Terry Gaiman adjusted his black bow tie in the mirror, trying to get it straight. He twisted it first one way, decided he'd gone too far, twisted it back, realised he'd overcompensated, twisted it again.
Why did evening wear have to be so complicated?
He fussed with his cufflinks. The shirt cuffs felt like a pair of oversized floppy manacles. He looked back in the mirror and tried, again, to straighten his bow tie.
He checked the clock and felt his heart flutter in nervous panic.
She was going to be here soon.
He flittered round his bedroom like an over-caffeinated moth. Did he have everything? Were his clothes right? He was convinced he was going to make a fool of himself.
He knew there was no real need to panic. She wouldn't care either way. He still wanted to make an effort though. It wouldn't feel right if he took it for granted.
The doorbell rang as he was tying up his shoelaces. He'd been expecting the sound but the shock of it still kicked his heart up until it felt like he was on the verge of spitting it out onto the floor.
He rushed back to the mirror. Damn tie still wasn't straight.
He was almost out of his bedroom when he remembered something. He turned back and plucked an old trilby hat from a stand in the corner.
"Mustn't forget this," he said.
The hat had been stylish once and despite being a little age worn it still possessed a bit of class. At least Terry thought so. He put it on his head and rushed down the corridor to answer the door.
The girl on the other side took Terry's breath away.
He'd expected sexy. He'd expected fit. He'd expected raunchy.
What he hadn't expected was a beauty that looked as if she'd stepped straight out of the pages of a fairytale to pluck at his heartstrings as if they were an exquisite harp. How to even describe her?
Her skin was pale like fresh snow.
No, that was the wrong metaphor. Snow is cold, undesired.
There was a coldness to her features though. Like marble.
Yes, that was a better fit. Stone had an aloofness and distance about it, as if it was far removed from such paltry concerns as rot and decay. She had the cold perfection of stone worked by a master sculptor, a beauty that sat outside the flow of years as if they could never touch her.
Terry didn't know what to do. His plans now seemed like the despoilment of a lush paradise.
"Hello, I'm Nicole," the girl said. "Are you Terry?"
Terry nodded. Her voice had the same trace of an accent he'd heard on the phone. He couldn't tell if it was French or Eastern European. During the phone conversation her voice had made him picture an exotic model or actress from an old chic movie. He knew his mental image wouldn't match up; he hadn't expected it to be surpassed.
She wore a white fur coat and fashionable sunglasses and looked every bit the stylish and refined model. Her hair was cut in a short black bob. She looked stunning.
What would she make of him, Terry thought. Inwardly he must disgust her.
"You can speak you know," Nicole said with a smile.
Her lips were a contrast to the paleness of her skin, a vivid splash of red like a precious bloom. When she smiled her entire face was transformed. The cold perfection softened into a truly heart-melting beauty.
"I'm sorry," Terry said. "I'm not used to speaking to beautiful women. Come in," he added, backing into the hallway to allow her to enter.
"So what are we doing this evening?" Nicole asked. "From the way you're all dressed up I'm guessing we have plans to go out."
Terry picked up a flier from the telephone table. It advertised a summer dance at the local cricket club.
"Would you like to come with me to the dance?" he asked.
"Why I would love to accompany such a charming young man to the dance," Nicole replied. "But first..."
She examined him with a critical eye. Then she stepped forward and went down on her knees until her head was level with his crotch.
Was she going to? Already? He felt his cock stiffen in his pants and all of a sudden he felt a little giddy and light-headed.
Nicole reached behind him and untied his cummerbund. She dropped the red silk slash on the phone table with an expression on mild distaste.
"A little too formal for a summer dance I think," she said.
Terry let out a breath, unsure whether it was relief or disappointment.
Nicole ran a finger up the outline of his erection, causing Terry to shiver with pleasure.
"Later," she smiled, getting back to her feet. "We have the whole night ahead of us."
"Do I look okay?" Terry asked, opening his arms. "The suit was my father's. It's all I have."
And the hat had originally belonged to his grandfather, but he wasn't about to mention that. Leaving the house without his hat was not an option.
