It`s time for Tuesday Tales.
Today we have an excerpt from Shake the Stars, my current MM contemporary first love, second chance WIP.
Our word prompt today is “Mirror”. In this scene Dane has returned to the Silver Fir Lodge ten years after falling in love with – and then losing – Keenan. The men are just about to see each other for the first time since they broke up.
This story may have gay erotic scenes, strong social issues addressed and mature language. If those things offend now is the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales blog. Thanks for stopping by!
Twenty-six hours with little sleep was not a good look on me.
I flipped the visor of the rental car back up, not pleased at all at the puffy-eyed, pale visage that had been squinting back at me in the tiny vanity mirror. I looked like an extra in a George Romero movie. The sight scared me out of my beard. Kidding. I’d left the scraggly beard in the sink on the plane. Gloria was right, the dark facial hair had added ten years to me. While I did look younger, there was not a bit of the Dane that Keenan had loved ten years ago. My face had a few lines, my stomach wasn’t quite as firm as it had been back then, and the glow of youth had been trampled by thirty hiding just around the bend. Shit, I was a fat wino with no beard and a pallor only a vampire would envy. I should go now before Keenan saw me and had to pretend that I was—
“Shit!” I snapped when someone cleared their throat. I whipped my head around to glare at the tiny blond wearing a spiffy royal blue Silver Fir Lodge polo shirt. “God, I’m sorry.”
She smiled timidly as she took a step back from the open window. “Mr. Novak sent me down to escort you to your cabin. My name’s Victoria.”
She sketched a little curtsy. Okay, so the tiny thing was adorable, and I’d just ripped her head off. I was a jerk.
“I’d love an escort to my cabin.” I was all about making it up to her as I exited my car and threw my carry-on bag on my shoulder. “I came here ten years ago. Not much has changed in town.”
“True, but the Silver Fir Lodge has been renovated and updated from the main lodge to the guest cabins!” Victoria chatted away, much like Bonnie had done, filling me in on the lodge’s history, when the meals were served, the tennis court, pool, and golf course hours, and the nightly family movies which were now being shown inside the lodge’s new theater. “We even have a snack bar!”
“Wow,” I said, suitably impressed as we walked down a freshly raked gray gravel path, the sound of Cranberry Creek burbling bringing a smile to me that I just could not shake. “When I was here we had to lay out on the grounds to see the movie.”
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