“No?” One hand sliding up Michael’s chest, Jared laughed. “Cute,” he said, thinking Michael was joking.
Michael shot a pointed look at the hand on his chest and tried to walk away, but Jared grabbed his shoulder and pushed him back against the wall, smiling because Michael was here for him. Obviously.
Michael didn’t struggle, but he didn’t have to, the look on his face enough to burst the alcoholic bubble Jared had been floating in. Shit. What was he doing? “Sorry.” He snatched his hand off Michael and buried it in his pocket, hiding the evidence. “Wasn’t thinking.”
“Yeah, you were.” Michael walked away from him, lost himself in the bodies clogging the main floor of the frat house.
Okay, he’d screwed up. Michael wasn’t into drunken asswipes pawing at him. Noted. Jared pushed his way through the crowd and out the front door, to see Michael heading back towards campus. He launched himself down the steps and onto the sidewalk, chasing after Michael.
Jared slowed to a walk at Michael’s side, and Michael ignored him. Okay, the guy was pissed. Jared could work with pissed. “You want me.”
Michael shrugged. “Not tonight, I don’t.”
A grin sliding across his face, Jared strolled at Michael’s side. “Tomorrow night?”
French or English, if you grew up in Quebec, you probably know Roch Carrier’s classic, The Hockey Sweater. Published in 1979, it’s the story of a boy forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey in a small Quebec town that worships Les Canadiens. Anguish and horror ensue.
Fast forward to the tail end of 2019 and another gravely disappointed little boy. Jacob Bertrand refused to eat his birthday cake because instead of this:
A cake with his team’s logo on it.
He got this:
A cake with the logo of Maple Leaf Foods, a Canadian company that makes cold cuts.
Not the same thing at all. Not to Jacob, who in a family of Les Canadiens supporters, is a die-hard Maple Leaf fan.
While Roch’s story ends with the boy praying that moths would eat his jersey so he wouldn’t have to wear it anymore, Jacob’s story finishes on a much happier note.
Through social media, the Maple Leaf Foods company found out about the cake fiasco, and decided to do something about it. They sent Jacob and his family to a Maple Leafs game in Toronto.
Did Maple Leaf Foods get a lot of free press out of this? Yes.
They also gave Jacob a birthday to remember.
Whatever you’re celebrating,
However you’re celebrating,
May no one aggravate the crap out of you in 2020 🙂
Happy New Year !!!
See you back here in January 🙂
I self-published my first book in 2014. I thought it was good. I was wrong.
I didn’t know it then, but I’d broken just about every writing rule there is.
To anyone who purchased Fireworks, my apologies. And thank you. Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author and for giving me hope that maybe, just maybe, I could do this.
Five years on, and I’ve learned a bit. Not everything, not by a long shot, but enough to take a stab at fixing the mistakes I made the first time around.
So, here it is, the new and improved—I hope—version of that first attempt: Daniel Mine.