Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 61

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Chapter 61

Silas

Silas pulled at the collar of his shirt for the umpteenth time.

“Leave it alone, you’ll make your tie crooked again,” Daniel admonished him. “You’d think you’d be used to having something around your throat, you have been wearing His collar for a while now.”

Silas glared at his smirking brother. “You just wait until it’s your turn. I’ll get even. You see if I don’t.”

Daniel simply poked his tongue out and returned to adjusting his own suit.

A knock heralded Toby arriving. “Is the lamb ready to be led to the slaughter?” He smirked at Silas and got the same glare Daniel had.

Silas threw his hands in the air. “Fine, pick on the groom. See if I care.”

“Aww, we love you really bro,” Daniel cooed and pulled Silas into a group hug with Toby.

Silas melted and returned the hug. He couldn’t believe he was getting married. He wasn’t going to be Oliver’s husband. What did he know about being a husband?

Anna had tried to tell him that being a husband was no different to being Oliver’s boyfriend, submissive, or even friend. But, although he knew that in his head, telling his heart not to worry was a different thing. What if he disappointed Oliver? What if he messed p bad enough that Oliver told him to leave? What if…?

“Stop!” the command cut through his panic like a knife through butter.

Silas realized Toby and Daniel had let him go and he was shaking badly. The command had come from Carlos who was now moving nearer.

“What are you thinking. Tell me all of it now.” Although Carlos’ tone was firm and brooked no argument his face was gentle and Silas drew a shuddering breath.

After he’d told Carlos everything Daniel and Toby tried to break in, but Carlos held up a hand and they stopped.

“Silas, I’m not going to tell you you’re being stupid or that you shouldn’t have those feelings and thoughts. I will tell you a story though.”

Carlos led Silas to a chair and made him sit.

“I got out the army a few years ago. I wasn’t in a good way and was feeling rather sorry for myself. I didn’t want to see anyone and I basically locked myself in my small apartment.

“You see I was a sniper and someone had told the enemy where to find me and my team. My team died getting me out alive. I blamed myself and I was sure I wasn’t good enough to be around other people. Needless to say, I was discharged quietly and told to get help.

“Oliver and Tara didn’t give up and after a few months, they took matters into their own hands. Oliver broke down my door and Tara dragged me to see Anna. Oliver then informed me that I was a partner in the club he and Tara were running and I was expected to be there at oh-nine-hundred on Monday morning to learn the ropes.

“When I did my first shift at the bar I was terrified. I thought what if trouble starts up? what if someone tries to start a fight and I can’t talk them down? What if I freaked out and people started laughing at me? Need I go on?”

Silas shook his head and tried to make sure his jaw wasn’t on the ground.

“What I’m saying is we all have fears and we all have to try and get past them. you will always have that voice in your head telling you you’re not good enough, or that you’re going to mess up. the hard part is telling that voice to fuck off and doing things anyway.

“Oliver is not going to let you leave here today as anything except a married couple. The only way you could escape would be to convince him you don’t love and want to marry him. and that’s not true, now is it?”

Silas shook his head again. Music filtered through the closed door.

“That’s your cue.” Carlos rose from his crouch and straightened his suit. “You ready now?”

Silas swallowed and nodded. Then he had an idea.

“Will you escort me to Master Oliver, Sir?”

Carlos looked shocked for a moment, then he grinned and held out his arm.

“It would be my pleasure.”

And so Silas headed into the unknown with his brother’s Master on his arm and his brothers protecting his six.


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 60

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Chapter 60

Silas

Silas looked around at the flashing lights and pounding music. There were so many people. The dance floor was packed and bodies were rubbing together as men and women alike danced for all they were worth.

Toby led the way to the bar and the three men tried to get the attention of the barman.

“Well, aren’t you a cute thing,” a voice slurred in Silas’ ear. Spinning Silas was confronted with a man that could make Pavarotti look anorexic. The smell nearly knocked Silas on his ass and moved back bumping into Daniel.

“What?” Daniel turned and seemed just as stunned by the attention they’d garnered.

