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Welcome back to Taboo’s Center Stage. Yesterday I let you know we’ve revamped my first gay erotic short story and the second edition is up and available for your reading pleasure. Today, I’m excited to be a part of a special blog hop. Each week, several authors post six paragraphs from one of their current WIPs or something they’ve already published. This week, I decided to share something from Forbidden Destiny (Fearless Love). Here’s a short blurb…
The Great Thunderbird Ethan has one mission— to save the Native American people. But first, he must find his Chosen Abraham, his promised soul mate. Separated for centuries, both men dream of being together again in their human and eagle forms. An unexpected twist of Fate brings them both to Army Ranger school at the same time. Will they finally have their happily ever or be torn apart once again
The following is from the beginning of the short story where I first introduced the present day Ethan to everyone by having him awaken abruptly from a dream that turned into a nightmare.
“No!” Ethan Quaderer’s eyes snapped open. Momentarily confused, his eyes darted around the dimly lit room. His own voice still rang in his ears. It took a moment for him to remember where he was—in the cabin he once shared with Abraham.
It’d been fifteen years since he’d allowed himself to set foot in it again. Even now, a small piece of him regretted coming back. Too many memories crashed back to him the moment he drove up the private road toward the lake and the bald eagle nesting area. He had struggled to keep the tears at bay, but to no avail. He’d finally returned to the one place where he could let all the emotions come back to the surface, including how broken he’d been the day Abraham walked out of his life. Those memories frightened him just as much as the dreams. Each time he and Abraham approached the moment where they were to join their souls, he and his eagle spirit vanished.
The suddenness of Abraham’s disappearance in his dream world had opened up the old wounds in his heart. No amount of distraction had kept the pain from returning to him night after night. God knew he had tried hard to forget. Each and every mission he’d gone out on with his team provided temporary relief at best. His mind had never let him forget for very long. The instant he fell asleep, every single moment came back to him live and in living color.
Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to stay in the cabin. I could’ve stayed on base or even rented something closer but something keeps calling me back here. I’ve got to face it once and for all. No more running.
Ethan slipped on his boxers and made his way to the kitchen. Halfway down the hallway, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee reached his nose and brought a smile to his face. The woman he’d hired to manage the property thought of everything—including setting the timer on the coffeemaker. The fully stocked refrigerator and pantry had also been her handy work. Ethan didn’t have much time to shop for supplies and had requested a few basics in his email that had requested the cabin be free for his arrival. Since he’d been deployed, he’d allowed the property to be rented out to others but had never considered selling it.
It was the place he’d bared his soul to the man he loved. He’d never believed for one moment the feelings weren’t reciprocated. In fact, he knew without a doubt Abraham had loved him just as deeply. Unfortunately, Abraham’s old demons had interfered in the end and caused him to doubt who and what he was—who both of them were to their tribes and to each other.
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