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UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE EPSILON EVENT IS COMPLETED BY THE FEDERATION SECURITY DEPARTMENT, THE STATEMENTS IN THIS SECTION HAVE BEEN DELETED. TO REQUEST THE DELETED SECTIONS, SUBMIT A RETSCAN TO VERIFY SECURITY CLEARANCE OF A CLASS 7 OR HIGHER.
Peter drug himself out of the elevator toward his flutter.
"Wow, what a long day. I thought I would be used to working this many hours after living as I did on Capistiro but cleaning all of those containers with the sconisizer was a real pain." He thought to himself as he sat in the front of the flutter. "I still don't understand that formula that Professor Hamilton had me work on for him. It didn't look like anything else that I had ever seen before, but I could see where they are going with it. The Dyrostrands just fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I don't know why no one else can see it. Oh well, they will eventually."
"Buchard. Home." He said. The flutter silently rose from it's parked position and joined the others leading out of the parking area.
"Oh, I have some really good news for Josh, I can't wait until he sees my new security badge. He will be so excited."
The flutter slid into the assigned parking slot at his new home. Peter jumped out of the flutter and started looking around for Josh. Not seeing him outside, he quickly ran up to Josh's room. He slid to a stop outside the door and knocked. No answer. He knocked again, a little louder. Still no answer.
"Shit, where could he be? He is usually home by this time." Peter said to himself.
He ran back down to the cafeteria to see if Josh was eating an early dinner. He looked over the sea of people and spotted him sitting at a table with some other guys. All of them were wearing security uniforms. Peter quickly walked over to the table.
"Excuse me but I was wondering if Josh and I could have a word?" Peter asked politely.
"No one would talk to him. Josh kept glancing at Peter but he never really looked at him."
"Josh, I need to talk to you. I have something very important to say." Peter begged.
Suddenly one of the larger security officers stood up. He was wearing a red Class 4 badge. Peter was trying to remember what the red was for. His was blue.
"Mr. Buchard, you should be well aware that Mr. Degardo can not associate with you because of your security clearance. I must ask you to leave."
"Sir, there is one very important thing that you nor Mr. Degardo are aware of that has a serious impact on your statement." With that Peter took out his ID badge and showed it to the security officer.
"Ahhhh, I see what you mean Mr. Buchard. Very well." Turning to Josh, "Mr. Degardo, since new evidence has been revealed, I now order you to communicate with Mr. Buchard."
Josh slowly looked up at Peter. As his eyes focused on the ID badge that Peter held in his hand, a very large smile appeared on his face. He jumped up and ran to Peter, throwing his arms around him and kissing him hard on the lips.
"Mr. Degardo, may I suggest that you take Mr. Buchard to your office and question him there." Said the large security officer.
Josh let go of Peter, turned to the voice, saluted and said, "Yes Sir, Mr. Lee. I would be most happy to comply."
Josh released the salute after Mr. Lee returned it. He grabbed Peter's hand and pulled him toward their rooms.
"Peter, what did you do? What happened, did you get into trouble?" Josh asked.
"No, I didn't get into trouble, I requested the demotion. Josh, I could not live without seeing you again."
"But Peter, what will that do to your future at Energy? What about all of the pay you will loose? What about the flutter?" Josh questioned.
"I don't care about the money and I got to keep the flutter. Josh, stop a minute."
Josh stopped pulling Peter and turned to him.
"Josh, when I think of a future without you in it, all I can see is emptiness. I know that this sounds strange but I fell in love with you the first moment I saw you, when you showed me that you were attracted to me also, all I could think of was being with you the rest of my life."
Josh stood there, tears started streaming down is face. The two of them looked into each other eyes with the deepest love that anyone could imagine. They were soul mates and they knew it the first time they saw each other. No words were needed at this point. Josh pulled Peter to him and kissed him. A kiss of deep love and tenderness. A kiss that fused the two souls for the rest of their lives.
Peter slowly broke the kiss. Holding Josh at arm's length looking into his eyes once again. They both knew what they wanted without speaking a word. Josh started moving toward his room pulling Peter along with him.
As he arrived, Josh opened the door, once again kissing Peter before the two of them entered. After several minutes, Peter moved the two of them inside. The door slowly closed behind them as they embraced.
"Yes my love."
"I love you with all my heart and soul. More than life itself."
"Peter, I would do anything for you. I will die for you if that is what is required of me."
"No Josh, if you died, I would also. Promise me that you will never do something like that."
"Ok Peter. If it ever comes to that, we will die together."
"Oh Josh, I never knew how it could be. I never knew I could love someone as much as I love you. It is both wonderful and frightening at the same time. It is wonderful to be with you, to look at you, to touch you. Just being with you is wonderful, but I am frightened of loosing you. I am frightened when you are not next to me. When you are not right in front of me so I can see that you are safe."
"I know Peter. I know."
Josh moved his hands to Peter's butt. Feeling his firm ass muscles under his jumpsuit. He slowly squeezed and Peter let out a moan. He then moved one hand to the zipper just under Peter's chin and moved it down, exposing Peter's smooth muscled chest. He leaned in and softly kissed Peter's nipple, causing a shiver to run through Peter's body.
