Happy weekend, snippetteers! Welcome to another week of snippets. If you’re new to this, author post links to 6-line or thereabouts teasers to LGBT+ stories with a wide variety of themes. Check out the group HERE and you might find your next favourite read.
This week I have more from my now newly-titled upcoming novel, Summit. Two weeks ago I climbed Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Characters Ash and Sean met on a training weekend for this expedition and now I’m home and back to my usual routine, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo to write their story. The first few chapters were done, but it’ll easily take 50,000 words to continue it.
In last week’s snippet, Ash was trying, very awkwardly, to let Sean know he’s not the straight guy Sean thinks he is. The conversation continues from where it left off…
“Just the odd time, here and there,” I added. “Not a relationship. I was married for ten years. To a woman. Um…” Another cough. “Okay. So, there you are. Not as straight as you thought I was.”
“Wow. Well, yeah. I wasn’t expecting that.” Sean leaned across the table, eyes twinkling, and whispered conspiratorially. “I’m guessing nobody knows. And you’d rather it stayed that way.”
“Yeah. I don’t think my brother or my best mate would be that impressed. Or any of my colleagues.”
“What do you do for a living? I never asked. Sorry.”
“Long distance driver. Forty-four tonners, mostly.”
“Shit. Well, you know, they might surprise you. Your brother and you best mate, I mean. If you ever had a reason to tell them.”