I felt vaguely uncomfortable as I tried to circulate through the crowded ballroom.
I hate dress-up affairs, especially ones where I don't know many people. I was decked out in a rented tuxedo in a room filled with the upper crust of business and society in the Southern seacoast city to which I'd moved six months earlier.
A waiter with a tray filled with flutes of champagne passed by and I deftly grabbed one, more for something to do than anything else. More than any other liquor, champagne goes to my head hard and fast, so I have to be careful about how much I drink.
As I sipped the golden liquid, I thought ruefully that this was the kind of thing my ex-wife would have loved. She was always a social climber, always trying to push me into a position in the town where we lived that I wasn't really comfortable with.
Gloria was socially ambitious and she liked the finer things in life, so I worked extra-hard at my job to provide those things for her. I just never knew how greedy she really was until the events transpired that led to our divorce.
She was a stay-at-home mom, but she was an active one. She did everything for our son and daughter, volunteered on a regular basis, even worked part-time at her sister's flower shop, all trying to find an outlet for her boundless energy.
We met when we were both in college. I wasn't your average College Joe, however. When I finished high school I was restless and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to escape the small town where I'd grown up, but I really wasn't sure I was ready for college. I was tired of school and classrooms, and I wanted to see the world...
So I joined the Navy. The service had its ups and downs, but generally the ups outweighed the downs. I got in shape physically, I learned some self-discipline I badly needed, I was able to go to college on the GI Bill and I made some lifelong friends.
More importantly, when I did start college, after getting out of the Navy, I was already 22 and not inclined to squander valuable time partying my way through school. That was all the more so after I met Gloria and we decided to get married during my senior year, and her junior year.
I guess the seeds for the destruction of our marriage were sown very early on. Gloria was very ambitious and harbored a dream of going to law school and becoming a lawyer.
That dream died when she became pregnant with Becky early in her last semester. She was so sick that she missed the date for the LSAT exam, and a newborn baby did not mesh with attending law school any way.
Then, about the time Gloria was considering another shot at law school, she came up pregnant again, with our son Ricky. After that, she threw herself into motherhood and put her law school dreams behind her.
I didn't find out until it was all over, but Gloria secretly nursed a grudge about the fact that she'd had to abort her ambition of a legal career.
Maybe if she'd said something, I might have found a way to make her dream come true, but she didn't, so we rocked on like nothing was wrong.
The first sign of trouble came not long after we sent Ricky off to college, when Gloria came home one evening announcing that she'd found a job and was going to work full-time.
That didn't sit well with me. It wasn't that she'd gotten a job, but rather the fact that she'd simply gone out and done it out of the clear blue sky, without any discussion or consideration for my feelings on the matter. She just did it and presented me with a fait accompli.
A lawyer in town named Aaron Rosenthal had been looking for a paralegal and hired Gloria based on little more than her good looks and charm, I guess. I didn't know the man personally, but those who did said he was a shyster of the highest order.
After I met him, I quickly discovered that I didn't like him, and apparently the feeling was mutual. Don't know why. I'm a very pleasant sort, most of the time, easy to get along with and good at my job.
I was a middle manager in marketing for a major corporation, and had no real desire to rise any higher in the company. I liked where I was positioned. It was high enough in the food chain to provide a nice salary and other perks, but I didn't have a lot of major responsibilities. That meant I could easily duck if and when the shit started flying.
Gloria never could understand my attitude. She always tried to push me upward, and tended to belittle me when I expressed no interest in doing so. I guess that made for a fertile field when Rosenthal inevitably began his campaign to seduce her.
It took him about nine months to get into Gloria's pants, then it was child's play for him to manipulate her into joining him in trying to swindle me in an investment scam.
I never quite understood why he targeted me and my money. I really didn't have all that much. I mean, I'd invested pretty well, I was frugal, so I had a good savings account built up, and after 20-plus years with the company, I had a nice little 401K working.
