Lady Mandrax

Copyright: David William Kirby:2012
The Dogbreaths Publishing

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LADY MANDRAX
Prologue

As storm clouds gathered high in the pale Carolina sky, she was thrust into this world through
a dent in her mother’s pride. Eyes rolling and bewildered, her small limbs reached out for a
father who was unknown and a mother still cursing the child’s conception.

The mother sighed, suppressing a groan for fear of being heard and snipped the umbilical
cord with a pair of rusted scissors. Then, cradling the baby in her teenage arms she looked up
at the storm clouds overhead and praised Jesus.
“Thank you...” she whispered softly as a spot of rain fell on her upturned face.

“...thank you lord for giving me my baby healthy.”

Knowing in her heart that this child would make a hard life harder; still, she was glad the
ordeal of birth was over and now she had to find them both somewhere to live.

From that day the young girl became a woman. Aware that her life was no longer her own but
the child’s also. Being black in Southern America, what with the Jim Crow laws and
entrenched racism, was one thing but being black with an illegitimate child was quite another.
As 1948 spilt into 1949 the woman thought about crushing a stone into the child’s head or
throwing themselves under the wheels of an unforgiving train; but the faith in the hereafter
prevented these thoughts progressing.

One look into those bright green eyes set within that pale brown skin made her depression
disappear. The child may be a problem but it also gave her the strength to fight on; that baby
had all the confidence in the world beaming through her eyes and her mother gained
confidence from them too.

In January 1949 the woman walked to the rear door of a big old house down a clear Carolina
lane. It was a whitewashed old plantation house and she knocked hard after opening the
screen door. She knew here she would be expected to scrub floors, clean windows, do
laundry, ironing and cooking; but it would be a home for them both.

Presently the door was opened by an old white man who was dressed in grey overalls. He
looked the girl and baby up and down with an inquisitive eye before pulling the door wide
and allowing them entry.
“You ain’t no whore are you?” he spat as the woman entered; gesturing toward the child in
her arms.

“Listen mister.” She said with a firm look. “I may have a baby but I ain’t no whore. This
beautiful child was the result of an act of violence; you hear that, an act of violence by a
selfish brute. But they say, every cloud has a silver lining and this ray of sunshine is mine.”
“Like that, is it?” the old man said rubbing his bristling chin.
“Yes...” She said confidently ,with her bright eyes wide and shoulders held proudly back.
“...It’s like that.”
“I’ll take you to your room.”

He led the way through the kitchen and scullery and down a long dark hall.
“The master isn’t here today but he knew you were coming. Old Mrs Jones worked for him
all her life till the cancer took her last month. He’d had that card in the shop only a few days
when you phoned him. I guess he’ll want me to tell him if you’re any good when he gets
back; I suppose you’ll meet him then.

Until that time you make yourself comfortable, when you ready, come back to the kitchen; I
want my food before it gets dark. Of course, I’ll do it myself tonight, rest for now and
tomorrow you can start working.”

She looked at his old back as she dragged her suitcase in one hand and the baby in the other
and pulled a face.
“And who are you?” she asked as he opened a door which led into a side room containing a
sink, bed and sideboard.

“My name is Jed.” The old man replied handing over a key.
“I’m the master’s farmhand. This is you an’ the baby’s room. I sleep over there.”

He indicated a door on the other side of the hall before walking back towards the scullery.
“When you’re ready I’ll have some eggs and coffee waiting for you.”
“Thank you.” She replied hesitantly.
She watched him go to the end of the hall and walked into her new home. The bed was
simple but soft and the window overlooked the sweeping hills beyond. It was a view she
would get used to watching, as the green grass slowly dried out to a brown mat over the
summer and the parched ground split; thirsty for rain.

Then the winters would strip the trees of their leaves and the ground would turn to mud as the
wind and rain battered her window. It was a view she would watch as each night the sun set
over the far off hills and every morning the shadows would grow and the sky light up with
every colour of the rainbow. From that day her life would not be her own and, although
slavery was a long time past, she would be a willing slave to that house and its master until
the child grew up.

Still, she was still grateful for what the lord had provided considering the last few nights had
been spent sleeping in cornfields. She laid the baby on the bed and got on her knees to thank
Jesus for her good fortune and as the whispered prayer was uttered the first ray of strong
sunshine came through the thin curtain and bathed her and the baby in the warm and divine
light of the morning sun.

The baby grew while her mother polished furniture and swept passages until her arms ached
and broom-heads wore down to their base. The young girl, Mandy, sat on a rug in the
kitchen while her mother scrubbed pans and cooked food. Over the winter months the old
stove would keep them warm and in the summer she’d sit in the yard while her mother
scrubbed clothes and hung the bed sheets on the line.

Yet every Sunday morning the woman would dress the child in her best threadbare clothes
and lead her down the lane to church. They always sat at the back trying to ignore the cupped
hands and gossiping mouths of other parishioners. She never even tried to form relationships
with them; they shared the church but nothing else.

She knew they were talking about her and that bastard child when the service was over; but it
would not stop her going. The experience made her and the young girl stronger. She may
have been a nigger with a half-breed bastard to them, words she heard regularly outside the
building, but in the eyes of God she was a saint and her child a little angel.

As Mandy grew older her beauty became apparent, she had long legs and long curly hair,
long eyelashes and the kind of hips that make men melt. About the time of her fourteenth
birthday the master took an un-natural interest in her.

“Come here Girl.” He said as she passed the door to his day room. She looked in and saw the
fat, lazy white man that owned the house leering at her. He’d never spoken to her before
although she had noticed that he’d been watching her grow for some time. His eyes followed
her about the room if he could find a reason to visit the scullery or her mother sent her into
his room for something.

” She said placing her hands on her hips. Each step was taking her further away from it all. Don’t turn your back on the lord. baby…” her mother had shouted as the girl headed out the gate into the lane yonder.. Mandy thought as she stamped ahead with clenched teeth. “You’re at the right age to find out what your pussy’s for. He started to stroke further upward and as his fingers touched the bottom of her skirt she snapped.and never turn your back on the Lord. “Come a little closer and let me see you properly. not in my house. That’s what white people are like and God had to be white otherwise he wouldn’t be god. You may think you can tell my mother to do your bidding but I don’t work for you or anyone. It wasn’t what she wanted from her life and her mother always said she was a clever girl and she was going to use her head to get on..” the fat white man shouted after her.. “You can go. She was sick of it all. with her mother or without. and the racist attitudes. “.. a little too close. girl.” “We’ll see about that!” Mandy cursed under her breath. that smell of sweat and bad tobacco lingering in her nose long after he was gone. never said anything kind or interesting. She was tired of seeing her mother sweat over his stove..”He chuckled. because if you do he’ll screw you in the butt.” Bullshit. Occasionally she would turn and find him behind her. not a god whitey would want to worship. Well. like a nigger without a care in the world. girl?” She turned and sniffed loudly. “. scrub his floors and clean up like a Good nigger..you’ll find out what my fist is for. “You have grown some. the days of . when I find a use for my pussy it will be on a day I decide and with a person whose dick isn’t buried in five layers of gut fat.“…but you can’t hide. You got that?” “Ha. a Grateful nigger. Later that day she packed a small bag.” He drawled. He just chewed on a long cigar and let his eyes eat her up. “Keep in touch. Beside. as he was always reminding her. She stepped toward him and looked hard into his eyes confidently. deciding to leave that house as soon as possible. kissed her mother on the cheek and walked from that house never to look back.” She did as he asked and snarled as his thick fingers reached out and touched her between her knees. Now he had called her. Now keep still.... wanting her to approach him when no one else was in the room.You think you gonna play hard to get with me.. “.” He said patting the sweat from his brow with a stained hankie. the religious hypocrisy.” “If your fingers move one more inch mister..The man never smiled.. “What do you think you are doing?” “Don’t be like that girl. she thought. “You wanted me?” He looked at her and she saw his gaze fall to her breasts and down to her legs just barely covered in the short denim skirt she was wearing. a smile cracked his fat face as more sweat wet his brow.

they would call her a nigger in front of their friends then try to fuck her when she was alone. “I was only admiring your legs. “You got friends down there?” He continued trying to get her to relax.I might never see my seventeenth birthday. “If you don’t keep your eyes on the road mister…” she snapped. She told the driver that she was going wherever he was heading. “You sure don’t say much do you?” he said with a breathless sigh. Mandy turned her attention to the window again and hoped that he would lose interest. He was another fat white man who had a thick growth of beard and sleep in his eyes. “..” . The wheat was growing tall and they fields seemed to stretch to the horizon in every direction.” She huffed. It was an overcast day and yet the man was sweating profusely as the corner of his eyes surveyed her legs. “Sixteen.. He was just like all the other white men she had known. with no family and settle down like they’ve lived there all their life?” “That’s right. He was going all the way to California. “I guess you’re one of these people that can walk into a town like Los Angeles. “Nope.” He replied.” The driver said anxiously looking back to the road and gripping the wheel with his fat hairy fingers.at least we’ll have the pleasure of dyeing together. “.” He said softly.” “You need to get out more. not knowing a soul. Chapter One Mandy hiked a lift out of Carolina along the main interstate heading west. there was something in his tone that made her glance at him quickly. to Los Angeles and so this became her destination too.. she noticed the furtive glance occasionally. white lord was over and she would do all she could to make sure they never came back. “You got family in Los Angeles?” “Nope. Your fat gut spread over the tarmac and my face splattered against the windscreen.” she added with a wry smile. but his eyes had a look of humour in them but when he smiled he exposed a mouth full of green teeth.” She lied looking away from him and out the side window at the farmland that was shooting past. There was a long pause before he said anything further.” she replied abruptly. He was keeping them on the road most of the time although she could tell he was interested in them.. Still.” she replied.servitude to a big.” “I’m looking at the road. Just in time to see that he had been leering at her intently. “You’re a big girl for sixteen. What a sight.. “You have the most beautiful legs I’ve ever seen. “How old are you Girl?” the driver asked making casual conversation. “You’re a little young to be making this journey on your own aren’t you?” The driver said eventually breaking the awkward silence..

er. She knew she had upset him but perhaps she had done the only thing to make things better. So your mother earns money scrubbing floors. I just meant I’d never be a maid. “That’s better. earn a little money. “I hope to find a job.” “So you’d do anything for cash. my mother’s profession. he sensed that he shouldn’t have mentioned his mother’s profession to the young girl and tried another tract.” The driver gasped.A?” the driver said eventually as he flicked a switch and the road ahead was flooded with headlight. “You know. I’m not going to judge you. She was a good old girl and she had some mighty fine friends. now young lady. I’m sure I have the goods men want. what you are hoping to do in the big city. She thought too about the big old boss that owned the house and if he had taken his anger out on the old woman. you’ve ruled out being a maid and.” Don’t knock being a maid girl.” She said softly. It’s only a way of paying the rent after all. “Don’t be shy. “Truly. stop messing. he was sure to have continued trying to get into her panties and it was better to nip things in the bud by removing the temptation. looking out through the side window at the bleak dark landscape beyond only visible when moon light broke through the clouds in silvery shafts. Mandy faced him and wondered if she should stop being so defensive. I guess not. She was thinking about her mother and wondering if she was sitting by the old stove quietly crying for her. little miss. would you have been happier if she’d earned rent on her back?” “No.” “Oh.” She replied with a small smile. “A maid. She could see him reflected in the mirror looking around at her and although he was disgusting to look at it made her feel powerful. the last thing she wanted was to be put out in the dark in the middle of nowhere.” She said eventually. “You look much better with a smile on that face of yours.” He said making the chins wobble. eh?” the driver said looking away from the road and at her legs again. “My momma warned me about girls like you.” He gave her a dumb smile that made her giggle. “Well. I’ve not ruled anything out just yet.” She said with an air of depression. I guess I never really ruled out being a whore.” She laughed looking out the window into the darkness. .” the driver said with a beefy smile. “You got a job fixed up in L. “Better than a what?” The driver asked. be something better than a…” She stopped in mid sentence and looked away.They drove for a further few kilometres and the sun got low on the horizon as they journeyed on. “Is that what you’ve been doing lately?” “My mother. the fat from his chin collected up on his shirt collar in great folds giving the impression of several chins. Could you work in a store?” “I don’t know. “My mother was a whore and she’d given her eyeteeth to have been a maid. I’ve been living with her. better than what?” “A maid.

” “Neither am I.A..I guess that would mean letting you fuck me. Perhaps. Now how you gonna fuck me again?” “Nah. Well whatever he was getting at she decided just to let him get on with it.” They drove on a little further until the lights of a small motel drew along beside them.” “I’ll keep it to buy me a new school uniform. “I’ve checked us in as Mr Farley and his daughter.” “You got me!” he laughed taking out a battered wallet and passing over a crisp new note.” He said breathlessly. “Well. She heard a grunt and then he sat up.” He said pulling the truck door open and up at her.” .. He tugged at her legs until she was laying with her panties facing him and she was staring up at the ceiling..” Farley replied nervously. “..” she said pushing him down on the bed. “A girl like you could go a long way with fifty bucks in her pocket book. you’re going to need money for a place to stay when you get there. she’d never heard the word before.” Once inside the room he tugged the blinds down and pulled her towards him whispering in her ear that he was going to fuck her bad.. “All I did was lay there. It was then she noticed just how small he was. “I am underage. “..I’m not used to this.” “Oh yha. “You are a beauty.” “Whatever. “If I can’t fuck you.“How would you like to earn fifty buck right now?” He said cautiously. so I guess you are. she thought. it was like crank. “Don’t you spend it all at once.” She said sliding out of the truck and standing beside him..” “Well. or thank.” he sniffed looking up at her with a frown. “You have ruined it now.” He stuttered. “For what?” she asked with a confused smile.” she sneered looking at him.” He said after a long pause. “Making it out like I’m a paedophile or something. “That okay with you?” “Sure.” She replied not understanding what a wank was. He pulled the truck into the car park behind the rooms and went to check.” “Sorry. you can let me have a wank while I look at those legs.” She smiled tucking it into her blouse. “.. Constance. you have. anyone ever told you that?” “Yha. Especially in a city like L. “We’re in N0 5” he said leading around the building to where the rooms were situated. about twenty times so far. right?” She smiled seeing his hands get white as their grip on the steering wheel tightened. “Thank you. Mandy watched him waddle away and wondered what she was letting herself in for. “Look. “Now what did you have to say that for?” He said with a deep sigh and then stared at her nervously.. you’re not....only If you say so. “Not without giving me my fifty dollars first.” “S’pose you want your money back?” she asked hoping that he wouldn’t.

” “How did you take advantage?” she laughed. you got me. I’m not like that really. let’s play an adult game he said. “Have I upset you?” “No. “Why do you ask?” “You’ve not said anything since we got going. “You sure got me there. drinking the coffee and going out to see if his truck was okay. There was a diner opposite the room block that advertised all day breakfast and so she crossed the road and bought some coffee for them both. After taking a shower she went through the still sleeping man’s trouser pockets. He’d paid for the room in advance so there was nothing left to do except visit the bathroom and get going. When she woke him the driver didn’t even wash before getting dressed. She could see shadows cast upon the bare brick walls and the painted faces of china dolls. .” “But I forced you to have sex. didn’t I” He shook his head and glanced away from the road towards her. “Yes…” she said as the old master touched the place dollies never had. being a thief something quite different.” The man said after a long pause.” “You know what I mean.” They both fell to sleep on the bed fully dressed and she had a strange dream. It was as though it was a memory stored in her mind like a faded photograph.“Oh. He didn’t say much during the first part of their journey and eventually she broke the silence. She was tempted to take the money and run away but the thought of being a whore was one thing. “Did you? I didn’t notice. “I wondered if I’d done something wrong. They were a little hostile at first but the colour of her money helped them get over the colour of her skin. “I feel like I took advantage last night.” He laughed doing up his fly and throwing a towel across the room. She saw that there were tears welling up in his eyes and she started to feel guilty. She awoke as the fist beams of dawn were bursting through the windows.” He tutted and looked back towards the road. “You didn’t rape me or nothing.” She replied with a slight smile. His wallet had just a couple of hundred dollar bills and a faded photograph of a woman.” he replied shooting her an awkward look. One of his great arms was over her shoulder and she pushed it aside and stepped off the bed towards the window. The driver was still asleep and he was sucking air through his nostrils and then blowing warms gusts against her face. She had felt safe and warm there. There was an old fashioned oil lamp in what looked like an old cellar. Mandy took her to be his wife. She replaced the money and the wallet and then adjusted her hair in the mirror before going out on the veranda.” “It’s not you girl. in his lair.

“In fact.” “Okay…” she laughed.” He said flashing his yellow teeth towards her. “Then asking what you were running away from?” He looked down at his food and acted as if the question wasn’t nosey.. I was away with the fairies. “That’s made me feel a whole lot better about things.” She replied before looking out the window longingly. .” He shrugged and continued to eat in silence for a while until she ate the last of her eggs. You put the wallet back in the wrong one.. “Why not..” she replied with a smile. you were the perfect gentleman. Wondering if her momma was sitting beside the stove darning or working out in the yard. “Mind your own business. even though I’m old enough to be your father. I’d be one happy little girl.” He replied taking a sniff and gulp of coffee. you could tell me to mind my own business if you want. The noise in the diner seemed to slip away as her thoughts returned to her mother.” “I was going to. “That was frugging delicious. I guess. I mean.” “I’m not like that.” “Thank you. He looked up at her with his mouth half open and an awkward silence descended between them both before his face broke into a craggy smile.” “You didn’t take advantage. “Why do you ask?” “Aw. usually came in from the garden to grab a bite to eat.” She said softly gazing out the window wistfully. If a man took advantage of her I’d find him and I’d kill him.” There was another thick silence between them until he eventually took a bite from the last piece of toast and pushed the plate away. I thought it was better to ask that than…” “Than what?” she asked looking at him intently. “Do you watch football?” the driver asked as he dipped a slice of toast into a soggy egg yolk. for what?” “For not ripping me off and running. “I got a daughter who is a little older then you. “No. “Thanks. “I thought you’d been through my pockets.I’m Just trying to make conversation. “Who’s the woman in the photograph?” she asked before realising that he’d know she’d been down his pockets. I felt safe with you. wide eyed.” She said biting her lower lip.. She thought about them both sitting there just as she and her new friend were.” She smiled reaching out and touching his arm gently.” “If I had a pappy like you. best sleep I’d had for ages. bacon and coffee. “. “I don’t want to pry. At that time of the day Jed. I mean you could have.” A few hours later they were in a diner eating a brunch of eggs. she had never spent a whole night away from her in the past and she wondered if she was also thinking about her. Thanks” “Thanks.

.this is the furthest I’ve ever been from home and my confidence is pretty shallow.” . She was asleep when the sudden motion of the truck stopped and the lack of engine noise pulled her from her dreams. “What about your father?” “He’s dead. thinking about the past. “This is as far as I go Honey. shit every time it happens you’ll be stronger.” “You are. “I’m sorry to hear that. I am wound up like a spring.” he said realising that he had pried enough and that it really wasn’t any of his business.” She smiled.. “The photo?” “Yes. “You can catch a bus down there and it’ll take you right into town. Luckily enough. sorry.Were they passing the morning with a little superficial small talk. quiz of the week or something?” “Sorry.” “.” She lied thinking this lie was much better than the truth. “You said your mother was a maid?” he said after a while.” He said.” “Yha.” the man chuckled making those chins wobble like jelly. it was a long journey. about those who they loved? Did she miss her? Mandy certainly missed her mother and if she dwelt on it any further she knew she would begin to cry. I’m frightened I’ll make a mistake and screw things up. “. whoppers.. But they gradually developed that mutual understanding which is indispensable when in such close quarters . “I thought she was your wife.” “I’m so sorry. before adding. who was she?” She asked looking back toward him and regretting that she’d been through his pockets in the first place. “But bright as a button. I’m going to the freight terminal. her companion seemed to guess this and pulled her from the daydream with a simple question. “What is it with you..” He laughed. trying to relax as best she could. “it’s true. Then he looked serious and flashed her a nod. “She’s been dead ten years now. he adopted the fatherly role and she his compliant daughter. No matter what!” “Oh.” He said as the truck rattled out of gear. There was a small amount of polite small-talk of course.” Mandy replied softly...” Nothing more than chit-chat passed between them for the rest of their journey. you’ll make mistakes girl. the cancer took her.. She reached out a hand and touched his shaking fist on the tabletop. the sort of respectful relationship that only exists under circumstances such as during that long.” “It’s me who should say sorry.you’ll recover. and get over it. never. seriously... how old was he…” “Can we change the subject?” she snapped throwing him a stern glair. It was hot and bright and she had to shield her eyes from the glare of the sun as she looked up at him. “You sure are wound up tight. but I will never go home again. like I said. boring drive to Los Angeles. It wasn’t necessary and they both felt as if they’d said enough.

she’ll look after you. this is where the Hollywood films are made.” He smiled.” She opened the truck door and jumped down onto the road. Within each brass star was a name.” Mandy looked down at the sidewalk and saw inlaid stars on every other paving stone.” “Okay. in steamy cars at the side of the road. Then she saw a name she did recognise. Of course. “Thanks for being so good to me. she didn’t recognize any of them and wondered why they should be honoured like that. thin. the sky. The bright summer sun and the smell of lilac brought it all back vividly. cursing the cars and the road. okay. “See you later Tom Farley. Chapter two People were everywhere.” She replied looking at the address . She noticed a faint smell on the wind and then the scent of lilac reached her nose and it reminded her of home.” He said handing her another twenty dollars and a piece of paper with an address scrawled on it. “Tell Ruby Tom Farley sent you. He was cursing the sun. Clark Gable. “Take this. fat. Big people. A dazed woman in a faded dress. beautiful people.” She said sitting up and wiping the sleep from her eyes. some had nothing and some looked like they had everything. This thought disappeared as the rank stench of stale urine and musty armpits flooded her senses. want some business?” Mandy saw another fat woman who had a child in her arms. This made her smile.” She shouted slamming the truck door. damning them all. small people. there were so many of them. stained and threadbare almost bumped her into the .“Right. She folded the paper note carefully and placed it in her breast pocket before picking up her battered carpetbag and heading towards the bus stop. Okay?” “Thank you. ask for Ruby and you might land yourself a job or somewhere to stay. “If you do go there. on the sidewalk. Mandy saw a man in rags talking to god. The child was screaming and the woman could be heard saying. “Hay bud. she thought. people in cafes and bars. The sun hung in the air like a big yellow balloon and its veins of light were fluted through the towering palm trees that edged the road. She saw a huge woman with bright red hair scratching her fat butt while puffing on a cigarette. “I’ll feed you when I get some money. “Perhaps I’ll run into you again?” He nodded and she heard that familiar laugh as the truck burst into motion before disappearing in a cloud of dust.” “It was a pleasure. She called out to a passing car shining in the mid-morning heat. long ago as a child she used to watch her mother hang the washing. ugly people. standing on street corners looking around expectantly. they must all be actors. Oh. cursing Him under his breath.

“I’m not begging. “It’s an address along the strip there. “Go left at that junction. Sunset intersects it.” Mandy thanked them and walked to the junction they’d indicated and found herself walking away from the Chinese Theatre.” The boy said nodding along the road. “Oh..” Mandy repeated. “I’m new to town and I wondered if you knew where this address was?” She held the piece of paper Tom Farley had given to her up so the pair could read it and one of the strangers looked at it intently. “My reading ain’t as good as it used to be…” “Oh really?” Mandy said as the other stranger took the piece of paper and examined it. as the one Farley had given her and she peered through the gates at the house beyond. They both faced her with hardened looks. The gate upright had the same number on it. The path that led from the gate to the front porch seemed to go on for two or three hundred yards and was framed on either side by a colourful array of bedding plants and shrubs. You can’t miss it. then right?” “That’s it Honey. At the bottom of Vine Street she found Sunset Strip cutting across. “We ain’t got no money.until Sunset intersects it. It was a wide. There were two people standing in the square that the theatre edged chatting about nothing in particular.” “Really.. etched into a brass plate.” “Left down Vine. “It’s along that way miss. “Excuse me. good luck yaw.” Mandy replied indignantly.. “If you go left there.” The boy’s mother said examining the piece of paper with a squint.. The number she wanted were only a few steps from the junction. There was a schoolyard on her left and a group of small children played with a ball in it. The woman cradled a plastic bag filled with tin cans to her breast and softly mumbled something about god. She took a deep breath when she reached the tall and wide iron gates that were set into a hedge. “I can read it mother. Unaware of which direction to take she checked the nearest buildings and saw that the numbers went up on her left and down on her right.” the woman said after a long pause. that’s Vine…” “Vine?” Mandy replied looking in the direction he had indicated.road. this is a high number so that’s right at Sunset. It really was a huge place and imposing.” The stranger said looking up with a smile. The smell faded as Mandy strode away towards and old theatre set back from the road. High lighting towers stood to attention every hundred yards or so while traffic idled at the intersection.” Mandy asked as she reached them. . “.” One of the strangers replied defensively. busy road that seemed to stretch as far as her eyes could see in either direction.

“You either got the wrong house. “Well. or someone that did dirty work. “Just look at that. astonished by the woman’s attitude...” Mandy replied desperately trying to sound confident. Perhaps it was lack of confidence. she wondered. “Tom Farley sent me.Mandy pushed open the gate and stepped onto the gravel path towards the huge white porch that framed the sturdy stained-glass panelled front door. “. Farley wouldn’t have given her this address if he didn’t think they’d help her? She didn’t think that she’d be able to rent a room in such a mansion and he was aware that she did not intend becoming a maid. She had to say under her breath. perhaps it was fear of the unknown but something held her there rooted to the spot. It was a picture of a nude girl holding a ball. even for rich folks like these.” She stuttered as the old women inspected her through the glass. “.. said I could find work here. “Oh. would you?” The maid replied with a laugh. The art-deco stained glass that was fitted in the door she reached fascinated her. After an immeasurable period of time the door was opened slightly and the face of an old black woman in a traditional maid’s uniform peered out. Mandy could see by the cleanliness of the apron the woman wore that she wasn’t a maid of all work. She looked through the glass and saw the old woman begin to walk away and so she pressed the doorbell again until she saw her turn and come to the door again.. “And what can I do for you?” the woman in the maid’s costume asked sarcastically. or something.” The old woman stared through the stained glass for a moment before cautiously opening the door. The imposing nature of the building filled her with anxiety for some reason. get you. “I have the right address. before another step forwards could be taken.” “Would he be available?” Mandy stuttered. you would.he wrote it in his own hand. “You want work?” “Ah ha. The sort of work white women never did..” There was a brass bell push set into the wooden frame and she carefully touched the button without pressing it as thoughts rushed through her mind. and look…” she held out the piece of paper he had scrawled the address upon. Surely. So what would they be able to do for her. eyeing Mandy from the tips of her toes to the top of her head. “Wow. The image made her smile. all picked out in different coloured glass.” Mandy said as the door was closed.or you got a death wish. come on girl. There was a small flight of steps. which she found unable to climb. yep!” “And Tom Farley sent you?” .” The old woman spat closing the door sharply. Her finger pressed hard and she stood back.” “Wait. if anything? The only way to find out would be to press that button. “I’d like to speak to your master. get a grip. This woman certainly didn’t get on her knees and do the sort of jobs her mother performed every day of her life.” She mused. up right with her chin proud.

She recalled that there was no art in the old house. “Well. and she ain’t no lady. The heels of her patient leather shoes being at least nine inches high if not more.. showing a set of white teeth with the odd gap here and there. .” The old woman laughed again. Her long red hair curled down across ivory shoulders and the intense auburn was picked up again in the fold of her exposed pubis.if you stay confused you’ll get on fine here. “I’ll tell you once…” the old woman snapped. “You had better come in then. “… There ain’t no master in this house. you could say that. “She’ll have to see you. The old woman opened the door wider and looked over the girl’s shoulder down the path towards the gate. or Madame and watch your lip because if you gonna work for Ruby Valentine then if she says jump. you can bet your life on that. she remembered him speaking about Picasso once and saying that it was an affront to people’s intelligence. reclining temptingly on a bed of roses. It was bright with windows all around. Mandy raised an eyebrow. “Lordy. Anyway you can call her Miss. “Is Ruby the boss. “There’s only one boss in this house.” “There isn’t?” Mandy replied.. Wait there and I’ll tell her you here. the madam? “You’re confused.” The maid replied shaking her head and laughing loudly. make no mistake about it. is she a lady?” “Well. One was of the rear end of a well proportioned lady dressed in tight plastic shorts and fishnet stockings bending over.” “I’m sorry. look at those heels.. how high.” Mandy replied staring at the old woman anxiously. Got that?” The maid walked off leaving the girl standing next to the stairs facing the picture of the naked girl.” she sniffed. “Ruby is the mistress. They were all of naked girls.” Being further inside the house the girl could see that there were other oil paintings decorating the rest of the wall space. The opulence amazed the country girl and her eyes darted everywhere before coming to rest upon a painting that hung on the far wall. especially modern art. “.” Mandy said softly clutching her bag to her waist nervously. others appeared more modern with stark colours and brittle images. some were dark and brooding with plump ladies posing seductively. the white master hated art. you say.” Mandy replied. I’m confused. it had always seemed like a palace to her but compared to this place it was really one up from a shack. wide eyed she thought about the house she had left her mother cleaning. It was of a naked girl.. “I was told to ask for Mr Ruby. painted woodwork and stained dark floorboards.“That’s right.” Mandy said under her breath. The fittings of brass and chrome sparkled in the morning sunshine and a sweeping staircase of stained wood and brass swept up to another floor to her right.” Mandy stepped through the door and into the hall that lay beyond.

she thought. She found it mesmerising. The black woman’s eyes were piercing and Mandy could hardly look at her without feeling guilty for some reason.” She replied softly. Both women eyed the young girl intently which made Mandy very uncomfortable. The woman had bright auburn hair and Mandy realised the picture in the hall was of this woman in her youth. long case clock further down the hall and the steady clicking of its movement ticked the seconds by. She looked at the white woman. mahogany chairs upholstered in pink satin stood at intervals around the room and here and there arrangements of roses and pink carnations flushed from bright vases. Her light pink dress shone in the sunlight that entered through a window behind the desk. Red carpet swept from wall to wall. She was led into a side room and the door closed briskly behind her. There was a tall. She smiled at the realisation. She had long fingers and each one was decorated with jewels. another hushed giggle echoed down the stairs. “Shall I stand or sit?” Mandy asked breaking the silence. “What’s your name?” The woman asked softly before taking a cigarette from the silver container on the desk. one white. the index finger of her left hand having one of the biggest Ruby’s Mandy had ever seen. “My name is Mandy. not young but very beautiful. The black woman leant forwards and lit the cigarette with gold lighter. It caught the light and shimmered like water if she moved her head from side to side. She did not want to appear frightened. middle aged and seated and one black. It shone like fire on the band of glittering gold. The room was huge and expensively furnished in red and pink. “Mandy. She shuffled from one foot to the other and bit her lip. “Madam will see you now. Girl!” The maid said abruptly. She looked up and hanging above her head was a vast crystal chandelier. “We are looking at you. Mam. She was normally very confident meeting new people but this situation was unlike any other she had ever been in. who stood just beside the other. There was a large mahogany desk in the centre of the room behind which sat two women.” . it was evidently silk or satin. She just caught a glimpse of another young girl who darted away quickly when she looked up.” Mandy placed her shoulders back and held her bag slightly behind her as she followed the maid down the hall. “Just stay where you are. The smell of rose blooms filled the air as a breeze floated into the hall from the garden. Mandy heard the rustle of taffeta and a small giggle above her on the second floor and she peered up towards the sound. “Come.” “I see?” Mandy replied not really seeing at all.” The black woman snapped filling the young country girl with fear.Mandy didn’t know what he meant at the time and still didn’t understand fully but seeing these glorious images surrounding her just made her think that he was wrong. she smiled softly sucking the aroma in.

“What sort of work did you think you could get here?” The white woman asked with a smug smile.” Mandy smiled relaxing for the first time since entering that room..” . thank you madam.” Mandy nodded shyly.” “Ah ha.. that’s what men do isn’t it?” “Some men..” “Wow. “Did Tom manage to get it up?” “Did he what?” “Did he actually fuck you?” the woman said abruptly. “Yes. She wondered if they were estimating Tom Farley’s talent for spotting a young beauty or if they were horrified by the condition of her old leather sandals.you can calm down. “Well. My name is Ruby. “. “. “He raped you?” the black woman asked with an astonished expression.” the white woman smiled. “.. but he got his rocks off anyway.it’s just that he tried to fuck me on the way down here.” She wanted to jump in the air and shout aloud in celebration but was content to smile sweetly and thank the women.” Mandy beamed..“Mandy. “Sounds like Tom?” the white woman laughed.. hail from?” “I’m from Carolina..” “Really? she asked suspiciously before taking another puff on the cigarette.. “I haven’t come here to be a maid. little miss country girl.” “Thank you madam. hmm?” the woman drawled in a haze of cigarette smoke.You’ll get full board and residence plus a clothing allowance. Both women looked at her in silence and with stony faces. not really.” Mandy said with a blush. sorry I’m a little nervous.. “Or did he just try?” “I said no. I’d consider anything else. “Do you want the job?” the black woman asked.” Mandy said hesitantly. “No. “He said you may be able to offer me some work. “That would be a yes?” The black woman asked through pursed lips.” “Tell me dear?” the white woman enquired taking another puff on her cigarette.” The white woman added with a solemn frown ..” The two women laughed out loud. “I know you said full board and all that.. I think you have yourself a job here. It was just the sort of response Mandy hoped for.but will I be getting any hard cash? I have to send money to my mother. Mam. “I only asked because I needed to ascertain if you were still a virgin. “That’s provided you drop the madam bullshit.. “Where does Mandy. “Is that where you know Tom Farley? “No.Er.” Mandy replied looking the woman directly in the eyes. This was a little difficult because it appeared as if both had equal power and where she had come from only white people got treated like they were in charge..” Mandy replied leaning her head to one side.” “Well then...” She continued throwing her colleague a knowing nod.. Ruby. “. “. other black people were far less formal.. he played with himself.” Mandy said putting on her best smile..

