Out Now- Shade’s Champion by Cheryl Headford #Excerpt

Author Name: Cheryl Headford

 Book Length 214 Pages

 Book Name: Shade’s Champion

 Release Date: 15th September 2017

 Publisher: Extacy Books: Devine Destinies

Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched off the street as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatised and desperate to die.

Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with mental health issues that make him a slave to his dangerously uncontrollable emotions.

When Shade comes to the secure children’s home, Eastbrook; because no one else wants him, the manager appoints Dory as his champion, an appointment Dory takes very seriously indeed.

As friendship turns into something else, something new and exciting, they struggle to find their feet, but every step leads to more complication.

When a spiteful act separates them, it seems their love is doomed before it ever had a chance, but when Dory falls ill, it’s up to Shade to pick up the standard and become his champion, although it might already be too late.

Excerpt

“You can’t be serious. No. It’s out of the question.”

“Penny, you’re our last option. The hospital won’t keep him any longer. They can’t. His own family doesn’t want him, and no foster family will take him. He can’t go to a children’s home because he’s such a high risk. Frankly, I have no idea what to do with him.”

“But this is a secure unit, and that kid’s done nothing wrong to anyone but himself. Do you have any idea what kind of kids we have here? We can’t watch him all the time, and half the little bastards would be queuing up to hand him the razor blades.”

“What else can we do? He’s stable enough for the hospital to discharge him, but he can’t live alone, and no one else wants him. We’re out of options.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I feel for the kid. He’s in an impossible situation, but we’re just not set up to handle someone like him. Are you sure he wouldn’t be better in a care home or psychiatric unit?”

“Honestly? I believe that’s where he’s likely to end up, but the kid’s sixteen and has been through the most horrific experience. He deserves a chance.”

“And you think he’s going to get it here?”

Penelope Creedy, Penny to her friends, struggled and failed to keep the incredulity out of her voice. It was evident the social worker was new; she hadn’t had the idealistic desire to help everyone beaten out of her by the system.

“No, no I don’t. Not really,” the social worker said, “but the poor thing has to go somewhere.”

“I don’t understand why he can’t go to Hillcrest or Maes Y Ffynnon.”

“They won’t take him. It’s too much responsibility for them, and they can’t give him a high enough level of care.”

“Care?” Penny laughed aloud. “We don’t provide care to our kids, Donna. We provide food and shelter and locked rooms. If we’re lucky, we get them to study now and again, and a couple even go to school. Most of them are under psychiatrists and headed straight for prison. Occasionally, we see one of them turn around, but mostly we’re marking time until they can be unleashed on society and start committing their crimes.”

“That’s a very bleak view.” The social worker had a hint of censure in her voice, which made Penny defensive. Damn these idealistic idiots with their rose-coloured views.

“This is a very bleak place,” Penny snapped back.

“No worse than his last.” The comeback was soft and sincere and made Penny feel vaguely guilty. She sighed and closed the folder that lay open on the desk in front of her. She ran her finger over the name on the cover and sighed again. “It’s one prison for another, Donna. Is that really what he needs?”

“A prison he can handle, Penny. It’s freedom that’s too much for him.”

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About the Author

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and menagerie of three cats, a dog and a dragon. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close.

Immersed, as always, in the world of fantasy, she maintains a burning desire to share the stories and these days it’s in the form of books which all contain her spark and unique view on life, the universe and everything.

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Wednesday briefs – Chapter 67

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Chapter 67

Carlos

Carlos sat on his bed and dropped his head to his hands. This was not how he’d hoped to finish the evening. He’d planned on allowing Toby to cheer Daniel up and then after they were alone again he’d planned to try and seduce his boy. Nowhere in his plans did he allow for Daniel wanting his brother to stay. Idiot, of course Daniel would want his brother to stay close. Silas was out of reach, he’d want his only remaining family close. Why couldn’t Daniel want him close instead? The boy had been pulling more and more into himself since Silas left for his honeymoon.

Ugh, Carlos groaned. Where was his usual confidence? He never had any problems getting boys to do as he wanted. Why was Daniel different? Because you love him. You don’t want to do anything that may drive him away. You want him to come to you. That voice in his head could be an almighty pain in the ass, especially when it was right. But, he’s a submissive. If you don’t do something soon he’ll be snapped up by some other Master looking for an obedient boy. You’re making a mistake waiting. Okay, that voice could get truly obnoxious too.

