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FanFiction - Casey & Zeke - Highspeed to love (16 / ???)

I think I will post this chapter for our birthday girl addie71  today!


Title: Highspeed to love (16/ ???)
Fandom:  Zeke & Casey
Rating: R
Disclaimer: of course, not mine
Author's notes: AU without Marybeth and Herrington High - Zeke is 23 years old in this story, living in Youngstown, Ohio - Casey, is 18 years old and loves ... cooking. Or what do you think ?  ;)

Previous parts: one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen / fifteen / tbc

What a day. Finally alone Casey let his mind wander. He didn't know where to start. There was so much to think about.

Mr. Pépin first. He still couldn't believe it that he had met him. In a small town in Ohio, in Zeke's garage. And tomorrow afternoon he would be back again to pick up his car.

Zeke had asked him ...

But Zeke had said a lot today. He had said that he looked cute. He, Casey Connor! And Zeke had flirted with him?! He better didn't take it all too serious.  Zeke liked to tease sometimes, he knew this.

"Do you wanna get to know him," Zeke had asked him.

And Casey needed a moment to realize what he was talking about.
"Mr. Pépin? No, thanks, I guess not. I was acting like an idiot today. He must think I'm a stupid geek."

"Oh, c'mon, Case. Grab the chance. Maybe you can share recipes with him."

Case! Never before he had called him like this. But it sounded nice. Case! Cute! Cute Case! Casey shook his head and sighed. What the hell was wrong with him tonight? Zeke was his friend. But he was straight and there would never be more between them. He had accepted this from the beginning. And he didn't want to complicate things. So ... Mr. Pépin ... it was so much easier to think about him.

Casey had laughed.
"Share recipes? Zeke, he's a famous star cook. I'm sure, he's not interested in my grandma's old recipes!"

"Don't say this. I bet this 'Cock o whatever' is not better than the potato pancakes you made yesterday."

"Oh Zeke," Casey had chuckled.
"Coq au vin is French cuisine. Chicken in wine. It's classic. You can't compare this with home style food."

Zeke had shrugged.
"Why not? I don't need this french stuff I can't even spell. And I bet, even Mr. Pépin wouldn't say 'no' to your pancakes."

It had been a nice lunchbreak, longer than usual. But the mood had changed when Casey finally had remembered that there was still a problem he had to tell Zeke about. Ben! Zeke had listened to him with narrowed eyes.

"Well, it's his decision," he had murmured when Casey had ended and then he had busied himself with making fresh coffee. Casey had licked his lips nervously.

"You need to go and talk to him. He's on the best way to fuck up his life."

Zeke had huffed annoyed.
"And what do you think I can do against it? Should I fall on my knees and beg him to come back? No, Casey, I won't! Can we now please stop talking about him? It's all said and done!"

He had put down his mug onto the table and had grabbed a cigarette. Usually he enjoyed his after-lunch-cigarette, but today he had sucked greedily on the butt, puffed out the smoke full of anger. Casey had felt the tension in him though he tried to act unheeding. He couldn't understand Zeke's behavior. He was willing to give everyone a chance. He had taken him in and let him stay in his garage though he hadn't known anything about him. Ben had been like a brother for him. He knew how much the job in the garage had meant for him. And he worried about him, no matter what he said.

"It feels as if all this is my fault," Casey had whispered sadly.

Zeke head had jerked round, he looked angry.

"Before I've shown up here everything was okay between you two. You've told me that he is a born mechanic. And you like him, don't you? So, how can you just close your eyes and watch him ruin his life?"
"What are you, a fucking saint," Zeke suddenly had spat.
"How can you deal with his homophobic bullshit? Because I can't!"

Casey had stared at him feeling helpless now. This definitely made him not feel better.

"But this has nothing to do with you," he had finally protested.
"He was angry and tried to hurt me. I give a shit, Zeke. Some people are like this and it's better to ignore them."

It was not the whole truth. He had always been a loner and when he found out that he was gay it didn't change much. Though it sometimes made him angry to see how close minded some people could be - as if being gay made a dangerous monster out of you. He had heard worse than Ben's words. But the way Ben had shown him up - in front of Zeke - had made him helpless and furious.

He was not sure what would have happened if not Zeke had stepped in. He had been a real friend and taken his side. But Ben was his friend too. Casey knew, Zeke would never forgive himself when Ben would get into trouble. And as long as he was together with these guys it would happen sooner or later, that was for sure ...

"I know, Zeke, you are straight and maybe ..."

"You know nothing at all," Zeke had snapped and rushed down into his garage. A few minutes later he had been back again to apologize. And Casey had known better than to push him further.

He sighed and shut off the light. There must be a way to bring these two together again. Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow Mr. Pépin would be back to pick up his car. Should he at least go and ask him for an autograph? It would be nice to have one - as a reminder of this day. All in all it had been a confusing but not an out-and-out bad day. He smiled when he finally closed his eyes. Cute Case!

go to part 17

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Casey is just Casey - as much as he enjoys his new life together with Zeke, he can't close his eyes when Ben is on the best way to destroy his future.

Cute ... and completely in the dark. He must be fooled by the rough tough mechanic act, not even suspecting Zeke has feelings for him. Zeke's angry reaction about Ben is to be expected - he's confused and probably feels a bit betrayed. Maybe he also knows how hopeless it is to try to change someone. But if you care about them, it's not always possible to stand by and watch them make mistakes. Meanwhile Casey has to sort his own life out and put his talents to good use.

Zeke is angry and confused and not just because of Ben. He needs to calm down and think a bit clearer. Casey knows that Zeke is a really good friend and he is afraid to risk this friendship.

Complicated as ever, these boys, sigh ;)

What an up and down day for Casey. I'm with Zeke and think Casey might be surprised if he talked to Pépin about his grandma's recipes.

And I'm glad he finally talked with Zeke about Ben even though it didn't have the reaction Casey was hoping for, once Zeke thinks about it, I hope he'll try to help him again.

Loved Zeke reaction to Casey's statement about him being straight. *giggles* I'm glad Casey's day ended with him thinking 'Cute Case!'

Thanks for the dedication, love! :D

Oh yes, Casey has a lot to think about. And Zeke too. Oh, these boys ... who knows where this is going to?

Yes, Casey, get this famous chef's autograph and let him taste something you've made. Audition yes.

I hope Zeke changes his mind about Ben, he's one guy in need of a helping hand.

Thanks for reading, as ever :)

Both boys will have to make a few decisions soon. We will see where this is going to.

I'm surprised Casey didn't pick up on Zeke's reaction to being told he was straight, but it was probably for the best that he didn't push the issue right away.

I love how their relationship is developing and that Casey feels comfortable there. Hopefully Zeke will come around.

I guess is much to afraid to risk Zeke's friendship to hope that there could be more between them. And probably it's good not too push Zeke too much.

"I know, Zeke, you are straight and maybe ..."

"You know nothing at all," Zeke had snapped and rushed down into his garage.

How is Casey's gaydar not screaming BWOOP BWOOP BWOOP! and going off the charts?? He-LLOOOOO?? Ugh! Thick, thick, thick!

I guess, Casey is just careful - he doesn't want to risk to much and lose Zeke's friendship at the end.

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