Jared the Paramedic

Chapter 19: Scrutiny and Goodbyes

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The drive back to the city was uneventful with Liam driving the SUV and everyone else sleeping. They headed to the hospital to visit with Frank and catch up on things. He couldn't believe the difference in Mark's disposition. He thought things were good when they started communicating a while ago, but things seemed even better now.

Frank would be getting out the next day, at home for the next couple of weeks until going back to desk duty until cleared to return to full duty. The file on Conner's dad was concluded as the suspect was dead and even if they didn't know what was going on in his head at the time, they most likely never would.

Mark was going to stay with them one more night but they would swing by Frank's place to pick up the car so he could drive his father home in the morning. Conner stayed with Mark which was no surprise to either of the men.

With Liam driving again, Jared got on his cell phone to call around to various people. Now that it was just him and Liam in the vehicle, he could make calls without 'little ears' overhearing him. Jared had spoken with the funeral home director and the pastor had quit interfering with the plans. Conner's father was already interred as Jared had requested. The United Church priest had said some words as the urn was placed in the ground as he thought no one should be interred without prayers. The funeral for his mother and brother was set for the next day at the United Church commencing at 1:00 pm.

Jared called the lawyer next and Jesse reported the police were actively investigating the attempted fraud of the will and there had been at least two other similar complaints made about the pastor. The weapons crates in the home having the church address for delivery really had them concerned. The crates were marked 'Relief Supplies' and there was no way to find out if there were more weapons anywhere else.

The security observation team had been turning videos over to the police of a variety of people showing up at the church after 8:00 pm every night. Each one went into the church alone and came out a few minutes later. It appeared they were scheduled, as a vehicle arrived every ten minutes and left five minutes later. The police ran the license plates and found some of them were known to them as drug dealers.

The police were very interested in the church and especially the activities of the pastor. They had formed a task force with the Drugs Section, Fraud Section, and the Federal Agencies as well.

Mark and Conner were following Liam in Frank's car as they headed to an Italian restaurant for a quick supper. Liam thought it was easier than making supper at the apartment and Jared agreed with him by giving a thumbs up signal while speaking on the phone.

Jared was speaking on the phone with a real estate agent and she was describing some of the homes he might like. They made an appointment for the next night to view a couple of them. She was going to email some papers for Jared to complete as part of the pre-approved spending authorization from the bank. Jared sensed she was really just trying to see if he was worth the time.

"Louise, I will talk to my boyfriend and confirm with him if he is available to view the homes tomorrow night," Jared said to her.

"Boyfriend? I thought you were interested in a house for a family," Louise replied.

"I am. I need a house large enough for the family," Jared replied with an edge to his voice.

"Our listed homes are all traditional family-oriented units in good respectable developments. I am sorry, we don't have anything available for your kind," she said.

"Are you sure?" asked Jared. Liam could see he must be very tired as Jared was getting uncharacteristically upset.

"Positive," she replied without further elaboration.

"I guess I will deal with another agency," said Jared as he hung up. Jared was visibly upset as he tried to dial the phone. Liam reached out and took his hand.

"Jared, what's wrong. You are not acting like yourself right now," asked Liam with concern.

"I just want to buy a fucking house," said Jared very shortly.

Liam squeezed his hand harder. Jared looked out the window at the scenery passing by them. Liam could feel the heat of Jared's hand as well as the sweat on it. Jared's pulse was pounding as Liam moved his baby finger up to touch the radial artery. Normally, you don't feel a pulse this way but Jared's bounding pulse was easy to detect, even with Liam's baby finger.

"Jared, what is wrong?" Liam asked again with concern.

Jared turned his head and looked at Liam. "I'm sorry for the way I'm acting."

"I love you, Jared," said Liam.

"I love you too, Liam," he replied.

There was an uncomfortable silence in the vehicle for a minute.

"That lady not wanting to sell a house to our kind must have affected me more than I realized. I am growing tired of the number of people who feel it is their right to impose what they feel is normal onto the gay community. They exclude anyone that doesn't fit into their concepts of morality or God's will," said Jared.

"Jared, I agree with you. Did that lady piss you off that much?"

"She was the icing on the cake, Liam. I am so tired of people and their attitudes towards us," replied Jared.

"Well then, Jared. Do what you usually do instead of just talking about it. You are the man of action who actively defends others. Defend yourself for once," Liam said.

Jared sat and thought for a moment. He squeezed Liam's hand and said, "You're right. If someone had said this to you, I would have acted. I know what I am going to do."

Jared got his phone out and called Jesse McCoy. He told his lawyer what had happened with the sales agent. Jared listened for a couple of minutes and told Jesse he would get it done right away.

Liam was parking at the restaurant and said, "That sounds better. Let's go eat, I am starved."

