"Papa! C'mon papa!" The young brown haired boy smiled tugging on his arm excitedly. Gabe had agreed to take his young boy Jesse to the new ranch that opened up, on account that the boy was obsessed with everything cowboys. Obsessed was putting it lightly, he was infatuated with the hats and spurs, the horses and wild west.
So here they were getting out of the car, while Jesse practically jumped out of his skin at the thought of getting to ride a horse. An actual real live horse that he could pet and ride!
"Come on Mi pequeño vaquero." He scooped the little one up in his arms.
"Papa am i gunna get to see a lotta horses?" Jesse squirmed in his father's arms trying to look around and see all that his eyes could take in.
"You will see a lot of horses, and you'll get to feed them too." He chuckled at his son's excitement. Gabe was glad to be able to make Jesse happy. After all the boy had had a rough upbringing. Being left alone at the age of two at a random gang hideout covered in dirt, cigarette burns, and his own filth wasn't something child should ever experience. The way Jesse trembled away from any physical contact signaled that he must have been abused as well from who ever left him there. Gabe's heart broke when he found the boy and immediately knew he need to have him in his life. A broken little boy and a broken man in need of some love and family. Who could have thought that everything Gabe needed was his little cowboy. His life had turned from dull and repetitive to playing pretend and finger painting. He wouldn't trade Jesse and his new life for anything.
“There they are! Look Papa, they are waiting for us!” Jesse pointed to the field of horses mosing along while they ate at the hay. He smiled excitedly looking at them as if they were prised jewels. “What’s their names?”
“I don't know buddy, we will have to ask when we get inside there.” Gabe lead him into the main area where they paid. It was a large building that looked like it was supposed to be a barn with a small gift shop. Each different stuffed animal had its own little pen type shelf with fake plush food to go with them. He eyed the cowboy hat sitting next to the play horses with the sticks, making a mental note to buy one on their way out. He walked over to the cash register and smiled at the worker who had long raven colored hair braided onto one of her shoulders with a tattoo under her left eye.
“Hello there boys, how can i help you today?” She smiled politely with an accent Gabe noted as egyptian paired with the eye tattoo.
“Just some horseback riding for my little cowboy.” Gabe ruffled Jesse’s hair and began fishing his wallet out of his back pocket.
“I’m gunna ride a horsey just like the cowboys do.” Jesse stated as if it were a fact she should know.
“The horses are very excited to meet you, have you thought about what one you want to ride?” She took the money and placed the amount in the register before giving him change back. “If you ask me, Bently is a good horse to ride, he likes cowboys.”
“I wanna ride that one papa!” Jesse shouted bouncing. “C’mon let's go see them!”
“Okay calm down first, we don’t want to go out there and scare them.” Gabe set him down and grabbed his hand.
“The kid area is this way, Jack is the handler over there. When he is ready for you guys he will go through the rules and get you started.” Ana lead them over to the back doors that lead out to gravel paths stringing different ways all over the field. “Hey Jackie, got a rider. This is a little cowboy Jesse.” Gabe froze looking over at Jack. The man was well build, more muscular in the chest and arms with beautiful golden locks spiked perfectly. He had baby blue eyes that you could get lost in forever that only seemed to sparkle more when the sun hit them just right. This man was Gabe’s best dreams all wrapped up in dirty blue jeans and a stupid orange polo.
“And you must be the dad?” Jack outstretched his hand with a warm smile eyeing the man. Gabe had to tear his gaze and thoughts back to the current events happening and shook Jack's hand. He had a firm grip, rough calloused hand probably from farm work and lifting the hay. He swallowed thinking of other things those rough hands could be good for.
“Um yeah that’s me, the names Gabriel.” he cleared his throat looking up at those baby blues and felt his cheeks go warm.
“He’s my papa, the best papa in the whole widest world!” Jesse gave a toothy grin up at the man. “He said that i can come ride horses and be a real cowboy.” he grabbed Gabes hand smiling, clearly excited. “So can i ride a horse now?”
“Yes you can ride the horse now, c’mon let's go this way. You can ride butterscotch, Bently, Hadley, or Cadence.” Jack chuckled leading them down the path to the coral attached to a barn.
Gabe watched Jacks pert little ass as they walked down the graveled walkway getting lost in his not so appropriate thoughts for a public place like this. It had been a long while since he had gotten laid or even went out on a date. Way before jesse had even come into his life at least, possibly back when he first joined the military and he was full of hormones and new feelings about being surrounded by men. He needed to control himself, today was about Jesse and making the boy have a fun day.
