Dedicated to straitjacket enthusiasts everywhere who love the process of bondage as much as the result. Derivative works and sequels are warmly welcomed.
"Hey, pass me that flow coefficients sheet, will you?"
"No prob. The laminate flow one, right?"
I slide the piece of paper over to the right, and Sheryl cranes her neck down just a tad to get a better look. A few strands of hair fall out over her left ear; with fluttering heart, unsure of what her reaction will be, I restore the wayward strands back to their regal perch.
She turns her head towards me. I'm delighted to see that she's smiling. "Thanks, man."
I'm a student at a prestigious East Coast university--a mechanical engineering and linguistics double major to be exact. My days here are pretty enjoyable--I've been on a date or two this year, the boys and I usually make it out to watch movies every weekend, school's going well--yes, I really enjoy it here. The girl sitting to the right of me at the lab bench, though, puts me to shame. Shooting for a physics major and a dance history minor, she beats me hands down in academics. She's not a model, and nor does she have a perfect body, but she comes awfully close.
I lean back slightly to study Sheryl's figure. In accordance with her person, she dresses sweetly. Her dark red halter top shows from the back the powerful, yet limber musculature of her back and abdomen, curves no doubt gained from the years of dance that she's mentioned to me. The top disappears into her jean shorts, and my eyes continue to drop. The graceful curve of the thighs--
"... yeah, I thought Sample C's was.072. I've done so many of these problems now, I think I'm going to be dreaming about these numbers tonight... Whoa, what's this?"
Her question rouses me. I lean forward again and look at the sheet that she indicates. I'm expecting to see an imperfectly xeroxed number or maybe one of my incomplete calculations that's confusing her. To my chagrin--nay, to my absolute horror, I behold one of my own sketches.
The slender girl struggles in a mean-looking straitjacket. Face in absolute terror, legs and feet at odd angles, she tries to gain a grip on the floor and drag herself away from the man. The man, meanwhile, has gotten hold of the fabric over one of her violently jerking shoulders and appears resolute in retiring her to her padded cell, the door to which is visible beyond.
I flush crimson immediately at yesterday's lecture sketch. Hadn't I put that sheet away with the others? No time, no time, she's expecting an answer...
"Well, my friend is into that kind of stuff." My mouth is dry. You can't imagine how quickly the nervousness spreads when your love interest happens upon your fetish. "He asked me to do one for him." Okay, standard lie procedure. Supply extra information to appear casual. "He said something like... he wanted to make a good first impression on an online community of some sort. It's called, um, bondage, I think?" Shoot, I don't have a motive yet. "He's promised me a nice little sum for the finished product." There we go. By God, I hope she believes it.
If she was listening carefully, she'd hear that my breathing was now ragged. Perhaps if she was listening very carefully, she'd hear too that my heart was pumping madly.
"Oh. Well." Long pause as she furrows her brow, running her finger over different parts of the drawing. "It's drawn pretty well. You have the wrinkles and creases technique down. Like, for instance, the way they radiate from the guy's hand pulling on her shoulder. I never could quite manage that in my art classes. They publish huge tomes on just motion creases, did you know... ?" She indicates the width of an imaginary book between her fingers.
I breathe a sweet sigh of relief. She's bought it. I might just have a chance at her, I chuckle, as long as I keep my papers straight. I've never seen a real straitjacket in person before, never have been involved as either party to such restraint, and probably will just have occasional vivid dreams that fade away as the sun rises, even though I wish they could last for just a bit longer. But, well, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. I mean, it isn't every day that you run into a girl like Sheryl.
The rest of the day goes uneventfully. The problem set is finished and duly turned in before five. We part for the day and set up another appointment to collaborate, this time back at my room. Extracurricular practices, dinner with friends, some more work alone, and another day passes.
Two weeks have passed since the discovery and awkward explanation. I stand next to the wardrobe in my dorm, trying t-shirt after t-shirt for that perfect look. Sheryl and I have just successfully undergone a grueling midterm. By comparing answers afterwards, we are fairly confident of our success.
