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
Last week I promised more of my freelance photographer Oscar Del Fuego and his boyfriend/husband Lucas. I hadn’t expected to write two stories about them! This was the first, “I’m Ready For My Close-Up. Mr. Del Fuego” also for the old Monday Flash Fics prompt page and posted here: https://authorjeffbaker.com/2018/04/01/closeup-for-monday-flash-fics-april-2-2018-by-jeff-baker/
It was about 11:45 at night and Oscar was sitting on the edge of our bed with his camera, still talking about what had happened earlier in the day.
“I was standing there out in the street by the police car y’know,” he was saying.
I knew. He’d told me this story about four times earlier. Oscar free-lanced but mostly he took pictures for the local newspaper and a couple of news websites. Usually he didn’t bring his work to bed with him.
Here’s a little more:
“I’d gotten a call about three-thirty this afternoon,” Oscar said. “This girl, well, woman, was on the fourth floor of her apartment building. She’d barricaded the door shut and was out on the ledge outside the window threatening to jump. Uh, Lucas, I told you this before, didn’t I?”
I nodded. I was standing in a corner of the room in my jogging shorts, leaning against the wall, watching my husband jumping around as he was telling the story and loving every minute of it.
Reading this story now, I realize a little of it probably came from my husband and my telling each other stories we’ve heard several times before and each of us loving listening every time!
Next week, another love story, and what happens when I don’t read submission calls closely! See ya!
Love the excited/indulgent dichotomy between these two. ❤️
That’s a heck of a story he’s telling (and I imagine we all can sit around the camp fire swapping ‘i didn’t read the submission call closely enough’ stories)
I have a whole series that started from a story I wrote for a call that was already up when I started the story!
Glad you at least got a series from it. I’ve done that (or my favorite from last year flipped the 12th for the 21st and missed one I really wanted to try for and now have a 12K story I can’t really send anywhere)