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Heaven Jet Mykles thoroughly seduces with her words. Whenever you think she has reached the climax of the book, she surprises with yet another scene full of lush imagery. I loved Heaven; when I reached the last page I immediately turned back to the first page to begin reading again. -- Shannon, Joyfully Reviewed It is this reader's hope that Ms Mykles will write more books in this genre. I give this book a 5 and a Recommended read! -- Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews For any reader who enjoys sizzling hot m/m seduction and intimacy, with captivating writing style and intriguing characters, this book has it all. It‟s a top recommendation! -- Annie, Euro Reviews There is nothing like an author that a reader can rely on and Jet Mykles deserves an award for her talent. Everyone needs to rush out and get Heaven. -- Suni Farrar, Just Erotic Romance Reviews Heaven is a prime example of why Jet Mykles is such a popular writer. The best hope for a sequel is Heaven‟s bass player, Luc, and I hope to read his story very soon. -- Anya Khan, Just Erotic Romance Reviews Heaven is now available from Loose Id.
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Bless you! .Dedication This one is for the lovely ladies on my Yahoo group who asked for the story before Heaven ever came out.
His fingers clutched at the brown cardboard box he held propped against his belly. Broad shoulders tapered down to a flat belly that ended in the V created by his sharp hipbones. stretching those sleek muscles just like a waking cat. “That for me?” Reese nodded. He leaned on the doorframe. Reese‟s breath caught at the amazing sight of Lucas Sloane in baggy green sweatpants and nothing else. holding it out a bit. almost making it seem as though it were afire. arm up high. afraid to knock.Prologue Reese stared at the peeling lime-yellow paint on the door. How would Luc take his presence? Would he be mad? It had only been a week since his breakup with Reese‟s sister. “From Reegan. the door opened. Reegan.” 2 Jet Mykles . His sable eyes peered at Reese from under half-mast lids and sooty lashes. Should Reese have given it more time? Before he could either gather up enough courage to knock.” He pointed at the box in Reese‟s hands. “You gonna stand out there all day?” “Y-you knew I was here?” “I heard you come up the stairs. or turn tail and escape down the rickety stairs. The late afternoon sunlight set off the loose auburn hair that tumbled over Luc‟s shoulders.
“I . needing to see Luc‟s reaction.. “Your sister broke up with me. On the other hand. “Is that all?” Reese‟s gaze dropped down to his Converse shoes. “Yeah. I-I‟m sorry about you and Reegan. so be it. but --” He looked up. “Fine.. his twin.” Reese followed him in. On one hand. pushing back from the door.. overstuffed green chair that stood just inside the doorway. Luc left the door open and headed for the little kitchenette. It‟s got nothing to do with you. glancing around as he closed the door. sure.. Reese was profoundly glad that they were no longer an item. Whatever.” “Right!” Reese was of two minds over his sister‟s recent breakup with Luc. Reese. and his hand brushed Reese‟s as he snatched up the box. she was his sister.. He didn‟t want the bass player seeing anyone but . Best to stop that line of thought before he got himself all riled up. Luc sighed. It‟s just . “Reegan doesn‟t mind?” Reese shook his head. You wanna come in?” Reese couldn‟t help his grin. “You want a beer?” “Sure. He turned halfway and tossed it onto the ratty. “Of course not.” He reached out.“My stuff?” Again Reese nodded. “-.we‟re still friends. their relationship had been painful for Reese.. Brief as it was. I‟m the one with no feelings. If she said that her relationship with Luc was one-sided and shallow. aren‟t we?” Those black eyes studied him thoughtfully. sauntering farther into the apartment. Purgatory 3 . “A-are you sure?” Luc waved him in. We‟re still friends. Luc grimaced. and he buried his fists in the pockets of his jeans.” He stepped back into the apartment. He was protective of her and supported her decisions.
just so long as they were 4 Jet Mykles . He‟s staying at his mom‟s tonight. it had finally dawned on Reese. “No. “Brent home?” Reese asked. “Have a seat. Reese really wished that the bass player was just a little bit more like the lead singer of Heaven Sent. as far as Reese had seen. It was common knowledge among those who knew him that Johnnie didn‟t have a problem with sleeping with men or women. He was in love with him. The sparse. uncomfortable couch. “Here. He liked both. trying to quell the tingle in his belly at being that close to Luc. Luc shoved a small mound of clothing to the floor. going to a few clubs out of town where no one knew him.” Reese accepted the beer and opened it as he watched Luc drop onto the hard. Of course.He‟d been there before. the problem was that.” Luc emerged from the tiny kitchenette with a cold Miller Genuine Draft.” Reese took him up on the offer. secondhand furniture of the main room was all crowded into half of the area. When Reegan had broken up with Luc a week ago. The reason he‟d never been able to feel truly happy for Reegan when she was dating Luc was that he wanted to date Luc. lean body. with the rest cleared for mountains of musical equipment. He loved being in Luc‟s very presence. With one bare foot. Amplifiers were arranged perfectly. The two worked other jobs at the club as well. Luc and Brent lived in an apartment above Purgatory. He hadn‟t had any bad experiences. a few times. but always with a bunch of others. but touching and kissing other guys had just driven home to him that what he really wanted to was to lick every nook and crevice of Luc‟s long. Being close at hand for their boss lowered their rent. Luc only dated women. Darien‟s drum kit was set up. the small nightclub where Heaven Sent was the house band. He finally knew what his feelings were for Luc. One of Luc‟s two bass guitars sat in a stand to the side. The living room was the typical bachelor pad of two musicians. Reese had experimented a bit with other guys. They got family in town. per se.
ask. Not really.. So maybe he was open to it and had just never met a guy he wanted to fool around with. While Reese didn‟t want Luc to be the slut Johnnie was. But .” Luc nodded.” “But you‟re going to. She‟s right. His smile faded.pretty.” Purgatory 5 . empty. neither had Luc expressed disgust when Johnnie talked about being with men. Heaven Sent rocks. man!” Luc nodded.” “But you guys deserve it..” Reese reached over to squeeze Luc‟s arm and got momentarily distracted by the hard warmth of Luc‟s bicep.. It‟s just that . But then. Just feels kind of . he did wish that he knew whether the bass player was at all into men.. “You heard. man. huh?” “Pretty cool?” Reese turned to face him on the couch. “I don‟t know. “We haven‟t signed anything yet. There was only one way to find out -.” Luc stared at the baseball game he had on the television. It‟s not Reegan. eluded Reese. right?” “Garth‟s lawyers are going over the contracts. “Yeah. “This is it. We weren‟t right for each other. But that took courage that had. A major record deal!” Luc shrugged. “It‟s not Reegan. Reese didn‟t think so. A small smile curved those luscious lips.” “Why?” Another shrug. “This is scary as hell. Pretty cool. He‟d never seen Luc with a guy.. so far. “What‟s the matter?” Luc shrugged. is it? ‟Cause she‟s happy for you. So far. “Fuck that! You guys are on your way. I know. it woulda been nice to have a girlfriend to celebrate with.. I didn‟t get a chance to say congratulations.” He shook his head. “Hey.
but he struggled to hide it. They laughed at most of the same jokes and watched the same things on television. You guys already draw tons of girls to Purgatory. I mean. drinking beer and joking.” Luc chuckled. “Hey. Hell. they sat there and watched baseball.” “Nah. You know it. only to find that there were 6 Jet Mykles . sipping his beer. He had no doubt that the record deal would take Heaven Sent where they belonged -.. If he didn‟t act soon. seeing the gesture as a sign that Luc really did enjoy being with him. fake-wood coffee table. Well.” Luc put his feet up on the cheap. “Yeah. too. Reese glanced out the window at the dingy yellow streetlight that lit the night.” He tugged at his purpletinted black locks. At least as friends. if he didn‟t tell Luc how he felt. If he spoke up. His nerves were getting the better of him. he could possibly be with the man he loved. If he never said anything. And why not? He could talk with Luc. Luc would go away and Reese might never know if they could have had something together. Reese loved it. “Hey. “Yeah.to the top of the music business food chain.” That drew a laugh. but it ended up kind of purple. but you‟re all gorgeous . yeah. “I wanted to go back to the blue. And Luc would be leaving soon! That little tidbit of information hung over Reese‟s head.. man. Luc went down to Purgatory to retrieve another twelve-pack.” For the next few hours. Night had fallen and talk had died down in favor of watching an awful movie on cable. “Thanks. he might lose his chance forever. He‟d have to leave before too long. back on familiar territory with Luc. Soon you‟ll have thousands of girls falling at your feet.” “You will.Reese‟s heart sank. you‟re all amazing. “That‟s because of Johnnie. Nervous.” Reese looked away. At one point. wasn‟t your hair red last week?” Reese laughed. you draw guys. he got up to fetch another beer.
that had to be at least a partial erection. He was well and truly caught. Frowning. Luc‟s eyes were open and staring at him from underneath half-shut lids. His eyes fastened on the bulge framed by Luc‟s thighs.. Luc had been pulling on his underwear. He‟d had enough to drink that his thoughts were not quite working properly. Loose red hair spread across the drab brown upholstery. Reese stared. He hadn‟t moved anywhere else. could it? He sank onto one knee on the couch facing Luc. “Luc . His lush lips hung open a bit. Reese had seen his firm ass.. He knew that his own cock was starting to push against the inside of his jeans. Certainly not while palming his own cock. Not sure why. he suddenly looked up.. Had they drunk the entire twelve-pack? That must be why he felt a bit muzzy. That couldn‟t be a half-hard cock inside those sweats. Long fingers splayed over his smoothly muscled belly. The bass player was sprawled on the couch. dark lashes concealing the sparkling black of his eyes. dumbfounded. And . There was no doubt what he had been staring at. Even though the baggy sweatpants hid it. One knee was bent and resting against the back of the couch while the other dangled over the front. He completely forgot the lack of beer. Reese stared. He put a hand over it in a weak attempt to soothe it. His eyes were closed.” Purgatory 7 . with more spilling over his bare shoulder and the arm he had bent behind his head.no more. He didn‟t know how long he stared. he went back to the main room to tell Luc. the tip of his tongue just visible. Reese so wanted to see it. He‟d seen Luc almost naked once when he‟d been backstage and the band was changing after a set. The dim lamp on Reese‟s side of the couch made his pale skin seem gold. wedged into the corner between the back and the arm. but was at the wrong angle to see the size of his dick.. in favor of the beautiful sight before him.
” He swallowed.. He brought both hands up to cup Luc‟s jaw. Gladly.. Glorious. He gasped. He slid it off the couch. Soft. Reese didn‟t even mind that there was no response because he was too shocked that he was actually kissing Luc. I . Either push him away. Reese leaned forward. I love you.” he whispered across Luc‟s moist lips. Reese splayed a hand on Luc‟s chest. 8 Jet Mykles . Summoning courage. He licked his lips.. he opened for his obsession and sucked in Luc‟s tongue.. “I . just tasting and exploring. But his knee finally protested the strange position it was in. too much for Luc.The redhead just continued to stare. Erection to erection. A soft whimper escaped the back of Reese‟s throat. afraid to mention “love. Eager. or was Reese feeling his own pulse through his palm? He leaned in closer. “Luc. He tilted his head and pressed into the kiss. he grabbed the back of the couch and hauled himself toward Luc. or grab him and pull him down.” he took a chance and placed his lips on Luc‟s. Reese lost himself in it for a long time. The kiss was marvelous. apparently. crowding closer to the body he craved. Do something. waiting for Luc to say something. which had the delightful effect of dropping his crotch down to press against Luc‟s.” he moaned softly. hovering over the body he wanted so badly to touch. He stopped when his knees just brushed Luc‟s butt under his spread legs. He didn‟t move. Luc‟s only reaction was to open his eyes fully. Luc‟s lips opened. This was.” Unable to think of words. Was the man‟s heart racing. Warm. delighted by the stubble that scratched his palms. His tongue prodded tentatively forward. he parted his lips enough to suck in that bottom lip he‟d been dying to taste for so long. expressionless. Reese couldn‟t stand it. “Luc. Why did he just stare? Daring. “God. then hesitated.
Luc surged off the couch and crossed the room toward the kitchen.. Or maybe the bedrooms down the little hallway beside the kitchen.” “Luc.” “Get the fuck out! Now!” Reese jumped at the angry tone. dark look on his face. Shit! He bit his lip. “Oh. I‟m not gay! You‟re . “You‟ve got to go. I‟m sorry. He pointed at the door. Purgatory 9 . I .” “Luc. His cock ached and his head swam.. a month before Reese and Reegan‟s twenty-first birthday.” “No! Get off!” Reese scrambled back to the other side of the couch. damn it. “Get out.Hands gripped Reese‟s shoulders and pushed.. Reese got halfway up off the couch. I . As though he couldn‟t stand to look at Reese.” “No.” He shook his head and pointed at the door. He froze when Luc spun back to face him with a crazed.. screwing his eyes shut. God. no! Get off!” “Huh? But .. He scrambled out the door. Two weeks later.. Heaven Sent left town on the road to stardom...
Chapter One Six years later . “You sure you‟re not thinking about a certain oh-so-gorgeous bass player?” “Reegan. Shit! Reese sat hard on the side of his bed. do you hear me?” He shook out of some of his shock. dark blue towel fall from his hands to puddle between his feet.. shut up. I hear you. What?” A short laugh came over the phone. for the love of God. “Where did you just go?” Despite the fact that she couldn‟t see it. he frowned at Reegan‟s sing-songy tone. “Nowhere. letting the thick.” She giggled.Yeah. do you have to make this worse?” “Worse? How?” 10 Jet Mykles .” “Mmm-hmmm..” “Oh. “Reese? Reese. “Wh-.
I just thought it‟d be nice to see them. I‟m not. He would be in a position to know if at least Heaven Sent‟s drummer was coming back into town. He couldn‟t imagine Luc ever wanting to see his face again. he wanted to push me over a cliff. I didn‟t really expect them to come. He told me that Darien and the guys were going to be in town visiting family. Was he paler than usual? “Trust me. come on. Well. scratching his scalp. Why the hell do you think I‟d want to see him now?” “Oh. His blue eyes were wide with shock. sweetheart. Yeah. damp curls. not all of them. That was years ago. As Darien was quite talkative.He thrust a hand through his short.” Reese grimaced. nitwit! I can‟t get married without my brother there.” “You‟re exaggerating.” He sighed. “No. you don‟t have to see him. There‟ll be three hundred other people at the wedding. Anyway.” “Oh. Well. he would naturally mention if his bandmates would be returning as well. anyway?” “Garth.” Reese studied his reflection in the mirrored door of his closet. I asked him to invite them. It wasn‟t that bad.” Reese sighed again. Trust Reegan to thrust this on him last minute. was also Darien Hughes‟s uncle. Purgatory 11 . anyway. He hadn‟t spoken a word to the bass player since that disastrous night six years ago. Reegan‟s boss and the owner of the nightclub Purgatory. looking bigger than they normally did. Garth.” He pulled at his bangs. Reese‟s heart hammered at the mere thought of seeing Luc again. it was worse than that. “Can I not go?” “Of course you can‟t. it would be nice. “Good God! The last time he saw me. “How‟d you get in touch with them.
“And you‟re just springing this on me now?” “Better than tomorrow as you‟re ushering in the guests!” Typical Reegan logic. But I didn‟t know for sure they were coming until today.” 12 Jet Mykles . he could have bowed out.” Now that was intriguing. To a man! Sure.” “It‟ll be fine. “Him I‟d like to meet. “Cheer up. you don‟t have to worry about Dave. come on. “Reegan. I‟m sure he‟s long over it by now. It‟ll be great! Are you happy for me?” He smiled. Johnnie‟s even bringing his new sweetheart. since he was so opposed to homosexuality.” He grumbled.” “And you‟ll look after Dave at the bachelor party tonight?” Reese laughed. Hey.” “There you go. He knew for a fact Luc was long over Reegan breaking up with him. “So you‟ve known about this. sweetie.” “Well. Johnnie had gotten married last fall. If he‟s uncomfortable seeing you.” “Unless he wants to deck me or something. but that fact hadn‟t been part of his very public persona when the band hit the big time. For him to come out so spectacularly was something. Reese wondered how Luc had taken it. Luc has to know that you‟ll be there.But it was Reegan‟s wedding. yeah.” “Oh. Reese had known Johnnie swung both ways. He‟s so in love with you.” “Says you. The world of rock was all agog over it. and she hadn‟t done anything to piss any of them off.” “You‟ll make nice for me tomorrow?” “I will. I don‟t think he notices other women. “I‟m happy for you.
won‟t you?” He laughed. twisting his mouth at the sight of how his black curls had almost dried while he was on the phone. “Okay. well. knowing brides were basket-cases. since Piper had been making noises about marriage and Reese hadn‟t discouraged her. He was on call for his twin. well. He tossed his cell onto the box that served as a nightstand beside his bed and went back into the bathroom. sleek. he and Reegan had been gifted with a combination of their mother‟s silky black hair and their father‟s tight curls.. He knew his sister didn‟t much like his latest girlfriend. Garth told me. He stood in front of the wide mirror that covered a good four feet across his bathroom wall above the double sinks. I know they got strippers for him. Sighing. the mess was the result. “I‟ll leave you to get ready for the party. but you need to keep all those sluts off him. Reese shook his head and shut his cell phone. He‟d have to ask Dave again if the man really wanted to marry his insane sister. if he didn‟t dry it properly right out of the shower...or a mess. after all. He fingered his hair. Have fun and fuck a stripper.” He chose not to comment.She hummed happily. “That may be true. Purgatory 13 . she hung up. The only hope was to rinse out the mousse and start all over. he draped his towel over the edge of the sink and reached into the shower to turn it back on. Reegan couldn‟t throw stones since she was taking the plunge herself.” “Reegan!” Laughing. the rat. “Yeah. Unfortunately. Take a few for yourself. By some stroke of . Why should he? He was twenty-six.” Reegan‟s mirth cooled. A good age to start thinking about it. That‟s where he had been when he‟d heard Reegan‟s tone from his cell.” Reegan went back to her normal bright and chipper tone. Piper will love that. retrieving the towel from the carpet. “Oh. satiny mop of hair that fell in silky waves to his chin -. she can deal with it. Reese hesitated to call it “luck” . The result was either a really cool.. Even less than previous others.
“Come on in. kid.” He finally smiled. hell. Luc reached down and unhitched the dingy charcoal-gray rope that blocked the door. While being recognized by this gorgeous man wasn‟t a bad. “Had to happen sometime.” He‟d been trying to get into Purgatory for the last two years. then Reese‟s face. and a number of plastic and metal bangles clacked on his wrist. y‟know. That was his name. 14 Jet Mykles . Reese had discovered that much.” “You playing tonight?” Reese asked as he and his four friends passed by.Chapter Two Reese looked up into the most beautiful face he‟d ever seen. then shoving the wallet into his back pocket. thing. Luc and his fellow doormen -. He waved them toward the door. even teeth. Reese‟d had to wait until he was eighteen and had a legal ID to get in. Gorgeous. tucking the ID back into the wallet chained to his belt loop. revealing white. But no fake ID had done it. Lucas Sloane. He smiled. “Well. For the first time. He handed the ID back to Reese.none of them much older than he -. “You‟re finally legal?” Reese beamed. subtly pink lips pursed.had caught him every time and had finally started to recognize his face. studying Reese‟s ID. thanks to the numerous times he and his friends had tried to convince the man to let them inside the club.
The two girls were doing their jobs on the harshly lit black stage that sat in one corner of the club. a r Purgatory 15 . the other just brushing the floor. The gold in his ears and on a few of his long fingers shone. and on the internet. Johnnie Heaven sat between Reegan‟s groom and his own new spouse. He hadn‟t minded.were crowded around the tables at the opposite end of the small dance floor where two members of the band currently held court. Darien Hughes was perched on the edge of one table. as he faced about ten other guys. he sat at one end of the main bar in the dim light of the neon signs that lit the mirrored wall behind rows of shining bottles of alcohol. dislodging a lock of rich auburn hair to fll over his left eye. but more of the partygoers -. We go on at ten. he gestured earnestly with his hands as he spoke and laughed easily. “Yep. He was dressed casually in worn black jeans and a sleeveless green t-shirt. Casually. the band he followed religiously at Purgatory. He was there to watch and adore Heaven Sent.” Reese ginned. he reached up to tuck it back behind his ear. That had been eight years ago. Darien had always been one to make friends and put people instantly at ease. He sipped his Jack and Coke. he‟d been banned from the elevated bar section of the club. True to Reese‟s memory. Back then. at any other clubs he could get into.Luc nodded. He winked at Reese as he accepted the ID from the next person in line. his straight. but allowed to dance and have nonalcoholic beverages in the dance area. If Reese was any judge. At the far end of a second table.all men. watching spandex-and-rhinestone-clad strippers try to compete with the plainclothes rockstars. Now. He had one booted foot on the seat of a chair. dark gold hair framing the healthy brown tan of his face. letting his friends pull him backwards into the club so he could keep his eyes on Luc as long as possible. the rockstars were winning. “Can‟t wait!” Reese smiled at the memory. of course -.
Even more so since he really didn‟t seem to be that conscious of his looks. Reese grinned. you. But Reese had long ago accustomed himself to the ridiculous animal magnetism of the singer. who knew exactly how gorgeous he was. Tyler Purcell leaned an elbow on the table and talked across the singer at Dave. He didn‟t have a problem with watching the party from the fringes. His long-sleeved black shirt and equally black jeans hung on his skinny frame. He didn‟t care if it meant that he sat here alone in a corner. Reese shut his eyes. none of them well. and he hoped he wasn‟t as painfully slim as the guitarist. Unlike Johnnie. He took no notice of the hand Johnnie rubbed idly on his back. and those gorgeous green eyes even more so. but Reese‟s eyes were blue. Certainly they both had the same silky black curls and lean face.but Johnnie never could look anything but flashy. He only knew a few of the partygoers anyway and. Brent always had been lean to the point of emaciation. not shining obsidian.” Brent Rose. “Hey. Tyler was enchanting. slid onto the stool just around the bar‟s corner from Reese. At least he‟d removed the huge black sunglasses that he normally wore. and Reese gladly shook it. except for Dave. Reese had seen him briefly when he arrived with the rest of the band. Brent was known as 16 Jet Mykles . determined not to search the darkly lit room for Luc. Especially with his long hair that fell in a sleek ponytail over his shoulder and down his chest to pool in his lap. but Reese had done his damnedest to stay far away since.” Reese looked up. remembering many a performance where Johnnie had demonstrated his charms. lead guitarist of Heaven Sent. yes. He‟d been told he and Brent resembled each other. He extended the hand that wasn‟t holding a cigarette. with huge blue eyes and gorgeous blond curls. but neither Johnnie nor Darien nor the currently absent Brent Rose had ever captivated him like Lucas Sloane. He was here. Oh. “Brent. Reese could easily see why Johnnie stuck jealously close to his prize. the long hair that was every shade of brown was incredible. the cuffs of his pristine white shirt folded neatly up his forearms. And smiled.
but Johnnie wouldn‟t let him. kissed his spouse. The other half of his mouth rose to complete his smile. he could play a mean guitar! Brent took a drag off his cigarette. “Doin‟ good. “I‟d say you were doin‟ good. The only place Brent truly came to life was on stage. He‟d met Mrs.” Brent raised a brow. laughing. Tyler gave in and. Good to be back for a bit. “I wasn‟t even sure it was you. I dunno. With a shake of his head. she‟d never forgive me. Brent had reason to be scared. But if I missed this opportunity to see my mom.” Brent slid the ashtray closer to him. Then Garth asked us to do this thing next Friday. Man. Purgatory 17 . I‟m doin‟ good. “Am I doin‟ good?” “Oh.” Reese laughed. How ya doin‟. and we all decided to tag along. then lowered it toward a nearby ashtray.” “You. “You‟d think we were attached at the hip.the quiet one and tended to sit back and let the three more garrulous members of the band take most of the limelight.” “You guys on hiatus?” “Sort of. but I‟m doin‟ good. second in a row. Girls throwing their underwear at you and chasing you down. Reese looked back toward the tables just in time to see Johnnie grab the collar of Tyler‟s shirt to pull him closer and plant a wet kiss near his mouth. “It‟s nice to see ya. too. The blond screwed his face into a frown and tried to push away.” He rolled his eyes.” “Are you?” “Nah. Sold-out world tours. thin lips quirked in his famous half-smile. “Okay. man?” His voice was lower and raspier than Reese recalled and just loud enough to be heard over the music playing at the other end of the bar. Not as good as you. Rose. man.” He tossed his head in the direction of the crowded tables. “Johnnie said he needed to show Tyler the home turf. Platinum album.” Reese shrugged.” Reese laughed.
