Double Trouble: Chapter 116

Wednesday Briefs

The continuing saga of three generations of ranching family. Below the story you’ll find links to other flash fictions.


Chapter 116

Danny lay awake listening to the sounds of everyone moving through their personal rituals of preparing for bed. After being cock blocked twice in the same night– he knew he would hook up with Rob.

He listened with barely controlled impatience until the late night preparations dwindled away. The noise from the television in his parent’s room kept drifting to him through the walls until his plan seemed doomed for failure. As he resigned himself to his scheme not working out for tonight, the voices stopped and Danny held his breath.

The time he lay listening went on until he felt certain everyone had fallen sound asleep. Then he waited longer just to be certain. Once the seconds stretched out to what Danny thought made up a ridiculous amount of time, he eased his blanket off, moved to sit on the edge of the bed and listened hard for signs of anyone else being awake at this late hour. He wanted to be certain before he worked on the next part of the plan he’d cooked up to make this night what he had in mind. It didn’t help that his dick had been granite hard since he had stripped to his underwear and crawled into his bed. But now he worked his way across the hardwood floor and stopped at his door.

He grinned when his ears brought him the faint sounds of Josh’s snoring. After waiting for several minutes, he decided his parents were both sound asleep. In his bare feet he crept to the living room where they gave Rob a bed for the night. He’d covered half the distance when noises came from Josh and Trent’s room. He crouched in a corner, hoping whoever had been disturbed wouldn’t spot him in the darkness. Whoever it is won’t flip on a light to find whatever they needed.

But then a beam flickered along the bottom of their bedroom door and Danny realized whoever was awake, had a flashlight and there was no way they wouldn’t spot them. He fled to his room, barely getting the door shut before the flashlight hit the bottom of the door. It sounded like there was a short conversation and more muffled footsteps before the household settled back into what were becoming early morning hours. With his time running out, Danny made his way to the edge of the living room again and paused listening for signs of anyone other than Rob who was sound asleep on the couch.

This time Danny crawled across the floor to avoid making any noise. It took longer than he might have wanted, but he reached the blanket-covered form on the sofa. He reached up and ran his finger over the edge of Rob’s ear. There was a grumbling noise that emerged from Rob before he turned away from Danny. After a few more failed attempts to wake his boyfriend, Danny went for broke.

He slipped his hand under the sheet and caressed Rob’s stomach before sliding toward Rob’s jewels. Two hands grabbed his wrist and held it in place.

What the hell?

“I don’t think you really want to do that Danny,” said Levi.

Danny shot backward as if he had grabbed an electric fence. Levi turned toward him but before he began, a chuckle came from the hallway and then Trent said, “Danny – zero. Parent’s – one.”


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Double Trouble: Chapter 115

Wednesday Briefs

The continuing saga of three generations of ranching family. Below the story you’ll find links to other flash fictions.


Chapter 115

Danny brought his pickup to a stop in front of his home and sighed. He sat staring at the brightly lit house sitting before them, catching shadows of the activity inside. His parents were there. Trent would’ve known Danny wasn’t foolish enough to put himself in the same situation again. Well, at least not in the same evening. His gut still seemed filled with a tub of knots.

“It’s okay. I’m fine with spending the night with your folks,” Rob said.

Danny smiled at him and pulled them into a tight embrace. “I wanted it to be something we would never forget.”

This time Rob chuckled. “Oh, I don’t think we’ll forget this soon.”

Danny grinned and gave Rob a final squeeze before releasing him. “No, you’re right. Neither of us will forget this night.”

They stepped out of the pickup and headed toward the entrance. Danny opened the door and made a sweeping gesture to indicate Rob should go first. To Danny’s surprise, they heard laughter from the living room. He’d expected a quiet night with Josh and Trent going to bed early, but he also hadn’t thought Trent would discover them in the hay field.

Rob looked at him with wide eyes. But Danny listened for a second before shrugging. “Whatever they’re doing, it sounds more fun than setting in the park and hoping someone doesn’t catch us with our dicks in our hands.”

Rob chuckled but moved toward the source of the noise. They rounded the corner to a rousing cheer. Josh turned to them. “Why are you in so early? We figured you’d be crawling back home at dawn.”

