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Harm Reduction

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It's 1992 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and Magic Johnson has just gone public about being HIV+. Out of the news but right at the frontlines, Julio Torres works the streets and the parks, doing everything he can to keep more people from dying. He meets a young hustler named Linley who doesn't stand a chance. But no matter how hopeless, Julio never gives up trying to ...more
ebook, 17 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Storm Moon Press

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Lauraadriana
Feb 14, 2012 Lauraadriana rated it really liked it
This short was really well written. Almost lyrical at times. Julio and Linley are such promising characters I specially loved Julio. It's so rare to read about an interesting black character in this Genre. I especially loved that he was in inner city Community Health Worker. Very fine introduction to the novel that will follow for these characters. Can't wait to read it.

Serena Yates
Feb 26, 2012 Serena Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
What a great story – on many levels – and it’s free! The characters of Julio (who is the narrator) and Linley are fascinating, the plot is extremely romantic (though it doesn’t seem to be at first), and the key message is one of hope that, even though admittedly somewhat unrealistic, is very encouraging, uplifting and just the right thing if you’re looking for a Valentine’s story with a difference.

Julio is into helping people, whether they are drug addicts, prostitutes or homeless. The story loo
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Vio
Feb 17, 2012 Vio rated it liked it
Shelves: interesting, nice
3.5 Stars

Way too short! This is a small glimpse at the developing romance between Julio and Linley after a 20 year separation. Not enough togetherness between them only enough to wet your appetite. A lot of potential here I can see an absorbing drama with lots of conflict ahead waiting to see if we get a more involved and detailed story from the authors.
Aija
Feb 15, 2012 Aija rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-reads
Just.... took my breath away! So bittersweet and perfectly shaped! One of most gripping short stories I have ever read. :)
Alex
Feb 22, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Overall
A free short from Storm Moon Press put out for Valentine's Day, this story is sweet and touching with a pseudo social awareness message that is balanced out by the sweet emotions that Julio continues to have for Linley, despite having not seen him for twenty years. Like most short stories, it left me wanting more (if only to see the characters continue on and where things go), but it also is perfectly self contained. Some bits of information were hinted at but never confirmed, which I fel
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jules0623
Apr 06, 2012 jules0623 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with these two authors a long while ago and they continue to amaze me with their intelligent writing, their world building, and the way they create characters with such depth. This is a short story that packs one hell of an emotional punch. It's gritty and a little grim, but with that spark of hope that makes it all worthwhile. Wonderful!
Fangtasia
Feb 22, 2012 Fangtasia rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story, excellent writing, vivid characters and setting, all in one compact package. And free, too!

Highly recommended.
Adara
Feb 19, 2012 Adara rated it really liked it
An excellent short story about lives crossed and how you can make a difference in someone else's life, and sometimes your own.
G.B. Gordon
Feb 14, 2012 G.B. Gordon rated it it was amazing
Great, perfectly authentic voice. And imagery to die for. Makes me hungry for more from these authors.
Blaine
Feb 13, 2012 Blaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2012
Loved the parallels.
Gorgeous story :)
Victoria Zagar
Nov 25, 2012 Victoria Zagar rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Julio is a social worker. In 1992 he meets Linley, a male prostitute and drug user and offers him clean needles and condoms. He expects Linley to die in the rough down-and-out life he's living, but that doesn't stop him from caring for the young man. When Linley disappears Julio believes him to be dead and moves on with his life the best he can. 2012 rolls around. Julio's broken up with his partner and is now the single father of their adopted son. Sitting on a park bench, he suddenly
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L-D
Mar 20, 2012 L-D rated it liked it
I enjoyed this free short story. I thought it was a great introduction to the characters and while it left things pretty wide open, I think that also enticed me to read more about these characters. I did hear there was a follow-up book - can't wait!
Mandy*reads obsessively*
3.5
I so wish I could have seen a bit more of the MC's together! I loved the idea of second chances!
I was just getting into it, warming up to the guys...and then..it was over!
I want to know more!!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 22, 2012 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Touching story about hope and second chances. Looking forward to reading more about these newly reunited characters.
Deanna Against Censorship
A compelling little story beautifully written. Julio is an intriguing and sympathetic character. I want to know more about him and his community work. He has a foster son. He remembers Linley, the youth he loved but could not help. A story of hope.
Susinok
Feb 20, 2016 Susinok rated it it was amazing
Good short story about an unexpected second chance.
Barb Gilmour
Jan 19, 2013 Barb Gilmour rated it it was amazing
What a great little read. Heart warming. Beautiful!
Rachel
Dec 31, 2013 Rachel marked it as owned-to-read
Shelves: unread-mm
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Tailtiu
Feb 14, 2012 Tailtiu rated it liked it
Shelves: free
3,5*
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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, graduated with a degree in history from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now lives outside of Edmonton, Alberta, with her tradesman husband and two kids. A proud bisexual woman, her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of queer characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialog ...more
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