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So I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks while life got hectic between work and edits for Leap of Faith. Leap is doing well. It has a stunning cover designed by Garrett Leigh and a release date of April 5th. And I’ve built myself a new website while I was away. I’ve also spent quite some time on a medieval-ish fantasy involving a glass master, a warrior and a city floating a mile over the sea. Aaaaand, I’ve got a brand-new plot bunny to see me through the darkest parts of the year.
Most of all, though, I’ve stopped procrastinating Jack & Gareth’s story. I know why it’s been bothering me and I’ve finally put my head down to fill in all those bits I’ve been avoiding… except for the pivotal love scene that I’m still having problems with. Dead bodies are a doddle compared to that.
So for today’s Rainbow Snippet I’m going to pick up where we left off several weeks ago, when Jack went to Nico and Daniel’s parents evening by himself because Gareth was working, and Gareth is rather dismayed to find that Jack got hit on. The fact doesn’t sit well with the insecurities that already bother him.
Jack knows that Gareth is stubborn. He also knows that when something bothers him, he can’t just let it go. So he’s not at all surprised when Gareth – eventually – voices his jealousy and starts asking questions. Being Jack, though, he doesn’t simply allay Gareth’s worries, he also tells him what he thought of the incidents. And promptly comes up with an employment opportunity for observant mothers….
From Swings & Roundabouts: Asking Questions
“Did you really get hit on at the school?”
“Heard that, did you?”
“Yes, I heard. And you didn’t answer.”
“No, I didn’t. And yes, I did.”
“Did you flirt?”
“Of course,” Jack smiled a little. “I know I was rewarding the obtuse, but…it kept us amused.”
“The observant part of the audience. Those who can tell me your eye color, Daniel’s favorite sandwich and what Nico’s currently reading. I think MI6 should recruit mothers. They’re damned sharp and the little they miss is irrelevant.”