On my first day home for the summer from law school, my aunts informed me I was escorting them to an open house being held by the Parkers, our new next-door neighbors. I would have much preferred to sleep because I hadn't done a lot of it lately, but my not-so-discreet protestations were summarily ignored. So, at six p.m. on Friday evening, I was dressed in charcoal gray slacks, blue blazer, white, button-down shirt, and a silk Brooks Brothers tie. My stubble had been banished. My black loafers gleamed.
"You do clean up nicely, Jimmy," Aunt Dorothy said admiringly as she looked me up and down.
"You're quite a handsome man," Aunt Linda said, beaming up at me.
"I'd better be to escort two such beautiful ladies," I replied. Aunt Linda giggled.
"Background," Aunt Dorothy said. "He is Dr. Arthur Parker, renowned as a surgeon, pompous ass, and self-proclaimed God's gift to women. She's Amanda, his trophy wife."
"She's a cool customer," Aunt Linda added.
"Kids?" I asked.
"His are grown, and they don't have any," Aunt Dorothy replied. "The Warners will be there, but Julie's back to being a loyal wife, so cool it."
"Simon still doesn't know Julie and I had an affair?" I asked.
"No, he doesn't," Aunt Dorothy said.
"And he doesn't know about Julie and Dorothy either," Aunt Linda added, giving Aunt Dorothy the evil eye.
Aunt Dorothy reddened and changed the subject. "Here." She handed me a bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet with a bow around its neck. "Carry the house warming gift. Come on. Let's go."
Aunt Dorothy led the way out the front door, and I brought up the rear as I followed them down the sidewalk and across to the house next door. The Millers from across the street joined us as we walked up the Parker's sidewalk toward their open door.
Dorothy Nelson, my mother's younger sister and only sibling, took me in and became my legal guardian when my parents were killed in an automobile accident. She was twenty-five and a year out of nursing school. I was a lad of ten. Only a few months later, Linda Connell, twenty-three, graduated from college with a teaching degree and moved in with us. She wasn't really my aunt, but calling her aunt was a convenience. They raised me with all the love and attention a young man could want. Our house was in an upscale neighborhood near the downtown area where older homes were being demolished and new mansions being built for the doctors, lawyers, and other yuppies. Ours was one of the best of the earlier construction and impeccably maintained. The Parker home was one of the new ones, almost gaudy in appearance.
As we queued in the reception line, I got my first look at Amanda Parker. She stood next to her husband, smiling woodenly as she met Mr. and Mrs. Miller. Amanda was a cool, classy beauty with long, loose curls of strawberry-blonde dyed hair framing a square shaped face, a full mouth, clear complexion, and eyes of sea-foam green in a lightly tanned face. When the Millers stepped to the left, I saw the rest of her. She wore a white, backless cocktail dress with a square, halter-style bodice that tied behind her neck and low on her back. The dress, made of a slinky, clinging material, fell to mid thigh. It was the perfect dress to display, in a socially acceptable manner, the perfect figure. Her white open-toed, sling-back pumps with a five-inch high heel brought her to about six feet, her husband's height. There was a solitaire diamond dangling from a gold choker around her neck and an anklet around her right ankle.
Then Mrs. Parker noticed me. Her body language clearly said she liked what she saw. Aunt Linda went first in the reception line, then Aunt Dorothy who introduced me to Dr. Parker, a beefy and florid man nearing sixty. The word pompous fit him to a tee. He turned slightly and introduced me to his wife before turning his attention to the people behind me. Obviously, my pedigree wasn't enough to hold his attention.
When I shook Amanda's hand, electricity flickered up my arm. Her eyes, no longer wooden, sparkled at me. I handed her the bottle of wine. "Thank you, Jim. I'm happy to meet you," she said with more warmth than a bottle of wine deserved.
The party was in full swing. I worked my way through the crowd talking to neighbors I seldom saw any more. Some of my friends were there, either home from school as I was, or working in the city and back in the neighborhood to see old faces. I did visit with Simon and Julie, who stopped for a short but pleasant conversation.
