Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Briefs: Never More Lonely

Hey readers! Welcome to my inaugural week as part of the Wednesday Briefs group! Each story has to be under 1k and feature one of the weekly prompts. This week I chose to use the line prompt: You are the sunshine of my ...
Now on to the story!
Never More Lonely

You are the sunshine
of my dark, lonely nighttime
bright my desire

I snort and glance at the computer. Where is he? I know I'm going a little crazy. Hell, I’m writing poetry, the last thing anyone would expect me to do.
Maybe it's the fact that my inspiration isn't someone I know in real life. My sunshine is someone I've never even met.
I scowl. What face to face we do have is late at night for me, early morning for him.
We started talking after I noticed some book reviews he'd written that mirrored my thoughts. We began bonding over books, then movies, then I told him about a local pride event I went to where one of my friends met a man he'd been chatting up online. He turned out to be in his late fifties and totally skeevy.
He laughed and then, with a hesitation I could somehow feel in his written words, he offered his skype information. 'Just so you'll know I'm not skeevy,' he'd said.
He is definitely not skeevy.
He had these geeky little glasses he hides behind but when I gave him a wolf whistle he'd laughed so hard tears came to his eyes. He took off those glasses to wipe them away and then ran his fingers through his hair.
My mouth was too dry to whistle after that. I had a thing for the geeky type but he wasn't geeky, not really. Sleek was the word that came to mind.
I was thankful my computer only showed from the waist up because I was sporting some serious wood.
For some reason he hadn't shown up for our nightly chat for the last two days. I miss his voice yawning over his coffee while I had a nightcap. I have to be up early to get to the job site and need to sleep, but still, I’m waiting.

I log off around midnight. I scrub my hands over my face as I sit on the bed. My shirt falls on the floor when I miss the hamper but I leave it there. Who is going to care? My face hits the pillow and I drag another close, holding it tight. My eyes burn.



"What the fuck?" I push up to see the alarm clock, groaning when I see it’s after two. "Somebody had better be dying."

I stumble to the front door.

"Who the hell is it?"


I blink. No way.

"Owen? Are you there?"

It's his voice. I fumble the lock back and open the door. It is him. He looks tired and his clothes are wrinkled.

"Hey." Fuck. I'm an idiot. The first time we actually meet and that's all I come up with?

He smiles shyly. "Hey mate." His voice sounds even better in person. He stares at my bare chest as I devour the sight of his trim body from head to toe, then clears his throat. "Can I come in?"

I’m an idiot. "Of course." I move back, holding the door so he can wheel in his suitcase. "Sorry. I was sleeping."

Cooper laughs and I'm suddenly glad for my loose pajama bottoms. "People usually are at this hour. Sorry for showing up so late, my plane was delayed."

I flip on a light and we sit down on the couch.

"What are you doing here?" I blurt out. I smack myself in the forehead. I need a filter.

His eyes really do twinkle when he laughs hard. I blink and realize my earlier poetry wasn't an aberration, simply another symptom for how gone I am over Cooper.

"Would you believe work? I'm here to organize the newest branch of Bree-bard Unlimited."

We still haven't touched. "Why didn't you tell me you were coming?"

Cooper rubs his neck. "Well, I wasn't sure …"

I have to know what he isn't saying. "About?"

"Well, us. I mean, we've been chatting for a year and we've said how great it would be to meet face to face. But if it was just a visit, could we do it, you know? Could we resist this between us and stay friends, because I don't want to lose that."

I cock my head. "What made you change your mind?"

"Well, I'm going to be here for a month," he blushes and waves his hand around, "well, not here … necessarily. But here in the city."

Of course he'll stay with me. "So a month is long enough for you?" It isn't for me. If Cooper lived here though …

But he doesn't.

"It could be more. If I want, I could stay here."

Silence falls over the room so profound that it's almost like the room is swelling with noise I can't quite hear. It nearly hurts. My heart is racing.

I lick my lips. "You … You would do that?"

Cooper's eyes follow my tongue. "For us. I mean, I don't have to give the company an answer until the office opens. You don't have to commit to," he waves a hand between us, "right this second."

What? I blink. "I haven't gotten off with anyone other than my right hand in eight months because I'm too busy waiting to chat with you to go out. Committing isn't a problem," I say in a rough voice.

I watch his eyes melt behind those ridiculous glasses, turning warm at the idiocy I can't seem to stop spilling from my mouth.

"So that isn't for me?" He glances down. My pants are pulled tight and the stiff bulge is blatantly obvious.

