Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.
Every once in a while I’m jealous of my reader self. Taking amazing adventures, visiting exotic places, and most of all, meeting marvelous and extraordinary people. Kit is one of those exceptional souls that I’m green with envy that my book alter ego has met. You see, Kit is special. And I’m not talking about his placement on the autism spectrum, I’m referring to him. I feel privileged to know his story. This short story gives us a snapshot of his life and although I was satisfied with the ending, I also craved more. Kit doesn’t mean to, but he ends up in the most precarious situations that one can’t help but smile at. I’m grateful Stephen appeared and forced some alterations to his plans. Some things are simply meant to be and Stephen throwing Kit off-kilter was definitely one of them. But I’m getting ahead of myself…let’s go back to the beginning.
This is a quiet but spellbinding story. Kit’s story begins with a ludicrous scene that will cause your face to split from side to side. Bessie, Kit’s sidekick and faithful service dog, tends to cause a spot of trouble here and there. It’s not her fault really, she can’t help herself. Nevertheless, she causes a scene, graciously referred to as Bessiegate. But the importance of this encounter is the man with eyes full of spring. Kit is mortified and escapes to the haven of the bookstore, his place of employment and home. But not without haunting memories of a man whom he likes but he will only (reluctantly) admit this fact when Yenta pulls it out of him. Ahh, Yenta. A delightful lady that does her best to step in where Kit’s late mother’s void is. Kit’s had a hard year. He lost his mum, his rock, and greatest advocate. Before he had a chance to try to right his world, his boyfriend also deserted him. Needless to say, he’s relying on his contingency plans more than ever. But for some reason, he can’t seem to plan for anything where Stephen is involved. Which is one of the things that….
…I loved the most. Stephen seems to understand Kit with such accuracy that even Kit is unnerved. He sees him with crystal clear clarity. He hears him with precision without a single word spoken. And he feels him with an exactness that no one has ever come close to. One of Kit’s wishes would be to create a manual for the world to understand him. But as he says, it’s as if Stephan not only read but wrote the manual. Simply put, Stephen knows exactly what to do, when to do it and how when it comes to the delicate sensitivities that Kit experiences. This filled my heart with pure joy. On the surface, Kit comes across as quirky and odd. But his brain is just hardwired differently than most. The power of this story lies within the characters. It may be short but it’s splendid…and I adored them.
If you’re looking for heat, you won’t find it here. If you’re searching for traditional, you might as well move along. However! If you’re craving something full of wonder and charisma, this might be exactly what you need. Just have a little patience and I believe you will be rewarded. And yes, we know Springful is not a real word. *smile*
Well…I’ll be honest and tell you….not everyone. I believe the target audience is smaller than it deserves to be. Fate, fluke, and fortune bring Winter and Spring together and I’m grateful I had the chance to behold their beauty.
*note* This is part of Seasons of Love Anthology. Might have to check the rest of it out….