The Lure of Port Stephen Exclusive Excerpt
Sunday morning, hearing Robbie’s voice as he and his father packed up to go fishing, Raj decided to pull on his grey sweatpants. He pushed open his trailer door, letting it bang, and then stepped outside, coffee in hand. He stretched his arms out, drawing in a deep breath, before walking over to light the Coleman stove for a quick breakfast.
His gear was already on the boat, ready to go if the lake was calm, so he had plenty of time to do another kind of fishing. He picked up his sunglasses from the picnic table and slid them over his face so he could look over at his neighbours without being too obvious. Wayne was cheerfully talking, but Robbie’s attention was fixed on Raj’s crotch. Yes. He might be bi, but he definitely liked dick.
Raj obligingly shifted his weight to give his admirer a better view.
And then Robbie grabbed his own coffee and came trotting over.
Raj turned and bent over to retrieve his fry pan from the brace of the picnic table that formed his outdoor kitchen. He heard Robbie’s breath catch before he said, “Fuck,” his voice rough. Interesting.
Raj stood, remembering the first time he’d heard Robbie say that. “Hey. You okay?” He put the pan on the stove and lit the burner.
“St-stubbed my toe. I’m fine.”
You are indeed. “You guys heading out soon?”
“Yeah. Bernie and Paula—the trailer on the end?—they went out about fifteen minutes ago. Don’t wanna let them catch all the fish.”
Much to Raj’s amusement, he seemed to have trouble focussing on Raj’s face. He had to remain amused, or his dick, already restless, might decide to pitch a tent. Instead, he busied himself with the eggs and bacon bought from the local market.
“I have to eat before I go out,” he said as if it wasn’t obvious. For once, instead of being keen to hit the lake himself, he was wishing everyone would get the hell out there so he could bend Robbie over his picnic table and fuck him hard.
Slow down. What’s gotten into you? He didn’t know. Maybe it was the idea of the potential for hot gay sex in such a very straight place. He wasn’t even that interested in anal penetration as a rule, but something about Robbie Wales brought out his inner porn star. He wanted to be rough and dirty, especially now he’d confirmed Robbie might be interested—in something—if not his gay porn fantasies.
The soft putt-putt of a boat coming back up the creek provided a welcome distraction.
“Caught your limit already?” Wayne called cheerfully.
“Couldn’t stay out,” was the easily heard reply. “Lake’s got chop like you wouldn’t believe this morning.”
Raj immediately began calculating whether he wanted to spend the fuel to find out for himself. “Maybe I’ll take a drive down to the beach after breakfast,” he said aloud, “and check it out.” It was a two-minute drive over a bridge, much shorter and faster than following the curving creek out at ten kilometres per hour to avoid a wake.
Robbie went down the dock to where Wayne was standing on his boat, discussing what to do.
Raj didn’t pay much attention until he heard them arguing if catfish counted in their ongoing competition. “Anything edible” Wayne had said. Until last night, when Raj had pulled up a catfish from off the dock and cooked it twenty minutes later, both Wayne and Robbie had thought catfish didn’t count for edible fish. Raj might not know as much as he should about boat maintenance, but he knew how to cook; his mother had made sure of it.
More boats came in while he ate. Then he took his dishes inside to wash later and grabbed a tee. He almost forgot he was wearing the grey sweatpants until he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror. They really did show everything. He smirked and loosened the drawstrings, letting them slide off his hips. He pulled on his bathing suit—bigger than a Speedo but a damn sight smaller than the baggy knee-length board shorts all the guys seemed to wear these days. He covered them up with a pair of plaid shorts that, at first glance, looked like boxers.
Maybe he’d go to the beach today and ask Robbie to go with him, toss a Frisbee around or something. A date. No, he thought, scowling, not a date. Sounds like a date. Maybe a date.
Robbie Wales is young and starting a new job in a new town, on his own. Coming from a split family, he was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents and came out as a teen without a lot of fuss, but his father, whom he only saw infrequently, has never known. As an adult, he’s found he’s got a lot in common with his father, and they’re finally getting to know each other. He fears coming out to his father may jeopardize that.
Then he meets Raj Williams, the attractive man in the trailer next to his father’s in a seasonal RV park. Raj is handsome, sophisticated, yet loves to fish and watch silly Disney movies.
Raj finds Robbie equally interesting. But Robbie’s still in the closet, at least in Port Stephen, and Raj’s ex used that as an excuse to treat him as nothing more than a friend with benefits. He’s not interested in a repeat experience.
Robbie finally finds the courage to come out to his father, but was it all just for a summer fling?
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Meet the Author
Sydney Blackburn is a binary star system. Always a voracious reader, she began to write when she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read. She likes candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach… Oh wait, wrong profile. She’s a snarky introvert and admits to having a past full of casual sex and dubious hookups, which she uses for her stories.
She likes word play and puns and science-y things. And green curry.
Her dislikes include talking on the phone, people trying to talk to her before she’s had coffee, and filling out the “about me” fields in social media.
Besides writing, she also designs book covers for poor people.
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