Length: short story
Genre: gay romance, contemporary, supernatural
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits?
Certainly not Tom.
But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael…
“I’M SORRY, sir,” said the gate agent, who didn’t look remotely sorry. “The flight is full. We have you on standby for the next flight.”
Tom struggled to keep his voice even. “I was on standby for this flight.”
“Yes. But it’s full. We’ve put you on standby for the next one.”
“Which is when?”
She click-clacked at her computer for several moments. “Five thirty-five tomorrow morning.” Her face and voice were so expressionless that Tom seriously wondered if she might be a robot.
“I’m sorry, sir. We don’t have many flights to Cedar Rapids.” This time she did show emotion—disdain, because he didn’t live somewhere more exciting and better served by air traffic.
He was still keeping a leash on his temper. “Then book me on another airline.”
“That’s against company policy.”
“Look, miss. I’ve already been here since noon.” He checked his watch. “That’s almost eight hours. I don’t want to spend the night.” Especially since he’d spent the previous night crammed into a coach seat, first waiting forever on the tarmac in San Francisco, then bumping through the air to Minneapolis. He was never booking a red-eye again.
“You missed your connecting flight, sir.”
She knew perfectly well that hadn’t been his fault. The first flight was delayed due to an equipment problem—he really didn’t want to know the details—and although he’d sprinted through the Minneapolis airport like an Olympic medalist once they’d landed, he’d still missed the flight home by ten minutes.
He wanted to cry. Since the direct approach hadn’t worked with her, he tried sexy instead. He crooked his lips, tilted his head slightly, and gave her the eye. It was a look that used to work well for him in clubs and bars.
STANDBY is also a part of the STRANDED Anthology
- Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
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