If anything. without a doubt. “It comes and it goes. Be cool. still looking down at his drink.” “I‟ll bet.” “Did I hear my favorite word?” Reese froze. He schooled his face and his heart. There could be no doubt in his mind whose voice was coming from behind him. the most beautiful thing Reese had ever seen. “I still can‟t believe it. dispelling gray-white smoke into nothingness. Heaven Sent‟s bass player stood with the lights from 18 Jet Mykles . Just that he settled. they‟ll stick around no matter who we‟re fucking. “Can‟t be easy with publicity and all. And too good to him. “Surprised it‟s a guy. Lucas Sloane was still. He had come to this conclusion at the end of high school. “What?” “Johnnie settled on a guy. Luc was more stunning now. “He‟s happy. that?” Brent waved his cigarette in the air. man. “And you guys are okay with it?” “What?” “Johnnie coming out.” Brent‟s brows raised in surprise. and his opinion hadn‟t changed. “Why shouldn‟t we be?” Reese looked down at his drink. If the fans like the music. Tyler‟s good for him.” Brent ordered a beer on draft from the bartender. Act normal. then raised his head and twisted around.” “Oh.” Brent exhaled a cloud of smoke.Reese shook his head.” Reese took a thoughtful sip of his own drink. That particular velvet voice still haunted his secret dreams to this day. or surprised he settled at all?” “Not really surprised it‟s a guy.” Brent shrugged.
“I almost didn‟t know it was you. long lashes shrouded eyes the color of rich. it‟s good to see you. “Good to see you.” Reese piped in immediately. dusky pink lips that Reese found he still wanted to devour. Instinctively. his arms wrapped around the Luc‟s slim waist and clung for a brief moment as starbursts crackled around his heart. brushed silk and was warm and fragrant from the body it draped. God! Reese‟s heart raced and his eyes shut at the pure. I thought he hated me! Reese mustered a smile over his confusion. “Kamikaze. Heavy lids and sooty. Reese actually salivated. He wore a loose blue shirt that looked to be soft silk and dark pants that could have been a second skin. The shirt was indeed soft. dark scent of the man himself. A long nose sloped down to generous.” Reese‟s knees felt like they were going to go out. grateful for the faded darkness of their surroundings and hopeful that it hid his momentary awkwardness. Luc. He fumbled back down to his stool. Oh. Ge a hold o youelf! He smiled politely and extended a hand in greeting. too. We were discussing fucking?” God. “No. “So. “Hey. He had to believe the smile on Luc‟s face was genuine. man. holding his shoulders. punishing pleasure that shot through his entire body when it touched Luc‟s firmly muscled frame.the stage behind him making a red halo of the dark auburn hair that flowed in sleek waves just past broad shoulders.” He braced his elbows on the bar and declined the pack of Camels Brent offered to him. dark chocolate. He breathed deeply of the subtle cologne that blended with the heady.” Luc‟s low voice rumbled through his chest. t f rs Purgatory 19 . “Reese.” Luc matched his smile and took the hand.” Luc placed himself at the very corner of the bar between Brent and Reese‟s stools and motioned for the bartender. He pushed Reese back to arm‟s length. the man purred. but caught Reese off guard by using it to haul Reese up from his stool and into a warm hug. He didn‟t look fallingdown drunk or anything.
Reese --” Luc started to say. man! Luc Sloane! I‟m such a big fan. ignoring him.” Luc blinked at the obviously fake redhead. “And you told him?” “Basically that we‟re all now fags and we just haven‟t all come out to the public yet. “That‟s not it. Reese. What do you want me to sign?” She leaned back. presenting her sizeable boobs. much to Reese‟s surprise.” “What?!” Both band members turned bland looks on his shocked face. One of the strippers picked that moment to excitedly insert herself between Luc and Brent.” “Not quite. “So.” Luc nodded sagely. “Reese was testing me out to see if we‟re okay with Johnnie coming out with Tyler. “Why.” Brent mumbled.” “We‟re not supposed to ask.” Behind her. Name‟s Barbie. “Sure. actually signed the top slope of the woman‟s left breast. he couldn‟t be absolutely sure. honey. With the loud music.Brent spoke around the cigarette dangling from his lips. Brent was unfazed and continued to smoke his cigarette. straightening as his drink arrived. “Relax. “Either one. 20 Jet Mykles . thank you. It‟s not quite that drastic. then smiled. Luc patted Reese on the shoulder. darlin‟. At least. but can I please have your autograph?” She held up a Sharpie. “Oh. Reese was pretty sure that‟s what he mumbled. They held their cool for all of five seconds before Luc cracked up and Brent smiled. Luc smiled and. but he was interrupted. Luc took it in hand. She caught Luc‟s arm and pressed her perky rhinestone-bikini-clad breasts to it.” “No!” Reese protested.
“Yeah. but I‟ll have to pass. “That happens to you all the time. I was just asking for an autograph. Well. honey.” Garth glared at the stripper. “Unless you wanted more. “You‟re shitting me. Luc. “But seriously. I‟m a high school math teacher. my life‟s boring as hell in comparison.” Luc and Brent exchanged small smiles. What happened. love. man? What have you been doing with yourself?” Reese blinked. “What a life.” “No. startled.” Reese shook his head. meantime. Luc. still unable to close his mouth over the shock of what he‟d just seen. the autograph.Garth Hughes himself showed up just as Luc finished. “So.” Luc froze. “What? The stripper? Yeah. I almost didn‟t recognize you. I don‟t sign many tits. He blinked at Reese.” Garth yanked her away and ushered her out of the nightclub. He took hold of the woman‟s arm and pulled her away. “What a life. “I‟m sorry.” “Fuck you. glass halfway back to its place on the bar.” He sipped his drink again. doesn‟t it?” Luc glanced over his shoulder.” She smiled at Luc. I wasn‟t harassing him.” “What happened to your artwork?” Purgatory 21 . The man was huge and served as his own main bouncer. “The girls knew they weren‟t supposed to harass you. anyway. what are you up to these days?” “Me? God. Reese. turned calmly back to sip his kamikaze.” Luc said.” “Thanks.
at least. I teach at Brighton. “-.” Luc sighed. amazed that either of them even remembered. dipping his head down so that neither man could see it.„hip. “You‟re teaching there?” “Aren‟t you a little young?” Brent asked.” Luc and Brent laughed. It‟s actually okay.” Brent frowned.” 22 Jet Mykles . To hear him tell it. that sounds cool and all. he wants „bright new ideas‟ from young minds and not the same ol‟. “Yeah. Reese had played for the same team. Your stuff‟s good. “I guess that‟s the reason for the look?” “The look?” Luc grinned. I gave up art not long after you guys left town. Besides. didn‟t we?” At one time.Reese blushed. “No way. Pays the bills. we did. but I think it‟s a shame about your artwork. He waved a hand in the air. “Oh. that. “Thanks. Got my teaching credentials a few years later and got a job. “That‟s the brainiac school.” “You teaching at Grand?” Luc asked. Reese smiled. same ol‟ from old farts. I was never going to make any money on that. isn‟t it?” Luc whistled.” “We played them. your hair was purple and you had silver all up and down each ear. the principal at Brighton likes to think of himself as -” He made quote signs in the air with his fingers.‟ He‟s started a bunch of new programs and hired a few of us straight out of college.” Reese smiled. but no one else seemed to share your opinions. “Well. He cocked an eyebrow at Reese. “Not really. I actually moved closer to the coast. “Last I saw you.” A few years later. naming the nearby high school that all three had attended. “No. Brent had played junior varsity baseball for the Grand Tigers. man.
Reese felt himself flush again. He reached to rub a thumb along the rim of one ear. He occasionally missed the soft jingle of metal. He only wore the single hoop now in his right earlobe. “Yeah, well, had to get rid of all that. They don‟t approve of that in high school, y‟know. Especially not for the teachers.” Luc frowned. “You‟ve still got the tattoo.” Reese laughed. He had one on his shoulder blade. A tiger. Just the outline, but it was a complete tiger, prowling up his back. It had cost a summer‟s worth of tips from his job delivering pizzas. “I couldn‟t very well get rid of it.” “You could, but ...” Luc took a healthy sip of his drink. “What else?” Reese shrugged. “There‟s nothing else. I work. I play softball most weekends. I‟ve got a girlfriend who might just become my fiancée soon --” “What?!” He‟d kind of expected that reaction. He met Luc‟s wide-eyed disbelief. Saw it reflected in Brent‟s slack-jawed frown. “Yeah.” “But you‟re gay.” Reese shook his head. This was good, actually. This was a nice, unthreatening way to clear the air. “Not anymore.” Brent glanced at Luc. Luc gaped. “Come again?” He met Luc‟s gaze. “A lot of things changed for me after ... you guys left.” He glanced at Brent, not sure how much Luc had told him of what had happened between the two of them. “I kind of went crazy for a little while. Almost dropped out of school, got into some pretty bad stuff.” He shrugged. “But I was lucky and came to my senses. I turned myself around. I started dating girls and it was okay.” He smiled brightly. “Besides, in my line of work, you just can‟t be gay.” Purgatory 23
Brent pursed his lips in a bad attempt to disguise a tickled smile. He glanced again at Luc. “Yeah. Can‟t corrupt the kiddies.” Luc just kept staring at him, brows crowded in a frown. “Holy shit.” Reese smiled at him. “Yep. In a way, I‟ve got you to thank for that.” For some reason, that completely took away Luc‟s power of speech. Reese had never seen it happen before. Suave, charming Luc always had something to say. But the bassist just stood there with a weird look in his eyes. Shock, yeah, but ... anger, maybe? Since Luc was speechless, Reese went on. “Thanks to you, I straightened myself out.” “Thanks to me?” “Yeah, well, your, uh ... reaction made me rethink my life and where it was headed.” Luc shook his head. He scraped a hand down his face, then braced both palms on the bar before him. “Wow, man. And here I was all set to apologize.” “Huh?” Grinning, Brent stood. He picked up his pack of cigarettes. “If you‟ll excuse me.” He smiled at Reese. “See you at the wedding tomorrow.” “Bye,” Reese said, waving, confused by both Brent‟s sudden departure and Luc‟s words. Luc didn‟t even glance at his bandmate. He finished his drink in one gulp, wincing slightly at the bite as he set the glass back down on the pocked fake wood of the bar top. “Seriously. I wanted to apologize for freaking on you that day at my apartment.” He shook his head. Auburn waves brushed past his shoulders. “It took me a while ... yeah, okay, years. But I finally figured out that my reaction was totally wrong.” Now it was Reese‟s turn to be stunned. He blinked up at Luc. “You don‟t have to apologize. You were right. I was out of line.” “It‟s not a matter of right, man.” Luc sank onto the barstool Brent had vacated. He held up his hand to the bartender, then pointed at his empty glass to indicate he wanted another drink. “I overreacted and I ended our friendship. It was wrong. I‟m sorry. I kept saying to 24 Jet Mykles
myself that I needed to come back and tell you, but ...” He shrugged. “It‟s amazing how years can go by, isn‟t it?” Reese stared at those hooded sable eyes, took in the way the half light made interesting, gray-green shadows on that sharply defined face, and tried really hard to think. His heart was racing and his skin was all tingly. Luc didn‟t hate him? Luc was apologizing? The bartender came with Luc‟s new drink as well as a refill of Reese‟s before Reese found his voice. “Thanks.” Luc grinned and held up his drink. “Salud.” Reese matched the grin and raised his own to clink with Luc‟s. “Up yours.” They both laughed at the very old joke. Purgatory 25
” He chewed. adding a toss of her head in the same direction. She crossed her arms over the small breasts covered by the shimmery blue of her dress. who sat at a table near one of the open balcony doors.Chapter Three Reese nearly stabbed his lip with his fork when Piper nudged his arm. A few waiters were clearing plates from their table and refilling wine glasses.” He sighed. he watched the chunk of chicken that had been headed for his mouth drop into a puddle of gravy on his plate. sitting back in her chair. Grimly dismayed. “They‟re done eating now. “Why won‟t you introduce me? They‟re your friends. Later. “Later.” She scowled at him. Reese stabbed the chicken again and got it to his mouth this time. Introduce me. and Tyler. She didn‟t even acknowledge what had happened. glancing the way she was not-so-subtly indicating. No doubt she was talking about Luc. “Watch it. just kept tugging on the sleeve of his tuxedo shirt.” He frowned down at Piper. aren‟t they?” 26 Jet Mykles .” “Now. A lock of carefully coiffed hair fell down the side of her face when she cocked her head. Johnnie. “I‟m eating. She gestured across the room.
judging from their smiling. I‟m starving. and he was sure he‟d never seen such a look pointed his way.He tried to concentrate on eating. He wasn‟t aware that he ever looked at Piper like that. “Piper. His sister and her groom were having fun. Luckily for him. and pulled her from her seat.” He put his jacket back on. The jacket was draped over his chair. Piper. Thanks to those damn pictures and everything else. and stood. he was stunning! His navy suit had to have been tailored to fit his long. As an usher. God. please. Because she was seated sideways at the table. That auburn hair was pulled back and an attempt had been made to hold down the curls. this is the first chance I‟ve gotten to eat all day. Sighing.” “You could have eaten breakfast. He couldn‟t tell if it was just because of the wedding itself. he hadn‟t had to be with her much. lean form. Could see the top leg bouncing. He weighed whether it was worth it to fight about this. he could see her crossed legs. he turned away and sipped his champagne as he and Piper threaded through the crowd. took one last bite of whatever kind of gravied chicken he had before him.” “I could have. but Mother Nature simply would Purgatory 27 . At least they seemed to be. besotted faces. “Fine. Could he ever be that way with Piper? Probably not.” Her nostrils flared and she turned away. He sighed. He could not wait for this wedding to be over. Explaining to her that Reegan had only told him the night before hadn‟t alleviated her pique. he‟d had duties before and after the ceremony. He glanced over to the head table where Reegan and Dave were seated. had been in a mood. Luc looked up and saw them coming. revealing the crisp white shirt that perfectly draped his broad shoulders. Seemingly endless freaking duties that had him in a rotten mood. but I didn‟t. a sure sign of agitation. who hadn‟t wanted to come. knowing she‟d hold a grudge. or if it was because she‟d only just found out that Heaven Sent would be there. snatched up his champagne flute in one hand and Piper‟s arm in the other.
” Reese sipped his champagne to hide his scowl.” He put his empty glass down on the table and eyed the nearly full glass of wine Luc held. Could she be a tad bit more simpering? Okay.have her way. Piper. “Ha. “Well. and it was a damn good thing his glass was empty or he‟d have spilled it. He hadn‟t revealed the facts of his past with this particular man. She had the audacity to giggle. Where you been?” Reese shook his hand. He stepped back so that Piper couldn‟t see his face.” 28 Jet Mykles .” Luc smiled in sympathy. for God‟s sake. Luc. He sat back in his seat beside Tyler and swirled his wineglass. Piper. and she had decided that Luc‟s hair had to wave gloriously about his head. holding on like a fisherman to a rod.” Reese grimaced at Luc. met Luc‟s eyes. I‟m a big fan. She was not either! She barely knew their music. “Luc. “He doesn‟t tell me anything. I‟m an executive assistant at a law firm. He grinned. Oh. astounded by the flush of warmth that suffused his chest at the sound of that voice. had only heard it because of Reese. Almost-black eyes raked briefly over Piper as Reese brought her around the table. “Oh.” “He doesn‟t?” Luc grinned at Reese. this is my girlfriend. Ha. and shook his head slightly. she had no idea! Literally.” She slapped Reese‟s arm. Reegan‟s been running me ragged. yes. He glanced at Piper.” Luc smiled and extended his hand. He nodded slightly back. “Ah. Luc‟s smile didn‟t even waver. “That‟s funny.” Piper pouted. Reese glanced down at the woman beside him and almost groaned. “I had no idea you were a friend of Reese‟s. was it?” “Yes. She took his hand into both of hers. Reese. Piper Laurenston. I remember not being able to shut him up. “Hey. Luc was stunningly beautiful. “He must have. he must have changed since then. but she was almost drooling.
“Only for now. haven‟t I?” Tyler sat forward and glared over his shoulder.” Johnnie chuckled.” The tall lead singer and namesake of Heaven Sent laughed. A long arm landed hard around his shoulders. Reese picked up another glass of champagne from a passing waitress -. yes. “Are you nuts? I haven‟t managed to teach him anything. thanks. Funny. “Tyler. damn it. But I‟ve taught you a lot. but kept his tongue. he thought she was a receptionist for a local lawyer.” Johnnie was dressed in outrageous elegance. He sputtered. “Johnnie. There was quite a bit of casual traffic around this particular table. Tyler was less extravagantly dressed but no less stunning in a simple cream suit with a navy shirt that brought out the blue of his large eyes. banded every few inches by green velvet. just managing not to dump too much on his rented tux.” Johnnie left Reese‟s side to put his hands on the back of Tyler‟s chair. who sat beside Luc. “Mmm. “Gee. of course.” Purgatory 29 . He glared at the offender who‟d managed to sneak up on him. green eyes twinkling. in an emerald-green suit with a sleek gold shirt. sitting back in his chair. Reese! You make that penguin suit look good. sliding his cheek briefly over the man‟s golden curls. shortly after Luc‟s shocking apology. boy. the wedding guests were being relatively nice and not crowding the famous people. His acres of hair were tamed into a single queue that fell down his back. Thankfully. He‟d only just turned from another conversation. and this time Reese‟s drink did spill. He leaned down. “Really? That‟s great. Reese had met the man the previous night at the bachelor party.who paused long enough to ogle the rockstar.” Luc was being so nice.Reese snorted. “Hey. He liked Tyler a lot.” Reese looked to Tyler. couldn‟t you teach this asshole some manners?” Tyler snorted. “Down.
An elbow gouged Reese‟s side. He cursed and looked down at Piper‟s angry eyes. He didn‟t quite hide his grimace. “Hey, Johnnie, Tyler, this is my girlfriend, Piper.” Oh, he was going to catch it later for his disinterested tone if she remembered. But at the moment, he couldn‟t care less. Before she could embarrass herself, one of the other ushers in the wedding found Reese and tugged on his sleeve. What was it today with people tugging on him? “We gotta go do the dance thing.” He grimaced. He was officially good and sick of this wedding crap. “Okay.” He smiled at Luc, Johnnie, and Tyler. “Sorry, guys. Duty calls.” He looked at Piper, but she studiously ignored him, glomming on to Luc. He rolled his eyes and left to find the bridesmaid who was his “date.” What was her name again? He was drunk. It was official. Colors were smearing together, and the edges of everything had gone soft. The ground had decided to start rolling, which was why Reese now sat in an uncomfortable iron chair in a quiet corner of the balcony. Night had fallen, and from here he could see the twinkling lights of the city -- albeit fuzzy to his current vision. The serene lights didn‟t quite go with the pounding dance music that poured out onto the balcony. God, how long had it been since he‟d been like this? Years, certainly. Back in his early days in college. His duties as usher were long gone. His tux jacket had been stashed away not long after the wedding cake had been cut and he‟d had his brother/sister dance with Reegan. She was happy. That‟s what was important. It was Reegan‟s day, and she was having a blast. Last he‟d seen her, she was being twirled across the dance floor by Johnnie Heaven. So what if her brother was having a shitty time? So what if Piper had chosen to rip him a new one and call him a cold bastard? He hadn‟t expected her to break up with him at his 30 Jet Mykles
sister‟s wedding, but she‟d cited his disinterested attitude toward her as the need for immediate separation. She‟d said that he didn‟t seem to want her there, and he realized now that he hadn‟t refuted her. He‟d known he‟d catch shit for the way he‟d introduced her to Luc, Tyler, and Johnnie, but he‟d underestimated. Funny thing was, he was kind of relieved. His main concern now was that he‟d have to find an alternate way home from the wedding. But he couldn‟t be bothered at the moment. Right now, he wanted to enjoy the buzz. He watched the silvery crescent moon glide through the spindly clouds overhead, idly trying to decide if the colors were more blue or white. Predictably, his thoughts wandered back to Luc, wondering where he was. Since the previous night, the bass player had been almost constantly on his mind. But he hadn‟t seen Luc since he‟d been pulled away earlier. He suspected wherever Luc was, he was the center of attention. That‟s how it always worked. It wasn‟t any wonder. Back before Reese had confessed his love, Luc had been the center of Reese‟s world, as well. Even if Luc hadn‟t known it. A strange ache spread through Reese‟s chest. He leaned forward and set his face in his hands, elbows on his knees. Thoughts of Luc hadn‟t caused a physical reaction in years. It had to be the relatively close proximity of the man. Or the fact that Luc had actually apologized for the episode that had turned Reese‟s entire world on its end. Reese had never held the reaction against Luc, but hearing the apology had reopened old wounds and made them bleed a different shade of red. He looked up at a tap on his shoulder. A bottle of water hovered in front of his eyes. He looked up the arm that held it until he saw Luc‟s sable eyes. Oh, man! The hair had come down and flowed softly about the shoulders of his jacket. The top few buttons of his white shirt were open to reveal a tantalizing triangle of pale chest and a fine gold chain glittering around the base of his long neck. Luc smiled. “You looked like you might need this.” Purgatory 31
Reese stared for a moment more, drinking in the sight of the man, then blinked and remembered the water. “Thanks.” He took the bottle and sat back in his chair. Luc had even cracked the cap partway for him. What a guy! Luc stepped back to prop his butt on the low, thick stone railing that circled the balcony. With the sparkling city behind him, he looked like he should be in one of the many gorgeous photo shoots that had featured him. The lighting was just right to shadow his face, softening the sharp lines of nose and jaw. For the first time in a very long time, Reese‟s fingers ached for his sketchpad. Huh. Imagine that. “Where‟s your girlfriend?” Luc asked, hooking his thumbs in the pockets of his trousers. A gold ring shone on the middle finger of one hand. Reese downed half the sixteen-ounce bottle in a few greedy gulps. “She left,” he said when he brought the bottle down. “Trouble in paradise?” “Paradise? Hardly. She dumped me.” “What?” “Yep.” He wiped his mouth. “Said I was a cold, unfeeling bastard and she couldn‟t deal with it anymore. Funny, I didn‟t think I was that bad.” “Sorry, man.” “Thanks. But whatever.” He downed the rest of the water, then held the empty up to Luc. “Thanks for this.” “Don‟t mention it. You okay?” “Yeah, sure.” Reese carefully set the bottle on the iron table beside him. “I haven‟t been this wasted in years.” Luc laughed softly. “I can believe that.” 32 Jet Mykles
” he agreed sadly. They shared a companionable laugh.then it was just empty.” Reese snorted. so Reese continued.” Luc said nothing. You‟d break Reegan‟s heart. But then --” He sighed. He was at the wrong angle to see into the main room. and you‟re in no shape to drive. “What?” “You can‟t leave yet. We all . I think I saw her. Reese stretched his legs before him.” Purgatory 33 . “Parties just weren‟t the same anymore.” He scraped a hand over his face and leaned forward. staring at the squared toes of his shiny black leather shoes.” Reese stared at the arched doorway leading into the main hall. “Yeah. We all felt part of it somehow.” “Fuck that. That perverse need to talk that takes you over when you‟re drunk grabbed him by the balls. Just didn‟t seem a reason to go out anymore. But you can take a break.” Reese blinked out of his reverie and smiled. did you see Reegan when you were in there?” “You mean the girl in the big white dress? Yeah. Walk with me. “Fuck that.” Reese looked up without taking the hand.” He turned at the sound of Luc stepping closer.“It shows?” “Kinda. Heaven Sent. things just weren‟t the same.” “What was she doing?” “Dancing. “I wonder if I can bow out of here. The bass player held out a hand. “-.. I don‟t know. The only thing left was to grow up. “So. At first they were all about what you guys were doing and being happy for you.. “Come on. oh. “After you guys left.
