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Pursuit of Happiness, Chapter 1 Part 6

Pursuit of Happiness
A DomLijah Story

This is the sequel to Frozen in Time, but is very different from that one.

One: there is much less sex (now, I didn't say there wasn't *any!)and more 'love'. Also lots more angst.

Two: while Ellen makes an appearance, she is not nearly as prominent.

Three: This story kind of moves into an AU. In this version of history, Dom has started getting work in movies and never did 'Lost'. That's because I was writing it two years ago.

Four: The story moves back and forth among three time periods, so watch for them. Read the dates.

- Disclaimer: This is fiction. And not intended even to be wise. While most of these characters may be based on real people, I don’t personally know them. I made it all up out of my perverted little head. No, I don’t make any money at this.
- Archive: No thank you.
- Feedback: Please feed me. Praise is lovely. Constructive criticism is valued.
- Contains opinions, assumptions and situations that some might find offensive.
- This is a work in progress; however it is about half written and I am actively working on it. Feedback does stimulate me to greater effort.
- Please note that while most of this story is basically happy with just enough angst to make it interesting, there will be parts of it that some people will not want to read. I will post appropriate warnings of those chapters.

I have made every effort to present the background of this story in accordance with known details about filming, and in accordance with the rumors which I personally consider reliable. This should not be taken to mean that anything in this story is accurate or true.

    Pursuit of Happiness
    Chapter 1 Part 6


October, 2006

    Orlando was not thinking about the unfairness of Elijah's
    state of mind. While he was just as aware as the rest of
    the Fellowship of the difficulties of the last year, what
    shocked him was that Elijah's love and trust for Dom hadn't
    been enough.

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Beta: The wonderful elfellon111, whose attention to detail has inspired me to be a better writer.

Series: NC-17 or E
RPS; slightly AU

For warnings, click here

September 27,1999

"Leave him alone, Bills. It's really his own business."

Three hobbit faces plus Elf turned to Dom in amazement.

Orlando, who couldn't resist finding out about the beautiful lad's hot date had actually come by early enough to be waiting at the makeup trailer before the door was unlocked. Billy was now trying to get out of Elijah just what had gone down the previous night.

Dom, knowing that the truth could be embarrassing, didn't take up the teasing as he had the last few days. He and Billy connected, and he believed that their relationship was now solid. At this point, he was more concerned about the rift between the Yanks and the Brits. And he wanted very badly to bridge it.

Looking back on the incident, it was obvious that Elijah had no idea how to deal with the truth of that night - either to admit that he'd fallen asleep or to make up fantastic stories. And there were the feet people, right there working on their feet, and any admission would instantly be public knowledge.

This was when it suddenly dawned on Dom that Elijah hadn't known how to deal with the 'piss taking' from the beginning. "You do know we're just taking the piss?" he asked. But Elijah didn't respond, just fixed his eyes on the far wall.

Sean recalled the expression from the dinner, however, and began to put two and two together. "You mean it's just supposed to be a good natured thing?" he asked.

"Oh, yeah," Billy asserted. "Not to be taken seriously."

"Oh." Sean had other questions, but decided they could wait for a little more privacy. The Hobbits had gone silent and Orlando, bored, had fallen asleep, to be awaked by the stirring as the feet people cleaned up their equipment.

Elijah was terribly embarrassed, but being the trouper he was he stood quietly for the feet application. He did notice, though, that Dom had defended him, had stopped the uncomfortable questioning. A good, kind, thoughtful man. If he could just figure out how to fit into their company! As soon as his feet were finished, he escaped to grab a cigarette.

When Elijah went out to smoke and the feet people went away, Sean commented further.

"All the teasing you're always doing, implying he's a child. He thinks you don't like him, that you think he's too young for this."

A blush crept up Billy's fair skin as he realized he should have been able to figure this out; creeping from the neck of his shirt up over his chin and cheeks until he was beet red. Dom's cheeks were also flaming. "You don't bother taking the piss out of someone unless you like them," he explained. Then, warned by Sean's startled look behind him, turned to see Elijah standing in the doorway listening, tears starting in his eyes.

Dom felt answering tears in his own eyes. Always too ready with the waterworks himself, he understood how discomfiting it could be and sought to avert it. "Hey Hobbit," he laughed, "don't you belong in here with us?"

"Thing is," Billy added, also trying to deflect the emotionalism, "we're not really hobbits yet. Got to have the ears, y'know. I expect the wizards will be coming back to complete the transfiguration."

Elijah barely heard Billy's attempt. He was noticing instead the glistening in Dom's eyes; and suddenly he understood him. Understood him better than he could have expected. As though he could see all the way into a very gentle soul, a soul that matched his own but had learned a different path to dealing with the hardships of the world.

And he knew in that moment that Dom was going to become a very important person in his life.
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