Ties That Bind: Finding Home

Title: Finding Home
Author: Keira Marcos
Series: Ties That Bind
Series Order: Interlude
Pairing: Ethan Marsh/Chase Harris
Beta: Ladyholder
Genre: Romance, BDSM
Word Count: 2311

Author’s Note: For Cinna Minion

Summary: Ethan figures out where his home is.

Interlude: Finding Home

– – – –

Ethan prided himself on being of above average intelligence. He worked hard, played harder, and had built himself a career in the Navy he could be proud of. His knew if his fathers had been alive they would be proud of him as well. Despite the fact that they’d met so late in life, he felt like he’d had a great relationship with both of his brothers and even a semi-close one with David Sheppard who wasn’t his brother by blood, but by choice. They’d made a family of it and that had healed the wounds left behind the deaths of his fathers. All that said, he felt like an idiot for returning to Earth for a mission.

He slouched down on the bench seat and ignored the chaos going on around him. The bus was full of men coming home from various points around the world. It was just one leg of his own journey—a journey that would end with him stepping through a stargate returning to Atlantis. He missed the city and his brothers but he missed someone else more. It had been six months since he’d set eyes on Chase Harris and he couldn’t ignore the little burn of jealousy in his gut. He’d left Chase uncollared, uncontracted, and therefore beautifully available to the interest of others. It was his own fault and if he returned to Atlantis to find… his boy with another he’d just have to deal with it like a man. It hurt a little to think about though.

He considered the rambling weekly emails he’d received from Chase that had been full of little to no real information due to security concerns. Coming back to Earth for a mission hadn’t been on his plate but when an old friend had put the word that he needed help, Ethan had stepped through the gate and come back to Earth to help his friend. His former commander had saved Ethan’s life more than once and Ethan had been more than willing to do whatever the man needed done. A mission that should’ve taken four weeks turned into a six month man hunt that had stretched out across the globe.

He’s spent twelve hours on a plane to get to San Diego only to be sorted to another plane to Nevada instead of directly to Colorado. It was a little irritating but he hadn’t argued or expressed displeasure. A little part of him was annoyed that John hadn’t pulled a few strings to get him out of the mass transport that appeared to be happening though. He really hoped he wasn’t about to spend another few weeks on a fucking ship back to Pegasus. That would be, frankly, agony. More so because once on a ship he would be exposed to all the internal SGC gossip and if Chase had started seeing someone new—it would definitely be known.

John hadn’t been thrilled with the shift back to Earth for a mission that he’d not been debriefed on but Ethan had received more frequent emails from his brother in the last six months than they’d ever exchanged. He’d even gotten some from John’s adopted sister, Miko. Most of hers had been filled with bitter complaints about scientists doing stupid things. Ethan had rashly promised to spank half a dozen people who had irritated the Princess and she’d responded with a picture of herself in full geisha regalia that he’d printed out and tacked on the underside of his trunk lid with the rest of the pictures of his family. He’d gotten a few confused looks when he’d told the men on the team that she as his sister. He let them wonder.

Ethan looked out the window, watched the bus eat up the desert with a small frown. He was really fucking tired of sand. He didn’t want to see sand again for at least… five or six years. Maybe longer. He pulled out his phone and went through his email box out of habit. There were a few new emails, including one with his orders to return to the McMurdo Project as the Atlantis mission was known on Earth.  His commander had offered to get him out of the reassignment, and Ethan couldn’t blame him. If he were really going to be sorted to the ass end of Earth, he’d have done everything he could think of to respectfully decline the assignment.

Claire had sent him a few pictures of the kids in response to his own email about a package he’d sent them from San Diego. He hoped to be off the planet before Joseph opened the new drum set or else he’d be getting a phone call full of nothing but French curse words and his high school French wasn’t going to allow him to keep up with Claire Sheppard in a snit.

“I never thought I’d see Area 51.”

