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Vic, Mac and Li Ann all sat silently staring at the image on the screen,
wondering who would be the one to say it. Finally, Vic took a deep breath
and carefully not meeting the Director's eyes, pointed out, "That's a horse."
"Very good, Victor. For your next trick, do you count to ten by
stamping your foot on the ground?" The Director's tone could have
sliced flesh from bones. "Of course, it's a horse." She glared at
Mac for his imperfectly stifled snicker. "The victim of this kidnapping
is a horse, or more precisely 36 horses. Someone has stolen the entire
stable of specially trained RCMP Musical Ride horses and is threatening to
turn them into dog food if they don't receive the ransom of ten million
dollars - American."
"Do they still use horse meat in dog food?" Mac wanted to know.
"I'm not sure. I guess so," Li Ann seemed ready to discuss the
idea until the Director stopped between them, resting one hand warningly on
each of their shoulders. Mac cringed and began to seriously consider wearing
a football player's padding to the next briefing. The Director was becoming much
too fond of digging her claws in. Vic winced in sympathy beside him, having
felt those nails recently himself.
"If we might continue?" The Director's near purr warned them
that her limited store of patience was evaporating. Without waiting for a
response, she continued. "Obviously, our government is not prepared to
give away nearly 20 million dollars. You are going to Ottawa where the
horses were stolen from, and you're going to find out who took them and get
"How could anyone steal however many horses without being seen? It's
not like you can stick them in your pocket and go," Vic pointed out.
"Obviously," the Director's gaze warned Vic about the
consequences of any more of these little observations. "That's why we
believe that someone on the inside is involved. It'll be up to you three to
find out who."
Since Vic was temporarily cowed into silence, Mac was the one to ask
"How? We can hardly announce to a bunch of Mounties that we think they
might be horse thieves. It even sounds ridiculous! This isn't the old
"Of course not. You, Mac, have just been hired as an assistant horse
trainer. The RCMP wants the younger horses trained as quickly as possible in
case they don't get the missing ones back."
"Horse trainer?! I can't even ride!!"
"What about us?" Li Ann asked.
"Victor will be an RCMP officer just transferred in from Vancouver,
and you, Li Ann, will be his wife."
"His wife!" Mac was not happy. Li Ann couldn't help a faint
feeling of smugness that Vic and Mac both still wanted her.
"Yes, Mac. Or were you thinking of volunteering for that job?"
Vic and Mac both froze at the cool question. At their silence, the Director
arched one perfect brow and passed each of them the files containing the
information on their new identities.
After the meeting, as soon as they reached the corridor, Li Ann grabbed
hold of Vic and Mac to stop them. "What was all that about?" she
Mac was unsettled to see that Vic wouldn't meet Li Ann's eyes. Is he
changing his mind now that he's had time to think about it? He's embarrassed
by us. Before Mac could work himself into a full-fledged panic attack,
Vic sighed and looked up. He moved closer to Mac, taking the younger man's
hand in his own.
"This isn't the way I wanted to tell you, Li Ann. I don't want to
hurt you." He sighed again. "But Mac and I are together now."
"What do you mean, Mac and you are...to...gether?" Her voice
trailed off as she realized what he meant, her mouth hanging open for an
instant before she shut it with a snap. "What about us? We were
"Come on, Li Ann. You're the one who 'postponed' our
engagement. Jeez, you couldn't have just said you didn't want to marry me
anymore? I got the message loud and clear. And guess what, I got over
Li Ann stared at them. "So what, you're punishing me for not
choosing between you by making sure I can't have either of you?"
"This isn't about you, Li Ann, it's about Mac and me. I don't know
where this is going, but I want to find out. And even if it doesn't work
out, you and I could never get back together. You're still my friend, and I
trust you as my partner, but I could never trust you with my heart
again." Vic turned to meet Mac's eyes with his heart in that green
Mac reached up with his free hand to stroke Vic's face, smiling when the
older man turned his cheek into his palm. Neither noticed when Li Ann walked
away, muttering to herself about alien possession.
