After graduating from high school early, twenty-year-old Philippe Bergeron spent the past several years lost among the stars while fishing off the New England coast. A shoulder injury ends his dream of living reclusively on the water, and he finds himself lost among the bright lights of New York City. His older brother, Henri, has asked Philippe to chaperone his seventeen-year-old niece, Sophie, on her tours of the city's legendary dance programs.
Sophie meets with professional dancer and choreographer, Dario Pereira, to prepare a routine for her college auditions. Dario’s cool perfection and immaculate style contrast with Philippe’s awkward scruffiness, but it wakes desires Philippe thought he’d left behind. When the attraction is surprisingly returned, Dario’s confidence won’t let Philippe remain invisible. Unsure but curious, Philippe relaxes his rule of isolation, and as the summer progresses, his relationship with Dario leads him to a surprising discovery of his submissive sexual tendencies and a greater sense of self-awareness.
Tragedy threatens to destroy the connections Philippe has made and forces him to retreat into the shadows of his past, far from the radiance of Dario’s love. Ultimately, he must decide if it is time to stop hiding and set himself free.
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JUST A chaperon - BUT into the arms of destiny …
Author Mia Kerick spins a wonderful fantasia fairytale about seventeen year ‘young ingenue’ ballerina SOPHIA’s liberating quest, to learn and enjoy her three month long-summer in Manhattan’s BIG APPLE HOLLIDAY, to study, to learn all forms of dance styles and techniques; daily, attending workshops and dance classes. HENRI BERGESON gave his young beautiful sophisticated daughter this three month educational opportunity, enlisting his reliable and responsible twenty-year old younger brother PHILLIPE BERGESON, to act as Sophia’s guardian, protector, chaperon.
Graduating High School in Massachusetts, PHILLIPE - had pursued a maritime profession, working the Atlantic coastal fishing industry, becoming a proficient reliable fisherman. BUT, the previous spring, Phil injured his left arm and shoulder, pulling in the heavy fish-catch nets onto the fish-boat - his medical advise was to take his entire summer off. His niece Sophia is more like Uncle Phillipe’s little sister, while Sophia nick-named him — “Uncle Phil.” After checking into the Manhattan Holiday Inn, settling into their 17th floor connecting two bedroom residential suite, Sophia and HER UNCLE PHIL embark mid morning, together, to meet Sophia’s first dance instructor, her choreographer, her first dance-class initiation, to learn a dance piece, an audition solo, that Sophia will perform when she auditions for her university qualification exams.
Arriving a little late, Sophia’s and Phillipe’s eyes focus to the center Marley black highly polished reflective dance floor space of the large high ceiling rehearsal hall — with his slim muscular six foot tall body frame reflected in the back ten foot tall wall of mirrors - with a horizontal ballet barre rail; rigid, still, fully posed like a stone classical Greek Adonis statue, a ‘randy’ high spirited mustang of a man - DARIO PERIERA, who greets his new student, with no introduction, declaring in a guttural loud voiced hostile delivery — “You’r LATE !”
Mia Kerick introduces real-life people, situations and envelops a warm, exciting, fun reader’s experience as Sophia, Uncle Phil, her principal dancer-teacher Dario become relaxed in their comrade-friendships; their enveloping dynamic charisma; having fun in their adventurous exciting learning-travelogue —enjoying daily new discoveries in this magnificent WIZARD OF OZ metropolis! Naturally, both Uncle PHILLIPE and Sophia’s choreographer teacher DARIO PERIERA are attracted to one and other, enjoying intimate sparring in their daily cat and mouse play-game encounters. Overwhelmed in their growing attraction to each other. How will smart and handsome ‘Uncle Phillipe’ — WHO has very deep, dark, hidden silent-secrets in his shadows … can Phil accept his growing attraction to a romantic relationship with Dario … to become a boyfriend with the gorgeous twenty-two tan skin Brazilian Adonis … DARIO PERIERA. Since graduating high school, Phillipe has always — hidden behind his blond full-face-curly beard, shielding, protecting his libido in a protective clam-shell! Just too scared to be honest facing a possible future together ? ... ???
IS IT EASIER TO RUN AWAY? Than admitting “. I . LOVE . YOU .”
With an ante-dote: Mia Kerick often references in her description of each dance studio, rehearsal hall, and performance space — having a “Marley” surfaced vinyl floor. “Marley” sheet-roll vinyl flooring became a standard floor covering for any rehearsal or theatrical performance stage dance floor. This unique flooring became a standard floor requirement, for studio rehearsal halls. This flooring is provided by an independent vinyl flooring company by special order only. New York and Hollywood television studios’ stage floors are a standard camera requisite. TV Networks’, CBS, NBC and ABC, all used Marley vinyl floor squares, exactly square cut - 36-0” X 36-0” panels - which were laid edge corner to adjacent edge corner, covering the entire wooden or concrete facility stage base flooring studio. The usual “grey” finish polished hue/color was the standard issue-ordered. Marley special order vinyl flooring came in the following hues: Milk-bone; Pure-White; Light Value Grey; Dark Value Grey; Black-Ebony; Red; Yellow; and Blue. Television studios occasionally would rent out their Marley Squares, which were stacked in wooden two-sided, caster-wheeled carriers. This Marley flooring required daily maintenance, cleaned, washed and waxed, or buffed. The material source was usually the cheapest grade of the acrylic vinyl product, ground, combined, melted down, poured in a !/4” maintained thickness. Interestingly, the Grey hue/color always has a pink tint in the finished hue flooring product.
Performing in Hollywood for ABC TV’s musical variety “color” series “The Hollywood Palace” - In 1966, hosted by Fred Astaire, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev performed with the English Royal Ballet prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, in Tchaikovski’s Swan Lake third act duet, “The Black Swan” … Rudy would not dance on the television studio’s stage Marley floor. The production designer had the replacement floor switched with a grey pebble finished Masonite flooring. When Sammy Davis, Junior appeared in the 1985 CBS TV’s four hour musical star cast special, Irwin Allen’s “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” - Davis wouldn’t do his soft shoe sand dance on the studio set’s Marley flooring! Again, same production designer, had the dance floor switched with a pebble finished Masonite Flooring!