Shy, sheltered Ruby is home after her first year away at college. Her summer job at the pancake house is dull and the 40-year-old line cook wont stop hitting on her, but when the eccentric hostess, Chelle, takes an interest in her, things take a turn for the better. New desires are stirring in Ruby as she gets closer to her new friend, who turns out to be anything but ordinary.7,600 wordsExcerpt:On my first day, I showed up in the prescribed uniform, one of my dad’s old ties trailing out of the pocket of my pants. I’d never tied one before, so I was standing in the parking lot at a quarter to seven fidgeting with it when Chelle pulled into the lot in a rusty blue Sunfire.“Hey,” I said, my heart rate automatically ratcheting up a few beats at the sight of her. “How’s it going?”“Another day in paradise,” she said, and her tone was casual, as if she hadn’t practically exposed herself to me the day before. “You need help with that?”She took my tie and stepped closer to me. She popped up my collar and looped the tie around my neck as she asked, “so what’s your story? Wait, let me guess. I’m getting good at this.”I tried not to focus on how close the tie in her hands was forcing us together, but she was all business, frowning in concentration as her fingers worked through the silk fabric. She tried to work the knot a few times and got frustrated, muttering, “Fuck it, I can’t do it facing you. Turn around.”I complied and her hands slipped under my arms. She grazed the side of my breast as she was groping for the ends of the tie and made absolutely no qualms about it, not even an apology for decorum’s sake. As she went about the task again from this new angle, her own breasts pressed against my back and she stood closer than I thought she strictly needed to in order to get the job done. While she acted as my arms, I tried to parse what was happening - her body pressed up against mine right there in the parking lot as cars flew by on the road in front of us, and something brand new stirring deep in my belly, a place girls never affected me before. Maybe it was just this girl.