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July 25th, 2005
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Gluttoning on All (What’s Past is Prologue 8/18)
Jean-Paul barely registered what the guy approaching him looked like. Partly because it was pretty dark in the bar. Mostly because they all looked the same after a while and after a few drinks. He’d had more than a few drinks tonight, and he wasn’t noticing a lot of details. He had a general impression of young, healthy, male, and interested and that was all he was looking for tonight. Well, young was optional.

“Hi,” the guy said to him, and introduced himself. Visuals were registering a little more now. Clean, clean-cut, conservative looking. Looked like he’d be more at home in the bookstore across the street than in a backroom bar. Bookstore cruising not going well tonight, copain?

“I’m Jean-Paul.” The guy – Jean-Paul had already forgotten his name – actually reached out his hand to shake. Definitely not something that happened much in this place. “So, you want to go to the back room?” Jean-Paul asked as he took the guy’s hand.

The guy shook his head. “I’m not into back rooms, but I’d like to buy you a drink.”

“Save your money. I’m not into men who aren’t into back rooms.”

“Come on. Just one. We could talk a bit. Maybe,” he looked around, “go somewhere else if we’d like to...” His voice drifted off.

Jean-Paul smiled at him. “No thanks,” he said. “Not interested.”

“Come on,” the guy said again. “You might like me if you take a little time to get to know me.”

“I’m sure you’re a nice guy. What we have here, though, is incompatible aims. I’m not looking to get to know anyone. You’re looking for someone to talk to and get to know and maybe go somewhere and...” He deliberately didn’t finish the sentence, just as the guy hadn’t. The guy actually blushed when he did that! Jean-Paul continued. “I’m looking for someone who wants to go in the back room and suck my cock. So, why don’t you go find somebody else to get to know, hein? And I’ll stay here until someone who’s looking for what I’ve got comes along.”

The guy took a deep breath. He didn’t say anything for a long time, but he didn’t make any move to go and find someone more compatible. Finally, he spoke. “Cut or uncut?” he asked.

“Un-. Does that count for me or against me with you?”

“For.”

“Enough to go against your principles and try out the back room?”

“Maybe. I’m Jewish – I was raised to be frightened of dangerous, uncircumcised men,” he added with a smile.

“And you like danger?” Jean-Paul smiled too as the guy nodded. “I’m a mutant,” he added. “I like to get that out of the way first.”

“I’m not prejudiced,” the guy said, a little too fast. Then he thought about what he’d just heard. “Are you a dangerous mutant?” he asked.

“Only when I want to be.” He gestured to the door in the back of the bar. “So, we go in there? Maybe you’ll find you like back rooms after all.”

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Jean-Paul didn’t know if the guy was deciding he liked back rooms, but he clearly liked what he was doing. He was licking and sucking Jean-Paul’s cock with enthusiasm mixed with expertise. His tongue kept wandering back to the foreskin. Dangerous uncircumcised men? Jean-Paul found himself thinking he’d have to ask Adam if he’d felt some special taboo-related thrill when they’d first had sex. Then remembered that he wasn’t on those kinds of terms with Adam anymore. And likely never would be.

He shook himself, turning his attention from Adam remembered to the man kneeling in front of him right now. Stroking his balls with a couple fingers as his mouth alternated between licking and sucking on the head, he was using the rest of his hand to slide up and down the shaft. The guy’s other hand was in Jean-Paul’s pants, holding onto his ass, stroking slowly. It all felt really good. He looked good, too, whatever his name was, now that Jean-Paul was paying a little more attention to him. Handsome without being pretty, good cheekbones, nice hair that Jean-Paul had a double handful of at the moment. He looked better – not so strait-laced and conservative – like this, with a mouth full of cock. Jean-Paul grabbed him by the back of the head and started moving him forward and back. “Take it all in, copain,” he said, pushing hard and then pulling back out. “Come on. Swallow it. You can do it.” Alternately pulling on the guy’s hair and pushing him back, Jean-Paul fucked his face harder and faster until he shot his load down the guy’s throat.

The guy stood up afterwards, brushing his pant legs as he did. “You’ve got a great cock,” he said to Jean-Paul, wiping his face with the back of his hand.

