The queen, p.17
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       The Queen, p.17

         Part #8 of The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz
 

  “This is what you came here for, wasn’t it?” he asked.

  “No, I came to ask you a favor.”

  “I’d hardly call this a favor,” he said into her ear. “I’m more than happy to do it.”

  She held on to his biceps to steady herself. She could feel the tension in his muscles. Knowing him, what he most wanted to do was push her down on his bed, stick her with needles again and fuck her blind. She wasn’t entirely opposed to this idea.

  “I wanted to ask you...” she said between breaths, “please don’t come to the Midsummer party. It’ll be hard enough without you there, but if you’re there...”

  “If I grant you this favor, what will you give me in return?”

  “Me. Right now.”

  Søren pulled his hand out of her panties, took her by the back of the hair and pushed her to the bed. He put her on her back near the footboard and knelt between her legs. He yanked her underwear off and tossed them aside. His black T-shirt came off next, but when she reached for the button on his pants, he grabbed her wrists and pushed them down into the bed, pinning her against the sheets. He did it quickly, with terrifying grace and strength.

  “My dungeon,” he said. “My rules.”

  Søren squeezed her wrists to the point of pain. With Kingsley she would have fought the pain and her urge to cry out. But not with Søren. He needed her pain and she gave it to him freely. His thumbs pushed into the tendon of her wrists and the pain was unbearable. She bore it anyway. The relief when he released her was almost as intense as the pain had been. He opened his pants and nudged her thighs wide-open with his knees. With a slow thrust he entered her. Once inside her, he gently wrapped his fingers around her throat. One hand on her throat...one hand over her mouth, muffling her moans. She could still safe out if she needed to by snapping her fingers in his ear. This wasn’t the first time he’d used his own hand to gag her while he fucked her.

  Nora lifted her hips to take him deeper. Søren’s eyes were closed as he moved in her, the fingers on her neck pressing in with each thrust, relaxing with each retreat. Not once did he choke her, cut off her air supply or even push hard enough to scare her. His hand wasn’t there to hurt her or choke her. No...he’d made a collar of his own fingers.

  He moved slowly, every movement deliberate.

  “You miss this,” he said, punctuating his words with a hard sharp thrust.

  She bit his hand, a signal she wanted to speak, and he uncovered her mouth.

  “I can have sex whenever I want it with whoever I want.”

  “It wasn’t sex I was talking about. You miss being dominated.”

  “Not enough to come back to you.”

  “But you will...eventually you will.”

  She wanted to deny it and would have, but he put his hand over her mouth again to silence her. He fucked her harder now, faster, rougher. His thrusts were possessive. He had a point to make and he was going to make it no matter how much it hurt her. And it did hurt. Beautiful pain, intimate pain, extravagant pain. She panted behind his hand, moaned even as her hips rose to meet each of his thrusts. They moved in tandem, knowing each other’s bodies so well they could have danced this dance blindfolded and in the dark. No one made her feel quite like Søren did. No one filled her as he filled her. No one fucked her as he fucked her. No one loved her as he loved her. That’s what made leaving him so difficult and so necessary. She would never be herself if she went back to him. She would be his and she would like it. She’d love it even as she loved him. But who wanted to be the sort of person who loved being in prison?

  The pressure in her body increased. She felt it from her lungs to her knees. She had to come. She was almost there. Søren moved his hand from her mouth and slipped it between her legs. She cried out as he caressed that sensitive spot where their bodies met and joined, the pad of his thumb toying with the ring. Nora’s body went still as her orgasm shot through her, setting her inner muscles to clenching, her vagina pulsing all around him. With the slightest intake of air, Søren came inside her, and she felt the warm fluid spilling into her and out onto his sheets.

  Søren rested his body against hers as the last contractions came and faded. Nora laughed softly and Søren pulled up and looked down at her.

  “What’s so funny?” he asked.

  “I would have let you fuck me even if you hadn’t agreed not to come to the Midsummer party.”

  “I wasn’t planning to come to the party anyway.”

  She wanted to slap him for that, for manipulating her into submitting to him. But she’d been manipulating him, as well.

  “So I was right, I guess. You can’t be bought,” she said.

  “When did I say I couldn’t be bought?” Søren asked as he buttoned his pants and ran a hand through his hair. Everything back to normal now. Or at least their version of normal.

  “I said it. To Milady.”

  “The dominatrix?”

  “We had a little run-in the other night.”

