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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.”
“So,” she said as she sat down. “You know my name. What are yours?” Deft hands dished spaghetti and passed plates as she spoke.
“I’m Alex Thomas, and this is Tommy Alexander.”
She raised an eyebrow. “Not your real names, I’m guessing?”
“Not… Not entirely. It’s our real first names but the last names… they’re sort of a tribute to each other.”
She nodded. “Eat,” she urged them, taking a bite from her own plate. “How long have you two been on the streets?”
“About a month. Tommy’s parents kicked him out when they found out he was gay and mine kicked us out when they found out we both were.”