The fire was warm and welcome, in the big fireplace, something I had only half expected. This was late August after all, and even this far North the days were not only long but also very warm.
I guess there were more than a dozen men seated around the great room, enjoying the fire and male company. Far as I knew there wasn't a real life feminine curvy woman within two hundred miles of this place. Probably some native encampments weren't much farther than that, and Lost Mule was just over that to the Southeast.
We were in a fly-in fishing lodge, Crazy Charley's to be exact, smack dab in the middle of the mountains covering Western Canada. Far as I knew everyone was having the time of their lives. At least according to their stories, or lies, we had all harvested all the fish the law allowed. Now it was time to take a break after four 'hard' days canoeing and hiking to fishing spots around the area. This was the first time everyone had assembled together and tomorrow morning we were all flying out. Separate airplanes of course since we were going separate directions. Crazy Charley had done this before, so I trusted he had some answer to the potential Air Traffic Control problem.
It wasn't late yet, but some of the guys were getting restive. One loud-mouthed jerk had shifted the stories to women. Now all guys like to talk about women, but after a certain age they don't get into particular women. A lot of reasons for that, the most respectable being that we did indeed now know, after the chaos of puberty, that all women were individuals and most deserved our respect. The least admitted reason was we didn't want to get our asses kicked, sliced, diced and/or shot. That last was a distinct possibility as most of us were carrying belt guns. Not to protect ourselves against the Grizzlies that we occasionally saw, but hopefully to make enough noise that we could scare them away.
And if that didn't scare them away, hopefully some of our fellow fishermen would be able to find the remains and send them home to the women we didn't appreciate someone else talking about.
Most of us were too settled into the big upholstered armchairs to be driven away. Unfortunately my son, the one who was treating me to the trip, wasn't one of them. He got up almost as soon as the talk turned to women and left.
I scooted back in my chair, nursing my scotch and listened without comment.
As expected the loud mouth ended up monopolizing the bragging. Until one of the younger guys got tired of listening to his talk of meet 'em, bed 'em and leave 'em and suggested that I, in my position as eldest bull in this herd might have something to add.
For some reason it struck a chord among those gathered and there was a thoughtful pause as all eyes turned to me.
I snorted, took a sip of my scotch and started to make a particularly scathing comment. Then a memory popped up, and it dawned on me that it might be of some use here. Maybe even loud mouth would listen and learn. Doubtful, but it was worth a try.
"Well, fellas. It's been some years since I was a young bull, or even a mature bull like you fellas. Yet maybe I have a story you'd get something out of. Listening to the stories here tonight, I'm afraid it's not on the same level, but it kind of shows something about the way womenfolk work. And that knowledge, earned long before this thing took place, has come in 'good stead' to me. Whatever good stead means!"
"My kids were all grown, my wife had died, and I was in that age when the miracle drug, Viagra, was sometimes needed. Sometimes not, but to be safe should be taken when you weren't sure, or you might very well be sorry."
"I was living in a small house, three bedroom rambler, in a small collection of newish homes all constructed in the same year. You all know the kind, a bedroom community, mostly young couples with lots of kids, and all clustered around one road that curved away from the county road, then returned to it a city block further on. A couple dozen homes on both sides of the street, with a kind of village green between the county road and the homes on that side of the half circle road.
"We had an eight foot fence blocking what was almost an acre of green space from the county road, with fences behind the homes backing up to it. The kids had a great place to play. As a group we had added a barbecue pit, some picnic benches, and the builder had thrown in swings, slides, climbing contraptions and what all for the kids. It had been a nice attraction for the young families, a local kids park all their own. For me too, I liked watching kids play now in my retirement and afternoons in season I was the de facto baseball/softball/soccer/basketball referee, umpire or what have you. I even got asked to skip rope and play hopscotch. Kept me young.
"Young hell! They kept running my ass off!
"But it was fun, kept me in some kind of shape, and much as I like to read it gave me something to do that kept me out of trouble.
"Some smart cookie decided we needed a community party, and everybody either enthusiastically loved the idea or kept their mouths shut. So we all pitched in and scheduled a big blow out. It was to start on Friday evening, the week before Labor Day, when we would have a barbecue. When it got dark they planned to gather up the younger kids and settle them down in the rec. rooms of two houses across the street from our park; boys would be in one house, girls in another and the houses were separated by three other homes. A couple of the young teens were assigned to each 'barracks' to keep order.
