No one likes someone else to pry into her sexual life without permission, but that’s exactly what happens in the latter chapters of Boarding.
This was a fun yet challenging section of the story to write.
Jessie Carter is a 20-something fashion designer visiting New York City and she gets an assignment to create a dress in one day for world renowned model Veve Rouselette. The dress will be shown at an intimate gathering of Veve’s friends who are known for their sexual proclivities and enjoyment of BDSM.
Jessie has little time to spare and is in a fabric store searching for what she needs when she pulls back clothing on a rack and a little woman with a wrinkled face surprises her. The woman is Trudy Wilcox, a gossip columnist digging up dirt on Veve and wanting to know about the model’s private life.
Jessie doesn’t know completely what is going on but Trudy gives Jessie warnings on rumors that have surfaced.
I rewrote this part a few times. First, there was the challenge of setting up the fabric store. I did online research and watched various YouTube videos and relied on my own experience shopping older department stores and older specialty stores with wooden floors that creak and older East European clerks.
How exactly could I get Trudy to put a scare and surprise in Jessie without appearing scary? I had Trudy walk up on Jessie and I tried some different approaches. This is what I chose:
While Jessie mentally clicked through her options, the floor creaked and a presence seemed to overshadow her. She glanced over her shoulder but nothing more than a heavy black curtain shrouded a back room. The ring-a-ling of the bell on the front door signaled another shopper. Jessie couldn’t stop her vision from racing even further ahead. Over the shoulder dresses with bands in the same family of colors, prep-school styles for women and men with another style of narrow colors, complimentary earth-tones representing regions and cultures.
Two mannequins draped in specials of the month had an appeal and the colors only confirmed that the soft blue in which she envisioned Stephanie was the best choice. Another creak. But there was no one to her right or left. Across the store a clerk scanned a shopper’s bundle. The vision was enticing, but the first hurdle was creating the prototype and the small matter of funding if anything further developed.
Jessie took the sketch from her bag and held it carefully, studying it and comparing different colors, styles and shapes.
A rack of linen nearly Jessie’s height draped on hangers like dresses in a discount shop. A sign proclaimed, Used. The classification appealed to Jessie like sifting sand for buried treasure. She moved one to the side, studying a sequined dress while the hangar scraped and squeaked across the metal rod. One more scrape and squeak. And another.
I hope you have as much fun reading Boarding as I had writing it and discovering a world of fashion, lust, and quirky characters through the eyes of Jessie Carter.
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