I finished 5x5, I'm so sad Mickey found out about the cheating. He was so hurt. 😭 I was really glad he didn't just take it like Mandy might have, though beating that guy was probably unnecessary. It kinda makes me wonder though, do you think Mickey ever had strong feelings for anyone else? Ian had Kash, kinda. But the whole relationship thing is new to Mickey, right? I'm half plotting a fic where he meets a guy in Mexico before finding his way back to Ian. I think it would be good for him.
He has literally no idea what to do! He can’t blame Ian because he’s only doing it because he’s ill, but it doesn’t make what happened less real or stop the truth from hurting him. He can’t confront Ian until he comes home and even then what is he going to do? Mickey was truly at a loss in that moment so he calls his brothers and does his best to let off steam (getting the idea to fuck up the new coffee shop to remind himself he’s still a Milkovich dammit, and can still be untouchable if he wants to be). But the next day when it comes down to it, nothing has changed. He’s still hurt, he still has to confront Ian and now he has to take Ian to the hospital because he KNOWS that isn’t him and now finally agrees that something is wrong. Just… UGH!
Sorry about that, that’s not what you wanted. On to your question.
I 110% believe that Ian is the first and only relationship Mickey has ever had and the only one he’s interested in having. I think this man loves so hard and so thorough that absolutely no one would be able to compare and I don’t think Mickey would ever be able to drag someone along through a relationship, because he knows it would always be second best and would be unfair to the other person. I genuinely think relationships are completely ruined for him at this point (as tragic as it is to say) because before Ian, he didn’t really see the value of them. He didn’t even realize how much he wanted exclusivity until Ned came around and even then “relationship” was probably a strong word for what he was looking for. Before Ian I think Mickey was going to be satisfied getting his rocks off however he needed to and would focus on doing what he has to do to care for his family, forever hiding his sexuality and pretending to enjoy life as a bachelor because I don’t think romance or love was ever a priority for him.
He MIGHT could get involved with someone as a friends with benefits sorta deal and might go through the motions of a relationship if something more developed for the other guy, but like I said it’d really only be second rate to Ian and would be unfair to the person and I think Mickey would likely end that before things got too deep.
I would LOVE for Mickey to be able to move on, but I don’t think he’s capable tbh.