Title: Where the Heart Belongs
Author Name & Publisher: Iyana Jenna (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 27, 2016 – 8,200 Words
Zach’s best friend and brother Drew left him feeling abandoned and lost. In his lowest moment he is kidnapped and made a victim of a hate-crime committed by a true Psycho.
After being rescued by the FBI as a surviving witness, he is placed under the protection of FBI Agent Eugene Harris. Gradually, as Eugene gets to know Zach something strange happens. Instead of being disgusted by what he has learned, Eugene wants to comfort Zach.
Will Zach ever be able to accept that Drew is not coming back? Will Eugene ever have the guts to tell Zach how he truly feels?
“Come with me, Zach.”
“Hush…” Zach whispered. He wanted to treasure the moment as much as he could but it was him who pulled back first. “Let’s go,” he said harshly. “You will miss your bus.” His heart bled at how Drew stared at him in confusion, hurt in his eyes. But he knew he had to let go now or he would never be able to.
He helped Drew with his bags and grasped Drew’s jacket sleeve, hugging him tight and kissing him again, not caring who might be watching. Drew clung onto him just like he used to during those cold nights whenever they were alone in a motel room, and squeezed him for the last time, pulling back. Their eyes met.
“I’ll come back for you.”
Long after the bus was gone, Zach was still standing at the bus station, his heart heavy. Drew was his brother and his lover. Zach realized the unnatural nature of their relationship, but he couldn’t bring himself to care.
They only had each other in their lives.
Reading, watching movies, and being unable to find exactly the thing she wanted to read have led Iyana to write her own stories, mostly about man-on-man romance that has fascinated her since as early as the Starsky and Hutch era. Teaching and writing English course books during the day, Iyana spend her nights mostly dreaming of love stories between two men who are protective toward each other.