Can a Lover Beta a Story?

“Dinner, Fen.”

I reluctantly set the laptop aside and came to the table. He’d made pasta and a salad, and he was pouring wine into glasses as I slid into my chair. “Looks good, babe.”

“Where are you in the process?”

“Looking at the changes AJ suggested. The more I get right now, the less work the editor has to do once it’s accepted by someone.” 

“Do you have any doubts about it?” He handed me a slice of garlic bread.

“What, having it accepted? Always.” I’ve had six stories published and no rejections. That’s scary. It’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop. I peppered the pasta and started to eat. “AJ hates this one.”

His fork paused halfway to his mouth. “What?”

The look of shock on his face was priceless. I wished I had the camera so I could take a pic of it.

“Hates it. Despises it. Said it’s the worst piece of shit I’ve ever written.” I couldn’t look at him, or I’d break into laughter.

After a moment, his fork completed the journey to his mouth. After calmly chewing and swallowing, he said, “Not possible. That guy loves everything you do.”

Snorting, I sipped the wine. “Actually, he doesn’t. We disagree about plenty of things.”

“Right.” He twirled up another mouthful of pasta. “He loved it, didn’t he?”

“Well…sort of. Yeah.”

“Asshole.”

I grinned at him. “Sorry, couldn’t help it. He had lots of suggestions, if that makes you feel any better.”

“I wish you’d let me beta a story once.”

“Honey, you love everything I do, even when it really is shit. AJ isn’t afraid to tell me when things need work. I need that.”

He sighed and dived into his salad. He’d asked several times and I’d always deflected him, but he just wanted to help.

“Okay, you can beta this one. I need another opinion. Can you do it quickly? I’d like to submit it by the weekend.”

He looked up sharply. “Really?” Smiling, he popped a cherry tomato into his mouth. “I’ll do it after dinner.”

It was so easy to make him happy. I mentally kicked myself for denying this to him. He could be good or bad; what did it matter? Rising half out of my chair, I leaned over to give him a kiss.

“What was that for?” he asked, eyes sparkling.

Shrugging, I forked up crispy romaine. “Do I need a reason to smooch you?”

“…No.” He had the sweetest smile on his face.

“Well, then…”

The rest of dinner was exceedingly pleasant.

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9 Responses to Can a Lover Beta a Story?

  1. Love it!!! I have an AJ too who points out my problems… sadly i need to listen to him more… thank you for an interesting read

  2. Theo i am thinking your AJ and my AJ might be the same AJ but even if He isnt they both are truly Darlings and i know without my AJ’s kick to the pants i would have given up a long time ago…

    AJ Rose Something tells me you darling are a force to behold… Thank you both for brightening my morning

    • AJ Rose says:

      What a sweetheart you are! I am not the same AJ as yours. I only beta for Fen right now.

      As for the force to behold… Fen’s always telling me I have too much of a mouth on me. Same thing, right? Heh.

      • There aint nothing wrong with having a Mouth on you!!!!! I have one on me and it often gets me into trouble… Also sorry for confusing my AJ’s *winks* I blame lack of morning coffee :o)

    • I know I depend on AJ quite a lot. In fact, he caught something in my latest that I TOTALLY missed, and it was bad enough that I flushed a becoming pink color. Heh.

      (AJ, it was the parking garage thing; can’t believe I didn’t see that!)

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