I was in the back yard talking with a group of four when I saw Amanda working her way through the crowd, playing hostess as she talked to her guests. She watched me surreptitiously from the corner of her eye, and it wasn't long before she joined us. We made small talk for a few minutes before I excused myself to go the bar. I joined another group, visited with them, and waited. Once again, Amanda joined us. We all had a pleasant visit before she left to mingle with her guests.
By then, I had received enough signs - signals if you will - from the wife of Doctor Parker to know she wanted me. I don't mean to sound cocky, or, heavens forbid, pompous like her husband, but I was not mistaken. She was a woman men pursue with wild abandon, hurling platitudes and diamonds like spears and laying roses in her path. I'm sure she had been fighting them off since puberty, so her instincts were trained to be wary. Her position as the trophy of a wealthy man doubled her need for discretion and increased her anxiety. So my pursuit of her, or, my surrender to her after her pursuit, if you will, would be a little game of cat and mouse I believed I'd find most enjoyable.
I rejoined my aunts who were on the patio talking to the Solomons, who lived in the next block. We were discussing the stock market when I felt a tug on my coat sleeve. I turned to face a young woman who was only five six or so even in her heels. She had bright, bleached-blonde hair that fell straight, almost to her waist, far too much makeup, and she wore skin tight, black leather pants encasing a well-shaped ass with a black leather halter-top that was losing the battle to contain her breasts. Her midriff was bare, and her navel piercing held a dangling diamond.
"Hi, Jimmy Johnson. Remember me?" I saw the barbell in her tongue when she spoke.
"Cheyenne Young. My but you're growing up."
"I go to college in the fall. Come talk to me," she said taking my hand.
She led the way, first to the bar to refresh our drinks where she got a rum and coke and I got a light Scotch and water, and then to the far corner of the back yard where we sat on a bench under a magnolia tree. I sat facing the house and her. As Cheyenne and I talked, she batted her eyelashes and gave me plenty of looks down her cleavage. She kept her firm thigh pressed against mine and initiated our handholding. Cheyenne had grown up in the neighborhood, and she'd had a crush on me since she was eight. She'd be easy pickings. Too easy. But I always liked her, and she had developed nicely, so I didn't want to be rude.
We had been on the bench about thirty minutes when Aunt Linda joined us. "Dorothy and I are ready to go, Jimmy," she said.
I stood and Cheyenne stood with me, holding tightly to my hand. I said to her, "When will you be eighteen?"
"I am now," she lied. Then she deflated. She knew I knew how old she was.
"After you're eighteen, I'll call you," I said. "In the meantime, be sweet." I kissed her lightly on the lips, squeezed her hand, and left her there.
I enjoyed Cheyenne. She didn't give me the brainless bimbo act she used on kids her own age. But I'd spent that much time with her because of the effect our visit was having on Amanda Parker. She had kept an eye on us like a jealous wife.
Aunt Linda and I worked our way back through the crowd, saying our goodbyes to friends old and new, and easing Aunt Dorothy out of a heated discussion. We were almost to the front door when Amanda stepped in front of me.
"Leaving so soon," she asked me.
"With all these guests, you'll hardly miss us," I said.
"I wouldn't say that. I saw you with that girl, and I was hoping for equal time."
I leaned forward and whispered in her ear. "Cheyenne is unattached and you're spoken for."
She started to say something but bit her tongue. Her face changed back to the happy but wooden hostess. "Well, we certainly enjoyed having you here. Come back again soon."
I escorted my aunts to our house. Aunt Linda went straight to their bedroom, no doubt to shed her high heels as she never enjoyed wearing them. Aunt Dorothy went to the bar. "Something else, Jimmy?" she called out.
"Thanks, but I'll pass," I said.
I plopped down on the couch in the living room, kicked off my loafers, and put my feet on the coffee table. With a highball glass in her hand, Aunt Dorothy sat down beside me.
"So, stud," she said. "Which one are you going to fuck first?" I grinned but didn't speak. "Cheyenne would've done you on the spot if you'd asked her." Aunt Dorothy took a sip. "Did you make a date with her?"
"I still think she's eight with pigtails and two teeth missing," I replied.
"I thought I raised you better than that, Jimmy. That is not the body of an eight-year-old."
"I told her I'd call her when she's eighteen. That's only in, what, four months?"