“Thanks.” He leaned in, kissing the guy on the mouth, tongue pushing in like his cock had just done. Reaching between the guy’s legs, he stroked a little. “Do you want me to do you now?” he asked.

“Not here. Look – we did it your way. Can we go somewhere else now? Like maybe some place with a bed? Is that just pathetically conventional of me?”

Jean-Paul laughed. “No, it’s fine. I don’t have anywhere I can take you, though. I’m living somewhere I can’t bring... people back to just now.”

“By ‘people’ you mean ‘tricks’? I understand. I’ve got a room. Not too far from here.” And then, in response to the expression on Jean-Paul’s face, “I know. Some of the rooms around here aren’t any better than a back room, but this is a good hotel. I’m in New York on business.”

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“What kind of business?” Jean-Paul asked, a few minutes later, as they walked to the hotel.

“I’m a journalist.”

“Ah.”

“What does that mean?”

“Nothing. I just know a little bit about the work. My... ex is a reporter, too.”

“Recent ex, I assume, and a significant relationship, too. Or you wouldn’t be hesitating to call him that.”

“You reporters are always drawing conclusions, aren’t you?”

“Well, was I right?”

“Close enough.”

“You’re French?”

“Quebecois.” At the guy’s puzzled expression, he clarified. “French Canadian.”

“French and Canadian. Arrogant and boring. Sorry – old joke.”

“I’ve heard it before.”

“What are you doing here?”

“I live in the States now. I moved here last year.”

“So soon after the war? Most mutants are moving to Canada.”

Jean-Paul shrugged but didn’t say any more until they were in the hotel room. And when he did talk, it wasn’t about immigration. “So there’s a bed here,” he said, gesturing to it. “What do you want to do?” He pulled off his shirt and sat down on the bed.

“I... uh... would you fuck me?” The guy was looking nervous. “I have condoms and lube,” he added.

“Bien. Take your clothes off.”

Jean-Paul watched while he did. Nice body, he thought. The guy wasn’t making eye contact. Having second thoughts or just shy? Jean-Paul took his clothes off, too, and pulled his now naked companion down on the bed with him, lying on top of him, kissing him hard, reaching to stroke his cock while he did. He seemed to be getting over the shyness, or whatever it was, kissing hungrily, hands stroking. “Where are the condoms?” Jean-Paul asked after a while.

The guy reached into a drawer of the nightstand and got out a pack of condoms and a tube of lube. “Put it on me,” Jean-Paul said, closing his eyes as he felt his cock stroked and the condom rolling on. “Are you sure you want to do this?” he added, eyes open now, noticing the guy looking wary again.

“Yeah, I’m just... it’s been a while.”

“Do you want to sit on it? You can have more control that way.”

“No.” He shook his head. “I want you to push it in me. Hard.”

“Sure thing, copain. Get on your hands and knees.” He did, and Jean-Paul knelt behind him and looked at him for a minute. “You’ve got a nice ass,” he said, stroking with both hands, spreading the cheeks a bit. He pushed inside, hard, making the guy in front of him gasp. “That’s how you like it?” he asked, not waiting for an answer before starting to fuck him with pounding strokes, kneeling behind him, pulling on his thighs to bring him closer.

“Yes,” the guy answered his question, almost in a whisper, and leaned his head down on the bed as he rubbed his own cock. He moaned and whimpered as Jean-Paul shoved it into him again and again.

“Am I hurting you?” he asked, leaning down now, talking in the guy’s ear.

“Yes, but I like it. It’s good. Keep doing it like that.”

And then neither of them said anything else, just moving together now, hard and fast. The guy shook as he came and then moved with Jean-Paul while Jean-Paul fucked faster and harder until he was coming, too.

They both sat up afterwards, leaning against each other a bit. Jean-Paul turned and kissed the guy on the mouth again. “That was good. You’re right – better on a bed for that than in a back room.” After a minute, he added, “Well, I think I should be going.”

“Could you stay?” He looked down. “It just seems so...strange or something, to do that and then you just leave.”

“That’s kind of what it’s like when you pick up guys in bars, hein?”

“Does it have to be? I mean, I’m not looking for a relationship or anything, but is it so much to want a one-night stand to last a night?” He smiled sardonically at Jean-Paul, who laughed.

