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The One for Me

The One for Me [Kindle Edition]

Hollis Shiloh
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Two boys bond, sharing geeky things and fast food. And falling in love.

When Luke's parents take in a foster kid named Randall, Luke is immediately taken with him, although he doesn't want to admit to himself why. He wasn't planning to be gay. He wasn't planning to fall in love with another boy. But then he met Ran....

I remember when I first met Ran. He was absolutely unprepossessing, all skinny white boy wearing his insecurities on his sleeves, which were tattered and faded on a too-big flannel shirt. He wore jeans that didn't quite fit him, cheap tennis shoes that had once been white, and glasses that made his eyes look too big in his scrawny, pale face.

And he was holding a trash bag and standing in the middle of my bedroom looking miserable...


He looked down at his bare feet. I did, too. Even they kind of appealed to me. "Thanks," he said quietly. "But you don't have to. I probably won't be here long."

"Why not?" I was surprised how annoyed I felt at the suggestion of him leaving. "You just got here."

He shrugged his sharp shoulders, too high. "I just don't usually last long, that's all."

He climbed up to the top bunk, all scrawny elbows and sharp knees. The bed creaked a little, and then he was still. I flopped back on my bed, putting my hands behind my head, scowling at the bunk above me. There was a faint dip where he lay, but not much.

"You want to play some more games?" I asked, because I couldn't think what else to say.

The bed creaked a little. "No," he said hesitantly. "You just do whatever you normally would. I'll stay out of your way."

What I normally would do was probably masturbate when I was feeling like this--out of sorts and confused and frustrated without really knowing why--but I couldn't exactly admit that. I'd just have to stick to showers for now, while I had a foster brother in my room. And why wasn't he going to stay? I pushed that thought away, irritated by it.

"Sometimes I make YouTube videos for my channel," I admitted. I hesitated as I thought of something. "Do you mind if I introduce you?"

The bed creaked above me as he sat up. "Really?" He sounded intrigued. Good.

"Yeah. Come and watch. I'll introduce you. It's a lot of fun. I had over two hundred views on my last video," I bragged.

He climbed out of bed slowly as I got my computer turned on and my webcam going. "You do this a lot?"

"Yeah, it's fun. Sometimes I talk about like movies and stuff, sometimes I do one-man skits."

He stood to the side, out of camera range as I started talking. I sort of open up on camera. Most of the time, people aren't exactly clambering to hear what I have to say and what I think about stuff. So it's kind of cool to think that hundreds of people might click on my video on purpose and actually listen to what I have to say, maybe even respond with a comment or video of their own. From all over the world, too!

I got to the part of having a new foster brother, and it felt easy and natural to motion him over and put my arm around his shoulder. He bent down a little, smiled nervously, and waved to the camera, one quick, awkward jerk of his hand, his fingers pressed tightly against each other.

"And here he is, guys. Randall! My new buddy."

"Actually... " He looked at me, blushing a little.

"What? You don't want to be my new buddy?" My mouth turned down in a pout. I wasn't totally faking.

"Um." He reached up and scratched at his hair. "No, I'd love to. But I hate 'Randall.' Can you call me 'Ran?'"

"Ran." I turned to the camera. "This is my new buddy Ran. And yes, he's wearing my pajamas, and he looks better in them than I ever do." I winked at the camera, flexed my bicep once...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spare Words Press; 2 edition (11 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars So sweet. 21 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First love, friends to lovers, a sweet, sweet romance. This is the kind of book that is easy to read and leaves you feeling warm and content. A perfect January antidote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars smooth 18 Feb 2014
By Furio - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Many things can go awry in the US foster care system and they often do, but Ms Shiloh manages to deal with the issue -and with racism and bullying- with a lightness of touch that keeps the angst level in this short M/M romance fairly low without losing contact with reality.

The love between Luke and Ran happens a bit too fast at first but the author is clearly trying to convey a sense of predestination, of inevitability that is after all the stuff romances are made of.

Writing could use some polishing but the story is good and reads without effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and emotional story! 16 Feb 2014
By DJ - Extreme Reader - Published on
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I cried through reading most of this story but not because it was sad; it was just so sweet and emotional. The author did such a wonderful job at capturing their love for each other as well as their friendship. I also really liked how both sides of the story were portrayed. It was well written and nicely paced. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet feel good story 26 Jan 2014
By Karen R - Published on
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This was a lovely little story of first love. Very sweet, low angst. At first it seemed like insta-love (and I am not really a fan of that), but then the pace of the physical attraction slowed down and the relationship between Luke and Ran built in the way that made their long term success seem possible. The reaction of Luke's parents to them as a couple was also very believable. I especially loved how the issue of racism was raised as a problem as big as homophobia. Definitely a recommended read, especially as a comfort read, and I'll look forward to more from this author!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Platypire Reviews 23 Jan 2014
By J. Hooligan - Published on
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I found this book while looking for free and discounted books for my blog. I almost never one-click a book under 150 pages, and I equally never start reading it immediately after purchasing it. That makes two huge exceptions to my rules already.

This book was captivating. The story, the characters, everything drew me in and didn't want to let me go. I couldn't put it down. There were a couple times where I found myself laughing out loud about something that happened in the story.

I did have issues with the editing. It needs work. There were uses of a word that didn't fit with the sentence it belonged in. Then, there were sometimes things were just too convenient for the story. I feel it could have been drawn out a bit more, detailed a little more refined, and it would have made an excellent read.

All and all, I give this book 3 out of 5 platypires. It was a good read and I very much enjoyed it. Perfect story for a quick read with just enough pulls on the heart strings and a perfect ending.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute! 21 Jan 2014
By Colly - Published on
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Very gentle read. Perfect for a sleepy, soft, dreamy day. The MCs were believable without being overly stereotyped. Will look for more from this author.
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