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Joey was the most selfish person in the world. He realized this on Christmas Eve Eve, or as most people would call it, December 23. He realized it when he stood in front of a display in Pleasure's Treasures, a sickening twist in his gut reminding him that he still hadn't found anything to buy his boyfriend for Christmas.

With time now easily measured in hours, Joey was desperate, hence the trip to a sex toy shop. The cute guy in the Santa hat and matching micro shorts had been nothing but helpful, if a little touchy feely, and Joey still kept finding gifts for himself. That leather number for Aaron to wear? Strictly something that would make Joey's eyes bulge as he dropped to his knees. The plus size string of anal beads the clerk had shown him? Again, much more pleasure for Joey than Aaron. Flavored condoms? Thank God they didn't need those anymore.

He'd had his family done by Thanksgiving, had no trouble picking out stuff for the kids, much to Aaron's relief. But Aaron? How could Joey be so clueless about what would make his own boyfriend happy? Sheree, Dylan and Darryl had all pronounced Aaron easy to buy for. An action movie, an X-box game, even clothes. But Joey knew that wasn't the answer. He'd considered Aaron's first love, caffeine, but even one of those specialty one-cup pots was out of the question. Not because of price but because Aaron never drank just one cup of coffee. Joey moved down the list to the Ducati. He'd even gone so far as to call Mark—who was still a little pissed—to get a suggestion about what Joey could give Aaron for his bike.

After first sneering at the European name, the best Mark could come up with was a gift certificate to a garage that specialized in Ducs. A gift certificate. Joey might as well hand Aaron cash. There had to be something special, something that would make Aaron's eyes heat up, that smile break slow on his lips and his voice get deep as he said, "Thanks, Joey."

The clerk unhooked the paddle Joey had been running his fingers over. Joey slapped it against his palm. Big sting, nice heat. His ass tightened. But again, that would be a present for Joey, not for Aaron. The door chimed and the clerk turned away to greet a new customer. Joey tested the flexibility of the paddle, felt the light warmth from where it had smacked his skin. So maybe Santa could put this in Joey's stocking. He was a selfish bastard, and he still didn't have anything to give Aaron.

A voice purred in Joey's ear. "Mmmm. Nice. But I like my hand better."

Joey jumped and turned around. "Aaron. You're supposed to be at work."

"Saw your puke green car out front. Hennie's got the truck running, and I've got my radio." Aaron waved it.

Aaron's paramedic uniform was an ugly dark blue polyester, but it was the first thing Joey had ever seen him in and he had a soft spot for it. He flicked a finger against the name badge. Aaron snatched the paddle from his hand and swung it so that it swished in the air.

"You told me you were done. Last minute shopping? Someone on your list I should know about?"

Joey's gaze fixed on the leather in Aaron's hand. One side had metal studs set in it. Jesus. His cock filled at the thought of Aaron using that on bare skin.

Aaron tapped the paddle lightly against the seat of Joey's jeans. "Joey. Question. Answer."

"Uh. No."

Aaron holstered his radio and tapped the paddle against his finger tips. He gave Joey that slow smile, and his gut got as warm and tight as his cock.

What the hell. "Aaron, what do you want for Christmas?"

"Nothing. Anything. I don't care. I told you, it's not a big deal."

The frustration Joey felt must have shown on his face, because Aaron cupped the back of Joey's neck. "How about a blowjob?"

"C'mon. I want to get you something to make you happy."

Aaron's jaw tightened and his eyes looked bleak. The warmth in Joey's belly turned to a heavy doughy ball. What the hell was wrong with that?

He started to turn away, but Aaron held him with that hand on his neck. He bent down and kissed him. "For a smart guy, you can be a total moron."


"I am happy, don't you get that? Every fucking day. And you know why."

"Oh." Joey grinned as everything got warm inside again. "But I still have to get you something."

"Get me a book of Sudoku. I like to do'em in the can. And sometimes I read that guy. Um, David Sedaris. And," Aaron turned to wave the paddle at the clerk. "You have a place we can test this out?"