Ethan turned to the kid sitting next to him. He was sort of looking forward to the look on the younger man’s face when he was debriefed about the stargate and the SGC. The young submissive had dropped down beside him on the plane in San Diego and proceeded to follow him around like a rather adorable puppy. In another time and place, he might have returned the sub’s obvious interest. The Air Force officer had taken the lack of interest with good grace and just a smidgen of surprise. Ethan figured the kid didn’t get turned down often—he was lovely.

“It’s only going to get… more interesting as the day goes on Lt. Wilkes.”

Wilkes nodded. “Thanks for the… buffer by the way.”

Ethan inclined his head thoughtfully. “For the record, you shouldn’t have to trade the promise of sex for anything.”

Wilkes look startled. “No, I mean. I don’t. That’s not why I offered.” He flushed. “You’ve got to be aware of how attractive you are.”

Ethan grinned. “Yeah, a little. I just wanted to make sure. How long have you been out of the academy?”

“Three months,” Wilkes admitted and flushed. “I did my pleasure training first and entered the Air Force academy afterward. I was lucky to get an endorsement from my Pleasure Master for it as I’d figured I’d have to enlist and do OTS later.”


“Engineering,” Wilkes said and took a deep breath. “So you’ve got someone waiting for you?”

He could only hope. “Nothing official,” Ethan admitted. “I have… I’m a little messed up to be honest.”

Ian laughed. “You kind of look it actually. I think half the subs in the waiting area in San Diego were trying to figure out how to offer you some comfort. The three I was sitting with pretty much determined that a blow job wouldn’t be out of line.”

Ethan flushed. “I… well.”

He wasn’t going to admit someone he barely knew that he’d known nothing but his own hand for the last six months. He considered the collar set he’d purchased in San Diego—he couldn’t help himself and he felt stupid and weak for the purchase. It was the first collar he’d ever bought and cost him a years worth of combat pay. Ethan didn’t resent the expense, Chase was amazing and he deserved beautiful things. The truth was, he had no fucking idea how he’d gotten to the point where he wanted to offer someone a collar. He’d never come close to that sort of emotional attachment before.

The bus lurched to a stop and Ethan stayed put. He wasn’t going to jockey for position to get off the bus when all there was to greet him was more fucking sand. He hated Nevada. He really did. Not even Vegas fully redeemed the state as far as Ethan was concerned. The chatter around them increased and the language got a rough edge as they started to discuss someone outside the bus, not something unheard of among enlisted men. Ethan stood and whistled sharply.

“Gentlemen, we have an officer on board. Watch your mouths.”

Ian stood with a blush and just nodded when one of the Marines took his bag. “Thank you, Sergeant.”

“Not a problem, sir,” the Marine said with a smile. “Looks like there’s some brass waiting for you.”

Ian looked briefly at Ethan before moving through the line as the men got out of the way so he could exit the bus.

One of the SEALs he’d brought back with him cleared his throat noisily. “Sorry, Chief, there’s a… distraction on the other side of the bus and some of these assholes haven’t seen something that pretty in a year.” He grinned. “You should take a look, he might be enough to get you of your funk.”

Ethan started to protest that he wasn’t in a funk but that would’ve been an actual lie so he shouldered his bag. He wasn’t interested in gawking at a submissive that he wasn’t going to bother with anyways so he ignored his fellow SEAL on that front and allowed himself to be moved along with the crowd out of the bus. The speculation regarding the distraction was pretty intense so by the time he cleared the stairs he was just a little curious himself.

He turned and his gaze landed on someone he’d thought to be in another galaxy. Chase was leaning on a classic muscle car with California plates looking like a starving man’s last meal. The leather pants he wore were cut low at his hips, the petals of La Petite Mort mark were hinted at. Ethan wet his bottom lip and Chase quirked an eyebrow at him.

Ethan dropped his bag shortly before he reached the younger man, so when he crowded up into Chase’s space, his hands were free. “You.”

“Hey Chief,” Chase murmured as Ethan prodded him up onto the car. He spread his legs and tugged his Dom close. “I’ve missed you like crazy.”

