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Picking up a few lines from last week’s snippet from a neglected WiP. The boys have been stranded on a deserted street in a winter storm, turned away by a church shelter because they’re gay. They’ve been rescued by a woman across the street who has bustled them off to a shower. Clean, warm, and dry, Tommy and Alex have followed their noses to the kitchen. This is unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”
“It’s nothing fancy, but I haven’t poisoned anyone yet. Help yourselves to coffee. Or there’s hot water for tea or hot chocolate if you’d rather.”
“Thank you.” Alex stared at her for a moment. “We… We don’t have any way to repay you,” he said nervously.
“Who asked you to? Get your drinks and sit down.”
Hesitantly they obeyed, and she smiled as she put a bowl of spaghetti on the table, followed by a plate of bread sticks that she pulled from the oven.
“So,” she said as she sat down. “You know my name. What are yours?” Deft hands dished spaghetti and passed plates as she spoke.