Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!
My parents were fond of tossing out quotes, and the above, from Walter Scott’s epic poem Marmion, was always a favorite. Because if you have children, or just know some, you’ve heard everything from the little white lie to the whopper. Most of us outgrow our lying phases, but sometimes even in adulthood, we find ourselves telling a lie when a truth would serve just as well. It may be the kind of lie that doesn’t open a door to pathological lying, but if we’re going to stick to that single mistruth, it will require care and commitment.
Such is the case with the narrator of Paul Brownsey’s story “True in My Fashion,” which begins…
So what is this web our narrator has woven? The answer is in Best Gay Romance 2014, on sale now in ebook format and trade paperback.
Excerpt reprinted with permission from Cleis Press. All rights reserved.