Danny turned to Trent and lifted his eyebrows, but he got only a slightly wider smile in response. Why do I feel like I’ve been played? But at this point, trying to get even would only make things worse. But as he glanced around the room, he noticed that it wasn’t just their parents still up and awake. Darrin and Mitch were sitting at the table getting the cards ready for a serious game of hearts. Then to his surprise, Samantha and Levi appeared from the kitchen each carrying a huge platter of sandwiches and snacks.

She smiled when she saw Danny and Rob. “Great timing. We were about to play cards. You want to join us?”

Only if it’s just with Rob, and we’re playing strip poker.

He realized how close he was to his thoughts becoming reality and he reined himself in. He glanced back at Rob to buy him a few seconds more. But he knew if he kept silent any longer, they would ask him questions he didn’t want to answer. He plastered on a smile and turned to them. “Sure. A few hands would be fun.”

They joined the others as Darrin dealt the cards. For the first few hands, Danny felt as if he’d explode at any instant from his tension. But then the typical humorous banter began and his tension seeped away. A few hours later the adults were yawning and having trouble staying awake. At that point, Trent turned to the high schoolers. “Here’s the way tonight’s going down. The twins are in their rooms—alone. You other two, one of you gets the guest bed and the other the couch. No happy fun times tonight.”

Danny kept the smile on his face, but this battle was no where close to finished.


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Double Trouble: Chapter 114

Wednesday Briefs

The continuing saga of three generations of ranching family. Below the story you’ll find links to other flash fictions.


Chapter 114

Danny stepped out of the hot gymnasium with his arm intertwined with Rob’s. The evening air was a blast of cold after having spent the last several hours having a great time. He felt like a wrung out dish cloth after the dancing. He and Rob had no problem sharing, especially with some of the fast dances they’d been practicing with Trent’s help. His skills had impressed Danny, and he appreciated how easy it had been to recruit him into given them lessons. It had been a rough start, although Trent had been good about keeping everything casual and loose. A few weeks before the prom, Danny and Rob were polished enough he invited his sister and Levi to join them.

He squeezed Rob’s hand before moving into a relaxing stretch. He dropped his arms around Rob’s waist and pulled them together. Then he leaned closer and whispered. “We’ve showed them all how good we are at the two-step. What should be doing now?”

Rob ran his tongue over his lips then smiled at Danny. “How about some chow? I could eat a horse.”

“Well, I’m not sure about a horse, but how about a burger from Tom’s?”

“Sounds great.”

With a destination in mind, the pair headed down the road that bisected their little town. They pulled into its crowded parking lot and walked inside. It only took a few minutes to reach. Danny knew what he wanted. He’d eaten here a few days a week since he’d been a kid and after he got his license, it might have been even more often. But out of habit he scanned the menu board as if he’d choose something else.

When he looked down the girl working gave him a hundred watt smile. “Hey, Danny. You gonna get the usual?”

He returned the smile. “Yeah, cheese burger with the works.” Danny stepped to one side and let Rob order, then paid for their meals. They found a table and sat across from each other. He glanced around and realized the other customers were mostly their classmates. The familiarity made him more comfortable. He turned back to Rob. “Seems like everyone from the prom has changed clothes and are out at the typical hang outs.”

Rob chuckled and shook his head. “I’m kind of over dressed now. I should have followed your lead.”

Danny leaned across the table and whispered. “Maybe I’ll get you out of that monkey suit after we finish eating.” When Rob turned red, Danny settled back into his side. But then it became Danny’s turn to be teased as Rob’s sock covered toes ran up the inside of his leg. A few passes, and Danny was uncomfortably erect. There was no way for him to leave now until he wasn’t tenting out the front of his jeans to an embarrassing degree.

He leaned close again and raised his brows. With his cock so hard it ached, his biggest desire was to release some of his steam with Rob. Before he could reply, their food arrived. With their focus on eating, the heat of lust lessened until Danny’s pants no longer looked like a six-man tent at the Boy Scout jamboree.

He polished off the last of his fries and turned to Rob with a smirk. “You want to go parking? I found a good place where we’ll be hidden.”

Rob ran his tongue over his lips in a come hither motion. They reached the dark county roads and Rob rubbed along Danny’s thigh. In seconds, Danny was hard and throbbing. By the time he pulled into a hay field he’d worked in last summer, he was close to unloading.

