#RainbowSnippets 21-Oct-2017 Mike & Wes

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This is from my WIP, an as yet unnamed story featuring Mike & Wes. The story is a from-the-ground-up rewrite of A Dream Come True, which was published back in February of 2009 at Torquere Press. The main themes of the story remain the same, and a number of familiar scenes are included, but there are quite a few changes, including a switch from alternating 3rd-person POV to a single 1st-person POV.

Scene background: For various reasons, Mike, who’s been out in his life (that’s now half a country away from where his family lives), has decided to come out of the closet to his family. Not something he wants to do over the phone, he’s flying home to do it and is more than a little stressed out. This scene thread opens with Mike getting on the plane.

Told from Mike’s 1st-person POV.

Click to expand refresher scenes from this thread:

Part 1 – Posted 30-Sept-2017
Part 2 – Posted 07-Oct-2017
Part 3 – Posted 14-Oct-2017

This week’s new snippet:

(Mike on the Plane) Part 4 – 21-Oct-2017

My whole body tensed at his tone. As if he simply assumed I’d switch seats for no obvious reason beyond he preferred mine. Which frankly—dammit—was likely to happen because I was non-confrontational and this wasn’t worth the fight. But it pissed me off that (a) he wasn’t asking, he was acting like it was a done deal, and (b) he didn’t even try to offer some justification. His words were accompanied by the kind of smile you see on people trying to sell you a load of crap, be it a used car or a dubious political position.

“Is there a problem?” The inquiry came from behind me—a male voice with a polite but firm tone.


18 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets 21-Oct-2017 Mike & Wes

    1. He does need to learn that. Hmm, working on his self-confidence might even be part of his emotional growth journey. 😉

  1. This sounded like rescue just at the right time. If he’d given in, he would have been annoyed at himself for the whole flight and a long time after. Being the non-confrontational type isn’t all that easy…

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