Story Orgy – I Am Not Myself, Part 1

Good Monday morning, Story Orgiasts! And Happy 2012! We’ve decided to tweak things up a bit for Story Orgy Mondays, but, never fear, you’ll still get free reads every Monday. We writers just need some more time to be able to devote to other writing, so we’re going to change word counts.

Every other week, half the Story Orgy group will write shorter pieces, what we in the group call “Hook Ups.” These Hook Ups will be around 250 words and based on the same prompt as the longer posts. All in all, this is designed to continue to deliver to you, our friends and fans, the stories you love every Monday morning, but also give us more time to work on other writing we hope you’ll love as well.

The five writers also convinced Jade Baiser, our photographer, that she is, indeed, a writer at heart, and she is joining us in our weekly posts. Woo hoo! We knew we could make her see the light. So, here’s the schedule: this week, JR Boyd, Jade Baiser, and myself will post Hook Ups, while Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows, and Em Woods will post the standard length. Next week, we’ll switch it up, and the week after that, we switch back. Got it?

We hope you’ll enjoy this update and continue to support, share, comment, and just plain love on your Story Orgy group. We love to hear from you, so please leave comments and let us know your thoughts. We’ve got some great things planned for 2012, so come on into the Story Orgy room, settle in on the comfy sofas or cushions, and read for a bit.

Oh, one more thing. Em Woods, the Story Orgy Goddess, found a magical book of prompts and has decreed that we shall write based off these prompts. It’s going to get interesting, just you wait and see.

Now, a couple of more announcements. Lee Brazil has a new release coming out this Friday, January 6: The Librarian. It’s available for pre-order, just click on over to Breathless Press and you can reserve your copy today!

Also, Word Play, Story Orgy Vol 1 from Breathless Press has been nominated at Love Romances Cafe in the Best Anthology category! Woohoo! We’ll keep you posted on how the voting goes. I am also humbled and excited to say that I have been nominated at Love Romances Cafe for Best Author of 2011. I am very glad to in such great company with a list of other fantastic writers I truly admire.

The lovely picture this week, as always, was found by the even lovlier Jade Baiser. Can’t wait to see what she’s written to go along with it.

This week’s prompt: Your character has been handed a card by a friend of a friend at a New Year’s Eve Party. He opens the card to find that it’s from his secret admirer and that he or she desperately wants to kiss him at midnight. What happens?

And now, my first Hook Up of 2012 …

I Am Not Myself

by Hank Edwards

(c) 2012

I know you’re alone. I am, too. Let’s meet behind the station at midnight to share a New Year’s Eve kiss.

The note was unsigned, and Dan looked around the busy police station, but no one was watching him. Who could have written this? Alison, the desk lieutenant, had handed it to him right before she left on break without a word.

Dan saw Jack, his partner for six years before Dan had moved up to detective, and they nodded to each other.

“Hey,” Dan said. “How’s the beat?”

“Tough, as usual.” Jack glanced up at the clock and Dan followed his ex-partner’s gaze. It was 11:45, almost midnight on New Year’s Eve, and they were both at work.

“Almost the new year,” Jack said.

“Yeah.” Dan folded the note. “Excuse me a minute, Jack.”

The night was cool, and the air felt good after the stuffiness of the station. Dan looked up at the stars and took a breath of night air.

“Hi.”

Dan jumped and turned. “Oh, hey Jack.”

Jack smiled. “Hi Dan.”

Understanding and surprise collided inside Dan’s chest. “You?”

“Yeah,” Jack nodded. “Me.”

Dan laughed. “Really?”

Jack shrugged. “All those years together.” Jack grinned that killer half grin. “I miss you. A lot.”

“You knew I was gay?”

“Not right away.”

The bells of a nearby church started to chime and Jack stepped up close, his lips soft and warm, sending an excited tingle through Dan.

“Happy New Year, Dan,” Jack whispered.

~~ * ~~

I hope you enjoyed my first Hook Up. We might see Jack and Dan again, you never know. Click on over to the other Story Orgy blogs and enjoy the rest of your first Monday of 2012. I’ll see you next week.

J.R. Boyd,    Lee Brazil,     Havan Fellows,     Em Woods,     Jade Baiser

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