"What my love."
"I don't know if I am ready for this."
"Peter, I love you and I want to show you how much."
"I know Josh, I love you too, but I think we are moving a little fast."
"No Peter, we are doing just fine."
Peter pushes Josh away from him. Holding him at arms length.
"Josh, I do love you with every fiber of my body and soul. I just don't know if I am ready to take it to the next level. I've never fallen for a guy this fast before and it scares me a little. Can't you understand?"
Josh pulls away from Peter, looking at him with confusion on his face.
"Peter, I don't know what to say. I love you so much that I don't know how to describe it. I don't usually move this fast either, but I just have to have you. I need to feel you next to me. I need your body close to mine."
"Josh, I feel the same way but I want to make sure that what we are feeling isn't just lust. I want to know that what I feel for you is love. Please try to understand what I am saying."
"Does that mean we can't hold each other?"
"No Josh, that means we hold each other more. We hold each other and kiss each other and be with each other. It also means that we don't take it to the next level until we are sure that it is love."
Josh turns to leave. Peter grabs his arm and turns him back around.
"Listen, I do love you. I want you near me. I need you near me. Please don't leave. Stay here with me tonight."
"Peter, I don't know if I can contain myself. I want to touch you so badly that I hurt inside."
What he saw in Josh's eyes made him change his mind, he knew it was the right thing to do. "I never said that we couldn't touch." Peter said with an evil grin on his face.
"Ohhhh! That's different then." Josh replied as he enveloped Peter in his arms and began again.
"Peter, I want to see you naked. I want to touch your body. I want to explore every part of you."
"I want that too Josh." Peter said as he led Josh to his bed.
He slowly undressed Josh, taking his time to admire every new sight that came into view. He slowly pulled Josh's jumpsuit to the floor, then he pulled the tightly fitting underwear down, exposing Josh's engorged penis. "It is beautiful, just like the rest of him." Peter thought to himself. He laid Josh down on his bed, stepped back and looked at him. Tears were running down Peter's cheeks as he admired this beautiful boy that claimed to love him. How could he not give himself to someone so wonderful, someone that had touched his soul? How could he be sure that Josh really loved him and didn't just want his body for enjoyment?
Peter slipped his jumpsuit off and slid next to Josh on the bed. He pulled the other boy against him, chest to chest, face to face, cock to cock. Josh let a groan escape from his lips as Peter ground their pelvises together.
"All mighty, the spirit that may watch over us. I have traveled to the world beyond." Moaned Josh.
Peter crushed his lips against Josh's and slipped his tongue inside as he reached around to Josh's firm buttocks, pulling him tighter. Seconds later both boys groaned as they released their seed on each other and Peter's bed.
"Oh Peter, that was wonderful." Josh said after catching his breath. "But you said you didn't want to go that far. What changed your mind?"
"Josh, that was touching. I said touching was ok."
"If that was only touching, I can live with that for a long time." Josh smiled as he kissed Peter.
Peter could feel the love Josh had for him. He knew that he had made the right decision. They cuddled up together and fell asleep. Everything seemed to be perfect. Josh belonged next to him. He could sense it.
The two boys woke with their arms around each other. It didn't seem as if they had moved all night. Peter looked at Josh, who smiled back and moved to give him a kiss. The boys gently kissed. There wasn't any urgency to the kiss, only love.
"Peter, I love you with every ounce of my soul. I love you more than life itself. I need you next to me. Last night was so perfect."
"Yes Joshua, it was perfect. It was meant to be and I now realize it. Josh, I am yours, all of me."
"Peter, I am happy with what we have right now. I am not in a hurry to go any further."
"Thank you Josh. That means a lot to me."
"Your welcome lover." Josh replied. "Does this mean we are boyfriends now?"
"We are more than boyfriends, we are lovers."
"Thank you Peter, that is exactly what I wanted to hear." Josh said as tears started running down his face. He buried his head in Peter's chest and cried like a baby.
"My love? Are you ok?"
"Yes Peter, I am very ok. I am so happy."
Peter held on to Josh while he cried. He even had tears streaming down his face as Josh sobbed in his arms.
"Josh, I love you too. I need you."
"Peter, promise me that you will never leave me alone. Promise me that you will love me forever."
"I promise, Josh."
The boys held on to each other for a while longer. Feeling their love for one another. Never ending love. A love that comes only once in a lifetime. Peter noticed the hour and slowly broke the embrace.
"Josh, we have to get to work."
"I don't want to go to work. I want to lay in bed with you all day."
"I want that too Josh but we have to be responsible. We need to go to work so we can afford to buy our own home. Someplace that is ours."
Josh sat up, looking at Peter with amazement.
"Do you really mean that Peter, you want US to have our own home?"
"Yes, Josh. What else did you think I would want?"
"Oh God Peter."
Josh wrapped his arms around Peter again and held him tight, eventually letting go with regret.
"Ok, Lets get going then." Josh said.
They quickly showered and dressed. They made it to work barely on time. Josh off for more training and Peter to the lab at Energy.
