Staying home with the hubby for Valentine’s Day. So, I have a couple of snippets from a romantic story today.
Every week we post six lines from a work of ours, a work-in-progress or published, or a recommendation of someone else’s work with at least one LGBT character. Posted at Rainbow Snippets here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/963484217054974
I surprised myself and wrote two flash fictions about Henry and our unnamed narrator, closeted High School boyfriends and Henry’s habit of turning invisible. Here’s a link to the first story “Boot-Scootin’ Boogie:”https://authorjeffbaker.com/2017/11/12/out-of-sight-story-for-monday-flash-fics-nov-13-2017-by-jeff-baker/
And here’s the first snippet:
High school had been seventeen years ago. We’d both been serious closet cases. Then Henry had his “little accident” at the research facility his Dad worked at the summer after our freshman year. He’d gotten his invisibility largely under control by the start of school but he still needed to be invisible about twelve hours a day or he’d start fading. That meant a lot of ducking out to the restroom in the middle of class. The next two years felt like a very weird cable kid’s show, with both of us jumping around to keep anybody else from finding out that Henry spent part of his time literally out of sight.
Here’s another snippet
Senior Prom was cool. By that time Henry and I had discovered each other. I was ostensibly taking Jan Hall but Henry was my real date. Invisibly. It looked like I was slow dancing with myself during the last dance and kissing thin air, but I didn’t care. I told everybody I’d been stood up and the Principal gave me a breath test, but still, Senior Prom was cool.
That’s it for this week, and yes, the idea did come from my being in High School and wondering what it would be like if I could turn invisible (I read too many comic books and watched too many TV shows like that!) And I have no idea how many fonts I’ve used here!——jeff b.
LOL! Henry has the vampire trope! I can just see the only other student who believes in Henry is the crazy girl who’s certain he’s a vampire and keeps checking the narrator for puncture marks. :)= Great snippets!
Cute snippet! I’d kind of like to have the invisibility power myself — that or the ability to read minds.
Same here! I told my old boss that there were a couple of people at our warehouse that when I heard them coming I’d almost try to raise up antennae and disappear like “My Favorite Martian!” 😀
Love the idea of his invisibilty having a cost
That’s an extreme level of invisibility. Having to figure out how long he can stay visible before fading would’ve taken some severe trial and error.