, or the forbidden, or … and then Jean moved down again, with slightly more speed and pressure this time, as if he really meant it and Dan could do nothing but groan and shudder. Heart racing, breath coming in shorter and shorter gasps, struggling for control, not to push down on the head. "Oh shit … not long …"

Jean pulled back again, understanding suddenly what he did, understood why he did it, and moved with some force, almost jerking back. Sucking on the head, more taste, feeling Dan tense and wrestle the emotion, or rather taking it, riding it, and he thought fuck, he really likes this, really, really enjoys this, and there was an odd tenderness that made him forget this fucking awkward thing, this wanting and not wanting, this offering for something else. Then took him deeper again, careful to not go too deep, instead working with his tongue and neck, finding a strange kind of way to do it, one that seemed alright, less weird, while his hand kept pumping him, and the other hand dug into Dan's thigh, steadying himself.

Dan's leg muscles so tense, he was almost on the balls of his foot, while his abs kept contracting. Wanting to hold Jean's head, dig into the neck, push him down, but did nothing like that. Good hand forming into a tight fist instead, eyes closed at last. Too much onslaught onto his senses, despite the unskilled attempt, but it wasn't about skills nor experience. It was the goddamned fact that it was Jean, and that he did this. His eyes opened before it got all too much and he felt his balls draw up, abs contracting helplessly, while the orgasm built up like a geyser, pressure bursting to the surface. His plastered hand pushed clumsily at Jean's face, pushing away despite wanting to force that throat down deeper to take him in all the way. "Now." Forced out, his good fist slamming into his own thigh.

Jean pulled back, face flushed, hand still pumping as Dan came, splattering cum across that belly and thighs and he felt it hot against his shoulder, and the side of his throat and run over his hand. He grinned, meeting Dan's gaze, who was staring at him with inscrutable dark eyes, while Jean's own betrayed emotions, fondness, and tenderness and more. He released Dan, who fell back on the bed like a boneless weight. Jean stood, reaching for his shirt to clean up, saying nothing.

Dan started to smile, didn't say anything either, until the smile began to morph into a grin. "Thank you." Clearing his throat and wetting suddenly dry lips.

"Hey, just returning a favour." Jean wiped his shirt over his neck and across his chest. "And I did not learn that in the Legion. Or in the Soviet Army. Seriously."

Dan was grinning like a fool. "You sure about that? Compared to my first blow job this was paradise. Mine was utter crap, couldn't even get him off."

"Absolutely sure." Jean grinned and came closer again, one hand on Dan's shoulder as he leaned in to kiss. "Well, you get me off fine, so I thought I'd make an effort. Solange is really good, and you are good, and, well, seems pretty complicated to me… doing several things at once, you know?"

"Shut up." Dan murmured, simultaneously teasing and awfully gentle. Surprised when Jean really did shut up. "You were doing just fine, Frenchie, and you never need to pay me back for anything, aye?"

"I know, but …"

Dan shut Jean up with a kiss this time, using his hand on the neck and a fair amount of pressure.

Jean pressed in, wanting the kiss, needing it worse than any other touch, desire and lust coming in hard and bad and worse, and goddamned motherfucking right. He took hold of Dan's good hand and led it down over his body, to his cock, all the time kissing him like his life depended on it. "Want you … fucking … need … want … must have", he said, almost comical as there was no fierceness, only odd tenderness that was more begging, more inviting than any aggression. Playful, still, and sensuous with no holds barred.

Dan was shaken to the core by those words. Couldn't quite grasp their meaning but sensed it, and some strange tenderness welled up. An odd soft spot, where he didn't think he should have one. Not for anyone other than Vadim, and perhaps the Baroness, and otherwise … and yet the words and that near desperate kiss turned the post orgasmic haze into something far mellower. Breaking the kiss, but keeping his hand in the back of Jean's neck. "What do you want?" Dan smiled, murmuring against the other's lips. "Want my arse?" And he didn't even ask himself what he'd just offered.

Jean's lips opened, nodding, feeling protected and a whole lot more. "Hand … a hand's alright … but if you … If I can have that, fuck yes …" Lust growing only worse, weeks and weeks of need and the memory of Dan's body. "Shit. Oh shit." Knew what it all meant and couldn't think it, couldn't think desire and lust and more and wanting, friend and comrade, and mercenary, and fellow man, man.

Dan did nothing but grin and nod. Strange, how this seemed the most normal thing in the world. No holding on to his male 'power', and least of all no Kabul. Was all good, just as he'd said. "How do you want me?" And that, for fuck's sake, that was something he had never asked before, never offered.

"Like this … on your … back." Jean was kissing again. Didn't say, couldn't even think that this was how he did Solange, most of the time, assumed it was the position that felt best, or something, but in truth wanted to understand, wanted to see it was Dan, and that thought aroused him more. Dan. Mad Dog. Not just a body, not even just a man.

"Like this …" Dan repeated, his fingers in Jean's neck stilled. His smile faltered for a moment as he just looked, searched, pondered. On his back. Face to face. He'd never done that, not once. Then he suddenly smiled again, and he nodded. Was all good in the end, was all okay. No past, no dark secrets and no extremes of anything. No rollercoaster of emotions with magnitudes of life and death. No Kabul, and no derelict house in a stinking alley that had long been reduced to rubble. "Okay." His hand slid down Jean's shoulder, resting on the biceps, while his lips quirked lop-sided.

Jean paused as well, as if he sensed the reluctance, and kissed Dan again, eager, tender, passionate, heartfelt. "That alright?"

"Aye. Just be gentle with me." Dan winked, but there was seriousness in the humour. "I just came."

"Shit." Jean gave a laugh. "That means that … you're tender, right? It's fine, I'm okay with a hand. Or just let me cool down a bit and keep kissing and stuff, until you're … recovered."

"No worries, I'll be OK." Taken aback for a moment at this oddly tender way of being taken care of. With Vadim it was different, each expected the other to put a stop to things if they needed to. This was … like being a girl, perhaps, and Dan suddenly laughed low. "Just don't pound away like a meat cleaver." Flashing a grin while slowly moving onto the side so he could scoot properly onto the narrow bed.

Jean shook his head. "Hey, I can be gentle, now, can I?"

"Aye," Dan grinned, "you are."

Almost as if apologizing. "I am good with just … other stuff." Jean followed onto the bed, lying on top of Dan, arms keeping most of his weight off Dan's chest, like he would with Solange, but his cock pressed against Dan's thigh.

Dan started to laugh again. "Don't treat me like a china doll, I'm fucking Mad Dog!" As if emphasising his point, he lifted his legs, with the other's body between them, and pulled his knees nearly up to his chest. "What are you waiting for? I see you're gagging for my exquisite arse." Hiding some of the strange feeling with a lopsided grin.

Jean stared down at him, his grin faded, face suddenly smooth and relaxed, like he rarely was. Jean's usual expression was a grin, or the beginning of a grin, or a moment of wicked humour.

Dan cocked his head to the side, and simply watched the face and its expression he had never seen before. He could not decode it, but stored it away.

Jean suddenly frowned as if he had just become aware of himself, and rolled his eyes as the grin came back. "What a slut", he muttered, in good humour, and he crawled over, reaching for lube, and reaching further for a condom.

"Yeah, I guess." Dan took his knees, hooked his arms underneath to lift his legs up. Spread, open, and suddenly goddamned uncomfortable when Jean's body left and he just lay there. "Hurry up, aye?"

