On the Divide – Part 9 ~ Outside the Margins with Freddy MacKay

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Hello! Nice to see everyone again. smiles I am still writing my 500 – 1000 word flash fiction pieces.

Cooper is finally revealing some of the biggest things about himself. When starting this story I knew I wanted the main protagonist to be bisexual, but I had no idea what journey he was going to take. At least, not this one.

The revelation of Cooper’s emotional and physical abuse from a former girlfriend is another aspect that worked its way in. I had been thinking about writing on this topic because it’s not something that gets talked about a lot and I think it’s necessary. I have seen this happen between a friend and his girlfriend in college. It hurt to watch the isolation, losing him, and I would’ve given anything to pull him from the situation. But he wouldn’t leave. His girlfriend was everything to him.

Eventually, my friend did get out, but not before damage was done.

We have meet Cooper after he’s gotten out, but he still has heal. I plan to make this a biweekly story because Cooper needs a little more attention than once a month. One week will be here at Prism 9on the 12th as always), and the other on my website on the 26th of each month.

I hope you can continue support Cooper on his journey to healing.

 

On the Divide – Part 9 by Freddy MacKay

“No wonder you’re so jumpy.” Harlan did the arm-crossing thing a lot of guys did. Someone needed to go back in time and tell the male species posturing was the stupidest move ever. And Harlan also did the not leaving thing, again.

Cooper could just cry. He closed the door and crossed the room. “Because a girlfriend almost killed me, or because I have one stalking me? Or, or, and this is a good one—I have a guy turning into a stalker.”

“I am not a stalker. I just want to get to know you.”
Oh, ooooh. How good was that shit thinking? “By not taking ‘No’ for an answer?”

To Cooper’s delight, Harlan paled and he had to take a minute to gather himself. He even put up a hand and told Cooper to wait a minute. Watching him squirm made Cooper a little too giddy. God, now who was being the ass? Cooper really needed more time in the sack.

No sleep and Evelyn-related stress made Cooper one stressed individual. He collapsed on the futon, sighing. Just a few minutes. That’s all he needed. Cooper let his eyes close.

A quiet “I’m sorry” came from Harlan’s direction.

“I’ve heard that before.” Cooper rubbed his head. “From you too. You’ve only managed to dig yourself in deeper.”

“You’re right.” Harlan coughed, humming briefly. “Look, I’ve done this all wrong. I thought…”

But he didn’t continue.

Cooper popped open one eye, staring at Harlan for a minute before prompting, “You thought?”

“I just figured you were just being skittish. Shy. Something like that.” He shrugged. “I see I was wrong.”

“Good. Acknowledging the problem is the start of the solution and moving on,” Cooper said, yawning. He glanced up and was startled by the expression Harlan wore.

“Coop, you’ve been in therapy.”

“Yes.” It helped, a lot. Not that everything was perfect, but Cooper was learning to make those steps for himself again. “Why? Have you?”

“Not me.”

“But?”

“An ex-boyfriend.”
Cooper nodded. “Good for him.”

“Juan had been raped.”

Too stunned to reply, Cooper shifted on the futon, pulling his legs up. That… No wonder Harlan assumed rape.

“Listen, Coop.” Harlan rocked, his dark gaze moving everywhere, mouth working but silent. He finally settled, stepping closer. “I am sorry. Really. How about this? I’m gonna leave—”

“That’s kinda what I asked you to do already,” Cooper pointed out.
He got ignored as Harlan kept right on going. “I’m gonna leave, but I will be back. I really do want to be your friend. Maybe more. But I can take it one day at a time. Okay?”

“I’m not sure I want to be your friend,” Cooper answered honestly. He did not have time for people who wouldn’t listen to him. Never again.

“Okay. Okay.” Harlan nodded. “I deserve that. But can I remind you we have had fun talking before. I did back you up about Evelyn.”

That much was true.

“And I don’t want to be that guy.”

That would be nice.

“How about you sleep on it?”

Sleep. Best word ever.

“Coop?” Harlan rocked again, itching. “What do you say? We start over? Blank slate?”

No. He couldn’t listen. Cooper had heard this song and dance before. He knew—fucking knew—how it ended.

But God, did Harlan look so sincere, so hopeful.

“Only if you leave right now.”

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~Freddy MacKay

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Title: Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Publication Date: 07/10/2015
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Horror, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Trans*, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:

The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

Genre: Queer Speculative Fiction – the rainbow!
Cost: $3.99 – eBook, $9.99 – print

Excerpt

Links

Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest on Goodreads
Mischief Corner Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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.

Email: freddy.m.mackay@gmail.com
Website: http://freddysstereograph.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreddyMacKay
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/FreddyMacKay
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Farewell Giveaway
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,

Brandilyn
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