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Fireworks

by T. Strange

On Canada Day, Undead Canadian Kit, his husband, Edward, and their friend Kamaria to go see the fireworks. While there, Kamaria sees words written in the sky—Help Me. Realizing the fireworks must be involved somehow, Kit steals the ones that look out of place.

The ghost responsible for the message refuses to appear while Kit is nearby, but Edward and Kamaria learn the fireworks are blended with the ashes of a deceased woman. The woman, Rose, convinces them to return her ashes to her wife, Petra—so Kit, Kamaria, and Edward head off on a road trip.

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 1
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Non Binary
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Everyone is Queer, Married Life
Word Count: 17000
Setting: Canada
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Excerpt:

I haven’t seen fireworks since I died.

Not that they were a huge part of my life beforeI became an Undead Canadian—I don’t like being called a ‘zombie’—but so much has changed since I was murdered and resurrected by my now-husband, Edward.

Just to be clear, Edward is notthe one who murdered me.

I can’t eat any of the foods I used to love—not without being sick like the world is ending. I can drink all the alcohol I want, but it tastes like nothing and I can’t get so much as tipsy.

Finding things—experiences—that are the same now that I’m dead as they were when I was alive has become precious to me. So has celebrating with the people I love, no matter what the occasion. Okay, that hasn’t changed much.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my…unlife? Second life? Afterlife? Whatever.

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I love Edward, and our cats, Winston and Boo. Boo is a nightmare creature from the Void—Edward raised him from the dead as a child, and… let’s just say his necromancy has gotten better since then. As evidence I present: myself. Just as tall, blond, and gorgeous as I was in life. I have all my teeth. I don’t lose patches of hair.

I’m sick of thinking about Boo, so I’ll switch to Winston.

Edward got him for me as a kitten our first Christmas together. If Boo is darkness, Winston is light. He’s the sweetest little dumpling and I love him to bits.

I love the rest of my new family too: Edward’s parents, Moira and Jonathan. His mentor Mariel, who helped teach him to control his necromancy, allowing me to be, well, me and not Boo. Mariel’s nibling, Kamaria, is the newest member of our group. They recently moved to Canada from Haiti to study Vodou with their aunt.

I’ve even come to love, in his own way, Edward’s creepy ex, Bone. Mostly because Edward probably wouldn’t have been able to rescue me from the evil necromancers who kidnapped me without his help. Although, given that Bone stealing a book from said necromancers and giving it to Edward was probably what attracted their attention in the first place, the whole situation could easily be blamed on him.

Even with all the good—and good-ish—things in my life, I’ve only been undead a few years. I spent so much more of my life, well, alive, and bridging the gap between who I am now and who I used to be is important to me, frustrating, and often elusive.

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Reviews:Becca on Love Bytes Reviews wrote:

I knew as soon as I read that this was going to be an Edward and Kit short, I was going to be in heaven. I have loved these two from book 1 and still love them to pieces. And it hasn’t been an easy ride for them. If you read the series, you will understand why.
So, I really felt heartbroken for Kit in this one. He’s trying so hard to not be melancholy at times but it’s not exactly easy seeing has he has a new life he never really wanted. He’s tried to adjust and has actually done quite beautifully for the most part. But sometimes the reminder is too much. Like not being able to eat real food, or do certain things. He loves to bake and can’t even taste what he’s making. So doing something simple, like going to watch fireworks, may not seem like a big deal but for Kit it is. Edward, of course, would do anything for Kit and they go. But when the fireworks start exploding, they get a huge surprise. The fireworks spell out, HELP ME. Kit steals the fireworks lol, Edward and Kamaria figure out it’s a ghost and the whole story and they set out on a road trip to make it right. If only they can get the remaining wife to believe the story. Thankfully she does to a point, but to them it’s all weird. Lol
This adventure happened to be a mild one on the Edward and Kit scale. Just a simple thing. And we get to see a little more into how Kit is still trying to adjust to his new life. After being married to Edward, he loves his life. But the old life is still there in the background. It’s still an adjustment after 2 years. He still can’t go near the basement. But he’s trying to be the best for Edward and their little life.
I love this series so much. And I can’t wait to see where their next adventures take them.


About the Author

T. Strange didn't want to learn how to read, but literacy prevailed and she hasn't stopped reading—or writing—since. She's been published since 2013, and she writes M/M romance in multiple genres. T.'s other interests in-clude cross stitching, gardening, watching terrible horror movies, playing video games, and finding injured pigeons to rescue.

Originally from White Rock, BC, she lives on the Canadian prairies, where she shares her home with her wife, cats, guinea pigs and other creatures of all shapes and sizes. She's very easy to bribe with free food and drinks—especially wine.

She can be found on Facebook and Twitter by searching T. Strange, or you can email her: author.t.strange at gmail.com


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