Hello, all! For today's THIRDS Thursday I'm sharing an excerpt from Gummy Bears & Grenades, which is Dex's bachelor party. This fun little novella has been contracted by Dreamspinner Press and is due for release in October, along with the paperback combo of Thick & Thin for those who've been waiting on Thick & Thin to be released in paperback. Enjoy!
“Let’s go dance!” Hudson said, pulling Dex back toward the club. Everyone agreed and headed back toward the nightclub when Dex spotted something big, orange, and furry. He let out a huge gasp.
For some reason, Hudson looked up. With a snort, Dex took hold of his chin and moved his head down so he’d look straight ahead. Either Dex was so drunk he was seeing things, or what he was seeing was really there.
“Dude, is that…?”
Hudson’s eyes went huge. “Oh, no. Dexter, no.”
“Oh yes, Dexter, yes.” Dex clapped his hands gleefully before walking over to whoever it was dressed in a giant orange gummy bear suit handing out flyers. “Can I try on your bear?”
The bear turned to face him and shook its head.
“Please, man. It’s my bachelor party. I’m getting married soon. Please.”
Another shake. Somewhere behind Dex, Seb groaned. “Come on, Dex.”
Dex ignored Seb. “Fine. We’ll do this the hard way.” He pulled his badge out of his inner coat pocket and stuck it in the bear’s face. “Sir, I’m afraid I’m going to have to commandeer your bear.”
“What?” The guy growled.
“You heard me. I’m commandeering your bear. Let’s go.”
“Lobito, what are you doing?” Seb shook his head at Hudson who was running his hand over the bear’s arm.
“It’s so soft. Touch it.”
Seb stared at him. “I’m not doing that.”
“Come on, Sebastian. Touch it.”
“You all are fucking nuts, man.” The guy turned to Hudson. “Is he serious?”
Hudson laughed. “Him? Serious? Never.” His smile fell away. “Except now. He’s deadly serious now.” Hudson poked Dex’s cheek. “This is his serious face. May I touch your nose?”
“You all need to get lost,” bear-suit guy said. “Now.”
Hudson went to touch the bear-suit guy’s nose, and got his hand smacked away. Hudson blinked up at him, his sad puppy eyes all wide and hurt. “You hit me? Why? I just wanted to touch your nose.”
Dex cringed. He shook his head at bear-suit guy. “Ooh, you shouldn’t have done that.”
Seb got all up in the guy’s face. He was growly, scary, and bigger than bear-suit guy. “Did you just hit my husband?”
The guy threw his fuzzy paws up. “I’m sorry! Your friend can take the suit. I’m sorry.” He quickly popped the head off and handed it to Dex before patting his shoulder. “There’s a zipper back there.”
Dex gave the bear head to Hudson, and unzipped the suit. The guy quickly scrambled out.
“They’re not paying me enough for this bullshit. Bunch of crazies. I don’t know why everyone wants this stupid bear.” The second he was out, he took off, leaving a trail of bright orange flyers in his wake. Hudson frowned after him. He shook his head and tsked.
“What a litterbug.”
Dex laughed as he pulled on the bear suit. “I am going to scare the shit out of Ash. Someone zip me up.”
“I can’t believe we’re doing this,” Seb grumbled, taking the bear head Hudson handed to him so he could help Dex zipper up. Soon as he was, he nodded to Seb.
“Bear me, bro.”
“You’re out of your damn mind,” Seb said, plopping the head over Dex’s.
“Ouch. Why do you have to be so rough?”
“Because he likes it rough,” Hudson purred, running a finger down Seb’s arm. “Don’t you, darling? I love how naughty you are.”
Seb’s face looked like he was about to spontaneously combust, making Dex laugh.
Copyright © 2017 Charlie Cochet. THIRDS Published by Dreamspinner Press.