So the snippet: Zamora is going to breakfast with her business partner and fellow tattoo artist, Toby. She's telling Toby she's offered a place to stay to the drunk petty officer. Toby's not amused.
Toby’s gaze snapped to her face. “Are you insane, Zamora?”
“Jury’s still out.” She grimaced and rubbed the condensation ring from her mug on the table. “I just wanted to let you know so you wouldn’t be surprised.”
“You mean so I wouldn’t be surprised when your body ends up in a ditch somewhere with bullet holes in it?” He scowled.
“Come on, Toby. He’s a U.S. Navy SEAL. An unsung hero.”
“Doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous or a nice guy.” He sighed and rubbed his face. “Look, you weren’t there when he first came into the shop. He was a playboy, a guy looking to get laid, and he remembered you from somewhere, so figured he could hook up with you.”
“You’re right, I didn’t see him when he came in, but I did talk to him this morning.” She smiled at the waitress who brought her pancakes and the check. “Thanks.” Zamora spread the raspberries and cream around the cakes. “He was genuinely contrite and in need of help. You remember where I was when I first started out?”
Toby grimaced and nodded. “Yeah, I remember.”
“If it hadn’t been for the kindness of others when I needed help, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
“Yeah, but a Navy SEAL? These guys are professional killers, and you’re inviting one into your home.” He shook his head. “You might as well put out a sign that says ‘cover me with raw meat and let the sharks have at me.’ While that’s very Lady Gaga, it’s not conducive to a long life.”
“Well, at least I don’t writhe and shake like Lady Gaga. And no one should be subjected to my singing.”
He sighed. “Seriously. Why did you offer it to him?”
“Because he needed it, and right now he has no one else.”
We all need the help and kindness of others. :) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb for BAM-BAM'S INKED HART.
Petty Officer Greg “Bam-Bam” Killian is done with marriage, done with long term relationships, and done with the Teams. The injury sustained on his last op has destroyed his dreams of being a SEAL as much as his ex-wife demolished their marriage. Now he’s free to do anything he wants, including get drunk and be miserable.
Zamora Hart has dealt with her fair share of men, both military and civilian. When a wounded petty officer washes up in her tattoo shop, she can’t help but offer him a place to stay for the weekend. She’s been where he is and doesn’t mind paying the help forward, especially when the friendship comes with some intimate benefits. It’s only temporary.
When Zamora’s ex shows up, frightening her with talk of starting over, Greg offers to stay at her place longer to give backup and repay her generosity. He doesn’t intend to fall in love with her, he’s only defending a friend while he shifts his career from active service to BUD/S instructor. But her ex’s threats become more than just talk, and Greg must step up his efforts of protection, because that’s what friends do.
But it’s only temporary and they’re just friends-with-benefits, right?
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