Rainbow Snippet July 1, 2017

This is from the first draft of Uncommon Bonds.  In that one, Jonah, Liam and Greg’s bisexual friend, was not yet a part of the characters until Liam moved to London, so there need to be modifications, including mentions of Jonah.

Also *Spoilers ahead but important*  Greg would learn the error of his ways and he and Liam would be back to friendship after a while.  My goal is trying to make Greg more sympathetic, in that his biphobia comes from a place of not understanding things as opposed of being mean and biphobic for the heck of it.  Also, bear in mind that this was taking place in the mid 90’s (I will include the decriminalization of same-gender relationships in Ireland in later drafts of this conversation).

So here, Greg has returned to Dublin to have brunch with Liam and discuss helping him to transition to London.  But the conversation, as it is obvious in this snippet, won’t go as pleasant as planned.
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Again, this is not a desire to conform.  I love her. -Liam insisted.

-You are unbelievable, Liam McGarrigle.- Greg shook his head -I used to think you were better than this.

-I don’t like the words you are using here.  Much less the tone and gestures.  Just try to understand.

-Understand?  Liam, there is not such thing as bisexual.  I thought you were clear with your sexuality.  If I knew you were going to be this confused, I would not have invited you to sleep with women.

-I was going to figure it out some other way if you didn’t.  This is a part of who I am.  I am able to love men and women.  And I love this woman.

-Stop!  No more!- Greg stood up. – I can’t believe you, who I admired for sticking to being yourself, decided to be with a woman and conform.  You have betrayed yourself, me and our kind.

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  Rainbow Snippets is a group 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!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.
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6 thoughts on “Rainbow Snippet July 1, 2017

    1. Therein lies another need to modify the conversation in the next draft (with the imminent hiatus of Liam and Greg’s friendship). They were not lovers, but best mates and thanks partially to you, I am realising he is sounding more hurt than he should. While Greg’s biphobia should be the cause of their rift, I need to rephrase it in a way where he was either merely offended or offending Liam (or both). I am working on that right now.

      Now, again here is the catch. Greg will stop his own biphobia after a few things happening, one of which is missing his closest mates (he and Liam had another bi friend, Jonah and realising that not accepting them as they were) as well as having a fling with a bi guy which evolved in a good friendship -This is also tentative.- Bear in mind, Greg is, so to speak, a jerk with a heart of gold, in that he can be a very good and loyal friend, but his selfishness and brashness show up and cause him trouble. So the conversation needs to take that into account as well.

      Thanks for the comment. It is making me reflect.

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