Copyright: David William Kirby:2012
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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

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 Lord,” she whispered softly as a spot of rain fell on her upturned
face. “Thank you for giving me my baby.” 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 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

One look into those bright green eyes set within that pale brown skin made all
the depression
disappear. The child was 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 allowing them entry.

“You ain’t no whore are you?” he spat as the woman

“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, violence. They say every cloud has a silver lining and this is it.”
“Like that, is it?” the old man said rubbing his
bristling chin.

“Yes.” She said confidently with her eyes wide and
shoulders 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’s 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 and I suppose you’ll have to meet him

Until that time you make yourself comfortable, when you ready, come back to
the kitchen; I want my food before it gets dark.”
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
“When you’re ready I’ll have some eggs and coffee waiting for you.”
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.

She was aware that from that day her life would not be her own and that
although slavery was
a long time past she would be a slave to that house until the child grew up.

She was still grateful for what the lord had provided considering the last few
nights had been
spent sleeping in cornfields.

The baby grew while her mother polished furniture and swept passages until her
arms ached. The young girl, Mandy, sat on a rug in the kitchen while her mother
scrubbed pans and cooked food. In the winter 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 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 the other
parishioners with whom they shared the church.

She knew they were talking about her and that bastard child 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 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 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.

The man never smiled, never said anything kind or interesting. He had just
chewed on a long cigar and let his eyes eat her up. Occasionally she would turn
and find him behind her, a little too close, that smell of sweat and bad tobacco
lingering in her nose long after he was gone. She stepped toward him and looked
hard into his eyes.
“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.
“You have grown some girl.” He said patting the sweat from his brow with a
stained hankie. “Come a little closer and let me see you properly.”

She did as he asked and snarled as his thick fingers reached out and touched her
between her
knees. He started to stroke further upward and as his fingers touched the bottom
of her skirt she snapped.
“What do you think you are doing?”
“Don’t be like that girl.” He drawled, a smile cracking his fat face. “It’s time a girl
of your
age found out what your pussy’s for. Now keep still.”

“If your fingers move one more inch.” She said placing her hands on her hips.
“’ll find out what my fist is for. You may think you can tell my mother to do
your bidding Mister, but
I don’t work for you or anyone.

Beside, when I find a use for my pussy it will be on a day I decide and with a
person who’s dick isn’t buried in five layers of gut fat. You got that?”
“Ha...”He chuckled. “You gonna play hard to get girl?”

She turned and sniffed loudly, deciding to leave that house as soon as possible,
with her mother or without.
“You can go,” the fat white man shouted after her.“…but you can’t hide; not in
my house.”
“We’ll see about that!” Mandy cursed under her breath.

Later that day she packed a small bag, kissed her mother on the cheek and
walked from that house never to look back. She was tired of seeing her mother
sweat over his stove, scrub his floors and clean up like a Good nigger, a grateful
nigger; like a nigger without a care in the world, as he called her.

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.
“Keep in touch, baby…” her mother had shouted as the girl headed out the gate
into the lane yonder.

“And never turn your back on the Lord.”
Bullshit, Mandy thought as she stamped ahead with clenched teeth. Don’t turn
your back on the lord, she thought, because if you do he’ll screw you in the butt.
That’s what white people are like and God had to be white otherwise he wouldn’t
be god.

Well, not a god whitey would want to worship. She was sick of it all, the religious
hypocrisy, and the racist attitudes. Each step was taking her further away from it
all; the days of servitude to a big, white lord was over and she would do all she
could to make sure they never came back.

Chapter One
Mandy hiked a lift out of Carolina along the main interstate heading west. She
told the driver that she was going wherever he was heading. He was going all the
way to California, to Los Angeles and so this became her destination too.

He was another fat white man who had a thick growth of beard and sleep in his
eyes; but his eyes had a look of humour in them and when he smiled he
exposed a mouth full of green teeth. It was an overcast day and yet the man was
profusely as the corner of his eyes surveyed her legs. He was keeping them on
the road most of the time although she could tell he was interested in
them; she noticed the furtive glance occasionally. He was just like all the other
white men she had known; they would call her a nigger in front of their friends
then try to fuck her when she was alone.

“How old are you Girl?” the driver asked making casual conversation.
“Sixteen.” She lied looking away from him and out the side window at the
farmland that was shooting past. The wheat was growing tall and they fields
seemed to stretch to the horizon in every direction.

“You’re a big girl for sixteen.” He replied, there was something in his tone that
made her glance at him quickly. Just in time to see that he had been leering at
her intently.
“If you don’t keep your eyes on the road mister…” she snapped. “I might never
see my seventeenth birthday. Still,” she added with a wry smile.

“At least we’ll have the pleasure of dyeing together. Your fat gut spread over the
tarmac and
my face splattered against the windscreen. What a sight.”

“I’m looking at the road.” The driver said anxiously looking back to the road and
gripping the
wheel with his fat hairy fingers. There was a long pause before he said anything

“I was only admiring your legs.” He said softly.
“You have the most beautiful legs I’ve ever seen.”

“You need to get out more.” She huffed. Mandy turned her attention to the
window again and hoped that he would lose interest.
“You’re a little young to be making this journey on your own aren’t you?” The
driver said eventually breaking the awkward silence. “You got family in
Los Angeles?”
“No.” she replied abruptly.
“You got friends down there?” He continued trying
to get her to relax.
“No.” she replied.

“You sure don’t say much do you?” he said with a breathless sigh. “I guess you’re
one of these people that can walk into a town like Los Angeles, not knowing a
soul, with no family and settle down like they’ve lived there all their life?”
“That’s right.”

They drove for a further few kilometres and the sun got low on the horizon as
they journeyed on. She was thinking about her mother and wondering if she was
sitting by the old stove quietly crying for her.

She thought too about the big old boss that owned the house and if he had taken
his anger out on the old woman. She knew she had upset him but perhaps she
had done the only thing to make things better; he was sure to have continued
trying to get into her panties and it was better to nip things in the bud.

“You got a job fixed up in L.A?” the driver said eventually as he flicked a switch
and the road
ahead was flooded with headlight. Mandy faced him and wondered if she should
being so defensive; the last thing she wanted was to be put out in the dark in the
middle of nowhere.

“I hope to find a job.” She replied with a small smile. “You know, earn a little
money, be
something better then a…”

She stopped in mid sentence and looked away.

“Better then a what?” The driver asked. “Don’t be shy. I’m not going to judge
you.” He gave her a dumb smile that made her giggle, the fat from his chin
collected up on his shirt collar in great folds giving the impression of several

“That’s better.” He said making the chins wobble.
“You look much better with a smile on that face of yours. Now, young lady, better
them what?”
“A maid.” She said eventually, looking back through the side window at the bleak
landscape beyond.
“A maid.” The driver gasped. “Is that what you’ve been doing lately?”
“My mother, I’ve been living with her.”

“Truly. Constance. “Well. stop messing. you’re going to need money for a place to say when you get there.. what you are hoping to do in the big city.” They drove on a little further until the lights of a small motel drew along beside them.If you say so.” 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.A.” He said pulling the truck door open and up at her. 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.” “Oh.” the driver said with a beefy smile.” “So you’d do anything for cash. “I’ve checked us in as Mr Farley and his daughter. would you have been happier if she’d earned rent on her back?” “No. Especially in a city like L. She was a good old girl and she had some mighty fine friends. eh?” the driver said looking away from the road and at her legs again. “You are a beauty. you’ve ruled out being a maid and. you’re not. I’ve not ruled anything out just yet. er. I just meant I’d never be a maid.” She said sliding out of the truck and standing beside him. I guess not.” She smiled tucking it into her blouse. “That okay with you?” “Sure. “How would you like to earn fifty buck right now?” He said cautiously.” “You got me!” he laughed taking out a battered wallet and passing over a crisp new note. “Don’t spend it all at once. “I guess that would mean letting you fuck me. he sensed that he shouldn’t have mentioned his mother’s profession to the young girl and tried another tract. .Don’t knock being a maid girl. “A girl like you could go a long way with fifty bucks in her pocket book.” “Oh yha.” She laughed looking out the window into the darkness.” He stuttered. my mother’s profession. “We’re in N0 5” he said leading around the building to where the rooms were situated. So your mother earns money scrubbing floors.” she sneered looking at him. It was then she noticed just how small he was. “. little miss.. Whatever it is I guess I never ruled out being a whore. right?” She smiled seeing his hands get white as their grip on the steering wheel tightened. “My mother was a whore and she’d given her eyeteeth to have been a maid. “Not without giving me my fifty dollars. Could you work in a store?” “I don’t know. Mandy watched him waddle away and wondered what she was letting herself in for. It’s only a way of paying the rent after all. “My momma warned me about girls like you. “Well.” She said with an air of depression.” She said softly. He pulled the truck into the car park behind the rooms and went to check. anyone ever told you that?” “Yha.” “I’ll keep it to buy me a new school uniform.

She had felt safe and warm there. After taking a shower she went through the still sleeping man’s trouser pockets. “Look. Now how you gonna fuck me?” “Nah. 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. being a thief something quite different. drinking the coffee and going out to see if his truck was okay. .” He laughed doing up his fly and throwing a towel across the room. She replaced the money and the wallet and then adjusted her hair in the mirror before going out on the veranda. There was an old fashioned oil lamp in what looked like an old cellar. When she woke him the driver didn’t even wash before getting dressed.“Now what did you have to say that for?” He stared at her nervously. you can let me have a wank while I look at those legs. “If I can’t fuck you.” he sniffed looking up at her.” “Oh. “Thank you. she’d never heard the word before. They were a little hostile at first but the colour of her money helps them get over the colour of her skin. so I guess you are.” “Well.” They both fell to sleep on the bed fully dressed and she had a strange dream. “You have ruined it now. “Making it out like I’m a paedophile or something.” He said after a long pause.” “Whatever. One of his great arms was over her shoulder and she pushed it aside and stepped off the bed towards the window. in his lair. She awoke as the fist beams of dawn were bursting through the windows. it was like crank. Well whatever he was getting at she decided just to let him get on with it. He tugged at her legs until she was laying with her panties facing him and she was staring up at the ceiling. let’s play an adult game he said. His wallet had just a couple of hundred dollar bills and a faded photograph of a woman. “Yes…” she said as the old master touched the place that dollies never had.” She replied not understanding what a wank was.” she said pushing him down on the bed. Mandy took her to be his wife. “I am underage. “All I did was lay there.” “S’pose you want your money back?” she asked hoping that he wouldn’t. She was tempted to take the money and run away but the thought of being a whore was one thing. She heard a grunt and then he sat up.” He said breathlessly. She could see shadows cast upon the bare brick walls and the painted faces of china dolls. The driver was still asleep and he was sucking air through his nostrils and then blowing warms gusts against her face. she thought. “For what?” she asked. or thank. “You sure got me there. It was as though it was a memory stored in her mind like a faded photograph. Perhaps. you got me.

“I wondered if I’d done something wrong.He’d paid for the room in advance so there was nothing left to do except visit the bathroom and get going. “Who’s the woman in the photograph?” she asked before realising that he’s know she’d been down his pockets.” she replied with a smile. you were the perfect gentleman. “Mind your own business. You put the wallet back in the wrong one. I’d be one happy little girl.” “You didn’t take advantage. Thanks…” . “I feel like I took advantage last night. “Why do you ask?” “You’ve not said anything since we got going.” “It’s not you girl. He didn’t say much during the first part of their journey and eventually she broke the silence.” “Thank you. didn’t I” He shook his head and glanced away from the road towards her. I felt safe with you. Even though I’m old enough to be your father. “Have I upset you?” “No.” “If I had a dad like you. “Do you watch football?” the driver asked as he dipped a slice of toast into a soggy egg yolk.” he replied shooting her an awkward look.” She replied with a slight smile. “I got a daughter who is a little older then you.” The man said after a long pause. “That’s made me feel better about things.” He said flashing his yellow teeth towards her. “In fact. “Then asking what you were running away from?” He looked down at his food and acted as if the question wasn’t nosey.” “But I forced you to have sex. “No. I mean. “I don’t want to pry. you could tell me to mind my own business if you want.” A few hours later they were in a diner eating a brunch of eggs. I’m not like that really. “Did you?” “You know what I mean. She saw that there were tears welling up in his eyes and she started to feel guilty.” “How did you take advantage?” she laughed. “Why do you ask?” “Aw.” He shrugged and continued to eat in silence for a while until she ate the last of her eggs.” “Okay…” she laughed. “Just trying to make conversation.” He tutted and looked back towards the road.” She smiled reaching out and touching his arm gently.” He replied taking a sniff and gulp of coffee. bacon and coffee. “You didn’t rape me or nothing. If a man took advantage of her I’d find him and I’d kill him. “I thought you’d been through my pockets. 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. I thought it was better to ask that than…” “Than what?” she asked looking at him intently.

best sleep I’d had for ages. “Why not. of the sort that can exist . “Thanks. thinking about the past.” He said.” Mandy exclaimed softly. “Yha. “That was frugging delicious. At that time of the day Jed. “But bright as a button. “You said your mother was a maid?” he said after a while. If her momma was sitting beside the stove darning or working out in the yard. her companion seemed to guess this and pulled her from the daydream with a simple answer. seriously. I was away with the fairies. for what?” “For not ripping me off and running.” he said realising that he had pried enough and that it really wasn’t any of his business. I mean.” “I’m not like that. She reached out a hand and touched his shaking fist on the tabletop. usually came in from the garden to grab a bite to eat.” She said biting her lower lip. Were they passing the morning with a little superficial small talk.” “Sure. “What is it with you. you could have.” No other words passed between them for the rest of their journey. “What about your father?” “He’s dead. 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 sorry to hear that. quiz of the week or something?” “Sorry. sorry. “The photo?” She asked looking back toward him and regretting that she’d been through his pockets in the first place.” “You are. She thought about them both sitting there just as she and her new friend were.” He laughed.” She lied thinking this lie better then the truth. There was a mutual understanding there. The noise in the diner seemed to slip away as her thoughts returned to her mother.” She said softly. she had never spent the whole night away from her in the past and she wondered if she was also thinking about her. wide eyed. the cancer took her…” “I’m so sorry. how old was he…” “Can we change the subject?” she snapped again.“Thanks. It wasn’t necessary and he felt as if he’d said enough. “She’s been dead ten years now.” She replied before looking out the window longingly.” “I was going to.” There was another thick silence between them until he eventually took a bite from the last piece of toast and pushed the plate away. Luckily enough. “You sure are wound up tight.

beautiful people. “If you do go there. 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. She was asleep when the sudden motion of the truck stopped and the lack of engine noise pulled her from her dreams. she’ll look after you.” He said as the truck rattled out of gear. “Hay bud. “Tell Ruby Tom Farley sent you. Chapter two People were everywhere. some had nothing and some looked like they had everything. “This is as far as I go Honey. there were so many of them. Okay?” “Thank you. It was hot and bright and she had to shield her eyes from the glare of the sun as she looked up at him. Within each brass star was a name. “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. Mandy saw a man in rags talking to god.” She said sitting up and wiping the sleep from her eyes. in steamy cars at the side of the road.” “It was a pleasure. small people.” She shouted slamming the truck door. “Take this.” “Okay.” He said handing her another twenty dollars and a piece of paper with an address scrawled on it. 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. cursing the cars and the road.” She replied looking at the address .” She opened the truck door and jumped down onto the road. standing on street corners looking around expectantly. ask for Ruby and you might land yourself a job or somewhere to stay. “Thanks for being so good to me.” He smiled. “You can catch a bus down there and it’ll take you right into town. “See you later Tom Farley. . damning them all. Big people. on the sidewalk. the sky.under such circumstances. want some business?” Mandy saw another fat woman who had a child in her arms. ugly people.” Mandy looked down at the sidewalk and saw inlaid stars on every other paving stone. She called to a passing car shining in the mid-morning heat. Cursing the sun.” “Right. thin. I’m going to the freight terminal. fat. cursing Him under his breath. The child was screaming and the woman could be heard saying. people in cafes and bars. she didn’t recognize any of them and wondered why they should be honoured like that.

“Until Sunset intersects it?” “That’s right Honey.” Mandy replied indignantly. “It’s an address along the strip there. They both faced her with hardened looks.Then she saw a name she did recognise. that’s Vine…” “Vine?” Mandy replied looking in the direction he had indicated. . “We ain’t got no money.” Mandy asked as she reached them. This thought disappeared at the rank stench of stale urine and musty armpits flooded her senses.” the woman said after a long pause.” The boy said nodding along the road.” The boy’s mother said examining the piece of paper with a squint. “It’s along that way miss. Sunset intersects it. “I’m not begging. good luck yaw. The bright summer sun and the smell of lilac brought it all back vividly. “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. The woman cradled a plastic bag filled with tin cans to her breast and mumbled something about god. There were two people standing in the square that the theatre edged chatting about nothing in particular. She saw a woman in a faded dress. Of course.” Mandy thanked them and walked to the junction they’d indicated and found herself walking away from the Chinese Theatre. stained and threadbare almost bump her into the road. “If you go left there. Oh. long ago as a child she used to watch her mother hang the washing. “Go left at that junction.” The stranger said looking up with a smile. You can’t miss it. “I can read it mother. this is where Hollywood films are made.” One of the strangers replied defensively. She noticed the faint smell of juniper on the wind and then the scent of lilac reached her nose and it reminded her of home. At the bottom of Vine Street she found Sunset Strip cutting across.” “Really. 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. There was a schoolyard on her left and a group of small children played with a ball in it.” “Left down Vine?” 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. Clark Gable. “Excuse me. The smell faded as Mandy strode away towards and old theatre set back from the road. This made her smile. they must all be actors. “Oh. she thought.

before another step forwards could be taken. 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. There was a small flight of steps. . “And what can I do for you?” the woman asked sarcastically eyeing Mandy from the tips of her toes to the top of her head. Farley wouldn’t have given her this address if he didn’t think they’d help her. which she found unable to climb. if anything? The only way to find out would be to press that button. Her finger pressed hard and she stood back. even for rich folks like these. It was a picture of a nude girl holding a ball. This woman certainly didn’t get on her knees and do the sort of jobs her mother performed every day of her life. up right with her chin proud. perhaps it was fear of the unknown but something held her there rooted to the spot. 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. So what would they be able to do for her. The sort of work white women never did. It really was a huge place. come on girl.” She mused. Surely. Mandy could see by the cleanliness of the apron the woman wore that she wasn’t a maid of all work. 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. busy road that seemed to stretch as far as her eyes could see in either direction. 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. The imposing nature of the building filled her with anxiety for some reason.” 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. The gate upright had the number on it that was the same as the one Farley had given her and she peered through the gates at the house beyond. The image made her smile. The number she wanted were only a few steps from the junction. or dirty work. The art-deco stained glass that was fitted in the door she reached fascinated her. “Just look at that.It was a wide. she wondered. “Wow. all picked out in different coloured glass. get a grip. Perhaps it was lack of confidence. She had to say under her breath. She took a deep breath when she reached the tall and wide iron gates that were set into a hedge. Mandy pushed open the gate and stepped onto the gravel path towards the huge white porch that framed the sturdy glass panelled front door.

or something.” “Would he be available?” Mandy stuttered.“I’d like to speak to your master. “. “Well. get you.. you would.” Mandy replied. “You either got the wrong house. and she ain’t no lady. “… There ain’t no master in this house. “I was told to ask for Mr Ruby. would you?” The maid replied with a laugh. It was bright with windows all around. The old woman opened the door wider and looked over the girl’s shoulder down the path towards the gate. reclining temptingly on a bed of roses.” Mandy replied desperately trying to sound confident. “Tom Farley sent me. The opulence amazed the country girl and her eyes darted everywhere before coming to rest upon a painting that hung on the far wall. astonished by the woman’s attitude. yep!” “And Tom Farley sent you?” “That’s right.” . “You had better come in then. Her long red hair curled down across ivory shoulders and the intense auburn was picked up again in the fold of her exposed pubis.” “There isn’t?” Mandy replied. It was of a naked girl.” The old woman stared through the stained glass for a moment before cautiously opening the door. “Only one person’s the boss in this house. you could say that.” Mandy said softly clutching her bag to her waist nervously. “You want work?” “Ah ha. “I have the right address.” Mandy said as the door was closed. and look…” she held out the piece of paper he had scrawled the address upon. painted woodwork and stained dark floorboards. “I’ll tell you once…” the old woman snapped.” The maid replied shaking her head. 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. said I could find work here.” she sniffed.” “Wait.he wrote it in his own hand. “Oh. “Or you got a death wish. “Well.” Mandy stepped through the door and into the hall that lay beyond. “Is Ruby a lady?” “Well.” The old woman spat closing the door sharply.” She stuttered as the old women inspected her through the glass. 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.

she remembered him speaking about Picasso once and saying that it was an affront to people’s intelligence. Red carpet swept from wall to wall. the madam? “You can bet your life on that. it had always seemed like a palace to her but compared to this place it was one up from a shack. others appeared more modern with stark colours and brittle images. you say.“I’m sorry. There was a tall. or Madame and watch your lip because if you gonna work for Ruby Valentine then she says jump. It caught the light and shimmered like water if she moved her head from side to side. long case clock further down the hall and the steady clicking of its movement ticked the seconds by. 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. She found it mesmerising. . especially modern art. “She’ll have to see you. wide eyed she thought about the house she had left her mother cleaning. make no mistake about it. They were all of naked girls. “Madam will see you now. 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 looked up and hanging above her head was a vast crystal chandelier. some were dark and brooding with plump ladies posing seductively. Mandy raised an eyebrow. You call her Miss. She just caught a glimpse of another young girl who darted away quickly when she looked up. The smell of rose blooms filled the air as a breeze filled 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. One was of the rear end of a well proportioned lady dressed in tight plastic shorts and fishnet stockings bending over. Girl!” The maid said abruptly.” Mandy replied staring at the old woman anxiously. She recalled that there was no art in the old house.” Mandy placed her shoulders back and held her bag slightly behind her as she followed the maid down the hall. Wait there and I’ll tell her you here. the white master hated art. another hushed giggle echoed down the stairs. she smiled softly sucking the aroma in. The room was huge and expensively furnished in red and pink. how high.” Being further inside the house the girl could see that there were other oil paintings decorating the rest of the wall space. She was led into a side room and the door closed briskly behind her. “Ruby is the mistress. Got that?” The maid walked off leaving the girl standing next to the stairs facing the picture of the naked girl. The heels of her patient leather shoes being at least nine inches high if not more.

. She smiled at the realisation. “Mandy. She looked at the white woman. She shuffled from one foot to the other and bit her lip. the index finger of her left hand having one of the biggest Ruby’s Mandy had ever seen.” Mandy said putting on her best smile. Her light pink dress shone in the sunlight that entered through a window behind the desk.” “Mandy. hmm?” the woman drawled in a haze of cigarette smoke. “Just stay where you are. It shone like fire on the band of glittering gold. one white and one black. “Where does Mandy. “Is that where you know Tom Farley? “No. she thought. “Shall I stand or sit?” Mandy asked breaking the silence.” “I see?” Mandy replied not really seeing at all. 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.” The black woman snapped filling the young country girl with fear. Both women eyed the young girl intently which made Mandy very uncomfortable. “What’s your name?” The woman asked softly before taking a cigarette from the silver container on the desk. The woman had bright auburn hair and Mandy realised the picture in the hall was of this woman in her youth. “He tried to fuck me on the way down. “My name is Mandy. Mam.” The two women laughed out loud. “We are looking at you.” “Really? she asked suspiciously before taking another puff on the cigarette. “Sounds like Tom?” the white woman laughed. She was normally very confident meeting new people but this situation was unlike any other she had ever been in.” Mandy replied looking the woman directly in the eyes. not young but very beautiful. She did not want to appear frightened. “He said you may be able to offer me some work. Both women looked at her in silence and with stony faces. She had long fingers and each one was decorated with jewels. Mam.” She replied softly. hail from?” “I’m from Carolina. The black woman leant forwards and lit the cigarette with gold lighter. it was evidently silk or satin. The black woman’s eyes were piercing and Mandy could hardly look at her without feeling guilty for some reason.There was a large mahogany desk in the centre of the room behind which sat two women. It was just the sort of response Mandy hoped for.

