Back Again

by AJ

"Reeder?" Jed touched Mason's shoulder, and Mason immediately flew into Jed's arms.

"Why, Vett?" Mason buried his face in Jed's embrace. "Why didn't anyone tell me?"

"I... I don't know, Son... And... I'm sorry... but, you know now. You know you have a brother. And he's right inside there. He's right in there. And he wants to get to know you. Almost as much as you need to get to know him."

"Vett..."

"Reeder, I can hear the hurt in your voice. When you look at me, I can see the pain in your eyes. But above all of that, I see and hear the excitement from the fact that you have a brother. So... come back in... give him a chance. Hell, you never know, you might just like him."

"You..." Mase sniffled and pulled away. "You think so?"

"There's only one way to find out," Jed stood and pulled Mase up with him.

~~~

"The two of you have a lot in common, you know?" Abbey said as she sat down next to Olsen.

"No. I don't know, Abbey. I don't know him. I don't know anything about him... my brother." Olsen took Flash into his arms.

"Well then, I'll tell you about him," Abbey started. "For as long as I can remember, he's wanted to be a secret service agent. Went to Duke, where he had a full scholarship for baseball."

"Really?"

"He was a catcher, just like you," Abbey smiled.

"Really?"

"Yeah."

"Did... did Dad and him fight like we used to?"

"They had some fights. Never as bad as the two of yours. And really, only after your mother died."

"She died?"

"Yeah..." Abbey placed a hand on Olsen's back. "About nine years ago... Her death really changed your father. He became more withdrawn. Focussed more at work. Spent less time at home with Mason. And the time they did spend together... Jer was always trying to convince him to become a lawyer."

"He never gave up," Olse smiled weakly and kissed the top of Flash's head.

"No, he didn't," Abbey paused for a long moment. "Mason's a good kid. He's finally getting his life together... good job... great friends... and Donna."

"Donna?"

"Mason's girlfriend," Abbey smiled. "Soon to be fianc"e."

"Oh?"

"Yeah," Abbey smiled some more. "I helped him pick out the ring."

"Sounds like he has a full life... like he doesn't need a brother," Olsen stood. "Tell JB thanks for the help with the job and everything else... but I just... I have to go..."

"Please stay," came Mase's voice.

Olsen was quick to turn around, "Mason... "

"Please," Mason paused until Jed and Abbey were both out of the room. "Don't go... Don't leave me again. Please?"

"Mason... I..."

"I want a brother... I need my brother."

Tears slowly streamed down Olsen's face, "Me too," he said as the two came together in a tight embrace.

TBC...

 

 

 

 

 

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