“In his eyes I saw all the other possibilities … the seemingly impossible possibilities.” ― Tiffanie DeBartolo
True romance is alive and well and living within the pages of T.A. Webb’s FREE “Love Has No Boundaries” contribution, Love on a Wing and a Prayer, the story of US Navy Aviator Lieutenant David Perkins, a man who serves his country in the post-DADT days but is still not rushing to reveal his sexuality to his fellow servicemen, not even to the ones he considers his brothers.
One of the many things I loved about this story, apart from the emotional connection Mr. Webb so deftly weaves in the first-person narrative, is the relevance of the story and its visual recalling of so many of the images we’ve seen recently: the proposals on bended knee, the wedding ceremonies that have happened in front of a global audience in celebration of the steps we’ve taken to define marriage as a union between two loving souls rather than between sexualities.
David finds his other half in a man named Chuck Wilder, a fellow aviator who is transferred to David’s squadron. The eye contact, the subtle brushing of a shoulder, the want on David’s part to be more to Chuck but not knowing whether Chuck is even gay are all palpable moments that make the reader do little more than anticipate the moment these men will share their first kiss.
The love and acceptance from their fellow brothers-in-service is nothing less than a feel good moment as David discovers his secret was one of the worst kept of his life. And the end… Well, the end is nothing less than smile-inducing as David and Chuck prepare for a future filled with possibilities.
If you want to read a short story that will warm your heart, leave you smiling and will make you believe in love and romance and happily ever after, then I can’t recommend Love on a Wing and a Prayer highly enough.
Reviewed by: Lisa