**A quick word from Aaron and Lucas…**
“There’s something going on with your friend.”
I looked up from my phone, where a game I’d never admit to liking had my complete attention, and into Aaron’s beautiful gray eyes. I didn’t often admit it out loud, but I loved looking at him. He was just gorgeous, and everything about him just worked for me. He didn’t even have to try to capture my attention and hold it.
“Lucas,” he chastised, a scowl creasing his features. “Are you listening to me?”
“Of course I am.” I said, even though I hadn’t been. I tossed the phone onto the end table and spread out. I was trying for enticing, hoping he’d forgive me for my distraction while at the same time taking me up on the offer I was presenting. When he just continued to stare, I sighed and settled back against the arm of the couch. “Which friend?”
“Dan,” Aaron said like it was just so obvious. He sat with a huff on the end of the couch farthest from me. But when I dropped one leg over the edge, Aaron immediately crawled between my thighs and leaned against my chest. I wrapped him up tightly and kissed his temple. He was agitated, and I didn’t know why.
“There’s nothing wrong with Dan,” I assured him soothingly. “He’s exactly the same as he’s always been.”
Aaron did the slow pan to look at me like I was crazy.
I grunted. “What?”
“Some best friend you are,” he muttered, the scowl once again marring his features.
“You’re my best friend.”
He rolled his eyes, but at least I finally got a grin out of him. “Don’t be cute. You know what I mean. I’m worried about Dan.”
Truth was I had noticed that Dan was acting differently the past few months. It wasn’t anything big, and nothing that the casual observer would notice. But I knew he’d been putting in some heavy thinking, because he always had a little V between his brows when he wasn’t in front of the camera. He’d been keeping to himself more than was customary. He usually invited us over to his little house for dinner at least once a week. I actually had to put some thought into remembering when the last time we’d gone had been.
But Dan hadn’t shared whatever he was going through. And if he hadn’t talked to me about things, then I knew he wasn’t ready to talk to anyone. He needed time to work things out in his own mind, to get it right in his head, before he had any sort of conversations or made any declarations.
Given the direction of some of his lingering stares, I thought I might know what was going on in his thick skull. But I wasn’t going to be presumptuous enough to guess.
“He’ll talk to us when he’s ready,” I told Aaron, pulling the man in tighter. My man had a huge heart, and he was sensitive to others when they were in need. I knew he and Dan had a great rapport, even if they were still working on becoming close. Dan welcomed him in a way that I never had. It was why Dan got the first kiss instead of me, albeit in front of the camera.
Aaron released a sigh and settled down, relaxing against me. He was always so warm, and I relished it.
“I know,” he said softly. “I just worry.”
“There’s nothing we can do about it until he’s ready to talk,” I said practically. “But in the meantime, you can totally suck my cock.”
Aaron burst out laughing at the non sequitur, just like I’d wanted. I couldn’t help but grinning in response. He was just so dang pretty, and I loved seeing him so happy. My breath caught when he wiggled out of my embrace and landed on his knees on the floor, his hands immediately going to the button and zipper on my jeans.
“I love you,” he murmured, reaching in to stroke me.
I held back the moan long enough to say, “Love you back,” and then I was spreading my legs so he had more room to work. All thoughts of Dan, and everything else, fled in favor of my boyfriend’s warm, wet mouth.
**Are you curious to find out what’s going on with Dan? You’re in luck! Coming December 13th from Amber Allure, Something Like Peace!**