Sheryl and I have been, and still are daily becoming closer. More and more often she comes over to work on fluid dynamics; occasionally we bring our own work, content solely to be in each other's presence. We've decided tonight to celebrate our success by going out, and she's pledged to "thank me for my help." I'm both flattered that she thinks she's learned anything at all from me, and intrigued at the proposed act of gratitude.
Nothing too remarkable--outside of the fun time you typically have with your dream girl--happens over dinner. The one exception, I suppose, is her choice of outfit for the evening. I mean, if I were a girl, I'd hold off on the tight leather pants until the second date at least. I certainly am not going to complain though.
I am about to drive Sheryl back to campus when she seems to start. "Why don't I take the wheel for a little while?" I consider the ramifications of the breach of etiquette but cede her control of the car.
Sheryl finally stops and cuts the ignition in the parking lot of a small strip mall, by now closed and dark. Were I not coming off of a great night with a wonderful woman, I would normally have been worried for our safety. But it seemed my date was clearly in control. "Come on, we've reached our destination. Well, sort of. We don't want to get too close and arouse suspicion."
The night fog settles lightly on us, and as we tread on the grass I can feel the wetness of the forming dew spraying back on my shins. Where I'm from, temperatures like this are common, and I find the setting slightly calming. Sheryl seems less wont to it; she shivers, and I lend her my jacket. "So where are we heading?" I attempt again as we cross a second street.
Sheryl turns to face me, lays her finger across my lips. With raised eyebrows and a suggestive shrug of the whole body, she teases, "It's a secret. But this is something you'll never forret." In the still of night only the distant roar of cars and the footfall of her platform shoes is audible. She slows down as we approach a barbed-wire fence, and the outline of an industrial building emerges from the yellow-streetlit fog. We walk parallel to the fence until we come to a double gate with a card-reader.
From a metal placard affixed to the fence I recognize the name of a local aerospace firm. With a slightly clearer idea of where I am, I survey the complex through the links of the fence. There are maybe five or six squat, poured-concrete buildings; evidently function has prevailed over form in their construction. A windowless tower of similar construction, at least fifty feet tall, lies at their center. There are no signs of activity, save very faint glows at windows--probably just the glows produced by monitors left on by now peacefully sleeping employees.
After rummaging through her purse, my date produces a badge. From a brief glint of light I see her name and a picture of a very smartly dressed Sheryl.
"How'd you make that?" I wonder.
"I work here, silly. Periodic contract job," she offers. I apologize for my assumption. Our manner seems so dark and shady that I could not help for a second but believe we are going to sneak into some plant with a fake ID, commit industrial espionage dressed in black catsuits or something as in the movies--I don't know. But she seems to read my mind.
"What we're doing may be almost as dangerous as breaking in though. A lot of government contracts go through here, and there's a fair amount of classified information that I don't have access to." She points to some red text to that effect on her badge. "I haven't worked here long enough. Anyway, if we were found wandering around--even considering that I do work here--the consequences could be serious. I don't know the law exactly, but it might be federal."
Sheryl swipes her card; a small light blinks green and we hear a small click. She swings the fence gate open. "After you," she suggests.
"Thank you, dear." I lead through the gate, hearing the clang and the click as the gate shuts. The second gate is now ahead of me. "Hey, you'll need to open this one for us too," I observe, turning back. To my surprise, Sheryl has not followed me but instead has stayed outside the first gate. Her card dangles from her hand.
"Looking for this?" she taunts. What in the? I am about to declare in annoyance that I'll climb over the second gate when I look up and realize that the space between the gates is also fenced above. I am indeed effectively trapped in a cage of fencing, the entrance and exit to which both require the badge.
"Good night. I suppose I'll see them dragging you away on the news when they find you tomorrow." She speaks with a certitude that scares me.
I seize the metal webbing with my hands. "Sheryl! You can't be serious..." I shake the fence as much as I can. I shout her name, but she silently turns her back against me, making what seems to be an exaggerated effort to sway her hips saucily as she saunters away.