. In the meantime. Money never changes hands in the rooms. Mandy shrugged and shook her head making her curls flop into her green eyes. thank you.” “What?” Mandy said confused by the remark. “Any tips are yours although they come to me first. It made her feel happy just to look at the woman. “That’s a john. Virgins don’t just walk through the door every day.” Ruby smiled. but anything goes here.” The white woman laughed again..they pay me and I’ll pay you at the end of each week. kids or dead bodies.“Of course you will. “. “Normally. “. “. would be the use of an animal in an establishment like this? I guess. Off you go. “You’d better get that mad bitch Liz to move Velta from the white room..” she held up a blue slip of paper for Mandy to see. Is that clear?” “Yes.” Mandy replied turning to see Ruby staring at her intently.” She approached Mandy and walked slowly around her inspecting her bottom closely. .. “I’ll get one of the girls to go with you so you don’t get lost.. “Each girl has to do at least one punter a night. that will get you sacked... I’ll get someone to show you around. “A man?” Mandy asked with a frown.. Sam?” she said nodding towards her partner who picked up the telephone and pressed a button.” “You’ll get ten dollars for each and every punter. she mused.go buy yourself some new underwear and something nice for your first night.although we don’t do animals. “Any questions?” Ruby asked. a mark.. She counted five ten dollar notes and placed them on the desk. she thought..” “Yes. my foreman. “Well then.. I’ll pass them on at the end of the week.” “A punter?” Mandy replied with raised eyebrows.You have to be on duty every night at six o’clock. The punter pays me and I give him a ticket like this.” Mandy replied without hesitation. “. you know a customer. full of light and knowing beauty.” “Okay boss.” Sam said businesslike.” Sam replied looking at Mandy with an intense expression. you work.” “Fifty dollars?” Mandy said confused. “You think I’d let anyone touch you without paying hard cash? Not on your Nelly. girl.. she’ll find out later. Sam give the girl fifty dollars.. I’ll get it back from your first month’s earnings. is that clear..” Ruby smiled pushing the notes across the desk. “Ruby said standing up.” The black woman said straight faced. this is Sam. You’ll have your own room although you may work in any of the fantasy rooms we have and I’ll tell you about them in time.” Mandy said taking the five notes and clutching them tightly. okay?” “Yes. in the lounge. “First things first. What. You do get time off but that will be allocated in future. a deep fruity laugh that relaxed Mandy even further. “This is an advance. Her smile was broad and friendly.” The black woman added. “Right then. if that’s your thing you may as well walk away now. Sam opened the desk drawer and withdrew a wad of banknotes. “So you want to join our madhouse?” Ruby asked again.

” Mandy said embarrassed by her comment. “So you got to go in the white room.How am I gonna do that?” “Is there a problem?” Mandy asked trying to keep up with Liz as she shuffled down the hall toward the staircase mumbling.” “Who said I was moving?” Velta replied with a sneer. it looks like you’re moving.” The old woman interjected pulling an extraordinary face. . She picked up a dressing gown that was strewn across the floor and threw it at the woman.” The maid replied taking the girl by the arm and dragging her to the door..” She replied throwing Mandy a snarl before leading the girl up the stairs. “Were you listening at the key hole?” Mandy asked with a smile. “You’re a strange one. The maid opened the first door and Mandy looked in..” The old woman interjected. I’m Lizzy and I ain’t no mad bitch. “Just make yourself at home. which was opened.well. in the white room. “I’m to tell mad bitch Liz to move Velta from the …” “The White room. just hang on a minute.” Mandy stepped out of their way as the maid took the girl past the door and into the hall.. “My name’s Man…” “Don’t worry bout her. “The boss. “I didn’t mean to be rude.Chapter Three Mandy looked at both women and understood that she was being told to leave the room.” the old woman mumbled. by the maid. She smiled and walked to the door. you unnerstand?” “I am sorry. She was led down another wide and well lit hall decorated in the finest furniture with paintings every few feet. They said…” “I know what THEY said. she was painting her nails a deep red.. Once outside the room the maid gave a small hoot and winked at Mandy. “..” Velta stuttered. “Didn’t you hear me calling you?” the maid asked abruptly. country girl.” Velta stamped her foot and stormed off down the hall. There was a young woman inside sitting upon a big brass bed in bra. “Yes!” Liz said at the top of the stairs before taking a deep breath and screaming “VELTA!” as loud as she could. “But there might be for Velta?” “Velta?” Mandy asked. country girl.” The old woman interjected throwing the dressing gown at Velta’s head. “An who are you?” Velta demanded to know as the two girls met. on cue. knickers and nothing else. “Velta. “. I’ll introduce you to the others soon enough. “Not for you. I ask you. “Hay. “What if I was?” the old woman croaked placing her hands on her hips defiantly.” “You were listening?” “Put her in the white room.. “I like this room...” Mandy laughed.

” The old woman stomped off after Velta leaving Mandy to look about her. just as Liz had said. The walls and soft furnishings. at six o’clock without getting something to wear but then she didn’t want to go out shopping without having a bath.” Mandy smiled brushing past the woman and heading through the front door. She turned and looked at it. not a king size. just up that hill yonder. “There’s a pet shop down the road that do a nice line in Dog-coats and flea collars. to sleep and dream of strolling through those summer fields under the warm summer sky. “I mean a dress shop. “It ain’t far from here. country girl. She knew that she couldn’t go on duty.” Liz drawled nodding in the direction of the road. She had sorted through the rails as the sound of loud rock music filtered through the shop from hidden speakers. “But Sam wanted someone to go with you!” Liz shouted. as they called it.” “Well the mall’s just down the road. “I need something to wear. She placed her long curly hair behind one ear and pinned it into place with a flower hair-pin she purchased earlier. close to Hollywood Boulevard. But on the way. not even a queen size. She stood and looked at herself in the reflection of a full length mirror that hung on the wall opposite the bed. she could see why this was called ‘The White Room. It was no use. The bed beckoned her tired body to lay and rest.” Mandy replied looking confused by the comment.“Change the bed clothes and leave the old ones in the hall for me. the new ones are in the cupboards over there. She was feeling nervous and continually looked in the full length mirror at her reflection. “Not really. Chapter 4 AS the grandfather clock in the downstairs hall struck six pm Mandy was waiting in her room.” She said as the two women met by the stained glass porch. Mandy realised It had been a long day and she could do with a bath and some rest. the bed spread and curtains were all picked out in different shades of white. making the room bright and antiseptic looking. then her eyes fell upon the gleaming brass bed that was reflected in the mirror behind her. would that do?” She sniggered gently and her tongue poked around the few teeth that were still left in the old woman’s mouth. It was a big bed. in fact she wondered whether these beds were made off the shelf at all. they were probably ordered. Mandy had left the building and was almost skipping away down the gravel path.” “Okay. She was still holding the fifty dollars that Sam had given her and so she left her bag on the bed and walked down to the staircase where she found Liz standing.” Liz replied thinking hard for a moment. Mandy had seen a shop that stocked nothing but forty dollar frocks. Johnson hanging . any ideas?” “Well. When she had gone out she hadn’t found a Shopping Mall. “I want to find a shop. six people could quite comfortably sleep side by side on it and their shoulders would never touch. The white quilt was covered in delicate designs of summer flowers and drifting clouds picked out in cream thread. There was a picture of Lyndon B.

She had found a pretty dress amongst those on the rails and it fitted her perfectly. “Haven’t you ever heard of knocking?” Mandy replied with a snarl..is our newest member. “What an entrance!” Ruby said holding a drink to her lips.. She ran from the room and past the startled maid.” Liz said as Mandy rushed past her towards the stairs. “Are you deaf or something. “If you want to make good money round here you have to learn to slow down a little.” “Oh God. As she looked at herself in the mirror she felt glamorous for the first time in her life.” Mandy lost her footing at the bottom of the stairs and stumbled forwards straight through the double doors and into the lounge. “Get you bitch!” the maid huffed. She had forgotten what the time was..” “Hi Jo.. I’ll be knocking on your head. it makes them feel competitive so don’t take it personally. one black and another who looked Greek or Italian. some of them wore tight white trousers and floral shirts which made her curious.on the wall upon which someone had drawn a moustache and a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.” the black girl whispered shyly..” Jo said.” Mandy replied sitting on a stool beside her. “If you don’t get your skinny ass downstairs now. That had made her turn and shake her head. She had laughed at that. Mandy. Have you have done this type of work before?” .” “That’s a nice name. Girl?” the maid said sticking her head around the door and giving Mandy a fright. Then there was Velta who looked at Mandy like the cat had dragged her in before turning to do her lipstick reflected in mirror on the wall. “. The others turned and looked at her briefly before turning back to what they were doing. “They’re like that. “You had better slow down. It had amused her also that most of the men she had seen in the street had grown their hair mostly down to their earlobes but some had hair that went down their backs. “I’m Jo. in a forty dollar dress. even though she thought it was important to do the right thing in the beginning. country girl. Mandy could only look up from her position and smile as Ruby turned to the bar and ordered Sam to pour the girl a drink. Here she fell in an undignified heap on the floor. The room had half a dozen other girls there who she took to be her workmates.. “This Girls…” Ruby announced with flair.” She said under her breath as the maid left her and stomped down the hall. The room was large and well lit with a long bar down one wall and several small love chairs at locations throughout. But there were even long haired men working in this dress shop.” She smiled watching Mandy drag herself up. The black girl walked up to her and smiled before taking a stool beside the bar. Two were white.it’s this time of night. “. “Get her a cola. like a Hollywood star. She had never seen men dressed like that in her life before and she liked it. She looked behind the bar at Sam and saw only open hostility staring back. In Carolina all the men had short hair and anyone that differed from this norm would have been an outcast.

what do you want?” “Sorry Mam. “.” “When you been at it as long as some of us. “My girls like to laugh.. She thought back to Carolina and the fact that the town was dry and had been since prohibition. Mandy glanced at Jo for a second and caught her making a mime of someone drinking from a bottle. Roman Room. If I want to hear from you.” She said taking a sip from her new glass. Mandy..” Velta snarled.” Ruby replied as she rapped her painted nails upon the bar..the cola’s fine. “We’re one big happy family really.she doesn’t mean any harm. have you never drunk?” “Of course. it’s just her way.” She shouted.“No. The.” “She’s in the white room tonight.” Jo said nodding her head in time with the beat. you ain’t.. “Oh. “Enough!” Sam said sternly slamming her palm down on the bar.” Jo said firmly. “.” “Thank you Sam.” Mandy replied with a small smile...” She said eventually after her throaty chuckles subsided. correcting her and giving the woman a frosty stare.” Sam said.. She then coughed loudly. . “I’m glad to hear it. “When you finish that cola I’ll let you have one drink of something stronger. She moved closer towards Mandy and Jo.. I like showers. “You’ll get used to Velta. you’ll get used to her.” Mandy lied. so-called.You’ll be okay. but I ain’t got no choice have I?” “That’s right.” “I love this tune. “This is my first time.” Ruby suddenly shouted over the top of the music.” She gulped back her drink and gave the empty glass to Sam to re-fill. “I don’t like baths. I don’t drink alcohol. so stop whinging.. Then she said to Mandy. lit a cigarette and downed the last of her drink.” Jo replied with a smile.. so I remember.” Roared Ruby as she howled and hooted.you need a drink to forget it. “Keep your big mouth shut.. “Tell me. “.. If Ruby knows you’re new to the game she always looks out for you. “Do you hear that Velta?” “Sure.” “Ladies.” “She’s just plain rude.” “Let’s hope the little country girl knows how to suck cock. Sam placed a record on a deck behind the bar and adjusted the lights. “I’ve been moved into that shit hole with no shower.. “I just want a clear head the first time. you’ll know about it. “So get used to it.” “That’s funny. Both girls giggled.” Sam said sternly.” “ Really?” Mandy replied. It was a Marvin Gaye song and the music changed the mood instantly..” Velta cursed under her breath.” “There’s a bath in there.” Ruby interjected. slapping her hands together.. “Give me another Gin.” Ruby said with a half smile. The only person she ever met who smelt of booze when she was growing up was the old white master.” Mandy replied sliding her stool up closer beside her new found friend. He used to drive to the next town and stock up on Bud occasionally while nodding at the minister’s anti booze sermons in church on Sundays.. Sam. “.

For those with specialised tastes.” Jo looked at Mandy intently and noted that she seemed unsure of herself and nervous.. “I guess you’re feeling nervous?” .” Jo smiled taking a sip from her glass.” “You look very pretty.. “She’ll get that back and more beside. “Well.” Carol said with a smile.” Jo replied with a hint of cynicism. very popular with the oldies. “She does our big babies.. “You look nice. The gasbag at the back is Velta of course. “That’s Roma?” Ruby said turning to face Mandy. you know. any problems you take them to Sam. “Give me that silver dollar any time you like. the ones I had were old and worn. “You do not want to know. er?” Mandy sputtered. I’ll introduce you to your sisters here. “Mandy.. “Carol was a contortionist when she was younger. okay Hon?” “Right.” Ruby continued. She lowered her voice and leant forwards saying solemnly. very popular.“I like to hear laughter at work. “. “That’s Jayne. she looked at Ruby who was talking to Sam and bit her bottom lip anxiously.” Ruby said as Sam got her a drink. lacking feeling with absolutely no tenderness.” Mandy said softly.” Mandy replied hesitantly. the whole situation had nearly put her off men for good.Just make sure she washes her hands before taking a sandwich from her. “She’s a nice girl. enemas.. She remembered the first time she had sex for money and how terrible the experience had been. what she can do with her body would make your eyes water. “If we’re relaxed the punters relax.” “I can do any position in the Karma Sutra. “She’s one of my best girls.” “I got some new knickers and stockings with the ten dollars change. Jo?” “Yes Ruby.” Jo smiled.” Jo replied. “Colonic irrigation. The girl sitting near Velta who was wearing a red gown with a matching hat put down the magazine she was reading and looked up.” Ruby corrected her..” Jayne quipped. shall I give her the change?” “Don’t worry. “She gave me fifty dollars.” “That’s Carol. “…you have met Sam.” Jo added with a sneer.. colonic irrigation and that. “Did you buy this today?” “Forty dollars. water sports. Grandpa’s love her and she loves them. and more. If you treat them like your sisters they’ll treat you like a sister in return. I’m right eh.” “We’ve met.” “What on earth is a colon.” Ruby continued pointing towards one of the other girls who was sitting on a love seat next to another girl dressed in a nursemaid’s uniform.” Mandy replied “You’ve met Jo?” Ruby continued before turning towards the room to introduce the other four girls. The girl in the nurse’s uniform smiled too.” Ruby continued taking another glass from Sam.. she’s my deputy around here.” “I love their money.

he was a fucking asshole. I’m just a dumb country girl in the big city.” She said softly.” Mandy replied bravely. she tucked her hair behind her ear and flashed those green eyes at her new friend. but your eyes are pure bred white boy.I’ll make sure you get a nice man to break you in tonight.” “No. nothing too heavy.yha.” Jo said defensively. At night he’d take his daughter to bed and read her a story before kissing her gently and reminding her that daddies loved their little girls. “Go and relax for a while with the other girls.” .” Mandy said softly. yellow. She always did when she thought about having a father.. “I shit myself that first time.. but I was brought up here...” Jo giggled. “. when that door closes and you’re alone with that first punter you’re nerves go. “You’re mixed aren’t you?” Jo asked. “..” “I never knew my father.” “She’s okay with me here.. “Although my family are Mexicans I have some Negro in there somewhere. He would go to work each day and earn the money while the mother stayed at home looking after the kids and doing housework.. “He could have been white..” Mandy replied with a beaming smile. Mandy thought. “It’s none of my business. I’d say you’re from a farming community somewhere on the East Coast?” “Is it that obvious?” Mandy replied. The only significant male role model in her childhood was the fat. A soft smile formed on her face before she added thoughtfully. Ruby’s good though..” “Really?” “Yha.” “Mixed?” Mandy asked. She could see that Jo was black but she didn’t have a southern accent like the other black girls she’d met. In fact.It’s just that people from farming communities always have great complexions. “Well.” “It’s always nerve racking the first time.A three years ago. are you from Los Angeles?” Mandy asked. old master and he was just awful to her. I moved to L.” Jo said looking directly at Mandy.” “Thank you. in Seattle really.” Mandy said after a long pause. Jo recognised that this was a touchy subject and felt guilty for raising the issue. and boy.” “I didn’t mean it like that. You’re not local are you.unless you want to chat with the others?” “There’ll be time to do that. “My mother never talked about him. red or green for all I know. “You have beautiful coffee coloured skin babe. that’s what I was told anyway. I think my great. smiling when really she felt like crying.” “Right!” Ruby suddenly announced.. “I don’t care who you are. “I’m sorry. She often saw other young girls with their fathers out in the street or church and she envied them.. “. She looked into her cool drink and thought for a moment. mixed up?” “Mixed race?” Jo laughed aloud.” She said to Mandy as she wobbled past.” She lifted herself unsteadily from her stool and straightened out the creases in her dress before heading towards the door. she’ll make sure the first one will look out for you. “.” Jo replied. great granddaddy was from Saint Lucia. “My parents come from Mexico City.. it’s me. “It’s time to get that door open..” Jo replied nodding.“A little.. Having a father around to look out for the family was natural. “What. she sounded Latino.

” Jo smiled flashing her strong white teeth and giggled.” Mandy giggled. “See that one there?” Velta replied nodding towards Jayne.afro is the way to go. how about you?” “Let’s just say I met Ruby through a friend of a friend.” “What do you mean?” Mandy asked a little confused by the remark. a two faced bitch.You’re a fast mover.“Well he sure gave you a beautiful pair of eyes. I’m growing it as big as it will get. I was bald for two years but now I’m digging my fro.. She picked up a signal from Jo which made her feel uncomfortable.. a cross between a frown and a snarl. Jo was looking more and more uncomfortable as the seconds ticked by. “I’ve been here ever since.” Jo said reassuringly. I shaved the whole lot. it was a teenage reaction to weaves and wigs. I’m proud of my fro.. “Because I know... “The girl needs work.” Jo interjected.. “Why would you think such a thing?” Mandy asked innocently seeing Jo shake her head behind Velta. “. trying to deny her race. please. “. Fucking junkie. “. “All these bitches hate me. country girl.. filling her head up with crap on the girl’s first night. “Same again.” Mandy was puzzled by this comment and wondered if she should enquire more. Jesus. all her life. I’m sorry to put you out. “I can’t imagine you bald. “Normally people try to get to know the place before starting.. “I don’t know anyone in this town so I guess I thought I was lucky to land on my feet. If you mix it up with Jayne you got to mix it with Carol..I saw my mother torture herself with wigs and weaves and whatnot..” “It’s okay.” Velta replied looking over her shoulder at Sam and lowering her voice further.” Jo said casually.” Velta replied. “Let the girl make her own impressions. black woman..” “Leave it out Velta.and that curly hair must be so manageable. “Leave her alone. much to my disgust. coming today and starting the very same evening. don’t we all?” “I met a guy on the way over and he gave me the address. Velta rubbed her fingers in her scalp and lowered her voice for a moment.” Velta sniffed.” She whispered.. Mandy turned and was faced by Velta who placed a glass on the bar and looked at Sam briefly. “.” “Yes baby. She looked at Mandy from head to toe and half smiled..” Mandy replied making space for the woman to get closer to the bar and turning to face her. As soon as I left home I shaved my head.” .” “What do you know?” Mandy enquired further as Jo shrugged and looked away.”Jo said with a frown. as if she was telling her not to pry too much.. it makes me a beautiful. they’re two peas in a pod..” “Oh. “You get used to being moved without notice round here..” “How are you liking my room?” a voice said from behind. “I know all about them and they hate me for it. I thought…” Mandy said as Sam passed Velta a glass of brandy. sarcastic bitch.” “So you’re not happy?” Mandy asked trying to sound interesting.” “But I like the way you wear your hair now.” Mandy continued. and real.” Velta interjected. “We women of colour have a thing about our hair. them two. “She’s a devious. Carol’s another one. “They all hate me.

seriously weird. very unusual.” Velta replied before strolling away. ” The boss’s girl. I mean. “They never argue.” “What about Lorri?” “I don’t know. She looked about the room and its features seemed different somehow. he’s English and he comes here a lot. He is weird. to get rid of the body more easily?” “You know what I think?” Jo replied.” Velta snapped. Lorri got involved with the two of them.” She laughed loudly. “What.” Jo looked behind her to make sure they were not being overheard before continuing. He doesn’t do any other girl normally. in that room up there. they have a very intense thing going on.” Mandy said softly. “She’s a bit strict but…” “You’ll see what I mean eventually. “That’s enough. “Then there’s Sam. It was fucking awful. Ruby really lost it and punched her flat in the face. “What room?” “Sam’s got her own room. . We all do. Later. If anyone asks. unless you want to end up like Lorri. in the middle of the night?” “Wow. Carter’s shouting about pigs and dogs and shit. but that night Ruby kicked her arse. Ruby just flashes Sam a cold look and comes out with some bullshit about her leaving. “What makes you think they cut her up?” she asked innocently.” “Come on.” “What’s going on here?” Sam said stepping over to the group and examining the three women.“I’m Just putting her right.” “Velta!” Jo said firmly.” Sam walked away and Mandy looked at Jo who was trying to look cool but was obviously very wound up. Nothing unusual but then there was this awful scream and this smell that made you feel sick. “Who was Lorri?” Mandy asked her friend as Velta returned to the mirror on the opposite wall. “Just chewing the fat. I mean.” “That’s really scary. “Nothing. These two women are close like this.” Jo continued. I think they murdered Lorri.” Velta interjected picking up her drink.” Mandy said hushing her voice too.” Mandy said softly. she’s weird with a capital W. in that room…” “I’m intrigued now. “What?” “I think Carter ate her. “Don’t get mixed up with her. after we closed I heard Ruby and Sam arguing which was unusual. just Sam.” Mandy replied taking a quick look at Sam. you’ll find out about that.” Jo said taking a gulp from her glass.” She said looking across the bar quickly and talking in a very low voice. in front of all of us. “The next day she was gone and we haven’t seen her since. “One night the three of them were in there together and I’m with a punter in the room below I could hear all this noise.” Jo made a sign of two crossed fingers. “I caught Lizzy burning a load of clothing a few days later. and cut her body into little pieces. like her view of the place had changed in that instant. “Sam has a john called Carter. “Then.

“If you two have finished Jawing.” “Thank you. A boy who steals flowers from a garden but gives them to his mother.” Ruby said taking a drink from Sam who had joined them both.” She nodded to the other end of the bar towards a man who had entered the room. “. and it was spreading quickly.” Ruby said as if she was trying to sell a new motorcar. a delicate child untouched by human hand. “Mandy Honey. Sam was pouring him a drink. Was he a man. a clean antiseptic smile with perfectly straight and white teeth.. if anything. understand?” “Horror stories?” Mandy said trying to look confused and innocent.our newest girl..Perhaps Jo could get to work and entertain Mr Walsh. she thought.. Jo got off her stool smiled briefly and strolled towards the man. the type who breaks school windows at midnight and gets away with a smile at the headmistress. . This.” “Delighted. “These girls have got vivid imaginations. was the smile of a quiet schoolboy. “Mandy?” Ruby said through pursed lips.” Mandy said flattered by the man’s attention. okay kid?” Mandy nodded and went to stand nearer the two girls on the love seat. Mandy wrinkled her face with a coy expression. This was Max.” Ruby called from the bar. wide shouldered with a pale pretty pace and blond hair that curled down over one eye. “. “Mandy. thin. he was a tall white man with blond flecked dark hair. He smiled again. no he’s no more than a boy. She’s lovely wouldn’t you agree?” “Yes. Sam did look strange but a murderer. She decided to not make her mind up about any of it until she had been there a little longer. She was holding a glass of gin and a wisp of stray red hair had fallen across her drunken face. She was thinking about what Jo had said and wondered how much was true. “Come join us.” Max hissed like a snake taking Mandy’s hand as she met him and kissing it gently.” Max replied raising an eyebrow and drinking the girl in... she thought. tall.. perhaps not. baby.” Ruby said abruptly. “Yes?” “When I told you to go mix with the girls I didn’t mean for you to sit here exchanging horror stories with Jo. “This is Mandy. Mandy felt the roughness of his chin touch her skin and a shock of electricity shot up her spine. Mandy noticed for the first time that Ruby had a slight bulge across her waist. “Lovely. “Just don’t believe everything you hear in this place. “This is Max.. She failed on both accounts. really beautiful.A shadow fell across the two women and Mandy looked up to see Ruby standing over them with a stone cold expression on her face. and until she had met this person called Carter.” Mandy looked over and saw Ruby smiling and waving for her to join them. a middle aged spread. Dressed neatly in a suit and tie the man smiled a full set of gleaming white teeth at the girl as she joined them.” Ruby beamed. As Mandy went to join her she saw a man standing next to Ruby.. then she would know..

.this girl’s a treasure.and she’s still a virgin. what’s going on here?” “He was important. you know.” She replied taking the strap from her dress and letting it fall from her shoulder. “What’s funny?” he asked taking off his shirt and exposing his smooth white chest. “.” Ruby said as Sam filled her glass again.” Mandy replied coyly. She reached over and touched his groin. “..” “Really?” Max laughed.. It was the first time she had held a man’s penis and the thought of seeing it made her wild with excitement. . His eyes drank her in from the green of her eyes to the small mound of black hair between her legs. where was I..” She purred trying to not look too nervous.” Max quipped flashing that wide bright smile.slow down a little.” Max said softly as his fingers stroked the white quilt... “.. princess. “That’s right. “I always thought Peking was in China.” He reached over and let her other strap fall down and this made the dress slip from her body exposing her small plump breasts. she could feel the blood filling her crotch and the heat was unbearable.. kidnapped as a small babe by a wicked witchdoctor. “. I guess. a room with a view.” Ruby announced so that all could hear but it was intended for Max’s ears especially. She looked at the huge long lump throbbing through his pants and laughed.” Ruby slurred with a wry smile....” “Jesus. “Oh yes.. “Ah.. “Your mother’s not really an African queen I take it?” He asked with a crooked smile. “If you want.” Ruby said to him swigging more gin.” She replied joining him on the bed.” She turned to Mandy and winked..” Max said with a knowing smile. She stood and removed it together with her panties and lay back on the bed smiling at him. “What about the nuns and Peking?” “Whatever you want baby. Anyone with half a brain knows there are two of them.. Oh yes.” Max laughed. He stood and started to undress.” Max interrupted.“She’s really a virgin.. “I can see you two are going to get on like a house on fire. A smile crossed her lips and her eyes met Max’s gaze for a brief moment as a flash of heat rippled through her body. “I didn’t think there were any left. “Yes…” Ruby continued. dear. She could feel his cock was already hard and it throbbed gently in her hand.”Max whispered as he pushed the hair from her eyes. during the Jap revolution she was smuggled out in the back of a truck full of bibles and taken to America by a God fearing member of the U.S Navy. “Well dear.. “So this is it?” Max asked sitting on the bed as she followed him in.” Mandy took Max’s arm and while he sank the last of his drink led him to the door and on to her room. “Peking. “Hay. “Take the man to your room dear. He cast a knowing smile at Mandy who listened with quiet amazement to Ruby’s fantastic tale.taken by the beast to J’pan where she escaped and found safety in a nunnery in Peking. “Hmm. “. you’re in good hands.” Ruby sniffed knocking back another gin. J’pan..” “No dear.but a view to what?” “To sex of course. The daughter of an African queen. Anyway. “And impotent.

he said.. so why not. She felt them touching her intimately and stroking her so softly she that she melted like chocolate.” He did as she asked and pushed a little more gently.. It left her feeling cold and unsatisfied.” “What?” she replied breathlessly. perhaps she had upset him. “. but it was business after all. he was paying for the time. it shot through the air and splashed across her breasts.” She gasped as he thrust it between her legs.. Then. not a relationship. lubricating the smooth action as he thrust further and deeper into her body. They were laughing at his jokes and playing with each other to get his hand back in his pocket and .Slowly. a hurt that made her sigh loudly.. His head went down and she felt his tongue eating her up and sucking it all out of her until she could take it no longer. “. “Ah.” she moaned feeling it probe her hymen. “That’s the one. taking him deeper into her body and reaching down towards his soft buttocks. She beat the mattress with her fists and cried out aloud as her body exploded with sensation. “Now it’s your turn.” “Really?” Mandy asked. Then he was dressing and they were both heading back to the bar.. She could have spent a night in that room with him and wondered why he dressed so quickly.like you would in private. It was something she had not even considered being asked but thought.” He said softly.. “Go on. in silence.. Mandy though that was slightly strange but she smiled anyway. rolling from her. His cock bounced up like a rod and as she looked it moved with a life of its own in gentle throbs. Later at the bar she looked across the room and saw Max talking to Jayne and Carol.” “It is?” She said confused. please.” “She would be very proud of you. He was breathing in her ear and she couldn’t contain herself as a cry left her lips that made him look in her eyes and ask if she was okay. He reached out and played with it for a moment before licking his own come up with his tongue.” Max smiled. The sight made her more and more excited and again she shook with orgasmic passion just as his penis exploded with come. She felt a ripping inside her that hurt just a little but it was a nice hurt. as if the whole scene hand never happened.. I want to look at you. “Thank you. She did as he wanted and looked across as he furiously beat on his penis with a clenched fist. Then he was in a bit further and she could feel her juices run warm down there. She couldn’t speak only push her groin into him. Then he collapsed upon her and she felt a strange spurting deep inside her.” He said softly after an immeasurable period of time laying on her with his breath in her ear.“I just wondered what my mother would think if she saw me now?” “The African queen?” he smiled taking down his pants. feeling his cock throb again and again and again as he quivered and sighed loudly. “Masturbate for me. He pulled her knees open and his fingers reached out to stroke her crotch. “Touch yourself.

she was named. she felt like she was being picked out by bright searchlights and every fault would be illuminated brightly. Mystery. I’m the boss and you’re just a whore. you’ll love her. ain’t that right? Although I love Mandies at anytime of the day. She acted like she was used to clearing up after Sam. Those cold black eyes were as mysterious as death itself. glassy.” Chapter 5 All three women turned to see a man enter the room and join them. Mandy looked at this man she had heard was a killer. red and slippery..she’s my newest Girl.” Ruby sniffed pushing the girl forwards closer towards him. “I was only trying…” “Hay. riding on a many headed beast.pay out more cash. She shook her head and turned towards the bar and saw that Sam was staring at her. the eyes of mystery. His tongue darted in and out of his mouth like a serpent. they’re my favourite past-time.. He had dark purple lines under his eyes and his blue lips appeared dry and cracked. “Hi. “Good evening. Ruby was now very drunk and talking to another man.. Sam just snarled and turned away toward Ruby “I thought we were all sisters round here?” Mandy said softly annoyed by the rebuttal “Sisters?” Sam replied looking towards her. rotten yet seductive. you got that whore?” “You fucking bitch!” Mandy spat. “Do you want one?” . she didn’t smile but her eyes creased in the corners as if she wanted to but couldn’t drop the pretence in front of the staff. “. he certainly looked deathly white and his pupils were the size of large saucepan lids. “Bullshit. “Who is this beauty?” he said with a fake smile turning his gaze upon Mandy. hay. What’s going on here?” Ruby shouted abruptly slapping hand down hard on the bar and looking away from her male friend..” Mandy smiled.” Ruby drooled.” he snarled. “This is Mandy. “I have a thing for Mandies. Mandy noticed at once that Sam’s expression changed. trying to see if she could break that cold stare.” “Yes. Carter. Everyone loves a Mandy in the morning. Ruby was just about to add something else when the door opened and a voice resounded around the room. She could have been the scarlet women from the bible. her face was red and swollen and her eye makeup had run a little. Babylonia the great mother of whores and abominations. her name written in sparkling spangles upon the beast’s brow. “Good evening to you.” He smiled broadly and then leant forwards digging in his pocket and pulling out a bag of pills. Mandy could feel Sam’s eyes burning into her and it made her feel uneasy.