Jean grinned. "Listen, I'm trying to take it slow and you already start pushing." Shaking his head as he flicked open the cap and smeared a generous amount of gel on Dan's ass, who cursed at the sudden coldness. "Relax. You can always put your legs on my shoulders … it's easier on your fucked arm, too." Reaching for a pillow and shoving it under Dan's ass. "Lift it, sweetheart." Dan did, and felt a notch more like an idiot.

Slippery fingers struggling to hold the condom which Jean opened with his teeth - skilful and practiced enough to alleviate all fears of punctures, and he rolled it down over his cock, then leaned against Dan's knees and rubbed Dan's hole. Warming and distributing the lube, sliding the thumb in, just the first digit, teasing Dan and grinning as he did, not disgusted by any of this, merely a friendly, experienced tease. "But you're right. You have a great ass."

"I wouldn't know. Can't see it from here."

"Just trust me with it." Jean leaned in to rub his face against Dan's leg, pushing his finger deeper, bending it and massaging the muscle, getting it to relax for him. Strangely erotic, still, to have Dan like this, and do this, and it gave him time to calm down, too. Just a bit.

The touch was good, no question, and if it continued it could even ignite another slow-burning fire, that soon after he'd cum, but Jesus fucking Christ, was that what a bint felt on an examination chair? "You going to find a foetus up there?" Dan hid the discomfort with a grin.

"Only if you stuck one up there", Jean retorted, grinning. "What? You nervous, babe?"

"Did you just fucking call me 'babe'?" Dan's incredulity couldn't be any more comical. Especially not with a finger up his arse and his knees wide open, thighs pressed to his chest.

"I think I just fucking did." Jean laughed like this was some stupid standoff in the chow hall. "So what are you going to do about it, sweetheart?" Joining another finger and pushing it in, then sliding it out, slowly fucking Dan with two fingers and giving him the Mother of all Grins. "If I go too fast or rough or whatever, tell me, okay? Talk to me. Solange just hits me with a pillow when I do." A wink, and the grin turning softer, gentler.

"I'm a bloke. I'm not your Solange." Dan's voice betrayed that those fingers had an effect. Yet so … vulnerable. So much for his reputation as Mad Dog, hard-as-nails motherfucker.

"I noticed. You got the full set." Jean smiled, looking pointedly at Dan's cock. "I'm not even sure I'd like you if you got an operation and turned into a girl."

"Shit." Dan pressed out. "It's just that …damn." Taking in a deep, shuddering breath, "never done it like that before." Adding, with suppressed aggression, "okay?"

"On your back?" Jean paused, pulling his fingers out only to adjust Dan's hips. "Okay. No problem." Then why the pause, the reluctance, and then agreeing to it? "Are you positive you want this?"

"Aye," and he was. "I just feel …," he grimaced, "like a total idiot like this, with my legs up in the air. Waiting for the gynaecologist."

"Yeah, I can imagine." I can't really, Jean thought. Despite the vastly powerful body under him, open, ready, Jean couldn't drag his mind off that thought. Dan's reluctance to get fucked even though he'd done it, and there was Vadim, and Dan clearly liked it. Had liked it the last time. "As you said to me, you don't have to … no … you know, no promises or anything. I won't leave you if we don't." The question suddenly in the room just how Dan and Vadim fucked. He wasn't sure he wanted to know.

"Leave me?" This was it, it broke the spell and Dan started to grin. "Okay, darling, in that case, sweetheart, forget about how utterly dumbfucking stupid I look and feel, and kiss me, baby, before you get your cock up my arse, sugarpuff, where you've wanted it to be for quite some time. Right, sweetcheeks?" He'd found the trick to forget about the situation: take the piss Face to face. Okay. Was all okay, as long as he could laugh about himself.

Jean laughed, too. "That's it. Take the mickey. It's just sex, nothing to worry about, loverboy." He leaned in, kissing Dan, deeply, still chuckling in the back of his throat while his hand caressed and kneaded Dan's muscular ass. No bones to be felt. Muscle. Plenty of it.

"Just relax, the worst that can happen is a cramp in your hamstring. We had that a few times, it's funny, but painful."

"Just give me your shoulders, then." Dan grinned, had found his footing. This was easy. Don't concentrate on your arse spread wide and open, but on the banter. He could do that, and easily so. Wasn't goddamned Mad Dog for nothing. "I'm a battered old warhorse with fucked up knees."

Jean grinned at him and leaned closer, bending over to allow him to put his legs up. "You're a stud alright …"

"That, and a fuckable arse to die for." Dan grinned smugly, when fingers slipped into his crack, travelling between his cheeks.

Jean shifted, needed to make a move now, didn't want to cool too much, and was confident Dan would either talk to - or shout at - him if he did something wrong, and that everything was fine. Just sex. Just … some odd kind of contact, accommodating, pleasing, pleasuring, making the other feel good. That was really all there was to it. Kissing with open lips, damn near biting Dan's lips once more, before straightening up and positioning himself, smooth, practiced a thousand times. His face betrayed intense lust as he began to enter, with little further warning, moving very slowly, but steadily, and allowing Dan's body to open. Eyes closing for a long moment, while entering, breath going faster, pressed, as he struggled for control, for Dan's sake.

And Dan did nothing more than breathe steadily, relaxing himself, while all the time staring at Jean. He'd never seen this, the expressions in the face of the man whose cock was entering his body. "You're … good." Stupid words, but so damned true. The speed perfect, poise, caring, waiting, all that shit that made it easy. Hardly any pain, just this uncomfortable feeling of being stretched and filled, which increased until his body accepted and got used to the intrusion enough to change discomfort into something else. "Damn good," murmured, his good hand roaming along Jean's arm, the other lying at his side. "For a straight guy."

Jean grinned, tender, intense smile. "Hey, this is missionary ordinary fare for me, honey." He ran his hands down Dan's legs, strong grip up, and much gentler tracing down again, moving his hips very slightly, playful. Slowly moving, but deep. Focused on Dan, how his abs tightened and how he breathed, finding a deep pleasure in how Dan accepted him and how he seemed to fall into it.

"One of these days …" Dan's breathing had turned slightly erratic, "I'm going to kick your fucking ass …," his cock was showing interest, albeit half-heartedly, "for calling me those endearingly cute names."

"Cool. You on top, then me on top, and everybody else thinks it's about fighting, while I'll be thinking of this … what will you be thinking, Mad Dog Babe?"

"Fucktard." Taking in a sudden sharp breath at Jean's movement. "I'll be thinking of pounding your arse, but I guess I'll never get to do that." Grinning, though, while still staring and studying. Watching how facial expressions changed, eyes closed, then opened, darkened, contracted, and read every single sensation in Jean's face. "I just wish …" murmured, trailed off. He was there for the leisurely ride and he wasn't going to jump any hurdles. There was no finish to reach, least of all in record time.

"Wish?" Jean moved slow, deeper, deliberate, still no force involved, he was determined to keep it gentle and intense like this, 'sweet' as Solange called it. Fuck me sweet.

"Nothing."

"You … sure?"

Dan smiled, lifted his hips and suddenly felt everything deeper, different. Far closer to the fistfuck that he could still recall as vividly as if Dubai had been yesterday, not a week ago.

Jean inhaled sharply. "That's … that's it. You got control there. So what's it?"

