Poppy’s Girl

by Charlie Clare

When Poppy picks up a woman on the run, her life changes forever.

Vanya, sex trafficking victim now escaped, finds refuge and friendship with Poppy. Their friendship blooms on the little farmstead, with the animals and the quilting projects. Theirs is a quiet life, a temporary situation turning into something more permanent, as Vanya finds the space to heal.

Her protective, intense feelings are just friendship...right?

Poppy has never been interested in men, and she didn't think she was interested in women, either. Perfectly content to live her life without romantic relationships, it's a surprise to her to find feelings bubbling up for Vanya.

Vanya grew up in a culture where lesbianism was unimaginable, unacceptable. She always assumed she'd find a husband she could stand, but lately, all she wants is to be close to Poppy.

But if these feelings she's getting for Poppy are what people mean when they talk about falling in love...maybe she's not as straight as she thought.

Is their friendship turning into something more? Can Poppy and Vanya find a happy ending?

Genre: asexual, lesbian
Heat level: sweet
26,000 words

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