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“You know that I can’t afford a vacation.” Max Travis barely managed to suppress the sigh that wanted to follow. It was nice that his older brother called him every week, and Max knew he meant well. But being a partner in a huge public relations company meant living such a different life that sometimes Derek just didn’t get it.
Max desperately needed some time off, and was certainly entitled to the days after almost two years driving buses around New York City for the MTA. But he never seemed to have much money left over after paying for rent, groceries, and the occasional movie rental. What little there remained at the end of the month went into a savings account from which he hoped to buy a really decent camera one day. Like a Nikon D7000 with a few lenses, or maybe a Canon EOS. He mentally snorted. Yeah, right. Neither of them was even within a few miles of his budget right now, maybe ever.
“I don’t care if you can’t afford it. You need some time off and I’m going to make sure you get it.” Derek’s voice had taken on its ‘I’m your older brother and I know what’s best for you’ tone. “You’ve been miserable long enough, and your birthday is coming up, so there’s no way you can stop me.”
“It’s not like it was my choice to become miserable, you know?” Max pinched the top of his nose, trying to stave off the tears.
Being reminded of Steve’s fatal car accident on Valentine’s Day almost two years ago did that to him. He hated feeling weak like that, but damn it, he’d loved the guy. He’d been Max’s first real boyfriend. They’d met during orientation week at Eugene Lang College and had been inseparable for over three years. Then—in an instant— Steve’s life and promising future were taken away by the inattention of some drunken idiot who had decided he was still fit to drive.
“I know, Max.” Derek’s voice had gone soft, all traces of pushiness gone. “But you’re still alive and I think it’s time you remembered that. Steve wouldn’t have wanted you to be so unhappy. He would have wanted you to move on, find someone to love and become the photographer you’ve always dreamed of being.”