Carlos sighed, he really wanted a glass of whiskey, the constant arguing with himself was giving him a headache.

Moving silently, he headed down the hallway toward the stairs. As he passed Daniel’s door he heard the brothers talking. He didn’t want to intrude and was about to move on when he heard his name.

“Carlos started being weird. Oh, he still touched me, kissed me, and gave me compliments, but they seemed…I don’t know, empty I suppose. Like he was saying them because he was expected to…”

Daniel continued talking but Carlos’ mind was spinning. His touch, kisses, and compliments seemed empty? Why would Daniel think that? Because you’ve been pulling away from him? The unhelpful voice in his head chimed in.

More words filtered through the gap under the bedroom door.

“The longer it went on the more he pulled away. Tonight, before you arrived, was the first time in what feels like forever that he’d even flirted with me. So, you see, Bro, he must have got what he wanted. Now, he just doesn’t know how to ask me to leave nicely.”

Leave? No fucking way. His boy wasn’t going anywhere.

He barged in the door as he heard Toby telling Daniel he didn’t think Carlos wanted him to leave. Carlos yelled his agreement as he entered, “No, he fucking doesn’t.”

Carlos took in the scene of Daniel curled up with Toby, tears on his cheeks. The desire to make sure he kept his boy surged as he pulled Daniel out of the bed and threw him over his shoulder.

“We’ll see you in the morning,” he called to Toby as he stormed out and headed back to his bedroom. He heard Toby’s laughter floating out the room as he left.

In his room, he dropped a stunned Daniel on his bed and pinned him there with a glare.

“Do. Not. Move,” he growled as he turned to shut and lock the door.

He returned to sit against the headboard and pulled Daniel into his arms. He relaxed slightly when Daniel didn’t protest the embrace, in fact, he snuggled closer.

“Talk,” he demanded.

“What do you want me to talk about, Sir?”

Carlos growled. “You know very well what I want you to talk about. What’s this nonsense about me wanting you to leave? About me not wanting you?”

Daniel lifted his head from Carlos’ shoulder and frowned. “But, Sir, you have hardly tried anything since we, well, you know.”

Carlos grinned at the blush that covered Daniel’s cheeks and neck. “Yes, I know.  I remember very well the feeling of having you writhe beneath me. I know you were begging for my touch and my cock.” He allowed himself another grin at the spreading blush before he became serious. “I also know I woke up alone. I found you making dinner and you didn’t mention anything about what we’d done. After that day you seemed to withdraw and so I waited for you to come to me with what was bothering you. Are you ready to tell me now?”

“Why would I come to you? You’re my master, I was waiting for you to come to me. I was waiting for you to tell me to move my stuff into your room. I was waiting for you to order me into your bed at night instead of sending me to mine alone after Silas was gone.

“If you wanted me I’d already given you permission to take me. If I didn’t want it I would tell you, or safeword and then explain. Since you didn’t order me, ask me, or even hint at wanting me, what was I supposed to think?”

Carlos sat in shocked silence. How could he have misread the situation so badly? Thinking quickly he knew he had to do something to rectify the mess they found themselves in.

“I think it’s time we reevaluated our contract,” he said slowly. “I think it’s time to add a few new rules and to reassess your limits. The first new rule will be about communication, in relation to both of us. I will admit I should have asked you what was going on sooner than this, but on the other hand, you should have come to me if you were unsure about anything. As for the next rule, you are expected to be in my bed every night from here on out. The rest we’ll work out in the morning, right now we need to sleep.”

Daniel was staring at him in apparent shock, but he nodded and cuddle deeper into Carlos’ arms. Flipping the bedside light off Carlos pulled him closer and breathed a silent sigh of relief. He’d nearly lost the best thing to ever happen to him. He swore he’d do better and make sure the contract they drew up was iron clad and very, very, permanent.

 


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 66

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Chapter 66

Toby

When Daniel turned and pressed his back to Toby’s chest Toby wrapped him in his arms and held him close.

“I honestly don’t know what I did wrong.” Toby felt Daniel take a deep breath and he could hear the tears in his brother’s voice. He held him tighter as he continued his story. “Silas was right in what he told you. Carlos and I had sex. He was so gentle with me. I felt cherished and wanted. For the first time in my life, someone wasn’t using me just for their pleasure. Carlos took the time to make sure I enjoyed every part of what he did. He asked constantly what color I was at—I mean he asked if I was okay. He had me on edge until I was begging him to get on with it. When he took me it was slow and so, so, good.”

