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Impatience Is a Virtue

After Marshall gets a medical residency across the state and hours away from his boyfriend Jack, the two decide on a long-distance relationship. This arrangement works, more or less. Marshall isn’t the best with texting and his time is often scattered, but so is Jack’s when he’s working double-shifts at Target. When they connect over Skype and text messages, it’s good. And when they don’t, Jack finds other ways to keep their relationship interesting and the excitement present. But when Black Friday forces both to work hectic schedules and deal with impatient crowds, Jack wonders if spending Thanksgiving apart was really a good idea.

During Black Friday, Jack's coworkers amuse him with customer service horror stories, take selfies, and rewrite traditional holiday songs. As Marshall's text messages become less and less frequent, Jack wonders if the two of them will be able to wait out the three weeks and six days until they can see one another over Christmas break.

When everyone tells Jack “patience is a virtue,” he starts to see the faulty argument at its core. Being quiet has never gotten him anything in his life. Can he learn from these bossy customers how to voice his own desires and have Marshall home all to himself?

Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but has also dabbled in mystery, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal fiction. For more information, visit