"So, do you trust me, Vic?" Mac asked.
Vic looked away uneasily. "This whole thing's outside of my
experience, Mac. Let's just take it one day at a time, okay?"
Mac pulled back angrily. "Fine, Mansfield, never let it be said that
Mac Ramsey stuck around where he wasn't wanted."
"Oh, for-" Vic grabbed Mac, pushing the younger man against the
wall and moving to claim a deep kiss. The ex-cop undulated against his
partner, leaving Mac in no doubt that he was wanted. Vic pulled one
of Mac's hands to his chest, letting him feel the nipple ring he still wore.
He pulled back to grin at Mac when he felt the other man's hips surge
forward involuntarily. "I thought that turned you on the other night.
Now, you'll always be wondering if I'm wearing it."
"You're a tease, Vic," Mac announced with surprise.
"Not really, I always deliver on my promises." This time the
kiss went on until they heard the Director's voice.
"Gentlemen, I believe you've gotten the wrong idea about performance
evaluations. This is not the sort of performance I had in mind."
She stopped briefly and smiled at them, making the two men very
nervous. "Although, I suppose it could be a new category for the Agency
The men stared after her. "You don't think she'd really...Do
you?" Vic groaned.
"Yeah, I do. And I know for a fact that my apartment's been bugged
before. What do you think the chances are that she has pictures? I don't
want to be an exhibit."
"She can't actually know-"
"Remember, boys, I know everything" came floating down the
"That's it, let's get out of here. Even horses have to be better
than this," Mac claimed, taking hold of Vic's arm and pulling him down
A week later Mac was ready to eat his words. Nothing, but nothing, was
worse than horses, great, big, dumb animals. 'Trainer' she said, hah!
Stable boy's more like it. I'm an animated pooper scooper! At least if I was
dumped back in Hong Kong, the Tangs would kill me quickly! And then there's
Vic. I hardly see him, but Li Ann's living with him. He hung on to the idea
of being in love with her a lot longer than I did. What if he changes his
mind again and decides he really does want her? Mac was so engrossed in
his thoughts that he didn't notice he was no longer alone until he walked
right into the new arrival.
"Hey, Mac, you know I'm always glad of a chance to get my hands on
you," Vic laughed, "but this really isn't what I had in
mind." The younger man looked so bewildered that Vic couldn't resist
pulling him in closer for a kiss. As soon as their lips met, the frustration
of the past week surged up in both of them, and they couldn't get close
enough. When Mac would have unfastened his pants though, Vic drew back.
"Hold that thought, lover. Much as I want you, I don't intend to put
on a show for anyone who happens to wander by. Anyway, that's what I came to
tell you; Li Ann-"
"Sure, 'Li Ann'. I knew you'd go back to her. So, did you even wait
till the second day to get her back into bed with you?" Mac snarled.
"What! What the hell's gotten into you, Ramsey? Are you nuts or are
you just trying to prove that you're still the most irritating person in the
world? I'm outta here. Talk to me when you get over whatever your problem
is." Vic turned to leave, totally infuriated by Mac's attitude.
Mac's suddenly quiet voice stopped Vic in his tracks. "I know you've
never had a man as a lover before, and I know you were in love with Li Ann.
We had one, admittedly incredible, night together before the Director threw
you into playing house with Li Ann. I've barely been able to talk to you
since we got here, and I just figured you realized you'd made a mistake and
went back to Li Ann."
"Jeez, Mac." Vic hesitated, suddenly realizing Mac's brashness
hid a multitude of uncertainties. And why not? What kind of security had the
ex-thief ever known? The Tangs were the closest thing he'd ever had to a
family and even that had been torn from him brutally. "I can only tell
you what I told Li Ann. I'll always love her, as a friend, but I'm not in
love with her anymore. Am I in love with you? It's way too soon to tell, but
sometimes, when you don't make me so mad I want to shoot you, I think I
could. But you have to trust me too, Mac. I'll never intentionally hurt you,
and I'll always talk to you about anything that affects us. So please, stop
deciding you know what I'm thinking. If you want to know something, ask
me." Vic moved back to Mac and hugged him. "And to get back to
what I originally wanted to tell you, we got a lead on who might have been
the inside man. Li Ann's taking off for a few days to follow up. She told
some of the neighbors she was going to visit her sister, so nobody'll ask
any questions. Anyway, I thought we could take advantage of the time alone.
