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Author: [livejournal.com profile] thuri
Author's Email: Thuri at ThuriWeaver dot com
Website: http://www.thuriweaver.com/
Pairing(s): Dom/Billy
Rating: Series is G -- NC-17.
Summary: What did Billy's grandfather have to say?
Disclaimer: Yeah. This is sooooo not true.
Warning: AU
Authors Note: Yet another alternative universe. You're all gonna kill me, just so you know.

(Part One) (Part Two) (Part Three) (Part Four) (Part Five) (Part Six) (Part Seven) (Part Eight) (Part Nine) (Part Ten) (Part Eleven) (Part Twelve) (Part Thirteen) (Part Fourteen) (Part Fifteen) (Part Sixteen) (Part Seventeen) (Part Eighteen) (Part Nineteen) (Part Twenty)

Billy felt his legs literally melt away, a tail taking their place, his own control helpless to stop it. “Granda…”

“I don’t want to hear it, William. You’ve had your fun, but no rut of this sort can last. Back to the ocean with you, lad. Back to your own world.”

“I…Granda, I’m with Dom, I want to…”

“Silence. There is no possible relationship between mer and human. You’ll lose yourself in this.” His face was grim, implacable. “You have a responsibility to your people, William. You cannot carry on this way. You’ve had your fun, lad, and it’s time to end it. Now. Pleasures of the flesh are one thing, but…” He shook his head. “I’ll give you a few moments, now, to explain. And that must be the end of it.” The tall mer walked out into the water, gradually disappearing under the waves.

Billy sat with his tail curled under him, stunned, looking at the spot where his grandfather had disappeared. “I have to go, Dom…”

“No,” Dom said, finally finding his voice, struggling to his feet. “No, Bills, you can’t…you can’t leave me. I can’t be without you.”

“I have to go,” Billy replied helplessly, looking over at Dom. His lover’s eyes were dark, face a mask of pain. “My people, my life…I have to live under the water, love. We knew this could…we had to know this couldn’t last.”

“It has to! You came back to me, you’ve made love to me, and you’ve stayed--you made your decision. Billy…you love me! You’ve said so…”

“I do love you, Dommie-lad,” Billy replied, in anguish. “But my whole life…I can’t leave it.”

"Then I'll go with you, Billy," Dom said, eyes a bit wild, dropping to his knees in the sand. He clutched Billy's hand, forearm, feeling the slick scales beneath his fingers. “I’ll leave the land, leave my life…Nothing’s holding me here, I’ll go with you!”

Billy shook his head, easing Dom's grip. "You can't, lad. You couldn't breathe; the pressure'd kill you. And even if not...you'd be deaf, mute...I couldn't let you lose so much of yourself. Human’s can’t become mer. I wish to the Lady you could. But you can’t.”

"But I can't be parted from you, either," Dom said, fear catching in his chest. "Billy...I love you.”

"I know." The mer's brilliant green eyes closed on saltwater tears of pain. "I know.”

Dom sagged, the fight leaving him in one breath. “So what do we do?”

Billy swallowed hard. “I…I go under the waves, now. And try to make my granda understand, try to…to make things work.” Could he do it? Turn away from all he had known, from the life that had been decided for him before his birth? Could he follow his heart, ignoring all he’d ever been taught? He desperately feared he didn’t have that courage.

Dom nodded slowly, wondering if Billy would ever come back. He somehow didn’t think so. “I’ll…we’ve got the house for another few weeks. I won’t leave, until I know…”

Billy reached for him, kissing him softly. “I’ll come for you, lad. If it’s within my power…I’ll come back for you.” And with that, he headed under the waves, leaving Dom alone on the beach once more.
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