Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 16 Chap. 18

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/. Additional bonus scenes can be found via the menu at the top of this page.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.


This week’s scene is from the 16th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 18 (Note: Chapters 1 and 15 did not have flashback scenes).

This one’s a little longer than average, but heavy on the dialogue. It did have a few spots where the POV could make a difference, though.

With a spring in his step, Sam approached the bathroom where Henry was finishing up, sealing the grout on the floor of the master bath. Their final project. At long last, they were finally done.

“You know what we need to do after we finish this bathroom remodel?” Henry asked, looking up.

“Seriously? You want to take on another project after this? There’s nothing left,” Sam replied. His eyes widened, although the role reversal was kind of amusing. Sam was the one who’d wanted to buy the fixer-upper. Henry’d needed to be convinced.

“Well, it won’t be pressing, like this other stuff was. And we can easily drag it out as time and our budget allows.”

Sam squinted. “What do you have in mind?”

“Finish the basement. Build us an awesome game room like Bill has. We could start hosting some of your family gatherings, and it would be great for when we have friends over.”

“You know, that’s not a bad idea. I know my nieces and nephews would love it.”

“Yeah, so would we. My only fear is that we might get distracted by it when we should be grading papers.”

Sam laughed. “Nah, I know you better than that.” While Sam wouldn’t call Henry a workaholic—he loved his leisure time, too—he did have a strong sense of responsibility and always took care of obligations before he played. “You’re right, though. The basic finishing would be simple enough to do, then we can add decorative touches as we go along, like build a bar, maybe, and add cool lighting. We can pick up games and furnishings as we find good deals over time.” The more he thought about it, the better Henry’s idea sounded.

“Exactly, a lifetime project we can enjoy adding to for the next fifty years.”

Sam snickered. “I can just picture us as a couple of eighty-year-old men still competing for the high scores in Dig Dug and Donkey Kong.”

I’ll concede to your greatness in Donkey Kong, but it’s time for you to admit you’ll never beat my Dig Dug score.”

“I admit nothing.”

“Fine, then you’d better watch your back with our future Donkey Kong machine.”

Sam waggled his eyebrows and grinned. Henry had such a fun competitive streak, Sam couldn’t resist teasing him. “I look forward to the next fifty years of watching you try.”

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 15, Chap. 17

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/. Additional bonus scenes can be found via the menu at the top of this page.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.


This week’s scene is from the 15th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 17 (Note: Chapters 1 and 15 did not have flashback scenes).

This one’s short and minimalist. I didn’t go adding bonus thoughts for Sam except to replace corresponding thoughts Henry had in the original.

Sam bounced in place and smiled reflexively as Henry hurried toward baggage claim. It had been seven longs weeks since they’d seen each other—in person, anyway, not counting Skype. When he arrived at the empty luggage carousel, Henry tapped his foot and stared at the backs of the people in front of him.

Clearly, he hadn’t noticed Sam waiting. Sam snuck up behind him and took a deep breath of Henry’s scent before murmuring, “How was Greenland?”

Henry jumped, but his smile was wide when he spun and threw his arms around Sam’s waist.

“Damn, I missed you!” he said. “And the answer to your question is ‘cold.’ So how was India?”

“Hot.”

Henry tightened his arms, giving Sam a big squeeze. “Much as I appreciated being able to see and talk to you every day, thanks to modern technology, nothing quite beats getting a big hug from you in person.”

“Nothing? At all?”

Henry smirked. “Well, I’ll think about it on the drive home and let you know if I come up with any ideas.”

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 14 – Chap. 16

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/. Additional bonus scenes can be found via the menu at the top of this page.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.


This week’s scene is from the 14th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 16 (Note: Chapters 1 and 15 did not have flashback scenes).

Sam bit his lip at the sight of Henry’s exaggerated wince as they pulled up outside the house on Lake Sammamish. “Let’s just look inside. We’ve driven all the way out here and all.”

