Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jasey Rae

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 7:21 PM

Jasey Rae by ThereAfter
Alex never made a bet, but he gambled with desire. He never lit a match with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames were getting out of control. 
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Belinda Thinks: Written for a SKoW challenge, this oneshot is based on the eponymous song by All Time Low. I admit to not knowing the song before reading this story, but after experiencing both, I can say that the similarities are striking, including the use of band member's names as character names.

But song aside, the story is a great standalone. It details the aftershocks of a one night stand from the guy's perspective. Alex is a lady's man and very much familiar with the idea of a "no strings attached" sexual encounter. But after lying to Jasey Rae at a party to get her into bed, he can’t get her out of his head; now he is left with remorse, worry and a vague self-loathing. This is compounded by meeting her best friend in a social setting - she very obviously blames him for taking advantage of Jasey’s innocence.

Alex orchestrates a second encounter with Jasey in the attempt to gain the ever-elusive “closure”. But the end result, once all is said and done, turns out to be - nothing. There is no lasting scar or explosive confrontation. Instead, each character works through his or her emotional baggage with varying degrees of maturity and success, making this one-shot a realistic and powerful take on the traditional one night stand.


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