“Forget that long email I sent you about hating sand and Area 51. I fucking love Nevada,” Ethan said and Chase laughed into the press of Marsh’s mouth. He was so relieved that he was prepared to ignore the whistles and cat calls from the men behind him. “What are you doing here?”

“Training a bunch of pansies to fly the X-302. Every single one of those weak bastards threw up, repeatedly.” Chase rolled his eyes. “We haven’t even broken atmosphere, yet! If they can’t handle it on planet how the fuck can I teach them to go through a stargate?” He wet his bottom lip and curled his fingers into Ethan’s belt loops. “You look exhausted and underfed but still gorgeous. I want to climb you like a tree.”

Ethan grinned and ran trembling fingers down the side of Chase’s face. “I’m going to spank your ass.”

“For what?” Chase asked with a grin. “I’m okay with just because.”

“You didn’t tell me you were here.”

“You don’t like surprises?” Chase asked with a raised eyebrow.

Ethan leaned in and kissed him again. “Not as a rule but this one is pretty awesome.” He settled one hand on Chase’s hip rubbed the petals of the sub’s mark with his thumb. “I… I’m in love with you.” He glared when Chase smirked at him. “If you Han Solo me—I’m going to make you regret it.”

“I just spent seven weeks in the worst assignment outside of McMurdo the SGC has just so I could be here with you when you got sorted to the Apollo for the trip back to Pegasus,” Chase said. “I love you like crazy. It’s kind of stupid how much I love you. I haven’t gotten laid in six months. I ran out of batteries three months after you left Atlantis and Miko took up a collection for me. I was too relieved to be embarrassed.”

“I didn’t expect or ask you to be celibate,” Ethan murmured.

“Well, you kind of ruined me for other people,” Chase confided and took a little shuddery breath. “It was a complete asshole move on your part.”

“My poor boy,” Ethan murmured as he nuzzled the skin of Chase’s bare neck. He clenched his teeth briefly and Chase groaned softly. “I bought a collar set in San Diego.” He lifted his head and met Chase’s gaze.

Chase’s face went soft and his eyes brightened. “Did you want to put it on now?”

“I’d like some privacy actually.”

“Oh, Chief, I think I can swing some privacy.” He scooted off the car when Ethan took a step back and checked his watch. He pulled out a radio and slid it into his ear. “You and I are off duty for the next ten hours and I have my own quarters on the Apollo.”

“Why a ship?”

“Orientation on the guys that rode the bus with you. They’re all Atlantis bound. You’ll have a full course load—the Colonel figured you wouldn’t have a problem orienting them for the mission.”

Ethan nodded. “Okay.” He picked up his bag. “Is this your car?”

“Yeah, I already arranged for it to be stored.”

“It’s gorgeous.”

“I like to drive pretty things,” Chase said with a laugh. “I restored it myself, started in high school.” He paused. “By the way, I was promoted while you were gone.”

“Captain Harris then?”

“You betcha.” Chase activated his radio.

Ethan groaned. “You’ve been hanging out with Jack O’Neill.”

Apollo, I have two to transport,” Chase announced with a little laugh.

Ethan barely had time to wonder when home had stopped being a place and become a person for him before lights flashed and they both disappeared.

The End


Keira Marcos

In my spare time, I write fanfiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on the Internet. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a 40ish "domestic engineer" but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.


  1. :: Dolphin noises! ::

    So, so pretty!



  2. Oh, yes. I’ve been worried about Chase. For some reason he has been one of my favorite of your OC in this story. He needs a good dom and you hadn’t said that Ethan was really serious about him. Very nice.

  3. OMG! So pretty and gafkjsfasd… I love Chase! And Ethan! Love this, love this, love this!

  4. Thank you Keria for the best birthday present! (Also you said happy birthday to me on my real Facebook account and I might have swooned).

    Please continue to add a lot of fanfic joy to our world.

    And I made the same noise Ladyholder.