The clerk smiled and jerked his chin at a small curtained off space.

"Here? But Hennie's waiting—and that guy—"

"You fucking love the idea of an audience."

Okay, so Joey did. And he loved it even more when Aaron pushed him past the curtain with a swat just hard enough to burn.

Aaron put Joey's hands up on the back wall and ran a hand over the warm spot on Joey's ass. "You want to feel it on skin or should I have him ring it up now?"

"It's still more of a present for me than for you."

Aaron reached around and unbuttoned Joey's shorts. "I think we're both gonna like it."


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 24th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
EEEE! \o/
Dec. 24th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed! Aaron is really hard to buy for.
Dec. 24th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Ah - that was lovely!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec. 24th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Lovely interlude, thank you! Happy Holidays to you!
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Well Mer-ry Christmas to us! O_O *drools*
Dec. 24th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)


Dec. 24th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Yummy, thanks! :-D

Dec. 24th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Joey and Aaron! Joey and Aaron! yay! Love 'em. Thanks. Happy Holidays.

Dec. 24th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)

I love that Joey called Mark to get motorcycle advice. Well-intentioned and sweet, yet also a little insensitive in pursuit of the perfect gift for Aaron.

And I'm so looking forward to reading Jae Sun's story.

Edited at 2009-12-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Nnnngh loooooooooooove.

Thank you for this lovely Christmas gift! Hope you have a great one. ♥
Dec. 25th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I know I usually just lurk around here, but I really liked this little ficlet and i hope you're having a great Christmas!
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
nice, nice, nice one.
thank you!
Jan. 1st, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Thanks so much for the peek of Joey and Aaron at Christmas :)
Feb. 8th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
That was very cute. It was cool to revisit these characters.
Mar. 13th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I am so in love with these boys it's becoming pathetically juvenille - but after finishing Collision Course I just can't let go - so found this over here and .... well .... perfect! I'm reluctantly moving on to Diving in Deep, as although I'm sure I'll fall in love with those characters, I'm just not ready to leave Joey and Aaron behind!

Btw, did you know the link to your books is not working at the moment? 'My bookstore and more' is up for renovations - eventually found your fic over at Books on Board so have purchased your fics and others there. Just thought you may want to know, perhaps you could have more than one purchasing link on your webpage so your fans can find your stuff if one of the stores is down?
May. 10th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)

I always love to drop back into your worlds...especially this one.

BTW, just finished the latest and might I say, HOT and adorable. I wasn't sure if I'd like Dr. Kim as a main character, but he grew on me. ;)
May. 10th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
that was me...LJ logged me out.
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
nnggghhh! yum-o!
Christmas and some CC boys, two of my favorite things!!
Oct. 28th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
absolutely love Aaron and Joey so was so so pleased to find this!! Loved it!
Jun. 28th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
This was so fun to stumble across! I just finished the Florida books and was looking to see what else might be out there. Thanks for writing and sharing this with us!
Oct. 4th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Joey, he is one of my all time favourite characters. I was really sad when I finished Collision Course because I thought that was all there would be from Joey and Aaron. I'm so glad I found this! I need to buy and read the rest of your books now. I've only read Collision Course and Diving in Deep so far. I just read someone else's comment, Jae Sun has his own book!? I need to read that too! <3 Thank you for sharing this cute little story.
Oct. 21st, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
I've read Florida Books 1 and 2 in just a week, while working and taking classes at university. It has costed me a few embarrasing naps in the public transport, but I just can't get enough of your writing! Really, keep writing amazing stuff like this. And I'm a writer too, so thanks for the inspiration ;) I'm falling for every character you've created! haha. Greetings from Argentina :) xx.
Oct. 27th, 2013 09:18 am (UTC)
I read all your books last year and now I've started reading them all again. Collision course remains my favorite, but I also thought Bad Boyfriend was outstanding. I love, love, love all the little details you throw out. Thanks for writing and please never stop.
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