” Mandy nodded shyly.” Mandy said hesitantly.” “Wow. “Yes. that’s what men do isn’t it?” “Some men..” “Well then. It made her feel happy just to look at the woman.” the white woman smiled.” “Thank you madam. “Well. “You think I’d let anyone touch you without paying hard cash? Not on your Nelly. “Do you want the job?” the black woman asked. “You have yourself a job.” Mandy replied leaning her head to one side.” . “That’s provided you drop the madam bullshit. Ruby.” Mandy smiled relaxing at last. “Or did he just try?” “I said no. “I know you said full board and all that.” The white woman added. “But will I be getting any hard cash? I have to send money to my mother. “I only asked because I needed to ascertain if you were still a virgin. “I haven’t come here to be a maid. My name is Ruby” She continued.” “Of course you will.” “Tell me dear?” the white woman enquired taking another puff on her cigarette. “.. thank you madam. other black people were far less formal. “You’ll get full board and residence plus a clothing allowance.“What sort of work did you think you could get here?” The white woman asked with a smug smile. “Did Tom manage to get it up?” “Did he what?” “Did he actually fuck you?” the woman said abruptly.” The white woman laughed again. little miss country girl.” She wanted to jump in the air and shout aloud in celebration but was content to smile sweetly and thank the women. I’d consider anything else.” Mandy said with a blush. but he got his rocks off anyway. he played with himself. 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.. a deep fruity laugh that relaxed her at once.” Mandy beamed. “No.” “Ah ha. Virgins don’t just walk through the door every day. “That would be a yes?” The black woman asked. “He raped you?” the black woman asked with an astonished expression. Her smile was broad and friendly full of light and beauty. girl.Erm.

” Mandy said taking the five notes and clutching them tightly. “Each girl has to do at least one punter a night. which was opened by the maid.” Ruby smiled. Is that clear?” “Yes. she’ll find out later. my foreman. “What if I was?” the old woman croaked placing her hands on her hips defiantly. “This is an advance.” “Fifty dollars?” Mandy said confused. Sam give the girl fifty dollars. “Well. “You have to be on duty every night at six o’clock. “Were you listening at the key hole?” Mandy asked with a smile. she mused. “A man?” “Normally. but anything goes here. You do get time off but that will be allocated in future. Sam?” she said nodding towards her partner who picked up the telephone and pressed a button. The punter pays me and I give him a ticket like this. I guess. “Right then. I’ll get someone to show you around.” She approached Mandy and walked slowly around her inspecting her bottom closely. you’d better get that mad bitch Liz to move Velta from the white room. that will get you sacked. you know a customer. thank you.” Mandy replied turning to see Ruby staring at her intently.” “Yes.” The black woman said straight faced. kids or dead bodies.” Mandy replied without hesitation. “So you want to join our madhouse?” Ruby asked again. “Well then. In the meantime you work. . I’ll get it back from your first month’s earnings.” Sam said businesslike. this is Sam.” she held up a blue slip of paper for Mandy to see. I’ll pass them on at the end of the week. okay?” “Yes. Once outside the room the maid gave a small hoot and winked at Mandy. She smiled and walked to the door. What. She counted five ten dollar notes and placed them on the desk.” “What?” Mandy said confused by the remark. “Although we don’t do animals. in the lounge. she thought.” The black woman added. Sam opened the desk drawer and withdrew a wad of banknotes. 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. “I’ll get one of the girls to go with you so you don’t get lost. “Ruby said standing up. would be the use of an animal in an establishment like that.“You’ll get ten dollars for each and every punter. a mark. Off you go. “First things first. “Any questions?” Ruby asked. “That’s a john. Money never changes hands in the rooms.” “A punter?” Mandy replied with raised eyebrows. Go buy yourself some new underwear and something nice for your first night. They pay me and I’ll pay you at the end of each week.” Chapter 3 Mandy looked at both women and understood that she was being told to leave the room. “Any tips are yours although they come to me first.

” Mandy stepped out of their way as the maid took the girl past the door and into the hall.“You’re a strange one. “I’m to tell mad bitch Liz to move Velta from the …” “The White room. “Yes!” Liz said at the top of the stairs before taking a deep breath and screaming “VELTA!” as loud as she could. “Just make yourself at home. just hang on a minute. “Didn’t you hear me calling you?” the maid asked abruptly. It had been a long day and she could do with a bath and some rest.” The old woman interjected throwing the dressing gown at Velta’s head.” The old woman interjected pulling an extraordinary face. “Not for you. knickers and nothing else. “So you got to go in the white room. “Velta.” “You were listening?” “Put her in the white room. she was painting her nails a deep red.” Velta stamped her foot and stormed off down the hall. .” Mandy said embarrassed by her comment.” The maid replied lifting the girl from the bed and dragging her to the door. She was led down another wide and well lit hall decorated in the finest furniture with paintings every few feet. “Hay. “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. She sat on the bed and look about her. “Well I’m Lizzy and I ain’t no mad bitch. The maid opened the first door and Mandy looked in.” the old woman mumbled.” She mumbled leading the girl up the stairs.” Mandy laughed.” The old woman interjected. “Who are you?” Velta demanded to know as the two girls met.” “Who said I was moving?” the woman replied with a sneer.” With that she turned and was gone leaving the young girl alone. “I didn’t mean to be rude. the new ones are in the wardrobe. “Change the bed clothes and leave the old ones in the hall for me. There was a young woman inside sitting upon a big brass bed in bra. They said…” “I know what THEY said. She picked up a dressing gown that was strewn across the floor and threw it at the woman. you unnerstand?” “I am sorry. I’ll introduce you to the girls soon enough. in the white room. “I like this room. it looks like you’re moving. “The boss. “My name’s Man…” “Don’t worry bout her. “But there might be for Velta?” “Velta?” Mandy asked.” She stuttered.

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 Liz was standing.She knew that she couldn’t go on duty.” She said as the two women met.” “Well the mall’s just down the road. as they called it.” “Okay. girl. CHAPTER 4 AS the grandfather clock in the downstairs hall struck six pm Mandy was waiting in her room. not even a queen size in fact she wondered whether these beds were made off the shelf at all. “But Sam wanted someone to go with you…” Liz shouted.” Liz replied thinking hard for a moment. 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 . There was a picture of Lyndon B. “There’s a pet shop down the road that do a nice line in Dog-coats and flea collars. She turned and looked at it. It was no use. When she had gone out she hadn’t found a mall but close to Hollywood Boulevard Mandy had seen a shop that stocked nothing but forty dollar frocks. any ideas?” “Well. “I mean a dress shop. I need something to wear. just up that hill yonder. “I want to find a shop. “Not really.” Liz drawled. six people could quite comfortably sleep side by side on it and their shoulders would never touch. at six o’clock without getting something to wear but then she didn’t want to go out shopping without having a bath. It was a big bed.” Mandy replied looking confused by the comment. The bed beckoned her tired body to lay and rest. She was feeling nervous and continually looked in the full length mirror at her reflection. She placed her long curly hair behind one ear and pinned it into place before her eyes fell upon the gleaming brass bed that she saw reflected behind her. She stood and looked at herself in the reflection of a full length mirror that hung on the wall opposite the bed. The white quilt was covered in delicate designs of summer flowers and drifting clouds picked out in cream thread. would that do?” She sniggered gently and her tongue poked around the few teeth that were still left in the old woman’s mouth. not a king size. Mandy had left the building. to sleep and dream of strolling through those summer fields under the warm summer sky. She had laughed at that. “It ain’t far from here. She had sorted through the rails as the sound of loud rock music filtered through the shop from hidden speakers. they were probably ordered. Johnson hanging on the wall upon which someone had drawn a moustache and a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.” Mandy smiled brushing past the woman and heading to the front door.

” Liz said as Mandy rushed towards the stairs. “I’m Jo. She had forgotten what the time was and it was so important that she does the right thing to begin with. “You had better slow down girl. one black and another who looked Greek or Italian. Two were white. A Hollywood star. She looked behind the bar at Sam and saw only open hostility staring back.” Mandy replied. 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. “It’s this time of night. it always makes them feel competitive. Mandy. Here she fell in an undignified heap on the floor. The others turned and looked at her briefly before turning back to what they were doing. She had found a pretty dress amongst those on the rails and it fitted her perfectly. in a forty dollar dress. She ran from the room and past the startled maid. “If you don’t get your skinny ass downstairs now.” She said under her breath as the maid left and stomped down the hall. “Haven’t you ever heard of knocking?” she replied with a snarl. The black girl walked up to her and smiled before taking a stool beside the bar.” “That’s a nice name.” She smiled watching Mandy drag herself up. “Get you bitch!” the maid huffed. “Are you deaf or something.their backs. Girl?” the maid said sticking her head around the door and giving Mandy a fright. As she looked at herself in the mirror she felt glamorous for the first time in her life.” “Oh God. “What an entrance!” Ruby said holding a drink to her lips. “This Girls…” Ruby announced with flair. The room was large and well lit with a long bar down one wall and several small love chairs at locations throughout. That had made her turn and shake her head. “If you want to make good money here you have to learn to slow down a little. I’ll be knocking on your head. In Carolina all the men had short hair and anyone that differed from this norm would have been an outcast.” the black girl whispered shyly. Then there was Velta who looked at Mandy like the cat had dragged her in before turning to do her lipstick in the mirror. “Get her a cola.” Mandy lost her footing at the bottom of the stairs and stumbled forwards straight through the double doors and into the lounge. “Is our newest member. The room had half a dozen other girls there who she took to be her workmates.” Jo said. Have you have done this type of work before?” . “They’re like that.” “Hi Jo.

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

” Ruby said as Sam got her a drink. 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. “She does out big babies. “Just make sure she washes her hands before taking a sandwich from her. what she can do with her body would make your eyes water.” “What on earth is a colon.“I like to hear laughter at work. “Give me that silver dollar any time you like.” Mandy replied “You’ve met Jo?” Ruby continued before turning towards the room to introduce the other four girls. “Did you buy this today?” . If you treat them like your sisters they’ll treat you like a sister in return.” Ruby continued.” “I love their money. I’m right eh. er?” Mandy sputtered.” She quipped.” She said taking a sip from her glass. okay Hon?” “Right. very popular. Jo?” “Yes Ruby. and more. “She’s a nice girl.” “I can do any position in the Karma Sutra. very popular with the oldies.” 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. “…you have met Sam. “That’s Jayne. “Carol was a contortionist when she was younger. “You do not want to know. “She’s one of my best girls. she’s my deputy around here.” She looked at Mandy intently and noted that she seemed unsure of herself. “I’ll introduce you to your sisters here.” Jo replied with a hint of cynicism. enemas and colonic irrigation for those with specialised tastes. “You look nice. Mandy…” she said solemnly. “Well.” Mandy said softly.” Ruby continued taking a glass from Sam. She remembered the first time she had sex for money and how terrible the experience had been. The gasbag at the back is Velta of course. “If we’re relaxed the punters relax.” “That’s Carol. “That’s Roma?” Ruby said turning to face Mandy. “Colonic irrigation.” Ruby corrected her. lacking feeling and tenderness the whole situation had put her off men for good.” Jo added with a sneer. any problems you take them to Sam. The girl in the nurse’s uniform smiled too.” “We’ve met.” Carol said with a smile. Grandpa’s love her and she loves them. water sports.

” “I got some new knickers and stockings.” “Really?” “Yha. “Well.” “Right!” Ruby suddenly announced. Are you from Los Angeles?” Mandy asked. A soft smile formed on her face before she added.” “She’s okay with me here. “What. In fact she sounded. I’d say you’re from a farming community somewhere on the West Coast?” “Is it that obvious?” Mandy replied...A three years ago. “Just a dumb country girl in the big city. she’ll make sure the first one will look out for you. when that door closes and you’re alone with that first punter you’re nerves go.” Jo said defensively. shall I give her the change?” “Don’t worry. “Unless you want to chat with the others?” “There’ll be time to do that.” Jo replied.” “You look very pretty. but your eyes are pure bred white boy. he was a fucking asshole. “I don’t care who you are.” Mandy replied. great granddaddy was from Saint Lucia. “. She could see that Jo was black but she didn’t have a southern accent like the other black girls she’d met. “My parents come from Mexico City. I was brought up here. “You’re mixed aren’t you?” Jo asked. “She gave me fifty dollars. in Seattle. the ones I had were old. “It’s time to get that door open. “Although my family are Mexicans I have some Negro in there somewhere. I moved to L.” Mandy replied nervously.” Jo said looking directly at Mandy.” Jo replied nodding. “I’ll make sure you get a nice man to break you in tonight.It’s just that people from farming communities always have great complexions.” Jo replied. You’re not local are you. mixed up?” “Mixed race?” Jo laughed.” “Thank you. Ruby’s good though. “She’ll get that back and more beside. Latino. I think my great.” “Mixed?” Mandy asked.” “It’s always nerve racking the first time..” Jo smiled.” She lifted herself unsteadily from her stool and straightened out the creases in her dress before heading towards the door.” “I didn’t mean it like that. that’s what I was told anyway. “You have beautiful coffee coloured skin babe.” .“Forty dollars.” Jo giggled. “I shit myself that first time.” She said to Mandy as she wobbled past. and boy. she looked at Ruby who was talking to Sam and bit her bottom lip anxiously. “ I guess you’re feeling nervous?” “A little. “Go and relax for a while with the other girls.. Mandy thought.

. “You get used to it round here. How about you?” “Let’s just say I met Ruby through a friend of a friend.“I never knew my father.” “Oh. She always did when she thought about having a father.” Jo said reassuringly. old master and he was just awful to her. please.” “Well he sure gave you a beautiful pair of eyes. 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. it’s me.” “No.” “Leave her alone. “They all hate me. don’t we all?” “I met a guy on the way over and he gave me the address. She looked into her cool drink and thought for a moment. I’m sorry to put you out. Jesus. You’re a fast mover. He would go to work each day and earn the money while the mother stayed at home looking after the kids and doing housework. I thought…” Mandy said as Sam passed Velta a glass of brandy. Mandy was puzzled by this comment and wondered if she should enquire more. She often saw other young girls with their fathers out in the street and she envied them. coming today and starting the very same evening. “My mother never talked about him.” She whispered.” “It’s okay. She picked up a signal from Jo which made her feel uncomfortable. “The girl needs work.” Mandy replied bravely smiling when really she felt like crying.” Jo said casually.” Mandy continued. yellow.” “How do you find it?” Mandy asked trying to sound interesting. Having a father around to look out for the family was natural. Jo was looking more and more uncomfortable as the seconds ticked by. “Normally people try to get to know the place before starting. red or green for all I know. as if she was telling her not to pry too much.” Mandy said after a long pause. Velta rubbed her fingers in her scalp and lowered her voice for a moment. “Same again.” She said softly.” Mandy replied making space for the woman to get closer to the bar and turning to face her. “Why would you think such a thing?” Mandy asked innocently. girl. The only significant male role model in her child hood was the fat. “It’s none of my business. “I’m sorry. “How are you liking my room?” a voice said from behind. “I’ve been here ever since. Jo recognised that this was a touchy subject and felt guilty for raising the issue.” Velta replied. “He could have been white.” Mandy said softly. “I don’t know anyone in this town so I guess I thought I was lucky to land on my feet. Mandy turned and was faced by Velta who placed a glass on the bar and looked at Sam briefly.

you’ll find out about that.“Because I know.” She said looking across the bar quickly and talking in a very low voice. “They never argue. filling her head up with crap on the girl’s first night. “The next day she was gone and we haven’t seen her since.” “What do you know?” Mandy enquired further. “Who was Lorri?” Mandy asked her friend as Velta returned to the mirror on the opposite wall. Nothing unusual but then there was this awful scream and this smell that made you feel sick. in front of all of us. “She’s a bit strict but…” “You’ll see what I mean eventually. Carter’s shouting about pigs and dogs and shit.” “Come on. “Then there’s Sam. “One night the three of them are in there and in the room next door I could hear all this noise.” Velta interjected picking up her drink. in that room…” “I’m intrigued now.” Mandy said softly. Lorri got involved with the two of them. after we closed I heard Ruby and Sam arguing which was unusual. “She’s a devious.” Jo said taking a gulp from her glass.” Jo looked behind her to make sure they were not being overheard before continuing.” Velta snapped. they’re two peas in a pod. Carol’s another one.” Jo interjected. just Sam. “Nothing. I mean. If anyone asks Ruby just flashes Sam a cold look . but that night Ruby kicked her arse. These two women are close like this. very unusual. she’s weird with a capital W.” “What’s going on here?” Sam said stepping over to the group and examining the three women. Later. Fucking junkie.” Velta replied before strolling away. “I know all about them and they hate me for it.” Mandy said hushing her voice too. unless you want to end up like Lorri. “That’s enough. “Let the girl make her own impressions. ” The boss’s girl. “Sam has a john called Carter. “See that one there?” Velta replied nodding towards Jayne. seriously weird.” “What about Lorri?” “I don’t know. Ruby really lost it and punched her flat in the face. he’s English and he comes here a lot.” Sam walked away and Mandy looked at Jo who was trying to look cool but was obviously very wound up. “Don’t get mixed up with her. they have a very intense thing going on. If you mix it up with Jayne you got to mix it with Carol. sarcastic bitch. He doesn’t do any other girl.” Jo made a sign of two crossed fingers.” “Leave it out Velta. It was fucking awful. “Just chewing the fat.” Velta replied looking over her shoulder at Sam and lowering her voice further. a two faced bitch. “What room?” “Sam’s got her own room. Jo shook her head and looked away.” “Velta!” Jo said firmly.” “I’m Just putting her right. He is weird.

“Yes?” “When I told you to go mix with the girls I didn’t mean for you to sit her exchanging horror stories with Jo. Mandy noticed for the first time that Ruby had a slight bulge across her waist. “What?” “I think Carter ate her. I think they murdered Lorri in that room up there and cut her body into little pieces. 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. could entertain Mr Walsh. “Come join us.” “That’s really scary. baby. and until she had met this Carter.” She looked over and saw Ruby smiling and waving for her to join them. I mean. “I caught Lizzy burning a load of clothing a few days later. “These girls have got a vivid imagination. “If you two have finished Jawing.” She laughed loudly. a middle aged spread was spreading. She was holding a glass of gin and a wisp of stray red hair had fallen across her drunken face.” Ruby said abruptly. “Then. if anything.” Mandy said softly. We all do. Sam was pouring him a drink. She failed on both accounts.” Mandy replied taking a quick look at Sam.and comes out with some bullshit about her leaving. “Mandy?” Ruby said through pursed lips.” Ruby said taking a drink from Sam who had joined them both. Jo got off her stool smiled briefly and strolled towards the man. “What makes you think they cut her up?” she asked innocently.” Jo continued. . perhaps not.” She nodded to the other end of the bar towards a man who had entered the room. She decided to not make her mind up about any of it until she had been there a little longer. “Mandy Honey. then she would know. “Just don’t believe everything you hear in this place. “To get rid of the body more easily?” “You know what I think?” Jo replied. understand?” “Horror stories?” Mandy said trying to look confused and innocent. “Perhaps you Jo.” Ruby called from the bar. in the middle of the night?” “Wow. She looked about the room and its features seemed different somehow. Sam did look strange but a murderer. okay kid?” Mandy nodded and went to stand nearer the two girls on the love seat. like her view of the place had changed in that instant. She was thinking about what Jo had said and wondered how much was true.

“And impotent. Mandy felt the roughness of his chin touch her skin and a shock of electricity shot up her spine. the type who breaks school windows at midnight and gets away with a smile at the headmistress. “I didn’t think there were any left.” Ruby announced so that all could hear but it was intended for Max especially. This was Max.” Ruby said with a smile.” “He was important. he was a tall white man with blond flecked dark hair.” Max interrupted. “This girl’s a treasure. “Hmm.” Ruby said as if she was trying to sell a new motorcar. “She’s really a virgin. “Peking. A man she thought. she thought.” “Really?” Max laughed. thin. really beautiful. The daughter of an African queen. no he’s no more than a boy. Mandy wrinkled her face. 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. “Yes dear.” Max laughed. “I always thought Peking was in China.” Ruby beamed.” Max replied raising an eyebrow and drinking the girl in. wide shouldered with a pale pretty pace and blond hair that curled down over one eye. 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. “Mandy. kidnapped as a small babe by a wicked witchdoctor. “This is Mandy.” “No dear. Anyway.” Mandy said flattered by the attention. . Anyone with half a brain knows there are two of them. “Our newest girl. This. a clean antiseptic smile with teeth straight and White. Tall. “This is Max. 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 sniffed knocking back another gin.” Max quipped flashing that wide bright smile. “Lovely. was the smile of a quiet schoolboy.” Max hissed like a snake taking Mandy’s hand as she met him and kissing it gently.” Max said with a knowing smile.” “Jesus. She’s lovely wouldn’t you agree?” “Yes. I guess. A boy who steals flowers from a garden but gives them to his mother. what’s going on here. Oh yes. where was I.” Ruby said to him swigging more gin. “Yes…” Ruby continued. “And she’s still a virgin. you know. J’pan.S Navy. He smiled again. He cast a knowing smile at Mandy who listened with quiet amazement to Ruby’s fantastic tale.As Mandy went to join her she saw a man standing next to Ruby. a delicate child untouched by human hand. “Taken by the beast to J’pan where she escaped and found safety in a nunnery in Peking.” “Delighted.” “Thank 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.” She replied taking the strap from her dress and letting it fall from her shoulder.“Well dear.” He did as she asked and pushed a little more. It was the first time she had held a man’s penis and the thought of seeing it made her wild with excitement. He stood and started to undress.” “Ah. taking him deeper into her body and reaching down towards his soft buttocks.” Max said softly. She reached over and touched his groin.” She turned to Mandy and winked. she could feel the blood filling her crotch and the heat was unbearable. a room with a view. “Ah. “Thank you.” She replied joining him on the bed. “What about the nuns and Peking?” “Whatever you want baby.” she moaned.” Ruby said as Sam filled her glass. “A view to what?” “To sex of course.” He said softly rolling from her. lubricating the smooth action as he thrust further and deeper and faster. His eyes drank her in from the green of her eyes to the small mound of black hair between her legs. Then he was in a bit further and she could feel her juices run warm down there. She stood and removed it together with her panties and lay back on the bed smiling at him. “So this is it?” Max asked sitting on the bed as she followed him in. She could feel his cock was already hard and it throbbed gently in her hand. “That’s the one. you’re in good hands.” Mandy took Max’s arm and while he sank the last of his drink led him to the door and on to her room. “That’s right.” She gasped as he thrust it between her legs. “Now it’s your turn.” She purred trying to not look too nervous. She looked at the huge long lump throbbing through his pants and laughed. “Your mother’s not really an African queen I take it?” He asked with a crooked smile. “I can see you two are going to get on like a house on fire. She felt a ripping inside her that hurt just a little but it was a nice hurt. He reached over and let her other strap fall down and this made the dress slip from her body exposing her small plump breasts. Then he collapsed upon her and she felt a strange spurting inside her feeling his cock throb again and again and again as he quivered. “Slowly.” . “Take the man to your room dear. “I just wondered what my mother would think if she saw me now?” “The African queen?” he smiled taking down his pants. a hurt that made her sigh loudly. She couldn’t speak only push her groin into him. “If you want. His cock bounced up like a rod and as she looked it moved with a life of its own in gentle throbs. “What’s funny?” he asked taking off his shirt and exposing his smooth white chest.

