Susan Wright writes science fiction novels and nonfiction books on art and popular culture. New York City is her home, where she lives with her husband Kelly Beaton. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1986, Susan moved to Manhattan to get her masters in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Susan is the Founder and Spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults.
A Free Short Story
by Susan Wright
“Who are all these people?” I looked down from the balcony of the master suite on the wide white terrace and pool. Dotting the beach and surf beyond that, there were fewer people. Malibu was private, so it looked nothing like Huntington Beach in August when it was packed from waves to road with families, teenagers and old folk brazenly baking themselves.
I’d grown up in Fountain Valley, next door to Huntington Beach; I used to be one of the throngs of brats digging in the sand with the turquoise umbrella looming behind me. This reality-TV-worthy Malibu mansion had been my home for only a few months, but since I was Revel’s girlfriend, that gave me ownership over the place, in a way. Who wouldn’t pick this rather than yawning through summer school, taking the classes I had missed my senior year?
The afternoon party was in full swing. I wasn’t sure how they found out about the free drinks and food—Revel didn’t know most of them. Nor did he care.
I spotted my target.