At the very end of this month, I will present you with a lovely little piece by someone I have known for some time, through my blog. I have the permission to post it although I don't know what to call the author. They will have to get back to me to let me know. At the moment they are just Anonymous.
This is not, as you will see, a story about whipping and slavery. This is a story about devotion and determination. It is also, I believe, a story about pride. Anonymous mentioned Jane Eyre in our conversation about this story and I didn't understand. The more I think about it, the more I believe it really has to do with pride. And the thought of Jane Eyre makes sense then.
I think this is a really beautiful story and I am proud to be able to put it on the blog. Read and enjoy.
With much bowing and murmuring, they brought my new slave girl to me. She was a small thing, thin-boned, high tight bosom, slim hips. Everything about her was tiny, in fact, except her darting almond eyes and full lips. Rather plain, I thought. Quite unlike the ripe beauties who waited, each evening, for the golden apple that summoned one or two, or ten, to revels and games in my bedchamber.
My eunuch detected my indifference to her. "She will serve you well," he said. "She is obedient and clever. She has been trained in all the arts. She can dance and sing and ... of course..."
"No doubt," I replied. "Leave us."
"Nearer, girl." She stepped forward on slim, long-toed feet. "Kneel." She sank down smoothly, eyes slightly downcast. Her training, no doubt.
"What," I asked, "do you do best?"
She paused. "My Master will learn, and perhaps tell me."
"The proper answer," I said sternly, "is that the thing you do best is to serve me."
"And will you serve me?"
"Oh yes," she said, "yes."
"And how will you serve me?"
"By being for you what no one else will be. By doing for you what none else would do."
I shook my head. "You'll have to better than that. My slaves do what I tell them, always. They become whatever I require."
"I offer more..." she whispered, head still lowered. "More than that."
Her vanity amused me, momentarily. I would test that vanity, I thought. I shall let her observe me with my favorites -- let her see these exquisite girls, so much lovelier than she, give a man everything he could dream of. Let her watch, and find herself untouched, unseen, unnoticed in our frenzy. Let her ache.
"No doubt," I replied. I sipped my wine, planning.
"Master," she said quietly. A statement, not a question. "Yes?" "Master may I ask a question?"
Surely she knew better. But I was amused enough to say, gravely, "You may ask a question."
"Your servants told me that you punish slaves who disobey you."
"They told me that your arm is strong, your whip cruel."
"Why would you ask such a question? Are you afraid of being whipped?"
"No," she replied. "I am not afraid..."
"Perhaps you should be." My voice was cold.
"But they said... they said..."
"What? What did they say? Speak up."
"They said that if I obey you I would not be punished."
At last I understood. "They speak truly, little slave girl. Obey me and you will not be punished. Obey and you need not fear my strong arm or my cruel whip."
"Now leave," I ordered, "until you are summoned."
I turned to the window, savoring the tart wine, watching the sun set. Then I rose. She was still there, kneeling.
"I told you to go," I said, my voice all menace. I expected her to flee. She remained, still kneeling.
"Leave, I tell you." She said nothing. "Are you deaf?" I thundered. "Leave!"
She stood now, feet apart, gazing into my eyes, silent.
"So be it." I strode to the wall, where the whiplash hung on a peg. I snapped it. She jumped, but held her ground.
So be it.
I took her two little wrists in one hand and pulled her into the antechamber. She moaned when she saw the hook in the ceiling. She resisted with her little strength as I bound her small hands and secured them over her head.
I clapped three times. My servants rushed in, then stopped short as they saw her, helpless, awaiting punishment. "Watch and learn," I told them. I ripped open her tunic, baring her back. I pulled it down, exposing her bottom. I leaned close to her. "As for you -- FEEL and learn."
I stroked her back with the long whip. Her breath was fast, her eyes closed.
She endured the first lashes in silence. I stood farther off, bringing the whip to play over her maiden breasts. Now she danced and sang.
I struck harder. I used all my cunning to time her stripes. She hung in her bonds, exhausted, overawed. I struck between her legs and she rose up again, shrieking piteously.
I could feel every nerve in my body, feel my strength coursing through me. I felt... I felt pleasure at teaching this sylph a lesson in long, hissing strokes.
"Leave us now." The servants backed away quickly. As obedient as they had been, as eager to please, they would now be abject, driven, unrestrained in their duties. I imagined my buxom lovelies -- how industrious they would be tonight, how creative, how artful, how abandoned...
I held her pretty face in my hands. Her ... pretty face. Pretty? How odd.
And then a thought.
I took a dipper of water from the jar and held it to her lips. Still sobbing, she drank greedily. I gave her another drink of water, and another. I could see how the blinding agony of her flogging was receding just a bit, to a dull, more distant pain. How her dread and fear and humiliation were giving way to exhaustion and oblivion.
"No," I said. "You may not sleep, not yet."
"Then I shall not," she whispered.
"You fool," I said, "why did you disobey me?"
She shook her head. "No..."
"I ordered you to leave, and you defied me. Why would you disobey me, knowing what would come?
She was still shaking her head. "Ssss...." She couldn't get the word out.
"What are you trying to say? 'Sir,,' is that it?"
"No," she murmured.
"Say it. Say it now. What were you trying to do, in my chambers, when you defied me?
"Sss... serve...serving you... master..."
"What?" I sputtered. "Serving me? How?"
The words came slowly. I ladled more water into her parched mouth. "Giving you....the one thing," she whispered. "That ... no ... one... else would do for ... you."
"Giving me disobedience? Defying me?"
She nodded. Her reedy voice was stronger now. "I told you I was not afraid of the lash. Plain girls must be fearless."
"Go on." I stroked her cheek.
"Everyone is so terrified of my master. Too terrified to ever..."
"To give you leave to whip them. Too terrified to give you what you truly need, as a man, as their master. Selfish slaves. All they offer is their beautiful pampered bodies, their perfect, skilled caresses."
"I gave you that. I am not beautiful..."
"Shhh," I whispered, feeling suddenly tender. "Hush, slave. You are beautiful."
"No," she replied sadly. "They are great beauties, your many women, your harem, your slaves. But plain as I am..."
She paused. "Plain as I am, I have found a place."
I released her. She slumped to the floor.
I had my six girls that night. I took my pleasure from them roughly, imperiously. I grabbed, I sucked, I bit their perfect breasts. I plunged into their mouths, their cunts, their bottoms. They groaned and endured.
A week later, I took the little slave girl to my bed. I used her a bit roughly, marveling at the fading weals. "Serve me..." She was generous and graceful then, as in all things. But she was still ...
As I lay back, she knelt by the bed. "Next week, master..."
"Time will tell."
"Next week," she said, insistently.
"Next week, what?"
"Next week I shall be... strong enough to disobey you again."
I nodded. "So you say. But the second offense merits harsher punishment than the first. Think on that."
"It is my place, to serve and not obey."