It’s Day 10(well, my Day 10, since I’m skipping Sundays), of Story a Day. Today I’m using the prompt to tell a gender swapped version of a previously told story. I used Rapunzel as the spark for this one, though it’s a modern version, and there’s no witch. 😉
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.”
Konner glanced over the edge of the scaffolding to the person who had called up to him. He grinned even before he spotted them, though. He’d know that voice anywhere.
“Dee,” he said, “you can be such a goof sometimes.”
Derek, though they preferred to go by Dee these days, grinned right back up at him. “You love it, and you know it.”
He did. That was the problem. Dee’s hair was growing long again, falling over their eyes, and they’d dyed those bangs a deep purple again. Konner loved the different colors they changed it to, and the unpredictability of it. There wasn’t one thing about Dee he didn’t love, other than their age difference.
That didn’t have to be a problem anymore. But, Konner had held himself back for years, he’d almost felt as trapped in a tower of his own making as the character Dee had just joked about him being. And he wasn’t quite sure how to escape from it now.
Konner glanced back at the roof, unable to look at Dee and not want to go to him. There were a couple men up there, some of the ranch hands. They’d told him to just stay here on the scaffolding and hand them what they needed. He was fine with that. He didn’t mind helping out. Connie had helped him when he hadn’t even realized he needed it. He’d help out her family now that they did need it.
It didn’t look like they needed his help anymore. At least at this moment. So, he turned his attention back toward Dee. But, before he could say anything, he saw the horrified look take over their face, then the scaffolding started to tip. His feet slid out from under him, and he scrabbled to grab onto something. But, his fingers slid right off. Finally he latched onto one of the bars on the side. He could hear shouts all around him. The loudest came from below, though.
“Hang on, Kon. I’m coming.”
His fingers were already starting to slip, but he tried to do as Dee said. He tried not to think about his feet dangling out over the empty air. Or how many of his bones would break if he was to hit the ground from here. Then, there was a clattering against the barn wall behind him. He started to turn his head, but that made his weight shift and his hands slip. He tried to grab for the bar again, but his hand slipped right off.
Then, an arm wrapped around his waist, dragging him away from the scaffolding. For a moment, he was sure they were both going to tumble to the ground. Then, next to his ear, Dee said, “I’ve got you.”
His legs barely worked to help get himself down the ladder, and his knees were shaking too bad once they reached the ground to keep him up. So, he sat down right where he was. Dee knelt right in front of him. “You okay?” they asked, brushing their thumb over Konner’s cheek.
“Think so,” Konner said.
“Good,” Dee said. Then, their lips were pressed to his. Maybe he’d been wrong. Because he was pretty sure he’d died and gone to heaven. Then, Dee pulled back and grinned at him. “I’ve wanted to do that a long time.”
Nope. Heaven didn’t have any place forhim. He was definitely going to be burning in hell. But, he might as well make it worth it. He dragged Dee back for another kiss. Yes, this would definitely be worth it.