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When He Woke
[Erotic Alternative Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/M, HEA]
Matt Caynor had his whole world turned upside down two years ago when a car accident left his partner, Aaron Mayburn in a coma. For months he remained vigil by his bedside, hoping for a miracle the doctors told him would never come.
Steve Pierce met Matt Caynor three months ago and took an instant liking to him. After a whirlwind romance the two find themselves falling in love and planning for a future together until a phone call comes in from the hospital that changes everything.
When Aaron wakes from his coma, Matt is forced to let go of the man he’s falling in love with to be with the one he thought he’d lost. With each passing day he finds himself walking a tightrope between gratitude and despair, not knowing that he might just be given everything he wants. If only he’s brave enough to take it.
After losing two years together, Aaron didn’t like the idea of not having the upper hand. He wanted back what they once had. The fire, the passion, he wanted it back just like it was two years ago.
It still seemed so strange to him. For Aaron it was still two years earlier. Aside from the change in his appearance, he didn’t feel any differently.
He knew it wasn’t the same for Matt though. On the surface everything seemed normal. They hugged, held hands, even kissed, but there was something in Matt’s eyes that he couldn’t quite get a reading on.
That knowledge disturbed him on so many levels. He’d always been able to read Matt so easily. He could sense his feelings, sometimes even know what he was about to say. They had this connection that many had teased them about.
Their inexplicable ability to finish one another’s sentences or any other number of countless ways they fit together, all led up to one defining factor. They were soul mates, two people who were destined to be together. Since he woke up, he couldn’t say that he didn’t feel the same way. He just didn’t know if Matt did.
“Here you go. One turkey and Swiss on whole wheat bread, complete with mayo, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, and one thinly sliced red onion.” Matt handed Aaron the plate and a napkin.
“Thanks, babe. But don’t you want me to eat in the kitchen?” he asked, surprised. The Matt he remembered hated crumbs and anything even remotely messy.
“No. Sit here on the couch. Relax.”
Aaron raised a brow at him questioningly. “You are going to let me eat in the living room?”
“I just handed it to you, didn’t I? Now come on, eat up before the bread dries up,” Matt insisted.
“Okay, who are you and what have you done with Matt?”
“Oh would you just stop it. Eat up.”
“What happened to the obsessive compulsive Matt? The Matt who wouldn’t let me eat anywhere besides the kitchen?”
“Yeah well, you’d be surprised what two years could do to a person,” he answered somberly.
There it was. That glint in Matt’s eyes that he’d seen too many times in the past days. It was obvious that Matt was glad to have him back. He clearly still loved him and was willing to do anything to make Aaron comfortable. There was just something that he was keeping hidden, something that Aaron couldn’t figure out.
“I wish I could take it all back,” Aaron told him.
“You? What did you do?”
“Took the world’s longest nap.”
“Aaron, none of what happened was your fault.”
“Maybe, maybe not. But, hey…I got out of doing housework for two years. So I guess I’m some sort of evil genius.” He grinned.
“Now that I would believe. You always could come up with the most creative excuses for not vacuuming or folding the laundry.”
“What can I say…what you see here, it’s a lot more than just a pretty face.” Aaron winked playfully, but wasn’t quite feeling that humorous.
“Something on your mind?” Matt asked.
Aaron took a bite of the sandwich and shook his head in answer. In truth there were tons of things on his mind. None of which he wanted to discuss or delve into.
“Hmm…you sure?” Matt asked again.
He continued taking large bites of his sandwich, ensuring that his mouth would be too full to talk or carry on a conversation. He just nodded his head in answer and held up the sandwich with a grin.
“Okay, well I was thinking about drawing you a bath so you could relax. Why don’t you wait here and—”
Aaron grabbed his hand and swallowed his bite. “Wait.”
“Nothing’s wrong. It’s just…I’ve been relaxing for two years. I’d like to just take a nice long, hot shower. And maybe even shave.”
“Okay, babe. Let me get the things ready in the bathroom for you. Finish your sandwich and just come in when you’re ready, okay?” Matt kissed his forehead and left the room.
Aaron watched him walk away. That kiss on the forehead had been one of many that he’d received in the past few days. He never much minded those sweet little things Matt had done, but he couldn’t help but want for more. Sure they had kissed on the lips, but they hadn’t full-on kissed. Not the types of kisses they used to give one another when they were hungry for one another. He missed that. He needed that.