My folks had gotten to be fairly well-off and being the only child, I stood to inherit a nice chunk of cash and property when they passed, so maybe that was part of his scheme.
But they're still pretty healthy and active, so I'm not going to see that fortune any time soon, and I'd just as soon they spend it living well in their retirement or to have as a back-up if medical bills start piling up...
The point is, I was no moneybags, so I'm guessing that he zeroed in on me simply because it belonged to me, and he didn't like me.
Gloria's motivation was even more mysterious. She had everything she needed to live comfortably, and she could usually get most anything she wanted, especially if she used her feminine charms as an inducement.
At any rate, their plan had two fundamental flaws that doomed it to failure.
The first flaw was the timing. By the time they got around to baiting the hook I was supposed to swallow, I was already suspicious of their relationship.
Too many late nights and weekends, "working on briefs," plus a general decline in our sex life and a growing coldness from my wife had my fidelity radar screaming red alert.
So when Gloria came to me with some documents relating to a "wonderful opportunity that Aaron says is a license to print money," I smelled a rat.
The second flaw was underestimating me. Gloria didn't think I had any real ambition and Aaron didn't think I was smart enough to understand what he was trying to run on me, and that I couldn't possibly know the laws pertaining to fraud.
Actually, I didn't, but I had friends who did.
The only concession to an upscale life that I went for was membership in the local country club. The club offered the kids a safe environment to swim and hang out with their friends, gave Gloria a place to socialize and gave me the chance to play golf as often as I wanted.
I'd taken up golf in the Navy and it was the only avocation I took a real interest in. I'm serious about the game. I walk whenever I play, I don't drink on the course (other than water), I have good hand-eye coordination around the greens and I'm big enough (5-11, 180) to get some decent length off the tee.
As a result, my handicap is in the single digits and I was a much sought-after playing partner at the club. One of the men I played with regularly was an attorney, a former state legislator who had chaired the committee that updated the state's code of law on fraud to reflect the growing menace of on-line scams. So he knew the law frontward, backward and sideways.
And not only did he know everyone in the state's legal system, he also knew most of the key players in the Justice Department, up to and including the Attorney General himself. Once he got a look at what Rosenthal was trying to pull on me, he took the ball and ran with it.
Gloria and her boyfriend never had a chance. By the time the feds got through with him, Rosenthal was in prison for a 15-year term, and the only reason Gloria didn't do time herself was because she turned state's evidence and ratted him out.
Nevertheless, she still got five years probation, had to pay a healthy fine plus court costs, and I filed for divorce. For some reason, Gloria blamed me for her legal and financial woes, and our divorce was bitter and costly.
We ended up selling the house and splitting the proceeds, most of which went to the lawyers, and it dried up the funds we'd saved for the kids' college education. Not surprisingly, they were caught in the middle and it broke them apart as well. Becky took my side, while Ricky sided with Gloria.
After it was all over, I felt like I needed a fresh start some place new. I happened to call an old Navy buddy, Bernie Linton, to see if he knew of anyone who was looking for an experienced marketing executive, and it turns out he did.
Bernie owns a business in this city that was really starting to take off. He needed someone to come in as his senior vice president to handle marketing and other various detailed operations, and offered me the position.
He'd been trying to do everything himself, and it was getting to be too much. His kids had also left the nest, and he and his wife Helen wanted to lighten his work load so they could do more things together.
So I took on a new job three states away, and helped Becky enroll at a college nearby. I bought a two-bedroom condo and she stays with me while she attends school. It's been a struggle at times, but we're both actually happier than we've been in a long time.
I know what you're probably thinking. Lonely, nice-looking dad living with hot-looking daughter equals incest, right? Not hardly. Oh, I'd be lying if I said I never had the odd fantasy about Becky. After all, she's very pretty with a body that's well put-together, but that's all they are, fantasies.
Besides, I love her too much to try anything like that, and I'd lose the one thing I could never replace, her respect. She's been the rock that has kept me from going crazy and I can't afford to lose her.
