“I want you,” she whispered, watching his face, gauging his reaction—and seeing exactly what she hoped for flicker in his eyes. There was more than a spark between them. “If I’m going to do this, I want you to be my surrogate.”
In this modern version of the fairy tale classic, although her dreams are filled with sensual imagery, and she’s often awakened with a throbbing sense of release, Rose has never had a real one—at least, not while conscious.
When she’s forced to confess this fact to her fiancé on the eve of their wedding, she finds herself alone, abandoned and suicidal—until her aunt gives her a business card with the name of a special clinic. Rose has undergone all sorts of physical and mental examinations in the past, but her aunt assures her that this place is “different.”
Desperate for a solution, Rose decides to give it one last try, and finds that Dr. Matt, as he insists she call him, is indeed very different from any other person she’s ever met, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of her problem—one way or another.
Also available as part of the anthology Modern Wicked Fairy Tales: A Collection.