“Sure.” Henry nodded, and they joined the real estate agent at the front door.

“It looks bad, I know,” she said. “The inside is a wreck, too, but the bones are solid, and you’ve got to consider the location.”

They’d already agreed that a commute into work was a small price to pay for a peaceful setting in the suburbs, and the proximity of this listing to Sam’s parent’s home was a huge plus. Wandering through the house, Sam had to remind himself to breathe. Yes, to say it was a “fixer-upper” would be putting it mildly, but the condition was the reason it fell within their budget. This house was likely to be their only chance at a home right on the lake.

The layout was great, the amount of space was just what they were looking for, and there were so many charming architectural features they could salvage to turn this house into a beautiful home. Sturdy built-in shelving, crown molding…

“None of the fixtures or appliances have been updated in thirty years, at least,” Henry remarked. “the bathroom and kitchen need a total remodel, everything needs to be painted, this popcorn ceiling shit would have to go, the carpets stink of dog piss, and the yard is a weed-filled jungle.”

Sam calmly ran his hand over the stone wall. It was gorgeous. “Look at this, Henry. It’s amazing.”

Henry turned slowly, studying the room, his brows drawn together. A dog barked in the distance, and the faint sounds of happy children’s voices floated through the open patio door. Sam stood, unruffled, certain Henry would make the right decision. He just needed to process all the data.

Henry expelled a deep breath and turned to Sam. “We won’t be able to afford the kitchen and bathroom remodels for a year or two, but if we spend every waking minute of the summer working on it, I think we can find the money to update the rest.”

A slow smile stretched across Sam’s face. “We need to add replacement windows to the list, too. But can’t you just picture how beautiful this place could be with a little TLC?”

Henry’s nod was barely perceptible, but his smile was just Sam wanted to see. “Let’s make an offer.”

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Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV – No. 13, Chap. 14

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/. Additional bonus scenes can be found via the menu at the top of this page.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.


This week’s scene is from the 13th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 14. I’ve got a little flashback within the flashback going here since most of the original scene was Henry’s thoughts. This harkens back to what Henry was thinking about.

After the first verse of the song finished, Sam and Henry waved Sam’s parents onto the dance floor to join them. Sam’s mom wiped a tear from her eye as his dad led her out. Henry squeezed Sam’s hand and snuggled into his chest. Sam tightened the arm holding his brand-new husband, and they swayed to the slow melody. Henry’s eyes closed, a soft smile on his lips.

When Sam’s parents married back in 1977, they’d danced the first dance at their wedding reception to Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.” Henry had asked about it back when their wedding was still in the planning stages. His eyes had widened when Sam told him the name of the song.

“Your parents mean the world to me,” Henry had said, “and I want to honor them at our wedding. Do you think they’d mind if we used the same song? As a tribute to them?”

“Mind? No,” Sam had replied. “They’ll love it.”

“The song is perfect.”

Sam had laughed. “Only because you are so beautiful. I’m certainly not.”

Henry’s expression, with one side of his face screwed up, had conveyed sincere confusion at that comment. He’d shaken his head and snorted. “I’m ordinary. You…your grin…wow. It melts me every time you level it in my direction.”

Now, warmth radiated through Sam’s chest knowing they were officially married—that he could proudly introduce Henry as his husband. Thinking back to Henry’s comment he had to agree with Henry’s assessment. Objectively, they were each probably fairly “ordinary,” appearance-wise. But the song emphasized the words “to me.” To Sam, Henry was stunningly beautiful, and apparently, Henry thought the same of him. There was no better feeling in the world.

When the song ended, Sam landed a feather-light kiss on Henry’s temple, and Henry whispered, “I love you so much.” Nuzzling at Henry’s ear, Sam repeated those words back to him.

