<HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Party Trick by Master Nage </TITLE> <META NAME="generator" CONTENT="Party Trick by Master Nage"> </HEAD> <BODY BACKGROUND="blacksilk.jpg" BGCOLOR="#ffffff" TEXT="#00ccff" LINK="#0000ff" ALINK="#ff9999" VLINK="#00cc99"> <BR><center> <IMG height=600 alt="Sex isn't always what it seems..." src="partytrick.jpg" width=390 border=0 >&nbsp; </center> <CENTER>&nbsp;</CENTER> <H3 align="left">Ilya Fortis is forty and fading. Little is left of the man he once was. When he meets a strange girl in a bar, he expects to be rejected yet again. The lesson he learns that evening will shake him to the core of his being. Sometimes sex is not what it seems. </H3> <DIV align="left">&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV align="center">Excerpt</DIV> <DIV align="left">&nbsp;</DIV><FONT color="#00ccff"> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT size="3"><FONT color="#00ccff">For Ilya Fortis, the fifteenth of January had always been a special day, but in recent years the occasion didnt bring him the joy it once had. Nor did the trend show any sign of reversal. It was not only his birthday, but his fortieth and he was out shopping for the perfect gift. Had anyone cared enough to buy him one, he wouldnt have been saddled with the problem. So he found himself in Easy Money, a local tavern, beer in hand, watching the womenfolk and wondering if he could afford any of them.<o:p></O:P></FONT></FONT></SPAN></H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT color="#00ccff" size="3"></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT size="3"><FONT color="#00ccff">Not that Ilya would have considered paying a prostitute. That was against his code of ethics. Hed said it many times, when he was young and people still occasionally cared enough to listen--Never pay cash for sex. It doesnt matter that youll pay more for free sex than any call girl would think to charge, but youll never have an ounce of self-respect if you do it the easy way--which had pretty much been his motto in all things. Never do anything the easy way when you can fuck yourself up completely and get hurt in the process. For forty years hed lived that way and he was growing tired of it, yet a strong prideful ego wouldnt let him go back on his own advice, even if he could no longer afford the tab.<o:p></O:P></FONT></FONT></SPAN></H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT color="#00ccff" size="3"></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT size="3"><FONT color="#00ccff">The girls that night were like most others. Too young, too rich, too full of themselves or just plain too. Ilya had once been too too, but that was too long ago to remember with any clarity, which was too bad. Forty years old, well-to-do, but alone...always alone. They were right when they said money cant buy happiness though it had been too late in his life before hed believed. So he watched and waited, but it looked like once again he would be celebrating his birthday alone.<o:p></O:P></FONT></FONT></SPAN></H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT color="#00ccff" size="3"></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</H3> <H3 class="DefaultText" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan"><SPAN style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><FONT size="3"><FONT color="#00ccff">He was about to give up, too inured to failure to even be depressed, when she entered from the January night. Though he knew from first glance she was out of his league, he was also aware she was different from the others. For one thing, she wore a sapphire blue evening gown that almost brushed the floor and showed virtually no cleavage, while leaving no doubt she could have, had she so desired. Her hair was blond or light brown, depending on the light or the number of beers hed consumed. Her eyes were dark, at least from that distance, but her skin was the color of the kind of snow you never see in New York City--the only snow hed seen in recent memory. Even the omnipresent gray cigarette smoke couldnt obscure her brightness.<o:p></O:P></FONT></FONT></SPAN></H3> <H3 class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="left"> </FONT><FONT color="#000000"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></FONT></H3> <H3 class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align="center"><FONT color="#000000"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"></SPAN>.</SPAN></FONT>Reviews</H3> <H3 align="left">PARTY TRICK is an erotic trick of the mind.<SPAN>&nbsp; </SPAN>It has the ultimate twist in the tale that I didnt see coming.<SPAN>&nbsp; </SPAN>It was elegantly written to be read in one sweet burst, and I was left with a feeling of the characters despair, loneliness, and wanting.<SPAN>&nbsp; </SPAN>Master Nage has written about the dark side of the human condition in a unique way....Jayne Ritchie, Romance Junkies</H3> <H3>Party Trick is a story of a man just putting up with a life that has gone out of his control. I was pulled along with Ilya, feeling his confusion and insecurities, easily as if my own. Master Nage has a story that doesnt go as you may guess, surprise events and an unexpected ending is what is in store for you with this tale. I enjoyed this novella very much, and look forward to reading much more of this very talented author... Nikita, Enchanted in Romance Reviews</H3> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3><FONT color="#00ccff">&nbsp;<EM>Party Trick</EM> is temporarily unavailable </A></H3> <H3><FONT color="#00ccff"> Return&nbsp;to&nbsp;</FONT> <A href="http://eroticsf.nagearcher.com"><FONT color="#00ccff">Amazing Erotic Scifi</FONT></A></H3> <br>&nbsp; <P></P></FONT></FONT> </BODY> </HTML>