“Ok Julian, thanks for everything. I’m leaving now,” said Sally Thompson into her mobile phone, pushing her glasses up her nose. “Yeah should be home by lunchtime, byeee.”
She put the mobile into the dash cradle of her Ford saloon, gunned the engine and drew away from the hotel which had been her home for a week. Sally wasn’t unhappy to be leaving the terrible food the hotel had tried to serve her, forcing her to eat out three of the five nights. Typical standards by that stupid cow in Human Resources who did all the hotel bookings for all 150 staff, she muttered under her breath. To remind her of the place, her fried breakfast repeated through her gut and back up into her mouth and she shuddered and wondered why she had eaten it. Sally’s motor hit the motorway and headed for her destination 280 miles away south. Satisfied with her week in the north, with the regional administrators and the local on-site wardens, she hummed happily to a Robbie Williams CD. It wasn’t often she was called away from her office, but the reorganisation of the national parks and particularly the accommodation and subsistence levels of the hands-on employees like wardens, keepers and specialist trades, was her baby and it was going extremely well.
Her mobile warbled and she flicked a switch and spoke into her clip-on microphone, held firm on the lapel of her moss green silk blouse. She listened to the caller with a puzzled expression as she slowed her speed and kept to the inside lane, saying the odd ‘yeah’ and ‘I see’, but not interrupting.
“Well yes I am very interested in the development of the species and I know how beautiful they can be, but just to drop things and come like that is not really on,” she stated. “Anyway, how come I didn’t meet you?”
She listened some more and to concentrate and also to top up her fuel she pulled into a service station and parked before the fuel area. The conversation wore on and she glanced at her watch. It was tempting, the weather was fine and she hadn’t actually left the region and what the caller was talking about could be reached via the next off junction. She had the whole day and tomorrow was Saturday. She tried to grab her laptop telling the caller to hold a while, as she checked her diary, but her phone charger cable snagged on the belt buckle of her black skirt. She loosened the cable and thought about her clothing – not really suitable for foraging on the moors. Her rough gear was in a holdall in the back of the car. Yes she had flat shoes on, but they were expensive and certainly not waterproof. Her tights would keep her legs warm, yet she was glad to be in a skirt instead of trousers like all week, when out on sites. She had good legs and liked to show them. This reminded her of a squash game she had arranged with her cousin Joanne for the following morning and she grinned confident of a win. She reverted to the call, reading her bookings.
“Look, I am free yes and it would be easy to get to you, you say less than an hour ... yes I am nearly on junction 34 ... yes ... Yes ... Hmm! I’d have to change into my rough clothes and ... Oh It’s blacktop all the way and gravel to the site ... Hmm!” she pondered as the caller went on.
“Strange how we didn’t meet in the last few days,” said Sally. “Let me make a call and I’ll call you back, what’s your number?”
The call was terminated and she dialled Julian. He wasn’t in and on voice mail. She dialled his assistant, a friendly fat young Scottish girl called Fiona, who had fussed round Sally all week to make an impression. She said Julian couldn’t be interrupted and Sally remembered his meeting. Fiona was new and didn’t really know Sally’s caller, but she would check. Sally hung on.
“Yes Sally. Ray Harris. He’s been the woodman at Harrarth Valley for fifteen years now. Never met him myself, but I wouldn’t would I?” Fiona giggled.
“Can’t think how I missed him, ‘ murmured Sally.
“No. Not much in his file, thirty eight years old, single ... ah! divorced, two kids with their mum Elspeth who is in Gateshead. There’s a photo here. Huge man,” warbled Fiona appreciatively.
Sally tutted and thanked Fiona, closing the call and mused before driving to the fuel area and filling up with diesel. It wouldn’t take long, it was on the way – relatively. He – Ray Harris, was very keen for her to experience his findings and he was a regular employee. Big man as well, she chuckled inwardly recalling Fiona’s words. Her last boyfriend Hugh, had been so tiny, almost as small as she, yet athletic, wiry, fit and strong and into some weird form of alternative exercise called hashing, which involved loads of running to pubs. But – he was one hell of a lover, except for his deplorable persistence on asking Sally to take it up the arse. What Hugh didn’t know about foreplay, oral sex, long ecstatic fucks and giving her the best orgasms in her twenty five year old life, wasn’t worth writing about, but there was no way she would let him or any other boyfriend invade the private orifice meant only for excretions and not insertions. She jolted her thoughts as she strode to the pay desk. Come on Sally, you’re not going to see these birds for a love affair with a crude oaf of a woodsman.
She called Ray back, sensing his elation and got the directions and set off in high anticipation as the sun finally blasted through the early morning mist and bathed the surrounding magnificence in bright spring fresh colours. She turned the volume up on her CD and made for junction 34. Then she went to satnav punching in the reserve name, but she was going to rely on writing words on her pad. Exactly as described, after seven miles up a major road, two minor roads about half a mile each, a short lane, then her GPS system went into spin, two extremely difficult tracks barely covered in blacktop, with grass sprouting down the middle she noticed with a grimace, as her car bottomed twice, she saw the 4x4 vehicle parked in the gateway to a plantation of young pines. As she pulled in alongside, she saw a man come from round the back of the vehicle and smile as she stopped and switched off. The 4x4 had the organisation’s logo on it’s door and on the canvas cover. He had the official dark blue fleece, with the green edging, green collar and the logo and the obligatory Swift binoculars hanging on his chest, so she opened her door.
