Well-bred and genteel, Valerie Johnson travels from Boston three thousand miles by train and stagecoach to join her husband in Virginia City, Nevada, only to discover she is a widow. Out of money, unable to find respectable employment, she accepts a temporary position as a courtesan at Rosie’s Parlor—an elegant Virginia City brothel.
Ultimately she is rescued from the ‘Sporting Life’ by Duke Dugan, a rebel captain who, along with his two brothers, is on a desperate mission for the despised Confederacy.
She would tell the authorities, except there’s one problem—she’s fallen in love with him.
Science-fiction and passion mingle in this strikingly sensual short story of just over 5,500 words.
In a world besieged by war and facing annihilation by an inter-dimensional enemy, a sanctum exists where heroic soldiers can rest, indulge their pleasures, and where humanity’s art and beauty is preserved. Lucia is many things to many people – courtesan, nurse, friend, and at times counsellor, but to Anthony… she will be his lover.
As war rages above, she and Anthony spend an unforgettable night together, and Lucia questions if it might just be worth it to love again.
Please note: This is a short story with strong steamy content and language.