We’re so excited that it’s release day! Y’all ready for this?
This title is Duck Prints Press’s first-ever novella, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Alec decided to publish with us.
Title: To Drive the Hundred Miles
Author: Alec J. Marsh
Genre: Modern with Magic
Trigger Warnings: transphobia
Relationship: customer/employee relationship, family, f/m, siblings
Character Features: elderly (background character), in the closet, lesbian (background character), self-esteem issues, trans male, wiccan
Tags: bad parenting, break up, christmas, clitoral stimulation, coffee shop, coming out, emotional abuse, first date, first kiss, first time together, flirting, fraught family dynamics, gaslighting, getting back together, magic realism, pov first person, past tense, reunion, smoking (casual), vaginal fingering, washington, winter solstice
Next to the antique shop with a sagging roof was a new café, cheerfully labeled The Three Pines by the sandwich board in the parking lot, which had four spots. There was no sign on the building front, and it looked like half a house, with the other half a brewery. I studied both for a minute in confusion. They were trendy and extremely clean. They wouldn’t have been out of place in Portland.
I was thrilled.
Inside was exactly the kind of bougie hipster coffee shop I haunted. The counters were dark wood polished to a shine, the tables small and uniform. Two armchairs sat in the window, a perfect spot for reading or watching the mountains.
I stepped up to the counter and scanned the menu. Besides espresso drinks, it offered frappes and chai lattes and Italian sodas. “Hi! How can I help you?” the girl behind the counter asked. She was extremely cute in a cheerleader sort of way, her blonde hair done up in a ponytail and sparkles on her eyelids. She wore a baggy pink sweater under her brown apron. She looked… vaguely familiar.
Length: 67 pages/24,001 words
Price: $4.99 US (release price*)
Celebrate the solstice today with this solstice story!
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