"Sssh. There are guards on duty," she adds as a final touch. Perhaps it's the cold night air, or my view of the seat of her tight pants, or the fact that she has me where she wants me, but for some reason I'm beginning to feel a little aroused.
I pass several minutes berating myself for not seeing a ruse like that; secondarily I contemplate what federal action might be brought against the poor soul they will find in the morning, frozen half to death, without clearance in a restricted area. Searching for my wallet, I feel something in my pants pocket and extract what else but my English-Russian dictionary. God, how indeed they are going to kill me...
"Miss me, honey?" I hear behind me. I turn to find Sheryl widely grinning across the outer gate. She lets herself in. While we are both confined between the two gates, she avails herself of my inability to separate myself from her and gives me a long kiss--one which, honestly, having just mentally anathemized her for the horrible thing she did to me, I would rather go without for now. "I've always wanted to do that to someone. You had better do what I say here. Because now you know who's in control."
Soon we've entered into the building complex. Before leaving last week, Sheryl has evidently taped over the door jamb of a side entry so that the lock hasn't engaged.
"They're in the middle of updating a system, so it turns out that entrances through that double gate outside are not logged, but card entrances into the building are. So we can't leave a trace." Sheryl leads me down a series of dark corridors--left, right, left, right--to the other side of the building. Through windowed doors I see glimpses of parts of planes under construction. A growing sense of being somewhere I'm not supposed to be feeds my curiosity and my arousal, so I linger at the doors, but my impetuous guide leads me on.
Finally we see another set of double doors at the end of the hallway. The windows are papered up, but even so a reddish light from within soaks through the paper and suffuses the dark hall with an eerie glow. Above me on the ceiling I see several parallel water pipes and their valves; on the walls I see electrical conduits. I can barely make out the placard above the door:
"VACUUM EFFICIENCY LAB No.2"
"Welcome to my humble abode." Sheryl sweeps her hand with a grand gesture as she backs into a door to open it. We enter and are bathed in the deep red light.
The first thing that strikes me about the room is a hulking monster of a cylindrical chamber, like a can lying on its side but approximately two stories high and at least that much in the other dimensions. Stairs run up to points on the outside of the structure where wires and equipment are connected. The side near us, a massive, massive metal slab at least a foot and a half thick, is set on a colossal hinge and stands ajar.
"This is where we test parts of rockets in space conditions," Sheryl dutifully explained. "Or sometimes satellites for instance. The entire manufactured satellite, well, with solar panels stowed of course--our smallest models are 15 feet tall--is wheeled into this chamber. Through several controls we can adjust atmospheric pressure and temperature. And we can carefully monitor the input power from those testing stations. Set in the door are a series of sensors that report back the communications output. This way we can measure how efficiently our satellite amplifies and transceives.
"But that is irrelevant right now. I want you now, and I've decided that I want you... in there." She strips her top to reveal a tight leather bra to match the rest of her raiment for the evening. She throws a few items aside and heads for me. This is certainly very odd.
We roll about on the black anechoic foam, working our way deeper and deeper into the chamber, constantly building up our readiness with games and chases. I find myself enjoying the sensation of her face against my chest, her flowing hair, even her individual eyelashes tickling me. But all of a sudden I feel metal against my neck; I hear a ratchet click. Sheryl rises immediately, chest heaving and hair dishevelled.
I get up to inquire, but I find myself attached by the neck to a rather heavy yoke lying on the ground of the chamber. I look up and see that the yoke extends up to the ceiling, where a hoist takes up the chain. Clearly, I note, this relationship has just gone from a little eccentric--ok, very eccentric--to plain kinky. Sheryl continues her delivery, businesslike and calculated.
"It is customary in the testing of flight parts to bring the atmosphere down to a vacuum. For the first ten hours mechanical pumps are used to exhaust the air; thereafter ion pumps are used to reduce the pressure to millionths of a torr -- billionths of an Earth atmosphere."
