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Stay daring, Leigh J ared Wilton clutched the picnic basket and swung it gently from left to right, brushing the front of his jeans.<br><br> Behind him in the distance, the activity of the town 9s Independence Day celebration roared to a lively drum beat and the echoed feedback of the night 9s entertainment. He wondered how much of the concert they had missed, and why his boyfriend had taken them to Dareville 9s only grocery store, rather than the site of the actual event. He 9d said nothing when Red parked the car in an employee 9s spot 4his father owned the place, which had been closed today, so Red probably could get away with it.<br><br> After what seemed like an hour as Red tested yet another key in the sliding door 9s lock, he spoke up. cDid you forget something? d he asked. A cursory peek under the checkered cloth covering the basket revealed plenty of provisions for a pleasant Fourth of July evening: fried chicken and biscuits, cold beer, nacho chips, and citronella candles.<br><br> Instinctively Jared patted his back pocket for the other item he 9d secretly packed, hoping they might make good use of it and create their own fireworks later. Red Marbury looked up from the tangle of keys in his hands and winked. cOnly knowing which key opens this damn place.<br><br> I think it 9s the blue one, d he said, singling out a blue key with a triangular head. A sharp tug, then a twist to the left and Red gave a short cry of victory. cWe 9re going to miss the end of the concert, d Jared needled, cand the beginning of the fireworks. d cNo, we won 9t.<br><br> We 9re going to have the best seats in the house. d Red forced one of the automated doors open and motioned for Jared to remain still. cLet me disable the LEIGH ELLWOOD 7 alarm real quick. d With that he grabbed the rolled up flannel throw he 9d set on the ground and disappeared. cFine. d Jared sighed.<br><br> At this rate, they 9d be lucky to get a good parking spot, much less prime blanket space on the grass. As though acting in defiance, he edged closer to the door and savored the blast of air conditioning as he watched a line of traffic crawl down the main street toward the park. Along the sidewalk, families and couples toted folded lawn chairs and pulled wheeled coolers toward Dareville Memorial Park.<br><br> Occasionally a child would break rank to chase a firefly before being called back in time to cross the street. He sighed, thinking maybe they were better off parking here and walking. But how long would that take?<br><br> His first real holiday in Dareville&how he 9d looked forward to celebrating it, and enjoying an old fashioned, small town festival. Having lived in a post 9/11 New York City, it seemed nearly every day was the Fourth of July, with streets lined with patriotic souvenir shops. Jared had loved the fast pace and endless activity, but the time spent here convinced him he could become a country mouse, provided a certain someone remained willing to share his cheese.<br><br> Cheese . Red had bemoaned earlier finding none in the fridge. Jared heard a faint cThank you, good night! d from the direction of the park and cursed to himself.<br><br> cRed, I think the concert 9s over! d he called into the store. cWe have plenty of food, come on! d cNo, you come here. d Red beckoned him into the store and Jared loped inside with a heavy grunt. Aside from a few small security lights positioned in the building 9s corners, Jake 9s Organic was dim.<br><br> Jared relied on the lamppost light shining through the front picture windows to follow his boyfriend 9s shadowed figure as they headed toward the office. No sense asking what was needed IN-DARE-PENDENCE DAY 8 there 4if Red didn 9t act cooperative now, he wouldn 9t answer the question anyway. Another door in Jake 9s office led to a dark staircase.<br><br> Red took the steps two at a time without flipping the switch, encouraging Jared to hurry. cYou 9re going to love this, I promise, d he said. cI better, d Jared grumbled, squinting at the flash of moonlight exposed at the end of the line.<br><br> Red had opened a hatch leading to the roof. He stepped out first, then took the basket from Jared before fishing his boyfriend from the darkened depths. cGet a load of this view. d He gestured broadly toward the east, and once Jared found his bearings he looked up to see the bright lights surrounding the main recreation area of Dareville Memorial Park.