AresJoxerCupidStrife - Hergerbabe


Title: Don’t Yell At Me!
Author: Hergerbabe
Fandom: Xena
Pairing: J/A
Rating: PG
Archive: AJCS, JLA, CKoS
Disclaimer: Not mine so bugger off
Summary: Not long enough for one
Thank you Christine :) as always inspirational and a beta magician


Don’t Yell At Me!

“Joxer.”

“Jus’ go away!” Joxer frowned drunkenly.

Xena started to pull Gabrielle away, “But, Xena…”

“Leave it, Gabrielle, he needs to be alone.”

Joxer watched his friends leave, scowling. Then he downed his drink and ordered yet another, intent on oblivion. Gentle hands pulled the flagon out of his grasp.

“Hey!” he exclaimed in protest. “Oh, it’s you. What do you want?” He reached for his drink again.

“Don’t you think you’ve had enough?”

“What’s it to *you*? Huh? What do you care?”

“Joxer!”

“No! All you ever do is tell me what I can and can’t do, or yell at me,” Joxer protested.

“I yell because I care.”

“Yeah, sure, whatever,” Joxer was drunk enough that he didn’t care what he said. “You can’t tell me what to do all the time. You can’t tell me how I should live, it’s not your business.”

“It’s *not*?”

“No! And you didn’t have to yell at me this morning,” Joxer slurred.

“You nearly got yourself killed!”

“You’re yelling again,” Joxer pointed out.

“Sorry. I yelled because you scared me.”

“*You*? You were scared?” Joxer frowned, “Why? Go on, you’ve never told me why you bother with me at all.”

“What do you mean ‘bother’ with you?”

“Don’t avoid the question,” Joxer raised an eyebrow.

“You’re going to make me say it, aren’t you?”

Joxer snorted, “I can’t *make* you do anything.”

“Fine, you want to know why I ‘bother’ with you?!” Joxer nodded. “Because I love you, damn it!”

Joxer smiled, “Finally. Was that really so hard?”

“I guess not.”

“Good, we can go home now,” Joxer tried to stand.

“Oh we can, can we?”

“Just take me home, please, I’m getting a headache.”

“I’m not surprised, what were you thinking?”

“I was thinking, I love you too, Ares.” Joxer hugged his lover tightly. “Now can we please go home?”

“Definitely.”

the end


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