Title: Unnerving Silence
Pairing: John Reese/Jordan Hester
Fandom: Person of Interest
Table: Personal Challenge, 1drabble
Prompt: 24, Silence
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's silence was really starting to feel very unnerving.
Jordan sighed softly, wishing that John would say something, anything to break that silence. He was feeling very uncomfortable, sitting here and not talking.
He was fairly sure of what was causing that silence; Harold was probably telling John yet again that their relationship was wrong, that he was a liability and that John should break up with him. It was an old refrain, one that Jordan was used to hearing.
But he would never believe it, he told himself firmly. He didn't think John would, either. Their relationship was too strong for them to take heed of those words.
He couldn't help wondering why Harold kept saying them.
Harold didn't dislike him; he knew that. It was the fact that he meant so much to John that seemed to make Harold somewhat .... well, jealous.
Could John's professional partner possibly be in love with him? Jordan didn't think so. He wasn't sure that Harold was completely straight -- in fact, he was sure that wasn't the case -- but he didn't think that there was any romantic interest flowing from him to John.
Then why did Harold seem so disapproving of him? Did he really think that being in a relationship with Jordan was so horrible? Did he fear for John's safety?
Maybe he should try to talk to Harold about this, he thought, with another sigh. But he was sure that he'd get nothing but silence on the subject from Harold, either.
"Why the sigh?" John finally asked, looking over at Jordan and reaching across the table to take his hand. "I know that something's bothering you, Jordan. You've been quiet all night. Well, so have I. I've just been .... annoyed by something Harold said."
"I can guess what he said," Jordan told his lover, with a tight smile. "What he always says. That you'll end up having to choose between what you do, and me."
John shook his head, his fingers tightening on Jordan's.
"That isn't going to happen," he said, his voice very soft. "Harold is wrong, and he's going to find that out eventually. You're good for me. Not the other way around."
Jordan could almost feel his heart leap in his chest. John felt exactly the same way he did -- that was more than obvious. He didn't want to come between John and Harold's professional relationship, but John was right. Harold was wrong, and he needed to realize that.
At least the silence had been broken, and John was talking to him now. That made him feel much better; the tension had vanished, replaced by warmth and love.
Harold was definitely wrong. And together, they would prove it.
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