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30 March 2012 @ 12:10 am
Trade Mistakes Chapter 17  
Title: Trade Mistakes Chapter 17
Author: shadowoftheday
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Pairing: Adam Lambert/Tommy Joe Ratliff (also featuring Gerard Way/Frank Iero, Mikey Way/Mat Devine and Gerard Way/Tommy Joe Ratliff)
Summary: After being dumped by an insecure Adam, Tommy Joe spent a whirlwind few months touring with My Chemical Romance before returning to LA to give things with Adam another try. Everything seems to be going well, but as Tommy soon learns, what happens on the road doesn't necessarily stay on the road.
Disclaimer: All fiction, entertainment purposes only, don't own, please don't sue!
Warnings/Notes: Story title belongs to Panic! At the Disco. Cut title belongs to The Used.

This story is a sequel to Burning in The Skies, which can be read here

Trade Mistakes Chapter 1

Trade Mistakes Chapter 2

Trade Mistakes Chapter 3

Trade Mistakes Chapter 4

Trade Mistakes Chapter 5

Trade Mistakes Chapter 6

Trade Mistakes Chapter 7

Trade Mistakes Chapter 8

Trade Mistakes Chapter 9

Trade Mistakes Chapter 10

Trade Mistakes Chapter 11

Trade Mistakes Chapter 12

Trade Mistakes Chapter 13

Trade Mistakes Chapter 14

Trade Mistakes Chapter 15

Trade Mistakes Chapter 16





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The always gorgeous Gerard Way.

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I couldn't post just one :) Gerard's new hair!

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"Frankie's here."

Gerard looked up at Mikey's words, his eyes wide. Mikey knew that if there'd been any colour in Gerard's face, it would have drained at his brother's revelation.

"Oh."

"Adam's here too."

"Oh." Gerard's second "oh" went on a bit longer than the first one as he started fussing with a non existent crease in his bed sheets.

"So. You want to tell me what's been going on?" Mikey asked with a resigned sigh, leaning back in the chair, ready to take in whatever terrible confessions his beloved big brother was about to make.

"I've been staying with Brian. He doesn't know about the partying though, he's been super busy."

"With Steve?" Mikey added.

"Seriously, I thought they would be out of the honeymoon phase by now but they're all over each other, all the time," Gerard grinned. "It's cute, I guess."

"What sort of partying, Gee?" Mikey asked, the faint half smile gone from his lips.

"Vodka mostly. A bit of coke. Some pills."

Mikey sighed, running his hands through his hair in an attempt to hold everything together. He should have known that Gerard couldn't do anything small - Gerard who recorded the first MCR demo in an attic and ended up taking them all the way around the world, Gerard who fell so deeply in love with Frank fucking Iero of all people, that losing him had shoved him over the edge.

"I'm sorry, Mikey," Gerard whispered, his voice breaking. "I just needed to shut down for a while. It hurt every time I took a breath, I couldn't face it. And I dragged Tommy down with me."

Mikey reached for his brother's shaking hands, holding them tight. He shook his head, getting out of his seat to sit on Gerard's bed.

"I understand, Gee. I just don't understand why you didn't come to me."

"Because I would have done anything to keep this look off your face, Mikey. You are so happy with Mat, with life. I couldn't do this to you again."

"You are the smartest idiot I have ever known," Mikey said with a small chuckle. "Gerard, you don't "do" anything to me. We're in this together, always. No matter where life takes you, no matter how bad it gets, I belong right here, with you. It's the only place I belong. You know that, right?"

Gerard nodded, a blush painting his porcelain pale skin. He rested his head on Mikey's shoulder, listening to his brother's steady breathing.

* * *

"So what happens now?" Adam asked as he handed Tommy a plastic cup of cheap vending machine coffee.

Tommy took a sip of the coffee, his mouth twisting as he swallowed the bitter liquid.

"I really don't know. It's good that Mikey's here, Gerard will listen to him. Gerard needs him. What happens between Gerard and Frankie...I don't know how that'll go," Tommy answered with a heavy shrug.

"Frankie loves him," Adam said, draping an arm around Tommy's slumped shoulders. Tommy couldn't help but curl closer to Adam's body, solid and warm. He felt his eyes slip closed, exhausted but content for the first time in weeks.

