Teaser Tuesday – On Wings of Song

My #teasertuesday this week is from my WWI Christmas Truce story, On Wings of Song.

“Is something the matter, Jack?” Aiden noticed Old Jack, as the theatre people referred to him, had been watching him more than usual. Jack tended to be fiercely protective of his “family,” more so since the war had ended.

“Nothing important,” Jack mumbled, turning back to his broom. He swept the same bit of clean floor several times, back and forth, each time with more force than the last.

“Look at me and tell me that.” Aiden placed a gentle hand on Jack’s shoulder. “You’re not ill, are you? Is there anything I can do to help?”

Jack had a tendency to play things close to his chest when something was wrong. He’d treated Aiden no differently since he’d returned from the front, something Aiden appreciated. Knowing he wasn’t the same man he’d been was difficult enough without reminders from others.

“No, I’m not ill.” Jack stopped sweeping, leaned on his broom, and shook his head in what appeared to be disgust. “Some bloke was asking after you yesterday.” He spat into his handkerchief. “A German.” Jack spoke the word as though he’d tasted something foul. “Don’t worry. I didn’t tell him anything.”

“A German?” Aiden’s heart started to race.

“He said he knew you.” Jack gave him a peculiar look. “Lying through his teeth, of course. You fought in the trenches. Only German you’re going to know is a dead one.” Jack raised an eyebrow. “Why do you want to know about him? No good will come of it. You know that as well as I do.”

“They weren’t all bad,” Aiden mumbled.

You can read more of this 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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