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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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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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