Merry Christmas, Darling
SORT OF STRANGER THAN FICTION:
Ethan and Michael
by Josh Lanyon
“Merry Christmas, darling,” sang Karen Carpenter. “We’re apart, that’s true…”
It was the first Christmas Ethan had ever had a boyfriend, so it was only reasonable that he’d hoped he and Michael might spend the holiday, at least part of the holiday together. He was pretty sure Michael had at least been open to the idea — he hadn’t mentioned any other plans when Ethan had dropped hints about holiday dinners and so forth — but then when Ethan had finally got around to actually inviting him, Michael had looked vaguely regretful and said he had already agreed to spend Christmas day at his father’s in La Crescenta.
“He’s got a new fiancée,” Michael had said. “He wants me to meet her.”
“Oh.” Ethan had tried to hide his disappointment.
He wasn’t good at hiding his…
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