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The Direction of Greatest Courage

Erik Moore

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Jason is a young man whose bisexuality has made him feel like a hermit. Beth is a married woman with an unconventional lifestyle. When her confidence confronts his insecurities, Jason is swept along in a frenzy. When she presents Jason with an opportunity seemingly too good to be true, he must crawl out of his cave if he wants a chance at lasting happiness.

"You didn't have to get the cheapest thing on the menu," Beth said to me once we were seated back at our table.

I shrugged. "I never got into the whole 'frappe-mocha-latte-cino' thing. I've tried them, but it's not for me. I just like my coffee to be coffee."

"Fair enough." She took a long drink, and then sighed. "So, now that you're settled with your coffee, I have a confession to make. I sort of... left my phone behind intentionally, hoping you would find it."

My cup paused halfway to my lips as I tried to process that statement. "You wanted me to take your phone?"

Beth blushed a little and looked down. "Well, no. I wanted you to call me, and this seemed like the best way."

"And what if I had just turned it into the lost and found at the store?"

"Oh, I'd have just swung by in the morning and grabbed it."

"But..." I was stammering, and my mind was racing. I took a sip of my coffee and forced my thoughts in order. "But what if I'd just... taken it?"

Beth thought about that for a moment, and then shrugged. "Sometimes, you just have to take a big risk to get a big reward."

I shook my head. "I'm sorry, what parallel universe did I wake up in this morning where I'm a big reward?"

She whapped me playfully on the shoulder. "No putting yourself down. That's rule number one around me."

"Really? And what's rule number two?" I asked with a smirk.

Beth mirrored my expression. "Guess you'll have to take me to dinner and find out."

4.5 - Rainbow Reviews
"The start is a little stiff, but the central romance is charming, and the threesome sex scene that marks the start of their relationship is steamy. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Coffee Time Romance
"So many intense feelings come across within the pages of this story. I could not tear my eyes away from the page as I walked in Jason’s shoes for the duration. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Fire Pages
"I appreciated the conversational tone, the intimate touch the author gave us right from the start of the story. It definitely set the tone for the story.... This short story is super steamy, and even more intimate because of Moore's vivid description. This is quite a unique story, and definitely an unexpected read. My eyebrows were raised with intrigue the entire time I was reading this tale."

3 - Sally at Bibrary Book Lust
"[A] potentially edgy story about open marriage and bisexuality, which freely acknowledges the assumptions and prejudices of society towards both concepts of intimacy, but then manages to successfully soften the 'taboo' element through the strength of its characters. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

0 - C-Spot Reviews
"This is a pretty straightforward story (forgive the pun) of a young man entering into a poly relationship. The first few paragraphs resonated with me and made me give this story and the character a bit more attention that I normally would have. One line "Being a bisexual woman is hard enough, but to be a bisexual man is to be erased." made me stop and think a bit."


Cast the Cards


8,200 words
15 pages

Release Date

March 25, 2011

Book Type

Short Story





Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia


M/M/F, bisexual, polyamory, menage a trois