Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars, and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.
When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.
Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, Elliot slowly regains his peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past pays him a visit, everything comes to a head.
Elliot is faced with a hard decision. Should he stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?
Review by Truus
Mick and Elliot
That was one sweet balanced story. Lovely written..
Easygoing guys who loved each other hard…. Well-described environments…
Mick as a lawyer can’t come out…so at a party he introduces Elliot as his friend and not as his boyfriend. Elliot is not happy but tries to be supportive…only he has his doubts….after all this time together….
Everything is going somehow smooth until something happens at Elliot’s school where he works as a teacher….something traumatic.
It has a great impact on Elliot’s mentally ….and he wants to return to his cabin in the woods… to retreat….he can’t stand the city…only Mick can’t leave his work…
There goes Elliot alone…
He finally can breathe and has a lot to think about and to consider.
After months being separated and no real decisions to stay or leave….Mick can’t handle it anymore…when they finally see each other again it’s really heartbreaking….
All the considerations were just nice put down. The feelings felt real and natural. There were funny, naughty, silly and lovely parts which i enjoyed.
A very nice short story with enough depth to be not superficial. Two engaging personalities who so deserve their HEA
Star Rating: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but let’s face it, she’s not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!
Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.
Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.
Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.