by R.R. Angell
Power Tool Drag Races by Scott Beale | Flickr
The sun beat down on our driveway. I was cleaning out the garage a year or two after moving in, trying to organize my workshop. The neighborhood had gotten used to having an Out Gay Male Couple living among them by then. The careful, curious watching time was over for most of them on the street.
We'd made friends with several households in that borrow-a-cup-of-sugar kind of way. Warren, the guy who lived with his girlfriend of twenty years, saw me in the garage and stopped by with a cold one to share.
All of a sudden he blurts out, "So, which one are you?"
I drained my beer and thought for a moment. "I guess I'm the lesbian because I have all the power tools.”
R. R. Angell's (he/him) short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Compelling Science Fiction, Gargoyle Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and Fresh.Ink among others and many anthologies including Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Guys, Best Date Ever: True Stories That Celebrate Gay Relationships, and Compelling Science Fiction: The First Collection. His LGBTQ YA VR AI science fiction romantic thriller, Best Game Ever: A Virtuella Novel, published in May 2019. For more info or links to online stories check out rrangell.com