Hey all. In my fictional worlds unreasonable behavior, even potentially distasteful or controversial behavior, can be excused or at least accepted if I understand why a character behaves a certain way. In this particular story Tunie agrees to be a mistress because she can’t support herself. Point blank. To put it lightly, it’s not an ideal solution. Society has put all sorts of angles on a woman’s body and a man’s efforts to get it from her, even if he doesn’t mean her any harm. Society would have you believe there’s only one right and wrong in a situation like this. Of course, this is fiction. *winks* So we can give the collective finger to society’s constraints, no? In this unedited snippet Tunie makes the call that sets the wheels in motion for her romance with Charlie. Enjoy! And be sure to tell me what you think. – SS
…she wasn’t prideful enough to think that she didn’t have to consider Charles Douglas’ offer. She did. She needed money if she was going to keep a roof over her head, and he was offering some.
So, later that night as she sat amidst her packed boxes, Tunie called him.
She must have hesitated a beat too long because he repeated, “Douglas.”
“Hi, Mr., um, this is Tunie. I met you in the coffee shop earlier today. You gave me your card, and – ”
“Where are you?”
Okay, old Charlie was apparently not a patient man. “At home,” she said, adopting the same, time saving, short speech.
“Give me your address. I’ll come get you for dinner.”
“I’ll be there in 20 minutes.”
Well, she thought, hanging up. Here we go. Continue reading