I thought this was an appropriate picture. 🙂
Since I forgot to do this on Wednesday, I’ll give you an excerpt today. It’s from Leaving Home, which will be done this weekend. Yay!
Excerpt: (this is the scene I wrote last night right before I went to bed)
As much as Peter wanted to baby Chaz, and do everything for him, Peter knew Chaz wouldn’t welcome being taken care of. He wasn’t an invalid or a cripple. He was simply trying to heal up from an injury. Several injuries that would have levelled a lesser man.
“Sure. Here you go.” He handed everything over, then after Chaz was done, he returned the glass to the counter. “Let’s get you in the tub.”
It didn’t take that long, even with Peter being as careful as he could. Chaz settled into the steaming water with a sigh, and Peter rolled a towel to tuck behind Chaz’ head.
“Are you going to join me?” Chaz peered up at Peter with a hopeful gleam in his eyes.
Peter shook his head. “No. You need to rest, and I need to get ready for bed. I’ll be back here in a few minutes.”
“Hey, don’t I get to decide where we sleep tonight? I think I remember you asking me whether I wanted to share a bed with you.”
Peter ducked his head, swearing silently as his face heated yet again. He couldn’t believe he was bold enough to ask Chaz that. If the man wanted Peter to stay, he would’ve said something. Chaz didn’t need to see Peter as a needy person who had to spend every moment of every day with him.
“Yes, it is up to you. I’m sorry I presumed.” He backed away from the tub.
Chaz grabbed his hand, pulling him to a stop. “Oh, you didn’t presume anything. I want you in my bed for as long as you’re willing to be there, Peter. Believe me when I say you’re the only man I’ve ever said that to.”
Was it the pain or exhaustion making Chaz say that? Peter had the feeling if Chaz felt good, he would’ve never said anything like that. Chaz didn’t seem like the type of guy who settled down or got involved in a serious way with anyone. Very much a player as Max would say.
Yet didn’t it mean something that Chaz chose not to take more pills tonight after riding tweaked his back so badly? Could it mean that Peter really was someone more than just a vacation fling or a one-night stand?
He snorted silently. Yeah right. It was all Peter’s wishful thinking making him believe there was something more between him and Chaz. The only thing there was mutual liking and almost overwhelming lust. When the two weeks were up, and Chaz had to get down to Tulsa, Peter had no doubt the man would walk away without a second thought.
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