Title: So This Is Eden
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: John Reese/Jordan Hester
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 6, Paradise
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely John Reese or Jordan Hester, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.


John lay awake, watching the pearly grey of early dawn start to arise out of the darkness of the night. He hadn't intended to wake up this way, but he was glad that he was here. It was certainly better than being alone in his own apartment, wondering where his life was going.

He hadn't thought that Jordan would want them to be together so soon, not after what he'd seen last night. But his boyfriend had a more forgiving heart than he'd imagined.

This was his paradise, his Eden, the place he never wanted to leave. He'd lost lovers before, and he wasn't going to let it happen this time. He was going to bring Jordan into his life fully and completely, no matter what the cost of himself might be.

He didn't know how he'd do it, but he would find a way.

Telling Jordan everything definitely wasn't going to make Harold happy, but at this point, he didn't care about that. It was important to make Jordan happy, to keep his lover here by his side, to let him know that he was loved and trusted and that nothing was held back.

Harold already knew that he had John's trust. And he was going to have to accept that Jordan needed that trust, too. He needed for both of them to trust him -- or that withholding of trust was going to become the apple in their own personal garden of Eden.

He wasn't going to let anything destroy this paradise he'd found. He was somehow going to convince his partner that his lover was worth that trust, and that it would be best to bring Jordan into their confidence. If they didn't, then there would certainly be consequences.

He wasn't going to lose Jordan, he told himself fiercely, holding his boyfriend closer against him. This was going to be the one relationship that worked, the one that he wasn't going to walk away from because he felt that he had other, stronger obligations.

Jordan was his heart, and he wasn't going to let that heart break.

So this was his Eden, where he was caught between paradise and a fall that would surely destroy him. It was like balancing on a tightrope, and that had to stop. There had to be trust between all three of them, some kind of accord reached, before the tension ripped him apart.

He wasn't going to give up this Eden, this paradise. If it came down to making a choice, he would walk away from Harold and all the good they did rather than leave Jordan.

It was the only choice he could make. His paradise was right here, and he couldn't let it go. As John closed his eyes and tried to relax, he found himself hoping that the dawn of a new day would bring some kind of new hope, and he wouldn't be faced with a choice that he didn't want to make.