Authors: Jenesi Ash,Elliot Mabeuse,Lilli Feisty,Charlotte Featherstone,Cathryn Fox,Portia Da Costa,Megan Hart,Saskia Walker
The marquess is our boss, and up until now, he's been a sort of admire/adore-from-afar-type man. I'm not into all this hero worship or celebs and aristos for the sake of it, but he's got genuine charisma and blue-blood charm. He's also got some weird history. Apparently, he was in the army at some time, then a dropout, and was now getting his act together and sorting out the manor on behalf of his father, the duke. The whole family is strapped for cash, but Blaystock Manor is just the right size for a deluxe, high-end hotel or conference center, and the marquess has thrown just about every penny he possesses, and some he doesn't, into restoring it and bringing it up to standard.
And somewhere along the line in this convoluted story of his, he was married, but she died and now he's alone. No doubt his dad is pressuring him for progeny, to continue the family line, but so far it seems he's resisted, and there's no marchioness.
Some very silly thoughts drift into my mind as I get ready for bed and I push them smartly back out again. I've got my dream job waiting for me in the Caribbean. I won't be here all that long.
Although I would love to see what the manor looks like when it's finished.
I suppose all this pondering is to avoid thinking about the fact that the marquess has seen me masturbate, and almost, but not quite, spanked me.
Do I really want to be spanked, though?
In the video, he was doing it for real, and that womanâwhoever she was, surely not his wifeâwas squealing and
crying out. So obviously it hurt like hell. Lying in bed later, I tug down my pajama bottom and give myself a slap on the thigh. It's a pretty halfhearted effort, but it makes me squawk and rub the place to take the sting away.
Immediately though, I'm drifting into fantasy.
In my mind I'm back in the little sitting room, and this time the phone stays silent. And the marquess bares my bottom and starts to caress, caress, caress it, then lands a blow.
I slap myself again, trying to recreate the feeling. It bloody hurts, but I do it again, moaning, “My lordâ¦”
I slap and slap and moan and moan, and suddenly I just have to play with my clitoris. I'm so turned on imagining him spanking me that my wet sex aches.
Within a few seconds I come, softly crying his name, seeing his face.
The next day, I worry. What's going to happen? Is anything going to happen? Or has the marquess quite sensibly decided to dismiss our stolen interlude as an aberration. Something of no consequence. It must be bred in his blue English blood to dally with underlings for his pleasure without a second thought.
I certainly don't see him for the next couple of days, and the cleaning, dusting and polishing goes on without incident. I work cheerfully with the rest of the team, as if nothing has happened.
But then, after a long day, when the others are all off to the pub, I slip back to my room to change, and find a little note upon my mat.
I'm sorry we were so rudely interrupted
, it says in a fine, almost copperplate handwriting.
Would you care to join me in the small sitting room at seven o'clock this evening? I feel that there's much we could explore there in the furtherance of your education and the pursuit of mutual pleasure
It's finished off with a single word.
Christian? Who's Christian?
Then it dawns on me. Duh! The marquess is just a normal person in that, at least.
He has a first name.
I wonder if he'll want me to call him Christian? Somehow it doesn't seem right or respectful. Especially in view of what we're almost certain to be doing. It'll definitely be “My lord” or “Your Lordship,” or just sobs and moans of pain and pleasure in equal amounts.
At seven o'clock, I'm staring at the door to the little sitting room. It was half in my mind not to turn up, to try to pretend that what happened beyond that slab of oak never happened. But doing that would be to missâ¦wellâ¦the chance of a lifetime. I might never meet a man again who's into the things that the marquess is, and I might go through life having perfectly ordinary, perfectly satisfactory sex, but still wondering what it would have been like to try the extraordinary kind with spanking and strange mind games.
I knock as firmly as I can on the door, and immediately that deep, clear voice calls out, “Enter!” from within. Crikey, he already sounds like a stern schoolmaster summoning his tardy pupil.
But there's nothing fearsome or intimidating when I step into the room and close the door behind me. It's cozy and welcoming, with a nice little fire burning in the grate to ward off the unseasonal damp chill. The thick curtains are drawn, and soft lamps emit a friendly golden glow that flatters the fine old furniture and makes it gleam.
