A MAN OF UNUSUAL TALENT by Lee Brazil
Collin Crane is a man of unusual talent. Really unusual. Too weird for the Guinness Book unusual. On the fifty-year plan to a doctoral degree in physics, and a quiet quest to understand his own oddities, Collin clings to obscurity. This superhero has learned the hard way that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Enter Mathias Giraud, football hero, local cop, and CC’s secret fantasy since high school. Mat’s a simple man with a hero complex fostered by comic books and Marvel movies. Saving the world is his fantasy, but since his roots are firmly planted in Morrisonville and reality, he’ll settle for protecting and serving. Until he clashes with CC at the local convenience store and is reminded of his own high school crush.
When marshmallows are involved, the course of true love is bound to get sticky.
This was a fun little story. I really liked Collin, CC. He was sweet and just wanted to be “normal”. His unusual talent is kind of silly, but that moment when he figures out the how of it was a total lightbulb moment for him. I loved how Mat was an important part of that discovery. Mat has such deep feelings for CC. He just wants to take care of CC. I really like the part where he tells his feelings and what he thinks of CC’s talent. I enjoyed the characters in this story and really want more of them. And more books in this town Lee created. Some of Mat’s relatives I really want stories for. He always writes characters you can connect with and makes you want to know everything you can about them. This story is definitely one I enjoyed and didn’t want to end.
Havan: Hello everyone. Havan Fellows here, and over there keeping my coffee safe is Lee Brazil.
Lee: Whose coffee is it? *smiles and sips* Hi there everyone!
Havan: We’re bringing our guys here to tell you a little bit about them, you know…so you want to read their slightly silly and a bit bizarro stories. *big smiles*
Lee: Please allow me to introduce Collin Crane, better known as CC, and Mathias Giraud, or Mat as everyone calls him. CC is a man with an unusual talent. He’s got a small mutation that allows him to produce marshmallows. I say allows, he says forces. Mat doesn’t care, because he does like marshmallows.
Havan: I bet you CC would be fun as hell at a campfire…*winks*
My guys are Dean and Gavin. Dean has a nifty little talent himself, he can do loopy loops in the air without the help of wires or a green screen, and Gavin…well Gavin can drive his brother to drink in 2.2 seconds flat. He does enjoy his power. 🙂
What is your biggest fear?
Dean: Being found out. Not sure what would happen, but I gotta think I won’t like it.
CC: People knowing. *eyes cut to Lee, then Mat* I mean, some people know, but I can’t stand for everyone to know.
What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Mat: I like spending time with my family. I’ve got some great nephews, and a lot of extended family. But mostly, I like to spend my free time with CC and the Marvel superheroes.
Gavin: I have yet to actually enjoy a day off. Mama always seems to know when I’m not working and well shit, can anything not break at her house for a week or two?
Your best childhood memory?
Gavin: I convinced my brother one time that an alligator was in the lake. He was farthest from the shore and the weakest swimmer of the bunch… I can’t prove he pissed his trunks but I wasn’t going in that water for the rest of summer.
CC: Yeah… childhood was… tough. My mom was a single mother, and a pretty strict nutritionist. We always spent time on Sunday’s in the apartment kitchen together preparing huge batches of healthy meals for the two of us to take for lunch during the week. Being the only kid in third grade who had a thermos full of beef stew instead of a peanut butter sandwich kind of sucked, but those hours in the kitchen? I loved that.
What is your most prized possession?
Dean: Well she may beat me for calling her a possession, but my best friendship with Tia is something I prize. Especially since she hasn’t killed me…yet. And maybe I’ll dare say that my amount of prized friends is growing…
Mat: I have a copy of Marvel’s Tales of Suspense #48. It’s complete, and in fair condition. What makes this comic particularly valuable is it’s the first time Iron Man is red and gold. The ones from before it are a little out of my budget on a small town policeman’s salary.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
Dean: That all depends on how this trip to see my folks goes. It’s not fun not knowing about your own body, scary as heck.