“Wow, there’s two of you. I can do both of you. I got the stamina of a-a-a elefart…no an elefont…no no wait I got it…”

By now the boys were laughing and Toby had joined them with their drinks.

“Ooh, three of a kind.”

Toby took one look at his chortling brothers and shook his head. “Sorry, but we’re all taken. Maybe you should think about calling it a night.”

The man laughed good naturedly and staggered off.

Toby found them a table and Silas elbowed him. “Aw, bro, you lost me a sure thing there.” He then creased up when Toby went bright red, even in the dark of the club lighting.

After a few drinks Silas decided he wanted to dance. It took some convincing but he soon had Toby and Daniel twirling and bobbing. Soon a fine sheen of sweat coated them but Silas was having too much fun to stop and get a drink.

“Okay, I need to stop and catch my breath. Come on you two.” Toby dragged Silas with one hand and caught up Daniel with the other.

They crowded up to the bar and got fresh drinks. They stayed standing and downed them fast. Toby got more and they found an empty booth to sit at.

Toby sighed. “It’s so good to see you both happy and smiling. I can’t believe how much has happened since I found you both again. And now Silas is getting married. And you, Daniel, are settling down. And I’ve got Tara, we’re slowly getting to know each other. if anyone had told me this would be our future I would have laughed in their faces. Now, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“A toast, to new beginnings and the putting the past where it belongs.”

All three raised their glasses and sipped.

Silas pouted until he finally got the others back on the dance floor. The music was loud and Silas was having the time of his life. The three of them dance together, blocking anyone who tried to get too close so they stayed in their own little world.

The music changed as the DJ announced the last set for the night. This set was slow and romantic and before the three could decide to leave or stay a familiar set of arms surrounded Silas from behind.

“May I have this dance, boy?”

Silas shivered as Oliver’s words were breathed across his neck. “Yes, Sir.”

He looked up briefly to see Carlos dancing with Daniel and Tara with Toby.

Now, this was the perfect night.


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 59

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Chapter 59

Two months later

Silas

“Are you sure you’re not rushing into this?” Daniel asked for the tenth time making Silas roll his eyes.

“Bro, we’ve spent our lives either rushing ahead of our peers or being held captive. I nearly lost you not long ago and it brought home to me that we need to grab every moment because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I know Oliver loves me and I know I can trust him. I also know I love him and I need him. He stills the restlessness in me. With him I don’t need the pain to help me forget the bad times, I have him and any pain he gives me is for pleasure, or reward, now. He treats me as an equal with a mind of my own. He doesn’t think I’m a freak because of my love of pain. I wouldn’t say I’m over what happened, I don’t think I will ever be over everything that has happened to us. But, he—”

“Okay, okay, I get it,” Daniel chuckled. “I know what you mean. I trust Carlos as much I trust you and Toby. That is scary, but exhilarating at the same time. I’ve done things with him that should have had me running for the hills. But, I find myself discovering new things to enjoy and I’ve only had a handful of panic attacks so far. Carlos is able to switch instantly during a scene and has worked out ways to mostly calm me down before the attacks take hold. I know it’s going to be a long journey, but for once I can see light at the end of the long tunnel, instead of more darkness.”

Silas wiped a tear from his eye and pulled his brother in for a long hug. They had come so far from the boys that were left at the mercy of a monster. The work Toby had started by saving them from their Master was now being continued by Oliver and Carlos. Of course, it helped that their masters were both dishy. They’d gone from lonely young boys to men who had friends and people who loved them above all else.

The door opened and Toby entered. “What’s with the tears. Bro, it’s your wedding day tomorrow and tonight is your bachelor party.”

“Are you sure I should be doing this? I’ve never been to a club before. I don’t even know if I can dance.” Silas pulled at the shirt Toby had picked out for him and grimaced. The top was shiny and gold and had to be at least a size—if not two sizes—too small for him. when he’d pointed this out to his chuckling brothers they’d just laughed harder. Although, Daniel’s laughter had stopped when he saw that Toby had gotten him a matching outfit. Right down to the tight pants that left nothing to any imagination.

