Blair was trying to get away from Travis and his friends after being called a fairy, and for not looking for a man’s job. They all constantly belittle him, and Blair thinks that Travis will stick up for him, but he is so wrong at that….. Travis will always just look out for himself, but sadly Blair seems to be blinkered against his faults.
Blair literally bumps into Jack in a bar, and when he catches sight of the port-wine stain on his cheek, he is reminded of something else totally, but Jack assumes he is repulsed by it. Much to Blair’s dismay, when he arrives at his job interview, he finds the man he bumped into at the bar, and again he reacts to the port-wine stain, but makes matters worse when he then loses his temper when asked about his previous job, and why didn’t he bother to report it!!
Strangely, Jack decides that Blair is someone he can work with, as he came across as someone who can hold his own, and would not be walked over (well, in his working life, private life not so sure!).
Although not off to a brilliant start of their working relationship, Blair and Jack find that they can work well together, and everything seems to be going well….. until the evening Blair decides to go and see Travis after work….. and then everything takes a turn for the worse.
Blair is late into work the next day, and Jack is furious with him… but this changes as soon as Jack gets a look at Blair, and then the anger disappears to be replaced with a caring, tender Jack. However, Blair’s day is about to get worse, and he is sure that Jack will fire him for something he has nothing to do with, and he gets more and more distressed.
Does Jack trust Blair? But more importantly does Blair trust Jack, or is he going to be like other people? Will Blair let Jack help him, or does he push him away? Will Blair be able to recover from what has happened, and will he keep his job?
I totally loved this story, so much so that I have read it more than once. You can really feel Blair’s despair at what is happening to him. You saw first-hand how he tries to shut it all out and disappear into his safe place in his mind, which he has always done, especially as he was bullied for being so small and slight – I guess it brings home that bullies will always pick someone smaller than them, and use their size to terrify their victim.