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  1. Aunt May's Magic 4. The Boot The Boot

    By Mancunian, in Fiction. 11/16/2022 (Updated: 11/16/2022)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • young adult
    • europe
    • no sex
    • modern

    Aunt May is a special lady, not because she is famous and not because she is rich. Well maybe she is rich, rich in love and she shares that love. So yes maybe she is rich.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 2,986 Words
    • 834 Views
    • 16 Comments
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  2. Goldstein, Johnson & Cole 3. Lost Soul The Boot

    By Mancunian, in Fiction. 06/01/2022 (Updated: 11/12/2022)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • young adult
    • mature adult
    • adult
    • urban
    • modern

    This is Ian and Kevin's story it is part of the Lost Souls series and part of The Boot World.

    Ian and Kevin have moved into their new house, they have a good future to look forward to if everything works out how they have planned.

    As part of the Lost Souls Series and The Boot World readers may benefit from reading the other stories previously published, although it isn't necessary it could help you to enjoy this story more.

    • 17 Chapters
    • 26,435 Words
    • 8,481 Views
    • 62 Comments
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  3. rima fragmenta, Fragments of a Rift: Fifty Sonnets for Kevin 19. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 03/25/2022 (Updated: 10/02/2022)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Romance, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Sonnet, Autobiography, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Literary
    • gay
    • dark
    • light-hearted
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love

    No one ever said love couldn’t fall between the cracks. Two people meet by random chance online, and then in person. These fifty poems document the arc of a love affair from first contact to the budding of deep, mutual intimacy. However, one of them is not able to handle the feelings the other raises in him.

    • 26 Chapters
    • 5,760 Words
    • 7,828 Views
    • 78 Comments
    • Mature
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  4. Happy Anniversary, Honey

    By Bill W, in 2022 - Anniversary. 09/08/2022 (Updated: 09/08/2022)

    Genres: General Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Suspense, Drama, Contemporary Literary
    • mature adult
    • gay
    • north america
    • no sex
    • serious
    • modern

    A gay man arrives home and wishes his husband Happy Anniversary, but is soon informed it's not their anniversary. That's when he states that he was referring to the anniversary of same-sex marriage being legalized. Once this is cleared up, they discuss the impact and possible future for same-sex marriage.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 1,184 Words
    • 1,131 Views
    • 48 Comments
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  5. The Perfect Car

    By Mancunian, in 2022 - Anniversary. 09/08/2022 (Updated: 09/08/2022)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • young adult
    • gay
    • europe
    • modern
    • love
    • late 20th century

    Many people believe that before you die your life flashes before your eyes, does it? Or is it just a part of our life, you know like special memories, I think that's possible. John is lying in hospital, he is at the end of a long life. As he sleeps he dreams for one last time of some of his special memories. About his car, the perfect car, and how it played a part in a long and beautiful relationship.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 1,966 Words
    • 1,316 Views
    • 46 Comments
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  6. Awoken by the Wolf

    By Georgie DHainaut, in Fiction. 05/11/2022 (Updated: 05/11/2022)

    Genres: General Fiction, Romance, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama, General Romance, Contemporary Literary
    • young adult
    • senior
    • north america
    • anal
    • serious
    • 20th century
    • love
    • depression

    A midlife single university teacher in ornithology feels deeply unhappy with his life so far and starts pondering what made it that way. But although he is able to find part of the answers, he doesn’t have the courage to change it. When he is sent on a field research job in Alaska, the total change in environment brings him this courage and he enjoys the new-found freedom with the help of an extraordinary guide.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 18,909 Words
    • 4,394 Views
    • 28 Comments
    • Mature
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  7. A Ticklish Meeting In Paradise

    By Ajbt2001, in Fiction. 04/22/2022 (Updated: 04/22/2022)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • mature adult
    • adult
    • gay
    • light-hearted
    • love
    • brothers
    • friendship

    This is a special story and close to my heart. It's about a real relationship I share with Caleb, my platonic and brotherly internet soulmate. We met online over ten years ago, and have kept in touch through mutual websites and email.

    This is a work of fiction it's how I imagined it would be if Caleb and I ever met in paradise

    • 3 Chapters
    • 6,035 Words
    • 1,563 Views
    • 13 Comments
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  8. The Curse of Being Beautiful

    By Georgie DHainaut, in Fiction. 01/19/2022 (Updated: 01/19/2022)

    Genres: General Fiction, Romance, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Literary
    • teen
    • young adult
    • gay
    • europe
    • anal
    • oral
    • 20th century
    • love

    A young boy aborts school and walks away from home, fed up with his almost perpetually drunk father and his almost always hysterical mother. He goes to Prague but, being without qualifications, he finds life hard there. His only asset is his astounding, even stunning beauty. But is that a blessing…or is it a curse?

    Dedicated to those beautiful boys, who suffer, so that we can have some “fun”.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 23,899 Words
    • 3,579 Views
    • 8 Comments
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  9. The Dinner 3. The Boot The Boot

    By Mancunian, in Fiction. 12/23/2021 (Updated: 12/23/2021)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • young adult
    • mature adult
    • urban
    • europe
    • no sex
    • modern

    Karma is seen as a powerful thing, we often hear how this affects bad people and bad events. But did you know that karma can also come to those who are good people. Good karma can be more powerful and can come in surprising ways.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 2,233 Words
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    • 2 Comments
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  10. A Runaway at Christmas

    By Bill W, in Fiction. 12/20/2021 (Updated: 12/20/2021)

    Genres: Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Contemporary Literary
    • child
    • north america
    • no sex
    • serious
    • modern
    • friendship
    • christmas

    Young Andy Pierce is dealing with a crisis of faith after some of his classmates tell him that Santa isn't real. After leaving home because he's upset that his parents had lied to him, a 'Good Samaritan' named Gordon Fletches comes along and helps to set him straight.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 2,151 Words
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    • 14 Comments
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