"I look horribly out of fashion don't I?" Terry said.
"Nonsense," Nicole said, stepping close enough for the subtle fragrance of her perfume to toy with his nostrils. "You look like a perfectly stylish young man."
She reached up with her pale hands to adjust his bow tie, finally getting it straight. Seeing those luscious red lips pursed in concentration, Terry felt the sudden urge to kiss her. His head angled down to meet her, a trajectory he halted long before they met.
They didn't like to kiss, he'd heard, and he didn't want to offend her.
Nicole was not the type to be offended. Her hands finished with his tie and then slid onwards over his shoulders and met behind his neck. She pulled his head down until her lips, soft and supple, crushed against his. His initial wild excitement was doused in a calm sea of bliss. Standing there, with Nicole in his arms, her warm lips working against his, he felt like he'd become part of the same perfect sculpture. In her arms it felt like time could no longer touch him, as if the passing of night and day ran together into one single blur.
She pulled away with a smile.
"We'd better stop, otherwise we won't make the dance," she said.
Was that such a bad thing? Terry thought, but he followed her out to her a car, a little Renault Clio. Outside the air was muggy and Terry was glad Nicole had got him to remove some of his excess clothing.
As they drove to the cricket ground on the edge of town Terry noticed Nicole still hadn't removed her sunglasses. They were already deep enough into twilight for the street lights to bathe the road in a wan orange glow.
"Can you see okay with those?" Terry asked.
"I have a rare condition," Nicole answered. "My eyes are extremely sensitive to light. Without my glasses even those street lights are bright enough to cause me pain."
The field next to the ground was being used as an overspill car park. Even that was full, but Nicole's car was small enough for her to sneak it into a space beneath a gnarled old oak.
"I suppose you see enough rare conditions every day," Nicole said. "Dr Pratchett says you're wonderful with the children at the hospital."
"He does?" Terry said. "I just try and make things fun for them. It's heart-wrenching some of the illnesses they suffer. Both Holly McKean and Madeleine Kieth have leukaemia. Dr Pratchett reckons they only have a few months left. Holly is eleven, Maddy is twelve. It's Mary Dringenberg I really feel for. She has Progeria, that premature ageing condition. Eight years old and she already looks like a wrinkled old lady."
"It's a tragedy to have to become acquainted with death at such a tender age," Nicole said.
"They're still children though," Terry said. "At heart they want the same things as any other child. They want to laugh, to play, to have fun. People forget that sometimes. They're so busy pitying them or trying to hide their own revulsion, they forget the poor kid just wants someone to play with them."
Terry paused and looked at Nicole.
"This probably isn't a good topic of conversation before going out on a date is it?" he said.
Nicole smiled enigmatically.
"I don't want you to think I'm morbid or obsessed by death or anything," Terry added.
"Some say the only two topics worthy of conversation are sex and death," Nicole said.
"Sex seems more appropriate for this evening," Terry said. "More fun."
"I agree. I think we should discuss it later," Nicole said. She reached across and put a hand in Terry's lap. "At great length," she added with another enigmatic smile.
They walked to the bright lights of the clubhouse. A number of stalls had been set up outside and were gaily lit with bright lamps. Some offered games with the chance to win novelty stuffed animals. There was a tombola. Others offered a variety of different foods and drinks. The clubhouse itself rocked to the bass thumps of loud dance music. It was heaving in there.
Terry felt a momentary flash of reluctance. Most of the town youth would be here and there was him in his Granddad's hat and his father's dinner suit. Nicole's presence on his arm emboldened him though. It felt like they were the most glamorous couple there. Everyone turned to look at them, or rather Nicole.
Of course it was only fantasy, but Terry didn't care. He'd enjoy the night while it lasted.
"How do you know Dr Pratchett?" Terry asked.
"I comforted him after his wife passed on," Nicole answered.
"Oh," Terry said.
"That's a very judgemental 'Oh' I'm hearing there," Nicole said, cocking her head up to look at him.
"It's a surprise, that's all," Terry said. "Dr Pratchett always seemed so stern and serious to me. I never would have thought ... then I suppose we're only here tonight because he gave me your number and ordered me to call you."