"But that's not the real reason you put Cheyenne off, is it?" Aunt Dorothy said.
"Meaning Amanda Parker, the trophy wife. She is a beauty, isn't she?
"Yes, she is," I replied, and a picture of Amanda filled my mind.
Aunt Dorothy watched me intently when I lamely smiled at her. "She couldn't take her eyes off of you either. You know the wonderful doctor is gone all day, and she's alone most of the time." I didn't reply. Aunt Dorothy took another sip of her scotch and soda and said, "My guess is you'll have her by Friday."
"This Friday? Wow, you do have a lot of confidence in me," I exclaimed.
"I do. And I know she's very unhappy. She's not like me, Jimmy. You know how I treasure my independence."
Aunt Dorothy continued. "She likes belonging to a man and all that it means, but Arthur is a fool. He really does treat her like she's a slave girl in his harem, either ignoring her or showing her off like she's a brainless Barbie doll. No one likes that, and Amanda is certainly no exception. Did you see that diamond ring on her finger?"
"How could I miss it?" I said.
"Three carats at least. It's quite a rock. Your problem is she won't do anything to endanger her meal ticket."
"Why are you telling me this?" I asked.
"Dr. Arthur Angus Parker is a pig, a pig who requires regular blow jobs from an office clerk I know in order to keep her job. A pig who has hit on both Linda and me."
"Aunt Dorothy! I do believe you're blushing. Tell me all about it," I demanded.
"You know I didn't give in," she said pointedly, emphasizing the "I".
"But Aunt Linda did?"
"He caught her at a weak moment, and that's all I'm going to say."
I waited. It wasn't long before she continued.
"I will tell you this. He is one hell of a seducer, smooth as silk. She said he was good in bed, but not nearly as good as you are." She downed her drink, sat the tumbler noisily on the table, and stood. She kissed me on the forehead, rumbled my hair, and said, "It's bedtime for me. Lock everything up, will you, honey?"
"Sure, Aunt Dorothy. Good night."
I haven't said enough about my dear Aunt Dorothy. She's only fifteen years older than I am, younger than my dead mother by six years. She is smart and intelligent. She has a good sense of humor and a backbone of steel. She's an attractive woman, tall and slender, with great legs and smallish breasts. Her black hair is kept short as she hates to spend time on it. Her eyes, like mine and my mother's, are a rich, bright blue. She was thirty-eight, still in the prime of her womanhood.
She and Aunt Linda taught me the difference between sex and love and how they fit together. Aunt Dorothy would talk to me about anything, anytime, being open and honest. Sometimes, she was a little too clinical, but she was a nurse.
She taught me about sex. I don't mean Aunt Dorothy fucked me. She had said, "I'm a lesbian, Jimmy. I like men. I just don't like to fuck them. But even if I liked to fuck men, I wouldn't fuck you because you're my nephew and I'm your aunt and your legal guardian, so quit getting hard every time you look at me."
Aunt Linda was an entirely different matter. She was bisexual, and she wasn't really my aunt. She was as attractive as Aunt Dorothy, but shorter, less extraverted, and more passive. She had a sweet demeanor and a soft, womanly body. Men were attracted to her, but she usually told them "no." She had had an eight-year-long affair with a married teacher at her school. Because he was married, their time together was sporadic. It was the way she preferred it. She was in the relationship for the sex just like he was. Aunt Linda was the woman I first held in my arms. Together, she and Aunt Dorothy taught me what women like and want and need, how to please and fuck and eat and stroke and tease them until they begged for cock.
Neither of my aunts would ever marry. As Aunt Dorothy said, if they needed a man for sex, they could find one. For love, they had each other, sleeping together in a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom.
I awakened early the next morning, slipped out of bed, and put on my boxer shorts before padding toward the smell of fresh coffee coming from the kitchen. Aunt Linda, in a revealing knee-length nightgown, was sitting at the kitchen table reading the morning paper.
"How did you sleep?" she asked.
"Just fine." I kissed her on the mouth and poured myself a full mug of her strong brew. "How about you?"
"Wonderful as always, but I was thinking of a nap this afternoon," she said.
"That sounds good."
"Maybe you could join me," she said, with a reddish tinge in her cheeks.