CC: Right at home in Morrisonville. We love our little town. I do hope that by then though I’ll have finished this PhD. Maybe I can get a teaching job.
For more Story Orgy Superhero goodness, our co-writers Hank Edwards and Em Woods will be releasing their books soon. 🙂
A Man of Unusual Talent by Lee Brazil
Mathias squirmed on the seat. Had to piss. He cast a glance at his partner. Dillon was such a hard-nose. “Hey…how about you pull into that gas station over there? I got to take a leak.”
Dillon’s lip curled, but he swung the patrol car into the convenience store parking lot. “I told you not to get the grande coffee at Mabel’s. Good thing it’s dead tonight.”
“Want anything while I’m in there?” Mat paused with his hand on the door latch, cocking his head at Dillon. Guy wasn’t so bad…just a walking encyclopedia of procedure and a nitpicker. He gave out more jaywalking and broken taillight tickets than any cop on the force.
“No eating in the squad car.” Dillon turned to face him, lips narrow and tight, radiating disapproval.
“You know…if you weren’t my brother…” Mat shoved the door open with unnecessary force. The captain was punishing him…all because he’d missed last Sunday’s dinner with the family. Well, Pop should learn to separate work from personal. Riding with Dillon for a week was going to be torture. If Pop…Captain Giraud, head of Morrisonville’s twenty-five man police force…made good on his threat to force his grandsons to ride together for a month they’d be lucky if the both of them survived.
Shaking his head, Mat slammed the cruiser door as forcefully as he’d opened it. A poster on one of the convenience store’s huge plate glass windows boasted of sixty-four ounce sodas in refillable Hulk, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Thor cups. Mm. I need to go see that new movie. “I’m getting a soda,” he called over his shoulder to Dillon as he opened the door. “Can I get the restroom key?”
His gaze automatically surveyed the interior, noting it was deserted except for the cashier…a cute little guy named CC he vaguely remembered from high school…and two hoodie-wearing teens. “Everything okay tonight, CC?” he asked. Not that he expected a negative answer; it was just that Collin Crane looked a little freaked. The two kids weren’t any bigger than Collin and weren’t familiar to Mat, so he figured they weren’t troublemakers. Generally he’d had dealings with most of the town’s rowdy teens.
“Yeah, fine, these two were just getting gas. Thanks for coming in, fellas.” CC stepped back, grabbed the restroom key off the hook, and tossed it to Mat.
Mat caught the keys, watching the boys leave without speaking. “Seriously, CC. Those kids giving you trouble? I can talk to them.” Something about the smaller man…regret probably, for ignoring the way the kid was bullied in high school…made him feel a little protective. It was weird, but Mat had learned a lot since he’d turned his back on bullying when he was a kid. Then he’d thought it was enough that he didn’t participate when Jake and Thorn and the others messed with the younger kids. Now…social guilt? Whatever. He was a better person at thirty than he had been at fifteen.
CC looked up, cheeks flushed a little, lower lip trembling. “No…it’s okay. They just wanted gas.”
“Okay. I’ve gotta go, but I want a Thor cup when I get back.” He nodded and walked toward the narrow hall lined with empty boxes which led to the restroom.
“You a fan of The Avengers?” CC called after him.
Mat paused and glanced back over his shoulder, letting his smile widen. “I’m a huge fan of Thor…that is one well put together man.” He was still chuckling over CC’s strangled response when he closed the restroom door.
This story was a fun and quirky adventure. Dean is sweet but clearly needs to work on his landing. Gavin is just as sweet and loyal, but has an older brother that just won’t quit. I love Tia. She was hysterical and fiercely protective of her best friend, Dean. I enjoyed how Gavin rushed in to help his brother Melvin when he was in trouble. All four worked together as a team and there are definitely sparks between Tia and Melvin. There’s a fabulous happy for now ending even if there are a few unanswered questions. I so want a sequel to this story so we can get those answers but also see Gavin and Dean stay together for the long haul.
