Happy weekend, Snippetteers! Sorry I’m late this week. The day after release day for Separation, and I completely forgot about my snippet. My brother in law is staying with us and I’ve had a couple of days off work, so I’d forgotten what day it was. Anyway, better late than never.
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For the past few weeks I have been posting snips from my latest release, Separation, my taboo story featuring twins. Here’s more from Matt and Tremaine’s story.
Matthew Langford is told on his twenty-first birthday that he has a twin. After the initial shock, he quickly realizes this is why he always felt part of him was missing. His search takes him 200 miles to Devon, UK, where he meets fraternal twin, Tremaine Wheal.
The pair discover many things in common, and quickly become as close as if they’d never been separated. But when they share a moment in a nightclub, each realizes there is more between them than having shared a womb. Panic sets in and they part. Once again their separation brings loneliness and pain.
Eventually, unable to stay away from each other, they tentatively move forward together as lovers. But secrets don’t stay secret for long, and discovery and questions threaten their happiness.
This is a taboo story featuring twins.
In last week’s snippet, Matt and Tam had a “moment” on the dancefloor in a club. You can read about Tam’s journey home the next day in my release day excerpt HERE. Today’s snippet is a few weeks later, after the pair have got over their awkwardness and Matt has visited Tam where he’s staying with his friend Stef. Matt is left alone while Tam cooks a meal, and he looks through Tam’s artwork.
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I lifted it to see the next picture in the pile, and gasped as I stared at myself, as clearly as if I were looking in a mirror. Tam had sketched me. Not once, but half a dozen times. Most of the drawings were head and shoulders only, but one showed me dancing, as if he’d memorized a scene from the club we’d gone to. I looked stunning in the drawings, and a flush of heat crept over my face.
“What are you doing?”
I jumped at the harsh tone in his voice. “Nothing. I was just—”
“That’s my private stuff. I told you I’d show you my work. You didn’t have to pry into it.”
“I wasn’t prying. I looked at the sketchbook and the drawings are so amazing, I wanted to see more. But…” I pulled out the first portrait of me and laid it on the desk. “What’s this?”
“What’s wrong with it?” Tam strode across the room and snatched the sketch from the desk. “I can draw the only family member I have if I want. You don’t like it?”
My eyes widened as he tore the sheet of paper clean in half, then again, and again, until the small pieces scattered into a heap on the desk. I looked up at his face, shocked by the glisten of tears in his eyes and the deep color in his cheeks. “You didn’t have to do that. I didn’t say I didn’t like it.”
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