Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 50

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He slid his hand closer and closer to

Chapter 50


Toby staggered into the kitchen and pulled up sharply at the sight that met him.

Tara—Mistress Tara—was standing at his stove, frying something that had Toby’s stomach perking up and paying attention.

Another part of him was coming to attention at the view, though, and he wished was wearing something more substantial than his ratty, old, loose sleep pants.

Tara looked edible in low riding jeans and a tight top that looked as though it was painted on.

He must have made some sort of noise as she spun around with a hand to her chest.

A warmth he couldn’t—or didn’t want to—explain curled through him when she spotted him and her eyes lit up.

“You’re up,” She exclaimed moving around the kitchen island. “I was going to bring a tray up to you, but seeing as you’re down take a seat, the food nearly ready.”

Toby moved to a stool and watched as she returned to the stove and started plating food. A heaped plate was soon slid in front of him, with the command to, eat it all or else.

He worked his way through the mountain of food and nodded to Tara as she rambled on about her childhood spent with Oliver and Carlos, and the crazy things they got up to together.

When he finally pushed his empty plate back with a contented sigh, he had to admit he felt better than he had in ages. His head was clear and alert, and the headache he’d woken up with had backed off to a dull throb.

He startled as Tara’s hand appeared in front of his face waving some pain pills. “Take these.”

He rolled his eyes at the command and did as he was told. “You know, I’m not a child, right?” he pouted.

She just laughed and took the plates to the sink.

“So, what you got planned for the rest of today?” She washed the dishes as she spoke and Toby moved to grabbed a dish cloth to dry them.

The repetitive motion helped to center his thoughts. A glance at the clock told him it was already gone midday, he’d slept longer than he’d realized. “I really want to called my brothers. But, I don’t know if, for one, they’ll speak to me, or two, if they’re even awake yet. They weren’t badly hurt, but I’m sure the painkiller we were given would have knocked them out, just like they did me.”

“Why don’t you call Oliver and Carlos?” Tara passed him another plate.

“Yeah! Right! I really want to call one of the men who have placed themselves as my brothers’ protectors. They probably want to kill me for letting this happen. If I hadn’t been shouting at Danny—which I know he hates—he wouldn’t have run. Harold wouldn’t have got to him. And he wouldn’t have gotten hurt—again.”

Suddenly his breath whoosh out of him and he found himself backed against the nearest wall.

“You are not to blame for this mess. Could you have done things different? Of course. Could Harold have got the drop on Daniel—or even Silas—some other time of place? Yes. The only ones to blame are the two bastards now languishing in hell.”

Toby stared at her, wide eyed in shock. She let out a huff and then crashed her lips down on his.

The kiss was hard, teeth clashing and biting. All the frustration, the worry, the anger was pushed into that kiss. Toby felt nails biting into his bare sides, hard enough he was going to be sporting scratches. He wrapped his arms around her and slid his hand closer and closer to….

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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 49

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Chapter 49


Daniel felt like he was floating. He was comfortable and could feel Silas curled up behind him, gently snoring into his neck. He stiffened at the sound of the door opening, only relaxing when he recognized Oliver’s whispering voice.

“They look cute, don’t they?” Oliver was saying.

“Yeah, so innocent too. Like butter wouldn’t melt.” Carlos’ voice agreed. “Let’s let them sleep. I’m sure they’re exhausted.”

The door shut and Daniel closed his eyes.

“They’re sweet. But, did they really think they could sneak in and us not realize.” Silas’ voice sounded amused.

“They don’t know we’ve had to be so vigilant in the past. Let them keep their idea that we’re just innocent and cute. I think I like being considered cute.”

Silas chuckled and Daniel let sleep take him in its sweet embrace once more.


“So, what do we do now?” Oliver asked.

Carlos looked up from the brandy he was swirling in his glass. “What do you mean?”

“About the boys. They only agreed for us to be their Masters while they needed protecting from the serial killer. Now, he’s dead. So, as I said, what do we do now?”

