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Alexander Bell is a young chiropractor who enjoys his work drives a nice car and has great friends Ric Saunders is a former high school bully who made Alexander s life hell eight years ago and unexpectedly seeks treatment at the clinic where Alex and his father work I was pleasantly surprised at how sweet humorous and touching this short story was Ric and Alex are well drawn believable and very engaging characters I keenly felt the emotional turmoil Alex experienced at first seeing Ric s name in the patient file his anger while treating him and as their elationship grew the internal struggle he faced trying to forgive Ric for the pain he caused in the past and accepting the changed man he had become I thought the flash forward ending was cool and would have liked it even better if it had been a little further in the future Available for free here13113 Just finished 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life reading the new version and noticed the ending was changed I don temember any creepy stalking spiders in the original story I also think Ric s character was developed with deeper insight into his past Zathyn Priest has become of my favorite authors In my opinion his writing is very uniue He is either making me laugh with his interesting dialog and loveable characters like in The Curtis Reincarnation or scaring the hell out of me in The Slayers Apprentice Either way I love his work and I look forward to eading by himOne Of These Days is a very short novel It takes place in the space of one day and is told in first person through Alex s point of view It is a lighthearted story telling the beginnings of a budding omance between Alexander Bell and Richard SaundersAlex is a successful chiropractor who is having the day from hell He locked his keys in the house was stuck in heavy traffic his eceptionist called in sick his dog ate his cereal and this is all before nine o clock It even gets worse when he notices Richard Saunders who was his childhood tormentor and bully in the lobby as his next patient Richard was horrible to Alex Alex was overweight and outspoken about his homosexuality and Richard made sure every day of Alex s high school years was a living hell Times have changed Alex is no longer the overweight and uiet nerd he once was But seeing Richard brings back all the bad memories and he once again feels like that insecure unhappy teenager he once was Alex is tempted to cancel his appointment but being the professional that he is he decides to bite the bullet and see if he can help Richard outRichard is not the boy he once was As the popular high school jock he had to keep his homosexuality in the closet When he saw Alex who was able to be open about who he was his esentment and fea. Note This is a first free edition of the story that is no longer availableWhen Alex wakes up one morning and everything starts to go wrong he knows it’s going to be one of those days Things get worse.
R of being discovered made him torment the boy he eally wanted to be friends with He has been emorseful of his behavior toward Alex and to try to make up for it became a counselor to help gay teens become accepted in school and elsewhereWhen Richard finally ecognizes Alex he immediately does what he can to make up for all of the hurt and shame he once caused him Now grown up Richard hopes to prove to Alex he is a changed man and in the process gain Alex s forgiveness too The Richard and Alex are around one another the sparks fly Neither can deny the chemistry and attraction they have for one another but unless Alex does not forgive Richard their budding elationship will never surviveThis book is about forgiveness I thought both Alex and Richard were very well developed characters despite how short the novel was This book has Zathyn s humor as well as his snappy dialog that is one of his trademarksI loved it So cute and sweet and perfect for a uick and easy eadI saved the very best for lastthis book is FREE Yep FREE Just go to download it Also his live journal is awesome He seems like a very interesting man much like the characters he writes about Check it out at Oh my godthis was so freaking funny I laughed my ass off and almost peed my pants It was perfect and just what I needed DWe also get some enemies to lovers an ugly duck turned into a swan And a former bully trying to edeem himself All of that in this short little story It was awesome thanks Susan 5 Stars This is one of those books and what kind of book would that be An absolute GEMHow is it possible for an author to take so few words so few pages and make a short story ead like full length novel By combining humor fun passion sensuality and witty dialogue and then not wasting a single word or thought Zathyn Priest is one of those writers who has an innate ability to draw on a eader s emotions ight along with the characters Alexander Bell yes you heard that ight is a chiropractor and when he ealizes that his first patient of the day is his childhood tormentor Richard Saunders wellhe freaks out a little I laughed out loud at Alex s crazy internal dialogue just hysterical Ric has no idea who he is and Alex uses this knowledge to do a little tormenting of his own I picked up a pen clicking it furiously with my thumb like I do when I m angry or nervous Do you prefer to be called Richard or Dick Ric Dick I ll make a note of that on your file I spoke aloud as I wrote Patient prefers to be called Dick No Ric Have you ever been to a chiropractor before Dick When I heard him sigh in exasperation I couldn t help smilingAside from all the fun in the book there is a serious underlying message abou. When his high school bully captain of the football team and meathead extraordinaire Ric Saunders shows up for an appointment at the chiropractic clinic where Alex works Things go from bad to worse in.
