Hot for a man in uniform

Trevor loaded the stretcher into the ambulance, slammed the doors shut then looked at himself in the mirrored glass.

Licking a finger, he patted down a stray hair, then pulled at the yellow hem of his jacket to tug out any creases that probably hadn’t existed. He knew his looks would fade eventually but for now, he’d make the most of them, charming whoever was ‘hot’ for a man in uniform.

“Come on, Trevor!” his colleague, Suzanne, called from the driver’s seat.

She was new and had not yet succumbed to him but she would, Trevor knew, melt eventually.

As he walked down the side of the vehicle, he noticed one of the stripes peeling away. “Cheap and not so cheerful NHS,” he said as he opened the passenger door, fixing his mouth into a cheesy smile.


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