Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wednesday Briefs: Super Trooper #5 (2.1)

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! If it's Wednesday, then it must be time for more flash fiction from the Wednesday Briefers! We're a group of authors who bring you our finest flash fiction every week, 500 to 1000 words, inspired by one of our prompts.

Evan has gone to Partners to find some release from his obsession, aka the hot speeder, and meets up with his friends Roy and Dustin, and their friends Marshall and Lee. Imagine Evan's surprise when he runs into the very man he's trying to forget! Chan hasn't stopped thinking of the trooper all day. After he goes to his little brother's birthday party, he decides to go somewhere and unwind. Surprise, surprise! See what's going on in this week's chapter of Super Trooper! Don't forget to look for the other Briefers and see what's up with them! Their links follow my tale! Enjoy!

Super Trooper #5 (2.1)

Although Chan wasn’t as late to work as he’d feared he would be, even a few minutes was anathema to him. When he walked through the door, expecting to be called out for what he’d done, nobody even seemed to notice he was running behind—or if they did notice, they said nothing to him about it. But he was more than aware of his own tardiness—as well as the very sexy reason for it—so he threw himself into his work, took on extra tasks to help lighten his co-workers’ loads,  and didn’t take his full lunch in order to make up for lost time. He couldn’t afford to stay late, not today. He loved his family, and he wouldn’t do anything to upset either his mother or his little brother, especially on such an important day.

Despite how hard he worked, though, Chandrahas found his mind reverting far too often to the tall blond trooper who’d pulled him over. The one he’d been far too willing to drop to his knees for, although luckily it hadn’t come to that. What was wrong with him? This man was a stranger to him. And certainly on a level far above him, being a member of law enforcement. Not to mention, he was probably super straight. Chan’s experience with romance was very limited. He’d only been in two relationships, and neither one had lasted very long due to a major lack of compatibility. He’d made no attempt to introduce either young man to his family. Not that they would have belittled his choice of a partner, or looked down on him because he was gay. His mother and her husband were very open-minded, having lived in the United States all their lives, and would have been open to such a meeting. So why hadn’t he done so?  Because… well, because he didn’t find either of them suitable for such an honor.

Would he be willing to take the trooper home to meet them?

He pushed the thought aside as being ridiculous and focused on the figures on the computer screen before him instead.

After work, he picked up the birthday cake his mother had ordered from the nearby bakery, which had been specially decorated to resemble Kamal’s beloved pet guinea pig, and hurried to the home of his mother and stepfather. Chan loved spending time with his family, especially his three siblings. His own father had died when Chan was just a baby. After a few years of being alone, his mother had found love again and remarried, then had three more children with her new husband—Chan took being their older brother very seriously. He’d been ten when Laksha was born. She was eleven now and very interested in books, especially those about science. Someday, she said, she would work in the Tucker Falls Library, and would help the children who went there to love and understand science and math. Kamal, the birthday boy, was a very happy-go-lucky young man, who loved music and playing games with his friends, a group of boys of varying backgrounds and ethnicities who all lived nearby. He also loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when he grew up. Or maybe a famous singer.  Madhubala, whom everyone called Madhu, was two and a half and as sweet as her name—in Hindu, it meant a girl as sweet as honey. She wasn’t very talkative, but she had a sunny disposition, and loved to trail her siblings around the house, content to simply be near them. Everyone loved her to death and spoiled her as often as possible. Chan couldn’t have asked for a better family.

It was still early when Chan bade his family good night, gave his brother a special birthday hug, and promised he’d come back soon to spend time with them. He would take them to the park, and they would have a splendid picnic lunch and have lots of fun. He told his parents, Maa and Pita, good-bye and headed to his car, intending to drive straight home.

But Chan was restless. And the idea of returning to his empty apartment, to his private sanctuary he was so proud of, held little interest at the moment. He wasn’t hungry… at least not for food… so going out to eat didn’t appeal to him. Maybe he would get a drink. Something to calm his nerves. Something to help him sleep better.

But where to go? Driving down Main Street, he remembered a place he’d been taken to by one of the two men he’d dated. What was its name? It was a decent enough place, nothing fancy or too expensive. Its main attraction was that most of the patrons were gay and nobody thought anything of it. Oh yes, Partners. How could he forget a name such as that?

Partners it would be. He would have a drink, soak up a little atmosphere, listen to a little music. Maybe watch the men on the dance floor. Chan didn’t really dance himself but he did like watching other people do it. He wasn’t overly fond of country western music, but living in Texas, it was something you got used to. He could live with that. Or maybe he’d get lucky and some other music would be playing.

He was slightly put off by the number of vehicles in the parking lot of Partners, but then realized he could blend into the crowd more easily, not stand out. He parked his car in the far reaches of the lot and made his way inside.

Country music. Oh well. He liked to watch line dancing, no problem. He got a bottle of lite beer and headed toward the dance floor. Searching for an empty table, he was shocked to find himself staring at the very man who’d been on his mind all day.

Chan’s heart skipped a beat when he realized the trooper was staring right back at him.

to be continued

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