The boys caught up with them as they entered the restaurant. After getting seated, Jared pulled out his phone and started to type away, oblivious to the looks he was getting from the other three. Liam explained what had happened with the real estate agent while they were driving. A moment later, Jared smiled and hit one final button. He put the phone into his pocket.

"May I ask what you are up to, Jared?" said Liam.

"I just sent an email to the sales agent summarizing our conversation on the phone and asked her if I had misunderstood what she had said. I also said in the message her realty company came highly recommended by the LGBT Centre as gay-friendly and that was why I had contacted her," explained Jared. He smirked. "Ok, I added the last in the hope she would reply in anger and confirm what she had said. It was Jesse's idea to so this."

Liam reached across the table and took Jared's hand into his. "That's the Jared I know and love."

"I love you too, Liam," Jared replied.

They ordered two extra-large pizzas, soda for the boys and tea for themselves. The pizzas had just arrived when his phone indicated an email had arrived. Jared pulled his phone out and read it. He did some more typing and hit send.

"Not only did she confirm what she said, but she was upset her name was being given out by the faggots at the Centre. She demanded to know who told me so she could sue them. I forwarded the message to Jesse with directions to sue her and her company," said Jared.

He dug into the pizza with gusto. The boys seemed to be inhaling their pizza at the rate it was disappearing and only Liam was eating like a gentleman.

They got back to the apartment and took turns in the shower while the others sorted out what they would wear for the funeral. Conner didn't have a suit with him and didn't think they were necessary for tomorrow anyway.

Liam was talking with Jared about the boys' hopes for school and the plans they would like to follow. Jared listened with interest and asked a few questions of his own. Liam had mentioned Mark would need a company to sponsor him during his practicums at University and he had promised to speak to someone he knew about the possibility. Jared smiled at Liam.

They headed off to bed. Jared and Liam made fast passionate love and fell asleep in each other's arms. Conner and Mark exchanged blowjobs, and they too feel asleep spooned together.

Jared and Liam had made arrangements to work for the morning and take the afternoon off for the funeral. Conner was with Mark and Frank at their home as Jared didn't want him alone for the morning. After they left work, they swung by and picked up the boys. Frank apologized for not being able to come but he was still weak.

The pulled up to the church and parked. They entered the church and it was half filled with people. Jared recognized many of the people in the seats as people he had come across and helped at some point. He smiled an appreciate smile at them. The minister made his way to them.

"Reverend, this is Conner," said Jared.

The man embraced Conner in his arms and hugged him. "Conner, I know you have had a rough time being associated with another congregation but you are always welcome here as a child of God," he said.

"I appreciate that, Reverend," said Conner. "I will be staying with Liam and Jared and I understand they come here for services. I would like to come with them."

"Conner, you are welcome here anytime. All people were created in the image of God and are his children in spite of what some other groups feed their congregations," the reverend said. "I have put together a simple service for your mom and brother. Jared has explained your family situation. I am sure Jared and Liam are helping you."

"Thank you, Reverend. They have been of tremendous help to me in learning it wasn't my fault. It was my father who did this to us and I could have done nothing to change it. I will miss my brother, but I take comfort in the fact that he will no longer suffer physical abuse and torment at my father's hand. The worst part was my father was beating us continually to rid us of Satan and teach us what he believed was the teachings of Christ and the Bible."

"Conner, as you are now probably aware, neither the Bible nor Christ condones what was done to your family. I hope the readings today will help you to understand that," replied the Reverend. "Please be seated up front here and we will start; the evil which affected you is gone. Let us celebrate the love you had for your mother and your brother."

The Reverend delivered a beautiful service which celebrated the survival of love under tragic circumstances. He spoke positively of the family's early years and the love of Conner, his brother, and his mother had for each other even under the conditions they lived during the later years, not only the difficulties they had showing it openly in the household but how they kept it alive inside their hearts.

The Reverend finished the service with a reading of Psalm 91.

He will cover you with his feathers
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

If you say "The LORD is my refuge"
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation."

Conner and Mark slowly turned their heads to look at each other. "Mark, this reading means more to me now than it ever has. I think the angels God sent are with us, both sitting in the church here with us."

"Conner, I have never felt this safe around people before either."

Liam used his elbow to nudge Conner in the ribs to be quiet.

There were lots of people in the church who introduced themselves to Conner. It was overwhelming for him that so many people could care for him and support him.

The graveside service was very simple with Conner placing the urns into the grave. Conner had remained strong throughout the service but the reality of what he was doing set in. Conner finished placing the ashes and stood up. Jared, Liam, and Mark all moved in at the same as Conner broke down. They held him until he stopped crying.

End of Chapter Nineteen

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