Ruby was now very drunk and talking to another man. She shook her head and turned towards the bar. “Masturbate for me. Sam just snarled and turned away toward Ruby “I thought we were all partners round here?” she said softly annoyed by the rebuttal “Partners?” Sam replied looking towards her. Those cold black eyes were as mysterious as death itself. It left her feeling cold and unsatisfied.” Mandy smiled. Babylonia the great mother of whores and abominations. her name written in sparkling spangles upon the strangers brow. She could feel Sam’s eyes burning into her. The sight made her more and more excited and again she shook with orgasmic passion just as his penis exploded with come. Mandy though that was slightly strange but she smiled anyway. as if the whole scene hand never happened. Then he was dressing and they were both heading back to the bar. Mystery. 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. “Hi. “I was only trying…” “What’s going on here?” Ruby said abruptly snapping away from her conversation. the eyes of mystery. trying to see if she could break that cold stare.” “What?” she replied breathlessly. .” She did as he wanted and looked across as he furiously beat on his penis with a clenched fist.” Mandy spat.“It is?” She said confused. “Touch yourself as you would in you private moments. In silence. She felt them touching her intimately and stroking her so softly she that she melted like chocolate. They were laughing at his jokes and playing with each other to get his hand back in his pocket and pay out more cash. She could have been the scarlet women from the bible. riding on a many headed beast. Later at the bar she looked across the room and saw Max talking to Jayne and Carol. Ruby was just about to add something else when the door opened and a voice resounded around the room. “Bullshit. she was named. He pulled her knees open and his fingers reached out to her crotch. I’m the boss and you’re just a whore.” He said softly. I want to look at you. it shot through the air and splashed across her breasts. rotten yet seductive. She acted like she was used to clearing up after Sam. “Go on. you got that whore?” “You fucking bitch. He reached out and played with it for a moment before licking his come up with his tongue. She beat the mattress with her fists and cried out aloud as her body exploded with sensation. her face was red and swollen and her eye makeup had run a little. Sam was staring at her.

“Ohh. “One what?” he laughed. go easy on her. Mandy noticed at once that Sam’s expression changed. The vile face melted into a smile and Carter nodded at Ruby like he was doing a small bow. fucking stupid or what?” “She’s new here. “Good evening to you. She looked at the bag and screwed her nose up.” Ruby drooled. “I’m not your bitch. try it. Bitch. He had dark purple lines under his eyes and his blue lips appeared dry and cracked. “Who is this beauty?” he said with a fake smile turning his gaze upon Mandy. “What’s a fucking Mandrax. come on woman. my newest girl isn’t used to our games. “Try one. “This is Mandy.” he snarled. His tongue darted in and out of his mouth like a speed freak who’s snorted too much powder.” He smiled broadly and then leant forwards digging in his pocket and pulling out a bag of pills. Just one little old pill isn’t gonna do much is it?” he squealed like a child.” Mandy said firmly.“Good evening. The other’s laughed with him like they knew the joke and she didn’t. he certainly looked deathly white and his pupils were the size of large saucepan lids.” “Yes. “One what? A fucking Mandrax of course. . Everyone loves a Mandy in the morning although I love Mandies at anytime of the day. They had all know each other for a long time before she came a long and she realised it would take time before she would get it.” Chapter 5 All three women turned to see a man enter the room and join them. “Do you want one?” “One what?” Mandy replied confused by the man’s animation. Mandy looked at this man she had heard was a killer. serpent like and slippery.” he laughed. I’m only pulling your leg. Carter. they’re my favourite past-time. she felt like she was being picked out by searchlights. she didn’t smile but her eyes creased in the corners as if she wanted to but couldn’t. “My newest Girl. “Did you hear that…” he screamed.” He said taking a pill out of the bag and holding it to her mouth. glassy. Carter.” “What’s a Mandrax?” she smiled trying to get with the joke but failing.” Carter screamed pulling a really vile face that instantly frightened her.” Ruby sniffed pushing the girl forwards closer towards him. “I have a thing for Mandies. you’ll love her. “What are you. “This one’s got balls.” Ruby snivelled unconvincingly.

Oh Baby love. you wait and see.She relented and opened her mouth to take the pill.. who me?” Mandy replied as Jo took her by the hand. Mandy turned and found Jo standing beside her. Mandy felt good shaking her body to the sound and facing Jo who was smiling and throwing her hair about made her laugh. come dance.” “They always are the first time. my little pill. I hear Max is quite the ladies man?” “It was okay. The music was a soul track that was being played on the radio all the time. “Your name will be Lady Mandrax. “I’d better keep an eye on you. it’ll make you feel better. “Yha.” Jo smiled. “How was he?” Mandy asked casually.” A voice said from behind. small dick.” Jo replied.” Mandy suddenly started to feel dies-associated. .” She replied reaching out for the bar and holding on tightly. Their shrill voices appeared to filled the room as they trod the beat relentlessly. Just think about the cash. they don’t have brains in their heads. these men are controlled by their dicks. you’ll remember me saying that one day. “It’s weird. “Big mouth. “It seems I didn’t interest him for too long.” Carter announced. Detroit. “From today. All their motivation’s down their pants.” Mandy replied looking across the room towards him and Carol. The john she’d been with was putting his coat on and leaving.” Sam then appeared at the bar beside him like a bad smell and offered a drink which he greedily took. “Are you starting to feel that Quaalude?” “I can feel something. my dear. “Remember. I need you.” “Don’t let that bother you girl. “How was it for you. She was doing her party trick of placing both ankles behind her head.” “Dance. “I like this track.. some girl group out of Motor city. The others all cheered while Mandy looked around to see Sam. Baby Love. sneering at her amongst the smiling faces. 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. that so cool.” Jo replied with a smile. The room appeared further away in her vision and Jo’s voice started to come and go in waves.” Max shouted seeing the two women moving together.

Mandy opened her tightly clenched eyes and looked down between her legs to see a vision of horror there. the switch. Her head ached and her mouth was dry and something bothered her. A cold sweat dripped down her spine and covered her face in a thin film. It felt good to have the water rushing over her body. she was unsure what. The room was quiet and empty and a small breeze blew through the chintz curtain. The sound of the thin branch swooping through the air was more terrifying then the sting it left in her buttocks. For some reason she felt fearful but could not understand why. “Yha!” she shouted as the beat drummed into her dizzy mind. Dreams came and went. Then another thought occurred to her. he was a strange one. Mandy then wrapped a towel around herself and dashed back to her room. She sat up and gasped. She got out of bed and pulled on a dressing gown before going to the door and peering out. Mandy saw her mother briefly riding the clouds on wings of fire. Sitting by the dressing table she ran her fingers through her curly hair and looked into her green eyes. it was a memory of last night’s dream. “Praise the Lord. fractured visions invaded her mind and then were gone like the buzzing of a night mosquito. Then Jo had her arms around her hips and was swinging her around and around and around. That’s what she’d call the thin branches that grew in the garden of the old house. 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 it had lain. There were rings below them like she had seen around Carter’s the previous evening. The hall was empty and she saw the bathroom door open so she ran quickly to it and stepped inside. Bloodied and thick with gristle Carter was eating her. Really animated like he was high as a kite. she tried to remember her dream but it was gone.” 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. In her hand was a long black switch. If ever Mandy had misbehaved her mother would get angry and get her armed with a switch. he probably was. Running the shower she quickly washed her hair and face and tried to remove the film of sweat that covered her body before using a bottle of shampoo to clean her hair. The room took on a blurred shape and the music echoed into silence. She felt a hundred feet high in that moment and nothing could touch her. Then she’d use it to beat her.Mandy rolled her hair and rocked her head and thrust her groin in time to the beat. . Carter’s eyes. the pain. Carter. she thought. she concluded. the screams of delight from her mother’s mouth.

It all 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. It was a nice pain, something she
wanted to experience again.

“Miss Ruby wants to see you, Girl.” Liz called from the doorway snapping Mandy
from her thoughts. She was startled at first and then angry.
“Don’t you ever knock?” she said abruptly.

“You’d better put some clothes on instead of catching flies with that big mouth of
yours,” Liz
replied flashing a toothless grin.
“Miss Ruby don’t like being kept waiting, no sir. Not by a new girl anyhow.”

She did as she was told and a few minutes later was tapping on Ruby’s office
“Enter.” A horse voice crocked from within. Mandy entered the room and closed
the door behind her.

“Morning Dear.” Ruby smiled brightly. “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. She picked it up and lit Ruby’s cigarette.

“I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you down here so early?” Ruby
continued. Mandy raised an expectant eyebrow and took a seat facing the

“Well,” she announced breathing out a cloud of cigarette smoke. “I got the
feeling that you felt persecuted by Sam last night and I wanted a quiet word just
to put your mind at ease.”

“I don’t like being called a fucking whore or a bitch. If she treats everyone like
that it’s a
wonder no one has given her a slap.”

“People have tried, my dear.” Ruby huffed. “I abhor physical violence personally;
but it’s just Sam’s way. She’s very protective of me and my business.
As you are new around here I didn’t want our relationship to end so soon after it
had begun.”
She smiled like a tiger about to eat a chicken. “Do you understand?”

“I guess so.” Mandy replied. “You’re telling me to cool it with Sam until I’ve got to
know her
“That’s it Deary.”
“Even if she calls me names?”

“Sticks and stones and all that…” Ruby smiled. “If I want to keep my job that is?”
“I think we understand each other. Now, how are you getting on with the other
“They seem a nice bunch, well, Velta can be a handful but…”

“Now listen here… “ Ruby interrupted. “ Whatever Velta comes out with you have
to take with a pinch of salt; that goes for most of these girls.” She paused for a
moment before sucking hard on her cigarette and breaking into a soft smile.
“How was it with Max?”

“Okay, but I…”
“Good, now you run along and I’ll see you at six.”

Ruby smiled again before picking up some papers and inspecting them. “Oh,
“Yes Ruby?” Mandy replied as she stepped to the door.

“Tonight, just go along with whatever I say, okay love?”

Chapter 6
Liz was cleaning the stairs as Mandy climbed to the top. The old woman gave her
a toothless grin before turning back to her cleaning.
“What’s up there?” Mandy asked pointing to the flight of stairs that led to the
next floor.

“Nothing of interest to you.” Liz snapped back.
“Can I go up there?” Mandy persisted. She was going to have to get to know the
entire house and so far that was the only floor she’d not seen.

“Nope!” Liz replied without turning. Her hands scrubbed at the banister forcefully
as if she had become tense all of a sudden.
“Why’s that?” Mandy asked knowing that Liz didn’t want to explain why and this
made her all the more inquisitive.

“Look, young lady…” Liz drawled putting down her duster and turning to face
Mandy. “There’s only two rooms up there and they are no business of yours.”

“Who’s rooms are they?” Mandy persisted.
“One is Sam’s bedroom and the other is…” The old woman broke off and looked
over her shoulder.

“The other is the black room.” Liz picked up her duster and carried on scrubbing
at the woodwork.
“I wonder if I’ll get a chance to work there.” Mandy said casually. “I like the

“You want to work in that room?” Liz said peering over her shoulder.
“Why not?”
The old woman’s expression turned hard and she looked at Mandy intensely for a
few moments before adding.
“She won’t let you do that?”

“Who won’t let me do what?” Mandy asked.
“Sam…” Liz sneered. “She won’t let you work the black room. If you knew what
you was saying you wouldn’t want to go near the place.”
“What’s Sam go to do with it?” Mandy replied peering up the stairs. “I just like
the colour


“You like the colour?
“Yes.” Mandy replied.

“You like the colour black? Liz said firmly.
“Ah, Ha!”

Liz pursed her lips and squinted her eyes before looking the girl up and down
“Has Velta been talking about what goes on up there?”
The old woman screwed up her face And paused.

“Then Jo, she’s been talking?”
“No.” Mandy replied. “Why should they?”

“Oh, no reason.” Liz replied placing her duster back in the box she used to carry
it and the other cleaning stuffs around in. “You just like the colour black?”
“That’s right.”

“Like black shoes?” Liz smiled.
“That’s right.” Mandy smiled back.
“Black shirts?”

“Them too.” Mandy replied.
“How about…” Liz said hushing her voice and leaning forwards slightly. “…How
about black leather?”
“Black leather.” Mandy repeated. “I love black leather. How about you?”

“Shut up!” The old woman snapped before shuffling off towards the bottom of
the stairs cursing under her breath.” Get that bitch.” She mumbled. “...imagine
me in black leather? Mandy laughed out loud and went to her room.
Chapter 7
Max sat back in his chair and put his feet up on the desk. Looking around the
office, at the
threadbare carpet, the un-shaded light bulb which hung limply from the dusty
ceiling and the battered and cluttered desk; he pondered the state of insurance
and, more importantly, why no one was buying any.

Looking at the static telephone and wondering if it was ever going to ring before
the rental became due again he felt slightly depressed. He lit a cigarette and
closed his eyes. Then, like a light in the midst of his depression, he saw her
green eyes shining like a star in a black sky.

He imagined her soft curls falling upon her delicate shoulders and her glowing
face so full of youthful optimism. If only, he pondered, he could reach out his
fingers and find her there.

Max glanced at his old Rolex watch and saw it was about time for some lunch.
Perhaps if he took a stroll down Sunset Avenue he might catch a sight of her. He
swung his feet off the desk and stood up.

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.The warm sun shone gently upon his face and bear arms as he stepped into the street. “I don’t work till tonight. “What are you doing here?” “Oh.” The old man sniffed taking the handful of change and giving over the bunch of blooms.” she smiled. “It’s a nice day. Only after a few steps he could feel the back of his collar become wet and his feet felt moist tight within his shoes. edging past the woman.” The old man replied passing the bunch to the man as he pulled a handful of change out for inspection.” “Well you take care now.” “A Dollar. “Hi. “Insurance is a bit quiet today.” A voice said softly.” As she left the building the heat from the sun struck her face like a hot rod. “Yes.” He replied looking over her shoulder at the house. “You going out for a walk?” “That’s right.” she smiled back. She took a deep 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. Mandy looked from her window at the bright summer day and thought that she’s like to go and have a look around her new neighbourhood. . I guess I’ve not been here long enough to make any real impressions…” “Going through your honeymoon period?” Jayne smiled. Her eyes creased up in the corners like she was examining something awful and this made Mandy feel uncomfortable .” Mandy replied.” Mandy smiled. “Flowers. It was sticky and humid and it made him realise just how good his air conditioning was as he set out into the bright light.” “Well. “So how you finding it so far?” “Last night was okay. “Hello. I guess you could say that. I thought why not. “Oh. go on then.” Mandy replied somewhat awkwardly. She looked up and saw max smiling at her. 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. “How much a bunch?” Max asked while secretly counting the change in his pant’s pocket. She closed the gate behind her and was deciding which way to go when a bunch of roses appeared under her nose.” The woman replied with a wide smile and southern drawl. “How about 96 cents?” “Ah.” He said with a stutter. hello.” “I’m not here for that.

” She said. “You thought what?” “I thought. “Give me five minutes. “Because what?” Max asked with a puppy dog smile. “Five minutes. I think I love you.” Max whined.” “Bullshit. “Okay.” She looked at him and raised her eyebrows before saying. “I was going to pop them into you.” She turned to face him. “Well.” “Oh Max.” She laughed.” She turned and continued to walk. I just fancied a walk and I was going this way and…” “You thought I’d like some flowers?” “I bought them for you. “Out of work hours?” “Oh come on Max.” He said grabbing on to her arm and stopping her. the smile had gone and her expression was now sterner and more intense. “Just fuck off. They grew outside the old master’s bedroom window and when she was a girl she would get that scent every time she was in there. “It wouldn’t work.” She continued to walk and he stepped beside her trying to think of something to say that would catch her interest.” “Insurance can’t be that slow…” she laughed.” He whispered. “Can’t I just walk with you?” “Let go of my arm Max. “When I get back I’ll put them in water. “Now I know you’re full of crap.. . “Wait a minute.” She said smelling the flowers and thinking of the last time she had the scent of flowers in her nose. He was shocked by her language and looked at her storm away like he had lost the fight for a moment.“No. Then a wide smile broke out on his face and he ran to catch her up.” “My mother’s dead.” She spat pulling her arm from his grip.” She repeated as she started to walk away from him. “I thought I could…” “I’m not working right now.” He pleaded holding her tighter. As she got to the end of the road she heard him calling her name.” He continued.” she sighed looking at him briefly.” She struggled to pull free.. “.” “Why?” “Because. “If you can afford to waste money on flowers. Mandy stopped and turned to face him. as you’re not working we could get to know one another better. That scent had a meaning all of its own and she was not sure if she liked it.” She shook her head and walked away from him secretly smiling to herself. “ Look.” “Not if they are for you. thank you.Because I’m not good for you. “I just thought that…” “What Max?” she snapped. “I was just going somewhere. “I’m not the sort of girl you’d take home to your mother. “Can’t we be friends?” He asked.” She spat. Shall I see you later?” “Don’t be like that.” He lied hoping to put that argument to bed.

“…Of pain? What do you know of domination?” Mandy looked at her and pulled a face. she knew the words and had an idea of their meaning but didn’t know how to express herself for fear of looking stupid. Her legs emerged from the top of her boots like fish net clad pillars. she did say. “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. that?” Mandy enthused remembering the casual comment she had made earlier.” Ruby said confidently. “Well. Sam. She prepared herself and followed Liz through the hall towards Ruby’s office again.” Ruby said in a cloud of smoke. toned and strong. The glare was so intense the young girl looked away to avoid its cut. Surely Ruby didn’t question all the girls on a twice daily basis. dear…” Ruby smiled in a haze of cigarette smoke as Mandy closed the door behind her.” “What again?” Mandy replied. “Okay.” Mandy replied wondering what they really wanted. “Yes. “It’s just that…” Ruby continued. the thought did cross my mind…” “What do you know of Role Play?” Sam demanded to know. “Come in Mandy. that was the funniest thing she’d ever heard. Together.” Mandy replied with a huff.“Mandy?” he shouted. was situated just behind the seated Ruby almost silhouetted against the huge bay window. Mandy took in the tall black leather boots Sam wore and particularly the six inch heels that were sharper then a pencil tip. As she pushed open the street door Mandy found Liz waiting inside the house for her. “Yes. She thought back to her conversation with the maid earlier and wondered what. exactly. “Sam’s in there with her…” Liz said softly. The sleeves were fastened with cord and the sides decorated with silver studs. Perhaps she had done something else wrong. A small black leather skirt clung to her hips and a black leather bodice flowed from it perfectly holding her shape. “Liz mentioned that you might be interested in specialist work. as usual. She felt like she had done something wrong and was about to be asked to leave but then.” “Well let me in then. “Miss Ruby wants you. Sam’s hair was pulled back into a tight bun as brutal as the look she gave Mandy. “You settling in okay?” It was more of an observation then a question. “You thought you might like to try it in the Black Room?” “Oh.” “Did she?” Mandy replied. “They want to speak to you. . She paused and sucked on the cigarette for a moment. Sam had a habit of making her feel like that.

through the use of words and actions.” Mandy replied confidently. sometimes full length of her wrapped from heel to head in knots. the one who has to smack the naughty schoolboy. .” “What about bondage?” Sam asked. felt like she was talking on equal terms with Sam. I am prepared to give anything a go and when I do I give one hundred per cent. It contained photographs of a woman in various poses and states of undress.” Sam replied. “…is an art-form. you know. sometimes just a close-up of her bound wrists. She nodded her head and glanced around at Sam as if to get her approval but none was forthcoming. Role-play is just acting in my book and that’s something I can do very well. “Yes. “Well. you know. 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.“Pain?” she replied softly. a person’s ego is reduced to a state of total obedience and service. humilli. tell me. a dominant Mistress perhaps.” This made Ruby smile. Each one had been bound with rope.” “Hum. in moderation it can add to situations.” “You have a lot to learn. “Sadomasochism is an art form and. “Humiliation. in fact she had little idea about the subject. “What do you know about that?” Mandy thought for a moment. “Pain doesn’t have to be a bad thing. a way of life. She had heard the word before but was now lost in that stare struggling to for a coherent answer.” She thought for a moment and continued. “I may not be very good at long words but I know what I want and I can act hard if I want to.” Sam reiterated. Her expression was blank and taut. as a small child.” Sam said softly. They become filth. I might add. It sounds like fun to me. I guess I could also role play the naughty schoolgirl. I could enjoy doing that provided it wasn’t serious. The black and white pictures fascinated her although in her small mind their meaning was lost. pain. Do you understand?” “Look. Sam just stared ahead deep in thought. It’s a role-play whereby. who has to be smacked by teacher. picking her words carefully.” the young girl replied slowly. humilliwhat?” Mandy stuttered. a book the old master had in his study. She recalled seeing. “What do you know. “If you tie them up…” she replied after a moment of tense silence. “…You can beat them harder. I like the idea of role playing. “I could do that. “Humiliation?” Sam asked eventually. She pursed her lips and replied. It’s far from a child’s dressing up game.

” Chapter 8 Mandy made her way back to her room feeling shell -shocked. Jayne’s high cheekbones stuck out from her face and her pale skin seemed stretched over them. A damp dressing gown slung over her shoulders hardly covered her large breasts and she awkwardly tried to prevent them falling out. If she could make money and not get fucked in the process. dear. As she passed the bathroom door it opened and Jayne stepped into the hall. “You will be her apprentice for a while. Mandy was unsure if she should mention her meeting with Ruby and Sam and decided to keep it to herself for the time being. Her eyes were sunk into their sockets and ringed with purple lines. okay. used goods. and you?” “Ya”know how it is babe. well. her teeth were white but had yellow stains in the gaps. . Perhaps this was Sam’s problem.“All the way.” “See you later. It was just a means of making money. One teacher had told her that Bullies were generally cowards who had to put on a tough act to protect themselves. tainted. The only sticking point was that she’s have to work more closely with Sam and that didn’t appeal to her at all.” Ruby said lighting another cigarette from the stub of the last. behind that stern exterior lurked a weak and frightened little girl. “I’m fine.” “Good.” Jayne slurred before stumbling off to her room. I’ll send Liz for you about four o clock. She was damp and her hair was tied above her head with a towel. Remembering her days as a young school girl a thought occurred to her. “Sure. that seemed like a better way. that they were really weak inside.” Mandy let this information sink into her head and wanted to smile but thought better of it. “How you getting on?” The voice was slurred and slow like she was drugged. good. The only positive thing that had come out of it was the promise of alternative work. Mandy looked at her and saw that the girl had a deathly complexion.” She looked around at Sam who just nodded in silence. Mandy watched her go and thought that she might end up in the same way if she was not careful. It was something she wanted to avoid. This thought made her smile. “Hi Ya?” she smiled. “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. She nodded at Ruby and looked one last time at her new tutor before Ruby said with a broad smile. The interview with Ruby that morning had been draining but the one she had just left made her feel empty. although she had only fucked Max the thought of fucking a stranger every night wasn’t comforting.” Jayne smiled. “You can go now.

The clock beside the bed said it was nearly four. “Don’t ask me girl. there was no natural light and green spots converged with red at random intervals from hidden lamps. Liz was there with a duster in one hand and a bucket in the other. no. blood red and thick. Spasm. 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. 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. Her eye-lids spasm. Sam’s six inch high heels clicking across a cold stone floor. it had been a busy day and she could still feel the chemicals from the previous evening in her system. bible held high and a cross of gold burning in her eyes. a viper. “I just work and keep my mouth shut. Mother emerges from the darkness. SPASM. “Wow!” she said stepping inside the room at the top of the stairs. the only outward sign of the turmoil in her head. a rope came from this and had two clasps attached to its end. a flickering black candle. She could see a flapping banner. Spasm. a red liquid seeping from the palms of a Christ. a rounded rubber club.After reaching her room Mandy lay on her bed and drifted off to sleep. Her heavy lids flickered and her breathing slowed as she succumbed to the world of dreams. no. “What’s this?” Mandy asked looking at the object. whispering hail Mary as a slow wind blows. devils dancing in a desert scene with wild and writhing weaving. Hanging from a rack was a selection of beating instruments. or was it the wings of a great bird flying in an empty sky? Vague and maddening. Her cigarette smoking like a cruciform. Carter sprinkles holy water. She feels a shock of electric rush though her spine as a vision of Sam in a nun’s habit flashes against a red sky. The lighting was subtle.” Liz replied rubbing her duster over the object. They pranced and danced around seething and rippling waters. The floor was a bare cold stone giving the room a cold ambiance like a dungeon or cellar. echoing images of flushed red faces. and she slipped further into a dream state. she shook the sleep from her eyes and went to the door after arranging her hair quickly in the mirror. Mandy opens her eyes and sits up.” . 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. across her beating heart. Attached to the grey brick walls were iron hooks that held chains of varying thickness and ropes. Spasm. various canes of differing thickness and length. Her eye lids fluttered. a riding crop.