Shock ran through Carlos’ body at Oliver’s words. He couldn’t lose his boy. He’d only just got him to start opening up to him. He wanted to be the one to teach Daniel how it felt to be cared for, pampered, and…loved.

His shock tripled. He loved Daniel. There was no doubt left in his mind. He was not going to lose his boy.

Carlos glanced at his friend and saw him still waiting for an answer. “What do you want to do?” he didn’t want to be the first to lay his feelings out on the table.

Oliver took a swig of his beer and seemed to think long and hard before he answered. “I want to keep Silas. Not only as my boy. I want him as my partner in life.”

Carlos nodded. “I feel the same. The question now is, what do we tell them? And how do we convince them to stay with us?”

“We could ask them out on a proper date, lay it all out, and ask them to stay with us.”

“But, what I they say no?”

Carlos suppressed a laugh at his friend’s face. Oliver looked like a puppy about to lose his favorite toy.

“We can’t just order them to date us.” Carlos laughed shaking his head.

“Why, not?” Oliver sounded like a petulant child now and Carlos found himself transported back to their teenage years when he was always the one to bring a healthy dose of reality into his friend’s wacky ideas.

“Because we don’t own them. Not really. Our only hope is to seduce and conquer.” Carlos waited for Oliver’s nod before continuing, “So, we’ve had a few weeks to get to know the boys, what do you think they’ll enjoy?”

“Silas likes the movies and reading, oh, and math’s.”

“Math’s?” Carlos asked incredulously.

“What?” Oliver’s tone was defensive. “He does like maths. He’s a math’s genius.”

Carlos finally lost the fight and started chuckling. Everything bubbled up and overflowed. All the worry, all the rushing about, everything. the laugh took on a hysterical edge and before he realized what had happened Oliver had him wrapped in his arms and both were in tears.

When the tears stopped he felt better than he had in days.


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Cover Reveal – Touches Series by Alina Popescu

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Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.


Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…

Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.

Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?

A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?

Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?

Touches by Alina Popescu

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With a noncommittal grunt, Tudor turned around and walked toward the door. Radu could follow or not, he didn’t much care. He went straight to the reception area and asked if there was a place to eat nearby. They were exactly five minutes from Times Square, so he expected fancy, expensive, and not necessarily the best food ever. The guy at reception was their first guardian angel in this city and told them about a nice little diner down the street from the hotel. Tudor moaned his approval and saw the teen swoon a little. He thanked him with an unnecessarily wide grin, just to make him feel good about himself and headed through the door.

“So we’re eating greasy diner food?”

“Radu, most of your lunches at work are either KFC or McDonalds. Don’t tell me you’re suddenly worried about your health and what goes into your mouth.”

“Well, no, but I’d expected you to be… you know?”

“Be what?” Tudor said, stopping in his tracks and shoving his hands into his jeans’ pockets.

“You know!” Radu insisted, a sleazy grin twisting his face. “All about health and your looks.”

Tudor chuckled and shrugged, then continued toward the diner he could now see. He licked his lips in anticipation—diner food was one of his many, many very guilty pleasures—feeling a tingle of delight in his gut. On his last trip to the US, he’d eaten every meal of every day in a diner, until he was so sick of the stuff that he needed a break. A short one, half a day, to be exact, and then he’d started it all over again until he went back home.

“No, seriously. I did not expect you to eat anything that was not healthy and tasteless,” Radu whined as they were shown to a booth in the rather large diner.

“That’s because you have misconceptions about a lot of things,” Tudor hissed through his teeth. “Healthy food does not mean tasteless. It just means healthy. And while I do work out a lot and generally take care of myself, I pretty much eat anything. I just don’t indulge often in all the crap you gulp down every day.”

“Is that because the boys wouldn’t want you anymore?” Radu asked, grinning wolfishly, as if he’d finally gotten an official come-out speech. For a second, Tudor worried if they had some sort of betting game at work, something like how many days it would take for him to either come out or kill Radu. Then he realized they surely did, most likely on both counts.