FLYBOY’S FIRST MISADVENTURE by Havan Fellows
Secrets? Oh yeah, Dean Wades has a doozy. When he goes up, he doesn’t necessarily come back down. Okay, that’s not true. Dean’s a master at falling, it’s the landing that could use improvement—a lot of improvement. After thirteen years of attempting to conquer this gravity defying mystery, he can no longer live with not knowing what he is anymore. So he heads cross-country to see the two people who just might be able to give him the answers he seeks…his folks.
Easygoing Gavin Trevor is always willing to help his family, even when they have ulterior motives…like forcing him to make up with his annoying older brother. When a simple task at his parent’s house puts him in a position of danger, he’ll need a lot more than luck to avoid a serious injury—he’ll need his very own superhero.
And the fates collide, well sort of. It may not be love at first sight—Gavin was unconscious in Dean’s arms for their initial introduction…but perhaps these two men can make it a relationship at first flight?
A threat against Gavin’s family throws a wrench in their plans, and while Dean gladly offers his amateur talent to help the mission, Gavin doesn’t want to put his rescuer’s life in jeopardy by risking exposure of the greatest secret ever.
This proves to be a rescue adventure for the books. Or is that a rescue misadventure?
FLYBOY’S FIRST MISADVENTURE by Havan Fellows
He attempted to roll the green-eyed man with the dreamy voice off him, but only succeeded in flipping them over so he was now stuck on top. What the fuck? He glanced down their bodies and noticed a cord of some kind wrapped repeatedly around their midsections and legs. No wonder his legs had stopped obeying him. A quick look up showed him numerous clothes line poles with no actual line attached to them.
Well, that was probably because it was all bound around their bodies…and tight too. In the middle of their airborne Cirque du Soleil auditions, their bodies managed to rearrange themselves so the clothesline wrapped them up in the missionary position. With them being damn near close to the same height they lined up quite perfectly with each other.
And that thought made Dean’s cock jump and want to do a few flying lessons of its own.
Dean saw the fog lift from his captive’s eyes as they narrowed with suspicion. His voice was steely this time, not whimsical and light with confusion. “What is happening?”
When all else failed, there was one surefire way to handle what appeared to be an unhandleable situation—channel his snarky best friend Tia.
So he put on a lopsided smile and shrugged as he tried to loosen their bonds somewhat. “You know how Mondays are…run out of coffee, get an extra dose of paperwork at the evil day job, end up in a neighbor’s backyard tied to a charming and well-meaning stranger…” He forced a chuckle out for good measure.
The man’s intense voice didn’t cut him any slack. “Today’s Sunday.”
About The Authors:
Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.
Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?
Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.
I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.
If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.
If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.
I annoy, love, respect, scare, seduce, hurt, anger, infatuate, frustrate, flatter, envy, amuse and tolerate everyone. I just do it better in writing thanks to a little thing called…edits.
Okay no, seriously…I’m a simpleminded person who enjoys the escape from real life through a book. I write with the group Story Orgy and hope to continue doing so for a long time. I also am privileged to be with the Pulp Friction writers, creating intermingling books in a world all our own.
I recently took the drastic step of quitting my EDJ (evil day job) and am now living in the gorgeous desert in Arizona making a go at this writing stuff full time…and I can’t see me regretting this decision ever.
Just like every other red-blooded human—I get a little bouncy when I get mail (any kind too…email, comments, private messages…you wanna do it, do it with me *winks*). So feel free to drop me a line—whether it’s on my blog, twitter, PInterest, or you track me down on FaceBook or Google +…it’s easy to catch someone who wants to be caught.
I specialize in writing boyxboy though I read almost everything…and I fancy myself as slightly funny every once in a while. 🙂
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