"The Right Words" in Take A Chance

A single moment can change everything.

A university student preparing to confront the adolescent crush who betrayed him. A demon embroiled in a battle against his very nature. A soldier, mentally scarred after fighting in The Great War, torn between propriety and his heart. Though separated by time and distance, culture and reality, these young men all have one thing in common: they each stand at a crossroads in their life and face a choice that will alter the course of their future.

The twelve tales in this collection of gay romantic fiction range from sweet to erotic, contemporary to historical, paranormal to grittily realistic. Whether centered around the fear associated with coming out, the thorny issue of trust, or the struggle for survival, each story explores in its own way the courage needed to overcome personal obstacles and take a chance on love.

The Right Words

Spring, 1919: the Great War is over, but the wounds are still fresh. Christopher “Kit” Garraway, unable to fight and orphaned by the war, has turned his family estate into a convalescent hospital. He is resigned to the duty and solitude his situation imposes on him, until Lieutenant Tom Ackroyd, Kit’s former schoolmate, old friend, and first love, is among the latest influx of patients.

Tom, once so verbose, has suffered a head injury at the front that makes it almost impossible for him to speak, even though his mind is otherwise sound. Tom can see the boy Kit was and the man he has become, but he can’t find the words to tell Kit that he still has feelings for him. Besides, if someone were to find out about them, it could very well lead to a court martial, public disgrace, and two years hard labour.

Actions, Tom decides, speak louder than words.