“Well, I do enjoy being attractive, it makes it easier to get whoever I want into my bed. That’s not the only reason why I prefer healthy food though. I’d been on the school’s volleyball team throughout high school and have been taking karate lessons since secondary school. I just got used to eating like that.”

“So you’re a black belt and can kill me with your fork or something?”

“I don’t need any weapon to kill you, Radu,” Tudor said, lowering his voice and smiling sweetly at him. He was delighted to see Radu’s eyes pop out and his breath hitching. Yeah, fucker, you should be afraid.

About the author

Alina PopescuWriter, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.

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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 48

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Chapter 48


Daniel shivered at Carlos’ voice calling through the door.

“So, should we answer? Or should we see what he does if we ignore him?” Silas giggled against Daniel’s shoulder.

Daniel thought about it, then shook his head at his brother’s unrepentant grin. Raising his voice slightly Daniel called out, “We’re fine.”

“Call if you need anything,” Carlos said and they heard footsteps moving away from the door.

“What if, what we need is a cock up our ass?” Silas whispered.

Daniel let out a choking laugh, his brother always knew how to make him smile. “You’ve always liked a cock up your ass,” he teased shyly.

They were free!

It was just starting to sink in. They were free to live their lives however they wished. No more orders. No more punishments. No more expectations. And best of all, no more looking over their shoulders.

“You okay Danny?” Silas’ voice interrupted his thoughts.

Daniel shook his head to clear it and smiled. “Yes, I was just realizing how much is before us now.”

A knock interrupted whatever Silas was going to say in return.

“Are you two coming out anytime soon? Or are you asleep?”

Silas rolled his eyes and Daniel joined him.

“We’re coming,” he called out and looked at his pruning fingers. “Come on, Bro, I need you to help me get out.”

A few painful moves later saw warm towels wrapped around both of them. Silas turned the lock and led the way out.


Carlos jerked when he heard the lock snick open and moved away from the door as Silas, then Daniel appeared.

Daniel had a towel around his hips and a second round his shoulders. The exposed patches of skin Carlos could see had darkening bruises covering them. he clenched his teeth as anger ripped through him again. He’d already beat up the punching bag in the basement while the brothers bathed. He wished he could bring the bastards back to life and kill them time and time again. They both deserved to suffer more than they had, a quick death had been too good for them.

Silas clearing his throat brought Carlos’ attention back to why he was there. “When you’ve stopped perving on my brother’s ass, do you think we could get some clothes to sleep in?”

Carlos spun to star at the small man. Had he really just said that? A flick of Silas’ eyes sent Carlos’ gaze to Daniela and his heart stopped. Daniel was blushing a deep red, almost matching his hair. He was gorgeous. No man Carlos had ever met looked better than his boy.

“I, um, have some T-shirts here that should do for sleeping.” He turned to where he’d dropped a pile of clothes. “This one’s mine,” he said as he handed a faded grey military T-shirt to Daniel. “And this one is Oliver’s. He wanted me to give it to you.” The one he handed to Silas was red and read I’m sexy and I know it, on the front.

Silas laughed delightedly and dropped the towel’s in a pile to pull on the top. It covered him to mid-thigh and he headed for the bed.

Carlos turned to check on Daniel and damn near swallowed his tongue. Daniel had dropped the towels and tried to pull the top over his head. But, he’d got the shirt twisted and stuck.

“Daniel, I’m just going to untangle you okay?” Carlos waited for the clothed covered head to nod before he touched his boy.

A few pulls and Daniel’s red face popped through the top. After smoothing the shirt down Carlos dropped a kiss on his boys startled nose and hustled him into bed with his brother.

Making sure both boys were tucked in Carlos took his leave.

“Oliver’s room is outside and to the left, and mine is to the right. Just call or knock if you need us.”

He headed out the door before he could give in to temptation and get in to cuddle with Daniel.


