LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings
Hello Snippetteers! I wasn’t going to post this week, but changed my mind because of the whole “fearless in 2018” deal. So here’s a bit between Ezra and Tink (ex boyfriend). In this scene, they’re weeding Ezra’s garden. It’s a little longer than 6 sentences for cohesiveness. #sorrynotsorry
“I’m glad you came by, Tink.” He took the joint, not quite looking at me as he did. Like the night we broke up. Back then, any display of emotion that wasn’t angry or crazy or horny made him cringe and turn away. Maybe that was why I kept going—I wasn’t stoned yet, not really. “I’m not sorry, you know. About us. I’d do it all again, even knowing how it turns out.”
He huffed and tossed a tiny weed in my direction instead of into the pickle bucket. “You would not. You’re smarter than that. You learn from your mistakes.”
“You just said you wouldn’t be a dick. I’m trying to be nice.”
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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.
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