Title: A Man of Unusual Talent & Flyboy’s First Misadventure
Author Name: Lee Brazil & Haven Fellows
Publication Date & Length: October 12, 2015 – 28,000/32,000 Words
A MAN OF UNUSUAL TALENT:
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.
FLYBOY’S FIRST MISADVENTURE:
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?
A Man of Unusual Talent:
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.
FLYBOY’S FIRST MISADVENTURE
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.”
A Man of Unusual Talent:
Flyboy’s First Misadventure:
Havan: Oooooh…hey Lee, we get to take this blog post off and let our guys do all the answering. 🙂
Lee: *sips coffee* Well, that sounds like a good deal…but somehow, I think it’s not going to work out that way.
Havan: Oh yeah, we should at least introduce ourselves and our superheroes first…*cue the superhero onomatopoeia* (you have no idea how many years I waited to be able to use that word in a blog post…lmao)
Lee: *raises brow* *sips coffee*
Havan: *clears throat* okay…soooooo, I’m Havan Fellows and this is my partner in crime, Lee Brazil.
Lee: Crime? Oh no, no, no… I am not going to jail for you. We’re gonna have to get rid of that body, and clean up with bleach…
Havan: Ahh…but Hank and Em said they would always bail us out—they’re our co-writers for the Story Orgy. We’ve brought our superhero men here to answer a couple questions for you. 🙂
Lee: Oh! Is that the crime you’re talking about? Yes indeed. This is Collin Crane, alias CC. He’s got the most unusual talent, which he thinks is useless, but actually turns out to be quite handy.
Havan: And please meet Dean Wades. His particular super power is the ability to fly…and he’s real good at it too, as long as we don’t score his landing techniques.
Now that you’ve gotten together, what comes next?
Dean: Well, I’m not sure you can call us together? We’re more like a square at the moment—two guys plus a best friend and brother. Date night is gonna be so much fun. *eye roll*
CC: I’m going to keep working on that Phd, and hopefully learn the why and the how behind my…quirk.
What was the hardest thing for you to overcome that you didn’t expect to be an issue?
Dean: I can’t answer that because I expected everything to be an issue, and nothing about this talent has been easy. Well except my best friend being cool with it and keeping it secret, but I knew she would.
CC: Uh…*looks around cautiously* Thorne. I can’t believe…*leans forward confidingly* Did you see what he could do?
Who or what makes you laugh out loud?
Dean: The fact that I can fly extremely low to the ground, but as soon as I decided to land I’m falling on my butt. Will someone please explain this to me?
CC: My mom is my rock, she make me laugh and shakes me out of the…er…sometimes, I get a little down on myself, and she’s good for breaking that self absorption.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Dean: Rocky Road. Sorry, CC, I like marshmallows.
CC: No problem. I’m a plain vanilla type myself.
What movie will you watch over and over again?
Dean: Um…I might’ve gone on a Superman and Smallville kick trying to get down some techniques. Huge waste of time, by the way…freaking green screen…
CC: Any of the Marvel movies, but Mat and I are kind of partial to the Age of Ultron. It’s the first movie we watched together… before uh… yeah.
For more Story Orgy Superhero goodness, our co-writers Hank Edwards and Em Woods will be releasing their books soon. 🙂
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.