This week, I’m giving you a taste of a small book I have coming out next week called Leland’s Final Gift – Currently available for Pre-Order. Thane really isn’t thrilled with the holidays and he has good reason. Unfortunately this holiday is not going according to plan.
After sliding back into his car, he headed out of the hospital parking lot. When he reached the road, instead of turning left to head home, he turned right. The more he thought of his new neighbor, the more he wanted to help. This accident would be bad enough, let alone not getting his Christmas grapefruit. Thankfully, Thane knew of a grocery store where he should be able to pick up the fruit and get himself some food to tide him over the next couple of days. Leland would probably get upset if he found out there was no food at home. He really hated it when Thane didn’t take care of himself.
Just like the hospital, the grocery was practically empty. Thane got a parking space near the doors and rushed in, heading directly for their fruits and vegetables. Glancing around, he was dispirited by the lack of produce. “Do you have any grapefruit?” he asked a man in an apron who was putting out potatoes.
Turning, the man shook his head. “’Fraid not. Our shipment was supposed to come today but with the storm, it won’t be until at least tomorrow.”
“Shit. What other grocery stores are nearby?”
Unfortunately, the closest was his least favorite, a mega store that had food and items no self-respecting grocery store should carry. But, he convinced himself, this was for Jessup. So what if he had to shop the evil store. He could ignore the chintzy Christmas decorations, get the grapefruit, and be on his way.
The snow kept piling up and it took him almost thirty minutes to make it across town. Thankfully he was able to once again get a close parking spot. He glared at the doors as he approached. They swished open and he charged through, grabbing a cart on his way. It was holiday hell. Elevator Christmas music blared through overhead speakers and employees walked around with Santa hats. The first thing he saw as he walked toward the sign that read Produce was a display of alcohol. “Yes.” He grabbed two bottles of red wine and continued on.
The produce area was hideous. Instead of putting the citrus all together, the oranges were in one area, lemons in another. “Where are the damned grapefruit!” he snarled to nobody in particular.
“They should be in the back,” a pleasant voice said.
Turning, he took in the employee wearing a gaudy apron with two red peppers doing the salsa and a Santa hat.
Kinder Thane lost his life partner three years ago and ever since, has folded into himself. He doesn’t speak to friends and only sees his family once a year. Every year on the anniversary of Leland’s death, he spends his time with the ghost of his dead boyfriend.
When Jessie Riley moves in across the hall, it sends his entire existence into a flurry. Suddenly there’s life out there, happiness, the joy of the holidays, and it’s so shocking he almost doesn’t know what to do with it. It gets to be too much but before he can pull back inside and go back to the way he was, Leland has a final gift for him, one that changes everything.