Short story (13,100 words)
Bec has just returned to her family farm in rural Australia, to live, and to be ready to take over when her parents retire. She likes being back, and living in the countryside again, but there are difficulties. Like the heat and dust, like loneliness, and like living with her parents again, after years on her own.
Bec needs to get laid. Everything would be easier if she was having sex. She doesn’t want a relationship, and she doesn’t want to fall in love, she just needs sex occasionally, to keep herself sane.
One morning she meets a stranger on the side of the road. Meets him, and flirts with him, and then realizes he’s her sister Kelly’s old high-school boyfriend. Rob is on his way to see Kelly, apparently hoping for some kind of reconnection after ten years away. It turns out Kelly doesn’t want Rob, although Bec wouldn’t mind him herself. Bec isn’t sure what she ought to do, but when there’s only one man around for miles, and all she really wants is some opportunistic sex, it seems a shame to waste the chance.
Adult Content. And for people who’ve read my other writing – this has a lot less sex than usual, and is more about a flirtation than the sex itself. Just so you know and in case that isn’t for you! It also isn’t a romance, even though it feels a little like one, because Bec isn’t interested in a relationship and doesn’t end up in one. This is more about a happenstance encounter between two people who meet, and hook up, but then go their separate ways, and who both expect all along that is what will happen at the end. Bec isn’t looking for love or a relationship – like she really honestly isn’t, not just romance novel isn’t where she's pretending that but actually is – all she wants from Rob is sex. Her happy ever after is her own life going on, and that doesn’t really involve him. I just wanted to say all that so no-one gets disappointed!