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Josh Finley is in an interesting situation. He and his current boyfriend, Ben Gregory, are friends with Josh's ex, Joey Brandt. When they all head out for a weekend of relaxation on Burkett Isle, owned by Ben's family, Josh isn't sure what to do. Joey's still hung up on him, but Josh loves Ben.

To top it off, a serial killer is stalking the lower end of the city's population and now he has his sights set on Josh. The trick is to lure Josh from his friends, but how?

When Josh makes a gruesome discovery, however, it changes everything. And it may very well be the end for one of them.

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"Anything decent on TV?" Ben asked from the kitchen.

"Not really," Josh said. "Dinner almost done?"

Ben walked over and gave Josh an upside-down kiss. "MmmÖsoon."

"Thereís not a damn thing on." Joey dropped the remote down in disgust, then eyed the other two. He realized heíd made a mistake in letting Josh go right after Josh and Ben started dating. "If you two play tonsil hockey all weekend, itís really gonna be a bore."

Josh grumbled when Ben pulled back. "Oh, like you havenít been getting any. Trust me, we wonít spend all weekend in the sack, smartass."

Ben grinned. "We wonít?"

"Fuck you," Josh laughed, reaching up to whack Ben on the arm. "Feed me. Then feel free to challenge me on that."

"Youíll eat your words. Thatís a promise," Ben shot back.

"Youíre both making me wish Iíd brought along a fuck buddy for the weekend."

"You should have," Ben flippantly agreed before he headed back into the kitchen.

"See?" Josh grabbed the remote. "Weíre perfectly fine."

"You sure youíre not trying a bit too hard to convince me?" Joey asked with a touch of curiosity. "I think I know you better than that."

Rolling his eyes, Josh didnít say anything for a moment. "Weíre just different, thatís all," he said finally. "We agreed to take things slow."

His toes pointed down, Joey kneaded them slightly into Joshís thigh. "Did you agree to take it slow because you want to or because you donít want to lose him? And remember, the last time I saw you, you were drunk off your ass and complaining about Ben."

"Both," Josh muttered. "I love him, butÖhe hasnít said anything like that to me."

"I think he cares about you, but I havenít seen anything like love when he looks at you." Joey sat up, then shifted to put his arm around Josh. Inwardly, he was rather pleased with the situation. "If it gets bad enough, you know you can always talk to me." Then he released Josh and stood. "Maybe we should hit the liquor cabinet. They always kept this place well stocked. Want something?"

"No, thanks." Josh got up and wandered into the kitchen, looking somewhat preoccupied with his thoughts.

As Josh walked away, Joey watched him out of the corner of his eye and smiled to himself before pulling several tall glasses from the cabinet. He had a really good feeling both Ben and Josh would be joining him. No doubt Josh had some serious doubts about Ben, and Joey enjoyed egging him on. Ben had never deserved somebody like Josh, and Joey wanted Josh back. Once he grabbed a bottle of vodka, he wandered into the kitchen.

"Feel like a screwdriver?" he asked Ben as he passed the guy on his way to the fridge.

"Sure." Ben flipped the hamburgers on the stove-top grill. "Want one, babe?" he asked Josh.

Josh sat at the table. "Hell, why not? Mix me up one, too, man."

After he grabbed a couple cans of 7-Up and the orange juice, Joey returned to the bar and mixed up the drinks. He gathered up all three glasses in both hands before returning to the kitchen. "Thereís more where this came from." With a smile, he set the drinks on the table, then sat across from Josh. Ben went to the table to get his drink and took a sip. He winked at Josh and gave him a grin on his way back to the hamburgers.

"Oh, man, thatís good," Josh said after a sip. "Burgers done?"

Ben returned a couple minutes later and put a big plate of his signature teriyaki burgers on the table. "Yup. Fries coming up." He got the basket of fries from the counter, then sat down beside Josh.

All three of them dug in and between mouthfuls, Joey complimented Ben on the dinner. "I need to hire you to cook for me, man."

Ben smirked at him. "Keep one of your fuck buddies around long enough and make him do it."

"Yeah, right," Josh mumbled in-between bites. "No one can touch my manís cooking."

"True, but Iím not for hire. Unless somebody pays me some big bucks."

"I can promise you big bucks," Joey tossed in as an inducement.

Josh raised an eyebrow. "Now heís pulling out the big guns." Ben leaned over and whispered in Joshís ear. Whatever it was, Josh snickered. "Shut up."

Joey smirked and settled back in his chair as he finished off his drink. "Iíll get you in my kitchen yet, Ben."

"Just fix me another drink, smart ass."

"MmmÖ" Josh stole a quick kiss from Ben while Joey got up to mix more drinks.

"Youíll have to fight me for him, Joey."

"Damn shame I forgot my swords. We could have fenced for him," Joey quipped. As he stood at the bar, he glanced into the kitchen, happy to see the guys preoccupied. Then he pulled out a small vial and dropped a tablet into Benís glass. When he returned to the kitchen he set the drinks down with a flourishing bow.

Josh mumbled something, mouth too busy with Benís. When they finally parted, Josh smirked up at Joey. "Iíd kick your ass in a heartbeat."

"You never could in high school. Why donít you two go relax in the living room, and Iíll wash up." Joey took a quick sip of his drink before he started to gather up the dirty dishes.

"I let you win," Josh shot back. He got up, tugging Ben with him. "Come on, gorgeous. Letís go make out while Joey does the dirty work."

Joey almost laughed but managed to stop himself. It wasnít likely Josh would get much out of Ben since heíd spiked Benís drink with a mild sedative. Happy with himself, he filled the sink with hot water, added soap, and piled the dishes in the water. His thoughts were occupied with his own touch of glee as he methodically washed the plates and utensils. While he wasnít overconfident, he did have the feeling Josh would return to him.

He could hear the television and low murmurs from the living room. It didnít take him long to finish the dishes, but he puttered around, wiping down the counters and table. Finally, he tossed the dish cloth into the sink, picked up his drink, and went to join them.

"Dude. You canít be tired," Josh laughed, nudging Ben with his elbow.

"MmmhmmÖ" Benís response was muffled on Joshís thigh. One of Benís hands rested higher up, fingertips close but not quite touching Joshís crotch.

Josh sighed. "So much for fooling around."

"Must have had a hard day at work." Joey grabbed Benís shoulder, shaking him slightly. "Youíre disappointing your man."

Ben yawned widely in answer. He squeezed Joshís thigh lightly and mumbled, "Sorry, babe. Maybe I should hit the hay before I fall asleep here."

"Okay." Josh bent down and kissed Benís head. "Iíll be in there in a bit."

"íkay." Ben sat up and gave Josh a brief kiss before heading down the hall, already half-stumbling.

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