Title: Mending the Breach
Author: Pip's Sister/Ms. Marvel 1
Rating: PG-13 for language
Archive: Yes, but please tell me first. KS Archive
and LA are cool.
Disclaimer: Dante Hicks, Randal Graves, Jay, Silent
Bob, Caitlin Bree, Veronica Loughran, Brodie Bruce,
and Rene Mosier are all the property of Kevin Smith
and the View Askewniverse. They are used without
permission and for non-profit purposes.
Notes: Slash. Don’t do anything stupid. Sequel to
“So Close and Yet So Far Away,” I’d recommend you read
that before even LOOKING at this fanfic but if you
don’t, it’s okay. I’ll get you up to speed. And
yeah, I know. I said I wouldn’t write a sequel.
However, after I got better, Dante told me he wanted
to be happy too. Could you refuse someone so cute?
Acknowledgements: For the one that I want. I never
The really awful part about the full shift, other than
the obvious fact that he had to work all day, was
seeing the day live and die outside the window. It
was late into winter now, so he came in before the sun
rose and left after the sun set. In fact, the sun had
been gone for hours now. Dante sighed as he locked
the register for the night. Such a depressing
feeling, as if he wasn’t depressed enough already.
Ding-ding. Dante looked up and groaned as the
all-too-familiar men entered the room. “You know
we’re closed. I locked the register. Go away.”
“Aw, now is that any way to treat two loyal customers
such as ourselves?” Jay asked as he walked towards the
register (swiping a Devil Dog from the nearby shelf as
he did so). “Shit, you can make an exception for us,
“Give me the Devil Dog in your pocket and I’ll think
Jay and Silent Bob just started laughing. A moment
later, Dante realized what he had said and groaned.
“Look, get out of the store.”
“Aw, what the fuck’s wrong, cock smoker? I thought
that was your thing these days, right. Oh, wait… I
forgot. You two are having a little trouble in
Silent Bob suddenly stopped laughing. Dante’s face
turned a bit red. “Look! Just get the fuck out of
the store, okay? I’ve had a long day and I don’t need
“Holy shit, it was just a fucking joke…” Jay paused as
Silent Bob elbowed him. “What?”
Silent Bob whispered something in Jay’s ear. The
blonde man’s eyes widened. “Oh…” He looked at Dante.
“Yeah…” Dante said. “I guess we have you to thank for
that, really. After you gave those kids the idea
about us being married it got us talking.”
“Yeah?” Jay shrugged. “Shit, I didn’t think we had
that much effect on youse.”
Dante raised an eyebrow. “You mean you’re genuinely
“No, but you sound like you are.” Jay laughed lewdly.
Dante just sighed. He should have expected something
like that. He wanted to say that, but instead just
muttered, “Not at the moment…”
Jay heard him anyway. “Oh yeah, the trouble in
paradise shit. What’s up with that, anyway?”
“Well, fuck. It’s not like you’re going anywhere. I
know youse two are living together and if youse are
still fighting, I bet you’re gonna want to hide here
like a pussy as long as possible. Besides, Silent Bob
gets off on this homo shit.”
Dante rubbed his eyes as Silent Bob frowned at Jay.
The stoner had a point. He didn’t exactly like the
Quick Stop, but he had to admit he would rather be
here than at home… with Randal curled up on his own
side of the bed… and he hadn’t really talked to anyone
in the past few days…
“Okay, long story short. You remember Caitlin Bree?”
“That chick who fucked the dead guy?”
Dante rolled his eyes. “Yes, her. She’s been
catatonic for the last few years but she just recently
started to come out of it. Anyway, she asked to see
me a few days ago and it went well at first. But…
well, when she asked to leave I guess we felt some old
feelings or something and…”
Silent Bob winced and covered his eyes. Jay just
blinked in surprise. “… What?”
“I kissed her.”
Silent Bob shook his head vigorously.
“Shit. That’s it? I thought you fucked her or
Dante sighed. “I might as well have… This isn’t
looking good for us.”
