LGBTQIA+ fiction with happy endings
Hello Snippetteers! I’ve been a little obsessed with Spring this year, since I missed it in 2017. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen the pictures of the flowers and trees. 🙂
This week’s snippet reflects that obsession, from Red’s point of view.
Portland’s waterfront had changed a lot while I’d been away. It looked more civilized somehow—more developed. The cherry trees were a lot bigger and would probably be breathtaking in full bloom. If I stuck around until next spring, I might find out. But it was a sunny day and the grass wasn’t too damp, so any tree in a storm would work to park myself under. In no mood to enjoy the scenery—what nature made nor the scantily clad people walking, running, and biking past—I sat under the only available tree and started playing.
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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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