” “Your sister‟s a smart lady. then trailed out into a garden area.” “Oh?” “Reegan doesn‟t like Piper. “How long were you together?” Luc‟s voice was soft. A mossy rock path wound under the balcony of another banquet hall.” “What?” 34 Jet Mykles .” Reese laughed. They headed through the narrow opening at the corner of the balcony. Abundant trees and tall. and it was okay. and allowed Luc to draw him to his feet. They reached an alcove just beside the bank of a koi pond. manicured bushes made for seclusion. It was nice. you know. looking at the milling orange and white fish.” “She regretted it. took the hand. almost blending with the delicate rustling of the leaves overhead. She didn‟t seem right for you. It led under a row of fragrant trees. “Just a few months. It was comfortable. Even back then.” “Well. Always has been.” “She the one you said might become your fiancée?” He remembered that? “Yeah. Reese nodded.” Reese glanced sidelong and caught Luc‟s grin. They stood a moment. Neither Reese nor Luc spoke.” He braced his shoulder against the trunk of the sturdy but slender tree that hovered over the pond. “Nope. “You sound like Reegan.There was suddenly no better idea in this world.” “She dumped your ass. “Like I said. you‟re better off without her. “Me and Piper?” “You got another girlfriend?” Reese smiled. smart lady.
trills racing down his spine. “Yeah.” He saw the hand come up. or after I made it?” “Well.” “Good. She deserves to be happy. but she‟s not quite my type. He turned to face away from the pond.” “Nah. obedient to the gentle pressure on his jaw. He‟s a good guy. she‟s damn beautiful. Dazed. His eyes immediately sought the hooded sable of Luc‟s. Reese‟s heart began to pound when he realized that the rockstar stood right behind him. long fingers just before they cupped his chin. An orange koi popped its big mouth up over the top of the water to gulp down a bug that had landed on the surface. He shuddered. he twisted his head. back then and later. He could feel the man‟s warmth at his back. encouraging him to face Luc. They‟re happy together. He swallowed and kept his gaze on the fish. “What about you?” “What about me?” “You happy?” Reese shrugged. Saw those elegant.” Luc chuckled. Purgatory 35 .” “Are they?” “Yeah. He felt the slight pressure of calloused fingertips on the side of his jaw.” Luc turned again. His shoulder brushed Reese‟s. “Well. “Are you?” Luc‟s low voice was right next to his ear. “I‟m okay. She‟s Dave‟s type.“Dumping you. his hand braced against the tree right behind Reese‟s head.” Reese nodded.” “Back then.
ahhh!” He jumped. His muddled brain figured it out finally. Reese sighed. holding him away. so right. sinking against the tree trunk and turning more toward the other man. Luc. His .... “No! Quit it!” “Don‟t tell me you weren‟t enjoying that..Which were looking at his lips. pants. So natural. Luc‟s other hand had dropped and firmly cupped the erection that tented Reese‟s tux trousers. The fingers on his chin fanned out over his cheek. His dream. He sucked it in without thought.” The hand stroked Reese‟s dick through shirt. “What?” “Let go. controlling his head. He opened his eyes and pushed.” “Oh yes. “That is the point. They took hold of his hair..” “Why?” “I don‟t . The tongue that gently prodded his mouth open was wet and delightfully flavorful. keeping him still as the lips opened wider and the tongue sank deeper into the recesses of his mouth. I .” Luc leaned back in. Reese braced his hands on Luc‟s chest. You enjoyed it. prolonging the kiss until Reese finally wiggled too much. and underwear. we shouldn‟t .. He lifted his chin to allow the taller man better access.. Lucas Sloane. that it didn‟t occur to Reese to pull back.” “That‟s not the point. then sank into the hair behind his ear. His eyes closed.. his hands coming up to clutch the lapels of Luc‟s jacket and pull him close.” 36 Jet Mykles . we should. “Very much. “Are you?” Luc asked again. Luc held him by the hair. leaning closer. The meeting of lips was a natural thing.
. A moan poured from his throat as Luc continued to stroke.” Luc‟s tongue traced the rim of Reese‟s ear.” Reese heard himself moan.?” “Gay.. “I‟ve years to make up for.” “No.Reese shut his eyes.. “But . You can‟t imagine how sorry I am for that night.” Reese swallowed. and a nice firm grip on his dick. having trouble following the conversation.” Reese‟s eyes widened. Your place. Sure.” He pulled back enough to look at Reese. He sank back against the trunk of the tree. You said --” “I was younger and stupid.” Kissed the outer corner of his eye. “I want to take my time with you.” Luc chuckled. “Although. “S-stop. “I‟ve long since stopped labeling myself.” “Make it up?” “Mmmm.” “Not . I don‟t care. “Wh-why are you doing this?” God. The men‟s room.. slow strokes. hands creeping up to Luc‟s shoulders.. “Let me make it up to you.” “H-here?” The hand on his cock squeezed hard. his breath a warm caress just behind Reese‟s ear. “Huh?” Luc leaned in to press a brief kiss to his lips. “Not obvious? I want to fuck you.” Purgatory 37 . I‟d prefer if we went somewhere we could be all night.. that night. My hotel. that felt good! Soft lips feathering his face. “Here.” Warm. “B-but you‟re not . soft lips brushed Reese‟s cheekbone. making him gasp. “Not when you make pretty sounds like that.” Teeth closed gently on his earlobe and tugged.
his brain was able to function somewhat properly again. Luc calmed to a chuckle. of course. fuck you. he flung up a hand and backed away a few more steps. free hand extended. but was unable to mask it. thought it was outrageously funny. burying his face in his shoulder as he laughed.” “You know how ridiculous that sounds?” Reese managed to sidestep and put some distance between himself and the other man. Thoroughly amused. watch out!” The pond! Shit! The smooth soles of Reese‟s dress shoes found no traction on the mossy. He fell butt-first into the cold. No.Reese pulled his head back. soft dirt banking the pond. 38 Jet Mykles . Although his body protested the loss. asshole. Fish scattered around him. The second splash made sure to douse everything that hadn‟t been wet before. He fell back again.” Reese dropped his hand to Luc‟s wrist and pushed it back away from his groin. He braced an arm against the tree trunk. he grabbed hold of a thick branch of the tree and leaned toward Reese. “But I do. leafstrewn water. No. “Oh. He had no chance to save himself. Stop. “Reese. shaking it in a vain effort to clear it. “Wait.” “Why not?” “I‟m not gay anymore. When Luc moved to step toward him. “Luc.” He heard the breathless desperation in his voice. but the bottom of the pond was even more slippery than the slope. It did wonders to clear his muzzy head and even helped to deflate the boner Luc had caused in his pants. Luc. You don‟t have to make up for anything. But he was chest deep in murky water and thoroughly soaked.” Reese tried to get up.
“Fine. “One more word and I knock you out. palms toward Reese. don‟t get mad at me. “Hey. Luc had to bite his lip to keep from laughing as he took it.” Luc‟s lips twitched. He couldn‟t go inside like this! Reegan would kill him. Reese tried two more aborted attempts to get himself out of the pond before he realized he wasn‟t getting anywhere without help. and merely smiled. but immediately yanked his hand free and stepped back once his footing was solid. “You look good wet.” Luc purred. He stood in the middle of the path. “Any chance you could get the doorman to call me a cab?” “You didn‟t drive?” Purgatory 39 . then cursed when the damn thing wouldn‟t work. “If you want --” He rounded angrily on Luc. “-. Reese glared. I had a much better alternative to swimming.” Stubborn.I‟ll be happy to go get your stuff and talk to Reegan. all too aware of the wet trail he left behind and the squishy gurgle of his shoes. “How are you getting home?” Reese dug into his pocket for his cell phone. Great. “I‟m sure she‟ll understand. Big.” He pulled out a soaking wet check ticket from his pocket and held it out. Reese turned and led the way back toward the banquet hall. raising a fist. fat drops of water fell from his hair.Reese glared. Now it was going to do the mass curl around his head. but he didn‟t have a choice. He stopped when they came within sight of the main building. who was behind him but wisely out of arm‟s reach. Grumbling. He accepted Luc‟s hand and the haul up the bank.” He didn‟t want Luc‟s help. staring down at his dripping trousers and his now seethrough dress shirt. Capeesh?” Luc held up his hands.
” “What?!” 40 Jet Mykles .. Meet me in the upper parking lot. Grumbling. he pulled his wallet out of his pocket and spat a new string of curses toward the world in general while he checked to see if he had enough soggy money for cab fare. It was colder wet.” “Ah.” He walked around Reese and back into the party. Reese made his dripping way through the gardens around the perimeter of the hotel. it wasn‟t a particularly cold night. I‟ll drive you home.” “C‟mon. On the way.” Reese opened the passenger door. “You could strip. “Okay. It wasn‟t the main lot.. “Where‟s my jacket?” Luc grinned at him over the hood of the SUV. Luckily.” “Luc . of course. and only a few people were around. He managed to avoid seeing anyone. “It‟s leather!” Luc cocked his head to the side.” Luc rounded the door and hitched back into the driver‟s seat.” “It‟s a rental.“Piper was my ride. “Get in. Reese sat on one of the hard iron benches and tried to shake enough water out of his shirt so that it no longer dripped.” “I‟ll get your interior all wet. it‟s the least I can do.” “You don‟t have to do that.” “I know. Reese strode toward him. “Get in. A shining silver Lexus pulled up and Luc got out. walking around the perimeter of the hotel to the parking lot Luc had mentioned. but it wasn‟t unbearable. It‟s my fault you fell. He was less likely to encounter people that way.” Luc nodded.
I can‟t molest you while I‟m driving. “Would you just get in?” Luc glanced over at him and rolled his eyes. Luc shifted and got the car headed toward the exit. right? And with the right Purgatory 41 .” “I‟m sorry.” True. Turn left and get on the interstate. After all.” “Luc.” Reese ran a hand through his hair. “Oh. pulling on his seatbelt. you stink. “Amazing the types of people I‟ve met in the last few years.” Reese was sick of arguing about it. Now you tell me you‟re gay?” Infuriating calm.” Luc suggested. Women and men offering themselves to me.” “Yeah. man. Thanks. punching the heat on low. North. “Luc. “You can take the shirt off. “No. Already he felt the curls tightening. leaning back in the seat and driving with two long fingers on the steering wheel. Who knew what was in that pond water besides fish? “Gee.” He shrugged. right. what the fuck? Why‟d you come on to me?” “Didn‟t I make that obvious?” “You couldn‟t get away from me fast enough that night. wow. “I figured I‟d try it once with a guy a few years ago.” “Shy?” Reese snapped. “Christ. damn it!” “Get in. He sniffed loudly and reached to lower the windows. I could hardly forget what happened with us.Luc laughed. “Can you be gay and still like women?” “Damn it. Luc. He climbed in and tried to ignore the squishy feel of wet clothes against butter-soft leather. man.” Luc chuckled. at least.
how could I resist?” Reese scowled. He had to laugh.. it was just not a likely scenario.” “„Half bad‟?” “Actually. Not that the image wasn‟t attractive. 42 Jet Mykles .” “I‟m not. “Get off on Alexander. Luc chuckled. But he had brown eyes. “Did you ever sleep with Johnnie?” “No. Not with the way you acted.” Reese faced front and watched the road go by. “I found your sister gorgeous as hell.” Luc spoke in a very low.‟ What can I say? Johnnie rubbed off on me.” Reese gaped. “Don‟t play games with me. He had known both men well enough that it was impossible to avoid the mental image of naked. And y‟know what? He had this slim body and amazing curly black hair.” Reese tried to cling to what he thought he knew.combination of drugs and alcohol in your system . “Much to my surprise.” Luc smiled..” “Don‟t try and say you were attracted to me.” “Why?” “Are you kidding? Can you imagine the fight to be on top?” Reese couldn‟t help it. very serious tone. it wasn‟t half bad. “I think maybe it was the fact that I was attracted to you that made me react like I did. “Still.” Another silence. the first guy was pretty good. despite Luc‟s words to the contrary. “I think the term is „bisexual.” He laughed. You‟re twins. The image was simply too funny. Why wouldn‟t I find you attractive?” “You‟re not gay. sweaty bodies as they wrestled for dominance.
” “I‟m drunk.” “Why not?” “I‟m not gay anymore. You‟re still attracted to me. “Not going to invite me in?” Reese retrieved the jacket without looking at him.” “I‟m a mess.” “I‟d be happy to help you clean up. “My life. dark chocolate! Reese could almost taste it.” “What?” “No one has to know. “C‟mon. Stop that! Luc drove the Lexus off the interstate. My job --” “No one has to know. half turned to face him. since Reese actually enjoyed receiving. Where‟s my jacket?” “Back seat.” He heard the desperation in his own voice and didn‟t bother to try to disguise it.” Luc sat in the driver‟s seat.” Purgatory 43 .” God. a top. in no uncertain terms. I‟ll be gone in a few days. “Thanks for the ride. and no one has to be the wiser.He tried very hard to ignore the spark of lust deep in his belly at the confirmation that Luc was. “I can‟t be gay anymore. Didn‟t surprise him in the least.” Luc just stared at him with a skeptical frown. We already proved that. It fit so perfectly. Reese.” “You‟re not that drunk. and Reese spent the next few minutes directing him through the turns to his townhouse complex. “No. his voice was like rich.
” 44 Jet Mykles . “Don‟t you want to know what it‟s like between us? I do. Reese. He turned to look at Luc. He shook his head and turned toward his front door. feet on the curb now.” “The performance at Purgatory?” Luc nodded. I‟m in town the whole week. He firmly pulled himself together and stepped out of the car. “What do you mean?” Luc grinned at him. “Not a good idea.” “It‟s better not to know?” Reese paused. But reason prevailed. He groaned and grabbed the door handle. Pleasant dreams.” Reese‟s world tilted at the thought. “I‟d like nothing more than to fuck you every night until then.” “You bet. though.” Unfortunately.” Luc paused. “Thanks for the ride. His body wanted it really badly. so did Reese. shaking his head. man. “Fine.Fantasies of him and Luc doing nasty things in his bathroom assailed Reese‟s inner eye. Think about it. “No.
How much was he going to have to pay for doing this to a rental? Thoroughly disgusted.his only dry piece of clothing -. The second time wasn‟t quite necessary. it wasn‟t just the socks. His socks were soaked and stunk something awful. he stomped up the narrow flight of stairs and into the bathroom through the door that opened onto the upper landing. but he was trying his best to distract himself from his errant thoughts and the hard-on that wouldn‟t go away. that Purgatory 45 . those lips on his. Luc Sloane had come on to him. No.onto a nearby chair. tossing his jacket -. He cranked on the water and stepped under the spray before it was quite warm enough. Diligently. Luc had kissed him. Luc Sloane had asked to fuck him. The thought of those fingertips on his cheek. he dropped his underwear last. The shoes were ruined. he started ripping at the shirt and slacks to get them off. he was even better than Reese could ever have hoped! Better than the one other kiss they had shared. With a new spate of curses. Damn Luc! Fuming.Chapter Four Reese toed off his shoes in the tiled entryway of his townhouse. he scrubbed his skin until he was red all over and washed his hair twice. and God. Amazingly enough. He had to get the sour fishpond smell off his skin. he was half hard. letting the cotton splat onto the tiles.
He couldn‟t be gay. He quite studiously ignored the throb in his cock and the curl of need in his belly.hand squeezing his cock . He was primed and prepped and couldn‟t for the life of him get the image of Luc‟s face out of his mind. Finally he couldn‟t stand it. Reese stared down at his dick. No matter that the man dominated his dreams. then pulled on a comfy pair of pajama bottoms and toweled his hair as he went downstairs to fetch the clothes he‟d left near the door. Who could it .. “Fuck!” He turned into the spray to rinse off. Panting. Leaning against the tiles with his free hand. His life. hadn‟t he invited Luc in? Why was he all alone in the shower jerking off when he could have the bass player‟s hands and mouth on him? Oh.? 46 Jet Mykles . He froze. Why. and it wasn‟t the hot water that did it. His lust for Luc was something to be denied. His job. a stop in the kitchen for aspirin and water to avoid a hangover. exactly. It didn‟t take long. he remembered too well just how much he‟d had to drink.. wondering why he‟d insisted that Luc couldn‟t come and do this for him. Even though his dunk in the pond seemed to have cleared his head. but hadn‟t erased the need Luc had awakened in him. No matter how good it felt. he shut his eyes and pulled on his cock. Even if it was a really good fantasy! Reese finished his shower and dried off. Most of the blood in his body drained south to make his dick throb. He poured conditioner into his palm and reached down. He couldn‟t go ruining his life just for a passing fantasy. yeah. No matter how right it felt. His blood was still simmering. But first.. staring across the dark living room at the darker entryway.. It was somewhere around midnight. He was just finishing a huge glass of water when a knock sounded at the door. Jerking off had taken the edge off the lust.
but Reese couldn‟t see it with Luc looming over him.” His teeth closed down on the curve between Reese‟s neck and shoulder. His knee nudged between Reese‟s legs. His world spun and he braced for impact with the tiles. But Luc caught his arms above the elbows. kicked aside wet clothing. It took way too much effort to push Luc away. brutal kiss. He tried to just crack it. “What do you want?” Reese hissed. Be strong! He stomped across his living room. Don‟t want me to disturb your neighbors. almost brushing Reese‟s temple. “Please. setting the glass down carefully in the sink. “This. He leaned in the extra few inches he had on Reese. Another knock. and opened the door. The erection that hadn‟t gone away flared to full. I‟ve got to fuck you. hideous life. gasping for breath when he was free. but Luc pushed in. maybe Luc would go away. If he ignored it. The front door snicked shut. “Reese. I know you‟re there. Reese. “God damn it! What‟re you doing?” Luc‟s lips dragged up Reese‟s cheek to his ear. I want to suck you down and eat you up. not sure that he sounded as mad as he intended. fisting his hands. “But I‟m dying to taste you. aborting his fall by slamming him up against the closet opposite the front door. So instead he twisted his face aside.” that voice rumbled in his ear. Reese stumbled back. Luc‟s hands slid down Reese‟s arms to take hold of his wrists and yank them up above his head. Reese groaned into it. slipping in a puddle. pinning Reese to the closet door. pressing his thigh into Reese‟s groin.He moaned softly. “I tried to leave. All of the man‟s weight was leaning on those hands.” Purgatory 47 . Just the sound of that voice had his cock perking to attention again.” Luc took Reese‟s mouth in a possessive. do you?” Reese snarled. Loose red hair fell forward. followed by a softly seductive voice.
” Believing Luc‟s words. Startled. The thumbs pressed Reese‟s chin down. He‟d lost his jacket on the trip up the stairs. forcing his lips to open under Luc‟s assault. trapping it. yeah. His hands framed Reese‟s face. Luc shoved him. He squirmed. He fell on Reese. rubbing his cock against that hard thigh. “Get up those stairs unless you want me to fuck you here. Reese couldn‟t have fought if he tried. Reese darted for the stairs. Reese yelped. and preserve both of their sanities.” No fair! That voice talking dirty went to his head. “Oh. silver slats over the bed and carpet. pulling Reese with him. “You want it. Both of them. Luc yanked back. When had he closed his eyes? Why was he shaking? “Yeah. too. Except that sanity seemed a long way away when that low voice was begging to fuck him. don‟t you? You want me to shove my cock all the way into that sweet little ass of yours.” he answered before he could swallow the words. open and demanding. Reese‟s back hit the unmade sheets.” he heard himself moan. “Luc. He reached the bed and turned. Luc‟s mouth was back. make Luc go away. Luc paused only long enough to whip his half-buttoned shirt over his head and toss it aside. The single bedside lamp cast the room in harsh. pressing pleasure up into Reese‟s gut. Luc turned him around to face the stairs and swatted his ass. murky yellow shadows. 48 Jet Mykles . tiger. He should say no. He beat Luc to his bedroom by mere seconds.He should say no. He needed this! He melted. kissing and grinding their groins together.” The thigh drove into his crotch. This was big trouble. Closed blinds filtered the spare moonlight into soft. It was too much.
Jacking off in the shower should have given him more control. holding the rockstar to him. sliding Reese‟s cock deeper into the hot confines of his mouth. but he was incoherent with need. twisting when the tip of Reese‟s cock reached his lips and swallowing Purgatory 49 . Luc. He only started to suck in earnest when Reese was reduced to barely coherent begging. hands preceding his mouth. spanning his hands over the smooth. He slid the head between his lips. Reese jumped at each little bite.Reese moaned. Reese cried out. freeing his cock to spring out and slap his belly.” The head of his cock popped loudly from Luc‟s wet lips. Luc trailed his lips down Reese‟s neck. almost making him come.” Luc crooned. His legs bent and fell open. wrapping a fist around Reese‟s shaft. Reese dug his fingers into Luc‟s hair. Sharp crimson lust shot up his cock to his spine. “No. Luc‟s firm grip at the base of his cock kept that from happening. Luc!” He was babbling and he couldn‟t care. completely lost in sensation. He wound his arms around Luc‟s shoulders. Luc hummed. “Luc! God. Luc took his time. his teeth peeping out to nip. please. ah!” His back arched off the mattress. I . exploring Reese thoroughly. satiny skin of Luc‟s back. creating a cradle to welcome Luc‟s hips. I want to taste you. Reese couldn‟t believe it. Shit! The man was definitely proving he wasn‟t homophobic. Luc moved lower. “Hard as a rock..” Luc took him deep. tiger. “Go ahead and come for me. loving the sharp pain just as much as the wet warmth of the tongue that soothed it away. He pulled Reese‟s pajama bottoms down.. Luc. Luc paused at Reese‟s nipples. “Luc. writhing beneath Luc. Then he started bobbing his head in a wonderful rhythm. taking extra time to nip and suck at the sensitive little points.
Okay. He sat up.” “Later. Reese turned and crawled to the other side of the bed. panting. He reached for Luc‟s briefs.” “You should get it. Now he needed to see. shifting his weight from side to side.” Reese glanced over his shoulder. When Luc reached down and fingered Reese‟s ass. “We‟ll play with the toys later. There was no way he couldn‟t be. he doubled into himself and gratefully shot into Luc‟s mouth. A warm. “You have lube. I need to be inside you. steely rod and soft. With a strangled cry. Luc slid back off the bed. “A toy box?” Luc asked. his whole body tingly. He opened it on the floor and grabbed the bottle of lube. There was a condom in one of his hands. Needed to have. toeing off his shoes. and Luc‟s body was gone. Needed to touch. “But . That was good. taking Reese‟s pants with him. Luc naked was a 50 Jet Mykles .” Yeah. edging to the side of the bed. Oh. eyes devouring Reese‟s sprawled body as he undid his trousers. The lube was plucked from his hand.” He glanced down at the cock trying to burst from Luc‟s underwear..” he murmured. heavy balls molded over his ass. “Yeah. “So beautiful. He dropped his pants and bent down to take off his socks. too. He stood. momentarily overcome by the feel of Luc‟s naked body spread full length over his. Luc caught his wrists. dropping down on top of Reese. But even knowing it hadn‟t prepared him. He fell back. Reese?” He looked up and drowned in the inky night of Luc‟s eyes. Reese had had enough of watching. Reese shut his eyes. He slid his torso off the edge so he could reach the box he had stashed in the indigo shadows underneath..when it struck the back of his throat. good God! He‟d known Luc would be beautiful. he lost it.
” “More?” Purgatory 51 . “God. Reese didn‟t know at first if it was a finger or a tongue that rimmed his hole. Reese?” Reese shivered at the choice of words. Luc dropped the lube on the mattress beside his knee. “Up on your knees. ending up on knees and elbows.glory to behold. Another kiss. “You want this?” Reese nodded eagerly.” “Get there faster. Reese wanted to turn on a light so he could take in the mix of colors and shapes that were this man.” A tongue slid up his crack.” Reese shuddered. astounded that he was still primed. “When‟s the last time you were fucked like this. Luc smiled at him and held his cock. but he couldn‟t give voice or movement to the need. with his ass presented for Luc‟s pleasure. “You been using that butt plug I saw in that box?” Reese rested his forehead on the mattress and nodded. “I‟m getting there. “Yeah. He opened and rolled on the condom. He groaned.” Luc laughed.” Reese scrambled to obey.” Teeth nipped his butt cheek. Luc. please just fuck me. but finally decided it was a finger when it pushed inside. “Good. edging farther back on the mattress. Luc laughed softly.” “You like that?” “Yeah. “Years. He bent in to kiss it. Just how many times had his imagination placed him in this same position with this man? Was this really happening? Luc smoothed a hand over Reese‟s left butt cheek.” A hand smoothed over his other cheek. “Then I won‟t hurt you.
