Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more and it’s a very long road back, for both of them...
His had always been a good body, dutiful and functioning as it was supposed to, most of the time. A source of many pleasures. Injuries had been part of the job, but everything healed fully with adequate treatment and the right combination of rest and exercise. Love, or perhaps he should be more blunt about it and
When he no longer reckoned with it, love did found him in its most physical form. A tall boy, bordering on skinny if it wasn’t for the longer muscles formed by hard work, a freckled face, blue-grey eyes, and wise sayings tattooed on his arms that should have stayed mere words for many years to come, had been introduced to him during training. Not much had happened then. The world hadn’t come to a grinding halt. His life hadn’t changed all of a sudden. His body and soul hadn’t recognized their mate. Or perhaps they had and it was he – or more precisely the rational, thinking part of his brain – who had been too cautious, too weak in his faith.
Not that he had been a virgin when Daniël kissed him for the first time. Far from it. He’s old enough to be able to genuinely smile at the memories of the awkward discovery of what it could mean to be no longer an innocent child with an equally almost too young boy and the long self-forgiven shame of not being able to control himself with a girl far too beautiful for his inexperienced fumbling. There were the more mature encounters. Mostly pleasurable, almost none of them memorable.
Daniël’s touch had burnt traces in his heart and memories in his brain. The boy’s unassuming inquisitiveness, his generosity as well as the vocal expressions of his love for Steve and his body, had changed a man who thought himself set in his habits. Danny had made him aware he had found something he didn’t even know was missing.
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