Title: Right Hand Red
Author: Danni Keane
in Love Has No Boundaries Volume Six
Genre: New Adult / Gay Romance
At four years old, Ben ‘Beanie’ Hunter leads a charmed life: a life filled with cuddles, chocolate biscuits and dressing up to play Aladdin with his teddy bears. And it all gets even better when he shares the fun with his new best friend, Felix, even though Felix doesn’t care about Aladdin.
In fact, scrappy, foul-mouthed Felix doesn’t care about anything much, except looking after the class snail, Bob, and playing with Beanie in the magic kingdom they create together. He might even like the kisses and cuddles Beanie gives him as they play, although he’s not about to admit it.
As they grow older and the affection shared between the two boys changes into something much deeper, so do Felix’s fears that Beanie will leave him. But Beanie is determined to prove to Felix that he will love him forever, and what better way than recreating the magic kingdom they once shared?
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
Ben and Felix’s friendship starts with two identical Princess Jasmine lunch boxes in nursery.
“Do you like Disney Princesses too?”
He shrugged. “No.”
My little brow furrowed. “So why did you get a Princess Jasmine lunch box?”
He shrugged again. “Because Cinderella’s a frigid bitch?”
He plonked his lunch box onto the trolley and grabbed my hand. “I’m Felix,” he said. “We’re going to be best friends forever.”
And it’s exactly what they are since then and much more. Ben and Felix are inseparable and connected on a very deep level. Falling in love is inevitable.
It was amazing to witness the unwavering commitment and devotion they felt for each other.
The beautiful look of joy on Felix’s face… I wanted that beaming smile to stay there. So when to my surprise it did, I was so happy, I affectionately wrapped my arms around him, and pressed a soft kiss against his cheek. Maybe the Twister mat did have magical powers that afternoon, because instead of pushing me away as he usually did, Felix simply returned the hug and whispered in my ear, “I feel like I’m really flying, Beanie.”
Right Hand Red is a beautiful love story that follows Ben and Felix’s relationship from nursery to college. I loved the last scene: Ben’s gifts are so thoughtful and wonderful.
Adorable story! Highly recommended.