#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Nervous) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 26th April, 2017:

268 (26 and 1+7) words from The Making Of Us (Checking Him Out Book Four)

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

This snippet comes a short while after last week’s: Jesse has taken Leigh to meet his mum for the first time.

* * * * *
“Are you ready?”

Leigh nodded and tilted their head towards the door in encouragement, but the door whooshed away from me before I had a chance to open it.

“Hello, oh!” My mum blinked at us and looked to see what I was staring at—my keys still dangling from the lock. She tutted and pulled them free. “So it is working, then?”

“What’s working?” I asked.

“The lock.”


Mum shook her head and smiled at Leigh, who was giggling at my side. “You must be Leigh. I’m Susan, or Sue—Jesse’s mum.”

“Hi, Sue.” Leigh took my mum’s lead and stepped around me into the hallway. They shook hands. “It’s lovely to meet you.”

“And you. Jesse’s told me so much about you.”

“Same.” Leigh glanced back at me and grinned, which seemed to unstick my feet from the floor.

I followed them in and closed the door, sniffing and inhaling the scent of vanilla candles and…was that the smell of cookies baking? Bless my mum. She was at least as nervous as we were. Well, more than Leigh and not quite as much as me, I envisaged. Mum had already led Leigh into the living room, where—oh…hell. My kid photos on the mantelpiece. I stopped and leaned on the doorjamb, pinching the bridge of my nose like that would stop me turning red.

Leigh beamed at me. “You were cute.”

“Still am,” I chanced. Mum almost laughed her head off. “What are you trying to do to me, Mother?”

She gave Leigh a conspiratorial wink. “A good host always offers refreshments to his guests.”
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Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. Hahah! Moms and the age-old habit of embarrassing their kids with pictures. ;)

  2. Missed this yesterday, sorry! I love Jesse's mum. I'm pretty sure I'd do exactly the same thing! :D

  3. Since my son is a burly 6'3" and apparently still growing, I think I'd be ASKING him first! I mean, my Boyo is a gentle giant...but why take foolish chances?

    I love the cover image for the book - their expressions are both priceless, and - RAINBOW HAIR!!!

    I'm still getting used to how "their" works, but I love that you use it in this story, because I wouldn't have understood Leigh's (I'm guessing ambiguous?) gender status based on the cover alone.

    A sparkling read, Deb!


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