Title: The Sunshine of His Smile
Pairing: Zeke Barnes/Jordan Hester
Fandom: Person of Interest/A Gifted Man
Prompt: 14, Sun
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Zeke Barnes or Jordan Hester, fortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.
***Zeke couldn't help smiling as Jordan approached him, holding out a hand.
"Sorry I'm a little late," Jordan said by way of apology. "I was at work, and I couldn't get away as soon as I wanted to. But I'm here now, and that's what counts, right?"
"Exactly," Zeke said, holding open the door and ushering Jordan into the restaurant before him. He led the other man to a table near the back, the one that he usually sat at when he came here. But this time, he had someone with him, instead of being alone as he usually was.
He picked up the menu, though he already knew it almost by heart. This was one of his favorite places to eat, and he came here so much that he could order without thinking.
Jordan did the same, his eyes scanning the menu quickly.
"It's nice of you to invite me out," he said softly when he put the menu down again and looked across the table at Zeke. "I don't get out much these days. My life has .... kind of turned around in the past few months, and I don't know how to put it back together again. It's .... difficult."
"Just take things one day at a time," Zeke said softly, wondering just what it was that had happened to Jordan. "If you don't mind me asking, what's going on? Can I help in any way?"
Jordan shook his head, looking down. "I wish you could, Zeke. I really do. But I don't think anyone can help me. But .... it's good just to have you here. To know that I have .... a friend."
Greatly daring, Zeke put out a hand to take Jordan's, twining their fingers together and squeezing the other man's hand gently. "I'd like to be more than a friend, once we get to know each other better," he murmured, glancing up at Jordan's face to see how his statement was being taken.
Jordan smiled at him, and Zeke could feel his heart turn over.
That smile was like the sun dawning in the morning; it spread into his heart and soul, and made him feel warm all over. Seeing that smile made his heart sing and his soul soar.
He was sure that he had never seen anything as beautiful in his life as Jordan's smile. And he would do all that he could to make sure that the sunshine of that smile kept shining on him. He wanted to bask in that sunshine for the rest of his life, to know that it would always be there.
Reluctantly, he let go of Jordan's hand as the waiter approached. But he could see by the look in the other man's eyes that Jordan wanted them to be more than friends, just as he did.
The two of them had a lot to talk about during the course of this evening.
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