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Penname: PrettyTheWorld [Contact]
Real name: Aaronell
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Stories by PrettyTheWorld
Summary:

Brian contemplated what he wanted to say next; how personal he wanted to get. He still wasn’t sure whether or not Joan would hear a word of what he said -- she hadn’t reacted to anything thus far -- so maybe it was better to lay it all on the line. His lifelong mantra creeped back into his brain, and he scooted his chair a little closer to the bed. No apologies, no regrets.

--

Against his original plans (and, perhaps, better judgment), Brian makes his way back to Pittsburgh to see his mother one final time.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Drama, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Claire, Jennifer Taylor, Joan Kinney, Justin, Michael, Original Character(s)
Challenges: None
Series: Until At Last You Know
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 16587
[Report This] Published: January 23, 2020 Updated: January 23, 2020


Summary:

“I’m sorry,” Brian repeated, his tone serious and deliberate. “For a lot of things over the last two days. I… I didn’t know what to do with what happened before I left Pittsburgh, and I wasn’t ready to talk.” He paused, sighing. “And I don’t know how to lie to you. I haven’t for a long time, and you know that. So sometimes, it’s easier to piss you off, so you’ll leave me alone until I find enough of my remaining ball to face you -- as irrational as I know that sounds.”

“Or,” Justin said, a small smile playing on his lips, “you could say, ‘Hey Justin, I’ve got something on my mind that I’m not ready to talk about, and I need a little space.’” He gave his husband a meaningful look before continuing. “Brian, I know what you’re doing when you do it now… But what I don’t understand is why, almost two decades into our relationship, you still think the solution to anything is to push me away -- if for no reason other than it won’t fucking work.”

***

Brian gets some unexpected and difficult news and turns to his usual coping strategies. Justin knows better.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Drama, Family, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ Characters: Brian, Daphne, Joan Kinney, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Until At Last You Know
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11180
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2020 Updated: January 03, 2020


Summary:

“Baking cookies shouldn’t take that long if we both do it,” Justin countered. “Or you can stand there all night, holding the things I need, because then we’ll both be fucked, and--”

“--not in a positive, life-affirming way,” Brian finished in a deadpan, then sighed and brought the bags to the counter. “Fine. What do I do?”

***

A semi-forced Christmas assignment gives Brian a little more satisfaction than he originally imagined...


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Fluff, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ, Christmas Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 2361
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2020 Updated: January 03, 2020


Summary:

No one had been more shocked than Brian when Melanie, of all people, had suggested that, since she didn't really celebrate Christmas, but J.R. was heading to Pittsburgh to be with her dads, perhaps Brian and Justin would rather come to Toronto to have a more subdued celebration with Lindsay and Gus.

"Lindsay never really gets to enjoy the decorations she puts up, since we're rushing around and then traveling during this time," Mel had explained. "I just thought it would be nice if you and Justin wanted to come to our place instead… You know, let Linds and Gus go all out, and then have a nice quiet holiday at home." 

"Quiet" was all Brian needed to hear before he agreed. 

***

Brian and Justin travel to Toronto to spend Christmas with a small part of their chosen family.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Family, Fluff, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Mel/Lindsay, Post-513 Fic, Christmas Characters: Brian, Gus, Jennifer Taylor, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 11 Completed: Yes Word count: 33508
[Report This] Published: July 30, 2019 Updated: December 25, 2019


Summary:

“Let’s play ‘Never Have I Ever,’” Emmett exclaimed, clapping his hands excitedly. “We’re all drunk enough to be brutally honest.” 

 

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A Fourth of July party hosted by the Novotny-Bruckner's, numerous pitchers of margaritas, and a bonfire -- the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable night between longtime friends


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Emmett/Drew, Friendship, Humor, Mel/Lindsay, Michael/Ben, Post-513 Fic, Ted/Blake Characters: Ben, Brian, Emmett, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie, Michael, Ted
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3236
[Report This] Published: August 15, 2019 Updated: August 15, 2019


Summary:

“Oh,” Brian stuttered, and Justin could have sworn he was blushing a little. “I was bored earlier, killing time while I was waiting for the mock-ups, and it showed up on some web page, so I started reading it.” 

