*** All works of erotica are fictional and we NEVER condone anything that is not safe and consensual
It has been so long since I have slept in front of the fire. You were even kind enough to give me a cushioned mat to curl up on. My body shivers lightly. I turn over so my back faces the flames. It is odd that the fire is still going. Did you stoke it throughout the night Sir? I hope you were still able to get some sleep without worrying over me.
It is odd being out here Sir. Normally, I lay at the foot of your bed. I know your routine. I know to move from my spot only once you are stirring awake. You like your coffee right after you wake. I prepare your shower and lay out your clothes.
But, out here, your door is shut. I am not allowed to enter without permission. I have upset you so much these last few days. I do not wish to upset you further by not completing the morning routine. Yet, I do not wish to intentionally break a rule and enter your domain without permission.
You are so quiet with me Sir. Very little in the way of direction, and even less in the way of expectations. I have learned by watching. I have survived this long by watching, waiting, and anticipating.
I have made my decision Sir. If you wanted me to complete my morning routine, you would have left the door open. You may have even carried me into the room last night. But I think this is the start of the punishment. You told me that I needed to trust you and I needed to be honest with you. I have not been quick to do either.
So, you have left me on my own for the night. You have left me in the exact position I have demonstrated that I desire; alone.
I sit up on the cushion, pull my knees up to my chest, and stare blindly into the fire. I have never wanted to be alone Sir. I hope you know that. I just have learned it is the best way to protect myself. The more I scare people, and the more I make myself invisible, the happier they are to forget me.
It is the safer way.
I shake my head. I do not wish to dwell on the horrors today. You deserve my full attention Sir. I have let Maker influence too many of our interactions. I seek to push him from my mind, if only possible for today.
I know that I cannot kneel until you awake Master. I greatly dislike admitting such faults. Maybe, with time, I can correct the damage done to my body. For now, I think it would be best to reflect on my behavior. I have not been at my best, Sir.
I know my place. A good slave is invisible. They are silent (or soft spoken if addressed). You should never be able to hear me walk (or crawl) in or out of a room. You should never need to call me. I should always know when and where I should be (regardless of environment).
Yet, I have been very lax in my behaviors. I was trained better than this. I feel the reminders left on my body as harshly as you see them.
I sit up, keeping my back to the fire, and cross my legs. I take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and slowly release. My hands rest on my knees, palms facing upward. My back stays straight and my head is up, though my eyes are closed. I am in proper position to await you Sir, kneeling notwithstanding.
I do not know how long I have been sitting here Sir. But your touch to the top of my head startles me slightly. One day I will understand how you can walk so lightly in boots so heavy.
My eyes open and I lower my gaze down. I am determined to be perfect for you, Master.
I sense you walk around me, inspecting me. Once you sit down in your chair, I shift up onto my knees.
“There’s my good girl.”
My body grudgingly blushes. I do not feel like a good girl, and I am doing my best to not question you, even if only in my head.
“Eyes up pet.” Your voice is firm but quiet. I lift my eyes to yours. “When it is just us, I expect you to wait for me with your eyes up. I prefer eye contact. I can see what you are thinking, and hiding, much easier.”
I meet your eyes. This is difficult Sir. I am half expecting you to backhand me for such forward behavior. I am curious if you have set this rule previously or if this is specifically for me. Of course, it does not matter either way. You have ordered it; I shall obey it.
I see your arm move, but your hand is out of my eyeline. I keep my eyes locked on yours and suppress the tremble that threatens to overtake me. I can handle whatever you offer, Master. I will make sure you never doubt that.
I am startled slightly when I feel a tug on the ring of the collar around my neck. The thick leather gives me little room to resist as you pull me forward. My hands tighten on my knees, trying to stay upright and maintain the eye contact you have asked for.
“I have a gift for you.”
A gift? That is a surprise. I am sure my eyes reflect those thoughts as they widen in curiosity. With Maker, surprises meant pain. They meant a lot of blood and a lot of crying. But Master is much more kind. I am nervous but not fearful, yet.
You let the ring of the collar go. My body sways back into position.
That means eyes down. I drop my eyes.
Your hands reach around, and I feel the lock of the leather being undone.
Deep breath. Trust. That’s what you said Master. I had to trust you. That means no panicking.
The collar slides off and my palms are turned up once more to catch it. I have never quite felt how heavy it is. Then again, this is the first time I remember being without one on, Sir.
Two snaps. Eyes up.
Thank the Gods I understand your silence, Sir.