Two of the guys got together and cobbled up a 'dance floor'; two by four frames supporting plywood sheets. And damn if it didn't work well. I was kind of the elder statesman, lending a hand where it was needed, but mostly having a grand time with the kids and teasing the ladies.
"After the kids were down, a bar was set up, serve yourself, a long extension cord was run from the back of one of the homes and a someone's stereo was set up to provide music. Quite an eclectic mix of music, I even snuck some of my swing music collection in. Surprised me that everyone seemed to like it. But what's not to like about the Count, the Duke and the King. Of course I had some real laid back stuff too, like the Ink Spots, Ames Brothers, Ella and "The Sassy Miss Sarah Vaughn".
"Sometime around 10:00/10:30 I realized I had a shadow. Abie, one of the young wives that had just moved in seemed to be tagging along where ever I wandered. This was certainly no hardship. She was dressed in what I called tan shorts, but probably had some more exotic name that told women precisely what the color was. To me it was tan. She was wearing a thin, very pale green sleeveless top with wide lapels. The buttons only came up to just below her breasts, but the fabric was cut to meet almost all the way to her throat. It was just long enough to cover her to the top of her shorts. When she bent or turned an entrancing strip of tanned flesh was exposed between the blouse and those shorts. Even more interesting, when she bent forward the neckline fell open from her throat down, showing some of her cleavage. Her arms, nicely rounded and pretty, were shown off and that hint of cleavage, though very modest, made all the men crane their necks to see if he couldn't get a deeper glimpse down that cleft. White boat shoes with no socks completed her ensemble.
And, yeah. I was spraining my neck to see, too.
Abie was early 20's, slim but curved appropriately, soft brown hair that seemed always to have been just brushed before the wind blew a couple tendrils loose. She wasn't much shorter than my 5' 8", and had a killer smile, which always seemed to be turned on. Her legs reached all the way from the ground up to where they joined a perfect derriere. I didn't know about the other men in our little community, but seeing her always made my day a little brighter.
Smart, too! She and I had a bunch of slangfests, which she won as often as not. So her presence certainly wasn't unwelcome.
I had been sipping on a brandy all evening. Nice and smooth, it just kept me kind of loose. Abie on the other hand was hitting Vodka Martini's pretty steadily. Being a small girl, she was definitely beyond the feel good stage.
Along about 11:15 I got around to asking where her husband Harry was. Turns out his boss had sent the good man off on a trouble shooting trip Thursday and he wasn't expected back home until Wednesday or the coming Thursday.
The good part was that Harry was going to be given a five-day weekend when he got back, maybe even taking the whole four days after Labor Day off to give them a week off. They were planning a camping trip, but tonight Abie was lonely. They hadn't been in their new house more than six weeks, and Abie didn't feel like she really knew any of the neighbors except me. The poor woman was afraid of the other husbands, even though their wives were with them so she stuck with me for safety.
Needless to say, this was not an ego booster. Yet at the same time it made me feel good. Would have been nice to have an attractive young thing like her think I might have SOME sex appeal but, what the hey, what I got wasn't all that bad.
As the evening progressed, I snuck in a few dances with some of he other women, being sure to pick something where I wouldn't embarrass myself too badly. Toward the end of the evening, which was fast reaching its ending for me, Abie and I enjoyed a few of he slower numbers ourselves.
She was a tremendous dancer! Light and soft in my arms, seeming to know before I did the maneuver I was going to try next. As a result we moved as one on the floor. She was only the third woman with which I had experienced such propinquity. My own mother was the first, my wife the second. Harry was lucky I was old enough to be Abie's grandfather, I sure would have been after her.
Dancing with the little nymph was a delight, not only for the rhythm but also for the full body hug her now inebriated body was gifting to me. I have no idea if she was aware of it, in her besotted state, but she was giving my dumb handle excellent exercise. He hadn't done chin-ups like this for years or should I call them sit-ups. I'm not that long.
Sometime around 1:00 I started saying goodnight to everybody, it was long past my bedtime. Finally I poured myself my last toddy of brandy for the night and strolled across the grassy park under the moon. The stars were out, the evening warm, the music mellow, and so was I.
I must have been a little befuddled myself. It wasn't until I opened the gate into my backyard, which opened onto the park that I realized Abie had followed me home. It was a temptation to just figure she was a stray and I should keep her, at least overnight. That didn't seem fair under the circumstances. I mean she had been hanging around me to keep her safe, and surprisingly enough I still had some scruples left after all these years.
