Friday, December 11, 2015

On the eleventh day of December my true love gave to me....
Gabriel's Pretty - Rescue for Hire 6

Gabriel Simmons was stoked. Not only had his interview for the new medic position gone well, but a rescue call had come in and he was going on it. He was at a point in his life that he was ready for a steady job, doing what he was good at. And now he had his chance.

Having followed Cade’s instructions, he had gone into the equipment shed and found an orange flight suit, along with a harness that fit through his legs, around his waist and over his shoulders. If they found this lost kid, he was now ready to be lowered from the helicopter to help him.

He also gathered up medical supplies and stuck them into the deep pockets of the suit. Even though he would take the huge first-aid kit along, he knew from experience that sometimes conditions became too gnarly to lug along the kit while he was descending from the helicopter.

As he stepped into the office, an attractive blond man turned toward him, with alarm covering his handsome face, and proceeded to trip and land on his ass. Gabriel set the helmet with its built-in radio on the floor and knelt down next to the man whose blue flight suit had a tag with the name Pete sewed onto it.

“Are you okay? Are you in pain?” Automatically his medical training kicked in. Sometimes Gabriel wondered how many times he had said those words on the combat fields of Iraq. Pushing those gruesome thoughts away, he instead concentrated on the pretty blond, slim man in front of him.

“I’m fine,” the blond said.

Gabriel felt himself being drawn into the depths of a pair of beautiful blue eyes as he reached out to the man. He noticed the man hesitated before taking his hand, but once their skin touched, Gabriel felt an instant connection.

With their hands still joined, Gabriel helped the man to his feet. Facing him, Gabriel now saw that at six-two, he was just a little less than a half of a foot taller than the other man. And while he didn’t have Cade’s massive muscles, Gabriel was no slouch in the muscle department, making it seem like he was totally dominating the other man with his size.

“Hi, I’m Gabriel.” Gabriel smiled, finding that he was becoming completely spellbound by clear blue eyes, surrounded with think black lashes. His heart beat a little faster as he took in the slim nose that was turned up just a tiny bit at the end, and pouty lips with the bottom lip being thick, full and totally kissable. Add in blond hair that was short on the sides and longer on top with bangs that fell over his forehead and Gabriel was captivated.

“Nice to meet you, I’m Pete Kenyon. I hope things go well for you at Rescue for Hire,” Pete responded.

Whoa! Gabriel took a step back and let Pete tug his hand away. Here he was drowning in an instant connection that hit him like a mac truck and in return he got a polite, professional greeting.

Then Gabriel looked a little closer at Pete. That was when he saw the trembling lip, the eyes darting from him to Cade and then back to him again. Gabriel frowned, not liking it that the guy seemed very nervous and even a little scared.

Gabriel instinctively lifted his hand to touch Pete’s face in comfort. The man reacted by jerking his head back and raising his arm as if to ward off Gabriel’s attack.

“Hey, hey, it’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you.” Gabriel put both his hands at shoulder level, palms out. He took a small step back even though he really wanted to enfold Pete in his arms and protect him from whatever had him reacting this way.

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