[personal profile] dragontreasure26
Title: Reset – Robert 2.0
Characters/Pairings: Aaron Livesy/Robert Sugden, Adam Barton/Victoria Sugden, Paddy Kirk, Chas Dingle, Diane Sugden, Chrissie White, Lachlan White, Lawrence White, Cain Dingle/Moira Barton, Finn Barton.
Summary: In saving Adam's life on the day of the helicopter crash Robert is injured and loses his memory; when he returns to the village he appears to be a completely different person, a new and improved Robert Sugden. While everyone prefers the new Robert, Aaron struggles to deal with losing the man he fell in love with.

Chapter List: dragontreasure26.dreamwidth.org/227156.html

After filling Victoria in on all the gossip, Robert went to find Aaron. It didn’t take him long to find the young mechanic who was at the scrapyard. “Hey,” Robert smiled as he approached Aaron who was leaning over an old banger of a car inspecting the engine.

Aaron looked up and smiled at Robert. “Hey yourself,” he replied.

“You’ve got oil on your cheek,” Robert told him, reaching out and wiping it away with his fingers.

Aaron blushed and rubbed his sleeve over his face. “What are you doing here?” he asked.

“Just fancied a walk,” Robert shrugged.

Aaron glanced at Robert, knowing he was still depressed about the fact he was unlikely to recover his memories. “Fancy a coffee?” he asked. “I’m due break.”

“Sure,” Robert replied following Aaron into the porta-cabin; once inside he leant against the wall and watched Aaron prepare the drinks.

“You now it’s little distracting, you staring at me like that,” Aaron said with smirk.

Robert laughed. “Well I wouldn’t if you didn’t look so hot in those overalls,” he said heading over and winding his arms around Aaron’s waist, pressing a kiss to his neck.

Aaron laughed. “You always did like them,” he replied turning around and handing Robert a mug of coffee. “So I guess Victoria knows about us then?” he asked. “If there is an us I mean,” he added quickly, he didn’t want to be too presumptuous.

“Course there is,” Robert replied elbowing Aaron playfully. “And she’s cool with it,” he added. “I asked her not to say anything to anyone yet though, I thought it would be best if you’re the first to tell your mum.”

Aaron sank back against the wall and let out a deep sigh. “Yeah I guess,” he replied absolutely dreading it.

Robert glanced at him anxiously. “You don’t have to if you don’t want to … not yet anyway.”

Aaron shook his head. “No I will,” he replied quickly. “I don’t want to go back to seeing you in secret Robert, not that the sneaking around wasn’t fun at times but I just hate all the lies.”

Robert nodded. “I understand that,” he replied. “I just don’t want you getting grief because of me,” he added.

“I can handle it,” Aaron replied reassuringly. “Though I’m not looking forward to it,” he said leaning his head against Robert.

Robert wound his arm around Aaron and pressed a kiss to his temple. “It will be okay,” he reassured him. “She’ll just have to like it or lump it because I’m not giving you up, got that?” he grinned at Aaron.

Aaron smiled back. “Oh yeah?” he asked with a mischievous glint in his eye.

Before Robert could answer, the porta-cabin door opened and Adam awkwardly made his way inside, his crutches making his entrance quite difficult. “Hey fellas,” he grinned at Aaron and Robert knowingly. “Don’t worry Vic’s told me,” he said watching as they moved apart rather quickly.

Robert rolled his eyes at Aaron, so much for not telling anyone they both thought. “Who else she has blabbed too,” he sighed.

“Don’t worry she’s only told me,” Adam replied. “I am her husband, you can’t expect her to keep secrets from me.”

“Fair enough,” Aaron agreed, Robert nodded also. “But you haven’t told anyone else have you?” he asked.

“Only Kerry,” Adam replied. Aaron’s face fell, Kerry? Kerry the village gossip?! “I’m joking mate!” he said slapping Aaron on the arm as he headed over to grab himself a coffee. “I’m not going to tell a soul, what you two do is your business not mine.”

“Thanks,” Aaron replied, relieved.

“As long as it doesn’t get in the away of work, the last thing I want is to catch you two at it” Adam added as he sat down in his chair and sipped his coffee. Robert and Aaron both flushed red. “You’d better make sure Chas finds out from you though, she’ll kill you if someone else tells her.”

“I know,” Aaron replied looking down into his coffee. “I will, I’ll tell her tonight.”


“What will you do now?” Aaron asked heading back out to the yard when they’d finished their coffees, he knew he couldn’t continue working with the White’s and his lack of memories was going to make it difficult for him.

Robert leant against the car and watched as Aaron took apart the engine piece by piece. “I used to be a mechanic, Diane told me,” he said. Aaron just nodded, knowing this – it was one of the reason’s he knew that Robert’s request for him to come out and look at his car the day of their first kiss was all just a rouse. “And apparently I wasn’t bad on the farm either,” Robert added.

