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This story, "If", was previously available through the GLBT Bookshelf Bookstore. Prior to that I had offered it for one of their Rummage Sales. I have posted it now at my website, so click the cover if you'd like to read it :)



Sam O'Brien and Mason Jackson are long time friends and roommates with benefits. Passionate martial artists they earn a living criss crossing the country putting on exhibitions with an elite team from their dojo. One snowy night in Atlanta Mason makes a startling revelation about his habits when he and Sam are parted, and a bitter argument ensues. Sam leaves Mason reeling in a drunken stupor and finds solace with the rest of the dojo at a party. Although Sam is morose about the argument he strikes up a conversation with Shan, another martial artist. Although the encounter is one-sided on Shan's part, when Sam returns home later Mason accuses him of the worst and kicks Sam out of their shared apartment.

Uncertainty lingers, and even though Sam feels betrayed he can't get Mason out of his head. Sam stays late in the dojo craving the solitude it provides, and the release from worry that working out brings. After weeks of separation Mason finds him there one night and promises things will change. Admissions are made on both sides, and the lovers turn a corner and agree to give things another chance.

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darthanne
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. Enjoyed the read. I hope things work out for these guys but they've got a long road ahead of them.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is my highest rated story on Good Reads for some reason :) When I originally wrote this story they did not get back together at the end, so something tells me they won't end up staying together ;)
darthanne
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
To be honest, reading it, I was surprised that they did considering everything that had happened and been said. It felt like almost too much water under the bridge especially with the way in which Mason had treated Sam.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Eh...well, I was told once that readers wanted happy endings. Of course, this was back in the days before "Bittersweet Dreams"...but, I gave it to the GLBT Bookshelf, and it seems to be theirs now even though they're not selling it anymore.
darthanne
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I like a happy ending, but sometimes it doesn't happen. "Bittersweet Dreams" is a good idea as it gives a home to those which before didn't have one.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I always say it's not a perfect world, and things don't always turn out like you think they will...right? I still want to write a Bittersweet Dreams story one day, but I'm set on finishing the King's Tale Trilogy first ^^
darthanne
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
OOoh it's a trilogy :) That makes me happy - knowing there are two more to look forward to in that.

And exactly - things not always turning out is more realistic unfortunately.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm working on the final edits to book two right now, fingers crossed that when I send it in it will be accepted! And then right away I plan to start on the final book :)

darthanne
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
*crosses fingers* You must post and let us know.
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Will do! :-)
knowmefirst
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh and I'm here without time on my hands. However, hopefully tomorrow, I can read it. I must say, I love the title :)
rowenasudbury
Sep. 8th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
It's not going anywhere, so take your time :) I originally named it after a song I really liked....
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