Running very late. You wouldn’t think someone trapped at home from her injuries for months would constantly be out of time but here we are. So I’ll just dive right back into These Haunted Hills.
Brendan and Josh have had their first night together. Josh heard a noise outside so he went to investigate.
At one point he and Brendan had crawled out the bed and put on pants so they could whip up a midnight snack without singing anything important. Josh tiptoed into the bathroom to grab his boots then eased his way out the front door. Sitting on the porch, he jammed on his boots. He resisted the temptation to get the flashlight out of the truck.
There it was again, the cry of a fox. He ached to actually go out there and seem them in person but it would be disruptive. Josh knew he’d have to rely on the cameras of give him what he needed. Besides, his legs were still nicely jellied from all the fun earlier in the evening. Above him the moon was beginning to set and soon enough false dawn would paint the sky in grays.
Hearing the soft creak of the door behind him, Josh whipped around
So I turned another year older this week with very little fanfare. My knee is being even slower to heal than I would have hoped and I’m feeling worn out. So without much delay have a bit more of These Haunted Hills.
I’ve skipped over the shower scene which went as most would have guessed, leading to them having a little shower fun. I skipped it because it’s not where I’d like it to be so have a little of the after glow.
Josh woke up momentarily disoriented. He’d been having the world’s best dream. What had awoken him? He strained to hear but only detected someone breathing soft and slow next to him. so that really happened. Of course he’d known it was real but the reality seemed so impossible, he couldn’t wrap his head around it. He’d slept with Brendan. Holy shit!
A cry in the night reached his ears, muffled by the cabin walls. So that’s what had awoken him. Josh grinned. Wide awake now and not wanting to disturb Brendan, Josh rolled out of bed. He hunted up his jeans and pulled them up sans boxers which were god knows where. Maybe still in the bathroom with his shoes.
It’s been one helluva week. I’m not looking forward to my birthday next week either. I’m pretty much over 2021. One good thing I did manage a deep edit on the first five chapters of These Haunted Hills. Picking up here with Brendan and Josh after Brendan has returned from Columbus
I’m sorry about leaving like that.”
Josh shook his head. “You don’t owe me an apology.”
“I know you’re hurting. I’d be a shitty human being if I didn’t make allowances for that.”
“You have no idea how much I appreciate that. Want to come in?”
Josh held his arms out from his sides. “I’m pretty dirty.”
“I do have a shower in there. I can mix us up something to drink.”
I finally started editing These Haunted Hills, not much but this is the first real progress I’ve made on anything original since my injury. I’m picking up where I left off with this snippet with Josh seeing Brendan for the first time since he returned from Columbus.
“I got back a little while ago.” Brendan set his computer side so he could stand. “Did the raccoons mess with your camera again?”
“They won’t be doing it again, stupid things.” Josh huffed. “Or should I say smart things, tremendously ridiculously smart things. I hopefully have the cameras locked in better. I wouldn’t leave any trash around the pit. You’ll have them swinging off your chimney.”
“How scary do they sound?” Brendan didn’t want a repeat of him freaking out about sounds in the night.
“Like giant rats climbing on the roof.”
“Perfect.” Brendan shuddered then closed the distance between them. He pulled Josh close, kissing him as if his life depended on it. Maybe not his life, but his nerve. The only thing ruining the moment was the stench of tick repellant. He wanted to lick Josh’s neck but it would probably taste like he smelled: awful.
“Mmm, that was a nice welcome back,” Josh said when Brendan let him up for air.