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“The Gentleman and the Lamplighter”: A Short Story, Part 1

Part 1 of Summer Devon's "The Gentleman and the Lamplighter" (January 6, 2015) is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members.

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The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer DevonHeroes and Heartbreakers is proud to present the latest story in the H&H Short Story Program: “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter” by Summer Devon (available as an e-book on January 6, 2015).

Meet The Gentleman and The Lamplighter...

You Can't Walk Away from Love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he's ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything....

But You Can Walk Toward It... 

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he's admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears....


Chapter 1
London, 1880

After Woolver’s death, Giles took to the streets at night. A gentleman could stay awake through the long night and stare at nothing through longer days—and hear no complaints about his strange habits.

He had nothing important to do with himself except sort through his dead friend’s affairs and offer comfort to the young widow left behind. The widow, only six months married, seemed almost indifferent to her husband’s death, so Giles usually avoided that task laid upon him by Wool. The rest he did methodically and with care.