“Hello I’m Ray,” he said warmly. “Sally ... Sally Thompson?”
He liked the look of the frail looking girl, better than her photograph definitely. Her dark brown curly hair was short, no ear rings, little makeup and those glasses made her look even more academic than her CV stated. As she grabbed a navy blue, quilted body warmer, he glanced at her athletic but shapely hose clad legs.
“Who else?” she twittered as they shook hands before she pulled on the garment. Her delicate hand felt childish in his spade like grasp of rough hardness “You’re not expecting any more Sallys up here are you?”
He grinned through his bushy, unkempt greying beard and she noticed his twinkling clear grey eyes. For a moment, she thought he might be staring at her flat chest but reprimanded herself and tidied her jacket. Ray’s bulbous reddish nose spoiled the general picture and she stopped herself considering his appearance, especially when she caught a whiff of his body. It stank foul as he held the top of the door for her to slide out of her car. She reached back in for her mobile.
“You won’t need that up here Sally no signal. If you leave it on it will scare the birds. It might take a message here for you,” he said softly noticing how tiny she was in height and stature.
She nodded and screwed up her pert nose in friendly agreement, then as he turned away, she screwed her nose up again, this time in distaste as another whiff of his foul body odour wafted round her. He gestured she should follow him and made his way into the plantation. The trees were no more than six feet high and amongst them Ray looked six feet twelve. He was enormous, yet his tread was light and his voice too.
“I couldn’t let you leave without seeing this spectacle Sally. I heard you were into birding. The timing is perfect. It’s not far,” he told her.
“I hope not. You did say gravel and this just about qualifies. They won’t be in the plantation though surely?” she queried, knowing about this particular species of bird and gazing about through the regimental rows of the spruce. “It’s my shoes you see. I should have put my boots on.”
Harris ignored her and shrugged.
Her mobile – out of earshot, warbled in the car to no answer except voicemail. Fiona had left a message.
‘Sally. About Ray. You wouldn’t meet him. He is not in your jurisdiction now. He’s been transferred to the Eastern information sector under the new - you know regime. Only a couple of weeks ago. He’s not your concern. He was a pain in the arse to deal with apparently and he’s well rid of according to Simon Bignall at HQ. Big chip on his shoulder and he doesn’t like the move. He’s a hands on man and they’ve put him in a backwater office. Don’t bother with him and have a nice journey.’
“How did you know I was into birds?” Sally puffed as the track steepened.
“Saw your photo and profile in the group magazine some time ago. It read as if you would want to see what I’ve got up here, so I asked you. Simple,” he answered matter of factly, with a open wave of his hand. “Your mobile number was in there if you remember.”
Sally nodded to his back, trying to keep upwind of him. That wasn’t difficult – it was coming from behind her and as his stride was huge, he was always three or four feet ahead, unconcerned at her odd squeal of difficulty over a particular stretch of track. She picked her footsteps carefully. Soon they opened onto a massive heath area with the odd scrubby tree, thick heather, gorse and close cropped grass loved by the native sheep. Sally reckoned this would be more like the habitat for this species and silently hoped it wouldn’t be far.
“We didn’t meet in the last week, but you knew I was here,” she stated.
“Of course I knew. Everyone in the region knew. You’re a big wig from down south remember,” he chuckled.
“Yes ha ha!” she laughed sarcastically. “I have a job to do and that’s all really. No big wig power crazed individual here.”
He strode on silently, leading to a shallow hollow, Sally not surprised or hurt she didn’t get a reaction. He was his own man and a strong, silent, intriguing sort of hulk – but oh! that pong from his body.
She was amazed to see the ground hollow carpeted with a folded tarpaulin sheet, but when she saw the backpack, the bottle of water and the tripod on it’s side she guessed that he would have been up here already. He indicated she should be quiet, with his fingers on his lips and she nodded as they dipped their heads and slid onto the sheet after he unfolded it. She assumed that was to keep the dew from the inside. Harris knelt and bade her do the same. She hadn’t bargained for this and feared for her expensive tights, but the rewards would be much greater than the cost of replacing them.
Ray lay down on his belly, so she did the same and he handed her a pair of binoculars from the backpack. She focussed them expertly and scanned them in the same direction as him. The air was still, but noisy with morning feeding frenzies of many moorland species of birds. She loved the sound as an accompaniment to the silent sweeps of the horizon and nearer with the powerful lens. They spotted curlew, snipe, oyster catcher, hobby, kestrel and three pair of buzzards, soaring high on the thermals above a forest to the west, their calls like the mews of a big cat.
Half an hour passed with not a word. The only communication being pointing, gasps of recognition and agreeing nods. The sun blossomed from light cloud cover and warmed Sally, which pleased her as her hands and legs were getting cool. She thought he might have coffee in the bag but dare not ask in fear of disturbing the wildlife. An hour passed and she nudged Ray.
