From The Respect of Love by Mandi Ware
Standing at the podium, looking out at the faces of our friends and families, it was hard to control my emotions. I shuffled the papers in my hands again, buying a few scarce moments.
This isn’t how this is supposed to work. This isn’t right to have a funeral, but have no loved one to mourn.
“Thank you all for coming. I know Peter would’ve loved everyone together. He would’ve donned his naughty nurse apron and fired up the grill.” A light chuckle wafted across the room. The memory of our last barbecue wrapped around my heart.
“Baby, can you please bring out the salt for these glasses?” Peter yelled from the backyard.
“Of course,” I mumbled. “Allow me to service you, sire. May I cleanse your tuchus for you, too?” I raised my voice. “Where the hell is it?”
“Sweetheart.” Peter’s voice came from directly behind me. “Relax. It’s going to be fine. This is just going to be a small speed bump on the highway for our family.” He reached around me and grabbed the salt bowl at my hip. “Oh, by the way. I don’t need you to wipe my ass, but if you want to service me, we got some time.” He planted a kiss on my eyebrow.
I wrapped my arm around his waist bringing our lips together. He was always a fabulous kisser. Those warm full lips and marvelously sweet tongue had magic powers. He definitely knew how to make my knees weak.
Breaking the kiss, he peered into my soul.“Have I ever told you how much I love you?”
“Um,” I tried to think. “Nope. Never heard it.”
“Good.” Peter pulled me into his strong embrace. “Because love is nowhere near the right word for how I feel for you.”
I snuggled tighter against his warmth, nuzzling into his chest. His heart beat against my collarbone.
“Stop that.” He laughed, pushing me away playfully. “You keep that up my meat is going to burn.” Taking the salt he turned his back on me, shaking his bite-worthy bottom.
Reaching out, I pinched him. “I can burn your meat, baby.”
“That you can, my lover.” He smiled and winked as he escaped out the patio doors. “Later.”
“Tease!” I yelled. His melodic laugh floated back.
Twenty+ years ago, Mandi embarked on an adventure to the Midwest, Southeast Wisconsin specifically, where writing became an expansive habit in distraction and pleasure. Through loss, love and marriage Mandi has exploited the muse of storytelling for entertainment, distraction and as a form of personal therapy. For some of Mandi’s earlier stories and bloggings, visit Mandi at http://www.mandiware.com. When that’s not enough there’s always Twitter and Facebook.
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Cover art: Jess Small
Publication date: 1/26/2018
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Historical, Dystopian, Contemporary, BDSM, F/F Romance
Other stories included in the anthology:
Breaking Ties with the Bully by Perci T. Brooks
Consummation by Tucker McCallahan
Fighting the Alpha, the Omega Way by Carol Pedroso
Get Off of My Runway by Shane K. Morton
Leto of The Ionian Sea by Maria Siopsis
The Respect of Love by Mandi Ware
Small Victories by Helen Dupres
White Rabbit by Grace R. Duncan