Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Uniform

Title: The Uniform
Genre: Historical
Word Count: 318
Rating: PG13 (for language and innuendo)
Disclaimer: This story may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

Jackson snorts. “What the fuck are you wearing?” he asks, laughing.

Rick just looks at him. “Army uniform,” he says at last, unnecessarily.

It takes a moment for Jackson to understand. “No,” he says when he finally does. “What are you doing? You weren't even drafted.”

“I enlisted,” Rick says. “I ship out tomorrow morning.”

“You can't,” Jackson protests desperately, the laughter gone and his voice growing softer.

“Jackie,” Rick says quietly. Jackson doesn't like it when Rick calls him that, but he doesn't bother to protest. “The commies have already taken Russia, China, and part of Korea. You know we have to stop them in Vietnam, because if we don't, we're next.”

“I know,” Jackson says miserably. Rick reaches up and puts his hand on the nape of Jackson's neck, stroking up and down with his thumb. It gives Jackson goosebumps, but he tries to look like it doesn't affect him at all in that way.

“It won't take that long,” Rick pipes up, and it takes a moment for Jackson to recall the thread of conversation. “We'll just get in there, show them who's boss, and get out.” He glances around to make sure they won't get caught, and moves closer. “I'll be back before you know it, Jackie. I promise.”

Jackson closes his eyes, leaning into Rick's touch. “Tomorrow morning?” he whispers, once the urge to cry has passed.

Rick nods, and then clears his throat and follows with a quiet, “Yes.” He looks down at Jackson, a question hidden in his dark eyes as he waits for a reaction. Jackson opens his eyes and looks up.

“Maybe you should take off your uniform, then,” Jackson nearly whispers. “There's not enough time to clean it if it gets dirty.”

Rick nods again, and this time, Jackson thinks his eyes look a little moist.

They kiss, and then Rick starts to remove his uniform. Jackson helps.