It flatters the marquess, too, not that he needs it. He looks stunning.
He's all in black again, as ever. Tight black jeans embrace his long legs and the splendid lean musculature of his thighs and his backside. As he rises to his feet from the depths of one of the armchairs, I imagine, for a fleeting second, spanking him.
Blood fills my cheeks in a raging blush, and I falter and hang back. A huge waft of guilt rushes through me at even thinking that. I open my mouth, but I can't speak, and he smiles at me.
“Come on in, Rose. Would you like a drink?” I notice that he has a glass with something clear and icy set on a little table beside his chair. Vodka? Water? Gin? Who knowsâ¦?
“Umâ¦erâ¦yes.” I flick my glance to the sideboard and a few bottles, but I can't seem to compute what's there so I just say, “Whatever you're havingâ¦please.”
“Good choiceâ¦and do sit down.” He gestures like a Renaissance courtier toward a free chair by the fire and watches me as I make my way there; I'm terrified I'll trip or something, despite the fact my heels aren't high or spindly.
I take my seat and watch him mix my drink, swiftly combining clear spirit, ice, mixer and a sliver of lemon. He prepares the concoction perfectly, despite the fact that he's studying me intently almost all the time.
I've dressed carefully.
Jeans are awkward to wriggle out of, especially if you've got a curvy bottom like mine, so I've chosen a soft, full summer skirt that almost sweeps the floor. A miniskirt would be too obvious, not ladylike, and as I'm here with an aristocrat, I'm compelled to make an effort to be worthy of him.
On my top half I've got a little buttoned camisole, pink to match the skirt, and a light cotton cardigan over that, to keep out the chills. My shoes are low-heeled and quite pretty, and underneath I'm wearing my best and sexiest underwear.
I aim to pleaseâ¦.
The marquess comes across and hands me my drink, then
retreats to his own chair. There's a moment of silence, tense for me, but apparently totally relaxed for him, and I snatch the opportunity to feast my eyes on his gorgeousness.
He sits so elegantly, even though he's totally at ease. Long legs out in front of him, booted feet crossed.
Boots? Hell, yes! They do something visceral inside me. They make me shudder and my sex clench and seem to twist and flutter with their connotations of masterfulness. They're old and soft and well polished and not all that tall, but all the same, I almost feel faint just looking at them.
And I get mostly the same feeling from the rest of him.
He's got the most exquisite black silk shirt on, full of sleeve and so fluid it seems to float on his body. The collar's fastened up for the moment, but I have the most intense urge to crawl on my hands and knees across the room and rip it open so I can kiss his throat and his chest and suck his nipples.
And not just his nipples.
His thick, black hair is shiny with a fresh-washed satin sheen and his fine-boned face has the delicious gleam of a recent shave.
Bless him, he's made as much of an effort for me as I have for him. Another reason to worship and adore him.
I take a mouthful of my drink. It is gin, as I mostly suspected, and it's a strong one with very little tonic. The balsamic kick of the uncompromising spirit almost makes me cough, but I'm glad of its heat as the first hit settles in my stomach.
“Soâ¦here we are,” the marquess says pleasantly, eyeing me over the rim of his own glass. As he takes a long swallow, his throat undulates, pale and sensuous.
“Yesâ¦erâ¦here we are,” is all I can manage in reply. The gathering tension in my gut renders me all but speechless.
“Have you been thinking about what happened here the other day?”
I nod, dumbstruck now with intense lust. I don't know
whether I want him to spank me or fuck meâ¦probably both. But I want whatever's on offer as soon as I can get it.
“So how do you feel about being spanked a little? Does that interest you?” His lips are sculpted, but somehow also soft and sensual, and when they curve into a little smile, the way they are doing now, they make me want to wriggle and touch my sex to soothe its aching. So much for wearing my best knickers. They must already be saturated with juice, I'm so turned on.
