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by Julia Talbot
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Jack and AJ had a thing once, but Jack wasn't ready to settle down. They still work together at the Forestry Service, seeing each other every day, but the situation comes to a head when Jack encounters loose snow out on the trail, and gets caught in an avalanche. Will AJ see things differently after Jack's brush with death?
eBook Publisher: Torquere Press/Single Shot, 2012 www.torquerepress.com
eBookwise Release Date: March 2012
11 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [47 KB]
Reading time: 28-40 min.
"I'm taking AJ's Jeep," Jack called out to Edna as he pulled on his Forestry Service issue jacket. "I got a call to check out in Trickle Park. There's loose snow under the new powder."
"You ruin his undercarriage on that rough track and he'll have your hide." Edna's nails clicked against the keyboard in front of her monitor. She stared at him over the rims of her square reading glasses, looking like nothing so much as that supervisor lady in Monster's Inc.
Winter at the ranger station up on Grand Mesa in Colorado was pretty dull. Edna wrote a lot of notes for the romance novel she planned to write someday and read a lot of trashy books with lurid titles and bad covers featuring half naked people.
"I'll baby it along." He waved before heading toward the door. He wanted to get out there and back before it got any darker.
"Take your avalanche beacon."
"It's on my zipper." He grinned and walked out into the blinding day. They'd had a wet snow for three days or so, then a light layer of powder. When the sun came out after a storm like that, well, bright light on that much white was a nightmare. Jack pulled his shades on.
"Hey, Jack." Louann, the volunteer who worked weekdays passed him on her way in. "Be careful out there. Avalanche danger is up."
"Yeah. Saw the report this morning. I'll keep an eye out."
"Well, don't forget how they lost a piece of Trickle Park Road last year. Whoosh."
"I got it." The keys to AJ's precious Jeep jingled in his hand, and he pulled his cap down over his eyes to shade them even more. Louann went on in, and he admired the gleaming red Jeep for a moment. He might even have fondled the fender a little. He sure didn't get to touch AJ that way, no matter how much he wanted to. Not anymore. That had been his own fault, but yeah.
Not that the Jeep really belonged to AJ. The smug bastard just liked to call it his because he was the senior ranger. The man was all of thirty-five. Senior, his ass. Jack hopped in and hoped the damned thing would start. There was no block heater plug in the back lot, and it was cold enough to make his nose hair crackle, his sinuses freezing right up.
He pondered why AJ got off on controlling access to the vehicles. It had to be a power thing. Maybe it was the gear shift in the Jeep. It was pretty damned phallic. AJ might like stroking it.
Jack knew full well AJ liked dick. Sadly, they'd had a short-term thing not long after they'd met, and then they'd had something of a falling out. AJ being the only other man working the mountain for the winter was going to make it a long wait until the spring thaw.