This week I joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”
Sounds like a fun way to discover new books and authors!
My snippet is from my short story Unconditionally, that will be published on March 4. And I cheated with 8 sentences; I must make a terrible first impression 🙂
I hope you’ll like it.
Luca stood wide-eyed and frozen and stared at the door his mother had slammed when storming out of the hotel room. Her hateful words echoed in his mind. The ache in his chest made it hard to breathe, and he struggled to fill his lungs with air.
“Fuck,” he mumbled and clenched his hands into fists. “Fuck, fuck, fuck.”
This was supposed to be the happiest day of his life. The day he was going to marry the man of his dreams and finally get to call Gus his husband. But right now, all he could think about was the words his mother had spit out when she’d opened the door and seen him.
Flamboyant book café owner Luca Moretti and geeky doctor Gus Hanson have been together for six years when the Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage legal in all states. On June 26th 2015, Gus gets down on one knee and Luca screams yes.
On their wedding day, shortly before the ceremony, Luca’s mother explodes in anger, calling him a freak. The reason? He’s wearing a white veil, sprinkled with crystals.
Their relationship has been strained for a long time and her words triggers traumatic memories. Instead of walking down the aisle he runs. Away from his mother. Away from Gus.
Gus counts down the minutes, when Luca’s mother comes knocking. He realizes something’s wrong, but when he goes to talk to Luca, his husband-to-be is nowhere to be found.
Will Gus find Luca in time for the wedding and manage to convince him to come back and get married?