"Some wishes are better left unfulfilled." Murmured, as Dan settled back and half-closed his eyes, until Jean was nothing but a face behind the dark fringes of his eyelashes. He suddenly smiled again, dropping his hand to his half-interested cock, idly stroking himself with slow, unhurried movements. He had nothing to prove, not the second time round, and the intrusion had turned into a pleasant sensation. "Without the past there's no present."

"I think that saying was different", murmured Jean, rocking into and against Dan. Slow, deep, leisurely thrusts, or rather, pushes, nothing violent about it, more probing, testing, expanding than pounding in any way. Moving to change the angle of Dan's legs, coming closer, still a fair distance between them, and his eyes watched Dan's hand, smiling, coordinating his movements with Dan's strokes.

"They were wrong." Dan's smile deepened. Inhaling one deep breath at Jean's movement, he closed his eyes for a moment before his strokes stilled. "You manage to kiss me like this?" Murmured, as his hand dropped away from between their bodies. His cock wasn't important right now, he wouldn't be able to cum anyway, and fuck, it wasn't about that, but he'd be scuppered if he knew what the hell this was about instead.

"Of course." Jean took Dan's legs, adjusted them, opened them further and moved closer, shifting the centre of weight to fall forward, supporting himself on his arm while he allowed Dan's body to adjust to him. "'Course I do." Sounding husky, as if he'd answered a different question, or none at all, or thought aloud, distracted, mellow, stupidly emotional. He shifted, stretching his neck to kiss Dan, shifting some more, spreading Dan out, who allowed everything to just happen to him, knees far apart. A deep, open mouthed kiss over Dan's lips, and a smile, and another kiss. "Gorgeous. You're just … fucking gorgeous like that …"

"Oh shut the fuck up." Dan breathed out, grinned, still kissing, all at the same time. Mellow with a pleasant and constant arousal, that was not going anywhere, stoked like a slow-burning fire. "You make me fucking blush like a virgin." He grinned, and his hand came up to Jean's neck, keeping him close.

Jean kissed, tongue included, with playful nips and bites and then again deep, heartfelt kisses, moving ever so slowly as if the kissing kept him completely occupied, or he just forced it to last as long as possible. "Still … true", he breathed, face glowing with sweat and arousal, as he moved, now chest to chest, neck sweaty, short hair damp under Dan's fingers that kept playing and applying pressure. "You … okay if I speed up?"

"Aye." Dan half-opened his eyes, lips still parted and damp from the kissing, feeling strangely taken care of. A strange, unknown sensation, completely impossible to connect it with Vadim. Would be wrong, they just weren't like that. They ran deeper, with every extreme imaginable; every fibre and deepest core. "Go ahead." Barely more than a murmur. "Fuck me as you like. I can take it."

Jean laughed, nothing more than his chest expanding and contracting a few times. "I don't want you to just take it … I want you … to get into it. Alright?"

Dan's eyes widened at that, fully open now. "Huh?"

Jean smiled and kissed again. "Never mind …" Wondering, just for a moment, where that "I can take it" came from … Vadim, doubtlessly, and that had to have reasons. So, Vadim fucked like a sledgehammer, with his partners just 'taking' it. What a bastard.

Dan said nothing, words paling into insignificance at those awfully skilled kisses. That, and the way Jean managed to move at the same time, in smoothly controlled motions.

When Jean did speed up, it was almost with regret, and the tenderness gradually grew into passion, but never into madness. Fingers stroking, moaning as he kissed as if he couldn't hold back, and slowly building up towards his climax, while Dan lay back. Almost passive except for his good hand stroking up the sweaty back, enjoying the friction of his trapped cock and the sensation of being filled and stretched and stimulated.

Jean's face twisted as he didn't hold anything back, sensuous and sexy in his growing need. Looking at Dan, smiling, with that odd sense of humour, hands running over heated skin and through long tousled hair. "Not … not long now …"

"Good." Dan breathed out, with a grin that was as warm and teasing as it was mellow and unhurriedly aroused. "My knee's gonna kill me." His teeth showed when his grin grew, before leaning his head back and baring his throat.

Jean laughed, breathlessly, burrowing his face into Dan's neck, kissing and licking as the thrusts became shallower and faster. Sounds muffled against Dan's skin as he came, held until tension left him and he rested, most of his weight on Dan's chest, breath cooling. His hand idly and uncoordinated touching Dan's face. "Wake me … tomorrow."

A faint chuckle shook both Dan and Jean. "If you don't move the condom will spill all over your bed and, what's worse, my hips do fucking ache!" Despite his words Dan was still holding onto Jean, loosely now. The ache in his balls was pleasant, an odd combination of recent orgasm and mild arousal, and his arse? His Frenchie clearly had one up on technique.

"Hmmm. Okay." Jean set his hands down on the bed and pushed himself up, sliding back, holding the condom as he pulled away, getting rid of it in the rubbish bin close to the bed, while Dan lowered his legs with a heartfelt groan, stretching from thighs to toes. Jean moved to collapse on the bed, on his side. "Stay … a bit. Yes?" A happy, sleepy smile followed, and Jean's eyes were closed.

"Sure." Dan rolled himself over onto his side, facing Jean, who moved closer without opening his eyes. "Vadim will be out until three hundred hours. It's the graveyard shift."

"Good. That's good to hear. Didn't check the plan, you know."

"You think I should tell Vadim?"

"Fuck no. He'd rip me a new one." Sleep-slurred speech making the sentiment less than impressive.

Dan grinned, ran his hand over Jean's sleepy face and down the short hair, in a strangely tender gesture, before he propped himself up on his elbow. "By the way, that condom thing, you do realise I'm tested and clean?"

"Just making doubly sure. I could have something. I'm not saying you have, I'm just careful." Jean turned to lie on his stomach, hand reaching up to move under Dan's shoulder, to touch him. Both men squeezed onto the narrow bunk.

"Aye, that's alright. Just making sure." Watching the quarter-profile, Dan couldn't help but smile. Hard to grasp how everything had panned out, and yet, even though he felt a mellow tenderness for this man, this talented kisser, he knew above all that there was something that ran deeper than even blood: dust and mountains of Afghanistan, and a man who was part of Dan's soul as much as his own. He chuckled quietly. "I've swallowed your cum a few times, if I thought you're not clean, that'd been pretty damn stupid, aye?"

Jean looked at Dan, eyes still half closed. "Yeah, true … Figure I should get tested. Will do that on R&R. But I'm not screwing around much. To think I left the Legion in part so I could get more pussy …"

"Nor did I ..." Dan grinned gently, lowering his head until his forehead touched Jean's temple.

Half-suppressing a yawn, Jean moved his brow against Dan's arm. "That was … exactly what I needed", he murmured.

Dan waited a moment before sliding down until his head rested on his own arm. "Okay, sleepyhead, I'll slip out at some stage." Pulling Jean closer and moulding the body against his own, while Jean sighed deeply and relaxed again, fully content and skirting the edge of sleep. Nothing wrong with a little skin to skin amongst friends, and Jean greeted the closeness with an uncoordinated attempt to hug without moving too much, or waking up.

"Yeah. You okay?" No real curiosity, not even awake enough to compute anything, let alone a hypothetical need of Dan to come, too.

"Sleep." Dan chuckled, managed to grab the blanket with the hand in plaster, throwing it over them. "That's an order."

"Not sure I could … commit insubordination", murmured Jean. He allowed himself to drift off, soundly asleep just minutes later.

