Chapter 1 - A Knight for All

Edward raised his gaze to Gregory’s face. “I welcome you gladly. I know you will do well in tomorrow’s tournament.”

Gregory took a large swallow of the ale the barmaid set down. “Are you also going to participate?”

Edward smiled. “Nay, I leave such things for younger men these days.”

Gregory snorted. “You are not so old. You are of the same age as me.”

“True, but I have allowed myself to grow soft while you have maintained an admirable body.”

Gregory’s gaze turned serious and he studied Edward for several moments in silence. “You do not look soft to me, Edward,” he said after a while. “In fact, you are a fine man still. I…I hope you have asked to see me like this because—”

It was Gregory who bowed his head and Edward noticed the twin red spots on his cheeks. Gregory growing bashful? It did not seem possible.

Edward reached for Gregory’s hand under the table and grasped it in his once more. “Is there somewhere we can go where we might have our reunion more privately?”

“God, yes. Let’s get out of here.”

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g time since he’d been with Edward, it had also been along time since he’d lain with anyone. Only recently had he returned

day when he received the missive from his former lover to meet, Gregory had

or Edward. The truth was he never had felt shame or guilt for the love he bore Edward. Their relationship had always been close and filled with affection and camaraderie. It had

n. It would be a surprise for his birthday after the tournament. Gregory hop

was his time

he door closed. It was dark, but Gregory had set up the cottage earlier so that a wall

He pushed Gregory against the nearest wall and pressed against him, grindi

uised lust. He pressed his lips to Gregory, hard and bruising, forcing Gr

o the floor at their feet. Next he inched the tunic up

ed Gregory’s cloak off his shoulders and it, too,

Edward’s head. He tossed it aside. His hands caressed his lover’


emembered how sensit

t to assist him. When he threw it, Gregory didn’t know where it landed. Nor

, but now he wanted to change their positions. He flipped Edward around,

I want to be inside

o it now,” E

“We still haven’t removed

y with lust. He removed the rest of his own cl