“I wanna ride Bently!” Jesse looked up at Jack expectantly. He looked over at the horses and immediately knew which one was Bently. He hurried over to the big paint with white and dark brown spot. He looked up smiling wide, “I want this one! He looks nice and his hair is shiny and pretty!”
“Bently is a nice choice, but we need to go over the rules first.” Jack lead them over to a bench to sit down. “How about you dad, you going to take a ride too?” He gave a smile that Gabe dare say was flirtatious. His throat went dry thinking of things he would rather ride than a horse and flushed red.
“Uh n-no thanks, just the little one. Im not one for adventure.” Gabe rushed out clearing his head yet again. “Jesse come sit down and listen to Jack tell you the rules. Make sure to listen carefully, the rules are very important.” He picked Jesse up and sat the boy in his lap.
“Now first things first, we never ever run around the horses. That could scare them, and when they are scared they might hurt themselves or you. Second we never go behind the horses, they can't see you back there and might get startled. Third, we never go by the horses without one of the adults or workers with you okay.” Jack explained sending occasional glances over to the beautiful darker skinned man. Normally facial hair wasn't something Jack looked for in his partners, but boy did Gabe work the well groomed goatee he had. “Any questions?”
“Can we ride horses now” Jesse bounced on his father's legs ready to start doing what they came here for. Gabe chuckled lightly at his sons blunt excited statement.
“Let's go buddy, I can tell you're excited. I bet you're a good cowboy.” Jack walked over to the stalls and grabbed a saddle and reins. “Gabe can you hold these while i get the horse please.” He walked over and set the heavy items into the taller latinos arms. He marveled at the way the mans biceps flexed and bulged in his tight t-shirt. He blushed and walked over to the gate to get the horse from the field. “Here Bentley.” he clicked his tongue and grabbed some hay leading the horse over to be saddled up. “He likes hay and oats and cool little cowboys like you.”
“Good, because i'm the best cowboy ever.” jesse watched as Jack saddled up the horse in amazement. “One day i'm gunna be a big strong cowboy and gunna get my own horse to ride.” he stood next to Jack and chewed on his finger “isn't that right papa?” Gabe looked over Jack's arms as he lifted the saddle onto the horse. His gaze fell back down to Jack's ass and he bit his lip, imagining how good that ass would look naked or even up in the air while he- “Papa?” Jesse repeated pulling him from his once again less than public appropriate thoughts.
“What? Oh uh yeah bud. Best cowboy ever.” He flushed red knowing he got caught looking at Jack. He really needed to control himself especially in a public place. Focus Gabriel focus.
“Let's go little cowboy, remember to hold on tight okay. If you want to make him go then tell him get to go and whoa to stop.” Jack grabbed the reigns and handed them to Jesse. Gabe watched the grin on his little boy's face and smiled. He looked so happy and excited to be riding an actual horse. This was all Gabe wanted for the little boy, for him to be happy and experience things he really wanted to. He wanted to provide the best possible childhood he could for the little scamp, he deserved it after all. He would give the boy the moon if he wanted, he would run to the ends of the earth just for him. He looked so damn happy up on that horse.
“How's the ride buckaroo?” Gabe smiled watching the two. This was the perfect life right here, a little farm, his little Jesse and a beautiful boyfriend. No, he's not into you Gabe. He might not even be into men, let alone a man with a child.
“It's so much fun papa thank you!” Jesse beamed holding onto the reigns. “Jack is nice too, he said that i'm a great cowboy!”
“He is right, you’re a great cowboy.” Gabe nodded walking over to the fence and leaned against the wood. Jack was a nice man, great with Jesse and probably most kids. Assuming from where he worked and the clean cut goody goody, this guy was a born and raised farm boy. Probably as stereotypical white boy as he could get. Would a guy like that even go for a guy like Gabe. Rough around the edges, mixed background, military, even more things Gabe would rather not think of. He stopped his train of thought. Before Gabe could even get a boyfriend he needed to make sure jesse was okay with someone else in his life. Especially someone who would take part of his dad's attention away from him. Jesse’s happiness came before anything he did. Often times he would put Jesse before many many things he did.
