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The Singularity of Cookies

WIP Avoiding Love Aesthetic
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At Singular Cookies, Inc., cookies are like people, each with their own personality.

Twenty-seven-year-old Karina Cortés works as a production floor supervisor at the small cookie manufacturing plant in Fort Pierce, Florida. It’s a well-paying job for a high-school dropout whose only achievement is passing a GED.

Leaving school was an easy choice-like eating when hungry-but she didn’t plan on leaving home. That was her mom’s doing. Choosing a man over a daughter was the ultimate betrayal, especially after teaching Karina to not depend on others, that love is a weakness. But her life was better for it. Her brief stint as a maid brought her in contact with Singular’s founders, and they treat her like family, even though Karina has no need for one.

And she couldn’t be happier with her single life. Casual sex is her specialty but the company’s hot new mechanic stirs up feelings she’d rather avoid. Karina knows she shouldn’t date him but she’s strong; she won’t become pathetic like her friends or her mom. As Karina battles her heart, she’ll have to decide whether to continue holding on to deeply ingrained beliefs that keep everyone at bay, or learn that love is not as dangerous as she fears. It is our history—our singular recipe—that shapes how we want to live.