Hiding his feelings for his best friend has become second nature to Parker Hunt. Throughout his years of friendship with Jonah Lee, he’d hoped for more, but he’d never been able to tell Jonah how he felt or what he wanted. When Jonah’s plans fall through for holiday break, Parker is determined to spend their last Christmas together and this time, be brave enough to tell Jonah exactly how he feels.
Jonah Lee has always been in awe of his friend, Parker. His energy, enthusiasm, and honesty had drawn Jonah to him from the first time they met. And while he’s always been an open book with Jonah, lately, Parker had been holding something back. On top of that, Jonah has realized that his feelings for Parker has grown and for the first time in his life, he’s curious about what Parker’s lips would feel like under his and what his definite male body would feel against his.
Will the holidays bring everything both men want, or will they let this opportunity pass them by?
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Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Find Love and Come Out, Friends to Lovers, Gay for You / Straight to Gay, InstaLove / Love at First Sight, Interracial Relationship, Unrequited Love
Word Count: 17000
Setting: New Haven, CT and Bangor, Maine
Languages Available: English
All these years later, Parker knew he’d fallen in love with his roommate and best friend. And he knew Jonah wasn’t interested in Parker in any romantic sense. Still, Parker treasured their closeness and would do nothing that would jeopardize their friendship.
Parker felt the bed dip before Jonah pressed his chest against his back. Jonah hugged Parker to him and Parker didn't catch the sigh that escaped his throat. Parker’s lips tilted up in a smile, knowing Jonah had forgiven him for manipulating him.
“Ellen said she’s giving us the north cabin, whatever that means, and we have to be there in time for dinner tomorrow night. How long does the drive take?”
Parker snuggled back against Jonah. “About seven hours, because the snow started about an hour ago.”READ MORE
“We’ll have to get up at six to pack then. I know you’re too tired to do it tonight. Did Michaelson accept your paper?”
Parker nodded and blew out a sigh. He’d forgotten about his midterm essay and hadn’t realized it until a calendar reminder went off the night before. Thinking he’d already done it, he had to stay up all night and most of the day to finish it. He yawned again, wondering how he was still awake after over twenty-four hours of research and typing.
“Time for bed.” Jonah pulled him back from his thoughts and to keep him from falling asleep in his clothes. At least he was already under the covers where he planned on staying.
Parker shook his head and burrowed closer to Jonah, making a noise of protest about having to get out of bed to brush his teeth. Jonah rolled off and lifted him out of bed and carried him to the bathroom. Parker had to bite his lip at how much this action turned him on. After little sleep, he was too tired to control his wayward thoughts. He didn’t want Jonah to change his mind about the trip if he blurted out he thought it was sexy-as-hell when Jonah carried him as if he weighed nothing, so he bit his lip and concentrated on his breathing.
Rushing through getting ready for bed, Jonah kept his hand on Parker’s waist because he worried he would drop from exhaustion. When he finished washing his face and taking care of business, he led Jonah back to bed. Or rather, Jonah directed him with a hand on his back. Not caring he was still in his jeans and sweater, he planned on diving in, but Jonah shook his head.
Jonah stripped him, with little or no help from Parker, who didn't raise his arms to help. With only his boxer briefs, he shivered at the cold air pressing against his exposed skin. He smiled when Jonah pulled back the covers and allowed him to crawl in.
Parker heard a rustling, knowing Jonah was stripping to get ready for bed. He breathed a sigh of relief when Jonah pressed against him and his heat surrounded Parker’s cold body. He felt Jonah move to shut off the lamp on the bedside table before covering them both with the thick comforter on Jonah’s bed.COLLAPSE