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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 47

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Prompt used:

“Where do you think you’re going?”

Chapter 47


“Where do you think you’re going?”

Toby looked around to stare at Tara. “I’m going to bed. Since I can’t be with my brothers I want to take some pain pills and get some sleep.” He wasn’t really that tired but he did want to be alone for a while. Well, actually, what he wanted was to be with his brothers, but Sherri had insisted that he and Daniel needed constant supervision for twenty-four hours’ minimum. Tara had then apparently said she’d watch him while Oliver took Daniel. Silas had, of course, decided to follow Daniel and Toby hadn’t known whether he was welcome to follow them to Carlos and Oliver’s place or not. So, here he was at home alone with Tara. He’d talked her into letting him go to his own home so he was comfortable, but he couldn’t convince her to leave.

A hand on his shoulder shocked him out of his dark thoughts. His reactions kicked in immediately and he turned slamming the person behind him down on the floor and straddling them. he cursed as Tara’s wide eyes came into focus under him.

“Shit!” He jumped up and went to rush away, only stopping when Tara grabbed his arm.

“Stop.” She demanded.

Ignoring her he twisted out of her grip and ran up the stairs. As soon as he was in his room he slammed the door and twisted the lock home. Panting for breath he set his back to the nearest wall and slid down ‘til he was sitting on the carpet.

His head hurt, his eyes were burning with tears, and he didn’t know what to do.

He’d let his brothers down—again. He hadn’t been able to stop Daniel getting hurt. He hadn’t even been able to save Silas, if it hadn’t been for Carlos he may be dead, and Silas may have got hurt as well as Daniel. What idiotic trained undercover agent doesn’t check out an entire room before engaging the enemy? What fucking idiot left his backup behind?

Toby moved his hands to his bandaged head and let the tears fall.


Did Toby really think a locked door was going to keep her out? Tara snorted, she’d been picking locks since she was sixteen. She wasn’t going to go against the medic’s orders. Twenty-four hour’s supervision were her orders, and supervised he was going to be.

Five minutes and she was easing the door open. She took in the sight of Toby curled on the floor and crouched beside him. Carefully, she patted his knee to get his attention, she didn’t want to startle him again. Although, if there’d been a bed to catch her? No, there was time to think things like that later. When everyone had had time to heal.

When she got no response, she moved to put an arm around his shoulders. He let out a low cry and turned into her arms. She held him tight and waited as he cried. This seemed to have been a long time coming and very much needed.

He cried himself out and soon fell asleep. Tara was glad he was small like his brothers and lifted him to set him on the bed.

She tucked him in and settled herself beside him sitting against the headboard. Finding the TV remote on the bedside table, she activated the big screen mounted on the opposite wall and found one of her favorite shows.

It was going to be a long night.

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Update – and how I’ve decided to torture myself this time…. #DeChox #Sponsor

Hi, Everyone.

A writing update first.

My usual publisher Wayward Ink is currently on a break for the foreseeable future, due to staff illness. 

I wish the staff a swift recovery and will look forward to working with the company again as soon as it is up and running once more.

I have submitted a short story to another publisher, and I am awaiting a reply as we speak.

The rewrite of Andrew and Jamie’s story is almost complete. of course, I now have to find a publisher willing to take it. I’m not really interested in self-publishing this early in my writing career.

The triplets story is almost complete and I am already working on a plan for the next Wednesday briefs story. I’m hoping to get a head start and therefore not miss weeks this time round.

On to a personal update…

I have decided to take part in a DeChox, raising money for The British Heart Foundation.

For the entirety of March, I am not allowed to have any products that contain cocoa powder. That, of course, includes, chocolate, hot chocolate, anything containing choc chips, etc…

I am asking that if anyone wishes to support me and, through me, the cause, please sponsor me by clicking the link below. The donation can be made anonymously, via paypal, or credit/debit card. It is completely secure and the money goes directly to the charity, instead of me having to pay anything in.

