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Melting Ice 6

Author(s): D.J. Manly

Quincy Ulverton had always thought of Tyler Richmond as "the one" since high school, when he took a chance on a stolen kiss. There was nothing that could separate them.

Then Quincy is sent to jail. Tyler, a police detective, cuts all ties with him without even giving him a chance to explain. But Quincy can't forget him, or their love. So it's no surprise that when Quincy lands in trouble again, his first thought is to contact Tyler, though he's relaxing in a cabin in the woods, out of reach.

Danger soon puts them into an unsteady - and erotic - partnership, and there's more to the story than even Quincy knows. Can true love prevail, even in a hail of bullets?

Excerpt


Quincy ordered a beer and pulled out his phone. He knew he should go to the police, but he didn’t trust cops. The only one he trusted was Tyler.
He keyed in Alice Richmond’s phone number, not even knowing if the woman still lived there. It was a number he knew by heart. He used to call it often when he was in high school. Sometimes he and Tyler would talk half the night on the phone until they were caught by one of their parents and ordered to get off.
The phone rang three times. Quincy almost hung up. She’d have to know where Tyler was.
“Hello,” a woman said.
“Mrs. Richmond?” It was Alice at one time, but he supposed he’d lost the right to call her that now.
“Yes?”
“Tyler isn’t there by chance, is he?” His voice was shaking. The noise in the background was suddenly a crescendo as the New York Rangers scored. He ran a hand through his hair, watching the door.
“Tyler? Good gracious, no. Tyler has his own place. Who is this?”
“Mrs. Richmond. It’s very important. I…I need help and I don’t want to go to the police because…do you know where I might find your son?”
“He’s on vacation for a week somewhere in the mountains. Who is this again?”
“Vacation?” Terror struck at Quincy’s heart. “You mean…Tyler is not even in the city?”
“No. He’s gone off to that cabin in the woods…up in the Adirondacks to fish.”
Adirondacks…damn, that was a four-hour drive. Quincy tried to calm down. “I never knew Tyler to fish.” He laughed a little.
“Yes, well, he’s taken it up since he’s become a detective…lots of stress. Now, who did you say you were again, dear?”
“Just a…an old friend of Tyler’s. There’s no way I could reach him up there in the mountains?”
“No signal out there. That’s why he goes.”
“Do you know where exactly he is in the Adirondacks, Mrs. Richmond? It’s very important.”
“I wouldn’t know. Nancy would know more than I do.”
“Nancy. Tyler’s sister.”
“Yes. She’s at the university now. Do you have her number?”
“No. Could you give it to me, please?”
“Well…ah, maybe if you tell me your name, I just don’t want to give it out to anyone.”
“Look, I’ll give you my cell phone number. Could you call her and have her call me back right away? Tell her it’s urgent.”
“I can try. Who do I say…?
“Just tell her it’s a friend of Tyler’s. Thanks, Mrs. Richmond.”
He hung up and ordered another beer. If he could leave the city, see Tyler, maybe they could sort this all out somehow. Allison would be safe with her mother at Disney, so he didn’t have to worry about her. He couldn’t go to the police, put Allison and her mother in danger. He wasn’t sure what was going on. He wasn’t sure of anything.
His phone rang a half hour later. Quincy hurried out the side door of the bar and flipped it open. “Hello?” he said. “Tyler?”
“No, this is Nancy. My mother said you wanted me to call you back. Who is this? Is this Billy?” Billy? Who was Billy? “No, it’s not Billy. Look, I need to find Tyler. It’s a matter of life and death. Can you tell me where he is, exactly?”
“Ah, I can’t tell you that. He went there to be alone. He’ll be pissed if I…look, if this is police stuff, he’s on vacation. If it’s that important, just go to the cops. My brother isn’t the only cop in the city you know. They’re all the same.” He took a breath. “Nancy, I don’t know if you remember me or not. It’s Quincy, Quincy Ulverton.”
There was a long silence.
“Nancy, don’t hang up.” He clutched the phone. “I mean Tyler no harm. I truly need his help.”
“I remember you,” she said, her voice terse. “I used to call you Uncle Quincy.”
“Yes.” “I don’t know exactly why you did what you did, except you broke my brother’s heart. He loved you so much.”
Quincy closed his eyes, surprised how easily the tears ran down his cheeks. “I don’t mean to bring him any more pain, but he’s the only one right now I can trust. Please, Nancy, please, tell me where Tyler is.”
One hour later, Quincy was in a rental car headed for Piseco Lake in the southern Adirondacks. The directions she’d given him were pretty sketchy, but hopefully, he’d be able to find Tyler.

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ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-60180-208-8
Genre: GLBT
Date Published: 05/05/2013
Publisher: Mojocastle Press

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