Teacher's Pet

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Becky loves Sam, but there's a pretty young teacher who's moved into town, and Sam is charmed. So are all the other boys. Now what? This is a rather evil short story set in the context of a young adult romance. NOTE: This is a revised and complete version! More
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About David Rose

I love books. I have had a relationship with books for as long as I can remember. I love turning pages, holding a book in my arms, er, hands, and smelling the unique scent of that particular book. I love old books and new stories. So as a writer I am a reader first.

I began reading (my mother's James Hadley Chase novels) before I was six, and have never stopped. I usually read five or six books a week, unless they are huge: eg "Lord of the Rings" in one volume, or "Winter's Tale" (Mark Helprin).

I used manual typewriters for years. My favourite was an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable which I inherited from my mother, and which was my mainstay for about 20 years, after she had used it for a similar period. Yes, they are rather more durable than computers!

I am an unabashed romantic. I buy flowers for my wife whenever the notion takes me, and I write her a poem at least once a year. I adore soppy romantic scenes in movies (as in the willow pool in "The Little Mermaid" and the balloon launch in "Tangled"). You may notice that I also love most animated movies!

I have sailed, as a radio officer on cargo ships, the Atlantic from Cape Town to North America, and the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and Asia. I remember cyclone Gabrielle, ca. 1982, where we came so close to capsizing near Mauritius that I found myself almost hanging from a hatchway, looking down through a porthole toward the surface of the sea.

My favourite genre is SF and Fantasy, although I also read a lot of crime thrillers and may try my hand at a murder mystery one day. However, I will read practically anything. I am least fond of Horror and supernatural books of that ilk.

Less interesting information:

I am South African, born in Cape Town in 1958. I am married (1991, and still married, to Chantelle). We have four cats, which we inherited from the bush next door.

I prefer my books to be freely available to readers, so I follow a liberal policy on distribution.

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Bruno Goncalves reviewed on Feb. 24, 2015

Teacher’s Pet is a wicked tale about false appearances, of how the very worst of personalities can often be successfully hidden behind a mask of innocence. My previous reads of the author’s short stories had already familiarized me with his writing style and wicked twists, but Teacher’s Pet is perhaps the epitome of what David Rose is capable of.

Into the lives of a group of adolescents a mysterious new teacher arrives, disturbing the delicate bonds that have slowly been forged among them. As one of the affected, young Becky cannot help but brood over how her love has been taken from her. A chance encounter between them will lead to a shocking confrontation.

Life isn’t always sweet or fair, and Mr. Rose is supremely adept at pointing this out for us. I would have loved to see this story continue onwards from its climax, but maybe it just wasn’t meant to be; maybe we are meant to be left wondering at how it all panned out. Either way, I enjoyed this wicked little tale and recommend it as a quick but enticing read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an objective and non-reciprocal review.
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Michael reviewed on Feb. 5, 2015

I can’t say that I ‘enjoyed’ this short story. It’s a lurid tale wrapped up in the guise of a young adult romance. The subject matter is unpleasant, but it has been executed cleverly and convincingly. This extreme blend of genres is hard to do well, but David Rose has pulled it off. I went into the read and review with my eyes open, but this story still managed to shock me. That’s as much as I’ll say to avoid spoilers.

David Rose has a knack for telling rather creepy stories in choice few words, as demonstrated by the flash fiction nasty Predator featured in Pocket-sized Yarns. All in all, I may not have ‘liked’ Teacher’s Pet, it made my skin crawl, but that’s the mark of good writing, and good writing deserves stars.
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Anthony O'Brian reviewed on Oct. 29, 2014

Good short read. I enjoyed the buildup and the characters. Made you feel like you were back in High School again. Nice twist at the end...just need part two now. This isn't my genre, but I really did enjoy the story. Recommended for a short read.
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A.V. Roe reviewed on Oct. 14, 2014

Interesting start to a twisted short story. Ending left me hanging. I'm guessing the ambiguity is leading to a sequel. Really needs and edit for syntax and grammar.
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