” Mandy said firmly. The others all cheered while Mandy looked around to see Sam. you’ll remember me saying that one day. “..” Sam then appeared at the bar beside him like a bad smell and offered Carter a drink which he greedily took. She looked at the bag and screwed her nose up. my little pill. Just think about the cash. “What are you. I’m only pulling your leg.. fucking stupid or what?” “She’s new here. They had all known each other for a long time before she came along. sneering at her amongst the smiling faces. you wait and see. Come on woman. All their motivation’s down in their pants. “. The punter she’d been with was putting his coat on and leaving.” “Don’t let that bother you girl. “What’s a fucking Mandrax. “Did you hear that…” he screamed. Bitch..” Jo replied with a smile.” he laughed aloud. Carter’s vile expression melted into a sycophantic smile and Carter nodded at Ruby like he was doing a small bow.” “What’s a Mandrax?” Mandy smiled trying to get with the joke but failing.. “Try one. “Big mouth.” Mandy replied looking across the room towards him and Carol. Just one little old pill isn’t gonna do much is it?” he squealed in that thick British accent..” Jo smiled. “How was it for you. I hear Max is quite the ladies man?” “It was okay. “Are you starting to feel that Quaalude?” . my newest girl isn’t used to our games. “I’d better keep an eye on you. “.this one’s got balls... “. “Ohh.. The room appeared further away in her vision and Jo’s voice started to come and go in waves. my dear..” Carter announced to the room... “It seems I didn’t interest him for too long. they don’t have brains in their heads. small dick. She was doing her party trick of placing both ankles behind her head. She relented and opened her mouth to take the pill.. “One what?” he laughed seemingly mimicking her country accent.” He said taking a pill out of the bag and holding it to her mouth. The other’s laughed with him like they knew the joke and she didn’t. “I’m not your bitch.one what? A fucking Mandrax of course. “How was he?” Mandy asked casually.. Mandy turned and found Jo standing beside her.“One what?” Mandy replied confused by the man’s animation. go easy on her.your name will be Lady Mandrax. “Remember. She actually looked jealous because Carter was giving his attention to her rather than the Bosses foreman.” Mandy suddenly started to feel dies-associated. these men are controlled by their dicks. it was her way of getting his attention.” Carter screamed pulling a really vile face that instantly frightened her. Carter..” Ruby snivelled unconvincingly as one of her false eye lashes came unstuck and fluttered in her eye like a lost blue-bottle.” A voice said from behind. and she realised it would take time before she would get it. “From today.” Jo asked leaning on the bar between Carter and Mandy. try it.

fractured visions invaded her mind and then were gone like the buzzing of a night mosquito. She sat up and gasped. That’s what she’d call the thin branches that grew in the garden of the old house. Baby Love.” Mandy replied reaching out for the bar and holding on tightly. she tried to remember her dream but it was gone. The room was quiet and empty and a small breeze blew through the grey chintz curtain. A cold sweat dripped down her spine and covered her face in a thin film. she was unsure what.. “Yha. If ever Mandy had misbehaved her mother would get angry and get herself armed with a switch. who me?” Mandy replied as Jo took her by the hand. come dance..” Jo replied. She felt a hundred feet high in that moment and nothing could touch her.“I can feel something. Her head ached and her mouth was dry and something bothered her. I need you. For some reason she felt fearful but could not understand why. Their shrill voices appeared to filled the room as the beat thumped on relentlessly. Mandy rolled her hair and rocked her head and thrust her groin in time to the beat. The music was a soul track that was played on the radio all the time in Carolina. some girl group out of Motor city. “Yha!” she shouted as the beat drummed into her dizzy mind. Dreams came and went.” Max shouted seeing the two women moving together.” “They always are the first time.” Her mother screamed as that switch cracked the air and swooped down. That night the air was thick and warm as she lay in her bed sleeping. “I like this track. Then Jo had her arms around her hips and was swinging her around and around and around. “It’s weird. which in turn made her laugh. Detroit. “Praise the Lord. The sound of the thin branch swooping through the air was more terrifying then the sting it left in her buttocks. Then she’d use it to beat her. Mandy felt good shaking her body to the sound and facing Jo who was smiling and throwing her hair about. she found herself laying on her bed and the night had gone by in a flash. Bloodied and thick with gristle Carter was eating her. The room took on a blurred shape and the music echoed into silence. In her hand was a long black switch.” “Dance. Mandy saw her mother briefly riding the clouds on wings of fire. Oh I need your love When you’re far away from me Why do you do me like you do When I been true to you Loving through all these years. Mandy opened her tightly clenched eyes and looked down between her legs to see a vision of horror there. Oh Baby love. that’s so cool. . it’ll make you feel better.

he was a strange one. “Enter. Not by any country girl anyhow. It felt good to have the water rushing over her body. “.” she announced breathing out a cloud of cigarette smoke. she ran her fingers through her curly hair and looked into her green eyes. she thought.. the screams of delight from her mother’s mouth. The hall was empty and she saw the bathroom door open so she ran quickly to it and stepped inside having her morning toilet. the switch. Mandy realised why Velta had moaned so much. it was a memory of last night’s dream. “I got the feeling that you felt a little persecuted by Sam last night. “. It was a nice pain... There were rings below them like she had seen around Carter’s the previous evening.” Liz replied.” Liz called from the doorway snapping Mandy from her thoughts.. There was an old razor on the floor of the shower which she brushed over her legs and under her arms before rinsing it and placing it back where she found it.” Mandy did as she was told and a few minutes later was tapping on Ruby’s office door.” Ruby smiled brightly.” Mandy replied confidently.. Then she tried to remove the film of sweat that covered her body from the humid night in that huge bed. “Morning Dear. “I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you down here so early?” Ruby asked with a wry grin.. Girl. Carter. Mandy then wrapped a towel around herself and sat on the only chair in the room.Miss Ruby don’t like being kept waiting. the pain.. Running the steaming water over her body. I wanted a quiet word just to put your mind at ease. Situated by the dressing table it allowed her to gaze into huge mirror above it. Mandy entered the room and closed the door behind her. Then another thought occurred to her. flashing her that toothless grin. Really animated like he was high as a kite. and to have a shower in her room was heavenly. something she wanted to experience again. “I hope you slept well?” She fumbled around for a cigarette and then looked for a lighter which Mandy saw on the table behind a lamp. Mandy raised an expectant eyebrow and took a seat facing the woman. no sir. She picked it up and lit Ruby’s cigarette. All the images seemed to roll up and get jumbled in her brain until all she could think of was that pain she got when Max had thrust his cock into her.” . “Miss Ruby wants to see you.” “I don’t like being called a fucking whore or a bitch. he probably was. She was startled at first and then angry. “Don’t you ever knock?” she said abruptly. she concluded.” A horse voice crocked from within. it was bliss.She got out of bed and pulled on a dressing gown before going to the door and peering out. Mandy quickly washed her private parts and then her face. “Well. Then she returned to her room and turned on the shower Velta was whinging about missing. before using a bottle of shampoo to clean her hair. Carter’s eyes.. “You’d better put some clothes on instead of catching flies with that big mouth of yours. If she treats everyone like that it’s a wonder no one has given her a slap.

just go along with whatever I say..” Chapter 6 Liz was cleaning the stairs as Mandy climbed to the top. she says it’s having boundaries.now you run along and I’ll see you at six.” Liz snapped back..” Ruby huffed. “Nope!” Liz replied without turning. young lady…” Liz drawled putting down her duster and turning to face the young girl. Deary?” “Yes Ruby?” Mandy replied as she stepped to the door. “Oh. “. at least for the time being. country girl..As you are new around here I didn’t want our relationship to end so soon after it had begun. but it’s just Sam’s way. okay love?” “Sure. There. making it clear she wasn’t really interested in anything Mandy had to say.” Ruby interjected again. well.. Now. any offence she felt had to be swallowed. She was going to have to get to know the entire house and so far the next level was the only floor she’d not seen.” She paused for a moment before sucking hard on her cigarette and breaking into a soft smile.” Mandy replied realising that she was being told that she was the hired help and Sam was in charge..” .. She’s very protective of me and my business.” She smiled like a tiger about to eat a chicken... “Can I go up there?” Mandy persisted.” “That’s it Dear.. “Look. I think we understand each other. “Why’s that?” Mandy asked knowing that Liz didn’t want to explain why and this made her all the more inquisitive. “.. “There’s only two rooms up there and they are no business of yours. “Do you understand?” “I guess so. my dear.” “Even if she calls me names?” “Sticks and stones and all that…” Ruby smiled. but I…” “Good girl. Velta can be a handful but…” “Now listen here… “Ruby interrupted her with a cloud of smoke filling the space between them.“People have tried. “How was it with Max?” “Okay. “I abhor physical violence personally. that goes for most of these girls.whatever Velta comes out with you have to take with a pinch of salt. Her hands scrubbed at the banister forcefully as if she had become tense all of a sudden.. Mandy didn’t have to be told so she turned to go. If you want to keep your job that is.” Ruby smiled again before picking up some papers and inspecting them.just don’t take it personally. “Nothing of interest to you. how are you getting on with the other girls?” “They seem a nice bunch. “What’s up there?” Mandy asked pointing to the flight of stairs that led to the next floor. “Tonight.” Ruby shrugged and frowned. “.. “You’re telling me to cool it with Sam until I’ve got to know her better. The old woman gave her a toothless grin before turning back to her cleaning. “.

. “…How about black leather?” “Black leather. that’s all.” Mandy repeated. “How about…” Liz said hushing her voice and leaning forwards slightly..” “You won’t want to work in that room?” Liz said peering over her shoulder.. “You just like the colour black?” “That’s right. “That’s right. no reason.She won’t let you work the black room.. “.” Mandy replied. what a sight. “One is Sam’s bedroom and the other is…” The old woman broke off and looked over her shoulder. Looking around the office.” Mandy replied. “Sam…” Liz sneered. “Ah..” Liz replied placing her duster back in the box she used to carry it and the other cleaning stuffs around in. she’s been talking?” “No. How about you? I can just see you in a pair of tight leather pants. “Black shirts?” “Them too. at the .” Liz picked up her duster and carried on scrubbing at the woodwork. “Well?” “The other is the Black Room. “No.” “What’s Sam go to do with it?” Mandy replied peering up the stairs. “Has Velta been talking to you about what goes on up there?” The old woman screwed up her face and paused for a moment looking deep into Mandy’s eyes.” Mandy smiled back.” She mumbled with a hoot. “. Chapter 7 Max sat back in his chair and put his feet up on the desk.imagine me in black leather? I’d look like a garbage bag with legs. “I wonder if I’ll get a chance to work there?” Mandy said casually. “.” “Like black shoes?” Liz smiled. Ha!” Liz pursed her lips and squinted her eyes before looking the girl up and down saying.” Mandy replied. “She won’t let you do that?” “Who won’t let me do what?” Mandy asked..” “Then Jo. ” Get that bitch.” “Shut up!” The old woman snapped before shuffling off towards the bottom of the stairs cursing under her breath..” Mandy laughed out loud and went to her room. “I just like the colour Black. “You like the colour black? Liz repeated firmly. “Why not?” The old woman’s expression turned hard and she looked at Mandy intensely for a few moments before adding. If you knew what you was saying you wouldn’t want to go near the place either. “I like the colour Black.. “Why should they?” “Oh.” “You like the colour? “Yes.I love black leather.“Who’s rooms are they?” Mandy persisted.

If only. I guess you could say that. like a light in the midst of his depression. After only a few steps he could feel the back of his collar become wet and his feet felt moist tight within his shoes. Slipping on a pair of open toes sandals and checking her appearance in the mirror she dashed out the room and bumped into Jayne in the hall. why no one was buying any. She took a deep .” The old man replied passing the bunch to Max as he pulled a handful of change out for inspection. As she left the building the heat from the sun struck her face like a hot rod.” Mandy smiled. more importantly.” “A Dollar. Her eyes creased up in the corners like she was examining something awful and this made Mandy feel uncomfortable . Mandy looked from her window at the bright summer day and thought that she’d like to go and have a look around her new neighbourhood. Max glanced at his old Rolex watch and saw it was about time for some lunch.” “Well you take care now. I guess I’ve not been here long enough to make any real impressions…” “Going through your honeymoon period?” Jayne smiled. “You going out for a walk?” “That’s right. “It’s a nice day. he saw her green eyes shining like comets in a black sky. the un-shaded light bulb which hung limply from the dusty ceiling and the battered and cluttered desk.” The woman replied with a wide smile and southern drawl.” Mandy replied. He swung his feet off the desk and stood up. Then. He imagined her soft curls falling upon her delicate shoulders and her glowing face so full of youthful optimism. He lit a cigarette and closed his eyes.threadbare carpet. “Hello. It was sticky and humid and it made him realise just how good the air conditioning was in that battered old office. Mac?” A bent and wrinkled old man asked holding up a bunch of roses as Max approached. “It’s Jayne isn’t it?” “That’s right Honey. he pondered the state of insurance and.” she smiled.” Jayne frowned. Looking at the static telephone and wondering if it was ever going to ring before the rental became due again he felt slightly depressed. “So how you finding it so far?” “Last night was okay. I thought why not. edging past the woman. “How about 96 cents?” “Ah. he could reach out his fingers and find her there. The warm sun shone gently upon his face and bare arms as he stepped into the street. He set out into the bright light and wished he’d worn a hat as the sun glinted off passing traffic almost blinding him. go on then. “How much for a bunch?” Max asked while secretly counting the change in his pant’s pocket.“Yes. Perhaps if he took a stroll down Sunset Avenue he might catch a sight of her. “Flowers.” The old man sniffed taking the handful of change and giving over the bunch of blooms. he pondered.

“I was going to pop them into you.” He whispered.. he was the last person she expected to run into.” “Well.” He said grabbing on to her arm and stopping her.” She repeated as she started to walk away from him. “Wait a minute. “When I get back I’ll put them in water. He was shocked by her language and looked at her storm away like he had lost the fight for a moment. I just fancied a walk and I was going this way and…” “You thought I’d like some flowers?” “I bought them for you.” He pleaded holding her tighter. “Can’t I just walk with you?” “Let go of my arm Max. Shall I see you later?” “Don’t be like that.. “Oh. “I was just going somewhere. “Hi.If you can afford to waste money on flowers. “. “I thought we could…” “I’m not working right now.” “Oh Max. “You thought what?” “I thought. hello. “No. She closed the gate behind her and was deciding which way to go when a bunch of roses appeared under her nose.” She looked at him and raised her eyebrows before saying awkwardly.” “I’m not here for that.” He continued.” Mandy replied somewhat awkwardly..” He said with a stutter. Mandy stopped and turned to face him..Just fuck off.” “Insurance can’t be that slow…” she laughed. “Insurance is a bit quiet today. “I don’t work till tonight.” She struggled to pull free.” She turned and continued to walk. “. thank you. “I just thought that…” “What Max?” She snapped.” “Not if they are for you. She looked up and saw Max smiling at her with those perfect teeth.” .” She laughed remembering how he had gone and spent the rest of the previous night with Carol and Jayne. the smile had gone and her expression was now sterner and more intense. you know. “What are you doing here?” “Oh. as friends. Then a wide smile broke out on his face and he ran to catch her up.” Max whined.” She spat pulling her arm from his grip.” He replied looking over her shoulder at the house. “Five minutes. “Well. “Okay. “Give me five minutes.” She said.” she smiled back.breath before going down the gravel path towards the gate at the end and didn’t notice the chintz curtain of the main downstairs room twitch as a cold pair of eyes watched her go..” A voice said softly. as you’re not working we could get to know one another better.

that was the funniest thing she’d ever heard. “Miss Ruby wants you. “It wouldn’t work. As she returned to the house and pushed open the street door Mandy found Liz waiting inside the porch for her.. .” she sighed looking at him briefly. toned but not too muscular. As she got to the end of the road she heard him calling her name. Sam’s hair was pulled back into a tight bun as brutal as the look she was giving Mandy.and anyway....” “What again?” Mandy replied with a loud sigh. They grew outside the old master’s bedroom window and when she was a girl she would get that scent every time she was passing there. A small black leather skirt clung to her hips and a black leather bodice flowed from it perfectly holding her shape.” “Why?” “Because. “Sam’s in there with her…” Liz said softly blocking the door.” She turned to face him and sighed as a curl of hair fell into her eyes she pushed it behind her ear and caught him in her emerald gaze.” She spat..” He lied hoping to put that argument to bed. a shiny black shadow caught in a bright halo of sunlight. “I’m not the sort of girl you’d take home to your mother. “ . Sam. That scent had a meaning all of its own and she was not sure if she liked it.” “Well let me in then. “Because what?” Max asked with a puppy dog smile.” She said smelling the flowers and thinking of the last time she had the scent of roses in her nose.. Max was desperately trying to think of something to say that would catch her interest. toned and strong.. Perhaps she had done something else wrong.” Mandy replied with a huff. “Come in Mandy. “Now I know you’re full of crap. was situated just behind the seated Ruby almost silhouetted against the huge bay window. together. Surely Ruby didn’t question all the girls on a twice daily basis. “. Mandy took in the tall black leather boots Sam wore and particularly the six inch heels that looked sharper then a pencil tip. as usual. “I’ll see you tonight then?” She did not look back and as she continued to walk Mandy couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “Can’t we be friends?” He asked after a short pause. “Mandy?” he shouted.Because I’m not good for you. The sleeves were fastened with cord and the sides decorated with silver studs..” “My mother’s dead. dear…” Ruby smiled in a haze of cigarette smoke as Mandy closed the door behind her. She prepared herself for another lecture and followed Liz through the hall towards Ruby’s office once more but now with some trepidation. “Out of work hours?” “Oh come on Max. Her legs emerged from the top of her boots like fish-net clad pillars.She continued to walk and as he stepped beside her. The glare was so intense the young girl looked away to avoid its cut.” “Bullshit. feeling like a dear in headlights or timid prey caught in the crosshairs of the sniper’s rifle.they want to speak to you.” She shook her head and walked away from him secretly smiling to herself.. I think I love you. “.

“Well,” Ruby said confidently. “You seem to be settling in okay?”
It was more of an observation then a question.
“Okay.” Mandy replied wondering what they really wanted. She felt like she had done
something wrong and was about to be asked to leave but then, Sam had a habit of making her
feel like that whenever they were in the same room, so they could be giving her a promotion.
Mandy guessed Sam’s expression would always be the same.

“It’s just that…” Ruby continued. She paused and sucked on the cigarette for a moment
thoughtfully, then glancing at Sam momentarily, she continued.
“...Liz mentioned that you might be interested in some of the more specialised work we
provide here.”
“Did she?” Mandy replied puzzled by the remark. She thought back to her conversation with
the maid earlier and wondered what, exactly, she did say.

“Yes...” Ruby said in another cloud of smoke. “...she said you thought you might like to try it
in the Black Room?”
“Oh, that?” Mandy enthused remembering the casual comment she had made earlier. “Yes,
the thought did cross my mind…”
“What do you know of Role Play?” Sam butted in. She cut across Ruby and demanded to
know several things Mandy had never heard of.
“…what do you know of Role Play? What do you know of domination and Sadism?
Mandy looked at her and pulled a puzzled expression, she knew the words and had an idea of
their meaning but didn’t know how to express herself for fear of looking stupid.
“Are you talking about those tie me up and kiss me games?” she replied softly. “When I was
at school they took us to a library at one time and I saw a book by Masters and Johnson; I
read a little about it there.”
“What about tie me up and beat me games...”Sam smiled. “...games where you inflict real
pain”
“Real pain?” Mandy replied
“Yes, pain.” Sam reiterated.

“Well,” the young girl replied slowly, picking her words carefully. “Pain doesn’t have to be a
bad thing, in moderation it can add to situations. I like the idea of role playing; a dominant
Mistress perhaps, you know, the one who has to smack the naughty schoolboy.”
She thought for a moment and continued.

“I could do that, I could enjoy doing that provided it wasn’t serious. I guess I could also role
play the naughty schoolgirl, you know, who has to be smacked by teacher. It sounds like fun
to me.”

“What about bondage?” Sam asked. Her smile had gone and her expression was blank and
taut once again.
“Tell me, what do you know about that?”

Mandy thought for a moment, in fact she had little idea about the subject. She recalled seeing,
as a small child, a book the old master had in his study. It contained photographs of a woman
in various poses and states of undress. Each one had been bound with rope, sometimes just a
close-up of her bound wrists, sometimes the photos were full length. Pictures of the models
wrapped from heel to head in knots. The black and white pictures fascinated her although in
her small mind their meaning was lost.

“If you tie them up…” she replied after a moment of tense silence. “…You can beat them
harder.”

This made Ruby smile. She nodded her head and glanced around at Sam as if to get her
approval but none was forthcoming. Sam just stared ahead deep in thought.
“Humiliation?” Sam asked eventually. “What do you know, tell me?”

“Hum, humilli, humilliwhat?” Mandy stuttered. She had heard the word before but was now
lost in that stare struggling to for a coherent answer.
“Humiliation,” Sam said softly. “…is an art-form. It’s a role-play whereby, through the use of
words and actions, a person’s ego is reduced to a state of total obedience and service. They
become filth.
Do you understand?”

“Look.” Mandy replied confidently. “I’m just a dumb country girl who may not be very good
at long words but I know what I want and I can act hard if I want to. Role-play is just acting
in my book and that’s something I can do very well. I am prepared to give anything a go and
when I do, I’ll give one hundred per cent.”

“You have a lot to learn.” Sam replied. “Sadomasochism is an art form and, I might add, a
way of life. It’s far from a child’s dressing up game and sexual penetration is seldom
necessary. There are far more dangerous ways to get aroused; just how far are you prepared
to go?”
The two women looked at each other in the eye and for the first time since they had met
Mandy, felt like she was talking on equal terms with Sam. She pursed her lips and replied.
“All the way, boss, all the way.”

“Good.” Ruby said lighting another cigarette from the stub of the last.
“Sam will show you the room this afternoon and once you become familiar with the
equipment we’ll give you a chance to use it; you’re pay will stay the same on this trial period.
If you get on you will earn extra; but keep that to yourself.”
She looked around at Sam who just nodded in silence.
“You will be her apprentice for a while, okay, good.”

Mandy let this information sink into her head and wanted to smile but thought better of it.
She nodded at Ruby and looked one last time at her new tutor before Ruby said with a broad
smile. “You can go now, dear. I’ll send Liz for you about four o clock.”

Chapter 8
Mandy made her way back to her room feeling shell -shocked. The interview with Ruby that
morning had been draining but the one she had just left made her feel empty. The only
positive thing that had come out of it was the promise of alternative work; although she had
only fucked Max the thought of fucking a stranger every night wasn’t comforting. It was just
a means of making money.

If she could make money and not get fucked in the process, well, that seemed like a better
way to go. The only sticking point was that she’s have to work more closely with Sam and
that didn’t appeal to her at all.

Remembering her days as a young school girl a thought occurred to her. One teacher had told
her that Bullies were generally cowards who had to put on a tough act to protect themselves;
that they were really weak inside.

Perhaps this was Sam’s problem; behind that stern exterior lurked a weak and frightened little
girl. This thought made her smile. As she passed the bathroom door it opened and Jayne
stepped into the hall. She was damp and her hair was tied above her head with a towel. A
damp dressing gown slung over her shoulders hardly covered her large breasts; she
awkwardly tried to prevent them falling out.

“Hi Ya?” she smiled. Mandy looked at her and saw that the girl had a deathly complexion.
Her eyes were sunk into their sockets and ringed with purple lines. Jayne’s high cheekbones
stuck out from her face and her pale skin seemed stretched over them.
“How you getting on?”

The voice was slurred and slow like she was drugged. Mandy was unsure if she should
mention her meeting with Ruby and Sam and decided to keep it to herself for the time being.
“I’m fine, and you?”
“Ya’know how it is babe.” Jayne smiled, her teeth were white but had yellow stains in the
gaps which Mandy took for an indication of bad oral hygiene. This girl’s got problems, she
thought.
“Sure.”
“See you later.” Jayne slurred before stumbling off to her room. Mandy watched her go and
thought that she might end up in the same way if she was not careful; tainted, used goods. It
was something she wanted to avoid.

After reaching her room Mandy lay on her bed and drifted off to sleep, it had been a busy day
and she could still feel the chemicals from the previous evening in her system. Her heavy lids
flickered and her breathing slowed as she succumbed to the world of dreams.

Her eye lids fluttered, the only outward sign of the turmoil in her head, and she slipped
further into a dream state. She could see a flapping banner, or was it the wings of a great bird
flying in an empty sky?

Vague and maddening, echoing images of flushed red faces, devils dancing in a desert scene
with wild and writhing weaving. They pranced and danced around seething, rippling waters.
Her eye-lids spasm; here comes Mother emerges from the darkness a bible held high and a
cross of gold burning in her eyes.
Spasm.
Sam’s six inch high heels clicking across a cold stone floor; a flickering black candle.
Spasm.
Carter sprinkles holy water, the colour of blood, red and thick across her beating heart;
whispering hail Mary as the wind howls.
Spasm.
She feels a shock of electric rush though her spine as a vision of Sam flash against a red sky;
her cigarette smoking like a viper cruciform; red liquid seeping from the palms of a Christ.

SPASM!

.. “Hence the shower room through there. a riding crop. “This is where most of the discipline takes place. “Piss and other things.” Sam nodded towards a door set into a far wall. soap and things?” Mandy asked softly.. Hanging from a rack was a selection of beating instruments. “It’s a gimp seclusion device.I wouldn’t expect anyone to work in there unless they wanted to. “I guess you don’t know what this is for either?” she asked looking intently at the box.Mandy opened her eyes and sat up. she shook the sleep from her eyes and went to the door arranging her hair quickly in the mirror. “Don’t ask me girl.” . Mandy turned to see Sam had entered the room. “. really?” Mandy replied. a rounded rubber club. “I just work and keep my mouth shut.. there was no natural sunlight and green spots converged with red at random intervals from hidden lamps. various canes of differing thickness and length. of course.” Mandy saw a black box on the floor beside a far wall.” Sam’s cold voice replied. “It’s for sensory deprivation. As she moved further into the room she saw a long low table that had leather clasps at one end and a fixed barrel at the other. Dark and sinister shadows hung silently in the far off corners and Mandy caught a sight of leather straps and hoods and other garments hanging on a rail. “Roma does a lot of work in here.” Sam continued. Liz looked at her momentarily and left swiftly after. Then she turned and led her to an area towards the centre of the room.” “Wow. It was four feet high.” “Of course. Attached to the grey brick walls were iron hooks that held chains of varying thickness and ropes. “Wow!” she said stepping inside the Black Room for the first time.” Liz replied rubbing her duster over various objects. “.” She continued with a sneering tone. They can be pretty smelly when we let them out.” Sam closed the door and looked directly into Mandy’s eyes. The old woman turned on the lighting and began to clean as Mandy looked around. It was clasped shut with a thick bracket and padlock.” “Water. two feet wide and about a foot deep. She had met Liz at the top of the stairs with a duster in one hand and a bucket in the other. dragging her bucket behind her... Beside this was a table that was laid out with a selection of chrome plated utensils reminding her of a dentist’s set of tools. The floor was a bare stone giving the room a cold ambiance like a dungeon or cellar.we also use that room for wet games. “Some of our clients like to be in there for hours. The light was subtle.. she ran her fingers over the cold steel top.” Mandy replied peering into the room. “Piss!” Sam said abruptly opening the door and showing the room was lined with black rubber tiles. “What’s this?” Mandy asked looking at the object. a rope came from this and had two clasps attached to its end. She stepped to the box and looked at it with a sneer on her lips. The clock beside the bed said it was nearly four.. it helps them to think.

Mandy closed her eyes as Sam lent over her and connected the neck buckle. The clicking stopped in awful silence and her breathing became laboured.” “And to select their control word.She said nodding towards a leather harness hanging from the ceiling. I will show you one day how to use it.” “Strangulation?” Mandy said under her breath. It occurred to her that she had not given a control word and she suddenly felt very vulnerable laying there unable to move. “Control word?” “It’s important to never cross a person’s pain threshold. It’s important that he meets the dominatrix only. when the game begins. “If you tie their feet at that end. sharp nails groped and poked. “If you want. why now?” Sam replied. “What. Mandy felt a cold draft caress her exposed pubis as her panties were pulled over her thighs. preventing its recoil under the strain of the cords connected to Mandy’s body. . She creased her eyes in the same way Mandy had seen the previous evening when Carter had entered the room. If it is used properly the rack can be used for auto sexual asphyxiation. Mandy could feel the blood in her head pumping hard and the veins in her forehead felt like they were going to explode as small vessels in her face pumped under pressure. Her breathing was harder and Mandy’s eye lashes fluttered as Sam lifted her skirt and pulled down Mandy’s panties.” Sam replied. She opened her eyes in time to see Sam looking down at her wickedly. She could feel the constriction pulling on her wrists and ankles and particularly around her neck as the leather strap tightened with each click. Mandy raised an eyebrow and fingered the harness.” Sam said softly.” Mandy smiled awkwardly and lay upon the contraption allowing Sam to go to work in silence. “This is our rack. Of course some people do not have any sense of control. dangerous.” “Well.” Sam said in a matter of fact fashion. they are pulled.” “I see.... “Let’s say I’m fascinated. Then fingers tipped with short.. “We hang them there and beat them. of course we must always interview a client prior to their session to find out what their preferences are. Understand?” “I think so.If they say their control word we know they have had enough. get on.” Sam paused. Sam then went to the other end and connected the buckles there to Mandy’s ankles. enquiring and frantic. The creaking leather echoed around the room. For now…” She said simply. Could you show me how this works now?” Mandy looked towards the rack and gave a small smile. it is an advanced piece of kit. a slow clicking that ticked in her ears. “Some of our clients like this while we perform other actions. She could feel the cord that connected this to the barrel pull against her head and then she heard it. stretched. “…You will just interview the client prior to him entering the room. “.. The barrel turned and a ratchet caught.” Mandy was then led to the bed like contraption that she had inspected earlier. Her hands were pulled through the two clasps at one end of the bed and the buckles pulled tightly. in which case we must be careful not to permanently harm or disfigure them.” “I see..

dizzy and blissfully abused. or blue.” Mandy said munching through a quarter of a cheese and tomato sandwich. “. “You’ll get used to that..We women of colour need to be a little adventurous. I had dirty.. maybe it’s that lipstick. “I can’t wait.” Mandy sighed under her breath. Then from the centre of her being she felt a rush of blood burst through her spine as she felt her groin spasm with the most delicious orgasm. Ruby was behind her. “You liked that?” Sam said releasing the ratchet and allowing the cords holding her to slacken. “How was your day?” Jo said as Mandy slithered up to the bar just after six. It was uncontrollable and spurting. that looks so cool on a dark skin. Stroking sluggishly. pinched and examined until a gush of lubrication enabled the probing to become slower and more thoughtful.. Come to my room one day and I’ll show you.You do get around.” Sam turned and left the room. making her feel faint.” Jo sniffed. ..” Mandy smiled. Her breathing loud and laboured. “I’m famished. “No girl. “You look tired. Ruby wants you to stay in the white room and be a virgin for another couple of nights.” Mandy just sucked air into her lungs and looked at her teacher in astonishment. lingering upon her clitoris Sam’s fingers manipulated and stimulated the young girl there. “Hero worship. breathing deeply and riveted to the sensation. There was a tray of sandwiches on the bar which Mandy dived into.. “I’ll give you further instruction over the weekend.” “Go girl. perverted sex with someone.” Jo giggled.” Mandy replied sitting up on her elbows. “Be in the bar at six as usual. I guess we’re all perverted in the eyes of somebody. “Max was waiting outside when I went for a walk.. Sam silently undid the straps and buckles before walking to the door. who was that with?” “Later. “You can be so green and.” Jo looked at Mandy’s face and her eyebrows pinched slightly.” “Really. some of these punters just don’t know when to stop.” “Okay.” “I thought deep red suited me. Jesus. “That’s what I like about you girl.Her labia was pulled. “I knew you would. but then you’re as savvy as any one of us. I wear gold a lot. She was already drunk and talking to a fat Texan with a beer belly and bald head. “. she sighed an exquisite gasp. probing and pushing into her. dumb with it.” Mandy replied taking another sandwich and tucking into it.” Jo smiled sipping an orange drink.” Jo smiled. Mandy opened her eyes and saw Sam lower her head and felt the caress of her tongue warm upon her skin. She had showered again and done her make up before changing the bed sheets and making her way down. adoring it.. She quivered under its spell. Before she left the room she turned and faced Mandy still reclining on the machine..” Jo laughed. kissing it.” “Then. this afternoon.

“That’ll do for me honey. Just wash your fat dick in that sink over there and I might just let you stick it in me.” He missed the sarcasm and he did as he was told dropping his Y.” she lied..” Mandy saw Sam approach across the bar looking stern as usual. you broke me in good. She stood nearby as if listening for a moment and Mandy looked at her coyly before saying. soon a gush of sticky come filled her fist and he fell forwards like he was having a cardiac arrest. “Look at that blood from my pussy. She didn’t want to look at him because she was sure it would make the act even more hideous so she looked at the ceiling and hoped it would be over soon.” Ruby laughed.” “Really?” The Texan sniffed looking at Mandy’s breasts. She spat on her fingers and placed her hand between her legs to stimulate him a little.my friend in Europe sends me stuff you just can’t get here.” She thought he might come more quickly if she gave him something to think about.” Mandy smirked sarcastically. “Could I have a gin please?” “See. “I never tasted no nigger juice before. make up just for beautiful black women.” She lied.” Jo giggled. as she closed the door behind them he slapped her backside hard. Jo sneered and raised her eyebrows before turning and leaving them to it. Mandy lifted up her skirt and revealed her black pubic hair and reclined on the bed as he turned. “Is it in there yet?” Smith asked as he pushed his fat gut on her reclining body.” Smith drooled unbuckling his belt. Smith stood up and she glanced at his groin for a second wishing immediately that she had not. “Well then. You know. “That fat dick is deep inside my tight cunt.” she said pushing herself between Jo and Mandy.” He laughed showing a set of ivory dentures.” Ruby smiled facing Mandy.” . but dark like. Ruby looked over her shoulder and grabbed the arm of the fat Texan she had been talking to.fronts to his ankles.” Both women burst into laughter as Sam pushed a glass across the bar. she could feel the tip of his dick in the crease between her thigh and her pubic bone as he tried to get a little friction going. Smith waddled towards her and she could smell the stench of stale tobacco mixed with sweat coming from his clothing as his breathless body touched hers. “She’s untouched by any man. “Ain’t that funny?” Smith smiled after pulling his trousers up. “You got a treat in store for you.. He giggled all the way and rubbed his fat crotch with a sick grin. “Your pussy’s just like a white woman’s..” He tried to look but she had already wiped her fingers with a tissue. “Yes. “Oh.You were a teetotal virgin last night and tonight you’re a lush. It didn’t take much. “This is my new Girl. “So I get to break in a black mare tonight?” “She might be a bucking bronco for all you know. “.. She looked at his sagging butt and gagged. stud. haven’t you cowboy. “Now then. “Why don’t you take Mr Smith to your room and let him get a ride?” Mandy smiled as best she could and led the man up to her room.

draw a little blood now and then. “It must have cost a fortune.” Jayne cried from across the room. untouched by human hand. honey child. perhaps those big white dicks are turning my race. “This young lady is Josephine…” Ruby slurred nodding at Jo drunkenly. “Best fuck I’ve ever had. you know. he had been there before and may have been testing her. “Anything for my baby…” Jo mimicked.” Joe said believing every word. “I don’t know.” He reached into his wallet and withdrew a ten dollar note and offering it to her. I’ll take you to her. “Anything for my baby.” Jo whispered as the old man wrapped the bracelet around Jayne’s wrist and did up the clasp.” She smiled drunkenly.” Jo replied.” Both girls smiled.” “Well cowboy. “Which one of these ladies would you like to take care of you?” Ruby asked the boy. Jo winced behind his back and stepped aside allowing the boy to take her place. “Not with those eyes.” “Really. Jayne opened it and a glittering gold bracelet sparkled in the light of the bar.. the drinks were being served by Liz who busied herself behind the bar. the newest girl in the house. “I should start using my teeth more often.” Ruby stepped up to the women with a young man on her arm. “You pay Ruby.” “Why do you say that?” Mandy laughed.“Well whoopee.” The old man smiled.” Jo whispered to Mandy as she joined her at the bar.” She sneered. . still a virgin. Mandy looked but could not see Sam.” Ruby smiled as the two entered the bar. He did not need to be asked twice stepping towards Mandy and taking her by the arm.” Jayne whined making sure everyone else in the room could hear. They all turned to see a little old man presenting her with a small blue box.” “Fantastic.” “It’s probably the only one he’s had in years.” Mandy said. Mandy looked at him and tried to look coy and his eyes darted between hers and her chest. “Guess I can’t be one hundred per cent nigger. I never seen a Negro with green eyes before. Perhaps…” she mused sipping from her glass. “His name is Joe and this is his nineteenth birthday. “.” “Happy birthday. He was aged about 19 and had a clear complexion. “Perhaps she’s with Carter or someone. as if it were a matter of fact.I must be sucking dick badly or something. “Where’s Sam?” Mandy asked casually looking about the room. Joe.” He huffed. “…and this is Mandy.” he laughed. “Well. “I hope my little virgin looked after you Mr Smith. “This is a friend of mine.” She smiled standing and tossing the tissue in the bin. no one ever bought me a gold band. What do you think cowboy?” “Yha.” “That was quick.” “Perks of the job. after all. She laughed and pushed his hand away. “Come. “You should get out more. “It’s beautiful.. put your money away.” “Oh Jimmy.