  “You’ve picked a formidable enemy in her. She’s fairly notorious for being exceptionally cruel. Masochists adore her.”

  “And she’s actually more arrogant than you are. Hard to believe, right?”

  “Unfathomable.”

  “She threatened me with you. She threatened to expose you. Is it possible she knows your real name or where you work?”

  “Possible, yes. I wouldn’t worry about me, however. If I have to speak to her, I will.”

  “Watch out, she’ll try to bribe you into submitting to her. I told her you couldn’t be bought, that she’d be wasting her time. It probably turned her on.”

  “I can be bought, but not with money.”

  “Then what?”

  “If it meant your happiness, Eleanor, if it meant bringing you home to me, I’d sell my own soul.”

  She pursed her lips at him. “We both know you don’t mean that.”

  “Only because selling my soul wouldn’t work. Not even the devil would dare cross swords with you. If he tried to drag you home to me, he’d end up on your St. Andrew’s Cross.”

  “I’d make him like it, too.”

  “I’m certain you would.”

  “We’re talking about Kingsley, aren’t we?” Nora asked.

  “Who else?”

  Nora reached for the doorknob intending to leave, but she stopped first.

  “You have a session with Simone.”

  “Yes, soon.”

  “You see her often?” Nora asked.

  “Once a week. She’s a wonderful masochist. Discreet. Kind. High pain tolerance. She asks for no more than I’m comfortable giving her.” She didn’t expect sex, in other words.

  “Are you ever going to have sex with her?” Nora asked.

  “Would it displease you if I did?”

  “Considering I’ve been with other people since I’ve come back...it wouldn’t be fair of me to begrudge you for...you know...”

  “Exploiting my newfound freedom to its fullest?” He raised his eyebrow.

  “That.”

  “I have no intention of breaking my vows with anyone but you, Eleanor. I can’t promise I won’t fail in this. I’ve failed before, as you know.”

  “Kingsley doesn’t count.”

  “Kingsley counts most of all.” He said the words in such a way she could have sworn she heard an ominous rumble of thunder in the distance.

  “I know. I know he does. You know what I mean. He’s one of your three nonnegotiables, right?”

  “Even when I want to string him up by his testicles, yes.”

  “It might be good for you if you did see someone else. Might calm those testicle-stringing-up urges a little.”

  “You don’t want me waiting for you to come back to me, do you?”

  “If you do, you’ll be waiting a very long time.”

  “I can wait.”

  “Out of love for me, or because you’re punishing me?”

  “I’m not punishing you,” Søren said.

&n
bsp; “You sure about that?”

  Søren smiled and it was a sort of smile she hadn’t seen from him before, a smile that scared her.

  “Trust me, Little One, when I decide to punish you, you’ll know it.”

  Nora swallowed hard but kept her composure.

  “I’m leaving,” she said.

  “You can stay and watch if you like. Simone will be here any minute.”

  “I’ll leave you two alone,” she said, unlocking the door, wanting to run from him but determined instead to simply walk away. “Søren...”

  “Yes?”

  “I can’t come back to you, but I know what you need, and I know sometimes I’m the only person who can give it to you. So if you ever do need me, I will come to you.”

  “You shouldn’t make such a promise, Little One.”

  “Why not?”

  “I always need you.”

  Nora felt the words like a slap. She would have preferred the slap. Without another word she opened the door and stepped into the hall in time to see Simone walking toward her. A pretty girl in her midtwenties, Simone had rainbow-striped hair and a dozen or more piercings. She was also a PhD student in international relations. When Søren wasn’t beating her on his St. Andrew’s Cross, he was helping her with her doctoral thesis since he’d written two of his own. Kink made for strange bedfellows in their world. Even stranger friendships sometimes.

  “Mistress?” Simone greeted her as she came to Søren’s dungeon door. Nora still had her hand on the doorknob behind her. “Something wrong?”

  “No. Don’t worry, dear.” Nora put on a fake smile and kissed Simone quickly on the cheek. “Have fun. I warmed him up for you.”