To chuckled out loud when a pillow hit him in the face.

“Stop laughing at me. I look ridiculous.” Daniel turned furiously to Toby. “You can’t actually expect us to go out looking like this, do you? What happened to the protective brother who wanted to keep us wrapped in cotton wool?”

Toby just smirked then shocked both Silas and Daniel with his next statement.

“Oh, I didn’t pick out the outfits. Your Masters did.”


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 58

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Chapter 58

Daniel

Daniel watched as Oliver eagerly dragged Silas off the stage. He was happy for his brother, he really was. But, he couldn’t help but be jealous. Even though he knew that he wasn’t ready for that kind of advancement in his and Carlos’ relationship, it didn’t stop him being a bit envious.

“That will be us one day, boy.” Carlos’ whisper sent a shiver down his spine. “When you’re ready it will be you on your knees accepting my collar and then standing beside me as we marry. Until then I believe we have an appointment in one of the private rooms.”

Carlos led the way to the backroom and Daniel bit his lip as he wondered what his master had set up for him. He was sure he’d seen a few secret conversations between Carlos, Toby, and Silas. Just what had his brothers said about him?

He let out a gasp when he entered the room and saw the candlelight. There were at least a hundred little flames lighting the room. In the center of the room was a table set with plates of food and a bottle of something sitting a cooler. But the main attraction was the chair. There was only one chair and it had cuffs at the arms and legs. An envelope with Daniel’s name on it sat on the seat.

“Well, go on and open it, boy,” Carlos ordered.

Daniel tried to still his shaking as he reached for the letter and pulled the folded sheet of paper out.

Daniel,

You are cordially invited to a taste testing at the time and place of your master’s convenience.

You will be bound and blindfolded, at the mercy of your master until he decides to release you.

RSVP Immediately

Yours

Master Carlos

Daniel looked from the paper to his master.

“So, what’s your answer?”

Daniel bit his lip some more. Blindfolds had been a hard limit since he joined the club. He needed to be able to see who was doing what to him at any given time. But, he had discussed trying new things with Carlos. Was he ready for this?

He took a deep breath and nodded.

“Words boy. I need to hear you say you understand what you’re agreeing to.”

“I understand, Sir.”

“Your safe word is red and the audio monitoring in this room is still active—although the visual is off. That way you know someone else is listening out for you too.”

Daniel wanted to say he trusted Carlos without the audio monitoring, but he knew his master was trying to make him feel as safe as possible and so all he said was, “I understand, Sir.”

Daniel allowed himself to be lead to the chair and secured to it. Every time he felt his panic rising he concentrated on his Master’s touch and let the confidence of His movements ease his panic away.

He nearly called a halt when the blindfold slid over his eyes. The material was thick and snug fitting, it allowed no light in, even around the edges. He started to shake and only calmed when his master’s hand ran gently over his head and slid down to squeeze the back of his neck in reassurance.

His attention was then distracted by something cold and wet touching his lips. Opening his mouth he was treated to the sweetness of a ripe strawberry. Strawberries were his favorite fruit and he moaned his pleasure at the treat to his senses.

The next strawberry was covered in chocolate. His master took the time to lick the excess chocolate of his lips and draw him into a deep kiss. Before drawing away and offering up something else to Daniel’s lips.

Time took on no meaning as Daniel was fed all manner of fruit and other sweets foods, spaced out with sips of a sweet juice drink he couldn’t identify. All of them were his favorites and as least the question of what Toby and Silas had been saying was answered.

By the time his master removed the blindfold Daniel was full and sleepy from too much food. He watched as carlos moved around the room blowing out the candles and turning on some low level lamps. Daniel was then untied and led to a small couch to be curled into his master’s lap to rest.

The most important thing he heard as he drifted was a whispered, “Good Boy.”

 

 


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 57

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I am sorry for the missed weeks, things got a bit hectic. An update will be posted Monday to give an idea of new scheduals.

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I didn’t choose  prompt this week as none seemed to fit the scene i wanted to protray.