Reese. Bed swayed slightly. it had been too long since he‟d felt this. not even his girlfriends. “I knew you wanted this. “Oh. Luc. your ass is just begging to be fucked. The toys had taken the edge off.” “Yeah. How could you not want this?” His wet hand closed around Reese‟s shoulder. damn. tiger.” “Yeah. But the need to be filled was nagging.” Another wet finger wiggled in with the first.” Luc groaned. please. Reese arched on a gasping cry. “Luc.” Luc‟s free hand slapped Reese‟s butt. Reese had always known that. lips whispering over the top swell of Reese‟s ass. 52 Jet Mykles . Had never let anyone else see them. “God.“Oh. fingers digging into the blanket and sheets beneath him.” “See?” Luc‟s hand slid up Reese‟s spine as his cock pushed slowly in. Didn‟t want to think. The other hand locked on Reese‟s hip. “Damn. Dear God. but this was what he needed. Toys weren‟t the same. He‟d warned himself not to use them. That cock pressed ever forward. Twisted. The fingers pumped. yeah. Reese jumped and moaned. Reese couldn‟t answer. Found that spot inside that made Reese‟s cock start to reawaken.” Fingers left. please. The condom-covered tip of Luc‟s dick pressed at Reese‟s hole. pushing back into those fingers. Reese whimpered.
pushing back. don‟t tease me. then pushed back in. He moaned. Luc‟s chest pressed to Reese‟s back. Reese bit down on his lip to keep from spouting nonsense. If you‟re gonna fuck me. “More.“Luc. still twined with Reese‟s.” Luc pulled out a bit. murmuring gorgeous obscenities. His balls lightly slapped the sensitive skin behind Reese‟s own balls. Fuck me. his groin snug to Reese‟s ass. Luc‟s lips ghosted over the back of Reese‟s shoulder. Luc‟s fingers. scraping perfectly over that spot inside Reese. and their fingers entwined while Luc pumped endlessly into Reese‟s body. God. More!” “More?” Luc slid home..” Luc groaned into the back of Reese‟s neck. Luc‟s sweat was dripping onto Reese‟s back. “Feel good?” “God. yes!” Reese squirmed. “More?” “Damn it. mingling with Reese‟s own sweat. Reese groaned. Reese‟s chest pressed into the sheets. A pillow dropped to the floor. “Gonna come. Reese had already come twice that night.. pumping. climbing toward orgasm. probably right over the tiger tattoo. He pulled out and shoved forward. clutching the mattress. Oh. yes. Luc was inside his body. At long last. Luc‟s hands found his. Not again! “Gonna . “Like that?” “Ungh!” He did it again. shoving Reese farther onto the bed. pulled Reese‟s hand back and down until both of their hands closed around his rejuvenated cock. Reese!” Purgatory 53 . and here he was again. fuck me!” “Yeah!” Luc fell forward.
but he‟d sorely underestimated him. He opened his eyes when he heard Luc come back. hardly caring about the wet spot beneath his belly. He kissed Reese sweetly. Panting. maybe it was the words. “Stay there. Not that he had anything at all to be ashamed of. “That was amazing.but 54 Jet Mykles . He did roll over onto his side. but otherwise obeyed. briefly.Maybe it was the growl. softly defined muscles. it set Reese off again. “But --” “Don‟t get up. Maybe it was the sheer fact that Luc‟s heavy.” His low voice vibrated through his chest.” Luc said when Reese started to move. enjoying the weight of the body sprawled on top of him. slim frame was nicely rounded out with lean. Once Luc was breathing somewhat normally again. turning the younger man‟s neck so they could see each other. Whatever it was. he simply tried to concentrate on breathing. Luc‟s tall. he pushed up to his elbows. Reese‟s heart swelled when he felt Luc‟s lips slide over the sweaty back of his shoulder up to nuzzle the nape of his neck. Luc‟s sable eyes glimmered under sweat-mussed bangs. heavenly body was straining and shoving inside him. confused. He collapsed underneath Luc. His skin was pale -Reese had once heard him confess at a party that he had two colors: white and burned -. He grinned. He‟d always fantasized that Luc was a good fuck. Good God. before pushing back to kneel.” Reese frowned. Luc came first. He saw a flash of Luc‟s naked butt as the other man disappeared into the bathroom. it had been amazing. but Reese‟s latest orgasm wasn‟t far behind. The bright rectangle of light from the doorway didn‟t quite hit the bed. blatantly at ease with his nudity. Luc leaned in a little more and brought his fingers up to press the side of Reese‟s chin. Reese sighed. sinking into Reese‟s back. He closed his eyes and took a brief moment to relive what had just happened. The rockstar crossed the room.
When he was done. cuddly mush. Smiling.” “Then it must have been coming twice so close together. Warm. watching his hand as it continued to caress Reese‟s chest. “Want me to leave?” Reese yawned.it was that creamy goodness kind of pale. snuggling in close to Luc.” Reese hummed.” Luc laughed softly. “You‟re being rather agreeable. sliding down onto his back. He was too worn out to think better of what he said. Luc left again to take the washcloth back to the bathroom. damn. profoundly touched by the little gesture. That‟s impressive. One dark eyebrow arched.” “Three times.” he muttered. “Worn out. He cut the light in the bathroom and returned to sit beside Reese‟s sprawled body. “Well. “Still drunk?” “No. One in the shower before you got here. “Three.” Luc settled down onto one elbow at Reese‟s side. Luc knelt on the bed and proceeded to use the washcloth he‟d brought with him to wipe cum and lube from Reese‟s body. His hair was damp and pushed back from his face.” Purgatory 55 . “Not really. fully revealing the sharp lines of his face.” Reese reached up to curl a hand around Luc‟s neck and pull the man down beside him. “Do I need to leave early before any of your neighbors gets up?” “No. Reese watched. His brain was mush. Reese could just make it out in the darkness. He edged closer to Luc‟s warmth.” “Huh? It was only twice. he trailed a finger over the nearly nonexistent hair on Reese‟s chest.
56 Jet Mykles . He crawled halfway on top of Luc. He was pretty sure the rockstar murmured a question.” Reese felt Luc‟s hands thread through his hair. “Thank you. but sleep tackled him and took him under. pillowing his head on the man‟s chest just beneath his shoulder. He smiled.Reese didn‟t wait until he was settled.
and butter dish were all sitting on the counter between the main room and the kitchen. Purgatory 57 . Had slept here.Chapter Five Reese followed the scent of buttered bagels down his narrow townhouse stairs. bagels. Toaster. stopping just before him. his voice came out normal.” Luc flicked his cigarette into the sink. Sable eyes shadowed by a wave of auburn hair turned toward him. Lucas Sloane was in his home. A plate with a mostly devoured bagel on it sat beside Luc.” Reese stopped on the last step. It really had happened. Holy shit! Strangely. Luc had on black silk boxers and nothing else. “Hey. cigarette lit and window open. The television in the main room was on low. it put them eye-to-eye. “Hey. using the sink for an ashtray. Luc braced a hand on either side of the stairwell and leaned toward him. a small. Had fucked him. just staring. Luc was standing in the kitchen. With Reese on the bottom step. showing some movie that Reese‟s sleepy brain vaguely recognized. He sauntered over to Reese. sexy smile on his face. gorgeous.
but the phone rang. underlined by the minty toothpaste from his own mouth. Surprisingly. Damn it. There was never a happier meal. Worn out and achy in a few places where he hadn‟t felt like that in years. “Good.The kiss was soft and tasted oddly of cigarette smoke and buttered bread. Luc pushed back a little to meet Reese‟s gaze. “Get out of bed and pick up.” “Hangover?” Reese shook his head.” He grabbed for Reese. Luc released him.” 58 Jet Mykles . Reese‟s yelp of surprise was cut off when lips again found his. “„Mornin‟ to you. “How do you feel?” “Okay. too. but that was a good thing. Long. A weird combination of morning tastes that Luc‟s presence made special somehow. strong arms wrapped around him and pinned him to Luc as the other man devoured his mouth. he felt fine. shocked by the loud desperation in his sister‟s voice. Luc‟s hands started to explore the waistband of Reese‟s sweats. voracious this time. Reese ducked past him into the kitchen to pick up the cordless phone and stop Reegan‟s string of demands. Reese was content to ignore it.” Luc grinned. where are you? Reese?” With a small groan. more interested in the tongue that twined with his and the hard length in Luc‟s groin that was pressing against him. “Not at all?” “No. “Reese! Are you there?!” Reese broke back from Luc‟s kiss with a gasp.
then ran a hand through the hopeless mess of black curls that was his hair.” The fabric of his sweats and Luc‟s boxers might as well have been nonexistent.” Purgatory 59 . “It wasn‟t working last night. I.” He shook his head at Luc. but the redhead ignored him. He gave me a ride home. There was a devilish twist to that gorgeous mouth. I‟m fine. Did you get a chance to see Mom before you left?” He so could not think about his mother right now! “No. and pressed his crotch against Reese‟s ass. Man. and Reese could swear he felt the veins of it. Luc‟s cock fit nicely into the crack of Reese‟s ass. “You‟re not the only one. Why?” “Luc said you were drunk and fell in a pond at the hotel.” “So you were drunk. “-. Reese had to bite his lip hard to suppress a moan. I wanted to come out to see you. but he promised me that he‟d get you home safe. eyeing the rockstar who was sneaking around behind him. uh --” Warm hands slid up his bare back. placed a hand on either side of Reese‟s hips. “What happened?” “Huh?” “How‟d you fall into the pond?” “Oh.” “I guess.“Oh. I slipped. “Are you okay?” “Yeah.” Reese glanced over his shoulder. “Yeah. Reegan laughed.” Where was his cell phone? He‟d have to check it again.we took a walk. A little. I guess I had too much to drink. thank God you‟re okay! Did you turn your cell phone off?” He leaned his elbows on the tiled counter that separated the kitchen from the main room. that felt good.
His palm closed over the head of Reese‟s dick and squeezed. Yeah. turning his head and holding the cordless to his top ear. What he could manage was breathy.” Hopefully. “Dave is in the shower. And Dad wasn‟t much better off.“She was plastered. despite the fingers that dragged the waistband of his sweats down to expose his weeping cock. she didn‟t hear his breath hitch. didn‟t you just get married? Aren‟t you supposed to be having sex or something?” Well. If you took a walk together.” “Mmmm.. “So I guess you guys are getting along again?” “Huh?” “You and Luc. The position snugged his ass back into the bend of Luc‟s heavenly body..” “Oh? Could I say more?” Luc slid one hand around to palm Reese‟s hard-on. “Shouldn‟t you join him?” “I had to find out if you were okay. We‟re fine. “Hey.” “I‟m okay. You could say that.” He sank forward until his chest was flush with the countertop.” Luc nibbled on the back of his neck.” More than fine. Kisses ghosted over his shoulder blade and the middle of his back. “No. “Reese?” “Yeah?” “Is he there?” 60 Jet Mykles . “Oh. He struggled valiantly for coherence. We had to get them a cab home.” Reese was fast losing his ability to speak. hey.” “Oh. We just . sex wasn‟t really far from his mind.
“How did you . Purgatory 61 . buttered fingers plunged down the back of his sweats and teased his hole.” “Spoilsport.” Reese lost hold of Luc‟s hand.” “Christ!” He wasn‟t sure if the outburst was directed at his sister...?” Reegan hooted. what makes you think . What‟s he doing to you?” Two fingers wiggled around inside Reese. “Is he there? Did you sleep with Luc last night?” Reese caught sight of Luc‟s free hand out of the corner of his eye. Reegan cackled like the witch that she was.? I mean. or at the devil behind him. Reese reached down to grab hold of Luc‟s hand. isn‟t he? He‟s there?” Reese swallowed a moan when a finger pushed in. far be it from me to distract you from the sex you need. Breath escaped from him in a whoosh. warm. A strangled “Fuck” escaped his mouth.. “Okay.. trying to stop the beautiful massage of his dick. While he was struggling for words. “Thanks?” Luc used the hand to shove Reese‟s sweats down to his knees. don‟t even go there. Reegan. finding that oh-so-sweet spot. He couldn‟t stop that hand while holding the other and the phone. “Oh.” “What?” “Say hi and thanks to Luc for me. “Reese? He is. You‟re both breathing hard. “You‟re usually far more coherent. “What?” Reegan‟s evil chuckle filled his ear. And I think I hear him in the background.Clarity tried to intervene. Reese‟s mouth fell open. even in the morning. but the denial he wanted to utter wasn‟t something he wanted his sister to hear. brother mine. He turned his head to see the man swipe his fingers through a good amount of soft butter from the dish that sat not far from Reese.
but the other hand encircled his dick. as though having her on the phone would somehow save him from the pleasure that threatened to engulf him. voice insufferably calm and normal even as his wicked fingers cost Reese his sanity.” Reese couldn‟t very well halt the sounds that pushed from his throat. “The bride doing well?” Luc asked. “Certainly. still holding the phone aloft. “She says thank you. He cried out. But if they prompted Luc to do more of what he was doing.” Reese dropped the phone with a clatter and reached down to grab the edge of the counter.” Luc groaned. greased hand replaced the dry one on his dick. “Ah. He figured it out when the blunt head of Luc‟s cock swiped up the crack of his ass. “Oh. arching into Luc‟s thrust. He didn‟t even know what they were.” Reese breathed. “Ah. “Thank you?” The butter dish rattled. Reese couldn‟t think about it now. He dropped his cheek to the countertop. tiger. shit! Can we t-talk about this later?” Greasy hands gripped his hips.” Finally Luc‟s voice went a little breathless.“Reegan?” Reese called. It gave him some leverage to push back and impale himself. The butter dish clattered again just before a warm. curling over Reese‟s back. You sound so fuckin‟ sexy. 62 Jet Mykles . squeezing hard and pumping slow. yeah. all buttered up. But she was gone. and finally let out the moan that was pushing at his throat. Whatever the redhead was doing was fine with him. Reese wasn‟t going to try and stop. “Cry out for me. so tight. Reese couldn‟t find the curiosity to raise his head and see what Luc was doing. He threw back his head and moaned when that greased-up cock pushed for entry. Fingers left his ass.
Reese shattered. Just my touch scrambles your brain?” Reese decided to avoid that line of conversation. “Move over so I can get the cabinet.. “Come for me. “Anyway .Luc‟s hand worked in rhythm with the thrust of his cock.” A wet rag gently wiped down Reese‟s ass. clutching the edge of the counter and pressing his forehead to the tiles as he found agonizing release.” “I -. Luc slammed home one last time. They stayed like that for precious moments. his first words were: “You bastard. Teeth bit down on Reese‟s earlobe. “How‟m I supposed to talk normal when you‟re touching me?” “Mmmm. When he could find his voice. begging the man to fuck him harder.” That was all she wrote. urging Reese to thrust forward into one and back onto the other. rather. Reese pressed back into him. “Besides. Body still trembling slightly.” Purgatory 63 . there‟s nothing better than hot buttered buns. Which he did. Bewildered. Luc laughed. Butter?” Water sounded at the sink. tiger. Hips slapped hips in time to desperate cries. Reegan heard you. “It was the closest thing handy. He did so with abandon.” Luc chuckled. His hand pumped Reese‟s dick furiously. It was almost as though his muscles and bones followed Luc‟s mental commands. Or. lost. Reese groaned. Luc draped himself over Reese‟s back. Reese wasn‟t sure he could stand anyway. totally disregarding Reese‟s.ahh!” He hissed at the pleasure that rippled through him as Luc‟s dick slid from his ass. didn‟t want to move.. Luc wiped off his hips and legs. He cried out Luc‟s name. He still couldn‟t move.” He slapped Reese‟s left butt cheek playfully. taking everything he gave. unable to control his body‟s responses to this man. his body shuddering over Reese‟s as he came. pushing to his feet. “She wouldn‟t have known if you‟d just talked normal.
“Hey.but I think it‟s history. man! We just did it in the kitchen! Luc stood. like. “I think there‟s some in there. He‟d put the tuxedo out of his mind.” Cool! was his first thought. I think I‟ll try the cream cheese instead of butter. if you want.?” Reese dropped his head. “No.” Luc watched quietly as Reese cut his bagel. Grinning.. “Hungry?” Reese blinked at the ceiling.” “I‟ll pay for it. then reached down to pull up his sweatpants. Luc was. It a rental?” Reese grumbled as he rummaged around for the cream cheese tub.. eyes twinkling. Kind of.Reese groaned again and pushed to stand. but that‟s about it. “Actually.” “It‟s no problem. He glanced over at Luc to see him still staring.” Luc laughed. Although. Luc squatted down to wipe spunk off the painted cabinet doors. “It‟s fine. He probably made more in a week than Reese made in a year.” He stepped toward the fridge. I could go out and get something . that‟s okay. He dropped a quick kiss on Reese‟s lips. “Yeah. But his second thought was more appropriate. mega-rich now. yeah. I hung up your tux back there --” He tossed his head in the direction of the tiny utility room off the kitchen.” Of course it wasn‟t a problem. Reese became conscious of the silence after he smeared cream cheese on the onion bagel and took the first bite.” Someone might see him leaving. “I found bagels. He so did not want to find out what the penalty was for returning the rented tuxedo ruined. He sort of rolled around so that his butt was braced against the counter. And it‟s kind of my fault it got ruined. Oh.” Luc moved back toward the sink. “Bagel‟s fine. “Nah. “-. You don‟t have to worry about it. arms crossed over 64 Jet Mykles .
She won‟t jeopardize my job. No one can know about this. sending auburn curls cascading down his shoulder. tiger.” Luc reached out to toy with a curl above Reese‟s ear. Reese concentrated on chewing. I got it. “What happened to Mr.” “I‟m serious. “I‟m serious. Luc. Luc. kneeling beside him on the couch. “Really?” Luc followed. “No one knows about this. trying to tamp down his desire to step up to Luc and trail his fingers over the light hair that decorated his chest and arms. “What?” “You gonna let me stay?” Reese swallowed.” “Reegan knows. “You can stay. “Uh. No one knows about this.” “Reegan doesn‟t count. I‟mNot-Gay?” Reese eyed him.his chest.” he said around another bite.” “I know.” He took his breakfast into the main room.” He glared when Luc just continued to study him with a weird little smile.” Purgatory 65 . no.” Luc tilted his head to the side. damn it!” “Relax. She won‟t tell anyone. “You‟re so cute when you‟re worried. “Luc.” Reese slapped his hand aside.” He put down his plate and turned to face the man of his dreams. “You said no one needs to know. Reese flushed. “Huh?” “I‟m wondering if you‟re gonna throw me out.
doodling. He hoped it wasn‟t noticeable. During a pop quiz in second period. Luckily. he always set an egg timer to announce when the quiz was done. Luckily. straight nose and sharply defined jaw. had sex. They‟d eaten breakfast. His long. He got through his first two classes on autopilot. Luc had stayed with him all of Sunday. napped a bit. taken a shower.. ordered Chinese. had sex. That mouth .Chapter Six Reese was pretty sure he was walking funny at school on Monday. and then made out for a long time before having sex again. otherwise he would have gotten lost in his sketch and let his kids have the entire period to finish. and here he was with a ballpoint pen and ruled paper sketching a portrait. He took his kids through geometry and algebra without paying much attention to what he was doing. When 66 Jet Mykles . eaten. that mouth! Now he knew exactly how talented that mouth was. oh. watched a movie.. he‟d thought to prepare all his lesson plans on Thursday night so that the Friday and Saturday wedding events didn‟t put him behind. Reese had finally decided Luc needed to go at around midnight for no other reason than that he simply had to get some sleep. had more sex. Of Luc. Those hooded eyes underneath sweeping brows. He hadn‟t had the desire to sketch in ages. he found himself sitting at his desk.
at least not with coffee in hand. Which meant anyone else at the school who was remotely interested knew as well. Coffee lured him to the teachers‟ lounge during first break. “So. He wasn‟t going to get away fast. he jumped and hastily turned the sketch facedown on his desk and covered it with a textbook. “It was good. Haley Greene. stirring her tea. He tried to be unobtrusive as he waited. We were some of their original fans. He smiled. preferring to stay away from the ridiculous gossip and chatter about the lives of his fellow teachers. circling like vultures until the black liquid was ready. “How was the wedding?” Despite his avoidance of chit chat. Reese soon found himself surrounded by excited chatter. sidled up to him.the timer dinged. He normally didn‟t bother. but he was destined to perform. Haley knew he‟d gotten off work early on Friday for the wedding.” “I heard Heaven Sent was there! That true?” Haley was about his age. but he felt the need for a caffeine boost that morning. Purgatory 67 . He almost panicked when Haley proclaimed Luc Sloane to be the absolute end. one of the women who worked in the office. one of the English teachers.” “Get you! I didn‟t know you were friends with them!” “With who?” asked Toni Butcher. He stared at the backs of the four other teachers crowding the coffee pot. She didn‟t know she was talking to someone who knew this for a fact! Reese only managed to fill his cup when the warning bell for break‟s end sounded. so there was no surprise that she knew about the band. good news travels fast. huh?” “Does Reegan know them?” “We both do. He had to take his caffeine back to his room with him.
“Is it true. “Where did you hear that?” Her glossed lips turned down at the corners. “May I help you ladies?” he asked. folding his hands on the textbook that covered his earlier sketch. Mr. “It‟s not true?” “I didn‟t say that. Reese winced as her friends and a few of the dawdlers joined in with their own squeals and crowded around his desk. Since it was now lunch break. however. a tall blond with luminous crystal-blue eyes. Tina. he had to reprimand three of the girls for whispering incessantly. the three girls came up to his desk. Schuyler?” “Is what true?” “Do you know Heaven Sent?” Ah! He sat forward in his chair. Strangely enough. He put the oddness out of his mind in favor of a lecture on geometry. some of their classmates seemed to be dawdling as well.During fourth period. her manicured hands folded just under her chin. At the end of the period. grinned at him. looking up from his chair. he knew something was up. They were also giving him strange looks. “How long have you known them?” “Do you really know them personally?” “What‟s Johnnie really like?” “Is Darien really that sweet?” “Is Luc just amazing?” 68 Jet Mykles .” “Then it is true!” Her squeal was the kind to shatter glass.
I hadn‟t talked to them in years. Reese fought to keep from laughing aloud. He should have predicted the presence of Mr. He leaned back in his chair and grinned at the ceiling.” “Oh. Before they became famous. He caught sight of a button with Johnnie‟s smiling face on it pinned to one of the girls‟ backpacks.He laughed. The chatter started again. waiting for the questions to die down. he couldn‟t remember a non-schoolrelated conversation with any of his students until today. Ronald Tarkington at his door sometime that day. His students had never paid him much attention before this. Not only had Luc barreled back into his life -. Tarkington prided himself in being a “hip” principal who paid attention to the trends of Purgatory 69 . but he never saw it.but his mere existence had even given life to Reese‟s boring day job. He let out the laugh he‟d been holding in when the door finally closed behind them. he had to promise to try to get autographs if they brought in the pictures they wanted signed the next day.however temporarily -. When they did. Mr.” More squeals.” That fact didn‟t seem to make a difference. He was told by some of the female teachers that there were girls who had crushes on him. no way!” “Before this weekend. In the end. though. “I knew them a long time ago. this time interspersed with comments on how cool it was that they knew someone who knew Heaven Sent. Truthfully. he was a bit surprised that it took until the end of his second-to-last class. “Yes. I do know Heaven Sent. He held up a hand to forestall them. In truth. he was looking up into seven earnest female faces. It took some convincing to get the girls to leave and more convincing to assure them that he couldn‟t get them in to see Heaven Sent.
yes. wondering what Tarkington‟s face would look like if he‟d seen Reese back in his heyday. Schuyler.” “My sister got married. but he kept that to himself. You know these people?” “Reegan and I were friends with the guys in Heaven Sent before they got their big break. wondering how many different versions of rumor were flying around the school. And I hear some rock band played there. powder-blue shirt up above his elbows.” His eyes twitched briefly to the plain silver hoop in Reese‟s right earlobe. I hear you had quite a weekend. and waited. We all grew up in Woodley. I‟ve left those days behind. Personally. were taller than he.” Reese shook his head. “I‟m not anymore. “Schuyler. Most of the kids. sir. Reese propped his butt on the front of his desk. Okay. sir.” “Mmm.” “Have you?” 70 Jet Mykles . Reese thought he was full of shit. He had a smile and a word for most of them and reached out to pat a few shoulders as they passed him. especially the boys. Tarkington stood just inside Reese‟s door as students filed out. sir.” “I see. Reese allowed himself a small smile. Forget it if he knew about the tattoo. They were just guests. crossed his arms. yes. Suppressing a laugh. Not enough sleep and too much sex the previous day. “No.the student body and the goings-on of his teachers. They didn‟t play. Tarkington came to stand before Reese. I didn‟t take you for a rocker.” “Yes. Reese wondered if any of them had the same burning urge he had to rub a palm over the man‟s shiny. stop that! When the last kid had filed out. He hoped he didn‟t look as worn out as he felt. balding head. He busied his hands with meticulously folding the cuffs of his crisp.
