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Rainbow Snippet for 4-20-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-13-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

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.”

 

“Hungry?”

They nodded. 

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-6-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up 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.  This is unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“I wonder why he sent us there? I mean, he must have known what he was like. He said it was his church, the one he goes to.”

Tommy looked at him and Alex winced at the fevered flush in his pale cheeks.

“He knew what kind of reception we’d get,” Tommy said. “He knew we’d get stranded out here in this weather with nowhere to go.”

“He sent us here to die?” Alex asked incredulously.

Tommy nodded and focused on removing the rest of his clothes. “I don’t have any other theory, but if you do I’d love to hear it.” He stood up and made his way into the shower room and Alex joined him a moment later.

“I believe you,” Alex said as hot water splashed onto the floor and steam enveloped his body. “I just don’t like thinking that someone would do that, would deliberately send us to someone who would turn us out to die.”

“I don’t either,” Tommy replied stepping under the spray. “That’s why I was hoping you’d have a better theory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-30-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up 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.  This is unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“What do you think, Tommy?” Alex asked after she had left them. 

Tommy didn’t answer for a moment, focusing on breathing without coughing as he took off his sweatshirt.

“I think she’s right. I think we’re safe here. At least for now.” He sighed and sat down on a bench. “At least for tonight we have someplace warm to be, and where we can maybe be together.”

Alex nodded and sat down to take his sneakers off.

“I wonder why he sent us there? I mean, he must have known what he was like. He said it was his church, the one he goes to.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-23-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up 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. This is unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“Come,” she said, beckoning for them to follow. “You can tell me your story later but for now let’s get you a hot shower and some clean dry clothes.”

They followed her down a set of stairs into a finished basement. 

“Showers,” she said, pointing. “You’ll find everything you need in the locker room. And in here,” she opened a door, “are clothes. Help yourselves. Just throw your wet things in the hamper — I’ll do laundry later or in the morning. Come upstairs when you’re done.” She turned to them and smiled. “You are safe here,” she assured them.

“What do you think, Tommy?” Alex asked after she had left them. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-16-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up 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.  This is unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“Over here, boys.”

It was a woman’s voice, nearly inaudible against the howl of the wind.

Alex looked toward the sound. A rectangle of light spilled from an open doorway silhouetting a figure standing there, motioning for them to come.

“Tommy?”

He shrugged. “We don’t have much choice.”

The woman ushered them through the door, closing it behind them and they breathed a sigh of relief at being out of the wind. 

“My name is Kamrin, but you can call me Kam,” she said, helping them out of their jackets – their fingers were too numb to work the zippers. She hung the jackets on hooks next to the door and they got their first good look at her. Long dark auburn hair flowed down to the small of her back, more or less restrained by a headband set with a clear green stone that matched her eyes. She was maybe five feet tall, soft-bodied, but not fat, and there was an air of confidence and competency about her that was somehow reassuring and unnerving at the same time. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-9-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’s snippet from a neglected WiP.  It’s unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“Faggots.” 

The door slammed shut only to open again.

“Clear out. If you’re still on the property in thirty seconds I’m calling the cops.”

So much for huddling in the shelter of the doorway, such as it was.

The door slammed again and Alex turned guiding Tommy away from the church. 

“I’m sorry, Tommy. I should have listened to you.”

Tommy shook his head. “No time for that,” he said, his voice raspy as he tried not to cough. Coughing made Alex worry and feel guilty. “What do we do now?”

Alex shook his head. “I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t even know where we are.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-2-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’s snippet from a neglected WiP.  It’s unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“Your kind isn’t welcome here.”

“Our kind?” Even as he spoke his stomach clenched. Tommy hadn’t trusted the bouncer, hadn’t wanted to let him send them out here. Looking back there had been something in his manner that should have alerted him, but they were being thrown out of the bar for being underage and they hadn’t had much choice: let him put them in a cab or spend the night on the street, wet and cold with wind chills in the minus thirties.  

“Faggots.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-23-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’s snippet from a neglected WiP.  It’s unedited, so in the words of our fearless leader, “Squint.”

 

“This is it,” he said, trying to keep the doubt out of his voice. “Come on, Tommy.”

The door was locked, but there was a sign that read, “If you are in need of shelter, ring the bell.”

Alex gave Tommy’s hand a squeeze and pushed the button; after what seemed an eternity the door opened and a middle aged man stared at them, his eyes cold.

“Please, sir. We need a place to be out of the weather for the night. The bouncer at Harley’s sent us here.”

The man nodded, his lips pursing. “He called and told me.” His voice was colder than the wind that gusted pellets of ice against them. “Your kind isn’t welcome here.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-16-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

I’m posting from a neglected WiP this week. It doesn’t actually have a title yet, but the characters have names. Actually, I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. This is one of those things that started because I had an opening scene in my head and I had to write it. I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up being urban fantasy, but we shall see.

The cab had smelled of stale cigarettes and staler vomit – and perhaps even staler sex – but it had been warm, a welcome respite from the wind-driven sleet and freezing rain that pelted them now as they stood on the dark street and watched its tail lights fade into the storm.

Alex looked at the paper in his hand, squinting to make out the writing. He could barely read it as the rain splattered against it, blurring the ink.

“Westbrook Church of Heaven’s Gate.” 

He looked up from the scrap of paper to the sign next to the building they were in front of. “Westbrook Church of Heaven’s Gate,” it read. “All welcome.”

“This is it,” he said, trying to keep the doubt out of his voice. “Come on, Tommy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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