Fallout (Flight HA710#4)
by Meredith Russell
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Can missing a fatal flight be the wake up call Harrison needs?
When Harrison Kelley is banned from getting on Flight HA1710, it seems to be the perfect ending to a crappy couple of days. Not only did he wreck a wedding, but he’s drunk way too much and been on the receiving end of the groom’s brother’s fists. Being escorted out of the airport by security was just the icing on the wedding cake.
Elijah Pettifer has lusted after Harrison from afar for years but Harrison never sees him as anything more than a friend. If he ever saw him at all. While attempting to defend what little honor Harrison has left, Elijah gets caught up in the wave of chaos surrounding his teenage crush. But missing his flight home because of Harrison’s mess might just be the luckiest thing to ever happen to him.
With a 24 hour ban imposed by the airport, and having only each other for company, the two men grow closer. But will the fate of the airplane they should have been on be the push Harrison needs to walk away from the toxic relationship of his past? And can Elijah make Harrison see exactly what he’s been missing out on because of it?
“I am happy to pronounce you, husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.”
Elijah clapped in time with the rest of the guests as Antony leaned his bride downward in a sweeping romantic gesture, kissing her. He breathed in deeply, letting the joy of the occasion lift his mood. His attention drifted and he smiled as he caught Harrison’s eye on the opposite side of the room. Harrison nodded in his direction. Then Harrison looked away, his focus falling to the newlyweds.
Following Harrison’s gaze, Elijah watched the couple as they seated themselves behind the table.
“Can guests please take their seats for the signing of the register,” the lady registrar instructed. The witnesses made their way to the front of the room when she called them.
Elijah ran a hand over the front of his shirt, smoothing the pale blue cotton as he took his seat. Idly, he ran his thumb over his lower lip, igniting a memory from over a decade ago. A memory he wondered if, in fact, had only been a dream. The memory of a kiss.
He glanced over at Harrison. They had just been kids, stupid teenagers who had gotten into their friend’s parents’ liquor cabinet when they were out of town one time. Drunk and sleepy, Harrison had lain on the couch, watching Elijah and their other friends through half-lidded eyes. Only when Elijah was sure no one would see had he dared to do something he’d wanted to do for so long. He had kissed Harrison. Elijah still held onto that memory as if it was only yesterday, held onto the memory of a moment when everything in his life had suddenly made sense and clicked into place. When he finally admitted, to himself at least, that it was okay he was in love with a boy.
The boy he had loved, still loved, was right there in that room. Harrison Kelley. A decade had passed, and Elijah had found other men, but Harrison would always be his first crush. Harrison was as handsome as ever, with the darkest hair and the most beautiful honey and bourbon-brown eyes. Elijah wished he could forget about his feelings for Harrison, but over the years, with every new meeting, he not only found himself hopeful of seeing Harrison again, but also that maybe the next time Harrison would finally see him.
Lowering his hand, Elijah glanced across the room. He tensed his jaw as he watched Harrison, and noted whom Harrison was watching in turn; Antony. Years of jealousy lurched in Elijah’s gut. Years of wanting to be the one who turned Harrison’s head, who caught his eye. Elijah looked away and fixed his attention on the front of the room. Scenes from last night played over in his mind, scenes of guarded looks and awkward moments between Harrison and Antony. Would they really have been so foolish, so cruel to act on old feelings here and now?
He glanced over at Harrison. Please, say you didn’t.
About the Author:
Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.
Flight HA1710 series
Book 1 – Retrograde, RJ Scott
Book 2 – Velocity, Sara York
Book 3 – Flashbulb, Clare London
Book 4 – Fallout, Meredith Russell
Book 5 – Aviophobia, Serena Yates
Book 6 – Fracture, Amber Kell
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