Rainbow Snippets, February 16 – 17, 2019

In the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group, readers, writers, and bloggers share short (six sentences) snippets of their LGBTQIA+ fiction or book recs each weekend. This week, even though Valentine’s Day has passed, the Snippeteers are still thinking about hearts and flowers. I’ve never written a book with a Valentine’s theme, and because I’m not a very sentimental person, when my characters do give gifts, they trend more practical than poetic.

In this snippet from The Druid Next Door, Bryce (who’s recently discovered his druid nature and gotten apprenticed to a very strict taskmaster) has just presented Mal (an exiled fae warrior with a non-functional sword hand) with the ultimate practical gift: a paintball tagger. (Newsflash: this tagger makes an appearance in Demon on the Down-Low, which releases a week from Monday, so watch this space!)

“My first druid homework was an anti-evil potion and a spell for sympathetic magic. I can use the spell to transform the paint inside the balls into the potion. Then, with the gun as the delivery system, you’ll have a weapon to use against the Unseelie.”

Mal lifted his gaze from the gun, a look on his face as if he’d just witnessed a miracle. “You did this? For me?”

The intensity of Mal’s gaze caused the usual effect below Bryce’s waist. “Anyone could have done the same.” He smiled and shrugged. “If, you know, he was a druid and had a spare paintball gun lying around.”

*Snicker.* Yeah, so last week’s snippet paired druids with Sharpies (although indirectly), and this week, it’s druids plus paintball. What can I say? Since the ancient druids left no written records (Julius Caesar’s smear campaign doesn’t count), we’re free to imagine them getting up to all kinds of shenanigans!

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