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A Sure-Fire Cure Kate Steele This e-book is a work of fiction. While reference might be made to actual historical events or existing locations, the names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Published by Loose Id LLC 1802 N Carson Street, Suite 212-2924 Carson City NV 89701-1215 www.loose-id.com Copyright © November 2006 by Kate Steele All rights reserved. This copy is intended for the purchaser of this e-book ONLY. No part of this e-book may be reproduced or shared in any form, including, but not limited to printing, photocopying, faxing, or emailing without prior written permission from Loose Id LLC. ISBN 978-1-59632-358-2 Available in Adobe PDF, HTML, MobiPocket, and MS Reader Printed in the United States of America Editor: Olivia Wong Cover Artist: Croco Designs .
Dedication To my friend and almost brother, Drew, whose suggestions and comments were invaluable. You’re a peach. And, yes, as far as Americanisms go, this is a good thing. And to my dearest Bobby, for listening to me bitch and for not agreeing with my every complaint.
Chapter One Dr. Conlon’s assistant unlocked the front door and entered the dimly lit reception area. As always, she was greeted by the astringent smell of disinfectant mingled with the lemon scented cleaner the maintenance crew used. Underlying both was the warm, distinctive smell of the boarders. At six a.m., the morning sunlight was just beginning to pour in through the large plate glass window at the front of the office. Stray dust motes sparkled and danced, stirred by the incoming air provided by the opening door. She flipped on the overhead light, stashed her purse behind the counter, turned on the computer, then opened the first of two doors that led to the back. Walking along the short corridor, she turned on the lights in each of three exam rooms along the way, leaving the bathroom lights off. Opening the door at the end of the hall, she stepped through and paused, a slight frown crossing her face. It was quiet. Usually at this time everyone was up. The normal cacophony of barks, whimpers and howls was strangely absent. Had she not seen the nine residents with her own eyes the previous night, she would have sworn the kennels and cages were empty. An inkling of suspicion stirred in her mind. She continued on through the large room with its supply cupboards, grooming tables, electronic weight scale and every other accouterment necessary to a working veterinarian. Passing the surgery room, she stepped into the kennel area. Sure enough, Dean Conlon, DVM, had stretched out his six-foot, two-inch frame on the floor. His bed was a long cushion he’d brought in from the lounge chair that sat on the small patio behind the surgery, and his blanket was one of his lab coats, with another wadded up under his head for a pillow. Seven dogs of various sizes and shapes and two cats slept at the front of their kennels and cages, seemingly to be as close to Dean as possible. For his part, Dean had pushed the cushion close to and lay within inches of the kennel doors. .
2 Kate Steele At first peaceful, Dean’s eyes began to move under his closed lids. He was swimming. The water was cool, refreshing, sluicing over his skin as he moved effortlessly through it. It felt as though hands were lightly, insistently caressing every inch of his body. Dean shivered at the thought. He continued to swim, so lost in the movement that he was unaware when the first touch began. A warm and strong hand glided over his back. He hesitated, slowing, his strokes becoming unsure and choppy as the hand was joined by another. Dean found himself treading water as those large, slightly rough palms moved over him. It was dark, dark enough that he could see only a vague outline of who those hands belonged to -- a stranger, wide-shouldered and firmly muscled, his lower body lost from view under the water. Dean strained to see, then moaned as a hand slid around him and firmly cupped the smooth cheek of his ass, the other finding his cock. A few firm strokes brought him fully, painfully erect. Determined lips, soft and insistent, fastened to his, a rough tongue demanding entry. Dean groaned under the sensual assault and opened, welcoming the sultry intruder that explored his mouth. The stranger’s tongue stroked over his, just as his hand continued to stroke Dean’s cock. Dean felt himself building rapidly, inevitably toward climax. There was an electric tingle in his balls as they drew tightly to his body, his throbbing cock swelling larger, harder. Dean felt the agonizing, pleasurable pressure increase . he was going to shoot. It was coming, coming . “Dean? It’s time to get up, Doc.” Dean’s eyelids fluttered as the dream faded, receding into his subconscious, but his body was not as willing to relinquish it, clamoring for the release that had been so close. Dean groaned a protest against waking and his body’s demand. He lay blinking, his vision finally focusing on his assistant, Cassie, as she loomed over him grinning. “Morning,” he grated out, his voice husky and groggy with sleep. She clucked solicitously, shaking her head. “Morning, Doc. I see you decided to keep the patients company again. You’re gonna ruin your back that way.” “Nah, the back’s fine, but I sure could use a cup of coffee.” Dean tried to put the plea into his eyes as well as his words. Cassie grinned again. “Coming right up.” As she left on her mission of mercy, Dean breathed a sigh of relief. He’d discovered on waking that he had a rock-solid erection; whether it was the result of his dream or the fact that he had to take a major piss, he wasn’t sure. He was just grateful that he’d been lying slightly on his side with his lab coat hiding the tell-tale bulge. He ran a hand through his hair .
