Teaser Tuesday – 26/1/21 – Slow Dreaming

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Slow Dreaming.

The edges of the photo were bent and curled, as though it had been taken a while ago. He’d seen Lisa snap a photo the day before, but this couldn’t be it. She would have told him if she’d had it printed, and not only that, but the paper looked too worn to be that recent, and the colour of the print had faded with age.

“I can explain.” Jason glanced furtively around the café and swallowed.

Sean pushed his coffee away. A slow sinking feeling filled his stomach. Bile rose in his throat. “We didn’t meet by accident,” he said slowly, connecting dots that made him feel sick. “How long have you been stalking me?”

“I wasn’t—” Jason put his hand out for the wallet.

“Bullshit.” Sean tried to keep his voice even, and failed. He’d trusted Jason, and shared his hopes and dreams with him. He’d thought they had a connection. Damn it! He’d hoped they might have a future together. “You’ve got my photo in your wallet, and it’s been there a while. You’ve been sitting in this café watching me for at least a couple of days before you had the nerve to introduce yourself.” Sean fought the temptation to go through the rest of Jason’s wallet and gave it back to him. Jason might be fine with invading a stranger’s privacy but he wasn’t. “I think you’d better leave, don’t you?”

“I can explain,” Jason said quietly.

“Give me one good reason why I should let you.”

You can read more of the story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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