Sir Walter Peterson and the poet, George Smythe, a British couple with a passing acquaintance with Katherine Hardy when she was married to Lord Beaventon; the avant-garde woman writer who went by the name of Reggie Honaker; and the Austrian industrialist, Wilhelm, the Baron von Sternberg, were sitting on the beach of the luxury resort hotel, La Mediterranee, on the Mediterranean, near the city of Tangiers, Morocco. Tangiers was the chosen retreat in the 1930s for the “anything goes” hedonists. It was early in the season—March—but both the air and sea temperatures were unseasonably warm. The baron and Katherine’s son had been in the sea, but the others in the group gathered on the sand hadn’t. Katherine was wearing a fashionable swimming costume, but she wouldn’t have had a thought to get it wet.
Sir Walter and Smythe were chatting away with Katherine—or trying to—as they kept their eyes cast out into the water. Katherine was devoting much of her attention, though, to the baron, a bigger than life, charismatic man in his robust mid thirties, who dominated the group without half trying.
The baron was well over six feet tall, broad of chest and not so broad of waist, with aristocratic features and bearing. His jaw line was strong, his complexion somewhat florid, and his hair was a mane of reddish brown, which also cascaded over the dip in the top of his one-piece swimming costume. His thighs were those of a sportsman, solid-muscle beefy, his hands and feet were huge, and the bulge in the crotch of his swimming costume was as well. Katherine, his in-bed guest for this outing to Morocco. thinking of him as a fine stallion, was nearly melting from the sight of him sitting in the folding canvas beach chair, which was straining to manage his bulk. At thirty-six, the man was at the height of his career and sexual power, as anyone looking at him could discern. He also was recognized as a man you didn’t say “no” to.
As an international industrialist in these years threatening to lead up to conflagration in Europe he was a busy man, indeed, with his interests and fingers in many a pot, not all of them subjects he wished to speak openly about.
The other man present, an Egyptian, Kasha Bey, who was sitting a bit apart from the others and languidly gazing out to sea, must, Katherine thought, have ice running through his veins, as he wore a galabeya, buttoned to his throat, as he sat a few yards from the baron. He was a cadaverous man who Katherine thought of as the Grim Reaper each time she saw him. Tall and thin, he was dark complexioned and had a flowing mane of jet-black hair. Despite all of the darkness, he wasn’t sweating under the strong sun.
Katherine hadn’t the bad manners to ask if he wasn’t sweltering, but he would have told her, with a leer, knowing her relationship to the baron, if she had asked. The galabeya was white, reflecting the light of the sun, was loose enough for circulation, was of light-weight cotton, and he was naked under it.
A sharply hooked nose spoiled any chance of anyone considering Kasha Bey handsome, and the expressions of his face exuded secrecy, judgmentalism, and “don’t mess with me” warning. His eyes were a cold, murky black that gave the impression of seeing and stripping naked everything and everyone. His primary idiosyncrasy was that the nails on his long, slender fingers were unusually long and were painted jet black. As with many Egyptians and other Mediterranean stock, he spoke with his hands, and anyone in a conversation with him had trouble concentrating on his face rather than the fluttering hands. He showed every evidence of using his hands purposely in that vein—to deny everyone access to his true thoughts by watching his eyes.
Whereas Sir Walter and Smythe were focused on Katherine and Katherine was trying to focus on the baron, both the baron and the bey had eyes only for the figure of the young man swimming far off the beach in long, expert strokes. Well, truth be known, Sir Walter and Smythe were stealing glances at the fourteen-year-old boy, as well.
With a sigh, Reggie Honaker rose from her canvas chair, which wasn’t easy for her—she was an overlarge woman. This was much in contrast with Katherine, who was buxom but otherwise trim of figure and dressed in the highest style and deepest cut of swimming fashion of the time. At forty, she looked much younger, and had gone to every effort to do so.
“I believe I am in for a nap before high tea,” Miss Honaker said. “Will you join me on the hotel verandah for that at 5:00, Katherine?” It was fairly obvious to—except perhaps to Katherine—that the writer had a crush on Katherine.
