Yellow Streak Release Party, #3

November 13, 2015

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Above are pictures (courtesy of the fabulous CrisArt) of how I imagined Yancy and Curt (just reverse the hair colors). The jock and the geek come together for some snuggling, hug out their pains and sorrows, and encourage one another with a kiss (Yancy hopes to become a writer).


Below is a PG excerpt from Yellow Streak:


Curt shuffled his feet and toyed with the hem of his long-sleeved shirt. From that, plus the way his teeth worried his bottom lip, it wasn’t hard to tell he was extremely nervous.
I decided to put him at ease then and there in the hopes I’d learn what he wanted from me.
In a voice that cracked, I said, “I haven’t told anyone about you and me and what almost happened before the holidays. And I won’t tell anyone either. So if that’s all you came here for, now you know, and you can leave the way you came.”
I didn’t look at him, not even to glare. I might have been disappointed and more than a tad brokenhearted, but I wasn’t a mean person at heart. Sure, he’d kissed me and told me it meant something. But it’s not like he was the first guy to lie about stuff like that, to me or any other gay guy in the whole wide world.
So I stood there in front of the closed door like a statue, my arms crossed tight over my chest, my emotional equilibrium shattered, studying the rug on the floor like it held the answers to the mysteries of life.
“Yancy…,” Curt whispered. His voice broke too. But I had no idea what it meant. “I’m sorry. I should’ve called you. I just… I didn’t know what to say.” He huffed in exasperation—aimed at himself, I could tell. “Fuck, I still don’t.”
I went for the brave act. “It’s okay. I figured you might not wanna see me again. I remind you of your worst day. I warned you about that before, so I get it.” I feigned a smile, trying to project self-certainty and courage. “Don’t worry about it. We’ll see each other around campus and maybe in a few classes. But that’s the extent of it. We don’t have to be bosom buddies. Or even casual friends.” I nodded to convince myself more than him. “But, uh… I am glad to see you’re okay.”
With my (fake) polite mask in place, I moved out of his way so he could get back to the door without having to bump into me. Or even brush against me.
Because I still wasn’t looking at him, it took me a moment to notice that he hadn’t left the room, not passed by me, not so much as moved an inch.
Puzzled, I looked up at him. Curt had tears in his eyes.
My heart flooded with sympathy. My head told me he was manipulating me.
I had no idea which organ to trust.
“You’re right,” Curt said after a while. His typically low voice dropped further. “I did think you would remind me of… of that… thing I nearly did. I didn’t know how to handle it. Just the memory alone gives me nightmares. I was… scared.”
I exhaled deeply. As I had told him, I’d known this could happen, and I understood and forgave him for it. How could I not when he’d been trapped in such a dark place?


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Susan Laine is an award-winning, multi-published author of LGBTQ erotic romance. Susan lives in Finland, where summers are wet and winters long. Thankfully, she’s kept plenty warm by the spark for writing, which kindled when Susan discovered the sizzling hot gay erotic romance genre. Trained as an anthropologist, Susan’s long-term plan is to become a full-time writer. Susan enjoys hanging out with her sister, two nieces, and friends in movie theaters, bookstores, and parks. Her favorite pastimes include listening to music, watching action flicks, eating chocolate, and doing the dishes while pondering the meaning of life.

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4 Responses to “Yellow Streak Release Party, #3”

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing this excerpt.

  2. Trix says:

    I love a good geek-jock pairing!

  3. H.B. says:

    Love the art and imagery you provided. Thank you for the excerpt!

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