Can Hold the Dark
In the eagerly-awaited sequel to Wendy Rathbone’s homoerotic romance “The Foundling,” Diego and Alec meet new challenges in private and from the outside world. Diego is being investigated by the local police for murder. Meanwhile, Alec’s amnesia and the trauma of his kidnapping by white slavers continue to plague him. And the danger to Alec is not yet over.
Distracted by their new love, both men fail to see certain threats until it is almost too late.
"Why do you keep doing this illegal business?” Now Alec’s gaze turned toward him, open as the day and lit with a sad frenzy, a challenge. “You could go anywhere, do anything, be anyone.”
Diego had asked himself that question on rare occasions. In truth, he got used to what he was, what he did. Even a dangerous known was perhaps preferable to the unknown. “People depend on me.”
Alec shook his head, but smiled a little as he said, “That’s so weak.” He leaned forward, over the arm of the chair, and put his shaking hand on the back of Diego’s head. The kiss was cool, lingering, moist with salt. When Alec pulled back, he said almost matter of factly, “It’s like there’s sharks and there’s goldfish and one can’t decide to become the other.”
Diego was still stunned by the kiss. But the words hit him hard. In them was the unfair conjecture of a locked fate. He believed in making his own fate…or luck. Did Alec think only one kind of man lived inside him and that was all there was to it? To life? It hurt. Badly.
Diego sat back on his heels, catching himself with his hands on the smooth floor. “So, Alec, which am I?”
Diego said, “I made choices in my life. I made them No one made them for me. If I need to be strong I’m strong. If I need to be vicious I can be that too. So what? I’m stuck there? In a pattern, a role…with no free will?”
Alec watched him inquisitively now.
“Because,” Diego went on, “I’m solely responsible for my actions. Me. Could you say the same of the shark?”
They both waited, the silence covering them in muggy discomfort.
“You think you understand me?” Diego finally asked.
NONE CAN HOLD THE DARK
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