I’ve been scrolling through my current Works in Progress, to see what I might be able to share with you. The Things He Couldn’t Say is my first prison story, but it doesn’t follow the typical theme of what you’d expect.
When twenty year old Texas is put in prison for defending himself in a bar fight, because some asshat biker who took exception to a little drunken flirting, his life his put on hold. All his dreams will be near impossible with a prison record for aggravated assault.
To make matters worse, his new cell mate, Rigg, is a straight-laced hetero with a mysterious past. And if there’s one thing Texas has always loved, it’s a mystery. But no amount of flirting will draw Rigg’s attention, despite the sly glances he shoots Texas’ way when he thinks no one is looking.
It takes a threat in the showers – so very stereotypical that Texas can hard believe it’s happening – for Rigg to step up. And though he instigates a protective sexual relationship that marks Texas as his own, it never drifts beyond that.
With one year in prison, a sexually giving but emotionally distant cell mate and an emotionally available but sexually off-limits guard peaking his interest, Texas is in a whole lot of trouble.
It will take a knife, a gun, the FBI and a family feud to add the spark to the flame of his life.
“Don’t make him watch.” Rigg pleaded, with a drawn out sigh. He capped the pen he was holding and looked up at him.
Texas couldn’t hold his tears back; he’d been crying for hours, but he wasn’t going to stop. This was so far beyond what he’d expected, when he first met Rigg, but somehow it seemed right. He’d known, the minute he accepted that he’d fallen in love with a straight man in prison, that it could only end in disaster.
“I suppose I owe you that much. You were a good brother, until you spoke to the Feds.” Franco said, lowering the gun that was pointed at the back of Rigg’s head. He nodded to the guard at the dining room door, to his left.
Texas knew what that nod meant, so he was ready when the guard grabbed his shoulders and tried to drag him away. That wasn’t going to happen.
He pulled out of his grasp, unable to stop crying, as he rushed towards the seat at the far side of room, where Rigg sat. He just waited, so patiently, for Franco to kill him. He couldn’t stand it.
Texas cupped his face in his hands, watching his eyes full of tears, that he refused to shed. “I love you,” he whispered. It might be the last time he got to say such a thing and maybe Franco would kill him for it, but he really didn’t care.
Rigg nodded, as he finally gave in and cried. He looked as devastated as he felt, so Texas did the only thing he could, to make the last of their final moments together; he kissed him.
A soft, warm touch caressed the outside of his wrist, as lips kissed back. Then that touch became a light grip, that drew his hand away.
Texas did as he was asked and let go. He stood up, took a deep breath and turned around. He knew what Rigg wanted and what was likely to happen next, and there was no way he wanted to see it. Rigg was right about that.
He forced himself to stay calm, to ignore his tears and walk towards the door. The guard scowled, as he passed him, but he ignored him too. Nothing mattered now.
He stepped out of the room and took two steps, before the sound of a shot rang out behind him.
A shaky breath rushing out of him as he registered what it meant. Texas sank to his knees and cried, only able to do one thing. He prayed.
Please God…don’t let him be dead. Please make him strong. Please let him get the gun away from Franco.
About the Author
Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.
The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016’s Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.
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