Quiet, anxious inventor Tom has a crush on his friend, Rudy, but he never expects to do anything about it. Rudy's racing career is the love of his life—except perhaps for his complicated, secret feelings about Tom—but professional racing in the 22nd century is proving to be a dangerous place. With his life at risk, Tom's mother suggests something that will give him a bit of clout and protection: marry Tom, take on the family name.
Neither man is eager to risk the sort of heartbreak that might entail. But, well, Tom would do anything to protect Rudy's life, and this may be what it takes. And, really, what could go wrong, as long as he keeps his feelings to himself?
28,000 words – low heat