George Smythe stood as well. “I’m being burnt to a crisp, Walter. Perhaps we should go in as well.” This was the time of day that the middle-aged Walter usually was covering the young poet on the bed. Sensing the competition that was permeating the atmosphere here but wasn’t being mentioned, Smythe had an interest in pulling Sir Walter away from the beach.
With a “humph,” Sir Walter, also rose. He was in steel—and a bit in spying for the British—and would have preferred to stay and speak with the munitions manufacturer, Wilhelm von Sternburg, if the man had paid any attention to him at all and if the flighty, but delicious, George would have permitted it.
“Katherine will be having high tea with me,” the baron said, his voice a deep baritone with an edge of “to be obeyed” command to it.
Flustered, because this was the first that she had heard of the appointment—but clearly pleased—Katherine turned to Reggie Honaker. “Perhaps tomorrow. But a nap does sound good. I believe I will take one as well. So, Baron...”
“I will have us served in the small gazebo in the forested glade behind the hotel. At 5:00,” the baron answered. And that was that for the writer Katherine, who, rummaging around in the tented cabana behind them for their beach apparel, started their progress off the beach and toward the hotel.
“Perhaps you’d like to read the chapter I just wrote,” Reggie was heard saying as they departed in another effort to be in Katherine’s presence away from the baron. Katherine’s response indicated she might like that. She was flattered to be reading the writer’s current novel in manuscript.
The baron momentarily watched the hour-glass form of the handsome Katherine move away, her buttocks swaying against each other in her stately gait, before turning his attention back to the swimmer in the distance.
“Those orbs beg for breeding,” the baron muttered.
The bey moved two chairs closer to the baron so that they could speak in hushed tones and raised his eyebrows but he didn’t move necessarily for the reason one supposed—to comment on the sexuality of Katherine. “I could say the same for the son,” the Egyptian said. “He’s a handsome young man.”
“Yes, very handsome,” the baron agreed. “Ripe even. He’s fourteen.”
“I would agree with that,” Kasha Bey said. “A very good age. Very desirable—young enough to be nubile and innocent yet old enough to be developing into a man’s body. Boys have such flexibility at that age. They can be put into such pleasing positions. He would go for a fortune in the Egyptian souks.”
“And you would know of buying young men in an Egyptian souk?” the baron said, with a snort. Kasha Bey was a major region why Von Sternburg had brought Katherine and her son to Tangiers. The baron had secret business to conduct with the Egyptians through the bey. The other reason he’d come here was that there were no laws here of men being with boys.
“Enough experience to know the worth of this one,” the bey answered with a sly little smile. “But those two. What do you know of them? She hardly looks old enough to be his mother.”
“And yet she is, I have learned.”
“You have learned?”
“My solicitors have been busy since I met the Hardy woman and her ripe son, Gabriel. Of course my interest is in the boy, not the woman,” the baron said.
“Naturally. I have an interest in the boy too,” Kasha Bey said.
“Perhaps, if our business goes well.”
“Perhaps our business will go well if you make arrangements with the boy.”
“I understand. American—the woman is,” the baron said, returning to his original explanation. The young man is hers but the other half of him is British. Lord Beaventon’s son. The two are divorced. Beaventon’s family insisted initially on a British wife. He married the American long enough for her family to refurbish Beaventon’s Rest, though, and his family accepted the reasoning for that but not the actual presence of Katherine. He’s married again now. The son is fourteen. She’s kept him tied to her apron strings. Only now, this fall, starting at Rugby—at the father’s insistence. Starting this late, the young man will suffer fagging relentlessly. I think the woman would take the young man back to Boston if she could.”
“Fagging?” Kasha Bey asked.
“Beating. Caning mostly. And other sexual abuse. It’s derigour in Britain now. I wish to get to the boy before the school does.”
“To fag him?”
“Perhaps,” the baron answered, with a smile.
“And that’s what you’ve brought him to Tangiers for?”
“Yes. The mother thinks it’s so she and I can be freer. It’s fortunate, though, that she won’t be parted from the boy—that she insisted that he come too. She’s very dominating. And he appears to be totally submissive to her.”
“Submissiveness is not necessarily a bad thing.”