  5. Gorgeous! Both the fic and the pic. 🙂

  6. By the way, I have absolutely no idea of anything Star Wars, so can someone please explain the Han Solo thing?

  7. FUCK YEAH!!!!!!! BEST PRESENT EVER!!!!!!! I’m going to read and reread this all the time!!!!

  8. Gape, drool… You made my weekend! Thank you!

  9. Wow – so amazingly awesome 🙂 What a way to kick off my weekend – with Ethan and Chase… and I love that pic!

  10. Omg, that was beautiful. You are amazing.

  11. OMG. I just cruised by. Not really expecting anything, but pathetically I almost every day. Lo and behold what a pretty thing I find. Just lovely.

  12. Thank YOU after a week of hell in which I nearly had vet round out of town, useless and incompetent, but they learned not to mess with this puppy momma, I now have a head cold.

    I check my emails to a great surprise. Just divine, makes you go all gooey…. I kept scrolling where is the sex?

  13. OMG so good!


  14. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😀

    So awesome. Thank you

  15. Oh, now that was nice to come home too! You made me make high squealing noises at Ian being there! 😀

  16. This is so lovely !
    Merci Keira or this great moment.

  17. Awwww…so sweet. I already knew about him from the radio show, but it was nice to see Ian. I love that Chase was there waiting for Ethan – hotter than a two dollar pistol. Hee! Good thing Ethan took the chance and splurged on the collar set. Mmmm…loved this.

    Thanks so much!

    P.S. Oh, and I was thinking to myself – wasn’t Chase already a captain? And then I realized that that was in Sentinels of Atlantis. LOL Love the way these boys get around, though, I really do. I totally miss them if they don’t get a spot in a story.

  18. Awesome! This was the best Independence Day start I could have got.
    Happy Norwegian National Day by the way!

  19. awesome, i love it
    Thank you

  20. Helengloucester

    That was just perfect M’Lady. Thank you.

  21. Very nice. And I loved the image of Chase/Chris Pine

  22. OK. I know I haven’t said it recently… so I’ll say it now…


    😀 HOT DAMN!!! That was a whole lot of awesome!

  23. Very nice…

  24. Lovely! Thanks for sharing

  25. I adored this and I was so happy to see Ian!

  26. A Ties That Bind update? I’m grinning like I’m mad. This was great!

  27. Damn good !

  28. That was beautiful! A perfect way to start my day!!

  29. I feel cheated, I rode the bus and there was nothing as pretty a Ian sitting next to me and totally nothing like Chase waiting for me. Ethan is a lucky lucky man!!

    I love this chapter, just what I needed! Thankya!!

  30. Love it – very sweet.

  31. *squeeee* Loved this! Such a nice little surprise! Thank you! 🙂 Amazing as always <3

  32. Awesome!

  33. Thanks for the wonderful chapter and with my favorite pic attached too! 🙂 As amazing as always.

  34. Yay! There was a small part of me that feared from their last conversation about trying not to get too attached and about not quite being there yet, that they weren’t going to work out in the end. But the 6 months of pining fixed that. I also loved the part about Miko, and him offering to spank people who irritated her, and her sending the formal pretty geisha picture. Thanks for the snippet. Also, that picture is made of win.

  35. Yay! An update to TTB.
    Loved it , Thank you for sharing.

  36. Lovely. 🙂

  37. Ethan and Declan are so lucky that their subs knew what they wanted and chose to be waiting there for their doms when they returned from their missions. Ethan is totally the envy of all the doms that were on that bus, and all the subs there now know why he ignored them. I do hope someone is going to deal with the car because I don’t think Chase and Ethan are going to come out of Chase’s room for the next 10 hours.

    Thanks so much for this interlude. The short pieces are every bit as much appreciated as are the full chapters, and each one is enchanting.

  38. Thank you so much for an amazing interlude on TTTB. I too check your site every day hoping for an update to either TTTB or HP and the Soulmate Bond. I’ve totally gotten hooked on the HP and have read it at least three times all the way through. Your writing is so enthralling…seems I haven’t read something you’ve written that I haven’t absolutely loved. Thank you so much.

