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I’m snipping from Closets Are for Clothes, an oldie but a goodie!
I went searching for snippet inspiration on those calendar sites with all the “holidays” you could hope to find. Turns out, today is “Universal Music Day,” and the opening scene from Closets Are for Clothes immediately came to mind.
It’s all from Mike’s 1st-Person POV:
I’m veering from tradition just a bit by using two 3-line snippets that both highlight the music theme rather than a single 6(-ish)-line snippet. In the story, there’s a dozen paragraphs or so between them, but they’re not critical for following along here.
For context, Mike is in the process of interviewing Wes as a potential roommate…
THIS WEEK'S RAINBOW SNIPPET:
The song changed to “Wishful Thinking” by the Ditty Bops. Wes’s grin spread, but I wasn’t sure if it was due to what I’d said about the cooking, or if he was amused by my taste in music. I did like his choice of words—I’ll try, though—as if he hoped this was a done deal.
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The music changed again, and the Soggy Bottom Boys started singing “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.” Wes’s lips parted and his eyes glazed over. He blinked a few times and said, “Great, yeah, I’d like that.” So apparently, it wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Mike’s life is carefully compartmentalized. He’s deep in the closet to his family 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?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Closets Are for Clothes is a from-the-ground-up comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of A Dream Come True (published by Addison at Torquere Press in February, 2009). While the theme of the original story is the same, and many important scenes will be recognizable, the way the characters deal with important events is handled differently than in the original story and much of the story’s backdrop and side characters have changed. Beyond converting the story from an alternating 3rd-person POV to being told entirely from Mike’s 1st-person POV, this is a significantly changed retelling of the story.