Happy weekend, Snippetteers! It’s been a busy week for me and I haven’t found much writing time, but I’ve started re-reading the MS I have for my novel, Summit, and editing what I have so I’m back in the right place to carry on writing in a few days. I can’t wait to finish the book and get it out there!
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This week I have more from Lost and Found, the third story in my new release, The Short Stories Collection.
Philip has gone to his vet’s house to meet the puppy he’s about to offer a home to and he finds out a little more about Edward too.
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Troy stood on his hind legs and placed his paws on my knee, giving little jumps in an effort to climb into my lap.
“I think he likes me.” I beamed at Edward. “I’d need a bit of time to get a new bed and some food. I gave Prince’s old bed away. But I’d really love to have him.”
“Then he’s yours. There’s no rush. Just whenever you’re ready.”
“I can be back in a couple of hours.” Troy left me alone and went to clamber over his mother and sister. I glanced around the room and a framed photo on the mantlepiece caught my eye. The picture showed Edward a few years younger, with his arms around a blond man of similar age. Edward must have seen what I was looking at and he cleared his throat.
“Um, my partner, Frankie. We were together fifteen years.” A flash of pain crossed his handsome face.
“Sorry. I mean, um, sorry it didn’t work out.”
“It didn’t… not work out. He died eighteen months ago.”
“Oh, God. Oh, Edward, I’m so sorry.” I stared at him, horrified. “That must have been terrible.”
“Yeah. He had cancer.” He coughed again, his expression changing to one of discomfort. “Do you have someone special?”
“No. I was in a relationship a few years ago, but he broke up with me. Nothing much since. Just casual things.” I’d told him I was gay, too, without actually saying it. He gave me a brief smile.
I shrugged. “I’m happy by myself. Don’t get me wrong. I’d like someone special, but I’m not going out of my way to find them right now.” I pushed myself up from the seat. “I’ll go and get some things sorted out for Troy. Is it okay if I come straight back when I’m done?”