The story’s double-stranded plotline is quickly clear: a solitary writer and self-declared celibate sets out to engage in a three-way artistic collaboration and a threesome. This knowledge serves to front-load the narrative tension: will the writer get us there, and how? Writing sex scenes is home turf for Ross, so it’s perhaps no spoiler to let on that she does get us there. It’s the ‘how’ that’s so dizzyingly impressive, with Ross pulling off the virtuoso feat of sustaining both controlled edging and Baroque revelry.
First published in Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands – A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, Simon & Schuster, 2002. Collected in Come Let Us Sing Anyway and Other Stories, Peepal Tree Press, 2017