Morrissey looked out over the pre-dawn city and listened. For once, everything seemed completely silent. Ordinarily, he could hear cars or the sirens of emergency vehicles. Rarely birdsong woke him. Today everything, inside the apartment as out was still. He glanced over at Stevie, still sleeping.

He smiled as he thought about the sheer luck that had brought the young man into his life. Soon he would wake his partner. For now, he could sleep. For now, all was still. Morrissey settled in a chair to watch his lover sleep, a satisfied smile on his face.