I was hoping you'd come over tonight."
Mac grinned at his lover, grateful he hadn't completely messed up.
"When do you want me there?"
"I want you right now, but after dark'll have to do. I'm sure you
can manage to get in without being seen. God, I'll be glad when we're back
home and can be together without all this sneaking around! See you around
8:00." With another quick kiss, Vic was gone.
After spending the afternoon fantasizing about the night ahead, Mac was
slipping through Vic's back door the moment it got dark. Not hearing
anything, he assumed Vic must have gotten hung up at work and decided to
wait for his lover in the bedroom. Mac stopped dead in the bedroom doorway
at the sight that greeted him. Vic had had a similar idea and was lying on
the bed, wearing nothing but that nipple ring Mac liked so much. Vic was
already half-hard, making Mac's mouth water in anticipation. Mac started for
the bed only to stop at the husky sound of Vic's voice.
"Don't you think you're a little overdressed for this party? Undress
for me, Mac."
Mac saw the aroused glitter in his lover's eyes and decided to tease him
a bit. Staring directly into Vic's eyes, Mac tugged the hem of his shirt
loose from his pants. As he began to pull it up over his head, he turned his
back to Vic, bending forward slightly making his slacks pull tightly over
his ass. Hearing Vic's gasp, he glanced back over his shoulder once the
shirt was off, finding the older man stroking himself. "Uh uh,
Mansfield, that's mine," Mac said, staring at Vic's engorged cock.
"You don't touch yourself."
Vic moaned slightly but drew his hand away with one last stroke.
"Okay, but if it's yours, don't you want to take possession?"
"All in good time, Victor my love, all in good time." Mac
continued stripping for the ex-cop, slowing unfastening his slacks and
pushing them down with some unnecessary shimmying of his hips. Vic started
to pant when he saw that Mac hadn't bothered with underwear. Mac toed off
his shoes and socks, stepping out of his slacks to stand naked before
Victor, letting the older man get a good look.
Staring at the drops of moisture visible on the head of Vic's cock, Mac
came toward him like some jungle cat stalking its prey. Unlike that prey,
Vic was eager to meet his fate, arching his hips forward to entice Mac. With
a growl, Mac pounced on his lover, burying his face in Vic's groin, letting
the older man's scent overwhelm his senses. He nuzzled against the sensitive
balls, causing the other man to moan, then drew them into his mouth. After
sucking for a few moments, Mac moved on. He licked the sensitive area behind
the ball sac before lightly flicking his tongue over Vic's anus.
Vic whimpered with pleasure and spread his legs wider, arching up to give
Mac easier access. He clutched desperately at the sheets, praying for the
pleasure to continue.
Mac swirled his tongue around the opening several times, listening to
Vic's moans and pleas, before working the tip inside. He plunged his tongue
into Vic several times, prompting a near scream. When he brought up one hand
to play with Vic's balls, the older man lost the battle for control and came
"I wanted you inside me when I came," Vic moaned.
"I will be. And you'll be inside me. And anything else we want.
We've got all night, lover." Mac grinned up at Victor before starting
to lick him clean.
Vic groaned at both Mac's estimation of his capabilities and the pleasure
of the tongue bath he was getting. When the younger man moved higher, Vic
felt the proof that he hadn't come yet. Wanting to give Mac the same
pleasure he had felt, Vic reached for his lover only to have his hand
"I'm not done with you yet, Vic. Just lie back and let me love
you." Mac rubbed against Vic's slowly wakening groin as he drew one of
Vic's nipples into his mouth. Vic arched into the touch, pleading
Mac understood what Vic wanted and shifted to his lover's other side to
catch Vic's nipple ring in his teeth and tug. Vic cried out, prompting Mac
to continue his game, listening carefully to be sure he didn't cross the
line into true pain. After a short time Mac slithered back down Vic's body,
moaning himself at the wonderful friction. He briefly drew Vic's renewed
erection into his mouth, lapping at the head before releasing it with a
kiss. Mac smiled at Vic's moan of protest as he pulled away to lie flat on
his back at the other man's side while positioning a pillow under himself.