I am staring at the soft, velvet bag in your hands. It is black with red lettering. I wonder briefly if that is a monogram to your unspoken name Master. Everyone has one. Some of us just don’t get to use them anymore.
You open the drawstring and I see a metal band pulled out. It is a new collar. I am slightly confused. Why the change Sir?
“Lay the leather across my knee and hold out your palms.” I do as you ask. “Meet my eyes.” As you wish Sir.
You lay the metal in my palms. I am surprised that it is lighter than the leather. Is that normal? It has no lock that I can feel. It also has no beginning or end. It seems to be a solid circle of metal.
I resist the urge to look down, or away, from you. You keep eye contact with silence. It weighs heavy between us, and I bite the inside of my cheek to stay silent. Have I told you how much silence scares me? I probably should.
It can’t have been more than a minute of silence Sir. Yet, when I felt the electricity dance across my palm as it races through the metal, I jump. I did not expect such an action.
“Do you feel that pet?” I nod. You have not granted permission yet to speak. “I have thought over your recent behavior. Should you disobey, punishment will be swift and merciless. You will curb your behavior. Do you understand me, pet?”
Two snaps. Verbal answer it is. “Yes, Sir. I understand.”
You pluck the collar from my palms. I watch you unlock it with a special key before you place it around my neck. It is secured and I feel you place two fingers between the collar and my neck. Good to know I won’t die by suffocation, Sir.
“I will use this as needed.” I nod. I expected as much. “Now, we will deal with your impending punishment.” I am not surprised that I have a different punishment waiting for me. As much as I dislike it, I am thankful I do not need to wait much longer. I just want this behind us Sir. I want to start over. I can be good Master. I promise.
I could have only hoped that punishment would take place in your rooms. But, no, that would not have been enough. Crawling across the concrete is not even the hardest part, though it does leave my knees very tender. It is the eyes of the others watching me. You did not leash me, and my neck is bare enough to catch their attention. I hear a few snickers. They seem to recognize the collar and its purpose.
I think this place was built like a maze on purpose. I have lost count of the number of turns we have taken. All the hallways look identical. It probably doesn’t help that most of what I am seeing is the grey concrete of the floor and the heels of your boots.
We finally reach the destination. You step only a few feet into the room, though I follow dutifully.
I comply. I take in the surroundings. From this angle, looking into the room, there is minimal furnishings. I see a large, wingback chair in the center of the wall, set slightly back than center. A large cross is bolted to the wall on the left. There were thick chains attached to the top of it.
I watch you stride forward to the chair. You sit down, your knees parting naturally.
I crawl forward until I am right in front of you, the room forgotten. Your hand slides through my hair. “Turn around and remain kneeling.” I do so. I feel you tug my hair. It takes me a moment to realize you are braiding it. I assume you do not want it in your way. I can tell you are finished when I feel the braid bounce against my back after you’ve dropped it.
Your hand reaches around my face and tips my face back to see you. Your hand wraps around my throat, firm but without pressure. “You have committed three infractions against me pet.” I remain silent. Your hand slides from my neck and tips my face forward again. I start to face it down and your voice stops me. “Look forward pet.”
I do so and I see there is an audience. I swallow. This is not what I want.
“Tell them pet. Tell them how you have shamed yourself.”
“Loud and clear pet. I will not repeat myself.”
Deep breath. “This girl did not truthfully answer Master regarding the state of her health. This girl lost her temper with Master as though she was his equal. This girl did not disclose her medical status to Master despite his order for complete honesty from his property.” It takes all I am to face down the crowd watching us. It had not quite sunk in until now how badly I fucked up.
I feel you rise. In just a couple steps you are standing between myself and the audience. “I can forgive a pet who forgets her place from time to time. It is my duty to teach you, and keep you, in your place. However, I do not forgive easily a slave who does not answer truthfully. You are my property. You do not get to decide what you will tell me. I expect the truth, at all times. Omission is lying.”
I have never heard you be so vocal Sir. I have upset you greatly. I do not like this. I want to apologize. I do not think it would matter at this point. My words mean nothing currently. Maybe by taking this, I will prove to you how I regret my actions.
“Bring the cage to the center of the room.”
I look around quickly, and spot it near the back, left corner of the room. I crawl over to it. It is large enough that I could fit inside. You have not given me leave to stand. I figure the only way I can do this is to drag it with me.
I crawl backwards from it, only a couple feet or so. I reach forward and hook my fingers in the bars. I pull it towards me. I was right Sir. It is heavy when I have no leverage to assist me. I move back a little more and pulled it to me again. Over and over, I repeat the process. Longer than I would have liked, I finally reach the center of the room where you are waiting.