* * *

Two hours later Dan slipped out from under the blankets after a short snooze. Jean was still out like a light, while Dan gathered his clothes, luckily finding the elusive t-shirt. Getting dressed in silence, he stealthily left the hut, and headed straight to the showers, not bothering with a towel nor soap, figuring he'd somehow manage with the plastered hand. He reappeared a short while later, dripping wet, but with his shades on despite the darkness, the shorts thrown on, heading back to their hut.

Two more hours before Vadim returned, and he was sleeping like an innocent babe when his wet head hit the pillow.

The door opened after a while. Three o'clock. The darkness inside, and the peaceful silence meant Dan was asleep, not out. Vadim paused, stood in the door, felt the dust and grit in his hair, rubbing between skin and armour, between his teeth. Just the peace gave him pause. Never had it been like this. He hadn't expected Dan to be here, hadn't expected him to be asleep, but he was. He had no rituals, no routine to fall on. Just the strangeness of coming home after a long day, night, a long shift, and he was tired as his high-strung body dared to relax, adrenaline running through his body like liquid ash.

Vadim stepped in, leaning the door shut, began to undress in the dark, but felt Dan's presence was something incredibly precious, and he didn't want to disturb him and at the same time wanted for Dan to wake up. He set the armour down and to the side, felt the night cool his sweat underneath, began to shed the clothes while looking down at Dan who lay there, a dark silhouette in a dark room.

The faint sound of a snuffle and Dan shifted on the mattress on the floor. Taking up all of the space, arms and legs spread out, entangled in the blanket as he rolled over onto his side. Still asleep, except for those long-honed senses, that had picked up movement and sound, yet no danger. Eyes and face hidden by his wild hair, he drew in a soft breath, sighing.

Vadim undressed, the skin of his face so dry it felt electric, and he dropped his shirt into a corner of the crowded room, then crouched, leather of his boots creaking, to run a gloved hand through Dan's hair. "It's just me", he said softly. "I'll be in bed shortly."

"Aye," Dan sighed and murmured, words slurred with sleep. "If it hadn't been you, wouldn't have slept, too dangerous …" and fell asleep again the next moment. Breath evening out even as the gloved hand kept stroking his hair for a little while longer.

Vadim stood again, with a sigh, took his gloves off and grabbed a towel. He was on his way to the showers, just getting a quick wash and some soothing lotion on his dried-out skin, only the worst, face, neck, throat, back of the hands, lower arms. He already missed the spa, and duty had hardly begun.

A few minutes later, he locked the door to the tin hut, shed the towel, and moved under Dan's blanket, who shuffled to make space, skin against skin. He ran his hand down Dan's back, naked, and kissed his shoulder.

Dan barely woke, merely moved into the caress in one fluid motion with a soft sound of contentment before settling once more. Asleep on a lighter level while somehow aware of the touches.

Vadim moved closer, resting against Dan, warm body, smelling clean and good and placed an arm around him, spooning up like Dan normally did. The long shift and the sudden intimacy left him with a desire that wasn't urgent, that didn't need to be acted upon, and grabbing Dan now and fucking him didn't feel right. Tomorrow morning, then.

With a faint, sleepy sigh, Dan wiggled backwards, his arse pushing against Vadim's groin, once more relaxing into the embrace.

Vadim shifted, but was wide awake. Dan this close. Dan nearly asleep. Dan naked under the same blanket, relaxed and asleep, but responding. Vadim's hand moved down Dan's flank, the warmth and smell in the darkness. Dan. Perhaps waiting for tomorrow wasn't going to happen after all. He reached over for the lotion he'd used, poured it into his hand and warmed it, then began to massage Dan's ass, who let out some small, sleepy sounds, figuring if he didn't want to he'd tell him, otherwise … he'd just have to make it good.

Dan's leg fell forward, knee bent, muscles too relaxed to keep tension, and his limbs moved with the motions of Vadim's hands. He was still drifting in a contented state, with complete lack of apprehension.

Slippery fingers moving to Dan's hole, Vadim didn't know why the ring of muscle was comfortably loose, as he rubbed in the lotion, then coating himself with it. He rolled over, Dan's bent leg getting pushed further away in the motion, and slid in with hardly any resistance. Grease, sleep, relaxation made this easier, and something he had no knowledge of, only Dan, who was waking fully the moment his arse was breached once more. Vadim's cock entering his body without any force, merely rocking inside, and despite the stretching ache, with barely any pain at all. He'd never been so loose, it had never been that easy, and despite being awake, Dan did not leave the comfort zone he was in, floating, and just allowing this - this gentle, tender and loving intimacy.

Vadim groaned softly, feeling how easy this was, how little tension, no revulsion, no fight. For once. Probably Dan was just too asleep, but even so, this was different, different and welcome and the perfect thing to do after the graveyard shift. He moved slowly, didn't want to fuck Dan hard just now, didn't want to make him tense up and suffer through it like he usually did. Merely tried to keep that relaxation alive, moving slowly, but deeply, gently, hand reaching for Dan's cock. "Don't tell me to stop …" he murmured against Dan's ear. "Because you feel … so good."

"Aye …" breathed out, nothing more. Dan's eyes stayed closed, even though most of his face was pressed into the pillow or hidden by wild strands of hair, and his drowsy smile remained unseen in the darkness. He should perhaps fight Vadim off, like he'd always done when Vadim had tried to fuck him slowly, but it was all so long ago. Too many years, and too much in between - and a Russian Frenchman who had smoothed down some long outdated barricades, a few hours earlier.

Dan's cock showed a growing interest, half-hard, pressed into the mattress, trapped between his body and the sheets, with Vadim's hand adding pressure, while his own remained relaxed beside his head. No tension, no fist. And all Dan could do was simply smile and let it happen, because for once, for the first time, the tenderness was welcome and good.

Vadim rocked against Dan, that tight heat without the struggle, his, his lover, his comrade, his life. The tenderness bit deep, and the hurt was good. Reminded him what they were and how, and against all odds, and he forced himself to do it slowly, because that felt right, and Dan seemed to accept it, because of the small sounds he made and the breathing that remained relaxed. Vadim came after what was too long and too short, too much emotion. Pulled out and turned Dan around on his back, who moved like a puppet with that smile remaining on his lips, and, still breathless, took Dan's cock deep, causing the sounds to return, huskier, deeper. Then slowed this down as well when the flesh hardened fully in the heat and tightness of his throat. The same relentless, tender, intense touch, hand reaching for Dan's hand, fingers curling and intertwining, as he sucked on the head only to slowly fuck his own throat in the cold desert night.

Dan, like Vadim before, took longer than usual, and yet it was never long enough. The sensations intensified by emotions, some of them on the surface, open, vulnerable and caused by no one but this man. Others hidden, opened up, changed and allowed by another man, who, unwittingly, had made this, now, possible. This tenderness, this gentle loving lust that was killing Dan and making him immortal, all at the same time. When Dan came, his orgasm was drawn out. Starting deep inside, shaking his core and dragging itself through from cock and balls right into heart and mind. When he came, Jean was there, with them, an integral yet invisible part, before fading away and only one remained: Vadim. And Dan. And this goddamned love.

Vadim swallowed, sucking only to clean Dan up, then placed his head on Dan's scarred abdomen, breathing in his smell and bathed in his warmth, the gentle glow of love and security. Hands entwined with Dan's good one, breathing, just breathing, one of those moments when he knew he'd die a happy man.

They lay like this for a long time, no words spoken, none needed, and resting in the comfortable knowledge that this silence united them. Until finally, before he succumbed to sleep again, Dan tugged on Vadim's arm, pulling him up and into another embrace.

