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Welcome to the Prism Book Alliance Blog today! Freddy MacKay here, one of the contributors to Outside the Margins. For my part, I am writing 500 – 1000 word flash fiction pieces for a story called On the Divide. These are not professionally edited but I do try to catch my mistakes. I hope you enjoy.
On the Divide – Part 16 by Freddy MacKay
“Are you sure you can work the extra hours, Coop?” Jesse asked, his manager at Band Rescue.
“Yup. The Jolt is officially off my time share.”
“Are you going to have enough to get by? I don’t think I have the hours to give you that you need. Did you get that other job you were trying for? What was it?”
The heartfelt concern was truly appreciated. Not needed, but definitely appreciated. “I got the library position on campus. Don’t worry about it.”
The lines of tension erased from Jesse’s eyes. “But everything is all right now? No problems?”
“For the most part.” Cooper shrugged. “I was never found at fault for anything. Evelyn is out of my life. Sure I’ll some of the guys like Malik, but I think it’s best to cut the cord.”
Jesse nodded, dark brows scrunched in thought. He seemed to come to some sort of decision because he inhaled sharply then shrugged to himself.
“Careful, you might hurt something.”
Cooper got flicked off.
“Just sayin’. I think I see smoke.”
“It’s nice to have you back, Coop.”
Jesse pushed off the case and stood. “You’d been going down a nasty rabbit hole. All kinds of bad vibes. And now, you seem more like the Coop I used to know. It’s a good look for you.”
“Oh. Sorry.” He didn’t know what else to say. Cooper hadn’t thought he’d been that bad. Apparently he was wrong.
“Don’t apologize. You’ve had a rough few years.”
“Well, something like that.” Jesse exhaled. “Has something good happened besides Evelyn disappearing from your life?”
He had a smirk, yes, a fucking smirk, on his face. Like the bastard knew something. Like Cooper was going to say anything.
“No, not really.” Sort of. Yes. Harlan’s calming presence certainly helped. Not that Cooper was ready to share details.
His relationship with the barkeep confused him. No longer in the icky bad way, but the feelings were certainly muddled. Their not-date date had been nice. Once Cooper got over Harlan trying to help with his disasterous putting technique. He hadn’t even tried to escort Cooper to the door, which might sound weird to some people, but it gave Cooper the breathing room he needed.
No pushing. Not really. But the way Harlan held Cooper when they putted—Cooper shivered.
“Cold?” Jesse asked.
Perceptive bastard. “No.”
Jesse knocked on the case. “I’m going to go work on balances. You okay watching the front by yourself?”
Cooper nodded, his boss already walking off without bothering for the reply.
It wasn’t like two o’clock on a Wednesday was a busy time for them. Only school band moms and struggling bands stopped by at this hour. Being able to relax, not have order after order being shouted at him did a lot for his nerves. Maybe working at a coffee shop hadn’t been the smartest idea. His therapist had said to ease back into social interaction.
Coffee shops were war zones.
Oh well. Lesson learned. Coffee shops equaled panic attacks. Thankfully Mabel understood why he put his notice in. Some bosses could be real jerks about that kind of thing. She just nodded with a remorseful look on her face, and asked if he needed references.
Thank you, Mabel. He hadn’t, not with Jesse having his back, but her good word certainly didn’t hurt.
Noise, shouts really, brought Cooper’s attention to the front of the shop. Two people outside of the store were arguing. Cooper grabbed the phone and walked toward the windows, hoping whoever it was would calm the fuck down. He didn’t want to call the police. He would if he had to, but parking lot disputes were some of the worst. People had some weird territorial disputes over spots.
As Cooper got to the front he could tell it was a woman and a man fighting. Was that Harlan? Who was he—Cooper’s heart stopped.
What the fuck was Evelyn doing here?
The door chimed as it opened. Evelyn’s shouts pierced the air. Harlan’s angry reponses ripped right back. Cooper took several steps back, his eyes wide.
Bright red hair filled his vision. Her hazel eyes lighting up when she spotted Cooper.
“Now, that’s who I’ve been looking for,” she said, smiling. “Have you missed me?”
Title: Eternity in the Tides
Author: Freddy MacKay
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Publication Date: 02/24/2016
Cover Artist: Gus Li
Genre: Bisexual, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Autumn has always been Zak’s favorite season for hiking and camping. Not to mention breathing in all that crisp fall air and sitting around toasty bonfires. That all changed year and a half ago when a rich prick high on prescription pills sideswiped Zak while he was out biking.
Now his days are filled with pain and limited mobility. No more camping. No more trails. Zak’s life as he knew it is gone forever.
Back at his beloved stomping grounds, Zak is ready to say hello and goodbye one last time. But when a cry from the frigid Lake Superior waters throws him into the role of a rescuer, more than just his life hangs in the balance. Little did Zak know how much one person giving a damn mattered to him.
About Freddy MacKayI 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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