Rating: PG

Disclaimer: The Magnificent Seven is owned by Trilogy, Mirish and MGM. No money is being made. This fanfic is purely for entertainment purposes.

AU: ATF - Thanks Mog!

Author's Notes: Phyllis really gave me a great beta. She put a lot of thought and effort into it and the story is better for it. I can't thank her enough. Any mistakes are mine.

This is the sequel to On Our Side.

Hope you enjoy it. Feedback is always greatly appreciated. Please let me know what you think. Ruby :)

 

His Word

Sequel to On Our Side

By: Ruby

"Mr. Dunne?" Ezra took a step back from his open door. 

"Hi, ah... Ezra." JD shifted uncomfortably on Standish's front step.

Ezra cocked his head questioningly. "Come in, Mr. Dunne." 

"Thanks, Ez." JD smiled awkwardly as he stepped inside. Standish closed the door behind him as JD looked around.

Ezra stared at him. 

"Um... Happy Thanksgiving."

"Thanksgiving was weeks ago," Standish told him, his voice sardonic.

"Oh yeah. I know. I just..." JD winced. "You know when you were sick, hurt," he stopped himself from saying *dying*, "in the hospital?"

"I have a vague recollection of a room in the ICU." Ezra grinned wolfishly.

"Yeah... then! I was thinking about..." JD shifted uncomfortably, "things."

Ezra sighed, exasperated. "Yes, Mr. Dunne?"

"Well, I was thinking about you. I mean, not *you*." He chuckled self-consciously. "Not like you think I was thinking about... you..." his voice trailed off.

Ezra stared at him. 

"Ahem, anyway." JD sighed. "I didn't think this would be so hard."

Ezra lifted his hands, palms out. "Was there something you needed to tell me, Mr. Dunne?"

"Not needed. Wanted," JD told him. "I um... I mean, I just wanted to let you know that, well..." he rushed the words, "I'm glad you're on our side."

Grinning wryly, Ezra slowly lifted one eyebrow. "As opposed to...?"

"I mean on our team." JD shook his head as he blew the bangs off his forehead with a sharp breath. "A friend."

Ezra paused for a second and then said haltingly, "JD. I'm touched."

JD stared hard at him, looking for any sort of deception. When he didn't find any, he relaxed. "Just wanted to let you know that. Thought you needed to know that." He paused. "Promised someone I'd let you know that." He sighed hard. "And I don't go back on my word."

"No, Mr. Dunne. You don't." Ezra watched him thoughtfully. "You're a good man that way."

JD beamed. "Thanks, Ez."

"If only you could remember my name, I would be forever grateful." Ezra sighed dramatically.

JD rolled his eyes. Taking a step toward the door, he shrugged. "Well, just so's you know that." He smiled. "Guess I'll be going." He opened the door.

"Thanks... JD."

"Sure thing, 'Ez'." JD grinned wryly and then turned and walked away.

 

December 2004

 

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