Stories by lisa

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Resolutions - Part 2 of 2

Ellie's friend Beth helps her end the year with a bang.

It’s almost midnight and darkness has finally settled in. We’ve hung lanterns from the low-lying tree branches, and there’s a floodlight at the rear of the house blanketing the backyard in a yellow glow. The warmth of the day lingers even without the sun. The guests have become rowdier than ever now. There’s wrestling going on in one of the wading pools and a drinking game in progress....Read On

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Resolutions - Part 1 of 2

Ellie's friend Beth helps her end the year with a bang.

My fingers slide through the condensation on a bottle of Corona as I stand on the deck gazing out at the activity in the backyard. A flock of cockatoos take flight against a horizon streaked with brilliant reds and oranges, the colours overlaid with strands of wispy clouds. The evening breeze carries the aroma of barbecued meat and the faint thumping of bass from another party down the street. ...Read On

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The Proposition

Grace has an awkward question to ask Tom

Grace Newell tugged at the strap of her black singlet and let out a sigh. She couldn’t believe she was actually going through with this. She rapped her knuckles against the door and took a step back. Her heart thudded so loud the beats pounded in her ears.  She smoothed her hands over her denim skirt and turned to gaze at the quiet street. Sunlight bounced off the windshield of her...Read On

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Caught in the Act

Anna's new housemate catches her in a private moment.

Anna had only been living with Lincoln for three months, one week and five days when he walked in on her masturbating. He’d originally left with an overnight bag swinging from his clenched fist and a casual comment thrown over his shoulder letting her know he'd be spending the weekend at a friend’s place. Ten minutes after he'd walked out the door she'd stripped down to her tank top and...Read On

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Coming and Going

Can Maddie and Dean's friends-with-benefits arrangement become something more?

Maddie stood inside the entrance to Hegarty’s, scanning the cool interior as the door closed behind her. At this late hour there were a few dozen people filling the tables scattered around the room, with several more sitting on stools at the bar. The raucous conversation taking place between four young guys in the corner competed with the rock music flowing from the chrome and glass jukebox....Read On

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Dance with Me

Lucy finally gets the chance to discover whether reality matches up to her fantasies.

I still remember the exact moment that I fell in love with Owen. It wasn’t a gradual realisation or a slow slide into something new. It hit me hard and stayed with me, making the time I spent in his presence a combination of torturous and comforting from then onward. I’d been waiting for my turn to give a speech at his younger sister’s eighteenth birthday party, and although we’d never...Read On

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Breathless

Jess makes the most of her birthday by taking up an offer too good to refuse.

“I hate to say it but I think I’m done for the night.” I sat back against the leather seat in the booth we were occupying and gazed out at the crowd packed into the club. Shouts and laughter competed with the bass pumping from the speakers, and people were downing shots at the bar. We’d been amongst the chaos on the dance floor earlier, but the heat and crush of bodies had become too much so...Read On

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Playing to Win

Lauren discovers a game that's guaranteed to break Josh's winning streak.

“What the hell? You’ve humiliated me again!” Lauren shoved her auburn hair over her shoulder and threw a glance at the Scrabble board, shaking her head in confusion at the trouncing she’d just received. She turned her attention back to Josh who sat across from her at the dining table lounging in his chair. He gave her a smug look that should have annoyed her but all it did was encourage...Read On

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Never Again

Hayley tries to make up for a past mistake.

The weeds were the first thing I noticed as I made my way along the paved path to Ben’s front door. My gaze followed the twisting lengths as they pushed through the cracks and strangled the roses once tended to by me. It made my stomach drop to see how much he’d let it all go, as if the act of maintaining something that had meant so much to me was more than he could stand. Almost six...Read On

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Testing the Limits

Ruby finally gets some alone time with her brother's best friend, Liam.

Ruby slung her beach bag over her shoulder and wandered down the paved pathway that led to her parents’ backyard. A trio of butterflies floated past while trees and lush plants overflowed from raised garden beds, creating a shady oasis from the summer sun. She drew in a breath and let it out in a contented sigh. If it hadn’t been for the two storey house looming over her, it would have felt...Read On

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The Perfect Fit

Justin discovers finding the right person can sometimes be a matter of luck.

A trickle of sweat ran between Justin’s shoulder blades, his breaths wrenching from him as he barrelled through the bushland. His muscles strained beneath his grey jersey, his fingers tightening around the bars as he navigated the gravel track through the brush. He’d traded his Honda in for a Husaberg a month ago but because of all the shit going on with his girlfriend— ex- girlfriend...Read On

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Irresistible

Gemma strays outside her comfort zone with the encouragement of her husband.

Gemma stood in front of the en suite mirror, her dark hair falling over her shoulders in loose waves as she readied herself for the night ahead. She wore only a pair of black lace panties, partly to avoid getting makeup smudges on her dress but also because it gave her a warm feeling wandering around half-naked in front of her husband. She stroked her lashes with one final coat of mascara...Read On

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Take a Hike

Zoe needs to find a way to get along with Evan.

