If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going

The Continuing Adventures of Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann

by Tinnean

Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann have finally kind of, sort of, exchanged promises. Mark has returned from an assignment on the West Coast, and he’s looking forward to spending some quality time with his lover. After all, it’s the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. What could be better than a little beer, a little corned beef on rye, and Quinn in his bed?

However, on Monday it’s back to the grind—this time to an almost empty department: Matheson is away on assignment and Ms. Parker, Mark’s secretary, is taking sick time, something she never does. But these aren’t the only signs of something unusual, well, more unusual than normal, going on. Gradually, Mark uncovers a series of events going back to the previous spring and involving not only his senior special agent but Theo Bascopolis, a former rent boy who is Mark’s friend.

While Mark unravels the threads of the Gordian knot the WBIS has become, he realizes how deep his feelings for Quinn have grown. But can a spy like Mark ever hope to be “the one” for a spook like Quinn?

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 83614
Setting: Washington, DC, LA, Paris
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
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Because it was the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a local movie house was showing The Quiet Man, so we went to see it in the afternoon, and that evening, I took Quinn to the Dungarvan, a little Irish pub on H Street. We wore casual clothes—Vincent casual, which meant jeans, Doc Martens, fisherman knit sweaters, and bomber jackets. And of course we carried our clutch pieces.

The Dungarvan was dark and rustic, with lots of wooden beams, sawdust on the floor, and tables and chairs as opposed to booths. We had corned beef on rye with a side of potato chips, washed down with Irish Red Ale, and we listened to the band sing about Irish rovers and colonial boys, flutes and wakes and “Brennan on the Moor.”

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I took it easy on the ale, since I’d be driving, but Quinn really liked the taste of it. That kind of surprised me, since he usually preferred seasonal beers like Spring Bock, which he got from a Virginia brewery. But what the hell? I figured he might as well enjoy himself.

By the time we left, just before one, I got another surprise: Quinn was feeling no pain. The ale seemed to have gone right to his head.

I had an arm around his waist, trying to keep him from falling on his ass. “You’d better hope no one decides to jump the fags,” I groused under my breath.

In spite of the fact he’d been humming “The Seven Drunken Nights,” he must have heard me. “There are fags around here?” He looked around as if searching for them.

“Jesus, Quinn.”

He leaned close and kissed my cheek.

“How drunk are you?”

“I am not drunk,” he said, with drunken dignity.

“Could’ve fooled me.”

“And anyway, that’s what you get for filling me with beer.”

“Are you going to have a hangover tomorrow?”

“I don’t think so.”

Fortunately, by that point we’d reached my car, and I unlocked it and poured him into the front seat. He stretched his legs, tipped back his head, and closed his eyes. I buckled him up and closed the door.

“I guess this means no sex tonight,” I muttered as I put the key in the ignition and switched it on. From the corner of my eye I could see Quinn straighten and unfasten his seat belt. “Quinn....”

And then he toppled over, landing with his head in my lap.

Fuck a geezley goddamn!”

His hand was busy on my fly.

“Quinn....”

“Hush.”

“We’re gonna get arrested!”

“No we won’t.” He had my cock out, and his breath was warm on it. “You’ll keep us safe.”

Okay, maybe he was drunk, but the fact he knew I wouldn’t let anything happen to him indicated he still had it together.

A car not doing anything but sitting with its engine running would draw attention. I turned off the ignition just as Quinn’s mouth closed around me.

We should not be doing this, but God, it felt good!

There was a tap on the driver’s side window, and I wanted to punch something, mainly whoever was standing there. Quinn was lost in what he was doing, but I didn’t want to take a chance he’d sit back and show his face. I put my hand on his neck. He took it as encouragement and continued bobbing up and down.

Whoever was outside was getting impatient. He rapped harder on the window. And of course it was a cop.

I sighed and pressed the button to lower the window. “Yes, Officer?”

“You can’t—Mr. Vincent, is that you?”

Fuck. “Hello, Samuels.” He was one of my sources at the DCPD.

“Geez, I didn’t realize….”

“You didn’t realize what?”

He looked at his watch. “How late it was. I’d better be going. Um... I think it might be a good idea for you to go too.”

“I guess so.” Quinn’s movements had slowed, and now there was a soft snore coming from the direction of my lap.

“Good night, sir.”

“’Night, Samuels.” I waited until he crossed to his vehicle before pressing the button for the window. It slid shut, and I eased Quinn back into his seat. “Come on, baby. A little cooperation would be appreciated.”

“Hmm?” But he was still asleep.

I got his seat belt fastened again and lowered his seat so he wouldn’t slump sideways and bang his head on the door. Only then did I do up my fly.

And as I fastened my own seat belt, I started chuckling. Quinton Mann, wasted on beer. I shook my head, turned the ignition back on, put the car in gear, and headed home.

COLLAPSE

Mann of My Dreams is a continuation of the Spy vs. Spook series. The name changed because Mark and Quinn are no longer in an adversarial relationship, and also because I'm self-publishing these books.

About the Author

Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry. Fortunately, that epic poem didn't survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.

 

 

While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now she concentrates on her original characters and has been published by Nazca Plains, Dreamspinner, JMS Books, and Wilde City, as well as being self-published. Recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Rainbow Awards, and two of the 2014 submissions were finalists.

 

A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband, two computers, and a Surface 3.


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