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Dragons by Jaycee Edward

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A chance encounter in a hospital waiting room between twenty-two year old Will Messina and sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton ends with a gift of a stuffed dragon off the hospital gift cart and a memory neither of them can shake. 

Five years later, when a lonely, buttoned-up Will ventures into a gay club, he spots a pale, leather-clad specter with violet eyes tracking his every move. Will realizes he’s being watched by the grown version of the boy who’s haunted his thoughts for years. 

Joey recognizes Will, but he’s no longer the sweet, brown-eyed boy worthy of Will’s attention. He’s damaged and defective and lives in a different world than Will now. When his childhood crush makes his way across the bar, Joey doesn’t have time to decide whether to be enchanted or dismayed because, unless he turns and runs, those worlds are about to collide.

Be Warned: m/m interaction

 

Excerpt:

Joey felt out of place in the posh, downtown steakhouse.  He’d heard of Messina’s, of course, but he’d never been inside.  Will, however, had to be a regular customer there, because everyone seemed to know him and they were quickly ushered - ahead of other customers, even - to a large booth at the back of the restaurant.  The hostess - Will called her Trish - handed them heavy, leather-bound menus that felt more like a book.  Joey had been aware of people gawking at him as they’d made their way across the dining room, his leather club clothes and assault boots completely out of place in the high-end dining room.  After scooting into the booth, he glanced out from under his bangs.  No one was paying him any attention.  He was used to both reactions.

He pretended to read the menu, but couldn’t help watching Will instead.  Why would he bring him someplace nice like this?  Someplace he’d have to explain - to people he knew - why he’d brought a freak to dinner?

“You should be looking at the menu.  The waiter will be here any second.  You can stare at me all you want after we order.”

The blood rushed to Joey’s face and he ducked behind the big menu. “I wasn’t staring,” he grumbled.

Will laughed.  “You mumble when you lie.  Got it.  See?  Learned something new about you already.”

He raised the menu higher so Will wouldn’t see him grin.

The waiter came and they placed their orders.  Will studied him and Joey fidgeted, feeling off-kilter and lightheaded.  Maybe it was because he hadn’t had anything but Coke today and the smell of wood-fired meat was making his stomach growl.

“Relax, Joey.  You look like you’re waiting for a mob hit or something.”

Joey slumped, but then immediately straightened and smoothed the tablecloth.  “It’s just… this is a nicer place than I’m used to.  It’s fancy.  Everyone’s in suits.”

Will looked around and shrugged.  “It’s just a restaurant.  No different than Steak N’ Shake.  Just better decorating, different menu, lower lighting, and higher prices.  I didn’t bring you here for any of that anyway.  I brought you here because I know we’ll get a good meal and because I want to get to know you.”

“Why?”  The question was out before Joey could stop it.  Will seemed surprised.

“Because I like you?”

“How do you know?  If you don’t know me?”  He had no clue why he was being such a dick.  It was like his subconscious was trying to drive Will away, when, in truth, that’s the last thing he wanted to do.

“Fair point, well played.”

“Why would you bring me someplace like this?”

“You don’t like it?”

“No!  I mean, yes!  It’s… nice!  It’s just, people know you here.”

“So?”

“Why wouldn’t you go somewhere no one knows you.”

“What the hell difference does it make?”  Will scrunched his face in confusion.

“So you don’t have to, you know… explain.”

“Explain what?”

“Me,” Joey whispered and fidgeted with his place setting.  Will reached across the table and took Joey’s hands in his.  Joey looked up in shock, but Will’s expression was calm.  The waiter came with their salads and Joey frantically tried to pull his hands out of Will’s, but Will didn’t release them until he absolutely had to, in order to make room for their plates.  The waiter placed their salads and a basket of rolls wrapped in a linen napkin on the table and took a step back.

“Can I get you anything else right now, Will?”

“No, thank you, Trevor,” Will said and the waiter vanished.  Will immediately turned his attention back to Joey.  “Why in the hell would I have to explain you to anyone?”

Seriously?  He couldn’t be that clueless, could he?  Was Will really going to make him spell it out?  Joey huffed in frustration.  “Look at you.”  He waved a hand at Will before sweeping his arm in an arc that encompassed the entire room.  “Look at everyone else in here - like you.”  He looked at Will and tried not to shrink. “Now, look at me.”

Will studied him for an uncomfortably long minute, never breaking eye contact.  Then, to Joey’s shock, he leaned way out of the booth and eyeballed Joey’s entire length, his gaze raking slowly up and down. Will returned to a normal sitting position and leaned in, lowering his already deep voice.

“Thanks for that little opportunity.  I’ve been dying to check you out all night, but I wasn’t going to be quite that obvious about it.”

