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Jaxx Steele here to wish you Happy Holidays and to share another one of my Christmas stories with you: The Gift That Keeps on Giving!
This is one of my favorites. Like most authors My books are kind of like my children. I know you’re not supposed to have favs among your children, but even though you love them all the same there has to be a time when you like one more than the other. Come on, where are all the parents? You guys know I know what I’m talking about.
The Johnston family is not so different from the ones we may know or even your own. Lovell comes home every holiday to spend time with his sister and mom even though they drive him crazy. They have their traditions and yearly fights over the same things and depart a loving family until next time.
Lovell Johnston is gun shy of relationships because of a personal defect. His job as owner of an internet website that hooks up other people enables that because he has lots of online friends, but none in the real world. He comes home every Christmas to get away from the hustle and bustle the season brings to a big city to have a little peace in a quiet suburb.
This story is meant to remind us all that sometimes—just sometimes—the people who know you best really do know what’s best for you. Enjoy!
Lovell Johnston was home for the holidays when he met Avery Lockhart. He had made up his mind a long time ago that when he got into another relationship it was going to last. Avery was perfect for him everything he could ask for in a man. He was handsome, educated, sexy, available and totally interested in him. The only thing was Lovell lived in the city and Avery lived in his home town. Would the distance and fear of being a holiday booty call be enough to keep them apart when all they wanted to do was be together?
“You know, if you spent more time with live people your manners would be better.”
He looked up at her as he chewed, but didn’t reply. They ate silently for a few moments before she spoke again.
“So, I heard that you met Avery over at the store.”
“Uh-huh,” he said between bites of chicken.
She picked up her mug. “So what did you think?”
He blew the steam off the top of his own mug before taking a long gulp. “He was nice.”
“Uh-huh, well I think he’s a cutie. Don’t you think so?”
“Good, I’m glad you approve. I was thinking of asking him out.”
Lovell almost choked on his last bite of food. “You were what? No, no, Andie, I-- I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Well, why not? He’s single, handsome, has a job and he’s an educated man. That makes him prime eligible bachelor material. A woman doesn’t run across a good man like that every day, you know.”
Hmm, neither does a man.
“Don’t you think I should nab him before someone else does?”
“I-- I, well, Andie,” he paused not knowing what to say. “What if you’re not his type?” he blurted out.
His sister laughed. “Believe me, honey, I can be whatever type he will need. That will not be an issue.”
She stood and took their plates to the sink and used the small pot on the stove to refill his mug.
“Lovell, will you be up for a while?”
He nodded blowing and then sipping from his mug again. “Mmm hmm.”
“Well, I have secret Santa gifts for my co-workers and all the gifts for the children on the burn unit to wrap still. I knew I wouldn’t have time to pick up some more wrapping paper from the store so I asked Avery to deliver them here.”
He put his mug down with a thud. Avery is coming here?
“I have to go to work in a bit so I can’t wait.”
She didn’t just say Avery was coming here…did she?
“Maybe you can put in the good word for me while he’s here.”
Lovell picked up his mug and emptied it in one gulp to wet his dry mouth ignoring the heat. “Wouldn’t it be easier if I just go pick those things up for you, Andie, instead of him coming here?”
“It’s too late for that now, Lovell. I called this morning while you were asleep and he said he’d be here after Mr. Brent returned from his lunch break.” She looked at her watch. “I have to go. There are some leftovers in there if you get hungry again.” She kissed the top of his head and left him alone.
He wanted to see Avery again more than anything, but his sister was interested in him, too. What if he really wasn’t interested in Lovell? He could have just read the signs wrong and Avery was just being nice to him. If Avery was really interested in Andie and not him, well… Well, it didn’t matter. He lived in the city and his sister was here in town. If it worked out between her and Avery, well, then good for her. She deserved a good guy like Avery and she was right. He was handsome, and nice, and sexy, and he had a good job…nice butt…and a bulge in front of his pants looked more than adequate. Who didn’t want a man like that? He sighed looking at the clock over the stove and then headed for his room.
He hoped a long hot shower would wash away all the crazy ideas floating in his head. The water felt good. He stood beneath it for what seemed like hours and it almost worked. All thoughts went down the drain save one: I wonder what Avery would look like with this water washing over him? He shook his head hard to dislodge the lone thought and then turned the water off. Stepping out he wrapped a towel around his waist and heard the banging at the door.
He ran from the bathroom to the living room and swung open the door.
“Well, now that’s the type of greeting worth waiting in the cold for.”
The Gift that Keeps on Giving is available at Red Rose Publishing
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