<br><br> From this vantage, they could clearly view the stage where the concert had taken place, as well as legions of picnickers enjoying themselves and the canned music piped in through large speakers. cThey always shoot the rockets from behind the stage area, d Red told him. cAnd they 9re always late, so we have plenty of time to get settled. d cWow! d Jared relaxed and smiled at his boyfriend, and tried to brush away the brief pang of guilt that seized him.<br><br> cThis is really nice of you to do this. I feel so bad for thinking we were going to miss the big finale 4 d Red neared and planted a quick kiss on Jared 9s parted lips. cTrust me, babe.<br><br> The fireworks are only the beginning. d cI like the sound of that. d Jared shifted in place, sensing his cock stir in his jeans. He helped Red set up the blanket and candles, then cracked open both beer bottles as Red distributed food on paper plates. cEvery year, after spending the Fourth on the beach, we all used to come up to the roof to watch the fireworks.<br><br> It 9s the best place to view them, d Red explained between LEIGH ELLWOOD 9 bites of chicken. cSometimes Dad would set up a small fire for toasting marshmallows, and we 9d make s 9mores. d Jared noted the faraway look in Red 9s eyes, made all the more mysterious in the yellow glow of the candles. He could almost picture two rowdy boys 4young Redding and his brother J.J. 4cavorting around the roof and pretending to teeter over the edge, worrying their parents.<br><br> cLast time we came up here, Charlene was pregnant with our first daughter. d Red 9s voice took on a wistful tone. cShe didn 9t want to do it the next year, thought the baby might crawl right over and fall. We just got out of the habit after that. d Jared looked down at his plate and set aside the remaining scraps and bones.<br><br> Of course, staying in Dareville meant living with the ghosts of his lover 9s past. Though Red and Charlene had split long before he came into the picture, a part of him wondered if Red regretted the decision to divorce her. Granted, Red had come to terms with his sexuality, but sometimes Jared wondered if Red might change his mind and wish to reconcile.<br><br> cI 9m sorry, d Red blurted out suddenly, and drew Jared closer. The blanket wrinkled underneath him, but Jared didn 9t care. The intoxicating scent of Red 9s aftershave taunted him, and the closer he sat the more it masked the pungent odor of citronella.<br><br> He settled his head on Red 9s shoulder, wanting to speak but uncertain of words to use. He opted instead to nuzzle Red 9s neck and was happy to receive a light kiss in his hair in return. cI didn 9t mean to spoil the fun, d Red said.<br><br> cYou didn 9t, it 9s fine. d Red had history here, he needed to accept it. cI like hearing about when you were younger. d How much of the lives of former loves had he learned? Little, if anything.<br><br> Knowing Red 9s past gave Jared confidence in their future. cWell, maybe you 9ll like this, too. d IN-DARE-PENDENCE DAY 10 Red reached into his back jeans pocket and pulled out a folded envelope, handing it to him. Jared smoothed out the papers within, but the lettering proved too small to read with the lack of good lighting.<br><br> cI don 9t want to put this near the candles, what is it? d he asked. Red aimed a small flashlight from the keychain over the document, and Jared clearly saw that he held Red 9s divorce decree. cIt 9s official, Jared.<br><br> I 9m a free man. Charlene is going to marry George this Christmas, and I&well, I suppose I won 9t be free depending on what you have planned. d Jared 9s hands trembled and he quickly handed back the papers. He didn 9t need to let go and send them flying through town, though it wouldn 9t invalidate the news he 9d longed to hear.<br><br> Red was wholly free to be with him now. They could make a life together and enjoy many more holidays together. Growing up as an only child of only children, there had been few opportunities for gatherings.<br><br> That Red 9s father and brother accepted his choices, and Jared, caused his heart to swell with hope for the large family he always wanted. cWhat about the girls? d Jared asked. cJoint custody.<br><br> You 9ll be seeing a lot of them, I hope. d cMe, too. d He couldn 9t resist any longer. He leaned forward and kissed Red full on the lips. They remained seated side by side, mouths parted and tongues mating, through at least two songs blaring from the park.<br><br> He touched Red 9s shoulder and trailed his fingers down his arm. When his lover reciprocated Jared shivered despite the dry, Virginia heat. They broke away and Red whispered, cLove you so much.<br><br> I don 9t know how I 9d have gotten through these last few months without you. d He looked down. cI just wish I could have done a better job of 4 d cDon 9t. d Jared cut him off with a finger to his lips. cI love you.