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.
As Joseph McNamara pointed out last week, Madame Big Shot got a Big Swat…or two or ten! Read the fun here as it is a setup for today’s snippet. Carene and Leila are having fun, but it’s tough to say who’s enjoying things more. (Punctuation has been altered to comply with the eight-sentence rule.)
“You said to hurry,” Leila protested, turning her head to look at Carene, “but this is kind of the opposite of hurrying.”
“Oh, I’ll hurry,” Carene answered, “and we can start this way: let’s get your clothes off.”
Leila froze in disbelief. “Did those words come out of your mouth–not mine?” Not that she was complaining; Carene was the one who needed coaxing in this area, not her.
Carene blushed. “All the better to spank you,” she managed to say, but her eyes couldn’t meet Leila’s.
“But you said it hardly counts if I like it,” Leila purred.
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?