Sheryl begins to head out of the chamber. I immediately test the security of my attachment; as soon as I pull a little on the tightly applied brace I can feel pressure against the veins in my neck. The blood pressure in my head builds. I quickly release the brace and slap myself on the head. How did I let myself get into this?
I hear steps mounting the stairs and, muffled, a seat being dragged into a suitable place. Then a low rumbling begins, and I notice the hinged face begin to move. "Sheryl, this is really not funny. I already realize you're in charge here," I essay. "I don't know what you want to gain from this. You've done this once already tonight..."
Sheryl continues where she left off, but this time over an intercom. "Because of the long evacuation time, two things will happen. First, no one who is unsure of the contents of this chamber will bother to open the chamber for fear of having to repeat the process and reset all the testing. Second, you have a slow, agonizing suffocation ahead of you."
As the door closes the inside of the chamber grows progressively darker. The crescent of red that marks my path back into freedom wanes like the dying phases of the moon. I grow frantic. "Sheryl, come back. Let's finish what we started?" Then with a thud, the last sliver disappears, and I hear several smaller thuds that must be latches or locks.
When the deafening sound of the mechanical pumps kicks in, I scream at the top of my lungs. Anything, anything, I yell, will I do for her now.
The pumps stop. Says the operator:
"Well, there's one thing."
"Yes, yes, yes! What?"
"You'll have to tell me about your fetish."
"Sheryl, I don't know what..."
"I'll tell you something. You talk in your sleep... you can even answer questions in your sleep. I suspected something about you after seeing that drawing. And unless I hear the same admissions here that I was able to cajole out of you a few nights ago when I was in your room, they will find you when the test sequence is over. That's in two weeks."
What choice do I have?
"I told you I'd show my appreciation for your help," she begins, as she peeks around the opened door.
"This is a funny way to show appreciation." I am standing, still dressed in my t-shirt and jeans, and, in order to reduce the pressure, holding the heavy metal bar that hangs off my neck. She treads along the plush floor.
"You need to trust me, sweetie." She places her hand against my cheek. I am inclined to hit her with the metal bar, but that would probably choke me. "'You'll never forget this, ' remember how I said that? I promise you, you'll never regret this either."
"I'll never forget this, that's for sure. Hold it against you, probably. That is, if I make it out of here alive."
A look of slight annoyance. "Look here. I intend to work together with you. Collaborate with you. You've admitted your fantasy and I'm going to help make that reality for you. And..." She pauses. "And I'm hoping maybe you can return the favor someday."
From the floor, next to her top, Sheryl picks up and hands me a shapeless gray mass. I let it unfurl, seeing now something that resembles a surfer's fullsuit. Built-in fingered gloves and shaped boots cap the appropriate sleeves.
"Strip--heck, you can turn around if you're shy--and put it on." She seems to remember something and gives a hint of a smile. "You have no idea how difficult it was to keep that flattened and tucked away in my purse this evening." Indeed, I really hadn't noticed anything out of the ordinary, hadn't suspected anything at all. Attraction does that to you.
The fabric is grey, slightly rubbery, finely porous. It clings and follows every curve precisely. I feel my sheathed forearm through the suit and am surprised my how odd, almost alien, it is to touch myself through the suit. My hand slides easily over my body, and the fabric hums a little when I slide the "skin" over itself.
"Do some stretches. Pretend you're warming up for a run." I don't understand why, but I take her suggestion silently and flap halfheartedly for a few seconds. She comes close, examining the suit on my body to redistribute the fabric a little where it is bunched up or twisted. She wraps her hands suddenly around my left thigh to line up the inseam. A bucking shiver travels up and down me. "Like that, eh?"
The chamber is dark again, and I am alone, dressed in Sheryl's ridiculous getup. The only sound is that of my breathing, uncannily echoless because of the padded surfaces. It is almost be like sensory deprivation; the hanging is the only thing I feel. She's put my hands into conical leather cuffs and screwed those into the yoke bar about three feet apart. A similar procedure has been repeated with my feet and another bar. After she released my neck, thank God for that, I've been hoisted up to the rear center of the cylinder.
