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Apr 19, 2019 10:24 AM
In Which Being A Member Of The Cult Of Bacchus Is Bad For Your Marriage Prospects
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"I'm not going to stop my husband from going to bacchanal revels! I don't much fancy being torn limb from limb by maenads." 

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How about Leo just doesn't comment on that.

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Leo is being slightly aggressively cuddled. "Unfortunately, I did not get the impression that my other options in terms of marriage would be so sensible about it." 

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"I'm a molly married to another molly and see no particular reason to be concerned about my submissive's virtue." 

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Is there any way at all to convince Ash to stop describing Lindsay as his without Leo noticing? Probably not, but Lindsay would really like it if he would stop doing that. 

"And I'm very lucky for that." He puts his head on Leo's shoulder. 

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"This is honestly one of the most awkward conversations I have ever been part of."

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Saying "Look, I'm trying" would not help. 

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Leo's smiling. "Me too." 

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"Me too. I am trying, it's just." 

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"An unbearably awkward situation where I'm meeting the love of my husband's life for the first time two days after our marriage?"

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"Yes," he agrees, "exactly that." 

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"I am tempted to say that Leo and I should go out for a walk and talk about philosophy but I am not confident that being seen alone with a notorious rake, even if that rake is married now, wouldn't do bad things to his reputation."

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"And I'm not sure that there's any way I can go with you and have it not make things worse." 

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Leo is so conflicted between being alone with Ash and the opportunity to talk about philosophy!

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"Lindsay, can you amuse yourself in another room for an hour? Leo, Lindsay tells me you have many opinions about the Wealth of Nations."

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"I can." 

He leaves a kiss on Leo's cheek, before he goes. 

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Leo, very suspiciously: "what sorts of opinions?"

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He curls up with a book and does his best not to worry. 

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When he comes back in an hour Leo is sitting on Ash's lap and arguing furiously about the price of corn.

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He watches quietly from the doorway for a moment, two, before sitting down next to the two of them. 

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"Your husband has read Publicus."

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"I think he's very insightful."

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"I think he's wrong. About everything."

Is Leo baring his throat to Ash? Maybe a little bit.

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"Do you now." He is maybe trying a little bit too hard not to laugh. 

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"Publicus," Leo announces, "is an idiot."

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