Second Chances is a story written by Aosora Hikaru and illustrated by Nebulosity Çiélon. It ran in Issue 49 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/278080.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/second-chances/.
Timothy Raines is a divorcé in his late 30s with a teenage son named Ethan. He meets Hideki Moriuchi at his work picnic, they hit it off immediately, and together they learn how hard it is to fold someone else into a family.
He'd have to tell Hideki about Ethan, but how? This wasn't exactly going to be the easiest conversation.
Dinner would probably be the best way. Take Hideki out, sit him down in a nice, neutral location, and burn everything to the ground by telling him about the ex-wife and the teenager.
Second Chances is unconnected to other stories or universes.
This story. This freakin' 15,500 word story. I don't even know what happened. The word count got away from me.
Much like Matters of the Heart, I actually plotted out this story ahead of time. You can see where I diverged from the plot a bit (Tim never had that "robbing the cradle" crisis, for example) and you can see no mention of the power play or D/s dynamic which ended up a central part of the story. That came as a surprise to me, actually; I intended for this story to be quite vanilla until Hideki asked about a safe word during the phone sex, and then everything went kinky after that.
(Sob story time.) I handled Tim's divorce and parenting from an interesting perspective. I am a parent to an only child, but am still happily married. I am, however, a child of divorce, and my parents were the polar opposite of Tim and Diane. I wanted Ethan to have what I never did: parents who still respected each other despite the breakdown of their relationship, and who each had a vested involvement in their child's life. So if Tim comes off as "Super-Dad," that's why.
Interestingly enough, while I usually struggle to write the sex scenes (and I'm sure that comes across in my stories. They probably drag a loooot during the sex.) I had absolutely no problem cramming three of them into this story.
Huuuuuuge thank you to Kimyō Tabibito for beta-reading this story. It needed it so, so badly.