When Daniel paused Toby dropped a kiss on the back of his neck and waited.

“We fell asleep and I woke up first. It was getting late and I decided to cook dinner. I didn’t want to detour to my room so I borrowed one of Carlos’ shirts and a pair of boxers.  Silas found me in the kitchen and sort of deduced what had happened. He nearly made me burn the dinner,” the affront in Daniel’s voice made Toby grin. “Carlos came down just before I was going to call him. He seemed fine and said thank you for dinner. Then he headed for his home office to finish some work for the club. He was still working at bedtime, so Silas and I headed for bed. Oliver was enforcing the rule that he and Silas were to move slowly, so Silas was still in here with me.

“The next day was when Carlos started being weird. Oh, he still touched me, kissed me, and gave me compliments, but they seemed…I don’t know, empty I suppose. Like he was saying them because he was expected to.

“It even spilled over into the club. We still do scenes but they’re all soft scenes. There’s only the minimum contact. He hasn’t kissed me in front of any other members unless it’s just a kiss on the cheek—or worse, on the forehead, like I’m a little kid. I mean mom used to always kiss on the forehead. Just how old does he think I am?”

Toby was trying hard not laugh. Daniel was getting more and more worked up, and normally that wouldn’t be funny, but Toby had realized what was happening before his brother had even finished telling him about the dinner he and Silas had almost burned. He tried to interrupt, but Daniel was on a roll, so Toby settled for letting his brother get it all off his chest. Toby mentally started working out just how he was going to rip Carlos and a new one for being so blind when the guy was larger than he was.

“The longer it went on the more he pulled away. Tonight, before you arrived, was the first time in what feels like forever that he’d even flirted with me. So, you see, Bro, he must have got he wanted. Now, he just doesn’t know how to ask me to leave nicely.”

Toby shook his head. Turning Daniel to face him again he wiped at the tear tracks on Daniel’s cheeks. “He doesn’t want you to leave you silly thing, he—”

“No, he fucking doesn’t!” came a roar from the doorway.

 


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 65

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Chapter 65

Daniel

“I’ll have to find a way to thank Carlos for organizing this.” Daniel passed another hot chocolate to Toby to set on the tray.

“I think it was Tara’s idea actually. All Carlos did was call her ‘cause he was worried about you. She was the one to remind him you had more than one brother.”

Daniel winced and felt guilt rise. He’d been so busy missing Silas he’d barely spared a thought for Toby. It had been just him and Silas for so long he was still getting used to having two brothers again.

Impulsively he pulled Toby into a tight hug.

“I’m glad to have both my brothers back with me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Toby squeezed him tight, then pulled back to look him in the eye. “Then maybe you can tell this brother what is really bothering you?”

Daniel tried to drop his gaze, but Toby’s stubborn one held his. Finally, he nodded. “Okay, tell Tara you’re staying her here tonight, and we can talk in my room when Carlos goes to bed.”

Toby raised an eyebrow but nodded, and they headed for the main room.

****

Toby

Everyone had an enjoyable evening. Toby watched as Daniel giggled like a child at the antics of the ogre and donkey on the big screen. Daniel didn’t laugh enough, even as a child he’d been the serious one of them all. He was the voice of reason when he and Silas had wanted to pull some prank or other on some unsuspecting victim. He was also the one everyone went to for advice and help when they were in trouble. But, who did Daniel go to? Toby had never noticed before, but now he realized that Daniel never came to him or Silas for help. Who listened to the listener?

The night finally wound down, and Tara said her goodbyes. Carlos had frowned when Toby insisted he was staying to keep Daniel company but had raised no objections.

A brief good night where Carlos dropped a kiss on the top of Daniel’s head and the two brothers were left alone.

Before long they were both tucked comfortably under the covers of Daniel’s bed, and Toby made Daniel face him. “Talk!”

“Where do you want me to start?”

“You could start by telling why you’re still in this room. I can see all Silas’ things have been moved, so why haven’t yours? I thought you and Carlos had moved on in your relationship now. At least that’s what Silas implied last I spoke to him.”

Daniel hid his face, and Toby grinned at the blush he could see.

“Come on, Bro, you know there are no secrets with us three. Silas only let me know because he was so excited for you. We both thought you’d be too busy with your new master to worry about Silas being away on honeymoon. So, I ask again why are you and all your things still in this room? Why aren’t you all cuddled up with your master? And also, what was that halfhearted kiss he gave you before going to bed? That was hardly the kiss of a lover.”

