Jake turned onto the beach road passing the Black Pelican Restaurant. He’d broke things off with his high school sweetheart, Sammy, there before he left for boot camp. What had made him think long, painted nails and high heels meant a better woman?
Arriving at the Comfort Inn for the Ducks Unlimited Christmas auction, he was glad for a decent excuse to avoid staying with his brother Dean and his wife, Katie, who seemed determined to match make.
The last woman had sufficiently drained his bank account, like it was his fault the military had extended his deployment. A dog was the only companionship he wanted right now. If he hadn’t already had a specialty in aviation repair, he’d have become a K9 officer.
The cold, salty breeze revived him as his eyes watered. Home in one piece. After checking in, he made his way into a darkened bar that only hosted a couple of patrons.
Check back next week as this Christmas short continues. FYI my current release, Hot as Blazes is on sale at All Romance, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo for $.99. Feel the heat ;)