Mandy saw a black box on the floor beside a far wall. It was four feet high, two
feet wide and
about a foot deep. It was clasped shut with a thick bracket and padlock, she ran
her fingers over the cold steel top.

“I guess you don’t know what this is for either?” she asked looking intently at the
“It’s a gimp seclusion device.” Sam’s cold voice replied. Mandy turned to see
Sam had entered the room. Liz looked at her and left swiftly dragging her bucket
behind her.

“It’s for sensory deprivation.” Sam continued. She stepped to the box and looked
at it with a sneer on her lips. “Some of our clients like to be in there for hours; it
helps them to think. They can be pretty smelly when we let them out.”
“Really?” Mandy replied.

“Hence the shower room through there.” Sam nodded towards a door set into a
far wall. “We also use that room for wet games.”
“Water, soap and things?” Mandy asked softly.
“Piss!” Sam said abruptly opening the door and showing the room was lined with
black rubber tiles.
“Piss and other things.” She continued. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to work in
there unless they wanted to, of course.”
“Of course.” Mandy replied peering into the room.

“Roma does a lot of work in here.” Sam closed the door and looked directly into
Mandy’s eyes. Then she turned and led her to an area towards the
centre of the room.

“This is where most of the discipline takes place.”
She said nodding towards a leather harness hanging from the ceiling. “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.”
“I see.”
“And to select their control word.” Sam paused. Mandy raised an eyebrow and
fingered the
“Control word?”

“It’s important to never cross a person’s pain threshold.” Sam replied. “If they
say their control word we know they have had enough. Of course some people do
not have any sense of control; in which case we must be careful not to
permanently harm or
disfigure them.”

“I see.” Mandy was then led to the bed like contraption that she had inspected
“This is our rack.” Sam said in a matter of fact fashion. “If you tie their feet at
that end, they
are pulled, stretched. If it is reversed the rack can be used for auto sexual
“Strangulation?” Mandy said under her breath.

“Some of our clients like this while we perform other actions; it is an advanced
piece of kit; dangerous. I will show you one day how to use it. For now…” She
said simply. “…You will just interview the client prior to him entering the room.
It’s important that he meets the dominatrix only, when the game begins.

“I think so. Could you show me how this works now?”
Mandy looked towards the rack and gave a small smile.
“What, why now?” Sam replied. She creased her eyes in the same way Mandy
had seen the previous evening when Carter had entered the room.

“Let’s say I’m fascinated.”
“Well...” Sam said softly. “If you want, get on.”

Mandy smiled awkwardly and lay upon the contraption allowing Sam to go to
work in silence. Her hands were pulled through the two clasps at one end of the
bed and the buckles pulled tightly. The creaking leather echoed around the room.

Sam then went to the other end and connected the buckles there to Mandy’s
ankles. Mandy closed her eyes as Sam lent over her and connected the neck
buckle. She could feel the cord that connected this to the barrel pull against her
head and then she heard it. A slow clicking that ticked in her ears.

The barrel turned and a ratchet caught preventing its recoil under the strain of
the cords connected to Mandy’s body. She could feel the constriction pulling on
wrists and ankles and particularly around her neck as the leather strap tightened
with each click. It occurred to her that she had not given a control word and she
suddenly felt very vulnerable laying there unable to move.

She opened her eyes in time to see Sam looking down at her wickedly.
The clicking stopped in awful silence.

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. Mandy felt a cold draft caress her
exposed pubis as her panties were ripping from her thighs. Then fingers tipped
with short, sharp nails groped and poked, enquiring and frantic.

Her labia was pulled, pinched and examined until a gush of lubrication enabled
the probing to
become slower and more thoughtful. Stroking sluggishly, lingering upon her
Sam’s fingers manipulated and stimulated there.

Mandy opened her eyes and saw Sam lower her head and felt the caress of her
tongue warm upon her skin. Kissing it, adoring it, probing and pushing into her.
She quivered under its spell, breathing deeply and riveted.

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. It was uncontrollable

and spurting, making her feel faint, dizzy and blissfully abused. Her breathing
loud and laboured; she sighed an exquisite gasp.

“Did you like that?” Sam said releasing the ratchet and allowing the cords
holding her to slacken. Mandy just sucked air into her lungs and looked at her
teacher wantonly.
Sam silently undid the straps and buckles before walking to the door. Before she
left the room she turned and faced Mandy still reclining on the machine.

“Be in the bar at six as usual. Ruby wants you to stay in the white room and be a
virgin for another couple of nights.”
“Okay.” Mandy replied sitting up on her elbows.
“I’ll give you further instruction over the weekend.” Sam turned and left the
“I can’t wait.” Mandy sighed under her breath.

“How was your day?” Jo said as Mandy slithered up to the bar later that day. She
had showered again and done her make up before changing the bed sheets and
making her way down. There was a tray of sandwiches on the bar which Mandy
dived into.
“I’m famished.”

“Go girl.” Jo smiled sipping an orange drink. Ruby was behind her drunk and
talking to a fat Texan with a beer belly and bald head.
“Max was waiting outside when I went for a walk.” Mandy said munching through
a quarter of a cheese and tomato sandwich.
“You’ll get used to that.” Jo sniffed. “Hero worship, some of these punters just
don’t know
where to stop.”

“Then, this afternoon, I had dirty, perverted sex with someone.”
“Really.” Jo giggled. “You do get around, who was that with?”
“Later.” Mandy smiled.

“That’s what I like about you girl.” Jo laughed. “You can be so green and, Jesus,
dumb with it, but then you’re as savvy as any one of us. I guess we’re all
perverted in the eyes of some.”
Jo looked at Mandy’s face and her eyebrows pinched slightly. “You look tired,
maybe it’s that lipstick.”

“I thought red suited me.” Mandy replied taking another sandwich and tucking
into it.
“No girl,” Jo smiled. “We women of colour need to be a little adventurous. I wear
gold a lot, or blue, that looks so cool on a dark skin. Come to my room one day
and I’ll show you.”

Mandy saw Sam approach looking stern. She stood nearby as if listening for a
moment and Mandy looked at her before saying.
“Could I have a gin please?”
“See,” Jo giggled. “You were a teetotal virgin last night and tonight you’re a

” She lied. She spat on her fingers and placed her hand between her legs to stimulate him a little.” “Well whoopee. stud.” He tried to look but she had already wiped her fingers with a tissue. 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. “This is my new Girl. “Yes. but dark. It didn’t take much.” she said pushing herself between Jo and Mandy. I never seen a Negro with green eyes before. haven’t you cowboy. soon a gush of sticky come filled her fist and he fell forwards like he was having a cardiac arrest.” .” She thought he might come more quickly if she gave him something to think about. “Not with those eyes. “Oh. “She’s untouched by any man.” she lied.” He laughed showing a set of ivory dentures. you broke me in good.” Ruby laughed. Jo sneered and raised her eyebrows before turning and leaving them to it. “So I get to break a black mare tonight?” “She might be a bucking bronco for all you know. “I never tasted no nigger juice before. 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. “That’ll do for me honey. Ruby looked over her shoulder and grabbed the arm of the fat Texan she had been talking to. Smith stood up and she glanced at his groin for a second wishing immediately that she had not.” “Yha.” Smith drooled unbuckling his belt.” Ruby smiled facing Mandy. “Is it in there yet?” Smith asked as he pushed his fat gut on her reclining body. She looked at his sagging butt and gagged.fronts to his ankles. “Ain’t that funny?” Smith smiled after pulling his trousers up.” he laughed. “Well 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. 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. He giggled all the way and rubbed his fat crotch with a sick grin as she closed the door behind them. like. “Now then. “Guess I can’t be all nigger after all. “You got a treat in store for you. “That fat dick is deep inside my tight cunt.” There was an air of sarcasm in her voice that he missed but he did as he was told dropping his Y.” She sneered. Mandy lifted up her skirt and revealed her black pubic hair and reclined on the bed as he turned.” Mandy smirked. “Look at that blood from my pussy. Just wash your fat dick in that sink over there and I might just let you stick it in me.Both women burst into laughter as Sam pushed a glass across the bar. “Your pussy’s just like a white woman.” “Really?” The Texan sniffed looking at Mandy’s breasts.

” Ruby smiled as the two entered the bar.” She smiled standing and tossing the tissue in the bin. He was aged about 19 and had a clear complexion.” Jo replied.” “Oh Jimmy. still a virgin. “This is a friend of mine. “Best fuck I’ve ever had. “I must be sucking dick badly or something…” “Why do you say that?” Mandy laughed. Jo winced behind his back and stepped aside allowing the boy to take her place. I’ll take you to her. as if it were a matter of fact.” “Perks of the job. Mandy looked but could not see Sam. They all turned to see a little old man presenting her with a small blue box.” The old man smiled. “Anything for my baby…” Jo mimicked. “No one ever bought me a gold band.” Both girls smiled. Jayne opened it and a glittering gold bracelet sparkled in the light of the bar. . “It must have cost a fortune. “Come. “His name is Joe and this is his nineteenth birthday.” Jo whispered to Mandy as she joined her at the bar. “It’s beautiful. “I hope my little virgin looked after you Mr Smith. “Anything for my baby.“Well cowboy. “…and this is Mandy.” “It’s probably the only one he’s had in years.” He huffed. Perhaps…” she mused sipping from her glass.” “Really.” Joe said believing every word. “I should start using my teeth more often.” Mandy said. Joe. Mandy looked at him and tried to look coy and his eyes darted between hers and her chest.” “Fantastic. “This young lady is Josephine…” Ruby slurred nodding at Jo. “I don’t know.” Jayne whined making sure everyone else in the room could hear. put your money away. Un touched by human hand. “Where’s Sam?” Mandy asked casually looking about the room. “Perhaps she’s with Carter or someone.” “Happy birthday.” Jo whispered as the old man wrapped the bracelet around Jayne’s wrist and did up the clasp.” Ruby stepped up to the women with a young man on her arm.” “That was quick. He did not need to be asked twice stepping towards Mandy and taking her by the arm. “You should get out more. the drinks were being served by Liz who busied herself behind the bar. the newest girl in the house. “Which one of these lady’s would you like to take care of you?” Ruby asked the boy.” Jayne cried from across the room.” He reached into his wallet and withdrew a ten dollar note before offering it to her.” She smiled drunkenly. “You pay Ruby.

so to speak.“Now. thin legs. “This boy’s a friend of the family. She could see a gradual lump forming under his shorts and as her fingers went to work. His body was thin and wiry.” Mandy giggled and looked up at the boy. you take him to your room and get him educated in the ways of the world. They were soon in the white room and she sat him on the bed. Mandy reached up and stroked his tummy softly her fingers swept lower and brushed the top of his shorts before sweeping the fingers of her free hand up the inside of his legs just stopping below where they opened. “Stop!” Joe whispered trying to catch his breath. “Stop. “Then we can take it from there. He stepped towards her and she took one of his soft white hands and placed it on her breast. He stood and started to undo his shirt. “What do you think?” “How about if we get down to out underwear. 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. She looked up from the bed as he stripped it off and hung it from the back of a chair. “Do you like that Joe?” “Yha. the boy quivered and shook catching his breath. He swallowed hard as she ran her fingers up again only this time sweeping the tips of her fingers under his balls. 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.” Joe replied. laying back on the bed while she looked up at him . the soft bristle that covered them became electric to her touch. He kicked off his boots and his trousers fell to his ankles exposing a baggy pair of shorts above a pair of long.” Ruby whispered in Mandy’s ear. “Come here. young lady.” He stuttered flicking a finger under her bra and swiping its tip across her erect nipple. white and clear of and mark or hair.” She smiled.” She whispered. Only his thighs had any muscle so to speak and she saw a thin covering of soft down over them. “How would you like to do this Joe?” Mandy asked softly. it’s nice. he looked shy and slightly nervous.” “That’s okay. or I’ll come. She tugged his shirt and pulled him towards the door. She leant forwards and licked it gently with her tongue.” He replied after a while.” “Okay. That long thin lump pressed against the inside of his shorts like a lion wanting to escape. She slipped off her bra and pushed her panties down to her feet. She didn’t want to take things too fast and wanted the boy to remember his first time with a smile on his face. slipping them under her ear lobe and along the side of her neck. 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.” Mandy replied. “I don’t know. He reached out and ran his long fingers through her hair. Mandy pulled down her dress straps and let it fall to the floor leaving her in her silky bra and panties.

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

“Thank you. Mandy bit into the pill and a flush of bitter chemicals flooded over her taste buds. A small pill was deposited at the back of her throat and he withdrew with a beady smile. They made her appear sleepy and dour although she never lost her sharp wit no matter how intoxicated she became. “Did the girl look after you?” Ruby beamed passing a drink to Joe as he came to the bar. “Take this!” he said passing Mandy an expertly rolled joint of grass. Instead she took a deep draw on the end of the joint before looking around for someone to pass it on towards. She was now very drunk and Mandy recognised the way in which Ruby’s eyes flickered from the effects of too much alcohol. “Swallow.” Carter drooled slipping up close to Mandy. “Here’s my man!” Ruby slurred loudly as they both entered the room. Jo winked in the light of a flashing spot which cast a blue. She had seen Sam behind the bar and just as she was about to speak to her a familiar voice whispered in her ear. His eyes were alight with the fire of desire and Mandy could sense his intentions before he actually said anything further. “Lady Mandrake. “What was that?” She asked gulping back the contents of the glass. lady. Ruby had a habit of talking loudly especially when drunk and it made everyone in the room look in that direction. let me lick you. it made him look more sinister. Sam raised an eyebrow and stepped back from the bar giving Mandy no opportunity to ask about the injury. Mandy glanced at her and noticed a small cut under Sam’s left eye.” He cast Mandy a casual smile but her attention was elsewhere. “Come. She could smell the aroma of his cologne on his clothes and in the half-light she noticed his eyes were lined with kohl.” Carter hissed. Then reaching out she took the joint from Mandy and stepped back into the crowd nodding her head in time with the beat. slightly embarrassed by the attention. The bar was full now. Contrasting with his deathly pallor the darkness of his eyes gave him an alien appearance. This did not make him look effeminate or even better looking. there were several people standing on either side talking and listening to the loud music.” Joe said simply. “Brandy. Sam was already pushing another glass across the bar towards them both.across her eyes in a style that she thought suited her. “She was great.” Carter cooed stepping towards her. . dear lady. He kissed the back of his fingers and exhaled a cloud of sweetly smelling smoke.” He pushed his mouth towards hers and as their lips met she felt his tongue slip onto hers.” Carter smiled passing her a glass. red and green haze across the heads of the assembled people. swallow. Then she pecked the boy gently on his cheek before leading him back to the bar. “Lady Mandrake. like one of the undead.

we can see each other again then. She noticed then looking at her and smiled drunkenly.“Don’t you just love this time of the evening?” Carter asked. “Take no notice of that man. Mandy saw her look about the bar for an excuse to dump the fat man and noticed Joe trying to get her attention. “Drugs can be funny if you’ve never taken them before.” He said under his breath. “Thanks honey. you do have imagination don’t you. “Come back tomorrow. anyway.” Carter smiled. playing with it on his tongue as if to act out its meaning. “That’s right. was it now. don’t you?” He lingered on the word.” She replied gently. He was huge and had a belly that hung below his shirt tails and ruffled the top of his pants. She was very intoxicated and slouched from her stool towards the ashtray with a bent cigarette between her fingers. “Anticipation. it was a donkey sized vibrator. When their eyes met he smiled and walked towards her and Carter. “It wasn’t a donkey. isn’t it exciting. silly old bean.” “I’m only kidding you.” The man wheezed giving Velta a cheesy smile. Mandy did not reply being captivated by the apparition and speechless.” Carter laughed.” She shouted to Mandy. some people would be better off if they stopped using the juice and popped a few pills occasionally. That vat of kindness would dry up in an instant if she couldn’t sell your ass. “You got the goods alright.” “You are awful. I only come alive when the sun goes down. “Truthfully.” “Lucky them!” Carter laughed and leant forwards as if to take her into his confidence.” “Oh. we got you. I don’t like to make fun of her. that has filled you with anticipation. “I am right now. “Just humour the old cow. “The darkness is so full of mystery and anticipation. dear. some people get a reaction.” She replied superficially.” “I’m glad I could help. she was finding out that anything was possible with Carter. “Just a gift dear lady.” She replied at last. “Between you and me. Not knowing what lays ahead and only having your imagination to prepare yourself. how about you?” “What was it?” She managed to say again referring to the pill he had slipped into her mouth.” .” Mandy giggled. “…A gift of mystery. I just love anticipation. Lady? My Lady Mandrake.” He hissed sucking on the drink Sam had given him. 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. “That woman has really helped me since I arrived in town. don’t you think. she brought up the donkey not me. She guessed it might have been another mandrax but was unsure.” He nodded towards Ruby who was deep in conversation with an elderly man at the end of the bar.” “I like to know what goes into my body. she’d help anyone provided they’re making her money. “Are you busy?” Joe asked looking firstly at her and then towards Carter.

all chattering voices and animal creatures. ride that lightening storm honey. “Why. Joe turned and walked towards Ruby. “…unless you fancy playing find the sausage?” “Find the…” Joe sputtered.” “What?” Joe said looking bewildered.” She said aloud. his smile now twinkled in the light and she saw streams of rainbows crossing her vision.” Mandy said with a cool smile. He watched the boy go and screwed up his nose. He tried to smile at Mandy but found Carter drawing his attention. no doubt to arrange his reservation for the following evening. “Why. way up high baby and you’re getting higher. “Now toddle off and find another dolly to play with. The centre of everything. “The door’s closed. “Just come tomorrow honey. unless…” “Unless what?” Joe asked innocently. the gate’s locked and the lights are out. don’t fight. at that moment in time the universe and everything in it existed for her sake only. she was permeating the cosmos like a tolling bell and it felt great. “Let the rush take you with it. “I promise I’ll give you my full attention then.” Mandy smiled and blinked. feel it in your blood and cruise that highway. I promise. Enjoy. A faint rattle behind her now echoed slightly with muffled voices and animal sounds. No one else mattered. okay?” “Okay.” Carter beamed. “Wow. “What was that?” “Here it comes baby. The only thing that seemed familiar. Can you feel it?” Mandy could feel something. The disassociation wrapped her up in a cocoon of warm intimacy. “I bet he has a divine asshole. recognisable in the chaos was Carter’s face.” Carter smiled.” He continued as the sensations grew inside her head and filtered down her spinal cord.” Carter drooled. relax. strange and yet understood.” Carter replied.“Okay Sonny Jim. Slip into the mainstream of imagination.” He said like a small child. can you feel it.” Carter announced with a sardonic smile. It was a sensation that crept up like a thief in the night. something mystical and as she thought about it a further wave hit her senses. You’re on that high way. now the shop’s closed and the little man has gone home. just don’t fight it baby. The music provided a backdrop of echoing bleeps and pulses which competed with the smell of human bodies for her attention. It was something unexpected and yet familiar. “Just go with it. you are popular. just look at that butt. . a small eruption of neurons in her brain that heightened her sense of being. There was something going on behind her eyes that caught her off her guard. She was a shining star about which galaxies orbit. It was strange feeling. His hair had taken on a life of its own and was dancing to the music on his head. Mandy opened her eyes again and the room whirled into focus. “You’ve had your fun for the evening.

That was just how she felt then. Sam was looking at her. watching the liquid sparkle inside. “Wow. but it was a different man. She remembered that.” 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. inside her.” Carter hissed. She was sure they had been there a moment ago. She tried to form words but their meaning became lost in her mouth. She opened her mouth slightly and felt the touch of his soft fingers brush against her lips. Liz was busy collecting glasses and Ruby was still chatting to a man at the bar. Mandy didn’t understand where the time had gone but as her senses came back she was aware that it had gone. It was a dry. . parched mouth that felt like a desert road. His tongue darted about his lips like a viper emerging from a bloody carcass. “Open wide!” Carter said breaking into Mandy’s thoughts. He saw that she needed to drink and passed her his glass.“Back with us again are we dear?” Carter smiled a row of flashing white teeth. Velta was nowhere to be seen and neither was Jayne or Carol. oh. with Sam’s gaze baring into her head like a laser beam. It run down her back and into her pussy. No matter what the situation. Lady Mandrake. where have I been for the past couple of hours?” “You’ve been on Planet Mandra. when she clenched her pelvic muscles she could feel his touch there. “Manda. Mandy looked away from that stare. Her mouth wanted so much to taste that moisture and yet the motion was forgotten. Mandy looked at it intently.A.” Carter replied squeezing her neck sensitively. as a child. “That’s it honey. The feeling of his fingers against her bare skin made Mandy shiver with passion.” “Why’s that?” she replied looking about the bar. the old master could do that to her. “That will put the lid on the coffin. He laughed and helped her lifting the glass to her lips and tipping the liquid inside.” “What? I thought I’d had one already” she smiled gulping back the pill. Maaaaan-DA! That stuff takes you places only Ruby’s donkey vibrator could reach. slipped by in a flicker of her eyelids. Then her mouth filled with an acrid chemical taste which burned nicely upon the sour sensors of her tongue. glisten with moisture. it was too intense and it penetrated into her brain making Mandy feel instantly guilty for some reason. M. “Is that the time?” she said softly. “Get it?” he said flashing that smile again. let Daddy sock it to you.D. I can see you’re back in the land of the living again although I thought we had lost you for good a while ago. whatever she had been doing just one look from that man put her straight into a state of guilt riddled anxiety. “A mandrake for Lady Mandrax.

” he smiled turning her upon an axis.” She sighed as the sense of disassociation crept into her spine and up her back.” The three women watched as he led Mandy towards the door. frozen like ice statues in an aortic landscape. Carter removed his jacket and shirt revealing a bare chest covered in tattoos. if we are children of the night. Ladies. He struck it against the side of his leg making a sharp clap that echoed around the room. her tongue was useless and she could just about stop it hanging from her mouth limply. the ropes of freedom. Chapter 9 They stumbled in the half light from the dimmed hall lamps up the stairs towards the black room. the music faded into the background and Mandy could swear she heard the sound of Sam’s breathing echoing on the air behind them. the colours and the people all suddenly came to life and filled her head with sensation.” He hissed leaning her back and running his tongue along the tip of her shoulder. “A allegory. Would you like that?” “I would.” He said suddenly as the room. “An analogy.” She said softly.“Just a metaphor. Instead of a nail I should have said crowbar. “We have work to do. “Be careful. Mandy felt her legs go from under her as she was half led and half dragged up each step.” “You should?” she replied now getting very confused. The room began to spin and they stopped still in the moment. “I am going to use it to smash into the casket and release you from the chains of bondage. Sam and Liz staring at them both intensely. we need to emerge from our coffin-like daytime existence to sing with the wolves. “ Carter replied taking her hand and leading her across the room to a space where they could dance.” “You are?” “Only to tie you up with the ropes. She tried to say something but only her jaw worked. “Say nothing. “Come with me. 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. “Yes.” He said sternly. The markings were of birds and dragons and insects and blazoned across his back in three inch letters was the motto “Bastard” written in a Germanic script. the sounds. She stumbled forwards and saw Ruby.” Carter announced leading Mandy towards the door. Jo suddenly appeared from a shadow and leant forwards to whisper in Mandy’s ear. 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. “A what?” she laughed. The door opened and as they entered Carter grabbed a small horse whip that had been hanging from a small hook beside the door. “Excuse us. .

