Today I have an excerpt to share with you from The Rainbow Player, this looks like a deeply moving book about love and self-discovery for a professional football player.
England footballer, Sammy Hatchington, has never considered sexuality before. As a teenager, Sammy broke the mould of his youthful peers with his desire to open the door to life’s endless possibilities. He escaped a deprived estate and, with the help of Old Thomas, his surrogate father, Davey, his soul-mate, and Gran, the connoisseur of footballer’s bottoms, launched himself on a path toward his personal and professional goals. Now, several years later, he must make a decision that could destroy everything he has fought for, and create a furious media frenzy………
David Kerby-Kendall’s joyous and witty novel challenges preconceptions about professional sportsmen and love, and is also a delightful and moving story of a young man’s journey to self-knowledge.
This scene happens in Sammy’s bedroom. He and Georgina are both fifteen, and virgins, but have decided to ‘study’ each other. Georgina is considered the classiest girl on the estate as none of her family are in prison. Sammy is VERY nervous.
I undid the buttons of my fly, shimmied my jeans down to my knees and begin to extract my left foot, never once taking my eyes off her, desperate that the moment would be lost and she would change her mind. Unfortunately this caused me to lose my balance. I vainly attempted to grab the edge of my desk, executed a perfect double axel, smacked my head on the wall, nutting the poster of Michael Jackson squarely in the testicles, finally lost my grip on the table, and reality, and fell rather unceremoniously to the floor, leaving me with a red face, a pounding forehead and an Action Man up my arse.
“Are you OK?” she asked.
“Fine,” I replied, as though I’d intended to be in this position from the outset, “I thought you’d like a comedy trailer before the main film. Er, would you like to…” I said, gesturing toward the bed in the manner of a supermarket assistant showing you where the eggs are.
“Oh, yes, thank you,” she said.
We lay on the bed and I wondered if this could be real. Also, what the hell I was supposed to do now? But, just as I was about to suggest we get dressed again and help each other with our algebra homework, eureka, she seized the day. Carpe Diem! Or Carpe Testiculum in this case. Several seconds later, when I thought things couldn’t get much better, she grabbed my penis and I realised they could. As she rubbed her delicate fist up and down, I tried to think of chemistry exams or The Antiques Roadshow so that it wouldn’t be over quicker than it takes a Ferrari to get from 0 to 60. After a short while, I realised I should try to return the compliment but, due to her lack of a penis, I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. I fumbled as professionally as I could for a while but hadn’t a clue how to find the appropriate spot. After a brief period of my hand movements resembling someone rewiring a plug, I elicited a small moan from her, which made me think I was at least in the right area. Now I could stop concentrating so hard and remember that she had been playing with my penis for the last two minutes, seemingly to no avail as I hadn’t even murmured ‘oh that’s nice’. So I tried to make up for it by letting out a sexy noise, which actually came out sounding like a cross between a Red Indian battle cry and a vacuum cleaner starting up.
At this point I also remembered the need for romantic, ambient background music; so I rolled over to the CD player and hit ‘play’. I suppose the Spice Girls singing Spice Up Your Life in no-part harmony was appropriate to what we were doing, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t appropriate to the atmosphere I wanted to create. As soon as the song started, she took her hand away and said:
“That was lovely. Thank you.”
About David Kerby-Kendall
Originally from Leicester, David Kerby-Kendall now lives in Muswell Hill, North London. He is an actor who began writing in 2007. From the success of his first play, Save Your Kisses For Me, he became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions, writing and adapting plays for national tours, including three David Walliam’s novels (Mr Stink, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy) as well as several other novels: Pride And Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan and Dracula. His second play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has two new plays in the pipeline: 20:40 which deals with depression and Gay Pride And No Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel.
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Title: The Rainbow Player
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles #1
Author: David Kerby-Kendall
Genre: Romance | Sports | Contemporary | LGBTQ
Publisher: Whiteley Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
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