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[This ficlet is not part of a larger work. I don't have any other stories involving these characters. It's just a fun little story written using the three prompt words in the subject line. I very much hope you enjoy it. :)]

"Do you really have to go?" A plaintive note snuck into the question, but Alec didn't waste any effort worrying whether it made him sound desperate. So what if it did? Maybe it would convince Grant not to leave. Surely some underling could go in his place.

Wasn't that the point of being a CEO? The ability to delegate?

"I really have to go." Grant's voice was maddeningly gentle. And calm. Steady. Collected. Alec felt like a petulant child by contrast. "These are delicate negotiations. The contracts will impact every facet of our global operations for decades."

Our global operations. He still spoke as though the business concerned both of them, despite the fact that Alec had sold off his shares years ago—in favor of hands-off investments and time to focus on the academic research he loved.

"You're sure? There's no one you trust to go in your place?"

"There is definitely no one I trust in my place." Grant was smiling as he said it. Almost teasing. A moment later he zipped his suitcase shut and sat beside it on the edge of the bed. "Come here."

Alec crossed the room readily, despite the frown twisting his expression, and dropped astride Grant's lap. Powerful arms slipped around his waist and tugged him closer, and Alec let his palms settle against his husband's broad chest.

"This sucks." He pouted sullenly.

"You'll be productive in my absence." Grant pressed a quick kiss to the corner of Alec's mouth. "You're always complaining that I'm a distraction."

"A good distraction," Alec protested. He hated that Grant would be on a plane by sunrise tomorrow, hated the pending separation of an ocean between them. "I don't want you to go."

"I wish I didn't have to." Grant leaned down, nuzzled at Alec's throat, pressed a kiss beneath his jaw. "But it's only one week. And I'll make it up to you somehow."

"Mmm," Alec agreed as that teasing mouth moved higher, kissing just below his ear. His face warmed and his pulse sped, anticipation twisting beneath his skin as Grant held him tighter. "I'm sure you'll think of something."



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