He was panting like a dog and biting all over her. “And the panties. 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. It was rough and hard and it hurt just a little but the softness of his tongue made up for it.” She slid the dress from her legs and tossed it to one side.” He said with a sardonic sneer. Pushing deep inside her and probing the flesh there while his arm furiously massaged his throbbing cock. He placed the leather strap on the end of the whip under the other strap of her dress and it too fell down completely exposing her breasts. The whip cracked again. She could feel it penetrating her pussy. Carter bit into her breast and she felt blood dripping from the wound. “You will talk when spoken too and not before. “Take it off. A rush of sensation travelled up her spin and into her head as his boot tip rubbed against her clitoris. She could feel the hard bristle of his unshaven chin rubbing at the soft flesh of her labia. Awash with the chemical taste when he carefully placed the horse whip under the strap of her dress and forced it to fall from her shoulder. taking small painful nips.He stepped toward Mandy. “Lay back and open your legs. Thrusting like she had never felt before. There was a leather cap hanging from the arm of a chair which he threw on his head to complete the look. his skin tight jeans fitting snug around the top of his leather biker boots. She was kneeling in front of him. Mandy looked up at him and saw that he was now furiously rubbing his crutch through his jeans. She felt the toe of his boot push her labia apart gently and heard the sounds of his breathing. He removed his boot and she heard the sound of his belt buckle undoing and then he was eating her madly. bitch. Her hair was falling into her eyes and her vision was blurred a little but she could make him out as Carter marched around her.” She lay back and moved her knees apart. Her breast became exposed and he knelt forwards and pinched the nipple.” She did as she was told and heard his breathing become more laboured. so hard it was pushing her cervix deep into her womb. . Then he pushed his penis deep inside her. “Come on. “Do you like that Bitch?” Mandy could not reply because the combination of drugs had by now totally overcome her.” Mandy slipped off her panties and looked up at him feeling totally vulnerable.” He said softly. “Open your legs wider. She could see the hardness of his cock almost bursting out from under the blue fabric and she too felt her juices start flowing. “You want…” she mumbled but the words caught in her throat as the whip cracked across her face.” He screamed. come on. “Shut up.

there was always somewhere that needed attention but he was too old and broke to notice. you fucking. but they looked at her daughter. slag. The ejaculation throbbed again and again as he panted and bit and pinched. of course. He just sat in that old armchair in a threadbare cotton shirt drinking malt whiskey or bud all day. The smell of tobacco and . Laying on that stone. He helped himself to the old master’s whiskey and gin and every now and then would chop some wood. Her mother worked though. skank-whore. bitch. Bitch. you fucking bitch. you fucking dog. They didn’t even look at her. fucking bitch whore. Then without another word he left the room. They made him appear busy. like he had a purpose but her momma knew the truth. Mandy recalled how Jed’s eyes would follow her across the room when she come in from school.” He turned.” She felt his come shoot inside her like a warm burst from a pistol. whore. never asked if she was okay. Her pupils were distorted and in her field of vision Mandy saw fairy lights flickering.” She whimpered as his fist smashed into her face. placed the leather cap on the chair arm where it had lain and pulled his shirt over his shoulders. “Shut up. never even smiled when she presented those meals she cooked for them. windows and work tops. There was Jed. Like the crumpled panties at her side and the dress strewn across the flagstones faded memories were crumpled and discarded in her mind. Just enough to make it look like he was earning his keep. the unshaven and worn out handy man who wasn’t handy any longer. It had dry rot and weeds. Old Jed just ate the food. They never said thank you. She saw that old. You fucking slut. she scrubbed floors. 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. slut. 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. cold floor her mind began to wander. cobwebs and dust. Then he lifted himself up and stood pulling his pants up and doing up his belt. You fucking cunt. Carter lifted his head up and adjusted his weight with his arms. un-shaved chin quiver and that dry old tongue dart between those cracked lips. 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. The old white house that she and mom shared with the old.” He was now laying across her battered body limply. white master came back to her. “Bitch. “Get dressed. You fucking bitch. whore. kept himself warm in winter and cool in the summer.“That hurts.

“Did he do that?” Sam asked touching Mandy’s cheek. “I’m so high. “Ruby wants you to go to your room and relax for the rest of the night. Transparent wafts of cigar smoke drifted through the air like ghostly apparitions.” Mandy bit her lip and walked to the door. The handles that controlled the ratchet stuck into the air and Mandy could see how they would bruise if you fell against one. Did he do that?” Sam looked at her and resumed her normal attitude. She pulled them on and looked for her dress.” “Those pills he hands out are dangerous.” “I’m okay. “Max called. “Are you okay?” Mandy looked towards the door and saw Sam entering the room. “You had better put some ice on it otherwise it may bruise. It was an experience she never wanted to have again. She helped Mandy up and placed her fingers under her chin to examine the wound more closely. “I fell against that thing.” Sam added. I didn’t feel a thing. She could feel his hard cock pressing into her butt as his hand pushed the pencil across the paper.” Sam said abruptly.” Sam added. Putting her shoulders back her defensiveness went up like a shield.” She said nodding towards the rack.sweat hit her tender little nose as he touched her little hand and held a pencil in it for her. “Really?” “He’s booked you for tomorrow at six.” “Okay. The thick smell lingered uneasily with the smell of roses set in a vase on the bar. She closed it softly behind her and walked to where Mandy was sprawled. She was glad of that even though she could still hear the dull thud of music coming from the bar below. There was a red mark that looked swollen. She sucked in a lungful of the refreshing night air and made her way unsteadily to her room.” “Is it that bad?” Mandy said pulling her dress over her shoulder. The hallway was cool and airy compared to the dark and dank room she had been in. “He can get carried away.” Mandy replied. “It matches yours. Carol sat on a stool by the bar sipping orange juice while she talked to a fat. The following evening at six pm the red lights burned dimly in the bar room. balding New Yorker who was puffing on a cigar.” She said softly.” She said opening up the door and leaving. He was moving gently this way and that and his breathing was long and laboured. “I’d better get some sleep then. “I didn’t want you to go with him alone. “He has done a number on you girl. He wiped the sweat from the .” Mandy replied sitting up and reaching out for her panties. She couldn’t wait for her Momma to return so that she could get off his lap and go to her.

“Let’s go and fuck upstairs.15. She looked up and saw Max standing beside her dressed in a smart blue suit. anything was possible.” “Is that what you think?” She replied giving him a sharp look before turning away again. “Rum and black and a vodka and orange for the lady. Max grabbed her shoulder and turned her to face him again. “I can’t stand it when they can’t hold their liquor. His smile melted into a frown when she turned to face him.” He replied enjoying the sensation of her nipple while the others in the bar ignored them. “Hmm baby. back then.back of his thick neck and tugged at his shirt collar with his free stubby hand waving a fifty dollar bill with the other.” Max said defensively. “Hello!” said a loud voice as the clock struck 6. after all it cost me five dollars.” Liz shouted from the other end of the bar. she mused. sitting at the bar beside a smartly dressed gentleman raised her eyebrows and sneered. “Hay. “I’m talking to you.” Velta strolled across the room in the arm of a young sailor boy. His eyebrows pinched together and he gazed at her suspiciously.” She announced to no on in particular. As long as I pay. The sailor groped at her crutch and belched loudly before collapsing in a fit of giggles. tender and untouched. How she was the toast of this city in her twentieth year. “Hay sweetheart. “I fell. her dark eyes darting here and there. “What happened to you?” he asked looking at the bruise on her cheek. Ruby. a crisp white shirt with a matching blue tie. 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. She looked away and at Liz behind the bar. “You don’t look very pleased to see me. It was so long ago. Jayne sat across one of the sofas balanced her head on the arm of a tall Italian while the dirty fingers of his hand groped at her breast through her pale dress. She then continued her discussion with the man in soft whispers about how she looked when she was younger. never missing anything.” “Hang on mister.” Mandy replied simply. Sam stood nearby watching everything.” .” “In a moment.” He cried. “Can’t you see I’m busy down here?” She prepared his rum and black-current and poured orange juice for Carol placing the money for the vodka in her tips jar. “I have money so I guess it don’t matter if you don’t want to see me. “I want to finish my drink. Mandy sat nearby sipping lemonade and trying to control the butterflies in her stomach.” he snapped.” She whispered.

Max fumbled inside his pocket and withdrew a wad of notes. “Go and choose another girl. Just then the door opened. “Choose another girl.” He said. I have someone we should both deal with coming in a while.” He started to raise his voice. “She’s already taken. There were smaller buckles down the outside of each leg which pulled straps that were attached to the inside of the leg seam. “Fuck you and fuck her. “Already taken.” He turned and walked from the room slamming the door behind him.Mandy looked away and saw Sam approaching.” “Okay. tonight. “Thanks.” “Fuck you!” he snapped thrusting the notes away again. choose someone else.” “What do you mean?” Max said loudly. “Good.” She replied. “I don’t know what’s wrong with you tonight. I don’t need this shit. Mandy didn’t bother to ask anything else she just did as she was told. There was a pair of long black rubber gloves that went with it and a pair of impossibly high heels.” “I mean.” “Tough.” Sam said softly. relaxed and ultimately menacing tone.” Sam replied with a cool. “Don’t thank me. The heels were so stacked she was almost standing on the tips of her toes when she tried them on. how much?” “If you want this girl. It should fit. “You will have to calm down. Upon entering the black room and walking to the box she was surprised to find a black latex jump suit folded on its top. sixty. “Wear this. 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. The jump suit fitted like a glove and she enjoyed doing the small silver buckles up that closed the collar around her neck.” Sam said abruptly.” Sam replied still concentrating on the door. “How much did he say?. .” Sam said walking into the room with a small black bag in her hand. I called yesterday. “Go to the black room and put on the uniform I’ve arranged by the box. “I got money. I’ll get her.” “I don’t understand. Jo is free.” She said passing the bag to Mandy. “Fifty.” Max whined.” Mandy said softly. I want this girl. Each buckle pulled the leg tighter in increments down to the smallest buckle at the ankle. well. She looked at herself in the mirror and decided that her hair would look better pulled away from her face.” Sam said firmly pushing her face close to his.” “I don’t want Jo.” Sam said as she slid up between them. isn’t my money any good round here?” “Not with her. “This one’s taken for tonight. Fuck Jo. and come back tomorrow.

You must be in character from the moment I leave.” Mandy replied uneasily.” Mandy replied. Then just play with the role a little.” #She pulled on the gloves and teetered over to the array of whips and paddles that hung from the rail in the shadow.” “Fine. He looked scared and insignificant as he knelt in silence in the centre of the room. is that you?” he said meekly. In the silence of that room.” “Who does?” Mandy asked pulling the hood over her eyes. do you understand?” “I think so.” The man snivelled. After the door closed Mandy stood in the shadows looking at the man for a moment. it’s what he wants. “I know you can do this. The crack of light filled with the shape of two humans as Sam entered the room dragging a small figure behind her.” “Foot worship?” “You’ll get it…” Sam continued. there and then. “The man will answer to the name “DOG!” Sam said abruptly. “Just take all your frustrations out on him. you know. “Wear a bright red lipstick. nothing too strong perhaps some spanking.” Sam said with a tone of reassurance. The anticipation was all consuming as she waited like a black widow spider for her prey to enter. “His code word is ICE. giggling or talking out of character. he won’t mind.” “Thank you mistress. Then the door opened sharply and a fan of light shot across the stone floor. He is a very well paying client so I am relying on you not to let me down. “I’m ready. . Start off with some foot worship. “Mistress. Sam left the room and closed the door. She leaned forwards and the rubber suit she was wearing squeaked gently in the shadows. I will lead him in and place him on the floor. He was stripped naked except for a pair of see through plastic shorts.” “Okay.Mandy opened the bag and withdrew a black leather hood that just had slits of the eyes and pulled down from the back if her neck coming over her head to stop at the tip of her nose at the front. In the shadows she waited in silence feeling and hearing her hot breath come from her nose and rebound on the leather hood. in that moment Mandy discovered a sense of overpowering exhilaration.” Sam shouted. you’ll enjoy it after last night. “Kneel here. what does he want?” “He wants you to humiliate and abuse him. “…Then a little corporal punishment. “Madame will join you shortly. he likes that. an elderly gentleman with a baldhead and glasses. No laughter. She remember that she had not put any lipstick on and reached across to a nearby shelf that had a tube sitting for the taking.

He felt the constraint of the . She paused and gently stroked the crop against the man’s trembling shoulders. “anything you say mistress. “S and M.” He hissed.” She whispered. He seemed to enjoy watching her do this so she put much more on then would usually be necessary. from the tip of the toes to the bottom of her delicate calves. “Yes. “You are a filthy. The man looked up at her approaching and his nose tweaked as he adjusted his vision to the darkness. miserable. “I am a filthy.” She replied softly.” He quivered through trembling lips. She placed her foot by his crutch and took her time to apply the lipstick.” “Shut up.” He replied softly.Mandy stepped from the shadows as firmly as she could balancing on her tip- toes. a thin film of greasy sweat over his bare torso.” “Yes mistress. disgusting little dog turd. “S and M.” “What are you?” she screamed striking the leather tip against the man’s skin leaving another red welt on the man’s back. “Yes. disgusting little dog turd. patient-leather shoes. “Shut up!” she snapped.” He replied furtively. Mistress. Mistress!” the man replied breathlessly. Her bright-red lipstick glistening in the faint light below a set of eyes which pierced through a leather mask. In the semi-darkened room the man knelt. Mistress. His shocking blue eyes dared peer up to glance furtively and his seated tormenter. The leather clad woman paused and slowly drew the riding crop against his bare flesh again. miserable. Her question punctuated by the crack of crop against his bare skin. miserable. fondled a short riding crop tipped with a thin strip of braided black leather.” She hissed as the man’s head fell forwards and his tongue swept across his dry lips. before she drew it slowly around the man’s neck. “Tell me?” Mandy hissed “What are you bothering me for? ““S…. Her fingers flicked and the crop left another red stripe across the man’s back causing a groan to echo about them. “You are making my floor dirty and your dirt has made my shoes unclean. “Speak when I tell you too. wearing tight. “S and M. do you understand?” His head was covered fully by a thick leather hood and only his lips were visible.” “Sorry. through thin slits that could be locked closed by heavy zippers.” He said abruptly.”…S. the hood being tied with tight laces behind his head down to a studded neck collar. It was if he were in prayer waiting for the benediction of the leather studded Madonna.” He grovelled.” His piercing blue eyes examined her thin legs covered in fishnet stockings and then lingered over her black. She caught his glare and her eyes blazed back. his head stooped lower. Her corseted chest panted and a delicate hand. His eyes stared. disgusting little dog turd. black rubber gloves. Laced. very tightly laced she twisted them for his delight. “Lick the dirt from the soles of my shoes. “S. at the goddess before him. What?” she demanded once more. “What are you?” She screamed. “A filthy. What?” she demanded.

his tongue vibrating just a little as his body filled with lusty hormones.” 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. “Clean my shoes. I’ll be in my room. “Clean my other foot. “Stop. The woman cracked the riding crop against the man’s back and he lowered his head instantly in obedience. The woman hissed through those bright red lips. you filthy dog. “Yes Mistress?” He asked. “I must get these heels off. intently.” Sam said as she stumbled down the hall. His tongue furtively touched the tip of her toes and slowly ran down the side of the sole.” Mandy stood and walked to the door. Sam was on the other side with a small smirk on her face. She looked down again at her punter and tapped him on the head with her riding crop. It was going to be a hot day and she wondered if she had a top that would cover it and still be . Five more minutes of this. She saw the excitement rise within him as he greedily leant towards her. “Clean my shoes with your tongue. She heard him groan very gently and felt a little excited by the sound.” She said showing that she had been listening to every word between them. “Good job. “You disgusting. She had teased him enough and slowly moved her foot within his reach allowing his nose to smell the scent of the leather shoe and her silk fishnets. “That’s your lot. The man slowly swept his tongue up and down the black sole of her shoe. earlier.” The woman smiled wickedly as she saw his tongue almost brush against the side of her sole. confidently down the shaft toward the pin-point tip. Mistress?” The old man said. “Now the heel!” She whispered watching intently as his tongue slowly circled the base of her eight inch heels and then swept gradually.” She shouted pulling her foot away. she forced the crop against his hood so violently he bit his tongue.” She hissed softly.” She whispered presenting the second tightly laced foot for the man’s attention. then she’d have to get back downstairs and see if any other guests had arrived. “Praise indeed. “Oh. “Yes?” “You were truly wonderful. “Clean them. 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. leaving a thin film of saliva in its wake.” The man said as she opened the door and stepped outside. She pulled them away and smiled. she thought.handcuffs that locked his hands behind his bare back and pushed his tongue towards the shoe she presented to him. It was still bleeding from a small cut he received when. His breathing became laboured and intense.” Mandy snarled towards the man prostrate before her and glanced quickly at her watch. filthy animal. You dog.” “Good.

I’m all for civil rights but I don’t want to be discussing it when I’m fucking my man. “I guess. “I’ve brought the lipsticks I was telling you Although…” Mandy paused and looked at her friend. “Wow.” Jo said after a pause. It’s blue in normal light but glows black in ultra-violet. I bet. “Who is it?” “Only me. There was a small tap on her door and she sat up in bed covering the breast.” “What colour is that one?” “It’s freaky man.” “But you are working in that room upstairs?” . She reached out and took her dressing gown from bed stand and pulled it over her shoulders as Jo closed the bed room door. I went to a couple of parties and hung out but being a black chick can be a drag with all those white dudes.” Mandy replied cagily. “There’s nothing to say.” Jo said opening the door and peering in. can I come in?” “Please. they’re all into acid there.” “You got it.” “I guess you know all about that?” “What trips?” Jo replied wide eyed.” “Come on. “You an Samantha are getting along. a friend sent it from London.A.” “We have an understanding. in a small boutique.” Jo replied opening another stick. “That’s a really cool shop in London. “I’ve seen you with the white dudes that come here. that was some speech.” Jo giggled. You know what I mean sister? It was cool hearing Dr King speaking to all those people in Washington last March. I bet they have never even heard of Dr King. “Look at this one. they either think you’ve just come off the cotton plantation or that you’re on some civil rights trip. that’s really groovy. “…Someone should tell the folks in the town where I was brought up. “You’re the only person I’ve seen her smile at in the whole time I been here. Back there if you are black you’re treated worse than a dog. Really trippy. She came and sat on the bed. What was it he said I believe we’re all created equal in the eyes of God. man. Don’t get me wrong.” “I wish. “I find most white guys don’t know how to talk to black people in this town.” Jo hummed an agreement. spill the beans. “A friend of mine hangs out with the Grateful Dead in their house.” Jo laughed prodding her friend with a long manicured fingernail.” Mandy said twisting the bottom of the stick and allowing the lip covering to emerge.” “It’s Biba…” Jo replied. “I got this down town here in L.” “You can handle them.” Mandy laughed. they’re butter in your hands.” “Gold.” Mandy replied with a smile.

” “Oh.” “Haven’t you two got anything better to do. I want this house searched from top to bottom. “Give it back to me. Eventually Sam appeared dressed in a pink chiffon. “It’s not 6 yet.” Jayne shouted kicking out at Velta. “What the fuck is going on here?” “She’s taken my necklace. Velta’s hand reached out and pulled a lump of hair from Jayne’s head and her fist caught Liz square in the face on the recoil.” Jo said looking at Mandy who had now dressed and was trying on the make-up Jo had brought. “You fucking bitch. Mandy gave a shrug hearing a loud bang and more screaming.” “Give it back!” Jayne screamed.” Just then Liz appeared and also started screaming. you fucking whores. “Go back to your rooms and I’ll deal with you later. They both withdrew into Mandy’s room and closed the door before collapsing on the floor in a fit of laughter. “Everyone into the lounge!” Liz was calling as she made her way through the house banging on every door as she went. and the less I have to fuck the better.” Jayne shouted pulling Velta’s hair. Jo stood and went to the door. “It’s Velta and Jayne. Liz. . “The one Johnny bought for me.” Sam said towards Jo and Mandy.“It’s just work.” Liz said trying to split the pair.” Mandy said with a cool smile.” “Yes Miss. “Why would I touch that cheap trash? Velta shouted. “She’s going to batter you’re asses if you don’t stop.” Mandy got out of bed and crept to the door.” Sam shouted pulling both girls apart by the hair.” “They were real. Suddenly there was a loud commotion in the hall outside the door and both women looked at each other.” Jayne screamed. Both women opened it a little and peered outside to find Velta and Jayne rolling about on the floor just outside. “Right. “If I wanted jewels I’d at least make sure they were real. “I haven’t got it. “I been told Miss Sammy and she’s mad as hell getting her out of bed. “Enough!” Sam screamed throwing both girls against opposite sides of the hall. “Ah. let me listen.” “Let me go…” Velta screamed scratching Jayne’s face.” “Have you?” Sam demanded to know pushing her face into Velta’s.” Then Mandy and Jo heard a rumbling sound that came closer and closer. She’s taken it from my room and I want it back. shit.” Liz said still holding her eye. “Look what you bitches done now. they hate each other. barbi-doll nightdress and pink furry slippers.” Liz shouted holding her eye. Both women looked at each other and smirked behind the door at the incongruity of the vision.

” Ruby said as Sam placed the T.V on the bar. Ruby looked for a electrical socket and pushed the plug into it. We can confirm. That’s how it should be everywhere. The shooting happened as the President’s motorcade drove through Dee lie Plaza in the centre of Dallas earlier today and we have just heard. Kennedy was actually in dialogue with Martin Luther King and trying to push through laws that would protect us. Now they’ve killed him for it. Walter Cronkite sat behind a desk solemnly and removed his thick framed eye glasses before addressing the television audience. “Friday November 22 1963…” he said in an even and flat tone which had an element of suppressed emotion. Sam was carrying a large television set while Ruby carried the wires and plug and Liz the aerial.” Mandy replied. Jayne was already there looking very angry and sporting a large scratch across her face. “Can you make your way to the bar. “What is it?” Roma asked as she walked past the two women. “We’ll shortly cross to Dallas once again to hear about the condition of Governor Connelly who was also injured in this incident. It .” Mandy replied.” “Don’t forget.” “They probably killed him because of that. Miss Ruby wants ya'all. She looked away as Velta walked into the room.” Roma said in her thick Irish brogue. died of his injuries a few moments ago.” Jo and Mandy stepped to the door and opened it in time to see a bruised Velta walk past. The door flew open and Sam entered followed by Ruby and Liz. “There goes the civil rights movement. once again. “Put down what you doing. The women walked down the stairs and entered the bar. Carol followed her and Roma came after her.” Ruby announced to no-one in particular.” Liz shouted through the door. that President John F Kennedy is dead. “I was going to give you lot a right mouthful.” A shriek rang out in the room and Carol burst into tears while the other women examined the screen in silence. the thirty fifth president of the united states. “Outside this house black people are treated like crapola. The TV burst into life. “But something else has come up. “This country is at war in Vietnam. is it?” Jo said.” “It’s not though. The group of women sat in silence for a few moments before hearing a bang and a crash. “How?” Jo whispered. “A date that will live on forever. “In this house everyone has civil rights no matter who they are. “Who needs civil rights legislation?” Ruby said looking around at the women.” Jo whispered. “He was going to support it and now he’s dead. “We’re not sure.“It must be about what happened earlier…” She said as Liz banged on her door again. President Kennedy.” “He was shot.” Liz held up the TV aerial and the black and white picture lost its fuzzy lines.

” Sam said loudly.could be them who have killed him. “In the meantime. “Can we talk about the thief who stole my necklace now?” “Do we have to?” Carol replied raising her eyebrows. “You fucking bitch!” Jayne shouted. “This country has too many guns in private hands and some nutcase has probably got a hard-on over something stupid and decided to wipe Kennedy out because of it. Now.” The room fell silent before Liz looked up and shouted.” Liz said. They hung their heads and frowned thinking about the news they’d heard until Jayne said bluntly.” Sam interjected. “I don’t think so. someone’s head is going to roll. “She’s probably sold it. “You’re only jealous. The room heated up and the atmosphere grew thick and heavy while the small group contemplate the outcome.” 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. We have all their refugees turning up in boats wanting to stay here…” “It’s probable some nut. understand?” “It’s not me. “That was 18 caret gold and it was brought by someone who I care about. “It was only a bit of cheep tat. “Can I put this aerial down now?” “Yes.” Ruby said looking across to Liz. It will roll all the way down the front path. I’ll go and look. “It’s little Miss Gold finger here. . “Let’s just play nice till we hear if Liz finds anything. “Don’t you think we have more important things to worry about?” “It may not seem important to you.” “The Vietnamese?” Carol laughed. down the road and out of here.” Ruby continued.” Carol whispered.” Jayne sneered. “Go and have a look in every room and see if you can find it. “I want you all to know that one thing I can’t abide is a thief. ticked by every second.” “No it wasn’t. If that necklace is found in any room it shouldn’t be.” “Stop it. Remember we have just got over the missile crisis. grand clock in the hall. you two!” Sam said slamming her hand down on the bar.” “Someone who’s money you care about. “Enough!” Sam said firmly. “But it’s important to me.” “I don’t know why. “That’s a good idea.” Velta said picking a magazine up from a nearby rack and reading it. it’s more likely to have something to do with the Cubans.” Carol said looking at Sam wide eyed. if you can’t work together then you must both go. turn it off.” “While you all here.” Liz nodded and left the room.” “Good.” Jayne said loudly. “I’ve just about had enough of this.” The minutes passed slowly as the old.” Carol said under her breath.

