Happy Wednesday! It’s time to Wip It Up.
This week, I’ve got another snippet from my upcoming book Finding His Home, the next novel in the Men of Falcon Pointe series which comes out February 26th. This begins where last week’s left off.
“There are five of us, and you’d have to get the approval of us all first, but we do have an open room here. If you’re interested,” he added.
Relief flowed through Bastien. “Really? ’Cause that would be great. I mean, you’ve been through all this. I hoped….” Heat filled his cheeks.
“Great. Well, the rest of the guys should be home within the hour. While I go up and shower, I’m sure Alan would love to show you the house.”
“You bet.” Alan bounced up from his seat on the sofa, beaming at Bastien as Trent closed the front door. “What are we doing for dinner, anyway?” he asked.
“I’m in the mood for Chinese,” Trent said. “Buffet style. But as we know, Kent isn’t up for that—”
“Pfft. He can make his own food,” Alan said. “I’ll show Sebastien around. You call in the order.”
“Will do.” Trent walked by and gave him a friendly pat on the back as he passed. “Eld—fuck. What’s your first name?”
“Sebastien, though I prefer Bastien.”
“Bastien, what kind of Chinese food do you like?”
Surprised at being asked, Bastien turned his head and looked over his shoulder at Trent. “I like it all.”
“Our kind of roommate,” Alan said with a grin. “Come on. Let me show you around. Let’s start with the backyard.”
The house was so far back from the street, Bastien assumed it would have a small backyard. The opposite was true. There were a half-dozen seating areas, produce and Zen gardens, a barbeque, and even a hot tub. “For Labor Day Cory’s friends and many of our former roommates will descend,” Alan said with a smile. “They’ll come on Sunday and leave on Monday. It’s busy but fun. And they mostly stay out here, so anyone who isn’t into socializing doesn’t have to, if they prefer.”
They walked back inside. The kitchen wasn’t large, but the appliances seemed new, and everything was spotless. “We all pitch in to clean,” Alan said. “Well, for the most part. If Cory offers you the room, you get the choice of going in on the food, cooking, and cleaning with most of us, or getting your own food and doing your own cleaning. Kent does the latter, but the other four of us just split everything up.”
“That sounds fine to me. I’ll admit I’m not that great a cook.”
Alan snorted. “Me neither. When it’s my turn, we get french toast for breakfast and take-out for dinner.” While Alan had the kind of slightly flamboyant flair that always fascinated and horrified him, Bastien found himself liking him. He had the feeling Alan just called it like he saw it.
Besides the living room and kitchen, the first floor also held two offices and a bedroom with attached bathroom. “This is the one up for rent. The furniture just kind of belongs to the place. The mattresses, however, belong to Trent. You’ll have to ask him how much he wants for them. They’re practically new. Once he and Cory got together, he’s slept upstairs, and that was almost three years ago now.”
So Trent was with one of the guys here. “Trent’s with someone?” he asked as he pressed on the mattress. It felt nice and firm.
“Yep. He and Cory are engaged, actually. Their wedding’s in December.”
Bastien looked up in surprise and blinked. Wow. Married. That was more than just jumping out of his comfort zone. He’d leaped into the deepest part of the pool. “Wow.” He turned and let his butt drop to the mattress.
“Hey. You okay?” Alan asked kindly, sitting down next to him and placing a hand on his shoulder.
“Yeah. It’s just… I’ve had to hide who I was for my entire life, and now….” He gulped.
Alan squeezed his hand. “Trent’s been there too. We helped him through it, and we can help you as well. And you couldn’t have found a better house to come out in. We’re all a bit different.”
Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him—but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.
Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past lives clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien knows he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David shows his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.
Now on with your other WIPs 😉