C.S. Poe is here today with part four of a short story of Sebastian and Calvin officially shipping. She's also giving away a coffee mug to 1 lucky winner. See details below.
Hi, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe, and I’m continuing the blog tour for The Mystery of the Curiosities, here at Boy Meets Boys! I come with the gift of a short story that has been broken into six parts, which you can follow at each stop.
By the end of Nevermore, it’s heavily implied that Sebastian and Calvin are getting together. Curiosities begins nearly two months after they met, and they’re already dating. So I decided to write about the exact day they made it ‘official’ in between Books One and Two. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end!
Part 1 is available at The Novel Approach.
Part 2 is available at Joyfully Jay.
Part 3 is available at Prism Book Alliance.
After Pop had left, I migrated to the couch for the afternoon portion of being sick. I dragged the comforter from my bed with me and had successfully cocooned myself in it. The television was on, but I wasn’t really watching. My gaze kept wandering around the room.
It was still a little crazy to see that Neil was really gone.
Not that I was regretting the decision.
Far from it.
The door between us had slammed shut a long time go.
Mentally, emotionally, physically— I was done with that relationship.
But I guess I had, even when I was unhappy with Neil, just assumed our relationship was going to be the one. It sounds stupid, but it simply hadn’t occurred to me that I could leave. Four years is a long commitment, and throwing in the towel on something like that hurts, no matter what. But it was better than being complacent. It was a hell of a lot better than the piss-poor moods Neil had put me in when we were together. I prefer being happy.
I guess I’ve always been a sort of hopeless romantic. In my own crotchety way.
I enjoy being with someone.
I reached out to the coffee table and grabbed my phone. I leaned back in my nest, holding the phone close as I typed a text message with one finger.
“Hppy New Years Ev.”
My phone dinged with a response before I was even able to set it down.
Calvin Winter flashed on the screen as I swiped. It always made my stomach flutter a bit, which just now made me feel nauseous.
“Happy New Year’s Eve, baby.”
A second message came before I could decide whether to continue the conversation or not pester him.
“Spending the night with your dad?”
I perked up a bit. Was this Calvin looking to come over?
Oh, except I had the bubonic plague. Fuck.
“No. Udder the wethr.”
Crap, did I just text ‘udder?’
“You know whaat I men.”
I didn’t get an immediate response. I figured Calvin was deciphering my messages when my phone rang.
“You’re sick?” was the first thing he asked, sounding sort of surprised.
“Supposedly I’ll live, but I’m not so sure,” I answered.
“You don’t sound so hot.”
“Shows what you know. My temperature is 102.”
“Do you need anything? I can—“
“No, don’t be silly,” I murmured, burrowing into the blanket.
“Why is that silly?” Calvin asked.
“No it’s not, I— I’m okay. You’re supposed to be resting.”
“I’ve been shot before.”
“Yeah, how many people get to say that?” I asked.
I could almost hear Calvin’s smile. “I just mean that I know my limits.”
“I appreciate the offer,” I said.
Both of us were quiet for a moment.
“Guess that means we’ll have to settle for phone sex,” I eventually said.
Calvin laughed that time. “Not really my style.”
“Me neither. Can you imagine? I’m in the middle of telling you to take your pants off and start sneezing.”
“I prefer hands-on participation,” Calvin stated.
“And mouth-on,” I added. “My dad saw the hickey you left on my chest.”
“You told me to be rough.”
“I did not,” I said firmly.
“You’re right,” Calvin said thoughtfully. “More like begged.”
I felt the tips of my ears burning. “Ass.”
He chuckled. “I’m sorry you don’t feel well.”
“Yeah… sort of mucked up my plans.”
“What were those?”
“Well, I— didn’t have plan, plans. Just— if you were free… I thought maybe we’d see each other.”
He hummed under his breath. “I’ll let you rest.”
Stupid, stupid, stupid. I keep pushing and he’s not ready.
“Okay,” I muttered.
Part 5 will be available at Love Bytes.
March 2: The Novel Approach
March 3: Joyfully Jay
March 6: Prism Book Alliance
March 7: Boy Meets Boy
March 8: Love Bytes
March 9: Sinfully Gay Romance
Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.
It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
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