I’m back! I missed snippeting last week as I was away camping and hiking, and didn’t get back until the weekend was almost over. I was able to catch up on reading everyone else’s snippets though, after I got back.
This week I have more from What’s Up, Pussycat? my FREE novella based on the Cats musical. You may have read a short version of this in an anthology based on musicals a couple of years ago, but this is the extended, revamped version, so if you fancy a copy, go for it, and it won’t cost you a penny.
Before I get started, don’t forget to check out the Rainbow Snippets Group for lots more great teasers from WIPs, published works, and recommendations of LGBTQIA stories. Authors post links to 6-line samples of their stories and I’ve found a lot of great reads there.
In the last snippet, Karl admitted to Finley what he’s hiding behind his outrageous and often hurtful persona. This week my snippet is at the end of the same scene. Finley feels positive.
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“Of course he won’t fire you. Everyone messes up occasionally. He’ll tell you to get your ass back on stage and do the dance again. Come on.” He offered his hand, palm up. I ignored it and bent to look in the mirror, checking I hadn’t smudged my makeup.
“Go away, will you? I’ll be out in a minute.”
Karl left the room without another word, and I took a minute to prepare myself. Maybe all wasn’t lost after all. I could hear Grizabella practicing Memory, and I opened the door and listened for a few seconds.
“I can do this,” I said aloud. “And I’m not just doing it for you, Andrew. I’m doing it for me.”
Finley Harrington despairs of ever being able to move on after the death of Andrew, the love of his life. When he spots an advertisement for auditions for Cats, the last musical Andrew performed in, Finley acts on the spur of the moment and calls for an appointment to audition.
Much to Fin’s surprise, he gets the part he hopes for, but during his struggles with stage-fright, and the teasing of a fellow actor, Karl Rogers, he wonders if he’s made a huge mistake. But Karl’s irritating persona hides a different person inside, and when Fin gets to know him, he develops a surprising attraction to him.
Could Karl be the person to help Fin move on from the past, or is he destined to remain alone?