Vadim stretched, embracing, shifting, as tiredness set in and he rested on Dan's shoulder, arm across his chest. He knew how he'd wake up in an hour or a bit more - Dan holding him, spooning up. He always did, but right now, he was too content to move or think, drifting off to sleep.

* * *

It was late morning when Dan woke for a second time, or third, depending on how he looked at it, becoming rapidly aware of the light in the hut, and the way he was wrapped around Vadim, with his face pressed against the back of Vadim's neck, legs entangled and arms holding tight. He'd been out in the early hours of the morning for a quick dump, piss and wash, and nothing was able after that to rouse him from his sleep. October in Kuwait saw temperatures drop and he was comfortable in the morning sun that came streaming through the small window. No more fifty-plus degrees, the thirty-odd at lunchtime were positively cool.

Shifting against Vadim, rubbing his groin into the smooth arse, Dan ignored the sounds from the camp, concentrating on the feelings inside and out instead. "Mmmmmm …." Breathed out, "you awake, Russkie?"

"Is that your idea of foreplay? 'You awake?'" Vadim yawned, pressing back against Dan, who chuckled. "Guess I am. What's the time?" He had slept past five o'clock. A rare day. And not screamed. He was fairly sure he hadn't.

"No fucking clue, seems to be late, though." Dan felt too lazy and mellow to do anything but rub and stretch slowly against Vadim's back, arse and legs. His cock was starting to get interested, and he wondered when they'd made the rules that forty-plus men were not supposed to be as randy as spotty teenagers. "I could reach for my watch … or I could keep rubbing my cock against your arse." Dan chuckled again, "what do you think am I going to choose?"

Vadim nodded. "No … competition. Your … decision is … entirely justified."

Dan's lips curved into a wide grin against the heated skin of Vadim's neck, while Vadim looked around, located his own heap of clothing, and angled for the camo trousers. His watch was in there, somewhere. "The lotion is on ten o' clock, from your position."

"Aye," Dan spotted the bottle and reached for it, "we should get out the KY and leave it near the mattress, that stuff's a thousand times better."

"Yeah, but … no idea where it is …" Vadim slipped his hand into the pocket, fishing out the watch, casting a quick glance at it. "Eleven hundred. Not bad. Means we have some time before lunch."

Dan's chuckle became muffled, the lotion between his teeth, as he squeezed some onto his good hand, which travelled back south, ending between Vadim's cheeks, rubbing the lotion into his arse. "If we continue with the frequency of our fucks, I'll last the whole hour before scran."

"Yeah." Vadim inhaled, opening his legs, morning desire fuelled just by the closeness and the fact there was plenty of time. "I … needed you last night … couldn't resist." He glanced over his shoulder, grinning.

Dan lifted his head while positioning himself, grinning fully fledged back at Vadim. "I didn't hear myself complain, did I?" He could feel himself right there, at the perfect point of entrance, and he let out a deep breath. Preparing himself for the utter bliss of the first moment of breaching the muscle, when a sudden, wall-shattering knock was on the door. "Mr McFadyen!" The voice was stentorian and posh, "are you in there?"

Dan froze, muttering "oh shit", staying as still as he could, cock still nudging against Vadim's hole.

Vadim groaned, and felt a shiver run through his body. Officer. Caught. Literally in the act. Animals. Shame. Degenerate. He shook his head, fought the panic, fought the shame, lust wiped out that instant.

"Mr McFadyen! This is rather important. Are you in there?"

"What the fuck do you want?" Dan shouted back, growling with frustration.

Vadim moved away, so fast Dan fell back in the panicked motion, no way he could go through with this, not now; he got up, got dressed as quickly as if they were under attack, forcing himself into the dust-caked sweaty kit while the voice called out with growing impatience.

"Mr McFadyen, I have the Aide to General Major Richards beside me, and I would appreciate it, if you did not let Major McMonahan nor me wait for much longer."

On his arse, Dan scrambled to sit up, looking round for his shorts. "Okay, okay, sorry, Sir." Cursing under his breath, but at least his hard-on had gone down rapidly. He found the shorts and thrust his legs into them, managing to close them one-handed. A t-shirt was no where to be seen, and he spent the next second kicking lotion and rumpled blankets out of the way, instead of bothering with a top. He was at the door after a glance at Vadim, who was just about managing to pull the shirt over his head, dressed in his dirty camo trousers from the night before, when Dan unlocked the door, coming face to face with a very official looking US Officer, in his Sunday best uniform with medals decorating his chest and peaked cap making his already square jaw look even more like Captain America. The British Officer beside him did not have a single muscle moving in his stony face, while the US guy's eye twitched at the sight of Dan's mostly unclad body with its prominent scars and its sleep-tousled hair and the state of the room around him. Two mattresses on the floor and a man standing behind them, with flushed face and short blond hair, not meeting his gaze.

"Mr Daniel McFadyen?" The Major managed to get out, sounding almost normal, even though his eye kept twitching.

"Aye." Dan nodded, "but it's Dan, not Daniel." He suppressed the urge to scratch his groin or some other inappropriate gesture, while blinking into the sun. He really should have remembered his shades. "Is there a problem? I thought all my debriefings were done and dusted before I went on R&R." But then why the hell did this guy look like a Christmas tree? And, worst of all, the second in command of the British camp right beside him?

Vadim didn't know what to do, felt the overwhelming urge to turn away, and merely pulled the t-shirt fully down. He picked up his watch and closed it around his wrist with a click, angling for his boots. Getting dressed as if he'd slept here by accident. It gave his hands something to do. Felt the lotion between his cheeks.

"Apologies, Mr McFadyen, our papers stated your name was Daniel. Daniel Ewan McFadyen." Dan grimaced at the name while the Major avoided any stray glances inside the hut, eyes fixed on Dan, and his face as stoic as the British Officer's.

"It's Dan, papers or not." Dan insisted.

"The reason why I am here is because General Major Richards has sent me to present you with the US Military's decision to award you the Bronze Star with Valour Device." The man lifted the briefcase a fraction. "The medal is to be awarded for your bravery in rescuing the surviving crew of the helicopter crash in the Iraqi desert, between August 17 and August 18 1991."

Dan stood, gobsmacked, staring at the man with an incredulous expression, while Vadim slipped into his left boot, and then the right one, pulling the laces tight.

"What was so damned special about that?" Dan balked, once he had found his speech.

Without an expression, the Major recited the official reason for awarding the medal, but Dan shook his head. "And what about the others who helped rescue us? I would never have been able to do this on my own."

The Officer did not even blink. Square jaw, square head, probably square brain. "Mr Vadim Petrovich Krasnorada and Mr Jean-Pierre Leclerc are to be commended for their bravery."

"Oh that's nice", murmured Vadim in Russian. "Very thoughtful." He straightened and crossed his arms in front of his chest, moving a step closer.

"No medal, though?"

"Neither man was as involved in the single handed rescue as you were. General Major Richards has decided to make a distinction between both acts of bravery after perusing the transcripts of the briefings of the surviving crew. The pilot, Jackson, the loadmaster, Martinez, and winchman Johnson, once he was fit enough to be questioned."

Bullshit, thought Vadim, and tightened his jaw. Legionnaire and ex-Soviet. That was the reason. The fucking Americans handed out their tinsel in buckets as if they had to meet quotas for general morale, but suddenly, it was about distinctions. If the fucking Americans could distinguish anything, why not start with enemies and allies?