“You sure you don't want to try and take a ride? You must be a good cowboy too.” Jack lead the horse along gazing over to Gabe. The man was leaning casually over the fence and looked amazing doing it. The biceps, the well trimmed facial hair, the lazy smile that was present, and the way he watched his son with all the tender love and care in the world. Everything this man did made Jack want to know more about him. Gabe wasn't the kind of man that looked like Jacks type but the way he made casual things look great made him blush. He lead the horse around with Jesse hoping to make this experience great for the little scamp. Maybe if he had lots of fun he would want to come back and he could see Gabe again. Plus Jesse was the cutest little cowboy ever. He had the cutest grin ever, missing a few front teeth, and a little lopsided. He could see why Gabe looked at the kid the way he did. Jack imagined having kids one day. Cute little feet running around. Sleepy morning cuddles with a little family. Holiday outings,and picnics at the park. Everything he ever really wanted in life right there in front of him. Slow down there Jack you don't even know if he’s into men let alone looking for a partner. A single father is mostly worried about his boy, not some farm boy from the country that works with horses all day.
“I don't think i'd be very good at it. Besides i only paid for the little one to ride today.” Gabe sat up and watched the way Jack smiled at him. He blushed slightly and eyed him up.
“Well maybe you should come by another day and we can get you a ride too.” Jack gave a coy smile and lead the horse back to the stall. He helped Jesse down and tied the horse to the post. “I could give you private riding lessons.” he added a little wink at the end hoping he caught on.
“Yeah papa! I gotta come back to see Bently. He likes me and we need to see him!” Jesse practically begged hurrying over to his father. “Please papa please!” Gabe looked down at the adorable pout Jesse had on his face and picked him up.
“Well we can’t say no to seeing Bently now can we. im sure he would miss you so much.” Gabe chuckled and looked over to Jack. “Why don't you ask Jack if you could bring him a snack?”
“Mister Jack, what does Bently like to snackie on?” Jesse watched over at the horses not fully paying attention. “He looks like he misses me. Papa we have to come back as soon as possible!”
“He will miss you, but he will have lots of other people visiting him. None of them will be you though.” Jack lead them back to the front barn. Looks like he already got them to come back, now he just needed to make sure it was while he was there. Gabe walked over and grabbed one of the cowboy hats off the rack.
“Little cowboy, you want a hat?” Gabe plopped it down on his head. It was a little bit big and nearly fell over the kids eyes. He chuckled and pushed it back so he could see his adorable brown eyes. “Well howdy there cowboy, you reckon that we should stop and get somthin’ to scarf down on our journey home?” He put on his best cowboy accent and got out his wallet to pay for the hat.
“Yeah papa! I mean, yes sherrif!” he smiled wide and skipped around the store going “gallopy gallop gallopy” while the hat bobbed and bounced on his head.
“Thanks for making him have a good time.” Gabe smiled and pulled out cash for the hat.
“You're the one that brought him here, you’re the great dad,” Jack leaned back against the counter and crossed his arms over his chest. “Did you have fun too? I know it was great to see your son happy, but you need to be happy too.” he shrugged and looked over gabe's torso, admiring the muscles and the way the shirt pulled just right to show them off.
“Well i’m always happy when Jesse in happy.” Gabe nodded slowly and looked from Jesse to Jack who quickly looked away. Gabe smiled and bit his lip. “But i’m sure you’re not going to let me live it down if i don't ever get on one of those horses.”
“never .” Jack flushed pink and thought of other rides Jack would like to teach Gabe. “Don't worry about the hat, i’ll pay for it. My gift to the little buckaroo.” he pushed Gabe's hand with the wallet away. Maybe he could pay for Gabe’s dinner another time.
“Thanks, jesse come say thank you to Jack. He paid for your awesome cowboy hat.” Gabe grabbed his hand and pulled him over. Jesse looked over between his dad and Jack.
“Thank you parner, you and papa are all red faced.” He observed looking back and forth. Papa never went all red faced, and he only went red faced when he was hot from playing or crying. What was his face red for? Why was Jack red too, and why did he look at papa along time like he was checking for booboo’s
“Uh it was just warm outside.” Jack stammered going even brighter red. This little kid was bright, maybe he would say something else and get Gabe to say something.
“Yeah, its warm. And getting late, we should get going buckaroo.” Gabe picked up the little boy. “Thanks for the fun day, im sure we will be back soon. Jesse really likes Bently after all.” he scoffed knowing full well he wanted to come back to see Jack. He wasn't going to admit it but he really wanted to see Jack again, not only because it was a social life outside of preschool mothers, but it might even be a possible date. “Alright, thanks again Jack.” He waved walking out. Jesse waved over his dad's shoulder at Jack as they walked out of the store.
“Papa i like him. Hes funny and nice. We should come back tomorrow.” Jesse yawned and laid his head down on Gabes shoulder.
“Yeah i like him too.” Gabe said softly, rubbing Jesse’s back. “I like him a lot.”