Storming Love – Flood – Steven and Derrick are my contributions to MLR’s continuing Storming series.Steven is a school teacher from New York City, who gets a job at a receiving district in Copper’s Creek, Texas. After moving out to Texas to teach in Austin, Steven in informed that the school he was supposed to teach in is closed. He’s given a year’s salary in severance pay, but that leaves Steven in a bind. He’s come out as gay to his super religious family in New York and has no desire to go back to the hostility and derision they heaped upon him.
He leaves the Residence Inn and hits a local gay bar out of boredom. There he meets Derrick, an attractive man who knows of a job in Copper’s Creek, a little town that is a receiving school district for all the towns and ranches around it. Steven takes the job and Derrick.
After teaching in Copper’s Creek for a year Steven and Derrick are living together and engaged to be married. On the morning of their first fight, Derrick leaves the house without Steven saying goodbye. That day, a hundred year flood begins to rage in Copper’s Creek. The school is evacuated, but one of Steven’s students, Josie Barton hides because she is afraid of the storm. Steven stays behind to find her. Can Steven find Josie and will Derrick, the volunteer fire chief for Copper’s Creek, save both of them from the raging flood waters?