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Excerpt Thursday! A Simple Life

Welcome to another week and yet another Excerpt Thursday. Today's snip will be from A Simple Life. This story has a very near and dear place in my heart. I first attempted to write it two years ago for a Valentine's Day sub call. Feeling that I wasn't doing the idea the justice it deserved, I set the story aside only to come back to it when it refused to leave me alone. In the end I wasn't sure I brought out everything I imagined for the characters, but several readers' responses gave hope I came close.

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The summary also gave me a bit of trouble as it was difficult to decide what to say and what to leave out. Now a few years down the road I might have prepared a different summary, but that's merely the joy of hindsight.

Summary: Frank wasn't sure what to think when Clark gave him a present in a little white box. It wasn't his birthday; it wasn't their anniversary. But what he finds will become a precious piece of his life.


Frank smiled at his memories and swirled the last of his
coffee around in the mug Clark had given him. With his
medical history he shouldn’t have any caffeine, but he and
that young doctor Clark had arranged for him to see awhile
back had managed to achieve a compromise. One cup and
one cup only in Clark’s mug. It was how he had started his
mornings for much of his life, and he was too damn old to
change things now.

Besides, Frank couldn’t help but have a good day when
he used that mug. It had been a gift from Clark on his sixtyninth
birthday. Crazy as always, Clark had insisted they
actually attempt to arrange themselves into the appropriate
position for a sixty-nine to celebrate the occasion in style.

It had been more than a few years since things had
worked well enough for any kind of fooling around. Frank’s
blood pressure medication and Clark’s prostate issues had
taken care of most of that side of their relationship. The end
result had been more humorous and loving than hot and
spontaneous, but neither one of them had complained.

“I’m beginning to feel like the little engine that could,”
Clark had joked as he let Frank’s cock slip from his mouth. “I
think I can, I think I can.”

Frank burst into laughter and let his forehead rest
against Clark’s thigh. “Christ, can’t you be serious for a
second? I almost had something there.”

“Not a chance.” Clark groaned as he attempted to
balance on his side and push himself upright. “Whose idea
was this? My back is going to be stiff for a week.”

“At least something is.” Frank stared glumly down at his
uncooperative dick. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was
damn weak nowadays. “If I had known you were feeling so
energetic I would have gotten my hands on some of those little
blue pills.”

“Ah well, Lover.” Clark curled up beside Frank on their
king-size bed. He knew Frank was teasing about the ED
medication. The only time Frank had tried one he complained
it felt like his heart was going to burst out of his chest. “Give
me a kiss instead, and we’ll call it even. You know what they
say; it’s the thought that counts.”

Those were the things that would make their life
complete, a simple life filled with love, laughter, and joy.
Frank had heard that said at some point. Damn if he could
remember where or when now. Still, he and Clark had
worked hard at their simple life, doing their damnedest to
make it the best one they could.

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Aug. 27th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
A lovely reminder of a beautiful story. One of your best, and one that's stayed in a lot of readers' hearts. I'm off to re-read my copy :).
Aug. 30th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you - and look at your gorgeous cover!!
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