Up North | 24 Dates


It’s time for Christmas once again! I fear this year will be quite different from how it normally is, at least here. The government is already telling us not to make any big Christmas plans, and that there likely will be travel bans.

I guess we’ll have to stay at home and read instead.

Today, I thought I’d do a little introduction of the characters – Victor and Jian – in 24 Dates. Filling out the character cards I’ve done for all the Up North characters, I realised I haven’t said how old they are.

Victor thinks one of his colleagues is a few years older than him, around forty. So I guess Victor and Jian are around thirty-five LOL

Unlike the other Up North stories, we’re starting with an established couple. Victor and Jian have been together for years. Two years ago, they bought a house and moved to Northfield, but it made Jian’s commute longer. He leaves early in the morning and isn’t home until late in the evening, and they hardly see each other awake anymore.

Something has to change.

While Victor mostly walks around and feels sorry for himself, Jian sets out to save their relationship, and he does so by planning 24 dates, starting on December 1st and going all the way up till the 24th.

Now, what qualifies as a date? The opinions about that might differ.

Jian-Kouri Victor-Hilll

24datesWhen Victor Hill bought a house with his boyfriend, Jian Kouri it was a dream come true. But now, two years later, instead of living their happily ever after, they hardly see the other awake.

With Jian out the door before Victor gets up in the morning, and asleep on the couch nearly as soon as he walks in the door, the life Victor imagined couldn’t be further from reality. They don’t talk; they don’t touch, and Victor fears he and Jian have already drifted too far apart.

The holiday season is a time for hope, but when Victor comes home to find Jian with a plan to woo him for Christmas, is it too little, too late? The dates are great, and there are filled with Christmas fun to get Victor in the right spirit for the holiday, but are they enough for the two of them to fall in love again? Or is there just too much in their relationship that needs fixing?

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