“Those are the million dollar questions,” Daniel sighed.

 


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 64

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Chapter 64

Daniel

Daniel mixed the bubbling sauce while swinging his hips in time to the music blaring out of his iPod speaker.

“Now that’s a great sight to come home to. My shirt suits you.”

The sound of Oliver’s voice made Daniel spin, almost knocking the sauce off the hob. He put a hand to his heart and gave his best glare. “You scared me, Sir.”

Oliver just laughed and pulled him into a passionate kiss.

“What smells so good? Other than you of course.”

Daniel rolled his eyes and went to turn back to the food. Oliver held tight and Daniel turned up his glare again. all he got for his trouble was a kiss on the nose. “You look adorable trying to be all stern.”

“Sir, I need to stir the sauce or it’s going to stick and burn.”

Oliver pouted but let Daniel go.

“Dinner will be in about ten minutes, Sir. Why don’t you go clean up?”

Oliver dropped a kiss on Daniel’s head and head for the bedroom.

Daniel sighed, the house was so quiet without Silas around. he’d already been gone for a week of his honeymoon to Hawaii and Daniel wouldn’t see him for another four weeks. Once a day skype calls were a far cry from seeing his brother every day.

Pushing the morose feelings down Daniel served the dinner and set the leftovers to one side to cool for storage.

“Looks delicious, boy,” Oliver said as he reentered the room and took a seat at the breakfast counter. It seemed silly to use the large dining table for just the two of them.

Oliver

Oliver watched his boy as he ate like a robot. Daniel wasn’t tasting any part of what he was eating. The month long honeymoon had sounded like a great idea when he and Carlos were planning the surprise for Silas. But, what they didn’t remember was that the two brothers hadn’t been separated for more than a few hours at a time for most of their lives. Daniel seemed to be taking it hardest, but Carlos had said Silas was sadder at night when they sat down for dinner and he wanted to tell Daniel all about his day.

Maybe the call he made earlier would help in some small way. In the meantime…

“What movie shall we watch tonight?” he asked making Daniel snap his head up. “What about Sound of music?”

The look of complete disbelief on Daniel’s face had Oliver cracking up. “Okay, what about, Thoroughly Modern Milly?” Daniel expression didn’t change. “No? Mary Poppins?”

Daniel shook his head and started to clear the now empty dishes. “If you’re trying to cheer me up, Sir, I could think of better ways than trying to make me believe you would ever watch any of those films by choice.”

“Hmmm, and what way should I be trying to use to cheer you up?”

Daniel threw a smile over his shoulder. “You could help me with the washing up.”

Oliver wrinkled his nose and stood with a sigh. “Just for you, Boy.”

They’d just put the last of the dishes away when the front door opened and Tara’s voice echoed through the house.

“We’re here, the party can start now.”

Tara entered the kitchen with a six pack of beer hanging from one hand and her other arm dragging Toby along with her.

Oliver put on his best innocent look and said, “What a surprise to see you two here tonight.”

Daniel was too busy hugging his brother to notice the wink Tara sent at Oliver.


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 63

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Chapter 63

Daniel

Daniel watched Silas dancing with his master. Oliver led his boy around the dance floor with a calm confidence and they glided through the steps.

In contrast, Toby was dancing with Tara. Toby was obviously trying to lead, but so too was Tara. Daniel bit back a chuckle as Tara’s high heel stomped on Toby’s foot again, while Toby trod on Tara’s other foot.

Looking around the rest of the guests, Daniel saw more couples dancing and gazing into each other’s eyes. The moment was perfect. The only thing that could make it even better was—

“Why are you standing here alone and not on the dance floor on my arms?”

Daniel grinned as he turned to face his master. “You were busy, Sir.”

“Well, I’m not now.”

So saying, Carlos, pulled him into his arms and swept him onto the dance floor. Daniel relaxed and let himself be led in through the face paced dance. His master didn’t let him put a foot wrong, and he found himself laughing as he was spun and twirled.

After several dances, they headed, breathless, for the bar. “Get me a beer, boy,” Carlos ordered. “I’ll find us seats.”

Daniel got the barman’s attention and ordered the drinks. When they arrived he was about to head for Carlos when a hand on his shoulder made him jump.

“Let me take them for you little one. Where you headed with them?”

Daniel looked up into the face of one of the masters from the club. He remembered the man was always polite when he ordered from the club bar.