"I'd love to." I never approached Aunt Linda. She always approached me. That arrangement had worked out just fine.
I finished my coffee and read the sports page before changing into my running gear and hitting the road like I did five or six mornings a week. As I jogged the familiar streets near home, the air was cool and only slightly damp. After my run, I walked the final half block to cool down. I was opening my front door when a voice called out, "Jim."
It was Amanda with my billfold in her hand. I had intentionally left it at the Parker house to see how it would get returned. She was wearing Bermuda shorts, sandals, and an expensive, tasteful blouse. She looked good, very good. As I watched her cross the yard toward me, I realized where I'd seen that walk. It was the straight-backed promenade beauty-pageant contestants use when they walk across the stage.
When she got to my house, I wished her good morning, invited her in, and closed the door behind her. She handed me the billfold and said, "This must have slipped out of your pocket last night."
"Must have. Thanks for bringing it over."
She was on-edge. "Arthur is leaving for a conference in Boston in the morning. He won't be back until Wednesday," she said.
"He's not taking you?"
"He never does," she said.
"That's too bad. Well, thanks for bringing this over. I know you've got things to do."
She bristled. My guess was in Amanda Parker's experience, men did not dismiss women like her, unless they were married to her. Rather, they curried her favor to bask in the sunshine of her beauty. She was on shaky ground having to pursue instead of being pursued. She started to speak and her hands rose to touch me, but when her fingers brushed my arms, she dropped them to her side and blushed. I purposely brushed my hand against her as I opened the door. She turned and was against me, her breasts grazing my chest. Her expression said, kiss me, but I didn't. I smiled and opened the door. She looked confused as she stepped out onto the porch.
"Have a good day," I said as I closed the door behind her.
I went to my bedroom and hooked up my computer that I'd brought home from school. I checked my e-mail and played around for a little while before eating lunch with my aunts. Over a tuna fish sandwich, Aunt Dorothy produced a honey-do list that would keep me busy most of the summer.
I didn't run Sunday morning. In fact, I didn't get out of bed until ten when my two dear aunts demanded I take them to lunch. "Nothing fancy, Jimmy. Just Matthew's Grill," Aunt Dorothy said. Ah, Matthew's Grill. The best eggs in the world. And the best coffee. I had a grilled T-Bone, four fried eggs, hash browns, biscuits, and coffee. "I forgot how much he can eat," Aunt Linda said to Aunt Dorothy as I finished up the last of my feast.
An hour or so later, I went out back to start the yard work. I wore standard yard work attire: old shorts, an old T-shirt, and tennis shoes. By two, I was mowing the front lawn. Amanda Parker watched me from her kitchen window. I pretended I didn't see her. Soon, she came outside and pretended to examine her flowers. I killed the lawnmower engine and wiped my face on my shirt.
"Hi, Jim," she said brightly. "Beautiful day, isn't it?"
"Sure is," I replied.
"You look like you need a break. Want some lemonade?" she asked.
"That'd be nice," I said.
"Come on over." She turned and headed for her front door.
She wasn't dressed for yard work. She wore skin tight shorts, a halter top, and mules with three inch heels. Her hair was in a pony tail. The rock was on her finger, the choker and solitaire around her neck, and the chain around her ankle. I followed her enticing sway through her front door, which I shut behind me, and into her kitchen where a large crystal pitcher full of lemonade sat on a silver tray. A small silver candy dish piled with Pepperidge Farms' Milano cookies sat beside it.
"Did you get your hubby off to Boston?" I asked.
"Eleven-thirty flight," she replied. "Have a seat."
I sat at the kitchen table. She sat in the chair nearest me, turned it to face me, and crossed her legs, right over left. They were great legs.
"So, tell me all about yourself." She leaned forward to pour the lemonade into Waterford glasses, with the pleasant side-effect of giving me an excellent view of her cloth-encased breasts above her flat and narrow stomach.
She asked, so I told her. Salutatorian of my high school class and President of the Student Council. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science summa cum laude. Top one per cent in my law school class after the first year. Golfer. Music lover, everything from Baroque to jazz. I filled in some details, told her how I loved my morning runs, participated in school activities, things like that. She was a good listener.
"Isn't law school expensive?" she asked.
