My in-laws are selling their home. They've got land by a river, away from the city, and hope to break ground building their house there, soon. A while back, they built the largest shed they could build without a permit, and to say that this shed was nicer than some of my apartments would not be understating. While in the shed, they built the double-car garage that will sit opposite the house. It has electricity and plumbing, and - again - is nicer (and larger) than any of the apartments I ever had. They'll be tucking themselves in there while they build the house. It reminds me of Zukerberg Island, where there's a tiny shed-like cottage where the artist lived with his wife while building their actual cabin home. Only with a functional kitchenette and - seriously - a better layout than any of my apartments.
Homes and houses can have a lot of history tied to them. Until I moved in with my then-boyfriend/now-husband, I'd never really experienced a house that had a sense of "home" to it. Now, approaching a decade later, this place does indeed feel like "mine." I'm not sure I'll ever have the weight of attachment that many people feel for their homes - I moved too much and too often to ever really build that relationship with a place, I think - but leaving this house would me feel sad.
Unless we were building our own dream home. That'd made it a whole other ball game.
"Siren Song," by Jamie Freeman
There's more than a dash of gothic to this erotic tale, which brings me to the mid-point of Erotica Exotica. Jamie Freeman's "Siren Song" begins with an artist renting a building where he hopes to recapture the muse. But soft music, and a particularly captivating painting, create a more than inspiring vision of two beautiful men.
In Erotica Exotica, you can always count on the magic to spice things up, but in Freeman's story, the erotic has an undertone of unease, and the water imagery throughout the narrative is a nice counterpoint to the rising worry you feel for the artist. An enchanting tale, and a good reminder of why - and how much - I've enjoyed Freeman in other anthologies.