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 12 – Chap. 13

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 12th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 13. While I’ve come to agree that Sam’s POV might be preferable in most instances, this time I preferred Henry’s. The whole point of this scene was the buildup of Henry’s thoughts to his own statement at the end. Sam’s thoughts, while nice, don’t have the same effect since that closing comment is from Henry. If I was to switch to Henry’s POV for some future/potential 2nd edition, that last line would have to be changed to Sam’s dialogue of what he was thankful for (even so, I think I’d still prefer Henry’s for this one). But, for the purposes of this exercise, dialogue is remaining unchanged.

As they went around his family’s Thanksgiving table, each taking a turn to say what they were thankful for, Sam couldn’t help but think about how wonderfully his life had come together. He was happier than he’d ever imagined possible since Henry’d first asked him out during their joint research trip in the Solomons. His heart skipped a beat as he glanced at Henry. He was over the moon now that he and Henry were engaged to be married.

Sam was thankful his family had embraced his fiancé with open arms. They’d never questioned Sam’s sexuality, and they’d never done or said anything to make him feel less loved because of it. Henry’s family, sadly, was another story.

Henry’s expression was thoughtful as he listened with a studious concentration to each person’s thanks. When his turn came, Henry said, “I am thankful for Sam’s love. I’m thankful that I’ve gained not just a future husband but his whole wonderful family. Thank you all for making me feel so welcomed and loved.”

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 11 – Chap. 12

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 11th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 12. What do you think, do you prefer the original or Sam’s POV?:

Henry sat drumming his fingers against his thigh, with his cell phone pressed lightly against his ear. As pale as Henry appeared, Sam was no longer so optimistic of a positive outcome. Henry’s judgment was usually pretty sound, and he clearly didn’t hold out any hope. Sam rested a hand on Henry’s shoulder and gave it a light squeeze of encouragement.

“Think positive,” Sam whispered. “Maybe they’ll be thrilled to hear from you.”

It was doubtful the words changed Henry’s opinion of what his parents’ response might be, but the hard expression in Henry’s eyes softened as he returned Sam’s gaze.

Henry stiffened at the same time a muffled voice said “Hello?”

“Dad?” Henry replied.

“Who is this?” Either the volume of Henry’s received was cranked up, or the man spoke loudly—maybe both—but Sam could easily hear both sides of the conversation. That query made no sense, though, since Henry’d mentioned he had no brothers.

“It’s Henry.”

“Are you calling because you’ve come to your senses?”

Sam’s gut twisted. He should never have pushed Henry to make this call. Henry remained silent, and the muffled voice added, “No?”

Henry’s jaw tightened. “I’m calling because I’m getting married.” He bit out the words. “I thought you might want to know. Might even want to come.”

“Marrying a woman?”

“No.”

“So you’re still a faggot.” It was a statement, not a question. It was said in a voice dripping with venom. “Do me a favor. Change your name. I don’t want my name associated with a faggot wedding.”

Henry disconnected the call without saying another word and dropped the phone onto the tabletop as if it burned his hand. He turned to face Sam. “I want to hyphenate our names. Will you do that with me?”

I’m sorry. Sam opened his mouth to say the words, but they stuck in his throat. How could he have put his fiancé through that? “Absolutely,” he replied. At this point he’d do whatever Henry wanted, but he hoped it was for the right reasons, and not for revenge. “If you’re sure that’s what you want.”

Henry nodded. “Miller is my name, too, goddammit. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life using that name, so yes, it’s what I want to do.”

Some of the tension left Sam’s shoulders as Henry stood and stepped into Sam’s open arms. “I love you,” Henry whispered.

“I love you, too.”

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV No. 10 – Chap. 11

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 10th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 11. I think I prefer this one from Sam’s POV:

“Do you think it would help if I made the phone call?” Sam’s dad offered.

Henry took a deep breath. His entire body was tense. It was obvious he didn’t want to do this, but it seemed to Sam that not attempting to include Henry’s parents in their wedding would be a slight that would cut off any hope of a reconciliation.

“No,” Henry replied. “I don’t think it would make a difference. I know you have a hard time understanding that parents could be so resolute in rejecting their own child, but they really don’t want anything to do with me. If it means that much to you guys that I try to extend an olive branch with a wedding invitation, I’ll make the call myself. Seriously, though, I don’t hold out any hope.”

