I’m in the middle of the spring cleaning of my books and the first one to come back up again is The Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt was previously a Nortown story called Once in a Forest, but will from here on out be an Up North story named The Egg Hunt. I hope that once I’m done it won’t be as confusing.
It’s an Easter story, and if the title didn’t give it away, I’ll let you know that there’s an egg hunt 😀
Anyway, for Up North stories I always do a character introduction, and here we have the story of Tom and Jason.
I find it hard to write this post because I don’t much like Jason. It’s not his fault, but whenever I’ve needed someone to be a bit of an arse in Nortown, Jason is the one who’s received the role. He can say things no one should say, and he can appear selfish at times. He cares for Tom, but it’s not a good sign when I’m swearing over a character I’ve created while reading through the story LOL.
Nah, perhaps I’m unjust. Jason has some good sides or… It’s a defence mechanism.
Tom is your calm, mellow lumberjack. He’s in the closet and has no plans of ever coming out. He doesn’t trust his friends to accept him for who he is, and in his mission to keep himself hidden, he’s become a replica of a person instead of his real self.
Jason will figure him out, though! It’s his mission.
The Egg Hunt was first published back in 2016, but I’m glad to have it back up there. Even though Jason is my scapegoat for all bad things happening in Nortown LOL.
Jason has one rule when it comes to holidays — work his shift behind the bar and then find a willing body to distract himself with. One night is long enough to satisfy his needs and still walk away with his heart intact. It has worked out fine for most of his adult life, but this Easter, he’s trying something new. He’s leaving the city to visit his friend Aiden, who recently moved in with his boyfriend in the middle of nowhere, but one unfortunate incident leaves Jason without a place to sleep.
Tom doesn’t just not do relationships, he rarely does hook-ups, either, and never too close to home. Living on his own without attachments is easier than having the whole town knowing about him. As the holiday approaches, his lonely house grows even quieter than normal — at least until his friend Tristan dumps an arrogant bartender in his lap.
As soon as Jason lays eyes on the gruff lumberjack whose home he’ll be sharing, he knows who’ll warm his bed for the weekend and help chase away any pending holiday gloom. Too bad Tom doesn’t want to get with the program. As much as he wants to let Jason close, he won’t risk outing himself for a weekend fling. Will Jason trust Tom not to break his heart if he stays longer than a couple of days? Will Tom value their relationship higher than the town gossip?
Release date: April 3rd, 2021
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