Sunday, March 4, 2012


From Clobbered by Camembert
by Avery Aames

Hi. I'm Jordan Pace, a cheese farmer in Providence, and Charlotte's boyfriend...

Okay, hold it.

Lies.  What do they get you? Yes, I'm a cheese farmer, and yes, I'm with Charlotte, but I’ve been living a lie for five plus years, and I can’t tell Charlotte the whole truth and nothing but the truth, or it could put her and all those she loves in danger. And I love Charlotte. More than my own life. I love that she cares so much for others. I love that she has taken in her cousin and his daughters, without giving a thought for herself. I love the way she attends to her grandparents and their needs. I love that she jumps in to help any friend, despite the fact that the friend’s complicated life might complicate hers. I love the way she fiddles with the ends of her hair and tilts her head when she’s trying to figure me out. I love how much she enjoys cheese and her job and a good meal. I love to surprise with an impromptu picnic.

Most of all, I love her insatiable curiosity, even when it means I have to find a way around telling her the complete story. Her eyes sparkle with interest.

Should I tell her the complete story and risk losing her? It’s not like I’m a serial killer. It’s nothing that would shame her. But my past has to stay in the past.

My biggest fear is that Charlotte will kiss me goodbye when she finds out. It’s not that the life of a cheese farmer is so glamorous. She didn’t fall in love with me because of that. And it’s not that I’m ashamed of what I have done. I’m not. Life happened.

If you were to find out that the person you fell in love with was an entirely different person, with a different career, a different set of values, and a whole lot of baggage, what would you do? Would you cut bait and run?


AUTHOR NOTE: I'm thrilled to say that my alter ego, Daryl Wood Gerber (who happens to be the "real" Avery Aames) has been nominated for an Agatha Award, best short story from the anthology: FISH TALES.

"Palace by the Lake."

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  1. I think it would frighten anyone to know that a boyfriend was a completely different person. That doesn't mean she'll cut and run, though. It all depends on what you're hiding. If you love her so much, is it fair to keep the truth from her? Doesn't she deserve to know?

    ~ Krista

  2. I agree that it depends on what you're hiding. But you really need to tell the truth, because if not now, when?

  3. She knows something's not right, you're not telling her everything. If it's to be a lifelong match, you have to come clean.

  4. Ladies, I agree with you, and I think now is the time to tell all. I just worry that what I say could put her in danger. I know Charlotte takes risks and she might think she can "fix" my situation, but I worry.

    I appreciate the feedback. Truly. Women are the smartest creatures on earth. My mother taught me that. And my sister reminds me on a weekly basis.


  5. She has a right to know if you're planning a life together. I also don't think Charlotte is the kind to cut and run, rather she'll help you deal with your past.

  6. Take your chances and tell her Jordan. She could very well walk away if you DON'T tell her,


  7. Dru and Fred, I have to agree. Charlotte is the kind of woman who wants the truth. My mind is made up.
    Thanks, Jordan

  8. Ah, so you need no urging from me then. The truth is always best and sooner rather than later.

  9. The truth is always a good thing :-)I say go for it!