Dan frowned. "Sir?" Addressing the British Officer, as if he could shed light on the whole rigmarole.

"Mr McFadyen, I would advise you to accept this award. I am sure it would make your former regiment proud. And, since you are an ex-serving member of the British Forces, you will receive full honours."

Dan nodded, glancing behind him at Vadim, whose face was dark and closed, shoulders tense, muscles on his lower arms showing his hands opened and closed as if imagining he was wringing a neck. Dan looked back at the two men. "I guess I should say … 'thanks'?" He knew he sounded less than enthusiastic, but if he was to choose between a morning fuck with Vadim and the shenanigans of a US medal with all the brouhaha that would cause, he was going to go for the shag any time.

"On behalf of General Major Richards, we are honoured that you accept the award, Mr McFadyen."

The British Officer butted in, "One thing, though, Mr McFadyen, you require permission from HM the Queen before you can accept the award. However, the British command post has decided to pursue this issue for you and I cannot see how the permission could possibly not be granted under the circumstances."

"Oh, of course." Dan replied, appearing dumbfounded. "And is that all I need to do for now?"

"Of course," the US Major nodded, "but there is a chance the Office of the Secretary of the US Army will become involved, since you are an ex-member of the Special Air Forces, who committed a heroic act to help save American servicemen."

Dan rolled his eyes with a frown. "Publicity? No thanks. Don't think that's a good idea, not with my former job. I bet there's still a reward on my head somewhere out there, from way back in Afghanistan, and the Russians tend to have a long memory. So, do me a favour and explain to your Secretary of whatever Office, that I don't want my name and my face publicised, unless they fancy picking up my carcass with a pretty hammer and sickle painted across." The Yank seemed to get the message and the British Officer gave a small nod. "Is that clear?"

"Perfectly clear." The Major uttered sharply, before saluting crisply, as if Dan were still officially in the military and had climbed a lot more ranks than he ever did.

"Good day, Mr McFadyen, and apologies for having …," the slightest of hesitations, "disturbed you."

Vadim moved forward, a baleful stare threatened to burn the trimmed hair off both senior officer's necks, and he slammed the door shut behind them, snarling in sudden anger.

Dan rose his brows. "What the fuck's up?"

Vadim shook his head, inhaling deeply, fighting the anger, and the shame that somehow was sandwiched in all that sudden, unexpected anger. He was disgraced, forever, not even worth the cheap tinsel of the Americans. "Fucking politicos."

"Eh, what? You mean the medal or, rather, non-medal?"

"Both."

Dan shrugged, "it means nothing to me, they can stuff it up their arses. I just said yes because of The Regiment." Stepping closer to Vadim, "or is something else the matter? The fact we got 'caught in the act'? I think it's hilarious - in hindsight."

Vadim's brow remained dark. "It … makes me", he inhaled and broke eye contact. "Feel ashamed. Like a dog. It's bad enough, but that … this is bad. Somehow, hurts. I … don't know. Shit. I sound like a whining bitch."

Dan was too shocked to say anything. Staring at Vadim with wide eyes, open-mouthed, until he staggered back and slumped onto the only chair that still fit in a corner beside the mattresses. "Ashamed." He finally found his voice. "Of having sex. With me."

Vadim closed his eyes and rubbed his face. "Ashamed to … need." His voice shook and he hated himself more savagely in this moment than he'd ever hated anything in his life. "I hate those bastards. I feel … I feel like a fucking prostitute as a merc. Don't you understand? I don't mind the fucking job, I like it, but I hate the guys giving the orders, and I hate their guts, fucking Americans who 'defeated' what Reagan called the 'Evil Empire'. Hammer and sickle? Yes. That's us. Them. I'm not even that anymore. I take their money, and I fight their wars, but they should better the fuck leave me alone, especially when I …" He looked down at the bedding. "am not a merc. They have no fucking right to disturb us or even think the fucking wrong thing. Or even the fucking RIGHT thing."

Dan's breathing came hard as he felt the taste of acid in his mouth, trying to make sense of the barrage of loathing. He sat, staring, and didn't know what to say or think except for a vicious stab of pain and crystal-clear panic. Panic that all they'd re-found and gained since Thailand was slipping away, back into the coldness of a Finnish winter night. "What do you want to do?" Almost choked on the words. "What do you want me to do?"

Vadim shook his head, saw Dan go silent and pale, knew it was a mistake. He'd have to keep that inside. He couldn't cut it out, he couldn't stop feeling it, and it did no good, only bad.

"No, I mean, it's not about me." Dan carried on. "About who or whatever the fuck I am. You know who I am. Haven't changed all that much. What you see is what you get and all that shit." Shaking his head, Dan stared at his hand in his lap.

"Fuck, I'm sorry. You're … good as you are. Too good, I don't … deserve you. Or do I?" Vadim crossed the small room and offered both his hands. "I hope I do."

"It's not about deserving. It's about what the fuck is going on inside of you and I don't get it. Can't understand it, and don't know what the fuck to do with it." Looking up at Vadim, only then taking the offered hand into his good one. "Is that part of how they fucked you up?"

"I … don't know. Maybe. I … believed in my country, Dan. I did. Not the bad things, but the people. The … ideals. I did believe." I went out there and represented my country, and then I fought its wars. I believed, once.

Dan nodded, glancing towards his shoulder bag, the one he always carried on duty, and his voice dropped. "If you want out of here, tell me. I'm not cut out for a normal job, but I could do security ... somewhere. Somewhere in New Zealand, close to the farm, while working on it. Doesn't have to be big money. Nightshift. Shit like that. I don't care. And I don't want that damned medal either. I'll just refuse it."

"No." Vadim paused, forced himself to let it go, the darkness, could see Dan couldn't deal with it, and he wasn't sure what he felt anymore. Pull together soldier, he chided himself. You are spetsnaz. He pressed Dan's good hand. "I don't mind the job. The job is fine. We're good at it. Realistically, we have five more years. Maybe more if we get into something higher up, with less marching and shooting. The money's good, and I have not a penny to my name. No. You take their piece of tinsel, for the … fucking crew, and not for their fucking congress, for the kids you got out. Don't mind me. I'm just allergic to officers, I guess."

"You sure?"

"Yes."

Dan looked up, dark eyes searching Vadim's face. "Not all Yanks are arseholes, by the way. Don't forget that, as little as not all Russkies are bogeymen."

Vadim's hands tightened again. "Touché."

Despite the words Dan's face remained serious. "The crew were great guys, they deserved to be brought out. The kid, Johnson, and Martinez who kept going, and the pilot, Jackson, struggling on with a fucked leg." Dan's face was turning softer. "And Matt's a good guy, and so is Hooch." Forgetting he'd never mentioned the Delta before. "I'll accept the stupid medal for them. They fought for their survival with courage."

"Soldiers. They are all the same. Too fucking young …" Vadim tried a smile, but wasn't sure how it came out. "It's alright. They are … your friends. Like Jean. It's all good. Don't mind me. Don't worry about me, okay?"

"Okay."

"And … who's Hooch."

Dan only blinked once and to his credit, he hardly hesitated. "Hooch's a Delta who stopped me before R&R and we exchanged a mutual handjob and blowjob." He shrugged and flashed a grin, "don't know anything about him otherwise, we didn't talk." The grin grew in confidence, "And if all went well the Delta has been busy with a young Jarhead, anyway."

