A Favor For A Friend [Other Worlds]
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by Stevie Woods
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Science Fiction
Description: On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation--Other Worlds--has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work. Among them are two men, Major Jake Archer and Captain Bart Hilton, who are part of one of the survey teams.
One evening, Jake asks Bart to do a work-related favor for him, requiring the other man to remain in the underground base. Needing information to complete the report he's preparing, Bart goes to Jake's office just as a huge explosion rips through the base.
Jake is horrified and riddled with guilt when he learns that Bart is missing and was last seen approaching Jake's office before the explosion. Unsure if Bart is still alive, Jake and his team are forced to wait for the engineers to dig out the man Jake secretly loves.
In pain, unable to move, Bart lies amidst the rubble, sliding in and out of consciousness. During his lucid moments, he lets his mind drift to better times, most of them spent with his friend Jake. And he also fears the roof will finally come down and kill him before he gets a chance to resolve his greatest regret--telling Jake how he really feels about him...
Genres: Gay / Science Fiction / Futuristic / Action / Adventure / Series
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: October 2011
2 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [88 KB]
Reading time: 52-73 min.
"...The action sequences were well paced...The writing is strong and the author has an engaging tone. A good read."--Jenre, Brief Encounters Reviews
Jake was jarred from his thoughts as the earth beneath his feet shuddered. Puzzled, he decided it was probably something going on in one of the labs underground. Bart wasn't the only scientist to work long hours. Jake was debating returning to the base when an alarm screeched into the night.
He pulled out his comm-unit and tried to get a response as he ran back toward the base. He couldn't get through and when he reached the guard at the entrance he yelled, "What's happened?"
"I don't know, sir." The man was holding his own comm. "Can't get through."
Nodding, Jake ran past him, straight for the elevator.
"Better to take the stairs, sir."
He waved at the guard and swerved for the stairs instead. As he vaulted down the steps, he tried his comm again, more out of panic than expectation, and had about given up when he finally got a response. As the words washed over him, he almost dropped the comm-unit.
The message kept repeating in his head. An explosion had taken place in the armory on level nine, causing extensive damage to floors eight, nine and ten, and resulting in multiple injuries to a variety of personnel.
Bart's office was on eight.
There had been no mention of Bart being injured. That, however, didn't stop Jake's panic kicking in big time--fuelled by his guilt. Bart would've left hours earlier if he hadn't been doing Jake a favor. God, how could I put a damned recital before Bart's safety? No, no it wasn't like that; it wasn't. He could tell himself that logically and know it was true, but it had no affect in assuaging his guilt. Please let him be all right, please.