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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 write 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 31 by Freddy MacKay
The soft thump of shoes filled the hall. It was the only sound—weird. All the business suits walking around in high class fashion and expensive shoes, but quiet surrounded them. It gave them a holier than thou glide and ambiance. Creepy.
There had to be a reason to take away that kind of sensory stimulation, but Cooper hadn’t a clue. Part of the sound had to be dulled by the carpets on the floor, but the design of the building too? Possibly?
The silence weighed down on the court house. It added an ominous feeling to the situation Cooper hadn’t quite wrapped his head around yet. It unsettled Cooper. Made him nervous. And he was already jittery enough since the encounter with Evelyn.
Anyone could be in his situation, sure. Most probably handled it better than him, or not. And even though he’d been through this circus before with Tabitha, it didn’t make it any difference to how he felt about filling out paperwork and standing in front of a judge.
Cooper’s stomach turned. Nausea threatened to upend him and made him with there was a trash can close by. He might need it shortly. A burble of nervous laughter erupted just as his name was called along with several others.
A side-long glance went in his direction, but no one said anything.
They were showed into the courtroom and sat in the seating area behind the desks. A judge came in, and court went into session. People were called. Some went up slow and unsure, others strode up confidently. Cooper knew which one he’d be.
Images of Tabitha and Evelyn blurred together. Their judgmental gazes bore into him. By the time his paperwork got in front of the judge and got his name called, Cooper was in a state. Sweat lined his armpits, leaving his one dress shirt damp. His face burned. And Cooper felt sure he had a wedgie.
The judge called Cooper up.
He went through the pint-sized swinging doors that separated the court from the spectators. They swang loudly but stopped abruptly, like they couldn’t fathom making noise in the area.
Over rimless glasses the judge leveled Cooper with a look then asked, “Is everything you’ve written here true?”
“And you standby your statement Evelyn is proactively searching you out?”
“Yes.” Cooper fingered the fabric on his pants. All he wanted was the damn restraining order.
“Do you feel in danger?”
The judge shook his head. “Son, what is the matter with you?”
“Excuse me?” Cooper thought he saw the judge smile.
“You have a nice girl showing some interest in you,” the judge continued. “Take her out to dinner, maybe kiss her, and have a good time.”
“It would not be a good time.”
“You don’t need a restraining order,” the jerky judge informed Cooper. “How about you man up and take her on a date like she wants?”
Wow, Cooper stood there in stunned silence. Once his head and heart got in the game, Cooper developed a sinking feeling that his judge could care less about the predicament he found himself in.
“Nothing here shoes intent to hurt. Petition for partner snudenied,” the judge said. “Next case.”
Shit. That just really happened. Cooper stumbled back, shellshocked. He was so fucked.
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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