Anyway, I've come to like my new home. Sure, there is an upper crust to the society here than is far snootier than anything we left back in our old hometown, but generally the folks are pretty laid-back, the kind you would expect from a Southern coastal city.
Moreover, there are plenty of really good golf courses in the area that are open year-round and I've even renewed an interest in sailing that had lain dormant since my days in the Navy. Bernie owns a modest-sized sloop that Becky and I have been out on several times, and I'm thinking of buying one for myself.
So there I was at the city's biggest charity ball not having a particularly good time. Bernie and Helen had insisted that I go, saying cryptically that I might meet someone.
Bernie and I were pretty close in the service, but we've become even closer since I went to work for him. Although he's nominally my boss, he treats me more as his partner than his subordinate. It's not a large company, and he likes to foster a family atmosphere at the office.
I wandered over to where a group of men were gathered around the bar and I overheard a conversation that piqued my interest.
"What do you think her dress will be like this year?" one man asked the group of about a half-dozen others.
"I don't know," replied another fellow. "I'm more interested in who she ends up with tonight."
"I wouldn't mind being the lucky bastard that leaves with her," said yet another. "I hear she fucks like a fish."
"I don't know about that," said the second man who'd spoken. "I heard the guy she took home last year just went nuts. He was calling her all the time, sending her these love letters and e-mails professing his undying devotion. I think she finally had to get a restraining order to get him to back off. And I'm told he's not the first guy she's reduced to jelly. They say she chews up and spits out men like bubble gum."
"Yeah, but, God, what a way to go," said the first guy. "Just to watch those tits when she walks in makes this little shindig worth what I pay to get in here."
Just then, I noticed that Bernie had sidled up to the group and was listening to the conversation with an amused look on his face. We casually stepped away and left them to their fantasies.
"Who were they talking about?' I asked.
"Probably our illustrious host, Serena Morgan," Bernie said. "She always shows up fashionably late dressed in some exotic, unbelievably revealing outfit and leaves early with a man that she singles out once she arrives."
"So, what's her story?" I said, intrigued.
"She's originally from California and she apparently married Sterling Morgan when he was about 60 and she was maybe 25," Bernie said. "I happen to know he loved her very much and died of a heart attack when they were having sex after they'd been married for eight years. I went to his funeral and he had a smile on his face when they buried him."
"What a way to go," I chuckled.
"What a way, indeed," Bernie said. "His kids tried their best to contest his will, but it stuck. They each got a 100 grand and she got the rest, along with ownership of his company. She took half her fortune and stuck it away to live on, and used the rest to fund a charity foundation in his name."
"Sounds like you know her pretty well," I said.
"We've become friendly," Bernie said, and I kind of raised my eyebrows when he mentioned the name of her company, one with which we did a fair amount of business. "At first, Helen was a little suspicious of her, because of her reputation, but Serena's really very charming and they've become friends as well. Of course, it's hard not to like Helen."
Bernie smiled and I saw once again the depth of love he held for his wife. He was a lucky man, and I felt a twinge of sadness that my marriage had fallen apart like it did.
Just as Helen walked up to Bernie's side, I felt a rush pass through the ballroom, like a collective gasp, and the noise level died down.
All eyes were on the foyer of the hall when this vision appeared. I was struck dumb. Serena Morgan was tall, probably 5-foot-9 and slender, with pitch-black hair coifed perfectly atop her head with some sort of green and gold band woven through. She had huge, hazel eyes that were slightly almond-shaped, full lips, a narrow nose and a regal neck.
But what riveted everyone's attention was the formal gown she was wearing. It was floor-length, lime green in color and it appeared to be studded with jade.
The top was what really took everyone's breath away. The green portion of her dress came down off her shoulders in a wide vee that extended to her waist and the rest of the top was made of some sort of sheer material with jade-colored beads inlaid with silver sweeping across her breasts, which were otherwise quite visible.
And they were very nice breasts, indeed. They were large enough to jiggle seductively as she strode confidently into the ballroom and made her way to the front of the room, where the jazz combo had been playing. But they were small enough to sit perfectly -- and naturally -- on her chest with only a minimum of sag.