"He's a doctor. He understands what the body needs," Nicole said. "As do I." She gave Terry's buttock a cheeky squeeze.
The music from the clubhouse changed tempo, switching from blaring dance numbers to slower numbers designed to put lovers in each other's arms.
"Let's dance," Nicole said, grabbing Terry's hand and pulling him into the main bar before he could protest.
Inside it wasn't quite as crowded as the noise made it out to be. They found a quiet spot on the edge of the wooden floor. Nicole took his hands and moved before him with sinuous grace. In contrast Terry felt like Frankenstein's monster with added cement shoes.
"I haven't had much practise at this," he said.
"It doesn't need practise," Nicole whispered in his ear. "Loosen up and let your body follow the rhythm of the music."
"I'm frightened I'm going to trample all over your feet," Terry said.
"Do that and I'll trample you back," Nicole giggled in his ear. "And I have spiked heels." She prodded the top of his foot with a wickedly sharp point to remind him to stay focused.
Staying focused was not going to be easy. Her arms were around him and he felt the warmth of her soft body pressed against him. Her perfume, sultry and exciting, filled his senses. They twirled slowly under the flickering lights, just like any of the other couples dancing around them. Terry even managed to avoid treading on her toes.
Terry didn't want this to end, but it wasn't long before he felt a familiar weakness start to creep up his legs. His breath was coming out a little ragged too. He knew the excitement wasn't helping matters.
"I have to take a break," he whispered in her ear, feeling wretched that he needed to cut the dance short.
Nicole understood. She didn't say anything as they walked over to the bar.
Phew, it really was hot in here, Terry thought, feeling a bead of perspiration trickle down the side of his neck.
"Are you enjoying yourself?" Nicole asked with a smile.
"Yes," Terry smiled back. "Just need to get my breath back. Then we can go up again."
Even as he said it the music tempo switched again, going back to fast dance beats and Terry knew he'd never be able to keep up with that pace.
"Are you enjoying yourself?" Terry asked back.
Stupid question, he thought, cursing himself for being silly enough to ask it.
"Yes," Nicole replied. "Because you're enjoying yourself."
Her face was as cryptic as ever. He wished he could see her eyes, but they were still hidden, as they had been all evening, behind those stylish sunglasses. What was she really thinking? he wondered.
Terry suddenly became aware of a looming presence standing next to them. He turned and saw a big bull of a man, easily over six foot and with a close-shaven bullet head. The man was dressed in an expensive looking dinner suit and had the overly friendly smile of someone hovering around the point of inebriation. There was a lecherous smirk on his lips as he looked Nicole up and down.
"You could do so much better," the man said to Nicole.
Behind him the man's friends smirked like a pack of hyenas.
Nicole looked him up and down right back, weighing up what she saw.
"You're right, I am," she replied, putting her arms around Terry and kissing him on the cheek.
"Don't be too harsh dear," Terry said, finding confidence in her presence he wouldn't normally have. "It's hard to find good style in gorilla size."
The man's friends laughed again, this time at him rather than with him.
It was all very funny until the man slugged Terry right on the jaw. Terry fell against the bar and slid down into a wobbly squat as his legs tried to decide whether they were propped up with bone or jelly. His hat went flying off.
The gasps went up immediately. He saw them all staring at him with a mixture of shock, revulsion and then pity. He knew what they saw: a mostly bald head covered in a few strands of long greasy hair. He knew what they were thinking?
What's he got? Is it contagious? Oh the poor man.
The big man backed away in shock. Terry didn't care. He got back to his feet and raised his fists on his skinny little arms.
"Come on!" he cried, voice rasping with defiance.
The big man almost did. He was drunk enough for the primal instinct to fight to nearly overwhelm the common sense dictated by Terry's appearance. If his friends hadn't been there he'd have probably hit Terry again.
"Don't be a tool, Neil!" one of his friends yelled in his ear as they tried to hold him back. "Can't you see he's on chemo?"
Neil blinked and took a proper look at the man standing in front of him. He backed down with an expression of sheepish embarrassment on his face. He couldn't look Terry in the eye, instead staring all around him, anywhere but at Terry directly.
