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!
This week I’m snipping from Déjà Vu, my holiday short story that’s out today!
Gavin and Matthew just want to get home to enjoy Christmas Eve in their safe, warm apartment. Should they walk or take a cab? But will either option do the trick when Victor, suffering from his holiday blahs, is determined to undermine this happy twosome at every turn?
Years ago, Victor made the unfortunate mistake of coming out to his family on Christmas. Why couldn’t he have picked a random summer day? Can Victor’s husband Bryan pull him out of his gloomy mood in order to give the popular Gavin and Matthew the merry Christmas they deserve?
What happens when a writer with a case of the holiday blues decides he’s sick of writing a popular series?
Hint: said characters might face a few “difficulties” on the way home as their Christmas Eve scene gets written and rewritten.
Links – Available December 1
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This thread starts a few paragraphs into the opening scene. For context, Matthew and Gavin have exited a movie theater after watching a holiday double feature. This is the last of the three snippets I’m posting from Déjà Vu before switching over to The Faction (book 2): The Choice, due out on January 5th.
Click the spoiler tags if you’d like a quick and easy refresher of the last two weeks’ snippets. Told from Matthew’s 3rd-person POV:
This week’s snippet:
Matthew’s movements remained buoyant even with the solidity of his strides. A pair of footsteps behind them took a right turn, and others replaced them, merging from a side street to join the handful of others still there.
Halfway home, foot traffic dropped to a trickle, and a streetlamp ahead of them winked out. The alley behind it lay pitch black.
Likely, the timing was coincidental. Lights went out, and odds were someone would be around to see it when it happened. Just because Gavin and Matthew were the people to see this one shine its last lumen didn’t mean there was anything nefarious about the timing.
Déjà Vu is a 5,618 word short story, taking us through one couple’s journey to get home Christmas Eve as another couple works through holiday blahs.
12 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets 1-December-2018 – Déjà Vu”
Exquisitely vivid description!
Thank you! 💞
Ooh, nefarious or not? bites nails
Would I do that to them? Bwahaha…
Eep! It’s getting even creepier!
And it’s going to get even creepier! (Or is it weirder?) 😁
I have a bad feeling about this! It feels like something nefarious!
You can probably safely trust your feelings with this one! But never fear, although things won’t end so will for Gavin and Matthew in this scene, it’s just writer, Victor, having a little “fun” killing off his story characters as he works through his holiday blues. Knowing me, he’ll probably get over it and everyone will end up happy! 😉
I’m kinda hoping it is something nefarious
Yaaas! I vote for having vampires jump out of the alley and kill them in this opening scene to my Christmas story. 😂
The hair on the back of my neck would be standing up!
And rightly so! 😳