At seventeen, I had a penchant for cherry lip-gloss and making fun of dykes who wore boys’ clothes. Then a teacher lent me a worn green paperback. “Just read it,” she said.

At three the next morning, I’d finished Katherine V. Forrest’s Curious Wine (The Naiad Press), and was sobbing on my floor. Loving another woman didn’t have to hurt; it could be slow, quiet. And just because the girls I wanted dressed like boys didn’t mean I had to; Diana was soft, and Lane was topaz and firelight.

I read it again. The next time I passed a dyke in town, I blushed and said nothing. The time after that, I returned her smile. — Anna Meadows

Anna Meadows is a part-time executive assistant, part-time lesbian housewife. Her work appears in Best Lesbian Romance 2010 (Cleis Press) and is forthcoming in Best Lesbian Romance 2011 (Cleis Press).

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