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Rainbow Snippet for 6-15-2019

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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. Remember, this is a rough draft so squint. Wearing rose colored glasses may help too.

 

Alex and Tommy slowly relaxed as they ate dinner. Somehow, in some strange way, there was an odd sensation of being at a family table, even though neither Kamrin nor Brandon seemed old enough to be their parents.

“You are staying tonight, Bran,” Kamrin said as she cleared the dishes. “I have lots of room and lots of food and there’s no sense risking your neck out on those roads tonight.”

“You don’t have to twist my arm,” he said, laughing. “I was planning on crashing here tonight. Stopping by to warn you about crab ass was just an excuse.”

Kamrin rolled her eyes. “Like you need an excuse. And watch your language. We have young ones in the house.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-8-2019

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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.

Skipping a few lines from last week. Remember, this is a rough draft so squint. Wearing rose colored glasses may help too.

They were still mulling that over when Bran entered the kitchen. They tensed up when he came in, but he smiled as he sat down.

“I don’t bite,” he assured them.

They turned to Kamrin and she smiled.

“He’s right. He doesn’t bite. Usually.” She put a hand on his shoulder as she put a cup of coffee in front of him. “Boys, this is Brandon Cormack. Bran, meet Alex and Tommy.”

“Nice to meet you, boys.”  Brandon helped himself to a plateful of spaghetti. “Someone pass the Parmesan, please?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-1-2019

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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.

Bran sighed. “You’re risking too much, Kunda,” he said softly.

“I’m risking nothing. Certainly not anything worth more than their lives. Now hang up your coat and come have some spaghetti and meet my new friends.”

“Let me go change first.”

She nodded. “Probably not a bad idea. I’ll start a new pot of coffee.”

 

“Are we causing trouble for you?”

Alex’s voice was anxious and she smiled.

“Not at all. You have the right to be here. I have the right to have you here.” Green eyes sparkled with mirth. “The Rev’s been having fits ever since I bought the property and started fixing it up.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-25-2019

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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.

 

“And you couldn’t have called?” Amusement tinged her voice as she took his coat and hung it up.

“I could have,” he admitted, glancing toward the kitchen.

“I’m fine,” she laughed. Her voice grew darker, softer. “They were kicked out of their homes. They’re half frozen and more than half starved.”

He nodded. “I worry.”

“I know. And I’m sorry you had to come all the way out here for nothing.”

“It’s not for nothing.” He sighed. “He’s lodged a complaint that you’re running a homeless shelter without a license and he’s really going to push for them to investigate and won’t stop until they do.”

“I’m not running a homeless shelter.”

“The report says that you were seen admitting two young males into the building.”

“I did,” she replied calmly. “This is my home. I do believe I have the right to have guests in it? Overnight if I wish? Longer if I want?”

Bran sighed. “You’re risking too much, Kunda,” he said softly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-18-2019

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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.

“You’re safe, so don’t be afraid. It’s a friend.”

“Bran! Come in!”

“This isn’t a social call,” a man’s voice responded, but they heard him stamp the snow off of his feet as the door closed behind him, and they left the table to stand near the doorway so they could see. “I’m here with a warning.”

“I know that,” Kamrin replied with a laugh as Bran shook the sleet from his hat and coat. “I figured the good reverend was on the phone to the police before I had my front door closed. What took you so long?”

He glanced toward the door. “Have you been out in that tonight? Wrecks everywhere and where there aren’t wrecks driving is hazardous at best. We’re only handling emergencies and this isn’t an emergency. Besides, it’s a civil issue, not criminal. I just wanted to let you know that he’s trying to make trouble.”

“And you couldn’t have called?” Amusement tinged her voice as she took his coat and hung it up.

“I could have,” he admitted, glancing toward the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-11-2019

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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.

She nodded and rose.”I have something that will help until we can get you to a doctor. Meanwhile, eat. There’s lots more where that came from.” She frowned slightly.”When is the last time you two had a good meal?”

“Before we were kicked out,” Alex replied. “We didn’t have time to grab much, not that we had much anyhow.”

Kamrin nodded. “You two can stay here as long as you need to. Or want to,” she added. 

Alex swallowed hard and looked at Tommy who had turned to look at him. He was sure that the tears in Tommy’s eyes were mirrored in his own.

“Thank you,” Alex said, and Tommy turned to look at her.

“Yes, thank you,” he said, his voice hoarse. “For taking us in and… and for everything.”

“You’re more than welcome,” she said. She touched his shoulder gently. “Let me get something to help you with your breathing.”

She had just handed him a cup when the doorbell sounded. “Breathe the steam and drink the tea. I’ll be right back.” She paused in the doorway and smiled. “You’re safe, so don’t be afraid. It’s a friend.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-4-2019

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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.”

Skipping a few lines from last week. Alex has told Kamrin that he and Tommy were heading for a city [indecisive writer doesn’t know which one] in the hopes that it would be better than the small town they grew up in.

 

“Big city, small town. It only matters to small minds and you’ll find those everywhere.” She tilted her head as she looked at Tommy. “Are you all right?” she asked. “You seem flushed.”

“I’m fine.”

She shook her head. “Your breathing isn’t right.”

“He’s been sick,” Alex said. “But we can’t go to a hospital or clinic because they’ll want insurance or a way to pay.”

“Not necessarily.” She rose and moved around the table to crouch down beside Tommy. “What’s wrong?”

“I’m coughing some, that’s all.”

“And his chest hurts when he takes a deep breath and that’s what makes him cough,” Alex said.

She nodded and rose.”I have something that will help until we can get you to a doctor. Meanwhile, eat. There’s lots more where that came from.” She frowned slightly.”When is the last time you two had a good meal?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-27-2019

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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.”

“Is there anyone you want to call to let them know you’re all right? I have a couple pay as you go phones so they won’t be able to find you.”

They exchanged glances and shook their heads. “There’s no one. Our parents won’t care and neither will the rest of our families.”

“Friends?”

“They all turned against us too.”

She nodded. “Small town? Everyone went to the same school and same church and no one ever stepped outside the line?”

“Pretty much.”

“Westbrook’s not much better in some ways. But this place is a haven for those who don’t fit in.”

 

 

 

 

 

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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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