Serena was exotically made up, her slanted eyes enhanced by green eye shadow, and her lips were covered in blood-red lipstick. She was quite simply the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen, and I felt my groin responding in appreciation.
I had always had a soft spot for good-looking Oriental women. I learned most of what I know about sex from a Japanese girl I dated pretty steadily when I was stationed in Yokohama, not long after I finished basic training.
Kimiko worked as a translator on the base, so she spoke good English, and once she got over her initial misgivings about dating an American, we had a nice relationship. I might have married her, and I sometimes regretted that I didn't, but we weren't really in love, and she wasn't ready to pull up stakes to come to America when I got transferred.
Serena took the microphone and addressed the audience briefly, thanking everyone for coming and explaining a little about the charities that had benefited from her foundation in the past and how the funds from that night's event would be used.
I honestly don't remember any of it. I was simply captivated by her whole visual package and the melodious sound of her voice.
"Earth to Duncan, earth to Duncan," I heard Helen say. "I asked you if you were enjoying yourself."
"Oh, sorry, Helen," I said. "I wasn't paying attention."
"I noticed," she said with a wry smile. "So, are you enjoying yourself?"
"I am now," I said. "You know her, don't you? Is she seeing anybody?"
"Serena? Heavens no," Helen said. "Actually, she hardly dates at all. Says she's too busy. Let me warn you, though, you'd be playing in the big leagues if you tried dating Serena Morgan. She's tough as nails, with more money than God, and she has no tolerance for bullshit."
"Sounds like my kind of woman," I said, with a lot more bravado than I felt. I killed the rest of the champagne in my glass and decided to head to the bar for a soda. I suddenly had a premonition that more alcohol would not be in my best interests.
I heard some polite applause, indicating that Serena's comments were over, and the band resumed playing, this time at a bit livelier pace. A few couples took to the dance floor, then a few more, gliding across the hardwood floor in a timeless manner that spoke of bygone days.
I wandered over to the buffet table and loaded a plate with a few items, again, just for something to do. I had just turned toward a table when I nearly ran over Helen and Serena.
I swept my gaze up and down Serena's perfect body in the split-second before Helen spoke. Serena sort of smiled in an ironic way that indicated she wasn't offended by my frank appraisal of her charms. On the contrary, I think she expected it, because in that moment I saw her nipples stiffen.
"Serena, I'd like you to meet Duncan McInnis," Helen said. "He's the man I've been telling you about that Bernie hired as senior VP."
"Quite pleased to meet you, Duncan," Serena said as she held the handshake a trifle longer than normal. "Helen has told me what a godsend you've been for the company. We're glad to have you in our fair city."
"The pleasure is mine, Mrs. Morgan," I said as I tried to stem my growing arousal. "This is a very charming city, much different from the town I came from."
"Please, call me Serena," she said as she gave me the same stark, all-over assessment I'd just given her. "Mrs. Morgan sounds so stuffy."
Then she smiled, and I was a goner. Up close, you could see the beginnings of slight crow's feet at the corners of her eyes that suggested her age was somewhere between 40 and 45, but that didn't hurt her looks any at all, especially when she smiled.
When Serena Morgan smiled, it was one of those mysterious looks that made you check your wallet. The term "shit-eating grin" came to mind. It was like she knew a private joke that no one else was in on.
"So what's with the exotic get-up?" I asked. "That dress must have cost a fortune."
"Actually, it's an heirloom," Serena said. "One of my great-greats -- I'm not sure how far back -- was nobility in China. This dress and others like it were passed down through the generations to me. I wear one each year at this ball to honor my heritage, and to... um... entice the captains of business in the area to attend and to contribute to the foundation."
"Clever marketing," I said. "Nobility, huh? You sure she wasn't just a courtesan? You know, the prince's concubine?"
