Ben Amann currently hates everything: The accident that temporarily put him in a wheelchair, the fact that he has to go for rehab and live in an assisted living home as well. Sebastian Hofers, the good looking but equally bad-tempered new assistant to his rehab therapist changes that.
Sebastian has two choices after causing an accident while driving drunk: community service hours or go to jail. The decision is a no-brainer, and so he meets Ben at the rehab center. The two of them hit it off and slowly, Sebastian sees more than just a patient in Ben.
But their growing relationship faces hard trials, not only because of Sebastian’s heavy drinking, but also because of the truth: The two of them already met on an icy street, eight months ago.
Can love and forgiveness overcome the overwhelming guilt and resentment?
Contains: Two ill-tempered men, a lot of hang-ups, a shared hope, and a destroyed dream.
Trigger Warning: deals with alcohol abuse and alcoholism
This story was amazing up until Ben realized Sebastian was an alcoholic and continued to date him anyway. Earlier in the story Ben talked about not drinking because of how a drunk driver ruined his life. After the revelation and their time apart, I really got into them reconnected and building a relationship. But once it became obvious Sebastian was an alcoholic, especially when Ben found him drinking in the middle of the night, I stopped believing Ben’s feelings. I wanted to like the last quarter as much as I liked the story up to that point. The effects of Sebastian’s alcoholism didn’t seem that important. I liked how Niko cared about Sebastian when he was at his lowest. The ending was a bit rushed. However I do believe they’ll make it as a couple. They just have some hurdles to overcome before they can get there. I desperately need Niko’s story though. He’s an amazing character and I want to see him with a beautiful happy ending, and to know his secrets. I really hope he gets a story!
Three and a half
Sebastian joins us today to tell us what his biggest regret is. His regret will break your heart, but he’s making the best of the situation he’s in now. Read and enjoy!
My biggest regret is that I became just the way my parents were. I saw what drinking did to them, yet I started myself. I should have known where this would end, but I didn’t. I will have to live with the consequences.
If I could turn back time and start over, I would never pick up a bottle. It would mean I won’t meet Ben, but it will also mean he will be healthy. If I could change things, I would give him that back or make it undone. But I can’t, and I will live with it, trying to be the best man I can, make him happy and show him how much I love him.
Sebastian stepped out of the sticky bus. It was hot for that time of the year, and Germany was melting under a heat wave. Munich was no exception. The temperature was somewhere around 35°C and the air conditioning in the bus was either non-existent or not working. The fact that everyone and their mother seemed to have agreed to take this bus didn’t help to make it more bearable.
Sebastian took a deep breath, but it did nothing to cool him down. All he got was a lung full of heat, his sweat, and fumes. Fuck this shit. He could be at a bar right now, sipping a cold beer. But he wasn’t, thanks to that fucking judge.
He had to be here, the last place he wanted to be. Okay, a few meters more, then he reached the place. The sign was unmistakable: Rehabilitation Center. Fucking shit. That judge had had way too much fun sentencing him. Wasn’t there a law against such things? The urge to kick something, anything in his way, rose, but Sebastian grit his teeth. He was no sixteen-year-old anymore. Instead of kicking something, Sebastian peered into the windows. An empty desk sat near the entrance door. Nobody was there.
Sebastian took another deep breath, which did nothing to quell his anger, and slowly pushed open the door. He wouldn’t get his Community Service hours done by standing in front of the building. And if the judge had his way, Sebastian was going to be here quite a few hours. Two-hundred, to be precise. Fucking two-hundred hours of work in a rehab center. He should kill that judge.
Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whiskey. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).
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