Sam’s mom shook her head sadly. “No, I can’t understand it. You’re a wonderful young man. You’re smart and outgoing, you’re kind, you’re witty. I don’t understand a religion that could turn parents against their son simply because he’s attracted to other men—like-minded men—and not to women. It has no effect on how we feel about our son.”

“They’re not like you and Truman, Claire. Their lives revolve around their church. If their church says I’m evil, then to them I’m evil.”

“Is it possible they’ve done some research? Modified their thinking? Some churches have been updating their doctrines regarding homosexuality,” Simon added.

Closing his eyes, Henry’s fingers worked overtime fiddling with the spare button sewn onto the underside hem of his shirt. A sure sign he was stressed.

Henry’s eyes reopened. Maybe it would be better to let this go. Henry didn’t talk much about his family, but what little he’d shared did give the impression that they were unyielding in their convictions—or at least Henry believed they were.

Sam searched Henry’s eyes and resolved to give up the cause, but Henry spoke first. “I’ll give them a call.”

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Flashback Scenes From Sam’s POV No. 9 – Chap. 10

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 9th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 10. It’s a short one that didn’t change much since it was mostly dialogue:

“What about our names?” asked Sam. “Do you want to change yours, or should I change mine?”

“I don’t know. We have our degrees, all the way through doctorate in our birth names. We use them professionally. You don’t think it would be weird or confusing to have two Dr. Greenes or two Dr. Millers in the department?”

Didn’t Henry want to share a name as well as their lives? Sure, it was a paperwork pain in the ass, but wouldn’t it be worth it? Sam would be willing to do it if Henry didn’t want to deal with the hassle. Henry did have a point about their degrees, though. Their birth names were on the certificates hanging in their offices. But still…

“Well, it’s not like we don’t have different first initials. I think university students are smart enough to not get confused over something that simple.”

“I guess. If anything, it should be me changing to match you. Your family rocks, mine disowned me. No point in honoring my name.” Henry heaved a heavy sigh. “I guess maybe I wouldn’t mind ditching the name, closing out that part of my life. I don’t know. I’ll think about it, okay?”

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Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV No. 8 – Chap. 9

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 8th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 9:

“How do I love thee, let me count the ways.” The words weren’t lyrics, but Henry sang the words with a little made-up tune.

Sam snorted, and couldn’t resist a smile. He turned up his head to give Henry a peck. “Is that your way of saying dinner’s ready?”

“Yeah, your mom says to get your butt inside.”

Sam hoisted himself up from the patio chair and took Henry’s hand in his. “Anything to get you to stop singing.” Which wasn’t true, of course. Henry couldn’t carry a tune to save his life, but Sam loved how Henry cheerfully busted out into song whenever the whim took him. He cupped Henry’s cheek to make sure Henry knew he was jesting. “And I love you, too, goofball.”

“We should get married already.”

Sam stared. “Was that…a proposal?”

Not that Sam was any kind of a hopeless romantic, but still, that was not like anything he’d ever imaged. Of course he wanted to marry Henry. He’d been working up the courage to do the asking himself, but was Henry being serious, or was he joking around?

Henry’s Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed and bit his lip. “Do you want it to be?”

What the fuck? Did he want it to be? What did Henry mean by that?

Although really, it was kind of quintessential Henry. The man’s mouth tended to get ahead of his brain, but it didn’t mean he wasn’t sincere. It meant that he’d spoken before having a chance to plan how he’d say something, but not before spending time thinking about the subject. When Henry blurted something out, it generally meant he’d had the topic on his mind and had spent a lot of time mulling it over.

“You’re the one that said it. Do you want it to be?” Sam needed to be sure. He didn’t want to trap Henry.

“I guess that was pretty shitty as proposals go, but it’s my first.” Henry paused and took a deep breath. “Yes, I would like it to be. Sam, will you do me the honor of being my husband?”

