EDIT: I thought I was pretty clear about this situation in the introduction below as well as my previous blog entry (titled, "O Bambi, Where Art Thou?"), but I just had to write a response to a confused reader, so either they didn't bother to read my intro and last post or I'm at fault for not being clear enough. Just in case it's the latter, here it is in a nutshell: This story is incomplete, but I haven't heard from Bambi in
eight almost nine months and he won't or can't respond to the numerous emails I've sent. Therefore, I've made an executive decision to post the remaining completed chapters, even though it means leaving the school arc unresolved. The only other option is to keep these chapters to myself and hang onto the increasingly slim hope that Bambi will reappear with an update, but I'm not willing to keep the readers in perpetual suspense.
As I said in my response to the aforementioned confused reader, Iknow George R.R. Martin's fans have had to wait years in between books, so perhaps I seem very impatient by comparison, but his readers have the benefit of knowing that he's alive and writing (at least some of the time), which is more than I'm able to say about Bambi, unfortunately.
What I'm about to start posting now and in the coming weeks are the first several chapters of "Swiss Miss Sissy" that Bambi wrote. As I explained in my last blog entry, Bambi wasn't composing the story in a completely linear fashion. He started by writing these later chapters, then went back to where Bea stopped the original story (Chapter 6) and wrote Chapters 7 through 25. During that time, the tale grew much more epic in scope than even Bambi had intended and more chapters kept being added.
In the draft I have, the chapter you're about to read was tentatively titled Chapter 15.Well, we passed what turned out to be the real Chapter 15 ten chapters ago and have come nowhere close to bridging the gap between Chapter 25 and the one I'm posting now. Because I have Bambi's notes, I know that at least five chapters were planned in between 25 and this one, so for lack of a better idea, I'm just going to call this Chapter 31.
Despite the fact that we've jumped ahead in the narrative, I don't believe that readers should have any difficulty following what's going on. I didn't when I first read this chapter and the ones after.
I still feel that it's far from ideal to be posting an incomplete story, but I haven't heard from Bambi in three quarters of a year and he's not responded to any of my emails, so I don't see a lot of alternatives. Though the circumstances suck, in a way, I'm excited to be sharing these chapters with you. They were what initially convinced me that Bambi was absolutely the perfect person to entrust with finishing the story that Bea had begun years ago.
It's been a while, so if you need a memory refresher, here is a recap of the story so far:
Charles, age 20, a broke American tourist travelling across Europe, is sitting alone in a Swiss sidewalk cafe when he is invited to share a table with three sisters, Martina, Ingrid and Brigitt. Christina, the elegant, rich and beautiful mother of the three young ladies, stops by and is introduced to Charles. Having nowhere to stay for the night, the girls offer to put him up at their place and Christina invites him to her birthday party the following day.
The sisters waste little time in forcibly feminizing Charles, offering the flimsy excuse that their mother's party is a fancy dress, and the only costume available is a maid's uniform. The next day, their true intention becomes clear as Charles- now renamed Cheryl- is presented to their mother as her new sissy maid and plaything. He can supposedly walk out the door anytime he wishes... just so long as doesn't mind facing the embarrassment of explaining to the U.S. consul how he lost his passport and why he's dressed as a maid... assuming he can even find the U.S. consul in a town where he doesn't speak the language.
During Christina's party, Cheryl suffers several indignities at the hands of of Christina's friends, most notably the vicious Margot Rosenberg. Margot's 18 year old nephew Daniel is another reluctant party attendee. His aunt is in the process of turning him into her sissy niece.
The next morning, Cheryl meets Christina's employee Esther Rosen (aka Madame Directrice), who browbeats him- or rather, her- into signing a contract with Christina, making Cheryl's position in the household official. Over the following couple of weeks, Cheryl learns how to act as a proper sissy maid and endures numerous humiliations, including being instructed to act as a flirtatious "coquette" for the benefit of Margot and becoming Christina's girl in the bedroom.
Cheryl and Daniel- now called Danielle- are taken on an excursion to Freistaat, a secret and exclusive district for those who wish to practice alternative lifestyles without interference from the outside world. Their first stop is a salon where Cheryl learns that Christina has agreed to loan her to the dreaded Margot for a week in exchange for Danielle. Afterward, while shopping at a boutique, Cheryl is befriended by sympathetic shop girl Michaela. Michaela is somewhat dubious of Cheryl's claims that she was forced into her current circumstances, but nonetheless presents her with her phone number to call in case of emergency.
When we last saw Cheryl, she had Danielle had been enrolled at Baroness Von Wytenbach's Finishing School for Young Ladies of all Genders. The following chapters take place after both of them have left the school and returned home.