Title: Two Ruined Christmas Eves
Author: Chris McHart
Release Date: November 30th 2015
Genre: Holiday, mm romance, short story
It’s Christmas Eve, and folk music star Jonas is on his way to the most important gig of his career, the Volksmusik Stadl. Well, he would be if heavy snowfall hadn’t stopped him on the highway.
Fritz has to accompany his grandparents to the biggest folk music event in southern Germany, the worst punishment for a metal fan, especially on Christmas Eve.
When these two men meet at the concert after-party, sparks fly. Will this Christmas Eve be something special after all?
Lights flashed at the stage, and a man in a dark suit stepped under the spot they created.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ll go on air in 60 seconds. Before I wish you all a great evening here at the Volksmusik Stadl, I have an announcement. Jonas Goldbaum couldn’t make it. He is presumably stuck in traffic, but we haven’t been able to reach him. Please excuse that he won’t be singing today.”
The man nodded to the camera. “And we’ll go live in three… two… one… Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to this very special Christmas edition of the most famous folk music event in German TV. I’m so happy to welcome you all, and of course, you at home on the TV, to this show. I hope you all have a wonderful evening with our stars. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!”
The curtain opened, and the first tones sounded. A female singer raised her voice over the guitar.
“I’m standing outside, watching you go, My heart bleeds, my soul is lost, without you…” Why didn’t anyone have mercy on him? Fritz clenched his teeth and tried— unsuccessfully— to tune her out. Ignoring the high notes was impossible. This was going to be a long evening. It was even more awful than he’d anticipated. It was horrible. All these smiling faces, the happy or heartbreak songs, the cameras flashing over the crowd, and he in the middle of it wishing desperately he wasn’t there.
Fritz took another sip, imagining it was a beer or something stronger.
Two and a fucking half hours later, the moderator finally told them they were done. Finally! Okay, he wished them all a great evening, and how much fun he had, and yada yada yada, but Fritz tuned him out as well, after he’d heard it was over. Now he just had to make it through the after-show party. This was the worst Christmas Eve ever.
I’m a writer of M/M romance and M/M erotic romance from Germany.
I’ve always had stories in my head, but a while ago I allowed them to get out and on paper. Looks like it has been a good decision, although the more stories I write, the more I have in my head. Maybe I’ll have all of them out someday, and there’ll be nothing more to write, but for the next years, I don’t see that coming.
When I’m not writing, I spend time with my family (I have the best husband EVER) and try to keep all my animals happy. I also enjoy gardening and cooking, although I’m still looking for someone to clean up afterwards. And, of course, I love reading, whenever I have a quiet moment.
Writing and reading is my break from everyday stress and I hope you join me!
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What exactly is this folk music you’re talking about?
While I use the term folk music, it’s actually called Volkstümliche Musik (that’s German for “folksy/traditional/popular music). It’s a derivation of the popular Volksmusik in Germany, especially (but not exclusively) in Bavaria. Opposed to Volksmusik, is volkstümliche Musik, usually pretty cheery. It’s commercially performed and the ‘stars’ are truly stars. What comes close is the country music in the US; Volksmusik is about the same as folk in the US. Folk often played on old instruments, where volkstümliche Musik (country) works with modern instruments, dancers and sound effects.
It’s quite hard to explain, especially since there isn’t even an English word for the music style. If you want to hear something, you can look up Musikantenstadl, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…
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