I hang there, swinging ever so slightly, and in a spreadeagle position. Sheryl has been careful to limit the swing by stretching me ever so slightly between the two bars. And as I hang, it comes to me exactly how different from the sweet and innocent Sheryl this Sheryl has turned out to be. Just one week ago I would never even have joked coarsely with her, for fear, more than anything else, that she would be disappointed in me. But now she is privy to one of my darkest secrets and taking it quite in stride. I don't know what to feel. Terror and passion both come to mind. Sheryl's voice startles me again.
"You probably wonder how I will go about this. First thing I need is a map of your body. I bet you know already; it's just trigonometry--all it takes is two different views of something to derive its depth. You'll notice that the suit you're wearing is gridded." It isn't, but then I suddenly light up dimly. Yes, now it is. How delightful. I now look like something out of Tron.
"Black light and machine-precision painted fluorescent dye. Anyways, one longitudinal gridline every ten degrees, one latitudinal gridline every one inch. If I ask the sensor array to follow a single grid point from this angle"--through the overhead assembly I am swung suddenly and unceremonially so that I face the closed door--"to this one"--I am whisked over some eighth of a turn--"I can figure out exactly where that point lies in the 3-d world. So with all these points over your body and thousands of angles, I will have a perfect model of your external contours. Hope that makes sense."
The black light is evidently turned off again, for I am plunged back into darkness. For an indeterminate amount of time I am spun about mercilessly, sometimes lit and sometimes with a small red laser point travelling over my body.
I realize Sheryl is the sole keeper of my fate. At the controls beneath her fingers she has the power to asphyxiate me, pull me apart, or chill me to death, all torturously slowly. I cannot predict when I will be released. I cannot move my body, and I cannot predict my rotation. I cannot predict when my sight will suddenly be blacked out. With only the suit on I feel naked and vulnerable. And yet the crotch of the suit is hardening.
As the professor expounds and gesticulates, Sheryl and I smile at each other in recollection of the past night's adventure. Sheryl's out of the leather again and back into her usual jeans, sweet and adorable as ever. She's terribly good at keeping hidden exactly what she wants to hide.
I rub my eyes. I had been barely able to get any sleep that night, I was so excited. Her request that I return the favor someday--her willingness to realize my dreams and bring my fetish to life--would she be the one? I had told her as much the night before, that I was looking for someone who would be willing to satisfy me, and I her, throughout our lives. She had agreed to my "fantasy" then, but did she consider that last bit a part of it?
The professor turns his attention to another example. What if, he asks, we apply atmospheric pressure to one end of a ten-foot, two-inch circular pipe whose other end lies in a chamber evacuated to.75 atm? I am watching the side of Sheryl's beautiful face and notice a small grin develop as our lecturer continues on about partial vacuums.
I shift my weight a little and let my hand creep tentatively towards her. Over the handrest it goes, and as it makes contact with her tee she purrs ever so slightly. She pulls closer too, and her head comes to rest on my shoulder. I spend the rest of the hour stroking her side gently.
These auditorium seats are hardly the love seats one finds at the theater, and I have no doubt whatsoever that at least half the students in the rows behind us witnessed the whole thing. Yet I hear not even the slightest whisper. Either they're asleep or in pure shock to see the hair of this angel cascade from my shoulder.
"So what was in the box?" We're both packing up our notes in the general clamor of the end of lecture. Dazedly tumbling out of the cylinder the night before, I had met her descending the stairs from the outer platform carrying a cardboard box of plastic plates.
"That was your data. Three megabytes. Doesn't seem like much, but remember, it's just numbers. I did some fifty complete rotations and averaged all the data."
"Those were tape spools?" I ask incredulously.
"That's nothing. We use forty-year old equipment in other places. A lot of my work is actually pretty low-tech. When it comes to vacuums, you know, it doesn't take high technology to... suck and blow." A raised eyebrow, then an evil wink. Oh, that was the first pun I haven't minded in a while.