She laughed then, and I found myself fighting a spell that this woman was weaving around me. I was fast getting to the point where if she'd asked me to jump out the window, I'd do it.
"Perhaps," she said mirthfully as she began to fill a plate. "Come, join me. I'd like to get to know you."
And she brushed my arm with her hand, just a soft touch, but it sent shivers up and down my spine. I began to wonder if maybe I was going to be the "lucky" man that left the ball with Serena Morgan.
As we ate idly, we chatted, learning a little about each other. I learned a little about the company her husband had bequeathed to her, and which she was still the CEO.
She was mostly a hands-off CEO, preferring to let the professionals in the industry run things. However, that didn't mean she didn't know what was going on in her company. She did, and the pros knew it, and they knew that she was in charge.
I also told her a little about myself, although I didn't get into too much detail about the mess my ex-wife and Aaron Rosenthal made of my life.
Our conversation was constantly interrupted by guests who came up as if she was the Queen of China. It was amusing to see the way everyone, men and women, fawned over Serena; and it was enlightening to see the naked lust in the eyes of all of them, men and women.
Once I'd had a chance to relax, I shook myself out of my reverie and studied Serena Morgan. I found her to be a fascinating subject.
On the one hand, she clearly reveled in the attention from all of these business and society leaders. But on the other hand, there was a vague sadness in her eyes as she listened to these people gushing over her, and no small amount of contempt.
I recalled what Helen Linton had said about her, how she had no tolerance for bullshit, and that was exactly what she was wading through with these people. It was all bullshit, and after one simpering queer walked away after greeting her, I laughed out loud.
"What's so funny?" she asked.
"Watching you deal with all of this," I said. "You don't like this any more than I do, but it's something you have to do. So you break out a daring outfit to shock the crowd, sashay in here like some jade princess and put on this act for a couple of hours. Am I right?"
She just stared at me, then smiled very seductively.
"You're very perceptive, Duncan McInnis," she said softly.
"Serena, look," I said. "I'm just a small-town guy from the boonies, but I've been around people a long time. It's always been part of my job to read people and look beyond superficialities, and I've gotten to be a pretty good judge of people."
"Oh? And how do you see me?" she said, looking at me seriously.
"You're a survivor, someone who knows how to land on her feet," I said. "You're not from a moneyed or privileged background, so you know how to get down in the trenches, so to speak. You can't stand fakery and despise anyone who tries to bullshit you. Oh, and you're lonely."
"Interesting," she said, and I felt her hand sliding discretely into mine. "You're a very interesting person, Duncan McInnis, and I think I'd like to get to know you a little better. But for now I must mix and mingle. Thank you for coming. Enjoy the evening."
With that, she got up to leave, and I rose also and gave her a warm handshake that she held for an extra several seconds, and as she did, she stared intently into my eyes. I think in that moment, we both seemed to read each other quite well.
I wandered over to the bar, grabbed a soda and walked back over to where Helen and Bernie were holding court. Of course, they called me over and introduced me around, and I engaged in some polite, if vapid, conversation.
I guess a half-hour passed when I felt someone tugging at my sleeve to get my attention. It was an older man with an imperious air dressed in impeccable livery. He whispered in my ear that I should accompany him.
"Where?" I asked as I turned away from the group.
"Madame wishes the pleasure of your company for a private matter," he said in a faux English accent. "Please, she doesn't like to be kept waiting."
"Oh?" I said. "And I suppose you're Stepin Fetchit, huh? Well then, let's see what matter 'Madame' wishes to discuss."
I motioned for Bernie to step away for a moment so I could speak to him in private. I glanced over at the old gent who had been sent to get me, and a red blush had risen up his neck, coloring his pasty-white skin. I guess I'd pissed him off with my little barb about his station in life, but I'd deal with it later.
"I think I'm being invited to join our illustrious host," I said with a chuckle as I turned my attention back to Bernie. "If I'm not heard from in a couple of days, send out a search party."
"Look, just relax and be yourself," Bernie said. "You'll be fine. Have fun."
