That blurry shot is of the carousel I saw on the only trip I ever took to Disney World.
Have you ever been in a relationship that you knew was over even if the words hadn’t been said? In fact, maybe the words spoken aloud were promises that everything would all work out, but your brain knew the relationship was on life support, and sooner or later, you’d have to pull the plug.
That’s the relationship I was in and the person I was with at Disney World; my heart just hadn’t caught up with my mind. But all the proof is in the photos from that day. There are only three. One from the carousel in daylight, this one from the carousel at night–a ride on horses going in circles, music that repeats–and one photo he took of me standing next to Tigger. When I look at my eyes in that photo, I see all the unhappiness that not even a big giant Winnie the Pooh character could chase away.
The first story in Foolish Hearts is from a new writer, Tony Calvert. In “Hello Aloha,” Jordan has gone to Disney World to be in his best friend’s wedding. After suffering a bad breakup, Jordan’s not sure he believes in love that lasts. Then he agrees to meet up with the theme park’s Goofy, who despite his name and antics, might have a wisdom that will change everything.
Here’s an excerpt that begins with Jordan talking to Goofy:
Will Goofy break character and answer Jordan’s question? Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction goes on sale January 14, 2014.
Excerpt reprinted with permission from Cleis Press. All rights reserved.