” Mandy giggled and looked up at the boy.This boy’s a friend of the family. “Do you like that Joe?” “Yha. “Come on Joe-Boy. She tugged his shirt and pulled him towards the door.” He stuttered flicking a finger under her bra and swiping its tip across her erect nipple.” She whispered.” He replied after a while..” She smiled leading him to the door.” .. thin legs. young lady. She didn’t want to take things too fast and wanted the boy to remember his first time with a smile on his face. “. “What do you think?” “How about if we get down to out underwear. slipping them under her ear lobe and along the side of her neck. Mandy pulled down her dress straps and let it fall to the floor leaving her in her silky bra and panties. He reached out and ran his long fingers through her hair. the boy quivered and shook catching his breath. the soft bristle that covered them became electric to her touch. “.” Ruby whispered in Mandy’s ear.” Joe replied. He glanced at her and bit his lower lip as he pulled at the belt around his pants and popped the buttons of his fly. “Come here. “How would you like to do this Joe?” Mandy asked softly. her fingers swept lower and brushed the top of his shorts before sweeping the fingers down to his thighs and the inside of his legs. She looked up at his face and thought about the women in the church she used to go to every Sunday. He stood and started to undo his shirt. He kicked off his boots and his trousers fell to his ankles exposing a baggy pair of shorts above a pair of long. She could see that he probably didn’t shave yet and he had that awkward look of a youth who’d grown taller than his bones could deal with.. or I’ll come. Mandy reached up and stroked his tummy softly. you take him to your room and get him educated in the ways of the world. just stopping below where the shorts began. he looked shy and slightly nervous.” She smiled. They were soon in the white room and she sat him on the bed. this made her smile. it’s nice. Only his thighs had any muscle so to speak and she saw a thin covering of soft down over them. She saw only a small tuff of gentle down under his armpit as he took his vest off and placed that on the chair with his shirt. so to speak. She looked up from the bed as he stripped it off and hung it on the back of a chair.. That long thin lump pressed against the inside of his shorts like a lion wanting to escape. She leant forwards and licked it gently with her tongue. His body was thin and wiry. “Stop please.Then we can take it from there. let’s go. They had probably never been this close or intimate with a white boy in their entire lives..” “Okay.. white and clear of and mark or hair. with her mother...“Now. “I don’t know. “Stop!” Joe whispered trying to catch his breath. He stepped towards her and she took one of his soft white hands and placed it on her breast. She could see a gradual lump forming under there and her fingers went to work. He swallowed hard as she ran her fingers up again only this time sweeping the tips of her fingers under his shorts and stroking his balls.

Then he pulled his cock from her pussy and looked around for a towel. “Fuck me Joe.” Mandy lied hoping he’d not ask too many questions. His cock then started to slip with ease in and out and in again. She must have been the most screwed virgin in all L.” “Oh that?” she laughed almost forgetting that long tale. fuck me like your life depended upon it. Joe’s tongue swept across the top of her lower lip. His cock was going soft inside her and although it was still pulsing the throbs were weaker now and subsiding like the ebbing tide or a sudden shower on a autumn day. she mused to herself.A. “.. “Well…” he said.” She giggled. Their eyes met and as she smiled he did also. breathless pause. There was a hard lump of come sitting on the end of it which Joe picked at with his fingernail and examined with interest. it was fine. proceeding to get dressed. “Shouldn’t there be blood.. “There’s not always blood apparently. He pulled a frown and flicked it across the room like it was something he’d salvaged from his nose. Falling down so that his entire weight was upon her chest Mandy could feel the hard throb intensely between her legs. go on Joe. She slipped off her bra and pushed her panties down to her feet. “No. “Fuck me like you have always dreamed. and all. “No Joe. He rested his elbows on either side of her head and she clutched his buttocks to help.” He allowed his thighs to push her legs apart and pushed his shorts to his knees as his cock pushed into her..So I have been led to believe.” She murmured pulling him down onto her. “Did I hurt you?” Joe asked after a small. He pulled an expectant frown and smiled at her.” Mandy replied.” Mandy replied. “.” “It’s only…” he said softly taking his weight back up by manoeuvring his arms a little.” . It was a little dry and so he had to thrust with his hips to get the length taken in but then she groaned and a spasm released a pool of slippery juice from deep inside. She thrust into him.. She reached behind her and grabbed the towel she kept under the spare pillow. Their gaze met half way between heaven and ecstasy momentarily and Mandy pushed her chin forwards so their lips brushed barely. or something?” Joe asked as he pulled on his pants. savouring it as his cock burst within her.You being a virgin.. You were fantastic. He threw Mandy a casual look before wiping his dick carefully with the towel. pushing her labia apart and her forcing clitoris into his pubic mound like a beast being fed meat for the first time..“That’s okay. “It was fantastic. Mandy took the towel and wiped between her legs briefly before slipping her bra back into place and pulling up her dress. His breath was in her ear and running her finger along his buttock she could felt a bead of sweat roll down across the back of his scrotum. “Only what?” she asked with a coy look. Fuck me like you have fantasised. The steady pulse of hard tissue pounding deep inside her body was a sensation she had grown to enjoy. laying back on the bed while she looked up at him intently.

“Here’s my man!” Ruby slurred loudly as they both entered the room. there were several people standing on either side talking and listening to the loud music.. very soon they were both dressed and Mandy checked her hair in the mirror and pulled her fringe across her eyes in a style that she thought suited her.” Carter smiled passing her a glass. swallow. slightly embarrassed by the attention. It was the way in which Ruby’s eyes flickered from the effects which made it so obvious. He cast Mandy a casual smile but her attention was elsewhere.. They made her appear sleepy and dour although she never seemed to lose her sharp wit no matter how intoxicated she became. Instead she took a deep draw on the end of the joint before looking around for someone to pass it on towards. “Take this!” he said passing Mandy an expertly rolled joint of grass. She could smell the aroma of his cologne on his clothes and in the half-light she noticed his eyes were lined with kohl. Jo shimmered in the light of a flashing spot which cast a blue. “Swallow lady. Mandy bit into the pill and a flush of bitter chemicals flooded over her taste buds. “Thank you. “Brandy.” He replied softly. Mandy glanced at her and noticed a small cut under Sam’s left eye.” The boy replied churlishly. Then reaching out she took the joint from Mandy and stepped back into the crowd nodding her head in time with the beat. dear lady. She was now very drunk and Mandy recognised this at once. “Did the girl look after you?” Ruby beamed passing a drink to Joe as he came to the bar. Sam was already pushing another glass across the bar towards them both. The bar was full now. Ruby had a habit of talking loudly especially when drunk and it made everyone in the room look in their direction. Carter winked with a beady smile. She had seen Sam behind the bar and just as she was about to speak to her a familiar voice whispered in her ear.” Carter hissed. His eyes were alight with the fire of desire and Mandy could sense his intentions before he actually said anything further. “She was great. . Sam raised an eyebrow and stepped back from the bar giving Mandy no opportunity to ask about the injury. “My Lady Mandrake. He kissed the back of his fingers and exhaled a cloud of sweetly smelling smoke. red and green haze across the heads of the assembled people.” Carter cooed stepping towards her. A small pill was deposited at the back of her throat and as he withdrew.” Carter drooled slipping up close to Mandy. “Come. Joe shrugged and looked for his boots.” Joe said simply. Then she pecked the boy gently on his cheek before leading him back to the bar. “What was that?” She asked gulping back the contents of the glass. “Lady Mandrake. let me lick you.“Oh.” He pushed his mouth towards hers and as their lips met she felt his tongue slip onto hers.

isn’t it exciting.” Ruby shouted to Mandy across the crowded bar. She guessed it might have been another mandrax.” Carter sighed with a broad toothy smile.. “Just a gift dear lady. anyway.” He hissed sucking on the drink Sam had given him. Mandy did not reply being captivated by the apparition before her. she brought up the donkey not me. dozy old mare. “You got the goods alright.. “. some people get a reaction. don’t you think..Anticipation. we got you.This did not make him look effeminate or even better looking. She was finding out that anything was possible with Carter.” She replied at last.Don’t you just love this time of the evening?” Carter asked. “…a gift of mystery.. Not knowing what may lay ahead and having only your imagination to prepare yourself. “..” . “It wasn’t a donkey. it made him look more sinister.. “Drugs can be funny if you’ve never taken them before. You do have imagination don’t you. Lady. “Between you and me.” He nodded towards Ruby who was deep in conversation with an elderly man at the end of the bar. some people would be better off if they stopped using the juice and popped a few pills occasionally. He was huge and had a belly that hung below his shirt tails and ruffled the top of his pants. “. ho ho-ing ike a bad Santa impersonation.. “.That’s right. I don’t like to make fun of her. She was very intoxicated and slouched from her stool towards the ashtray with a bent cigarette between her fingers..” “I like to know what goes into my body. “Truthfully.. like one of the undead.” “I’m only kidding you.. “Take no notice of that man. she’d help anyone provided they’re making her money.” Carter laughed sycophantically. “Just humour the old cow. playing with it on his tongue as if to act out its meaning. or qualude as they were known on the street. don’t you?” He lingered on the word.” “Oh. ho. “Look at the state of her. I only come alive when the sun goes down. Contrasting with his deathly pallor the darkness of his eyes gave him an alien appearance. it was a donkey sized vibrator.The darkness is so full of mystery and anticipation.” Mandy giggled. that has filled you with anticipation. my Lady Mandrax..” “You are awful. That vat of kindness would dry up in an instant if she couldn’t sell your ass easily. how about you?” “What was it?” She managed to say again referring to the pill he had slipped into her mouth. Oh and talking of old nags…” He glanced over Mandy’s shoulder and she turned to see Velta entering the room being followed by a sweaty looking man.. dear.. “Thanks honey. She noticed them looking at her and smiled drunkenly. “That woman has really helped me since I arrived in town..” He said under his breath.” The man wheezed giving Velta a cheesy smile. but was unsure. silly old bean.” He gave Ruby a small wave and she reciprocated. was it now. I just love anticipation.” “Lucky them!” Carter laughed and leant forwards as if to take her into his confidence.

the gate’s locked and the lights are out.” Carter replied.” Carter smiled. “The door’s closed. you are popular. feel it in your blood and cruise that highway. don’t fight it baby. “What was that?” “Here it comes baby.” She said aloud. ride that lightening storm honey.. “Why. No one else mattered. “. something mystical and as she thought about it. When their eyes met he smiled and walked towards her and Carter. “You’ve had your fun for the evening. “I promise I’ll give you my full attention then. okay?” “Okay. just look at that butt wobbling away. “I am right now. “Why. There was something going on behind her eyes that caught her off her guard. He watched the boy go and screwed up his nose. Enjoy... at that precise moment in time the universe and everything in it existed for her sake only. Can you feel it taking you higher?” Mandy could feel something.” She replied gently. relax. now the shop’s closed and the little man has gone home. “Now be a good chap and toddle off. It was a sensation that crept up like a thief in the night. his smile now twinkled in the light and she saw streams of colour fill her vision.. strange and yet understood by no-one.” He continued as the sensations grew inside her head and filtered down her spinal cord. “Wow. I promise.” “Okay Sonny Jim. “Just go with it. way up high baby and you’re getting higher. .” Mandy smiled and blinked. It was something unexpected and yet familiar. “…unless you fancy playing find the sausage with me sweetie?” “Find the…” Joe sputtered. “Let the rush take you with it.” He said like a small child. we can see each other again then.” Mandy said with a cool smile. He glanced back once to throw a confused look at Carter. “Are you busy?” Joe asked looking firstly at her and then towards Carter.. no doubt to arrange his reservation for the following evening.” Carter drooled. Mandy saw her look about the bar for an excuse to dump the fat man and then Mandy noticed Joe trying to get her attention.” “What?” Joe said looking bewildered.” She replied superficially. “Come back tomorrow. He tried to smile at Mandy but found Carter drawing his attention. Joe turned and walked towards Ruby. rainbows of light filing the room. Slip into the mainstream of imagination. unless…” “Unless what?” Joe asked innocently.. A faint rattle behind her now echoed slightly with muffled voices and animal sounds. a small eruption of neurons in her brain that heightened her sense of being..” Carter beamed. You’re on that high way. can you feel it.” Carter announced with a sardonic smile. Go find another little dolly to play with. a further wave hit her senses.I bet he has a divine asshole. “Just come tomorrow honey. The disassociation wrapped her up in a cocoon of warm intimacy. just don’t fight it baby.“I’m glad I could help. It was the strangest feeling. She was a shining star about which galaxies orbit.

“Manda. . The only thing that seemed familiar or recognisable in the chaos was Carter’s face. Liz was busy collecting glasses and Ruby was still chatting to the same man at the bar. His hair had taken on a life of its own and was dancing to the music on his head. it was too intense and it penetrated into her brain making Mandy feel instantly guilty for some reason. Mandy opened her eyes again and the room whirled into focus. watching the liquid sparkle inside. as a child.” “Why’s that?” she replied looking about the bar. Maaaaan-DA! That stuff takes you places only Ruby’s donkey vibrator could reach. all chattering voices and animal creatures. whatever she had been doing just one look from that man put her straight into a state of guilt riddled anxiety. the old master could do that to her. Mandy didn’t understand where the time had gone but as her senses came back she was aware that it had slipped by in a flicker of her eyelids. when she clenched her pelvic muscles she could almost feel his touch there. “Back with us again are we dear?” Carter smiled a row of flashing white teeth. inside her. with Sam’s gaze baring into her head like a laser beam. It run down her back and into her pussy. “Get it?” he said flashing that smile again. where have I been for the past couple of hours?” “You’ve been on Planet Mandra. He laughed and helped her lifting the glass to her lips and tipped the liquid inside. Velta was nowhere to be seen and neither was Jayne or Carol. Mandy looked away from that stare. That was just how she felt then.” Carter replied squeezing her neck sensitively. M. “That’s it honey. Lady Mandrake. “Wow. she was permeating the cosmos like a tolling bell and it felt great. glisten with moisture. a serpent smile across his sallow face . let Daddy sock it to you. The feeling of his fingers against her bare skin made Mandy shiver with passion. It was a dry. she was not sure. The music provided a backdrop of echoing bleeps and pulses which competed with the smell of mutated human bodies. Her mouth wanted so much to taste that moisture and yet the motion was forgotten. parched mouth that felt like a desert road. She tried to form words but their meaning became lost in her mouth. “Open wide!” Carter said breaking into Mandy’s thoughts. “Is that the time?” she said softly.The centre of everything. She remembered that. Sam was looking at her. She sighed really loudly and shook her hair. it felt good and she saw stars falling from the tips to descend about them. He recognised that she needed to drink and passed her his glass. No matter what the situation.D. oh. riding a slip stream of emotions. Mandy looked at it intently. His tongue darted about his lips like a viper. She was sure they had been there a moment ago. but was it the same man. I can see you’re back in the land of the living again although I thought I had lost you for good.A. a while ago.” The last time she had looked at the clock on the wall it had said seven thirty and yet looking at it now it read a quarter past midnight.

that’s a dangerous place to be. the colours and the people all suddenly came to life and filled her head with sensation. “. She stepped up to Roma and pressed her face into Roma’s nose. “Be careful.” “What? I don’t know if I like the sound of that” she smiled gulping back the pill. like Jayne. her tongue was useless and she could just about stop it hanging from her mouth limply...” Carter suddenly announced leading Mandy towards the door. “He’s got her in his clutches. The room began to spin and they stopped still in the moment. this way and that. “We have work to do. got her good and proper. “Excuse us. “Come with me.. “A mandrake for Lady Mandrax. Then her mouth filled with an acrid chemical taste which burned nicely upon the sour sensors of her tongue..” “You should?” she replied now getting very confused.” “Shut. the music faded into the background and Mandy could swear she heard the sound of Sam’s breathing echoing on the air behind them. “.” “You are?” “Only to tie you up with the ropes.. Jo suddenly appeared from a shadow and leant forwards to whisper in Mandy’s ear. Ladies. “Just a metaphor.or perhaps an allegory. There was a track that had a thumping tango-like beat and he led her through a dance which caught each bump and thump of the bass and each kick and snap of the drum. Instead of a nail I should have said crowbar.” He hissed leaning her back and running his tongue along the tip of her shoulder.. . “ Carter replied taking her hand and leading her across the room to a space where they could dance.She opened her mouth slightly and felt the touch of his soft fingers brush against her lips.” Sam shouted from behind the bar..” He giggled spinning her. Sam and Liz staring at them both intensely. frozen like ice statues in an arctic landscape.” He said suddenly as the room.” He smiled turning her upon an axis. She tried to say something but only her jaw worked. Someone should tell her what he did to Lorri before it’s too late.” Carter hissed.” She said softly as he dragged her outside the bar. “A what?” she laughed. we need to emerge from our coffin- like daytime existence to sing with the wolves. “It’s like a meteor with words.. She stumbled forwards and saw Ruby.He’s giving her those drugs and soon she will be totally addicted to him. the sounds.” The three women watched as he led Mandy towards the door. “.” She sighed as the sense of disassociation crept into her spine and up her Back again. the ropes of freedom.” Roma said in her Eastern European accent as she slipped up to the bar beside Jo... if we are children of the night..” “Good.Or is it an analogy. the fuck up. would you like that?” “I would. “Now I’m lost totally.. “That will put the lid on your coffin. “I am going to use a crowbar to smash into the casket and release you from the chains of bondage.

. Awash with the chemical taste of mandrax when he carefully placed the horse whip under the strap of her dress and forced it to fall from her shoulder.” . she was doing all she could to keep her eyes focussed on Carter as he stepped around her viciously cracking the whip against his leg. He stepped toward Mandy.“.” She slid the dress from her legs and tossed it to one side. come on. Her hair was falling into her eyes and her vision was blurred a little but she could make out his vague shape as Carter marched around her. There was a leather cap hanging from the arm of a chair which he threw on his head to complete the look.” Chapter 9 They stumbled in the half light from the dimmed hall lamps up the stairs towards the black room. Her breast became exposed and he knelt forwards and pinched the nipple. bitch. “Lay back and open your legs. The markings were of birds and dragons and insects and blazoned across the back of his shoulders in three inch high letters was the motto “Bastard” written in a Germanic script. “Take it off. “You want…” she mumbled but the words caught in her throat as the whip cracked across her face. The whip cracked again.. “Shut up..” Mandy slipped off her panties and looked up at him feeling totally vulnerable. “Do you like that Bitch?” Mandy could not reply because the combination of drugs had by now totally overcome her. “Come on.” The door opened and as they entered Carter grabbed a small horse whip that had been hanging from a hook beside the door.” He said with a sardonic sneer. “And the panties. say nothing.” He said softly. “. He struck it against the side of his leg making a sharp clap that echoed around the room. I don’t want to hear another word. leave it.You will talk only when instructed to and not before.” He said sternly. Now. He placed the leather strap from the end of the whip under the other strap of her dress and it too fell down completely exposing her breasts. Carter removed his jacket and shirt revealing a bare chest covered in tattoos. Mandy felt her legs go from under her as she was half led and half dragged up each step. his skin tight jeans fitting snug around the top of his leather biker boots. She was kneeling in front of him. “From the next step. “Say nothing. Once outside he turned towards her and she felt a stinging sensation across her right cheek as the flat of his hand bounced off her face.you bitches don’t know anything and just gossip for the sake of hearing your own voices.” He screamed. faster.

Thrusting like she had never felt before. Like the crumpled panties at her side and the dress strewn across the flagstones faded memories were crumpled and discarded in her mind. Laying on that stone. The ejaculation throbbed again and again as he panted and bit and pinched. cobwebs and dust. Pushing deep inside her and probing the flesh while his arm furiously massaged his throbbing cock. Then he lifted himself up and stood pulling his pants up and did up his belt. It was rough and hard and it hurt just a little but the softness of his tongue made her want him more. It had dry rot and weeds. You fucking bitch. “Get dressed. “Shut up. Then he pushed his penis deep inside her. Carter bit into her breast and she felt blood drip from the wound. The old white house that she and mom shared with the old. Then without another word he left the room. She felt the toe of his boot push her labia apart gently and heard the sounds of his breathing. you fucking bitch.” He spat He turned. skank-whore.” She whimpered as his fist smashed into her face. Bitch.She lay back and moved her knees apart. “Bitch. “Open your legs wider. the sound of those terrible words ceased to have any meaning to her and were almost like a prayer to some perverse like god. the unshaven and worn out handy man who wasn’t handy any longer. She could see the hardness of his cock almost bursting out from under the blue fabric and she too felt her juices start flowing. whore. “That hurts. . He was now laying across her battered body limply. She could feel the hard bristle of his unshaven chin rubbing at the soft flesh of her labia. He just sat in that old armchair in a threadbare cotton shirt drinking malt whiskey or bud all day. Carter lifted his head up and adjusted his weight with his arms.” She felt his come shoot inside her like a warm burst from a pistol. so hard it was pushing into her cervix deep into her womb. you fucking dog. She could feel it penetrating her pussy. He was panting like a dog and biting all over her. You fucking slut. cold floor her mind began to wander. Mandy looked up at him and saw that he was now furiously rubbing his crutch through his jeans.” She did as she was told and heard his breathing become more laboured. Fucking Bitch Whore. You fucking cunt. white master came back to her. He walked about with a hammer in his belt and a screw-driver in his hand but hadn’t screwed any screws or hammered any nails for a long time. He removed his boot and she heard the sound of his belt buckle undoing and then he was eating her madly. slut. There was Jed. bitch. of course. slag. there was always somewhere that needed attention but he was too old and broke to notice. you fucking. taking small painful nips. Her pupils were distorted and in her field of vision Mandy saw fairy lights flickering. whore. A rush of sensation travelled up her spin and into her head as his boot tip rubbed against her clitoris.” He was mumbling the abuse over and over again like a madman. placed the leather cap on the chair arm where it had lain previously and pulled his shirt over his shoulders.

“He can get carried away sometimes. “It matches yours. un-shaved chin quiver and that dry old tongue dart between those cracked lips.” She said softly. He was moving gently this way and that and his breathing was long and laboured. The smell of tobacco and sweat hit her tender little nose as he touched her little hand and held a pencil in it for her. Mandy recalled how Jed’s eyes would follow her across the room when she’d come in from school. but her momma knew the truth. “Are you okay?” Mandy looked towards the door and saw Sam entering the room. She remembered asking innocently if Jed could help her paint a picture for her Momma and he lifted her up and placed her on his lap. Putting her shoulders back her defensiveness went up like a shield. never even smiled when she presented those meals she cooked for them. There was a red mark that looked swollen. Sam looked at her and resumed her normal attitude. She saw that old. “I fell against that thing. She could feel his hard cock pressing into her butt as his hand pushed the pencil across the paper. They never said thank you. . Only her mother worked in that house. She helped Mandy up and placed her fingers under her chin to examine the wound more closely. windows and work tops.” Mandy replied sitting up and reaching out for her panties.” Sam said abruptly. Just enough to make it look like he was earning his keep. “Did he do that?” Sam asked touching Mandy’s cheek. kept himself warm in winter and cool in the summer.” Sam added with a wry frown. The handle that controlled the ratchet was stuck into the air and Mandy could see how it would bruise if you fell against it. She couldn’t wait for her Momma to return so that she could get off his lap and go to her. They didn’t even look at her.They made him appear busy. like he had a purpose in his pitiful life. “You had better put some ice on it otherwise it may bruise. She pulled them on and looked for her dress. It was an experience she never wanted to have again even if that little picture became her momma’s favourite treasure.” “Those pills he hands out are dangerous. Did he do that to you?” Mandy asked with a vague smile. “I didn’t want you to go with him alone tonight. She closed it softly behind her and walked to where Mandy was sprawled.” “I’m okay. never asked if she was okay. She cooked and cleaned and washed and ironed and did all the jobs the two old men needed if they were going to get by. but they both looked at her daughter. “He really has done a number on you girl. I didn’t feel a thing.” “Is it that bad?” Mandy said pulling her dress over her shoulder.” She said nodding towards the rack. Her mother scrubbed floors. Old Jed just ate the food. almost tenderly if you ignored her natural hardness. “I’m so high. He helped himself to the old master’s whiskey and gin and every now and then would chop some wood.

” Velta strolled across the room in the arm of a young sailor boy.. “Max called.” Liz shouted from the other end of the bar. Waving a bottle of rum in the air and trying to prevent the boy from falling was all she could do as they flopped into a chair. anything was possible. Carol sat on a stool by the bar sipping orange juice while she talked to a fat. She sucked in a lungful of the refreshing night air and made her way unsteadily to her room.” She announced to no one in particular..” Sam added. Transparent wafts of cigar smoke drifted through the air like ghostly apparitions.“Ruby wants you to go to your room and relax for the rest of the night. “Hay. “Can’t you see I’m busy down here?” She prepared his a rum and black-current and poured orange juice for Carol placing the money for the vodka in her tips jar. “I’d better get some sleep then. at six pm. back then. “Hmm baby. not till I think you’re ready. The thick smell lingered uneasily with the smell of roses set in a vase on the bar. she mused.. It was so long ago. “Really?” “He’s booked you for tomorrow at six. The following evening.” “Okay.” Mandy bit her lip and walked to the door. balding New Yorker who was puffing on a cigar. He wiped the sweat from the back of his thick neck and tugged at his shirt collar with his free stubby hand waving a fifty dollar bill with the other.give me a rum and black and a vodka and orange for the lady. She was glad that she didn’t have to go back downstairs again even though she could still hear the dull thud of music coming from the bar. her dark eyes darting here and there. sitting at the bar beside a smartly dressed gentleman raised her eyebrows and sneered. The hallway was cool and airy compared to the dark and dank room she had been in. “. “I want to finish my drink. She then continued her discussion with the man in soft whispers about how she looked when she was younger. tender and untouched.” “Hang on mister. Mandy sat nearby sipping lemonade and trying to control the butterflies in her stomach. the red lights burned dimly in the bar room..” She said opening up the door and left. The grey haired man nodded politely and looked around the room for a girl to take upstairs.” He replied enjoying the sensation of her nipple while the others in the bar ignored them. How she was the toast of this city in her twentieth year. Sam stood nearby watching everything. The sailor groped at her crutch and belched loudly before collapsing in a fit of giggles. “Don’t ever come here again with him alone. Jayne sat across one of the sofas balancing her head on the arm of a tall Italian while the dirty fingers of his hand groped at her breast through her pale dress. .” He cried across the bar towards a harassed looking Liz. understood. Ruby.” She whispered with a slur.” “In a moment. “I can’t stand it when they can’t hold their liquor. after all it cost me five dollars. “Let’s go and fuck upstairs.” Sam said as she stood and looked over the room. never missing anything.” Mandy replied.

“Go to the black room and put on the uniform I’ve arranged by the box.” She replied.” “I don’t understand. “Choose another girl. well. “She’s already taken. “I’m talking to you. “This one’s taken for tonight. “Fifty. Max fumbled inside his pocket and withdrew a wad of notes. relaxed and ultimately menacing tone.” Max said defensively. She looked up and saw Max standing beside her dressed in a smart blue suit.” He started to raise his voice making all the others looks at them.” Max whined. “I fell. and come back tomorrow. “You don’t look very pleased to see me.” “Tough. “Go and choose another girl. “Fuck you and fuck her. “Thanks. “You will have to calm down.” “Is that what you think?” She replied giving him a sharp look before turning away again.” Sam said softly. I’ll get her. The heels were so stacked she was almost standing on the tips of her toes when she tried them on.“Hello!” said a loud voice as the clock struck 6. “I got money. “Don’t thank me.” He said defiantly as Sam stood behind him. isn’t my money any good round here?” “Not with her.” He turned and walked from the room slamming the door behind him. There was a pair of long black rubber gloves that went with it and a pair of impossibly high heels. choose someone else. not tonight. Upon entering the black room and walking to the box she was surprised to find a black latex jump suit folded on its top. “Already taken. It should fit.” “Okay.” Mandy said softly. She looked away and at Liz behind the bar. Max grabbed her shoulder and turned her to face him again. as long as I pay.” “I don’t want Jo. “I don’t know what’s wrong with you tonight. I called yesterday.” Mandy looked away and saw Sam approaching.” “I mean. His smile melted into a frown when she turned to face him. I don’t need this shit.15. Fuck Jo. . sixty.” Sam replied still concentrating on the door. Jo is free.” he snapped. “How much did she say when I booked her?. His eyebrows pinched together and he gazed at her suspiciously.” Sam replied with a cool. I want this girl.” Sam said abruptly.” Sam then stood between them both. “What happened to you?” he asked looking at the bruise on her cheek. how much?” “If you want this girl. I have someone we should both deal with coming in a while.” “Fuck you!” he snapped thrusting the notes into his jacket again. She tapped him on the shoulder and said.” Sam said firmly pushing her face close to his. “I have money so I guess it don’t matter if you don’t want to see me.” Mandy replied simply. Mandy didn’t bother to ask anything else she just did as she was told. “Hay sweetheart. a crisp white shirt with a matching blue tie.” “What do you mean?” Max said loudly.

he won’t mind. nothing too strong perhaps some spanking. “Madame will join you shortly. “…Then a little corporal punishment. “Wear this.” She said passing the bag to Mandy. “Wear a bright red lipstick. “Be in character. You must be in character from the moment I leave. There were smaller buckles down the outside of each leg which pulled straps that were attached to the inside of the leg seam. She applied an extra thick coat to her lips and sucked air through her nose to relax.” “Fine.” She pulled on the gloves and teetered over to the array of whips and paddles that hung from the rail in the shadow. Using a couple of pins she tied it into a tight bun at the back of her head and then squeezed into the high shoes. in that moment Mandy discovered a sense of overpowering exhilaration. you know. Mandy opened the bag and withdrew a black leather hood that just had slits of the eyes and pulled down from the back of her neck. an elderly gentleman with a baldhead and blindfold. She looked at herself in the mirror and decided that her hair would look better pulled away from her face. I will lead him in and place him on the floor.” “Who does?” Mandy asked pulling the hood over her eyes. The anticipation was all consuming as she waited like a black widow spider for her prey to enter. . do you understand?” “I think so. “I’m ready. giggling or talking out of character. Sam left the room and closed the door. coming over her head to stop at the tip of her nose at the front.” She repeated before leaving the room. No laughter. Then the door opened sharply and a fan of light shot across the stone floor. He was stripped naked except for a pair of see through plastic shorts. She waited in silence feeling and hearing her hot breath come from her nose and rebound on the leather hood. “Just take all your frustrations out on him.” Sam said walking into the room with a small black bag in her hand. He is a very well paying client so I am relying on you not to let me down.” Sam shouted. The crack of light filled with the shape of two humans as Sam entered the room dragging a small figure behind her.” Mandy replied anxiously biting her lip . “His code word is ICE. Then just play with the role a little.” The man snivelled. “The man will answer to the name “DOG!” Sam said abruptly.” “Foot worship?” “You’ll get it…” Sam continued.” “Okay. what does he want?” “He wants you to humiliate and abuse him. Each buckle pulled the leg tighter in increments down to the smallest buckle at the ankle. imagine he’s Max. Start off with some foot worship. he likes that. Just then the door opened.The jump suit fitted like a glove and she enjoyed doing the small silver buckles up that closed the collar around her neck.” “Thank you mistress.” Mandy replied uneasily. you’ll enjoy it after last night. “Kneel here. “I know you can do this. it’s what he wants. In the silence of that room.” Sam said with a tone of reassurance. Mandy saw a tube of bright red lipstick on the side next to the bag which the hood was in. “Good.

She paused and gently stroked the crop against the man’s trembling shoulders. “S. “A filthy. He looked scared and insignificant as he knelt in silence in the centre of the room. “Speak when I tell you too. she thought It was if he were in prayer waiting for the benediction of the leather studded Madonna. What?” she demanded once more. disgusting little dog turd. His shocking blue eyes dared peer up to glance furtively at his tormenter. disgusting little dog turd. Looking down at her prey. “S and M. His eyes stared. She caught his glare and her eyes blazed back. The hood Mandy wore. Mistress.” She whispered. Her question punctuated by the crack of crop against his bare skin. She leaned forwards and the rubber suit she was wearing squeaked gently in the shadows. “Yes.” He quivered through trembling lips. “S and M. Mistress!” the man replied breathlessly. Her fingers flicked and the crop left another red stripe across the man’s back causing a groan to echo about them. Mistress. What?” she demanded as her bright-red lipstick glistening in the faint light. She reached down and removed his blindfold and the man placed a pair of thick spectacles on to better see his tormentor.” He said abruptly. before she drew it slowly around the man’s neck. fondled a short riding crop tipped with a thin strip of braided black leather.” He grovelled. “Mistress. Mandy placed her foot by his crutch and took her time to apply more lipstick. through the thick panes of glass of his spectacles at the goddess before him.” He replied furtively.” “Shut up. “You are a filthy. “anything you say mistress. He seemed to enjoy watching her do this so she put much more on then would usually be necessary. “S and M. miserable. miserable. being tied with tight laces behind her head felt hot and uncomfortable so she wondered how long this had to continue. black rubber gloves.” “What are you?” she screamed striking the leather tip against the man’s skin leaving another red welt on his back. The man looked up at her approaching and his nose tweaked as he listened to her breathing.After the door closed Mandy stood in the shadows looking at the man for a moment.” He replied softly. miserable. “Tell me?” Mandy hissed “What are you bothering me for? “S.” “Yes mistress. Mandy stepped from the shadows as firmly as she could balancing on her tip-toes. “I am a filthy.” “Sorry. a thin film of greasy sweat over his bare torso. “Shut up!” she snapped. “What are you?” She screamed. is that you?” he said meekly.” . below a set of eyes which pierced through the leather mask. In the semi-darkened room the man knelt. wearing tight. his head stooped lower. disgusting little dog turd. Her rubberised chest panted and a delicate hand.

