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Acing the Game
By Carey PW


Is food really the way into a person’s heart?

Shep Lee thought he had it all. A successful restaurant, a loving husband who understood his asexuality, and most of all, the ability to be himself, a popular chef in the small town of Cloverleaf, Montana. That is, until his husband, Elmer Eshler, began pushing Shep more on sex.

Elmer doesn’t understand why he can’t turn his partner on—aren’t they perfect for each other? And Shep loves him, right? Shep, meanwhile, while confident with his body, is and forever will be sex indifferent. Why has Elmer suddenly changed his tune? But he doesn’t want to lose the man he loves so much. What can they do?

Shep convinces Elmer to try a polyamorous relationship. Elmer gets to have Shep and the sex life he’s always wanted. Shep gets a cooking buddy and a chance to experience a relationship and even try sex with a woman as his authentic gender. At first, Shep isn’t sure, but finds himself coming around—this feels safer than opening up the relationship. All three of them will be romantically involved, so that should ease any jealousy, right?

But when Willow Saint, a free-spirited, boisterous, and saucy young woman, comes into their lives, neither are prepared for the emotional and sexual rollercoaster that follows. Enthralled by Willow’s charm and kindness, Elmer and Shep struggle to understand what this means for their own bond. Can they become one happy family? Or will this ruin everything?

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“I’m not trying to judge. You seem to keep to yourself like me. I didn’t picture you…” He leaned closer to me. “Are you polyamorous?”

I’d honestly never considered it. Why couldn’t I be in a multi-person relationship? “I don’t know,” I replied. “I mean, I guess I kind of was in high school. I haven’t tried it.”

“But you want to have relationships with other people?”

One other person,” I said holding my forefinger up. “Like I said, we love each other. This other person is…a bonus. Similar to a good friend,” I informed him, climbing into his lap and straddling his thighs.

“A good friend that fucks us? I’m supposed to do it with this person…in front of you? With you?” he stuttered, twisting his face up in utter bewilderment.

“You can have sex with them alone. Fuck, I’m asexual. The purpose of this is to have less sex, not more,” I corrected him. As the words came out, images of Elmer screwing someone else gave me the willies.

“We’re not doing a threesome…three-way thing?” he asked.

“No.” I wanted to barf.

“Good.” Elmer sighed in relief. “I’m not that sexually confident. It would be too awkward. And to do it in front of you…so weird.” He slapped his forehead and giggled.

“Are you indicating that you could fuck someone else?” My heart stopped as I waited for his response.

“But it isn’t just fucking. You said that you’d date them? Romantically?”

“Yeah, I’ll try it.”

Elmer rubbed his chin with his right hand, something he did when he was anxious or insecure.

“But…” he started. “What we have is a passionate bond. You’re going to build that with someone else? That feels like it would be cheating.”

I sat up. “But you form romantic bonds through sex. Why wouldn’t it be the same thing?” I contended. “You told me that you show affection through it. I don’t think you’re a casual sex person. So technically, we’d both be unfaithful.”

“That’s because nobody gave me the opportunity,” he admitted. “I couldn’t ever score before.”

“Would you have a one-night stand?” I asked.

“No,” he snapped. “That’d be weird to me. I can’t sleep with a stranger.”

“Then sex is not just sex,” I pointed out to him, tugging on his long hair.

“Okay, I guess not. But I don’t want this to turn into…cheating. I don’t want to lose what we have or jeopardize it. This all seems so risky, Shep.”

I pondered his concerns while I fiddled with the curly hairs on his chest. Elmer frowned, which made him look like a pouting kid. I hated it when he did that. Normally, he emitted an air of authority and respectful reservation, but when he sulked, it stank of immature indecisiveness.

“What if we found a girl?” I suggested.

“A girl?”

“You prefer men. So do I. Maybe a woman would balance us out a bit. Add something different that we don’t have to worry about competing with.”

He returned to stroking his chin.

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About the Author

Carey PW (he/they) is an author, college instructor, and mental health counselor.

Carey currently lives in Montana, and identifies as nonbinary, transmasculine (AFAB) and panromantic asexual. Carey has discovered that writing about his lived experiences is a therapeutic outlet for him and hopes that his readers relate to his own personal struggles and triumphs shared through his characters’ narratives. He has also worked as a high school and college writing instructor, earning a B.A. in English Literature, a M.Ed. in English Education, and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education all from the University of Georgia. In 2020, Carey earned his second M.Ed. in Counselor Education and works as a licensed clinical professional counselor, LCPC.

Readers can learn more about Carey from his blog, When he is not writing, Carey is busy training for marathons, parenting his six cats, sharing his culinary talents on social media, and serving on the board for the nonprofit Center for Studies of the Person (CSP).

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