“Well, why the hell did you kiss her?”
“I don’t know…”
“So, he left you?”
“Not… not really. But he’s upset.”
Jay shrugged. “Fuck, he’s taking it all too
seriously. You’re a fucking moron, though. I
wouldn’t have fucking told him.”
“That’s because you don’t know what ‘honesty’ is,”
“Eh, fuck honesty. Was just a fucking kiss….”
Silent Bob shook his head as Jay jammed a few candy
bars into his pocket. “You can’t blame him, though.
You know you’d be upset too.”
“I know that,” Dante said. “I’ve…” he hung his head.
“I’ve been there.”
“So why did you do it?”
“That’s what I keep asking myself.”
Silent Bob shrugged. “Do you love her?”
Dante lowered his eyes. “No. I really don’t. I
thought I may have for a minute, but right after I
kissed her all I could think of was Randal.”
“Now do you love him?”
Dante nodded. “Very much.”
“Well, then you know you can’t do shit like that.”
Silent Bob thought for a minute. “Can I ask you
something? Have you two ever fought before? I mean,
really fought. Not some pissy disagreement over
George Lucas, either. An all-out fight.”
“Well, yes. Not since we’ve become lovers if that’s
what you mean, but…”
“That’s what I mean.”
“Oh… then no.”
“Well, I bet you’ve been in enough relationships to
not have to hear this, but these kinds of things make
it stronger. And if he said he wouldn’t leave you,
then personally I think everything will be okay.”
“Yeah?” Dante smiled weakly.
“Yeah. Now, do you think we could have some smokes?”
Dante frowned, then shook his head and got a pack of
Nails. Silent Bob handed him a five and a single as
he unlocked the register.
“Pleasure doing business with you, cock smoker!” Jay
smirked as Dante handed Silent Bob the change. The
two stoners then made their way toward the door.
“See,” said Silent Bob, “if you’d work more on your
people skills I wouldn’t have to keep doing that all
Dante sighed as the door closed. He didn’t feel that
much better after that, and to be honest the
conversation was little more than Silent Bob putting
into words what Dante knew already. Still… it was
kind of nice to talk to someone.
And put off going home. That was big. It was odd,
though. In a way, he really wanted to see Randal, to
plead with him and try to mend the breach he’d
created, but in many other ways, he didn’t want to.
He didn’t want to face Randal or deal with the tension
He didn’t want to think about this, and unfortunately
he seemed to have too much time to do so. He could
only wrap himself up in his job for so long until some
unpleasant experience with a customer made that
Oh well, he didn’t really have time to put this off
any longer. He reached for his coat and-
Dante rolled his eyes as he heard the doorbell ring.
“No! I locked the register for the last time! Get
Dante froze. Oh God, that voice. He slowly turned
Randal stood in the middle of the floor, yet it wasn’t
him. Well, it was, but… it wasn’t like him. His
usual smugness, his false charm… it was all gone. He
looked… Dante didn’t know. Tired. Tired and humble.
Dante’s hands gripped his coat fiercely. “Huh…” he
coughed. “Hi. I… I’m sorry I…”
Randal nodded. “I know. It’s late. You’re supposed
to be closed.”
There was a pause. Dante tried to loosen his grip on
the coat but he wasn’t doing so well.
“I tried to talk to you sooner. I just… Well, Brodie
and Rene decided to move into an apartment above that
comic store they got and I’ve been helping them out
Dante nodded. “It’s okay. I… I understand if you’re
Randal and Dante kept their eyes on the floor.
“Are… are you busy or something or did you have plans
because I can just get a taxi or…”
“No!” Dante said quickly. “No, I-I don’t have
anything to do. We can talk.”
“Okay…” Randal thrust his head towards the door. “Um…
Randal moved towards the door and Dante followed,
switching off the lights, and then turning around to
lock the door. Randal stood by the passenger side
door of the car as Dante pulled down the shutters and
Dante then made his way over to the driver’s side. He
unlocked the door to his own side, and then pressed a
button on the door which unlocked Randal’s. The two
of them got in.
