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Hello, snippeteers! I hope you all have an awesome Saturday. It’s the weekend of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, and with Silverstone just five miles up the road, it’s pointless trying to go anywhere. So I’ve lined up a stack of work and my accounts, and I’m hoping for extra writing time, too, since I’m still shooting to get Swings & Roundabouts ready for my betas by the time Jack’s birthday rolls around.
So for today’s snip we’re still with Jack and Gareth in Northern Sweden, and while the last few snips have all been Jack lining up surprises for Gareth, now here’s Gareth thinking of returning the favour when he gets to see the very special room in the Ice Hotel their host has selected for them to sleep in.
From Swings & Roundabouts
Eighteen months ago Gareth wouldn’t have had a clue what he was looking at, now he could even put a name to the sculpture that had been placed beside the bed and wish that they’d brought Nico and Daniel. He pulled out his phone and snapped a picture of a lounging Hatake Kakashi, complete with gravity defying hair and the ever-present Icha Icha volume. “Has Jack not seen this?”
Oh, payback was going to be sweet. He assembled his pictures and sent them and a quick note to Daniel and Nico. With a little luck they’d be taunting Jack with cryptic messages for the rest of the evening.
Jack found him an hour later, back at the bar where he watched the DJ trade space with a three-piece band. “What did you tell those two that you didn’t tell me?”
And if you’d like a little more Jack in your life, and want to find out exactly how Jack became the man he is, why not check out The Power of Zero?
Jack is twelve and has just escaped from the pimp his mother sold him to. He’s trying to survive on the Clapham streets. And he takes his courage in his hands and reaches back when a man who should be angry at him reaches out to him.
A quick, 25k read, that’s also suitable for teenagers.
On amazon and KU, and every penny of profit goes to the Albert Kennedy Trust, who help LGBTQ+ youths who are homeless or in danger, and the Banbury Young Homelessness Project, who offer shelter and support to homeless kids in Oxfordshire.