#RainbowSnippets 28-Oct-2017 – Mike & Wes

I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!

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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
Part 4 – Posted 21-Oct-2017

This week’s new snippet:

(Mike on the Plane) Part 5 – 28-Oct-2017

“No problem,” The man in front of me said. The slick politician smile that had come so naturally to him now seemed strained, or rather a mild sneer supplemented it. “We were just switching seats.”

The flight attendant standing behind me—the source of the helpful query—raised a brow at the man and turned his gaze to me. “Sir, do you want to switch seats with this gentleman?”

“Gentleman” was a generous term for the jerk, but points for diplomacy. I was sure the answer was obvious. I’d booked an aisle seat because that’s where I preferred to sit. But I imagined that wasn’t the real question. I wasn’t sure if the flight attendant would rather, like me, avoid a confrontation, or if he’d like to see the pushy bastard put in his place. I knew which I’d rather see if I were a random spectator, but I wasn’t.


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