” “When did you program your name into my phone?” Luc chuckled. of course. He lifted the phone to his ear. of course.” he said into the phone. you know. good. sir. Reese had to laugh when he saw the caller ID. biting his tongue to keep back a dozen remarks he wanted to make. Far be it for me to tell you how to live. “Hey. “Well. “They‟re just friends who are in town for a while. sexy. The reason wouldn‟t be homosexuality. and the past is.“Yes.” Reese picked up his phone. but we can‟t have that kind teaching our kids. He wiped his palms down the front of his shirt. and he‟d make sure all the parents knew so they could spread the word as well. Oh. They‟ll be back on the road by next week.” “Of course.” “Good. Just sends the wrong message. “Yesterday morning when I was checking it for you. I mean. Please wish your sister our best when you talk to her next. no. the past. Tarkington started toward the door. Schuyler. Schuyler. not that it matters.” “Afternoon. Tarkington. but to make sure that he didn‟t work anywhere in the county again. Thoughtful of me. I‟ll leave you to your next class. Mr. Standing before him was the main reason he had to keep things secret with Luc. Tarkington. “Ah. But Tarkington would find something. and he pushed to his feet to circle around behind the desk to retrieve it. wasn‟t it?” Purgatory 71 . One whiff that Reese could possibly be slightly gay. and Tarkington would find a way to not only get rid of him. Mr. The man actually looked relieved.” He shut the door on his way out.” Reese‟s cell phone rang. “Hey.” Reese stared blankly at his boss. Luc.” He ignored the little pinch around his heart at the thought. “I‟ll do that. of course.
Can I meet you at your place?” He moved a textbook aside.” “Hmm. I got a rental outside of town.” “I can send a truck driver with a cooler full of beer in the back.” “Hey. Come over and I‟ll spend some on you. then. then.” He‟d kind of hoped that invitation was coming. “„Sex God‟ is a bit much. a bit. I saw what you had in your refrigerator. Why don‟t you get your dick over here and I‟ll demonstrate.” “Your ideas suck.” “I do know.” “So does my mouth.” “Good timing. “You don‟t know how tempting that is to a starving teacher. too fag-ish?” “Yeah.” “Must be nice to be rich. “Come to see me. I‟ll buy you any dinner you want. “Don‟t you dare. sinking into his chair. don‟t you think?” “Mmmm. Name your poison.” Reese shivered at the low rumble.Reese laughed. But you knew who it was.” “You done for the day?” “I‟ve got one more class.” 72 Jet Mykles . tiger.” Reese laughed. gotta spend it on something. “Yeah.” He turned over the sketch he‟d started earlier. “I take that as a no?” “Yeah. “What will the neighbors think?” Luc‟s snort told him what the rockstar thought of the neighbors. “What hotel are you at?” “I‟m not.” Reese grabbed a pen and started shading in the sketch. I‟ll send a driver out to come get you and have him scatter rose petals across the backseat.
Reese shut his eyes and shivered. “Damn.” Luc laughed. “Should I send a car?” “No.” Reese traced the sketched line of Luc‟s lower lip. “Give me directions. I‟ll drive out.” “So, you can escape?” “Some of us have to work in the morning.” Luc sighed. “Details.” He rattled off directions, and Reese wrote them out next to the sketch. “You‟re coming now, right?” “I need to look at my lesson plan for tomorrow. And I‟ve got to go home and change.” Luc grumbled. “Then you‟re coming.” Reese laughed. “Pushy.” “Horny.” “Didn‟t get enough yesterday?” “Of you? Not nearly.” Reese snorted, folding the sketch and directions. “Like you can‟t get a piece of ass by just whistling.” Luc whistled into the phone. “I happen to be craving your ass. Get it the hell over here.” “Yes, sir.” “What do you want for dinner?” “I don‟t know.” “Oh, come on. Sky‟s the limit, and you can‟t decide?” Reese laughed. “I‟m a simple man.” “Right. You like sushi?” “Sure. Anything that‟s not either slimy or that poison fish that could kill you.” Purgatory 73
“Gotcha. Hurry with that lesson plan and get over here.” 74 Jet Mykles
The drive to the place Luc was staying was barely a half-hour, taking Reese outside the city proper and almost outside the suburbs into a gated community within the hills that was nearly hidden by lush foliage. He hadn‟t even known the secluded place existed. But then, he wasn‟t wealthy enough to bother even looking at such areas. The address Luc had given him was a two-level house on a modestly sloped hill surrounded by huge, leafy green trees. Reese knew next to nothing about architecture, so he couldn‟t have said what style of house it was, but to him it looked like a massive capital A. Although it had to be decidedly modern, the wood paneling of the exterior had been weathered to make it seem older. He parked his Nissan next to the silver Lexus in the covered carport, then followed a little red-bricked pathway to the covered front steps. Luc answered the door dressed in violet drawstring pants and nothing else but his loose curly hair and a grin. Reese didn‟t even get a chance to see what the entryway looked like before Luc hooked a hand into the waistband of his pants and hauled him inside. No greeting. Well, none verbal. Luc‟s hungry kiss was welcome enough. The bass player walked backward, pulling Reese with him. Reese stumbled against him, laughing. When he tried to pull his head back to see where they were going, Luc reached up Purgatory 75
” “All of it?” Luc kissed Reese‟s neck. “Sleeping under the stars.” 76 Jet Mykles . Just this room. sitting on his thighs. not exactly. At least not by accident. grinning. “Had it put in storage. Luc wound his arms around Reese. The room they were in soared up into what could only be the point of the A he‟d seen from outside. The hall of the second story looked down into this main room. “You really are a freak.to spear a hand in his hair to keep their mouths fused. he twisted his head to look around. He ended up straddling Luc‟s hips. Reese stopped admiring the room long enough to help pull his t-shirt over his head. Reese found that out when they both landed on the plush futon set on the hardwood floor of the main room. and bookcases built into one wall. A dining room and kitchen could be seen through two open arches.” Brushing hair back from his face.” Luc busied himself with untucking Reese‟s t-shirt from his jeans.” “Why?” Luc looked up at the skylights. He whistled. yanking the hem of Reese‟s shirt to his armpits.” Reese laughed. “You freak. Reese managed to pull away from Luc‟s grasp. and a flight of stairs led up to a second story. frosted glass poured the last of the afternoon sun onto the hardwood floors and ivory walls. the room was completely empty. “Cool. “I‟ll say. “Nah. lightly caressing his back. huh?” He slid his hands in to skim over Reese‟s belly. Huge skylights and a bank of beveled. Reese yelped when Luc fell back. “Whoa. Still laughing. “What‟d you do with the furniture?” Aside from the futon and the fireplace.” Their surroundings distracted Reese for the moment from Luc‟s hands. twining his arms around Luc‟s neck. Luc sat up underneath him. bar. Well.
” Reese grinned.” Reese mulled that over while Luc kissed him. He ended up sitting on the mat within the circle of Luc‟s legs. “Mmm. I bought a few of them for myself after that trip. I am at home. Sushi‟s on the way. They scrambled around and got us these. but only a little more than a firm mattress. “Can you blame me? I didn‟t even think you‟d want to talk to me. The house agents messed up with the schedule. The thick black mat was firm beneath him.” Reese pouted. right? What an odd thing to say. “Can‟t go too far. “Well. spearing his hand into Luc‟s curls.” “How could I not?” “That was my question the other night.Luc shrugged. He meant the house. his own legs draped over Luc‟s thighs and almost hooked at the ankles behind Luc‟s back.” Luc nipped at the lip he stuck out. “Is this how you sleep at home?” “Tiger. huge place just for the four of us. damn.” Reese grimaced and edged back. and the furniture wasn‟t due to arrive until the next day. “Got the idea from a place we stayed in Amsterdam. Luc resisted when Reese tried to push him down to the mat. let alone fuck me stupid. The taste of Luc‟s mouth distracted Reese from his straying thoughts.” He indicated the futon beneath them. This big.” Luc grinned. and Reese gladly lay back. He toyed with Luc‟s long red hair as the Purgatory 77 . trailing his fingers up Reese‟s bare sides. The silk of auburn hair sifting through his own fingers. The feel of those hands smoothing over his back. “It was great. “Glad to know you want me. Do I need to convince you again?” Luc crawled forward. and not a bit of furniture. dropping his head to lock shining eyes on Reese.
nabbing another bite of sashimi. We‟re leaving this weekend.” Reese shook his head. but the general idea now is that enough‟s enough. The appliances in the kitchen were sleekly modern brushed chrome.” “Good. He grumbled when Luc got up to go fetch the sushi. If we don‟t produce another album soon. the record company‟s going to kill us. The refrigerator actually hissed when he opened it.” “I know. He dunked everything in it. They let us take the break after the last tour for Johnnie and Tyler. Luc turned the satellite radio on low. Told that the bar and the kitchen were stocked. The dining room table was black with a polished cherry wood top and sat under an understated. We rented this awesome studio in Italy. The man did seem to love the soy sauce. what‟s next for Heaven Sent?” Reese asked. The dining room and kitchen were just as impressive. and smooth background jazz floated through the air from hidden speakers. ignoring the catch in his belly at the thought of Luc leaving. so they made camp there. But.” “Sure you can. And it‟s not all fun. glittering chandelier.. y‟know. two years?” “Almost. what. Reese let his eyes slide shut and enjoyed. What happened to it when people like Luc weren‟t in town? Luc refused to eat anywhere except the futon. “I can‟t even imagine the life you‟ve got now.other man bent over his chest and feathered light kisses over it before tonguing a nipple. it‟s got to be a wild ride. licking soy sauce off his thumb. It amazed him that such a place was just rented out. “So. “It‟s good. It‟s about time you came out with something new. Reese made himself useful by getting plates and drinks for them both. Did it get any better than this? He was trying to convince Luc to go a bit farther when the doorbell rang.. I think we‟re all set to record some new stuff. replacing brilliant orange lighting with moody blue. though.” Luc shrugged.” 78 Jet Mykles . The sun set as they ate. It‟s been. We started throwing out some ideas recently. “We‟re going back into the studio. man .
“-oh. disturbing thoughts rolling in his brain. Tomorrow will probably be worse. Reese grimaced.” Reese morosely chewed the last bite of the lobster roll. Most of them can teach themselves.” He turned and headed toward the hall.“That it is.” “Well.” “That sounds boring.” Luc shoved the last bite of shrimp roll into his mouth.” Luc blinked up at him. It put him nearly nose-to-nose with Reese. I‟m mainly there to answer questions. tiger. Most of them learn it all on their own anyway.” Luc laughed. boring one. Some of them are assholes. “You know it. “In fact. Most of the kids are fine. I teach math. “Anything for you.” He pressed a quick kiss to Reese‟s lips.” He dropped his chopsticks and pushed forward on hands and knees. “But what about you? You enjoy teaching?” Reese shrugged. What the hell did Reese have to offer? Purgatory 79 . so different than Reese‟s safe. “Be right back. I just kind of toe the line. And it‟s your fault. Gotta take a leak. “Smooth talker. Talk is all over my school that you guys were at Reegan‟s wedding. so we don‟t have a lot of the kids who aren‟t really interested in being there. standing. “It‟s okay. Most of the stuff I teach has all been laid out along strict guidelines anyway. Talking about his job with someone like Luc was depressing. but the colleges these kids are headed for have set guidelines. Which reminds me. What the hell did Luc want with him? He had this amazingly exciting life. my God! I couldn‟t get rid of them. just today I got the most attention from any of them that I‟ve gotten since I started at Brighton. But they actually have to take an entrance exam to get into Brighton. “Mine?” “Yours and that band of yours. yeah. chopsticks hovering over the lobster roll. “Absolutely. I promised autographs. Once they found out that I actually knew you --” He rolled his eyes.” He laughed. That okay?” Luc grinned.
transfixed by the fading sunset over a panoramic view of the city. the scenery couldn‟t compete with Luc‟s touch. then?” Luc‟s breath caressed his right ear. memorizing the colors and textures of the landscape before him.” Bare arms slid around his waist. Fingertips traced the back of his shoulder blade.” Reese sighed. He heard the door behind him open and close.Since they were obviously done eating. That submerged urge to paint resurfaced with a vengeance as he drank in the scene. “Never did get enough money together back then. and bags and took them into the kitchen. He could even see the coast not far away. “Then I lost interest. “I had to grow up.” “You ever gonna get the dragon done?” Reese had to smile. One on each shoulder. “What‟s this. Reese gathered up the plates. “Completely?” Reese‟s eyelids drooped. Warm lips pressed softly on the design.” Fingers traced the back of his other shoulder. but kept his eyes on the purpling horizon. He gave in to the urge to step out into the paved backyard and got lost. Reese sank into him. His tattoo. “That the same time you decided you weren‟t gay?” “I‟m not gay. pulling him flush up to Luc‟s chest. Lovely as it was.” Teeth bit the big muscle that connected neck to shoulder. “You remember that?” “Sure.” He shrugged. 80 Jet Mykles .” Lips ghosted over the back of his neck.” “Thanks. “A dream?” he said softly. “Always liked this. Dragon and tiger. Styrofoam boxes. “Yin and yang.
He collapsed onto his back. positioning himself just perfectly to fondle and caress Reese‟s cock and balls. could easily reciprocate. It was so easy to give in to this man. that make me your dream man?” Yes. Suddenly quite hungry. Luc dropped the subject. Reese whimpered. Just enjoy it. revealing those long legs and the lean red cock between them. his hips twitching forward slightly. His hand pulled on Reese‟s cock while his head dipped lower to tongue his balls. He didn‟t want to acknowledge any of this. Luc settled beside him. he opened his mouth and took the head of Luc‟s cock in. Reese followed willingly. Luc stretched out at Reese‟s side. he swallowed down the salty spice of Luc. Thankfully. by just shimmying over a bit. He turned Reese to face him and took over Reese‟s mouth.“Mmm. He didn‟t want to answer. entranced by the silky feel of the skin in contrast to the steely hardness beneath. moaned. struggling to breathe. Luc lured him back inside with kisses and caresses. and soon the languid strokes turned into serious sucking. He dropped his own pants. It was going to be over soon enough. taking Luc‟s length as far into his mouth as he could. Luc laid him out on the futon and made quick work of his jeans. content to stroke and tease to prolong the moment as long as they could. He circled Luc‟s cock with his fingers. massaging him within. There was no point. head toward his legs. but so different from his own. But nature would have her way. keep squeezing. Luc growled approval. He didn‟t answer. He kept his wits just enough to keep sucking. So much the same. Gladly. The position had the added benefit that Reese. Reese just had to react and feel. He propped an elbow between Reese‟s thighs. frantic to give pleasure back as Luc brought him over the threshold. Purgatory 81 . Decadent sensuality settled over the lovers as they suckled each other. to let him direct the pleasure. Luc‟s wet fingers sank into Reese‟s ass. to milk an orgasm from Luc. head pillowed on his thigh.
” “Oh. he reached down to thumb a dribble of cum from Reese‟s chin. smoothing away his fears. Got tested months ago and haven‟t had unprotected sex since then. Smiling.” Reese blinked up at the skylight. Stupid! Luc hovered over him. hugging a pillow underneath his chin and scowling at Reese as he put on his clothes. He‟d never given Reese a reason not to trust him. Except for that first time. “I can‟t. wincing only slightly at the tenderness in his butt. I forgot to pull back.” Luc said after a few moments. then he was clean. “I can‟t do that. He was so intent on treating what was happening as a fantasy that he hadn‟t let that very real.” Reese managed a smile. A single floor lamp on its lowest setting cast the only light in the room except for the wan moonlight from the skylights and windows.” Luc kissed him again. an unusual expression for him. “Huh?” Luc pushed up to sit. It felt so good. “I‟m sorry about that. by the way.” Luc actually looked sheepish. Wits rattled and hazy with pleasure.” “Call in sick. “But I‟m clean.“I‟m clean. they hadn‟t used condoms at all. I swear. “Thanks.” 82 Jet Mykles .” Reese dropped his loafers and socks on the floor and sat beside them. potentially dangerous possibility burst his bubble. “Stay. A few hours and a lot of sex later. Luc lay belly-down on the futon. Reese didn‟t understand. If Luc said he was clean. He hadn‟t even thought about it. too. How stupid of him. Yesterday. “Just wanted you to know. The soft yellow from the lamp made Luc‟s skin appear golden.” Reese shook his head.
Reese was now convinced that Luc was always at least slightly aroused. bending a little so that his face tilted toward Reese. “Don‟t tell me I‟ve been alone for the past two days? I‟ve certainly enjoyed the sex. “You‟re joking. He held out a hand. holding his shoe up. Call it sexual exhaustion. “Afraid not.” “You trying to make me a whore?” Luc snorted. “Why?” Luc dropped his arm and raised a brow. come on. I‟m dead serious..” “Why not?” “It‟s just . That‟s what substitute teachers are for. then take the whole week off and I‟ll pay your salary for the week.” “I can‟t do that. It exposed the long.” Luc grimaced. beautiful line of his body.” “Oh. “If it‟s the money.” Luc heaved a sigh and flopped over onto his back. “It‟s wrong.” “Not if I offer. you do. You know it‟s not like that. Luc stretched. as well as his semi-hard cock.” “And I‟ve got to be careful with my sick days. “I just want to spend as much time with you as I can before I leave.” Reese was torn between being horrified and being touched. Have you?” Purgatory 83 .” Reese froze.“Why not?” “I‟m not sick.” He shook his head. tossing hair out of his face.” “Nope..” “Sure. He gaped at the rockstar.” Reese laughed. “Please.” “Do I?” “Yes. Red hair fanned out beneath his head.
entranced by the sleek grace of Luc‟s body. “You sure?” Reese had to smile.” Luc lifted Reese‟s chin with a finger.” Although. tilting his face up to look at him. But you see where I‟m coming from.” Luc sat partially up.” 84 Jet Mykles .” Luc sighed and rolled to his feet. Was it any wonder that there were millions of girls around the world who screamed at the mere sight of him? What the hell was Reese thinking not to stay and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance? But he was right. Luc dropped a kiss onto his temple. He took it and let the rockstar pull him up into a loose embrace.. Luc stepped up to his side.” “Look.” He concentrated on finishing with his shoes. I told you I‟d pay for --” “And I can‟t let you do that. “Fine. don‟t you?” “Unfortunately. Reese paused. saw the hand Luc offered to help him up.. I do. “I know that. “Gee.” Reese wrapped his arms around Luc‟s slim waist. Reese looked up the length of his body. This was the way it should be. He had to remember that.” Luc kissed him softly on the lips. Say it like that and it sounds bad. I‟m not going to be your kept woman. propped on his elbows. You said yourself your kids learn the stuff mostly themselves. “I didn‟t mean to offend you. “I can‟t do that. Call in sick and spend the rest of the week here with me. Luc rolled his eyes. with the way Luc said it . It was too good to be true. Fine.” “It is bad.“Of course I have. “Then this is perfect. He couldn‟t let Luc buy him.” Sounded too good to be true. Stay here. “Come see me tomorrow. no matter what pretty words came out of Luc‟s mouth. “Yeah. He had a life that he‟d have to live after Luc was gone.
He should say no.” “Cool. I‟ll order from this little Italian place. “Okay.” Purgatory 85 . The rental agent says it‟s to die for.
He laughed to himself as he got out of his car. Oh. A jawcracking yawn had nearly his whole body trembling. I‟ve got to get some sleep! He sat up. couldn‟t help but admire the fit of worn denim on long legs or appreciate the shortness of the shirtsleeves that left finely honed arms bare. Maybe. and he‟d driven out to Luc‟s rental house every night since Monday.Chapter Eight Reese rested his forehead briefly on the steering wheel of his little Nissan. I‟m fine. So much so that Mr. with that rich red hair tucked up under a baseball cap. and reached into the passenger seat for his briefcase. Sure. and he‟d completely spaced out during a teachers‟ meeting after school. It was Thursday. shaking his head. Dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. But Reese. He froze halfway up the stairs to his front door when he noticed Luc standing on the landing before it. He couldn‟t exactly complain about the reason. It was a darn good thing that his kids were mostly self-sufficient. Tarkington had asked if he was all right. y‟know? Snorting at his private joke. Wears on a guy. who knew better. Dozens of slim bangles dangled from both slim wrists. he locked his car and headed for his townhouse. man. but it had made for late nights. Just getting soundly fucked every night this week. Luc turned to 86 Jet Mykles . Luc might have been anyone. Today he‟d caught himself nodding off during third period.
Reese‟s skin tingled in anticipation of the man‟s touch. “I know.” Purgatory 87 . “I told you on the phone. “What game?” Luc extracted two of the bottles from the cardboard box and opened one. picking up the beer and following him into the townhouse.” Reese hurried up the rest of the stairs. but sweating.” he hissed.” He grinned and held the chilled beer out to Reese. “Thus the beer. leaning his hip on the edge of the counter.” Luc opened his own bottle. “What? Can‟t a friend bring over some beer?” Reese glared. He still glared.smile at him. “No one even knew it was me. glancing around furtively to see if anyone saw them. I‟m beat. “You shouldn‟t be here.” Reese dropped briefcase and keys on the small table in the entryway.” Luc strode past him to the kitchen. there. “What are you doing here?” Luc nudged two six-packs of beer that sat at his feet. “You don‟t know that. “There‟s got to be something on. Luc couldn‟t have been outside that long. reaching up to tip down the big black sunglasses he wore so that Reese could see those sable eyes. and despite his body‟s weariness. “What? Don‟t want to see me?” Reese took a healthy sip of beer.still cold.” Luc stepped up to his side. hidden from Reese until he made the landing. “Relax. “You shouldn‟t have come. “Hey. Reese took it -. Surely no one would be suspicious of a friend coming to watch the game with you?” Reese followed him. I seriously just came to hang.” Luc drawled. hurriedly sticking his key in the front door. Luc smoothed a hand over his shoulder. if that‟s really all you want.
” He didn‟t bother to argue. Luc‟s hands reached up to turn Reese around and point him toward the stairs. Facefirst.” “‟M not dead.. The next day had proved that Reese wouldn‟t deny him.” Reese mumbled halfway up the stairs. “Huh? Wha. At the start of the week. well. Behind him.?” The bottle of beer was pulled from his lax fingers and joined Luc‟s on the counter.. threading his fingers through Reese‟s hair and planting a kiss on his forehead. “Why?” Luc smiled.Reese eyed him from beneath his bangs.” Reese shut his eyes and leaned into Luc‟s soft caress. Luc crawled up to straddle his knees while he unbuttoned Reese‟s shirt. “Sure you‟re not. “You really are worn out. aren‟t you?” Reese pulled his head back. too tired to hide his appreciation of the words.. Luc stepped even closer. They‟d established that first night that Reese wanted him. In truth. then turned him onto his back. Gentle hands removed Reese‟s shoes and socks. I am not into necrophilia. blinking his eyes open. idiot. “I like spending time with you. and he still couldn‟t figure out why Luc bothered. Luc was getting to him.” “No. The man made him feel special. “C‟mon. Caring? His eyes must have been closed longer than he realized. 88 Jet Mykles . He loosened his tie as he turned into his bedroom and managed to toss it aside before the inviting warmth of his unmade bed sucked him in. Let‟s take you to bed. I --” “For sleep. he‟d been a little better at shrugging off Luc‟s compliments and endearments. He didn‟t really need to be so . Luc chuckled. but the words and touches were getting to him.. Luc was wearing him down. nice.