A minute ago, Joey was blushing at his own self-consciousness, but when he met Will’s heated gaze, the blood rushed to his cock, making his inappropriate attire even more inappropriate.  He squirmed in an effort to discretely adjust himself, but Will’s sultry smile told him it was no use.

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  1. Reviews @ TRS 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Sep 2015

    Twenty-two year-old Will Messina sees sixteen year-old Josiah Pinkerton in a hospital waiting room, looking like he lost his best friend. Without conscious thought, he gives the forlorn teen a purple stuffed dragon from a nearby hospitality cart. That is just the beginning of a time neither will forget.

    Fast forward five years, while at a gay club Will spots a beauty with violet eyes. Those eyes watching him are mesmerizing and belong to Josiah whom he never forget. Joey is not that young boy any more, but the feelings he had for Will have never changed. After a moment of uncertainty, everything clicks. This time things will end differently, all in the name of love.

    I adored this wonderful little gem of a book. I was engaged from the first page and my enchantment never wavered even after the end. It is a very well-written testimony of love and undying support especially significant given the short length. The characterization is strong which accounts for my giddy praise of this book. I loved both of the main characters and their connection was everything. The author paced the story so well from it’s sweet beginnings to a really lovely ending. I was expecting something quite different but wholly satisfied with this charming tale. Be warned it’s very emotional ,but well worth the tug on your heart. I enjoyed every word and consider it a must read.


  2. GGR Review 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jul 2015

    Dragons is a short, extremely sweet story of two boys from very different places, how they meet, lose each other, and then find each other again.

    Funny how one small act of kindness can leave an impression that can stay with a person for years, and this is the basis of this story. It is also the story of how one person, due to circumstances beyond his control, can view his life as totally changed, totally ruined, when those around him can ignore the relative small distortion of body, to see through into the heart and soul of a person.

    I loved this story. It made me laugh, and even more so, it made me weep. It is touching, and emotional. Jaycee Edwards has brought two boys together in a moment of sweet kindness, and then taken them away from each other again, only to meet and find the bond that so many of us wish we could find.

    Joey is a boy with cancer, feeling like the results of his radiation and surgery have left him scarred and different, and therefore unlovable, just as I imagine many women with mastectomies would feel. He therefore escapes into a world where feelings and emotions are secondary to pleasure, where no long-term relationships happen.

    Will is a volunteer at the hospital that Joey is being treated, and first sets eyes on him while pushing the gift cart through the radiation department. They see each other several times, but then, as things go, the treatments are over and Joey disappears. They meet again five years later, and thus begins the story of their relationship building.

    For a short story, I found this well written and very enjoyable. The characters are developed quickly, and to an extent that you immediately feel compassion for them. It is very emotional. I could empathize with Joey, and couldn’t help feeling a very warm feeling for Will. I didn’t feel like the story was rushed, and thought it was as well written as a short story like Dragons could be.


  3. A Simply Wonderful Book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2015

    I was given a copy of this book for my unbaised review.
    AHH!
    What a simply wonderful book! Yes, it was a short story but it held so much emotion in those few pages! Will and Josiah "Joey" were both simply irresistible and I fell in love with them immediately.
    My heart went out to then 15-year-old Josiah, who was at the hospital for cancer treatments when 21-year-old Will ran across himm. I loved the double meaning of the pruple dragon that Will gave Josiah. It was something to hold tight to as he fought his own dragon - cancer.
    5 years later, they cross paths again and both remember the feeling they each had with their initial interaction and they build on that feeling.
    Though I would have loved to have read more about their story, I still smiled and was a bit damp-eyed at the end. A true "feel good" story.


  4. Prism Book Alliance 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st May 2015

    A gentle, confidently written short story. The characters are interesting and adorable in equal measure. The short format restrains authors from using the ‘misunderstandings in every dialogue’ to create angst, and Jaycee Edward shows that the reader can empathise with characters and feel their pain without it being spoon fed to them. This is a lovely, gentle bedtime read. I think we all need a ‘Will’ and a purple dragon.


  5. Awesome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st May 2015

    I absolutely loved this story and the only complaint I have is that it ended.

    The is about Will and Joey who initially meet in the hospital, where Will volunteers and Joey is a patient. I was gripped from the start. The subject matter is sad but is in no way depressing and the way the connection between the two MC's is written is spot on. Their first meeting occurs when Joey is 16 and Will 21 and although they only meet twice briefly, they both feel a connection. They don't bump into each other again until five years later, when their mutual attraction is as strong as ever. You can't help but fall for both boys and want the best for them. The HEA is well written and completed in such a way that the reader isn't left hanging. I'd happily read more by this author.


