Happy Wednesday! I’m posting quick before going to watch my younger child in a track meet at her summer camp. Currently, I’m having a nice cup off coffee in Dunkin Donuts, listening to the news and the light chatter of the few people in here.
I’m a little behind on my word count, though I’ve caught back up a bit since last week. I’ve been really struggling to tell Jamie’s story, much like I did with Nate’s and Trevor’s. My dear spouse calls it “doing battle” with my manuscripts, and that’s apt. It’s been a real struggle to get Jamie to open up to me; he’s not so talkative as the others, who were more than happy to let me know I was telling their stories wrong. Jamie, though, is used to being invisible and having his wishes ignored. His friends kindly let me know I needed to treat him better.
This is a rough snippet of what I was working on yesterday in Drumbeat. I added a scene to give more context for why Jamie’s so closed off. Two warnings: One, this contains spoilers. In all previous snippets, Jamie’s awful ex had been simply called “The Boyfriend.” Here, I’ve provided his name (which he gets in Nightsong). Two, Jamie is thinking about exactly why The Boyfriend is so awful—chiefly their sometimes non-consensual interactions, which he describes in broad brushes.
WIPmath: 7/26/2017 = 26 = 2 x 6 = 12 for the 12th paragraph in scene 2.
Then there was Sage. With him, there were no harsh, jagged edges or force. He’d never held Jamie down or attacked him. Never hit him or threatened him. He’d whispered beautiful, cruel things, gently touching him even when Jamie tried to pull away. Sage had kept it all so painfully sweet, wrapping Jamie in his arms and doing what he wanted until Jamie gave in and pretended he was into it until it was over. No bruises. No blood. Nothing violent or angry. Jamie couldn’t count that. Not when he’d been awake and sober and hadn’t said no. Not when there were countless times he said yes. Not when afterward, there were whispered reminders Sage was the only one who truly loved him…right?
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