Two events in my own life prompted this story. The first was shameful voyeurism! One evening in my local supermarket, I watched as a very attractive young man leaned over to reach some fruit at the back of a counter, and his male companion pinched his arse! They were killing themselves laughing, and all I could do was wonder about the story behind that pinch - and why I'd probably never have had the nerve myself to do it, to that young man or *anyone* LOL.
The second event was an evening out at a restaurant, years ago when I was still dating, and I was meant to be having a romantic one-on-one meal with a potential new boyfriend. Yet I kept feeling eyes on me, someone watching. Once, when my companion (who never actually got beyond potential, by the way LOL) leaned over to stroke my hand on the table, I swear I heard a chuckle behind me. I twisted around in my seat but there was no one in the restaurant by then except for us. I blamed it on my over-active imagination!
But maybe it had been true. Maybe someone *was* watching me, someone I couldn't see. And rather than some kind of guardian angel - were *they* some kind of voyeur as well?!
That all set the characters I wanted for NO ANGEL - the sensible Felix, who worries about shopping and working and keeping his family afloat, and not allowing much time for romance for himself. Mickey, his new and seriously hunky boyfriend who's much more laid-back - and yes, who *would* pinch someone in a supermarket! And then the third member of their relationship - the invisible Bryn, a ghost with twenty more years of having fun beyond Felix's experience, a lecherous eye, an obscene sense of humour, and a total lack of discretion :)
Let me know what YOU think of the gang in NO ANGEL, will you?!
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