Title: Betrayals

Author: Mareel

Author's email: Mareel@earthlink.net

Author's URL: http://www.geocities.com/bdebpr


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Category: Slash (m/m)

Rating: G

Status: Complete

Pairing: Archer/Reed

Series: Just Before Morning

Sequel to: Holding Hope

Previous story: Holding Hope

Next story: Bereft

Disclaimer: They all still belong to Paramount, or, more likely, to themselves.

Summary: When all of the choices are wrong.

Author's Notes: This is the fifth in a loosely connected series, inspired by the Treksoap Jon and Mal (with my deepest thanks to those who bring them to life). But no back-story is necessary to understand the pain two people can cause each other as they try to deal with the aftermath of psychological trauma. As usual in this series, this is Jon, unsure how to deal with a betrayal of trust.

My heart is hurting. I love you—that will never change. That makes this harder—this mutual betrayal.

Talk to me, love! Make me understand the maelstrom in your mind that brought us here—to this moment when you hurt me and all my choices will only hurt you more

You wear his face…my hands would know it in the dark. Those are his eyes…I've seen myself reflected in them. But I can't see me there now—don't even see you there, except in fleeting glimpses that I might be mistaking for hope.

Come back to me, please.

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