Most of the Christmas shopping is now done. I'm usually faster than this, but this year has been more of a crunch time-wise, so I'm still a bit behind with the stockings.
The older I get, and the longer I'm married, the more that buying a Christmas present for my husband becomes both more difficult and easier. On the one hand, I know him better, and we're very good at communicating things to each other that would make a nice present. What we're not good at is being patient, so often we end up buying the things for each other without any real reason (ie: a birthday or Christmas) and the holidays roll around and we hit the other hand - that we don't need anything. At all.
So when a perfect gift idea presents itself, I go for it.
Which didn't happen this year.
"The Story of O. Henry, or, The Gifts of the Leathermen," by Simon Sheppard
I've mentioned more than a few times how much I enjoy a good re-telling. It's no surprise, then, that this next story from Stocking Stuffers: Gay Erotic Holiday Stories gave me a smile. We all know the story being referenced - the hair comb and the watch chain - but spinning the same tale with a healthy dose of kink and leather makes for a clever tale.
That Simon Sheppard is a major name in erotica isn't a surprise, but I have to admit I was indeed surprised at how romantic this story felt by its close, and how well the captured sentiment - giving - was retold.