Kevin receives a message via a dating app, but his hopes are dashed when he realizes it's meant for someone else. The guy sounded perfect.
He tells the guy he has the wrong user and thinks nothing of it until he gets another reply, and then another. Before he knows it, he has a new friend in Brian.
Brian is as perfect as he first sounded, and if Kevin harbors lustful thoughts about his new pen pal? Well, no one knows but him. Right?
Then a fall and an interfering sister intervene. Add in an unwanted birthday party and an overeager twink, and who knows what will happen?
Chapter 1: Wrong User
I saw your profile and wanted to know if you would meet me for dinner? We seem to have a lot in common and I would like the chance to get to know you better.
Kevin stared at his phone. It was just his lousy luck that the first message he got from a half-way decent sounding man with the stupid dating app his sister had signed him up for was a mistake. His sister had set up his profile on Man2Man over a year ago, and at first, he'd been inundated with messages. But they'd all been for hook ups, even though his profile said he was interested in long-term and not one-offs. He was nearly thirty for heaven's sake. He was too old for running around clubs and coming into work hung over every Monday. Not that he'd ever liked going to clubs anyway.
Heaving a sigh Kevin tapped the reply button and started to type.
Hi, I am afraid your message came to the wrong user.
Kevin put his phone down and turned back to his work. His pity party for one would have to wait until he'd finished his tasks for the day.
He started in surprise when his phone beeped again. A few taps brought up the newest message.
Thank you for letting me know. I really should learn to double check who I'm sending something to before I hit send.
Sorry if I bothered you or interrupted your work.
Kevin blinked and reread the message. Could this guy sound any nicer? Before he could overthink it, he hit the reply button.
You were no bother. It gave me an excuse to take a break from my computer.
I've sent many an email to the wrong person and got some very confused replies.
Hope you find the right person.
"What has you grinning like a Cheshire Cat?"
Kevin yelped and hit the lock button on his phone. How long had Tara been standing behind him? Why did sisters have to be so sneaky? How much had she seen?
"It must be something good for you to be blushing that shade of red."
Kevin felt his face heating further and cursed his fair complexion. "It's nothing, just a wrong number."
Tara snorted. "Like I'm going to believe that."
Kevin thought frantically, how could he get rid of her?
"Tara, why aren't you working?" Douglas Lee, company owner, and their father yelled from the doorway of his office.
Tara pouted. "But, Dad, Kev's got a secret and he won't tell me."
Kevin could see his father rolling his eyes from across the room. "Tara, stop acting like a toddler and get back to work, and leave your brother alone to get his work done. I don't pay you both to hang around gossiping."
Tara flounced off and headed for her desk. But, before she went, she mouthed "Later" at Kevin, making him wince.
"So, you have a secret, do you?" His father's amusement was plain as he leaned against Kevin's desk. How did he move so fast and so silently? "Don't let your mother get wind of it. I'll never hear the end of it if you do."
With that, he headed back to his office and closed the door.
Kevin dropped his head into his hands. He did not want his mother coming after him to find out about his wrong number. She'd want to know why he hadn't pretended to be the person the guy was trying to message or some other such stupid idea.
His phone beeped, and he saw it was another message from the app. Scooping up his phone he headed for the toilet, at least there he would get some privacy for a while.
"Hiding won't help you," Tara called, and he flipped her the bird as he exited the main room.
Once safe he opened the message and grinned at the reply.
I like to imagine their thoughts when they open the message.
Who is this from?
What is this one about?
Why has anyone sent me a message about...?
Of course, I have those thoughts every time I get a junk email offering me discounts on breast enlargement surgery...I mean really???? Do they ever check just who they are sending those messages to? I like my breasts just how they are ;)
Kevin let out a strangled laugh and slapped his hand over his mouth in case someone heard him.
OMG, I haven't laughed like that in ages.
You reminded me of a time when my sister came into my room asking what a Fleshlight was and did I have one.
She was eleven and apparently, they didn't cover toys in sex ed.
Kevin jumped when a pounding on the door echoed in the small cubicle. Then Tara's voice sounded through the door. "Kev, I know you're in there. What are you doing in there? You've been gone ages. You'd better not be jacking off in there, we all have to use that bathroom too you know." She pounded again. "Answer me."
Kevin thought fast and yelled the first thing he thought of. "I'm taking a dump, leave me in peace and I'll be out soon." Then after a moment's thought added, "And you may want to avoid seafood for a while, the last lot I ate must have been off and you bought lunch for us all today."
He felt bad lying to her but not enough to tell her he was hiding out in the toilet to read messages from a stranger who had mixed him up with someone else.
He quickly finished his message and hit send.
Talk of sisters and they appear. My hiding place has been found. Gotta go.
He flushed the loo and opened the door to his sister's worried face. He felt guilt twinge again and pushed it down. Tara wouldn't have let him forget it if he'd told her the truth.
"I'm fine now, shall we get back to work?"
He held his head up and walked past her back to his desk and his work.