Charles holds the key to salvation, but James has to say yes.
James failed. He tried to be what they wanted. He tried to deny it. He tried to be a good Catholic boy…but it’s become too much. He craves pain, submission. He’s denied himself far too long, and it’s eating him alive.
Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business, and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him.
All James has to do is say one little word.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
No expectations. A short story with a full-length drama, innuendo, angst, edgy cat and mouse chase.
James is a dedicated student with a precision focus on his studies which he didn’t rush home when he got word that his father was ill and when he did return it was only to discover that his father had died. At that point, everything changed. His high society, pseudo-religious mother, was no longer willing to support her son beyond monies in trust that she couldn’t touch.
James is a very strong individual and despite his mother, a wench with absolutely no maternal instincts, he is determined to make the most of his college education because he has goals.
This is the story of a young man whose individuality was not of significance to his family. We learn that although he knows he is gay, he can’t be gay and so he won’t. A chance encounter with an older, dominant man who found much more than he was looking for helps James to accept his true nature and recognize that he just needs to Say Yes.