“So you want to get back into something that?” Aaron asked looking up at him.

Robert shrugged. “Maybe,” he replied. “Guess Andy’s my best option but he’s not exactly talking to me right now,” he added glumly.

Aaron straightened up. “Well you and I weren’t exactly on good terms before the accident but look at us now, we got through it … so can you and Andy.”

Robert looked down at the gravel. “What did I do for him to hate me so much?” he asked, not sure he really wanted to know because the more he seemed to find out about himself the less he liked himself.

Aaron sighed, but he knew with little chance of Robert’s memories returning that someone would have to fill him in. “Katie, Andy’s wife, knew you were having an affair and she tried to tell Chrissie,” he explained. “The two of them tried to catch you out when we were at a hotel together, but you made sure they didn’t. It went on for months, the two of you hated each other and it put a strain on not only Andy’s relationship with Katie but between the two of you also.”

Robert felt a sense of shame overcome him. “All because I was afraid of the affair coming out?” he asked looking at Aaron guiltily.

Aaron nodded. “The day Katie died she and Andy had a huge row … so when the affair came out, and everyone realised Katie was telling the truth … well Andy blamed you for things not being good between them when she died.”

Robert gazed up at the sky. “God I’m an awful person,” he muttered tears glistening in his eyes. Why couldn’t he just admit it? Was he that ashamed of being with a man? Or was it all so he could cling onto the money and the flash car lifestyle he was used to with Chrissie? Whatever the reason, it didn’t make him feel any better.

Aaron’s fingers tightened around his arm. “Look at me Rob,” he urged, tugging on his arm. Robert’s eyes fell from the sky and returned to Aaron’s. “We’ve all done stupid stuff okay? It was my fault too, I could have defended Katie, told everyone she was telling the truth but I didn’t. Andy is just as angry with me as he is you, he’d taking it out on us because he’s still grieving. He blames us, but it’s not our fault. The affair, that was our business, not Katie’s. So don’t blame yourself okay?”

Robert wound his arms around Aaron and held him tightly as he buried his face in Aaron’s neck. “I don’t deserve you,” he whispered.

Aaron drew back and looked at Robert. “Don’t say that, we’re both as bad as each other. I blackmailed Chrissie last night remember?”

“For a good reason,” Robert replied. “What I did to Katie … that was just cruel and cowardly.”

“Don’t beat yourself up about it, please,” Aaron said hating seeing Robert like this. “Just show Andy that you’re sorry, that you’re different now. It will take time but you can sort this,” he encouraged.

“I hope you’re right,” Robert said pressing a kiss to Aaron’s lips. “I’ll go and see him.”

“I’ll go and see my mum at lunch time,” Aaron replied. “Shall we meet at the pub later? I should think we’ll both need a drink.”

“Sure,” Robert nodded pressing another kiss to Aaron’s lips. “Good luck,” he said giving his hand a squeeze before letting go and heading off.


Aaron stepped in the pub and found his mother working behind the bar, he took a deep breath as he approached.

“Hi luv, pint is it?” Chas asked.

“Yeah and one for Paddy, he’s on his way over,” Aaron replied, he’s called the vet earlier and invited him over thinking it was best to kill two birds with one stone and get it over and done with.

“Oh okay,” Chas replied grabbing a couple of glasses and filling them.

Aaron waited anxiously for Paddy to arrive, tapping his fingers on the bar and jigging his foot on the footrest of the bar stool. Eventually Paddy arrived. “Sorry I’m late,” he said grabbing his pint and taking an eager sip.

Aaron swallowed hard. “Well now that you’re both here I’ve got something to tell you,” he said. Paddy sank down into his seat and exchanged a worried look with Chas, both of them suspecting what was about to come, both of them dreading it. Aaron took a deep breath. “Me and Robert,” he began.

Chas’s hands rested on her head. “No Aaron, no please,” she moaned. “Don’t tell me you’re back with him?”

Aaron opened his mouth to reply.

“After everything that’s happened?” Paddy cut across him.

“Are you completely mad?” Chas added.

Aaron kicked back his barstool and stood up. “Are you even going to let me finish?” he asked. “I was dreading telling you two and you’ve just proved me right.”

“Because we know what’s best for you,” Chas cut in.

“I can decide that for myself thank you, I love Robert, I want to be with him,” Aaron replied in anger.

“Love?” Chas cried. “How can you love him? He’s a liar and a cheat Aaron, he used you and cast you aside when he got bored, how can you love someone who treats you like that?”

Aaron felt tears prickle behind his eyes. “Don’t you think I don’t know that? That I’ve told myself over and over not to feel anything for him, but I can’t help it. And he’s different now.”

“For how long?” Paddy asked. “He’ll get his memories back eventually Aaron,” he warned.