Luc stood. grinning. “We did. “We broke off early.” Reese blinked. “Shouldn‟t you be rehearsing?” Luc pulled Reese‟s shirt out of his waistband to finish unbuttoning it.” Luc unbuttoned the other one. She‟d raised Luc on her own since his father died when he was very young. He‟d met Luc‟s mom. and Reese felt the fly of his slacks loosen. They understand. “Didn‟t you know that she moved?” He laughed fondly. completely entranced by the fact that a huge megastar was tending to him. “Don‟t worry.Reese watched him. “Was I not supposed to tell them?” He watched his fingers as he unbuttoned Reese‟s cuff. Today. “I really should --” Purgatory 89 . As far as he could tell. though. I told them you wanted to keep it lowkey and why. “Shouldn‟t you go see your mom?” Luc started on his belt. and I came to see you.. she was the source of not only Luc‟s red hair but also his self-assured charm.” Reese laughed. dragging Reese‟s pants with him.” Reese yawned. Playing on that stage is like coming home. but . and she‟d instilled self-confidence in her only son. despite the fact that she‟s not really old enough for it. “Do they know? About us?” Luc hauled him by the shirt into a seated position so he could slide the shirt off Reese‟s shoulders. Reese couldn‟t think of a reason why they couldn‟t keep the secret. “Well.” Luc‟s happy little smile was enchanting. Luc lightly slapped his bare thigh.. She‟s become one of the Florida retirees. I guess not. “She had me buy her this awesome condo in Daytona.” He pulled the shirt off.” Luc pushed him to lie back. “Even Johnnie. The belt jangled open. “Turn around into the pillows. even as he complied. so he let it go.
bare feet propped on the coffee table. I‟ll have something ready for you to eat when you get up. “Pizza‟s keeping warm in the oven. Take a nap. The baseball cap was hooked on the back of a chair. He meant to thank him.” Oh. he got up and headed downstairs. “Obviously. Three empty bottles of beer sat beside his feet. but smelled pizza. Luc looked up from the movie he was watching in the main room.” “You‟re welcome. “Hey. The glowing display of his alarm clock said 9:00. Reese was able to fully appreciate the sight of Luc at his ease. so the beautiful red hair was free except for the band that held it loosely at the back of his neck. “You‟re still here.” Reese would have thanked him. He slumped down in Reese‟s couch. He sat up. His rumbling belly woke him. sleepyhead. Thank you.” Reese yawned again. and Luc‟s attention had spread such a warm. amused. with a half-empty one propped on his belly. fuzzy feeling through him.” 90 Jet Mykles .” His belly partially mollified. Yawning. But the pillow felt so nice.“You really should get some sleep. disoriented in his darkened bedroom. “Starving. waving. Reese gathered up another slice of pizza and fetched his own bottle of beer from the fridge before he went to join Luc.” He sank onto the couch beside Luc. “Hungry?” Luc asked. Luc laughed. He was alone. not bothering to put on any more than the briefs he already wore. that he fell instantly asleep. what a wonderful man! Reese dug out half a loaded pizza from the oven and ate a full slice leaning over the box on the counter.
“Why?” “Should I go?” “No. He turned around and squirmed until his back fit to Luc‟s chest.” He chewed while he thought. They‟d had this discussion every one of the past few nights. “Stop thinking so hard. He came back with another one. snugging his butt against Luc‟s groin. Thoughts of sex teased his brain. and slid into the sheets beside him.” Déjà vu.” Reese frowned at Luc. He went without comment and crawled into bed.. Luc leaned forward to gather the empties from the table. and he‟d been too dazed to appreciate it fully.” “That‟s okay. “It is?” “Sure.” Purgatory 91 . It was so nice to have a warm body to snuggle. In the past week. but his body just wasn‟t up to it. but .. peeking over the covers while Luc stripped to his boxers. Reese started fading around 11:30. “I don‟t think I‟m up for sex tonight. He woke with a start when Luc hauled him to his feet and steered him toward the stairs.” He stood. “Then why --?” Laughing. bringing the box of pizza with him while he was at it. shut off the lights. I‟m here because I like being with you and I didn‟t feel like sleeping alone. “Call in sick.” Reese took another bite of pizza and watched the man take the bottles to the kitchen. he‟d only slept that first night with Luc.” Luc upended the last of his beer into his mouth. They spent the next few hours flipping through channels on cable and talking about nothing in particular. “No. “And I‟m okay if it‟s just sleeping.
after all. The voice that came from beneath the covers was surprisingly audible. he had no right to be jealous. He was still tired. shoving the covers down to his waist. but it‟s really annoying sometimes. He‟s gotten better. could you stick close to Tyler before the performance?” Reese froze.” Reese ignored the pang of jealousy at hearing Luc describe another man as cute. He couldn‟t help it. He wouldn‟t tell Luc. “Why?” Luc raised one long arm to tuck it under his head. Second. 92 Jet Mykles . Why?” Luc flopped onto his back. “Can you come earlier?” “Probably.” Reese laughed.who was very much taken. it was Tyler -. Even though they hadn‟t had sex.” “Nope. waking up in Luc‟s arms this morning had him in a fabulous mood. “I forgot to ask you before. Luc wasn‟t his. “It‟s kind of cute.Luc grumbled. Reese grinned as he got dressed. especially with Luc lying mostly naked in his bed. shirt halfway buttoned. “What time are you coming to the club tonight?” “Probably around eight. but he was tempted to call in sick. but only when Johnnie or one of us is around. Johnnie‟s afraid that he‟ll duck out and go back to the hotel if someone‟s not watching him. It‟s happened before. Static made wispy tendrils of his hair stand at odd angles. burrowing back under the white sheets on Reese‟s bed. As a favor for Johnnie. First. But there was a chance that someone might see him at the performance that night. “You‟re kidding.” Luc smiled. Tyler was cute. The girls in the office and some of the other teachers were all excited about it. And third. and sleep sounded really good.” Luc pushed the covers down just enough to reveal his face. “He hates crowds and parties.
Enough of that. Luc was still lying there when he got back to the bedroom. and smooth. “You staying here today?” Luc eyed him. The redhead came up behind him as he faced the mirror over his dresser. He willed his cock to ease off and not wake up.” He grabbed a tie off the hanger in his closet. lazy smile. Mentally he catalogued the different mix of colors he‟d need to accurately show the intriguing shadows of Luc‟s body.” called the voice from the other room. satiny. landing it atop the small pile of laundry in the corner. Out of the corner of his eye. “When do you need me to be there?” “Seven?” “Yeah.” He picked up his toothbrush. he saw Luc slide out of bed. tying his tie. “Sure. “You mind?” Part of Reese wanted to rush and get his digital camera so that he could remember this.” Purgatory 93 . glowing skin. Reese‟s heart flipped at the heat simmering in Luc‟s gaze. He kicked aside the towel he‟d used. he had to get to work. looking like a decadent treat. The artist in him memorized the tousled hair. Luc speared a hand through that red hair. “You mean you won‟t.” He leaned in to kiss Reese‟s neck just behind his left ear. mostly naked and sprawled in Reese‟s bed. I can make that. “Mind? No. “Ah! Okay.Reese resumed buttoning his shirt on his way into the bathroom. Will he get pissed off by being babysat?” “You‟re going to make it seem like you‟re not doing that.” He brushed his teeth and finished his hair. trying to tame it. “Sure you won‟t call in sick?” “I can‟t. I can stick close. Their eyes met in the reflection.
” Reese smiled and pushed up into another. Confused by what seemed to be happening that just couldn‟t be happening. 94 Jet Mykles . so you say. “I‟ve got to go to work. All levity was gone from his face.” The kiss Luc dropped on Reese‟s lips promised to start Reese‟s cock again if he let it linger. “Nothing. He arched a brow. He pushed back.” “Luc. Finally. but the sentence stopped there. confused. Which he couldn‟t do. but it was achingly sweet. “Yep. It made Reese want to curl up with Luc and just kiss like that for hours.” Luc‟s head came up.“Same result. Confused by his reactions. those dark eyes glittering with intent.” The rockstar sighed and released him. Luc watched him gather up his things without comment. “Hey .” “Yeah. Luc smiled. “I‟ll see you at the club tonight.. He put his hands on Reese‟s shoulders to turn him around into a warm hug. It wasn‟t particularly hot or demanding. but pulled him into another embrace before he could open the front door. Again he looked like he had something on his mind.” Reese waited. Confused about how Luc was treating him.” Reese drove to work. but he said nothing as he followed Reese down the stairs. and he met Reese‟s eyes in the reflection again. See you there. quick kiss. but Reese was at a loss to decipher any of them.. Lock up when you leave. “Hey?” Warring thoughts flew across Luc‟s face. Luc pulled back and trailed the fingers of one hand over Reese‟s jaw.
” Purgatory 95 . “Why the delay?” Reegan shrugged her bare shoulders.” Tyler leaned further over the table. “Just worked out better for work and finances. It was easy to see why Johnnie was so smitten. “A trip to the Riviera is small compensation for having to put up with Johnnie. but he was pretty sure Tyler flushed.” Reese couldn‟t quite see it in the dim light. “Not yet. “We can‟t afford an extravagant trip like the one you and Johnnie took to the Riviera. “Ha!” Reese came to Tyler‟s rescue. “We leave tomorrow. resting his chin on his fist. making her sequined red dress shine in the lights.” She had to speak a bit more loudly than usual over the dance music that filled the club. The man was adorable.Chapter Nine “Shouldn‟t you be on your honeymoon?” Reegan grinned across the painted black table at Tyler. The lemon silk of his shirt fairly gleamed in the light of the single candle before him and the multicolored flashing lights from the dance floor behind him. Conversation was possible where they were.” She batted her eyes at him. but voices need to be raised a level.
Dozens of plastic bands. He chose not to comment. fully intending to 96 Jet Mykles . but the skintight spandex-and-cotton number fit the bill nicely -.red dress that showed off that she kept her body in top shape. clearly ready to defend his spouse. they alone were allowed in the second bar area. allowing them a mostly unobstructed view of the stage over the heads of the rest of the crowd. mostly black. The leather pants just hadn‟t aged well. “Oh. which could be roped off. He smiled. Reese had dug into the back of his closet for clothes that he hadn‟t had the heart to discard but hadn‟t worn in years. Reegan looked great. Nor did he miss her flaunting it to some of the other girls.” Reegan laughed. Reese didn‟t miss the possessive hand Dave tended to keep on her lower back. As VIPs. but word had certainly gotten out. but a lot of curls fell down around her neck and shoulders. There were a few small booths and a halfdozen rickety tables within the area. The tables had been pushed to the back wall to allow for more standing room. Heaven Sent‟s performance hadn‟t really been publicized. She had on a flashy little -. Her black hair was somewhat piled on top of her head. Heaven Sent had personally invited all of their original fanclub who were still in the area and granted each VIP passes to the performance.” They sat at a little table in a roped-off area of Purgatory. “Johnnie teased us for years. more than usual.Tyler turned those big blue eyes on Reese. He‟d even put some temporary blue dye in his black hair. The whole section was a step above the main floor. It‟s a hardship. His concern melted when Reese smiled big and winked at him. Reegan and Dave were enjoying the hell out of being guests instead of employees at the nightclub. don‟t we know it!” She shared a smile with Reese.a confusing top that was mostly zippers and small patches of red canvas. snuggling closer under her new husband‟s arm.emphasis on “little” -. The place was packed. circled his wrists. “Yeah. and he‟d managed to reopen a few of the holes in his ears without too much pain and insert various silver hoops. sitting back in the booth seat. The bouncers and guards were earning their money.
“-. but the band had yet to show. As far as makeup went. They‟re insane. Every one of them. Luc.” Tyler stared at the ring. Darien .” Man.wash it all out the next day. Purgatory 97 . each time he was around Johnnie and Tyler. he was in a group of people he was fully comfortable with. Brent. At that time.you tied yourself to one of them. When Reese and Tyler had left to allow the band time to get ready. It was love. He‟d stopped short of the lipstick.. “They most decidedly don‟t count. “I wish they‟d get on with it. he really loves him. But then. Reese had roped Reegan and Dave into sitting at their table. All the equipment was set up. “Yeah. For the hundredth time. “Not used to all this yet?” Tyler rolled his eyes. whose name escaped Reese. He‟d arrived at the club at seven. “What‟s wrong.” Reese smiled. Tyler glanced toward the stage. “No. She stood to talk to her old friend. and met the band backstage.. and pulled Dave up to introduce him. It wasn‟t just attraction between them. Tyler was doing fine. Tyler was not exactly happy being in the crowded nightclub. he only had the balls to apply mascara and the black liner around his eyes. Reegan squealed when one of the girls she‟d known from a few years ago came up behind her. Although you probably had to look closely to see it. Reese had seen why Johnnie had asked the favor. He got a really cute grin on his face. Tyler?” Reese gestured at their surroundings with a hand.” “Well --” Reese nodded toward the slim gold band on Tyler‟s left ring finger. Reese kept seeing it. That was the only explanation for the connection that was so obvious.” He downed some more of his drink.” Tyler nodded. It had to be. before it opened for business. “Does anyone ever get used to this?” “Sure! Johnnie. I did.
Luc tended to play the foil for Johnnie‟s antics. They were. He glanced back when Tyler patted his arm. Tyler cocked his head to the side. Reese stayed by Tyler as the mob assembled on the polished wooden floor. Johnnie‟s loose white shirt fluttered about him like wings as he cupped Tyler‟s jaw in both hands and planted a kiss 98 Jet Mykles . “Uh . True to form. eyeing the dancers with apprehension. Darien behind his drums. “It‟s okay. managing to flirt with the entire audience at once. a lot of them singing into the same mic. so there was a lot of Johnnie with his arm slung over Luc‟s shoulders. It wasn‟t too long until the band took over the little stage. studying Reese. those big blue eyes fastening on his face. Tyler looked to be good friends with all the members of the band..if you were looking for it -. He stood at the low wall that overlooked the dance floor and watched the crowd of individuals gyrate and sway. “Uh. Brent to stage right. Heaven Sent gave their fans a show to enjoy and even performed some really old songs that they‟d never produced on an album but had played at Purgatory years ago. and Johnnie dominating center stage.. Dancing followed the show. but he couldn‟t shake the feeling. Reese didn‟t mind. Johnnie was his natural flamboyant self. The blond gave him a sympathetic smile.” The other man changed the subject. Johnnie found them in no time. They looked somehow too big for it. Tyler tried very hard to shrink into the wall behind their table. where once they‟d fit just right. fabulous. Reese knew it was fancy on his part.Tyler turned to him. and even -. By all accounts. sauntering up to the table. Tyler‟s eyes went wide when the singer pulled his chair out and sat on his lap. I know the feeling.a bit of grinding. “What about you and Luc?” Reese‟s eyes went wide. of course. Luc to stage left. downing a good half of his drink in one swallow.” Of course Luc would have told him.” Reese blushed and turned away. straddling him.
but the presence of the man was palpable. The redhead grinned a devious grin before yanking Reese onto the dance floor.on his lips. a curtain on the scene of their love. He‟d seen the focus of Reese‟s attention. Luc stepped back from him. Reese couldn‟t possibly blame them for Purgatory 99 . A hand grabbed Reese‟s. not quite with each other but not quite with anyone else either. Luc didn‟t touch him. Once they were in the middle of the crowd. Reese unashamedly drank in the sight until some of Johnnie‟s loose hair fell forward. he gave in to the familiar pull on his heart and followed Luc into the throng. When the mood was right. underneath a pulsing red-and-blue strobe. Reese‟s mouth watered at the sight. and his eyes naturally gravitated to the bulge that Luc‟s fingertips just brushed. after all. which was all unbuttoned. so alive. Told himself not to mind the hands they slid over Luc‟s body. who stood a step below him. those dark eyes shining with mirth underneath a thick fall of sumptuous auburn hair. Reese gladly drowned himself in the crowd. distracting him from the beautiful sight. This was Luc Sloane. welcoming the sweat that started to pour down his back. gyrating to the music. He actually knew what that felt like now! Knew how delicious Luc tasted. They danced beside each other. The evil man was smiling. He ran a long-fingered hand up the thigh of his snug black slacks until he could hook his thumb into the low waistband. following the beat. looked like a piece of the heaven in Johnnie‟s name. He spun and nearly toppled into Luc. He wore only a flashy green vest. one in fluttering white and the other in lemon silk. Reese tore his gaze back up to Luc‟s face. Reese told himself not to notice the flock of women that surrounded them. you stopped being just yourself and became one with the music and the crowd around you. nor the groins or asses they blatantly offered him. the better to reveal the smoothly muscled landscape of his chest and belly. a burning heat to Reese‟s skin on whichever side of him Luc danced. Before he got too much harder. The two of them. Even though it had been years since Reese had gone dancing. There was just something so electric. They just moved. It had been too long.
Luc was alone on the patio. “But I want one. The cigarette dangled from his lip. Luc‟s brows shot up. Luc headed up a narrow flight of stairs toward the small one that had been cordoned off for the VIPs. chuckled. he didn‟t have to look away in embarrassment. 100 Jet Mykles . Reese was transported back six years into his past. He was ready for a break.heavenly. For wanting to be with him. This time when he looked at Luc and got caught. There were three outdoor patios to the nightclub.” He held out his hand. “I didn‟t think you smoked anymore. too.pardon the expression -. He mounted the stairs and recognized the bouncer by the frosted glass door. miming a smoke. wiggling his fingers. Reese handed the kamikaze to Luc. This time when he danced near Luc. who nodded just before he sauntered off. he didn‟t have to pretend they were lovers. Reese nodded and followed him toward the front of the club. sprawled on one of the sturdy iron chairs with one booted foot up on the table beside him.wanting to be near him. Reese stopped at the bar and ordered two drinks. This time he could bump up against the rockstar and be rewarded when one of those long-fingered hands slid sensuously across his back or down his hip. Daniel nodded and let him by. He could share a knowing grin with Luc. Reese breathed in the fresh night air and enjoyed the freedom of movement away from the crowd. then handed over the pack.” “I don‟t. If only life could always be this vivid! This good! When Luc motioned with two fingers to his lips. They were. The experience was -. He mimed a drink and looked a question at Luc. except with an alternate reality. “Can I have one?” He nodded at the pack Luc was about to put away.” Luc eyed him. The yellow of a bug lamp warred with the blare of streetlamps to illuminate the patio.
Just a little kiss?” Reese snarled over the cigarette butt. Once he‟d left the college scene. but they were there somewhere. He‟d never been a heavy smoker anyway. “You look great.” “That‟s what you get for growing up. Doesn‟t mean I‟m going to.” Reese stared down at the fingers of one hand rather than at Luc. and two gold chains shimmered at Luc‟s neck. Something was on Luc‟s mind. tiger. He hadn‟t seen them since right before the performance. leaning back against the low brick wall that overlooked the street in front of the nightclub. “Yeah. and Reese wasn‟t sure he wanted to find out what it was. “No way.” “But tell me that you want to. come on. he was reminded of Luc‟s odd behavior that morning. A huge window was beside it. sending auburn hair floating across his mostly bare shoulders. he said. Reese exhaled that first cloud of smoke as he handed the pack of cigarettes back to Luc. and plenty of people were casually watching the rockstar at his leisure. “I want to. more angry at himself for being tempted than at Luc for making the suggestion. “Come here. the urge had pretty much stayed behind. Luc smiled darkly.” Those sable eyes raked him slowly up and down. He frowned at Luc and glanced toward the door.” “Feel good?” Reese laughed. Quite suddenly.” Luc tossed his head. “No.” “Doesn‟t make a difference. He grinned. The vest gaped open. Against his better judgment.” “I guess so.” Reese‟s euphoric bubble popped. “Oh.” He dropped his foot from the table and patted his thigh.” Purgatory 101 . “You want to. “I feel like I‟ve gone back in time.” Reese knew for a fact that a few people from work were in the nightclub.Reese hadn‟t had a cigarette for at least two years.
ever!” Reese turned and looked at him before he could help it.” Luc lifted his heel back up on the edge of the table.Luc purred. He couldn‟t. “Quit it or I‟m leaving. “Would you let me figure out how to get you out of that mess of zippers you‟ve got for a shirt and suck those tasty nipples?” “Stop it. He shrugged.. Luc‟s grin was positively fiendish. “Why teaching?” Good! They were going to have a nonsexual conversation. he might forget there were people watching. Luc grinned at him. if there weren‟t people watching. Luc flicked ash onto the cement beside his foot. The tight pants lovingly created a bas relief of Luc‟s cock.. smoking silently for a moment. that just opened up his crotch toward Reese. you‟d let me into those tight pants of yours?” Reese wouldn‟t look at Luc. I haven‟t had anyone who wanted to keep a relationship with me secret for .” Luc laughed. still avoiding looking at Luc. trying to bring his wayward thoughts under control. “At least you‟re not humble or anything.” “Tch. Stop that! He lifted his gaze to focus instead on Luc‟s face. half hard and lengthening down his left thigh. “So.” Reese reached for the drink he had sitting on the wall beside him and downed half of it. If he did. “Why not?” “Is it what you want to do?” 102 Jet Mykles . But you know you want me to suck your dick. pulling the front hem of his shirt down in an effort to conceal his reaction to Luc. Unfortunately. “Huh?” Casually. “Okay. “Why teaching?” Reese blinked. Maybe Reese‟s boner would calm down. not sure that it was much better. So inviting a place for Reese to bury his face.
“You mean. my life‟s dream?” Reese chuckled. he grabbed the pack of cigarettes from the table where they lay beside Luc‟s foot and lit another one. “I am?” “You are. “That‟s the plan. absurdly pleased that Luc thought his art was worth defending.” Luc stabbed his cigarette out in the mounted ashtray behind him. “It‟s my bullshit. watching the crowd waiting for entrance one story below. “You can‟t be happy living like that.” “Plenty of people are happy living like that.” “It could. “Find yourself a nice little girl like Piper to settle down with and raise two point five kids?” Reese tossed the lighter back onto the table.” “That doesn‟t pay the bills.” Purgatory 103 .” Reese smiled softly. I‟m not good enough.” “You‟re not plenty of people. “Something like that.” “So you‟re just going to stay around? Teach school for thirty odd years and retire with a pension?” Reese pushed away from the wall.” “That‟s bullshit. But I don‟t know what my life‟s dream is anymore.” “Nope.” Mostly for something to occupy his hands. He glanced over the patio‟s low wall.” Reese blinked at Luc. “No.” “You‟re completely full of shit.” “Used to be painting.
almost brushing Reese‟s cheek. “You‟re serious. The freshly lit cigarette fell to the cement.” “For how long?” “However long you want. looming that few extra inches over Reese. “That‟s any artist‟s dream.” He stood. his butt hitting the low brick wall. Reese stared down into the endless black pools of Luc‟s eyes. Come hang out with me for a while. It‟s no sweat. He snagged Reese‟s wrist before Reese could evade him.” Reese‟s heart stuttered. Luc thought that much of him? “Oh? So what‟s the alternative?” Luc dropped his foot back to the cement and leaned forward. A lock of red hair floated on a soft breeze. I‟ve got plenty of money. Luc‟s smile was inviting and intense.” “Why not?” “Just hang out with you? What about my rent? My bills?” “I‟ll pay them for you. but Luc wouldn‟t let go. “Italy?” Luc stepped into him. “I can‟t do that. unnoticed. Harsh lighting gave Luc‟s pale skin an otherworldly glow. Reese backed up. right? To go to Italy? Sistine Chapel? Birthplace of Da Vinci and Michelangelo?” Reese gaped.” “Yeah. mesmerized both by the sight of the man as well as by his words.His heart swelled even though he was irritated.” 104 Jet Mykles .” “What?” “Quit your job.” He jerked his wrist. What was Luc saying? “What do you mean? Let you support me?” “Sure. “Come with me. Come with me to Italy. keeping hold of his wrist. his heart pounding.
sealing their mouths together. “Damn it. Luc growled and dropped his head. Excited looks and unheard chatter animated those Reese could see. sliding his palm up until it mated with Reese‟s palm. and though the redhead was slim. “Why? It‟s true. fingers twining intimately. he pushed back. Reese didn‟t think to pull away. “Don‟t tell me I was in that kiss alone. sweaty chest. folding their arms between them.” Purgatory 105 .” Reese gaped. Luc‟s body held him captive.” Starting to panic. “I happen to love you. His instinct was to submit and accept. He melted into Luc‟s embrace. trying to free it from Luc‟s grasp. but he had nowhere to go. “What‟ll that make me? Your mistress?” Luc grimaced. Reese twisted at his arm. He felt the steady thump of Luc‟s heartbeat against the back of his hand.” He shook Reese‟s head sharply. Until he heard the crowd below. pressing a thigh between Reese‟s legs. “Only if you make it that way. Just because you seem to like fucking me --” He gasped when Luc‟s free hand gripped the side of his neck and hauled him in. Reese couldn‟t look away from Luc‟s earnest gaze.” Reese tried to push back. muscles made him heavy. confirming that some had seen them through the window beside the door. sinking against the man‟s hot.” Luc leaned in.” Luc edged even closer. He glanced around the patio. “I happen to love fucking you. “Not that again. noseto-nose. snarling.“Why?” “I like having you around. putting his back to Reese. Too stunned by Luc‟s words. Luc!” Luc stepped away. “I don‟t believe this. Gasping.