"No. Fight me!" Terry said, still waving his fists with his stick-thin arms.
The man and his friends melted back into the crowd of onlookers, the man still refusing to meet Terry's eyes.
"Fight me!" Terry yelled after them. "Fight me," he said, slumping forward as hot tears welled up in his eyes.
They came then, as they always did, clucking and cooing like concerned mother hens, crowding him, mithering him, always with that stifling pity that sucked all the oxygen from his lungs and left him weak-kneed and helpless. He pushed them off, loathing himself for shoving them away even though they meant well, and loathing them for making him loath himself.
Why couldn't they treat him like everyone else?
Blood was streaming from his split lip as he sat at a table by the wall. His mouth ached, like biting down on a razor. One of the barmaids had given him a tissue. He pressed it into his mouth to try and stem the bleeding. One of his teeth ached with a dull throb. It felt loose.
Nicole joined him.
"I found your hat," she said.
Terry took it and put it back on his head, hiding his ravaged skull from staring eyes. Too late, they knew now and those eyes would follow him everywhere, eyes filled with pity. At least he didn't get to see that with Nicole, but with those sunglasses he didn't see anything at all.
Terry's tooth was more than loose. He nudged it with his tongue and it fell out of the socket. He spat it out into a tissue and stared at the blood-smudged white enamel as if it was a trophy.
"Still having fun?" Terry asked, looking up at Nicole and smiling. He dreaded to think what that smile looked like now. Gap-toothed and bloody, he must make for an even worse sight than usual.
Nicole didn't seem to mind. She smiled right back at him.
"Yes, you?" she replied.
"Loving it," Terry laughed, specks of dried blood still staining his chin. He felt exhilarated, alive.
"What about your tooth?" Nicole asked.
"Don't worry about it," Terry said. He stared at the trophy in his hands with a mixture of both pride and revulsion. "The rest will all be falling out soon anyway."
Nicole put her arms around him and leant against him, her head resting on his shoulder.
"I suppose that's the end of any kissing this evening," Terry said.
Nicole surprised him by lapping a spot of blood off his chin with a dainty little lick of her tongue.
"Don't tell anyone, but I'm really quite a kinky little bitch," she whispered in his ear, her voice husky and dripping with so much lust Terry felt his cock stir in his pants.
They leant against each other in comfortable silence and watched the party swing and flow around them. It had turned into a perfect summer night, warm without being sweaty. Being here, with an absolutely gorgeous woman, Terry felt truly alive for the first time in his life.
Unfortunately it didn't take long for the fly in the ointment to return. The big guy, Neil, came back and stood on the other side of the table. His eyes were apologetic and his whole stance radiated contrition, albeit with a hefty amount of alcohol induced instability.
"I want to apologise," Neil said. "I was out of order back there. That was the booze talking. I didn't mean to belt you like that, especially on account of you being ... you know..."
Ill. Sick. Weak. Pathetic. Which word would you prefer? Terry thought. Why did people have to be so awkward about it? It wasn't as if it was their fault, or they could do anything about it.
"Let me buy you a drink. Make it up to you," Neil said. He held out a hand.
"Sure," Terry said.
The apology was appreciated, but after fetching them new drinks Neil didn't leave. Instead he squeezed onto the seat next to Terry and didn't show any inclination of leaving any time soon. His presence brought an awkward silence to the table. He stared at Nicole as if he couldn't take his eyes off her. There was something dangerous there, a spark bordering on obsession.
Terry wasn't sure what to do about him. He'd dearly like to tell him to fuck off, but he suspected that would only make the big man violent again. They could move away, but there was no guarantee he wouldn't just follow them. Instead they tried to ignore him. It was difficult for Terry as he found the other man's presence stifling. Nicole had no such problems though and was adept enough to divert Terry's thoughts away from their unwelcome visitor. In the company of a girl as beguiling as Nicole it really wasn't that hard to tune out the rest of the world.
"How much?" Neil said, suddenly slapping a couple of crisp notes onto the table.