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T bullying It s just wrong and should not be tolerated at allnever ever However once Ric eveals issues from his childhood that drove him to do what he did I had to forgive him even though he still had trouble forgiving himself It was a lovely story and I would enjoy seeing see Alex and Ric s story continue as was hinted at but I was satisfied with the ead from beginning to end It felt complete and left me smiling I highly ecommend it The author gives you the choice of downloading the Plain Text Version or the GraphicIllustrated version of One of Those Days for free I chose the illustrated version and the pictures are classy and strikingjust lovely However the story holds its own without any images The author s writing is descriptive enough to give the eader what they need to imagine the characters and setting without having to look at pictures Thank you Moniue for your lovely eview check it out people which ultimately led me to eading this story Also thanks to Zathyn Priest for offering this little treasure for free This was eally funny short from Mr Priest and has made me buy even of his booksAlex was having one of those days when nothing was going ight His alarm went off an hour early the dog ate last of cereal the cat decides to jump into fish tank no clean laundry flat tyre on caryou get the picture Then he gets to work at Bell s Chiropractics a partnership with his father and discovers that the usual eceptionist is missing and has been eplaced by Janet who is extremely hormonal and would freeze anyone s dangly bits off at 10metres But the absolute coup de grace is discovering that the person who made his life a living hell at school Ric Saunders is his first customer of the dayMuch as he wishes to tell Mr Saunders exactly where to go he deals with his patient professionally lots of funny things happen whilst the treatment is being dispensed and although he ecognises his bully from school the bully doesn t ecognise Alex until he hears Alex s name at the very end of the session Needless to say Alex has no intention of treating Mr Saunders again and goes to pieces at the practice Janet being on hand to actually dispense a little sympathyRic then starts to stalk Alex or so Alex thinks in the hope of apologising for his previous disgraceful behaviour at school and to ask Alex out as surprise surprise the eason he was so nasty to Alex at school was that he was gay and didn t want anyone to know so it was alright for everyone to pick on Alex as long as they left him alone Surprisingly Alex accepts the apology and from then on the two of them start a elationship which hopefully will lead to bigger and better things Yay I do love Happy Endings. A comedy of errors that leaves Alex's head spinning Has Ric turned into a crazed stalker eady to pick up the bullying where he left off eight years before Or has Ric got something else in mind this ti.
wwwzathynpriestcom because even though Zathyn has vampiric traits he’s actually uite a nice guy and wrote One of Those Days as a freebie When Zathyn isn’t writing or running for cover before sunlight turns him to cinders he likes to pretend he’s really good at playing his MIDI keyboard Thankfully Zathyn is a conscientious neighbour Rather than drive the street insane with repeated renditions of Greensleeves he uses headphones because let’s face it no matter how beautiful Greensleeves is most people don’t want to hear it one hundred times a night Zathyn lives with a retired greyhound called Chrissy who lives the life of luxury sleeping away most of her days on the sofa and generally only waking up when there’s food around or if it’s time for a walk There’s also a cat called Fran who doesn’t like Chrissy very much and feels she should reiterate this fact by occasionally smacking her in the face Just when you thought the household couldn’t get any stranger there’s a duck or drake he’d probably rather be called named Charlie who originally lived on a farm but moved in with Zathyn after a fox ate all his girlfriends and was eying Charlie for dessert