I’ve been negligent. I haven’t posted one of these flashback scene switch-arounds since mid-June! It’s time to rectify that. 😃
The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.
This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.
This week’s scene is from the 5th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 6:
Sam took a deep breath and knocked lightly on the jamb of the open doorway to Henry’s office. Henry looked up and grinned.
“Hey, come on in. What’s up?”
The way Henry’s eyes lit up when they saw him eased Sam’s concerns. This was a big step, but it was vitally important to Sam. Ultimately, it was a potential deal-breaker in their relationship.
“My family wants to meet you.” Best to just blurt it out. Let the chips fall where they may.
Henry put down the red pen he’d been holding and set aside the stack of homework papers he’d been grading. His brows drew together and his eyes widened. Alarm, perhaps?
“I figured that would go over better than ‘oh, shit.’”
Sam coughed nervously. Of course, considering Henry’s own parental situation, it wasn’t unreasonable for him to be anxious. But still…
Outside Henry’s window the wind rustled leaves, blowing them across the open space between buildings. Sam watched them swirl by, afraid of what he might find if he turned back to look into Henry’s eyes. He feared Henry’s answer, but he had to ask. “So, you don’t want to?”
“I didn’t say that,” Henry replied quickly. “Look at me, Sam. Please?”
Sam turned his gaze back to Henry. “So you will?”
“I’m just nervous. You know how things are with my family, right?”
“Sure, but I’ve told you mine isn’t like that.”
“I know. Maybe it’s one of those irrational fears. Me and meeting families is like you and flying on airplanes.”
Sam snickered and his shoulders relaxed. “Okay, okay. I get it. Remember, though, I don’t let it actually keep me from flying.”
Henry sighed with faux drama, bringing up a hand to clutch his non-existent pearls. “Just say when, and I’ll be there.”
Eh, I think this one’s a bit of a tie. Mostly dialogue, and that won’t change. Either that’s supplemented by a touch of Henry’s feelings or some of Sam’s. I ended up giving Sam more than what was done for Henry in the book, because the dialogue pretty much covered it.
’Til Death Do Us Part – A Novel
’Til Death Do Us Part has received a 2016 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention.
Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?
NOTE: From This Day Forward is included at the back of the paperback version of ’Til Death Do Us Part.
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’Til Death Do Us Part
Addison Albright is a writer/author living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.