Story: Not That Kind of Girl
My Thoughts: Okay, yes, it's convenient that one of my only non-male characters falls for one of my only other non-male characters. But once you get over that, I hope you see the beauty in the two of them getting together. First there's Ace, who has issues. Then there's Julia, who has issues. Ace has a difficult time trusting anyone. Then there's Julia, who trusts everyone far too easily. Together, they form a solid and stable partnership... in theory!
This story shows how they meet each other. Given their mutual friends, it's surprising their paths hadn't crossed before. But I liked having their first meeting merely coincidental, because it meant the attraction was genuine, not a setup. And I personally love the idea of Julia being attracted to all the parts of Ace that might confuse others. Ace is such a wonderful, many-sided character and definitely deserves someone who appreciates it all. And Julia deserves someone who isn't going to take advantage of her, manipulate her, or abuse her.
Parts of this story were inspired by my own times behind the wheel. There is little I would rather do than drive for a living, but the opening scene with the windshield wipers was one I had been wanting to write for years, inspired by a time driving home from a Writers' Roundtable meeting. And the flooded road was one I had to face during a freak summer rainstorm one afternoon. Unlike Julia, I stupidly drove right through the high standing water (the car behind me made it almost impossible to do anything else). Luckily, I drive an SUV and was just fine (apart from my high-pitched scream as I drove through). A limo probably couldn't have made it, though.
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