"Abie, I'm calling the evening over, do you want me to walk you home?"
"No, I can get there myself, but can I come in for a minute. Just talk, would that be OK?" was her answer. So I escorted her inside, turning the heat on under the teapot as I walked through the kitchen.
Abie was still sucking on a Vodka Martini. She looked pretty much in the bag, and I was a little worried about her. I turned the indirect lighting on low that ran along the ceiling on the inside wall. Then sat on the couch next to her before asking, "You going to be alright tonight, girl?"
Damned if she didn't start to tear up! Turning to me she kind of threw herself on my shoulder and asked me, "What's wrong with me? Why can't I be a good lover?"
After that showstopper, she really began sobbing. Oh sweet Jesus, what did I have here? If this wasn't a situation, I didn't know what was.
Holding her gently while she cried, and frantically trying to think of some kind of an answer, I finally figured out I needed more information. Guess I either took a double dose of my dumb pills today, or had sipped more Scotch than I realized.
"Abie, why in the world do you ask me that? You are a beautiful girl! What's wrong?"
"Harry says I'm OK, but he doesn't act like it. When we make love he pets me a little, then we have sex, he rolls off me, holds me for just a moment and goes to sleep." She sobbed for a moment, "I'm so horny when he goes to sleep I could kill! Why can't I really enjoy sex, Duncan? Why am I frigid? Harry says I am a good lover, but he never really looks satisfied. After he's done he always asks me if I liked it! Why doesn't he know? What' wrong with me? Why can't I really enjoy sex?" She buried her face in my shoulder and hiccuped a few times before continuing, "I mean, I like making love with Harry, I just don't finish like all my girl friends say they do. What's wrong Duncan, why can't I be a complete woman? What am I doing wrong?"
"Abie, are you sure you should be asking me this question? You've only known me a little over a month. How about your mother, or some other woman you trust? For heavens sake, why not talk to Harry about this? He's your husband, don't you talk together? Don't you tell each other what you like and don't like, how to make you feel good? How about Harry, what has he told you he likes you to do to him?"
"Duncan, my mom lives across the country, and we never talked about things like this. I'd be too ashamed to even bring it up. And all my girl friends just talk about how great the sex is for them. How can I tell them I don't know what great sex really feels like. I mean, they talk about seeing stars, and moons, and having earthquakes. One of my friends says she keeps ripping the pillow apart with her teeth to keep from screaming and waking up the kids and her neighbors. How can I tell her I have no idea what she's screaming about?"
"Duncan, I know you only met me when we moved in, but everyone knows how helpful you are, and you are so wise, you always seem to know the answer to peoples problems. Duncan, I can't go to my pastor, he just tells people to have more trust in Jesus. How's that going to help me make my husband happy? I don't know ANYONE to ask. Except you! Please, Duncan, I know this is crazy but I don't know where else to turn."
I held her quietly as her sobs slowly quieted. After a long while she was snuggling into my shoulder, burrowing her face into my chest and holding me tight.
"Abie, why don't you tell me about it?" I asked, turning her away from my shoulder to lay back on my lap, facing me. She was resting on my right arm, the arm then slipping down her back until its hand cupped her right buttock. My left hand now rested on her thigh and her breast pressed solidly into my ribs. Those long legs of hers stretched out along the couch, the lower knee bent and pushed up against the back. The upper leg was straight, her ankle passing over the left ankle, that foot flat against the arm on the opposite end of he couch. Her chin tilted up, hair streaming over my arm, her eyes blinking away the last of her tears as she shyly looked up at me.
Smoothing her hair back from her brow, I then softly stroked the side of her face before beginning to trace the curve of her jaw from under her ear to her lips.
"What do you, mean? He just, 'makes love to me'."
"For instance, does he hold you like this at all? Does he follow your curves, like this?" I asked, running my hand along her side to her hip, then making lazy little circles over the back of her shorts. "Doesn't he give you little kisses, like this?" and I leaned down to give her tiny butterfly kisses on her brow, cheeks and nose. Very softly, very quick gentle touches, moving each kiss to a different spot. In a moment her breathing was picking up and I noticed her eyes dilating slightly.
"N-n-no! Nothing like that," she stuttered as I slowed the kisses but didn't stop. "Nothing like that, he just... Well, he just makes LOVE to me."
"OK," I said. "Does he do this?" I lifted my hand from where it was still making intricate circles on her hip where the flesh appeared from under the tan shorts, then began tracing arcane patterns on her upper arm.