Her frowned expression of puzzlement was clear, together with her gestures and he smiled and shuffled closer. Eager to hear what would be whispered words of wisdom, she turned onto her side and waited for his stench to hit her and tried not to gag on the foul odour.
“Enjoying it Sally?” he murmured, making her now notice the rampant halitosis on his breath.
“Yes, but...” she grimaced, questioning by expression. “I know we have to be patient, but it’s long past dawn - which is their best time, but they have a territory here I suppose. That’s why you ... and I are here, so where are they?” she asked pleasantly but firmly.
“Dunno,” he whispered dismissively, shuffling closer.
She tried to blank out the noxious smells from his surrounding body warmth as she felt his knee budge against her calf then fall away. She glanced at his face and saw the hardening smile. Suddenly worried, Sally shoved her glasses up her nose and tried to sit up. His arm fell across her waist, he pushed her back and pulled her close.
“Ray please. So why have you got me up here?” she challenged, half knowing – dreading the answer.
His grip on her thigh was vice like as he spoke.
“You’ve got a good job. One you’re good at. How would you like to be transferred to driving the lorries, or cleaning the fucking toilets?” he asked softly, his hand massaging her thigh.
“You’ve got an excellent job too Ray. Woodman for the reserve, one of the biggest regional set ups we have. Now let’s not get silly and spot these damn birds,” she said firmly, trying to lift his hand off her leg.
“They’re not here. It’s the wrong place Sally and you have put me in the wrong place. Miss clever clogs Sally Thompson. I don’t do office work,” he jeered. “But this is the right place in a way, for a very rare species like you.”
“Ray. Now please, let’s not get...”
His hand suddenly shot under her skirt and onto her crotch. She squealed and squirmed but by now he had knelt up swiftly and pushed her backwards while his other hand pinned her shoulders to the ground. With a wrench he found and tore down the top of her tight, the synthetic, expensive material as if paper in his massive fingers. The strong waistband dug harshly into her with the effort it took for him do so, but that pain meant nothing to Sally. She felt powerless.
Momentarily Ray gazed on her thighs and groin, licking his lips and Sally started to wail, her arms flailing at his bulk. He grinned at her feeble efforts and dug his fingers into her panties and ripped the delicate lacy white garment off. He stuffed them in her mouth and grinned down at her frightened eyes from behind her skewed spectacles.
“I’ll show you what it means to have your life turned upside down, you city bitch,” he snarled.
Sally shook her head and tried to express with her eyes that she didn’t know what he was talking about. Ray’s eyes were not registering her mumbled, tearful message. They were locked onto her groin which lay bare, surrounded by the torn tights, which indicated an old, cheap whore, rather than the young sophisticate she was. He pushed her legs apart, but they couldn’t spread far, held by the stretch hose across her thighs. She kicked out at his touch and with the back of his hand he lashed her face, knocking her head violently sideways like a rag doll. Her designer spectacles found a new home yards away in the heather. Blood trickled from the side of Sally’s mouth and the bruise coloured almost immediately. Another blow hit the side of her head on the return swing, making her feel as if her skull had caved in and dulling her senses.
Harris dragged Sally’s tights off, admiring in passing, the firm toning of her shapely legs. Her sensible but street fashion shoes were tossed to one side. He stuck his right knee between her legs, joined it with the other and gazed down triumphantly at her exposed crotch. Sally tried to lift her legs and close her knees on his body but in retaliation he thrust her knees wide apart, causing her immense pain in her groin with the weight of his shove. The carefully shaved pussy pouch with just the landing strip of dark brown pubic hair terminating at the top of her full lipped snatch amused him.
“What the fuck is that?” he spluttered with mirth as she shoved her skirt up under her buttocks. “Jesus! What you birds do with your bodies. That’s a juicy looking cunt there Miss Thompson, but that hair is ridiculous”
Sally shook her head, pleading with her eyes, mumbling through her clean-on that morning panties, but he ignored her. His hands grabbed her blouse, fingers seeking the gaps between the dark green feature buttons. The silk garment was torn open, exposing her brassiere. The white, sexy little lace and satin bra from Agent Provocateur was one of her favourites and made her feel good, whether she intended to expose it to some lucky man or not. Her assailant merely shoved his hands under it and pushed it up her chest, her tiny tits not offering any resistance whatsoever. Her rib cage was clearly defined, her breasts almost flat.
“Cute little paps you have. I love tiny tits Sally and just look at your nipples. Hard as bullets, ‘ he mused.
As if he was picking out a particular particle of bird seed from a bowl, Ray plucked at her teats so delicately, heightening their upward jut and watching how they subsided back to the nearly half inch blebs he had first seen. Dark brown and permanently erect, they were set in no surrounding areolae, just perfect domed buttons on her 32A cup breasts. Ray stooped and his stench hit her again followed by his bad breath until his lips locked onto her nipples. Initially he sucked gently, spending time on each teat, his beard rubbing her chest. His sucking grew into biting with his lips, then his teeth came into play and he ground his chin into her, rubbing her raw as her nipples were tortured. Before they would bleed he stopped and raised his body upright.