"You've been busy yourself, no question." Affectionate teasing. "Delta is overrated, though. What I read about them, they always end up in complete fuck-ups .... thanks to the oh-so-generous and oh-so-altruistic US military and their culture of in-fighting." Vadim smiled brightly. "The military analyses I read were very funny."

"And of course, Spetsnaz and SAS are a thousand times better, eh?" Dan winked, relieved that the former tension was starting to ease.

"SAS is very uncomplicated, but Spetsnaz is physically superior. But we are closer in outlook than I would have thought. Only, we have a longer history. Russia had special forces a long, long time before you had any. We invented them in their modern form."

"Physically superior?" Dan pulled himself off the chair, drawing up to full height and thrusting his chest out. "I don't question your sources, and that you might have had a longer history, since The Regiment was only founded in the second world war, but superior?" Dan slipped his hand out of Vadim's, stemming both onto his hips, plaster or not.

Vadim grinned. "You're a rare exception. The men I've seen were scrawny, wiry, had bad teeth and bad reading habits."

Dan puffed himself up even more and bared his teeth. Both almost completely straight and remarkable healthy rows of them. "I grant you the reading habits, though." He mock-punched his right fist into Vadim's abs. No force behind it, merely touching rock solid muscle. "and there's nothing wrong with being wiry. It's like the Duracell rabbit, they go on and on and on." He smirked, the elation of having lost all tension was as heady as a drug.

"I'll call you 'bunny' then?" Vadim stepped forward into a kiss. "Or is 'American hero' better?"

"Fuck you, commie bastard." Dan grinned, adding before his lips touched Vadim's, "and it's almost lunchtime. I'm wasting away."

"Yeah, lunch, and then it's nearly time for me to go back out there, guarding convoys." Vadim kissed again. "Let's go."

"Wait." Dan pulled away, walking over to his bag and rummaging one-handed in the front pocket. He bent down, slipping something over his head. When he turned round to face Vadim, he had a chain hanging around his neck, with a bullet hanging from it. "Don't think I ever showed it to you. Had it emptied in Dubai."

Vadim reached for the bullet, skin crawling for a moment. That bullet. "That means you can't use it now?" His fingers never tired of touching the throat, the collar bones, the shoulder.

"That's right." Dan stood perfectly still, only his chest moving with every breath. "Because if I ever needed to, I would not use a bullet. Too impersonal. If your death had to be mine, it would be my hands, or a blade." He paused, studying the pale eyes in front of him, "but as I said before, live for me. Not die."

Vadim studied him, his lips opened to speak, then he fell silent, and breathed. "You know, I would cum if you cut my throat. You, with a knife, is the … sexiest thing I know."

"You're a goddamned kinky bloody motherfucking bastard." Dan's voice rumbled, several stages into huskiness. "And when you least expect it, I will be there, with a knife. I won't cut your throat, but I can't promise there won't be blood … and cum."

Vadim nodded, suddenly breathless, mind spinning, and not making sense anymore. "Food. I think. Shit. You think we have time for sex before my shift starts? Just a quick one?"

"Nope." Dan shook his head, pointing to the door with a glint in his eyes that was nothing short of evil. "No time, I have a few things to deal with, and you need to be fresh for your shift." He grinned, stepping to the side. "Your shift's with Jean tonight, isn't it?"

"Yeah. I didn't know his name was Leclerc, though…" Vadim walked towards the door, towards food and the rest of the world.

Dan shrugged, "I didn't know either." But I had his cock up my arse, and that thought sobered him sufficiently to grab a shirt before heading out, to cover his scars, the bullet on its chain displayed on his chest.

* * *

Ten days later, and Dan had been cleared for work. While his wrist was still strapped up in a tight, elastic tube, he was fit enough to resume his duties as team leader. He was back out in the dust on the eleventh day, while Vadim was out on the same shift, in Jean's team.

Working security, high strung, all day, and yet another day, nothing serious had happened. Some small arms fire, but no serious ambush, no grenades or assault rifles beyond some AK shots fired at them from a window, or a ditch, and nothing they couldn't evade. No grenades, that was the main thing. Still, on the way back, cracking jokes to relieve the tension. Vadim felt the buzz. Too much work, too much concentration, and it grew especially bad when nothing happened. Keeping the mind focused, and still remaining on guard while being relaxed enough to not turn into a berserk, that was the challenge.

The jeeps pulled into the camp and the guys loosened helmets and grabbed water bottles, washing the dust off their faces. Vadim saw Jean tell a stupid joke in French, making Pascal laugh, before Jean turned to him. "Dan's patrol is just coming in …"

"Yes? And?"

"Nothing and." Jean reached out and took Vadim's rifle. "Get cleaned up. I'll finish up the stuff." Vadim had the odd feeling Jean was grooming him to become his second-in-command, or something. Maybe teams would be split and Pascal got his own crew. He'd be the last to know.

"You sure?"

"Absolutely. Get cleaned up, means you don't have to queue for the showers." Jean grinned. "And I don't do that for the TLC you're getting, but so there's no bloodbath when I get around to shower."

Vadim nodded, strangely grateful for the consideration, and headed to the tin hut to get rid of his body armour.

Dan was heading in the same direction, loosening his helmet strap as he kicked up dust with his dirty boots. Thrumming with tension, not only had it been the first day after endless weeks off, it had also been a particularly shitty patrol. Unlike Vadim's, his own team had escaped an RPG at hair's breadth and one of his men had caught a few shrapnel splinters in his face. Nothing that first aid couldn't deal with, but it left Dan flying high on adrenaline. He was still buzzing with too much energy that needed an outlet like a running session or a killer workout in the gym. Shower first, though, and some scran.

Vadim arrived at the door just a step behind Dan, grinning, suddenly, being met with a similar grin from beneath a grimy helmet. Good to see Dan after a long day, and he remembered last night with painful clarity, like every night, which washed away the thought of shower and food. With a quick glance around, he pushed Dan into the hut, who stumbled inside, and the door slamming shut behind them.

"What the fuck?" Dan spun around.

Vadim shouldered right into him, dropped his helmet. His body armour impacted Dan's, and drove him against the nearest wall, the force knocking Dan's helmet off, breath expelled with a groan. Vadim pressed into him, the tin hut groaning from the force, and kissed him savagely, lips open, damn near eating his face off. Hands moving to Dan's trousers, seeking to slip past the armour.

Retaliating the moment he tasted sweat and heat, Dan pushed Vadim off with a growl. Shoving him hard into a chair, and setting right after him, hand twisting into the straps of Vadim's flak vest, as his thigh pushed hard between Vadim's legs.

Vadim groaned, hand had slipped from Dan's trousers, instead it was now his groin against Dan's thigh, and quickly rising lust, too frantic to find a way out of his armour or Dan's. Instead grabbing uniform and flak vest and turning to slam him into the wall again, but Dan twisted enough so that both of them crashed against the metal wall, the impact lessened by the armour. A sharp exhale the only noise apart from the clatter.

Dan tasted of dust, the desert, sweat, the red shit sitting in every wrinkle, every line of Vadim's face. "Fuck, I need … you … bad."

Dan merely growled in response before attacking Vadim's lips, jaw line, delving into the narrow line of grubby skin that was exposed at his neck, making Vadim hiss and buck against him. Teeth digging into sweaty flesh, his hand still twisted in the straps, and his leg pushing more forcefully between Vadim's, pelvis thrusting hard against the other's groin, and Vadim opened just barely enough so the leg could arouse him, but tight enough to make sure Dan couldn't kick him in the groin. Dan's whole body shoving, suddenly, twisting both of them, until Vadim's back was crushed against the wall, while Dan bit viciously into any exposed flesh he could find.