Chapter 57

Daniel

Daniel looked around the club. How could everything still look the same when he felt so different? In a few months his life had changed beyond recognition. He no longer had to fear anyone coming after him. He and Silas were safe and had new Masters who loved them and wanted what was best for them.

Daniel watched as Carlos demonstrated the right way to give an erotic spanking. Silas was obviously in heaven and only connected to earth via his Master’s hand landing at even intervals on his ass. His eyes looked glazed and he barely twitched as each strike landed.

When Carlos stopped Silas didn’t move and adaniel listened to Carlos’ lecture on checking regularly on a sub and checking they are able to safeword if they need to. He pointed out that since Silas was no longer responding when asked for a color as his master Carlos had taken the decision that the scene had ended.

“As a Master you are responsible for the welfare of any sub under your care,” Carlos continued to lecture as he ran a hand over Silas’ body soothing his boy. “Color boy,” he snapped out suddenly. Silas’ only reply was a moan that caused a ripple of chuckles to pass through the crowd. “When a sub is no longer able to articulate when asked a question all play must stop. Monitors roam the club at all times, they can will intervene at any time they feel a sub is being used beyond their limits or is unable to make a coherent choice to continue. Any Master breaking this rule or refusing to cooperate with the monitors will have their membership revoked and their name will be passed on to other clubs in the area. Safe. Sane. And Consensual. Those are the three things this club is built on. Now, I am going to see to my boy. The next demonstration is Shibari with Master Oliver and his boy Daniel. It starts in an hour, so fill your glasses and enjoy the music in the break.”

Daniel turned to glare at his Master. “You didn’t tell me we were down for a demo tonight.” He kept his tone low, he didn’t want to cause his Master any embarrassment.

“No, I didn’t. Because I wanted it to be a surprise. I have a lovely gold rope that is going to go beautifully against your skin. Let’s go and set up.”

“Yes, Sir.”

***

Carlos

Oliver looked to Carlos as they both once again took the stage at the end of the night. “You sure about this?”

“Yes. It has to be now.” Carlos looked resolute, Oliver shrugged and moved to the edge of the stage.

“Friends, there is one more bit of business to take care of before the club closes for the night. Please welcome Master Carlos and his boy Silas back to the stage.”

There was clapping as Carlos moved forward and Silas accended the steps from the club floor. He knelt before his master and waited.

Carlos took the mic off Oliver and began to speak. “The bond between a Master and his or her sub is different depending on the couple. It can be temporary for the duration of a scene or specified contract term. Or it can be more permeant. I am here tonight to ask you all to witness as I ask my boy to accept a collar as a symbol of my pledge to look after him in all ways. I will push him when I feel he needs it, I will cherish him as he serves me, and finally I will love him as he deserves.”

He looked down into Silas’ wide eyes. A raised eye brow seemed to be all the boy needed to pull himself out of his shock.

“Sir, I would be honored to wear your collar. I will endeavor to serve you to the best of my abilities. I will always strive to be the best I can be for you and to obey you in all things.”

As he closed the collar over his boy’s neck Carlos bit his cheek to stop the tears he felt prickling his eyes. Master do not cry in public he chastised himself. There would be time for that later, in private. The love he felt for Silas in that moment defied description and the fact he could see the love shining in the gaze meeting his was the most perfect feeling in the world.

Now for the next part….

Looking over the cheering crowd Carlos called for order again. “As we all know society doesn’t yet understand the significance of a collar. They have their own prejudices and things they think of as normal. So, I have another question for my boy.” He looked at Silas and pulled in his courage. “Silas, you have agreed to obey me in all things. I therefore am giving you your first order as your now permeant Master.

“I am ordering you to marry me, as soon as can be arranged.”

 


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-….And All Shall Fade to Black by Layla Dorine

…And All Shall Fade to Black Blurb

Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one.

Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship. Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them.

As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.

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Excerpt

All of Jax’s restless shuffling was starting to make Danny a little nervous, especially when he noticed Jax’s eyes dart around the hall. “Hey, what’s going on? Do you want to come in?”