Carol read another magazine although her concentration was poor. 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.” Liz replied turning to look at Jayne. “Well?” Sam asked. at the bar.” . “Guess?” Liz smiled. “Velta had it?” Jayne said with a smug tone in her voice.” “I found it…” Liz smiled looking about the room. Roma filed at her fingernails with a long emery board. half scowl etched upon her lined and sharp-featured face. sipped from a long glass of ice and whiskey that Sam topped up occasionally. When. The tension was palpable.” “Where was it?” Sam said as Liz pulled the long gold chain from a pocket in her apron. “Where was it?” Ruby asked loudly causing a frightening silence to descend upon the room “Stop playing and tell us. “Did you find anything?” “Yes. Liz entered with a half frown. must have caught it taking the jersey off. As the clock in the hall chimed the five o’clock the door opened sharply. The seconds became minutes and the minutes became hours. “I looked in there and saw it attached to her jersey neck. “Did she…. avoiding contact with Velta in case it should lead to another confrontation.” Liz smiled. Every now and then this fact would be given away as she peered up suspiciously. face to face.” “I didn’t…” Velta protested shaking her head from side to side. “Where was it?” “It was in her basket.” Liz said to Ruby as she passed the chain to Jayne. go on.” Liz replied shaking her head. Velta stared ahead with a stern frown etched upon her over made-up face. at last. “In…” “Well?” Jayne said expectantly. “I looked in your room last after checking everywhere else. Jayne stood and clutched her hands under her breast. It was oppressive and heavy in that room which normally appeared bright and airy. 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. Each woman sat on the edge of her seat as Liz looked from eye to eye. “What?” Jayne protested reaching out for the chain. It sat in the palm of her hand and caught the light in every facet. Looking down towards where Velta was sitting.” “Yes?” Jayne remarked holding her hand out. her gaze met Sam’s. Mandy and Jo sat together opposite Ruby who. unable to stand the tension for a moment longer. “Didn’t she.Jayne’s eyes darted here and there. she flicked the chain into a small pile of sparkling gold. “…the laundry basket. “You’ve found it?” She asked with a breathless sigh. her face turned into a wicked grimace. “In your laundry basket. admit it.

“Okay.” Velta announced standing on her feet and heading to the door. He caught sight of Mandy and Sam standing under a pale red light on the other side of the L shaped bar. “That’s it ladies. possible for threats. Like a cockroach he scuttled across the room to the bar. “Jayne. all the action and occupants were taken in with a sweeping. “Velta. “I’ll wear my mourning jewellery. nothing.” “That’s right. The words catching in her throat like poison. Painful past experiences had taught him how to read a room. he could now relax.30pm Carter walked into the dimly lit bar.” Jayne replied looking around to face Velta. What lurked in the shadows.” Velta sneered. I am sorry for accusing you. perhaps? Carter assured himself that only one madman was in that room at that particular moment and he was it.” “Will black do?” Roma asked softly. how does that sound?” “Classy. “Velta. if you have it.” She opened the door and left the room cursing under her breath. The eyes were searching. She looked around the room at the other girls while they in turn looked towards Ruby and Sam for guidance. diamonds on black silk. “Good evening.” “I owe.” He hissed in his clipped British accent. “We will still be opening those doors in an hour or so.” Chapter 11 At 9. pleasant evening on a bad day?” .” Sam answered with what passed for a smile in her litany of scowls. dear ladies. “Get your facts right next time.” Jayne said with a sniff. the deep and dark shadows of twilight? A madman with a knife or a policeman with a gun.” “And the rest. possible dangers or impossible menace. you owe Velta an apology. I’m sorry for hitting you. Those cold. He raised two fingers to the brim of his fedora to acknowledge them before sliding across the room to join them. honey. “Black will be fine. Jayne understood this look at once and guessed it was wise not to ignore it. “Or should I say. “Jayne!” Ruby said with a firm voice and sharp look.“Or when the punter ripper her clothes off. Get yourself ready and wear something respectable. “Very classy.” Sam said clapping her hands together. suspicious glance from a tilted head. black eyes considered what was going on in the room.” Sam said prodding the young woman with her index finger. how to work people out in an instant and tonight he was reassured that o threats existed. Wearing a pale blue suit and fedora hat he stood like a ghost for a moment in the doorway. “Ladies!” Sam said walking to address the women in front of the bar.” Ruby answered.

“Sorry everyone. She gave him a coy look and saw it reflected back in those huge black pupils of his. he was fucking her brain with his thoughts.” Ruby laughed girlishly throwing him a confused look. good enough to eat. 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.” She giggled. “Such a nice girl.” “Oh. “Whiskey chaser.” Carter replied “I am truly flattered. “Tonight I’m going to eat your cunt till you cry for mercy.” He said softly. But what else could be expected from a family whose motto was Sodomy.” The others in the room knew that when this man asked them to do something it would be better for them to do it.” . “What would you like?” “Hmmm.” Carter replied drinking Mandy in with his eyes. The bar room fell into silence and everyone turned to look in their direction making Mandy feel distinctly uncomfortable.” Ruby drooled as she joined them clutching the bar for support.” Carter announced bowing humbly towards the room. “You are a card. Like diamonds glittering on black velvet those eyes sparkled at her.” “Thank you Madame. She opened a bottle of beer from the bar and took a swig from the bottle. Insanity. “I didn’t mean to raise my voice. Mandy thought Carter was sending her messages through the ether. subtle and oblique. Incest and Lies?” “Oh. Sam looked at Liz who had heard the order and went off to pour a whiskey into a short glass for him. “You look. Just carry on as if I wasn’t here. “You look wonderful tonight. Is it not strange that a rather well then less known writer once observed that one cannot acquire style. even from a distance.” He hissed licking his lips slowly with that thin red tongue. “Why Mr Carter. “What would you like?” he asked Mandy. “For MERCY!” he shouted as the whiskey chaser was placed in his fist. He looked dangerous. Mr Carter. one is born with it.“Evening!” Sam replied with no hint of emotion in her voice. Mr Carter. my dear. Telepathic messages that she could just about make out.” He leant forwards and whispered in her ear out of earshot of everyone else. The question was loaded with innuendo and accompanied with that look in his eyes it could have been an invitation to murder.

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

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

“Ouch. “I heard the sounds coming from upstairs last night. “I’m coming.” Carol smiled. “Me and Velta don’t talk. “I don’t think so. Mandy examined the bruise. “Who could that be?” she whispered looking towards the door. it covered the bruises completely.” “It is early. approaching the door. . A bead of sweat ran down her forehead and onto her lips tasting salty on her tongue.” Mandy whispered to herself as she rubbed sleepily the bruise on her breast.” “Look honey. “Don’t!” “But I worry about you. 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. “Is there anything I can do for you?” “Oh. that smarts. “Don’t you worry your pretty little head about me.” Carol smiled limply. I just don’t want you to take any un-necessary risks. I’m a big girl now.” Mandy called. “I wondered if you’d be up. “Hi!” Carol smiled as Mandy pulled the door to one side.” Mandy said sarcastically and she began to apply some thick mascara. She dragged her exhausted body off the bed and sat at the dressing table opposite the large mirror that sat on its top. Picking up a brush as Mandy began to comb her thick curly hair she heard a slight tapping on the door.” “You’ve been listening to Velta too much. “If you not talking about the bullshit Velta’s been coming out with.” Carol replied sitting upon the bed and looking around the room. you’re so young and pretty. Carol walked past her and into the room giving its contents a casual inspection. “I just thought I’d knock to see if you were still alive. “I’m just concerned. what exactly do you mean?” “You know. The gentle tapping came again.” “I don’t want to gossip but…” Carol said softly. Getting up she pulled back the curtains and flooded the room in electric white light. “If you don’t want to gossip…” Mandy interjected. A screwed up smile swept across her face as she remembered getting that bite during the previous evening.” Mandy continued to build up her already excessive mascara and looked at Carol’s reflection in the mirror.” Mandy replied looking for her dressing gown briefly and pulling it on.” “You did?” Mandy said cautiously. even down to the gap between his two front teeth. She went through her drawers and pulled out a thick black bra that covered her breasts modestly and looked in the mirror again.” Mandy replied as she applied some of the red lipstick Jo had given her. Her eyes were glassy and hard and her expression void of feeling.” Carol sighed.

I appreciate the concern and all that. Do we?” Carol was silent for a while as Mandy continued to apply her makeup. “It’s time that I went. with…” she paused and lowered her breath before saying softly. “Sam and that Carter fellow. Carol stood in her path and pushed Jayne out of the room before gritting her teeth and nodding goodbye. Mandy sat at the dressing table and cursed under her breath. 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.” “Fuck that black bitch. “But I like you and thought that perhaps we could become good friends.” “You don’t have to go. “Take no notice…” Carol said softly as she left the room “She’s like it with everyone. Especially as you have to work up in that room now. Jayne threw Mandy a cold glance and turned to face Carol. “Why you…” Mandy screamed throwing herself towards the door.” Mandy said with a slight irritation in her tone. Please. occasional sabotage of food or clothing. Are you coming.” She said giving Mandy a smile.“Thank you for the concern.” Jayne snarled. Beside it would be added the perpetrator’s name and what torturous activity awaited them in the not too distant future.” Carol said thoughtfully. “Is Carol in here?” Jayne mumbled. “Unless you also want to be called a nigger lover. after all. It could be consistent rudeness. But I am okay and there’s no reason for you to worry.” Mandy replied looking at Jayne intently.” “What did you say. “It’s been great talking to you.” Mandy said turning to face her.” Jayne did not reply she just threw Mandy a colder glance and said. “Not if you don’t want to. “Didn’t you learn to knock before entering a room? Mandy said to no one in particular. bitch?” Mandy said rising from her chair. 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. or what?” she demanded with a icy tone.” “Sure. It’s not like I’m being forced to do anything I don’t want to do. “Carol.” The door opened suddenly without a knock and a mop of damp blond hair appeared closely followed by Jayne’s face. “We may not know each other well. yet. “But don’t waste it on me. Carol also stood and rushed towards the door. “Come on…” Before sniffing. “Be careful babes. “Or were you brought up in a barn.” Carol said with a small frown before adding. .” Mandy was fuming with anger and kicked the door closed behind them.” “Look Honey. Pins stuck in fruit and razor blades in soap were other ideas she would furnish that torture chamber that she constructed in her imagination. I really do. we don’t even know each other.

” A few moments later they were splashing about in the park with a group of kids and a few lost dogs. “Fancy meeting you here?” Mandy looked up and saw Max standing beside her. pretty lady.” “Well.” he bowed and stretched out a hand. I was at work. “Obscene.” The woman smiled. “How did you get that?” . “Afternoon.” “I thought you hated me.” “Yha. “I just do what I’m told. She smiled and greeted him in a cautious. how lovely to see you. Cursing under his breath the man made his way to the nearest telephone booth and sheltered from the blistering sun for a moment. His face was bloated and red in the midday sun. we could…” “That sounds great. Max looked at her when her attention was elsewhere and took in the shape of her breasts and butt with a lingering gaze. Shaking her head Mandy did what she could to her brow with what was left of the pencil and got dressed. The young girl sucked seductively on an ice-pole and the boy placed his hand in the back pocket of her jeans.” He smiled. Mandy nodded and smiled back. She turned and caught him staring.” 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. “Come on. “Max. “Does this look obscene?” she asked referring to the dress.” He replied glancing at the floor briefly. Two lovers walked past Mandy.“Black bitch.” She snapped the eyebrow pencil she was holding in two accidentally. there’s a small park nearby with a paddling pool. The warm sun was at its apex in the afternoon sky and the street shimmered in bright white light. “It looks fantastic?” he replied with a smile.” She whispered. Across the road a man glanced anxiously at his watch and tugged at his damp shirt collar. “Lead the way. “I’ll show that white trash what sort of black bitch I can be. sorry. 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. but fantastic. 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.” “Really?” “If you could handle getting your feet wet. eh. In fact. almost guilty tone that relayed her guilt about their last encounter. Pulling her shoulders back she headed towards the main street. As the Old clock in the hall struck One O’clock midday Mandy stepped slowly down the stairs and secretly out the front door. “Going my way?” “I was so hot in that house so I fancied a walk.” She sighed referring to the way Sam had talked to him that evening. hand in hand.

” “Max. “I’ve got to go now.” “Sorry. Ruby sat at the bar on her usual stool and Sam lingered nearby. “It’s nothing.” “Well don’t.” Max smiled slipping up to the bar and joining her. “What do you want?” Liz asked impatiently.” “Max.” “You enjoy being beaten and fucked.” He said softly standing and taking her hand in his. Max leant closer and pulled the neckline down a little revealing the bite marks clearly imprinted on her flesh in blue bruises. “Tell that fucking bitch that I’m coming tonight.” “I’ll have a sunrise.” She smiled back. Who did this to you?” “No one Max. 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.” “She did it. It’s a job and a job that I enjoy. Only Roma sat alone. Liz.” Max looked at her go into the shimmering distance and kicked out at a tuff of grass in desperate frustration.” she said pulling her top up and away from him. “We’ve been through this before. “Hi baby.” Max laughed tickling her gently.” He shouted after her.” she said pulling her hand away. “Don’t ruin this afternoon. something expensive. “I just worry about you. lost in her thoughts. Mandy looked at him and noticed that his loudness was probably an act to cover his nervousness.“Oh. “That’s not nothing. “Tequila for both of us. who was behind the bar serving drinks glanced over Mandy’s shoulder and snarled. “Scotch.” Max said slamming a ten dollar note on the bar. “Tonight I’m flush and tomorrow your tips jar will be showing a profit. 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. “I am coming tonight. She looked at Sam quickly and was relieved to see that she was . “Come on.” she said firmly. “I hope you hadn’t forgotten our date?” Mandy half smiled and looked towards Liz.” Mandy whispered.” she stood and looked down at him. 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. babe. I wish you didn’t have to work in that place. He withdrew a wad of notes from his pocket. Mandy had passed Jo as she entered the bar. Order something nice. vodka. it’s nothing…” “Mandy!” he replied loudly. Thank you for the ice cream. Please. That’s nice.” She turned and began to walk away. brandy or a beer?” “I’ll have a lemonade.” He snapped referring to Sam.” “Don’t be like that Mandy. “The fucking bitch.

she was so gorgeous. Not just boys and girls but colour.” She laughed. at school. One night I asked if I could carry her books home but her brothers thought I was giving her a hard time.” Liz placed four dollars in change by his empty glass and threw Max another snarl.” Max continued.” Max called to Liz. she had long black hair like yours and dark brown eyes that were so clear they were like pools of water.” He flashed her a wide smile.” Max belched after gulping the drink Liz had served in one quick gulp. In those days schools around where I lived were segregated. “Hay you. “You know. She did not want to tell him that Mr Dog. She went to a black girl’s school that was run by Baptists or something.” “What?” she giggled.” He said looking at the drink and placing the dollar in his pocket.” “Do you want to make it Mister?” Liz replied sarcastically as she poured the tequila on top of the bright orange grenadine. “If that had any tequila in it I’m a monkey’s uncle. “When I was younger. “Shit. “Are they new?” “I got them today. “They beat you up?” “They kicked my ass good. exquisite. did they give me a thrashing. It was the kind of information that Max would get angry about so she told a lie to save the aggravation of being truthful. You know princess. “Give me another. black and white. “Don’t scrimp on the tequila. you look so cool.” He insisted as Liz left a dollar next to a glass full of orange liquid. They sent me to a psychiatrist like I was mentally defective. Hold off with the orange. Jesus. there was this girl.” He said abruptly. Just like a movie star. Can you believe that? There I was being nice and they thought I was gong to rob her or something. “You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” Max said running his fingers down the side of Mandy’s leather knee length boots.” “Fab. in the flea market.” “Come on. 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. “So what happened?” .” Mandy smiled sipping her drink slowly.” Max said turning to face Mandy. the man she had whipped so expertly a couple of nights ago and bought them for her. “I love the kinky footwear. you know. keeping a secret eye on them both. another tequila sunrise. “But you are. Sam looked up cautiously. boy.talking to Ruby quietly.” “They were right there. “I tried to explain to my parents but they were horrified that I was interested in a black girl.

“I had no idea. “Now you’re acting up to it. The other people in the bar heard his voice and looked around to see what the commotion was about.” Mandy said softly.” Mandy sighed. that’s the saddest story I’ve ever heard.” Mandy replied standing and looking into his eyes. “Hay.” He paused for a while and played with the glass on the bar for a moment. hang on!” Max exclaimed loudly. He looked up and saw her walking towards them. .” “Don’t get embarrassed.” She giggled.” Max smiled and raised his eyebrows as if to say. “When I saw you all sorts of feelings came up.” “It’s okay. Do you understand now?” “Of course. I wanted to take her to see a movie with Marlon Brando in it. “She was on her way to see me when a truck hit her and killed her instantly. “So did you see her again?” “I saw her brother.” He said. feelings I couldn’t explain to you or anyone.” She sighed. “I didn’t mean to embarrass you or make you depressed. “You know how to put me in my place. “I was stood up. Mandy took her hair from her eyes and looked at him.“I eventually asked her to go on a date. Feelings I thought I’d pushed deep inside me.” Max laughed. He hardly noticed the quick look Mandy gave to Sam as she observed them from her corner.” “She was run over by a truck.” Max said perking up a little.” “Really?” Mandy said wondering what happened.” “Max. “I mean. Mandy reached out and touched his hand. “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. “What’s the problem?” Sam hissed softly.” Max growled.” She giggled with a soft smile. “So?” Mandy asked. “Apparently she was excited about meeting me and spent a long time getting ready for the night.” Max continued. shame. I was so shaken up by that I stayed away from girls for a while. She looked about to see it they were being overheard.” “Well then.” “That’s what like about you.” He said softly. Max had become quite morose and she started to feel very soft for him. now you’re talking. “I’m so sorry. “We work the black room. “What happened. There I was standing outside the cinema all suited and booted. did she show or what?” “No.” “Oh. Max.” “No!” “Seriously. “What the fuck do you want?” “She works with me. “I guess we should go upstairs.” “That’s why when I saw you…” He looked around and deep into her eyes.

I thought you…” “You what?” he stuttered. Ruby looked at Sam and raised her eyebrow and in that instant a whole conversation flowed between her and Sam. The smell of alcohol swept across the space between them and was almost intoxicating as it hit Mandy’s nose. “Now you have me all to yourself. Don’t you ever doubt it. Mandy raised her eyebrows with surprise as Sam left them and turned to max. Sam nodded back and turned to Mandy. forgotten. “Well you thought wrong. “A cheaper whorehouse…” Max laughed in a hush. Both women knew each other so well that this one small gesture conveyed a message which they both understood.” 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. “You are so much better than her. If I wanted to fuck a whore I’d gone to a fucking whorehouse…” Max realised what he had said and started to laugh out loud. “Beside. what is she? What is SHE. a creature. can you?” It was not a question.” Max whispered as they climbed the stairs. show him the ropes. you can’t blame me for that.” She said anxiously.” Max whistled. I didn’t want her around. “Really Princess.” Then she bent her lips up slightly in what could almost be a smile had it not been laced with menace.” Mandy replied leading him into the room and pushing him into a soft chair. “She acts all big but she’s just a whore like everyone else. it was a statement and it was made in a drunken rant that would be forgotten in the morning.” . a thing. Mandy tried to shush him and waved her hands bedside his face quickly. “Keep your voice down. “You were quite rude. “If you’re in a different room. that’s what. Princess. the girls. “Phew.” 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. but only by Max. “Well. “Somewhere that dreams can come true. “I thought that’s what you wanted?” Mandy said looking between Max and Sam in succession. “Sam only wants to make sure we. “It’s okay.” Max replied. “Just what is this place?” “The Black Room.” He said firmly. that’s cool with me but I’m paying for your company not hers.” “We come together.” He slurred propping himself up on the banister. “I don’t need anyone to hold my dick.” “Fuck her. Mandy grabbed his arm and pulled him towards the last flight of stairs towards the hall outside the Black Room. are okay.” Mandy reached out to Max as they climbed the stairs.” she smiled.” She said as they reached the landing. that’s all.

“Shall we proceed?” “Proceed?” Max laughed as he did a bad impression of Mandy’s voice. Mandy. “Jesus.” Mandy looked at him without an expression and decided to carry on as if he were a normal Black Room customer. Not as a whore. “We provide a specialist service to particular clients who require more than just straight sex.” “What are you going on about?” Max asked with an astonished look on his face. It’s like dressing up.” she sighed taking him by the arm and turning him to face her. He paused by a set of chains that hung from a hook in the ceiling and reached out to rattle them. She felt like such a fool to believe that he was actually interested in her. “Especially when it’s costing 40 dollars an hour. don’t you? Perverts.” He reached out and put his arms around Mandy’s shoulders and pulled her towards him gently. “Fuck you. “Oh. “How about nightmares.” Mandy let go of his arm and her whole manner changed as she realised that he was only interested in screwing her and going. It’s just that I want you so badly. a role play.” He snapped. a tramp. “I was in character. I worry about you. do you want to chain me up and swing from the ceiling?” “Shut up!” she said firmly.” He sighed realising just what he had said and more importantly how it was interpreted. “You mean peculiar clients. He wasn’t interested in what she did or who she was.” He said mimicking her. “Proceed with what. “A place where dreams come true?” he said softly. “Particular clients. Mandy. “Max. “I’m sorry. what are you doing?” “Fuck you. It was just about the sex and nothing else. not just a fucking playmate. “I can’t stand to see you doing this to yourself. they’re all bloody perverted. It felt safe in his arms and she let .” “I don’t play games.Max threw her a bewildered glance and began to walk around the room examining every object and piece of furnishing like relics in a museum.” He said softly into her ear. you know.” He slurred before turning to make his way to the door. I didn’t mean to hurt you.” He replied.” “Don’t Max. isn’t it?” “It’s where I work now. She shook her head and caught up with him. “Max. That thought made her feel very depressed. eh babe? This is a torture chamber. With that in mind she spoke firmly trying to sound as dominant as Sam had the first time Mandy had visited that room.” She replied placing a hand upon her bony hip and throwing back her head proudly.” she replied laying her head upon his shoulder.

