CeeCee slides onto the bar stool, her perfume teasing with its scent as you settle in next to her. Of course you have questions... she’s a flapper, it’s a speakeasy...
You’re not sure where to start, and then a question comes to you.
CeeCee, you’ve made quite an impression. I’ve never met anyone like you. Do most people react positively when they meet you? How about after they've known you for a while?
Most people seem to think I’m a loose woman. They even cross the street to avoid me. Most don’t even bother to take the time to get to know me for who I am. But I suppose that’s small towns for you. A flapper sticks out like a sore thumb. Only Sheridan, and Ruth, have ever bothered to get close to me.
I can’t imagine the difficulty. It must make forming friendships difficult. But surely it’s not the worst thing ever, to deal with perceptions of others. What's the worst thing that's happened in your life?
My mother died, and I had to take care of myself. I was more than old enough, but it was a shock to be all alone in the world. Sometimes I think I haven’t really recovered from it.
Is that why you left Chicago?
Not entirely. I didn’t want to be around the memories, but it wasn’t just my mother. When Sheridan offered, I jumped at the chance.
That’s very coy of you. What were the other memories?
I can’t really say. It’s still too painful. And you’ll have to excuse me. I see Sheridan beckoning.
You turn back to your whiskey. So much for your charming companion. You’ll have to find out more by reading the novella.
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Ruth wants to escape the boredom of Bandit Creek and the strict expectations of her father, the local pastor. Her life changes the day she meets CeeCee, a world-wise flapper, and an irresistible attraction develops between them. She’ll be disowned and shunned if anyone discovers their prohibited passion, but can they keep their growing affection a secret?
CeeCee is drawn to Ruth, but things become complicated when her gangster companion disapproves of their liaison. He’s in town to broker a deal with the owner of the local speakeasy, and he’s not above using them to further his own plans. Can CeeCee protect Ruth and their budding relationship?
As Ruth gets drawn further into their world, she must decide between her familiar life and a new, dangerous path with the woman she loves.
About the Author
Alyssa has many passions. Fortunately, none of them are prohibited. When she isn’t working, she’s writing dark tales inspired by mid-20th-century noir books and films, cooking up a storm in her kitchen, and reading.