Happy weekend, Snippetteers! It’s a 3-day weekend here in the UK, as Monday is a Bank Holiday. Looking forward to the extra day away from work, which will give me extra writing time. Up until a week or so ago, my writing wasn’t going well, as I was reworking something that I couldn’t get interested in. So I started my brand new novel based on my upcoming trek up Kilimanjaro, and I’ve written 14000 words in about ten days!
First, if you’re new to Rainbow Snippets, this is the group where authors post links to 6-line teasers from LGBTQIA stories, so check out the group HERE when you’ve read mine 🙂
I’m continuing with another teaser from my untitled Kilimanjaro story. Last week MC Ash was dwelling on his failings, but planning to do something about it. This week, Ash attends an open evening with a group called Big Challenges (similar to the one I went to) and drags along equally unfit best mate, Dave. After the presentation, Ash is all fired up ready to give it his best shot.
First, though, a little bit about the characters.
Ashley Tomlinson is 37 years old, a long distance truck driver, divorced after ten years married to Helen. He’s bi, but not ready to admit it. He’s “fooled around” with several men, before he was married, and after his divorce, but it’s only been hand jobs, blow jobs, all quick fumbles, and he never saw any of them again. He thinks his best mate and his brother would probably have a problem with it, so he keeps it to himself. But when he meets Sean and tries to forget about the fun they have when they spend a couple of days together in Wales, he finds it’s not so easy to put it behind him, especially with the prospect of seeing Sean again on Kilimanjaro looming.
Sean is out and proud, fit (he teaches sports), and an experienced hiker. He also had a 10 year relationship, but his boyfriend ditched him for someone else right after Sean turned 30 – he’s now 34. Even though he tries not to get involved with Ash, knowing it’s unlikely to go anywhere, he falls hard and fast, and gets hurt when Ash avoids him, even though it turns out they live less than an hour away from each other.
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At that moment, all I could think about was standing on the summit of the mountain, having achieved something only a small percentage of the population did, and feeling the exhilaration the leaders had been talking about. Small flashes of scenes filled my head, of me fit and healthy, joining a bunch of like-minded people on the adventure of a lifetime.
I pulled out my wallet. “Where do I sign up? I have my bank card here.”
Ten minutes later, I found Dave propping up the bar. He drained his glass and headed for the door. “You were ages,” he complained, as we headed to the next venue—a club, this time.
“I signed up.”
“You what?” His eyebrows rose as he looked sideways at me. “Are you nuts? You can’t climb fucking Everest.”
“It’s Kilimanjaro, and yes, I can. It’s not like I’m going tomorrow. I’m going in October. That gives me eight months to get rid of the beer-gut and get fit again.”
“You’re insane. How much is that costing you?”
“Weren’t you listening in there?”
“The deposit was four-fifty,” I told him.
“Four hundred and fifty? Pounds?”
“Yeah. What? It’s what I want to do. It’s costing less than two weeks in Barbados at one of those fancy villas Helen used to like.”
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If you like the sound of Ash’s story, wait until he goes on a training weekend in Wales, and meets MC2, Sean! They follow in my footsteps as they train for Kilimanjaro and undertake the challenge together. If you want to read about Ash’s first meeting with Sean, I posted an excerpt in my FB Group HERE. If you’re not a member and would like to be, let me know 🙂