Rainbow Snippets, February 9 – 10, 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, the cold weather that locked the Midwest in a deep freeze has taken a detour to the Pacific Northwest, and although we’re not anywhere close to subzero, snow in Portland and Seattle tends to freak PNWers out a bit.
In this week’s snippet (from Stumptown Spirits), folklorist is Riley freaking out a bit as well, searching for a way to keep his boyfriend from flinging himself into a supernatural abyss. You know, the kind of thing anyone might need to do.
Riley located the little charm bag (“Unbleached muslin, dried in the sun on the summer solstice! Stitched with sterling silver needles! Gluten free!”) and dropped in a pinch of verbena, mint, and meadowsweet. Then St. John’s wort. A couple of rowan twigs. A rough turquoise the size of his pinkie fingernail.
“Flat stone, flat stone, where the heck is that flat stone?” He found the tiny disk under the bag of sea salt, and studied the sketch of the double-headed axe he had to paint on the stone. The clerk told him that paint made with natural dyes would be most effective, but he could draw the thing with a Sharpie if necessary.
God. A Sharpie? Now there was an authentic ingredient. “I’m sure the druids used them every day and twice on Samhain,” he muttered. Could any of this possibly make a difference?