"What are you going to do with the data?"
"You wanted to be totally immobile in your..." Sheryl takes note of all the potentially prying ears filing past us. "... apparel. By God, I guarantee it's going to fit. And damned well."
"The data's useful for other things too, you see. When you become a famous engineer," she jokes, "we can make little stunningly accurate action figures of you. I might want a full-size doll for myself, too." She takes my hand and whispers. "Oh, one more thing..."
"I don't guarantee a perfect fit in the crotch."
"The data were inconsistent between rotations." She responds to my inquisitive look. Grinning: "It's as if the front came out more and more as I went on."
The next week went smoothly, so far as Sheryl and I were concerned. She had been spending more time with me, and several times now, declaring that she was too tired to survive a trek back to her dorm, she had spent the night in my bed. And naturally I did my best to be a gracious host. Then, all of a sudden, she stopped coming even to study with me.
I am busy surfing the Web after class when I receive Sheryl's call. She has actually been on my mind quite a bit, even more so during those three days she hasn't come over. I fear the worst.
"We need to talk." That sinking feeling. Ah, shit--the harbinger of a breakup, the terror of men worldwide.
Innocently: "Sheryl, what's the matter? How are you feeling?" Well, I figure I might as well try to save the sinking ship.
"I'd prefer we not talk about it right now. I just--I need to see you in person." Why, oh why? We were getting along so well, too. "Can I meet you by the psych building tomorrow evening? Like 6:00?"
"Where? It's locked past 5:30, isn't it?"
"By the front stairs. There's that nice garden nearby, I was thinking we could sit and talk until it gets too dark."
My fear solidified into certainty. I was mentally preparing myself for the sadness now. "Ok. Do you want me to bring anything?"
"No. See you then."
My heart is heavy as I cross the wide street to main campus. The chill evening wind has already begun to pick up, and the sky is dark, having been overcast all day. I look down and listen to the sound of my feet on the gravel.
Sheryl is sitting on the steps already when I arrive at the psych building. Though bundled up in a heavy jacket, she still looks beautiful, with her hair down and lilting slightly in the wind. It's funny how girls like her are either beautiful or, in the most unforgiving of circumstances, at least cute.
"Hey, handsome." She remains sitting. I join her on the steps.
"So what's up, Sheryl? Do you feel better today?"
"Naw, about the same as yesterday. Do you have some time?"
"Yeah, I didn't have very much on my plate tonight. Friday nights I usually just nap or go bowling with the guys. So... is this bad news?"
"A little. I don't think we can see each other anymore."
"But Sheryl, why? We were having so much fun..."
"I know. I'm just kidding." Wide grin. "Like I'd give any of that up. Let's go in." She gets up and dusts off her pants. Offering her hand to her confused boyfriend of sorts, she leads the way up the worn stone stairs. At the top she pulls out a keyring and unlocks the double doors.
We're walking down the darkened halls, quietly to keep down the echoing clatter. I figure this is the beginning of another adventure with Sheryl, and that I don't need to worry about getting dumped just yet.
I'm not here often, but having taken some linguistics classes here, I can find my way around the place. By now most of the professors have gone home, but some evidently haven't given up on their work yet. We can see some lights in the windows above their doors.
Sheryl turns a corner and locates a single door on the right marked "Basement classrooms." After trying a few keys unsuccessfully, she finds the right one. The open door reveals a flight of descending stairs that, after a landing ahead, curve around to the right. They are illuminated only dimly with a distant light. Sheryl breaks the silence.
"After you." Sheryl locks the door behind us.
"Of course. How did you get those keys?" We descend.
"Ah. From Kate. She's the student facilities manager for this building. Very trusting friend, wouldn't you agree?"
On most afternoons, the University conducts all sorts of psychology studies. Poor college students come by and fill out questionnaires or conduct interviews or whatnot, things that mean nothing to them but mean tons to researchers, and walk away a few dollars richer. Though I've never had much time to do any of these students, I understand these lower-level classrooms are the ones they use.