She shivered under my slow, slowly moving finger, "He's never done any of those things." She blushed, "He just MAKES LOVE to me."
I sat back to think for a moment as I continued tracing the alphabet on her arm from where the arm emerged naked from under her green blouse, all the way to the back of her hand. I noticed her arm in the trail my fingers made was covered with pleasure bumps.
Watching her for a moment, enjoying the slight glaze I could see now in her eyes in the dim light. I picked up her right hand from where it was lying easily atop her left wrist in her lap. Deftly preventing her from taking my hand in hers, I lay it in her cleavage.
Slowly I began tracing down the back of her little finger. So softly as to hardly be felt. I could feel the soft down on the back of her finger. Down and back, down and back I traced the finger, before continuing on down to run my finger around the tip of little finger, than up the outside all the way to the palm, then back. Pulling her finger gently in the air my inspection and exploration continued to the web between that and the index finger, then back. Finally I held the little finger in a circle made of all four of mine. Tracing it, pulling softly, squeezing lovingly, I made gentle love to just her little finger, finally kissing the ball of that tiny appendage with the balls of all my fingers. Enjoying the difficulty she was having breathing as she was inundated with these totally unexpected sensations. Feelings she had never suspected could be aroused.
Knowing we had all night, and all day if needed, I continued on to pleasure her ring finger, and then the others. Abie seemed to be
mesmerized as I proceeded. The back of my knuckles were constantly making little 'accidental' touches where the blouse was now pushed back to leave the cleavage between her breast exposed.
Some unknown time later, I lifted my hand from hers, lifting her chin gently to look into her eyes. "No loving like that, Abie?" She stared into my eyes with wonder, but all she could do was give a little shake of her head.
Using just the tips of my fingers, I began tracing her cheek, from her brow to the corner of her lips. Then I followed the line of her jaw from under one ear, around under her lips to under the other ear. Then repeating, I started at the other side. Her eyes closed and I could swear she purred.
When my fingers dropped down and I began making lazy curlicues and spirals on the soft flesh beneath her jaw her breathing slowed and almost ceased for a moment, until she gave a great gasp when the oxygen deprivation became too great. But breathing didn't return to normal even then.
When my fingertips dropped to began tracing the hollow of her throat, her jaw lifted to give me more room. Being careful to remain only on the flesh being offered by the opening in her collar. I took my time touching and pleasuring the soft, warm flesh there on display.
She seemed to be spellbound when my hand left her décolletage and I lifted her right arm by softly and firmly grasping her wrist. Carefully lifting it over her head I left it there, the forearm lying atop her soft brown hair, shining in the dim romantic light, her wrist and hand resting on the back of the sofa.
Tracing my fingers down the top of the arm now lying above her head, I followed down the inside of her bicep, then onto the infinitely sensitive skin of her underarm. Noting how smoothly it was shaven, I so slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y began exploring the area. It was a part of her body I believed no one but she had been allowed to even touch without a struggle. Unconsciously she was giving it up to me, secure in her trust that I would do her no harm.
As I did my magic there, I asked her, "Is this making love, Abie?"
Her eyes were shut tight, her face a mask of concentration as she savored the alien, unexpected sensations. She slowly nodded her head.
"Has Harry ever done this?" I asked.
Again her head moved, this time shaking 'no' ever so slowly.
"If he did, would you be ready to make love now?" I asked.
Her eyes opened, locked on mine and her lips moved. They seemed to purse first, as if asking for a kiss, before she said, "Yes, oh yes. I am so ready now."
"If I were your lover, would I be ready now," I asked, knowing she could feel the solid, pulsing manhood lying under her left hip.
Her eyes still locked on mine, her voice stronger, she slowly nodded her head as she answered, "Yes!" while wiggling her body over my erection.
Then she shifted her weight, until my shaft was better accommodated and more firmly lying against her.
Smiling slowly, I moved my right hand to rest against her lower tummy, cupping it softly, my fingers now beginning a gentle tattoo on her belly under her blouse. Each finger individually, playing her like a fine piano. I could feel the tune beginning where she lay against me.
My free left hand moved to the top button of her blouse, which was holding the blouse from further displaying the vee of her cleavage. Her eyes remained locked to mine, her breathing shallow and fast. Slowly, deliberately I turned the button, and slipped it out of its hole. Delaying a moment while we looked one another in the eyes, I moved my hand to the next button and repeated my action.