Finding Sexy after Tragedy — male-male romance In His Sights

good looking man under man showerThis week’s My Sexy Saturday addresses those who feel sexy thanks to their significant other. If you came from the blog hop, you can return by clicking here.

But what happens if tragedy strikes and how does one recover? That’s a topic I address in the male-male romance In His Sights. Dalton Blake is in the military and during an assignment in Afghanistan he suffers guilt and blame for a roadside explosion that took the life of his lover who served on the same base.

In the story, we see Dalton at the Twenty Nine Palms base about to leave military life behind. A captain tries to befriend Dalton at a bar where Dalton has gone to find escape from his loneliness and guilt.

“So what part of it is going well?” Shafter brought the conversation back to Dalton’s original answer.

Dalton turned his gaze back to the mirror. “You’re pretty damned persistent.”

Shafter circled his finger in the condensation on the mug. “I like knowing how people are really doing.” He moved his face close to Dalton’s and spoke in a low voice. “I just want to make sure you’re fine.”

A flatscreen television showed a baseball game in the bottom of the fifth inning and the closed captions scrolling along the bottom showed the play-by-play narrative. Someone pumped money in the jukebox and an Eric Church tune blared. Nature abhorred a vacuum, the saying went, and noise in a bar was proof of that. If the live band took a break, a recording had to jump in its place. Maybe Shafter knew it as well. There really was no such state as simply okay in the life of a warrior.

Dalton took another sip of beer and didn’t try to craft a response. “I’m not fine.” Lying wasn’t going to get him anywhere. He had invisible wounds, like so many others.

Does Shafter find a way to ease Dalton’s turmoil? In His Sights is entering the final editing stage and will be out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.


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