Something About Love (This Is Not Erotica)

Something About Love (This Is Not Erotica)

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Short story (12,442 words) The first night she meets Jo, Sophie realizes there are complications in Jo’s life. Jo doesn’t drink, and doesn’t kiss Sophie after Sophie has been drinking, and does both like it is something terribly serious. Sophie decides she likes Jo enough she will manage, whatever Jo’s problem is. This is the story of a few particular nights at the start of one relationship.Short story (12,442 words)The first night she meets Jo, Sophie realizes there are complications in Jo’s life. Jo doesn’t drink, and doesn’t kiss Sophie after Sophie has been drinking, and does both like it is something terribly serious. Sophie decides she likes Jo enough she is happy to work around whatever Jo’s problem is. Over time, as they get to know one another, Sophie learns about Jo’s past, and her drinking, and how she is managing to overcome it. Sophie does her best to support Jo when she can, and find what she needs herself as well. This story concentrates on a few particular nights in the first six months of Sophie and Jo’s relationship, those that are pivotal to their lives. This is not erotica, as the title says. I wanted this to be clear. There is no sex at all in this story, and it is barely a romance either. It’s a story about how people meet, and the problems they have staying together, and how they manage to overcome these problems.
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The Debt Collectors War

The Debt Collectors War

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Ellie is a soldier in a world without governments. A generation ago, a series of financial crises caused most of the world’s governments to collapse, and left many of the people in those countries in terrible personal debt. Since then, the worst debtor nations have been under military occupation by the troops of the debt-recovery corporations, and the worst debtor of all is Měi-guó, the old United States. Ellie is serving in the Afghan Police Action when she receives bad news from home. She is told the daughter she hasn’t seen in years has died. She flies home, upset, to take care of the funeral and whatever else needs to be done, but once there she finds all is not as it seems. Ellie’s daughter is alive and unhurt. She is being held hostage by one of the many debt-recovery corporations. By the corporation which, indirectly, Ellie works for. Held, for leverage, to make Ellie do the corporation a favour. Ellie’s daughter will be returned unharmed if Ellie does as they wish. The son of a company director is lost somewhere in the wilderness of post-debt-restructuring America, and hasn't been seen for three days. The company wants Ellie to go and find the kid, but Ellie doesn't know if she can. She has always had one absolute rule all her working life, never go to America. Now she might have to. She will have to, if she wants to save the daughter she hasn't seen in years.   
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Evie's Job

Evie's Job

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Natalie and Evie are very different people. They are very different in age, and in income, and at very different stages of their lives. Natalie is a partner in a large law firm, and Evie is a law student at university. They meet at a work function of Natalie’s, where Evie is working as a waitress, and begin a relationship.
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Making Up

Making Up

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Erica has two threesomes, one with a man and one with a woman. Her relationship gets complicated as a result. ------- Everyone here has been really nice, and has been downloading the other stories, so I thought I’d put this one up as a freebie, in case anyone was interested. Thank you for reading, and and thank you ten times over to the people who are paying for the other stories. Adult Content
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Showing Off

Showing Off

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Short fiction (5760 words). An encounter outside a party leads to an encounter inside. Kristen accidentally flashes a stranger getting changed beside her car, then runs into him again indoors. She’s a little embarrassed, and a little turned on, and when he starts to flirt with her she’s interested enough to want to see where it leads. Adult content.
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One Plus Two Minus One

One Plus Two Minus One

Tess Mackenzie

Chick Lit / Fiction / Gay and Lesbian

Beth thinks a casual encounter with a stranger at a college party is a one-time thing, but he seems to have other plans. He turns out to be one of her students, but she wants him anyway, attracted enough to him she doesn’t care. Unfortunately, Beth is also in a long-term, long-distance, very off and on relationship that suddenly turns on again, and now she has to chose between two men.
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