And finally the day we have
been working towards, release day!!
The Way Life Turns by April
Kelley & Bronwyn Heeley
A BonyDee Press Challenge
Cover Art: BonyDee Design
Publishing 19th of February
Heat: 4 ǀ words: 20,133
What happens when two men are in very different places in their
Almost from the start of
their relationship, Jonah was in love with Scott. Scott doesn’t share that same
sentiment. Jonah finds out exact how Scott feels about him the hard way, when
he sees Scott in a compromising position with someone else. How they react
becomes the challenge two authors have set out to solve. Will there be
forgiveness or misery as Jonah reacts to what Scott has done?
Jonah narrowed his eyes at
Scott. “But that’s not true.”
“Yes, it is.”
“No. It’s not. If you’re
fucking Hank, that’s not exclusive.”
“But I’m not fucking anyone,
including you,” Scott said into this ear. “I’d like to be though.”
“Oh really. Would you like
me in the same position Hank was in? He was on all fours, right? Doggy-style,
if I remember correctly.”
“Stop it, baby. Stop
thinking about it.”
Jonah took a step away. He
looked at Scott then and couldn’t keep the emotion at bay any longer. He had
been doing so well up until now. “How?”
“You are the best.” Jonah
slammed his glass on the bar bench, his elbow missing the top and making him
nearly lose his seat.
“And you’re wasted,” the
The bartender out right
laughed as he wiped down the bar Jonah had spilled his beer all over it.
“Ok,” he allowed. “I might
be a little tipsy.”
“Yeah, and I may be standing
on the roof.”
“You’re doing an awesome job
then from way up there.”
“Why thank you. Oh, looks
like your boy just got here.”
“Huh.” Jonah turned on the
stool, slipping slightly, but allowing a flying hand to catch him before he
fell. He was smiling at his effort, sure no one saw his slip in that way most
drunks were always overly confident.
We are a week out from
release day and thought you needed a little teaser, along with the actually
competition, as you know we created a prologue and from there each author came
up with a story.
What happens when two men are in very different places in their
Almost from the start of their relationship, Jonah was in love with
Scott. Scott doesn’t share that same sentiment. Jonah finds out exact how Scott
feels about him the hard way, when he sees Scott in a compromising position
with someone else. How they react becomes the challenge two authors have set
out to solve. Will there be forgiveness or misery as Jonah reacts to what Scott
Jonah swayed as he walked up
the steps. A drink in one hand and the other one, trying its hardest but never
quite, touching the rail.
He was drunk, he knew it,
and didn’t care.
His sister had recently
announced her engagement to Vince, one of his best friends. They had spent the
better half of the evening having an uncomfortable family dinner with his
parents. His mother was in a particularly unforgiving mood, as she wasn’t good
with surprises. Especially ones she hadn’t orchestrated. His sister being with
Vince had only been a fling in her eyes while the rest of them had seen it for
what it was.
Their engagement hadn’t
shocked him one bit.
Jonah decided after the
disastrous dinner they needed a get together, a party, and he wasn’t minding it
Reaching the top of the
stairs, Jonah drank the rest of his drink and looked around. Why was he up here
again? Was he looking for someone? Just doing the rounds? It took him longer
than he cared to admit to remember that he was, in fact, looking for someone
and therefore able to proceed.
He was up here looking for
Scott, because Scott was the bee’s knees and he wanted a bit of nooky.
They’d been officially
unofficial for the last two weeks and Jonah was head over heels. He was trying
his hardest not to blurt that out.
He had always been quick to
fall in love, which made dating difficult. Every man he had ever dated either
ran off within the first few weeks, which was roughly about the time all the
sex happened, or he had scared them away by telling them he loved them.
His partner before Scott had
been the worst one, The Arse, as Jonah so artfully dubbed him, had used his
words of love against him. He was finally free of the bastard and able to get
with Scott, who was one of his good friends and a guy he’d had a crush on back
in high school. Scott knew him, which made dating a whole lot easier.
Jonah really liked the guy.
Had he mentioned before?
He walked towards the end of
the hallway It hosted a few guests along its wall and in its big window seat.
Nice and comfortable with the most beautiful view Jonah had ever seen.
This was the house Janey
would end up calling her own. She already lived here with her boy—pardon
fiancé—not that Jonah’s parents knew, not really, but more to do with not
wanting to make it official than anything else.
“Hey guys, have you seen
“Ah…” Paul made a noise from
the corner seat, his arm coming up to point at a door a few down the hallway.
“I think I saw him duck in there.”
Jonah nearly tipped over as
he looked in the direction before catching himself. Mumbling a “thanks” as he
lumbered back down the hallway.
He opened two doors before
he found one leading into a bedroom and heard sounds Jonah would probably have
understood better had he been sober. In his sloshy state, it didn’t register.
As his eyes made their way
to the bed, his heart stilled, clearly its reflexes quicker than his brain. It
took him a moment or two to realise the noise, the naked limbs, and the smell.
Scott was cheating on him
with Hank, a friend of Janey, and one Jonah had mistakenly thought was
“How dare you!” Jonah
shouted, he would have thrown the glass that was still in his hand, if he’d
realised he was holding it. Instead, he used it in lieu of a weapon, pointing
it at the cheater on the bed.
“Jonah, babe, what’s wrong?”
Scott didn’t look at all like he should have, which should have been extremely
guilty. Instead, he just seemed alarmed and maybe a touch panicked.
“What’s wrong? Really?
You’re cheating on me!”
Scott moved off the Hank,
his cock hanging semi-erect, the condom messed up the perfection. Jonah was too
angry, too heartbroken to notice he was the only one dressed in the room.
“Cheating? How can we be
cheating? We aren’t dating.”
“Aren’t? What the fuck have
we been doing then?”
“Having fun. Seeing if we’d
fit,” Scott spoke softly, as he stepped closer. Jonah moved back. “Honestly
Jonah, I didn’t think you wanted more than that. You hadn’t exactly been the
most vocal. I thought all I was to you was a fuckbuddy.”
Jonah’s mouth opened and
“I… we were dating. That’s
what we’ve been doing. You don’t fuck around on a person you’re getting to
know. Not without opening your mouth and telling them what’s going on.” He took
a breath as his voice cracked up, his vision blurred.
“I thought you were
different. I thought you really liked me.”
“I do.” Emotions thickened
up Scott’s tone as he watched Jonah fall apart. It seemed he finally realised
he’d done something that could ruin them.
“I can’t believe this is
happening again.” Jonah went on, clearly not listening to what Scott was
saying. “Every time.”
“Not every time,” Scott
spoke, as he finally got closer, his hands cupping Jonah’s arms. “I want that.
I want everything with you. I promise, I didn’t think it’s what you wanted with
“Please babe, can we start
over—can we move on from this, just us. No one else. Together, dating. A
complete relationship. It’s all I’ve ever wanted from you.”
“Can you think on it? Sleep,
sober up and then we can talk. Really, talk as we should have done after that
first night. I want what you want. Promise. I want everything with you. Will
you give me another chance?” His eyes glistened, the realisation that he was
losing everything clear in his words, his actions.