Michael stood quietly behind Cody, neither bothered nor intrusive as two men hugged and wept on his front doorstep.
Eventually, Luigi let go and turned towards Michael. “Thank you!” he said very quietly, and Michael knew he meant it with every part of his being.
“Anybody would've done what I did,” demurred Michael.
“Maybe, but you were there and you did it. Thank you.”
“It was nothing.” Michael was much more troubled by Luigi's gratitude than he'd been by them kissing, and Luigi was touched. A straight man who was OK with gays. That was new. For a moment he inspected Michael for signs of errant sexuality and found none, and then was forced to chuckle inwardly at his own bad habits.
“I brought you some clothes,” he said to Cody, giving him the plastic bag with the shorts, T-shirt and sweater.
“Thanks! Michael lent me these boardies ...”
“... oh please keep them! They're my old ones and I hardly ever go to the beach these days.”
“I shall frame them,” said Cody in perfect seriousness. Then he realised that he would have to explain to Phillippa, that he hadn't yet made his excuses, and he felt sick with worry and despair.
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