Sam stared into Henry’s eyes. Sure it had been a “shitty” proposal, but that last bit had been heartfelt, Sam was sure of it. Henry’s forehead glistened, and the worry evident in his eyes reinforced Sam’s feeling.

“Yes,” Sam whispered.

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Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #07 – Chap. 8

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 7th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 8:

“Not tonight,” Henry muttered. Something was wrong. Not that it wasn’t perfectly fine for Henry to decline sex, but there was something in his tone. Sam turned to look at his boyfriend. It was too dark in the room to tell if Henry was blushing, but the tension in his facial muscles indicated discomfort.

“Everything okay?” Sam asked. His eyebrows came together in concern, and he pulled back his roaming hand.

“Yeah, no biggie.”

“Something’s wrong. Tell me, please.”

“Nothing’s wrong!”

“Is it something I did? Something I said?” Sam searched his memory, but could think of nothing.

“No. You’re fine. I love you.”

Henry’s body stilled as soon as the words were out. Sam stiffened as well. Neither of them had said those words before. Henry was dropping them now when something was clearly wrong between them, whether or not he wanted to admit it?

“You love me?” Sam replied.

Henry turned his face toward Sam and gazed into his eyes. “Yes,” he whispered.

A smile inched across Sam’s mouth. “I love you, too, Henry.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah. So tell me what’s wrong.”

Henry puffed out a loud sigh. “Fine. My stomach hurts. I’m constipated, okay? Are you happy now, making me say that?”

“Oh. Sorry you’re not feeling well, hon. Have you taken anything?” Sam relaxed with relief that Henry’s problem was nothing more than temporary minor digestive discomfort.

“Yes. I’ll try not to disturb you in the night.”

“You could never disturb me,” replied Sam. He pulled Henry into his arms and landed a smiling kiss on his lover’s brow. Henry loved him.

Henry’s limbs softened as he rested his head on Sam’s shoulder, snuggling into Sam’s chest. Sam briefly tightened his arms around Henry, giving a light squeeze, then he closed his eyes and reveled in pleasant thoughts of the future, sharing his life with this wonderful man.

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #06 (Chap. 7)

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 6th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 7:

Sam came awake as Henry’s arm snaked across his body to silence the alarm on Sam’s bedside table. Once the noise was stopped, Henry flopped back on his pillow and moaned.

“Why on earth did you set the alarm for six A.M.?”

Sam turned onto his side and reached across Henry’s chest. He nuzzled Henry’s neck and whispered in his ear, “Maybe I have plans for you. I need to thank you properly for meeting my family last night.”

Henry stilled. He’d been so nervous about meeting Sam’s family. Needlessly, of course. Sam had always known they would accept Henry with open arms, but Henry’s experience with his own family had left him unreasonably worried.

Henry turned his face and captured Sam’s mouth with his own, and his arm encircled Sam. There was nothing subtle about Henry’s hand prodding Sam, encouraging him to slide his body on top of Henry’s. Sam didn’t need much coaxing. He shifted into place and gently rutted.

Henry’s movements were slow and sensual, grinding his hips upward, dragging his fingertips along Sam’s back, before firmly settling his hands on Sam’s cheeks, pulling him in tighter and gradually increasing both pace and intensity until they soared, gasping, in each other’s embrace.

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #05 (Chap. 6)

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I’ve been negligent. I haven’t posted one of these flashback scene switch-arounds since mid-June! It’s time to rectify that. 😃

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 5th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 6:

Sam took a deep breath and knocked lightly on the jamb of the open doorway to Henry’s office. Henry looked up and grinned.

“Hey, come on in. What’s up?”

The way Henry’s eyes lit up when they saw him eased Sam’s concerns. This was a big step, but it was vitally important to Sam. Ultimately, it was a potential deal-breaker in their relationship.

“My family wants to meet you.” Best to just blurt it out. Let the chips fall where they may.