I should have been nervous. After all, I hadn't come anywhere close to a sexual encounter that didn't involve my left hand in over a year, and if the fantasies of the men at the bar were to be believed, I was headed into the lair of a certified man-eater.
But as I followed Stepin Fetchit toward a side exit, I felt calm radiating through my body. What would be would be, and I was ready to simply go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
I was thoroughly unsurprised to find myself being escorted to a limousine that was parked by the service entrance to the ballroom, out of sight from prying eyes, especially those of the local paparazzi, who would have doubtless had a field day over the stranger who had left the party with Serena Morgan.
And that impressed me. It told me that whatever else happened, Serena was big on discretion.
The Stepin Fetchit fellow, who I now figured to be the chauffeur, opened the back door to the limo and ushered me in, where Serena was sitting back sipping a bottle of water.
She had apparently changed at some point, because she was wearing a tastefully plain dress, sleeveless with a skirt that stopped a couple of inches above her knees. Although it was somewhat modest, it was still sexy as hell, because it fit quite snugly, letting me know she still hadn't bothered with a bra, and I wondered about panties as well. She had let her hair down, and it flowed down her back in an onyx river and fanned onto the seat. The green eyeshade was still there, but she'd removed the blood-red lipstick in favor of a more subtle shade.
We greeted each other, she offered me a bottle of whatever I wanted from her mini-icebox, then there was a bit of an awkward pause before I found my courage.
"So, Serena, to what do I owe the pleasure of your company?" I asked.
"I told you, I want to get to know you a little better, and that mob scene isn't the place for that," she said. "I suppose you've heard the stories about what goes on after this event?"
"I heard some bar talk, fantasies, nothing I'd put much stock in," I said carefully.
"As it happens, they are true," she said. "As you said, I am lonely. Everyone thought I married Sterling for his money, but that's not true. Sterling was the great love of my life, and I was his, and I miss him terribly. Practically every eligible bachelor in this city and beyond -- and quite a few married men -- would love nothing more than to get their hands on me, and my money. I usually do a good job of fending them off, but I still have needs that can't be met on my own. So, once a year, after my charity ball, I take a man home to ravage, to use for my purposes. I put so much work into this event that I need a way to unwind when it's over, and a vigorous fuck with a handsome young stud always seems to do the trick. Then I'm good for another year."
"Well, if you're looking for a handsome young stud, you've come to the wrong guy," I said. "I'm just an old fart on the rebound from a nasty, deflating divorce. Stud I'm not. Fact is, I haven't had sex in over a year, not since I separated from my wife."
"Yes, I heard a little about that," Serena said. "I didn't realize that was you and your wife until Helen told me. I read about it on the news. I sympathize with you. It must have been a terrible blow to your self-esteem."
"I've gotten over it," I said wistfully. "Having my daughter here with me helps. She's been a real help in getting me back on an even keel emotionally. So, is that why I'm here, for sympathy?"
"Actually, I had planned on taking someone else home, the way I usually do," she said. "I usually target some eager young guy, a boy-toy type, find out about them, whether they're clean, whether they have a significant other, that sort of thing. That all went out the window when I met you. I'm not sure what it is about you that appeals to me, because you are so unlike any man I've ever met. I guess it's your lack of pretense. I don't think it matters to you whether I have 10 dollars or 10 million dollars."
"You're probably worth a lot more than a mere 10 million," I said with a smile. "But you're right. Money doesn't really impress me. It's nice to have, but I found out the hard way that once you accumulate a little bit, it becomes a target."
We rode on in silence, both of us lost in thought, until the limo slowed and came to a stop. The door opened and I motioned for Serena to disembark first, then I followed, but I stopped a moment to speak to the chauffeur.
"I'm sorry about being rude earlier," I said. "It was uncalled for and I shouldn't have said it. You were just doing your job."
The man looked at me with genuine surprise in his eyes, like he'd never had someone apologize to him for their rudeness. I guess he'd ferried the rich and arrogant around for so long that he'd forgotten that some people have a conscience.
