I Am Writing – 8/3/21 – Comes a Horseman

This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman.

Ken sighed. He couldn’t afford to be distracted by all that now. “You’ve been thinking about this awhile,” he said to Matt.

“Yes, since before we got separated looking for Leo’s aircraft. I should have spoken to you about it before now, but we’ve had other things on our minds.” Matt stared straight ahead, his eyes unfocused. If he’d noticed Ken had been distracted and the time he’d taken to reply, he didn’t show it. Or he’d been lost in his own thoughts. “If something happened to you, I’d make sure your mom was looked after.”

“You don’t have—”

“I want to.” Matt’s expression was one Ken knew well. He wasn’t stupid enough to try arguing with him. Nor did he want a repeat of the last time they’d quarrelled.

Ken had spent a horrible few days unsure whether Matt was dead or alive and knowing what might have been their last conversation had been an argument.

“We’ll do it together,” Ken said firmly, “but just in case….” He thought for a moment of the stories his mother had told him about her side of the family. “My grandparents live in Nagasaki and she has other relatives in Iwaki. I’m certain she’d be happy going to stay with either of them after the war.”

“Nagasaki and Iwaki. Got it.” Matt nodded, but Ken could tell there was something else on his mind.

“What did you want to talk about?” he asked. “It wasn’t only about my mom, was it?”

“No.” Matt frowned. “I’m having serious doubts about this mission.”

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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