“Okay, why not? But I have to make a call, to say I’ll be out all night.” He picked his pants up off the floor and took out his cell phone. “No signal.”

“I know. It’s always like that here. Hotel management says there’s interference from the generator. I think they do it on purpose so they can charge their guests exorbitant phone rates.” He gestured to the hotel phone. “Go ahead. My paper will pay for it.”

Jean-Paul asked for Wendy’s room, but got April. “You’re up late ma petite,” he said, and listened, smiling, to a long story involving a kitten, a ball of yarn, and telekinesis. “Is mommy there?” he asked after a while, telling Wendy when she got on that he expected to be out all night and that he wasn’t available via cell but could be reached if needed at 212 555-3232, Room 534.

“Having fun?” she asked.

“Oui.”

“I won’t give out the number unless Cyclops needs you for a mission or there’s some sort of emergency.”

“Ezra is okay?”

“Yes, he’s fine. Adam and Anjuli were taking a walk with the boys last I saw them, then getting them ready for bed.”

“Bien. See you tomorrow.”

The guy – Jean-Paul really wished he could remember his name, this was getting embarrassing – was looking at him quizzically when he got off the phone. “What?” Jean-Paul asked him.

“So the reporter ex is a wife, is she? And there’s a child, too? Does she know what you’re doing? Is she okay with that?”

“Ah, you reporters. Jumping to conclusions. No, that wasn’t my ex, or my child. Wendy’s a friend – she and her husband and daughter are all friends of mine. I was talking to her daughter and then to her. My ex is a man. And I do have a child – we adopted him together.” He shrugged. “Now we’re not together. We’re sharing custody. It’s his turn to be the hands-on parent tonight. When Ad- when my ex has our son, I can go out in the evenings.”

“Picking up men in bars and fucking them in hotel rooms?”

“Sometimes. More often just blow jobs in the back room. Why?”

“I don’t know. I guess I just don’t associate that kind of thing with having a family.” He added quickly, “I’m not being critical.”

“Well, as you guessed before when you were guessing right, my family is in flux at the moment. The breakup is still new. We’re both trying to negotiate it, figure out what works for us.” He shrugged and didn’t say anything for a minute. Then he added, “I came to this country because of his work, because we were making a life together.”

“Is he a mutant?” Jean-Paul shook his head. “What’s your gift?” he asked, and then quickly afterwards, “Is that okay to ask?”

“Oui, it’s fine. I have two. Flight and super speed.”

“Really? You mean you can really fly?” Jean-Paul nodded. “And super speed? What does that mean? How fast?”

“I can go around the world in a few minutes. Most of the time is take-off and landing. Once I’m really going it’s close to c, to light speed.”

The guy whistled a little, looking at him like he was seeing him in a new way. “Is your last name Beaubier? Were you with Alpha Flight when you lived in Canada?”

“Yes, how did you know?”

“I read an article about you – part of a series on mutants in sports. In the San Francisco Chronicle. I know the guy who wrote it.”

“I think there must be five newspaper reporters in the world, total. You all seem to know each other.”

“What was it like working with Alpha Flight?”

Jean-Paul shook his head. “I don’t talk about my work.”

“You don’t even work there anymore.”

“When you work for an agency like Alpha Flight, you don’t talk about it even after you leave.”

“Hey, are you an X-Man now?” Jean-Paul didn’t answer. “Am I asking too many questions?”

“Peut-être. Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself, instead?”

“Where should I begin?”

“Well, this is kind of embarrassing, but why don’t you start with your name. I’m sorry – I never quite caught it.”

“That’s okay. It’s Rick. Rick Kapell.”

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 25th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)

OH FUCK ME!!!!

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So Jean-Paul fucked the reporter who is trying to do an expose on Scott. Damn is this coincidence or was this planned. DAMN! What if Jean-Paul persues this thhis thing he has with Rick. Oh shit. What reporters won't do for a story. Fuck.

Okay so I am to assume that Jean-Paul and Adam have broken up then. Fuck


Vision
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From:mofic
Date:July 25th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)

Re: OH FUCK ME!!!!

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LOL! Did you see it coming? i.e. Did you know it was Rick Kapell before he said so?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 25th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: OH FUCK ME!!!!