“I’m taking them to master Carlos, Sir. He said he was finding us seats.”

“Good, I needed a word with him. lead the way then.”

Daniel looked around and spotted Carlos at an out of the way table. He led the way with his helper following behind.

Carlos stood as they approached. “Brian, I didn’t see your name on the guest list.”

Brian set the drinks down. “I’m escorting Kerry and I wanted to catch you to make an appointment to meet with you, Oliver, and Tara at the club when Oliver is back from his honeymoon, of course. I want to offer a permanent contract to Kerry and want your advice and for you all to witness it for us.”

Carlos shook Brian’s hand with a big smile. “That will be great. I’ll call you when Oliver gets back and we’ll set up a time. Congratulations on finding the one you want to keep.”

Brian ambled off to find Kerry and Daniel snuggled up to Carlos sipping his drink.

“Nice to see another couple getting together. Soon all the Doms and subs will be matched. You should have opened a matchmaking service, Sir.”

Carlos chuckled and gave him a nip n the ear causing him to squeak. “The only couple I am interested in is us. I am going to work at making sure you never want to leave me.” Carlos ran his fingers through Daniel’s hair, making Daniel feel like purring. “I’m proud of you. You didn’t bat an eye at allowing Brian to help you with the drinks.”

“I recognized him from the club. And to be honest I feel safe now I know there’s no one else out there who wants to hurt me, or my family.”

“I’m still proud of you, love.”

Daniel blushed at the endearment.

Carlos chuckled before he continued whispering into Daniel’s ear. “Of course, all I want to do now is get you home to investigate how far down I can make you blush.”

Daniel turned to stare at his master and he didn’t know what Carlos saw on his face but the look of sheer want that took over Carlos’ face sent heat through Daniel.

Daniel hid a grin. “You know there’s some empty rooms out the back?”

The look of shock on his master’s face was worth the red Daniel knew was crawling up his face again.

“Lead the way boy.”

Daniel laughed and grabbed Carlos’ hand, pulling out of his chair and towards the door.

He let out a groan when Oliver’s voice sounded over the pa system. “Can I have everyone’s attention please?”


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 62

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Chapter 62

Oliver

The music started and he turned to look at the back of the huge room they’d rented for the occasion. He let out a breath when Silas appeared on Carlos’ arm.

He looked perfect. The color of his suit matched his eyes and set off his red hair.

“His brothers wouldn’t have let him run off, you know,” came Tara’s amused voice.

“Shut up,” he muttered then grinned when his eyes met his soon-to-be-husband’s.

The music faded as Silas reached him and Carlos handed him off to Oliver. Oliver was starting to wish he’d brought a leash, that way he’d know exactly where his boy was all day and not have been worrying half the morning about whether Silas would get cold feet or not.

A throat clearing pulled Oliver out of his minute inspection of Silas’ smiling face. They both turned to the celebrant and the service started.

After the legal part was done they got to their personal vows. Oliver went first.

“The first time I saw you, you were yelling at Carlos. All I could think was I wanted to be the focus of your attention. As I got to know you I found you to be loyal, kind, and passionate. I wanted you safe and I wanted you to stay.

“I almost lost you several times, but after today I swear I am not letting you out of my sight for long enough for you to get into trouble. I promise to keep you safe and love you to the end of days and beyond.”

Oliver used his thumbs to wipe the tears trickling down Silas’ cheeks.

“I love you,” he whispered. “And I always will.”

Silas smiled and cleared his throat before speaking clearly so all could hear him.

“When I met you I remember thinking, ‘God, he’s tall’.” The crowd chuckled and Oliver smiled. “I was yelling, but at the back of my mind, there was a voice saying, what are you doing? This guy could crush you. However, a part of me knew you wouldn’t hurt me, or anyone else. Not unless they were trying to hurt someone you cared about. I don’t know how I knew this, but I did.

“As I got to know you more I fell hard and fast. I tried to fight it but I couldn’t, and the end I didn’t want to. I found you to protective, sure, and just. All things I wanted in my life partner.

“I stand here today to pledge my life to you as a partner and husband for life. Nothing will ever convince me to leave your side, ever.”

A cheer rose from the guests and Oliver just about heard the celebrant proclaiming them married as he pulled Silas close for a long kiss.

They’d done it. Oliver couldn’t believe it. They were married! A part of him had been scared something or someone would try and stop it happening. To finally have that piece of paper that said Silas was his? That was the best feeling in the world.


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