#RainbowSnippets: LGBTQ+ fiction from “Loggerhead”

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My contribution this week to the Rainbow Snippets meme comes from “Loggerhead,” my short story about a married gay couple who finally get the honeymoon they never had. Here, their affectionate bickering hints to the fact that they’ve been together for much longer than most honeymooners:

I was a Midwestern farm boy, and despite having moved to the East Coast after high school and never looking back, the ocean still felt magical to me. The sea air as we approached the coast in our rental car tasted like a lover’s skin – warm and salty, homecoming and other-worldly delight.

“We should move down here,” I said, starting a conversation we had every time we came to Florida.

“You’d miss the fall colors,” Jake said. “This town has fewer residents than our condo building. And the closest gay bar is a twenty-mile drive up the interstate.”

“Key West, then.”

“Still no fall colors. No scarves and peacoats. No winter fashions. No ice skating in the park.”

“I’m too old to care about fashion anymore,” I said. “And one of these days I’ll fall and break a hip on the ice.”

“You’re thirty-nine, Eric. Not eighty.”

“Loggerhead” is in my anthology Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love, and you can also find it in the multi-author anthology Sexy to Go Gay Romance, available for pre-order now.

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20 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets: LGBTQ+ fiction from “Loggerhead”

    • Or maybe they could move to coastal Massachusetts. Or Delaware. Fall colors *and* ocean! Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  1. Bahaha! That last line got me. I wasn’t expecting that. But also, I would definitely trade in fall colors for not being cold or having to shovel snow.

    • I’m glad you liked that line. The conversation might be slightly autobiographical, at least the “I’m old”/”No you’re not” exchange.

      I always vacillate on whether it’s better to live in the north or the south. On the one hand, winters are not so cold in the south. On the other hand, there’s summer and hurricanes to worry about (well, at least in the southeast). I used to live in the southeast and the summer weather would set off my migraines. But peaches and a long growing season … Ha. Maybe Jake and Eric are just two aspects of me 😉

  2. Beautiful description! This is my favorite story from the collection (followed closely by Rough Love). The feeling it left in me was the warmest and the most complete from all the stories I read this year.

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