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This slash story, Love's Forbearance, can be found at http://arianna.hidden-muse.com/viewstory.php?sid=29&warning=FRM If that link doesn't work, go to www.arianna.hidden-muse.com and scroll down to Recent Entries on the left.

Pairing: J/B
Word Count: 54,907
Warnings: Have tissues handy.

Partner betrayal stories can squick a lot of people, but if you'll bear with the journey of this story, I promise you'll come to a happy ending. ::grins::

I wish to thank the three people who made donations to Moonridge to receive this story, Bee, Dorothy, and Gerri, for giving permission to post it before the requisite thirty days had expired. I also thank Janet for issuing the Moonridge Claim challenge to write a happy ending sequel to Polly B's heartbreaking story of partner betrayal, and I thank Polly B for allowing me to use her story as a lead-in to mine, which begins immediately where her story ends. As always, I thank StarWatcher for her impeccable beta, and Rhianne for hosting my slash stories.

If you check it out, I hope you enjoy it.


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)

Such a good story! *g*

Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I just have to pop in to say I am half way through reading this story, it is 2.00 am, I will be getting up for work around 7.00 am, yet I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!

Absolutely top class. Am in awe :-)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I AM sorry!

But I'm also delighted!

Thanks for letting me know the story really grabbed you and wouldn't let go.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Looking forward to reading and thank you for donating it to Moonridge this year, and a big thanks to your generous winners who let you release it early for the rest of us to enjoy :0)

Don't forget also that you can pimp this at the sentinellibrary if you wish

Edited at 2009-06-23 01:45 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Great suggestion, Jess, and the message is now posted there, too.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)

You have to stop posting good fic. I need my sleep.

::returns to story::
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, Roslyn. I'm delighted to know you're enjoying it so much you can't put it down! (I hope you're somewhere where you can sleep in tomorrow morning!)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Wow... what a tear jerker. Man, I wanted to kill Jim halfway through that, but I'm so happy it did all turn out in the end and that they ended up in an even healthier place than before the cheating.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
LOL, I wanted to kill Jim after Polly's story. Thanks for letting me know the story put you on an emotional rollercoaster. Music to my ears! ::grins::
Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)

Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Well the premise is something of an AU itself! But you managed the task :-)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure if I could buy the idea of reconciliation before I started the story, but you worked through the issues well. :-)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, after Polly's story, it was a challenge to figure out how to get them back together. I'm glad the story felt credible to you.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I look forward to reading it when I've finished up a few more obligations.

Jun. 23rd, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laurie.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

Oh wow! I got half way through last night, and I'm loving it... fabulously done, thank you!

Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying it so far! Thanks for letting me know.
Jun. 28th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'd liked Polly's story, although it was sad. Then I read yours and I loved them both! I find it totally plausible that Jim would set himself - and Blair - up for failure as a hedge against abandonment. It's also completely reasonable to think that neither of them would be able to drop the other completely, despite the pain between them. Nicely done!

(I actually tried to leave you feedback directly on the site, but I'm not sure it took - so I'm leaving it here.)
Jun. 28th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks, yes, your comments did 'take' in the review section -- either that or someone else feels exactly the same way about the story! ;)

You're really great to have let a comment here, too, to be sure I got a message from you. Not many would go out of their way like this, and it's very kind.
Jul. 12th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
I found the emotional underpinnings of Jim's betrayal very, very plausible and very human. He had a deep well of low self esteem under his facade of being the tough guy. I've seen kids who are being adopted or transferred to a relative's custody do the same thing -- push and push and push to test the potential parent's ability to still want and care for them. It's a vicious, vicious circle, because sometimes they succeed and drive the potential parent into feeling like they'll never be accepted as a parent by the kid, thus setting up a self fulffillng prophacy.

I liked that Blair didn't just accept surface platitudes from Jim and didn't accept him back at the first 'I'm sorry.' His hurt was plain to see, from not wanting Jim to call him Chief and all the other ways that he expressed his anger and desolation.

Abby was great. Dr. Meadows, on the other hand... I can see why she'd do better being in business for herself, because pulling that kind of crap during Blair's initial visit would have gained her a big complaint to supervisors. That kind of shock treatment was uncalled for -- maybe she had a clear assessment of Jim, by that time, but she didn't of Blair and it was manipulative as hell to use Blair as a tool to make Jim express his emotions about Blair clearly, push him into defending Blair like that.

The karmic payback was... karmic. The loft burning up symbolizing getting rid of old pain and starting anew. Kind of like a phoenix.

And can American citizens get married in Canada if they aren't going to live there?

I'm very glad that sex wasn't used as the cure for their problems. Understanding each other's emotional bases and Jim and Blair being willing to make changes made fixing their relationship more likely. Especially Jim. He had a lot of work to do here, and he kept at it. One of the ways being stubborn can actually be a positive thing.

Thanks for the story, Ari, I enjoyed it a lot.

Jul. 12th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Laurie, thanks so much for the very thoughtful and comprehensive review. I'm glad that the rationale I presented for Jim's betrayal was credible to you, as was Blair's pain, and the gradual process of them working back to a relationship on a more solid ground. I know a lot of people believe partner betrayal of this magnitude can't be overcome, but couples manage to work past infidelity and survive and thrive -- not easily, but it's very possible. I agree that Meadows was pushing it -- but I've known and worked with therapists who would do something like that.

And yes, Americans can get married in Canada.

Tough story to write, but worth it when I get feedback like this!

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