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The Velvet Choker

A Novella by

Best-selling, award-winning author Selena Kitt: half a million books sold in 2011, guaranteed quality, the cream at the top!

Lydia has heard the stories from her co-workers about the house at the apex of two dead end roads, but the young immigrant housekeeper isn't scared easily. Working for the strange and reserved jewelry maker Hugo Kauffman pays well, and for that, she's willing to overlook his eccentricities. But when Lydia finds a black, velvet choker in a box she's been forbidden from opening, her life is changed forever, and she finds herself suddenly bound to the strange and eccentric old man who runs the household. Will the introduction and interest of the new, young portrait painter save her from her plight?

Note: This ninety-minute-long short story originally appeared in the anthology Shivers.