Declan Everett proposed to his boyfriend and co-actor, Killian Sawyer. They do love each other, but they each also have a best friend. Neither Declan nor Killian has special feelings toward their respective best friends, yet suspicion is always there, like an elephant in the room.
And more, there is another issue Declan keeps from Killian. Will it stay lurking in the darkness?
“Don’t do that again.”
Lying on his side with his back to Killian, Declan frowned.
“Don’t you go away like that again to William’s place or anywhere at all.”
Declan felt his spine tighten, his fists balling under the pillow. His voice turned cold when he spoke again.
“Why? What would you do if I did?” His chin was up with defiance though Killian could not see him. But he could feel the other man’s eyes bore into him.
“What would I do, Declan? What would I do? Do you really want to know?” Killian’s voice was thin and razor-sharp and cut into Declan's heart like a flaming sword, leaving it bleeding. When Declan didn’t answer, he went on. “I would think that you truly want to stay with William, so I would keep it that way.”
Declan could not believe his ears.
“You wouldn’t want me to come back?”
“Hey, you were the one who walked away, Dec. I didn’t ask you.”
For some time there were only sounds of the two men breathing. Then Killian broke the silence.
“Will there be a next time, then?” he asked quietly, shaking Declan’s shoulder gently. “Hey.”
“I never leave people.” Declan sniffled. “People leave me.”
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