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A Matter of Course
By Coleen Grundy
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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JOHN MORROW’S PICK OF THE WEEK

A MATTER OF COURSE
Coleen Grundy
Sid Harta


The year is 2048, and Samantha Curr sits by the bedside of her long-time life partner, Kerry. The hospital is a government hospital especially dedicated to lesbians, and it is here that Sam finds herself re-telling hers and Kerry’s journey through life to a nurse monitoring Kerry’s vital life signs.

Sam and Kerry met in 1996 when Kerry was assigned to protect Sam. Sam’s mother, then a prominent Western Australian politician, is seeking to pass a law to ban mining of waters off Western Australian coastline.

Kerry has worked with the witness protection unit of the WA Police Force for many years and is one of their most experienced officers. Sam, a young and naïve 23 year old schoolteacher, has no idea of her sexuality and beauty.

When Kerry is ordered to take Sam somewhere that not even her boss knows about, she can only think of her cabin in the bush, three hours from civilization. Her boss suspects a leak in the unit and acknowledging how Sam’s death would have far-reaching consequences, he tells Kerry to disappear for a month.

Kerry is quite open with Sam about her sexuality, but assures her that she keeps her private and professional lives quite separate. The story takes a twist when it is Sam who begins to acknowledge her growing attraction to Kerry.


After an assassination attempt on Sam’s life at the cabin, coincidentally occurring when one of Kerry’s best friends turns up, they are forced to move again, and Kerry is faced with the bitter knowledge that her friend, Margo, has betrayed her.

Whilst Sam watches over Kerry in the hospital, Dr Jocelyn Chang meets Det Pauline Crow, the investigating officer on the case of a young child found burning in a trash can. The year is 2048, and the planet has changed.

No longer are there borders and boundaries separating states or countries, and lesbians and homosexuals have found acceptance in society.

Jocelyn Chang has had a dreadful upbringing and is slow to trust and love, and Pauline has been out of the circle of relationships for ten long years. They soon recognise something in each other which rekindles their faith in love.

Intermingled with their story, is Sam’s shock when she discovers that Pauline’s grandfather was the man who, so many years ago, set out to kill both her and her mother.

This novel is a refreshing read with small twists and turns that keep you interested in the storyline. Basically, the novel is about love, relationships, trust and, finally, acceptance.

“Spanning over 50 years, this novel takes you on a journey of understanding and acceptance – in an ideal world, the future that Coleen Grundy describes is one that I hope we will reach in the near future.”

Later, she took my hand and led me into the bedroom. I watched with pleasure as she leisurely undressed me, then herself. She stood above me as she gazed along my form, her own naked body glistening in the moonlight. We studied each other. I was feeling vulnerable under her gaze -It was unrelenting. Finally she moved. I put my hand out. She stopped me finally speaking as she smiled.
“Darling I know it’s early days for us but I would like you to move in with me.”
She was now the one that looked vulnerable. She lowered herself on top of me. “I don’t think I want you to leave, not even for a day. Not that I’m actually saying it has to be my place,” she smiled. “I just want to be with you, anywhere is fine.”
I lay there at a loss for words. I had been contemplating asking the same thing but I was aware that our relationship was only new and I didn’t want to scare her off with the suddenness of my emotions. Now I found myself being asked the same thing I had been scared of for days. I lay there, running my fingers through her hair. I disappeared in thought feeling the softness of her hair so like the person she was. I was consumed by her perfume. Her movement drew me back.
She looked at me. “You don’t have to say anything right now. Just think about it okay.”
I could feel her vulnerability. God she had it all wrong. Did she not know me enough to realise that it was something I yearned for. I took her face in my hands and ran my thumbs slowly over her cheeks. I had tears in my eyes. “It’s something I have wanted but not dare ask for incase I scared you away.” I wrapped my arms around her and gave her a hug. It was so simple to turn my head and kiss her. Her mouth was so soft. The heat started at my feet and fed its way through my body. I started to roll towards her. She met me half way placing her hands on my face and kissing me deeply. Her tongue intermingled with my own. She caressed it almost to a tickle then withdrew putting her finger against my lips.
“Do you want me?”
I smiled at her. “Yes.”
“What would you do when I allow you to?”
“I will help you tremble.”
“How?”
“You have this place, inside.”
“Oh.”
   


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Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 3/30/2007
Nice setting and dialogue, Coleen...a mix of passion and confession.

Sage


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