” she sighed.” She explained trying to put the right words together so that he would understand it. “I’ve discovered that I can only really enjoy sex if it done like this.” “You enjoy violence?” “It’s not violence.” “You got me Max. Our time can be different. “Please don’t do this to yourself.” she replied walking to him. “I worry that I’ll lose you.” She paused and thought for a moment. His brain was so full of ideas. all sex could be distasteful if you weren’t into it. “We don’t need all these props. right.” “I don’t want the money.” He spat at her with an air of desperation in his voice.” He said softly and she felt his breathing shudder gently and realised that he was weeping. “I want you like the first time we were together.” Max shook his head and walked back inside the room to take a seat on the rack. “I want to be with you forever.” she said feeling a warm tear fall down her cheek too.” “Yes?” He replied looking up at her.” “Oh.” “You say that. If you can’t get your head around it you might as well walk right now. no-one forces me to do anything I don’t want to do. thoughts and feelings that it felt like it was going to explode. how do you think that makes me feel?” “It’s just a job Max.” she sighed pulling away from him. “Why is that exactly?” “Because I’m not fucking anyone.” “So I guess that means that we are through?” Max said quietly. Max went quiet for a moment as her recollected that first night in the White Room.herself go. I’ll make sure she pays you. “Work. “You can get your money back from Ruby. it’s role play. didn’t you?” “Max. okay? It can be anything you want it to be. feeling all the tension in her body leave her and they became so close it was like they were joined. “I want you. “No Max. you should be pleased that I’m doing this. “If you want the truth I’ll give it to you.” “Please Max. “It’s not about penetrative sex. “It was awful. “We can stay and work things out.” she replied softly.” He thought about her body and they way she had quivered in his hands as they made love. “But you are forced to accept violence every day.” He mused. He was deep in thought when she added. Mandy rubbed her fingers through his thick mop of hair and smiled gently. It had been a beautiful experience and all he wanted to do was go there once more. I might be a pervert in your eyes but hay. It’s what I have chosen to do and I enjoy it.” She said looking away from him and playing with the chains suspended from the ceiling. “Haven’t you ever heard of pleasure through pain? Anyway.” . “You enjoyed it too. yha?” He sneered.” He replied pulling away and looking into her eyes.

“And you just said. “Go and get yourself a drink.” He turned and was gone. Eh buster?” She nodded the man’s head up and down and laughed.” “I will.” Chapter 12.” Velta said kicking the door closed. “Man trouble eh?” “Yes.” “I live in Glendale.” Velta replied pulling the man’s cheek and talking in a babyish voice.” Velta said nodding towards the man she was supporting. babe?” Mandy looked up and found Velta looking down at her.” He replied standing and heading for the door. “I will.” Mandy replied pulling herself together and standing.” Velta said as she squeezed past pulling the man behind her. the other way was awful. It was nice having someone care about her but this was the first time in her life that she felt in control of things.” Mandy replied surprised that Velta had spoken to her in such a civil way. “But I think he couldn’t hold it any longer. “Let Momma get those pants off.” Mandy looked down and saw a wet patch on the man’s groin area. “I’m okay?” Mandy lied.” “Come on buster. Mandy became a much sought after commodity as the news of her stunning beauty spread through the grapevine. when everything seemed to be going her way did a relationship come along that wanted to take it away from her? It wasn’t fair.” “We were going to use the splash room. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Supported on her arm was a very fat. “We’re going to have a little clean up and Momma’s going to empty his wallet for him. Okay. she was working for Ruby but even that relationship wasn’t like anything she had experienced before. she thought? Why now. “Where are you going?” “Home. really.” He replied avoiding eye contact.” she called after him. She pulled a face and stood to one side. “I’m okay. She had always been so abrupt before. but if you want to do it then it has to be away from this fucking house. “It’s not too late to repair what we had. Mandy watching him disappear down the stairs and bit her lip thinking about what he had said. For some reason she felt a tear collect in the corner of her eye and roll down her face. It was the first time that she had only herself to answer too. Jo's in the bar. “Tell me and I’ll meet you away from here. Why now. very bloated red-faced man who was obviously the worst for drink. “Do you need a hand?” “No.” “Max. “What’s up.” Mandy said. The long hot summer wore on and the steamy days seemed to last forever.” “Where’s home?” she said catching him in the doorway. thanks. .“Not here.

on her right hand side. After this time a shutter would come down and more money would have to be deposited before the view could be seen again. Each week Ruby would set up the desk in her private office and the girls would enter one by one to receive their wages. The seating was always arranged by Ruby with the most important diners nearest her end of the table.She managed to keep her nightly quota of johns and Ruby was happy with the money this brought into her coffers. 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. This was half her weekly pay and the other two hundred would go into an envelope and get posted off to her mother. Many men wanted to use her but most were unwilling to be abused by her in that manner. 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. in the spring of 1965. Within weeks each cubicle was making between ten and fifty dollars a day. 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. America’s first peep- show opened in the basement of Rose House. 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. 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 can come together for a lunch around a beautifully decorated table. This payment allowed the viewer to look and see the view across the San Fernando valley for about three minutes. 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. Beside Ruby. So. Ruby did not worry as those that were willing to play the adult games in that chamber paid highly for the privilege. The dancers earned forty dollars a day and they worked a hour on and two hours off sharing the time with two other girls a day. Mandy had opened her first banking account and passing herself off as a beauty consultant she would deposit two hundred dollars a week into it. He was a man who had known her since she was a young girl and had paid for her company since then. Mandy would have done far more business if she was not solely attached to the Black Room. His name was McIntyre although they all called him . sat the elderly man who often accompanied her at the bar in the evenings. As the year marched on and Thanksgiving came and went soon the feast of Christmas came around again. Ruby liked the idea and so did the girls because they only had to dance rather than have sex with the punters.

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. well dressed man in his fifties. 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. . Dressed. The next place setting was occupied by one of the new dancers from the peep- show. fruit salad. well built and very wealthy. Sitting directly opposite Carter. Spending most of the day dancing kept her body in exceptional shape. Her head slumped forwards for most of the meal much to Ruby’s distaste and occasionally Carol mumbled something unintelligible. Velta sat next to this setting and on her right was a young man with long black hair called Marlon. Carol took the next place and she was very drunk. so Mandy had been told. 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. Sam always sat on Ruby’s left hand side. This was a young Indian girl called Sage. If looks could kill Carol would have died instantly Ruby had first looked at her. After leaving the army Pops had become a high ranking police officer and it was in this role that he first met Ruby. On Sam’s left sat Carter. madly in love with Ruby. dressed in a stiff black suit with a silk white shirt and tie.Pops. Slightly overweight his jowl sagged slightly over the top of his shirt collar and his thinning hair was flecked with grey. They were the original “Star Crossed Lovers”. Mandy shimmered in a crimson and yellow taffeta gown that was decorated with a bright orchid. Mandy had never seen him before and he said very little except the occasional whisper to Velta. Christmas and Thanksgiving were two of these. she was busy at present serving the starters. He was in his late sixties. 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. as usual in black with a seasonal red ribbon holding her hair from her face. Beside Sage sat a tall. the stones matched perfectly the green in her almond shaped eyes. She was tall. slim and exceptionally beautiful. She wore large silver rings on each of her delicate fingers and around her neck was a bright green jade neck-lace. He was. Pops had fought in the Second World War and had been given several medals for valour which he wore on special occasions. Jayne sat next to her and next Roma sat with a young man who was introduced as Edward.

” Carol replied wiping fruit salad from her chin. “There ain’t no pineapple.” Carter announced poking around in his starter.” Jayne sneered. Another knock came from the street door and Liz disappeared to answer it. “It’s done a bunk with the grapefruit. “I wonder who that could be.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. “Yes dear…” Carter laughed. “I believe our mystery guest has arrived. “I left a young country girl and you’ve turned into a city honey. Wow. “How very interesting. “Oooh.” Ruby announced hearing the street door close and the sound of footfalls approaching. who’s been an exceptionally good child?” “I have. “Perhaps Santa’s got lost. His wide mouth flashed white teeth as one jocular remark followed another in an endless stream of filth and fun. “Ladies and Gentlemen.” . poor love. As the clock in the hall struck nine a loud knock echoed down the hall from the street door. Everyone was listening to Carter’s repartee.” The whole group laughed as he pulled a face at the woman. look at you.” “That’ll be the day. He looked about and added.” he replied smiling broadly. “Well. 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.” “Tom.” Mandy screamed getting up from her seat and running around the table to hold him in her arms.” “Look at you babe.” Ruby giggled looking around the room at the assembled guests.” “Don’t take the piss.” Liz huffed collecting the first course dishes. mister. “Someone’s got a secret man.” He replied with a bow. The door opened wider and a tall hunk of a man entered holding a bouquet of roses that hid his face. what a difference. “I thought the place was for Liz. a friend of Jayne’s.” “My point exactly. He had been introduced earlier as Christos. Mandy screwed her nose up wondering what was going on and leant forwards as the man entered the room to a round of applause. “I give you…” Ruby said proudly. “Or even…” She continued before deciding to keep that thought to herself. unless there are any children here that have been exceptionally good this year.” Liz entered the room again and threw Mandy strange look.” Mandy stuttered. She gasped with excitement as the man flung back the spray of flowers and threw her a wide smile.” Carter quipped. “She’s looking for the pineapple. “You old fox. “Tom Farley.” Liz said sternly pulling Carol’s head up from the table and removing the fruit salad from under it.” “It never crossed my mind.

” “Oh. “Who is your friend?” “This is Mr Cristos.” Tom said adjusting himself into his seat. can I have the beef?” He reached out and took Mandy’s hand in his and squeezed it tenderly. You got to love those beef flaps. “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.” “The ex-sheriff. “If I did. “I don’t like poultry. I can’t stand rudeness in any form. “Hmm. “Do you always fuck your hitch-hikers or only the black ones?” “Hmm.” 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.” Carter sighed.” Tom continued. “One big happy family.“It’s not like that. “Now you’re going to get stuck into some beef flaps.” “Are you local?” Velta asked the fat man as he stuffed food into his mouth.” “Swan.” Sage replied looking around the table.” He paused as Liz piled his plate with roast potatoes and green vegetables.” “Oh yha?” Marlon whispered.” Farley coughed. He looked across the table and snorted loudly before saying firmly. what have you been up to since we last met?” “He’s a very good story teller.” Tom replied nodding towards Pops.” “Sage?” Velta asked passing the vegetables along the table. smiling like a mischievous child as he bent his leg to touch Cristos on the ankle.” “How nice.” “Mr Farley. “Come on Tom. “I pulled my truck over.” Mandy said guiding Tom Farley to the empty seat.” “I can’t tell you anything about what I’ve been up to.” Jayne replied. “Giving that little duckling a lift down the road. “There I was thinking we were getting on so well. On the way we had some good old tender love on the way and at the end of the journey I pointed her in this direction. “Well I would have just driven straight on if it were you at the side of the road. “Why is that?” Ruby asked as Pops began to carve the joint.” Farley coughed. “A very good friend of mine.” 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 hard. “So I should take it all with a pinch of salt?” “Or a dollop of mustard. Carter. Now that little duckling has grown into the most beautiful swan I’ve ever seen. “I don’t know about that.” Jayne asked as she poured gravy over her food. “I hung up my Stetson years ago. “With a good imagination. “The sheriff there would want to run me out of town. .” Carol mumbled. Pops placed some sliced beef on the plate and Tom poured over some thick brown sauce. “So you’ve stuffed your goose?” Carter laughed.” Pops replied.” Velta whispered to Marlon as Liz placed a huge joint of beef on the centre of the table.

” “So will I. Carter smiled to himself and stretched his foot over to Marlon’s which he could just about reach.” Ruby cooed.” He smiled. Marlon winked excitedly at Edward who looked down at his food and tried not to notice.” Tom replied between gulps of meat. “Last night I was in a hotel not far from here. “Go on try it on. someone shut her up. “Have you travelled far?” Sage asked Tom across the table. “Although my family are originally Greek. The other’s looked across the table either expectantly or in fear of what would happen next.” Marlon replied rubbing Carter’s foot in return.” He replied leaving the table and exiting the room in a fit of laughter. “Would anyone like some of this?” Edward asked holding up a bowel of sprouts.” “We’re famous for our FOOD!” he shrieked as Carter stroked the inside of his leg. I love surprises. “Perhaps later. she opened the wrapping and looked at the small gold ring that lay inside. “Are you okay?” Sage asked her friend. Tom.” Velta replied.” Carter pushed his foot into Farley’s groin as Sage replied “I’ll look forwards to that.” “I’d love to eat some. “Excuse me. His eyes darted across the table toward Velta who smiled and nodded in his direction.” “Happy Christmas. “Are you okay?” Sam asked looking at him intently. “Here you are. anything else you’d like?” Edward asked with a smile. “Well.“YES!” Cristos replied with a shock. no.” “Really. Sam shot him a sharp look and he looked down at his food trying not to laugh. Carter laughed under his breath and nearly choked on a piece of meat. “Is it desert time?” Carol asked lifting her head off her plate and letting everyone see a potato stuck firmly on her forehead. “No. I have to visit the small room. Farley took a small box from his inside pocket and passed it to Mandy.” Carter laughed. “Oh. “Fine. I’m fine. I have a surprise. “You shouldn’t have. “You could have seen my show.” The old man replied.” “That’s a shame.” Sage replied as Carter reached out and touched Farley’s thigh.” Tom smiled leering at the girl across the table.” He replied looking at Velta anxiously.” Farley announced looking around at Mandy.” Ruby cursed as Liz stepped up behind the woman and pushed her face back down in the gravy.” She sighed. “Am I missing something here?” Sam asked looking around the table. “The food you know. “Perhaps later.” “I love going Greek.” . “Oh. “Oh. “Over here please.” Marlon replied.

“That’s really hit the spot. “I was watching TV the other day and I saw a group of students. “Let’s not talk about war. our boys are dying out there and these commie bastards are protesting about it.” He said with a smile. “What’s that you’re up to?” Jayne said catching Carter in the bar.” They all said raising their glasses. “I can’t wear it. and Ruby. it’s Christmas. “I gave Carol a toot earlier and it’s gone straight to her head.” she said rubbing the side of her nose. long haired layabouts actually protesting about the war. “What’s up with her?” Farley asked watching the woman leave the room.” “Dropping napalm will not make them think differently about the war.” “Do you know what. “She’s just jealous. “Farley said to no on in particular. a wardrobe full of pretty dresses and some good friends.” .” She smiled.” “Now you’re talking. I owe it all to you. it makes your fingers go green. oh. “Rolled gold.” “Please. Ruby doesn’t mind. I don’t suppose that would notice on black skin. “Just ignore her. “I was just having some brandy.” Mandy replied.” Jayne snorted. good. a group of commie. “Excuse me. I have a bank account. just like my baby. “I’m no longer a naive peasant girl who don’t know naught from now't. “It’s a way of grinding the population down.” Jayne gagged.” Edward said timidly.” Carter replied.” “It’s not rolled gold. How you been doing since I see you last?” “Oh. Kent State.” “You have to bomb civilians. “It’ll just make them think differently about us. “It’s beautiful. “That’s the stuff.” he smiled gently.” Pops added.” Pops announced sipping his wine gracefully. Imagine.” She replied.” “Happy Christmas. “It’s eighteen caret.” Farley said in a stone cold voice. “What else?” “Oh. “But I don’t agree with the indiscriminate bombing of civilians. getting them to think differently about the war.” 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.” She got up and left the table. He held it up to Jayne’s nose and she sniffed it in with a loud suck. hit me brother.” “During the second world war we had to bomb civilians…” Pops replied before Ruby cut him short.” “I support our boys. “I have some naughty. I’ve had enough. just a little nose candy.Mandy did as she was told and looked at the ring with amazement.” She sniffed. everyone else does. I think it was. “Want a toot?” “I don’t like cocaine.

“I suppose it must be the white room that matches your pure heart.” “Well I hope Ruby there appreciates you good.” Mandy replied sheepishly.” Tom said giving Ruby a wink.” “So.” he smiled. I hate the bitch personally.” “You’re wrong.” She spat.” she shouted. that being the colour of your underwear tonight.” “I’m sick of the bloody war. “Not the red room. Am I right?” “No. “Please come again. here’s the real Jayne talking. “So. you and Little miss Carolina are tight.” “Well.” “What are you like?” Carter smiled. only one pair of eyes watched and one pair of ears listened over the backdrop of chatter.” “Fuck you.” he sighed sipping from his glass again. “ Why. “I’d still be earning a dollar an hour as a waitress in a diner.” he continued. “Let me guess what room you’re in.” “Well.” he smiled as she slammed the door behind her.” she said softly. The others around the table were not paying too much attention to Mandy and Farley’s game.” “That’s the thing with people like you. “Oh. a friend of mine brought it back after doing some reporting on the war. “Does that mean. “Am I?” he smiled.” He replied. “A man of my age sees things like that.” Mandy replied. “What gives.” Tom mused looking Mandy in the eyes. “You’re full of shit. “Perhaps you’re jealous of the fact that she’s half your age and twice as pretty.” “And you’re a middle aged slut with a face like a dried prune and a pussy like a bucket. Talking amongst themselves and being entertaining for their guests.” “You cunt.” Farley said rubbing his chin. “You suggested the peep show downstairs and it’s earning loads of money?” “That’s right.” Sage remarked across the table.” She shouted walking to the door. No wonder you got attitude problems. yha?” Jayne said looking at Carter with a half smile. Sam was aware of the path this game was taking and all her senses were heightened because of it. “That you don’t have to work one of the rooms these days?” “Oh. “If it wasn’t for her. “Of course. I bet you don’t even like yourself very much.” Mandy smiled coyly.” “You noticed?” Mandy laughed.” She said with a huff looking at the floor. “It must be the red room. is that right?” Tom Farley asked with a chuckle.” “You hate everyone.” She snarled.“It’s from Burma. we should pull out and let the chinks get on with it. “Let me see. she smiled broadly and raised a glass to him.” “I bet you can’t guess.” . “I still gotta earn my keep. “And thank you. “It’s all you ever hear about these days.

“You disgust me.” Farley shouted breathlessly.“Oh. “You put this young girl in the Black Room?” Farley demanded to know from Ruby slamming his fist hard on the table. “She’s sitting right next to you.” Farley said shaking his head. “You all disgust me. She asked to work in there with that.” “That’s right. placing her fists on the table and leering across at him. so be it.” She laughed.” He stuttered turning a puce colour with anger. “Ask her.” “What?” she said softly. “You’re telling me.” Farley said as his expression became confused. You have corrupted this girl.” He shouted. “No!” Tom stuttered.” She sniffed.” He whispered under his breath.” Mandy smiled. “And you have abused her. “You must be getting closer now. “Is it true you asked to work with that monster?” Mandy smiled softly and looked firstly at Sam. you’ve turned her into a monster. “Well I do and it turns my stomach. “You think I don’t know what goes on in that room?” Farley hissed towards Sam. “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. perverted games. hear that?” “Your swan has become a goose. she nodded gently. “To match your beautiful skin?” “Nope.” He said wide-eyed.” Sam said loudly. “But it’s not the White Room. “Hang on fella. Farley stood and threw his napkin across the table. “Jesus. you’re a sweetie. She was amazed by his reaction and looked speechlessly back at him. “Go on laugh. “She asked to work there.” “Is this true?” he said turning to Mandy with tears welling up in his eyes. baby.” “The Green Room. “If she wants to play those sick. “I sent this girl here to be looked after by you. she bit her lip and shook her head from side to side as her mind worked out what her reaction should be.” . with that thing?” he threw a hard look at Sam.” Pops said staunchly. “No.” “Stop being so dramatic.” She smiled stroking his hand gently. eh?” Sam laughed. “Are you telling me you are working in That Black Room?” The assembled company looked at the pair in shocked silence. Tom.” Sam replied standing.” Ruby answered softly. “The same colour of your eyes?” “Nope. Christ. “It must be the Brown room because there’s only one room left and it can’t be that one. Ruby. H. corrupted her. Only Sam wasn’t shocked and had secretly expected the reaction from Farley. “I don’t believe it. I want no part of it.” “Then it’s the Brown Room?” he said with an air of satisfaction. then around the table and then back at Farley.

” Sam replied nodding towards Liz as if to instruct her to see if Farley had left the building. “Let him go.30 in the morning. Miss Mandy. Looking outside she saw it was raining and grey outside.” Mandy replied turning to look in that direction.” Pops said knocking back a drink. “Jesus. Mandy stood with tears in her eyes and ran after him but Ruby grabbed her arm. “Let it out. The sun was shining but it was a thin.He pulled on his jacket and walked out the door. Liz darted from the room. “God damn. “That’s it babe. “Yes Liz. The passing of time was marked by the destruction of all that beauty. Looking now the trees and ground were naked and brown. “Fucking commie bastard. why?” “You won’t believe what I got here…” Liz announced opening the door. the fullness of the trees. “Are you awake. The door way filled with a massive spray of pink roses followed by Liz who was awkwardly carrying them. he’ll destroy your confidence otherwise.” She made her way to the window and shielded her eyes from the daylight as she threw back the curtains.” She said motherly. are you decent honey?” a soft voice called. Looking at the bare tree branches Mandy frowned. Mandy sat up and looked at the clock beside her bed for a long time. how during the summer the eucalyptus tree outside her window smelt and how the flower beds were full of blooms and sweetly smelling scents. Ruby stood and placed Mandy’s head upon her shoulder and held her as a flood of tears came. the singing of the birds.” The others around the table looked amongst themselves awkwardly and pulled strained faces before their drunken conversations picked up again. having folded back the bed sheets she hurled herself in one leap from the bed and towards her dressing gown and carpet slippers.” she moaned seeing her breath condensate into a white cloud. Those luscious green leaves and confusing sprays of fauna that filler her room with the most wonderful aroma in the summer heat. Then. She viewed the destruction of winter in all its unsubtle motions with a sigh. She tried to cheer herself up by remembering the garden as it was. diluted heat and a poor impersonation of its former self. “You have to let him go babe. all gone until the birth of spring.” “It’s true. Chapter 13 The room was strangely dark for 8. Just then a soft tap rang out as someone knocked gently on her door. “Wow!” Mandy whistled/ . immovable in the face of harsh eastern winds.” She spat realising that she was shivering. let it all out. “It’s cold in here.” She said firmly. “I’m decent.

“Fucking black bitch.” “That woman. “There’s more.“Ain’t they beautiful?” Liz mumbled walking to the bed and laying the spray upon the sheets. honey?” the maid said as she laid the second spray alongside the first and sucked in the scent through flared nostrils. “Yes. I told you so. so I’m black. “They’re beautiful. “For a nigger. just a delivery boy. she had expected them to have been from Ray and this had thrown her for a moment.” Mandy spat pushing the door closed.” “Why. Mandy Darling. bitch?” she shouted down the hall. “Liz.” Jayne shouted from the other side.” A few moments later Liz entered the room again carrying another spray of roses. “He must think a lot of you. “What did you call me. “Leave it. “Wait. leave it.” “Can I help you?” Mandy said firmly. “Well mind your own business. Please marry me Or let me take you to dinner I’m crazy about you.” Mandy and Liz turned to see Jayne standing in the doorway. or was that the postman?” she tapped her chin in confusion. MAX p. “Excuse me.” Liz threatened. a delivery boy.” she said. .s Insurance bus is looking up. “I was only saying…” “I heard what you said. “Here he is. I can’t stop thinking about you. “Please Miss. Dressed in a blue dressing gown with a toothbrush in one hand she stood with a hand on her hip and looked in with a smirk. what the fuck has it got to do with you?” “I only said you get a pretty face. you got a problem?” Jayne shouted back from a few feet away.” Mandy pounced and both women began to grapple on the floor. who brought them?” “Oh.” The old woman answered. It read.” She handed the card to Mandy who screwed her nose up and squinted her eyes wondering who had sent them.” Jayne smile sarcastically. she opened the envelope and removed the card. “Considering how shit you treated him.” Mandy sighed. Then she turned and opened the door. “But who has sent them?” “There’s a card somewhere. “I was just saying…” Jayne replied with a half smile. “MAX!” Mandy gasped. Very sorry about what happened. She immediately turned and headed towards the door again.” Liz replied looking among the flower heads and pulling out a small white envelope.” Mandy snarled towards Liz. these were white and green and were wrapped with a bright red ribbon. “Don’t they smell fine. Meet me tomorrow The 18th at midday Junction of Sunset and Vine.

