“He’s intense. I wish this would be easier for you. I know how you hate this,” I say with a wave of my hand toward the paparazzi.
He shrugs. “I’ve been through this kind of thing before with the band, but us? This is going to get worse. Much, much worse.”
“Yeah.” Announcing to the world that you’re gay isn’t an easy thing. There are so many anti-gay assholes out there, and I’m worried they’ll hurt Ethan. I can handle myself, but my boy isn’t a fighter. He’s a lover. I rest my hand on top of his on the table and gently squeeze. “If they talk shit, E, let it roll off your shoulders. We know what we’ve got and we’re the only ones that matter.”
Click. Click. Click.
“This doesn’t just suck, it fucking sucks,” Ethan declares.
I nod. “I know, but it’s our life. We just gotta keep it in perspective and ignore all that bullshit.”
He nods in return. “I don’t want to know. Cage can deal with that. Celeste said she’d work with Marta on the PR if we needed. Lucy agreed to ‘loan’ her to us.” He chuckles.
I smirk. “She’s something. Lucy.”
He nods. “That she is. Perfect for Jesse in every way.”
“I like that she calls him out on his shit. That’s fucking epic to watch,” I laugh.
I had originally planned for later this year, but I decided to plot out the final three books (Refrain, Melody, and Strings) and write them back-to-back if the voices allow and get them out sooner. I don’t have dates. I won’t even muster a guess, but I’ll be starting on where I left off of Refrain (when I got blocked) starting Monday and I *hope* to have them out at a rapid pace.
Thank you for being patient!
PS: I recommend a reread of the entire series before Refrain comes out so everything is fresh in your mind. Starting with A Very Xander Christmas 2 all the way through Pulse have a lot that will relate to Refrain as they are on the exact same timeline. (Books 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15). There is going to be so much to tie up in these next three books!