"Yeah, I don't doubt it for a second. And Gerard loves him. But the way Gerard loves someone, it's...intense. Gerard gave Frank absolutely everything he had to give, you know? And when Frank just walked out on him like that, Gerard was more than hurt. It shattered his trust," Tommy explained.

"Can they come back from that?" Adam asked quietly, meeting Tommy's gaze, knowing Tommy wasn't just talking about Gerard.

"I don't know about them. But I know about us. We'll come back from this, Adam."

Adam couldn't help but beam, pressing his pleased smile to Tommy's in a sweet, confident kiss. Tommy relaxed into the kiss, caught up in how easy it was to just fall back into Adam's arms.

"This is all so easy. It should always have been this easy between us," Tommy murmured when the kiss broke.

"I love you, Tommy Joe. That's all that matters."

"Yeah," Tommy agreed, nuzzling Adam's chest.

Tommy looked up as Mikey strolled down the hallway, looking like the world had been lifted from his shoulders. Tommy hadn't realised just how much Gerard and Mikey needed each other, how close they were, until Gerard had left. As horrible as Gerard's collapse had been, it had reunited them and for that, Tommy was oddly grateful.

Frankie looked up as Mikey sat down, linking his fingers with Mat's.

"How is he?" Tommy asked, waking up a little. "Is he alright?"

"He's a bit overwhelmed, but otherwise, he seems ok. I'm going to take him home to Jersey for a while," Mikey answered.

"Shouldn't he go to rehab?" Adam suggested, feeling a bit out of the loop.

"Gerard doesn't do rehab. Anything he needs to get over, he gets over it on his own. Just him, his sketch pad and that incredible heart of his," Frank replied, a fond smile on his face.

"He wants to see you," Mikey told Frank. "I am not saying you have to kiss and make up, and you shouldn't push it."

"Dude, I've been aching all over since the day I walked out on him, I can't promise I won't at least try to hug him," Frank confessed.

Mikey rolled his eyes, but couldn't hide his grin. Frank bumped his shoulder into Mikey's, flashing him his best wide eyed, butter-wouldn't-melt stare.

"I trust you, Frankie," Mikey said simply. Frank nodded and got to his feet.

"Hey Glambert, you seem pretty good at making amends. Any idea of how I can go about winning the love of my life back?" Frank quipped as he pushed his hair back from his face.

Adam squeezed Tommy's shoulders, smiling brightly.

 
 
 
asherly89: MCRasherly89 on March 30th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Yay new chapter! Boo, it's too short!

You seem to know when I start to think about this story because I was just thinking about it the other day and here's a new chapter.
shadowoftheday: bitches iconshadowoftheday on March 30th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
I have psychic powers :)
browneyes763browneyes763 on March 30th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Yay!!!! So happy to see this. A little short, but then I can't get enough of this! :) I like that while it's serious there's a definite hopeful tone to it. :D
shadowoftheday: bitches iconshadowoftheday on March 30th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
I am starting to wrap things up so my chapters do tend to get a bit choppy! Aww, I'm glad the hopeful tone came through :)
AdamGrrrl73: new horusadamgrrrl on March 30th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
dude, where's my chap?!?
i read for like 3 seconds and now it's over!! moooooooooooooore!!!

shadowoftheday: bitches iconshadowoftheday on March 30th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Haha more soon! :)
AdamGrrrl73: new horusadamgrrrl on March 30th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
ok, so it MIGHT be that it was POSSIBLY 4 or 5 seconds, but that's ALL i'm willing to concede. ;)

shadowofthedayshadowoftheday on April 2nd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Haha next chapter will be longer, I promise :)
Betty: pic#106177585fritzie2a_t on March 30th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ohh, too short ! But things are looking up, so that is good.can't wait for more.
shadowofthedayshadowoftheday on April 2nd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
soon! <3
lizibabeslizibabes on March 30th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Always pleased to see a new chapter of this story, short, long, it's always good.

Loved it <3
shadowofthedayshadowoftheday on April 2nd, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
thank you :) more soon, I promise!