That's it. I've been waiting for so long for him. I slide forward, capture Cooper's face, and pull off his glasses. His lips are as soft as they look and the taste of his mouth makes me moan. I sink one hand in his hair. We kiss until we are both senseless.

Gasping for air, forehead to forehead, we stare into each other's eyes.

"Stay," I tell him.

TBC? Continue or bring you something new next week, the majority will win in this case, so let me know!

Now on to more great works of flash fiction, the other Briefers:

Nephylim   m/m
MA Church   m/m
Elyzabeth VaLey      m/f
Tali      m/f
Don't forget to leave comments if you enjoy what you read!


  1. My vote goes to more Never More Lonely. It's got good bones. I liked it:)

  2. I would say continue for at least one more chapter. After all, they haven't even been intimate yet!

  3. Can I have some more please, great start!! :)

  4. Well, the more's seem to have it, LOL! Thanks for reading and commenting everyone!! I'll see what I can do for next week. =D

  5. WELCOME CIA!! I was happy to see you name on the flashers list.
    Avid...only 1 more ch.? I'll have a few more helpings of this story. I'm asking you to torment us b/c these briefs are frustratingly short. But, I think it could be fun to do short flashbacks to part of their online relationship. A few lines and then go into the present as we watch them get to know each other now. Bet there will be some fireworks to start next though...after talking for a year it must be amazing to actually hold them finally! :)

    1. Thanks Cannd!! I'm really glad you enjoyed Cooper and Owen! I'm thinking that I'll do a new storyline every month but that would only give me one more month for these 2. I think I'll let their story go on through October, then switch to something new. I like doing new pieces, and 1k is short which makes it easy to fit into my schedule to write. It is hard, as a reader, getting dribs and drabs though. I guess it's just part of the fun of this group though :)

  6. Love the online romance angle. :) I'm with the others and would like to see more, because I sense a really sweet relationship. Kind of wondering what you'll do to up the ante. :D

    1. Me, up the ante? Would I do that? Introduce 2 men who are very different, from very different places that have been chatting online for a long time ... and not have it all go smoothly and happily? Noooooo! ;) Thanks for reading Tali!

  7. I agree with more. At the moment it feels a little too 'neat'. I mean they don't really know each other at all. They know their minds but don't know their bodies. They don't know if they like the way they kiss, the way they fit together. They don't know each other's habits or smells or... anything. And what about their families and lives? No, this definitely needs more

    1. Yes, there was very little angst really shown in this, right? One guy disappears, then shows up in person... there is a LOT to play with there! :) I just wanted to have an idea of what the readers would like. Thanks for reading hun!!

  8. I really hate this 1000 word limit. I just started to get to know Cooper and Owen but suddenly you shut the door and I could see nothing.
    Can I suggest something? Why don't you wait for your challenge next week and see if you want to continue or start a new one.
    They seemed interesting but the idea of seeing new people every week is very tempting to me.

    1. Well I've seen the challenge. I don't write it today, the challenge is to follow the prompts and have it done by next wednesday! Just doing it in one day would be too hard with the different things going on in life! I have even found another picture for next week's installment. The thousand words is limiting though. So hard to do a 'story' in 1k.

      Would new people every 4-5 weeks do it for you? Plus you're still going to be getting other stories from me, don't worry! :) Thanks for reading nostalgic!

  9. I love the start and will enjoy as much as you care to give us. But I can see Swapping out after a few chapterlets !

  10. Thanks M and Cliffgirl! I can too, Susan. I like stories to have a bit more substance and chapters, but I like to bounce around with prompts. They let me explore my wackier side without as much expectation as a longer story.

  11. Yes, a little more please.
    I have a soft spot for cute and geeky; we don't know Owen---geeky too or hunky or ...
    (Also have a soft spot for tall, tough, hard :)
    Just feels like it is at the beginning and not at a real stopping/ending point.

    1. I do too! I don't want to go all cliche, but Owen isn't going to look like Cooper. No spoilers though, so you'll just have to wait and see what Owen looks like! :)

  12. Continue, please - they've only just begun!

    Welcome to the Wednesday Briefers, Cia! Thanks for being a part!

    1. Thank you so much Julie! I'm happy to be included and to get such a warm welcome. There will be more Cooper and Owen next week!

  13. Who is Conner?

    Wants me more of this thanks love. ;)

    1. Wow! No one noticed that, thanks so much for pointing that out! Coooer kept trying to change his name to Conner for some reason ... PiTA characters, I tell you, lol! We had a little 'discussion' about that last night as I completed the prompt story for next week so ... YAY you will see more. Thanks for reading SheniJ!


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