  She pulled out her keys and slipped into her own dungeon. The decorator was gone, the workmen were gone. She was alone at last in her beautiful brand-new dungeon. And it was beautiful. Everything she’d dreamed it would be. The front room looked as if it had been plucked out of the Moulin Rouge. Everything—the sheets, the pillows, the love seat, the rugs—red and gold and decadent. The dungeon itself was a beautiful nightmare—rows upon rows of crops hung on the wall in order of length, floggers were arrayed in order of weight and canes arranged by thickness. The medical bed for her medical fetishists sat in one corner. A St. Andrew’s Cross stood along the far wall. And right in the center was her throne. Perfect. She could live in this room. If she had as many clients as Kingsley warned her she would, she just might end up living here. But there was still a week to go before the Midsummer Night’s Fling and she hadn’t seen one client yet. Not even Kingsley, who’d promised to be her first. Then again, she hadn’t passed his stupid test yet. She should forget about passing it and just jump him one night and take him against his will. From what he’d told her about his first time with Søren, he’d probably enjoy it.

  Nora stepped out of her dungeon and back into the bedroom.

  She nearly jumped out of her skin when she saw someone standing by the bed.

  “Sorry,” he said. “The door was unlocked.”

  “You scared the shit out of me.”

  “I hope that wasn’t a literal statement,” he said.

  “Figurative.”

  “Whew.” He ran his hand over his brow.

  “Thorny, right? That was your name?” she asked, recognizing him as the man on Milady’s cross at the Body House.

  “That’s me.” He smiled and shoved his hands in his jeans pockets. He wore a T-shirt with the sleeves cut off. He had nice arms, sculpted biceps, but she imagined he’d gone sleeveless to show off his beautiful tattoos. She would have, too, if she had ink like that.

  “Can I help you with something?” Nora asked.

  “No, but I can help you with something.”

  “I didn’t know I needed help.”

  “You pissed off Milady. Trust me, you need help.”

  Nora gave a slight rueful laugh. “Yes, I hear I’ve made a formidable enemy.”

  “I know one of her slaves. She’s planning on fucking with you at the Midsummer Fling. I wanted to warn you about that. Not sure what she’s going to do, but I’m guessing it’ll be some kind of challenge.”

  “Thank you. I appreciate the heads-up.”

  “You’re welcome.”

  “Can I ask why you’re telling me this? I mean, you and I barely know each other and, as you know, pissing Milady off is apparently not a good idea.”

  “I like pain,” he said.

  “Who doesn’t? But what does that have to do with anything?”

  “I’m getting there. I like pain, but I hate whips. My father used to whip me with a switch. Feels a lot like a single-tail. Floggers are great. A good flogging is the greatest thing ever but whips are my hard limit.”

  “She paid you to get over that.”

  “I should have asked for more money. But you...you stood up for me when she was beating me. You stepped between me and a whip and not that many people would do that for a whore, no matter how cute I am.”

  “You’re not a whore.”

  “Yes, I am. It’s on my business cards. See?” Thorny pulled his wallet out of his pocket and passed her a business card covered in scrolling thorned vines.

  Thorny, Whore for Hire.

  “Wow. It really does say whore on your business cards. Look, Thorny, I don’t care that you’re an escort. I do care that she was beating someone who had safed out.”

  “That’s why I’m here. I owe you.”

  “Do you know what Milady’s planning?”

  “If I had to guess I’d say she’ll probably do something to try to make you look weak in front of everybody.”

  “Every domme’s nightmare.”

  “Don’t freak out. Just do what they do in prison—find the biggest, baddest guy in the club and destroy him. You defeat the alpha and you become the alpha. That’s how it works.”

  “Good advice, Thorny. Thank you.”

  “You’re welcome, Mistress. Always good to get on a domme’s good side. Now if you’ll excuse me, my favorite client is waiting for me. She gives me wood.”

  “Hot, is she?”

  “Yes. But she’s also a lumber heiress. She’s bringing me some nice high-grade maple tonight. I’m making my own bed.”

  “You’re weird, Thorny. I like that about you.”

  “Thank you, Mistress.” He playfully bowed to her and turned to leave.

  “Thorny?” Nora called out.

  “Yes, Mistress?” he said as he turned on his heel to face her.

  “Is it hard?”

  “Not at the moment, but if you took your clothes off that would help.”

  She gave him the look that would send future clients wondering if their health insurance covered dungeon-related injuries.

  “Oh, you mean the job?” Thorny said. “It’s a good job if you’re the right person to do it. And I am. My clients are all women. Professional women who are rich, successful, busy. Too busy for a serious relationship. They call me and I give them a night or a week. Whatever they need. I give the best Boyfriend Experience in the state, and it’s all the fun.”

  “What about you? You don’t want a serious relationship?”

  “I can’t have one,” he said with a shrug.

  “Why? Just because you’re an escort?”

 
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