“Clean them. she thought. The rubber clad woman paused and slowly drew the riding crop against his bare flesh again. Five more minutes of this. “Clean my other heel. Sam was on the other side with a small smirk on her face. “Yes?” “You were truly wonderful.” She hissed as the man’s head fell forwards and his tongue swept across his dry lips. patient-leather shoes. She saw the excitement rise within him as he greedily leant towards her.” She shouted pulling her foot away. .” Mandy snarled towards the man prostrate before her and glanced quickly at her watch. The woman hissed through those bright red lips. filthy animal. She had teased him enough and slowly moved her other foot within his reach allowing his nose to smell the scent of the leather and her silk fishnets. “Oh. “Praise indeed. from the tip of the toes to the bottom of her delicate calves. He felt the constraint of the handcuffs that locked his hands behind his bare back and pushed his tongue towards the shoe she presented to him. Laced. She heard him groan very gently and felt a little excited by the sound. “Clean my shoes with your tongue. This was too much she thought and so she allowed him to gently lick the sole of her shoe. “You are making my floor dirty and your dirt has made my shoes unclean.” The man said as she opened the door and stepped outside.” Mandy stood and walked to the door.” She said showing that she had been listening to every word between them.” She hissed softly. intently. teasing him with it. His breathing became laboured and intense. “You disgusting. very tightly laced she twisted them for his delight.” She replied softly. “That’s your lot. The man slowly swept his tongue up and down the black sole of her shoe. you filthy dog. The woman cracked the riding crop against the man’s back and he lowered his head instantly in obedience. “Yes Mistress?” He asked. Mistress?” The old man said. leaving a thin film of saliva in its wake. confidently down the shaft toward the pin-point tip. you dirty dog.” His piercing blue eyes examined her thin legs covered in rubber and then lingered over her black. “Lick the dirt from the soles of my shoes. She pulled them away and smiled. “Clean my shoes. then she’d have to get back downstairs and see if any other guests had arrived. She looked down again at her punter and tapped him on the head with her riding crop. his tongue vibrating just a little as his body filled with lusty hormones. His tongue furtively touched the tip of her toes and slowly ran down the side of the heel. “Now the heel!” She whispered watching intently as his tongue slowly circled the base of her eight inch heels and then swept gradually. “Stop. She violently flicked the crop against his face and the man bit his tongue. You dog. sitting herself down upon the gimp box.” She whispered presenting the second tightly laced foot for his attention.” The woman smiled wickedly as she saw his tongue almost brush against the side of her sole which she kept just out of reach.“Yes.

that’s really groovy.” Jo replied opening another stick..” Jo hummed an agreement. in a small boutique.” “You can handle them.” Jo said opening the door and peering in.” Chapter 10 The following morning Mandy lay in bed in the white room as sunlight began to stream in through the crack in the curtain. She reached out and took her dressing gown from bed stand and pulled it over her shoulders as Jo closed the bed room door. Back there even other black people looked down on me and my momma.I got this down town here in L. It was going to be a hot day and she wondered if she had a top that would cover it and still be cool. She had woken with a dull throb in her left breast and upon inspection noticed that the bite she had got from Carter two nights ago was now a large and ugly bruise. she was a single parent see.” Jo giggled.” “Good.” Mandy said twisting the bottom of the stick and allowing the lip covering to emerge.” “It’s Biba…” Jo replied. “Good job.” “Gold. It’s blue in normal light but glows black in ultra-violet. I bet. “I find most white guys don’t know how to talk to black people in this town. I’m all for civil rights but I don’t want to be discussing it when I’m fucking my man.A. they’re all into acid there. “Wow.. . Don’t get me wrong. “…someone should tell the folks in the town where I was brought up. What was it he said. I went to a couple of parties and hung out but being a black chick can be a drag with all those white dudes. can I come in?” “Please. although…” Mandy paused and looked at her friend. “.” Mandy replied with a smile.” “I guess you know all about that?” “What trips?” Jo replied wide eyed. before I break my ankle. Back there if you are black you’re treated worse than a dog.. “I’ve brought the lipsticks I was telling you about. She came and sat on the bed.“I must get these heels off.. they’re butter in your hands.that’s a really cool shop in London. There was a small tap on her door and she sat up in bed covering the breast. a friend sent it from London. I’ll be in my room.” “What colour is that one?” “It’s freaky man. yha.” “You got it. I bet they have never even heard of Dr King. “Look at this one. You know what I mean sister? It was cool hearing Dr King speaking to all those people in Washington last March.. “I’ve seen you with the white dudes that come here. they either think you’ve just come off the cotton plantation or that you’re on some civil rights trip. “Who is it?” “Only me. man..” “I wish. “A friend of mine hangs out with the Grateful Dead in their house.” Mandy laughed. that was some speech. “.” Sam said as she stumbled down the hall. I believe we’re all created equal in the eyes of God. It’s really trippy. that don’t sit well with church people.

“She’s going to batter you’re asses if you don’t stop. Velta had her hair between her fingers and both women rolled across the floor forcing Liz to jump out the way. “Right.” Liz said trying to split the pair.” Mandy replied cagily. “Look what you bitches done now. “I been an told Miss Sammy and she’s mad as hell getting her out of bed this early. “The one Johnny bought for me.” Jayne shouted pulling Velta’s hair.” “Oh. “There’s nothing to say.” Mandy said with a cool smile.” . “You’re the only person I’ve seen get close to her in the whole time I been here. “Go back to your rooms and I’ll deal with you later. “I guess. “What the fuck is going on here?” “She’s taken my bracelet. barbi-doll nightdress and pink furry slippers.” Sam shouted pulling both girls apart by the hair. and the less I have to fuck the better. “I haven’t got your stupid bracelet.” “Let me go…” Velta screamed scratching Jayne’s face.” Mandy got off the bed and crept to the door. I want this house searched from top to bottom. Liz. “Enough!” Sam screamed throwing both girls against opposite sides of the hall. Both women looked at each other and smirked behind the door at the incongruity of the vision in pink.” Liz shouted holding her eye. Both women opened it a little and peered outside to find Velta and Jayne rolling about on the floor just outside. you fucking whores. “If I wanted jewels I’d at least make sure they were real.” “Have you?” Sam demanded to know pushing her face into Velta’s. “Give it back to me.“You and Samantha are getting along.” “They were real. Now stop your bitching and go to your rooms.” Jayne screamed. let me listen.” Jo laughed prodding her friend with a long manicured fingernail. they hate each other. shit.” Jo said after a pause.” Just at that moment Liz appeared and she also started screaming. “Why would I touch that cheap trash? Velta shouted as she tried to kick out at Jayne. “You fucking bitch. spill the beans.” “Give it back!” Jayne screamed. “It’s Velta and Jayne. Velta’s hand pulled a lump of hair from Jayne’s head and her fist caught Liz square in the face on the recoil. “Ah. Eventually Sam appeared dressed in a pink chiffon. Suddenly there was a loud commotion in the hall outside the door and both women looked at each other.” “But you are working in that room upstairs?” “It’s just work. Mandy gave a shrug hearing a loud bang and more screaming. Jo stood and went to the door. She’s taken it from my room and I want it back.” Jayne shouted kicking out at Velta.” Then Mandy and Jo heard a rumbling sound that came closer and closer.” “Yes Miss.” “Come on.” Liz said still holding her eye.” “We have an understanding.

“But something else has come up.“Haven’t you two got anything better to do?” Sam said towards Jo and Mandy as she spied them peering from the door. “He was shot. “Put down what you doing. “How?” Jo whispered. The TV burst into life. She was banging on every door as she went.V on the bar.” Ruby said as Sam placed the T.” “Oh. The shooting happened as the President’s motorcade drove through Dee lie Plaza in the centre of Dallas earlier today and as we have just heard.” Mandy replied. “We’re not sure.” Liz shouted through the door. “A date that will live on forever. my God!” Roma shrieked. President Kennedy. She looked away as Velta walked into the room. “I was going to give you lot a right mouthful. once again. that President John F Kennedy is dead. Ruby looked for a electrical socket and pushed the plug into it. we can confirm. Carol followed her and Roma came after her. Sam was carrying a large television set while Ruby carried the wires and plug and Liz the aerial. Walter Cronkite sat behind a desk solemnly and removed his thick framed eye glasses before addressing the television audience. “Everyone into the lounge!” Liz called as she made her way through the house a little later in the morning. . Jayne was already there looking very angry and sporting a large scratch across her face.” Jo said looking at Mandy who had now dressed and was trying on the make-up Jo had brought. “What is it?” Roma asked as she walked past the two women. Miss Ruby wants ya’all. the thirty fifth president of the united states. “Friday November 22 1963…” he said in an even and flat tone which had an element of suppressed emotion.” Liz held up the TV aerial and the black and white picture lost its fuzzy lines. “Can you make your way to the bar.” Ruby announced to no-one in particular. “We’ll shortly cross to Dallas once again to hear about the condition of Governor Connelly who was also injured in this incident.” A shriek rang out in the room and Carol burst into tears while the other women examined the screen in silence.” Jo and Mandy stepped to the door and opened it in time to see a bruised Velta walk past. “It must be about what happened earlier…” She said as Liz banged on her door again. They both withdrew into Mandy’s room and closed the door before collapsing on the floor in a fit of laughter. “It’s not ten am yet. died of his injuries a few moments ago. The door flew open and Sam entered followed by Ruby and Liz. The women walked down the stairs and entered the bar. The group of women sat in silence for a few moments before hearing a bang and a crash.

Now.” Liz said.” Carol whispered.” “They probably killed him because of that. “I’ve just about had enough of this. It could be them who have killed him. “Can I put this aerial down now?” “Yes. That’s how it should be everywhere.” “No it wasn’t. “Don’t you think we have more important things to worry about?” “It may not seem important to you.” Ruby said looking across to Liz. “I don’t think so. Now they’ve killed him for it.” Carol said under her breath. “You fucking bitch!” Jayne shouted.” “While you all here. Kennedy was actually in dialogue with Martin Luther King and trying to push through laws that would protect us. “This country is at war in Vietnam. “That was 18 caret gold and it was brought by someone who I care about. it’s more likely to have something to do with the Cubans. “Go and have a look in every room and see if you can find it. “Can we talk about the thief who stole my bracelet now?” “Do we have to?” Carol replied raising her eyebrows.” Jo whispered. “Who needs civil rights legislation?” Ruby said looking around at the women. We have all their refugees turning up in boats wanting to stay here…” “It’s probable some nut. “In this house everyone has civil rights no matter who they are.” Carol said looking at Sam wide eyed. “That’s a good idea.“There goes the civil rights movement. “It was only a bit of cheep tat. “It’s little Miss Gold finger here.” The room fell silent before Liz looked up and shouted. turn it off. “Outside this house black people are treated like crapola. is it?” Jo replied. the Viet Cong.” Liz nodded and left the room.” “Someone who’s money you care about.” “Don’t forget.” “It’s not though.” Ruby said as Sam flicked the switch on the television and the picture disappeared into a small white dot in the centre of the screen.” Jayne said loudly. “You’re only jealous. Remember we have just got over the missile crisis. “But it’s important to me.” Sam said loudly.” “Stop it. “He was going to support it and now he’s dead. understand?” “It’s not me.” “The Vietnamese?” Carol laughed. you two!” Sam said slamming her hand down on the bar.” “I don’t know why. . “This country has too many guns and some nutcase has probably got a hard-on over something stupid and decided to wipe Kennedy out because of it. I’ll go and look.” Roma said in her thick European brogue.” Mandy replied. if you can’t work together then you must both go.” Jayne sneered. They hung their heads and frowned thinking about the news they’d heard until Jayne said bluntly.

” Sam interjected. sipped from a long glass of ice and whiskey that Sam topped up occasionally. unable to stand the tension for a moment longer. avoiding contact with Velta in case it should lead to another confrontation. “Let’s just play nice till we hear if Liz finds anything. someone’s head is going to roll. Looking down towards where Velta was sitting.” The minutes passed slowly as the old. It sparkled in the light from the low lamps and all the women stared at it as the chain swung from Liz’s thin fingers. Velta stared ahead with a stern frown etched upon her over made-up face. down the road and out of here. Roma filed at her fingernails with a long emery board. admit it. “Did she. Jayne stood and clutched her hands under her breast. It will roll all the way down the front path. The room heated up and the atmosphere grew thick and heavy while the small group contemplate the outcome.” “I didn’t…” Velta protested shaking her head from side to side. That room which normally appeared bright and airy felt hot and oppressive. “I want you all to know that one thing I can’t abide is a thief.” Velta said picking a magazine up from a nearby rack and reading it. Every now and then this fact would be given away as she peered up suspiciously. As the clock in the hall chimed the five o’clock the door opened sharply. at the bar. Carol read another magazine although her concentration was poor.“In the meantime. Jayne’s eyes darted here and there. indeed?” Velta sneered. “Where was it?” Sam said as Liz pulled the long gold chain from a pocket in her apron. at last. If that bracelet is found in any room it shouldn’t be in. Each woman sat on the edge of her seat as Liz looked from eye to eye. go on. “Well?” Sam asked. her gaze met Sam’s.” Liz replied turning to look at Jayne. Mandy realised that the people made it so and that it was a room that could feel cheery or dull dependent on the people congregating within it. “Did you find anything?” “Yes. grand clock in the hall.” “I found it…” Liz smiled looking about the room. “Where was it?” Ruby asked loudly causing a frightening silence to descend upon the room “Stop playing and tell us. “You’ve found it?” She asked with a breathless sigh. Liz entered with a half frown. “Guess?” Liz smiled. “Velta had it?” Jayne said with a smug tone in her voice. Mandy and Jo sat together opposite Ruby who. her face turned into a wicked grimace.” Ruby continued.” “Good. When. face to face. half scowl etched upon her lined and sharp-featured face. The seconds became minutes and the minutes became hours. “Didn’t she. The tension was palpable. “Enough!” Sam said firmly. ticked by every second. “In…” “Well?” Jayne said expectantly.”You got that Velta?” “She’s probably sold it. she .

“Velta.” Chapter 11 At 9.” Ruby answered. the deep and dark shadows of his paranoia? A madman with a knife could be hidden under a table or a policeman with a gun.” Jayne replied looking around to face Velta. “Jayne. “Velta.” She opened the door and left the room cursing under her breath. you owe Velta an apology. all the action and occupants were taken in with a sweeping.” Liz replied shaking her head.30pm Carter walked into the dimly lit bar. “That’s it ladies.” Liz said to Ruby as she passed the chain to Jayne. She looked around the room at the other girls while they in turn looked towards Ruby and Sam for guidance. sat behind a sofa. no drug squad or drug rip offs. What lurked in the shadows. “We will still be opening those doors in an hour or so. diamonds on black silk. “I looked in your room last after checking everywhere else. Jayne understood this look at once and guessed it was wise not to ignore it. Painful past experiences had taught him how to read a room.” “Or when a punter ripped her clothes off. The words catching in her throat like poison.” Sam said clapping her hands together. “I looked in there and saw it attached to your jersey sleeve. if you have it. Carter assured himself that only one madman was in that room at that particular moment and he was it. how does that sound?” “Classy.” “And the rest.” Velta sneered. Get yourself ready and wear something respectable. It sat in the palm of her hand and caught the light in every facet.” “Yes?” Jayne remarked holding her hand out. “Very classy. “Get your facts right next time. possible for threats. nothing.” Jayne said with a sniff. I am sorry for accusing you. “Ladies!” Sam said walking to address the women in front of the bar. . The eyes were searching.” Velta announced standing on her feet and heading to the door. “In your laundry basket. perhaps. “The laundry basket in her room.” “What?” Jayne protested reaching out for the chain. “Jayne!” Ruby said with a firm voice and sharp look. “…the laundry basket. suspicious glance from a tilted head.” Liz smiled.” Sam answered with what passed for a smile in her litany of scowls.” Sam said prodding the young woman with her index finger.flicked the chain into a small pile of sparkling gold. honey.” “That’s right. Wearing a pale blue suit and fedora hat he stood like a ghost for a moment in the doorway. he could now relax.” “I owe that bitch. Like a cockroach he scuttled across the room to the bar. must have caught it taking the jersey off.” “Will black do?” Roma asked softly. “Black will be fine. how to work people out in an instant and tonight he was reassured that no threats existed. possible dangers or impossible menace. “Okay. and I’m sorry for hitting you. “Where was it?” “It was in your basket. “I’ll wear my mourning jewellery. Those cold. black eyes considered what was going on in the room.

I most certainly must have been because the only virtue I was taught as a child was that to be dressed was itself decent and whether you are decently dressed or not was beside the point. “Good evening. dear ladies. pleasant evening on a bad day?” “Evening!” Sam replied with no hint of emotion in her voice. “What would you like?” “Hmmm.” Ruby laughed girlishly throwing him a confused look. “Whiskey chaser.” He replied rubbing his nose with his index finger while staring into Ruby’s eyes. good enough to eat. Just carry on as if I wasn’t here.” Carter announced bowing humbly towards the room. A telepathic message that she could just about make out..” Carter replied taking a deep breath and facing her “I am truly flattered. the only outward sign of his bombed out status.or should I say.” “For MERCY!” he shouted as the whiskey chaser was placed in his fist.. he was fucking her brain with his thoughts. “Such a nice girl.. Mr Carter. Incest and Lies?” “Oh.” “Most certainly Madame. one has to be born with it. “.” The others in the room knew that when this man asked them to do something it would be better for them to do it. “You are a card.” He said softly.. “.you look wonderful tonight. “Why Carter.” “Oh. . “I didn’t mean to raise my voice.” He hissed in his clipped British accent. “Sorry everyone. She opened a bottle of beer from the bar and took a swig from the bottle. The bar room fell into silence and everyone turned to look in their direction making Mandy feel distinctly uncomfortable. even though it was subtle and oblique. He looked dangerous. Insanity. Mr Carter. “Tonight I’m going to eat your cunt till you cry for mercy. The question was loaded with innuendo and accompanied with that look in his eyes it could have been an invitation to murder..” Carter replied drinking Mandy in with his eyes. Is it not strange that a rather well then less known writer once observed that one can not acquire style. Like diamonds glittering on black velvet those eyes sparkled at her unnaturally.” “Thank you Madame. even from a distance.” Ruby drooled as she joined them clutching the bar for support.” He leant forwards and whispered in her ear out of earshot of everyone else. Mandy thought Carter was sending her messages through the ether..I’m sure you are trying to embarrass me. He raised two fingers to the brim of his fedora to acknowledge them before sliding across the room to join them. “.” She giggled.” He hissed licking his lips slowly with that thin red tongue.... every inch a sophisticated gentleman. my dear. She gave him a coy look and saw it reflected back in those huge black pupils of his.He caught sight of Mandy and Sam standing under a pale red light on the other side of the L shaped bar. Sam looked at Liz who had heard the order and went off to pour a whiskey into a short glass for him.. “What would you like?” he asked Mandy. “You look... But what else could be expected from a family whose motto was Sodomy.

” He smiled showing a full set of white teeth. “Your honesty belittles me madam.” Carter shouted after her but the old woman could only turn her head and wave benignly. I need a pick me up. “Lighten up girl. He poured three white tablets into the palm of his hand and threw two into his mouth. “. “Kennedy’s death has got everyone uptight. Mandy gulped back the last of her drink and looked about quickly. “I just send up the old bag because she’s making so much ciggy and chocci dough on your backsides. . The bitterness almost made her throw up immediately but then she relished the sensation on her tongue.” She laughed..” Mandy replied closing her eyes and opening her mouth slightly. while sitting upon it.look at the size of that arse..” With that he removed a small pill bottle from his jacket pocket and flipped the lid off.” “Are you as two faced with everyone?” Mandy asked seriously.” “Thank you. and all that stuff with Cuba was worrying. She felt the pill pop in and she closed her mouth to suck on it.. the Beatles..” Carter replied firmly.. “. a stunning starlet whose glowing radiance outshines even the brightest sunburst. You are positive purity and…” “Pissed as a judge. rocking the USSR.” “You are right. It felt like her ears had become blocked and sounds were dampened.“And you my dear. I was disappointed that the War in Vietnam has gone on so long. are a picture of beauty. “Shall we proceed?” Carter suggested placing his empty glass on the bar and smiling moodily.” He said to Mandy as soon as she was out of earshot. Still. “Fancy one?” “Go on.. she felt dizzy momentarily and her vision blurred. As they climbed the staircase leading to the top of the house Mandy felt a strange numbness overcome her. Sorry for not being sensitive to your loss.but not so pissed to be outdone by a little course flattery. filled in the spaces between his words and gave his voice a sing-song tone.” Carter said after a long pause. A women could only grow such an appendage by spending every hour God sends eating chocolate and smoking.” Mandy replied. Mandy laughed aloud watching the woman turn on her heels and head back to her stool on the end of the bar. Perhaps I’m too cynical but I know one thing. “Silly old cow. The music in the background phased in and out of the conversation. “I’m only having a laugh.” “But at whose expense?” she sniffed.” Ruby interjected with a giggle. Mandy gave her a nod and gestured for Carter to lead the way. a vision of voluptuousness. “I shouldn’t be so flippant. “I didn’t know much about him but he was young and he said the right things. Everyone was busy in their own little groups except for Sam who was just looking at her and Carter. I thought he was doing the best he can.

from hell to high heaven and beyond. “Are you okay?” Carter said passing in and out of focus. in unison. Mandy felt detached and cocooned from what was going on. in time as if dancing to a unheard tempo they marched towards destiny. Like an outsider. the huge polished black door that was the access to a dreamland or just a place of nightmares. That door could have been a coffin lid. it was wrapped up in a shroud of tension. Mandy moaned softly and turned upon her side. A smile of tormented agony etched like a mask on her face. was she ready for what he had in store for her. It was claustrophobic and tense. She was curled up on the bed like a twisted rag doll curled around the duvet and pillows that kept most of the light from her sleepy eyes. There. They climbed like animal savages. a hunting party in quest of themselves. in a graveyard of lost souls. The apprehension was growing inside her whole body making her shake violently. victims of Inca blood sacrifice. she sat up. higher into the void. “Dizzy. inexperienced and shy. Upon her sacrifice she would rise again. his eyes flash with fire and fury. lay a grave. a gradual feeling of being suffocated with a wet blanket.” She replied holding tightly to the stair rail. an experienced Angel of Death. towards the inevitable slice of the dagger. Then. the mother of whores whose abominations marked her forehead. black and empty called her on. Leading her. A thick stream of translucent sun light beamed through a crack in the curtain and stretched across the room like a laser. did she really sign up for this? What great illusion the night held. Then it was baring down upon them. turning again in a restless half-sleep. she was looking through a spy-hole into the private world of strangers. climbing the steps to the temple at the top of the world where a ceremonial dagger waited in the hands of the Prince of death. again she moaned almost a whimper. a puzzle in an enigma. she thought. The staircase went on forever. because beyond it. Carter. The small red lamps that protruded from the walls burned too dimly for their purpose. yet she climbed higher into the dark shadows. at the foot of a bloodstained altar he stood dressed in Bird of Paradise feathers. When at last they reached the top of the stairs the hall seemed colder than usual. with a wincing gasp. those savage eyes turned all to stone that dare look into them. toward passion. Mandy was alone in the plump white bedding in that white room which she had made her own. His cold marble eyes. Mystery. She was marching at the helm of a party of savages towards oblivion. They walked further. toward the fleeting swoop of the priest’s dagger and the rescue of her still beating heart. Behind him walks death’s sickly friend. She shivered slightly and wondered. toward desolation. .A vague sensation of apprehension came over her and each step was filled with a mounting dread. It was all she could say although Mandy wanted to say much more the words could not form in her mouth.

“Ouch, that smarts.” Mandy whispered to herself as she rubbed sleepily the bruise on her
breast. She dragged her exhausted body off the bed and sat at the dressing table opposite the
large mirror that sat on its top.

Mandy examined the bruise he’d given her, it resembled exactly the one on her other breast
and when she looked closely she could see the teeth marks that fitted his smile perfectly, even
down to the gap between his two front teeth. A screwed up smile swept across her face as she
remembered getting that bite during the previous evening.

She went through her drawers and pulled out a thick black bra that covered her breasts
modestly and looked in the mirror again; it covered the bruises completely. Getting up she
pulled back the curtains and flooded the room in electric white light.

A bead of sweat ran down her forehead and onto her lips tasting salty on her tongue. Picking
up a brush as Mandy began to comb her thick curly hair as she heard a slight tapping on the
door.
“Who could that be?” she whispered looking towards the door. The gentle tapping came
again.
“I’m coming.” Mandy called; approaching the door.

“Hi!” Carol smiled as Mandy pulled the door to one side. Carol walked past her and into the
room giving its contents a casual inspection.
“I wondered if you’d be up.”

“It is early.” Mandy replied looking for her dressing gown briefly and pulling it on. “Is there
anything I can do for you?”
“Oh...” Carol smiled limply. “...I just thought I’d knock to see if you were still alive.”
“You’ve been listening to Velta too much.” Mandy said sarcastically and she began to apply
some thick mascara.
“I don’t think so.” Carol replied sitting upon the bed and looking around the room.
“Me and Velta don’t talk.”

Mandy continued to build up her already excessive mascara and looked at Carol’s reflection
in the mirror.
“If you not talking about the bullshit Velta’s been coming out with, what exactly do you
mean?”
“You know.” Carol smiled. Her eyes were glassy and hard and her expression void of feeling.
“I heard the sounds coming from upstairs last night.”
“You did?” Mandy said cautiously.

“I’m just concerned, that’s all, you’re so young and pretty. I just don’t want you to take any
un-necessary risks.”
“Look honey.” Mandy replied as she applied some of the pale pink lipstick Jo had given her.
“Don’t you worry your pretty little head about me; I’m a big girl now.”

“I don’t want to gossip but…” Carol said softly.
“If you don’t want to gossip…” Mandy interjected. “...Don’t!”
“But I worry about you.” Carol sighed.
“Thank you for the concern.” Mandy said turning to face her. “But don’t waste it on me, after
all, we don’t even know each other, do we?”

Carol was silent for a while as Mandy continued to apply her makeup.
“We may not know each other well, yet.” Carol said thoughtfully. “But I like you and thought
that perhaps we could become good friends. Especially as you have to work up in that room
now, with…” she paused and lowered her breath before saying softly.
“...Sam and that Carter fellow.”

“Look Honey.” Mandy said with a slight irritation in her tone. “Carol, I appreciate the
concern and all that, I really do. But I am okay and there’s no reason for you to worry. It’s
not like I’m being forced to do anything I don’t want to do.”
“Sure.” Carol said with a small frown before adding. “Just be careful babes. Please; you don’t
know what he’s capable of.”
The door opened suddenly without a knock and a mop of damp blond hair appeared closely
followed by Jayne’s face.

“Is Carol in here?” Jayne mumbled. She saw Carol sitting on the bed and her eyes darted
towards Mandy who was turning away from the mirror to see who had come into the room.
Jayne threw Mandy a cold glance and turned to face Carol. Are you coming, or what?” she
demanded with a icy tone.

“Didn’t you learn to knock before entering a room? Mandy said to no one in particular. “Or
were you brought up in a barn.”
Jayne did not reply she just threw Mandy a colder glance and said.
“Come on…” Before sniffing. “...unless you want to talk to this dumb nigger.”

“What did you say, bitch?” Mandy said rising from her chair. Carol also stood and rushed
towards the door.
“It’s time that I went...” She said giving Mandy a smile. “...It’s been great talking to you.”
“You don’t have to go.” Mandy replied looking at Jayne intently. “Not if you don’t want to.”
“Fuck that black bitch.” Jayne snarled.

“Why you…” Mandy screamed throwing herself towards the door. Carol stood in her path
and pushed Jayne out of the room before gritting her teeth and nodding goodbye.
“Take no notice…” Carol said softly as she left the room
“She’s like it with everyone.”

Mandy was fuming with anger and kicked the door closed behind them. She had decided a
long time ago that if she ever got called a black bitch the comment would be written in her
imaginary book of revenge.

Beside it would be added the perpetrator’s name and what torturous activity awaited them in
the not to distant future. It could be consistent rudeness, occasional sabotage of food or
clothing. Pins stuck in fruit and razor blades in soap were other ideas she would furnish that
torture chamber that she constructed in her imagination.
Mandy sat at the dressing table and cursed under her breath.
“Black bitch, eh....” She whispered. “...I’ll show that white trash what sort of black bitch I
can be.”

She snapped the eyebrow pencil she was holding in two accidentally. Shaking her head
Mandy did what she could to her brow with what was left of the pencil and got dressed. As

the Old clock in the hall struck One O’clock midday Mandy stepped slowly down the stairs
and secretly out the front door. The warm sun was at its apex in the afternoon sky and the
street shimmered in bright white light.

The avenue sweated in the heat and a woman pushed a small child in a buggy along the
sidewalk as Mandy closed the gate behind her.
“Afternoon.” The woman smiled. Mandy nodded and smiled back. Pulling her shoulders back
she headed towards the main street.

Across the road a man glanced anxiously at his watch and tugged at his damp shirt collar. His
face was bloated and red in the midday sun. Cursing under his breath the man made his way
to the nearest telephone booth and sheltered from the blistering sun for a moment. Two lovers
walked past Mandy, hand in hand. The young girl sucked seductively on an ice-pole and the
boy placed his hand in the back pocket of her jeans.
“Fancy meeting you here?”

Mandy looked up and saw Max standing beside her. She smiled and greeted him in a
cautious, almost guilty tone that relayed her guilt about their last encounter.
“Max, how lovely to see you.”
“I thought you hated me.” He replied glancing at the floor briefly.
“Come on. I was at work.” She sighed referring to the way Sam had talked to him that
evening.
“I just do what I’m told in that house.”

“Yha, sorry.” He smiled. “Going my way?”
“I was so hot in my room; so I fancied a walk.”
“Well,” he bowed and stretched out a hand, “Lead the way, pretty lady. In fact, there’s a
small park nearby with a paddling pool.”
“Really?”
“If you could handle getting your feet wet, we could…”
“That sounds great.”

A few moments later they were splashing about in the park with a group of kids and a few
lost dogs. Everyone was cooling off in the hot sun and the splashes of water soon got into
Mandy’s thin dress making it cling to her slender body.

Max looked at her when her attention was elsewhere and took in the shape of her breasts and
butt with a lingering gaze. She turned and caught him staring.
“Does this look obscene?” she asked referring to the dress.
“It looks fantastic?” he replied with a smile.
“Obscene, but fantastic.”

After a while they sat on the grass and Max brought them both ice cream. it was while she
sucked on the cold cone of ice that he noticed the bruise under the neckline of her dress.
“How did you get that?”
“Oh, it’s nothing…”
“Mandy!” he replied loudly. Max leant closer and pulled the neckline down a little revealing
the bite marks clearly imprinted on her flesh in blue bruises.
“That’s not nothing. Who did this to you?”

Carol and Jayne were occupying one of the sofas while they entertained a fat Texan while Velta stood near the door with a middle aged Italian who was wearing a well cut suit.” she said pulling her top up and away from him.” He shouted after her.” “Sorry.. Please. “Tell that fucking bitch that I’m coming tonight. Thank you for the ice cream. “Are they new?” “I got them today.” Mandy whispered. brandy or a beer?” “I’ll have a lemonade. who was behind the bar serving drinks glanced over Mandy’s shoulder and snarled. Only Roma sat alone.” “Don’t be like that Mandy.” Liz asked impatiently. “I’ve got to go now. vodka. At six thirty she was sitting on a stool in the bar watching the fat punters arrive with their pocket books full of dough and their balls full of spunk. She looked at Sam quickly and was relieved to see that she was talking to Ruby quietly.” He snapped referring to Sam. babe.” Max said slamming a ten dollar note on the bar. “Don’t scrimp on the tequila. Order something nice. Liz.” “Max..” Max said running his fingers down the side of Mandy’s leather knee length boots. “We’ve been through this before.” Mandy smiled back. Hold off with the orange.” Max laughed tickling her gently..“No one Max.” “Do you want to make it as well Mister?” Liz replied sarcastically as she poured the tequila on top of the bright orange grenadine.” “Max. “I am coming tonight.” He said softly standing and taking her hand in his.” “Well don’t. lost in her thoughts.” Max smiled slipping up to the bar and joining her. Ruby sat at the bar on her usual stool and Sam lingered nearby. “Hi baby. I wish you didn’t have to work in that place with those freaks. “I love the kinky footwear.” Max looked at her go into the shimmering distance and kicked out at a tuff of grass in desperate frustration for messing it up again. Her friend was on her way up to the rooms with a man a little for the worse due to alcohol and she just whispered a howdy as they passed each other. Mandy had passed Jo as she entered the bar. Sam looked up cautiously. “Hay you. It’s a job and a job that I enjoy.” “She did it.“. keeping a secret eye on them both. something expensive. “Tequila for both of us.” she said firmly. He withdrew a wad of notes from his pocket. “Tonight I’m flush and tomorrow your tips jar will be showing a profit. “It’s nothing. Mandy looked at him and noticed that his loudness was probably an act to cover his nervousness. “What do you want..” “I’ll have a sunrise. “Come on.” “You enjoy being beaten and fucked.scotch.” she stood and looked down at him.” Max said as she turned and began to walk away.” she said pulling her hand away. “The fucking bitch.” . “Don’t ruin this afternoon. in the flea market. “I just worry about you. “I hope you hadn’t forgotten our date?” Mandy half smiled and looked towards Liz who was pursing her lips and giving Max the once over. That’s nice.” Max called to Liz.

Just like a movie star. “So?” Mandy asked. “I was stood up.. “.” Max said turning to face Mandy.” He flashed her a wide smile boyish smile and she realised just how young he was.” He said looking at the drink and placing the dollar in his pocket. I wanted to take her to see a movie with Marlon Brando in it. Can you believe that? There I was being nice and they thought I was going to rob her or something.” He said abruptly.” She laughed. Jesus. she was so gorgeous..” He paused for a while and played with the glass on the bar seemingly deep in thought. she had long black hair like yours and dark brown eyes that were so clear they were like pools of water. “But you are..” Liz placed four dollars in change by his empty glass and threw Max another snarl.” Max belched after gulping the drink Liz had served. did they give me a thrashing. “What happened.” “They were right there. you know. Not just boys and girls but colour. black and white. “If that had any tequila in it I’m a monkey’s uncle. She did not want to tell him that Mr Dog.. “They beat you up?” “They kicked my ass good.” “What?” she giggled. “So what happened?” “I eventually asked her to go on a date. another tequila sunrise. when I was at school. In those days schools around where I lived were segregated.” Mandy smiled sipping her drink slowly. shame. “You know.” “Come on. There I was standing outside the cinema all suited and booted. She went to a black girl’s school that was run by Baptists or something. It was the kind of information that Max would get angry about so she told a lie to save the aggravation of being truthful. there was this girl. the man she had whipped so expertly a couple of nights ago and bought them for her. Max had suddenly become quite morose and she started to feel very soft for him.” He said softly. Mandy reached out and touched his hand. you look so cool. “I tried to explain to my parents but they were horrified that I was interested in a black girl. They sent me to a psychiatrist like I was mentally defective.You know princess. One night I asked if I could carry her books home but her brothers thought I was giving her a hard time.. exquisite. Mandy took her hair from her eyes and looked at him while she tucked it behind her ear..” Max continued..“Fab.” She giggled with a soft smile.” He insisted as Liz left a dollar next to a glass full of orange liquid. “Shit.” “Oh. boy. “You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I had such a crush on that girl that I used to wait outside her school yard at lunch times just hoping that I’d get a small look at her. “When I was younger. “So did you see her again?” . did she show or what?” “No. “Give me another.

