Night and Day: Jasmine [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Chris Owen
eBook Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
eBook Description: Steve Hughes is relatively new to California and in search of connections. A life-long geek and nerd into science fiction, Steampunk costumes, and role play, he takes a shopping suggestion for some items he needs and walks into "This and That". The store blows him away, but not nearly as much as the owner. Luke Jones makes a living selling oddities, dry goods, and vintage clothing. His shop is full of treasures, so he knows a treasure seeker when he sees one. Before long he finds himself sharing more than just what's in his shop. High on a rooftop, surrounded by night blooming flowers, Luke shares more than mere merchandise with his customer. Will Steve and Luke forge the connection they need, or is it all just role-play?
eBook Publisher: Torquere Press/Spice it Up, Published: www.torquerepress.com, 2011
Fictionwise Release Date: October 2011
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He parked on the street half a block away and walked back. The store was in a narrow, two story building between a comic shop on one side, and a make-up boutique on the other. The make-up store was painted bright pink and had grass green signs; the comic store was a comic store and couldn't look like anything but what it was. All three buildings were in pools of light created by the streetlights, which somehow added to their art deco look of the nineteen-thirties, but This and That was the most sedate of them. Across the street a coffee shop had a tiny sidewalk cafe that seemed to be doing absolutely no business, given that it was January and dark. Steve wondered why they left the chairs out all year. Maybe they were bolted in place.
He had his hand up to open the door to This and Than when it swung toward him and three people spilled out, laughing. They didn't pause to acknowledge his presence other than veering slightly so they wouldn't actually walk into him, and they didn't hold the door so he could grab it. With a sigh, Steve waited for them to get out of his way, reopened the door, and went in.
He promptly decided that he'd have to come back on a Saturday, or maybe take a day off work, in order to make his way through the shop. It was packed with glass cases holding fascinating things that ranged from books to clothes to gadgets to toys. There were racks of clothes and accessories, and the walls were covered in prints, drawings, and shadowboxes of mementoes.
There was a case of wooden tools that looked like they'd found their way into the wrong store entirely until he saw that they were paired with things like mechanical tin toys and vintage board games. In a corner there was a wooden rain barrel, and on top of it was what looked like an actual sack of flour. The shelf nearest to that held tea, herbs, tins of spices, and herbal creams and lip balms.
A top hat sat on a high shelf, along with a lace fan and a modified toy gun that looked like a futuristic laser pistol. On the next shelf was a collection of Stargate promotional items, and on the other side of the room was an entire display case for all of the Star Trek incarnations. Star Wars had a place of honor next to a door that led to another room, the sign above it saying simply "More This Way."
Steve stood barely four feet into the shop and said, "Holy shit."
"Common reaction for a first timer," a voice from somewhere to the left said. "Welcome to This and That. Come on in." ENDEXCERPT