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The Unconventional Arrangement

"The Unconventional Arrangement" is a short story by India-born British author, Kamila Shamsie, about a married couple in a polyamorous relationship with another man. The story explores the dynamics of their arrangement and the challenges that come with it, as well as the complexities of love and attraction.

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Last updated: June 2, 2023

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Ava rushed out of the bustling office building, just barely making it past the revolving door before it closed behind her. She took a deep breath and inhaled the city air, taking in the sights and sounds she'd grown so accustomed to during her years living in New York. She couldn't have been prouder of her success as a marketing executive, but something still felt missing from her life.

As she walked down the street, she noticed a small art gallery tucked away between two larger buildings. She'd never really been interested in art before, but something about the paintings in the window caught her eye. She hesitated for a moment, but her curiosity got the better of her and she made her way inside.

The gallery was peaceful and serene, a stark contrast from the chaos of the city outside. As she perused the artwork on the walls, she couldn't help but notice a rugged-looking artist working on a new piece in the corner. Something about him was intriguing, and before she knew it, she was walking over to talk to him.

"Hi there," she said, trying to sound casual. "I'm Ava. I couldn't help but notice your work. It's really impressive."

The artist looked up and smiled. "Thanks so much. I'm Jackson."

As they chatted, Ava felt a connection growing between them. Despite their different backgrounds and lifestyles, they seemed to understand each other on a deeper level. She was drawn to his passion and creativity, while he admired her intelligence and drive.

Before she knew it, they were spending more and more time together. They'd go on long walks through the city, talking about their dreams and sharing their favorite books. Jackson would take her to small cafes and hidden spots he knew, introducing her to a side of the city she'd never seen before.

As their relationship blossomed, Ava's career started to suffer. She was so used to putting all of her energy into work that she didn't know how to balance it with her personal life. She struggled to keep up with her responsibilities, and her boss started to notice.

One day, Ava's former colleague, Sarah, came back into her life. Sarah had always been jealous of Ava's success and was determined to bring her down. She threatened to expose a dark secret from Ava's past, one that could destroy her entire career and reputation.

Ava was paralyzed with fear. She didn't know who to turn to or how to protect herself. But Jackson was there for her every step of the way. He listened to her fears, held her when she cried, and promised to never leave her side.

Together, they decided to be honest with each other about their pasts and fears, even if it meant risking their relationship. Ava opened up to Jackson about the secrets she'd been keeping, and he listened with empathy and understanding.

In the end, Ava's worst fears came true. Sarah exposed her secret to the press, and Ava's reputation was tarnished. But instead of running away, Jackson stood by her side, offering her a place to hide and a shoulder to cry on.

As the dust settled, Ava realized that her love for Jackson was worth more than anything else in her life. She couldn't imagine living without him by her side. They decided to pursue a new life together, one away from the city and the people who had hurt them. They packed up their belongings, and together they set out on a new journey.

As they drove away, Ava looked at Jackson and realized that sometimes the greatest love stories are the ones that break all the rules. They might be unconventional, but they were perfect for each other.