I kneel next to the cage, facing you. I await your next instructions.
“Stand and present.” I do so, though much slower than I would have preferred. My legs are numb, but they are still supporting my weight. “Turn and face your audience.” I turn, and while I stay in position, my eyes drop to the floor. I know better than to make eye contact with any of the other Masters.
I jumped slightly when my sight goes dark suddenly. I can hear snickering, but I cannot see them anymore. I have not decided it that is a good thing yet or not. I feel a warm breath near my ear. Lowly, you whisper, “You will learn to trust me slave. It will start when you cry for me.”
You stepped back.
“Bend forward over the cage, pet.” Cautiously, I do so. It is an uncomfortable height to bend properly. I feel your boot against my foot. “Spread.” You keep nudging my feet until the are spread just past my shoulders. It eases the pain on my hips and back. I think you are aware of that, even if the audience is not.
“You will hold yourself in position. You will accept what I give and thank me when I am finished. Do you understand?”
“Yes, Master.” I made sure my voice was clear and easily heard.
The only warning I get is the whistle of the implement before it connects with my calf. It is the cane. I keep my mouth shut. I refuse to give in so easy. There is no warm-up with punishment. Even less so when you are proving a point to his audience. This is meant to hurt. This is meant to serve as a reminder to never again be so careless.
Two. Three. Four.
You are deliberately keeping the hits from forming a rhythm. It makes the hits much more intense. The back of my calf is burning.
Five. Six. Seven.
My leg is shaking. My attention is divided between keeping my leg still and trying not to tense before the next hit.
Eight. Nine. Ten.
My eyes are watering. I do not like this.
Without hesitation, the hits move to my other calf. The first one is just as hard as it was on the other side.
Two. Three. Four.
I understand why you chose my calves Sir.
Five. Six. Seven.
I did not tell you that my legs go numb. If I can function without feeling, and without telling you, then you will make sure I can feel this punishment. I can.
Eight. Nine. Ten.
I am gripping the cage tightly. My whole body is shaking. You did not tell me to count but I have been keeping track in my head. It is helping me focus. Just because my legs are occasionally numb (and paralyzed), does not mean I feel anything less. In fact, it often makes the sensations more intense.
My breathing is harsh; it echoes around the room. Everything is silent. I am unsure anymore if there are still people watching or even where you have gone to Sir. I do not feel you behind me anymore.
There is no warning this time either. You have come back with a vengeance. I cannot stop the grunt that passes my lips. Have I ever told you how much I hate wooden paddles? I despise them even more on the back of my thigh.
Two. Three. Four.
There is more rhythm with this one. I am unsure if it is because the paddle is heavier or if you are trying to help me breathe through the pain.
Five. Six. Seven.
I am reaching my breaking point Sir. I do not understand why I could face Maker so stoically, but I cannot do the same with you.
Eight. Nine. Ten.
My knees are shaking. At this point, the only thing that has kept me from dropping to the floor is my grip on the cage. My body is sweating profusely from the effort.
As with my calves, you took only a breath or two before switching thighs. I feel the firm swat to my right thigh. This makes 31 hits so far Sir. How much farther are we going?
Two. Three. Four.
The blindfold is soaked with tears. I am hiccupping from the sobbing. It hurts Sir.
Five. Six. Seven.
It hurts. Is this how bad I have hurt you by not being truthful? Is that why it is so harsh?
I don’t know how long I can continue to hold myself up Master.
Please, Sir. Please, can we be finished. I clench my eyes shut.
This rounds out another Ten. I am sorry, Master. I will not do this again.
I cannot hear myself think anymore. My body trembles. I am biting my lip to try and calm the sobbing. I can hear murmurs again. There is no warm touch from you, Master, not this time.
“Stand up pet.”
I loosen my grip on the cage. I can feel the indentations that have been left in my skin. I trail the bars of the cage until I am sure my hands are on the top. I push my upper body off the cage. Without lifting my feet from the concrete, I slowly drag my feet back together.
Deep, shuddering breath. I can do this.
My body is on fire. It protests loudly as I move. But I bring myself up to a standing position. I bring my hands to the back of my head, my elbows bent and outward. My back is straight, my head is held high, and my gaze remains on the floor. My chest is heaving. My body is tired.
But I will take what you give, Master. I will make you proud.
“You have done well pet. Five left. You will stay in this position. Is that clear?” Your voice is firm.
“Yes, Sir.” As soon as I confirm my understanding, you slip a piece of rope between my teeth.
“Hold that firmly.” I nod.
