"What the bloody hell do you think you're doing?"
Running away, she thought to herself, but Russell knocked the roll of bills out of her hand and dragged her back from her Mom's dresser.
"None of your fucking biz ... Ow! Let go! You're hurting ... OW!"
Russ had transferred his grip from her arm to her hair. She tried to struggle, but her scalp was about to rip from her skull.
"Your Mom put me in charge while she's gone, remember? Anything I feel warranted, I can do. No questions asked. 'Just keep her from wrecking the house or going to jail or the emergency room. Whatever it takes, ' she told us, and she made you repeat it, so don't tell me that's not what she meant."
He was wagging her head back and forth. She gripped his wrists, hanging from them to relieve the tension.
"I thought I knew you, Tracy. I've known you since I was five and you were a worm in a diaper, and I loved playing with you. We got into a lot of trouble together, but we had a lot of fun."
She remembered. It just made her angrier. He'd been the moon and the stars to her, spent more time with her than her Mom did, and then he'd left!
"I get sent to boarding school for two years, and come back for spring break to stay with my Best. Friend. Ever. while her Mom is out of town on business, and instead of the happy little dork I knew, I find a filthy mouthed demon who hates everybody. It's only been three days, and I'm ready to call the cops on you myself, you thieving little thug."
For the first time in her life, she was afraid of him. When had he gotten so big and strong? He'd always been taller than her, but now...
He towered over her, solid as a stone lion.
He walked her backwards towards the bed. She was almost on tiptoe.
"Fine. You're not my friend anymore. But you are my ward, little girl, and I am your babysitter, and you will do what you're told, or I will punish you."
Her anger flared again despite her fear. Nobody called her "little" anymore, and "baby" had been a fighting word all her life. And he knew that, she'd bloodied his nose over that!
When the backs of her knees touched the mattress, Russ pushed her down on the bed. She tried to scramble away, but he grabbed her around her waist. The next thing she knew, she was across his lap. He pulled down her shorts and panties, shackling her calves.
That shocked her into action. It was a short fight, which she lost. She ended up across his lap anyway, arm up behind her back.
She was stunned. He'd hit her. After all these years, and more fights than she could remember, he'd actually hit her. She could taste blood in her mouth from his slap. Sure, her clawed fingers had left a rank of scratches bleeding down his cheek, but that sort of thing had never bothered him before...
Now he didn't even count, just started swatting, hard. She screamed and struggled in murderous rage, but got nothing more than an aching shoulder and a burning butt.
Suddenly, she remembered a time before he'd gone and they'd been trading insults and he'd taken theatrical offense at her theatrically not being offended, and he'd spanked her then, too, except not very hard and he hadn't pulled her jeans down, both of them laughing and breathing hard and blushing and they'd almost kissed except that they hadn't, somehow, and now thinking about it made her throat hurt worse than her butt, and she was crying.
She didn't let herself cry anymore, because if she did, she'd cry all the time. Sure enough, she couldn't stop now.
When he let go of her arm, she twisted around to put her head in his lap and her arms around his waist, and she just bawled and bawled and bawled.
He rubbed her back, making soothing noises like she was a dog or something. "Good girl, it's over now, there's my good girl, shh, shh. Oh, my poor little baby girl, what happened to you?" Her anger pulsed, but was smothered by a strange glow of pleasure. She was still his girl. She'd always been his girl. She'd never let him say that, any more than she'd let him call her a baby, but now ... She was his girl, and that was fine.
The tears trickled to a stop. Russ leaned over to her Mom's night table and grabbed a handful of tissues. He held one to her nose.
"Blow." She did, noisily. He threw it to the floor and wiped her face with a clean one, even dabbing at her eyes.
He poked at her crack with the tissue.
"So, baby girl, do I need to wipe your butt, too? Are we back to that?"
The night he'd returned, her mother had trotted out a snapshot of him kneeling on the floor to change her diaper while she gazed up at him in open adoration. She'd vowed to find it and destroy it, before Mom could show it to a real boyfriend, and it was unspeakably rude for him to bring it up.
"No, you fucking freak, stop that!"