Vic forced passion-glazed eyes open to meet Mac's gaze questioningly.
"I want you in me, lover, and I want to see you while you're loving
Vic flushed even more and for a moment was speechless. Swallowing hard he
asked, "Tell me how?"
"First you get me ready just like before. Fuck me with your fingers
and open me for you," Mac breathed hotly.
Vic fumbled at the bedside table till he managed to get hold of the tube
of lubricant without ever taking his eyes off his partner. He squeezed a
goodly amount onto his fingers and, moving between Mac's splayed legs,
spread some of it around his anus. He stroked one finger over the tight ring
of muscle several times, provoking a yearning moan from his lover. He probed
gently, easily sliding one finger inside Mac and starting to thrust. He
rubbed the prostate, making Mac shudder with pleasure and push back onto his
finger, which was soon joined by a second, then a third. When Mac was riding
his fingers eagerly and begging for more, Vic pulled out of him, then
Understanding Vic's inexperience in this situation, Mac reached to grab
the back of his neck, pulling him forward for a kiss. Releasing the older
man, Mac put his feet on Vic's shoulders, positioning himself for him. Vic
was quick to get the idea and pushed the head of his cock inside his lover.
Once there, he waited till Mac relaxed before starting to push the rest of
the way in. Mac pushed up against him, wanting him harder and deeper. Vic
still hesitated until Mac reached up one hand to grasp the nipple ring. With
a cry Vic started to thrust harder, losing control, exactly as Mac wanted.
They plunged together, Mac pulling Vic down to latch onto his mouth, fucking
him with his tongue in the same rhythm. Victor's tongue in his mouth, his
cock in his ass and the friction of Vic's belly against his own erection
finally pushed Mac over the edge, and he came, semen spurting over both
their bellies and chests. The feel of Mac's muscles tightening on him,
rippling along his length, made Victor come at nearly the same moment.
Collapsed bonelessly on top of Mac, Vic muttered something about needing
to clean up, but he made no attempt to move from his perch. Mac chuckled,
managing to drape one arm around Victor, stroking his hair. "Come on,
Vic, we'll be glued together if we don't get ourselves clean."
"So what's your point? I don't have a problem with that."
"Intriguing though the possibilities are, I don't intend to explain
our becoming Siamese twins to the Director."
"God! You really know how to spoil a mood, Mac!" Vic said in
disgust before climbing off the younger man and staggering slightly on his
way to the bathroom. He returned with a damp cloth a few moments later,
still muttering to himself.
Mac pushed himself up from where he was sitting on the edge of the bed,
grabbing Vic and kissing him. "Sorry, love, it was the only way I could
think of to get you moving. Trust me, you don't want to get stuck together.
Hairs get pulled in very sensitive areas when you try to pry yourselves
"Ouch!" Vic winced at the thought.
"Exactly. So, am I forgiven?"
"I guess. Just don't ever mention her in our bed again."
Vic looked at Mac in surprise. "Did you think I was kidding the
other night? I do not share my lovers."
"Uh, Vic, I'm a little confused here-"
"Now there's a news flash!"
"Vic! What's going on between us? Are we partners who share a bed
when the opportunity comes along; are we lovers, what? Tell me, I don't know
what you want."
Vic sighed, something he seemed to be doing frequently lately. "I --
God, why do these things always happen to me?! -- I think I love you. No, I do
love you, and I'm also in love with you."
Mac stared in shock, never expecting to hear those words from Victor.
"Hey, Mac! I was kind of hoping for something similar from
"Oh. I...I love you, too," he mumbled. "I have for a long
"Was that so hard to say?"