” “That’s why when I saw you…” He looked around and deep into her eyes. “Now you’re acting up to it. “I had no idea. “I didn’t mean to embarrass you or make you depressed. Ruby looked at Sam and raised her eyebrow and in that instant a whole conversation flowed between her and Sam.” “Well then.” “We come together. Do you understand now?” “Of course. “What the fuck do you want?” “She works with me.” “Really?” Mandy said wondering what happened.” Max growled. The other people in the bar heard his voice and looked around to see what the commotion was about. “We work the black room.” Mandy said softly but as she did so they heard Ruby clearing her throat above the sound of the music and they turned to see if she was okay. Both women knew each other so well that this one small gesture conveyed a message which they both understood.. “Apparently she was excited about meeting me and spent a long time getting ready for the night.” Mandy said softly. Max.” “It’s okay. . “Well you thought wrong. I thought you knew…” “You what?” he stuttered.” Max continued. now you’re talking.” He said firmly.” “Don’t get embarrassed. He looked up and saw her walking towards them. “She was on her way to see me when a truck hit her and killed her instantly.” “That’s what I like about you. Sam nodded back and turned to Mandy. “What’s going on here?” Sam stood next to Mandy and looked at him with that expression on her face that made others feel uncomfortable. that’s the saddest story I’ve ever heard. Anyway she rushed from the house so she wouldn’t be too late.” She replied. “You know how to put me in my place. He hardly noticed the quick look Mandy gave to Sam as she observed them from her corner. that’s cool with me but I’m paying for your company not hers. Feelings I thought I’d pushed deep inside me. “What’s the problem?” Sam hissed softly taking Max in that gaze. “Hay. “I’m so sorry.” “Max. “When I saw you all sorts of feelings came up. “If you’re in a different room.” Mandy replied standing and looking into his eyes. She looked about to see it they were being overheard. I was so shaken up by that I stayed away from girls for a while. feelings I couldn’t explain to you or anyone.“I saw her brother.” “No!” “Seriously.” Max laughed.” Max said perking up a little. hang on!” Max exclaimed loudly.” Max smiled and raised his eyebrows as if to say.” She giggled.. “So why didn’t she turn up?” “She was run over by a truck. “I guess we should go upstairs. “I thought that’s what you wanted?” Mandy said looking between Max and Sam in succession.” He said.” Mandy sighed with a faint nervous smile. “I mean.

show him the ropes on your own. “Just what is this place?” “The Black Room. the girls. “. Princess.” Max whispered as they climbed the last stairs. isn’t it?” “It’s where I work now. can you?” It was not a question.you mean peculiar clients.” Max threw her a bewildered glance and stood unsteadily to walk around the room examining every object and piece of furnishing like relics in a museum. forgotten. “Particular clients. don’t you? Perverts.” “What are you going on about?” Max asked with an astonished look on his face. I’m busy.. they’re all bloody perverted the guys into this shit. The smell of alcohol swept across the space between them and was almost intoxicating as it hit Mandy’s nose. “She acts all big but she’s just a pig ugly whore like everyone else in this shithole..“It’s okay. “Sam only wants to make sure we. “You were quite rude.. that’s what. “Now you have me all to yourself.” He said mimicking her. a thing. “Really Princess and don’t you ever doubt it. “Phew. “You are so much better than her. you can’t blame me for that.” Max whistled. eh babe? This is a torture chamber. are okay. “Somewhere that dreams can come true. “Well.” She replied placing a hand upon her bony hip and throwing back her head proudly.. He paused by a set of chains that hung from a hook in the ceiling and reached out to rattle them.” she smiled. Mandy tried to shush him and waved her hands bedside his face quickly. Mandy grabbed his arm and pulled him towards the last flight of stairs towards the hall outside the Black Room.” he said softly. I didn’t want her around me because she makes my skin crawl.” She said as they reached the landing. a creature.. what is she? What is SHE. Mandy raised her eyebrows with surprise as Sam left them and she turned to Max.” ... “I don’t need anyone to hold my dick.” “Fuck her.” Then she bent her lips up slightly in what could almost be a smile had it not been laced with menace. “. but only by Max.” She pulled him across the small landing and to the door of the Black Room and propped him up as the door swung open silently. it was a statement and it was made in a drunken rant that would be forgotten in the morning. “A place where dreams come true. “Beside.” Mandy reached out to Max as they climbed the stairs. If I wanted to fuck a pig ugly whore I’d gone to a fucking pig ugly whorehouse…” Max realised what he had said and started to laugh out loud.how about nightmares. “I mean a cheaper whorehouse…” Max laughed in a hush. “We provide a specialist service to particular clients who require more than just straight sex.” Max replied..” He slurred propping himself up on the banister.” She said anxiously. “Keep your voice down. that’s all.” Mandy replied leading him into the room and pushing him onto the gimp box.

I want to hold you in my arms and smell your hair in my nose. I worry about you. not as a gimp whore.... this is just a job Max.” He reached out and put his arms around Mandy’s shoulders and pulled her towards him gently. I didn’t mean to hurt you. that’s all. a role play.. Mandy.especially when it’s costing 40 dollars an hour.” she replied laying her head upon his shoulder. It’s just that I want you so badly.I can’t stand to see you doing this to yourself.” “I don’t play games.. I want to love you.Mandy looked at him without an expression and decided to carry on as if he were a normal Black Room customer.. She felt like such a fool to believe that he was actually interested in her. “Oh.” He said softly and she felt his breathing shudder gently and realised that he was weeping. feeling all the tension in her body leave her and they became so close it was like they were joined.how do you think it makes me feel?” “Look. “Proceed with what. you know. With that in mind she spoke firmly trying to sound as dominant as Sam had the first time Mandy had visited that room. I want to go to your old room and be intimate.” she sighed taking him by the arm and turning him to face her. He wasn’t interested in what she did or who she was. “I worry that I’ll lose you. ask yourself.” she sighed. it’s role play. It’s what I have chosen to do and I enjoy it. It felt safe in his arms and she let herself go.” she said feeling a warm tear fall down onto her shoulder. “Max.. “It’s work. “Max. “Jesus. “Shall we proceed?” “Proceed?” Max laughed as he did a bad impression of Mandy’s voice.” He replied..” “Please Max.” He snapped. what are you doing?” “Fuck you..” She explained trying to put the right words together so that he would understand it. “I want to be with you forever. “I was in character. “Fuck you. no-one forces me to do anything I don’t want to do. I want to feel your skin against mine.” “Don’t Max. “. It’s like dressing up. It was just about the sex and nothing else.” He sighed realising just what he had said and more importantly how it was interpreted.” Mandy let go of his arm and her whole manner changed as she realised that he was only interested in screwing her and going. not just a fucking playmate. “Please don’t do this to yourself..” He slurred before turning to make his way to the door. Mandy. are you weeping for me. .. or that girl who was run over?” “Don’t say that. do you want to chain me up and swing me from the ceiling?” “Shut up!” she said firmly.... “.” “You enjoy violence?” “It’s not violence. “I’m sorry. She shook her head and caught up with him. That thought made her feel very depressed. that’s all.” He replied pulling away and avoiding her gaze.” He said softly into her ear. “.

” she sighed pulling away from him.” “I don’t want the money. Mandy rubbed her fingers through his thick mop of hair and smiled gently. “And you just said.” “So I guess that means that we are through?” Max said quietly. thoughts and feelings that it felt like it was going to explode. If you can’t get your head around it you might as well walk right now. “It’s not too late to repair what we had.” “Yes?” He replied looking up at her.” He turned and was gone. the other way was awful. “You enjoyed it too. “We can stay and work things out. “I want you. didn’t you?” “Max. “You can get your money back from Ruby.” He replied standing and heading for the door. “It’s not about penetrative sex. “I want you like the first time we were together. all sex could be distasteful if it’s not your thing. you should be pleased that I’m doing this. “Why is that exactly?” “Because I’m not fucking anyone. “Where are you going?” “Home.” He spat at her with an air of desperation in his voice.” She said looking away from him and playing with the chains suspended from the ceiling.” “Max.” Max went quiet for a moment as he recollected that first night in the White Room. .” she replied walking to him.” “I live in Glendale. “It was awful. I’ll make sure she pays you. “If you want the truth I’ll give it to you. I might be a pervert in your eyes but hay.” she replied softly. “I’ve discovered that I can only really enjoy sex if it done like this. right. “Where’s home?” she said catching him on the landing. I enjoyed it.” she called after him. It had been a beautiful experience and all he wanted to do was go there once more. Our time can be different.” Max shook his head and walked back inside the room to take a seat on the rack. but if you want to do it then it has to be away from this fucking house. yha?” He sneered. “No Max. okay? It can be anything you want it to be. It was the first time that she had only herself to answer too. Mandy watching him disappear down the stairs and bit her lip thinking about what he had said.” He thought about her body and they way she had quivered in his hands as they made love.” “Not here. “Tell me and I’ll meet you away from here. “We had fun. we just don’t need all these props. He was deep in thought when she added.“Haven’t you ever heard of pleasure through pain? Anyway. His brain was so full of ideas.” He replied avoiding eye contact.” “Oh.” “You got me Max.” He shouted as he began that long and lonely descent down the stairs.” She paused and thought for a moment. It was nice having someone care about her but this was the first time in her life that she felt in control of things.

“Do you need a hand?” “No.” Mandy said. The long hot summer wore on and the steamy days seemed to last forever.” Velta replied pulling the man’s cheek and talking in a babyish voice.” “Come on buster. Why now.” Velta said kicking the door closed. Eh buster?” She held his chin and nodded the man’s head up and down. “Go and get yourself a drink. Many men wanted to use her but most were unwilling to be abused by her in that manner. She managed to keep her nightly quota of johns and Ruby was happy with the money this brought into her coffers. “What’s up. laughing like a carefree child.” Velta said as she squeezed past pulling the man behind her.Okay. the extra profits being passed on to Mandy. “We were going to use the splash room. Jo’s in the bar. when everything seemed to be going her way did a serious relationship come along that just wanted to take it away from her? It wasn’t fair. really. she thought? Why now. Each week Ruby would set up the desk in her private office and the girls would enter one by one to receive their wages.” Chapter 12. She had always been so abrupt before. “I will. Mandy would have done far more business if she was not solely attached to the Black Room. Ruby did not worry as those that were willing to play the adult games in that chamber paid highly for the privilege. she was working for Ruby but even that relationship wasn’t like anything she had experienced before. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down. “But I think he couldn’t hold it any longer. very bloated red-faced man who was obviously the worst for drink. did she really want a man interfering in it? For some reason she felt a tear roll down her face and she sat on the stairs. “Let Momma get those pants off.” Velta said nodding towards the man she was supporting. She pulled a face and stood to one side.” Mandy replied pulling herself together and standing. Supported on her arm was a very fat. of course.” Mandy looked down and saw a wet patch on the man’s groin area. “Man trouble eh?” “Yes. babe?” Mandy looked up and found Velta looking down at her. “I’m okay?” Mandy lied.” “I will. The experience had made her grow up quickly and she liked being in charge of her own life. “We’re going to have a little clean up and Momma’s going to empty baby’s diaper then she’s going to empty his wallet for him. “I’m okay. Mandy became a much sought after commodity as the news of her stunning beauty spread through the grapevine. thanks. .” Mandy replied surprised that Velta had spoken to her in such a civil way.

madly in love with Ruby. He was in his late sixties. sat the elderly man who often accompanied her at the bar in the evenings. Beside Ruby. so Mandy had been told. Ruby liked the idea and so did the girls because they only had to dance rather than have sex with the punters. This was half her weekly pay and the other two hundred would go into an envelope and get posted off to her mother. in the spring of 1965. on her left hand side. Mandy was walking through the park one day near the observatory when she saw a telescope that had a slot to accept five-cent pieces. . well built and very wealthy. His name was McIntyre although they all called him Pops. He had used his powers to get her off the hook and keep her in business ever since and so she could run a business with impunity from the law. This part of the house had its own entrance and was open 24 hours a day with the girls taking turns to dance in the area surrounded by the cubicles. A punter could place a silver dollar in a slot and allowed to view a naked girl dancing on the other side of the shutter until their time ran out and they put more money in the slot. After this time a shutter would come down and more money would have to be deposited before the view could be seen again. This allowed her to deposit two hundred dollars a week into it. America’s first peep-show opened in the basement of Rose House. This payment allowed the viewer to look and see the view across the San Fernando valley for about three minutes. They were the original “Star Crossed Lovers”. This meant that while the rest of the house was quiet and the girls were sleeping money was still coming into Ruby’s bank account and into the girl’s pay packet. Pops had fought in the Second World War and had been given several medals for valour which he wore on special occasions. Christmas and Thanksgiving were two of these. He was a man who had known her since she was a young girl and had paid for her company since then. The dancers earned forty dollars a day and they worked a hour on and two hours off sharing the time with two other girls each day. After leaving the army Pops had become a high ranking police officer and it was in this role that he first met Ruby. The seating was always arranged by Ruby with the most important diners nearest her end of the table. He was. This gave Mandy an idea and on her return to the house she suggested to Ruby that the cellar be split into partitioned areas which could be fitted with shutters on a timer. Within weeks each cubicle was making between ten and fifty dollars a day.Mandy opened her first banking account and passed herself off as a beauty consultant. So. This was the only day of the year that the basement was locked up and the house opened later in the evening so the residents could come together for a lunch around a beautifully decorated table. As the year marched on and Thanksgiving came and went soon the feast of Christmas came around again.

She wore large silver rings on each of her delicate fingers and around her neck was a bright green jade neck-lace. Sitting directly opposite Carter. Mandy shimmered in a crimson and yellow taffeta gown that was decorated with a bright orchid. slim and exceptionally beautiful. as usual in black with a seasonal red ribbon holding her hair from her face. Jayne sat next to her and next Roma sat with a young man who was introduced as Edward. “Yes dear…” Carter laughed. Velta sat next to this setting and on her right was a young man with long black hair called Marlon. Each of his thick stubby fingers were decorated with ugly gold rings which caught the light as he shovelled huge forkfuls of food into his mouth.” . a friend of Jayne’s. She was tall. “Perhaps Santa’s got lost.. an endless stream of filth and fun.how very interesting. unless there are any children here that have been exceptionally good this year. the stones matched perfectly the green in her almond shaped eyes. “I wonder who that could be. “.. As the clock in the hall struck nine a loud knock echoed down the hall from the street door. Her head slumped forwards for most of the meal much to Ruby’s distaste and occasionally Carol mumbled something unintelligible. “. well dressed man in his fifties. Beside Sage sat a tall. dressed in a stiff black suit with a silk white shirt and tie..” He looked about the table and added. Carol took the seat to Mandy’s left and she was very drunk. If looks could kill Carol would have died the instant Ruby had first looked at her. she was busy at present serving the starters. On Sam’s right sat Carter. They both looked longingly into each other’s eyes for most of the meal and only joined in the conversation when the meat was being carved by Pops. fruit salad. Slightly overweight his jowl sagged slightly over the top of his shirt collar and his thinning hair was flecked with grey. This was a young Indian girl called Sage. He was drinking wine and made a point of holding the glass in such a way that the diamond ring that decorated his pinkie sparkled in the candle-light. For some reason unknown to Mandy the place setting next to her was unoccupied and she guessed that perhaps Liz was going to sit there for the main course..” Carol replied wiping fruit salad from her chin.Sam always sat on Ruby’s right hand side.” Ruby giggled looking around the room at the assembled guests. Mandy had never seen him before and he said very little except the occasional whisper to Velta. dressed. The next place setting was occupied by one of the new dancers from the peep-show. Everyone was listening to Carter’s repartee. He had been introduced earlier as Christos. Spending most of the day dancing kept her body in exceptional shape.. “Well. His wide mouth flashed those flashing white teeth as one jocular remark followed another. who’s been an exceptionally good child?” “I have. She didn’t notice a piece of chopped pear that was caught in her hair and it sagged there like an unconvincing decoration until her eye lids sagged again and she fell forwards mumbling something else.”Carter quipped..

“It’s done a bunk with the grapefruit. “Come on Tom. look at you.” Tom replied nodding towards Pops. face first. “Someone’s got a secret man. “With a good imagination.Tom Farley. “You old fox.. what have you been up to since we last met?” “He’s a very good story teller. “I hung up my Stetson years ago.” “It never crossed my mind. poor love.” Velta whispered to Marlon as Liz placed a huge joint of beef on the centre of the table. Another knock came from the street door and Liz disappeared to answer it.” Mandy screamed getting up from her seat and running around the table to hold him in her arms. She gasped with excitement as the man flung back the spray of flowers and threw her a wide smile. “If I did.” Liz said sternly pulling Carol’s head up from the table and removing the fruit salad from under it.” Mandy said guiding Tom Farley to the empty seat.” “Don’t take the piss.” “That’ll be the day.” “It’s not like that. “So I should take it all with a pinch of salt?” “Or a dollop of mustard. Mandy screwed her nose up wondering what was going on and she leant forwards as the man entered the room to a round of applause.” Jayne sneered.” . “I left a young country girl and you’ve turned into a city honey.” Tom said adjusting himself into his seat.” Pops replied. halfway between joy and foreboding. “I thought the place setting was for Liz. “Why is that?” Ruby asked as Pops began to carve the joint.” She remarked as she let go of Carol’s hair and the girl’s head banged down hard on to the table.The whole group laughed as he pulled a face at the woman.” “I can’t tell you anything about what I’ve been up to. “Oooh.” Liz huffed collecting the first course dishes. mister. “She’s looking for the pineapple. what a difference. As Mandy had got used to Liz’s array of strange grimaces she did not find this unusual. “The sheriff there would want to run me out of town.” “Oh yha?” Marlon whispered.” “The ex-sheriff. “I believe our mystery guest has arrived. “Ladies and Gentlemen.” Mandy stuttered.. “Who else gonna skivvy around you folks if it ain’t me?” “Or even…” Mandy started to say before deciding to keep that thought to herself. “My point exactly.” “Look at you babe. “. Wow. “I give you…” Ruby said proudly.” he replied smiling broadly.” Liz entered the room again and threw Mandy strange look.” Carter announced poking around in his starter.” Carter replied with a bow.” “Tom.” Ruby announced hearing the street door close and the sound of footfalls approaching. “There ain’t no pineapple. The door opened wider and a tall hunk of a man entered holding a bouquet of roses that hid his face.

“Who is your friend?” “This is Mr Cristos. “I don’t like game poultry.” Carter laughed. You gotta love those beef flaps. please?” This was all she could muster before her head dropped onto the table once more. I can’t stand rudeness in any form especially when it comes from someone who should know better. Carter. His eyes darted across the table toward Velta who smiled and nodded in his direction. He looked across the table and snorted loudly before saying firmly. “.” Carter heard this and thought he’d have some fun so he reached out his foot and gently stroked the inside of Farley’s leg in a direction that he’d believe was coming from Jayne.” Jayne asked as she poured gravy over her food. and at the end of the journey I pointed her in this direction.” He replied looking at Velta anxiously.” “I love going Greek. I’m fine. “YES!” Cristos replied with a shock.” Farley coughed. .” “I’d love to eat something Greek.” “Are you okay?” Sage asked her friend.” He paused as Liz piled his plate with roast potato’s and green vegetables. “I’ve heard Greek food is wonderful. smiling like a mischievous child bent his leg to touch Cristos on the ankle.” Velta replied with a lusty smile.” “We’re famous for our FOOD!” he shrieked as Carter stroked the inside of his leg..” Sage replied looking around the table. She was watching Tom Farley with a distinctly cool air as if she expected trouble.” “Mr Farley.” “Swan?” Carol mumbled trying to lift her head from the table.” “Oh.” “How nice. “I don’t know about that young lady. “Although my family are originally Greek.” Tom continued. Tom reached out and took Mandy’s hand in his and squeezed it tenderly. Sam shot him a sharp look and he looked down at his food trying not to laugh.” Farley coughed. “Well I would have just driven straight on if I saw your sour face at the side of the road. “Hmm. “Now you’re going to get stuck into some beef flaps.” Carter sighed.The table exploded with laughter but through her laughter Mandy looked across the table and saw that Sam’s face was icy and her expression harder than usual. can I have the beef.just to give that little duckling a lift down the road. “I pulled my truck over. “One big happy family. Pops placed some sliced beef on the plate and Tom poured over it some thick brown sauce. On the way we had some good old tender love.” “Sage?” Velta asked passing the vegetables along the table. “Do you always fuck your hitch-hikers or only the black ones?” “Hmm. “He’s a very good friend of mine.” “Are you local?” Velta asked the fat man as he stuffed food into his mouth. “The food you know.. “All I have to say is that a couple of years ago I was driving a truck load of whiskey across the country when just outside Carolina I spotted an ugly duckling at the side of the road. “So you’ve stuffed your goose?” Carter laughed. “Fine.” Jayne replied. Now that little duckling has grown into the most beautiful swan I’ve ever seen. “There I was thinking we were getting on so well.

oh.” Sage replied as Carter reached out and touched Farley’s thigh. “Perhaps later. Farley took a small box from his inside pocket and passed it to Mandy. someone shut her up. “You shouldn’t have. it makes your fingers go green.” “Happy Christmas. “. “Farley said to no one in particular then throwing Jayne a freezing grimace he turned to Mandy and smiled.” She smiled. no. and Ruby. “It’s beautiful. I have a bank account.” She replied.” The old man replied.” He replied leaving the table and exiting the room in a fit of laughter. good. “. “Would anyone like some of this?” Edward asked holding up a bowel of sprouts. “You could have seen my show. just like my Baby. she opened the wrapping and looked at the small gold ring that lay inside.. “Last night I was in a hotel not far from here. anything else you’d like?” Edward asked with a smile. “Is it desert time?” Carol asked lifting her head off the table and letting everyone see a potato stuck firmly to her forehead.” “It’s not rolled gold.” . “Here you are. I don’t suppose that would notice on black skin.” Tom smiled leering at the girl across the table thinking it had been her playing secretly with his foot. I love surprises.” She sighed. I have a surprise.” Jayne snorted. “Perhaps later.” Tom replied between gulps of meat.I’m no longer a naive country girl who don’t know anything. Tom...“Have you travelled far?” Sage asked Tom across the table.It’s eighteen caret gold. “No. “Over here please.. Carter smiled to himself and stretched his foot over to Marlon’s crutch. “Well. “Oh.I can’t wear it.” “Really.” Marlon replied rubbing Carter’s foot in return..” He smiled.” “So will I.” Marlon replied. “Go on try it on.” Ruby cursed as Liz stepped up behind the woman and pushed her face back down into the table cloth..” “That’s a shame.” Mandy did as she was told and looked at the ring with amazement..” Ruby cooed. “Excuse me.. I owe it all to you. “Oh.. which he could just about reach with his toe.. “Rolled gold. I have to visit the small room. how you been doing since I see you last?” “Oh. Marlon winked excitedly at Edward who looked down at his food and tried not to notice. “Am I missing something here?” Sam asked looking around the table. “Oh. “Are you okay?” Sam asked looking at him intently. Carter laughed under his breath and nearly choked on a piece of meat. The other’s looked across the table either expectantly or in fear of what would happen next. a wardrobe full of pretty dresses and some good friends.” Farley announced looking around at Mandy. “...” Carter pushed his foot into Farley’s groin as Sage replied “I’ll look forwards to that.

. “Just ignore her. “That’s really hit the spot.” Mandy replied with a scowl... I think it was. “Fuck you. “. just a little nose candy.” She sniffed.. asshole. “Let’s not talk about war. “So. “I was just having some brandy. “What’s that you’re up to?” Jayne said catching Carter in the bar. He held it up to Jayne’s nose and she sniffed it in with a loud suck... I hate the bitch personally.” “It’s from Burma.. Imagine.I was watching TV the other day and I saw a group of students. you and Little Miss Carolina are tight.” She said with a huff looking at the floor. “But I don’t agree with the indiscriminate bombing of civilians. it’s Christmas.” He said with a smile.. I’ve had enough. “She’s just jealous.. our boys are dying out there and these commie bastards are protesting about it.” “Dropping napalm will not make them think differently about the war. “Perhaps you’re jealous of the fact that she’s half your age and twice as pretty?” “You cunt. Why.. “.. nice-nice. we should pull out and let the chinks get on with it.” Farley said in a stone cold voice. “That’s the stuff.” Carter took a small paper wrap from his waistcoat pocket and a credit card which he used to take a small pile of white powder from the packet.” “What are you like?” Carter smiled...” She got up and left the table. yha?” Jayne said looking at Carter with a half smile.” “Do you know what.I gave Carol a toot earlier and it’s gone straight to her head.” “I support our boys. “I have some naughty. little teeth.. “It’s a way of grinding the population down.. “It’ll just make them think differently about us.Want a toot?” “I don’t like cocaine.” Jayne gagged.” he smiled gently.” “You’re wrong.” She spat.” Pops announced sipping his wine gracefully. “.” “Is that what she’s on.. a group of commie. “What else?” “Oh.” Jayne smiled.now you’re talking. “It’s all you ever hear about these days. a friend of mine brought it back after doing some reporting on the war. “. “What gives. long haired layabouts actually protesting about the war.. “Am I?” he smiled leaning forwards and whispering softly in Jayne’s ear.excuse me.” Pops added. Kent State.” She raised her glass and smiled broadly. “. hit me brother.” “You hate everyone...” “During the second world war we had to bomb civilians…” Pops replied before Ruby cut him short.” “You have to bomb civilians..” He replied flashing her those sharp. “Happy Christmas. getting them to think differently about the war.” . any more of this shit and I’m going to puke. “What’s up with her?” Farley asked watching the woman leave the room.” she said rubbing the side of her nose.” Carter replied.” She snarled.. everyone else does. Ruby doesn’t mind.” Edward said timidly.“Please..” “I’m sick of the bloody war. “. I bet you don’t even like yourself very much.” They all said raising their glasses.

“Of course. “You’re full of shit. No wonder you got attitude problems.” “You noticed?” Mandy laughed. she smiled broadly and raised a glass to him. “I’m working in the Black…” Farley’s hand slapped her cheek hard punctuating the word with a dull thud that echoed around the room and caught everyone’s attention.” Mandy smiled coyly.” She sniffed.” “Fuck you with tits on.” Sage remarked across the table. Am I right?” “No.” She shouted walking to the door.” He stuttered turning a puce colour with anger. only one pair of eyes watched and one pair of ears listened over the backdrop of chatter. “Not the red room. “You suggested the peep show downstairs and it’s earning loads of money?” “That’s right. Talking amongst themselves and being entertaining for their guests. “It must be the red room. “And thank you.” he sighed sipping from his glass again.” he smiled.” “So. baby. “To match your beautiful skin?” “Nope.” she shouted.” he smiled as she slammed the door behind her.” “That’s right. “No.” He said wide-eyed. “The same colour of your eyes?” “Nope. “You must be getting closer now.” “Well.” “I bet you can’t guess.” Mandy smiled.” “Then it’s the Brown Room?” he said with an air of satisfaction.” Tom said giving Ruby a wink.. “But it’s not the White Room. is that right?” Tom Farley asked with a chuckle.” “Oh. that being the colour of your underwear tonight. “It must be the Brown room because there’s only one room left and it can’t be that one. “Let me see.” “And you’re a middle aged slut with a face like a dried prune and a pussy like a bucket.” Farley said as his expression became confused. here’s the real Jayne talking.” “Well I hope Ruby there appreciates you good. “I suppose it must be the white room that matches your pure heart.” She smiled stroking his hand gently.“Oh. “Are you telling me you are working in That Black Room?” . “If it wasn’t for her. The others around the table were not paying too much attention to Mandy and Farley’s game. you’re a sweetie. “You’re telling me.” “The Green Room.” “That’s the thing with people like you.” “Well. “A man of my age sees things like that.” Mandy replied.” Farley said rubbing his chin.” she said softly.” She laughed.” he continued. “That you don’t have to work one of the rooms these days?” “Oh. “Please come again. “I still gotta earn my keep. “I’d still be earning a dollar an hour as a waitress in a diner.” Mandy replied sheepishly. “Does that mean.” Tom mused looking Mandy in the eyes. Sam was aware of the path this game was taking and all her senses were heightened because of it. “Let me guess what room you’re in.

” The others around the table looked amongst themselves awkwardly and pulled strained faces before their drunken conversations picked up again.” Ruby answered softly. “You disgust me. Mandy stood with tears in her eyes and ran after him but Ruby grabbed her arm. She was amazed by his reaction and looked speechlessly back at him. Ruby. “If I was ten years younger I’d knocked the bastard out. “You think I don’t know what goes on in that room?” Farley hissed towards Sam. “No!” Tom stuttered. perverted games. ask her yourself. You have corrupted this girl. Tom. Farley stood and threw his napkin across the table.” He shouted. she bit her lip and shook her head from side to side as her mind worked out what her reaction should be.” Farley said shaking his head. “Is it true you asked to work with that monster?” Mandy smiled softly and looked firstly at Sam. Christ. hear that? Jesus. “Jesus. H. “You put this young girl in the Black Room?” Farley demanded to know from Ruby. eh?” Sam laughed.” “Stop being so dramatic. she nodded gently. “Hang on fella.” Farley shouted breathlessly.” Sam replied nodding towards Liz as if to instruct her to see if Farley had left the building.” Pops said staunchly.” She said firmly. Only Sam wasn’t shocked and had secretly expected the reaction from Farley. “Well I do and it turns my stomach.” Chapter 13 . with that thing?” he threw a hard look at Sam.” Sam replied standing. placing her fists on the table and leering across at him.” He pulled on his jacket and walked out the door.” “What?” she said softly. Liz darted from the room as Ruby stood and placed Mandy’s head upon her shoulder. “Ask her. then around the table and then back at Farley. “Let him go. “I sent this girl here to be looked after by you.” She said motherly. “And you have abused her. she held her as a flood of tears came.” He whispered under his breath. “She’s sitting right next to you. “You all disgust me. Are you saying she asked to work in there with that. “I don’t believe it. so be it. “You have to let him go babe. “Let it out. another monster. “If she wants to play those sick.” Sam said loudly. let it all out. what would her mother say if she knew the perversions that go on in that room?” “Your swan has become a goose. “She asked to work there. he’ll destroy your confidence otherwise. “That’s it babe. “Go on laugh. “Fucking commie bastard. you’ve turned her into another freak.”” “Is this true?” he said turning to Mandy with tears welling up in his eyes. slamming his fist hard on the table.” Pops said knocking back a drink.The assembled company looked at the pair in shocked silence.” “It’s true. Go on fucker. corrupted her. but I want no part of it.

Those luscious green leaves and confusing sprays of fauna that filler her room with the most wonderful aroma of summer heat no matter the time of day. “Jesus. Miss Mandy. Looking at the bare tree branches Mandy frowned. Very sorry about what happened. she opened the envelope and removed the card. Then.” She made her way to the window and shielded her eyes from the daylight as she threw back the curtains. diluted heat and a poor impersonation of its usual self.” she said. It read. “But who has sent them?” “There’s a card here somewhere.” she moaned seeing her breath condensate into a white cloud. “Are they for me?” “Ain’t they beautiful?” Liz mumbled walking to the bed and laying the spray upon the sheets. “I’m decent. Mandy sat up and looked at the clock beside her bed for a long time.” She spat realising that she was shivering. “Here he is. I can’t stop thinking about you. The sun was shining but it was a thin. honey?” the maid said as she laid the second spray alongside the first and sucked in the scent through flared nostrils. having folded back the bed sheets she hurled herself in one leap from the bed and towards her dressing gown and carpet slippers.The room was strangely dark for 8.” Liz replied looking among the flower heads and pulling out a small white envelope. The passing of time was marked by the destruction of all that beauty. Looking now the trees and ground were naked and brown. “Are you awake.” She handed the card to Mandy who screwed her nose up and squinted her eyes wondering who had sent them. “Wow!” Mandy whistled. Please marry me Or let me take you to dinner . She viewed the destruction of winter in all its unsubtle motions with a sigh. why?” “You won’t believe what I got here…” Liz announced opening the door.” Mandy sighed. “It’s cold in here. “God damn. “There’s more. Just then a tap rang out as someone knocked gently on her door. are you decent honey?” a soft voice called. “They’re beautiful. The door way filled with a massive spray of pink roses followed by Liz who was awkwardly carrying them. all gone until the next birth of spring. Mandy Darling. how during the summer the eucalyptus tree outside her window smelt and how the flower beds were full of blooms and sweetly smelling scents. immovable in the face of harsh eastern winds. Looking outside she saw it was raining and grey outside.30 in the morning.” A few moments later Liz entered the room again carrying another spray of roses. She tried to cheer herself up by remembering the garden as it was.” Mandy replied turning to look in that direction. “Don’t they smell fine. the fullness of the trees. I told you so. “Yes Liz. these were white and green and were wrapped with a bright red ribbon. the singing of the birds. “Wait. She immediately turned and headed towards the door again.

or was that the postman?” she tapped her chin in confusion. a delivery boy.” Mandy pounced and both women began to grapple on the floor. what the fuck has it got to do with you?” “I only said you get a pretty face. Her face became a pale shade of pink and Mandy pushed harder into the fleshy parts of the woman’s throat..”She’ll be the death of me. if the boss heard her talk like that she’d bounce her white ass all the way down Vine.. “I was just saying…” Jayne replied with a half smile.” she said with a smirk. leave it. “…Not again. she had expected them to have been from Tom and this news had thrown her for a moment.” Mandy spat pushing the door closed.. Suddenly her grip became limp and she began to let out a throaty gasp as Mandy’s thumbs became white with the strain. “It’s amazing he can even say your name. “I hate that fucking black bitch.” Liz threatened.” The old woman answered.”. “Considering how shit you treated him. you better get yourself up here before one these girls tear an eye out. “Leave it.for a dumb nigger. “MAX!” Mandy gasped. who brought them?” “Oh.” Mandy screamed tearing her nails into Jayne’s face. “Well mind your own business. “Liz. so I’m black. Meet me tomorrow The 18th at midday Junction of Sunset and Vine. “.I’m crazy about you. . “Yes. MAX p. you got a problem?” Jayne shouted back from a few feet away..” Thumbs were now sinking into Jayne’s throat and although her hands were pulling great lumps of hair from Mandy’s head her face had a shocked expression across it. “Please Miss.” Suddenly Jayne turned and headed back towards Mandy’s room. You need to tell on that bitch. “Oh no…” Liz screamed. A vein on Jayne’s forehead started to throb relentlessly in time with the pulse that Mandy could feel though her thumbs.s Insurance bus is looking up. Miss Sammy. “You fucking bitch.” Mandy and Liz turned to see Jayne standing in the doorway. “Whoever he was he must think a lot of you.” Mandy snarled towards Liz. just a delivery boy.” “That woman. “I was only saying…” “I heard what you said. “Excuse me.” “Can I help you?” Mandy said firmly. Dressed in a blue dressing gown with a toothbrush in one hand she stood with a hand on her hip and looked in.” Then she turned and opened the door. bitch?” she shouted down the hall. “What did you call me.” Jayne shouted from the other side. “Why.” Jayne smile sarcastically.