A Sure-Fire Cure 3 and snorted with amusement at what Cassie might have thought had she come in to find him under a tent; a tent that owed its support to his raging hard-on. He smiled as he sat up and found he was the target for nine pairs of canine and feline eyes. “Morning, everyone, sleep well?” He received a mix of responses between slow waves from tails and blinks from eyes ranging from golden/green to black. “Don’t everybody answer at once now,” he admonished lightly. Apparently taking this as permission to speak, a few barks, whimpers and one very loud meow ensued. “Breakfast in a little while, guys.” Dean rose to his feet with a groan. “Right now, though, I gotta go!” His long legs brought him quickly to the bathroom, where he flipped on the lights and closed and locked the door. Standing in front of the toilet, he unbuttoned his jeans, freeing his straining erection, and willed it to soften. A sigh that bordered on a groan of relief passed his lips as the flow of urine began, easing his over-burdened bladder. After what he was sure was a record-breaking piss, Dean tucked himself in and moved to the sink, washing his hands while absentmindedly gazing at himself in the mirror. His dark-brown hair was tousled, the thick, short waves in disarray. When he’d dried his hands, he finger-brushed the strands haphazardly, then gave up. His brown eyes, with their dark amber flecks were clear, sleep now pushed away. He studied the rest of his features: straight nose, strong jaw and chin, nicely proportioned lips. I look like my father, he thought with a grimace. For a moment his gaze became faraway and unfocused before it refocused with a snap. Inspecting his image again, he now saw pain and sadness in his eyes. “Damn,” he whispered softly, still shaken by the powerful emotions that accompanied thoughts of his father and family. He pushed his melancholy away. “Enough,” he mumbled. Unlocking the bathroom door, he swung it open as he shut the lights off, then made his way to the reception area. The smell of freshly brewed coffee tickled his nostrils, urging him on. He found Cassie waiting for him, holding out his favorite mug, which was filled to the brim. Wordlessly, Dean accepted the mug and took that first ambrosial sip. He breathed a deep sigh of satisfaction. “Cassie, if you could do nothing else, I’d still have hired you just so you’d make me coffee.” “If I’d known that, I wouldn’t have done so much around here,” she teased. Dean returned her smile. “How are you and the new assistant doing? She seems competent -- at least when she’s helping me.” “Doreen’s a real asset, especially with the grooming side of the business.” “That’s good. So, what’s on the agenda for today?” Cassie gave Dean a quick rundown of the appointments. .
