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The Closet Boy
Iron Eagle Gym #4
Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.
Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.
There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.
“I clean up. It’s hard work, but not taxing.”
“Doesn’t sound very exciting, though, hmm? What’s your dream job?”
Way looked up at him, utterly confused. “I don’t guess I know. What do you do?”
“I make jewelry. Leather and stones.”
“Oh, that’s cool. I’ve never met anyone who could do that.”
“Yeah. I’m a freak. A big giant jewelry geek.” He winked, totally teasing.
“That’s neat, to be an artist. Did you go to school for it?”
Neal shook his head. “I learned from a master jeweler. It was pretty cool.”
“I bet it was. Are you in catalogs?”
“I have an agent. She takes care of all that. I just make my pieces.” It kind of rocked.
“Wow.” Way offered him a smile, quiet and gentle. “You must be proud.”
“I… I’m happy.” He was doing what he loved and getting paid for it. It didn’t get much better than that.
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Neal is a jewelry maker, and he gets paid quite well for it, too. He uses precious and semi-precious stones. It’s funny because there are some stones I find beautiful and others less so and it’s got nothing to do with their value, in fact many of my favorites are from the less valuable side.
Here are my top ten favorite gems (notice how many of them are in the purple and blue range)
5. rose quartz
4. lace agate
3. lapis lazuli
2. emerald1. amethyst
More about the author:
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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