Catherine Henreid lives in Berlin, but her heart is still in Israel. She would never admit to being a Polonia. Her work has appeared in Silver Publishing's Dreaming of a White Christmas series. [A Polonia is the Israeli way of saying someone acts like a Jewish mother.]
In her story “Odds” she recalls her time as a student in Tel Aviv, and a very special roommate.
“I thought back to when I first met her. It was in the early days of the program and there were so many new faces and exotic accents that I was happy just to remember the names of the people from my Hebrew class. She was one of the students who had answered my ad on the university’s blackboard. I had just closed the door behind a guy from the Netherlands when the doorbell rang again. Outside in the hallway stood a pale, skinny girl with an unruly pixie haircut. Her upper lip had a defiant curve.
While I was still trying to decide what it was that made her oddly attractive, she held out her hand to me. “Felicity.”
I let her in and checked her out more closely. The baggy jeans. The broad leather belt. The unbuttoned shirt. The wife-beater underneath. The plain silver bracelet. And the tattoo on her wrist. Felicity?
She looked at me and grinned. “What name would you prefer? Shane?”
I blushed. How did she…?
She nodded toward a half-unpacked suitcase and I followed her gaze. On top was my DVD case, lying open. “You know ‘The L-Word?’” I asked, a bit incredulous.
“Sure,” she said, as if I had asked her if she wanted a glass of water. I led her into the kitchen and offered her something to drink. She took a look around the room. “Felicity’s my grandma’s name, okay?”
“I… I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to–”
“Yes you did.” There was a little twinkle in her eyes, and I knew she wasn’t offended.”
This is just a brief excerpt, with adventures and misadventures to follow, along with a vibrant sense of place and time. A lovely piece, not to be missed. Comment to be entered to win a free copy of the book, to increase your chances of not missing it.
Now for the interminable list of links!
June 3 Angel Propps: The Daddy I Didn’t Know I Needed
June 4 Destiny Moon: The Corruption of the Innocent Pornographer
June 5 Danielle Mignon: Are You My Mommy?
June 6 Charlotte Dare: Higher Learning
June 7 Dawn Mueller: Cockadoodledoo
June 8 Lynette Mae: Risking It All
June 9 Cheyenne Blue: Nurse Joan
June 10 Catherine Paulssen: Delinquents
June 11 M. Marie: Auto-Complete
June 12 Giselle Renarde: Ring of Roses
June 13 Mia Savage: Kat’s House
June 14 Dawn McKay: Hot Desert Nights
June 15 Allison Moon: Foxy and the Ridiculous Lesbian Orgy
June 16 Allison Wonderland: Guise and Dolls
June 17 Anna Watson: Tamago
June 18 Evan Mora: Insatiable Travel Itch
June 19 Catherine Henreid: Odds
June 20 H.M. Husley: Threesome
June 21 Jasmine Grimstead: Lost Batteries
June 22 Monica E. Moreno: Polvo de Hadas