Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Obsession Is Such an Ugly Word”!

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–“Our Lullaby”, teased previously, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Obsession Is Such an Ugly Word” (MC MF MD)!

Professor Philip Wedgewood has a new favorite graduate student. He’s welcomed her into his confidence, charmed her into spending more and more time with him, and singled her out for all sorts of special attention. And as someone who’s seen this particular drama play out before, Professor Julia Horne has decided to put a stop to it. Here’s a taste:

Julia glared right back, her deep brown eyes offering him a challenging stare. “You’re assisting your way into something,” she said sardonically, “but I don’t think it’s anything professional. Or do you really think none of us noticed Ava Kittridge? Or Marissa Chang? Or Callie Davenport, or Mina Carriger, or Ebony Cartwright, or Blanca Castillo or Olubunmi Babatunde or Kyung-Sook Park? It’s the same thing every time with you, Philip. You find some pretty young girl, someone vulnerable and eager to please, and you twist her around your little finger until she’s emotionally dependent on you for every single decision. And then, when you get bored with her, you freeze her out of your life completely and leave it to someone else to sweep up the pieces. I’m not going to let it happen again, do you hear me? Not with Anika, not with anyone. This bullshit ends now.”

Professor Wedgewood simply stared back at her, his face an impassive mask of innocence. “My dear Professor Horne,” he replied, in tones of wounded dismay, “I simply don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve always been fully professional–“

“You mean you’ve always been careful,” Julia cut in, her own voice doing a bit of surgery on his excuses. “I’m sure you coached your little conquests very well–nothing in public, nothing in texts or emails, nothing that would leave behind any evidence. Your victims are all bright, they’re all very good at following instructions, and your specialty is the psychology of emotional manipulation. I have no doubt that you convince them that it’s in their own best interest to keep your secrets for you. And by the time it’s all over and they’ve lost their luster, you’ve managed to convince them that getting dumped is their own fault.”

Hope you enjoy it!

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