A little before midnight and the beginning of the new year, Sean and Brawnie were sprawled together on the couch under their faded Packers blanket. Despite the bitter cold outside, Brawnie had shucked his shoes and socks under the coffee table.
The boys were watching Schitt’s Creek on TV, where Patrick had just finished singing “Simply the Best” to his partner, David.
“You know, I saw Tina Turner sing that song when I was twelve,” Sean interjected. “That was her 24/7 Tour at the Kohl Center.”
Brawnie scooped up a handful of peanuts, listening intently, though he’d heard his husband tell the story many times.
“She’d just turned sixty,” Sean recalled. “She strut her stuff around the stage for the better part of two hours in heels and skin-tight leather.”
Brawnie took a drink of Prosecco, nodding.
“I guess I was swaying in my seat a little too much,” Sean remembered. “The woman sitting behind me chuckled and said go on boy, just get up and dance.”
Brawnie laughed. “For you, Tina’s the Patron Saint of Survivors.”
“She made a great life despite abuse and bigotry,” Sean replied.
“Her best life, could you say?” Brawnie asked with a smirk.
On TV, Patrick and David exchanged a look of affection. Sean and Brawnie missed it, giving each other their first kiss of the new year.
Copyright 2020 by Brian Dean Powers
Photo from the 24/7 Concert Tour Video