A Guilty Pleasures Edition, #3
Elijah Masters hasn’t been the same since his dad died in an electrical fire. He sleepwalked through senior year to graduation, but away at college, he had nowhere to hide. Partying and skipping classes, he got sent home on suspension.
Having to go back to live with his mom is bad enough, but while Elijah was away, his mom moved in her much younger boyfriend, Justin, who’s a fitness god with questionable adulting skills. They’re talking about getting married.
The only bright spot in Elijah’s day is flirting with Mike, a kid he barely spoke to in high school, who hunkers down to study at the coffee shop where Elijah works. But while Elijah tries to find his normal again, Justin tries to reel Elijah in, and he’s a lot more dangerous than his chill bro exterior.
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Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Death of Parent, Love Can Heal / Redemption
Word Count: 90,000
Setting: West Palm Beach, Florida
Languages Available: English
When I get to the foot of the stairs, I should be moving quickly along, sneaking up to my
bedroom, grabbing my laptop and clothes, and booking the hell out of there since that car
outside could mean Justin’s home. But I’m pulled to take a peek around the first floor. It’s
this weird impulse I hadn’t imagined having, like a burglar drunk on the thrill of pushing the
limits. In Psych 101, I learned about Freud’s theory that all of us are born with opposing
drives, life affirmation versus death and destruction. Thanos and thanatos he called them,
and he said there’s a fine line in between.
Anyway, my own psychology is definitely questionable. I’m curious to snoop around and
see if my mom made other changes to the house besides bringing in her superhuman fuck
buddy. I barely saw the place on Friday, and I haven’t been home since January. So, evenREAD MORE
though that strange Mustang is in the driveway, I decide to take a look.
I step into the living room and turn to stone.
Bathed by light from the glass doors to the porch, Justin is sitting sideways at the island
counter that sets the kitchen apart from the living room. He’s shirtless and consumed by
something on his laptop screen, one hand idly tucked into the front of his sweat shorts.
I spot a vape pen next to his laptop and catch a whiff of weed. He totally didn’t hear me
For a highly culpatory lapse of time, I’m a voyeur, rapt on the shapes and textures of his
ridiculous bod. His arm is sick, and his bare leg is both perfectly hairy and perfectly
developed and proportioned. Even sitting down, hunched over a little, his six pack of abs
are defined, and the peek of his chest I can see is supple and tight and waxed baby
smooth. He could be on the cover of a men’s fitness magazine. He’s the epitome of how a
man should look. I stare at that hand between his legs. My cock strains to attention.
Then he glances over at me, and I feel like I ought to be incinerated.
Justin slips his hand out of his shorts, slides off his stool, and puts on a smile like he’s
covering up a crime.
“Hey, Elijah. Margie didn’t mention you were coming over.”
He grabs a tank top from a nearby chair and pulls it on. It gives me time to adjust myself
and breathe some air into my lungs. Then he struts over and holds out his hand. The one
that’s been snuggling between his legs.
“How you been, man?”
I hesitate for half a second, then fuck it, I grab that filthy hand.
Justin pulls me in for a bro hug and a clop on the back. My nineteen-year-old body is
reacting in ways it shouldn’t. He’s got that deliriously sexy smell of having rolled out of bed
and not taken a shower. I want to sneak off and sniff my hand.
This friendly hug he’s sprung on me lingers. I can feel the heat between his legs, and I’m
pretty sure he’s not wearing underwear. I went looking for death, and I found it. In my
defense, I haven’t had this much body contact with a guy in like a month.
He finally steps back and grins at me. “So, what’s the deal, bro?”
That wakes me up. He’s such a dude, and I hate that expression. I’m drawing blanks on
what to say.
Justin glances over his shoulder to the kitchen. “You want something to drink? Your mom
stocked up on coffee. She said you’re a coffee drinker. We’re both doing the sodium and
caffeine free thing.” His face brightens. “I could make you a killer smoothie. Blueberries
and goji. Get you flying on antioxidants and all the good stuff.”
My boner is killed. Health food fanatic-speak has that effect on me. It also reminds me the
fitness hustler charmed his way into bed with my mom, not giving a shit we’d lost my dad a
little over a year ago based on the timeline my mom told me.
“No thanks. I just stopped by to grab some of my stuff.”
“I’ll give you a hand.”
“Oh, I’m cool. I’ll just run upstairs and be on my way.”
Justin looks at me like I’m a clown. “You’re going to need help finding your stuff. Margie
unpacked everything and put your luggage and crates in the attic. She’s pretty serious
about keeping the house a certain way.”
He wriggles his eyebrows as though we’re buddies with a little in-joke. It’s true my mom’s a
neat freak, but I’m not going to give him the satisfaction of sharing some humor.
Justin takes off, and I follow his quick strides upstairs. Yep, climbing the stairs behind him,
I can see there’s no underwear between his bare, beautifully shaped booty and his cotton
sweat shorts. Sometimes it truly sucks being gay. Like lusting after homophobic brahs in
high school, and getting hot and twitchy around your mom’s live-in boyfriend. I’m racking
up prolific quantities of self-hate.COLLAPSE