Jax sighed heavily and shook his head. “No thanks, just wanted to say I was sorry. I saw the sticky notes you left on my door, I just, I’m sorry I didn’t respond.”

“No problem, I figured you were busy at the shop and stuff, it’s no big deal. I had free time and thought you might want to hang out if you didn’t have anything else to do.”

That just seemed to make Jax shuffle more.

“I um, didn’t have anything going on. I just didn’t want to hang out is all.”

“Oh.”

“Like I said, I’m sorry. It was really cool of you to come down to the shop and pick me up the other night, you didn’t have to do that. You deserve better than me ignoring you.”

“Yeah,” Danny said. “I do, and I deserve better than an apology too. I deserve to know why you’ve been ignoring me, did I do something wrong? If it was about the way I kissed you in the alley, I’m not sorry. I’d wanted to do that since you kissed me in the hall and to be honest, you sent out some pretty mixed singles with how into it you got kissing me back, ‘cause I sure ended that night thinking you were interested in…something. If you’re worried that I’m looking for something intensely serious between us, don’t be. I just got out of a shitty relationship I went into way too fast. I’m not about to make the same mistake again.”

“Yeah, I-I wasn’t trying to assume anything.”

“Weren’t you? Isn’t that exactly why you ignored me? Look, you made it pretty clear you had relationship issues and so did I. Figured as long as we were being honest with one another, we could see where things might go.”

“I-We could.”

“No, we can’t, because I’ve been down this road one too many times and it always seems to be the guys who at heart, come across as being really nice, nothing like the jerks I actually end up dating. No, you guys blow into someone’s life full of fun and hope and laughter, only to blow right back out again, and the thing that sucks is, I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what it is I’m doing so wrong to make it happen. Maybe you can tell me.”

“I don’t…it’s nothing you did.”

“Oh please, spare me the ‘it isn’t you it’s me’ speech, I’ve about had my fill of that one. What I don’t get though, is why you asked to hang out with me if you were going to turn around and ignore me afterwards? Did I bore you? I did try to warn you that hanging out in a playhouse watching a rehearsal wasn’t going to be very exciting.”

“I enjoyed the rehearsal.”

“Yeah whatever.”

“I did!” Jax snapped, “Whatever other kind of asshole I might be, I don’t lie.”

That gave Danny pause, and he stared up at Jax’s stormy expression, which for the first time was actually fully focused on him.

“Well that’s something at least. But it doesn’t change the fact that I’m just done. I’m tired of getting my hopes up. I’m tired of putting myself out there only to get stomped on. I’m tired of feeling like I’m somehow lacking or undeserving of good things because so many guys have shown me over and over again that I am not even friend material. Forgettable, that’s what I am. ‘Oh I’ll call you, we’ll go out sometime, have a coffee, see a movie, hang out.’ But the phone never rings and I get it, I do, I’m just not that interesting. But I’m also not in the mood for another person who wants to play games so thanks for the apology, I think it’s best if we go back to just being neighbors.”

My Review

I research the author must have done for this story astounds me. The detail that goes into each character in this story is wonderful.

I loved the journey we take with Jax and Danny. All the backstory that is slowly revealed and the whys of why Jax is how he is. How Danny helps him to see his future doesn’t have to be dictated by how his family was.

I highly recommend this read, but be warned you will need a large supply of tissues.

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About the Author

LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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OUT NOW – And All Shall Fade to Black by Layla Dorine

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Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one.

Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship. Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them.

As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.

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As he stood under the warm spray from the shower, some of the anger from the night before began to creep back in. Without a doubt, that had to be one of the stupidest things he’d ever done. In fact, if he were to rank a lifetime of insanity and bad decisions, that one was floating somewhere between number two and number five in a very long list.

It wasn’t like it was going to make a difference, the small guy, what the fuck he’d said his name was, Denny, Danny, whatever, had probably bailed the asshole out and was up making him breakfast and laying his shit out for work. Dumbass.

