Merchant Of Venice Beach

I thought I would post another snippet from my m/m Shakespearean adaption from A Summer’s Day  Anthology–up for preorder and all profits go to It Gets Better ❤
Lifelong friends Tony and Bartholomew are seeking a loan from notorious homophobe Sherlock Palmer–

“Why don’t we just cut to the chase and you tell me why you two queers are here in my office.”

Now that lit a fire in my eyes. Bartholomew sat down and, well—I simply glared.

“Gee, Mr. Palmer, are you sure you want to talk to your customers and fellow business associates that way?” I told him, barely controlling myself. He didn’t answer, but waved his hand at Bartholomew.

“What’s he doing here?” Bartholomew cleared his throat.

“I came here seeking a loan, Mr. Palmer,” he answered. “Ten thousand dollars.”

“And I’m guaranteeing payback,” I said. He grunted, fixing me with his stare.

“And just how would you be able to do that, Mr. Natale, seeing as how your entire capital is held up in clothing ventures?”

A cold feeling shot through me when he said that. How did he know?

“That’s true, sir,” I answered, “but I’ll have that clothing line marketed, stocked and sold well before the loan comes due.”

We both watched as Sherlock stood and began his pacing routine. Jesse had already told me this is what he did when he had to think about a difficult subject. I wasn’t stupid, though. I kept my eyes fixed on him, to be sure.

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14 thoughts on “Merchant Of Venice Beach

  1. Wow, so much going on in this snippet! Looking forward to finding out what happens next.


  2. Thanks for your interest–it follows Merchant of Venice for the most part, so you might be able to guess some of what happens, but there are some — big surprises 🙂


  3. Interesting take on Shakespeare. Enjoyed the snippet!


  4. Thanks so much 🙂 I’m glad you liked it ❤


  5. The bankers always seem to know everything when it comes to money and investments and those dream’s costs and risks. Intense snippet. I wonder what he’s going to choose.


  6. Well, if you’re familiar with the Merchant, he does accept the loan, but–the terms are a little harsh–oh, that pound of flesh thing 🙂


  7. Methinks they should have found a different backer…


    1. Alas, they knew circumstances doth prohibit it 🙂


  8. Money and bankers…I like the take on Shakespeare! Good snippet.


  9. thanks so much ❤ I do love my shakespeare 🙂


  10. It seems that this isn’t going to go too well.


  11. Weeellll–not really. It follows the play for the most part 😦 and the condition Sherlock asks for is–similar 😦


  12. So much going on in in this snippet. The pot thickens.


  13. Oh yes–Sherlock indeed has something up his sleeve ❤


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