 Henry put down the red pen he’d been holding and set aside the stack of homework papers he’d been grading. His brows drew together and his eyes widened. Alarm, perhaps?

“Yikes.”

“Yikes?”

“I figured that would go over better than ‘oh, shit.’”

Sam coughed nervously. Of course, considering Henry’s own parental situation, it wasn’t unreasonable for him to be anxious. But still…

Outside Henry’s window the wind rustled leaves, blowing them across the open space between buildings. Sam watched them swirl by, afraid of what he might find if he turned back to look into Henry’s eyes. He feared Henry’s answer, but he had to ask. “So, you don’t want to?”

“I didn’t say that,” Henry replied quickly. “Look at me, Sam. Please?”

Sam turned his gaze back to Henry. “So you will?”

“I’m just nervous. You know how things are with my family, right?”

“Sure, but I’ve told you mine isn’t like that.”

“I know. Maybe it’s one of those irrational fears. Me and meeting families is like you and flying on airplanes.”

Sam snickered and his shoulders relaxed. “Okay, okay. I get it. Remember, though, I don’t let it actually keep me from flying.”

Henry sighed with faux drama, bringing up a hand to clutch his non-existent pearls. “Just say when, and I’ll be there.”

Eh, I think this one’s a bit of a tie. Mostly dialogue, and that won’t change. Either that’s supplemented by a touch of Henry’s feelings or some of Sam’s. I ended up giving Sam more than what was done for Henry in the book, because the dialogue pretty much covered it.

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’Til Death Do Us Part – A Novel

’Til Death Do Us Part has received a 2016 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention.

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

NOTE: From This Day Forward is included at the back of the paperback version of ’Til Death Do Us Part.

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Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #04 (Chap. 5)

’Til Death Do Us Part is now out in eBook formats through JMS Books, LLC (and all the usual distributors), and will be available in print format on June 30, 2016.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

The flashback scenes chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

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This week’s scene is from the 4th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 5:

“They’re very tolerant of flooding,” Sam said, continuing an earlier conversation they’d been having about mangoes. Henry’s eyes widened as Sam droned on. “Up to fifty days even. The trees develop these hypertrophic lenticels…”

Finally, Henry took the bait and silenced him with a kiss. Sam smiled as the kiss ended.

“I was wondering what it would take to get a reaction out of you,” Sam said.

Henry groaned. “What? You mean all that jabbering was just to see what I’d do?”

“It worked.” Perfectly, in fact.

“You know, if you want me to kiss you, you can just ask.”

“Where’s the fun in that?”

Henry grinned then leaned over to kiss him again, apparently agreeing with his impeccable logic.

This was a short one, and mostly dialogue, which won’t change with the POV. I think I liked Henry’s POV, as told in the book, better for this one, but it’s a close call. (Whew… I needed a point, but Bethany’s still in the lead so far.)

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #03 (Chap. 4)

’Til Death Do Us Part is now out in eBook formats through JMS Books, LLC (and all the usual distributors), and will be available in print format on June 30, 2016.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

The flashback scenes chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This week’s scene is from the 3rd flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 4:

Sam finished filling his plate at the buffet, then took a deep breath before crossing the room to join Henry at his breakfast table. He dreaded the upcoming conversation.

He sat down, and before he could bring up the subject of Henry’s “offer” from last night, Henry launched into a nervous sounding speech about the relative nutritional benefits of the different varieties of seaweed found in the waters around the Solomons. Henry finally paused for air after asking Sam something about kumquats.

Sam ignored the question. Hell, he hadn’t been paying attention and wasn’t even sure what Henry had asked. He’d been too busy watching Henry’s strikingly beautiful brown eyes dance nervously around the room. Obviously Sam had been correct in thinking things would be awkward between them if they tried to simply dance around the elephant in the room.

Sam swallowed, then blurted, “I feel like I should explain… about last night.”