Jax sighed and brushed the water out of his eyes. His sister would tell him he was being a cynic, that not everyone was like their mom had been. Fuck that noise, Steph saw rainbows and sunshine in everything. Even when people pissed her off she just smiled and somehow or another managed to win them over. That wasn’t him, had never been him and never would be.  People only showed you good when they wanted something, or when they wanted you to like them. As soon as they’d suckered you in, who they really were tended to emerge and he’d learned early on that it was safer to play with pit bulls then people. At least a dog wasn’t gonna bite you unless you provoked them to.

People on the other hand…

Turning the water off, he shook his head, sending water droplets everywhere before grabbing a towel and quickly drying off. He’d barely pulled on his jeans when someone began knocking on his door. For a moment, he considered ignoring it, but the knocking grew more insistent and with a groan he resigned himself to the fact that whoever it was just wasn’t going to go away.

Muttering curses he stalked to the door and yanked it open, only to see the top of Denny-Danny’s head. The smaller man looked up at him with a sheepish grin, the bruises on his face and neck looking much worse in the light.

“Hi, umm,” Danny stammered, as Jax crossed his arms and leaned against the doorframe, wondering how long this was going to take.

“I umm, I just wanted to, ummm,” Danny continued, looking around awkwardly. “You didn’t have to help last night, and umm, I just want to thank you.”

“Is that all?” Jax asked abruptly, pushing away from the doorway. “Don’t expect it to happen again.”

Danny took a step back, eyes widening in shock at Jax’s harsh tone. “I-I don’t, I mean, I-I won’t.”

“Good. And do me a favor, try and keep it down the next time you guys decide to fight. No one else needs to hear that shit.”

Jax reached for the door, intent on shutting it, when Danny slammed his hand against the door, stopping him. Jax blinked, glancing from Danny’s hand to his face and back again.

“Do you have a problem?” Jax asked, feeling himself tense, readying for confrontation. He watched the mired of expression that played across Danny’s face, from shock to outrage, to furious indignation, and couldn’t be bothered to worry about where the whole situation might lead. The coward had showed his true colors in the hallway. Nothing he did now would change Jax’s mind about him.

“I didn’t ask for your help last night,” Danny sputtered, weight pressed against the door.

Jax knew he could close it if he truly wanted to, but this was almost amusing.

“I’m grateful to you, f-for what you did, but if you were gonna be an asshole about it, why’d you even bother at all? Or did you think you were coming to help a woman? Sorry to disappoint you.”

“Yeah, I did think it was a woman getting the shit beat outta her,” Jax shot back. “And since you guys were loud as hell, it wasn’t like I could sleep through it or anything.”

Chin trembling, Danny raised his head. It looked to Jax like it was actually taking him some effort to look at him. His one cinnamon colored eye was almost swollen shut, the dark blue bruise around it making the sliver of color stand out even more.

 

“Look, I didn’t mean to disturb your night. I didn’t ask for him to go off on me like that. He was higher than I’ve ever seen him and to be honest, I’m still not sure exactly what set him off.”

“But you know he uses, and you live with him anyway. Bet you bailed him out too, didn’t you?” Jax shot back, scowling. “Apologized for everything, made him breakfast and even promised to make him a nice dinner tonight when he came home from work, right?”

Danny’s eyes narrowed and his fingers curled into a fist against the door. Jax licked his lips, waiting to see if Danny was actually going to attempt something. Not like he wanted to hurt the guy, he already looked hurt enough, but he seemed to be mustering up more outrage now than he’d shown the night before.

“Actually, I pressed charges against him and left his ass at the precinct when he called me at three in the morning begging me to come bail him out. I even called a moving van to get his shit out of here, rented a storage unit for them to put it in, and planned to invite you over for dinner to thank you, but you can pretty much forget that part of the plan. I don’t invite people into my life who are going to treat me like shit, and I sure as hell aren’t the type to actually forgive them and bail them out after they do. I don’t know what kind of people you’ve been around, but, not everyone likes to play the part of a human punching bag. Anyway, for what it’s worth, thank you for coming to my rescue, trust me when I say there will never be a need for it to happen again.”

About the Author

LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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