“I’ve never known anyone so uncoordinated in all my life.” Evan laughed as he gripped the handle on the top of Zoe’s backpack. “You’re hopeless,” he said, dragging her none-too-gently onto the granite boulder where he’d spent the last five minutes waiting for her. “Oh, fuck off.” Zoe gained her footing and shoved his hand off her, annoyed by the way everything physical came so easily to...Read On

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Just One Kiss

All Jade wanted was a kiss.

“In the six years we’ve known each other we’ve never once tried to get it on.” Luke absently stroked Jade’s long dark hair, his fingers combing through the strands. She lay with her head on his lap and her legs extended along the length of the couch. “Why’s that, do you think?” The sound of cheering drifted from the game show playing on the television and empty dishes from their takeout...Read On

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Making the First Move

Sophie finally goes after what she wants.

“Just a couple more steps and you’re there.” Ryan slid his arm around Sophie’s waist and nudged the taxi door closed. As the car pulled away from the curb he glanced at the veranda of her cottage-style home, thankful she’d left the porch light on so they wouldn’t have to navigate the brick pathway in the dark. She clutched his hand and snorted. “Someone’s moved the house! I can’t make it...Read On

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Happy Anniversary

A surprise awaits Travis when he arrives home from work.

Thank you to Wellmademale for coming up with the challenge to write a story based on the above photo. Maggie stood in the middle of her bedroom and peered into the full-length mirror, fluffing her long blonde hair and blowing the side-swept fringe from her eyes. She smiled as she gave her outfit a final once over. The mismatched collection of garments clashed and fit together perfectly all...Read On

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Beneath His Hands

Molly learns how to let go

Molly's voice echoed in the candlelit bathroom, her off-key words bouncing from the tiled walls. The scent of gardenias filled the air, drifting from the emptying bath behind her. With her face scrubbed free of makeup and her body relaxed after a long soak, this was one of her favourite parts of the day. The boys were in bed. Housework done. Her time to finally wind down at the end of it all. ...Read On

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Together Again

Emma and Daniel reunite after a year apart.

Emma sipped absently from her champagne glass and glanced around the room. The three piece band had just begun playing, the lively tune almost drowned out by the thrum of voices. Many of the guests had already found their tables, while others milled around the bar chatting and drinking. She smoothed the skirt of her black strapless dress and tucked a tendril of auburn hair behind her ear....Read On

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Stranded

Tess finds an enjoyable way to stay warm.

Tess stopped walking and blew out a loud breath. She shoved tangles of flame-red hair from her brow and stared up at the sky. The clouds had shifted and reformed, their colour deepening to an ominous grey. It was only a matter of time before they broke. She slanted a glance at her wristwatch; four-thirty already . Her stomach churned at the thought of the storm threat hanging over her and...Read On

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Coveting Chloe

Chloe gets a birthday present she never expected.

Chloe perched on the edge of kitchen bench, her legs crossed at the knees. A silver heel dangled from one set of toes while the other lay on the tiles at her feet. A feeling of contentment washed over her. She tossed her black hair over one shoulder and glanced around the chaotic kitchen. There were empty glasses everywhere, half-finished plates of food, and someone's forgotten jacket draped...Read On

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Desire Awakened

Catherine gets cosy with her brother-in-law

Catherine wandered through her noise-filled home, listening to her heels click on the floorboards as the music's heady beat thrummed through her veins. She sent an occasional smile to one guest or another, raising the champagne flute clutched in her fingers in a silent toast. Friends and family filled her home to capacity, all in attendance to celebrate her husband Sean's...Read On

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More Than a Fling - Chapter One

Meg receives an offer she can't refuse.

Meg let out a relieved sigh as she kicked off her sandals and leaned on the balcony railing of her second floor hotel room. She tucked her russet-coloured curls behind her ear and gazed at the tropical gardens below. Butterflies hovered over lush plants and the breeze carried with it distant laughter from the swimming pool. Her skin gleamed with moisture and her long hair clung to the back...Read On

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More Than a Fling - Chapter Two

Jack finds a way to help Meg relax.

Meg dropped her beach bag onto the sand and spread her towel over the sun lounge she’d just rented from one of the locals. She adjusted the strap on her white bikini and tugged her sunglasses from her hair, sliding them into place over her eyes. With her fingers linked above her head, she arched her back and gave her muscles a leisurely stretch. She’d started the day on little more than...Read On

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More Than a Fling - Chapter Three

Jack and Meg strike a deal

Jack awoke to the sound of gentle snoring and the alluring scent of warm woman. Long limbs draped over his chest and thighs, wrapping him in a snug cocoon. He shifted his arm and realised his elbow had somehow become nestled between a pair of breasts. A slamming door and a burst of raucous laughter broke the silence outside as the hotel grounds slowly came to life. The rattle of a cart...Read On