“I want to talk to you about something and I’d like it if you’d let me get it all out before you say anything back.” He swallowed. “Okay?”
Slade stroked Parker’s hand with his thumb, refusing to allow his fears to steal from him what might be his chance at real happiness. He kept his eyes locked with Parker’s.
“I really like you. I mean, more than I like a friend. It’s okay if you don’t feel the same way about me, but I needed you to know that. I’m pretty sure you do like me that way too, but just in case, it’s like, okay and stuff.”
Parker didn’t avert his gaze and Slade held his breath.
“Can I say something now?”
“I like you more than a friend too.”
Once again, Parker cradled Slade’s face, but this time when he leaned in, there weren’t any interruptions. Their lips met and Slade sighed, opening himself to Parker’s kiss. As Parker slid his tongue into Slade’s mouth, seeking every part of him, he pulled them closer. The more Parker deepened their connection, the more Slade answered back with his own passionate swipes.
Parker pulled back enough to draw in air then took Slade’s mouth again. There was an intensity to their shared kiss. Slade could sense a door opening to a new life for him—one that he could realistically picture Parker being a part of.
Slade had placed his good hand on Parker’s shoulder to keep them close. Parker caressed Slade’s cheek, while also holding him tightly at his waist. Ending the kiss, Parker licked at Slade’s lips then leaned his forehead against Slade’s. They both breathed heavily, Slade’s length hardening. He wished that they were away from the hospital, somewhere private where it wouldn’t have been necessary to stop.
“Slade, honey. So beautiful.”
Slade’s stomach twisted. If his life was going to change for the better, he needed to start right away.
Parker leaned back enough so that Slade could see his furrowed brow.
“My real name. It’s Lonnie Henderson.”
The corners of Parker’s mouth lifted into a smile. “Hi, Lonnie Henderson. I’m Parker McLean. Nice to meet you.”
Lonnie burst into laughter. It really was as if he was free.
Categories: Gay, Men In Uniform, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller
Meet Morticia Knight
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will also be available in 2015 through Totally Bound Publishing.
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