David Cox is a young gay man who comes from a family of modest means. He scrounges a living from serving one weekend a month in the Army National Guard and working odd jobs in the small California town where he grew up. Feeling the need for independence, David leaves his parent’s home to live with Joe and Billy, two fellow Guardsmen he’s been friends with since childhood and for whom he’s developed an intense crush. Attempting to leave all their troubles behind, the trio set off for a weekend of fun in Palm Springs, where Joe and Billy drink themselves blind, hitting on every girl that will look in their direction, but David has to decide if he’s willing to risk it all with a slightly different agenda.
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 1
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Questioning
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Gay for You / Straight to Gay, Love Triangle, Menage
Word Count: 17000
Languages Available: English
Two tonks later, Billy set the tone for the entire evening, getting a drink splashed in his face when he disrespected a short spitfire ginger. ‘You’re the perfect height for what I want.’
As I’d done the entire evening, I continued to pace myself.
A part of me felt sorry for Joe. I held out hope for him, a man gifted with savoir faire. I could only fault him for refusing to cut loose our mutual buddy as his wingman. Poor Billy, I sincerely doubted the man could get laid in a women’s prison with a handful of pardons.
Only minutes prior to last call, a taxi dropped us at a skeevy-looking dive on the Chullia Indian Reservation named The Limping Spirits Meetinghouse. The name of the establishment, not to mention its run-down appearance, left me uninspired, but Joe and Billy seemed eager to prolong the eternal night of humiliation. Frowning, chin resting on chest, I followed them inside.READ MORE
“Gotta good feeling ‘bout this one, David,” Billy slurred cheerfully. Attempting a fist bump, he missed mine by a mile.
Merciful God, a quick once-over of the joint and I knew the horrible evening had come full circle. Cheap plastic palm trees with half-lit strands of blinking multicolored Christmas lights decorated each corner of the nasty little tonk, even though the holy holiday had come and gone months ago.
The members of a local country-and-western band were breaking down sound equipment and stage lights, while two wasted patrons slow danced to Hank Williams twanging away on the jukebox.
The last available woman in the whole dive would have, by my best estimate, weighed in at around two-hundred pounds. She had greasy hair and pockmarked skin and wore a floral print muumuu. A dozen empty cocktail glasses lined the bar in front of her. We stared in disbelief as she slurped down the heeltap of another sugary umbrella drink. Billy glanced at us and shrugged his shoulders. I pulled him back by his collar in mid-stride.
“Okay, boys, I think we should call it a night, maybe sober up in the motel pool.”
“But the young’s still night,” Billy mumbled, struggling to keep his balance.
I interrupted an elderly man unburdening himself on the bartender, a tall shirtless Chullia tribesman with wicked scars and tatts in all the right places, to call a cab. Was I imagining things or was he checking me out? His big brown eyes never left mine as he placed the call. Momentarily, I contemplated dumping Drunk and Drunker, leaving them to their own devices.
As I herded my wasted buddies to the curb, Billy whistled and catcalled female patrons leaving the bar, even the ones escorted by gigantic boyfriends. I kept apologizing, making excuses for him. Joe was fading fast. Holding up two grown men was no easy task, even for me, a stalwart man towering over six feet in height.
Twenty minutes passed. I feared the taxi might be a no-show. Any longer and Billy would surely get us all killed. There was no silencing his booze-addled babbling. The sexy fucker bit my hand twice, but each time professed his love for me. Fantasizing foreplay, I decided I liked it. I propped the overgrown nipper against a semi-conscious Joe leaning on an inside corner of the building. Just before I’d abandoned all hope, a yellow cab pulled alongside the curb. I asked the driver if he wouldn’t mind lending me a hand getting them settled into the taxi. As he did so, he warned our fare would be doubled if anyone blew chunks in the car. “Agreed,” I replied, cringing. I kissed a handsome head nuzzling each of my shoulders and recited a silent prayer.
As the taxi departed The Limping Spirits Meetinghouse, I found my spirits to be quite high. I remained in the grip of an obsession I was powerless to resist. My red-blooded, all-American infatuations were drunk, but marginally coherent. Bolstering my confidence, was the fact that Joe and Billy were no doubt feeling vulnerable following a long night of rejections. In my head, I sneered as I stroked a fluffy white cat.COLLAPSE