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A Matter of Trust [MultiFormat]
eBook by AC Katt

eBook Category: Erotica/BDSM Erotica/Gay Fiction
eBook Description: Donald K. Drummond is the Master of all he surveys; a legend in commercial real estate in New Jersey by day and by night a Master Dom at the gay BDSM club, Indiscrete. What he couldn't find was a boy to call his own. That all changed when a nerd with taped glasses and worn Dockers barged into his office spilling his bottle of 1985 Bourdeau over his priceless Persian carpet. Brian Murphy came with a host of troubles, the least of which was his grasping Aunt, his invalid mother and his rather tenious position in Donald's mail room.Can a Dom with issues of his own come to train and trust a needy boy from his own mailroom. It's all A Matter of Trust. This work has been previously published.

eBook Publisher: MLR Press, LLC/MLR Press, LLC
Fictionwise Release Date: October 2012

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In slow degrees, the tow-headed boy woke up on the hard floor. A faint moan, an eyelid twitch, a soft flutter of pale lashes, and then a blue eye opened face-to-antenna with a cockroach. The Sears Tough Skin jeans he'd opened as his birthday gift two days ago felt wet around the crotch and smelled of both urine and feces. His new plaid shirt with the pearl cowboy buttons was torn and bloody. He swallowed hard, past a dry lump the size of a baseball stuck in the back of his throat. He opened his left eye, the one nearest to the bug. It looked as if his bone stuck out of his shirt, a handhold under his elbow, the right arm bent at an unnatural angle just below the tear. It took a few additional seconds for the pain to hit, long enough for him to realize he did not know how he got here or why. Then it struck, shock abated.

He hurt, bad. Even so, he knew enough not to cry out. He heard Mama pounding on the door of the bathroom and Aunt Mary in the distance, along with the whine of sirens. Then the pain took him away, and he rode it back to safety.

* * * *

Sixteen years later, Brian Murphy awoke in his narrow bed, shivering despite the intense heat and humidity of a pre-dawn August morning in Trenton. Then he heard them, sirens in the streets. Tears streamed down his face, but his scream was silent. He had The Nightmare. It came with greater frequency; sometimes it brought small snippets, sharp shards of memory. Despite attempts to consciously retain the images, he was unable to hold on to the details of his dream long enough to bring it into his conscious state.

He looked at the small wind-up clock on the battered dresser. It read 5:00 am, near enough to dawn for him to get up. He dressed quickly in a pair of beige Dockers and a blue shirt. Clipping his only tie to the shirt, he opened the door. He carried a small kit bag to work and used it to shave in the lobby men's room, thus avoiding the house's bathroom and its attendant filth. Shaving in the bathroom at the house was dangerous, and it took too long in the morning to clean the porcelain sink thoroughly. Something as small as a shaving nick was an open invitation to the various and sundry fungal, viral, and bacterial agents that grew in every corner of the room untreated by anything other this his own scrub brush, bleach, and disinfectant.

He showered with rubber shoes and took forty-five minutes to disinfect the area before he took off so much as a sock. Even though minimal laundry service was included with the room, Brian carted his own laundry to the Laundromat every Saturday morning to make sure nothing crawled in and made a new home in his sheets or shorts. For his defiance of Miz James, the landlady, he was forced to pay an extra ten dollars a week. She explained to Brian, "After all, I's expecting to get the forty from you tenants and if you too cheap to pay an ole lady, you just gonna pay for not taking the service." Brian was sure her tactics were illegal, but with the other seamy businesses taking place right outside his door, this was nothing in comparison. Lacking the funds to move, Brian grit his teeth, smiled at the old witch and said something inane like, "My mother looks forward to doing my washing for me."

Miz James spit out, "Liar," under her breath, but neither she nor he said anything aloud and thus, peace prevailed for another week.

* * * *

Brian crept silently down the creaky stairs of the boarding house attempting to avoid Miz James' undue attention while picking his way through empty syringes, broken beer and whiskey bottles, and breathing through his nose to avoid the smell of vomit, stale cigarettes, and urine. He kept a white-knuckled grip on his penlight and one eye on the stairs it lit. The other hand held onto the rickety railing. Brian did not want to fall and become accidently pierced by a dirty needle, a broken bottle, or worse yet, stain his Dockers with human waste...he only had two pairs. He could not afford a conversation with his landlady this morning, not when he had a bit of extra time. Although he made an excellent salary; he lived in this dump because he supported his mother whose heart was failing. She lived with his mercurial Aunt Mary fifteen minutes away in Allentown and she was bleeding him dry to care for his mom.

He was due at work in two hours at Drummond Real Estate, where he worked as a mailroom clerk, was hired as an Information Technology Specialist in the IT and Accounting Department but yeah what a disaster that was.

He decided to take the extra time his nightmare had occasioned by walking to work instead of taking the bus. It was only a few miles, however, by not taking the bus, he saved the bit of money he had for a cup of coffee and a day-old donut at the diner. This morning, he would not go hungry. Maybe it would be a good day.

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