  6. Brigham Vaughn 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th May 2015

    From Will and Josiah’s very first meeting to their chance encounter five years later “Dragons” is a very sweet yet substantial story. Sometimes sweetness implies a lack of depth, but Jaycee always seems to know how to tug at the heart-strings and create full, fleshed-out characters. She consistently gives those characters an emotional, layered depth in a relatively short period of time. She made me want to scoop up Joey and hug him. He’s been through so much.

    I am a fan of short stories, so you certainly won’t hear any complaints from me about the length, but I did think it would have been interesting to explore more of what happened in Joey’s life in those five years and how he got to the point he’s at when Will runs into him at the club. I loved Will as well and the fact that he had such a deft touch in dealing with Joey’s fears. He knew when to push and when to back off. The epilogue was perfect and had me grinning and laughing through it. “Dragons” was a wonderful story that you shouldn’t miss!


  7. Night Owl Review 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2015

    This was a nice, sweet, short story about 22 year old Will who is volunteering in a hospital. One day he comes across Josiah who is a teen waiting for chemo. The two have a brief but meaningful interaction but then don't see each other again for year. Another random meeting happens when they are adults and a relationship develops.

    The story was well written and the characters developed nicely. Because of the length of the story the relationship moved along a little too quickly to be believable but I still enjoyed it. I would have rated it higher if it had been longer with more depth. If you like short stories I would check this out.


  8. Prism Book Alliance 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th May 2015

    A gentle, confidently written short story. The characters are interesting and adorable in equal measure. The short format restrains authors from using the ‘misunderstandings in every dialogue’ to create angst, and Jaycee Edward shows that the reader can empathise with characters and feel their pain without it being spoon fed to them. This is a lovely, gentle bedtime read. I think we all need a ‘Will’ and a purple dragon.


  9. Short, sweet, and fabulous! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2015

    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

    For a short story, this sure packed a big punch! There was so much story for so few pages. It wasn't that there was a huge, tremendously big story to tell, but I wasn't left wondering about so many things that often happens when I read a short story.

    We meet Joey and Will, and understand the connection between them with just a few pages. It was written so well. I was grateful that the story didn't immediately jump to a sexual connection like many do. Joey is 16 and Will is 21. While there might be some attraction in some way, that wasn't the focus of their connection. For Joey, it was like a simple, basic need for human connection and understanding at a time that seemed unlikely. For Will, there was something about Joey that just called to him. Again, even thought it was just a few pages, I FELT that connection between them. The dragon melted me!

    When Joey and Will meet up years later, it is clear to see that they were both affected by those first meetings, much like I was. They knew who the other was just by seeing him across the room. Poor Joey had so much emotional stuff on his plate, but Will (true to the character that we meet 5 years earlier) just plows right through it and does not let that bother him. My heart broke for Joey and I found myself cheering as he opened himself up to Will.

    I do wish we had gotten more story regarding Joey's relationship with his mother, but I did not find that the lack of information deterred from the story or kept me curious. Will and Joey were the stars here, and they sure did shine. One thing I really wish we had in this book? MORE. I would've loved to see them work through some of Joey's emotional growth. I really loved these guys and 40 pages was not enough.


  10. Love Bytes 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2015

    Crazily enough, I thought this was going to be about dragon shifters. And I’m not saying it’s NOT about shifters because I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. I actually loved how “dragons” played into this very sweet short story. This is an instalove story; it seems right when they see each other there is something more. It’s hard for Will because he knows Joey is only 16 but they both feel the something more.

    Josiah Pinkerton is beyond awkward. Not only that, he’s defensive, secretive, and sensitive. But when he first met Will Messina something within him came to life. He was only 16, he was in the most difficult place of his whole life but those few moments with Will gave him so much happiness.

    Will Messina never got “Joey” out of his head. There was something about the kid from the cancer ward that struck his heart. Only having spent a few precious moments in his company it seems like he’s more important to him then he should be.

    They meet 5 years later at a gay club. The attraction is still intense and immediate. Will takes Joey out to his family’s restaurant and the chemistry continues to grow between them. Joey is a mystery to Will. Will can tell Joey has a lot of self worth issues, he just doesn’t know why. Joey feels defective due to having testicular cancer when he was 16. He thinks no one would want him or should want him because of the cancer treatment.

    Will embarks on a mission to prove to Joey that he is desirable. That he is wanted and that he is not defective.

    This book is a feel good read. Will is Joey’s knight in shining armor. You can really get a feel for how much these two care about each other. The chemistry is electric.

    I really enjoyed reading this very sweet short story. Even though it delved in some pretty serious topics it still managed to make you feel good. Totally recommend.


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