Short Stories

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One Date Changed Everything – The Bedroom

The lavender fog had followed us into the bedroom. I hadn’t been here since I filled a duffle bag with clothes and moved out. The unnatural tragedy of that day still [...]

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Raya preparing to dance for the crowd

Raya’s Dance – 2: The Challenge

Akka’s laughter rumbled Dôdi out of his reverie. “Little brother, you have done our queen a disservice!” In his arms, Raya turned to consider the big man [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Thighs

  Breathing a thickening haze of lavender, I swore this woman might just have more muscle in her thighs than I had in my whole twiggy-yet-flabby body. And from what I [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Crunchies

As I rubbed, her feet soaked in the oil thirstily. Almond oil makes a great base, but when using it for massage oil, be prepared to continually pour more on. Even [...]

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Raya watches as others dance

Raya’s Dance – 1: Watching the Dancers

Dôdi reclined on a blanket with his new bride in his arms. Raya was four days out of the veil he’d removed on the night of their wedding, but she still wore the [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs

Raya’s Dance – Analysis and Conclusion

This story depicts a culture drastically different from modern America and much of the Western world. It tells of a people with social stigmas and taboos that almost seem an [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs strips to dance

Raya’s Dance – 3: She Dances

Dôdi watched as Raya approached the monolith and paused before turning to face the crowd. She waited for the abundant applause to die down as she looked to her husband in [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Upper Thighs

The lower half of her legs glistened with lavender-scented oil as she regarded me. “Are you sure?” she asked, her eyes narrowing slightly but not in any sort of [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Calves

The room was redolent with lavender as I dried off her feet. This woman was entrusting me with far more than I’d bargained for, and I was determined she would not [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Footrub

It was homemade oil. Err — home-mixed. I’d researched online my options and bought the essential oils to mix myself. I used almond oil as a base, which made it [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs is praised for her beauty

Raya’s Dance – 4: Her Praises

Everyone roared their jubilee and Dôdi beamed proudly as his wife panted, making her way over to him. She bent over and planted a kiss on his cheek, sending thrills through [...]

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One Date Changes Everything – Introduction

This isn’t really a story of mindless romance. It’s certainly not a sexual romp. And by no means is it some saccharine utopian nonsense. This is a personal story. [...]

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