Nothing was said for a minute.
“So…” Dante said.
“So,” Randal repeated.
Dante sighed. “I… I… I don’t know how to start this.”
“Well, what do you want to do?”
Dante looked at Randal. “What do you mean?”
“Is there something wrong with us?”
“No, of course not. This… That was just a heat of the
Randal shrugged and pulled his left knee to his chest.
“I understand that, but the fact that the heat was
“Well…” Dante’s fingers wrapped around the steering
wheel. “I… I don’t know. It was just… Well, you know
the history between her and me…”
“I’ve had history with plenty of ex-girlfriends. I
never kissed them. And they were lesbians. Believe
me. I could have had the urge to.”
Dante felt his heart sink. “I’m… I…”
“Look, the thing is you’ve pulled shit like this
before on Veronica and…”
“No! No, that was different. I really thought I
loved her and… and… I don’t love her, I’m sure of that
now. Randal, the minute after I kissed her I thought
of you. I regretted it immediately. I don’t love
her. I love you.”
Randal’s eyes lowered to slits. “But are you sure of
that? I mean… I don’t doubt you care about me but…”
Randal coughed. “But I also know that you’re really
more inclined to women and maybe this all means that…”
“No. No. I don’t… Randal, I love you. I only want
“Is that true? Or are you settling for me?”
“Settling for…” Dante shook his head. “No, no I…
You’re smart and loyal and sexy and…” Dante sighed.
“And… fuck, after what I did, I feel like you don’t
Randal didn’t say anything. Dante waited a few
minutes, gripping the steering wheel so hard that his
hand was sweating.
“Is there no way that I can prove it to you?”
Randal sighed. “You really hurt me, Dante.”
“I know. And I’m sorry. I’ve… I’ve been so miserable
these past few days. I miss you, Randal.”
“I miss you too, but…” Randal looked outside the
window. “But if I’m not what you want…”
“What I want is for you to be happy,” said Dante.
Randal sighed. His eyes were still glued to the
Dante gripped his hand harder on the wheel. “Randal,
I… it’s true. I am attracted to women. I feel
temptation sometimes. I know you must too, even if
you discovered you liked men a bit better. But that…”
he sighed. “I’ve met a lot of women, Randal. I
haven’t loved any of them like I’ve loved you.”
“Yeah, but you kissed one, one that you keep going
“And it was a mistake. I know that now. I… After
what happened I’d never do that again, I mean…” he
hung his head. “I love you so much. I’ve felt like
shit these past few days. Jay fucking noticed how I
felt. Jay! I’ve never felt this alone in my life
because if I lose you I’m not only losing the person I
love but… but I’m losing my best friend.”
Randal just looked at Dante. There was a pause, then…
“You felt that bad?”
“Of course. I’m not settling for anything, Randal.
You’re the one I love.”
Randal sighed. Dante just stared in front of him, his
hands gripping the steering wheel even tighter.
At the sound of his name, he turned his head towards
Randal. Randal wrapped a hand behind Dante’s neck and
pulled him forward. He pressed his forehead to
“You asked me what would make me happy.”
“You’re what would make me happy.”
Dante looked into Randal’s eyes. Slowly he felt
Randal edge closer. His lips brushed against his own
and they kissed.
“I’m sorry I hurt you, Randal.”
Randal smiled slightly. “It’s… Well, it’s not okay.
But we can forget about it. And you can’t do it
Dante nodded. “I know. You’re a selfish bastard who
doesn’t share, right?”
Randal blinked. “I said that?”
“Hmm… I must have been trying to get you laid.”
Dante laughed. “Well… it worked.”
Randal plucked Dante’s hand off the steering wheel and
took it in his own. “Hey, c’mere.” He wrapped his
other arm around Dante’s back and pulled him close.
Dante closed his eyes, just enjoying the feel of
“I’d never go back. Not now. Not ever. Not after
this. Not after I know what I’d lose.”
Randal smiled. “Dante?”
“It’s all right.” He kissed him. “It’s gonna be all