But now all the classrooms lie dark, and only three dim bulbs illuminate the entire basement hallway. After a few turns, we find ourselves next to a door labelled "Sleep Lab A." This, I figure, is where they hook subjects up to brainwave monitors and watch them sleep.
This door, too, is duly unlocked, and we enter. Sheryl darts into the dark room ahead of me and turns the light on. The small size of the room surprises me--the room is only as long as the bed, which is pushed against the right side of the room. On the left side there are about two feet of linoleum floor running alongside the bed and a wide mirror flush with the wall. Over by the foot of the bed there is a small closet. There are no windows. I sit on the bed and observe the spartan furnishing.
"Never tried a sleep study before, I take it?"
"No. First time here. Never knew what this was like."
"Well, make yourself comfortable." She sits beside me.
"So, thanks for bringing me here and all, but why are we here?"
"I just wanted to spend some time alone with you. And don't pretend I don't know how much being in a forbidden place turns you on."
"Well, what if somebody finds us? That could be rather embarrassing. You and I both, known all around campus..."
"Relax. There's nothing going on on this level tonight. Everything's locked up nice and tight." Sheryl has by now shed her jacket into the corner, revealing a tight tee. I move closer to her, and my hands work their way up under her top. We recline on to the bed.
"Hold on a sec." She reaches to a ticking bedside timer and twists it past zero. The room is utterly dark. I can still hear the playfulness in her voice, though. "Much better. Please do continue."
I wake up to the bright light in the room. Well, that, and Sheryl slapping me lightly on the face. "Hey, sleepy, we got things to do tonight!" The digital clock on the small nightstand reads 11:00. Wow, I had been more tired than I thought.
Sheryl swings her legs down over the edge of the bed. She leans over, evidently fumbling around for something underneath the bed. Still somewhat reclining, and observing an inviting target right by my hands, I decide to give in to temptation and give her rear a solid thwack. Sheryl whips back up and regards me with mock indignation.
"You did not just do that." She's smiling, though. It's okay.
"What? With all the other stuff we've tried, you're afraid of a little nip in the butt?"
"Hmm. Guess you're right. Still, I'll get you back sometime for it." I'm counting on it, really. less.
"Undoubtedly you know already how a straitjacket does its job, but just so that you know what's going to happen to you, I'll explain the basic theory. A straitjacket is primarily constructed to keep the arms and hands immobile, since a person's greatest motor dexterity lies in those two areas.
"This is done by forcing the arms into the jacket sleeves, then fastening the jacket sleeves together. Since the jacket sleeves are securely fastened to each other, and the arms cannot leave the sleeves, so too are the arms securely fastened. The best place to fasten the arms is across the front, one over the other, and around to the back." She demonstrates the position and, as she speaks, pretends to tug and struggle against imaginary bonds, all while grunting and moaning in a manner I thought reminiscent of a striptease. Damn, that turns me on.
"This way the jacket, relying on the arms' own tensile strength to restrain them, takes up all the slack that might translate into the wearer's capacity to injure himself or others. As long as the wearer cannot release his arms from the sleeves, he is bound solidly. In binding the arms across the front, there is the additional psychological torture of seeing the form of the arms clearly in front while not being able to move or use them at all, whether to aggress or defend.
"In fact, there exist sleeve-only straitjacket harnesses, and they perform every function above just as well. But if you ask me there's nothing quite like feeling, all over your body, that your mobility has been removed from you and that you cannot release yourself. Hence the full body suit"--she lays her hand on the suit, patting it--"hence the unrelenting tightness you will soon experience. See, dear, I want nothing but the best for you."
I am still blankly staring at the first straitjacket I've seen in person. So many different elements of my fantasy are about to become true at the same time. Sheryl has explained very expertly what I already know, but to hear it from this vixen is quite something else. I voice an detached observation in an attempt to hide my arousal. "That's very thin material." It was maybe a sixteenth of an inch thick, a little more maybe.
