Archive for March 3rd, 2016

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Brand New Me”!

March 3, 2016

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Vanishing Act”, teased as last week’s Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Brand New Me”! (MC FF MD)


It’s the Sixties, and Gaia and Sahara have dropped out to do the East. They’re on the hippie trail, looking for mystical wisdom and a path to enlightenment, but Gaia’s finding out the hard way that sometimes the path to a better self isn’t without risk. Here’s a taste:


“Sahara,” he says, giving her a look that I can only describe as ‘significant’. She’s been gazing at him with religious awe ever since we came into the room, mixed with what only someone who’d known her a very long time would recognize as lust. I’ve known Sahara since she was fifteen. She wants to jump his fucking bones.


“Of course, Lama,” she says, bowing low. She turns and departs, leaving the two of us alone together.


I look at him, trying to see the ageless wisdom that Sahara described. I try to let go of my Western prejudice, clear my mind of preconceptions, and everything else that I would imagine Sahara telling me to do if she was still in the room. None of it works. He looks like the boys back home who thought that love beads and a guitar were all they needed to get a girl like me into bed.


(It also took a bottle of Chianti, some good weed and a Velvet Underground record playing on the hi-fi. Just for the record.)


Hope you enjoy it!