  39. Happy sighs at Ethan and Chase, lustful sighs at the pretty picture and mega fangirl sighs at the brilliant TTB interlude. Thank you 😀

  40. Squeeeeee!!!!

  41. babblingbarbarah

    So happy to see these two finally official. Thanks so much for the update.These two are real favs of mine.

  42. jillofalltrades

    A lovely surprise on a crap day that ended a really crap week, my profuse thanks. I love the Ties That Bind series. Actually I love all your writing, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but TTB might just have the edge on all the rest. And great pic of Chris Pine, he is my choice for Sexiest Man Alive. so much pretty……..

  43. This brings so very much joy. Just saying. Love these characters.

  44. This was fantastic and I loved that Chase and Ethan found a home in each other.


  45. Ahhhhh yes! Another part of TTB! I love this series and appreciate all of the work that goes into building this world. Thanks Keira!


  46. What a gorgeous ficlet. It is wonderful to see Chase and Ethan together like this. *happy sigh*

    I went back and re-read the last TTB chapter & that note at the end really stuck out to me – there’s going to be one more chapter in *this* arc? Does that mean there’ll be another arc later on? (I am hoping so, but whatever you decide to write is something I’m sure to enjoy!)

    TTB is the only series I’ve ever read many, many times over – I have certain chapters which I have almost memorised I’ve read them so much. Every time there’s an update, even – especially?- these little interludes, it pleases me, so very much.

  47. I can’t edit my last comment, so I’ll just say so here- I just read your answers about the different arcs in the TTB universe. I will be sad to see the SGA story end! I know that even though I haven’t watched Criminal Minds, I will definitely be reading that arc – I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun!

    I am certain to miss not only the SGA cast, but all these wonderful OCs who I’ve grown to love. Chase & Ethan are definitely amongst my faves. Not to mention Matt, Graham, and so many more. :3 Even those you introduced ‘on-screen’ just recently, like Philipe DuBois, are intriguing. I’d love to read something about him & John, but I’m sure you’re very busy with other writing commitments.

    Basically I’m just saying that you write these characters so well that I don’t want to let go of them. *clings* 🙂

  48. *Philippe Dubois. (Oh how I hate autocorrect.)

  49. Thank you for this story.

  50. I squeed when I saw this and when I finished. I’m glad Chase and Ethan were on the same page even though they weren’t communicating that. Can’t wait to see what everyone has to say about their relationship, especially everyone in the bus with Ethan.

  51. MadameDirector

    For the first time in my life, I actually said the word “guh” out loud when I saw the picture. Does this mean there will be pretty porn of these two? Because I would possibly give you my firstborn for it once they’re old enough to work, providing that I have kids someday.

    I don’t comment as much as I should and I apologize for that, but I wanted you to know that you are my favorite writer, period, and that your radio blogs are awesome. If you’re taking requests for the blogs, perhaps Author commentary on some of your Harry Potter work?

  52. Yummy!! Thank you for the awesome update. I love the sweet, tender side of their relationship.
    Lady Kiera, you make my day whenever you post.

  53. Milady de Winter

    First off that photo. Just. Wow. And I loved that Ethan was so obsessed with Chase and vice versa. So sweet. The bit about Miko having to take up a collection made me snort-laugh. I’m sure they’ll do all sorts of wonderfully wicked things to each other to celebrate their collaring.

  54. Missed this when you posted. Love, love, love it. Sorry some a**hole is bothering you. Me, I just wait for the treats.

  55. 19walterscott44

    First, thank you. When I get an email that you have posted a Stargate Atlantis story, it makes my day.

    Second, great little interlude. Waited to read it until today – something to look forward to as I was too busy to enjoy it before. Thanks again.

  56. Thank you! Adorable story!
    “If you Han Solo me…” LOL

  57. Thank you, not feeling too well at the moment and that made me feel so much better !!!!!!!

    just lovely for one of my favourite pairings

  58. Thank you. I have had a horrible no-good very bad day and finding this went a long way towards making it bearable. A Keira update day is ALWAYS a better day. 🙂

  59. Oh I loves this.

    So you said the people on the bus were going to Atlantis, So that means Ian is going to Atlantis? Is he going to be a character we see often or just one of the faceless member of Atlantis?