<br><br> You brought me here, that 9s something. Why LEIGH ELLWOOD 11 don 9t we enjoy the view, and next year we 9ll continue our own traditions? d cI 9d like to start another one with you, if you 9re willing. d There was no mistaking the mischief in Red 9s smile. Before Jared could reply, Red had him on his back and staring at twinkling, pinprick stars in a cloudless sky.<br><br> Hands breached the hem of his t-shirt and smoothed over his chest before sliding back down to undo his jeans. Jared reached forward to assist with Red 9s undressing and was quietly rebuked. cNo, you first. d Red took control.<br><br> His shoes, jeans, and underwear quickly shed, Jared propped up on his elbows to watch Red kneel before him and stroke his cock to stone. He sucked in air when Red took in first the aching tip, then more of him. Pursing his lips tighter, Red moved in a slow, smooth rhythm that set Jared 9s heart pounding in double time.<br><br> His balls tightened under the feather light brush of Red 9s other hand as it burrowed deep to find Jared 9s anus. Once at the target, Red probed gently, preparing him. cGod, that 9s good. d His breathing labored and he whined for more attentions, then realized something.<br><br> cRed, in my back pocket& d He pointed at his discarded jeans. Red shook his head and smiled. cWay ahead of you, babe, d he said, and produced a packet, which he tore open with his teeth.<br><br> cKnees up, d he then ordered as he shucked his lower clothes. Jared obeyed and tilted his head to one side to admire Red 9s profile. In the park 9s backlight he looked impressive with his thick cock jutted out and upward.<br><br> He could have that every day, free and clear, if he wanted. I will , he knew. Any doubts Jared had about their relationship vanished with Red 9s news.<br><br> They belonged to each other now. IN-DARE-PENDENCE DAY 12 With the condom fastened, Red knelt before Jared and guided his cock toward the entrance. He teased the hole a bit, obviously enjoying Jared 9s frustration.<br><br> cOkay, babe. I know what you want. I need it, too. d And he thrust into Jared, moaning with the contact.<br><br> cYesss& d Jared hissed, and rolled his hips up higher to better set the angle for his lover. He extended his legs to hook his heels over Red 9s shoulders, and watched the play of emotion on the other man 9s face as he pressed deep into him. Slow slow fast, slow slow fast, the rhythm built until Red moved at a more urgent pace.<br><br> Jared didn 9t mind, he preferred it rough, and he tugged at his own cock to time his climax with his lover 9s. cIt 9s coming, babe. Ohh. d Red huffed and gasped; his head thrashed back and his eyes pinched shut, but he didn 9t stop pumping into Jared.<br><br> Behind him came the first red glow shooting up into the night, and Jared realized the show had started. A giant starburst with about a hundred red spikes exploded in the distance, and cheers erupted from the park. From Jared 9s point of view it appeared to halo his lover and symbolize the moment.<br><br> He was about to explode himself. He stroked his cock hard, feeling the orgasm pulse through him. cNow, Red, d he cried, and groaned his own release just as another rocket lit up the night.<br><br> cYes! d Red stilled, his cock buried to the hilt, then shuddered his own climax. His cock expanded and jerked inside Jared, and he clenched his nether muscles to prolong the feeling. In seconds, however, Red was spent and he collapsed against him, his cock sliding free.<br><br> They cuddled and kissed in the afterglow, under the brightly-color display in the sky. Rockets released starbursts and heart shapes of dark reds, blues, and purples. They lay together on the flannel blanket, watching each one, neither bothered by the booming sounds of the celebration.<br><br> LEIGH ELLWOOD 13 Jared leaned into his lover and whispered, cHappy Independence Day. d Yet Red seemed too entranced by the light show to have heard. No matter, Jared decided. There was plenty of time to talk later.<br><br> For now, he lay back to enjoy the holiday. Let freedom ring. How did Red and Jared come to their happily ever after?<br><br> Get the full story in Daring Red . Coming 2010 from Phaze Books! IN-DARE-PENDENCE DAY 14 About the Author Leigh Ellwood writes spicy romances and sassy mysteries.<br><br> She is the creator of the award-winning Dareville series for Phaze Books, as well as numerous shorts for Phaze and other small publishers. Readers are invited to visit LeighEllwood.com for more information on Leigh 9s books, and to follow Leigh 9s writing adventures via her blog at leighwantsfood.blogspot.com or through her Twitter at Twitter.com/LeighEllwood. <br><br>