Title: See Me After Class
Author: Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year: Red Lace Publishing 6/26/17
Length: 20 Pages
Kristin has played a part all her life.
She’s dated guys off and on, but without any success. They just don’t do much for her. They’re messy and rough. She thinks that is her destiny, until she meets Professor Carolyn Bannister.
Carolyn is the director for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, busy sorting through auditions at her university’s theater department. When Kristin finishes her audition, Carolyn gives her the part before the rest of the students have their chance. Kristin matches the part perfectly of someone who has held in a secret desire for someone.
It isn’t long after Kristin receives the part that she wonders if she’ll get some one-on-one time with Professor Bannister to rehearse her part…and perhaps practice a few other things for the first time in the privacy of a backstage changing room.
I”m always a fan of a story with a power difference, where one person comes off as though they have the upper hand because of age, experience, profession etc, and then we quickly find that the script is flipped and it’s really the other person who holds all the cards. Seeing though as this is a novella, i’m going to suspend that expectation and see hwo this plays out.
I’m going to first thank our lovely author Ava Sterling once again for giving me access to her library. What we have is a sweet story here about a girl who deep down knows what she is and what she wants but has always been too shy to take a hold of that.
As an actor, she’s able to portray herself as someone else, and that gives her a chance to not only to better embody a character that she’s after, but she’s also put in the path of a woman who may hold the answers to her questions. Carolyn is everything that she’s looking for, older, experienced, beautiful….
Where this story takes us in an innocently sweet introduction to a work of intimacy and passion that Kristin was always dreaming about and hoping for. She’s given an opportunity to live out her flirtation, her fantasy and see what that could bring to her life, all while being able to take on the ideal role in the theatrical performance.
We’re faced with the age old question in this story though of what is possible and what are the ramifications. Remember that Kristin is a student, and Carolyn is a professor and in EVERY situation, this is taboo and carries potentially more risk than reward. Both of them have so much to lose, so Kristin’s fantasy better be worth the risk right?
I say this EVERY time, but I would love to see how this story could play out long term – knowing that there is so much at stake, and so much that they could both learn from each other. The reader can only guess what ‘could be’ and what’s sustainable, and of course, my imagination goes in a million directions.
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