    He was one of my fav characters in WMHB. Do you have a person in mind for him he be with?

    • This is actually a “future” piece so it takes place after the last big part of TTB for SGA. It’s doubtful he’ll get much if any more time on screen in this AU unless I do a second arc for SGA which won’t be for a while.

  60. Lucky Cinna Minion! Thank you for sharing =)

  61. I really enjoyed this Interlude! I keep visualizing the reaction of all of the guys on the bus (but especially Ian) to Ethan and Chase vanishing . . .

  62. Awww….::long happy sigh:: Sexy & Fluffy. Thank you =) Awesome picture of Chris Pine *wiping drool off my keyboard*

  63. Oh – that was lovely. Thank you! I do like a little Ethan/Chase *grin*

  64. What a fantastic surprise when I logged in today. I’d just read your very justified piece to the Irish person then my eyes saw this update and I think there’s an HP one too. This is just made of good.

    A lovely little interlude and a glimpse of Ian Wilkes! He’s one of my favourites from WMHB.

    Many many thanks.

    Daisy x

  65. I like never review, but after reading your little rant thing the other day, I want to make sure you know you’re appreciated. I love this fic (and your others), and when you update I am absolutely thrilled. So thank you for taking time away from real life to bring us into this world and share it with us. <333

  66. This was so sweet. Thanks a million, and may your muses flourish.


  67. Loved this story. I was always hoping that Ethan would come to his senses regarding Chase. It took a mission taking him far away, but I am thrilled that he finally told Chase how he feels about him. Those two are perfect for each other.
    I also loved the ‘scene’ that Chase caused waiting for Ethan. 🙂

    Now, I am off to read this again.

  68. *sighing happily*

    I do love this pair. As usual.

    Your OC’s totally do me in.

    *fangirling shamelessly*

  69. I enjoy this one and the series. Thanks, it is great…the moping, and the arrival – yeah! I am glad that all the Sheppard boys have found some one, looking forward to anything that is posted. I like your style and you make read a pleasure many times over. Thanks.

  70. This is wonderful — I really fell for Chase from the beginning, probably due largely to the honest affection John had for him from that first day. 😉 You know, always judge a man by the quality of his enemies and friends…

    I mainlined the entire TTB series over the past two days and am stunned by the richness of your world-building, your incredible patience and detail with characterization and the complexity of not only personal but professional interactions.

    I don’t feel very articulate on the subject at the moment, but I think your development of the different Houses, and the overall acceptance of (and references to) many different dynamics, has given me a lot more to think about regarding the BDSM lifestyle than anything else I’ve read. There is a great deal of writing out there that is sensual and hot, but focuses more on sex than plot, which I ultimately find unfulfilling on an emotional level. Now I need to consider if it is certain BDSM choices or the skill of the authors that cause some of my less enthusiastic responses.

    I love how everyone is very open with sexual discussion in their world, and yet the boundaries of what is ‘too personal’ are very clearly drawn. As a veteran myself, the challenge of combining that sort of openness and sexualized interactions with military discipline is really fascinating to me. That was all very skillfully done without obvious visits from the Exposition Fairy.

    I feel so terrible for Rodney at the end of the last available story in TTB, feeling betrayed by Gerard, disrespected by the whole process, and so deeply in love with John but apparently unable to trust himself enough to say the words. I now have to go inhale the rest of your writing, regardless of whether I normally read fic on those shows. 🙂

    …and should I have totally posted that somewhere else? LOL.

  71. Loved this as I do all your SG stories. I pine for them. I read your others but SG is for me. Thank you thank you.

    Debi C

  72. That was just so pretty. Thank you for this.

  73. Omg imagining Chase leaning on the car has to be the hottest thing I’ve imagined in a while

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