Charli Coty

LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings

A “rainy” little snippet…

Only one more week and Speedbump will be out in the wilds (to everyone who pre-ordered, anyway :)). It’s nerve-wracking to wait, but I’ve always been a “rip off the band-aid” kind of person, and so far all attempts by the Universe to teach me patience have failed.

For this week’s snippet we’re in Red’s POV, he’s just played a new song for Ezra and then asked if they wanted to drive his car. The car in question is a deep purple, stock 1964 GTO which Ezra has coveted since before Red returned to Drop. Which is probably more intro than is absolutely necessary, but…


“Thanks.” By the way he kept running his eyes over the car, it seemed the “nice” could’ve meant the song, the car, or both. “Would you like to drive her?”

The way his eyes popped and breath hitched, the answer had to be yes. But after a few seconds, he still hadn’t answered.

“If you have to be somewhere, I’d take a rain check.”

Yeah, I want to see you again. As often as possible.


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Getting broken wasn’t supposed to fix everything.

Ezra Cook is sole caregiver to older brother Tray, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in his forties. They live outside the small town of Drop, Oregon, on property Tray bought with his Microsoft settlement money. For years, Ezra has been going on and off low doses of testosterone to maintain a comfortable level of androgyny. Ezra spends most days juggling Tray’s needs and the work required to survive in rural Oregon on a small income, ignoring their own needs, especially companionship and sleep.

Ellred “Red” Long escaped Drop at seventeen but returns to his hometown in disgrace after his band dumped him on the streets of LA. Coming back doesn’t seem like such a dead end, though, after he sees a guy walking along the side of the road in the rain and gives him a lift.

Ezra and Red’s chance meeting begins an uncomfortable friendship neither had expected, and both allow fear to keep it from escalating into a hookup, or worse, a romance. Red never meant to return to Drop and doesn’t want to get stuck there again, while Ezra’s protective walls may be too strong to breach, from either side.


Read more snippets from Speedbump here.




About Charli Coty

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

11 comments on “A “rainy” little snippet…

  1. Addison Albright
    January 26, 2018

    That would have to be some song to compete with that car! I’m guessing Ezra is right, and the answer will ultimately be “yes”! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rhodrymavelyne
    January 26, 2018

    Vivid, rich description which weaves seamlessly with the interaction…well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kasia BB
    January 27, 2018

    Awww. I’m guessing ‘no’ is not an option…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. AM
    January 27, 2018

    I love this. I’m really struggling not to say too much, LOL. So I’ll just leave it at that.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Anne Barwell
    January 27, 2018

    I love the inner thought at the end, and wondering how much of that he’s actually going to say out loud. Sets the scene and characters nicely – very visual with the car, and I’d love to hear the song.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. debbiemcgowan
    January 27, 2018

    Love this – can’t wait to read it! I was going to be strong and not read the snippet, but…no willpower. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Charli Coty
    January 27, 2018

    Thanks for all the lovely comments! ❤ ❤ ❤


  8. jlmerrow
    January 28, 2018

    Great snippet! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jackie Keswick
    January 29, 2018

    That’s one sweet snippet. But making him choose between music and the car is just a touch evil…

    Liked by 1 person

  10. janadenardo
    January 29, 2018

    I’m sure he’s going to get to drive this at some point, among other things

    Liked by 1 person

  11. jlgfellers
    February 2, 2018

    As often as possible… oh, I love this.

    Liked by 1 person

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