Aaron bit his lip, he wanted to tell them that after more tests it looked unlikely that would ever happen but he said nothing – that was clearly something Robert wasn’t ready to share just yet. “I know him, I know he’s changed. We’re together now, I just wanted you to know, I don’t need your opinion,” he said drowning the rest of his pint and then heading swiftly out of the pub.


Later that night Robert entered the Wool Pack and looked around for Aaron who he saw nursing a pint in one of the booths – another sitting waiting for him. Robert headed over and tore off his jacket before sliding into the booth opposite Aaron. “Sorry I’m late,” he smiled as he took a quick sip of his drink.

“That’s okay,” Aaron replied, cheered up just by seeing Robert.

“From the look your mum gave me when I walked in, I take it you told her?” Robert asked glancing at Chas uneasily, the woman couldn’t have looked at him with any more disgust if she tried.

“Yeah,” Aaron replied glumly as he circled his finger around his beermat. “She took it about as well as you can imagine,” he added.

“Shall I go and talk to her?” Robert asked glancing over at the bar anxiously.

Aaron shook his head quickly. “Trust me that’s the last thing that will help right now,” he replied with a sigh. “We just have to ride out the storm.” Robert nodded, Aaron was the expert when it came to handling his mother so he took his lead. “So how did it go with Andy?” Aaron asked changing the topic.

Robert grimaced. “Not exactly brilliant,” he replied. “But I won’t give up.”

“Good,” Aaron said reaching across the table and giving Robert’s hand a squeeze. “It will get easier with time, at least I hope it will,” he said glancing over at Chas.

“I’m sorry I cause you so much trouble,” Robert said with a sigh.

Aaron smiled and shook his head. “Don’t, you don’t, I want to be with you,” he assured him. “I want to make this work.”

“It will work,” Robert told him, no trace of doubt in his voice.

Aaron smiled at this. “So where did you go this afternoon?” he asked.

“Went to see my lawyer, gave them the divorce papers to look through,” Robert replied. “I just want it sorted so I can move on.”

“You have moved on,” Aaron reminded him as he gave his hand a tight squeeze. Robert just grinned at him.

“Are we allowed to join you two lovebirds?” Victoria asked appearing at their booth with Adam at her side.

Robert and Aaron smiled up at the only friends they seemed to have at the moment. “Of course,” Aaron replied making room for them.

“You two are so cute, so good together,” Victoria grinned at them as she slid into the booth beside Robert. Adam just rolled his eyes at his wife.

“Wish everyone else thought that,” Aaron replied.

Victoria glanced at Chas. “She’ll get over it,” she replied with a shrug.


Adam offered to go up to the bar to get another round in, but Aaron, knowing it was his turn, shook his head and said he’d go. He knew he’d have to face his mother at some point. Aaron made his way up to the bar, under the watchful eye of Robert, Victoria and Adam. Chas, Paddy and Cain were all gathered around discussion something … Aaron knew it was him. “Can I get another round please?” he said throwing a couple of notes on the bar.

Chas, broke away from Cain and Paddy and took the money. “Sure luv,” she smiled sweetly.

“Are you mad?” Cain muttered, a gruff undertone to his voice as he threw Robert a death glare. “What you doing getting messed up with him again?” he asked.

Aaron glanced at his uncle. “I didn’t come up here for a lecture,” he replied with a sigh.

“We’re the ones that will have to be there to pick up the pieces,” Cain replied. Paddy and Chas nodded in agreement. Aaron just bit his lip as he waited for Chas to finish pouring the drinks, he was sure she was taking longer deliberately so Cain had more chance to berate him. “He’d jump right back into bed with Chrissie if she gave him half the chance,” Cain continued.

“He cheated on her, how do you know he won’t do the same to you,” Paddy added.

Aaron swallowed hard. “Are you done?” he asked glaring at the three of them. “I’m not an idiot, I know exactly what Robert has done, but we have both done bad things, things we regret, but we want to be together, we want a fresh start and we can’t have that with you lot breathing down our necks. Please can you just leave it be for me?”

“Fine,” Chas said putting the drinks down on the table so harshly that the beer inside sloshed over the rim and ran down the side of the pint glass. “I just hope I don’t have to say I told you so.”

Aaron took the drinks and headed back over to the table. “You okay?” Robert asked quickly.

Aaron just nodded. “How much money do you have on you?” he asked.

“A couple of twenties, why?” Robert asked, curious.

“Do you want to get out of here tonight? Go to a hotel or something?” Aaron asked.

“You mean run away?” Robert asked with a raised eyebrow.

Aaron licked his lips. “No,” he replied with a sigh. “I just … I feel they’re ruining this for us, I’m happy being with you, being back with you and I want to enjoy it but I can’t with them breathing down my neck.”

“I understand,” Robert nodded. “But you have to remember they will still be here when we get back,” he warned him.

“I know,” Aaron nodded. “Can we though? Can we go?” he asked.

Robert nodded quickly, he too desperate to get away and just enjoy being with Aaron.
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