My back spasmed at the first lash. It is the whip. I fucking hate the whip. So many bad memories attached to this type of punishment.
My foot stepped forward reactively after the second lash. Without a word, I put myself back into the position I started in. But it is too late. I feel the electricity of the collar. It lights my body on fire as my muscles tense.
My right knee gave out. It hits the concrete hard, even as my hands come down to catch me. I drop my head. I am failing you now. I am positive I can feel your disappointment. I am ashamed I have broken position, but I refuse to stay down. Slowly, I bring myself back up into position.
Though you cannot see it, I close my eyes. I grit my teeth against the rope, waiting for the electricity. It is stronger than the first time. My body feels like it is vibrating. Only two more lashes to go.
My hands tighten in my hair as I force my body to stay still.
The last one. I am so sorry, Master.
I feel one of your hands on the back of my neck as the other removes the length of rope. My voice wobbles as I remember your instructions. “Thank you, Master for correcting my behavior and reminding me of my place at your feet.”
“You may drop your hands pet.” Your hands move to release the blindfold. I close my eyes against the onslaught of light. “Address your audience pet.”
“This girl apologizes for her ill behavior. This girl has learned her lesson and endeavor to give exemplary service to Master going forward.”
Two Snaps. I kneel.
“Clean up after yourself while I take care of some business.”
I see you walk towards to hall. I try not to dwell on your actions. Is it selfish to want you to hold me Sir? Even when I have been so disobedient? I shake my head slightly and return my focus to my task. I push the cage forward. I move it a few inches before crawling forward and pushing it again. It takes me far longer than I care to admit, but it makes it back to its spot against the wall.
I turn and crawl back to the chair. I raise up on my knees to wait for you. My thighs and calves are throbbing and when they touch it gets worse.
Before long, I see you come back.
I turn to face you. I am proud that I remember to meet your eyes. You pat your knee. I smile slightly, without showing teeth. I lay my head down on your knee and am relieved when your fingers start toying with my hair.
“You have done well pet. I am proud of you.”
I make a small, content noise. Thank you, Sir. It brings me peace to hear that. I live to make you happy.
“Lay out for me pet. Face down, arms at your sides.”
I do as you ask. I appreciate that you always let me keep my hands at my side. One day I will remember to mention that to you. I am internally relieved that my body stays lax when your hands touch me. I can feel something cold and smooth being spread across my skin. It soothes the pain minimally. Your hands apply even pressure as they move. I am grateful for your attention.
When you stop, I am loath to move. Regardless of the cold concrete, my body has fully relaxed. Hopefully I will not become too stiff tonight. “Stay.” Who am I to argue with your instructions, Sir?
I can hear you moving around, even with your footfalls as light as they are. I hear the clinking of metal. What are you doing, Sir?
“Come here pet.” I struggle to push myself up from the floor and look to find where you are. You are by the cage. I cock my head to the side in confusion but dutifully crawl forward. When I reach you, your fingers slide down the side of my face, and you cup my cheek.
“Tonight, you sleep here. I want you to think over everything that has happened and the punishment that you have endured. I will let you choose pet. If you cannot see yourself fully submitting to me, and trusting me, I will give you the option to go back up to auction.”
My eyes widen. My heart races with panic. No. No. No.
Your thumb brushes my lips, and you shush me. “Do not answer me tonight pet. Tonight, you need to be honest with yourself. Tomorrow, you will be honest with me.”
I look up at you. I see you smile but there is something in your eyes I cannot quite place. I feel your hands reach for the back of the metal collar. I bring my palms up to hold it, should you need. You drop the collar into my hands. I feel the leather collar take its place and I have never felt such relief. Once it is locked, you step back.
“It is time.” You step around me to stand at the open cage door. I crawl the couple feet to the entrance. I turn to face you but keep my eyes down this time. Without hesitation, I give into an impulse. If this is my last night with you, then I want you to clearly understand what your kindness means to me.
I lean forward, and I kiss your left boot three times. Then I kiss the right, also three times. I place my forehead on the concrete and say very clearly, “thank you Master.” No matter how my body (and my mind) are pained by what has transpired, I am grateful for your correction. After a moment of silence, I lift my head and crawl into the cage. You have been kind enough to line it with a warm blanket and pillow. Once I am settled, I hear the lock snick into place.
I stare up at you as you rise.
“Think about what I have said pet. Tomorrow, when I ask, I expect you to have an answer.”
With that, the light is extinguished. I am alone in the dark once more.
Curling on my side, one of my hands comes up to rub the leather of my collar.
Maybe I don’t have to be alone anymore.