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Sample Saturday: Clef Notes

A new feature for 2021, in which I give a chapter sample of one of my available books, to give you a taste of what’s in store. Apologies for starting it in the middle of the year. I fell really behind schedule with a lot of things, this year.

Since Chapter 1 / the Prologue of my books can be found in my WIP posts, I’m going to use the 7/7 Challenge (where authors post seven lines from page 7 of their WIP) as inspiration. I’ll be posting (approximately) 7 paragraphs of page 7 (unless they have spoilers, then I’ll choose the previous/next chapter) If more is needed, for context, then I’ll add more.

Find out what really happened that night at Crimson 8, when Stanton rejected Thayer. Discover where Bruno and Lyon’s tumultuous relationship leads, what happened that night between Jalen and Piper and what happened next. Follow Thayer’s story into the future, to find out if he gets the happily ever after he deserves.

And settle down for a cosy Christmas dinner with the entire cast, as they give Roman full control over the holiday.

There are two sides to every story. And sometimes the story doesn’t end on the last page.

“I really need to say something and I’m kind of terrified that you’re going to be angry with me, for it. But I have to get it off my chest.” Stanton began to explain why he wanted to talk to him, hoping he made sense, when the words finally came out. “I left, because I thought, when you said you wanted a boyfriend, you were telling me you’d already found someone else. It took me a few weeks, of hating you, to realise that wasn’t what you meant at all. You were asking me to step up and be your boyfriend, weren’t you?” he asked, needing to know the truth.

Barry hung his head and sighed, shuffling his feet for a moment. Finally, he let out a deep breath and nodded his head. “Yeah. I wanted it to be you,” he confessed, quietly.

“Then I should have stayed and told you this, that night,” Stanton realised, not for the first time. He couldn’t stop himself, as he gently pressed his hand to Barry’s chest, to feel the warmth from him, one more time. “I love you, Barry. I’ve loved you for about a year now and I should have told you, before. I was just scared that you didn’t want me,” he admitted it all, trying to get the words out, so that he wouldn’t keep having to regret his stupidity from that night.

“Every time I wanted to tell you, I would look at you and think that you were gay, you were so hot and so confident, that you couldn’t possibly want me,” he confessed, feeling like a real asshole, for saying this to someone who was in a relationship. “I told myself that you’d just been filling time with me, or that I was a project you took on, out of pity. That maybe you knew, somehow, that I wasn’t completely straight and all you were doing, by being with me, was trying to help me see that,” he rambled, forcing the words out.

But then he sighed, as he realised that Barry hadn’t said a word. He couldn’t look at him; he kept his eyes on his chest, scared to see the anger or frustration in him, that he hadn’t said this month’s ago.

“I’m really sorry I gate-crashed your date,” Stanton apologised, as he removed his hand and took a step back. “I just saw you and…I had to tell you. For both our sakes. I need you to know that I didn’t leave for the reason you thought. You deserve the truth,” he said, before taking a risk. He looked up at Barry, saw the fire in his eyes and panicked.

He turned and walked out of the room, and out of the club, only to find it raining outside.

Bloody typical.

Stanton pulled up the collar of his jacket that he’d refused to hand over to Kendall, because he knew he wasn’t staying. He hunched his shoulders and looked around for a taxi, but there wasn’t one. It looked like he’d be walking to campus, in the pissing rain.

What a great end to his night.

Character Casting: Barry and Stanton

Character Casting: Thayer and Castel

Character Casting: Bruno and Lyon

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Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating ‘love is love’ and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

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) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

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