A Treading the Boards Novella
A trip down to Cornwall is just what Ryan Penniford needs to recover from the daily grind of London life. Ryan and his amateur dramatics society, the Sarky Players, are traveling to Porthcurno to perform at the stunning Minack Theatre.
Stuart Box has returned to Cornwall after earning his PhD, and is killing time as he looks for a job back in London. Spending time with Ryan from the Sarky Players is a great way to take his mind off things.
During their first meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and they must work to get past their initial hostilities to discover they have great off-stage chemistry. Stuart soon learns Ryan is not the superficial man people assume he is, and Stuart likes what he sees. The feeling is entirely mutual.
Pity Ryan is only visiting for two weeks, but both men want to see where this holiday romance might take them.
Stuart searched the fridge in the hope his mum had bought some beer, but drew a blank, and instead settled on an open bottle of pinot grigio.
“Stop stealing my booze, you little pest.”
Stuart jumped and only managed to catch the wine before it hit the floor due to his excellent reflexes. “For fuck’s sake, woman. You’re meant to be out.”
“I was only going for lunch.”
“Yeah, but your lunches with Terri have been known to continue ’til midnight.”
“Oh, shush, you. That only happened once—no, twice.”
He grabbed two glasses from a cupboard and poured them both a drink, then handed one to his mum.
“Thanks, love.” Fiona kicked off her shoes and rubbed her heels. “I thought you’d still be out. Aren’t any of the new group pretty enough for your tastes?”
“Oh, there’s one that’s pretty enough. But he’s an idiot.”
Fiona picked up a takeout menu from the counter. “Pretty enough?”
“If you like blond and gorgeous.”
“Which, if I remember correctly, you do.”
He knew what his mum was getting at. He’d always had a certain type, and that included a spark of defiance. He couldn’t argue Ryan didn’t have that particular facet to his personality.
“Maybe he’d be all right for a bit of fun—but he’s a fluffy-headed fool.”
Fiona clicked her tongue. “I brought you up better than to say things like that.”
“Oh, Mum! You didn’t see him messing around at the theater—it was dangerous.”
“You told him off, didn’t you? And he told you where to stick it.”
She stared at him and raised an eyebrow. Stuart took a sip of wine, hating how his mum still managed to make him feel like a naughty kid at times. “Stuart Jeremiah Box, what did you say?”
“I might have intimated he was a useless London ponce.”
She shook her head and snatched his wineglass out of his hand. “You get this back when you promise to apologize.”
“What? No!” He reclaimed his glass. Ryan had been a prat. Maybe Stuart had been a little rude, but nothing bad enough to warrant an apology.
“Are you really telling me you’re not going to apologize when you’ve acted badly?”
Stuart gritted his teeth. Too bad she was right. “I suppose I might have been a tad heavy-handed to start with.”
“Meaning you jumped on him with your size elevens. You have to remember the guy’s on holiday.”
“All right. I’ll apologize tomorrow.”
She bopped him playfully on his nose with the takeaway menu. “Good boy. Now, pork balls and sweet and sour sauce?”
“As if there was another option!”
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Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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