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I suspected but wasn't really paying attention. I cannot take anymore of this excitement right now. Between your stories and all the other crap going on in life I can't take it.

I need a break from Jean-Paul & Adam for while hopefully the next chapter involves some of the other X-Men.

Vision
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From:mofic
Date:July 25th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)

Re: OH FUCK ME!!!!

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I hope things calm down for you soon. The next story is one of those pulling-it-together-ones with snippets of various people talking and updates on the assorted subplots.
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From:sabra_n
Date:July 25th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
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A gay man, and he's working for the Washington Times? Ouch.

-blue
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From:mofic
Date:July 25th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Yup. As the saying goes, we are everywhere.

Some places aren't that comfortable to be. As Jake pointed out in chapter 3, Rick isn't out at work...
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From:eveningblue
Date:July 25th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Whoa! I totally did not see that coming.

During the whole story I was thinking, this is so sad, poor Jean-Paul reduced to picking up guys for blow jobs. Somehow it's sadder for him than for Logan, who was once reduced to picking up guys at truckstops. Farther to fall for Jean-Paul, who was so romantic and loving.

But the end--wow. I just did not see that coming at all. I wonder the same thing as Vision--was this Kappell's plan all along? Seems like too much of a coincidence. Obviously, he wants Jean-Paul to tell him about Scott.
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From:mofic
Date:July 25th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
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During the whole story I was thinking, this is so sad, poor Jean-Paul reduced to picking up guys for blow jobs. Somehow it's sadder for him than for Logan, who was once reduced to picking up guys at truckstops. Farther to fall for Jean-Paul, who was so romantic and loving.

I asked my betas with this story - "How does the fact that he's spending his time having sex in backroom bars affect how you feel about Jean-Paul?"

I personally think it's a pretty practical and reasonable thing to be doing (well, aside from the fact that this particular trick turns out to be who he turns out to be). Jean-Paul is in no way ready for a new relationship - he's not even ready to give up on the old one. But he's still got sexual needs and he's going to feel worse and more resentful if he doesn't do anything about them, I think. And by picking men up in a setting where there are no expectations beyond a brief sexual encounter, he's not leading anybody on.

I think this is obviously not what he wants to be doing. He wants to be with Adam. I think he's very unhappy and it shows. But I think it's a pretty good idea, actually, under the circumstances.

Interesting comparison to Logan. I saw Logan's Fucking Truckers period (ever since I wrote that, I and some friends of mine refer to any NSA sex as "fucking truckers") as an attempt to forget Scott, and when he realizes it's not working, he stops doing it. I see J-P as doing something different. He's not using sex to forget Adam. In fact, I think it's because he still has some hope that he and Adam will get back together that J-P's fucking truckers. It's distracting and he needs some distraction, but it's not threatening to a potential reconciliation because, as he tells Adam, he's not getting into any relationships. Of course, given what's going on with Adam, one could see it as kind of deluded to still be hoping for reconciliation, but I think he's clear when he's talking to Adam that he hasn't given up entirely.
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From:eveningblue
Date:July 26th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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Although I totally see what you're saying, I still feel sad for him. What did your betas say when you asked them that?

Two questions: what is NSA?
And do you really refer to a person as a "trick" if they're not paying for it? I was a little thrown by that. I've only heard it used in reference to a prostitute's customer.

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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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NSA= "No strings attached" - anonymous sex

And yes, tricks and tricking are common terms for NSA sex among gay men (and to some extent among lesbians, too). See http://www.gay.com/health/sexuality/article.html?sernum=783 for an interesting article on the terms.

My betas varied a bit in how they felt about what he was doing. But nobody seemed to look down on him for it, which I wondered/worried about.
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From:eveningblue
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
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Very interesting article, thanks for the link!

From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)

Tricking

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Okay it's understandable what J-P is doing (tricking) I don't look down on it. When my girlfriend broke up with me over one summer yeah I was broken so I honestly didn't want to start up any relationship anytime soon. But, guess what nature intervened I needed to get laid and bad but I didn't want a relationship so every opportunity I got I took advantage of. Hey I'm a guy and I'm wired that way.

