I've been in the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook for a few months, and it's a fab idea (thank you, Charley). We get to share snippets from our LGBTQ+ stories, make recommendations of stories we've read etc. and readers of our posts can follow the trail back to other #RainbowSnippets.
So, without further ado, this is a six-line snippet from Cherry Pop Valentine, which is a short story (11k words) I wrote last year for a Valentine's Day challenge. This month (July), it's available for free in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale (use SFREE at checkout).
Here's the snippet:
In the final clip of our band on stage, Sven brings a single rose across to me at the piano and kneels. I take the rose from him, and we fade to black.And here's the blurb:
Ten years together, and even though he’d said yes to us one day getting married, we’d decided not to bother with a civil partnership and instead wait out the change in law. Now we could get married, I felt like it was he who should propose. I’d thought maybe he’d been thinking about it, until the guys in the band starting nagging about what brilliant publicity it would be if the video turned into reality. We’d recorded it a couple of months back, and the real video was going out in five days’ time, on Valentine’s Day.
Their band's new single is due to be released in four days' time, and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It's tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can't wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he's made.
But when he joins Sven in bed, he can't even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.
Can he fix the damage caused by that one careless click, or will he be condemned to endure Valentine's Day alone?
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Thanks for reading,