This week, to fit in with the loose theme, here’s a few sentences from my very first m/m story, “Granddad’s Cup of Tea” which can be found in the Snow on the Roof anthology, a collection of stories about characters over the age of 40. My heroes are both in their 60s. Ewan, the protagonist, is a widower who lives near his daughter and grandchildren. He meets Alex, who has spent his entire life in the closet, pretending that he and his partner were brothers. After his partner’s death, Alex is dealing with bereavement and slowly coming out, and their friendship pushes Ewan into acknowledging his own bisexuality and attraction to Alex.
Here’s Ewan talking to his oldest granddaughter Mia about a schoolfriend of hers who has just come out.
“Everyone’s used to it now, and some people are totally haters, but most people just get on with their own lives and leave us alone. It’s not like it would have been in your day, when it would have been the end of the world if you went out with another boy.”
“Your generation didn’t invent gay people, Mia.”
She rolled her eyes at him. “You know what I mean. Come on, you would never have kissed a boy.”
“Oh, aye?” Ewan said, and the sight of her jaw dropping was compensation for all the grief his girls had given him that evening.
Rainbow Snippets is a wonderful little Facebook group in which writers gather every weekend to post a six-sentence peek at one of their works. All genres are included but the snippets must be from books with a LGBTQIA+ protagonist.