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The third Gathering. On the Coast, where the weather is bleak and wet, much like the mood of some of the participants, though Julia was in no mood to let that stop her having what she hopes will be a good time. The last was an eye-opener, could this be better?
After sampling some of the delights with a new found friend she meets up again with Tim her bartender from the first Gathering and some of his mates, before running into some old friends from Sydney who are there to screen her performances for a position with their business. An unexpected bus ride proves nearly too much for the adventurous Julia, but does prove one or two points which she hadn’t expected, as she teams up with a group of escorts who entertain at these Gatherings.
Carly waits impatiently in her unit for Julia’s answer to her much flaunted question, but Julia hedges, not wanting to reveal anything until the final hour of the Gathering.
She meets her two criminal friends as they are about to attempt another heist and innocently helps them out, landing herself in the lap of the local Constabulary.
Another romp as Julia bounces from one situation to another, finally revealing her decision to an impatient Carly and preparing herself for a new life in the oldest profession…
To go, or not to go? The next Gathering was on in days and Julia had still not made a decision. At Carly’s insistence, she went, but when faced with the foreboding castle where the Gathering was to be held, she had second thoughts. Though not a seasoned player, she felt she had handled herself well at the first Gathering, but this, this was completely different—like a trip into fantasyland, where dreams can turn into nightmares at the touch of a whip or manacle.
Old friends, new friends, and some she might never have met, make her stay as enjoyable as the first, but a trip to the punishment room, brings a change in appearance in a frenzied attempt to escape. A proposition, not only from Carly, but others, gives Julia food for thought about her future, though she finds that in Carly she has a friend she can trust.
Her second Gathering brings Julia closer to the depravity she seeks to avoid, though the fruits of evil can be hard to resist.
Twenty-two years on and the coast is booming, and times are good for Adam and Amber as construction halts and the festive season commences. With the influx of family, bedrooms become congested and sibling squabbling requires tact, something Amber has little of as she prepares to cater for all needs. With an inebriated mother causing problems and the unexpected arrival of Diane after so long, is it any wonder the frustrations and sexual hungers that have built up inside, suddenly scream for release?
The arrival of Greg, with his girlfriend, only adds to the confusion and the near disastrous deception by the twins finds the normally unflappable woman in a tail-spin, not helped by her inebriated mother who wants to return home, unsatisfied with Christmas.
A suggestion by Adam finds a solution to some of the problems and creates others. The return of the Sisterhood, orchestrated by Diane and welcomed by Amber, puts Adam in a position where he feels uncomfortable, but if it means solving Amber’s problems, he can do no more then be led blindly to his fate.
A Christmas season with a difference, and one that puts new meaning into family, giving and receiving, that none are likely to forget.