"Yeah, it was. I only ever said it to Li Ann before, and that was
when I thought I was about to die. But I do love you, Victor." It was
getting easier to say with each repetition.
"Good. Everything else, we can work out. Now let's get some sleep;
it's going to be a long day tomorrow."
"Vic, tomorrow's Saturday, and you're off."
"I know. We have all day to find out what we both like."
Mac actually whimpered.
Vic pushed his lover back into bed and draped himself over him in what
Mac was beginning to realize was going to be his preferred sleeping
position. We'll definitely need air conditioning for the summer, Mac
thought hazily before falling asleep.
Like most plans, Vic's for the next day were doomed to failure. At barely
5:00 A.M. Li Ann came into the bedroom, already talking before she even
turned on the light. "Vic, I got him. I know who-" She stopped
abruptly, staring at the two men who'd both sat up abruptly when she burst
in. Unfortunately for all concerned, they'd managed to lose the sheet during
the night so were fully displayed to her shocked gaze.
Vic and Mac stared back at her, unable to move. Finally, Li Ann spun
around, facing away from the bed. "Sorry," she choked out. Seeing
them like this made it real to her; she really had lost both of them.
"'Sokay," Mac managed. "We, uh, weren't expecting you back
Vic rolled his eyes at that comment, thinking duh. "Why don't
you give us a minute, Li Ann; put some coffee on and we'll be right
Li Ann nodded and fled.
Vic turned to Mac, looking deep into his eyes. "Are we okay?"
"Always. I could have done without the embarrassing scene, but I
still want to be with you. Even when you're driving me nuts with your
'integrity' and I go out of my way to bug you, I'll still love you."
After a not-too-quick kiss, Vic got up, saying, "We'd better get
some clothes on and get downstairs or we'll be giving her something to
listen to, too. Here," handing Mac a robe, "you can borrow
this." Vic grabbed a pair of jeans and headed for the door.
Mac stopped Vic at the door, fastening the top button Vic hadn't bothered
with. "I don't care if she's seen it all before. You're mine now, and
no one else gets to see you undressed." Vic smiled and kissed his lover
When they finally made it down to the kitchen, the coffee was ready.
After getting a cup, Mac turned to Li Ann. "Did you say you know who
the inside man is?"
"Yes, one of the members of the Musical Ride is a fervent animal
Vic and Mac looked at her blankly.
"He apparently decided that the specialized training was against
nature and had to be stopped. He never intended to kill the horses, and the
ransom was meant for their upkeep. He wanted to return the horses to their
quote natural habitat."
"He let 36 Thoroughbreds run wild? Is he nuts?" Mac exclaimed.
"How'd you track the guy down?" Vic asked.
"I was searching property records of the surrounding area for
someplace where the horses could be kept unseen, and I discovered that
Turner - that's his name by the way - recently purchased a very large parcel
of land. When I found his link to an animal rights group, I decided to check
it out. I found the horses and called the local police. Turner's in jail
awaiting psychiatric evaluation, the horses are back in their stable, and
the Director wants us back immediately." Li Ann hesitated, then teased,
"See what happens when you sleep on the job, guys?"
They glared at her, refusing to dignify her remark with a response.
"So, boys," the Director pinned them with a cool gaze, "It
appears that the teamwork is all being accomplished by one member of the
"I can explain," Vic started.
"Please." She held up a hand to stop. "I don't want to
hear the details. Just make sure it doesn't happen again."
Li Ann had stepped out the door and Vic and Mac had almost made their
escape when the Director spoke again. "By the way, gentlemen, I've
already had your belongings moved from your former apartments to a nice
little house with a white picket fence. Li Ann took care of getting a garden
planted for you, tulips I believe, some red and white variety called Make
Up." She smiled with saccharine sweetness and left.
"Is this good or bad?" Vic finally asked.
"I don't know, but let's get out of here before she comes back to
tell us. At least we know Li Ann's okay with it."
"Let's go home."
The Director laughed to herself moments later as she heard Vic ask Mac
how they were supposed to find out where they lived.
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