"Why thank you, sir," he said in a soft voice. "Have a good evening. And, sir, please take good care of Miss Serena. I've been with her a long time, and she's not anything like her reputation."
I nodded as I walked leisurely toward where Serena was standing looking at me in puzzlement. I told her about the exchange I'd had with the man earlier, and she nodded.
We had been delivered to a high-rise apartment building in the center of the city, the really, really high-rent district. A doorman greeted "Mrs. Morgan," and asked how the ball had gone, and she answered simply. As we passed, he cast a leer in my direction, a look I ignored.
What was it about these people that they thought the things they did about this woman? Was she really a man-eater, or just the brunt of cruel and salacious rumors?
She had admitted that she used men once a year -- she said -- for her selfish purposes, but was that enough to fuel such talk? I wondered what exactly I was getting into.
We rode the elevator to the top floor -- the penthouse suite, of course -- and the doors opened to a marbled foyer that led to the door to Serena's apartment.
"I stay here when I come to the city," she said. "It's a lot more convenient than driving all the way out to the country."
As you might expect, the apartment was done in a Chinese style, with luxuriant sofas and chairs done in a variety of oriental motifs. In the center of the front room was a gorgeous old tea table made of some sort of stoneware. It was inlaid with a dragon design in mother of pearl and probably cost a fortune. One whole side of the room was taken up by a picture window that looked out upon the city and surrounding area.
Serena saw me admiring the view and came over to stand next to me.
"I didn't think I'd get used to this city," she said softly. "It seemed so... provincial when I first came here. But Sterling loved it, and I've grown to love it, as well."
Then she asked me if I wanted a cup of coffee, and she bustled off to the kitchen to brew a pot. She came out a few minutes later with two mugs and we sat together on one of the sofas.
"Do you mind telling me what happened to your marriage?" Serena said softly. "I get the impression that you still harbor a lot of feelings that you've bottled up in the interests of getting on with your life. Am I right?"
I just looked at her, and again, I lost myself in those hazel eyes. I sighed and started from the beginning. She didn't interrupt, but toward the end, I realized that she was rhythmically rubbing my shoulder and that we were very close together.
I tried not to get emotional about it, because I knew I was better off without Gloria. Nevertheless, I gave that woman 23 years of my life, and it still hurt the way she not only cheated on me but tried to swindle me out of my modest savings. I possibly could have forgiven the affair, with a great deal of effort, but not her involvement in Rosenthal's scam.
"You need to let it go," Serena said softly, and before I knew it our lips were locked in a smoking kiss that had our tongues jousting in no time.
I wrapped my arms around Serena and I swept my hands over the satin material of her dress, lingering briefly at her breasts, which came to attention at my touch. That jolted our lust up a couple of notches and we kissed hard, deep, with lots of tongue.
My cock was hard as a baseball bat and felt about as big (trust me, it's not). Serena's soft hands were kneading the iron-hard rod through the slacks of my rented tuxedo.
We finally came up for air, and I think we were both a little stunned at the ferocity of the lust that had just exploded between us. Serena was breathing hard as she stood up, swaying slightly, and reached behind her neck for the clasp of her dress. I knew my cue when I saw it.
I stood up, turned her around and pulled the zipper down ever so slowly, and as her naked back was exposed to my view, I began to plant little butterfly kisses, starting from her shoulder blades all the way down to the swell of her pert little butt. As I worked my way down, she threw her head back and she sighed in what I could tell was mounting arousal.
When I got the zipper all the way open, I learned that my guess from earlier was correct. She'd been completely naked under that stylish but sexy dress and she shrugged herself out of the dress and let it fall to the floor. I turned her around again and let my eyes feast on Serena's delectable body, the way I had earlier at the ball, only much more leisurely.
Her breasts were exactly as I'd seen them before, firm, with a nice swell. Her stomach was flat and her hips were just perfect, but what drew my full attention was the well-trimmed bush of dark pubic hair that framed a beautiful pussy, a pussy that was gleaming with arousal.
