Title: On the Job
Author: JM Snyder
Length: 5,944 words (16 pdf pages)
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: m/m contemporary erotica
Charles is a service technician with the cable company who doesn’t usually do new installs. His day is limited to trouble calls and reconnects.
But an irate customer has called into the office — he missed the installer and now demands the cable company send someone out to hook up his service. Charles is already in the neighborhood when he gets the call.
New installs aren’t usually in Charles’s job description. But when he meets the sexy Billy Jackson, he’s more than willing to hook the guy up.
This is a cute little story about poor cable guy Charles, who is forced to take a new installation job, even though that’s not his area of expertise. It was quite amusing to see the behind the scenes working of a company when they get a caller who is demanding and won’t take no for an answer. Charles is expecting the worst, but accepts the job anyway. He’s in for quite a surprise when he arrives, the customer is anything but annoying and angry, he’s hot, young and mostly naked having just got out of the shower.
The rest of the story consists of Charles trying as best he can to control his own libido, while Billy, the customer, does everything he can to set him off his game. At first he thinks it’s either unintentional or a game, and he tries his best to ignore it, but his forgetfulness and clumsiness under the circumstances is rather amusing. He knows it’s unprofessional and spends much of his time berating himself and giving himself pep talks to calm down.
Billy appears at the doorway. That damn smile. Shit. All he has to do is smile that way and I’d do anything he wanted. Anything at all. Cable free for a month? Sure, why not. Ten outlets? Hell, yeah. Fuck, I’ll even hook up the bathroom for you; you can watch TV when you take a bubble bath.
Don’t go there, Charles. You do not want to picture him in the bathtub. Naked, soapy, slippery and wet…
In the end, Billy isn’t about to let him get away with just hooking up the cable. This is a sweet little story that uses touch of humour to alleviate which could have been a rather stereotypical porn plot. There is also the indication that Billy and Charles will be seeing a lot more of each other in the future. The writing is light and fast and it’s a good choice when you are looking for something low-angst with some humour.