Danny wrapped his hand around the back of Rob’s head and pulled them together. He pressed his lips against Rob’s and a were soon making out.

Their hands slid over each other, exploring their bodies. Danny slipped his fingers into Rob’s pants and gave his package a squeeze.

There was a series of hard knocks at Danny’s window which sent the pair into a panic do trying to make it look like they weren’t doing anything.

“Come on, Danny. Open up.”

Danny wasn’t certain if it relieved him to hear Trent’s voice, or mortified. But with no other choice, he pushed the window button. The beam of a flashlight hit him and he wanted to be anywhere but here. He started to explain, but got cut off.

“Are you fucking kidding me? The biggest hayfield in the county? What if it had been Sheriff White Cloud who found you?”

Danny shrugged and Trent shook his head.

“Get back to the prom and save the fooling around for when you have a room with a lock.” With that, Trent walked to his pickup, hopped in and roared off a few seconds later.


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After being disowned by his family, Cooper judged his self-worth by his latest hook-up. But circumstances change as he learns about true love.

Cooper Dias is a better-than-average college student with a major in architecture and a love of dogs. But while he plays the role of campus playboy, he believes no one would care enough to worry about him—except his best friend Liam. His expectations are simple—searching for the latest hook-up. His newest obsession is his professor, Lucas Nyman, who has asked Cooper to work as part of the team for an out-of-class project, which he eagerly accepts.

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Double Trouble: Chapter 113

Wednesday Briefs

The continuing saga of three generations of ranching family. Below the story you’ll find links to other flash fictions.


Chapter 113

Danny eased into the parking lot for the high school gymnasium. He turned off the engine but then sat without speaking. As he remained frozen, Rob glanced around them.

“Are we going in? My folks weren’t too sure how they felt about me taking you to the prom. But they’ll be pissed if the money for a tux and stuff was wasted.”

Danny grinned at Rob before leaning over to plant a kiss on his cheek. “Sorry, I was getting all mushy about finishing high school. I guess I’m being sentimental.”

Rob straightened the flower on Danny’s lapel then gave him a peck on the lips in return. “Tonight will be fun. Everyone knows us and we’ve been going together. It’s not like it’ll surprise anyone we’re with each other.”

Danny let out a long sigh before laying his arm across Rob’s shoulders. “You’re right. It’s the end of high school jitters. I might have put too much weight about it being prom and the stuff that goes with it. Now it’s here and I’m all twisted up about it. Damn.”

Rob spun around and grabbed Danny’s wrists. “Come on. Let’s see what’s going on.”

Danny rolled his eyes but smiled as he let Rob lead him into the gymnasium. They’d decorated the cavernous room in the tradition all small rural high schools. But he knew he would remember the experience for the rest of his life. Actually he had no idea if he’d recall much about tonight or not, but every adult he’d talked to for the past month said he would. Josh seemed to be on the verge of tears each time he saw either him or Samantha.

Trent became the only voice he trusted. His only advice to Danny had been don’t get anyone pregnant and to call him if he needed a ride home. Danny thought it had been a funny crack, but he’d given him nothing more than an eye roll. He realized Rob had pulled him into the gym. They stood at the edge of the boisterous crowd and took it all in. He saw several friends who smiled and waved.

But there were also people with scowls plastered across their faces. They were the same assholes that complained to the school board about same sex couples at the prom. But the screaming shit fit it generated had enough backlash that the vote to allow gay couples was unanimous. It was good they did, otherwise everyone in his family would be upset.

Samantha and Levi appeared at their side and for once he was glad for the advice he could tell she was about to share. I might not always agree with my sister, but she covers my back. I’m sure this was no different.

She caught Danny’s eyes and cocked her head. “You look good. You ready to show these city slickers how to do it?”

He met Samantha’s gaze and motioned her ahead of him onto the now vacant dance floor. They’d takes but a few steps when a boo drifted through the space. Danny spotted the hate filled person it had came from and moved toward the offender. But then an iron grip manifested on his shoulder. He turned in time for Samantha to step in front of me.

She locked eyes with the source of the outrage. In an unblinking glare, she dominated the encounter. In less than a minute, he dropped his gaze to the floor. Samantha studied the room, challenging any others. When none was forthcoming, she moved back to Levi’s side and grinned at Danny.

“I’m ready to dance!”


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