” “Fuck you!” “That.” “What?” 106 Jet Mykles . frowning. They faced each other. on the other hand. Luc pointed imperiously at him. “So?” “So?!” Luc turned profile to Reese. The bouncer opened the door at the sound. He felt his face burn. burning lust warring for supremacy inside his body. Before he could think. “People saw!” “So?” “There are people here that I work with!” He didn‟t see them through the window. anger and intense. desperately clinging to his anger to avoid succumbing to other feelings. he lashed out. stood straight and tall. His eyes narrowed. Luc. hands balling at his sides. “Fuck off!” Confused. glaring. Reese trembled. Daniel backed up the way he‟d come and closed the door.” Reese saw red.” Reese growled. too. Luc dodged. cool and somewhat imposing. “I hope someone did see. fist aimed at that beautiful face. I hope your whole fucking school knows by Monday.“That‟s not the point!” Reese hissed. “Are you trying to ruin my life?!” “I‟m trying to give you a life. arm up to deflect the blow. but that didn‟t mean they couldn‟t see him. The slight downward tilt of his head made his hair fall in a thick curtain over his shoulder. The flimsy little table beside them toppled and clattered loudly. “Last chance. Come back with me tonight.
followed by Dave. “Daniel came to find me.” “Yeah. man. There was no way any of this was real.” “With you?” “Yes. right. trying to make him face her. “Reese! Are you okay?!” “You all right. Would anyone tell? Would word get back to his school? What the hell had Luc been thinking? Did he really believe Reese would just let him take care of him like that? The door slammed open again. “I‟m fine. “Stick with your boring little life and die slowly.” Reese watched. “Have a happy life. How dare you make decisions about my life. kneeling to right the toppled table. He picked up the pack of cigarettes left by Luc.” Luc ran a hand through hair that looked almost bloody in the weird patio lighting. What happens to me when you get sick of me?” “Not going to happen.” He shoved his hands into the pockets of his slacks and turned his back on Reese. as Luc opened the door and left. His hands shook. He couldn‟t. How had such a marvelous night gone so horribly wrong? He glared at the rockstar. I‟m not going anywhere with you. He couldn‟t possibly believe this. man?” Reese stood before Reegan could flutter over him. dumbfounded. he crumpled the pack. Angrily. You‟re so fucking bored. People had seen. come on. Reese turned.” “Whatever. Did you really just deck Luc?” Purgatory 107 . and Reegan rushed through. He avoided looking at either of them. “You highhanded son of a bitch. Try living a little. could he? No.” Reegan grabbed his arm.“Oh. you can‟t stand it.” He stared into Luc‟s face and fought the hope that pushed at his heart.
” 108 Jet Mykles .” “Fine. That wasn‟t right. He ducked.” “We‟ll drive you.” “Right.“No. “Home. “I‟ve got to go. but I‟ve got to go. His life was unraveling before him.” “What?! Honey. spun. “Where you going. He certainly could. Dave the other. Wait. what happened?” Reese started to shake. Away. He hurled the crumpled pack of cigarettes across the patio. Or was that better? No. His life had taken a turn for the worse when Luc first kissed him. it was worse. and headed for the door. and he couldn‟t figure out where he‟d lost control. man?” Dave demanded.” Reegan caught one arm.
slinging an arm over her shoulders as they headed for the airport‟s security line. “You were pretty upset last night. Through careful interrogation on Reegan‟s part. too. He‟d gone home with Reegan and Dave from Purgatory. he‟d finally told them what had happened on the patio and what had been happening the last week. man?” Reese grimaced.” His brother-in-law didn‟t look any more convinced than his sister.” Dave shrugged. “You‟ve got a honeymoon to go on.” He smiled brightly at Dave. “Maybe you should go stay with your parents or something. and he hadn‟t really wanted it either. but she Purgatory 109 . Reegan had known that he‟d slept with Luc.” Reese fought a grumble. “I‟ll be fine. “Not you. Dave shook his head.Chapter Ten “You going to be okay?” Reese put on a smile for his sister. which was why he was currently dressed in his brother-in-law‟s t-shirt and sweats.” “You‟re gonna have to. They hadn‟t wanted him to be alone.” “I don‟t believe you.
Reese hadn‟t really realized all the clues in Luc‟s behavior until he spelled it all out for her. Luc‟s probably somewhere in this very airport getting on a plane to Italy. “Ow!” He caught hold of her hands and yanked them between them. I do not want you to worry about me while you‟re on your fucking honeymoon!” He dropped a kiss on her cheek and pushed her toward her husband.” “Reese --” “Enough. “I‟ll be fine.” He watched them get into the security line. You better. Reegan looked up at him. I don‟t have to worry about him. which had him rolling his eyes.” She pinched his side. “Would you both go?” They turned twin looks of concern on him. 110 Jet Mykles .” “Okay. “I‟ll be fine.” Reese swallowed the agonizing spear of pain that shot through his chest at the words. you and Dave have a plane to catch. Truthfully.” She came back to kiss him and give him a hug. he said he loved you. “Besides. tears welling in her eyes. then resolutely turned away.” he assured them both.” “Bitch. He hugged her again.” “And I won‟t answer. Reegan.hadn‟t known the extent of Reese‟s brief affair with the bass player. “Fine. “But I‟m going to call you.” “Honey. “That‟s what he said. He flapped his hands at them.” “Bastard. “Get!” Reegan grimaced.
Break. Third period. What did he have to offer the rockstar? Absolutely nothing. but that was it. he saw Haley. But. Second period. First period. At the end of lunch. what a month! No. oh. Nothing but normal. Even if he did entertain the thought of Luc‟s offer. no one from work had heard. and he had no clue if news of the public kiss had followed it. normal. He‟d had a very small hope that it wouldn‟t really be final. Really. he was sure Luc would be sick of him within a month. that maybe he could see Luc when the man came through town or something. but he was over it. Reese expected doom to crash down around him at any moment. better to put such ideas firmly out of his head and get on with his life. But he‟d have to be very lucky. Thank God he‟d thought to get those before the show. Again. He‟d known things with Luc were going to end. Purgatory 111 .He was fine. but that idea was shattered. Fourth period. Luc had thrown him for a loop the previous night. If he was very lucky. He didn‟t see Haley and Betty. Tina and her friends asked about the performance and squealed over the autographed pictures that he‟d finally remembered to deliver. Did Luc love him? That question had cycled through his mind all night and continued to do so as he left the airport. He had no idea how much the news of him almost punching Luc had spread through the club that night. A few questions about the show Friday night from those who hadn‟t attended. Reese found it impossible to believe. At school on Monday. the two who had told him they were going to the performance at Purgatory.
Reese. caught in a loose tail at the back of his long. “What are you doing here?” Reese‟s kids muttered. His hair was spun blood with golden-orange highlights. no one from school had actually been present. There was no doubt that most of them knew exactly who this was. sleeveless to show off lean arms.” Reese‟s heart froze. since Luc was at his stunning best. Could he be that lucky? Fifth period. “I‟m so bummed that Betty and I didn‟t get to stay for the dancing afterward. 112 Jet Mykles . He turned back to the chalkboard. Those sable eyes focused on Reese above a sensuous mouth that wore a lazy grin. He swallowed. Luc strolled in. to answer it. Instinctively. He juggled the textbook in his hands and managed to keep it. A wide belt banded slim hips over jeans too tight to need a belt. Which was a feat. bare neck. “Luc. Ally‟s low squeal turned him back toward the door. but dropped the chalk. Reese looked up. colliding with the chalkboard. Errant curls framed the face of a modern god.” Reese managed only after the man had taken three predatory steps toward him. lifting expensive shades to perch them on top of his head. He winked at the doe-eyed girl before turning to the front of the room. It didn‟t mean that rumor wouldn‟t reach here eventually. An overlarge. but as far as he knew.“Wow! Wasn‟t Friday night awesome?!” She beamed at him as they tossed their trays. They‟d left! It was entirely possible that no one at school knew what had happened. All eyes were glued to the man stalking Reese. he stepped back. prepared to continue with the lesson. Was it great?” Reese almost fell down in relief. trying like hell to act normal. hissing as they whispered to each other. “Hey. green button-down shirt hung about his slimly muscular frame. A knock sounded at the door. who was seated nearest the door. then nodded for Ally.
You shouldn‟t be here. It can‟t. and I want you to come with me . Please?” The beguiling pout that twisted Luc‟s lips was all fake.” “I-I‟m working. “No.” Luc stopped at the opposite end of the desk from where he‟d started. Reese opened his mouth. smiling evilly at Reese over the paper-crowded surface. but it was a good effect. “Oh.” “I know.. He reached into his back pocket and pulled out an envelope.” Reese hurried to the other side of the desk as Luc stepped behind it. He wouldn‟t! “.” He paused for effect. can‟t this wait?” What was he still doing in town? He should be in Italy! “No. “Hi. Sorry for the interruption. hammering the nails into Reese‟s coffin... “I‟ve got a plane to catch.” The bastard carefully enunciated each damning word. Flashing that million-dollar smile. lover. he waved. God!” Luc reached for him. I need you with me.“I came to see you. The textbook fell from Reese‟s nerveless hands.” he breathed. Purgatory 113 . He shook his head. “I love you. Expensive bangles clattered about his slim wrist. “Yes.” He would! Gasps and a few feminine squeals from the kids. Mainly because what he really wanted was for Luc to touch him. He had to keep Luc from touching him. That would be very bad in front of the kids. Reese had just enough flight instinct to evade his grasp and keep the desk between them. This won‟t take a minute.” Luc stopped at the corner of Reese‟s desk and turned to face the class. His eyes widened.. sensing what was coming. kids. “Luc. Reese saw clearly that it was one of those envelopes that held plane tickets.
Wait! If they knew . 114 Jet Mykles . Simple details seemed to be the easiest to grasp. The end of his tie brushed the surface of the desk.” Inarticulate cry. “Too late. If they knew. His kids. Reese rounded the desk.” “Why?” “I love you. no. Muscles in his arms tensed. ignoring the kids who watched with avid interest. “Fuck you! Quit saying that!” Luc clucked his tongue. One even showed me the way. “How did you find me?” No. Mr.. “Language. Please don‟t .. righteous indignation burning away some of the fear. Luc danced back to the chalkboard.Luc leaned on the desk. Volumes were spoken in that stare. but Reese didn‟t want to translate. Some screamed. that wasn‟t the most important thing to know. Luc. “You son of a bitch!” This time Luc retreated to the other side of the desk..” Reese balled his fists. Kids shouted. Luc smiled. lover. Not in front of the kiddies. The ladies in the office.. “Oh. Reese shot toward him. snarling. “The lovely ladies in the office were kind enough to give me directions. but Reese was having trouble getting his mind around what was happening.” Reese blinked.” Some of Luc‟s grin died into an all-too-serious stare. concentrating on him. Tarkington‟s office was right there! Reese shook his head. the whole school would know.
Reese struggled with the boys. largest students caught him by the arms. Scowling.‟ I‟m damn well going to do it properly. smiling brilliantly. another of the office ladies.Student tables clattered as those in the front row hastily pulled back to make room. Tarkington saw him first. Luc‟s eyes narrowed. Reese froze again. Purgatory 115 . Some of the larger boys stood. Tarkington walked in. He was easily a foot and a half taller. He launched himself at Luc. unable to believe what Luc was doing to him. “What the hell do you think you‟re doing?” Reese hissed. Luc and Reese focused on each other. Luc sped back. Luc tossed an evil glance at Reese. watching the two men. how‟s it hangin‟?” Reese cried out. followed by Haley. and half as wide. the principal took in the array of excited teenagers around the room‟s perimeter before his gaze came to rest on the rockstar. roaring in rage. held back by two of his students. Reese‟s two tallest. Luc stuck his hand out to Tarkington. The door opened. unable to believe this was actually happening to him. and the head groundskeeper. those long legs keeping him out of reach. All he wanted at that particular moment was to beat Luc‟s face in. halting his attack. The two men sized each other up. “Luc!” Reese fought the hold on his arms. sealing Reese‟s doom. baldy. as Reese‟s boss. one of the male teachers. at Tarkington‟s side. “Hey.” Reese went ballistic. Students scattered behind him. demanding they let go. two predators waiting for an opening to attack. “If I‟m going to „ruin your life. Luc now stood at perfect ease just inside the door. Mr. “I‟m going to kill you!” he screamed at Luc. balling unfortunate papers that lay under his hands.
Incensed. “You two. “And who are you?” Luc raised a long-fingered hand to his chest. Maybe you‟ve heard of me. “-. Now!” He turned and pointed at the janitor and teacher. and he shot toward Luc. “Me? Luc Sloane. Reese froze.” Luc called over his shoulder as he exited.Tarkington‟s eyes bugged out.” Surprisingly. “You will accompany me to my office. and teacher all tried to hide either shock or mirth.Mr. He grabbed Reese‟s wrist and yanked. The principal‟s eyes got even wider.” “Goddamn it. escort --” He glared at Luc. Schuyler!” He made sure he had Reese‟s attention. steam was not pouring from Tarkington‟s ears. Schuyler!” Tarkington shouted. Smirking. “Mr. janitor. lover. glaring daggers at the rockstar over his boss‟s head. The taller man was faster than he was and darted behind Tarkington. Reese grabbed over Tarkington‟s shoulder. no!” Luc ignored him. “And why are you on school grounds during classroom hours?” Reese struggled with the boys who held him. Behind him and Luc. a look of surprise on his face. Finally the boys let Reese go. “I came to get my lover. you asshole!” “Mr.” “I‟ll call you. “Don‟t even think about it!” Reese spat over his own shoulder as he followed Tarkington down the hall the opposite way. Sloane off campus. Tarkington roared. 116 Jet Mykles . I play bass for Heaven Sent. Luc ducked aside. the office ladies. “Luc.
Brawling in front of the students -. Tarkington would use the gay thing in quiet later to make sure that every school he could contact knew that Reese was gay. It would have taken mere minutes except Reese was pretty sure Tarkington enjoyed yelling at him. Yeah. Now he needed to figure out what to do with his life.Chapter Eleven It didn‟t take long. it wasn‟t even the gay thing. It would mean he‟d have to supplant his life and start over anyway. He was out of a job. he picked it up. His anger quickly deflated and despair took over. No. intending to rip Purgatory 117 . but that would mean he‟d have to move. Scowling. Sure. Reese almost had to laugh. he wouldn‟t forgive Luc for what had just happened. His life as a teacher was over. there might be other schools in other towns where being gay wasn‟t an issue. Cursing in front of the students. In the end.didn‟t matter that he‟d never landed a hit. but Reese‟s own behavior had given Tarkington his out. but the damage was done. Oh. He drove home on autopilot. He opened his front door and immediately saw the envelope on the floor. at least anywhere within the adjoining counties. The ticket envelope Luc had flourished in front of his face. General misconduct. So instead it took about a half-hour for him to get thoroughly reamed and fired. that was the real reason.
That space was even more sparsely furnished than the downstairs. He tossed the tie into his bedroom and walked into the second bedroom. He stared like he‟d never seen any of it before. Morbid curiosity made him look at the note that was paperclipped to the envelope: You‟re pissed. He sank against the door and shut his eyes over a sudden pang of remorse. Use the ticket. Fuck Luc. Unfortunately. Was this really his furniture? Was this how he‟d been living? He climbed the stairs. His briefcase and his small box of belongings from his classroom he dumped on the couch. but stopped himself.the tickets in half. the idea had no appeal. He quite truthfully didn‟t want any other body -.male or female -. loosening his tie. even as revenge. He should go out and get drunk. But when you calm down. He should go out and get laid. By a guy! That would show Luc. Two years after he‟d moved in. Come to the address below. He had cardboard boxes lining the walls. Come to Italy. How depressing. Damn it! He stood with a sigh. he stared at the bare walls and utilitarian furniture of his domicile. which served as his office. Luc He almost ripped up the note and tickets in fit of pique. They were paid for and open-ended. Blankly. due to be unpacked. The computer desk and its contents were the only part of the room that had received his attention. he‟d use the tickets to go to Italy. 118 Jet Mykles . Took in the half-full bookshelves and the rickety cart that held his twenty-twoinch television. Once he figured out what he was doing. you‟ll have to admit that I did you a favor. I get that. Still. But he wouldn‟t go see the asshole! Reese dropped the tickets and his keys on the table by the front door. I DO love you.but Luc‟s.
Images of Luc filled his head. refamiliarizing himself with what used to be one of his obsessions. Purgatory 119 . The sketchbooks he dropped onto his computer chair. since Luc had rejected him those many years ago.” The sketchbooks hit the floor. He opened paint tube after paint tube. The most recent book was filled with Heaven Sent -. But the charcoals were still good. And threading it all together. where his cheap stereo stood on a cheap little bookshelf. Heavenly. pre-record-company shows. he pulled them out. He set up the easel in the corner by the window and propped one of the canvases on it. He crossed to the other side of the room. Gorgeous. He put in his favorite and turned it up so sound filled the space. half hidden under a small blanket. He stood and set the tackle box on the computer desk and gathered up the sketchbooks so he could sit. A small pile of old sketchbooks lay in one corner.He crossed to open one side of the mirrored closet. He retrieved an old familiar tackle box from the top shelf of the closet and sat right on the dingy off-white carpeting to open it. He started flipping through them. He dug through the boxes that held his CDs and found all four of Heaven Sent‟s released albums as well as the recordings he had of early.especially Luc. Grimacing. He‟d spent many an hour learning to depict that face. Without really making the decision. He couldn‟t even work up a good head of anger. Darien‟s driving drums. “Fuck it. Ha! The one man was responsible for the two most emotional upheavals in Reese‟s life. just despair. Brent‟s leading riffs. only to find that there wasn‟t a single color that was useable. But he couldn‟t do it. How appropriate. Figuring out what it was about Luc that made him unique. sorely neglected. he had his hand poised to rip up the pages.. well. He hadn‟t felt this bad since . That body. Johnnie‟s sultry voice. Luc‟s throbbing bass beat. His easel and two blank canvases leaned to the side behind them..
leaving himself only in boxers and socks. within the light of the window. and started sketching. 120 Jet Mykles . Reese took off his button-down shirt and toed out of his dress shoes. He even dropped his pants. and grabbed up the charcoals and the half-full sketchbook. He sank to the floor near one corner.Impatiently.
He didn‟t really know she was there until the music stopped. as the song “Up the Ante” halted just before the bass solo. glowering at him. Was she back already? “How was your honeymoon?” “Great. hands on hips. I‟ve been trying to call you all weekend.” “Asshole! You know what I mean. about what he was going to do for a job. He glanced toward the stereo. but first the sketchbooks and then the canvases called to him.Chapter Twelve It lasted two weeks. He kept telling himself that he needed to start thinking about the future. He left the house only briefly for food and once to buy new paints.” Purgatory 121 . paintbrush hovering. frowning. Why didn‟t you answer the phone?” “It‟s off. “This townhouse? About two years. Reegan stood in the doorway.” He shrugged. He barely slept and showered only as a means of refreshing himself. Whatever had possessed him to give her a key to his townhouse? “How long have you been here?” He turned back to the easel.
“Are you okay?” “Am I supposed to be?” She crossed the room to stand behind him.” “Did you call Mom and Dad?” “God.” “I came back yesterday. one corner covering his groin for modesty. And then some.” She scowled. Which meant the entire world knew. No sense telling her that he‟d lost all track of time. “Nothing you could do about it.” She stepped into the room. “I don‟t want to talk to anyone. no doubt studying his work. Reegan‟s best friend. no. We could talk. “Why didn‟t you call me?” “You were out of town. but otherwise gloriously naked. It just wasn‟t right. “Are you going to call him?” Reese stared at Luc as he appeared in the mostly finished painting.” “I could listen. dropping her purse on the floor. who had no connection to his school. She‟d only worry. “Sweetheart.” “How did you find that out?” “Jeanie told me.” “Nothing to talk about.“Why?” Another shrug.” Great. you got fired. 122 Jet Mykles . The red of his hair was giving Reese fits. The man lay sprawled among ivory sheets. At least everyone in Reese‟s world. She was silent for a few moments.” He shrugged.
stabbing his brush into a glob of white paint on the palette beside him.” “Want isn‟t a factor here.“No. How will you pay for this place? Food? Paint?” He snarled.” “Don‟t you think you should start thinking about it?” “I don‟t want to. talk to me. I don‟t want to think about that now. Painting kept him calm. What are you doing?” “Painting. He didn‟t watch Reegan for a reaction.” “He what?” Quite succinctly and quite calmly. Reegan. Reese related what had happened.” She stepped forward and to the side.” “You‟ve got to think about it. Why are you so calm?” He snatched his arm back. “Damn it.” “Why not?” He laughed without mirth. You‟re scaring me.” “I know that.” She grabbed his elbow. “Goddamn it. “How much did you hear? He outed me. still trying to mix the red of Luc‟s curls right. “Reese. Purgatory 123 .” “Why not?” “Nothing to say to him. for chrissakes. looking up at his profile. “Why shouldn‟t I be calm?” “What are you going to do for a job?” “I don‟t know.” “Will you get another job teaching?” “Can‟t. Distracted him from harsh reality. It‟s been two weeks.
” He dunked both brushes into the can of turpentine and angrily set to cleaning the larger. “Wow. To anyone but his sister. “What about it?” “Geez.” Silence for a moment. “Yeah. he might have lied. “I can‟t love someone like him. watching quietly until he stopped talking.” “I do. “You don‟t mean that. He was tempted to do so anyway. I was fine when he was gone. you‟re obviously thinking about him.” “Why not?” “Because I .” 124 Jet Mykles ..” “Did you hate the time you spent with him that much?” Reese‟s hand shook so badly that he had to pull the paintbrush back or else slash auburn across Luc‟s chest.” He calmly switched from the brush with white to the brush with the specially mixed mid-tone of auburn.” She was quiet for a few more moments.” “Why not love?” “I can‟t love him.” He snorted. Reese.She sat at his computer desk.” “I believe „obsessed‟ is the word. “No.. do you love him?” “Obsession. I didn‟t hate it at all. “I‟m obsessed with him and have been for years.” “So why the painting?” “Exorcism.” “Why not?” “I don‟t belong with him. “What about that?” She gestured at the easel.” “Reese.
hitting the carpet seconds before his knees did. I don‟t want . turning his face into her neck and wrapping his arms around her. talk to me.” “Sweetheart. “Not then.” Days of denial. Years ago. I think you are. Reegan was there in an instant.” “I‟m not .” Purgatory 125 . I thought you two had gotten past that. her weight a welcome press against his side. honey.” she crooned.” He shook his head.. rocking him. Her arms circled him.” He threw down one brush and set to cleaning the other. “No. trying to dislodge his tears. “Oh. “I‟m not gay. hugging him.“Why not?” “I just don‟t.” “It was you who took the swing at him. years of fierce determination to change what he was all suddenly came crashing down on him.. Sobs tore from his chest. smoothing his hair.. He pushed me away. honey..” “Why not?” “I don‟t deserve him.” “Why ever not?” “I don‟t . “Brother mine. The paintbrush and rag fell to his feet..” He swallowed. weeks of hurting. He buried his face in hands that stank of oil paints and turpentine. spent from purging emotions long suppressed.” Reese shook his head. Held him until he half-lay in her lap. Reese‟s entire body shuddered..” “Why should we? He was right. She held him until the sobs died down.” “Huh? You‟re not making sense.” “He seemed to have thought differently. “I can‟t be with him. He crumpled against her.” “Oh.
