Serial Fiction Beta Reads

Seed, Part 7

The Prof

Steve Fendt
5 min readNov 9, 2022


Girl in a Whirl | Steve Fendt

Author’s note for this beta read

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  • Language warning. Plentiful c-words, f-words and other delights await you.

Of Jelka’s art school friends, there wasn’t a single one he liked.

The antipathy was mutual. They saw in him a potential Svengali to their friend and peer. The fact that there was no sex involved just heightened the weirdness.

‘He doesn’t want to get into your pants?’

‘No. Shrug emoji.

‘What’s this creep after, then?’

Laughing, she read him the text exchange with Don, a gay male friend.

He grimaced in response, the closest to a smile he could manage. This is how it starts to end: so soon? He didn’t have it in him to ingratiate or appease, he knew that. He had only two responses to hostility — flight or escalation.

They took to referring to him as ‘The Prof’. It was a snark at his tacit — and sometimes explicit — claim to…



Steve Fendt Short stories, serial fiction, memoirs of a possibly quasi-true nature. Stories of the Australian beach and bush.