Rainbow Snippets Dec 24 2016 A Serpentine Walls Christmas Eve
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I thought I’d give you a Christmas Eve snippet from my novel Serpentine Walls. First, behold the cover by the ever-rocking L.C. Chase!
University of Virginia junior Pete Morgan isn’t having a great Christmas as it’s the first one since his parents split up. He’s lusting after a glamorous senior named Aidan while engaging in a half-hearted “friends with benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed. Pete has just shot down Jed’s invitation to spend New Year’s Eve together and is feeling like a jerk.
Jed pulled up in front of the house and kept the engine running. “Well….” He shifted in his seat. Pete opened his door and then turned back to Jed.
“Thanks for the video game.”
Jed nodded. “No problem. Merry Christmas.”
After he got out of the car, Pete leaned back in, his hand on the doorframe. “You too, bro. Happy New Year.” Bro? Jesus Christ.
Pete shut the car door and walked quickly up the driveway, berating himself. Safely inside, he stopped at the sight of the Christmas tree, its colored lights twinkling in the darkened living room, piles of presents underneath, filled stockings lying on the hearth, just the way they always had. He felt a deep wrench as unbidden memories appeared—memories of childhood Christmases when life was safe and full of promise.
Merry Christmas, Pete, you asshole.