They were hundred pound notes, Terry realised. Neil held his hand over them, showing off a solid gold watch that must have cost several grand. He stared at Nicole, eyes flecked with steely determination.
Terry looked at her with a nauseous feeling in the pit of his stomach. He couldn't hope to match that kind of money. Nicole was as still as the flawless sculpture she resembled. She dabbed her vivid red lips with her tongue.
"I've been watching you all night," Neil said to Nicole. "There's no way you'd be here with him unless he'd paid you."
Neil turned to Terry. "Not that I blame you for doing it. Makes perfect sense given your ... condition. You're playing in the big leagues now though."
He turned back to Nicole.
"So how much to forget this guy and leave with me right now?"
There was a pause. Terry glanced from Nicole to Neil and then back again. Neil's face was determined, Nicole's impassive. She was going to leave with him, Terry thought, a sickening feeling growing in his stomach.
Nicole leaned over to whisper in his ear. "I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to take care of this. I won't take too long, I promise. Then we can get back to our enjoyable little evening."
She reached into Terry's lap and gave him a cheeky little squeeze. Then she got up, took Neil's hand and walked away. As they walked away Neil turned back and flashed Terry a nasty little wink.
Asshole, Terry thought.
She wasn't going to come back, he thought, toying with a beermat.
As he watched her walk away his eyes played strange tricks on him. For a moment her form seemed to shimmer and Terry thought he saw black wings, leathery like a bat's, coming out of her back and a long black tail, tipped with an arrow point like a demon's, swishing behind her. He blinked and the image was gone.
He tried not to think about what that might mean. Instead he stared down into his beer, no longer in the mood to carry on drinking.
"Here are some more tissues."
Terry looked up and saw one of the barmaids, a pretty girl with curly blonde hair, with a handful of white tissues.
"Thanks," Terry said, taking a handful and replacing the sodden wad pressed against his mouth.
"He's a giant prick," the barmaid said, looking over to where Neil had disappeared. "He always was an arrogant bastard, but now he's got that high flying job in the city he's far worse."
She leant closer and put her hand next to her mouth.
"There's nothing between his legs worth bragging about," she whispered.
"Not so much a giant prick in that department then." Terry said.
"Very much a little prick," the barmaid whispered.
They both chuckled.
"Of course, it'd be funnier if I hadn't found out first hand," she said, her face twisting in disgust. "Are you Terry Gaiman?" she asked.
"Yeah," he replied, wondering how she knew him.
"My little sister, Sheila, spoke very highly of you. She said you used to read her stories at night."
"Sheila? I remember her. It was such a shame, I'm sorry."
"Your..." she said. "It's not..."
Terry was used to that look. When people felt the need to say something, but they weren't really sure what.
"Oh no," Terry said. "The chemotherapy's a bitch but the doctors reckon I've got a good chance of pulling through."
"That's good," the barmaid said, her face brightening. She noticed a man waving at her from the bar and turned to go back to work. "I'm Amanda," she said. "Maybe I'll see you around some time."
Terry watched her go, alone in his own dark shroud. It was better this way. Life was too short and too precious to be tainted with reminders of how fleeting it really was.
He was still glumly contemplating the surface of his pint when he was enfolded in a familiar perfume. An arm went around his back and a soft body leaned against him.
"It's too beautiful a night to wear an expression like that," Nicole whispered in his ear.
"I thought you'd left with him for sure," Terry said, surprised.
Nicole put on an expression of exaggerated hurt. "Don't be silly," she said.
"But his money."
"Darling, I'm not a good to be auctioned to the highest bidder," Nicole said. "My appointment tonight is with you, just you, for the whole night. For my business it's important to have a good reputation. Can you imagine what would happen to that if I made a habit of running out every time another man flashed his wallet at me."
She put a pale hand over Terry's hand.
"I'm really sorry for allowing the cruder aspects of my business to intrude on your perfect evening. He would have pestered us all night if I hadn't. I made him understand the situation and he was much more amenable once I mentioned I had an opening later in the week."
"So you made an appointment with him?"
"It's what I do," Nicole said, her face enigmatic.
