This week, I’m giving you another snippet from A Good Family Man, continuing right where last week’s left off.
The gym wasn’t busy this time of the day as the almost empty parking lot screamed, but he spotted Josh’s old-fashioned Beetle right off. Driving over, he parked next to him and got out, admiring the slim body that unfolded itself out of the little bubble car. Wearing knee-length shorts and a well-worn blue t-shirt, Josh looked hot. He grinned at Jack as he hopped out of his truck. “Ever been to a bouldering gym before?”
“Work had a climbing wall. I went whenever I needed a stress-reliever.”
“Then welcome to peace.” Josh laughed, pulling a small bag out of the back of his car and leading the way inside.
After paying, Josh put on his climbing shoes while Jack grabbed a rental pair. “This is wild,” Jack admitted, looking around. “The one at work was straight up, not concave.”
“Ah, that’s where the fun starts,” the man next to him said, his breathing slightly elevated in excitement. “Shall we?”
Jack was out of practice, but it didn’t take long to remember the wonderful pain as his muscles burned. Going straight up was fun, but taking one of the paths that put him crawling almost upside down while perpendicular to the floor thrilled him. The problem was that his left hand kept slipping. The leather glove couldn’t get the hold he wanted.
“Take the glove off,” Josh suggested after landing on the floor while trying to leap up one of the walls.
“Can’t.” Even he didn’t like to see the skin. He wasn’t showing the scars to anyone else.
“All right. Then how about some more chalk?”
“That’ll have to do.” Leaping from his current spot, he landed on one of the pads down below, reveling in feeling alive for the first time in months. After chalking up his hands, he turned toward the man next to him who was stretching out his arms and gazing up at a particularly evil looking angle. “When do you have to go home?”
Looking over at him, for a moment Josh looked unsure of himself and finally he smiled, a cute dimple showing in his left cheek. “When I’m done. I didn’t actually forget anything. I just wanted to see you and, well, see if there was anything there.”
UPDATE: (7/4/2018) This book is currently Out of Print – it has been rewritten and will be republished under Corbin’s Bend Pride in the future.
And now on with more WIPs…