I love ball room dancing. Long ago in my single years some woman told me that dancing is foreplay. It’s true. There is an element of surrender in partner dancing that is like the best of sex. I have used dancing as a symbol of surrender in several of my stories.
In “The Substitute” my hero with an assumed identity of “Gary” is an accidental gigolo but as he and his client, Britta Sundstrum begin to connect emotionally, a romance blooms. It’s the dancing scene where this transition takes place and I use one of my favorite dancing/love songs, “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs as the background.
In the romance trope, we have to have HEA or HFN, but to me the most memorable taste in life is bittersweet. This song reminds me of a bitter/sweet moment about ‘the one who got away’. I’m very happily married to a woman who is my soulmate. But this song is about a woman I met before her that I let slip away.
A substitute plumber’s world turns upside down when he discovers his buddy’s business is providing more than plumbing services to an exclusive female clientele.
A journeyman plumber breaks union rules, risking the loss of his career, and assumes a false identity to substitute for an injured friend who owns a non-union plumbing shop. When “Gary” arrives on the job, he is stunned to discover that the client is expecting sex and not plumbing services. It’s the beginning of a day of surprises.
Motivated by his obligation to a friend and seduced by the allure of the client, “Gary” has some of the best sex of his life. He is at peace until he overhears the client making an immediate referral to a friend. Torn between conscience and friendship, he accepts the referral.
His day turns again as Britta initially spurns his services, much to “Gary’s” relief, then asks him to do some plumbing work. While he is working, Britta slowly drops her hostile manner, sharing more of her personal story. “Gary” finds himself longing for a deeper connection, but has to dispel Britta’s feelings of inadequacy and deal with his hidden identity.
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