“Let it go now. that could have meant the chair. “Mandy!” Sam shouted.” “You’ve had it. “She…” Mandy tried to speak but the words stuck in her dry throat. “You have to rise above it. If you do then you become a nigger. “She…” “Enough. “She called me a…” “Enough girl!” Sam said.” “You’re just lucky that stupid bitch didn’t die today. “That’s enough. that’s what they do. “She’s had enough.” She said abruptly shaking her head.” Upon hearing Sam”s voice Mandy loosened her grip and dropped Jayne’s head upon the wooden floor where it landed with a thump.” Sam said again pulling Mandy up and shaking her.. She had deep scratches across her forehead and cheek and blood was clotted on her lip. “Die. you fucking whore. “You don’t understand. you stupid bitch.” Sam said softly. Jayne let out one final gasp when a voice boomed out behind them.” she continued.” Sam shouted. go and call Doctor Morgan. After a few moments Jayne was breathing on her own and Liz returned with a pillow and blanket. “I’ve had that all my life and I’m not going to take it anymore. a stupid nigger at that.” “Well I have. ” Silence filled the room for a moment as both women looked at each other..” Liz scuttled off again and Sam looked down at the lifeless body that lay stretched out on the floor. “Go to your room and leave this to me. “Liz. “Don’t you think I’ve had to put up with despicable cunts like her too?” “I guess so.” Sam said shaking her head.” Sam said again.” “She…” Mandy stuttered.” . “What?” “A fucking nigger. “What about me. and Jo and what about Liz? Don’t you think we have all had to deal with that sort of mindless nonsense all our lives? But we don’t resort to violence every time we hear it.” “So you thought you’d strangle her for it. You are better than that. “She called me a…” “Yes?” “A fucking…” Mandy said softly.” As Mandy went into her room Sam dropped to her knees and started to give Jayne the kiss of life. remember white people are bred to hate. that’s madness.” She spat feeling the pulse get slower and more pronounced. You don’t have to descend to their level. Think about that next time one of these whitey’s try to get your goat. Do you understand what I’m telling you?” “I think so. “What the fuck was all that about!” Sam shouted a short while later towards Mandy who was sitting on her bed still shaking.” Mandy said looking up towards Sam. blowing air into the woman’s lungs and then pumping on her chest frantically. “Fuck. “What about me.As Jayne’s eyes began to protrude from their sockets Mandy saw the woman’s tongue swell and poke out through those thin lips.

BUT!” she slammed her fist down hard upon her desk making everyone in the room except Sam jump.” “Is this true?” Ruby asked looking directly at Jayne.” She sighed taking a thoughtful moment to suck on her cigarette . Not a card on my birthday or even a random thank you. she called the girl a black bitch and a nigger. “Thank you Velta. put up with your man problems. I’ve had this house longer than most of you have been alive. anymore and you’re out. “Well!” Ruby screamed lighting a cigarette. “Shut it you. “Can you expand on that?” Ruby asked. “Jayne. You’re now on warning. I want some answers.. As for the rest of you I expect a little peace from now on or people are going .. “She tried to strangle me. “I’m not angry.” Liz interjected confidently.” “I heard the foul mouthed bitch. Someone’s had a party and we didn’t get an invite. Now.” Mandy said softly.” She said softly. “This has been going on since I got here…” Mandy continued.. “.” Ruby said. “I’m not even mad. unwanted pregnancies and all that other shit.” Mandy interjected. “You’ll get your turn.” Ruby said firmly.don’t involved me in this little war. Jayne how did you get the black eye?” “It was her. hell I’m the nearest to a mother some of you have ever had and all I get in return is grey hairs. your period pains. the last thing I want to do is scream and shout at you all like a bunch of naughty school kids. clothe you. “I’ve never had so much fighting.. “We could go on all day like this. Carol. do I throw you out. do I punch your faces in? No..” “Please ladies. this is the second time you have been found fighting and I’ve had enough.” Jayne said softly nodding towards Mandy... Let’s start from the beginning. “Little digs here and there. All I want is some answers.” “She’s a lying bitch.. Liz and Mandy all looked back with blank expressions. “. what the fuck is going on in this house?” “Can I say something?” Velta said helpfully. “Jesus. “But No! The reason is you’re probably just as much in the dark as I am. carry on Jayne. “Ask Carol. I’ve been in this business for too long. bitching.I’m not afraid to say what she said either .” “Liar!” Jayne shouted.” Mandy spat.” Carol huffed.“Now. Jayne. “Am I talking to myself?” She glanced over at Mandy’s scratches and then at Jayne’s black eye and red neck before exhaling a cloud of tobacco smoke. Do I moan. I have seen hundreds of bright eyed hopefuls like you lot come and go in that time. cut the bullshit.” “You fucking liar. “Would someone kindly let me know what’s been going on round here?” She was sitting behind her desk in the Pink Office and in front of her the women stood in a semicircle Velta. “She was with her a couple of nights ago when she started on at me.” Ruby announced after a while.” Ruby said looking about the room. Sam.” “She got these flowers and I was just saying how nice they were when she attacked me. You all come to me in a mess and I feed you. I was there so I know. going on about my RACE and my COLOUR. So. back stabbing and general hateful behaviour before from any of them. I can’t take it no more.

not because it was not him. a crocodile skin purse. she had not looked forwards to the meeting. get out the lot of you. She was surprised. I can’t have all this shit it’s bad for business. Soon the wheels were kicking up a dust cloud in their wake and the car slowly came to a halt in what seemed like the middle of nowhere.” Everyone stood and walked sheepishly towards the door.” The car flew through the city on the main drag out of town. “Max.” Mandy said above the noise of the engine. The breeze carried a sharp chill that made her raise her deep fox fur collar against it and peer over the fur. “Pease. “Hay Baby. Mandy looked down the empty expanse of Vine St and saw a man approaching. climbed in and with a loud screech of rubber against tarmac they were off. we need to speak. eventually leading to the desert and what became a dirt road.to start to look for work elsewhere. She was wearing a beige fox fur jacket over a twenties style salmon pink dress. ruffled by a slight breeze was pinned loosely behind her left ear by a brightly coloured flower broach. as the man got closer she was surprised to find that it was not Max.” Mandy beamed turning and approaching him unsteadily on her 6 inch high stiletto heels. but that this made her feel disappointed.” She turned around and began to walk briskly down Sunset when she heard the toot of a car horn.” She cursed under her breath. She wondered if she was doing the right thing. the indicator quickly tore through 60 mph. “Sam. Now. she was sinking her fingernails into the car seat as the scenery ahead flew by in a dusty blur. After all. on an uncomfortable day for an uncomfortable guy.” . holding.” Mandy run to the other side of the car. slow down or you’ll kill us both.” Ruby said with a slight hint of annoyance.” He replied flashing that dazzling smile at her. in one hand. “This baby really moves. she was confused as to what exactly her feelings were toward him and guessed that this would be his last chance to bolster their relationship. Her long curly hair.” “Relax. she guessed that it would be an anticlimax if he failed to turn up. where did you get the wheels?” “Jump in Baby. “Not you.” He called. “Slow down. “Way to go Max. Mandy looked around and saw Max smiling from the driver’s seat of a vintage white convertible he’d parked twenty feet away. or end it. “Just enjoy the sensation of speed.” Chapter 14 The clock above the town hall struck the last stroke of twelve noon. Mandy stood in its shadow anxiously counting the twelve strokes on the corner of Sunset and Vine.” He shouted back taking his eyes from the road for a second. “I’ll tell you all about it. Waiting. “Shit.” Max said as he pushed his foot hard on the gas. but now she was here. “That motherfucker’s not going to show.

I shouldn’t have bothered. “I used to come here with my Pa as a kid. Does that sound mad?” “Not at all Max.” “Yes?” Mandy replied guessing what he was going to say before he’d actually said it.” “You sure have a way with words. blabbing like a baby. He turned to look at her with a serious expression. “What do you expect.” He laughed.” Max said thoughtfully.” Mandy pursed her lips remembering that she hated the country having spent most of her life in it.” He continued. “You have to admit. somewhere he could go and think through a problem. “Did you come here after she died?” “You know me so well. or say. in the soil. “Don’t you like the car?” he asked. like he is still out here somewhere. he had a habit of doing this so she prepared herself for the worst.” She was touched by his display of tenderness and appreciated that he’s brought her somewhere that had so much meaning for him. please don’t do. was typical of Max.” she smiled laying back and looking at him. “This is one beautiful place?” “If you say so. Mandy thought to herself. well Dad had this place.“Where the fuck are we max?” Mandy asked looking around unimpressed. “I’m sorry. If ever life got too difficult then he’d stick me and the dog in the car and we’d head out here. when I’ve needed to think. I just thought you’d enjoy a ride outside town for a while. Max looked thoughtfully towards the sky before taking a cigarette from his jacket pocket and lighting it. you know. This. “You asked me out for a meal and I took a lot of time getting ready. Please. just look at me. she thought.” she said softly.” He replied with a smile. “We can eat later.” “Don’t be like that. sometimes we’d come in the middle of the night.” She replied looking about briefly . it was a view that was hostile and fascinating at the same time. “I guess so. Max pressed a button and the front seats began to recline. Some people have a room in their house or a special part of the garden. something to spoil the moment. “I’ve got dressed up for nothing. “There was another reason I brought you out her. The rough flat countryside seemed so desolate and totally deserted. on the air.” He said with tears welling up in his eyes. I’ve been out here without him since he died. beside the view and all. If I come here at night I can sometimes hear his voice on the wind. juvenile and self centred. “This was his quiet place. “What’s that?” she asked nervously. .” She replied looked about and not seeing a person or a house in any direction. in the country. All those miles away from the people and places she was familiar with made her feel vulnerable too and this vulnerability made her feel closer to him. The place reminds me of him and being a kid at the same time.

” . I can see your bruises today and that hurts me a lot. the feeling wasn’t a pleasant one. “When I was a kid. yes.” He interjected. “I want you so much I have decided that if you married to me. “Mandy.Max sucked in a lung full of smoke and was silent for a moment contemplating the right words to say.” “So you think that you could handle me doing what I do every day. I’m nuts about you. As long as you leave it in that house and came home to me each day I could handle it. “You’re talking in riddles Max. I had no friends and my life was so boring. I could turn a blind eye to your work. at least you’d get out of that house each evening. “I know that’s what you want to do and it’s how you earn your money.” He said slowly.” She sighed. and you’re saying you could handle that?” “It would be hard. As the wind kicked up a cloud of dust she looked out at the barren landscape in silence. quite flabbergasted by the suggestion. I can’t get you out of my head and it’s killing me not seeing you regularly. I fucking love you. forget it..” He said slamming his fist down on the steering wheel to punctuate the sentence. It felt like the world had ended and they were the only two people that were left on this Earth. “But if it meant being with you..” “Oh. “Do you still work in that room?” Mandy sighed loudly and shot a firm look in his direction. “I know what you do in that room and you know I’m not happy about it. please.” She said at last. “No.” Max looked at the sky again and collected his thoughts before turning to face her again and looking at her with an intensely personal stare. not that I do anymore. Can you understand that?” “We’ve been here before.” She suddenly felt very anxious and isolated out there.” he replied squeezing his eyebrows together and frowning.” He smiled. What do you think?” “You are joking?” she replied with a frowning grin. It was like living on Mars. if you became my wife. “I know.we had dry desert landscape all around our house just like this. “I’m deadly serious. “... there’ll be no lectures. “Well?” he said pausing again. “I’m not a secretary I’m a hooker. “If you’ve driven me out here to give me another lecture Max. “Honest.” Max said trying to assert himself. Just try it out for a while and see how it went. It could become just like a nine to five job.. I could get fucked by a different man every day.” “Okay. like I was some sort of secretary?” “As long as you came home each night. for Christ’s sake.. be straight with me. these were…” “It’s not important.” She said.” Mandy sighed loudly.” “No.” Max replied with an earnest tone in his voice “Max. alone with Max in that car in the middle of nowhere. “What’s all this about?” “A deal. then yes. you enjoy your work which is not something most people can say. and then coming home in the evening and doing supper.” He said after a long smoke filled pause. Just hear me out for a moment. calm down. Blowing you a kiss in the morning before spending eight hours blowing off guys in the office. What are you getting at?” “Oh.

. For the time being she was going to enjoy that elusive happiness and keep her fears hidden. anyway Max.. it’s the first time in my life I’ve had people around me.” Mandy felt the hardness of his cock beneath his thin pants. pulsating throb begging for attention as he pressed his groin against her thigh. placing the seats in their upright position. Their tongues met as his hand felt under her dress and touched the soft parts beneath her panties. “Max. “. anything. she wanted to shout about it out the car window and have it printed in the newspapers. You’re offer is very nice Max but I’m not ready to walk away and become your wife..” She whispered. I don’t know what to say to you” “Say yes?” he replied. stop.” she said. just experiencing skin against skin was enough.. “I couldn’t rush into something like that. It was not the request of an unsure schoolgirl.not here.” She said confidently. she also had a feeling that perhaps it wouldn’t last.” He smiled looking disappointed but smiling anyhow. part of her had wanted to scream YES to Max’s proposal. Max’s hand reached out and cupped the back of her head and their lips brushed against each other momentarily and she bit him softly. and Rose Avenue. “Let me think about what you’ve said and we can talk again tomorrow. “I’m sorry.I will do whatever you want.” he replied stroking his fingers through her hair.” she whispered softly. “I have to think about your proposal.. They had formed a special understanding that did not require small talk to give it validation. desolate place Mandy placed her head in Max’s lap and he gently stroked her ear as he drove.. “Please Max. “I love where I am living at the moment. placing a gentle kiss on his iips. was done in silence. “If that’s what you want Mandy?” Max replied. He coughed and sat up.. people who care about me. it was the demand of a fully formed adult and had to be heeded. Of course. “. The journey back to the city. Mandy felt happy as the desert faded into the distance and the thick dust was replaced with street –signs and tarmac.” They never did make it to a restaurant that afternoon.” “I understand.She turned to look at him and strained her face to emphasise her point. They both stared into each other’s eyes for a moment as his fingers gently stroked the inside of her thigh. “Don’t be. Shall we head back now?” “If that’s what you want?” he replied pressing his hand into her leg. people who value me and respect my decision making. it was like a warm. Leaving that empty. Her eyes appeared to hypnotize him and he could feel her pulling him closer and closer. not the suggestion of an unbalanced fool or wayward child. scream yes at the top of her voice.. .

before smiling and trying to lighten the situation.” “Don’t thank me. He would never accept her coming home smelling of another man’s sexual fluids or the small bruises and that smell of lust. He may start understanding. but I feel we are made for each other.” Mandy looked anxiously at her feet for a moment before saying softly. Something else worried her. It was the knowledge that she didn’t love Max. perhaps it was just the fear of the unknown. But the sensible part of her make-up held her back. That frustration. Carter.” She lied. She felt like she needed more than just someone’s devotion. “Have you thought any more about what I said earlier?” “You were going to allow me to think about it.” “Don’t be silly. you’re home. would spread like a cancer. One day it would erupt into a torrent of frustration and hate. This could be the case.” “Oh yah. This would eventually either destroy him or her or perhaps the both of them. hidden in the dark corners of his ego. some desire but this wouldn’t be enough to hold them together. she thought. giving some insight into his inner turmoil. there was some physical attraction. it was something she could never risk. “Well. perhaps it was the realisation that the relationship would be built on unsound soil and would eventually come crashing down. it was nothing. except with Carter.” he said at last with a gasp. we are soul mates. “Well.She wanted to believe that it would be possible to live with Max as his wife and not have to lie to him. She also felt that no matter how much Max said he would accept her work in the long run this would be untrue. “I should be thanking you after what happened last time when I was drunk. someone’s support and gentleness. not minding the long nights she would spend away.” he smiled tapping on the steering wheel with his fingers. “Where did you get that from?” . you know.” “Soul mates?” she laughed. But at those times he. Somewhere in the back of his mind a festering abscess of anger would grow. “Okay you think about it. They both fell into an awkward silence as he tapped louder and louder on the steering wheel. “Thanks Max. of course. slowly taking grip until it exploded in a fit of violence.” He replied nervously. It was that something else that Max could never give her. I really enjoyed this afternoon. because she had never been that reckless or impulsive to take a risk regardless of the outcome. The car eventually pulled up outside the house and he turned to looked at her. was there to make sure she was safe. but something gave her grave reservations. the company of other men that she kept but in the long term it would slowly eat away at him. I never thought you’d speak to me again.

proceed to change if you’d kindly get my ba. She smiled and watched him go.” “You are funny.” She said under her breath.” She smiled pulling her coat on and getting out the car.” She indicated towards a threadbare holdall that hung from a hook.” “I’ll be there. “.” Mandy shook her head and went past her room toward the attic and the Black room where she prepared herself for work.pro.. “Come now.only now I’m his fiancé. Watching the stick insect of a man undress filled her with both disgust and curiosity. “I’ll see you tomorrow. her voice echoing up the stairwell from the office.” Ruby called back. Mr Dog’s already in the bar waiting.” “I’ll hold you to that.” He leant forwards and whispered.” Mr. . “Just go straight to your room honey and get ready for Mr Dog.Is there. Dog replied coyly with a pronounced nervous stutter. “Was that the elusive Max I saw driving that motorcar?” “Yep!” Mandy replied with a coy frown.. they’re called soul mates. come on. “Sure was. “I will pro.“I read about it in a book.. come on!” “Yes.Sam’s left your costume laid out up there for you. “.” she said abruptly bending a cane in her hands.” Mandy was almost at the top of the stairs when Ruby called up to her from the bottom of the stairs.” “Fiancé?” Ruby exclaimed. Sometime later she heard the door handle turn and a shadow appeared in the open doorway.... yes. “Crazy bastard.” Mandy called back as she made her way upstairs. “Lovers from another time separated by death always manage to meet again. “. “I hope you’re not going to spend a whole lot of time dithering like some teenager in love because I got a whorehouse to run and it’s opening in fifteen minutes.” “Jesus. where you always leave it. “Come in.” Mandy spat impatiently pointing toward a corner of the room with her cane. metamorphosing into his alter-ego.” He shouted as he pulled the door closed behind her and watched Mandy walk to the gate of the house. “Hi Mandy” Ruby called from the office as the young woman walked into the house..” Mandy called back cheerily. The man grinned and pulled his face into a pathetic smile... She pulled the gate open and looked behind with a smile just as he was about to pull away and their eyes met briefly...ba…ba…” “Your bag.. It’s reincarnation and all that shit. “Young people these days change their minds faster than an actress with her clothes on fire. don’t be shy. I thought you two were spitting blood at each other?” “That was then. Mandy then crossed her arms while she watched the little man proceed with his ritual of undressing. The ritual was like a slow tango that got faster with the excited removal of each piece of clothing. The ritual had four definite stages. shut the door.. The first began with the removal of his thick spectacles which were placed on a nearby shelf and this was followed by the removal of his worn jacket.

He would begin by unzipping the holdall slowly. who may have been visiting and if she was wanted by anyone? “Faster. in Mandy’s opinion. dirty moronic idiot if she contemplated the money it was making her. you are boring me now. ready to perform the final stage of the ritual. Not because this was what she was being paid to do. Silently Mandy wondered if she was missing anything down at the bar. leather hood which had zippers over the eyes. Mandy pondered how he could afford to spend so much on this type of hobby when he obviously didn’t. Madame.” Mandy sighed loudly. or couldn’t spend much on clothing. This left him standing in his patterned socks. Blowing two hundred dollars in one night would be beyond most people. “You are beginning to irritate me.” “Almost there. Just one look from Carter did more than all the fingers and tongues in the world. metamorphism complete the man had become a monster. “How do I look. The next stage of the Dog’s ritual consisted of the removal of his stained suede shoes and the belt from his trousers. How she wished she were now being lavished by the boring and predictable love of Max or succumbing to the vicious attentions of Carter. Mandy was slapping the cane against her rubberised thigh with each step and genuinely wanted to beat this dog into a pulp. smelt like a pig looked like a fish and. had the brain of a bird. He dressed like a tramp. She could only go through this charade with a stupid. not even underwear. thermal vest and underpants. Madame?” he asked as she faced him flexing the thin bamboo switch.” He replied breathlessly. “Come now.” She said slapping the cane against her rubber-clad leg. as part of a role-play but purely because she resented having to entertain him at all.” she spat with increased impatience and abruptness. being neatly folded upon a nearby stool. The shorts he wore under his pants were stained and threadbare. Instead of being brutally aroused she was watching this snail squeeze himself into a pair of transparent plastic hot pants. he then popped his fly buttons.Then one by one the buttons of his crumpled shirt were undone and the shirt removed. She pulled back the rubber sleeve of the rubber dress she wore to glance at her wristwatch and hoped this pantomime would end soon. as if he’d worn them for decades. Her mind wandered to her bank account and she wondered how much money she had made this month and what the interest rate was on her savings-account. Then the dog pulled on a pair of fishermen’s waders that were made of black plastic before topping the ensemble with a head-covering. slid his trousers over his socked feet and neatly folded them upon his shirt. “Hurry now. Now they were men who could make a woman come in their panties. . but the Dog was unlike most people. She listened to his breathing as it was constricted by the tightness of the hood before walking around him slowly.

I should have waited until spoken to. “Totally. “You are an insect who deserves no mercy. “.” Mandy smashed the paddle across his chest as hard as she could.” Mandy shouted bringing the cane down across his bare thigh. “No mercy. “Give it to me Mistress. leaving a thick red line of pin pricks in the flesh. She played with them while he looked on.” she shouted. madam. salty streaks before cascading into his rubber waders. Madam. A long leather whip which had small sharp points inserted in its end and a long flat leather paddle that was studded with chrome pins. almost but not quite. plastic and leather a little man lived and breathed. When this was done she turned a huge handle and raised him off the ground a few inches. quickly. “Over to the harness. He made a strange sight hanging there.” He replied. clips and harness clasps. “Yes madam. “You dog.” She shouted back angrily slapping the dog across his hooded face with the back of her leather clad hand.” He turned and squelched and plodded his way to the parachute harness that hung from the ceiling and once there she proceeded to ritually connect him to it via several straps. Suspended like an evil puppet she realised that she hated this man.” She noticed that he was looking over her shoulder at the full length mirror that hung on the wall behind them.” “That’s right.. His hot hood shed droplets of sweat that trickled down his chest in long.” He stuttered. “Are they?” she shouted. “These look painful. “I am just a filthy worm and you are my glorious mistress. .“Like shit. thicker red welt that the cane had left. When she had grown tired of hearing his breath being sucked into his lungs she whacked him again.” he murmured.” “Right. She lifted her stiletto heel and pushed him in the harness so that he swung a little. slapping his bare flesh with the cane as he swung towards her. please.” Mandy walked to the array of switches. “Are they painful?” “Oh. She selected a couple of items that interested her.” He stuttered rubbing the new . now. quickly.” He replied as he swung away again. “You really are a filthy maggot.” She spat with real meaning.” He was swinging back and forth and his shadow projected upon one wall increased in size and shrunk with every cycle. awkward and silly.” She whispered slowly before cracking the whip against his plastic clad butt. He enjoyed the time she took totally securing him to the ropes and leather straps. I haven’t got all day.. almost admiring his reflection.” “That’s right madam. “Do I have your attention?” “Yes. so that Mandy could almost forget that inside the layers of rubber..” He sighed in excited anticipation..” She sneered. canes and paddles that hung nearby and surveyed them with interest. “Now. it left a red welt in its wake. “Beautifully painful. “Sorry Madame. slowly swinging from side to side in the shadows.

” “You mean you didn’t meet him here?” Mandy thought for a moment before answering. shit is too good for you.. you revolting animal.” CRACK.. “You are the filth in my toilet. “You disgusting bastard. “Well yes…” she looked at the street and then towards Liz. Was that all she was doing. “. working after hours and giving Max a free service. understand? You are shit. you are not fit to be called a man. She had been dusting and doing her morning chores and was surprised to see anyone up so early. that’s all. “Well bless my soul. “. house on fire or something?” “No Liz. “You filthy scum.. “You deserve no mercy.Again she struck out at him and again. She crushed the idea once and for all and went to their pre arranged meeting point.” He replied softly.” Chapter 15 “Yessiree!” Liz exclaimed as Mandy brushed past her on the stairwell.” She shouted. “You fucking shit. “He ain’t like the fuckers you get in this place.” CRACK Mandy’s face was now flushed red and still she wanted to crash the paddle against his face but instead stood back and cracked the whip against his butt again. wide-eyed. worse than shit.” CRACK “You are the bile in my vomit. eh?” Liz smiled. in almost a whimper.” “Not this man. girl..” She spat. standing there with the front door ajar.. do you?” “No madam. .you’re just working off the books ain’t cha. What’s up.I got a man to meet. Was it Max’s plan to enjoy her company for nothing and all this talk of love and marriage was just bullshit.. “You sure are full of beans for 12 midday. harder and harder until he was bleeding from the wounds and blood mixed with sweat dripped to a crimson puddle below him. She pushed the thought out of her head but it lingered there like a nagging doubt. “You are the vilest animal that ever ate excrement.” CRACK “The stench in the sewer. either that or your man’s getting some ass for free. “. Standing on the cold doorstep Liz’s words rang in Mandy’s ears. She felt like turning and going back to have it out with the old cow but decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.” She shouted striking him again.” Mandy threw her a puzzled look and then left the building shaking her head. “No mercy. she wondered.” Mandy replied with a knowing grin..I did meet him here but…” “Oh get on…” Liz said seeing the girl’s anticipation. causing him to shudder violently like he’s been electrocuted. wondering if she had said too much already..” “A date.” Mandy replied heading for the street door. I thought you girls would have had enough of men without seeing them in your spare time.

“Oh.. a woman about town. she was a different person. So she tried to keep that particular door locked. That she was the product of that violence and that her mother scrubbed floors like a happy nigger.” He said with a fork in his hand. did he realise that there was nothing of substance under her seventy dollar frock. just a stupid country girl trying to be sophisticated.” . clothes.” Max replied pushing his eyebrows together as he wondered where she had got that idea.They live in Montana..” She asked enthusiastically. places like this had a habit of disempowering her. “You’re just a low born country boy like myself. “Are your parents still alive?” he enquired lifting a wine glass to his lips elegantly. She looked at that twinkle in his eyes and wondered if it would still be there if her knew her father had raped her mother. “My family are very boring.” “What about your mother?” Max asked offering her a cigarette.”. “Tell me a little about yourself. on a farm. “How about you.. The past lurked like an uncomfortable cupboard that she only wanted to reach into occasionally. far too boring to discuss in such beautiful company. he smiled blowing cigarette smoke across the room. Mandy refused the offer and looked about the room briefly. a professional woman. as the master had always called her. She could see how at ease he felt in this place and although she felt different to the girl who she was. “I’m so sorry. His smile fell from his face and he put the wine glass down abruptly. not there and then.. Looking at that flame made her realise that she didn’t really want to explain anything.” she replied looking at the candle burning brightly in the centre of the table. Whereas now she had money. “She’s dead too.Later that afternoon. the past was something that should be forgotten. it doesn’t matter to me.” She lied. rich an’ all with a big old house in Florida?” “Not quite. and looked across the table in a quiet restaurant on the other side of town.. “. She looked up at him and forced a smile. She was a different person now.I bet you have some real fine folks.” She said slowly. Sometimes she worried its contents would jump out and expose her as a fraud. The place was empty except for a couple of business people having some lunch. “What dark secrets does your past hold?” “Nothing to tell really.. she pondered. What was that smile about. she pushed the half eaten meal away from her. “. was that what the smile was about? “My father’s dead.” Mandy lied again. just the illegitimate daughter of a country house maid? Just a whore who’d made a pile of cash fucking every pervert who could afford it. “It was a long time ago. I shouldn’t have…” “Don’t worry. back then she was just a bare footed country girl who knew nothing.. He noticed her pensive look and smiled quizzically.” “Shit!” she laughed.. friends.

go get a room. The come was leaking from the bottom of her labia and she felt it drip. “You two.” He replied pulling his hand back. Max fell on top of her and breathed into her ear. She pushed up and he beat down. “Hay. she banged closed fists upon the bed and moaned loudly. “That hurts honey. Then looking into his face she saw he was in a deep and sudden sleep. they danced together. She pursed her lips and shook her head realising just how selfish men could be. pinch me. Arching her back to receive him as deeply as she could Mandy bit her bottom lip and felt a giddiness rising within her body.“You got me. “It’s throbbing like a jackhammer. She was being flattened by him and gently eased him to one side waiting for his fingers to reach down and take her to orgasm. He watched her take a sip from her glass and sweep a stray lock of hair from her eyes and tuck it behind her ear. thumping at the groin. “Max?” she said softly.” “What are you like?” She laughed. They looked intently at one another and she wondered if his past had been as frightening as her own. “I can’t get enough of you. would you enjoy that?” “Max.” She said pulling his hand over and placing it on an erect nipple.” she whispered back. oozing lubrication. like his dick.” They both laughed aloud and later that afternoon they lay together naked in a nearby hotel room.” “If you knew how hard my cock was right now. She reached up. they’d .” A man behind the restaurant’s counter shouted. pinched his nipples between her thumb and forefinger and looked up into his bloated face. The sheets had seen better days and still bore the stains of previous guests and a symphony of worn springs had creaked along to their love making. She was pouting those ruby red lips and he realised he loved the little bump that she had where her top lip met the bottom of her nose. a sticky fluid. panting with each push. Then breathless and panting he pushed one last time and she felt him throbbing deep inside her.” “Pinch mine. He rolled upon Mandy and pulled her legs apart by placing his forearms under her calves and lifting.” He said softly. across her butt hole. like pistons on a well-oiled machine.” He whispered in the ear she had tucked a loose curl behind. She reached out for his hand and placed it upon her clitoris hoping that this would be all the encouragement he would need but it just lay there.” He laughed back. “Go on. still and floppy. baby. He craned his neck and leant forwards to brush his lips against hers. “Behave yourself. He began thrusting again and together they moved like savages on Vaseline. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t want to discuss it. “I want to get you alone and suck your pussy till you come hard. their groins slippery and shiny. taking time to touch that small bump with the tip of his tongue. Then thrusting his hard cock inside her pussy. “Ouch!” He said momentarily stopping in mid action.” “No.

A few minutes later she was dressed and slipping on her shoes. Then she left the room and caught a cab back to the house. naked and securely bound.” He said pushing his fingers into her pussy. Now being with Carter. sticky buzz that made her feel drowsy. He clipped one onto her left nipple and pulled the elastic down before clipping the other end onto the left Labia minor . Carter was busy connecting her to the clasps ensuring that her hands were tied at her side and her feet connected securely to the end of the contraption.” He sighed taking a good look into her vagina. “This will do. “Someone’s been fucking you. He tightened the cord clasp around her neck and started to turn the ratchet. . slowly entering her system. Taking a pen and pad from the side table she looked at him before writing in big letters across the face of the pad a message that she hoped he’d see when he woke. “Shut up.” Carter said at last.tell you anything to get into your knickers but as soon as they’d shot their load it was all forgotten. bitch!” he said slapping her clitoris with the tips of one hand. Carter pulled the elastic cords as hard as they could extend.” “Hmmm. She felt his hot breath inside her and the stubble on his chin rub against her thighs as he leant in to inspect her properly. it was a hot. When Carter pulled the elastic her pussy lips parted and lifted her nipples into points at the same time. she could feel the clips digging into her flesh and pinching her tightly. “I can see you’ve been fucked today. lifting her nipples into the air and crating cones of her breasts. made her feel incredibly vulnerable and perhaps slightly scared. Then he did the same to her right breast nipple and the other side of her pussy. He came back to her and she saw in his hands a couple of lengths of long elastic that had crocodile clips attached to the ends. When she was fully extended and utterly defenceless he leered at her naked body. The answer is NO! Later that night she was prostrate on the rack in the black room. His tattoos glistened in the half light and his thick black hair hung down into his eyes. The message said simply. “That’s better. She could feel the pills she had taken earlier that night. The loud clicking filled the otherwise silent room and she felt all the clasps tense. He was looking for something and began tossing items over his shoulder as he searched frantically. with his eyes boring into her across that dark room. It was so exciting she could feel her juices flowing with anticipation. “I need to get a better view here.” Mandy opened her eyes to see him go to the table that lay under the shelves of paddles and whips. Mx.” She moaned. Then he started.

