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Changing the Guard

Peter Hansen

Out of Print

Tomi Vuorela works security in a frozen off-world outpost. The terrain is unforgiving, especially when it comes to maintaining any semblance of a social life. Any guest is typically a welcome one, provided they're cleared for a refueling or part of IntelServ. Tomi knows his machinery, however, and when a suspicious landskimmer heads toward the his remote access node, Tomi must determine if the interloper is a harmless workman or a dangerous terrorist.

Andile Harper introduces himself as an engineer, but Tomi would rather play it safe than turn his back on a hacker in disguise. When Andile's story doesn't check with his own records, Andile's in for a world of trouble. Normally, keeping a man at gunpoint until backup arrives would be out of the question. But when Andile starts to play with fire, Tomi finds he's more than eager to hold a gun to the intruder's head and make his own personal set of demands.

Long before he could make out the first, thin plume of vapor, Tomi could hear the telltale rumble of the landskimmer's engine—some steam-powered monstrosity from the last century, no doubt lovingly refurbished in a gearhead's basement. Recreational vehicle, then, not that Tomi had the first damn idea why anyone would want to go joyriding across the Arctic tundra.

"Not Arctic, Vuorela," he reminded himself with a huff of a laugh. His breath clouded the air for a moment, and he dragged his scarf up over his nose. "You're not in Lapland anymore."

He could see the landskimmer now, if he dimmed his goggles to cut down on the glare—or he could see the way the sun struck its carapace, glittering in the distance like the sharp edge of a knife. The air was still, dry and cold enough to burn off the steam from the exhaust pipes. "Tomi Vuorela, calling to report a recreational skimmer traveling north-northeast along the datalink ridges," he said into his comm. "The pilot's on an intercept course with the remote access node. Should I send a round over his head to scare him off?"

"Nah," said Hietala's voice, and even through the crackle of the commlink, Tomi could hear that he was laughing. "It's probably one of the engineers from the server core looking for a refuel. Just plug him in and send him—"

"Negative," Tomi cut in. "It's not an electric skimmer. Steam-powered. Old model—bet you can hear the engine."

"I can't hear a damn thing over this static," replied Hietala. "Look, recreational vehicles aren't our problem, Vuorela. Unless he's trying to crash the node, just give him a fucking cup of hot chocolate and send him on his way, and don't bother me with this again."

5 - Fire Pages
"The tone of this short is light, very sarcastic, and downright funny. I enjoyed the way Tomi treated Andile, the new maintenance man, and I was very happy with the ending. (The rating applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

5 - Nikyta at The Armchair Reader
"This little story was a real gem. Even though it is only 21 pages, I really enjoyed it and zipped through reading it faster than I normally would have.... I really liked the way the author wrote these two. I liked how their sexual tastes matched up and the way it had a dubious consent feel to it. I also liked how there was an attempt for the characters to get to know each other as well as the little twist in the end.... Definitely recommended for those looking for a hot, quick read. (The rating applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4.5 - Darien at Pants Off Reviews
"From the start, the writing is funny and sarcastic. Andile and Tomi just grab your attention and the ending to this is a delightful surprise. The gunplay is indescribably hot, erotic, and I just loved it. Peter Hansen is an author to watch out for. (The rating applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4.5 - Between the Covers
"What I enjoyed about this story is the plot builds to a point where the reader can't see the way out, and although some elements of the end left me questioning "Why did they..?" nothing threw me out of the story and ruined the ride. Interesting characters and a plot that leaves you with a good feeling. (The rating applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4.5 - Gabbi at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
"I was immediately swept up into the interesting storyline and very sexy and unique characters.... The author really paid attention to detail and it kept me enthralled with the story from start to finish.... I also thought the sexual chemistry between the two heroes were off the charts!"

4 - Cole at Brief Encounters
"I wouldn't call this a romance, more of a prelude to one. As kinky erotica it works nicely, but the story isn't overwhelmed with sex. Even with such a short length, the story took the majority without the sex, though the sexual tension is constantly prevalent. It's well written and as long as guns don't bother you as a reader, this is definitely a story I'd recommend."

4 - Naunet at Blackraven's Reviews
"Mr. Hansen wastes no time "getting the party started" with his descriptions of the outer space setting, the sights, and sounds as he acquaints his reader to the sexy lead players. The characters were easy to relate to and enjoy.... I also liked the manner in which Mr. Hansen brings these two men together and his descriptions of the physical attributes of Tomi and Andile. This made my imagination rock and roll. (The rating applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

Series

Weight of a Gun

Length

7,500 words
21 pages

Release Date

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-937058-64-7

Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia

Keywords

M/M, science fiction, gun kink, dubious consent, interracial