I explained I had a couple of scholarships and my aunts helped. It was a bald-faced lie, but the truth wasn't any of her business. My father and his father before him had been single children and successful lawyers. Inheritance from my grandparents and parents, life insurance proceeds, the litigation settlement, and the skillful investments by the money manager over the fourteen years since they had died gave me a brokerage account containing about $12 million. The income had paid for college. I did not flaunt my money and I never would.
Then I laid the last bit on her, which seemed to be more important to the women I met than it was to me. "I work as a male model, too, print work primarily, for everything from autos to underwear. I've done two TV commercials and been in a music video," I said.
"That sounds like fun," she said.
"It is, and it pays well. I'll bet you've done some modeling yourself."
"I did," she said brightly. "Print work, of course, and some commercials, nothing national though." I wondered if Amanda had been with another woman. From the female models I knew, I guessed she had.
"Beauty pageants?" I asked.
"Why, yes. Both the Miss America and Miss USA, but I didn't win."
"The judges were blind," I said.
"Thank you, Jim." She said it in a way that proved she was used to men complimenting her appearance. But she eyed me, evaluating the depth of my interest.
"How long have you been Mrs. Doctor Parker?"
"Arthur and I were married almost two years ago."
"When you were fifteen?" I said.
She laughed, a soft, sweet sound with a hint of husky undertone. "Thanks again, but I was twenty-two."
Which makes you my age, I thought.
"Go on," I said.
"My father's a doctor. He and my mother were friends of Arthur and Jane, his first wife. I've known him all my life. When he proposed... well, he is a handsome and prosperous man, and he does know how to court a lady."
"Why did he and Jane breakup?"
"She had an affair, and he caught her." Something made her blush, maybe the realization of what was brewing between the two of us. "Arthur is a jealous man," she said introspectively.
"Why did she play around?" I asked.
I wasn't really asking about Arthur's first wife. I was asking about his current wife. Amanda understood but she pulled down the protective barrier we humans develop to protect ourselves and our thoughts.
"I don't know."
"Speculate," I said.
"I couldn't," she said, but she meant, I won't.
I leaned toward her, intentionally invading her personal space. She drew back, and her mouth opened as I tapped the softness of her left breast over her heart. "What's inside here? In your heart."
"I like my life."
She hesitated. She had to know I knew she was lying.
"I love my husband."
"That's a stock answer. What's deep inside?"
Amanda didn't answer. She uncrossed her legs and put both feet on the floor. The muscles in her thighs tightened as if she were going to stand, but she didn't. She looked out the window, seeing something far away. "I'm not stupid, you know," she said defensively.
"I know. I suspect you're a hell of a lot smarter than you let on."
She looked at me with angry eyes. "Men see my body and automatically think I don't have a brain in my head."
"Not me. I think smart is better than stacked any day."
"Excuse me," she said.
She stood and walked down the hall. I heard a door close. I walked to the window to see their back yard in the daylight. It was immaculate, with all the proper plantings in all the proper places and the hot tub bubbling benignly. I heard her footsteps and turned to watch her. She had adjusted her halter, let down her hair, and freshened her makeup.
"More lemonade?" she asked.
"No, thanks. Come tell me about the real you."
We sat down. She started slowly, probably thinking I wasn't really interested, but I was interested, and I am a good listener.
"I've got a bachelor's in English and I'm working on my Master's in creative writing," she began. "Arthur's not too thrilled about me still being in school and grumbles about it, but he hasn't demanded I quit." Her eyes gleamed as she confided, "I want to write children's books. I've got some ideas."
She talked about her ideas for a book, and I interjected comments when appropriate. She talked about herself and her family and friends. She was animated and personable and warm. More than that, she could not stop talking because it had been way too long since someone had asked about her wants and her desires.
When she ran down about thirty minutes later, I asked, "Are you going to have children?"
"No. Arthur made that clear before we were married. No more kids for him." She slouched back in her chair dejectedly and crossed her legs again. Her foot moved back and forth.
"What does the inscription on your ankle bracelet say?"
She stiffened. "Nothing really."
"Oh, come on. What does it say?"
Her jaw set, and her eyes challenged me to think ill of her. "Property of Dr. A. A. Parker," she said. "Do you have a problem with that?"