Vadim moaned, pressed Dan closer, pulled him in, trying, frantically, to remove the armour, but the kit seemed horribly complicated, too many straps and pockets and buttons and more straps. Instead, he shed some of his gear, dropped ammo pouches which clunked to the floor.

Snarling like an animal when Vadim moved, Dan pulled off, hands working on the straps of his webbing. Managed to open it, but got caught in it when he tried to let it slip off his shoulder, while grinding against Vadim. Cocks hard, camo thrusting against camo, Dan bared is teeth, cursed in all languages other than English, tore at the webbing and finally threw it across the room, knocking over the chair with an almighty clatter. Didn't notice, focussed on Vadim, grabbed hold of his shoulders, nearly ripping the sleeves of the desert kit off when he pulled the other away from the wall and thrust him to the side, following, shoulder first, for greater impact. "Mine!" Growled.

The door opened. There might have been a knock, but it likely had been washed away in the noise and clatter inside, and Jean peered in, saw - Vadim's back, Vadim just reeling back from an impact against the wall - Dan, snarling like a feral beast, facing him, both men fighting, struggling. Looked like they were trying to kill each other, but suddenly it became clear, and Jean inhaled sharply, smelling the lust. Those groans weren't pain, and both were just as dusty and dirty as they'd come in.

Vadim was breathing hard, like after long struggle, pressed against Dan, both hands on his gear, struggling to get the armour off, Jean supposed, his mouth dry.

Dan's hips came crashing into Vadim's once more, the only part of their bodies that was not hidden beneath armour. Tilting-twisting to maximise impact. Sweat running down his face, he could feel it trickle down his neck, soaking the camo beneath the heavy vest, when Vadim finally managed to open Dan's armour. Delving forward, Dan pressed his chest against Vadim's, mouth open, biting, devoured rather than kissed, own hands tearing at the goddamned straps of the other's armour, when he was suddenly gripped, and an almighty thrust made him reel backwards, nearly stumbling over the crashed chair. Back slamming into the opposite wall, Dan grunted in a mixture of pain and lust as Vadim's heavy body drew the breath from him. His hands were immediately on Vadim's arse, pulling him closer, grinding, thrusting, needing to get as much friction as he could, while growling cuss words under his breath. Throwing his head backwards, baring his throat and snarling viciously when teeth dug into skin and flesh.

Jean stared, stared fascinated, and saw Dan's wild abandon. Dan, who completely went with Vadim's brutal onslaught, no less brutal himself, and it went right into his groin, seeing these, like this. Vadim, usually controlled and aloof, was just acting, just doing, no thought no malice. Vadim who bit, and ground … no, wrong thing to watch … watching instead Dan, whose eyes were half-closed, as Vadim pushed against him, rubbing his body against Dan's with an urgency and power Jean hadn't seen before. Vadim only pulled back to slide a hand between their bodies, very nearly ripping the camo cloth as he struggled to free Dan's cock, and Jean could almost feel it on himself. Speechless, staring, suddenly aroused.

Dan pulled the straps of Vadim's vest open the moment his own cock was freed, and he pushed the armour open before throwing himself to the side and taking Vadim with him, ending up thrusting and grinding into Vadim's hand, while ramming him against the wall. His body shoving again and again into the other's before Dan pulled back, both hands on buttons and fly, his head thrown back once more, growling with sounds that had nothing to do with being human. Freeing Vadim's cock, stroking, viciously grinding, biting hard into the newly-bared muscle of the other's neck, while his own was equally mauled. No quarter given, by neither man.

Vadim's grin was a vicious, impossibly aroused, and even sexy expression, one that Jean could feel in the right places. The kind of grin that made him want to bitchslap it out of Vadim and turn him around … but those were entirely the wrong thoughts … Vadim's shoulders, body tensed, while he groaned for release, and turned again upon Dan, grabbing him by the shoulders and smashing him against the wall. Open armour on metal, loud enough for the whole camp, but people had just arrived, and Jean wasn't sure anybody else was in the accom area.

Dan opened his eyes when the impact rattled his bones and saw, unfocussed, a shadow near the door. Blinked and groaned while his cock was stroked in the confines of their bodies. Suddenly realised they were being watched, and by whom, and his eyes widened. His next stroke of Vadim's cock was hard and merciless. Staring right at Jean, letting out a string of "shit, oh shit, shit!" while he frantically thrust into Vadim's groin, bruising their trapped hands and almost cruelly stroking - and being stroked, while his gaze was transfixed on Jean. Eyes locked, while his teeth mauled Vadim's neck.

Jean's eyes were wide, face flushed, staring right back at Dan with an expression the Legionnaire would have denied and seemed unaware of, but much like a starving dog at a pile of meat. For long seconds, he stood there, frozen, hungry, staring, then suddenly, as if he'd awoken, turned away, closed the door, and was gone.

The same moment, Vadim groaned and came, cum splattering across Dan's cock, hand, and camo, silencing the worst into the shoulder muscle between his teeth. Followed moments later by Dan, whose eyes closed when Jean ran out, thrusting and shuddering helplessly and utterly out of sync. Cum between their bodies, soaking camo, staining armour, and his breath came in desperate gulps as he clung to the slightly larger body. "Oh fuck."

"Oh … fuck … indeed." Vadim smiled and kept an arm around Dan. "Fucking … bad idea … bitch armour", he cursed. "Unwieldy shit."

Dan laughed breathlessly, dropping his head to rest in the crook of Vadim's neck, and felt Vadim's hand cup the back of his head. "At least it kept the worst bruises away. Don't complain."

"Okay. And made a lot of noise." Vadim laughed. "But that was fun."

"Aye …" Dan struggled to stand. "Can we stay like this? Can't move."

"Yeah. Just a little. Need … to catch my breath, … too." Vadim moved to kiss Dan's temple. Fingers moved to check the bruises, but he couldn't see anything in this half light. "Shower later."

"I just want to sleep now." Dan felt as if his knees were about to buckle. "You're wearing me out! Didn't expect to get you back and have too much sex - and that there is such a thing as 'too much'." He yawned, wanted nothing more than to drop onto the mattress, but everything be damned, that one was in the other hut. Several doors away.

Vadim grinned. "Okay. What about this …" He helped Dan stay on his feet and closed his fly again, wiping the drop of cum on a rag that he'd used to clean his gun with, then wiped himself down and stowed his cock away, too. "Come on, let's go."

"Scran? Or bed? Or shower? Spot the ones that would kill me." Dan flashed a grin. He knew he was as dirty as a skunk, sweaty, dusty, and splattered in cum, but hell, the thought of dragging himself into the shower was just too daunting. Worse, if they did not show up for their meals they'd go hungry. "All your damn fault."

Vadim grinned. "Just … the patrol made me … hard. Thinking of you, okay? That happens." He grinned and led Dan out of the hut, towards the shared one. "Shower, quick, then food, then bed."

"Sir! Yes, Sir!" Dan saluted as they stepped out of the hut, laughing while fishing for a fag, and not giving a shit at any of the stares they got. Remembering the look on Jean's face, how he had stared at them, and Dan grinned to himself.

 
 
Special Forces Chapter XXXII: Comrades in Arms
 
 
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