Today’s snippet features Carene and Leila, the main characters from Simple Gifts. This fall, I will be publishing a F/F anthology with Lucy Felthouse, Kate Richards, Cassandre Dayne, and Olivia Starke. My contribution to the anthology will be a short story sequel to Simple Gifts.
The central conflict in my short story, tentatively titled “Complicated Gifts”, is how Carene and Leila will negotiate their new relationship and geographic distance. When Leila gets ready for her trip back to the big city, she and Carene decide to have a little fun.
“Hurry up!” Carene called back. “They’re not going to hold the plane so the great Leila Feran can board.”
“Yes, they will!” Leila blustered. “The pilot will tell everyone to wait because they have an important personage who will grace their presence with—ow! Ow!” She shrieked as Carene’s arm snaked underneath her elbow and jerked her face-down across the pile of clothes she was trying to shove into her suitcase. Something hard swatted her backside several times in succession.
“You were saying, Madame Big Shot?” Carene flipped Leila’s skirt up and applied more smacks over her nylons. Leila squirmed, her body shivering with a delicious delight.
Music. Without the love of her life, how can Leila learn to live again?
Professional violinist Leila Feran is accustomed to fame as the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Philharmonic Symphony. Driven to achieve ever-increasing heights, she injures her wrist so badly that she may no longer be able to play. While she recovers, she moves in with her childhood best friend, a pianist and beloved orchestra teacher in a small town.
Carene welcomes Leila with open arms and only one condition: no divas allowed. And if Leila can’t follow the house rules, she might find herself over Carene’s knee…or worse. In between arguments over physical therapy and house rules, Carene’s zero-tolerance policy regarding divas results in some old-fashioned discipline that changes into something more.
Will Leila and Carene’s new feelings for each other blossom into something wonderful? Or will Leila lose not just a potential soul mate, but also her friend?