Making it Pay (short story)
Sometimes you can’t see the silver lining for the clouds…
Abandoned as a baby and now working as a rent boy, Daniel finds it hard to let people get close to him. But nightclub bouncer Rob has a kind face and he’s helped Daniel out once already, so when he catches Daniel on a bad night, Daniel accepts his offer of money and goes home with him.
Even though it breaks his heart.
Letting Rob pay him for sex may have wrecked their friendship just when Daniel needs all the friends he can get. But there are more reasons than one why he hasn’t seen Rob since that night—and one in particular that makes building a relationship seem almost too much to hope for…
I absolutely love J.L. Merrow’s writing style. There is a casual feel to it, the story is just told without feeling made up…I definitely recommend this little gem – JustJen, The Blogger Girls
I was impressed with how well the story was crafted in that small amount of time… Good story and good characters. A nice addition to the many many good works of J.L. Merrow – Carissa, Love Bytes
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Note: a version of this short story first appeared in the Dreamspinner Sindustry anthology, now out of print, under the title Sunshine. The story has been fully revised and re-edited, and is around 10% longer than the previously published version.