"Does it ever bother you?" Terry asked.
"The men are all different," Nicole said. "Sometimes they're wonderful, charming, fun men like yourself, and I feel terribly guilty for taking their money. Other times they're rude, obnoxious and unpleasant."
"Not so much guilt over taking their money," Terry said.
Nicole flashed him a smile that verged on the predatory. "Oh, I enjoy taking them for everything they've got."
They stayed at the dance a little while longer. The air cooled as night deepened outside and the revellers started to make their ways back home. Terry summoned up the energy for one last dance and would have kept going in Nicole's arms until his heart popped from his chest and his legs fell out under him, but there were no more songs, it was time for the DJ to pack up. The last remaining couples abandoned the dance floor until all that remained were slowly deflating balloons, soggy coloured streamers and the occasional empty bottle.
"Time to go home," Nicole whispered in his ear, her voice dripping with lascivious suggestion.
Terry paused once they got back to his front door. He knew what they were about to go inside and do. Nicole's real business. What he'd paid for.
He wasn't sure if it was what he wanted.
Nicole noticed his hesitancy. "Aren't you going to invite me in?" she asked, her luscious red lips turned up in an amused smile.
Terry fumbled with the key and led her into the corridor. He paused again at the door to his bedroom.
He wanted to, he really wanted to. She was fun and really really sexy, but he knew this was her job and this part of it was probably something she didn't enjoy too much. She wouldn't tell him that, she was too professional, no doubt she'd act as if she was enjoying it just as much as he was. He looked at her, tried to gauge what she might be thinking, but she was as unreadable as the perfect marble sculpture she resembled.
"I've had a lovely evening," Terry said.
"It's not finished yet," Nicole said, adding a seductive pout.
"What I'm trying to say is you don't have to, not if you don't want to. The whole date has been perfect enough already."
Nicole looked at him and laughed.
"Tsk. Why is it the men I really look forward to having sex with always have these crises of conscience. All this silly guilt and morality over a perfectly natural act. Terry, you're a lovely sweet young man and your concern for my feelings is very touching, but right now we're going to fuck and keep on fucking until the sun comes up."
She took off her sunglasses and Terry realised they weren't there to protect her eyes because she didn't have any to protect. In their place were two deep, black pools. Terry stared at her face in shock and then his fear mounted as he realised he couldn't stare away. Her eyes, those empty black portals, snared his gaze and reeled him into Stygian depths.
Nicole gave a little shrug and her clothes fell off her body and formed a neat pile at her feet. The body beneath was voluptuous and perfectly formed. Her skin was pale like milk, but covered all over in a complicated series of black whorls, lines and incomprehensible symbols, as if a mad sorcerer had made her body his parchment.
She was not human. A small pair of black horns sprouted from her forehead. A black tail, pointed like a demon's, swished behind her legs. A pair of wings, black and leathery like a bat's, were partially folded behind her.
She was not human and yet she still surpassed even the most erotic of his night time imaginings. She stood there, the full glory of her nakedness revealed to him. He couldn't move. He was paralysed by her beauty. His eyes were transfixed on the lovely curves of her firm breasts. They sank down to the hairless cleft between her legs, a cleft already moist with the little dewdrops of her arousal.
His intellect took in her horns, wings, tail and those eyes, those empty black eyes, and screamed at him to run. But his intellect was no longer in command. A more primal force had taken control of his body.
Nicole, the demon, smiled at him and stepped towards him with lithe grace. Her hips swayed seductively and her slender black tail bobbed behind her as she approached him. With each step her hold on him grew stronger. His blood pounded through his temples with the same exotic beat as jungle drums. Her scent preceded her, enfolding him like a burial shroud.
She stopped in front of him and her hands roamed freely over his paralysed form, each caress sending warm blooms of pleasure through his body.
"I'm sorry to have to hold you with such a crude glamour," she said, placing her hands on his buttocks and rubbing her groin against his. "My true form is always too much for my first time clients and I know your constitution is not strong."
