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51 pages
45 minutes
Oct 10, 2019


Mariángel Gutierrez is ready to act on the crush she has on her co-worker, Brady Reyes. When she works up the courage to ask the sexy Texan out on a date, she gets one heck of a surprise.

Brady's got a crush of his own and is more than willing to go on a date, but he's already got a boyfriend, Ravi Patel. Introducing Mariángel to Ravi is just a little bit complicated: Ravi's a ghost with a body that's not quite dead.

Ravi's been encouraging Brady to ask Mariángel out for weeks. He knows his boyfriend is lonely and misses being able to touch. Mariángel is genuine, gorgeous, and definitely not a ghost. If Ravi were corporeal, he'd love to see if she'd be up for becoming a trio with him and Brady, possibly permanently. Besides, his dog likes her, and if that isn't a sign, Ravi doesn't know what is.

But magic and fate have other plans. Can Mariángel and Brady come together to find the solution to Ravi's problem? Can the three have their happily ever after together?


Author Notes:

Specter is a steamy short story featuring an equal MMF triad, Texas beaches, an adorable dog, and a happy ending.

Oct 10, 2019

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Specter - Annika Steele


Annika Steele

Copyright © 2017 Amber Kallstrom

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


Ask her out.


She’s cute.

I know.

She’s smarter than you.

I know that too.

You like her.


Ask her out, then.


"Fuck. Then lemme borrow your body, and I’ll ask her out."

Brady dropped his pen on his desk in frustration, the ink scattering stray dots on the desk calendar. Stop it. And don’t make me talk to you at work. Half the people here already think I’m half-baked.

Ravi grinned, his specter growing more solid in his happiness. Come on, buttercup, you’re starting to pine.

Of course I’m pining. Last time I checked, you’re transparent, Brady complained, trying not to think about how much he missed cuddling up to his boyfriend. He reminded himself—again—it could be worse. Ravi could have died, instead of… this. Whatever this was.

You’re not pining for me. You’re pining for her. What’s her name again, Angie?

Mariángel. And you know that, Brady said, exasperated. Stop pretending she’s new around here. She’s been here longer than I have.

But you’ve been looking. And chatting. You’re not fooling me, princess. I’ve seen you check out her ass in the break room.

I do not, Brady muttered. His lame attempt to not sound petulant failed, judging by the Ravi’s smirk.

"I know what you look like when you check out my ass. Of course you are. If I were you, I’d be flirting."

You flirt with anything that moves, including the dog. He slanted a dark look at his boyfriend. Damn it, Rav, I’m not going to ask her out. Not with you like this.

Ravi scowled then clucked like a chicken. Bak bak bak baaaak.

Brady leaned back in his desk chair, raking both hands over his head. "Come on. Why are we even having this conversation? I’m not going to do this to you or to anyone else. This whole thing is impossible to explain. Hell, if we could explain it, we might be able to fix it."

Though Ravi didn’t need the support, he leaned against the desk, his ephemeral form dimming in sadness. "I like her, Bradon. She’s smart, and the way she smiles when she looks at you is something else."

Even as Rav faded in and out, Brady found him gorgeous. Dark hair with a tendency to curl when it got too long. Honeyed skin that turned golden in the summer. Grey-blue eyes with lashes tipped in sunshine. Though his physical body at the hospital had become rail-thin from all the muscle tone he’d lost while unconscious, Ravi’s specter kept the form he’d had at the accident.

Brady conceded both points with a nod. He studied his boyfriend, picking up the clue at last that Ravi wanted this as much as Brady did. Why now? I’m content to wait.

I see connections now. Sort of. Auras? Not really. Ties like the one from me to you. She likes you. A lot, he added, wistfully. But maybe—maybe there’s more?

I’m not asking her out just to get intel. That’s creepy.

Wincing, Ravi nodded. "That is creepy. Never

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