22 November 2017:
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This week I have another excerpt from Chance Encounter, a contemporary m/m romance about the reunion of former lovers.
by Christiane France
by Christiane France
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In high school and through their first year of college, Jase Thoman and Matt Lester were best friends and lovers. Then Matt’s family moved, Matt transferred to another school, and they drifted apart.
Ten years later, they meet again by chance. Jase is a private investigator, desperate to find his kid brother (Donny) who, in addition to two other teenage boys, disappeared after last being seen at a local gay bar. Matt is an undercover police officer, brought in by the local police department in the hope he can succeed where they’ve far failed.
Matt is the only man Jase has ever really loved, but ten years is a long time. They’re not the same people they once were. When Matt tries to pick up where they left off, Jase takes a step back. His first priority is finding his brother. As far as Matt is concerned, Jase feels how he imagines a deer would feel when caught in the headlights of a vehicle with little or no chance of escape—confused, unsure, and at the same time, positive whatever he does will be the wrong thing.
“Do you figure Donny’s dead?”
“What?” The question had come straight out of left field and surprised the hell out of Jase.
“Yeah, I heard what you said.”
“Well? It’s been over a year.”
“I know how long it’s been, almost to the second. He could be dead, I guess. My mom is sure he is. Dad figures he just took off and never looked back. Who knows? Dad used all his police connections to try to find him, but it was useless.”
Matt finished the last of his fries and pushed the plate aside. “We both know people don’t just vanish like a puff of smoke with absolutely no trace. Either they were kidnapped, which is what I personally believe happened, even though there’s no evidence, or they did what your caller said and went of their own free will. The question is why? And what does Rafe’s have to do with it?”
“Donny was always threatening to take off,” Jase admitted. “Mom said it was just talk and he was far too comfortable to do a dumb thing like that. But the fact is Dad and Donny did not get along. Dad was always pushing Donny to do stuff he didn’t want to do.”
“There are lots of fathers who do that,” Matt remarked. “Try to relive their youth through their kids by getting them to do the things they never had a chance to do themselves. Of course, some kids just go along with it.”
“Yeah, but Donny didn’t; he fought it every inch of the way. He didn’t want to go to college; he didn’t want to play ice hockey, football or any other sport. Whatever Dad wanted, Donny said no. I guess, deep down, I always knew things couldn’t go on that way forever. We all knew, eventually, one of them would snap.”
“No warning signs Donny had maybe had enough?” Matt wiped his hands and mouth on the paper napkin and dropped it on his empty plate. “Like being a little more irritable than usual?”
Jase shrugged. “No idea. I wasn’t living at home, so I didn’t see him very often. If he was, no one said anything.”
“But you weren’t really surprised when he disappeared?”
“Coffee, gentlemen?” the waiter asked.
Jase told the man yes and waited for him to fill their cups and leave before answering Matt’s question. “The only thing I was surprised about was him not letting Mom know when he got wherever he was going. The two of them were always pretty tight.”
Matt added sugar to his coffee and stirred. “What about credit cards and bank accounts. Was there any evidence of usage after he went missing?”
“He didn’t have a credit card or a bank account. The moment Dad suggested opening a bank account, Donny said banks weren’t paying any interest and he preferred to keep his money in a jar.”
“And was it still in the jar?” Matt pressed.
“There was about five hundred bucks. Dad thought there should’ve been more because Donny worked all summer. My mom thought less because he’d bought a few things. Neither of them knew for sure, but I’d go with Dad on that one.”
“You said his cell was still on the charger. Most kids can’t be parted from their phones for more than a second.”
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