Henry paled, then blushed. He didn’t say anything but his lips thinned out, and he started picking at a loose thread at the seam of his shorts.

Fuck. He needed to just get this over with. “Uh, it’s not that I wouldn’t be interested. It’s just that I don’t want to jeopardize our working relationship. I don’t think it’s a good idea to hook up with someone I work with and see almost every day.”

Sam cleared his throat and bounced his leg. He stared at his plate, occasionally peeking up at Henry, who remained silent, but now also looked embarrassed and… wounded. Shit. He didn’t want to hurt the man’s feelings.

Sam continued, “I guess I should confess that I’ve had a bit of a crush on you, otherwise I could probably just be an adult about it and not think anything of a little fling with you while we’re here. I just don’t think I’ll be able to go about business as usual once we get back to reality and this little affair you’re offering is over.”

Goddammit. He had a bad habit of oversharing when he was nervous. He didn’t think Henry was the type to tease him about what he’d just said, going forward, but it would probably add to the awkwardness between them rather than alleviate it.

“Is that what you think? That I’m just interested in a couple rolls in the hay while we’re here, then go back to innocuous conversations about curriculum and lab results as if this summer never happened?”

Sam lifted his gaze from the table to stare inquiringly into Henry’s eyes. It wasn’t? “Um…”

“It’s not. I’ve been drawn to you all year, too, Sam. I like you. I want to get to know you on a more personal level. I’d absolutely love to date you, now and continuing when we return to Seattle.”

Sam’s jaw dropped. “Oh.”

His jumpy leg shifted into overdrive, and he couldn’t stop his reflexive grin. Gorgeous, personable, and highly intelligent Henry Miller wanted to date him. “Okay, then.”

I think this one might be another point for Bethany. Darn it.

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #02 (Chap. 3)

’Til Death Do Us Part is now out in eBook formats through JMS Books, LLC (and all the usual distributors), and will be available in print format on June 30, 2016.

Back on April 17th I posted one of the flashback scenes from ’Til Death Do Us Part, rewritten to be from Sam’s POV instead of Henry’s (in the book, all the flashback scenes are told from Henry’s POV). This was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s. That has motivated me to offer up a series here on my blog doing just that.

The flashback scenes chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. Last time I gave you a scene between Henry and Sam that pre-dates the beginning of their courtship by a few days. The next flashback scene in the book has Henry alone, thinking about how a proposition he’d made to Sam had been rejected, and what his strategy would be going forward. In the rewritten scene, below, I give you Sam doing the same:

“Thanks, but no.”

That had been the polite but decisive and unquestionably short answer Sam had given Henry. They’d been eating dinner when out of the blue, Henry had blurted out something about going back to his room for a drink afterward. Sam had been pretty sure the invitation was intended to be for more than “a drink.” Sam had panicked and declined.

Goddammit.

It was just as well. Mixing business with pleasure was never a good idea. At least, that’s what he kept telling himself. No way was someone as handsome, confident, and personable as Henry interested in him for anything long term. He had a mirror. He knew he wasn’t good-looking by any objective standards. And his personality might as well be non-existent.

Someone like Henry could have anybody he wanted. Sam knew the man’s interest could only be because Sam was convenient while they were here together in the Solomons.

It kind of pissed him off. They still had a few more days to spend together in Honiara, then weeks in close proximity, collecting data on some of the smaller islands. Then they’d be back to rubbing elbows in the biology department at the university. Now with this “offer” hanging between them it was going to be awkward if they didn’t clear the air.

There wasn’t much Sam liked less than having to broach an embarrassing topic of conversation, but clearly it needed to be done. And he needed to stop fantasizing about his co-worker. He’d probably been too obvious, and that’s why the man had thought he’d be okay with a fling while they were here.

That was easier said than done. Sam straightened his shoulders and headed down to the breakfast buffet to meet Henry, and face reality.

I don’t know. I think I preferred Sam’s POV for the first one, but I kinda like the original in Henry’s POV better for this scene. It’s a close call, though.