M/M, Contemporary, Romance
[55 Pages / 17,000 Words]
Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it's because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn't dream of coming between them, he can't help being drawn to Shane himself... Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn't.
One night everything changes. Kurt doesn't reciprocate Shane's kiss—he's got no intention of stealing his sister's man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can't believe how thick her brother is. She's not the reason Shane's been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it's on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn't blown his chance for good.
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Kurt admonished himself to announce his presence. Instead he stood and watched, helpless against the flood of images that flared in his mind at the sight of Shane bent forward over the car. Tight denim stretched distractingly over the contours of Shane's ass, making it damn near impossible to look away.
Kurt's rational mind was painfully aware he had no place thinking about Shane Dolan this way; his libido had other opinions. He'd fallen asleep thinking about Shane the night before—about claiming frantic kisses against the wall of the garage—and even now, in the unguarded light of day, Kurt found himself wondering how Shane would taste.
Like a repeating loop in the back of his head, he imagined what Shane would feel like beneath Kurt's large hands, the warmth of bare skin, the strength of sleek muscle straining beneath him.
Kurt felt like an idiot for not realizing sooner, when he prided himself on knowing his own mind. He'd been interested since the first time Shane Dolan parked in the small lot outside and asked if someone could take a look at his brakes. Plenty of other unobtainable guys had passed through Kurt's sights without troubling him. He may not have spread it loudly around that he was gay, but it was no secret. And Shane was a good-looking guy. The fact he knew his way around cars made him all the more appealing.
But this was no idle attraction twisting in Kurt's gut. This was something new and possessive, a craving that left him clenching his hands into fists at his sides and struggling to steady himself before anyone noticed his distress.
That was the moment Shane straightened and caught Kurt staring. Surprise lit across Shane's face, whether at the intensity of Kurt's attention or simply at Kurt's unexpected proximity, only a few paces away from the Mustang's front fender. Kurt braced himself, ready for Shane to take startled offense. There was nothing subtle in the way Kurt had been gawping.
Instead Shane grinned, either too polite or too oblivious to call Kurt out. Or maybe there was a completely different explanation. For an instant, irrational hope surged beneath Kurt's skin. There was something bright and eager in Shane's expression, and even being pretty sure the guy was straight, Kurt felt a sudden twinge of certainty he could have Shane anyway.
But he couldn't do it without screwing Lena over. Hell, he would make a complete ass of himself in the attempt if things between the two had progressed past idle flirtations.
Kurt refused to chance either possibility. He wasn't that kind of jerk.
The moment stretched to the edge of awkwardness before Kurt managed to collect himself. When he spoke, his voice was gruff with all the things he didn't dare say. "For fuck's sake, Lena, stop teaching him things. You give away all our secrets, he'll just fix the damn engine himself instead of paying us."
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