Jaxx Steele here again to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. I for one like Valentine’s Day. I have heard many reasons on how the holiday came to be. Some say the day is a conspiracy made by the candy company to suck money out of people. Other think its conception came about to honor a gruesome massacre that happened somewhere. How creepy is that?? I’m hoping that’s way too morbid to be actual fact. That you would buy gifts for your loved ones to remember a day where so many were killed? *shivers*
I don’t care where the idea came from, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that some extremely busy guy was slacking on putting in the time needed to keep his lover happy invented it. Being the genius that he was, he came up with one special day that he could put on his calendar and have his secretary remind him to go big with the gifts. LOL
The story I came by to share today is called A Year-long Valentine. It's a short, I/R inside Reflections of Love anthology available at Dreamspinners Press.
In A Year-Long Valentine a night club owner, Julio de la Cruz, falls in love with the headliner, Stephan Jefferies. He sends Stephan to a few of his clubs around the world to give him exposure and help launch his career. He spends a year wooing him anonymously before he reveals himself as the man behind his tour. Stephan goes to some really nice places and has a few amazing experiences with him. *wink*
Stephan Jefferies, a jazz and blues singer at Sounds of Soul, has always dreamed of making it big. When the new club owner offers him a contract to headline at the other clubs he owns, it’s the start of a whirlwind year of travel, exposure and a sexy man in every city he visits. Not until he returns home on Valentine’s Day does Stephan realize not only has his career dreams come true, but all of them do.
Julio sat at the table and enjoyed the rest of the show. When Stephan left the stage the second time, Julio was on his feet again. He remained at his table as everyone filed out of the building at the end of the evening. Julio’s man returned with a bottle, a long white box, and two champagne glasses, handing them to him.
Julio took them and handed him an envelope in return. “Thank you, Richard. Now would you please give this to someone in the band and then I’d like all of you to wait in the car.”
“But, Mr. de la Cruz—”
“Please, Gavan, I’ll be fine,” he said with a frustrated edge to his voice. “Can I just get a few minutes alone?”
Gavan looked around the emptying club and reluctantly agreed. He nodded toward the other two men and they left the building. Richard followed shortly after. Julio waited at the table with his knee jumping wildly beneath it for a few more minutes, and then he snatched one of the glasses off the table and left the club. Like a peeping Tom, he stood outside and looked through the window. Luckily for him, he did not have to wait long in the cold.
Stephan appeared in the doorway. Now that Julio could see him up close with all the lights on, he was astounded. He was a chocolate Adonis. Just looking at the man made his cock jump. Stephan looked around, saw the table with the bottle and box and walked to them. Julio could see how chiseled his body was under the T-shirt and black jeans he now wore. Stephan’s movements reminded Julio of a panther as he approached the table. He was power and grace combined, and full of sensuality. Julio could see why Drew had such a crush on this beautiful man.
Stephan sat at the table and opened the box. A coat settled over Julio’s shivering shoulders. He turned his head and nodded.
“Thank you, Gavan.”
“Why not just go in and talk to him, sir?”
Julio watched Stephan through the window as he poured himself a glass of champagne. He opened the box and pulled out the chocolate rose Richard had delivered to Julio earlier. The beautiful smile that lit up his face gave Julio a warm feeling inside.
Julio continued to watch as Stephan licked at the chocolate rose and sipped his champagne. His cock twitched again. It was the first time he ever wanted to be a chocolate rose.
Stephan grabbed the bottle and stood up.
Damn that man has a nice grip!
Stephan put the nibbled-at rose back in its box and carried the items back with him, returning to the door that he had come from. Julio stood up with a satisfied sigh and turned to Gavan.
“No, Gavan. I have a better idea.”