Colin Childe is a cross-dresser whose search for his true nature earns him the blame for a crime he did not commit. But who did the foul deed, and why does the trail lead straight to his best friend? Chelsea Girl is a story about cross-dressing, embedded in a mystery that will keep you clicking Page-Down throughout the full hundred-plus pages of this PDF!
To be more precise, this isn’t just any old TG story; it’s a genuine short novel. At just over forty thousand words, it nicely clears the bar between what distinguishes a novel from the shorter novella. This is my longest work to date, at 106 pages, beating the previous leader, Brains Bennette, by over 20 pages!
As some of you may have guessed, from the hero’s name and from the “Beyond Acceptance” tagline in the graphic below, this story is a follow-on from my well-received story “Acceptance” from January 2013, which was also released a year later as an ebook by the Haven Bookworks as part of a fundraiser for Rachel’s Haven. You don’t have to have read “Acceptance” (which is only 13 pages) in order to read and enjoy Chelsea Girl, but if you’ve got the time it couldn’t hurt either. Enjoy!
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Well, it’s 2023 and I just found this story. I read “Acceptance” just previous to this. I enjoyed both, well done. I’m wondering what happened to the girlfriend from “Acceptance”, Gina?
Thanks for the props! The short answer to your question is: I don’t know. I always intended to return to that duology, but never got around to it. I was never happy with the ending to Chelsea Girl. Way down on my to-do list is figuring out a better one, and only then figuring out how to close out those characters’ story.
Great story! I couldn’t stop reading until it was finished.
Thank you! That’s nice to hear. I know the story has its flaws, but it’s got some good writing in there too and that’s what I strive for. What’s hard to know (for any author) is how a story reads for a first-time reader. How it flows, whether the suspense is sustained throughout, that sort of thing. So just to hear that it gripped someone that way, such that they just had to keep reading… that’s gold, Jerry, gold!
Nice one again, Amanda. A very gripping read. And as you rightly say the decision, from a certain point onwards, takes itself. You suddenly realise you are not a man, never were,nor will be any more. The body just adjusts in the end.
Thanks, Monika. Keeping the reader’s interest in a story right to the end is the primary goal of any author. This is my longest story, so that was my main concern. From the comments so far, it seems that I succeeded. But on the other hand, there hasn’t been a whole load of feedback, so that concern is still running around the back of my head, refusing to pipe down. Such is life. Onward and upward!
You cannot keep everybody happy all the time, Amanda. There is a so much out there now, it becomes hard to keep track, but you certainly are an author always to come back to.
Thanks, Monika. We authors are like potted plants; most of us need watering now and then! (Very few of us are cacti…)
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Well, that was an interesting ending. Just wondering if Chloe had opted to go full time female? She did appear to be embracing her inner woman towards the end.
The ending is left open in that regard. It’s part of Colin/Chloe’s ongoing story, which began in “Acceptance” and will likely continue in another story down the road. (“Beyond Beyond Acceptance”?) He’s obviously decided to accept this side of himself to a greater extent, and be more open about it, but where that leads has yet to be determined. Stay tuned!
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