” A tremendous roar filled the room and a chorus of Auld Lang Sine rose from the assembled gathering. Velta smiled before kneeing the man hard in the balls laughing. Next to them an aging gangster entertained a group of his cronies with tales of death and money from the old country while looking intently at Carol.” the seaman said rubbing a thick hand against his stained crotch. Downstairs in the bar Sam stopped what she was doing and looked towards the ceiling and smiled for the first time that week. The harder he bit on her clit the more his chin rubbed her hole and the tighter the elastics became. “A New Year.. “Me and the boys went down to Mexico…” the gangster continued.We were supposed to collect a kilo of coke but just ended up catching crabs from a one legged whore in Tijuana. “What was that for?” the boy whined as he rubbed the side of his face. Tonight you are mine. “Forty two stitches…” the gangster shouted in a thick Chicago accent as he stuck the dead butt of a cigar between his thin lips.Carters tongue shot from his mouth and entered her asshole..” Liz shouted pouring drinks for everyone along the top of the bar. The sensations were overwhelming as she tried to pull away but found the cords and clasps holding her tightly. She was propped up between two obese politicians both of whom had proud erections pushing their thin pants out obscenely.” said a fat Jewish man who was decked out in fancy gold jewellery. suddenly she couldn’t hold it in any longer and a gush of warm juice spurted from her cunt into his face. “I was lucky to be alive. “Happy Nineteen Sixty Six.TWO.” He spat biting into her and stimulating with his coarse chin. Captain Kidd. “Well.FOUR. “FIVE. that was some party. But that bastard paid in the end.” A bearded sailor grinned as he grabbed Velta on the rebound and pulled her to his chest. “He’s just a spoilt brat.THREE. “Deserves a kiss.” Mandy’s screams of ecstasy filled the room and echoed down the stairs into the house below. “Come you fucker.ONE. digging deep into her rectum she let out a scream as the sensation hit her. “. “What you want is a real man. no-one!” . “That’s it bitch.” Velta was pinched on the butt by a spotty collage boy from Texas and she reacted by drunkenly slapping the boy’s face. flush that other man out of your system. I’m telling you.” he spat as his teeth ate into her pussy. “Come bitch. you’re not him. Then he licked her slowly from the bottom of her gaping pussy to the tip of her throbbing clitoris.” He made a grab for Jayne but she laughed and ducked.” The rest of the room laughed riotously seeing the sailor retch in agony. almost knocking him off his feet. no-one fucks with Chico Mastranormo and lives. come good.

oh.. knowing how jealous he got. Mandy mouthed I’ll be back shortly.” Carter whispered to Sam through the side of his mouth.” Carter called. expecting him to return a smile but he just frowned and shook his head as she left the room. she thought.” Max replied looking across at Carter. “That blade broke in his gut. His eyes were filling with tears and he now looked like a small child that had lost a favourite toy.” “Lady Mandrax.” Mandy looked back at him as Carter pulled her from the bar. “Have you seen Max?” Jo asked Mandy during a break in the noise. Chapter 16 A few days later she was in that same hotel room again. no. Mandy had asked her to keep an eye on the situation if he turned up. “Let her go.” “These must be the most unsophisticated bunch of cretins I’ve ever seen in here. She turned to face Max a few feet away and saw his expression change into a fit of rage and anger. the place becomes a fucking monkey house. “I had to stick it on the cunt. Carter. . her eyes darting around the room taking in everything. a small group stood. “Why on earth does the old girl let them in?” “Money. “I’ll leave if my company is upsetting you.. Mandy nodded to a dark corner on the other side of the room and Jo saw him sitting on the edge of a sofa looking at them.” Sam said softly. I’m telling you.” Mandy replied taking a sip from her glass.” “Do what you want Max. “If Ruby found out you were stopping her working there’d be hell to pay.” The gangster shouted as his friends belched with laughter. that’s all. “Just don’t get in the way. “. Mandy didn’t really know why she had taken up the invitation but thought perhaps she could end their relationship once and for all if they had time away from the house.“One night a year…” Ruby explained to a group of friends drunkenly. The room was full of talking heads but her ears heard nothing. Carter’s fingers gripped around her wrist and she felt him pulling her towards the door. take what they like and look at what happens. “Do you enjoy that man fucking you?” Max said at last. Mandy and Jo stood in silence watching what was going on cautiously. Mandy turned to look at him and saw a pill on his tongue.” In the shadows. It wasn’t possible while they had so many other distractions.One night a year the girls can drink what they like. Max stood and walked over to join them. Sam. she felt blind and deaf beyond the look in his eyes. honey.” Jo whispered in Max’s ear. “I just wanted to see in the New Year here. She went to him and sucked the small white chalky tablet into her mouth. He lay on the bed quietly smoking a cigarette and the smoke lit up in the thin streak of light that came through a crack in the curtain. “I thought you were going to leave me and my work alone?” Mandy said as he slid up beside her. where they could observe the room without being too noticeable.

that’s it isn’t it?” “Max. then we may as well go our separate ways.” “Stop doing this to yourself.” Max said after a pause. “Does he treat you rough.” The room fell silent. please do this. fuck you. “. “Oh. for me?” he said after a long pause.” “He’s got style has he?” Max replied screwing up his face.” “Don’t lie to me. please. it’s not his style.Mandy sighed and rolled onto her belly and sighed.” “Oh Max. She sat up and looked at him. “I told you before.” She shouted as he pressed his face into hers.” Max replied looking at her momentarily. he fucks himself does he?” “You don’t understand.. so the only other reason I can think is that you wanted to tell me it was over. “Has he got a big dick. why? It certainly wasn’t to make beautiful love.” Mandy began to swing her feet off the bed and look for her shoes when he reached up and grabbed her hair.” “Oh. I’m so confused. “If not. you might enjoy it or something. he just doesn’t want to fuck. “What is it then?” Max asked pushing his hand under her dress and grabbing at her panties. “I don’t believe I’m hearing this shit. you are hurting me. I don’t fuck him.” He shouted. I want to have a relationship with you and make you happy but I just don’t know what you want. All the mixed messages are making me so confused I feel like my head is going to explode. He sat on the bed and put his head in his hands for a moment before continuing. we don’t fuck. He sucked on his cigarette and exhaled loudly. long tongue hairy ass or what? What’s it like when he fucks you? It must be good because every time I’m at that house you and him are together. pulling her back down upon the bed as he tried to climb onto her. “What are you on about now?” she said abruptly. “No I don’t Max. what is it with the guy?” Max said tightening his grip with one hand and holding her chin with the other. “Max.” “What’s shit?” Max replied. you’re hurting me.” “I mean.” She replied trying to pull away from him.” She cried. “What!” Mandy exclaimed.” He gasped eventually as his grip relaxed and he sat up.. “Don’t. “Can’t you give it up. “What guy?” “That Carter..” he said swinging his leg off the bed and allowing her to breathe at last. you’re full of crap.why did you even come here today. “I’m just asking a simple question. “You’re hurting me Max.” “Don’t you see.” She said as tears began to well up in her eyes. a tense and expectant silence which was both uncomfortable and necessary. “It’s true. “You know who I’m talking about.” . “What is it?” he continued.” “Max.” she said softly. “I’m trying to understand what you want. “Just tell me. okay. it gave them time to figure out what they needed to say to each other.” She spat trying to pull his fist from her hair. It is not worth all this heartache. “So. I’d better not do that..” she replied. “I’m hurting you?” he laughed.

” Mandy cursed as she looked down at the ugly welts around her ankles from her session with Carter. “Catering for the perverted. that hang-dog expression he sometimes had made her want to slap HIS face.” “Oh come on.” “Well then.” “I’ll have to think about it. “What. out of her face. where Max had grabbed her earlier..” “You’re right there. Liz was in the hall again dusting although the house never seemed to look any cleaner.” She closed the door behind her and had to stop after a few steps. I mean black as in black girls and black men only. Later she hobbled to the mirrored dressing table and sat in front of it as soon as she got home.” She started to pull on her shoes. . but if it means seeing you for one last time. who knows.” “Try it. beat you for kicks. “By then I’ll have my own money and perhaps my own house. “I don’t know if I could ever understand. Thinking about his face as she left him in the motel. I do. The evil perverts of this world who can’t have sex unless it’s deviant sex?” “No. I can’t handle you sometimes.” She said throwing him a sharp look.” “Well.” He replied looking at her briefly. promise. “It’s not that at all. lip stick smudges and that it looked decidedly filthy.” she said opening the motel room door and flooding the room with light. “You know where I’ll be. Well what happens when you’re old and grey and all your teeth have fallen out. just a little pain but controlled pain. “Fuck it. It was cold in that room again and she noticed the white dresser was stained with thumb prints.“It’s my job Max.” “What a brothel?” he laughed sarcastically. nothing too serious. I’ll look after you. She thought briefly about the previous evening and she felt butterflies in her belly wondering what Max would have said if he had been there.” “I might own my own working house. “They call it Roie-Play because it’s PLAY.” she said heading to the door. play where roles are acted out.” she replied straightening her clothing and looking for her shoes. Beside you only think they’re perverts because you don’t understand what they do. “But you’ll be lonely. if you’re frightened…” “Who said I was frightened?” He said standing and looking into her eyes. “You’re so complicated Max.” “It’s not like that Max. “Why not take a risk and try it out with me. “You might enjoy it. like Ruby’s but black.” She said again.” He said quietly. I’m a big girl. “Fuck it. I’ll be fine.” “You’ll have a house and money. rubbing her sore wrists. “So I guess that means NO. pushing a tangle of matted hair. She had a shower and got dressed before going downstairs to see who was around. But then. no I don’t think so. They had turned black and red overnight and the straps from her shoes were aggravating them.” She said standing and looking down at him sitting on the bed looking truly pathetic.” She smiled. when you couldn’t earn a pot to piss in?” “Don’t worry about me Max. that’s all..” He laughed.

or undecided?” Ruby asked exhaling a lungful of cigarette smoke. “I’ll tell you about Max. “I’ve seen the way you look at Carter. it was also stained with grease and had cobwebs inside. Mandy said nothing and poured herself a coffee before joining the woman on the sofa. She looked around the room and saw that most of the objects in it were worn and slightly tattered. “Don’t worry honey.” Liz smiled a wide toothless grin as Mandy walked past her.” She poured more coffee while Mandy thought about this and then continued.” Ruby said suppressing her barking.” Mandy replied making Ruby burst into laughter.” Ruby said at last breaking the awkward silence.” Ruby said taking another puff on the cigarette “I bet half the women in this city are thinking about someone else when their husbands are fucking them. Her sagging breasts jumped up and down with every cough but she appeared to solve this with another suck on her cigarette holder. This did not mean she could agree with her and instead sat there with her jaw hanging. she wondered why she had never noticed before.” . Walking down the stairs she noticed that the carpet was getting a little threadbare in places and that long.” “Carter?” Mandy smiled. am I right or am I wrong?” Mandy thought about this and realised that everything Ruby had said was true. me and Max are…” “Max.“Morning Miss. this caused her to cough at the same time crating a cloud of cigarette smoke and ash. “I know a love triangle when I see one. He’s your little project. “Does that mean you’re good. It’s the way of the world.” Ruby said as she sat on a sofa with a trey of biscuits and coffee beside her. Mandy knocked on the office door and heard Ruby call from within. noticing that her breath stank of brandy.” Ruby interjected. “How are you today?” Mandy just raised an eyebrow and sucked her teeth in an expression of discontent. Mandy noticed some of the silk wallpaper was peeling from the walls and when she stopped to look at the large ornamental vase she had noted on her first day in the house. dusty cobwebs hung from the ceiling here and there. Mandy held her hand up to her face and said hello. leaving her to get on with her work. A long cigarette burned in a holder between her stained fingers making the room smell musty. “Don’t give me that shit.” “It’s not like that. bad. thinking the old woman had been raiding the bar again. “I think I know what’s bothering you. So seeing as you can’t have the real thing you’re hoping to make Max into a second rate edition of the original. shit. that you mean nothing to him. “No. “You know you’ll never really have Carter. “Good morning. She then sipped some coffee from a chipped cup. he’s nothing but a baby faced faggot and you’re only indulging him coz one day you hope he’ll become another Carter.

” Ruby said shaking her head. if you catch my drift.” Ruby replied in her thick New York accent. . “. I have money.” Ruby said at last. let him go. perhaps it’s this fucking house. “I’m not sure that’s a good idea. She felt as if she knew what her plans were and she was going to get them done with a new enthusiasm. “We all get confused. “Follow your heart. but even I’m lonely. “I guess it takes someone on the outside to see what’s really going on?” “That’s right honey. “It’s like that?” “Yes sweetie. he’ll never be a Carter.. The shadows flickered like beacons upon the faces of the belching assembled.” Mandy looked at her shocked. Chapter 17 Lights burned smoky red and cast blue shadows across the Bar room wall.” Ruby sighed. “You’re the first person I’ve ever said this too. you can’t beat a dog mean. we’ve all been there in the past. Men are like busses.” “I’ve asked Max to try the Black Room’s toys.” Mandy left her in that room a few minutes later wondering if what she had said was true but it didn’t matter.” Ruby said in a whisper. sometimes we all mistake lust for love. “What about Pops and all those other admirers?” “Look honey. “Momma needs a fuck. honey…” Ruby sighed. Have a jolly jaunt with Max the bore and find out if he’s just a substitute for the real thing and if so. she then realised that they all had un-for filled lives really and that the difference between her and Ruby was that she still had time to change it.” She sucked on her cigarette holder and then looked over Mandy’s shoulder towards a mirror that hung on the far wall..” “I thought it may be fun. they’re born that way. Don’t let it get to you Kid.” Ruby said with a sigh..you know.. be careful. I knew I could cheer you up. “That’s the fifty four thousand dollar question. She thought for a while before looking into Mandy’s face and saying.” Mandy said after a long silence. and I’m still not happy. “You know Mandy.” “Oh. mostly business men away from their wives for the night and the odd stranger or two looking for some excitement.” “Well.” Mandy smiled. “See. “I don’t know why I’m still not happy. Men like Carter are born mean.” “You’re kidding me?” Mandy said looking at the old woman intently. open his mind a little. girls and maids and all.” “What shall I do?” Mandy asked pushing a lock of hair from her eyes. “You know what? Here I am approaching my sixtieth birthday.” They both started laughing and then Ruby’s face lit up. desire for devotion and we end up going for the decoy rather than the real McCoy.“I guess you are right.” “Oh. “I’m a woman with needs and although I’m getting on there’s still a fire burning in my box. Seeing her there with no makeup and her hair undone made her realise just how old and frail she was. a big old house. you wait ages for one and then half a dozen arrive at once. Those impotent old bastards couldn’t get it up if you tied a balloon to their dicks.” Mandy said at last.

..” “Mandy invited me. “. “Get me another whiskey. He scratched his crab ridden pubic area and looked across the room at Velta’s chest as she spoke to another punter on a love seat.” “Different?” his friend said taking his eyes from Velta’s chest for a moment.” A beer gutted Italian belched into the sallow face of his Greek friend..” The Greek turned to face his Italian friend. “One whore looks just like any other. but Gino…” The Greek whispered. “... Then he felt a gentle touch on his shoulder.” He said trying to catch the woman’s attention. Ruby flashed lipstick stained teeth and added.You look beautiful. “How different?” “She is beautiful man..have you seen that cast whore in here tonight?” His friend knocked back his short and banged his glass on the table trying to get Liz’s attention. “C’ept in dimensions I guess…” “Ay. please. “. “Wow. “Why. her boozed up legs rubbery and her eyes watery and panda smudged.” The Greek whispered through the side of his mouth. if it isn’t Max…” Ruby drawled raising her glass and then sipping on the glass with a lipstick smudged mouth.“Look at these whores.” he asked softly..” The Greek smiled back and flashed a row of green teeth..I mean that cast bitch.. “Hi.” Max opened the bar door and entered the room looking anxious.” He replied with a slur. She looked at the fat Italian with an air of disgust before turning away to call Liz. He turned to see those bright green eyes lighting up the room.. “Hardly any of them are fuckable.this cast whore is different.” He tried not to stand out too much and looked briefly at the two sleazy characters beside him before focussing his gaze back behind the bar. the one with curly hair and green eyes..” Ruby hissed trying to act surprised. “She’ll be down shortly. “Gimmi a brandy and soda Liz. honey.” Mandy said softly.” the Greek whispered as he looked about the room... “She did mention something. cracking the face powder into lines as she forced a smile.” He replied trying not to make eye contact he guessed that if he did she would have known instantly that he was scared to death. “Fancy seeing you here tonight.” The Greek looked around and touched his friend’s arm as both of them stared at the vision in the high leather boots and short leather hot-pants standing next to Max... “Do you mean the tall black chick?” “No man. “.. Ruby swayed in her usual place at the bar. He looked about and then walked to the bar taking a note from his wallet as he did so. “Gino.” he stammered nervously.. his jaundiced eyes looked about to see what other meat was on offer in the room before swigging his drink back and farting loudly..

” Liz said placing a glass on the bar and taking the note he was offering. She looked into his eyes and she recognized no tenderness. “You look nervous. His face was frozen in a mask of fearful expectation and this delighted her. . she was the darkness that would overcome his light. Black body swinging in the Southern breeze. She fumbled in her pocket and removed two pills and dropped one in his glass before swallowing the other. She felt like a scorpion and Max was her prey. it throbbed within her like a beating drum. Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh. The words seemed to resonate with her and the troubled voice of Billy Holliday felt full of sunken hopes and stifled dreams. no beauty only agony waiting for release. Then the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is fruit for the crows to pluck. There was a track on the record player that reminded her of the first time she had met Carter. Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. He was entering her world of slavery where she was his master.“Here’s your drink.” “I’m cool. She was once a novice but was now a teacher. Pastoral scene of the gallant South. for one night only. that thought excited her. Here is a strange and bitter crop. This seemed like the perfect occasion and Mandy hoped he would enjoy it. and cope with the sensations. In .” She said softly with a coy grin. all minds fixed upon their terrible hopes. She felt confident that tonight would be a triumph for her and for Max. Putting herself into a dominant frame of mind she imagined Max as her victim. Carter had given her a couple of Mandrax the previous evening and she thought they may come in handy sometime. themes black women deal with regularly.” Max replied trying to suppress his nerves and look confident. “What was that?” “It’ll help you relax.” Mandy smiled. “Shall we go upstairs?” She said softly. no longer a lover but an object who’s only purpose was to give her pleasure and obedience. Max picked it up and the ice rattled in the glass loudly as his fingers shook.” “You don’t have to do this. The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth. no. passionate and deadly. “Nervous. For the rain to gather. Mandy looked at Max quietly for a moment. Tonight seemed as good a time as any to experiment. “I’m absolutely frantic. only suffering. For the sun to rot.” He lied. for the trees to drop. Mandy glided him towards the door like a butcher leading a lamb for the slaughter. “Not if you aren’t into it. for the wind to suck.” Mandy said as he swallowed the drink and pill with one gulp. as well as she had her first time. When they reached the door it appeared that all eyes were upon them. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Southern trees bear strange fruit.

“I don’t want to hurt you. reassuring smile. She turned and led the way again and although he still felt uneasy. feeling the character leave her totally. “Hay Mandy?” Max called when they got to the bottom of the stairs. just to spend some intimate time alone with her. “Hang on will you?” he called again. There was something that she couldn’t quite put a finger on that worried her about the arrangement Mandy had arranged. You’ll be safe with me. may have been worth all the pain to come. or the way she held her shoulders back too stiffly. Whatever it was. She flicked away a loose part of her hair so it wouldn’t get in her eyes and pierced him with that bright green glair. “I promise not to hurt you.. “We’ll try a little role play. you know Master and Slave.” She said sharply. it’ll be fun. “I don’t know if I can go through with this. “Don’t be like that. It may have been the way she had been talking to Max. okay?” “Okay. She expected him to say something but he just looked back at her in silence. If there are any risks. “I’m not sure if I want you to hurt me either.then we could change roles if you want. I promise. Sam was going to creep up to the attic after a while and keep a close eye on them. he was prepared to give this a go.” Mandy whispered as she took his cold hand and led his up to the next landing. surely that was worth some discomfort. She looked so beautiful to Max that just standing on the stairwell. “Did you want to say something?” “Yep. Sam had only felt this way once before and it was the night Carter had taken Lorry to the Black Room.. “What’s wrong Max?” she asked tenderly breaking into a fake. away from all those people.” He replied like a small child.” He said softly.” He said quietly.” She said firmly. He looked at her and then the floor and then the walls and the ceiling before saying softly.” She huffed and turned to face him. eventually.reality only Ruby and Sam watched them go with some reservations. “Let’s go back to the bar and you can go home. Sam had been watching them talk ever since he arrived. “I want to say something. “What Max?” she said. her expressionless face giving no indication of her inner frustration. I’ll take them. alone with her like that.” “Fine. “. Her acutely perceptive intuition aware that Mandy’s mood was somehow different to how it is generally.” “Then come with me and say nothing.” As they stood outside the Black Room she felt his hesitation grip her fingers tightly. or it may have been his reluctance which worried her. the Greek shrugged and looked around for another cunt to buy. While he was with her no one else would be.. She tried not to answer him as this would bring her out of character and it would have spoilt the whole experience for them both.. Mandy reached inside the door and flicked on the light switch flooding the room in a dim red and .” He stuttered.

“Put your feet together. “It would spoil things. The Mandrax was hitting her brain now and her vision became a little unfocussed but she wanted to ensure he relaxed and enjoyed their time together. Other than that Max had no hair on his body.green hue.” She said pushing his forearms toward the ropes that hung from the ceiling.” She said as he undid his shirt and slid it off his shoulders. “What’s this?” he asked gingerly. Good funny. Max did as he was told and she connected his wrists to a cross bar that hung from the ropes.” She said abruptly. His pubic hair was a soft light brown mound around his long thick cock and had a little path of soft down that rose up to his navel. touching that damp patch of pubic hair at the base of his hard cock. “Arms up. she could feel his hard cock under the soft fabric bursting to be free and she rubbed the palm of her hand against it momentarily before pushing the pants to the floor. she kissed him and thrust her tongue into his mouth. he was about six feet tall with broad shoulders and a flat stomach. “Hmm.” “Just relax. She could feel him pushing into her now and had to stop.” He sighed. nice to look at. massaging the ridge under the glans with her tongue before sucking the whole cock deep into her throat. Then she turned a lever and the crossbar lifted his . so. She was level with his navel and Max’s hard cock stood like a flag pole under her chin. Mandy looked at his body. Max placed his feet together and she strapped them with a short leather clasp. The sight of her sucking his cock made the passion within him rise like a fire in his belly. it was not the game she wanted to play but this was Max so she gave into his attentions. looking up at him.” he sighed. “I was really enjoying what you were doing. but what’s all this about?” “Put your arms up.” He smiled back and she stood. He kicked them off with his shoes and she slid her hand under the soft fabric of his underwear. I can’t explain. His chest muscles were not as developed at Carter’s and he didn’t have the tattoos.” She smiled. but he was still well defined. “I feel really funny. She looked up at him before slipping the tip of his cock into her mouth. Max reached down and pulled off her top so that she was bare from the waist up. even his legs seemed as soft as her own although she did notice that around his ankles more thick blonde down sprouted. taking his hand in hers she led him across the room to a piece of equipment that she was familiar with. Like two magnet they immediately fell into each other’s arms and she felt him reach around her to hold her tightly. “That’s fucking beautiful.” She whispered reaching down and unzipping his pants. “You’re not gonna come yet. They stepped inside and she closed the door behind them. She pulled it into a proud position and rubbed it up and down gently before falling to her knees and pulling his underclothes down. Mandy cupped his tight scrotum and ran her fingers up and down the inside of his leg as he swayed above her slowly. completely out of her usual character.

” He said being perfectly level with her pussy. “Hmm. “That hurt.” He shouted with a slurred smile. Then she looked down at his face and laughed. He saw her turn and reach out for something laying on a nearby shelf before stepping back into the light with a paddle. “This is more like it. “Oh come on. “I’ll lay down and you can clamp me. She bent it between her fingers and looked at him wickedly. “Ouch!” he shouted.” Max’s cock was shrinking away from her and she thought she was losing him. It was flat leather and around four inches wide.” She sighed.” He slurped as he pushed his tongue between her lips and tasted the juices there.” She hissed. “That’s better. “Okay. “Do you feel helpless?” she said as her nails reached down to his balls and under them. “. ” “Okay. it was a sight that filled him with passion and although he couldn’t thrust with his hips he felt his thighs go tight as she pressed a finger into his ass. When he was swinging freely she walked back and started to run her nails over his chest.” She helped hi stand and led him across the room to where the rack was situated. “Now you do me up.and what’s this supposed to do?” She wiggled her hips and unzipped her hot pants before pushing them down past her knees and then over the top of her boots. “Try this. She saw his cock twitching again furiously and she placed it back in her mouth.” Just as he was about to come she reach out and pressed a small switch that automatically undid his clasps.” He said with a half smile. with his feet in the air and his head almost at floor level. “Very funny. “Eat my cunt. “Fuck. “I was enjoying that.” Max looked at her and in the semi darkness with the chemical in his blood she appeared like someone else entirely.body from the floor. “That feels really funny.” Max looked up and saw between the two mounds of her breasts his cock going into her mouth. okay? I will instruct you.. “Go on Baby. Having the chemical laden blood rushing to his head and her pussy in his face aroused him greatly. I’m not sure if I like it. “What are you going to do with that?” Mandy said nothing and just tapped the tip of his cock with the paddle.” She put the paddle down and twisted the frame that he was on until he was hanging upside down.” He said looking up at her. intense glair..” “There’s plenty of time for enjoyment.” He smiled. “Do you feel scared?” she said softly giving him a fixed. She pushed her pubis into his face and Max found that he was at just the right height to eat her.” He snapped as her fingers probed his ass. inverted. Max fell from the frame into a crumpled heap sprawled across the floor. She ran her nails down the inside of his legs and back up over his balls. It stood there majestically like a well made piece of furniture in the reddish.. green glow from the dim lamps. .. “You bitch.” Mandy whispered as his cock rubbed against her cheek. She was someone he didn’t recognise.

” She gasped again. Max closed his eyes and felt her tight cunt grip his cock as he slid up to her pubic bone. It was impossible for him to stop as the violent chemical diversions built within his cock. Now that her legs were pulled so far apart he was able to really get some depth into each thrust and it felt good to push as deeply as he could. His head was filing with the strange sensation of chemical arousal. but was unable to stop.” She moaned. “Ahhhhhhhhhh. from the other end of the table. a bizarre feeling which shot up and down his spine like lightening.” Max did as he was told and found it strangely erotic being able to look down at her strapped up like that. nothing was going to prevent him fucking her cunt until he exploded inside her. “Turn that ratchet. was it something about a colour. frantically building up into a climax. “Tighter. He heard that sound again gurgle from her quivering red lips. his cock began to get very stiff with chemical thunder. She closed her eyes and sucked air into her lungs. Placing his hands behind her hips Max pulled her towards him and thrust deeper. He was lost in that divine moment of pleasure she had said he’s experience. He fell forwards and his head came to rest on . unaware that the neck clasp had been incorrectly placed. Clink-clink-clink “Tighter. Max was eager. What was she saying. Max was pushing in and out and pulling her hips up to meet him.Mandy lay on the rack bed and pulled her legs wide apart before allowing him to clasp them at the ankles in this unnatural position. Pulling her towards him Max felt her struggle and thought he heard her say something but he didn’t respond to it or care. Clink-clink-clink- The slack on the collar began to tighten as he looked at her breasts and the soft mound of pubic hair rising like an airstrip above her pussy. Max did as he was told and turned the handle three more times.” Max screamed as hot spurts of come spat from his throbbing dick like a toothpaste tube that had been stamped upon. to push his throbbing cock into her pussy and adjusted the leg mounts so her ankles were slowly pushed apart. he could feel an explosion brewing.” She said as he slowly adjusted the collar under her chin. Touching her furtively and seeing her pussy gaping wide meant he couldn’t resist pushing his hard cock into her. Her face flushed red and sweat dripped in fine strands down her clear. He then strapped her wrists tightly at her side before placing the final clasp around her neck. He could feel her vaginal muscles clamping down on his cock and her juices flowing over his dick as he pushed in and out slowly. brown shin from the tips of her curls. “Feel free to enjoy yourself.

slapping her face and panting in a growing sense of heightened anxiety. Then he noticed that he couldn’t hear anything. on top of her hot breasts for a moment panting wildly as he felt that warm liquid leak between her legs. “Come on baby. The driver looked ahead and paid no attention to the two soberly dressed women seated behind him. if filled the hall outside the room and flooded down the stairs. He looked up to the ceiling and a strange cry filled the room.. It was just another day. She was lifeless and malleable to the touch as Max lifted her head and placed it on his lap. He had killed her. The room was silent but it was an un-natural silence that suddenly filled him with dread. taken her life when she had so much more to do in this world. stop messing around. buckles and straps so he would be able to move her freely. “Did you enjoy that?” he asked simply. It was an animal cry. The howl became a scream and the scream became the wail of police sirens ringing out in the night. A stray lock of hair was in her eyes. It was an overcast day and a veil of drizzle ran down the closed. He lay there. filling the house with the sound of his grief.”Come on babe. I’ve always loved you. better. Pushing off with his hands Max stood and withdrew looking down at her face Max noticed that Mandy’s tongue was poking out of her mouth in an unnatural and odd manner which froze his blood instantly. don’t do this to me. he pushed it to one side and stared at her speechless. another hire. He was filling with terror looking at that lifeless and contorted face.. “No!” Max screamed in a long emotional howl.” He pulled her up and felt her still warm body press into his naked flesh as her limp arms fell at his side. peering out of their respective windows in silence.. “Baby?” he said softly. glassy and empty. Both women were dressed in expensive black raincoats and they wore veiled hats that covered the redness in their eyes. He really could not hear anything and he held his breath to ensure it wasn’t an illusion. I never wanted to hurt you. Max thought.. I never wanted to do this. her eyes looked strange. .You know I love you Mandy. Epilogue The long black limo rolled down the road at a slow and steady pace. “. like a wolf baying at the moon.” He whispered pulling her body towards him and holding her close. remembering when things had been different. they had both heard similar cries before and knew it meant trouble. “Mandy?” he said concerned by her expression.” He said. He reached out and pressed the release that made the ratchet spin freely. She crumpled as the cords and clasps slackened and he frantically began to untie the clasps.” He walked along the frame to her face and looked down.. another funeral.. tinted windows. In the bar Ruby stopped What she was doing and looked across at Sam.her chest between her breasts. stop messing around. “Come on baby.

“The chief was very sure that he didn’t want me anywhere near the court.” “I understand. a pause in which her thoughts were filled with memories of green eyes and vivacious looks she added. I didn’t mean it like that. Shit. “I’ve had it with men. with the respect and grace one expects when the promised tips are good. Her gaze fell on a particular passing monument and a shudder rocked her visibly. incubate them a little. settle down and buy a small place in another town.” “Don’t rush out and buy us a toaster. They’re not charging you with anything are they?” “No. “What with all the publicity. “I guess there will be a trial.” The service was short and sweet only mentioning the death as a tragic accident which could not have been foreseen. “I don’t know Kid. After a pause.” Sam thought about what had happened since “the incident”. “What’s gonna happen to him?” Ruby asked after a short pause. how they had been camped outside the house for days on end photographing everything and everybody..” “Congratulations. She even managed an expression which may have appeared like a smile from a distance. I’ll pay the girls off and then sit on my rocks for a while.” Ruby hissed. even the milk being delivered. She was now at the graveside in a worn black coat wiping a tear from her eyes with a .” “Friends in high places eh?” “Something like that.” Sam whispered softly.” Ruby replied. The sight of a child’s statue atop a well maintained tomb was just too much for her. “Things like this can kill a business stone dead. Sam reached out and squeezed Ruby’s hand in her own for a moment before whispering.. “You’ll come with me I hope?” They made eye contact and Sam caught sight of the driver looking at them in the rear view mirror. Sam thought for a long time before answering the question Ruby had asked.” Ruby turned round and reached out to take Sam’s hand in her own. Pop’s has asked me to marry him of course.” Ruby nodded and looked back out her window. “You know I love you. The coffin was carried to the grave by four unsmiling graveyard attendants and lowered into the ground slowly. “I’m getting too old for this game.“Are you sure about selling the house?” Sam said softly without taking her gaze from the passing stone monuments that flashed past the tinted windows. Ruby had seen the frail old woman in the church during the service but didn’t know who she was.” Sam replied.” she replied wringing her leather gloved hands briefly. it’ll never be the same. “I’ll never love anyone else. All the questions from the police and the media.” Ruby replied with a small smile. “Yes. Seeing that glare of hers filled him with fear and his eyes fell back on the road immediately. “What are you going to do now?” she asked looking at Ruby briefly.

whatever was she doing for you to earn this much money?” “Oh. “It belonged to your daughter and I’m sure she would want you to have it.” The old woman laughed through her tears as she shook her head in disbelief.” Ruby replied. Lord. Thank the LORD. before stepping over to the woman. “She was my housekeeper that’s all. “. Ruby looked at the old woman and saw herself reflected back. I was surprised. she was my housekeeper. She studied her lined face and thick fingers with interest. I’m so sorry…” “Oh.small white hankie. you just have to go.” The old woman replied dabbing the hankie against her nose.” The old woman remarked looking at Ruby’s coat and shoes with interest. “She was the best. the terrible and inevitable scars of age and grief visible in that worn face.Every week a letter would arrive with a few dollars in it for me. “My little girl left home and made something of herself…” the old woman continued with tears welling up in her eyes. “Such a grand lady. The old woman took it hesitantly from diamond-bejewelled hand and peered within. death waits for us all and when the lord wants you.” Ruby reached into her Hermes handbag and withdrew a thick envelope. “When the police came and told me. “Mandy spoke about you a lot..” Ruby replied simply. She loved you very much. “Don’t you worry about my little girl. There’s been such a lot of evil. Thank the Lord for that.” “Yes…” Ruby whispered. She’s in the arms of Jesus now” “Quiet. please Mam.” The woman cried clutching the envelope to her breast. She looked into the grave and shook her head thinking of that wasted life and withered dreams. She held it out to the old woman. she was such a good girl. did she work for you?” “Yes. “Holy Jesus!” The old woman exclaimed upon seeing the thick wad of notes that the envelope contained. “I’ve never seen so much money before. “You must be Mandy’s mother?” Ruby said as the old woman turned her red eyes up to face her.. She was thoughtful like that. earning all this money for being a maid. my girl was a maid.” THE END © David William Kirby July 2010 . clearly worn from years of hard work. viscous gossip about her and it was all wrong.” Ruby replied softly as she closed the woman’s fingers around the envelope. “Can you credit that. once she had thrown the rose she carried in on top of the coffin.” Ruby lied. Mandy never went anywhere without letting me know. “What is this?” “It’s seven thousand dollars. Goddamn maid I ever had. Tell me. told me she was gone. and I pay very well.” “A maid.” “Oh.

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