Will has known Bran since he first taught him to swim, when Bran was eleven years old. But now, seven years later, Bran has returned from a year of hard work on a ranch outside of Houston and he is no longer the boy Will remembers. He is now eighteen, quite grown up, and making no secret of the fact that he’s interested in a sexual relationship with Will. At first, Will is horrified. He has a hard time forgetting the Bran he knew as a child, and given their seventeen-year age difference, he can’t understand why Bran is interested in him. But everything changes when he finds out that Bran has been drafted.
Will and Bran will have only two weeks together. But two weeks may be enough to change Will’s life.
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Note: This story was originally released by Silver Publishing in 2010. The new edition has be re-edited, but the content is unchanged.
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A month or two ago, my good friend Ethan Stone sent me a story to read. It was one he had written several years ago, and was trying to decide if it was worth doing anything with. Although it was decidedly too porn for my taste, it did inspire me. I liked the characters and the premise. I thought it had potential.
Ethan and I spent a day or two tossing it around. We thought maybe we could expand it into a novella. We debated trying to co-author it. But after much discussion, Ethan told me that he wasn’t really feeling it, and that I should just take it and make it my own. Once I started writing it, it changed quite a bit. It became shorter than I had envisioned (it’s only about 13,800 words), and it moved back in time to the late 60’s. Isn’t it odd when that happens? I ended up doing more research for this little story than I’ve done for any of my novels.
Once it was finished, I sent it to Ethan and told him I was going to submit it for publication. I offered to put his name on it too, but after reading it, he felt I had changed it so much that it wasn’t warranted, and so it will be published under my name alone. But Ethan still gets all the credit for getting those little wheels in my head a-spinnin’.
Spoiler Warning: There are many spoilers in the comment section below, so you may not want to read them if you haven’t read OMS yet.