"Mr. Buchard, your colleagues were impressed by your performance yesterday. You performed above any expectations. Your solution to the problem at hand was right on target. We would like you to take more responsibility in that area." Professor Dengheim addressed Peter as he paced his office. "The only problem we have is the security rating. You have to be a level 5 to participate in this project."
"Professor, I have recently met someone and we have fallen in love. He, yes he is a level 3. Tell me what I am to do in a situation like this?" Peter replied.
"Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done Mr. Buchard. The rules are the rules and no one is allowed to break them."
"Professor Dengheim, if it means that I can't see this person, I graciously refuse any promotion that would interfere."
"Very well put Mr. Buchard. But you are working for Epsilon Enterprises and as an employee of this organization, you will accept any assignment that you are offered. Please check your contract. It states that you can not refuse any assignment that your are directed to take."
"Professor, I will not accept this assignment if is means that I can not see Josh again. There are no alternatives to this. Either you find a way around this rule or get it changed. If you promote me to a level 5, I will continue to see him and there will be noting anyone can do to stop me."
"You are a stubborn young man Mr. Buchard. I can tell you that if you break the rule of fraternization, both you and your young man will be incarcerated, SEPARATELY!"
Peter looked at Professor Dengheim with hatred and disgust. He was not used to people threatening him and getting away with it. You know the old adage about "If looks could kill." Lets just say that the Professor would be six feet under if that adage were true.
"Let me tell you this you tired old man. If you do anything to Joshua Degardo, I'll personally make sure you will regret it the rest of your very short life."
"Listen here you insolent little fag. Don't threaten me..........." The Professor stopped suddenly as Peter grabbed him around the throat.
"No you listen." Peter said in a very calm voice. "All I have to do is tighten my fingers and you will see your life pass in front of your eyes in an instant. No one talks to me that way. No one tells me whom I can and can not be friends or lovers with. You will find a way around this rule and you will do it before the day has ended."
Peter slowly let go of Professor Dengheim and stepped back. The professor stood there with his mouth wide open and his body trembling.
"Are we in agreement Professor?"
The Professor nodded his head in agreement and Peter calmly walked out of the office. Once in the hallway, he headed for the nearest fresher. He bolted through the door and entered a stall. Peter stood there shaking uncontrollably. "What have I done?" Peter said to himself as he retched into the receptacle. He was violently ill for several minutes before he could regain some composure. He finally stood up, still trembling and walked over to the sink.
"What have I done?" Peter asked himself again looking into the mirror. "I have never done anything like that before. I don't threaten people. If he just had not made that 'fag' remark. That pushed me over the edge."
Peter stood in front of the mirror, looking at his reflection when he heard the door to the fresher open.
"Hey Mr. Buchard, how are you today." Vic Rawlings greeted Peter as he entered the room.
"Oh, hi Mr. Rawlings." Peter shakily replied.
"Mr. Buchard, is there something wrong?"
"Ahhh, yes, probably a lot wrong."
"Mr. Buchard, I am here as your guide and instructor. If you have a problem, it is my problem also. Give me a minute and we can go to my office and discuss it."
Peter stepped out of the fresher and waited for Vic Rawlings in the hall. In a few minutes the two of them were seated in Vic's office.
"Ok Mr. Buchard, tell me what the problem is."
Peter told him about the encounter, not leaving out any detail. He figured he was in for big trouble and there was no reason to lie about any of it. By the time he had finished telling his story, Peter had tears running down his cheeks.
"Mr. Buchard. Peter listen to me. Yes this is a serious matter. But it is your word against his. Hey, the old coot deserved it. He has pissed off just about everyone around here with his high and mighty attitude."
Just as Mr. Rawlings finished his words the door announced that Company Security was requesting entry.
The door slid open and three big burly security guards entered. They were heavily armed.
"Mr. Peter Buchard, you are under arrest for violating Sections 23241.1 and 25432.5 of the Federated Charter. You will come with us." One of the security guards announced.
Peter slowly stood up and walked to the guard that had spoken. He put out his hands to be restrained. The guard placed the restraint transmitter around Peter's neck and activated it. A shimmer appeared around Peter's body. He knew that he would be able to walk slowly, but any sudden movement would be restrained.
They ushered Peter to the elevator and up to the parking area. He was told that a Planet Security patrol unit was on the way to pick him up. A few minutes later the patrol unit slid into the parking area. As it came to a stop the doors opened and two officers jumped out. One of them was Josh.
As they approached Peter, he could see that Josh was distraught, tears forming at the edges of his eyes. His hands shook as he removed the restraint collar from Peter's neck. He handed the collar to the internal security officers and lead Peter to the patrol unit.
"Peter, what the fuck is going on here?" Josh demanded.
"It's a long story."
"I don't give a shit if it takes you hours, tell me what is going on." Josh replied angrily
Peter retold his story as they made their way out of the parking garage and onto the street. Josh turned to Peter, "Peter, I will do everything I can to help you with this. You know that don't you?"
"Josh, you don't even have to say it. I know you will."
They arrived at security central shortly after. Peter was taken to a confinement cell and locked in. Peter curled up on the small cot. Slowly the impact of what had happened started penetrating him, his body started shaking and he cried with fear.
Copyright S. John Holder 2000
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