Tomorrow, Saturday May 3rd, is the release day of my new short story.
Who He Used To Be is a 10,000 word short which will be available at the very reasonable price of $0.99!!
Who He Used To Be tells tells the story of Connor, a young Glaswegian living in Florida. Connor moved to Florida several years earlier to be with his boyfriend, Jeff. Connor thought that he and Jeff were going to spend the rest of their lives together, which is why he wasn't expecting Jeff to announce, out-of-the-blue, that the relationship just wasn't working for him anymore.
Even more of a shock than Jeff's announcement is how little Connor finds he truly cares about his relationship ending. He should at least feel upset, or angry, or confused, surely? At the very least he should feel something other than concern at the loss of security his relationship with Jeff provided.
Connor used to be a very different person back home in Glasgow. He had a successful career as a tattoo artist and he was confident and sure of who he was. Looking at himself in the mirror after Jeff's announcement, Connor realises he has lost sight of that person completely. Now when he looks in the mirror he sees an insurance salesman, hiding his tattoos under the fabric of a cheap suit.
One Friday night Connor leaves work and decides he doesn't want to go home. Despite having been the one to bring about their break-up, Jeff is still living in their apartment and he seems to be spoiling for a fight.
Connor decides to go to a bar instead. After all, if he's now single, what could be the harm in a few drinks? At the bar he meets Parker, a man who reminds Connor a lot of who he used to be. After one whirl-wind weekend romance, Connor has all, but forgotten about Jeff and his tantrums, but when he walks out of work early on Tuesday afternoon Jeff demands that they meet for lunch.
Although he doesn't really want to meet Jeff, Connor goes along anyway. Over lunch, Jeff drops a bombshell and Connor finds himself with a decision to make. Choose to take Jeff at his word and go back to the comfort and familiarity of a relationship he is used to, or take a chance on Parker after only one weekend together. It's a decision that might just have been hard enough without Parker being an unintended witness to his lunch 'date' with Jeff...
'Who He Used To Be' is being released by Secret Cravings Publishing. If, like me, your weekend's weather forecast has been a disappointment, it might just be what you need to brighten up (or should that be heat up!) a rainy afternoon.
Check out the link below for an excerpt from the story!
Secret Cravings Publishing