A new chapter for the triplets will be up tomorrow. Until then, hope everyone is well and having a good week.



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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 46

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I’m sorry for missing last week, I haven’t been well, then my daughter came down with a bug as well. Add to that builders and repairmen and my week was rather hectic.

Prompt used:

“Where’s a time machine when you need one?”

Chapter 46


Daniel gratefully let Carlos take his weight and lead him into the large home him and Oliver shared. Normally he would have either been eager to look around, or too scared to move. But, after the last day he just wanted to go to bed and forget.

“The guest room is this was,” Carlos’ voice interrupted Daniel’s thoughts softly. “I’ll get you settled while Oliver takes care of Silas.”

“Can Silas stay with me?” Daniel asked. He needed his brother nearby. He’d almost lost his family, again. He wanted to reassure himself that Silas at least was unhurt and alive.

“Of course, he can. You do realize there’s only one bed, though, don’t you?”

Daniel laughed. “Silas and I have been sharing a bed for years. Even after Toby rescued us we slept better if the other was there.”

Carlos nodded thoughtfully and Daniel was too tired to figure out what was going through his master’s mind.

Carlos led Daniel to a small cozy room and ran him a warm bath. After ensuring he would be okay to undress and get him alone he hurried off to locate Silas.

Daniel undressed slowly and painfully. He had refused Carlos’ help because he didn’t want his caring master to see all the bruises he was sure were littering his body. He gingerly lowered himself into the bath and let out a low groan as the warm water hit all his sore spots.

“I’m in the bath,” he called out in response to Silas’ voice coming from the adjoining bedroom.

Silas stopped at the door and ran an assessing gaze over Daniel. “He really did a number on you, didn’t he? How bad do really hurt? And I don’t mean what you told Carlos or that weird team.”

“I’ve had worse,” Daniel shrugged. “But, I must admit I had forgotten how painful it is to breath with suspected cracked ribs. And my lip has just stopped stinging, so don’t make me laugh, or even smile. Why don’t you join me, and you can wash my back. I want to get every trace of that place off.”

Silas nodded and after locking the door stripped and stepped in behind Daniel. He soaped up a cloth and rubbed it gently over Daniel’s shoulders and back.

“I’m sorry,” Daniel said softly. “I didn’t mean for all this to happen. I was just so angry and then I panicked. I was trying to get back, I promise. If only I’d kept hold of my phone. If only I’d—”

Silas cut him off with a gentle hand over his mouth. “Where’s a time machine when you need one? If only’s are great when you’re looking back with twenty-twenty vision. At least the bastard who was killing those men is dead and so is Harold. We never have to look over our shoulder for danger again. What are we going to do with our well-meaning brother?”

Daniel smiled, then cursed and frowned over his shoulder at Silas’ chuckle. “I see why he did what he did,” he conceded. “What I don’t like is that he didn’t tell us. I know it worked out this time but we still have those things in us. We need to decide at some point whether to get them taken out or not.” Silas nodded against his shoulder. Daniel continued, “Another thing we need to decide is what to do about our temporary masters.” He felt Silas jerk. “They only agreed to take us on to help protect us and to catch the killer. That’s done now.”

“You don’t think they’ll uncollar us, do you?” Silas sounded devastated and Daniel gritted his teeth so he could turn and hold his shivering brother. “I don’t know what to think. What I do think is we need to be sure what we want before we talk to them. Do you want to stay with Oliver? Do you trust him?” He waited but Silas didn’t answer. Although, his hand did creep up to touch where his collar usually sat when he was at the club. “I’ll go first. I trust Carlos and feel safe with him. If he’ll have me I would like to see where our relationship could go.”

Silas nodded. “I think I’d like that too. Oliver has this way of giving me shivers in the best way. He is also patient and kind, as well as, firm and strict. I think he is exactly what I’ve been searching for, for a long time.”

Before Daniel could reply a gain a knock on the door interrupted their time.

“Are you both okay in there?”

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