Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. It's not a new concept but I pulled it out for KRISTAR because I wanted to use "write what you know." No I am not a dancer (trained or otherwise) and I'm definitely not a stripper (and never have been). I did, however, work as a bathroom attendant (a few sporadic weekends one year) in a strip club in the VA side of DC.
Working the bathrooms at the club was very interesting and I learned a lot about a profession I had thought was pretty easy—dance to good music while taking off your clothes. What's hard about that? Being around the ladies in the club taught me that stripping, like any profession, has it's own hardships.
Putting aside the guys who might get grabby and crappy tippers, there's a whole host of things those women put up with to do their job. Not to mention, swinging around that pole takes talent and a lot of upper body and leg strength. The pole dancing alone (actual pole dancing, not grinding against the pole) is something spectacular to see.
The best part about working in the club was meeting a woman who proved Kitty—my 6'2" stripper—wasn't unrealistic. A very lovely Russian-born woman worked in the club. She was 6'2" and she wore heels (flat heels instead of platforms, like a lot of the other ladies) and she got tipped a lot. I was almost schoolgirl-squealing when I saw her because I had thought making Kitty so tall as a stripper would seem implausible to a lot of readers. Reality to the rescue.
KRISTAR by D. Renee Bagby
(A Gezane Universe Novel)
[Fantasy Romance, MF]
Destined lovers don't always have it easier.
Chigaru is captain of the guard and he loves his queen more than he should. He is loyal to the royal family but knows his desire for one he cannot have is an issue. He needs a woman who will distract him before he commits treason.
Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. Her life is perfect except for the shadows of her past catching up with her. She needs to get away before she becomes a prisoner of her destiny.
Five years ago, Silny enacted a plan to regain her lost memories. The last piece of the puzzle is Kitty, and Chigaru is the only one who can cross dimensions to retrieve her. Kitty is not right for his world. Chigaru is not what she expected. They are soul mates, but knowing that might not be enough to overlook their pasts for a future together.
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"The mage who cast the spell sending me here stated it would put me in my mate's path."
"And then you got hit by Kitty's car." Ice chuckled. "Can't argue with instant results."
"She is not…" Chigaru wanted to say Kitty wasn't his mate, but he couldn't. As much as he wanted to deny it, a small part of him believed Kitty was his true mate. The spell had put him in her path. Since arriving in this dimension, he had met no other females. It had to be her. "She is not what I expected."
"Kitty prides herself on not living up to people's expectations. Is there another way to make sure she's the one?"
Chigaru shook his head. "I have seen one other when confronted with their true mate. There was instant recognition."
"You didn't have that with Kitty?"
"Then perhaps it isn't her." Ice stood and walked to the wall of glass. "There are twenty girls here tonight. You can see them all from here."
Chigaru moved to the glass and looked down at the people milling below. His impression that this locale was a brothel didn't wane. A few women wandered the room. While their scant outfits were distracting, they held no interest for him.
He started to say as much when Kitty walked onto the stage. Of all the girls, she wore the most, clothed in pants and a jacket. A hat covered her head, shielding her face from view, but Chigaru knew it was her. She spoke to a few men standing below her. They nodded and rushed off to do whatever she had requested. After looking around, she turned her gaze upward.
Chigaru studied her. Her appearance wasn't displeasing. She had light brown eyes she hid behind a guarded expression that flattened her full lips into an unflattering line. Though her body was thin, she had good-sized breasts that distracted the men around her—a number that had grown in the last few minutes.
The men congregated around small tables while others sat around the stage where Kitty stood. She smiled down at them, but the act was forced. Even from a distance, he could see that well enough. The men surrounding her didn't seem to mind or didn't recognize the falseness of her demeanor.
Ice said, "From the way you're staring at her, I think Kitty might be the one."
Unable to deny Ice's words, Chigaru remained silent. Kitty glanced in Chigaru's direction once more before someone else called her attention away. A small sense of loss flowed over him. Disappointment followed soon after.
If Kitty was his true mate, he couldn't bring her to Gezane. Her confrontational attitude would be at odds with everyone in the palace. Chigaru didn't want to do anything that would upset Serenity. Bringing Kitty back and introducing her as his true mate would do just that.
He shook his head and turned away from the glass. "It is possible she isn't the one."
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