She embraced him. Her head rested against his breast, her ear next to his stuttering heart. Beneath her sweet perfume he detected another odour, a faint but acrid tang, like flesh long burnt tinged with traces of sulphur. His heart, never strong, kicked and stuttered as the battle between his fear and arousal threatened to tear it apart.
"Shh," Nicole whispered. "Be quiet. You are under my control now and I wish you to feel only pleasure."
Terry's galloping heart slowed first to a canter and then to a sedate trot. The tension in his limbs drained away to be replaced with a blissful languor. Her warmth enfolded him like a tight fitting mitten.
"Good, that's better," Nicole said, smiling up at him. "Now we can have some real fun."
She took him by the hand and he meekly followed as she led him into the bedroom and sat him down on the side of the bed. She took off his jacket and began to unbutton his shirt. Terry couldn't resist, or even move, but he could still speak.
"What are you?" he asked.
"I'm a demon, a succubus," Nicole replied. She kissed him lightly on each nipple, her lips moist and warm. "I feed off men's life force when I fuck them. Suck it all out until there's nothing left."
"You picked a poor meal in me," Terry said. "There's barely any left in this body."
She lifted up his legs and swung him round until he lay in the centre of the bed. She unbuttoned his trousers and pulled down his underwear. Terry's cock, already erect, sprang to attention in the night air.
She climbed on top of him and straddled his naked body. Terry was transfixed by her boobs as they hung above him. The white globes were criss-crossed with crisp black lines and elaborate symbols. A swirling whorl decorated her left breast, the spiral line terminating at her delicate pink nipple.
"Are you going to kill me?" he asked.
"Maybe," Nicole replied.
"I'm not afraid," Terry said. "Death has been part of my life ever since the day I was born."
"You should be," Nicole said. "I can take more than your life."
She reached back and gripped his penis with a black-clawed hand. She lightly pumped her hand up and down and his cock responded by becoming harder and even more engorged with blood. She lowered her hips and guided his cock to the plush opening to her vulva. He felt the steamy heat of her sex spill over him.
"Is this your first time?" Nicole asked. The tip of her prehensile tail tickled his inner thigh.
"Yes," Terry said.
His tongue felt swollen and puffy, too big for his mouth. His throat felt dry, choked with both eager anticipation and lurking apprehension. Was this a dream or a nightmare?
"I'll try to prolong it for as long as I can, but don't feel bad if you come too soon," she said, her face tender.
She lowered her body down on him. The head of his cock pushed up against the soft folds of her labia, then the lips parted and his cock was sliding slowly into her moist orifice. Her heat enveloped him and spilled through his body, igniting fires in his blood. He slid deeper inside her, the cushioned walls of her vulva pushing snugly against his shaft.
Terry released a deep breath.
"Mmm," Nicole sighed. "That feels good doesn't it."
She slowly wiggled her body, letting the silken folds of her sex slide around, all around, his cock as she manoeuvred him into an even snugger fit. Her flesh — warm, wet and very very soft — pressed all around his manhood, as if she was slowly stewing his cock in the juices of her lust.
Terry exhaled again, somewhere between a groan and a sigh.
"Let's take this nice and slow," Nicole murmured.
She braced her hands on either side of his chest as she lowered herself down on all fours. She began to pump her hips slowly up and down. Her pink nipples brushed against his chest as her breasts swayed back and forth. Electric shudders ran through Terry's body as his cock slid in and out of her tight, exquisitely lubricated sheath. He looked up at her face and it was perfectly composed, a total contrast to the chaos of emotions raging through his body.
His breath came out in stuttering gasps. Too much. Too much.
Above him her face was perfectly calm. Perfect beauty. Aloof, outside of time.
She slowed down, her body rising and falling above him in long slow strokes, each down stroke sucking his cock deep into the tight fit of her pussy. The pleasure from the friction trickled down his shaft in warm waves, pulsing through his body and settling in his balls, causing them to boil and bubble up like the contents of a cauldron.
Too much. He couldn't hold on.
He could feel his semen rising inside him, rising like mercury in a thermometer on the way to exploding out of the top.
Nicole stopped. She sat up, rocking gently on top of him, letting Terry recover slightly, letting the level in his internal thermometer drop slightly.