"Well, it's about average, really. But let me show you something." She searches for a moment around the darkened room and opens a clothes closet with a clotheshanger bar. Shoving all the clotheshangers aside, she picks up the jacket and throws it over the bar. She finds the two arm straps and connects them around the bar. "Watch."
She makes a small hop and, on the way down, leans in to catch the loop of jacket fabric underneath her armpit. My heart leaps in concern that my precious Sheryl will fall and hurt herself, or that my apparel for the evening will be ruined. Neither happens. No, Sheryl grins as she remains inches off the ground, held up by the buckled loop.
"Tiff--she helped me make this--she says that every square inch of this polymer blend could withstand a shear force equal to the weight of ten men. See for yourself." She tosses the jacket to me.
I examine the seams on the jacket for damage. I see rows and rows of close stitching where the straps are attached to the jacket. Knowing Sharon's commitment to excellence, I have no doubt that they are rated just as strong as the jacket itself. But upon closer inspection I realize that there are really no seams at all. I inquire as to why.
"You're pretty observant. Most of the suit was actually built in one piece around a digital cast of your body. I trust you remember the scans. And the parts that absolutely had to be connected were first chemically bonded. The stitching was added later just in case."
She wraps her hands around my upper arms and slowly pushes me backwards into the small closet. "Make no mistake about it. If you hand me the figurative keys to your freedom, you are not going to regain it until I want it done. So think it through carefully." Sliding her hands down to my wrists, she pushes them back and closes her hands around them in a tight grip. I am probably strong enough to get loose, but that's not the point. Persuading me to make the irrationally bold show of trust, she closes her mouth over mine and plays deeply over the inside of my mouth with her tongue.
"I agree to it, Sheryl." I can feel a load of adrenaline enter my bloodstream as my brain comprehends the change in status that has just transpired. "Let's do it."
She smiles a mysterious smile. "You're bound by your honor now." Sheryl unhooks the sleeve loop and lays the garment on the floor. "Let's begin."
I stoop down to the linoleum and grasp the pliant fabric of the jacket's upper half. Just from my few surveys of the garment in the past fifteen minutes, I know to expect a tangle of straps, locks, and zippers. Folding the unfastened top over so that I can start pulling it on, I am nevertheless taken aback. Yes, somewhere in the complexity of the back flap there is a opening waiting to receive my body.
"Make sure now. You have to go to the bathroom or anything? You won't be able to for some time," Sheryl warns. I reassure her that I'm alright.
I take the outside of one of the suit legs and, pulling on it gently, begin feeding my right foot in. Sheryl has asked me to strip to my underwear, and like any halfway reasonable guy, I've eagerly obeyed her command. The suit material is a little cool at first but quickly warms up to a comfortable temperature. As the pant leg progressively engulfs mine, it grows to its final size. The image of a snake engulfing a rabbit comes to mind.
"Ever wondered how those models on TV feel wearing those outrageously tight leather pants? Well, you're feeling it right now." It was wonderful--a constant reassuring pressure that made me feel warm and cozy, yet sexy at the same time.
"Are you sure I'll be able to fit myself in this?" My leg is nearly in, but the snake seems to be choking on my thigh.
"Just push a little harder. That fabric expands twenty-five percent to its rated area, requiring increasing force as you stretch it. After that no reasonably human force can cause it to expand any more. It's somewhere between spandex and latex in terms of give. Naturally, I've had the suit sculpted to eighty percent of your body size, so the fabric is fully stretched at the true hundred percent." Sure enough, with one last push, my leg is now in. My new right leg is gray with tasteful black accents.
Having guided me through coating my legs with the suit, Sheryl asks me to stand up. She has to lend a hand, as I newly realize my legs have trouble bending at the knees because of the tightness. As I falter she steadies me with a hug. The tangle of straps at the back of my suit hangs lazily down my front, held up by virtue of the stricture at my thighs.