Hello, snippeteers. Welcome back to rainbow snippets (6 sentences of LGBTQ+ fiction) and sexy snippets (7 sentences from their work-in-progress or published stories).
Enjoy the next snippet from my story Live or Die which will appear in the Lawless Anthology: Manlove Edition to be published by Evernight Publishing and coming in November 2017.
For those new to this story, here's a recap. Alexei and Zakhar were old friends until Zakhar went away ten years ago. Now he's back but not exactly getting a warm welcome from Alexei.
You can catch up with the story from the opening scene.
This follows on from Snippet 10 and we're still in Zakhar's POV.
Please pardon the long snippet. I've done it to allow the scene to move along a little and still keep the context for those following the story.
Alexei settled back into his chair, hand still on the gun which now lay on the desk, his expression unreadable. “Start talking.”
Now that his sole attention focused on me, my throat dried out and my hands shook as the adrenaline ebbed in my veins. I needed a drink or two, perhaps something stronger to take the edge off.
When I’d agreed to this assignment I hadn’t realized it would be so difficult to sit before him and do what I’d done relatively easily for the past ten years—tell a series of made up stories to maintain my cover.
My gaze bounced around the room while I worked saliva into a parched mouth and rubbed my hand over a perspiring neck.
Like a hawk, he watched every move I made, his eyes the color of obsidian. As if he could see through to my anxiety, see through to the man I hid from the world.
“Someone is trying to kill me,” I blurted out, wanting to get this done, no matter the outcome.
“Ha.” He barked a short, ugly laugh. “Whoever it is will have to wait their turn. If anyone is going to kill you it will be me.”
My mouth dropped open and I gaped at him. “You want to kill me?”
He didn’t even blink. “I’m thinking about it.”
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