“I think we could enjoy ourselves together, you and I,” he continues. “I'm not offering eternal love and devotion, but we can share a little pleasure and perhaps expand your horizons in a way that doesn't involve flying thousands of miles.”
Those crazy notions caper around my mind again, taunting me with the prospect of what he
offering rather than what he is.
“Rose?” he queries, swirling his glass in the face of my continued dumbstruck silence.
I want it. Oh, how I want it. And even just the mutual pleasure if I can't have the other thing. But I'm scared. I feel as if I'm stuck between reality and some kind of weird dream. I still can't speak, but I take another swig of my gin.
The marquess frowns. It's not a cross frown, just a sad little frown, sort of regretful. “I'm sorry. I've come on too strong, haven't I?” He tips his head to one side, his dark hair sliding across his shoulders as he lets out a sigh. “Look, don't worry about it. Don't think any more about it. Just finish your gin and we'll say no more about it. It was wrong of me to ask.”
I don't know whether I'm relieved or disappointed. I felt so close to him for a moment, and God, I wanted it all so much. My heart thudding, I swig down my gin and get to my feet on wobbly legs.
The marquess rises immediately, perfect manners second nature to him. He comes forward as if to escort me to the door,
and does so as I make my way toward it, my heart sinking at my own craven lack of daring.
With one hand on the door handle, he touches my face. The contact is so gentle yet so meaningful, I feel quite faint.
“Don't worry, Rose, there'll be no hard feelings. It's just a might-have-been.” He sounds so kind, so ineffably kind that it's almost like a knife in my heart. “I may have lost all my money and be a poor excuse for an aristocrat, but I do try to behave like a gentleman. We'll speak no more of this and just go back to a friendly working relationship.”
He stares at me. The frown is a puzzled one now.
“Noâ¦I meanâ¦yes, I am interested. Definitely. It's just something that's completely out of my experienceâ¦. Yes,” I repeat, aware that I'm babbling. “I'm definitely interested.”
His stern, elegant face lights up as if the sun's just come out. He looks happy, genuinely happy, in a way that seems quite astonishing in a man so obviously worldly and experienced.
“Splendid!” He sets down his glass, and leans forward. “I'm so glad.”
Without any warning, he leans down and dusts my lips with a tiny, fleeting kiss.
“For luck. To seal our agreement.” A wry, strange smile flits across his face. It's almost as if he's surprised somehow, but not by me. “Come then.”
He takes my hand and leads me back toward the fireside.
When he reaches his armchair, he sits down in it, all elegant, languid grace, and draws me between his outstretched thighs. I suddenly feel very small. Like a naughty little girl, and as that registers, I realize it's exactly what he wants me to feel. Suddenly, I'm staring at my toes, too embarrassed to look at him, even though he's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
“Ah, now then, my Roseâ¦” He reaches out, lifts my chin with the tip of his finger and makes me look at him. His brown
eyes are electric, gleaming and wickedly dark. Just for a second his tongue tip flashes out and licks the center of his lower lip, and it's as if in that instant someone's thrown a switch and changed everything in the room.
“So, do you normally go around prying into people's private belongings? Or is it just me that you spy on?”
I don't know how to answer. I don't even know if I should answer. But he prompts me.
“Umâ¦no, not normally, but I was interested. I wanted something to watch.”
“And you didn't think to ask first?”
“No, my lordâ¦sorry, my lordâ¦.”
His title slips perfectly off my tongue, so sweet and so dangerous in this context.
“I think I should be punished,” I add rashly, suddenly wanting to move on and get to the heart of the game.
“Really?” His voice is arch, slightly mocking, but I can still hear the joy in it. “In that case, my dear, bold Rose, I think we should oblige you, shouldn't we?” He's still holding my hand, and unexpectedly he brings it momentarily to his lips before releasing it.
For several long moments, he just watches me, peruses me, looks me up and down as if he's planning something demonic, and then he says simply, “Undress.”
Oh, God, I wasn't expecting this. I thought it might come afterwardâafter, I suppose, my first spanking. I'd been picturing myself across his knee, maybe with my skirt up and my knickers downâ¦but not totally naked and exposed.