4 Kate Steele “First one’s not due in for, what, an hour?” At Cassie’s nod, he continued. “Great, I’m gonna slip next door for a quick shower.” “Okay, Doc.” Cassie sniffed. “You do smell a bit like the guys in the back.” “Hey, me and the guys, we’re tight. What’s a little smell among friends?” “It’s okay by me, but Mrs. Perkins is your second appointment. You know how fastidious she is with the precious Muffin.” He groaned. “Oh, Lord! Guess I’d better go get prettied up.” Cassie laughed as Dean retreated. He walked out through the kennel area, stopping briefly to pick up his make-shift bed from the concrete floor. Bestowing words of affection and encouragement to his erstwhile sleeping partners, he let himself out the rear door and dropped the long cushion, with its printed fabric covering of green vines, onto the lounge chair. Following the well-worn path that angled away from the building that housed his practice, Dean stepped onto the gravel drive and headed for his home, which sat further off the road. The small structure was sheltered by several large maples and an ancient oak. The air was cool, a playful breeze ruffling his hair as he walked. When he arrived at his front door, Dean was puzzled to see a single, long-stemmed, red rose lying in front of the doorway. Frowning, he picked it up before he let himself in and made a beeline for his bedroom. He dropped the rose on the bedside table, then gathered fresh jeans, a tee-shirt, socks and briefs, laying everything out on the bed. Giving the flower another scowling perusal, he shook his head and shrugged. Crossing the hall, he entered the bathroom and began his morning routine. He stripped off the previous day’s rumpled clothing and dropped it in the hamper. After brushing and flossing, and a quick rinse with mouthwash, he shaved before stepping into the tub, letting the water run until it was the right temperature. He flipped the toggle for the shower. “Oh yeeeaah.” He groaned softly, standing with his back to the spray. His skin tingled as the heated water cascaded over his scalp and he bent his head to let the spray pound against his nape and shoulder blades. Remembering Cassie’s words, he discovered that while his spine might be fine, his neck was definitely stiff; he resolved to try and remember to bring a pillow to the office for his next night vigil. Dean smiled, thinking of his patients and boarders. Talk about odd bedfellows. Still, it was better than spending another long night alone. Sometimes it got to be too much, no matter how he tried to distract himself. He stood relaxed, and the warm water sliding over his body brought forth his early dream. “Mmmm,” he murmured. His cock responded, filling, rising . insistent. Dean’s gaze traveled down the length of his lean, hard torso, closely examining the one-eyed glare of his demanding erection. .
A Sure-Fire Cure 5 He gazed at it dispassionately, noting the full, ripe head, plump and flushed with blood. Under that smooth cap, a thick stalk of ivory rose with prominent bluish veins pulsing under the satiny-soft skin. The stalk was rooted in a dense patch of dark curls, now dampened by the water that flowed over his body. His mind wandered back to the first time he’d felt the touch of another’s hand. For just a moment, the memory was pleasant, but that part passed way too quickly. Dean swallowed the bile that rose in his throat, forcing the thoughts from his head. Instead he watched his own hand with distant interest as it wrapped around his swollen cock, and he turned fully under the spray. Rivulets of water coursed down his chest and brought his dream to a conscious level again. He reached for the bottle of liquid soap, squirted a dollop into his hand and stroked himself. His eyes closed; he imagined the feel of those big, calloused hands again caressing his skin. His buttocks clenched. Just as in the dream, he imagined one large hand grasped a taut ass cheek, while the other hand stroked, squeezed and pulled his cock, urging on its need. His belly grew tight and his buttocks flexed as with a few, final, near-frantic strokes, his cock unloaded. Dean’s eyelids lifted when rapid-fire pulses of thick, white come arced out and down to spatter on the tub floor. They momentarily painted the blue fish decals with white polka dots, then washed lazily down the drain. Dean groaned with the release, his body registering the pleasure as it moved through him. Physically replete, he finished his shower, dried, dressed and returned to the office. Yes, he’d felt his climax, but emotionally there was nothing. Eight years after being ruthlessly betrayed by the one person he’d trusted most in the world, his heart was still encased in ice. The red rose lay forgotten, wilting on the bedside table. A gaze full of adoration had followed Dean as he walked to his home. Breathless anticipation had filled the watcher, then exultation and delight as Dean took the flower into the house, closing the door behind him. He’d consented! Dean had accepted this first token, the declaration of love. A tender smile ghosted across the watcher’s face. Visions of a future with Dean Conlon danced before eyes gone remote, lost in their own creation of heaven on earth. * * * * * Dean woke to a thumping reverberation in his head. Groggily he sat up. A split second of confusion gave way to understanding when he realized he was hearing pounding at the front door instead of suffering some strange, mutant headache. Grabbing his jeans from the chair near the bed where he’d dropped them earlier, he pulled them on, not bothering with briefs. He buttoned a few of the lower buttons while stumbling to the entrance in the dark. .