Beaten Track Publishing did a thing. A Valentine’s thing, just for fun. We each had to pick an ABBA song and use it as inspiration for a short story, poem or prose.
My short story involves Sol and Lucien from my story “Locked in the Moment”. The ABBA song I chose was “I’ve Been Waiting for You”.
I’m sharing six lines from that short story for my snippet this weekend. If you would like to read the entire thing, the link is at the bottom, along with a link to all the other Beaten Track authors’ contributions. There is also a free ebook compiling all the Valentine’s pieces in one place, available from Smashwords. Again, the link is at the bottom of this post.
First here’s my snippet.
Sol is impatient waiting for Lucien while he talks to the neighbours. Lucien is angry he’s being so impatient. They both have their reasons for being unhappy.
I’ve Been Waiting for You is a short, fluffy story in the Locked in the Moment universe, with Sol the Troll and Lucien the Fairy. May contain spoilers and some choice language because trolls swear, a lot. This story definitely contains fluff.
The story, as with the original, is told from Sol’s point of view and begins with him complaining about how he just can’t seem to get on with his and Lucien’s new nieghbours. (warning: some bad language. I did say trolls swear).
“You’ve tried to get me to interact with the local villagers before with mixed results. I made a kid cry just by smilin’ at them. I know I don’t smile that often, but in human form I’m not that fucking scary, am I?” I gave up after the third baby cried and I saw the horrified look on their parents’ faces. “Why the hell would they want to speak to a grumpy old troll like me?”
“They don’t know you’re a troll, Sol. They don’t even know I’m a fairy.”
“Yeah, but they like you, Lucien. Everyone likes you. They speak to you for hours, while I wait off to one side, coolin’ my heels. Do you think I like watchin’ you flirt an’…”
Lucien stops chopping the salad and turns, waving the knife under my nose.
“Firstly…” He stops when he realises he’s waving the knife close enough for the pointy end to make me go cross-eyed. He puts it down on the bench behind him with a huff and then continues, “…I do not flirt. With anyone. Except you, not that you would ever notice.”
“When did you flirt wiv me? What did I miss?” I ask. Dammit, I missed it? I like it when he gets all flirty.
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