A torridly hot day, an ice cream cone, a freak thunderstorm, a power outage and 2 friends about to enter high school mix to create a little magic, a little romance and a little love.(2007 Summer Anthology - The Rainy Day)Please note this is the 1st story in the Naptown Tales series, which can also be found at Awesome Dude and Nifty. A slightly modified version more suitable for younger teens can be found at Codey’s World. Please see the Introduction for important background info.
The Dragon King has spent a thousand years acting as mediator between four squabbling races who are determined to destroy the world. But despite his great power, Galeath aches for the one thing he can't buy with his riches; love.
After losing his mom to cancer, Aiden tells his increasingly alcohol-dependent father of his sexuality. However, the once loving man reacts unexpectedly and subjects Aiden to verbal and physical abuse. Feeling worthless and lonely, Aiden struggles to find someone that makes the pain in his heart and soul go away.
I can’t say how long I’ve wanted this, his lips on mine, his tongue in my mouth. And even as I’m thinking it, I can’t be sure if this is something I actually want or something he’s making me want. I try not to care, try to just ignore it, because he’s beautiful. He’s beautiful and terrible in the way of a massive thunderstorm, or a tidal wave, or another destructive force of nature. If I want him because he wants me to want him, I think I can live with that.
Nick has lost everything that ever mattered to him until Ryan unexpectedly breezes into his life. Swept away by Ryan’s love and unbridled zest for life, Nick is finally happy. But then Ryan abruptly falls terminally ill. While Nick struggles to save his love, he finds himself thrust into a perilous world of international intrigue, alien plots, and an epidemic that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth.