Friday, November 20, 2015

Freebie Friday: ...And All Shall Fade To Black (Part 12)

“Thanks, today was pretty awesome,” Jax told Danny as they reached the top of the stairs and the door to Danny’s apartment.

“Yeah, it was, though I still think one of the best parts was you snarfing diet soda. Was a huge plus that it was green too.”

“Shut up you!” Jax couldn’t help but laugh though, it had been kinda funny. “At least I wasn’t the one talking about having a recipe for moccasins.”

Danny nearly choked he started laughing so hard, and by the time he stopped he was wiping tears from his eyes while Jax studied him. 

Jax couldn't believe how hard it was to take his eyes off of Danny. Danny was the furthest thing from what he was usually attracted to. It wasn’t just that he was smaller than Jax and  more into books than being outdoors, it wasn’t even that he hadn’t fought back against his ex, though that would typically have been a major turn off. It was mostly that he'd figured them to be too different, all the way across the board, until today, when somehow they’d managed to have a completely awesome time while blending both of their likes into an amazing tour of the city.

Jax couldn’t remember the last time he’d had that much fun with anyone, or laughed so hard, outside of hanging out with Callum and Max and he’d never considered dating either of them. Not the way he was considering asking Danny if he wanted to go out sometime.

“You’re not going to let me live that down, are you?” Danny asked.

Jax paused and looked thoughtful, smirking as several thoughts slid through his mind. “Maybe,” he said at last. “If you’ll come over sometimes and show me exactly how one might go about preparing moccasin medium rare and what kind of spices to use.”

They both ended up laughing then, deep, gasping, full on belly laughter, and when they stopped, they were face to face, eye to eye.

Jax licked his lips and Danny’s eyes widened as Jax moved in closer.

This is stupid

The inner voice in Jax’s mind screamed at him to put on the breaks and pull back. This was his neighbor, maybe even a potential friend, the last thing he needed was to make shit awkward when he decided to start listing all the reasons that it wouldn’t work between them.

And yet…he couldn’t make himself stop.

As if on its own accord, Jax’s hand reached out to cup Danny’s cheek, one finger brushing along the still fading bruise beneath Danny’s eye as he shifted forward and brushed the gentlest kiss he’d every given across Danny’s lips.

“Do you want to go see a movie with me on Monday night,” Jax asked softly, having barely pulled away.

“Yeah,” Danny breathed, eyes fluttering closed when Jax kissed him again, just as gentle.


Max's bellow caused Jax to jerk back completely and drop his hand. He stood there blinking as he tried to get his bearings, kicking himself for what he’d just done. 

“Hey, Jax, you up there man!”

“Dude!” Jax yelled back as Max came thundering up the stairs. “We’re not sharing a house anymore, man, other people live here, you can’t run around hollering like that.”

“Shit man, I forgot, sorry. Hey Danny, how you been.”

“Umm, good,” Danny stammered, already fitting his key in the lock, he gave Jax a small smile, popped the door open and stepped in. “Night Jax,”

“Goodnight, Danny.”

Danny closed the door, leaving the pair out in the hallway. Jax heard the lock being engaged and closed his eyes, letting his head fall back and hit the wall as he groaned loudly.

“Jax, you okay?”

“Not in the slightest,” Jax muttered

“Why? What happened?”

“I kissed him.”

“Shit. What took you so long?”

Jax just groaned again and scrubbed a hand down his face. “So what the hell were you yelling about.”

“Oh man, just wanted you to come downstairs and see what we’ve done with the place, and as an added bonus, we’ve got the game machine hooked up.”

Jax’s eyes popped open and he grinned at his friend. “Zombie kill night?”

“Oh yeah, my friend, it’s zombie kill night.”

“In that case lead the way, I need to shoot shit tonight.”

“Yeah? Why?”

“’Cause it’ll take my mind off how bad I wanna beat on the door ‘til he answers, then kiss him senseless.”

And don't forget my new novel, coming out December 4th from Wayward Ink. 

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