9 May 2018:
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This week I have what will probably be the final excerpt from Getting Real. In this contemporary gay romance one of the men needs to grow up and start behaving like a responsible adult while the other needs to distance himself from his controlling family. This snippet involves something that happens a few weeks after what I posted last week when they made love for the fist time.
By Christiane France
Available at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
For TJ Delaney and Cole Labelle, it’s time to turn their lives around and get real.
TJ needs to exchange his playboy lifestyle for a job and prove he’s a responsible adult rather than a spoiled, rich brat.
Cole needs to free himself of his family’s control and their paranoid fears by proving being gay like his father is the only thing he and the man who gave him life have in common.
Soon after my probationary period with The Birds was over, I came down to breakfast one morning and found an envelope beside my plate. Inside were my car keys, my credit cards, a deposit slip indicating my allowance had been reinstated and paid into my bank account, and a note from Father which read, I’m proud of you, son.
I folded the note and put it in my wallet, along with the credit cards and the deposit slip, then I picked up the keys and headed for the garage. I couldn’t wait to tell Cole my good news.
After a quick visit to The Birds to pick up fertilizer, I parked in a nearby lot and hurried straight to Cole’s office.
“Sorry, TJ. Cole won’t be in today,” Trish informed me with a smile. “But he dropped by earlier and left this for you.”
This was an envelope containing what felt like a single sheet of paper. I didn’t need to open it and read the contents I just knew what it was and it put my good news, along with a rumor I’d just heard and wanted to share with Cole, right out of my mind.
I felt hot, then cold, then dizzy while my stomach performed a couple of back flips. Deep down, I’d been expecting something like this since that first night when we went to the Falls. I’d figured it would take a ton of courage for Cole to break free from his family, and this was to tell me he couldn’t do it. This was the kiss off. The Sorry, TJ, it was fun, but I can’t do it after all.
“You okay, TJ? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
“No, I’m, err…I’m fine.” I felt sick, my eyes burned, and rather than wait for an elevator, I took the stairs down to the basement.
Once I was inside my workspace, I locked the door, dropped the envelope on the table and stared at the wall, trying hard to get my emotions under control. It would have been nice if he’d told me in person, but tears and recriminations solve nothing, so perhaps it was kinder this way. Then again, they can be immensely cathartic, as I knew from experience.
I grabbed the envelope with the intention of ripping it to shreds and tossing it in the trash, but curiosity got the better of me. I opened it and removed the single sheet of paper.
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