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The prompt for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction from Lillie McFerrin’s blog is BLUSH, and I’m using it for a little bit of a side story for Fearless.

In all my stories, I like to play around with gender roles in character relationships. Most of my characters follow pretty traditional roles, especially in my romances (there’s nothing quite like having a man who knows how to be a hero), but I also like to mix it up a bit: women can be bold hotheads; men can be tender-hearted romantics.

One interaction I always enjoy is the mentor/mentee relationship, no matter who plays which role…though my women tend to be the more cultured gender:


This rosé was making him a bit dizzy (he was used to the clean simplicity of an ale), yet, she was still talking, perfectly normally, as though they hadn’t cleared through the bottle over the last hour.

“In America,” she said, tilting her glass back and forth in opposition to her head, “they call this type a ‘blush.’”

He blinked over at her, slowly, as he swallowed back the last, then muttered, “Why’s that?”

She settled her stemware on the table, then raised her eyes to his, and traded her cool glass for the warm angle of his cheek. “Because that’s what it makes you do,” she said with a tickled giggle, as she pushed him down to the floor, the taste of her lips sweeter than any wine.
By Neeta Lind (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_2397) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ah. Nothing like letting affection ferment a bit with the bottom of a bottle…!

What gender roles do you like to observe – or disregard – in your stories?