And honestly when I think about it some of those one nights suprisingly created several friendships which is weird because no offense girl get weirded out after sex sometimes.

I've had friends that after break ups had NSA and later on found people through NSA that they now live with. So maybe you should think of it as less than tricking and more like playing the field or creating options, which is what my friends like to tell me its called.

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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)

Re: Tricking

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And honestly when I think about it some of those one nights suprisingly created several friendships which is weird because no offense girl get weirded out after sex sometimes.

I'm not offended, and I hope you won't be offended if I comment on this and ask you about it, but - I didn't realize until this post, Vision, that you're a straight man who reads slash. That's pretty unusual, n'est-ce pas? I'm a lesbian writing slash, so I'm certainly not saying one has to be into having sex with men to read it, by any means. But almost all my male readers who write to me are gay or bi. So... if you don't mind - how long have you been reading slash? What do you like about it? How did you get into it?

I've had friends that after break ups had NSA and later on found people through NSA that they now live with. So maybe you should think of it as less than tricking and more like playing the field or creating options, which is what my friends like to tell me its called.

I think that's a very nice way of looking at it. Although I don't think there are a lot of options for Jean-Paul and Rick :-).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 26th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Tricking

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Well I'm one of those people who just like to read especially if it good literature. I don't discriminate, I don't look on it as slash it's just a good story and after reading a lot of Ann Rice novels when I was in high school nothing really phases although on ocassion I will skim some details bit too graphic even for me.

So really it has nothing to do with the whole slash aspect I love to see the development of the characters whether gay, straight, bi whatever plus I have some friends who are gay and so I've had to hear discussions I would rather not hear many times. I do read other types of fanfics its just there is so much slush out there that when you find a very well written story I just can't help it.

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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Tricking

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I do read other types of fanfics its just there is so much slush out there that when you find a very well written story I just can't help it.

I take that as a compliment, and a very nice one. Thanks for answering. I'm sorry if it was an intrusive question.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Tricking

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No problem. I would be shocked if you didn't ask.

Vision
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 26th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)

All righty then!

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Wow, this Rick guy is either one lucky reporter or one sneaky reporter. Personally I am leaning towards sneaky but now I can't figure out if I think he and the homewrecker are in it together or not. Or if you went the other way and Rick is okay and Jake is way sneakier than I gave him credit for. I didn't realize it was Rick until he told JP that he was a reporter. I suspected it then but realized it had to be him when he asked JP so many questions.
Hmm, as to the question of whether or not I look down on JP for his actions... Not look down on but question if this is the right thing to do if he is in such flux, worried about his rights to his child, and hoping to get back together with Adam regardless of how starry eyed that might be. I have gay male friends who run the gamut from one who would make 10 satyrs on Viagra tired to one who has been in a steady relationship for years to one who has long periods without sex and is okay with that. The last one is the one I never see represented in any kind of lit.
So, unless it's necessary for your story I don't think it's the brightest thing he could be doing. You've got lots of characters who deal with good and bad and in-between things with sex [and hey, I'm not complaining] but I think JP could have realistically dealt with his feelings in another way. Like getting acquainted with his right hand.
Anyway, that's my two cents. And, is that Rupert Graves? Honey you have made my year!!! CC
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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)

Re: All righty then!

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So, unless it's necessary for your story I don't think it's the brightest thing he could be doing.

I personally think it's a fine approach, albeit not the only one.

You've got lots of characters who deal with good and bad and in-between things with sex [and hey, I'm not complaining] but I think JP could have realistically dealt with his feelings in another way. Like getting acquainted with his right hand.

He may be agreeing with you right about now, as you'll see if you read today's chapter.

And, is that Rupert Graves? Honey you have made my year!!!

Bingo! My J-P is indeed Rupert Graves. There are a bunch of pictures of him on my website. I'll use my Northstar one of him for this comment. Wasn't it nice of Rupert to get dressed up in a superhero costume for me? Now if only I could persuade John Cusack to pose with him, preferably with both of them naked, I'd have some nice illustrations for Adam-and-Jean-Paul sex scenes.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 27th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)

Re: All righty then!

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And ya know after seeing Maurice and Different for Girls, I have no doubt he'd have no problem doing that for you! Let's ask! CC
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