Join us as Freddy MacKay goes Outside the Margins.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Prism Book Alliance Blog today. I am Freddy MacKay, one of the contributors to Outside the Margins. For my part, I decided to go with 500 – 1000 word flash fiction pieces, so please forgive, as these aren’t professionally edited (I did try to catch my mistakes though).
On the Divide – Part 4 by Freddy MacKay
The cab ride home was the longest in history. Maybe it had something to do with the black eye and sore stomach, and well, several other sore areas on Cooper’s personage. He prodded the swollen flesh on his face, letting out a hiss. Shit. That totally hurt.
“You all right?” the cabbie asked.
“Yeah, or, I will be once I get home.”
“You sure you don’t want me to take you to the emergency room?” The man’s eyes met Cooper’s in the rearview mirror.
He shook his head. “Just gonna stand under a long hot shower then crawl in bed for a quick nap. That should do it for me. Probably.”
The cabbie shrugged, but his eyes flicked back to Cooper’s face again before going back to the rode.
“I’m really okay.” He prodded his eye again. Ow.
“Definitely a shiner you got there. You piss off some girl’s boyfriend?”
“Nah, I pissed off the girl.”
The cabbie laughed, slapping his hand against the wheel. “Boy, you are in trouble. Girls fight dirty and they are way more scary in a fight.”
“Yes. Yes they are.”
The cabbie shook his head, smiled, and laughed one more time before letting the conversation drop. Cooper was eternally grateful for that small piece of grace. Exhaustion clung to him, and all he really wanted was his bed. Alone. Without any surprises or angry people mobbing him. Or Evelyn.
Speaking of the witch, Cooper rubbed his sore jaw. Who knew she could pack such a powerful punch? Not him, that’s for sure. He would’ve moved out of the way.
When Evelyn screeched and swung at him, pure shock kept him rooted to the spot on the dance floor, allowing her to get a solid punch in. Everyone around him immediately halted their jeers and scuffling to gape at them. Then all Hell broke loose.
Cooper never, ever wanted to set foot in Stubby’s again. Luckily, it seemed he was barred for life. As were Evelyn and Ross. The damn little aggressor twink managed to get blacklisted too. Those punishments, honestly, Cooper could live with.
A hand shook him. Cooper blinked, jerking instinctively. When had his eyes closed? The cabbie stood next to him, door open, the lines on his face crinkled, and a frown forming on his lips. Behind the man, Cooper’s apartment complex loomed up in the darkness. Guess they still haven’t fixed the lights.
“You sure you’re all right, kid?” He took his hand off Cooper, but didn’t step back.
“Just tired. Working too many hours and, and stuff. Tonight didn’t help.”
“I know how that goes.”
“Yeah. How much?” Cooper reached for his wallet.
“Don’t worry about it.”
“I was about to go off shift anyway.”
Cooper rubbed his head. “You sure?”
The cabbie nodded. “Everyone needs a break sometimes.”
“Thanks, uh, Mr.–” Cooper glanced for the taxi diver identification card. “Hamilton.”
Mr. Hamilton smiled and offered him a hand. He took it and hauled himself out of he cab. Cooper thanked the cabbie one more time, taking the business card offered to him, and promised to call if he changed his mind about the emergency room.
He probably looked like dogshit, but, really though, it wasn’t too bad. Not enough for a doctor anyway. Cooper didn’t need those bills.
Down the dark path between the old brick apartment buildings Cooper trudged. It took Cooper every ounce of energy and willpower he had to put one foot in front of the other. But he managed to make it to his door and into bed. Sort of. Laying across the bed with his clothes on still counted. He’d deal with everything else when he had more energy. Right now, Cooper just needed some sleep.
The fallout at the cafe, his clothes, Evelyn and Ross, and all that shit, could wait another day.
End Part 4
~ Freddy MacKay
About Freddy MacKay
I grew up and went to college in the Midwest where I currently reside with my family. I spend most of my time playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since I was little, except who is included my activities. I also have a healthy geocaching addiction. It’s so much fun! I enjoy spending my time traveling when I can, and I hold the view that a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.
My contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place – Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Internment, won 3rd Place – Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Feel Me (The Marduck Expanse) was a Gay SF Finalist and Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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