She didn't let it fall back entirely. A flex of her flat stomach and Terry shuddered as he felt the warm walls of her pussy tighten around the head of his cock and squeeze. His arousal surged back upwards, again not reaching the top before starting to fall back. Before it fell back to the original level Nicole's pussy squeezed again, taking him higher than the last peak, but again not high enough to reach that final release.
She continued that game for what seemed like a teasing eternity, each muscular pulse of her sex pushing him higher, but maddeningly short of the eruption he craved. He writhed beneath her, his arms pushing and gripping the sheets of the bed. She sat astride him, poised and in control as her pussy continued to tease him with rhythmic little squeezes.
Nicole put cool hands on either side of Terry's head and stared intently into his eyes.
"I think I've teased you enough," she said. Her hips rose and thrust back down in one smooth motion.
Terry erupted inside her. His body contorted as his cock pulsed hot cum into her hotter pussy. Her vagina went wild around him. The soft walls wrapped around his cock and began to suck like a mouth. He groaned as he ejaculated a full load of his seed into her fleshy grip and felt more already surging up his shaft.
Oh fuck. He knew now what she meant by sucking it all out of a man. Immediately after releasing a second pulse of semen he felt a third, larger, load erupting from his balls. Nicole's vagina squeezed tightly around his cock. Bands of muscle worked up and down his shaft, coaxing yet more cum from his throbbing manhood.
He obliged. He couldn't do anything else.
Elation flooded through him as her moist orifice suckled on his cock and sucked down every drop of seed he pumped into her. Still the flow didn't end. The contractions in his balls grew stronger and wilder as she encouraged them to empty every morsel of his being into the warm embrace of her sex.
Terry's breath wheezed in his throat. Black spots danced across his vision. His heart laboured and stuttered in his chest. She was killing him.
"That's enough," Nicole said softly.
Her vagina dilated and that irresistible suction was removed from his cock. It gave a few final spurts before sliding out and lying slackly against his stomach. Nicole ran a cool hand over his boiling hot brow.
"You don't want it, not yet," she said.
She got off him and lay next to him on the bed. Her full breasts rested on his side and her hot breath played around his throat as she nuzzled his neck. She lightly circled one of his nipples with her fingers.
Terry lay back while his shattered body determined it wasn't quite broken into pieces just yet. His stuttering heart returned to an even rhythm. The wheezing bellows of his lungs quietened down to the point where he could speak again.
He was still alive.
"If you're a demon, why would you care what I want?" Terry asked.
"What I am is not what I have to be," Nicole replied.
Her hand continued to tickle Terry's exposed nipple.
"What do you want?" Terry asked.
Nicole's hand went lower, tickling his balls before lightly stroking his cock. She flashed him a coquettish glance.
"Morning is still a way off," she whispered in his ear.
Right then Terry decided he didn't care what she really was. She was still the same girl that had taken him on such a wonderful date. The eyes, wings, horns and tail took nothing from her appearance. She was still heart-achingly sexy.
Who was he to judge anyway, what with a head that made him look like a mutant extra from a post-apocalyptic film?
And if she killed him, well he was going to be crossing that boundary soon enough anyway, he might as well go wrapped in Nicole's warm embrace.
He was leaning over to put his arms around her, when all the strength suddenly drained from his body and he fell back on the bed.
No, not here, he thought, cursing the sudden weakness that had returned to torment his body. The dance, sex with Nicole; he'd overexerted himself.
This was worse than just weakness. The room swam and he suddenly felt light-headed. A nauseous feeling churned in his guts. A sickly cough sidled out of his throat and was followed by others. The force of their expulsion weakened him further until he didn't even have the strength to maintain a full-throated coughing fit. It died out in a series of painful splutters.
"What a state, eh," Terry said. "I don't think I'll be able to carry on all the way 'til morning."
Nicole sat back astride him, her black wings falling behind her like a cloak of shadows.
"That would appear to leave us with a problem, wouldn't it," She said. "As a thorough professional who takes a pride in her work, I couldn't possibly leave without my client first being fully satisfied. But how to do so without killing you in the process."