The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”
Here’s a another #RainbowSnippet* from Surrogate: Hunted. If you’ve been reading along, you know Amna Dresh is retired military with a whole lot of clout, but she has two definite soft spots, namely her lovers Merch and Etain. She’s also Etain’s ottonol, her She-Beast wrangler. In this little Snippet, you’re going to see Dresh at her military best.
“No.” Merch covered her nose with one hand as she extended the other to Etain, drawing her from the bench. “I know you won’t be able to tear away from your kids if you go back home, so why don’t you use Brigit’s shower?”
“Or share ours.” Dresh narrowed her eyes and jerked her head toward the guards who scrambled to surround them when they stepped through the door. “The security level is low so twenty paces ahead and twenty behind. Do it!”
Now, my basis for Amna Dresh sits right beside me. My spouse, Anna, is retired United State Marine Corps, a Gunnery Sargent, and from what I’ve heard she had two distinct personas during her military career. In uniform, she was tough as nails, colorful with her words, (as are most current and former military, including myself) and would work circles anyone who said she couldn’t do something. Out of uniform, she was a quiet, bookish, gentle woman who loved deeply. I’ve only known the latter, (we met after she retired) but I see glimpses of Gunny every now and then. Tick her off, and she appears for a brief moment, but a moment is all that’s ever needed.
Hubba. *fans herself* Yeah.
My tough Gunny is all mine, but I let you see bits of her through Amna Dresh.
Enjoy, because I get the privilege on a daily basis. *looks at her wedding band and smiles*
Note: Gunny has never made an appearance toward me or our children. No. That’s not my Anna. But those who try to slight us or treat us or any of our family with anything less than respect… she’s very protective of us, just as we are of her.
*Rainbow Snippets is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ authors, readers, and bloggers to share 6 sentences each week from a work of fiction—published or in-progress—or a book recommendation. Feel free to join in!