Release Party: Offside–Third Excerpt

April 28, 2011

Third and final excerpt of Offside.

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ADAM rolled over, reaching for Colin, and slapped the empty bed. He opened his eyes. No Colin. He sat up on his elbow, listening for sounds from the bathroom. There was nothing. Shit. Had Colin developed remorse overnight? Adam hoped not because the sex was… well, it was awkward, actually. There were a few misplaced elbows, and Adam was pretty sure he had a bruise on his inner thigh, and Colin had fallen off the bed once and laid on the floor laughing until Adam pulled him back up, but it had all worked, more so because neither of them minded. It wasn’t even getting on with it and ignoring the ridiculous stuff. They had enjoyed the ridiculous stuff. They hadn’t even fucked. Just done every other possible thing[...]

[...]And now he was gone. Maybe he’d gone to church. Adam rolled out of bed. Was Colin one of those “wrath of God” morning-after guys? Colin hadn’t said anything, but maybe he didn’t know, this being his first time and all. Adam wasn’t sure if he could handle being part of something that made Colin feel guilty. He stumbled into the bathroom, peed, and brushed his teeth.

When he returned to the bedroom, he noticed a piece of paper lying on Colin’s—already thinking of it as Colin’s—side of the bed.

Lovell wants you in his office at 7:30 a.m. He wanted me at 7:00. I woke you up, but you said something very rude, so I’m leaving this note instead. Don’t say I didn’t try. Colin.

Adam glanced at the clock. 6:55. Shit. Lovell calling him into the office couldn’t be good. He yanked on a pair of jeans and a shirt. Grabbing a tie and his duffel bag, he raced out the door.

Two soccer players facing forward

Adam and Colin had a wild night.

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