Rainbow Award Finalist and Honorable Mention
Jake Landon thinks a second ranger season in the Colorado Rockies with his hyper-competent lover Kurt Carlson is close enough to heaven, and a national forest is big enough to be his closet. City life, school—and the luxuries of electricity and running water—can wait, maybe forever, as long as Jake doesn’t have to come out. He doesn’t plan on Kurt’s vision of his future being as narrow and direct as the single track roads through the woods.
“Your future, your fear, and me,” Kurt tells Jake. “You can have two of the three, so choose wisely.” Jake may have no choices left after they stumble on armed men guarding a beautiful but deadly crop that doesn’t belong among the pines and spruces. Angry men with guns are only one danger in the Colorado wilderness, and Jake’s reluctance to come out is now his smallest problem.
Kurt’s skills and Jake’s quick wits may not be enough to get them out of this mess—how much of the blood shed on the mountain will be theirs?