Coming Out by Lucy Felthouse
When I started writing Native Tongue I knew there’d be a coming out scene in there somewhere. It had to happen—the boys met and fell in love in a situation where coming out wasn’t an option, but once their lives moved to England, they couldn’t stay in the closet any longer.
I didn’t worry too much about writing the scene because every single person on this planet is different and therefore it means that there’s no “right” way to come out, and no “right” way for others to react. It’s down to each individual person, so once I got there I just wrote what came naturally to me. I suppose I was inspired a little bit by my experiences of friends coming out to me, but otherwise I didn’t do any research or anything, for the reasons I mentioned above.
Hugh Wilkes’ family don’t feature in the first book, so it was nice for me as the author to meet them, and although they’re not a huge part of the second book, I became very fond of them.
Hugh Wilkes is pretty sure his family members are going to be okay with him being gay, but that didn’t mean he’d find it easy to come out. There was still a lot of nervousness, which is why it was great that his boyfriend, Rustam Balkhi, was there to support him.
Overall, this scene was pretty easy to write, and I didn’t worry about it too much, but it was still fantastic to have a comment from a reader that said it was a great scene because it was so similar to what had happened in their own family! I didn’t plan it that way, but I’m happy to know it resonated with someone.
I hope you enjoy this snippet, and will check out the rest of the boys’ story.
When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?
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“We normally save that for when we’ve got booze, but yeah, tea works.” He raised his own cup, by now handed to him by his mother, then took a sip. Seeing the madness had calmed, Stanley loped over for some fuss, which Wilkes willingly and enthusiastically gave.
Once everyone had settled down into chairs and gotten their refreshments collected or topped up, he shot a quick glance at Balkhi, who gave him an almost imperceptible nod.
Okay, he said to himself. This is it. No going back.
The silence hung for a few seconds while Wilkes screwed up his courage. Fuck. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more awkward than falling in love with your Afghan interpreter, it bloody well does.
“Guys, listen up!” he said brightly, immediately snapping everyone’s attention to him. “I’ve got you here under slightly false pretences, I’m afraid. Not that I didn’t want to see you all, of course. I did, and I do. I’ve missed you terribly.” Stop stalling, Wilkes, you pussy! “But, my real reason for getting you here is to tell you my news. You see, uh, Rustam here has come with me this weekend for a reason. I’ve wanted to tell you all this for some time, but haven’t quite found the right moment. But recently I’ve come to realise there’s no point in keeping quiet any longer.” He cleared his throat. “I’m gay, everyone. I’m gay, and Rustam is my boyfriend. We met out in Afghanistan on my last tour. He was my interpreter. At some point, we fell in love and have been together ever since.”
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9
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