Instead, he leaned over to the nightstand again to squirt some lotion into his hand. He anointed her bottom with it, soothing the burn.
She relaxed a little, and his hand stroked up and down her thighs, slipped between them, just above the knee, and drew higher and higher towards her...
She froze. Her legs clenched back against his hand.
"Let go, baby girl."
"What are you doing? No!"
"'Stop' and 'no' haven't been working for me, the last few days. Why should they work for you?"
She twisted away, or tried to, but he laughed, leaning down on her, holding her on his lap, while his hand worked its way towards her crotch.
As she twisted, her faced rubbed against a bulge in his jeans. Startled, and more scared than ever, she summoned the strength to almost escape.
Instead, he pulled her upright and she ended up straddling his knee, his other leg trapping her, arm around her waist.
She couldn't move without stirring up the weirdest feelings in her naked crotch.
They looked at each other for a moment, breathing hard, hot faced. Then his hand cupped the back of her head, and he pulled her in for their first kiss. He was not shy. His tongue pressed urgently against her lips, then he drew back.
"Open your mouth for me, you silly little twink. You don't want to be a baby? Kiss like a big girl."
He pinched her jaw hinge between thumb and fingers. It hurt a little. She clamped her mouth shut.
His hand slid up under her shirt and pinched her nipple. She started to buck, but thought better of it when he didn't let go.
"STOP IT! YOU'RE HURTING ME, YOU SHIT! LET ME GO, LET ME..."
He twisted and she gasped to a halt.
"I tried being nice, but Your Bitchy Little Highness wouldn't take the hint and behave herself."
"Who are you ... OW!"
"I said hush." His voice was calm, but implacable. "Are you listening now?"
"You've always needed me to tell you what to do ... shut it! You did, and you know it. I've always tried to let you do what you want, even if it would hurt you a little, just so you'd learn. And you did. We were quite the team, a boy and his tomboy sidekick."
His hand fell away to her waist again, holding on loosely.
"And then they sent me away to school. Sent me away, mind, I had no choice. I've sent letters that didn't get to you. I never got any from you, except birthdays and Christmas. I didn't blame you, because I knew you'd tried to send them. Do you know why I had to go to the Academy?"
She shook her head.
"Because my parents and your Mom thought we were too close. They thought we needed time apart to, quote, clear our heads, unquote."
He kissed her forehead.
"I did need the Academy. Needed to be taught self-discipline, how to follow, how to lead. But I never cleared my head of you."
He kissed her left eye.
"You, though, you just fell apart. You didn't have anybody to tell you what to do, and what not to do, and you fell apart.
He kissed her right eye.
"OK. You win. You've won, Trace. You made them bring me back. But now you're trying to make me do what you want by throwing tantrums like a little spoiled princess, trying to make me your servant."
He took her shoulders and set her back. Her crotch shivered as it pivoted across his knee.
"But you are not my princess, Trace. You are not even my little tomboy sidekick anymore, either. You are My Girl, and I am Your Man. And I am going to make sure, here and now, you never forget that, never forget who tells who to do what."
And he leaned in to kiss her again while her mouth was hanging open in shock. His tongue pushed in against her own, and she almost choked, almost bit, but...
It wasn't so bad.
He tasted of the mints he liked to chew on, slightly tingly. The tingle grew stronger, hot, demanding. She tried to push his tongue out with her own, and he sucked on it, slipping his lips along it. He forced his tongue back in her mouth, and she did the same to him, sucking on it, playing with it.
His hands slipped to her shoulders and down her sides. It tickled, and she drew back, laughing.
"Where you going, girl? Get back here!"
His hands slipped under her tee shirt and grabbed at her ribs. She shrieked in laughter, struggled away...
... And his hands moved on up, peeling her out of the tee until it was bunched up under her pits.
"Stop! Stop it! What are you... ?"
"Put your arms up! Do it now, or get another spanking!"
His face was fierce, but not angry. Her arms went up and the shirt was gone.
When his fingers slipped into the tops of her bra cups, she moaned, then gasped as he ripped the ribbon between them apart.
.... There is more of this story ...