Today I'm sharing the first longer piece from my Nano-novel. I've shared bits in my Nanowrimo Sunday updates, plan to share a bit for next Taboo Tuesday. I may have lost my mind :D It seems when I'm talking about this novel, I outline 3 places I *could* be working: the main story, whatever story Tabitha is working on, whatever story Bina is working on. I'm going to share with you a bit of a short story Bina is working on here. She writes erotic short stories. So you get the project's title, her brainstorming for it, and the beginning of the story.
Bina's characters are named Yuri and Sum.
"Genderqueer around the holidays"
(Bina's brainstorm) Sum- bad Thanksgiving. Yuri- free-thinking family. They meet during a layover that extends to an overnight stay in a hotel. After a passionate night, they exchange emails and promises to be in touch once they get home.
The two people stood in front of the arrivals and departures board.
"Delayed," the person with the short black hair grumbled.
"Yeah, time to go wait in line to find out how bad it'll be," Yuri, long green hair still neatly in the braid Mama Rose had fixed that morning, replied.
They walked together to the ticket counter.
"Hello there. Do you have any prediction of how late Flight 501 will be delayed?" Yuri asked the blond ticket agent, who almost looked like a cheerleader, but for a worn expression.
The stress showed in the agent's eyes. "I'm very sorry to say that the flight has had to be rescheduled to tomorrow at noon. If you can show me your ticket, I can set you up in a room in our hotel."
"Oh that is frustrating." Yuri glanced at the agent's name tag. "Well Debbie, I hope for you that not too many people are angry about this. Is it possible to get a double room for my friend and I?" She handed her ticket to ticket agent.
"Can I see... um... his ticket?" Debbie's discomfort became clearer on her face when the spiky haired individual stepped forward.
A smooth tenor voice came out of the ebony face, "Here's my ticket. Thanks."
Debbie typed for a moment. "I have you both in room 108. Please enjoy complementary room service on us." She passed Yuri a plastic room key.
"Thanks again. Will our luggage be moved to this rescheduled plane tomorrow or do we need to collect it from baggage claim ourselves?"
"You're good." Debbie smiled brightly a moment. "Oh and here's a gift certificate to use at the gift shop to make up for any needs like toothbrushes that you need tonight."
"Thanks so much," the ebony smooth-voiced person said and collected the gift certificates.
As they moved away from the ticket counter, Yuri turned to her new friend. "My name is Yuri. I suggest that we go see about what they have in the nearest gift shop. I have most everything I could need for tonight in my bag, except a nightgown."
"I'm Sum." They looked at their bag. "I find myself far less prepared than that. Thanksgiving didn't go so well for me this year."
"I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully room service will make up for it."
Sum threw back their head in laughter. "Maybe. Although I'd prefer a family that wouldn't have issues with a hair style similar to yours."
"May I ask your preferred pronoun before we go much further here? Somehow I'm guessing that the gender binary is part of why your holiday was anything but happy."
"They and them." Sum frowned. "My mother freaked at my chosen first name. My father told me never to come back. Grandma pretended to have a heart attack."
Yuri blinked away the moisture collecting in her eyes. "May I give you a hug?"
Sum finally smiled. "Sure."
Yuri put down her carry-all and turned to Sum. She wrapped her short arms around their big waist and squeezed as she could. She stayed in the moment until Sum relaxed into the hug. She pulled back to whisper, "I think Sum is a very pretty and wonderful unique name."
"Thanks." Sum coughed as if to cover a sob. "Let's go see this store before we make a scene."
Yuri giggled. "Sure."