Another Creature by Valerie Brundage

Another Creature by Valerie Brundage
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Luanne and her husband were planning to renovate a seaside cottage together, but she has moved in alone after discovering Alan’s infidelity. Not that she doesn’t have sexual secrets of her own. But now, distraught by her loneliness and the mystery of the open sea, her dreams are haunted by the vision, voice, and touch of a tentacled creature, the Melusine of lore that has always been rumored in the region.

Is its unnatural touch on Luanne and the seduction in its voice real? Luanne’s lesbian friend Karen comes to console her, and the heat and promise of their past illicit relationship return. But the legend is real, and the Melusine wants Luanne for itself. But Luanne can’t resist Karen’s sexual advances, and she’s not sure who (or what) really loves her, and whose arms will protect her forever.

Some dreams are destined to come true. Others are only meant to be taken metaphorically. Which kind of dream has Luanne been having?

The chemistry between the main character and her love interest was steamy. I particularly enjoyed seeing how it heated up over time. There is definitely something to be said for building the audience’s anticipation in advance. Ms. Brundage did a good job at both setting up the scene and making me yearn for these characters to get together.

This tale included flashbacks that took up a disproportionate amount of space in the storyline. While it was riveting to have these glimpses into Luanne’s past, there were too many of them for something of this length. Cutting back on them would have made it easier for me to focus on what she was doing at the cottage. At times it was also hard for me to figure out what was going on because I couldn’t quite tell if the current scene was happening now or was set in the recent past.

I’d never heard of Melusine before. The descriptions of who this individual was and where she came from were really interesting, especially once I realized that it was all based on a real legend. This was an intriguing way to frame an erotic story. It’s not something I’ve seen done very often, and I enjoyed seeing how all of the pieces fit together.

Another Creature should be read by anyone who likes introducing ancient legends into modern settings.

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