“-.” 126 Jet Mykles . Reese? You‟ve never shown your work. Pushed away from his sister‟s lap to sit on his knees.” “Luc would hate that you said that...” “God.” He turned away from the vision.” He shook his head. just like the rest of us.” “But you do. He‟s . but he‟s special. you‟re frustrating sometimes! There are people who‟d kill to be able to paint like that.” Reese cringed over the very physical pull to his heart. more..“I can‟t love him..” “He is..” He sighed.” “It‟s not the same. “This sounds all wrong. Used his t-shirt as a handkerchief to wipe eyes and nose.” “I‟ll bet you Luc would disagree. He‟s .” “You were doing just fine when he was in town. You pretty much always have.” “Why not?” “I‟m not . “How would you know.” “I know. “I don‟t deserve him.” “You make him sound more than human.so do you.” “Sweetheart --” She grabbed his chin and twisted his head so he was looking up at his painting.. “I don‟t know how to be with Luc. “It‟s not the same.” “He‟s got talent.” He squeezed his eyes shut.” “You know damn well that he‟s a human being.
or any of your friends. “When you had your job. the gay thing was an issue. How many times had he heard the echo of Luc‟s voice saying that over the past weeks? “As for not being gay..and boys -.” When he would have pushed to his feet.” “Impossible. I really don‟t understand what your problem is with that.would kill for.” Purgatory 127 . But you‟re out of a job now. You had Lucas Sloane romancing you. “My life . so I stayed quiet. blushing a little. I agree. so if that‟s not it.” “Okay. And Luc told you he loved you!” He stared at the paint stains on his hands. I don‟t get it. Did you not enjoy the sex or something?” He hung his head. “Listen. I still thought it was a mistake for you not to go for it with Luc.” “Okay. She frowned right back. I certainly don‟t mind.” He frowned at her. Shut up and listen to me.. for God‟s sakes! Something thousands of girls -. not saying a word. “You‟re creating problems where there just aren‟t any. but I agreed with you.” He shut his mouth and settled back on his knees. you‟re starting to get on my nerves here. What‟s so terrible about that?” He shook his head. I knew it was ending. It‟s not like Mom and Dad will care. she grabbed his arm and shook it.” “Shut up.“Different. I enjoyed it. As you pointed out. honey. “Well?” “No. finding another teaching job is probably going to be pretty hard. but I didn‟t know what his feelings were. I didn‟t like it.
” “So you‟re gay and you‟re hopelessly in love.“What?” “My life was very comfortable.” She scowled.” His eyes opened wide and he stared at her.” “Yeah. brother mine. He ruined it. I don‟t think about other men. You live in this townhouse that could be cool if you‟d ever do anything with it. “Just why am I supposed to feel sorry for you?” He rubbed his arm.” “Yet you‟ve holed yourself up here for two weeks after you got fired. “Well.. You had a job that you kinda enjoyed.. And the women you were dating . painting a gorgeous picture of him.” She poked his arm. “This is good. standing before the painting. Your life sucked. “Please! If they weren‟t a sorry excuse for a cover-up. She got to her feet.” “Just the one. jaw dropped.” 128 Jet Mykles . How delusional are you?” He snarled. You‟ve admitted for years that Luc was your dream. it did. I don‟t know what is. You should call Luc and show it to him.” “Well. “I didn‟t ask you to feel sorry for me.” “Cover-up?” “That you‟re gay.” “It‟s not finished.” “I‟m not. And you got him. bully for him. doing something that you barely needed to think about. telling yourself that you‟re „exorcising‟ him. She ignored it.
“You think he was serious?” “About loving you? Do you?” “I don‟t know. Oooo! Promise to be his sex slave!” Grimacing.” “Why?” “If I let him support me. then I‟m like his mistress or something.and this is me. Tell me honestly -.” Purgatory 129 . Promise sexual favors.” They both stared at the painting. You‟d be his lover.” “Okay. And he‟d be a man who happens to have the means to support the one he loves.” “„Mistress‟? You‟re not a woman. he pushed to his feet. Maybe so. remember -.” “I can‟t call him. Grovel at his feet. “You‟ve been reading too many of those erotic romances. “Maybe so.“So finish it and call Luc.” She laughed. Beg to see him.you love him?” “Yes.” “Then you have absolutely nothing to lose by contacting him.
the dragon to match the tiger twined across his shoulder blade. Reese had given it a lot of thought and decided that they were right. At long last. It had taken a number of visits. grinning smugly. After his two-week sulk. he was living in the same apartment Luc and Brent had once occupied over Purgatory all those years 130 Jet Mykles . “Glad you like it.” Tom sat back. but both tattoos were now in place. In the meantime. Both Luc and Reegan had very strongly made the point that the life he‟d been living didn‟t suit him. There were things that he used to love doing and other things that he thought he‟d like to try. Such a turn his life had taken in the past two months. and he now had the perfect opportunity to go for it.Chapter Thirteen “Tom. He‟d even had the white tiger colored in. Reese‟d moved out of his townhouse. waiting for him to find a new permanent space. It seemed like the thing to do. Most of his stuff now sat in his parents‟ garage. “Was the least I could do for my new apprentice. that‟s fuckin‟ awesome!” Reese stared in delight at the reflection of his back. He thought they looked great with the blue streaks he‟d had reinstated in his hair.” Reese beamed. For a day or so after talking with Reegan.
even though he‟d only seen some sketches that Reese provided. gathering his backpack on the way out. Then one night during his busing shift. Reese still believed Reegan to be behind the offer. Life wasn‟t perfect. Busing tables was a shitty job. he could always be relatively certain to find a job. and they‟d struck up a conversation. Reese again thought that Reegan was behind the offer. At first. He claimed to like Reese‟s work well enough. Reese stood and let Tom carefully bandage the dragon. but he was itching enough to paint that he took the chance without comment. Now. As Garth put it. two months later. learning the ropes. bartenders were everywhere. I‟ll see you tomorrow. He ducked out of the sun into the dim interior of the café. Purgatory 131 . Tom was a tattoo artist and had been duly impressed when Reese had proclaimed that the half-finished mural over the bar was his. he‟d innocently admired the tattoo of a stallion on a guy‟s arm. Garth had offered it to him with a job busing tables. but it was different enough from teaching that Reese kind of enjoyed it. but Garth denied it. And he loved the tattoo parlor! Luc had done him a favor after all. and if Reese did decide to travel. Garth also put him to work painting a mural across one of the bare walls at Purgatory. He said he‟d always meant to do something with it but never had found an artist he liked. but it was good. Tom waved.ago. Then he decided to take Garth‟s advice and started bartending school. Reese was tending bar during the late shift and spending most of his days in Tom‟s tattoo parlor. He didn‟t miss teaching at all. The host greeted him with a smile and took him to a table by the front.” he said. Reese whistled and walked the short way down a few blocks to a little Italian café. “So.
He‟d met Jimmy at Purgatory the week before and had eaten in the café just about every day since. The young waiter smiled.” 132 Jet Mykles . “I‟ll keep that in mind. “Yep. How could a mere mortal compare to a god? He grimaced at himself. It wasn‟t the same as being with Luc. They hadn‟t done more than kiss.” Reese smiled.. “You ready?” Reese drank the last of his Sprite and stood. Something else he had Luc to thank for. Now that was a stupid comparison. setting his pencil down as he reached down for his bag. he‟d fully come out. his waiter‟s apron off. I‟m sure Paul would love to have it. If things went well. he was resigned to the fact that it simply couldn‟t be. to eat?” Reese matched his grin. which he enjoyed immensely. “Surprise me. “Oh. but Reese was hopeful for the weekend. “You gonna color that in?” Reese shrugged. He couldn‟t believe how much of a relief it was. “He might even pay you for it. “Hadn‟t thought about it.” Jimmy grinned at him. but then. nice!” he exclaimed over the sketch. “What will you have . he might even have a boyfriend soon. Without teaching in the way. nodding. He pulled out his newest sketchbook and practiced by drawing the dark little corner of the café as he lingered over his meal. “Whatever you say. I was just practicing.Jimmy came out not long afterward to take his order.” Jimmy beamed.” “If you color it in.” Jimmy winked. gorgeous. folding the sketchbook shut and shoving it into his bag. topaz eyes twinkling beneath a mop of curly summer-brown hair. Jimmy finally came to sit with him..” He watched Jimmy‟s cute little butt retreat. wasn‟t it? Jimmy brought him a delicious ravioli.
then dropped to the hand that was still wound with Jimmy‟s. “I thought you‟d never ask. Topaz eyes twinkled at him. Reese dug his keys out of the little pocket at the back of his pack and looked up. It was three o‟clock. casually smoking a cigarette. Jimmy reached over to pull Reese into a kiss. Before he started the car. again telling himself that he really needed to stop thinking about Luc.. Don. Hmm. Reese‟s roommate. His expression didn‟t change. not Luc. A tight-fitting black t-shirt rode up his torso. would be working. but Reese could swear he felt a chill in the air. Reese. But he found more and more of his thoughts laced with images and notions of the bass player. he leaned in toward Reese and they got lost for a few minutes in a sweetly warm embrace.” Reese let Jimmy twine their hands together as they mounted the rickety stairs up to the apartment. lips brushing Jimmy‟s. Maybe . “Hey. Both of the young men laughed as they tried to keep the handhold despite the fact that there wasn‟t really enough room for them both to walk abreast. He had two hours before his shift. but nice. It was nice. Reese sighed inwardly. Grinning.They went out the back to where Jimmy‟s Corolla was parked. despite his absence. Smiling. exposing a goodly amount of hard midriff. Jimmy parked in front of the club. held back from his face by the sunglasses perched atop his head. He froze at the sight of the man perched on the railing that surrounded the small landing before his front door. Luc‟s sable eyes fixed on Reese. “Want to come up for a while?” Reese asked. my god!” This from Jimmy. “You‟re Lucas Sloane!” Purgatory 133 . “Luc!” Did the man have to be so beautiful? He sat there.. His hair was loose and flowing in gorgeous curls about his shoulders. His jeans slimmed lovingly over muscled legs to tuck into calf-high black boots. Reese had hopes that his obsession would mellow with time.” “Oh. Again.
At least. I‟m sorry. baby.” Reese managed not to wince and did kind of kiss Jimmy back.” He managed to tear his gaze away from Luc to smile at Jimmy. “I‟ll see you later. just before the brunet turned back to Luc. at least he told you. What was he doing here? Reese jumped and spun when the door slammed.Oh. He didn‟t bother to invite him in. Sure.. He hadn‟t expected the full brunt of Luc‟s anger. eyes wide. I‟m a huge fan! Reese told me he knew you. I‟d love to get the chance to talk to you. Reese couldn‟t find words. he hoped it looked like a smile. his eyes back on Reese‟s face. but I never . “Oh.Luc nodded. “Well. A smile for everyone.” 134 Jet Mykles . “Nothing. “I hope you‟ll stick around. He knew Luc would follow. “What?” “Who was that?” “Jimmy. just stepped inside. “Hey. hand extended. man!” Luc shook his hand briefly.” “Huh?” Reese shook himself and stepped up the rest of the way. man.” Did Jimmy see the anger in those hooded eyes? In the grim set of those pouting lips? Probably not.. Could only stare.” “Cool!” Jimmy practically skipped down the stairs. You mind if I meet you later? I think Luc has something to talk about. What was he doing here? Jimmy rushed by him.” “Oh! Yeah! Sure!” Jimmy was one of those insufferably nice people. Reese avoided looking at Luc by unlocking the front door with shaking hands. “What the fuck was that?” Reese stared. “Maybe. He didn‟t know Luc well enough to know that the stare was cold.
The mural that I paid for.” Luc‟s eyes slitted.” Red hair tumbled into Luc‟s face. “What the fuck? You‟ll find yourself a little boy toy. He stopped there.?” Reese glowered. You haven‟t been here. His anger didn‟t stand a chance against Luc‟s fury. Reese backed away.” Reese blinked. but you won‟t call me?” “I didn‟t think you‟d want to talk to me. but .. “You paid --?” Luc talked over him. I gave you a fucking ticket to Italy!” “Well.“Your lover?” He slid his backpack to the floor. “You‟re my business!” “Fuck you. He was the one who had been wronged in this.. “What business is it of yours?” He jumped and unfortunately yelped when Luc‟s palms slammed into the wall to either side of his shoulders. “I know about your job with Garth.” “Reegan --” Purgatory 135 . trying to build up some anger of his own. “Did I not say in my note to call me? Hell.” Reese gasped. You don‟t know what I went through after you got me fired. Luc snatched the sunglasses from his head and tossed them onto the little dining table to his right. “But . somehow very afraid to lead Luc in there. I know about the mural he paid you to paint. Luc stepped toward him.” “I know everything. and he combed it away with impatient fingers.” Reese backed up into the wall next to the door that led to the bedrooms. looming but not touching. “Not yet.. yeah. I know about the painting. “I know about the tattoos..
you start painting again. Luc scowled. His anger banked to a slow simmer. “I couldn‟t call you. He propped his back against the wall.” “But you were going to. “Why pathetic?” “That I need to come running to you to support me?” “Did it occur to you that I want to support you?” “Huh?” Luc shook his head. arms crossed over his chest. Luc had kept track of him? “W-we haven‟t . huh? She didn‟t know about the boy toy. “I like the hair. “But looks like she didn‟t know everything. “Did it occur to you that I want to help you?” “You got me fired.“Yeah. and you fucking come out openly!” Reese frowned. Blue always did suit you. He escaped to the other side of the room.” “Well. And you were so enjoying your life while you were teaching. Did you get anything else pierced?” “No. And I see the earrings are back. find a liking for tattoos.” “Then what is he?” “A friend.” He squirmed. did he have to sound like he was pouting? 136 Jet Mykles . shaking him. “Why? Why didn‟t you just call me?” Reese gasped at the fire that shot through his new tattoo. The pain gave him the impetus to shove Luc back.. “Yeah. yeah.” Geez.” Luc gripped his shoulders.” He sneered..” “He‟s not a boy toy. How pathetic would that be?” He felt tears start to burn in his eyes. Yet after you get fired. gazing skyward.” Luc threw a hand in the air.
“Pretty damn dense. standing his ground. how dense are you?” Reese scowled. how could such a lean man be so strong? “Because you see the world in colors that others don‟t. Geez. He gaped. Because I feel good when I‟m with you.” Purgatory 137 .” “How?” That caught Luc off guard. I like being around you. caught off guard by the shot of pain from his tattoo. Can I see?” “Why?” Luc pushed to stand. caught his leg on the table. He started to speak twice and gave up. Because when I‟m near you I start to see the colors that you see.” Reese reached up to his shoulder. “Oh.“What about the tattoo? Reegan said you were going to get the dragon done. “Because I‟m comfortable with you. and tumbled to the floor.” Reese paused his struggles. hands fisted at his sides.” “Congrats.” “Because I love you. “Get off!” They wrestled. Tell me why you‟re interested. straddling his hips. Reese stumbled back. Luc stared intently at his face. “Just finished it today. then snarled and lunged for Reese. but Luc captured Reese‟s hands and used his full body weight to pin them to the floor. How? How can someone like you possibly love someone like me?” If possible. Luc followed him down. “Why?” Reese hissed. for the love of God. “How?” “Yeah. Because you look at me like there‟s no one else in the world and make me feel that. Luc‟s jaw dropped farther. frowning up at him.
he lifted his head in an effort to get more of Luc‟s kiss.” The bald agony in Luc‟s eyes bore into Reese‟s skull.” “Need to fuck you. yeah!” 138 Jet Mykles . keeping himself just out of reach. Reese winced at the push on his shoulder.” “Luc .” “Oh. please. He was far too interested in wrapping his arms around Luc..” “Luc . I love every little fool thing about you. too.” Luc tilted his head and lowered it that extra bit to brush his lips over Reese‟s. Luc pulled his head up. fusing their lips. I‟m going to have to hurt you. still pinning Reese‟s. but did his best to ignore it.” Luc released his wrists and dropped onto him.“But you‟re --” “Damn it. Whimpering slightly. “I love you.. “Missed you. snipping the last threads of his resistance. warm flesh. “Ah! Missed you..” he gasped. Reese. damn it. tearing his mouth away from Reese‟s to nibble on his chin. if you start to spout off nonsense about me being more than what I am. “Give me the words.” His breath fanned over Reese‟s lips.” “Reese. sliding their hands out to the sides.” Luc growled. Reese. pressing the man‟s body to his. Reese needed more. “I need the words this time.. eagerly splaying his palms over hot. Reese grabbed the hem of Luc‟s shirt and yanked it up. Just open up and deal with it. Luc leaned in. He stopped with his nose hovering just over Reese‟s. wonderful moment. “I love you. After a brief.
“Not at all. Luc sauntered up to stand before him. and Reese hoped to God that he was the only person who ever saw that sexier-than-sin expression again. Now he didn‟t need to think about it.” he whispered. then headed for the bedrooms. Purgatory 139 . “You picked my room?” His hands went to the hem of his shirt to pull it off the rest of the way.” A smile spread across Luc‟s face. Can‟t you . then looked at him.. tossing a feral grin over his shoulder as he turned to the left. “Which one?” “Yours. cupping his ass and pulling him closer so he could stroke his cheek along the hot length that pushed against the fly of those jeans. Reese glanced over his shoulder at the painting of Luc within the ivory sheets. Reese slid his hands around Luc‟s hips. The bangles on his wrist chimed. “You‟re the most beautiful thing ever. grabbing Reese‟s hand as he went. He pushed the door shut and shoved Reese toward the unmade bed. managing not to dislodge his bandage. “It was the one left. The bass player‟s gaze was riveted to the wall at the foot of Reese‟s bed. He hadn‟t had the heart to put it in storage with the rest of his stuff. He held out his hands.. “Oh. “It‟s not nearly as beautiful as you really are. “You flatter me.?” Tossing his socks aside. and tossed the shirt aside. Reese looked up when Luc paused.” Luc blinked. come on.” Reese looked back to Luc.Luc pushed up.” Luc tugged Reese down the short hallway. his heart warmed by the obvious admiration.” Reese tugged off his t-shirt. He hauled Reese to his feet. He hadn‟t quite decided what to do with it if he ever had Jimmy over for the night. “Wow. reaching for his lover. Reese toed off his sneakers and sat down to reach his socks.” Luc snorted.
He had to release the one part of Luc that he craved the most at this very moment. He wrapped his fingers around that beautiful. He laved his lover‟s cock. “Fuck me. It was probably better this way. He wanted it all. He pointed at Reese‟s pants. “Ah. was exclusively his. “I‟m yours. “Get those off. “All mine?” Luc‟s hands threaded in his hair. Luc poured a generous amount of lube onto his fingers. then came to kneel between Reese‟s thighs. His fingers came around to make quick work of the button and zipper of Luc‟s jeans. coating it.Fingers tilted up his face so he could lock onto that sable gaze. fuck! Reese!” Reese moaned. hard cock and led it to his mouth. if he could believe Luc. squirming back into position.” “I love you. He would have turned around to get on his knees. “All yours. “On your back. He wanted Luc to come so he could swallow down the evidence of the man‟s desire.” Reese groaned.” 140 Jet Mykles . Roughly. he turned his face into Luc‟s crotch.” Tears burned Reese‟s eyes. The part that. too. In an effort to hide them. “I love you. sucking greedily while he pulled Luc‟s jeans and briefs down farther. He stuffed pillows under his head and shoulders while Luc shucked the rest of his clothes. Okay.” “But --” “Where‟s the lube?” Yeah.” Luc retrieved it while Reese got naked.” He couldn‟t stand it. “Top drawer.” Reese caught his legs under his knees and pulled them up. His hands went to his jeans. but Luc stopped him. Luc pulled him away and shoved him back onto the mattress. tiger. But he didn‟t get his wish. slicking it up before he took it firmly in hand and used both mouth and hand to heighten the pleasure.
a wonderful invasion deep inside Reese. he wrapped up Luc and pulled him in.Luc‟s attention dropped to Reese‟s exposure. shoving that last final bit. Reese had turned the tables on Luc.” His words inflamed his lover. With arms and legs.” he growled. God. Luc‟s fingers gripped his hips. bracing his forehead on Reese‟s. “No. He released his knees and reached up to grab Luc by the shoulders. Reese dug his fingers into Purgatory 141 . Please. those sable eyes lit with fire. Luc sank in. But Reese welcomed the pain. “No prep?” “No.” Reese dug his ankles into Luc‟s butt. He dragged his fingers along the sensitive skin between Reese‟s balls and anus. “Slick it up. He could see it.” Luc pulled back. Luc. painfully wonderful rhythm that had Reese writhing beneath him. anyway. It had been two months. They froze. too. “Wait. baby. It hurt some. intimately locked.” “Love you. I want you inside me. Luc dropped his head forward. His body remembered. “No. His words made the redhead shudder. and he poured more lube into his palm.” At last. His body accepted. Luc‟s nostrils flared.” “Love you. Luc‟s hand flew over his cock. and then he leaned in to position himself. It didn‟t last long. After the initial resistance. trying to control the pace. “Don‟t ever deny me again. He set up a slow. just fuck me.” Luc gasped. making them both moan at the marvelous friction. Reese wanted none of that. hard cock and fuck my ass. Slick up that big.
” Luc muttered. But that only built it higher. They subsided into the warm. “Hey. “When do you go back?” “A week. He felt it coming and dug into Luc‟s back. and he felt like he was going to explode. threaded them in his hair.” Reese smiled. circling Reese‟s cock with a wet hand. unwilling to let go. “Shouldn‟t you be in Italy making an album?” “Break. working Luc‟s cock into his tight channel. He echoed Reese‟s gurgled cry as he came. Reese couldn‟t stand it. “Fuck! Luc. “I don‟t know. I‟m --!” His words got tangled in the strangled cry that pushed from his throat as the fire in his spine burst apart. Reese hugged Luc‟s head to his shoulder.” . Too much pleasure built up in his body. I‟ve got to work.” He looked up. forcing him to rock his hips to alleviate the burn. pumping it in time to his thrusts. “Come with me. Fire took hold of the base of his spine. Luc reached between them. He pulled Luc‟s head down and kept their lips locked as Luc‟s cock worked its magic deep in Reese‟s body. Luc clutched his cock and gripped the bedspread beneath Reese‟s shoulders.Luc‟s back. wet sheets. seemingly content to stay wrapped in Reese.” he finally said. relearning how to breathe.
Jet used to write sex stories for friends involving their favorite pop icons of the time. Jet lives in southern California with her boyfriend of nine years. a self-proclaimed hermit. So she turned to computers and currently works in product management for a software company. been able to really share this work with others. vampires are just people with special diets and lycanthropes live next door. muscular lads. because even in real life. She aids this fantasy with visuals created through her other obsession: 3D graphic art. In her own mind.computerotika. through the wonders of the digital age. she‟s the spunky heroine who gets the best of everyone and always attracts the lean. In real life. In this area. . Jet prefers to live in a world of imagination where dragons are real. Visit Jet on the Web at www. she can‟t help but want to create something out of nothing. although her knowledge on the subject has vastly improved. as in writing.Jet Mykles As far back as junior high. has Jet. elves are commonplace. An ardent fan of fantasy and science fiction sagas. It was through a series of images posted to the erotic art website Renderotica and encouragement from the fabulous Angela Knight that she finished and submitted a story to Loose Id.com. and now regularly uses this art to illustrate her stories or her stories to expand upon her art. Only recently. She has a bachelor‟s degree in acting. Jet‟s self-taught and thoroughly entranced. his daughter and father and nine cats. To this day. she hasn‟t stopped writing sex. but her loathing of auditions has kept her out of the limelight.