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Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

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ひとり寿司



寿司シリーズの第一作

キャミー・タング

西島美幸 訳

スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。

ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。

そのとき兄は、クリスチャンではなく、アスリートでもなく、一見何の魅力もないエイデンを彼女に引き合わせる。

エイデンは、クリスチャンではないという理由で離れていったトリッシュという女の子から受けた痛手から立ち直ろうとしている。そして、レックスが(1)彼に全く興味がないこと、(2)クリスチャンであること、(3)トリッシュのいとこであることを知る。あの狂った家族とまた付き合うのはごめんだ。まして、偽善的なクリスチャンの女の子など、お断り。彼はマゾヒストじゃない。

レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり ——

過去に掲載済みのストーリーのリンクはこちらです。

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「ハーイ、お父さん——わっ! おしゃれ!」レックスは、ハワード叔父さんのアパートの入り口に立っている父を見た。「夕食に出かけるの?」

父は赤くなった。「違う、違うよ。洗濯をしてるんだ」

「そうか、じゃあ、入っていい?」

「ああ……もちろんだ」買い物袋を持つ彼女が中に入れるよう、父は、一歩横にずれた。

そして、重心を一方の足から他方の足に移した。「ハワード叔父さんはボウリングに行ってる」

「うん、聞いた」買い物袋を床に下ろし、膝をさすった。ああ、痛かった。

「元気か?」

「装具はやっと外れたけど、階段はまだきついの。こうやって何か運んでる時は、特にね」袋を一つ開けた。「私の箱の中にお母さんのものがあったから、お父さんに——」

ドアベルが鳴った。レックスはドアの方に向かった。

「ああ、ちょっと待って、レクシー——」

「メアリーさん?」かわいいピンクのドレスを着たメアリーが、玄関前で立っていた。ジム用の服を着ていない彼女を見るのは、何か変だった。「ここで何を?」父の家で。父が家にいて、ハワード叔父さんはいないのに……。

そして、レックスはやっと分かり始めた。

メアリーも同時に理解したようだ。彼女の眼差しは、レックスの後ろの居間へと移った。「言ってないの?」彼女の怒った声は、銃弾のようにレックスの肩を超えて飛んでいった。

「メアリー……」父の声は、レックスが長年聞いていた声より柔らかく聞こえた。しかし、長年聞いていた声より怯えた声でもあった。

「バカ! 信じられない。言ってないなんて」メアリーはどんどん中に入ってきて、父と向かい合った。

夕日が居間に光を放ち、メアリーの強気でとても苛立った輪郭の横で、少ししなびて見える父を照らしていた。

笑顔がレックスの口を横に引っ張った。

父は咳払いをした。「メアリー——」

「マーティン、あなた、気遣いってものがないの? 自分の娘なのよ。もっと分別があってもいいはずよ」

思いもよらず、目の後ろが締めつけられるようだ。変だな。全然違う声なのに、母が話しているように聞こえる。

「だから、メ——」

「女の子はいつも最後まで知らされないのよ! 後で思い出したみたいにね」

ちょっと待って。「お父さん!」レックスは父に指を突き出した。「リチャードには言って、私には言ってないの?」

「あの——」

「お父さん、信じられない!」

メアリーは彼の顔の前で指を振った。「何年もあなたの世話をしてきたのは娘なのに、息子にはわざわざ言って、娘に言わなかったの? 恥じるべきね」

「言おうと思ってたんだ——」

「先週も来たのに、誰かと付き合ってるなんて、一言も言わなかったじゃない!」レックスの声は、小さい部屋の中で響き渡った。

「レクシー、言おうと思ってたんだ。メアリー、この子がレックス——」

「もう会ったわ!」二人は同時にピシャリと言った。

突然、レックスは笑って泣きたくなった。

メアリーは振り向いて、レックスの方に来た。「ごめんなさいね、ジムで会った時、もう知ってると思ったの」

レックスは、初めて会ったときの会話を思い出してみた。

「いいえ、あなたが毎週、熱心にジムに来てることをエイデンから聞いてたんです」

「エイデン? ああ、あの子はとてもいい子ね。彼みたいじゃない人もいるから」声が硬くなった。

「お父さんと話した方がいいんじゃない——?」

「いいえ、大丈夫です。ディナーに出かけてください」レックスはドアを開けた。「一人になりたいので」

「レックス……」父は心配そうな目で彼女をじっと見た。心配。悲しみ。後悔。

「大丈夫です、本当に。ちょっと時間をください。また後でお話ししましょう」ドアを閉めた。

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