 

“And? The verdict?” Justin prompted, his tone teasing. 

 

“I didn’t get far,” Brian muttered. “I’m sure it’s a bunch of bullshit.” 

 

Justin’s smile grew wider. “Well, why don’t we find out?” 

 

***

 

Inspired by an article called "10 Signs You're Going to Marry Your Boyfriend Someday"


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Could be Canon, Fluff, Post-513 Fic, Romance Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 6774
[Report This] Published: June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019


Summary:

Gus’ lips rolled inward, a carbon copy of Brian’s signature contemplative look. “I just like…” he sighed again, more heavily this time. “I just wish I could forget about this for, like, an hour or something.” 

Brian made a small noise of realization that made Justin look toward him, and as soon as he registered the intention on his husband’s face, he moved closer to Brian and hissed, “No. Brian, you can’t.” 

Brian gave Justin his most charming smile and said, “Oh, but I can!”

***

A heartbroken Gus spends a weekend in New York with Brian and Justin. In an effort to help his son, Brian turns to a tried-and-true method.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Family, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 17410
[Report This] Published: June 04, 2019 Updated: June 04, 2019


Summary:

“Why don’t you let me do the dishes,” Brian offered, which was more normal -- Justin would cook and they would both clean together afterward, just to expedite the task. “You can go take a hot shower,” he added.

“It’s okay,” Justin said, rinsing a plate. “We can get it done faster, and then you can join me in the shower.” 

Brian smirked, clearly interested in that idea. “Thought you might be too tired,” he admitted, starting to dry what Justin had already washed. 

“An hour ago, I probably was… But seems the sight of you in the kitchen has restored my motivation.”


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Could be Canon, Fluff, Post-513 Fic, Romance Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3172
[Report This] Published: May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019


Summary:

Leaning back against the leather headrest, Brian let out a shaky breath, already feeling sweaty and a little disoriented. He realized he had two choices here, both potentially impacting his dignity in a major way. As much as he wanted to try to tough it out the additional half hour, to endure whatever happened next in the comfort of a Four Seasons Hotel suite, the reality of the situation was that Lindsay and Melanie’s neighborhood was much closer. And it was absolutely inevitable that Brian's body was going to revolt sooner than later.

Well, fuck.

***

Brian's planned trip to Toronto to spend time with Gus is interrupted by a very-much-unplanned illness, which gives him a lot of time to think, and leads to some unexpected revelations.


Categories: Friendship, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Family, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Mel/Lindsay, Post-513 Fic, One-Off Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Jenny Rebecca, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 22462
[Report This] Published: May 14, 2019 Updated: May 14, 2019


Summary:

“Sonny Boy--” Brian began, intentionally ignoring Justin’s question.

“--You had no idea why she sent me down,” Gus interrupted, his words more of a statement.

Brian shook his head. “Your mother neglected to inform me of her intentions.”

***

Lindsay has ulterior motives when she sends Gus for an unscheduled weekend visit with Brian and Justin.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Bottom Brian, Brian/Justin, Canon, Family, Fluff, Humor, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin, Lindsay
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11391
[Report This] Published: April 23, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2019


Summary: Feature

When Justin came home from his studio and found Brian in the kitchen making dinner, he knew something was wrong.

Brian didn’t cook. Even after 15 years of knowing the man and spending most of them in a relationship with him, Justin could count the times Brian had made them dinner on one hand. Apparently, tonight he was adding one more to the tally.

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Fifteen-year-old Gus is spending the summer with Brian and Justin in New York. He decides to test the limits of Brian's relatively lenient parenting style, with unintended consequences.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, FEATURED STORY, Abuse, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Could be Canon, Family, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11576
[Report This] Published: April 02, 2019 Updated: April 02, 2019