Hello & welcome to my snippet! I’m tempted to share from one of my NaNo WIPs, but they both take place in the summer and it’s the holidays! Since I’m feeling the holiday spirit today, I’ll share a few lines from Holiday Weekend instead.
This is from Ryan’s POV. It’s Christmas Eve and a group from the Elliott Foundation House is spending the holiday at Buchanan House. Ryan and Glenn are there as volunteers. Ryan gave Glenn his Christmas gift a little early. The first dialogue is Glenn’s.
“If I get cold, I’ll just get closer to you. That’ll warm me up.” His smile stretched into a grin, and he held out his left hand. I let him help me up, but not before I took a good long look at the bracelet on his wrist. Perfect.
We went downstairs to find the tree mostly decorated but not finished. Almost everyone had red and swollen eyes, so maybe it didn’t matter that Glenn and I looked emotional.
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This novella can be read as a standalone and contains minimal spoilers for the rest of the series.
Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.
Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.
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