Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it's party boy Zach.
Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.
Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily-ever-after.
“Come on, Zach. This is going a little overboard, even for you.”
My friend, Luke, sat on a closed toilet lid, watching me apply eyeliner. I held the pencil back and looked over at him.
“What? I am who I am. I’m not going to change for them. I told them that when I left, and there’s no fucking way I’m going to change now.”
Luke sighed and put his head in his hands, elbows resting on his knees.
“I know, Zach. I’m not telling you to change. I’d never do that. But this isn’t a club opening, it’s a funeral.” He paused, looked me up and down, and then repeated himself with more emphasis. “It’s your mother’s funeral.”
I shrugged and finished my eyeliner. He was right, of course. The look I was going for here wasn’t just a little overboard—a skin-tight, pink tank top and white pants that…
The story begins in early summer, 2010 and ends in January, 2011.
As with most of Cardeno's stories this one has a lot of explicit sex and sticky-sweet love, so much love.
Cardeno C. has written a beautiful and compelling story about the power of love. I loved reading the interactions between Dean's wife and the guys. She was such a fireball that they were scared to cross her even thought she was much smaller than they were.
Zach is a very angry and hurt young man, although I doubt he would admit to either emotion. Since he left home when they emotionally abandoned him for being gay, he doesn't believe in relationships, he doesn't kiss - that's too intimate, he wants nothing to do with his home town, he barely keeps in touch with his brother, he is OUT and PROUD and will take offense at any little slight he imagines. ... It was so beautiful to watch Zach as he realized that Aaron needed him in so many ways. No one has ever taken care of Aaron, but Zach can. Zach can be that one person that gives back to Aaron as much as he gives to Zach. Watching them find and make their own family was such fun for me... Thank you, Cardeno, for another insanely wonderful story that reminded me of the important things in life.
What I loved about these men and their story was CC’s ability to show their growth over time.