"No. Do you?"
"Why did you ask?" she demanded.
I didn't answer. We waited and watched and took in each other with our eyes. I knew before long Mrs. Amanda Parker would be naked and squealing in my bed. And I suspected Mrs. Parker knew it, too, but there was still part of her that resisted the idea.
"I've enjoyed talking to you more than you know, but I need to finish the yard. Thanks for the lemonade," I said.
She stood when I did and was in my arms. She initiated the kiss, her lips soft and needy, her tongue flicking against my teeth, her hands on my waist. I didn't touch her.
When she broke the kiss, I acted angry as I said curtly, "If we start, I won't stop. Not with you. So no teasing. Understand?" She nodded. "Don't start unless you plan to go all the way."
I turned and started for the door. She didn't follow me, so I let myself out. As I finished the front yard, I saw her watching me more than once. I half expected her to ask me to come over again, but she didn't. That was only a minor disappointment because I was looking forward to tomorrow.
Monday morning, I ran early, had eggs and toast with my aunts, and saw them off to work. I went to the paint store to buy supplies and get color samples because painting the house was on the agenda they had given me. Then I stopped at the hardware store to get what I needed to overhaul the toilets and to buy a new kitchen faucet. I was digging through the refrigerator trying to decide what to have for lunch when Amanda called.
"Hi, Jim," she bubbled. "I was going to have a sandwich and I hate to eat alone. Would you like to join me?"
"I'll be right over," I said.
As a male model, I have to work hard to stay in shape. I know the effect my naked chest with its well-defined pecs and six-pack abs has on women. I stripped off my clothes and put on a pair of gray gym shorts and nothing else. I was at her back door a minute later. She let me in, closed the door behind me, and stared at me as her hands fluttered helplessly. She was impeccably dressed in a wraparound skirt and halter-top. A short gold chain was around her neck and the ankle bracelet was in place. She was perfectly attired for the wife of a socially prominent man except for her expression, which was, for lack of a better word, horny.
"What's for lunch?" I asked with a lop-sided grin, ignoring her obvious desire.
Damn, but she wanted to put her hands on me, and I knew it. This wasn't her game, the kind of game she'd played all her life of teasing men and having the power to drive them mad. This time she was the one whose desire was eating her up.
She stepped toward me, but I stopped her with a hand on each shoulder. "I meant it. You start it, and I'll fuck you long and often."
"I want you," she moaned.
"All the way?"
"Yes, damn it. All the way."
We kissed hard and deep as she ground her crotch into mine. I removed her halter and her nipples burned holes in my chest.
But when I found the flap holding her skirt in place and released it, letting the skirt flutter to the floor, she jerked away, grabbed the skirt, and ran from the room. I opened her refrigerator, found the lemonade, poured two glasses of it, and sat at her kitchen table. Five minutes later, she returned, not meeting my eyes as she walked with small, guilty steps to the table where she sat opposite me.
"I'm sorry, Jim. It's just... God, you probably think I'm a slut because I'm chasing you so shamelessly, but I was a virgin when Arthur first had me. I've been faithful to him. I've been good, but, now."
I didn't speak until she stilled and raised her eyes to silently beseech me. "Maroon," I said.
"I beg your pardon?" she asked, obviously confused.
"Maroon," I said. "Now you say it."
"All right. Maroon. What does it mean?"
"Maroon can mean abandoned, left behind. That's what the good doctor has done to you, abandoned you here while he's at work or at his meetings."
She nodded her agreement.
"And he maroons you here when he's with other women."
She neither defended him nor asked how I knew there were others, giving unspoken admission that there were. I felt my cock rising in my shorts.
"Does it feel good being marooned?" I asked.
She shook her head "no."
I stood and my erection, tenting my shorts, pointed at her face. She stared unabashedly at it. When she raised her eyes to mine, sexual need was unmistakable.
"Maroon is a color, a deep, dark red, like the blood pumping through your veins right now, making your face flush and your nipples throb, showing you're hot with need - the need to be fucked by me." I took another small step leaving us inches apart. Had she leaned forward a little, her lips would brush the spear point. "Maroon is the color of my blood engorging my cock, making it ready for you."
