#RainbowSnippets 20-Jan-2018 – Closets Are for Clothes

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I was gonna be mean and leave things hanging after Mike dropped his “I’m gay,” bomb last week, but I decided to give at least one more from this thread after all.

Snipping from (unedited) Closets Are for Clothes featuring Mike & Wes. In this thread, Mike’s brother, Greg, has driven cross country for a surprise visit.

Told from Mike’s 1st-person POV.

Click to toggle open refresher scenes from this thread:

Closets Are for Clothes - Surprise! Part 1 – 30-Dec-2017

Greg nodded thoughtfully, but I could practically see the wheels turning in his head. “Well, anyway, I’ve got some news.” He smiled broadly and laid his hands flat on the table with an expectant expression on his face.

“Yeah? More news beyond wanting to move here?”

“Yep.” Greg practically vibrated in his seat. “Remember the woman I told you about over Christmas? We’d been dating since the beginning of senior year?”

“Marie, right?”

“You remember! Well, I asked her to marry me, and she said ‘yes’.”

Closets Are for Clothes - Surprise! Part 2 – 6-Jan-2018

“You’re engaged?” I jumped out of the chair. He stood, and I gave him a hug and thumped his back.

“Congratulations.” Wes grinned and tilted his head, peering questioningly at Greg. He opened his mouth like he had more to say, but Greg continued.

“And…”

I stepped backed and raised my brow. “And?”

“And I’d very much like you to be my best man.”

(Closets Are for Clothes - Surprise! Part 3 – 13-Jan-2018

My jaw dropped, and I stood staring at him with wide eyes. “Me?”

“Yes, you.” He snorted a short laugh. “You’re my brother.”

I closed my mouth and stilled. Greg wanted me to be the best man at his wedding? My cheerful, outgoing brother who I knew damned well had a whole posse of friends was bestowing that honor on me? And I couldn’t even work up the nerve to be honest with him. And why the hell not? I had no reason to think Greg wouldn’t accept me. He was college educated, at an age that tended toward acceptance, and my concerns regarding my father were not rooted in religion. My family wasn’t religious, so my brother wouldn’t be fighting any mental battles predisposing him against acceptance of LGBT people.

I blew out a quivering breath as my stomach lurched, and I blurted, “I’m gay.”

This Week’s Snippet:

(Closets Are for Clothes - Surprise! Part 4 – 20-Jan-2018

Greg blinked then snickered. “Well, duh.”

“Duh?” That was his reaction? It had taken me hours to get to sleep last night, worrying about Greg’s possible reaction, and all the time… “You knew?”

“Suspected. Up until last night anyway. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen straight guys holding hands before, so that pretty much confirmed it.” He shook his head and looked at me with mock disapproval. “I’m a bit insulted you thought you needed to hide that from me.”

I let loose a shaky laugh and dropped back into my chair, afraid my wobbly knees would give out. “What…what made you suspect?”



Dream On – Book 1 – Closets Are for Clothes

43,199 words

Coming on February 24, 2018 to JMS Books, LLC

You can get it here at 20% OFF through the first week after release: https://www.jms-books.com/erotic-romance-c-29_94/closets-are-for-clothes-p-2322.html

Mike’s life is carefully compartmentalized. He’s deep in the closet to his family back in Kansas, but lives life honestly and openly in Austin. He’s unnerved when Wes, his old university crush, turns up at his door in answer to a roommate advertisement, but quickly sees the potential…benefits of the arrangement. Wes has never doubted nor denied his sexuality. With the support of his family he’s an out and proud LGBT activist.

On the scale balancing his self-esteem on one side, and the love of his family on the other, Mike has to decide which weighs more. Is Mike being fair to his parents by not giving them the chance to know his real self? When the delicate balance of his life is disrupted, he decides he’s tired of living a lie. Will Wes understand his concerns, or will their fledgling relationship crumble under the strain of Mike’s uncertainty?


NOTE: Closets Are for Clothes  is a from-the-ground-up comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of A Dream Come True. While the theme of the original story is the same, and many important scenes remain (albeit retold), much of the story’s background has changed. The earlier editions were told in alternating 3rd-person POV. Closets Are for Clothes is told entirely from Mike’s 1st-person POV.


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