Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

A neighborly snippet…

Hello & welcome! I’m finalizing the galley proof for Speedbump this weekend, so I’m going to snippet from it too.

This is from Red’s second chapter. Earlier, Ezra’s truck had forced them to walk home—which is how Ez and Red met in the first place. It’s a little longer than 6 sentences for context.



It started out innocently enough. I thought I’d go for a drive and see if the old truck—Ezra’s International—was still there. If it was, maybe I’d swing by and see if he needed a ride out to get it. That sounded neighborly, and I didn’t have anything better to do. By the time I got there, it was very obvious it’d never really been innocent. Just thinking about him made me hard and stupid. If I had any sense, I would stay as far away from Ezra Cook as I could. If I was half as smart as I used to think I was, I would drive in to Portland and look up a few old friends instead of wasting gas on a deserted highway out in the middle of nowhere. Nobody within five miles could help me find a new band, and that’s what I needed to do.

So why, then, did I pull off the road when I saw the truck?



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Charli has survived droughts, earthquakes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

6 comments on “A neighborly snippet…

  1. rhodrymavelyne
    January 6, 2018

    Why, indeed? 😉


  2. AM
    January 6, 2018

    I suspect he knows why and just doesn’t want to admit it.


  3. Addison Albright
    January 6, 2018

    Hahaha…because he’s thinking with his little head?


  4. Kasia Bacon
    January 7, 2018

    Yay for hard and stupid! LOL


  5. janadenardo
    January 12, 2018

    Very nice bit of introspection here.


  6. Antonia Aquilante
    January 13, 2018

    I like the introspection in this snippet.


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