Suddenly, she panicked, slipping out of the chair to stand trembling by the kitchen counter. Her breathing was shallow, her face terrified, but her legs were parted and her hands were fisted by her side.
"I can't. I'm married to Arthur. I belong to him."
"I know, and I know how much that means to you. I'm not going to do anything to cause him to leave you. I'm not going to try to take you away from him. You'll still be Mrs. Doctor Parker. This is about you and me and fucking -- hard, happy, heavy fucking."
"I could never agree to have an affair with you. Never."
I stepped into her, pressing her against the counter with my legs between hers and my cock burrowing into her belly and my hands on her back. She made no move to stop me. In truth, her legs parted more to allow me access, and her hands, first raised as fists in defense, lay open on my bare chest.
"You don't need to agree. Maroon has one more meaning. You can say 'no' or 'stop' or anything else, and I'll ignore it. Except maroon. Maroon is your safeword."
"My safeword," she mouthed.
"Say 'maroon' and I will stop. I'll stop and walk away, but all other protestations will be ignored. Do you understand?"
"I understand," she said.
I grabbed her, kissing her hard and deep and long as my hands roamed. She softened and yielded, willingly accepting my hands, helping me dispose of her skirt, and moaning when I yanked down her panties. I guided her to the kitchen table and pushed her on her back. I pulled my shorts down and was ready to enter when she gasped, "Maroon."
Maybe I should have rammed it home, but I didn't. I pulled up my shorts.
"I'm sorry, Jim. Please. Don't leave. I'm sorry!" She was saying "I'm sorry" as the door slammed behind me.
Don't get me wrong. All I had to do was ignore her safeword, and I could have fucked her. For a lot of men, that would be enough -- another notch on their belt. But I learned long ago that sex is best when both people enjoy it. I knew Amanda Parker wanted me, and I'd bet I would have her before too long, but if I didn't that was all right, too. It had to be for her pleasure as well as mine because, if it was, my pleasure was maximized.
And there was something else, something I had never experienced with a woman. For me, it was a new and strange feeling, a protective and nurturing feeling, spouting like a kernel in my mind.
The phone was ringing when I got home. I saw on the caller ID it was Amanda. I didn't pick up. It rang twice more in the next five minutes. I was pulling everything out from under the kitchen sink to install the new faucet, when the doorbell rang. I'd been home seventeen minutes.
She had changed into a loose mid-thigh skirt and pullover jersey top with sandals on her feet. She wore no jewelry except the rock on her finger and the ankle bracelet, both of which testified she belonged to Dr. Parker. I said nothing as I stood in the door facing her.
"May I come in?" she asked humbly. I stepped aside, let her enter, and closed the door behind her. "I'm sorry, Jim. Very sorry. If you give me another chance, I promise I won't say maroon again. No matter what you do. Please."
"No," I said.
"Please, please. I won't disappoint either of us," she said.
The next move was up to her because it was important for her to be sure. A shy, little grin crossed her face when she realized why I waited without touching her. She smiled lovingly as she crossed her arms, grabbed the hem of her top, and pulled it over her head. She stepped out of her sandals, unzipped her skirt, and let it fall to the floor. Except for Parker's ownership trinkets, she was naked as the day she was born.
She was a woman self-trained to pose and prance and preen before men. She had strutted on runways, in beauty pageants, and made love to cameras. She knew each aspect of her body made men weak in the knees, and collectively the package could be overwhelming. But she wasn't trying to mesmerize me with her physical beauty as she stood naked before me.
She was simply a woman who wanted a man, who had removed her clothes to make herself available to him. More importantly, she had stripped away her reserve, her protection of self, leaving her emotionally naked as well. She was needy for me. She was frightened I wouldn't respond in kind. Her need made her irresistible.
When I took her hand, she squealed and tears formed in her eyes in the spilt second before she threw her arms round my neck to hug me. I held her tightly as she whispered in my ear, "I want you so much I'm dying inside. I want to be your hot slut and fuck you forever."
"Come on, you hot slut. Let's fuck."
"Oh, God, yes," she gasped.
