Greyson and Elena were both astounded at how much they had in common–from writing style to taste in furniture, from the meaning of life to the philosophy of sex, and the two quickly became best friends and set about investigating their mutual attraction and undeniable chemistry. Despite the fact that the world was burning outside, Greyson and Elena forged an intimacy so deep that it occluded the day-to-day worries that had previously consumed them.
A girl like a graven image and a boy like a righteous fire.
Elena di Marco’s life was in shambles. Still reeling from an unexpected divorce from her husband of ten years, Elena struggled daily with an entry-level job she despised, in a small apartment in the city of Buffalo where she suffered in isolation as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. Her outlook was bleak and her depression was worsening as financial problems mounted and the futility of existence began to plague her–that is until she ran across her former American literature professor from undergrad twenty years ago on Facebook–Greyson Jameson. She was mesmerized by his coal-black eyes, the way he smoldered in his profile photo, and couldn’t resist sending him a friend request, setting into motion a friendship that quickly escalated into mutual infatuation despite their living half a country apart.
Greyson Jameson had married his high school sweetheart twenty-six years prior, and they had created two wonderful children together as he taught literature at the University of Tennessee. But under the surface of their ostensible happiness lurked a darkness that had invaded his home life and leveled his marriage. Greyson had adjusted to life without his wife, taking the responsibility of parenting solo in stride, all while effortlessly pivoting to remote instruction at the outbreak of the virus. He was a man of rules and order, and it seemed nothing could arise that Greyson could not masterfully handle. Until he got a friend request one day from his former star student Elena di Marco and her profile picture stopped him in his tracks. Ordinarily Greyson was a master of restraint and control, but from their first interaction he found himself powerless against her beauty and wit, unable to resist their daily flirtations on Facebook Messenger.
But when disaster strikes, threatening the future they both fantasized about, Greyson and Elena learn that distance is not always a matter of proximity, and there are ways to touch someone without necessity of physical contact. As Greyson and Elena’s involvement continues to escalate, so does what hangs in the balance–and neither of them will emerge from this unchanged.
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Book One: Desire and Social Distance Book Two: Time Is the Greatest Distance
None of this was supposed to happen.
I wasn’t supposed to be newly divorced and starting my life over again at 39. I was not supposed to become an essential worker at a bank call center during the outbreak of a deadly pandemic. And I definitely was not supposed to have fallen in love with my former professor from twenty years ago over the internet while trying to mend my already-broken heart. But one lonely night after my shift at work, I ran across a friend suggestion on Facebook that stopped me mid-scroll. We only had one mutual friend, but I knew his face practically better than I knew my own. It was Greyson Jameson, my former American literature professor at the University of Tennessee. I hadn’t seen or spoken to him in twenty years, yet there he was, looking shockingly good.
The University of Tennessee sent our asses home at the beginning of March, which is when I reconnected with my star student from two decades ago, Elena di Marco. I remembered her vividly. She had been a cute girl, to be sure, but in the intervening years she had become a ravishingly sexy woman. It isn’t enough that the world is burning outside–I have to go and fall in love with a former student via Facebook Messenger. As if my life wasn’t already complicated enough with my estranged wife away in rehab since the revelation of her affairs, and my two kids home from school with me 24/7. But I just couldn’t help myself. Usually I pride myself on my dominance and ability to exert control in any situation–but with Elena my restraint went out the window, leaving only one uncertain path into the future before me.
But then disaster strikes…
When Greyson’s wife’s rehab center closes down for quarantine and she is forced to move back in with Greyson, the burgeoning romance between Greyson and Elena seems as though it might not survive.
But distance is not always a matter of proximity, and there are ways to touch one another that don’t involve bodily contact. As Elena and Greyson’s involvement escalates, so does what hangs in the balance–and neither of them will emerge from this unchanged.
A Note from Sophia Thorne
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