"Do you like what you see, Duncan McInnis?" she purred, and I just nodded as she began to unbutton my shirt and gave my chest the same treatment I'd given her back. Her lips were like a caressing of feathers down my chest, to the waistband of my pants.
As she worked the belt open, I could feel the madness coming on me, like it had not come in such a very long time, the overwhelming desire to take a woman and just love her with as much passion as I could possibly muster, and to do it yesterday.
I kicked off my loafers and pulled my socks off, then pulled Serena up to her full height and we kissed wantonly, madly, like two drowning sailors. Serena was almost gasping in her desire to get my pants off to get to the source of her desire.
As she did, I sluiced two fingers between her juicy pie, just getting the lay of the land, then I felt her hand close over my cock, and I thought I was going to come right there.
I broke us apart then, and she read my mind, because we headed back to her bedroom like two school kids. She ripped the covers down and pulled me into her bed as we embraced once again.
"Please, take me, Duncan, I need you now!" she panted.
There was no attempt at foreplay or anything. We'd been sitting on simmer for quite a while, and I hadn't realized it until Serena first pulled me to her.
I got up on my knees slightly, and looked down at a sight I'll never forget as long as I live. There was absolutely the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen laying on her back, with the dewiest almond eyes, her lips slightly open, her long dark hair fanned out on the pillow, her breasts standing tall and her legs open wide, with her creamy cunt on display. And it was all for me.
"My God," I whispered. "You are so beautiful."
"And you are so sexy," Serena smiled back at me. "Now fuck me, please. You can do anything you want, but please fuck me first."
I did as I was bidden. I ran the head of my cock between her juicy lips a couple of times, to get my johnson acquainted with what I hoped would be its new home, then slid in slowly, but insistently.
I think we gasped together as we mated for the first time. I know Serena's eyes widened as I entered her, and I made a mental note to ask her about that, because I was pretty sure it wasn't because of my awesome girth. I have a decent-sized cock for man of my size, maybe even slightly bigger, but I'm not packing stud-like beef between my legs.
I guess maybe it was because it just felt so good, so right, even from the first stroke. In seconds I was happily fucking one of the tightest, most energetic pussies I'd ever had the pleasure of fucking, and I'd gotten my dick into quite a few during my four years in the Navy and in the two years of college before I met Gloria.
I bent down and gathered Serena in my arms and she wrapped her arms around my shoulders and her legs around my waist and we really went to town. Serena was gasping, pleading, squealing as her passion built to a crescendo, and even as I relentlessly worked my cock back and forth, I felt her body stiffen, then she shuddered from head to toe.
At that point, she really lost control and fucked me like a madwoman, and, yes, I have to say she did fuck like a fish. Her pussy was like nothing I'd ever experienced. She knew just how to work her pelvic muscles in a way that drove me absolutely around the bend. And my lust fueled her lust as we soared through the heavens on a sea of passion.
I was panting, gasping and crying out now, and Serena was urging me on, telling me to fuck her hard and come deep in her.
"Come on, baby, do it for me," she cried. "Let me feel your cum. Fuck me baby!"
That sent me teetering over the edge. With a strangled cry, I lurched forward one final time and let it go, and as I did, I felt all of the bitterness and turmoil of my marriage and divorce flow out of me on a silver sea of semen.
Serena and I clutched each other like we were castaways on the ocean, holding on for dear life. I filled her quim with a staccato burst of superheated cum as I spent myself in her supple body. Over and over, I kept thrusting, firing off strong secondary spurts, long after the first explosion, and Serena was there with me, her body twitching in the dregs of her second climax.
Finally -- finally -- we were sated, for the moment. I slumped onto Serena's sweat-covered body and she just held me as I rolled to the side, my cock flopping wetly from her glistening pussy. I watched as my cum rolled out behind it in great white globs onto her satin sheet.
I lay back catching my breath, and I felt Serena's manicured hand idly drawing designs on my chest.