“No, it’s not. And he’s a saucy thing. I get every indication from him that he would be interested if set free of her. The young man needs to be released. He needs to be dominated.”
“And you have prepared?”
“Yes, he doesn’t hold back. He wants it—from me. We’ve kissed; I’ve fondled him. He is totally submissive. I plan to have him today.”
“I would be interested too. I would be prepared to be quite agreeable in our business transaction.”
“I’ll keep that in mind, of course. There is some help you could be to me in exchange—later in the year. You could help me now by needing to go back to the hotel for a nap. I see that he is swimming back to the beach.”
The Egyptian sighed. “As long as you keep me in mind. You of course are going to break him.”
“Yes, of course. He’s ripe for it. He will thank me for it one day.”
“Yes, now. In the cabana, I think. Your time will come Kasha Bey. For now you need a nap.”
“I cannot watch from afar?”
“Not the first time, no. I may need to use force that isn’t for your eyes.”
“You would be surprised what my eyes would enjoy. If you cane him, though, may I watch? And if you don’t cane him, may I have a go at him?”
“We’ll see what happens.”
“And the woman? She has her eye on you for more than a dalliance, I can tell. Did the Beaventons leave her any of her money?”
“Apparently that was more than enough to sustain her—and a husband as well.”
“You lost your wife last year, didn’t you?”
“Yes, she never recovered from childbirth,” the baron answered. If there was any regret in his voice, the Egyptian couldn’t discern it. “Left me with a boy to raise. Every man needs an heir.”
“And a playmate to spare,” the bey said, his eyes still on the young Gabriel Beaventon, who was turning in languid circles off the beach. “A chit to play in the game, as it were. You will, of course, continue plowing the mother too—as camouflage.”
“Most certainly—at least until the lad is too old to interest me anymore.”
The baron was alone, standing in the sand in front of his chair as Gabriel Beaventon, stumbled up to the beach through the surf. The young man was all smiles; tousled blond hair; trim, well-muscled body; sunny disposition; and flirty aspect.
“Where did everyone go?” he asked, giving the baron a speculative look. Von Sternburg took the opportunity of the young man standing in water to his ankles in swirling surf and looking at him while making some effort to maintain his balance to shrug his shoulders out of the top of his swimming costume and let the waist drop down to the curve of his lower belly, showing a magnificent torso of muscular pecs and washboard abs—providing the perfect form that Greek warriors beat their breastplates in. Unconsciously—perhaps—Gabriel shrugged out of the top of his suit as well, possibly unconsciously, making a man-to-man gesture.
Von Sternburg couldn’t quite decide whether the young man’s flirting was unconscious or purposeful. They had had some intimacy, but he wouldn’t put it past the boy to be a tease. But it didn’t matter to him one way or the other. He very much thought that the young man was uninitiated, though, and that did matter to him a lot. And that he would have him—today, now—was not in doubt.
“They’ve all gone to the hotel—for naps. They will be asleep for an hour or more. Leaving just us.”
“Leaving just us,” Gabriel repeated, his voice breathless now.
Wilhelm pushed the front of his suit down to where it dipped just below where the curly reddish hair of his bush ran into the root of his thick cock, showing enough of the cock to reveal its thick girth. This was as close to the flashing of his equipment that he felt safe showing on the beach. If the young man was going to run, it would be now. If he hadn’t been signaling interest in the baron for two days he was a hopelessly naïve young man.
It didn’t matter if he ran, though. The baron was powerful; he had been a star in track and field. He would catch him and fuck him, whether he wanted it or not. This was Morocco; he could do as he wished here. It would, of course, be more convenient if the boy cooperated and the mother never caught on to what was happening. The other side of the coin, though, was that there were certain pleasures to be had in taking the boy by force.
The baron looked down at his own bush and then looked up at Gabriel, still standing in the surf, gratified to see that Gabriel’s eyes had gone there too. The young man was trembling. His eyes had gone large.
“Come into the cabana with me,” the baron commanded.
Gabriel didn’t move, but the baron could hear the low moan and see how the young man was trembling.
“What for? Why should we go into the cabana?”