I led her down the hall to my bedroom. She ran to the bed and threw herself down on her back. She was twitching and squirming, unable to be still, and her face was a symphony of sexual desire. I took off my shorts, and my erection bounced into view. She jumped to her knees on the bed and grabbed my cock. Quickly, she took the tip in her mouth, giving it a nice coating of saliva before sitting back to examine it.
"I've never seen anything like this. It's long, and thick, too. Thick like I've never seen."
"Have you seen a lot of cocks?" I asked in a smart-aleck sort of way.
She grinned. "Not in real life, but I am intelligent enough to work a computer." She gave my cock a hard squeeze. "And interested enough to find some sexy web sites. Come on." She held my cock firmly, using it to guide me between her legs as she lay back again and stuck her legs straight up in the air.
She was tight and hot and wet as I worked my cock into with short thrusts. "Give it all to me. Now," she demanded. I did, driving my cock in her to the root. She gasped, "I'm cumming," and her muscles began to tighten. I watched her face, relishing her ecstasy, until her muscles became flaccid and her face beamed up at me.
"I want more. I need more. Please make me cum again, Jimmy. Make me cum until I die."
How many times she came that day, I have no idea. She came for the last time with her hands pinned over her head and her knees by her breasts. Sweat-soaked and with bright red skin hot to the touch, she screamed and cursed as I pumped load after load into her womb. She exhaled loudly and was asleep.
I lay beside her and took her in as she slept as peaceful as an angel. She was magnificent, every little part of her from the top of her head to the tips of perfect feet. My fingers memorized the feel of her satiny skin, smooth and soft, and my eyes feasted. Even her underbelly, where her pubic hair was at one time, was smooth without a trace of stubble. I kissed her there and she didn't move. I covered her over with a comforter, put on my shorts, and went out to the kitchen.
I was under the sink finishing installing the sprayer when I heard Aunt Dorothy come in. She called out hello and I yelled in reply. She had a lewd grin when she joined me.
"Amanda's clothes are in the hall," she said. "Where is she?"
"Asleep in my bed."
"Did you have fun?"
I turned and showed her my back. "Good Lord, Jimmy. You look like you lost a fight with a cat. Sit on the chair and I'll clean you up."
"I'll be fine," I said.
"I'm the nurse. Sit down." She used her nurse's voice, the one that made patients obey without thinking. I sat on a kitchen chair facing its back. In a few moments, Aunt Dorothy was washing my wounds. "I can tell she liked it. How about you?" When I didn't answer, she said, "That good, huh?"
"That good," I said.
"Do you love her?"
"Aunt Dorothy, I don't even like all the women I fuck, let alone love."
"Deflective answer, mockingly given. I'd say you had it bad," she said quietly.
We didn't talk as she finished scrubbing the wounds and applying Bactroban. I stood and stretched. "I need coffee," I said.
"I'll have some, too," Amanda said. Aunt Dorothy and I both turned around to see her. She was smiling shyly, eyes bloated from sex, wrapped in the comforter. She came to me with short little steps and buried her head in my chest. I held her there, lost in the feel of her.
"I hate to break this to you," Aunt Dorothy said apologetically, "but doesn't Arthur call about six every night when he's out of town?"
"Shit," Amanda muttered. She turned, dropped the comforter, and walked away.
Aunt Dorothy watched with desire "That's a sassy ass your women has, Jimmy." She realized what she said and hung her head in shame.
In a second, Amanda returned wearing her skirt and sandals, and came to me. "Can you come over and spend the night?" she said.
"Of course," I replied.
"I'll order Chinese. Say an hour?"
"I'll be there."
She kissed me with her naked breasts caressing my chest, before slipping on her top, kissing me again, and turning to Aunt Dorothy.
"Good night, Dorothy," she said.
"Good night," Aunt Dorothy replied.
I'd seen the interchange between the two of them. Aunt Dorothy wanted Amanda and Amanda knew it. I wondered if anything had transpired between them. Aunt Dorothy was lost in thought until she looked at me and blushed.
"Have you two?" I asked.
She shook her head.
"But you want to?"
"Has she ever?"
"She told me once with another girl at a beauty contest," Aunt Dorothy answered.
"Did you proposition her?" I asked.
Aunt Dorothy gave me a look that could wither an iron pole. "Shut up, Jimmy."