“You don’t understand.” Mandy said looking up towards Sam.” She spat feeling the pulse get slower and more pronounced.” Sam said shaking her head. “What the fuck was all that about!” Sam shouted a short while later towards Mandy who was sitting on her bed still shaking.” “She…” Mandy stuttered.” She said abruptly shaking her head. “That’s enough.” Sam said softly. you fucking whore.” “So you thought you’d strangle her for it. “Liz.” 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. Miss Sammy.” Mandy screamed tearing her nails into Jayne’s face. After a few moments Jayne was breathing on her own and Liz returned with a pillow and blanket. As Jayne’s eyes began to protrude from their sockets Mandy saw the woman’s tongue swell and poke out through those thin lips. you better get yourself up here. “She…” Mandy tried to speak but the words stuck in her dry throat. blowing air into the woman’s lungs and then pumping on her chest. “Die. you stupid bitch. “Let it go now. Suddenly her grip became limp and she began to let out a throaty gasp as Mandy’s thumbs became white with the strain. “…Not again. “I’ve had that all my life and I’m not going to take it anymore. A vein on Jayne’s forehead started to throb relentlessly in time with the pulse that Mandy could feel though her thumbs. Her face became a pale shade of pink and Mandy pushed harder into the fleshy parts of the woman’s throat.” As Mandy went into her room Sam dropped to her knees and started to give Jayne the kiss of life. She had deep scratches across her forehead and cheek and blood was clotted on her lip.” Liz scuttled off again and Sam looked down at the lifeless body that lay stretched out on the floor. “Mandy!” Sam shouted. “She called me a…” “Enough girl!” Sam said. “She call me a…” “Yes?” “A fucking…” Mandy said softly. “What?” “A fucking nigger.” 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. Jayne let out one final gasp when a voice boomed out behind them. “She’s had enough. “Oh no…” Liz screamed. “Go to your room and leave this to me. “Fuck.” Sam shouted.” “You’ve had it. “She…” “Enough.“You fucking bitch. go and call Doctor Morgan. “What about me?” Silence filled the room for a moment as both women looked at each other. .

unwanted pregnancies and other shit. What the fuck is going on in this house?” “Can I say something?” Velta said helpfully. “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. let’s start from the beginning. do I throw you out. If you do then you become a nigger. All I want is some answers.” Mandy spat.” “You’re just lucky that stupid bitch didn’t die today.” “Now. Jayne how did you get the black eye?” “It was her. “You have to rise above it.” . bitching. do I punch your faces in? I’m the nearest to a mother some of you have ever had and all I get in return is grey hairs. I’ve been in this business for too long. You all come to me in a mess and I feed you. that’s what they do. “Don’t you think I’ve had to put up with cunts like her all my life too?” “I guess so. Do you understand what I’m telling you?” “I think so. “Thank you Velta. You don’t have to descend to their level. now. You are better than that. BUT!” she slammed her fist down hard upon her desk making everyone in the room except Sam jump. the last thing I want to do is scream and shout at you all like a bunch of naughty school kids.“What about me. Someone’s had a party and we didn’t get an invite. Not a card on my birthday or even a thank you.” “You fucking liar.” Ruby said. “Am I talking to myself?” She studied the assembled faces taking note of Jayne’s puffy eyes and bruised throat then looked at Mandy’s scratches before exhaling a cloud of tobacco smoke. that could have meant the chair. I’ve had this house longer than most of you have been born. “You’ll get your turn.” She said softly. “Shut it you. “…I’ve never had so much fighting.” Ruby said. cloth you put up with your man problems your period pains.” she continued.” “Well I have. “I’m not angry. “But No! The reason. “Well!” Ruby screamed lighting a cigarette. “She tried to strangle me.” Sam said again. carry on Jayne. So. “Jesus. back stabbing and general hateful behaviour before from any of them. “I’m not even mad.” Jayne said softly nodding towards Mandy. Liz and Mandy looked back with blank expressions. remember white people are bred to hate. Jayne. Sam. Carol. a stupid nigger at that. Think about that next time one of these whitey’s try to get your goat. Do I moan. you’re probably just as much in the dark as I am.” Ruby said looking about the room. I have seen hundreds of bright eyed hopefuls like you lot come and go in that time.” She sighed.

get out the lot of you. as the man got closer she was surprised to find that it was not Max. anymore and you’re out.“She got these flowers and I was just saying how nice they were when she attacked me. going on about my RACE and my COLOUR all the time.” Mandy interjected. The breeze carried a sharp chill that made her raise the deep fox fur collar against it and peering over the fur she wondered if she was doing the right thing. “Not you. ruffled by a slight breeze was pinned loosely behind her left ear by a brightly coloured flower. on an uncomfortable day for an uncomfortable guy. She was wearing a beige fox fur jacket over a twenties style salmon pink dress. Waiting. “Max.” Everyone stood and walked sheepishly towards the door. she had not looked forwards to the meeting but now she was here she guessed that it would be an anticlimax if he failed to turn up. “That motherfucker’s not going to show. After all. As for the rest of you I expect a little peace from now on or people are going to start to look for work elsewhere. this is the second time you have been found fighting and I’ve had enough. “This has been going on since I got here…” Mandy continued. She was surprised.” “She’s a lying bitch.” “Is this true?” Ruby asked looking directly at Jayne. Mandy stood in its shadow anxiously counting the twelve strokes on the corner or Sunset and Vine. Now.” He replied. I can’t have all this shit. I can’t take it no more. Mandy looked down the empty expanse of Vine St and saw a man approaching. Her long curly hair.” . Mandy looked around and saw Max smiling from the driver’s seat of a vintage white convertible he’s parked twenty feet away. she was confused as to what exactly her feelings were toward him and guessed that this would be his last chance to persuade her.” Mandy said softly. we need to speak. “Way to go Max. You’re now on warning. “Jayne. holding in one hand a crocodile skin purse.” Mandy beamed turning and then approaching unsteadily on her high stiletto heels. “Little digs here and there.” Ruby announced after a while. “She was with her a couple of nights ago when she started on at me. not because it was not him. but that this made her feel disappointed.” She turned around and began to walk briskly down Sunset when she heard the horn of a car toot. “Sam. “Shit. “Can you expand on that?” Ruby asked. “Ask carol.” Chapter 14 The clock above the town hall struck the last stroke of twelve noon. “Hay Baby.” She cursed under her breath.” He called. where did you get the wheels?” “Jump in Baby.” “We could go on all day like this.” Ruby said with a slight hint of annoyance. “I’ll tell you all about it.

” “You sure have a way with words.” He laughed. you know. juvenile and self centred. “Just enjoy it. when I’ve needed to think. it was a view that was hostile and fascinating at the same time.” “Where the fuck are we max?” Mandy asked looking around unimpressed.” Max said as he pushed his foot hard on the gas and the indicator tore through 60 mph. “I’ve got dressed up for nothing. Does that sound mad?” “Not at all Max. I shouldn’t have bothered.” He shouted back taking his eyes from the road for a second.Mandy run to the other side of the car and climbed in and with a loud screech of rubber against tarmac they were off. Some people have a room in their house or a special part of the garden. “This baby really moves. on the air. sometimes even in the middle of the night. “This was his quiet place.” The car sped through the city on the main drag out of town leading to what became a dirt road.” she said softly. “I guess so. “What do you expect. “Did you come here after she died?” . The place reminds me of him and being a kid at the same time.” Mandy pursed her lips remembering that she hated the country having spent most of her life in it. “You asked me out for a meal and I took a lot of time getting ready. well Dad had this place. she thought. somewhere he could go and think through a problem. I just thought you’d enjoy a ride outside town for a while.” Max said thoughtfully. “I used to come here with my Pa as a kid. Soon the wheels were kicking up a dust cloud in their wake and eventually the car came to a halt in what seemed like the middle of nowhere.” She replied looked about and not seeing a person or a house in and direction. “Or you’ll kill us both. like he is still out here somewhere. Max pressed a button and the front seats began to recline. “Slow down. The rough flat countryside seemed so desolate and deserted. in the country.” He continued. was typical of Max. If ever life got too difficult then he’s stick me and the dog in the car and we’d head here. “We can eat later. If I come here at night I can sometimes hear his voice on the wind. I’ve been out here without him since he died.” Mandy said above the noise of the engine sinking her fingernails into the car seat.” she smiled laying back and looking at him. “Don’t you like the car?” he asked.” She replied looking about briefly . This. “This is one beautiful place?” “If you say so.” “Don’t be like that.” He replied with a smile.” “Relax. “You have to admit. in the soil.

blabbing like a baby.” He said slamming his fist down on the steering wheel to punctuate the sentence. Just hear me out for a moment.” “Oh.” “Okay. “What’s all this about?” “A deal.” He said with tears welling up in his eyes. “I’m sorry. “Honest. like I was some sort of secretary?” . I’m nuts about you. what are you going on about?” “Oh. “I know that’s what you want to do and it’s how you earn your money.” “No. “What’s that?” she said. “I want you so much I have decided that it you married me.” “Yes?” Mandy replied guessing what he was going to say before he’d actually said it. just look at me. Can you understand that?” “We’ve been here before. these were…” “It’s not important.” he replied squeezing his eyebrows together and frowning. I could turn a blind eye to your work.” He said after a long smoke filled pause. “Mandy. Max looked thoughtfully towards the sky before taking a cigarette from his jacket pocket and lighting it.” “So you think that you could handle me doing that every day. you enjoy your work which is not something most people can say. As long as you leave it in that house and came home to me each day I could handle it.“You know me so well. beside the view and all.” She said.” She was touched by his display of tenderness and appreciated that he’s brought her somewhere that had so much meaning for him. I fucking love you. for Christ’s sake. I can see your bruises today and that hurts me a lot. “I know.” He smiled. I can’t get you out of my head and it’s killing me not seeing you regularly. “Do you still work in that room?” Mandy sighed loudly and shot a firm look in his direction. forget it.” Max said trying to assert himself.” She sighed. Max sucked in a lung full of smoke and was silent for a moment contemplating the right words to say. “You’re talking in riddles Max. there’ll be no lectures. “I know what you do in that room and you know I’m not happy about it. “There was another reason I brought you out her. “No. What do you think?” “You are joking?” she said flabbergasted. All those miles away from people and places she was familiar with made her feel vulnerable too and this vulnerability made her feel closer to him. calm down. He turned to look at her with a serious expression.” Max looked at the sky again and collected his thoughts before looking at her intently.” He interjected. “I’m deadly serious. “If you’ve driven me out here to give me another lecture Max. “Well?” he said pausing again. became my wife. be straight with me.

You’re offer is very nice Max but I don’t know what to say?” “Say yes?” he replied. Mandy moaned and exhaled reaching down to his crotch. “I’m not a secretary I’m a hooker. it’s the first time in my life I’ve had people around me. They drove back to the city and Rose Avenue in . people who care about me. “When I was a kid. people who value me. They never did make it to a restaurant making love for the rest of the afternoon in that empty. the feeling wasn’t a pleasant one. I could get fucked by a different man everyday and you’re saying you could handle that?” “It would be hard. A shock flushed through her body and she felt herself totally relaxed in his grip.” she said.” He said slowly. I had no friends and life was boring. Shall we head back now?” “If that’s what you want?” he replied pressing his hand into her leg. As the wind kicked up a cloud of dust she looked out at the barren landscape in silence. “Max.” He smiled looking disappointed but smiling anyhow. As the wind got up and she unzipped his pants feeling his rock hard cock bounce out into her hand he pressed a button and closed the roof of the convertible against the dusty air. His fingers pulled the tight elastic aside and she could feel the tips of his fingers brush against her labia.” Mandy sighed loudly. They both stared into each other’s eyes for a moment as his fingers gently stroked the inside of her thigh.” She turned to look at him and strained her face. then yes. “But if it meant being with you. “I love where I am living at the moment. she felt the hardness of his cock beneath his pants throbbing to be released and she rubbed the palm of her hand down to the base of his balls. desolate place. It felt like the world had ended and they were the only two people that were left on this earth. Their tongues met as his hand felt under her dress and touched the soft parts beneath her panties. 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. at least you’d get out of that house each evening. “I couldn’t rush into something like that Max. It was like living on Mars.” She suddenly felt very anxious and isolated out these in that car in the middle of nowhere. like a nine to five job. Just try it out for a while and see how it went.” She said at last.” “I understand. yes. “Let me think about what you’ve said and we can talk again tomorrow.” Max replied.“As long as you came home each night. Her eyes appeared to hypnotize him and he could feel her pulling him closer and closer. “We had landscape all around our house just like this. “I’d have to think about it.

” Mandy looked anxiously at her feet for a moment before saying softly.silence.” he smiled tapping on the steering wheel with his fingers. it was something she could never risk. She also felt that no matter how much Max said he would accept her work in the long run this would become untrue.” “Don’t be silly. perhaps it was the realisation that the relationship would be built on unsound soil and would eventually come crashing down. I really enjoyed this afternoon. there was some physical attraction. Of course. Although Mandy felt happy she also had a feeling that perhaps it wouldn’t last. Somewhere in the back of his mind would be a festering abscess of anger that one day would erupt into a torrent of frustration. It was the knowledge that she didn’t love Max. Something held her back. some desire but this wouldn’t be enough to hold them together. she wanted to shout about it out the car window and have it printed in the newspapers. She wanted to believe that it would be possible to live with Max as his wife and not have to lie to him. someone’s support and gentleness. This could be the case.” he said at last with a gasp. They both fell into an awkward silence as he tapped louder and louder on the wheel giving away his inner turmoil. This would eventually either destroy him or her or perhaps the both of them. she thought. He would never accept her coming home smelling of another man’s sexual fluids or the small bruises and that odd smell of cologne. the company of other men that she kept but in the long term it would slowly eat away at him. because she had never been that reckless or impulsive to take a risk regardless of the outcome.” “Don’t thank me. it was nothing. For the time being it was that elusive happiness that brought a twinkle to the eye. That frustration would hide in the dark corners of his ego like a cancer. He may start not minding the long nights she would spend away.” . you’re home. and perhaps it was just the fear of the unknown. “Have you thought any more about what I said earlier?” “You were going to allow me to think about it. She felt like she needed more than just someone’s devotion. “Thanks Max.” She lied. she had wanted to scream YES to Max’s proposal at the top of her voice. It was that something else that Max could never give her. “Well. ““I should be thanking you after what happened before. The car eventually pulled up outside the house and he turned to look at her. Something else worried her. I never thought you’d speak to me again. “Well. slowly spreading and taking grip until it exploded in a fit of violence.

ba…ba…” “You bag.” Mandy spat. soul mates. “I will pro. shut the door.” “I’ll hold you to that. “Only now I’m his fiancé. come on!” “Yes..” she said abruptly bending a cane in her hands. don’t be shy. She smiled and watched him go. The man grinned and pulled his face into a pathetic smile. come on. “You young people these days change your minds faster than an actress with her clothes on fire. “Come now. “Lovers from another time separated by death always manage to meet again. where you always leave it. “Is there. I thought you two were spitting blood at each other?” “That was then.” She smiled pulling her coat on and getting out the car. It’s reincarnation and all that shit.” Mandy shook her head and went past her room toward the attic and the Black room where she prepared herself. “I’ll see you tomorrow. “Was that the elusive Max I saw driving that motorcar?” “Yep!” Mandy replied. “Hi Mandy” Ruby called from the office as the young woman walked into the house. “Come in.” “Fiancé?” Ruby exclaimed. Mandy then crossed her arms while she watched the little man proceed with his ritual of undressing. you know.” The man replied coyly. yes.“Oh yah. “Okay you think about it but I feel we are made for each other.” “Soul mates?” she laughed. She pulled the gate open and looked behind with a smile just as he was about to pull away and their eyes met briefly. She pointed the cane towards a threadbare holdall that hung from a hook. . “Sure was.” Ruby called back. he’s already in the bar waiting. they’re called soul mates. Sometime later she heard the door handle turn and a shadow appeared in the open doorway.” Mandy called.” She said under her breath.” He shouted as he pulled the door closed behind her and watched Mandy walk to the gate of the” He replied before smiling and trying to lighten the situation. “I hope you’re not going to spend a whole lot of time swooning like some teenager in love because I got a whorehouse to run and it’s opening in fifteen minutes.” Mandy was almost at the top of the stairs when Ruby called up to her.” Mandy called back as she made her way upstairs. “Where did you get that from?” “I read about it in a book. proceed to change if you’d kindly get my ba.” “I’ll be there.” “Jesus. “Sam’s left your costume to get changed into.” “You are funny. “Crazy bastard.” He leant forwards and whispered. “Just go straight to your room and get ready for Mr Dog. thus metamorphosing into his alter-ego.

” He stuttered. She listened to his breathing as it was constricted by the tightness of the hood before walking around him slapping the cane against her thigh with each step. He dressed like a tramp. “Hurry now. “Come now. “I should wait until spoken to. Her mind wandered to her bank account and she wondered how much money she had made this month and what the interest was from her savings. he then popped his fly buttons. The first began with the removal of his thick spectacles and then the removal of his worn jacket. had the brain of a bird. Metamorphism complete the man had become a monster. This was when the final stage would begin firstly by him unzipping the holdall slowly.” She noticed that he was looking over her shoulder at the full length mirror that hung on the wall behind her admiring his reflection and when she had grown tired of waiting she whacked him again with the cane. She could only go through this charade with this stupid. This left him standing in his patterned socks. She wondered how he could afford to spend so much on this type of hobby when he obviously didn’t. The ritual had four definite stages. “Like shit. or couldn’t spend much on clothing. How she wished she were now being lavished by the love of Max or succumbing to the vicious attentions of Carter. Then one by one the buttons of his crumpled shirt were undone and the shirt removed being neatly folded upon a stool. Madame. not even underwear. “Sorry Madame. The ritual was like a slow tango that got faster with the removal of each piece of clothing.” She shouted bringing the cane down across his bare thigh. “This is beginning to irritate me.” He replied. in Mandy’s opinion.” she spat. slid of his trousers and neatly folded then upon his shirt.” The next stage consisted of him removing his stained suede shoes and the belt from his trousers. Instead she was there watching this snail squeeze himself into a pair of transparent plastic hot pants. smelt like a pig looked like a fish and. his fingers and tongue could work magic on a woman’s organs.” She said slapping the can against her leather-clad leg. thermal vest and underpants. “Do I have your attention?” . “How do I look.Watching the stick insect of a man undress filled her with both disgust and curiosity. “Faster. Madame?” he asked as she faced him. but the Dog was unlike most people. which had zippers over the eyes. Now there was a man who could make a woman come like a fountain.” “Almost there. Then he pulled on a pair of fishermen’s waders that were made of black plastic and lastly a full head-covering hood. dirty moronic idiot if she contemplated the money it was making her. it left a red welt in its wake. Blowing two hundred dollars in one night would be beyond most people.

” Mandy walked to the array of switches. Again she struck out at him and again. now. “You dog. “You filthy maggot.” “That’s right madam. His hot hood shed droplets of sweat that trickled down his chest in salty streaks before cascading into his rubber waders. canes and paddles and hung nearby and looked and the with interest.” Mandy smashed the paddled across his chest as hard as she could leaving a thick red line of pin pricks in the flesh.” He sighed.” She whispered slowly before cracking the whip against his plastic clad butt. quickly. please. I haven’t got all day. quickly.” He stuttered rubbing the red welt that the cane had left.” she shouted.” He replied.” He was swinging back and forth and his shadow projected upon one wall increased in size and shrunk with every cycle. She lifted her stiletto shoed foot and pushed him in the harness so that he swung a little.” 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 and harness clasps. Then she selected a couple of items that interested her. He made a strange sight.“Yes. “You are an insect who deserves no mercy. Madam. “Over to the harness.” She shouted slapping him across the hooded face with the back of her leather clad hand. harder and harder until he was bleeding from the wounds and blood mixed with sweat in a crimson puddle below him. She played with them while he looked on slowly swing from side to side in the shadows. “No mercy. “Give it to me Mistress. He enjoyed the time she took totally securing him to the ropes and leather straps and when this was done she turned a nearby handle and raised him off the ground a few inches.” he murmured. “Now. almost but not quite.” “Right. “These look painful. “Beautifully painful. “Are they?” she shouted.” She spat slapping his bare flesh with the cane as he swung towards her. plastic and leather a little man lived. awkward and silly so that Mandy could almost forget that inside the layers of rubber. I am just a filthy worm and you are my mistress. “Yes madam.” “That’s right. Suspended like an evil puppet she realised that she hated this man. “Totally. 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. madam. “I am. “Are they painful?” “Oh. .” She spat.” He replied as he swung away again.

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

Sometimes by accident it would jump out of there and expose her as a fraud.” Max replied pushing his eyebrows together as he wondered where she had got that idea.Later that afternoon. He noticed her looking at him and smiled. “She’s dead too. “What dark secrets does your past hold?” “Nothing to tell really. places like this had a habit of disempowering her. was that what the smile was about? “My father’s dead. I shouldn’t have…” “Don’t worry. she pushed the half eaten meal away from her. That she was the product of that violence and that her mother had scrubbed floors like a good nigger. “How about you. She could see how at ease he felt in this place and although she felt different to the girl who she was. “I bet you have some real fine folks.” Mandy lied. “Tell me a little about yourself.” She lied. friends. . Looking at that flame made her realise that she didn’t really want to explain anything. back then she was just a bare footed country girl who knew nothing. Mandy refused the offer and looked about the room briefly. she was a different person. it doesn’t matter to me. So she tried to keep that particular door locked. a woman about town.” She said slowly. 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. 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. Now she had money. Back then the past lurked like an uncomfortable cupboard that she only wanted to reach into occasionally. “I’m so sorry.” she replied looking at the candle burning brightly in the centre of the table. What was that smile about. rich an^ all with a big old house in Florida?” “Not quite. a happy nigger. the past was something that should be forgotten.” He said with a fork in his hand. did he realise that there was nothing of substance under her seventy dollar frock. and looked across the table towards him as they sat in a quiet restaurant on the other side of town. She was a different person now. just a stupid country girl trying to be sophisticated. She looked up at him and forced a smile. clothes. “It was a long time ago. His smile fell from his face and he put the wine glass down abruptly.” She asked enthusiastically. not there and then. The place was empty except for a couple of business people having some lunch. she pondered. “Are your parents still alive?” he enquired lifting a wine glass to his lips elegantly. as the master had always reminded her.” “What about your mother?” Max asked offering her a cigarette.

“ he smiled blowing out some cigarette smoke. pinch me. thumping at the groin. would you enjoy that?” “Max. baby.” “Shit!” she laughed.” He replied pulling his hand back. He began thrusting again and together they moved like savages on Vaseline.” “You got me. across her butt hole.” A man behind the restaurant’s counter shouted. “Go on.” “Pinch mine. “It’s throbbing like a jackhammer. The come was leaking from the bottom of her labia and rolling. “Hay. on a farm. Oh. She pushed up and he beat down.” He said softly. 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. He rolled upon Mandy and pulled her legs apart by placing his forearms under her calves and lifting. Then thrusting his hard cock inside her wide pussy and panting with each push she banged closed fists upon the bed. She reached up and pinched his nipples between her thumb and forefinger and looked up into his bloated face. far too boring to discuss in such beautiful company.” “What are you like?” She laughed. almost oozing lubricants. go get a room.” she whispered back.” “If you knew how hard my cock was right now. He craned his neck and leant forwards to brush his lips against her own taking time to touch that small bump with the tip of his tongue. 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. 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. Later that afternoon they lay together naked in a nearby hotel room.” He whispered in the ear she had tucked a loose curl behind.” He laughed back.” She said pulling him hand down and placing it over her erect nipple. “You’re just a low born country boy like myself. “That hurts honey. “Behave yourself. “They live in Montana. Then breathless and panting he pushed one last time and she felt him throbbing deep inside of her. slippery and shiny. Arching her back to receive him as deeply as she could Mandy bit her bottom lip and felt a giddiness rising within her body. “I can’t get enough of you.” They both laughed aloud. “Ouch!” He said momentarily stopping in mid action. They looked intently at one another and she wondered if his past had been as frightening as her own. like pistons on a well-oiled machine they danced together. “You two.“My family are very boring. . a sticky fluid. The sheets had seen better days and still bore the stains of previous guests and creaked a symphony of worn springs along to their love making.” “No.

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. She pursed her lips and shook her head realising just how selfish this man could be. The answer is NO! Later that night she was prostrate on the rack in the black room. “Shut up. The message said simply.” “Hmmm. He was looking for something and began tossing items over his shoulder as he searched frantically. “I need to get a better view here. His tattoos glistened in the half light of the room and his thick black hair hung down in his eyes. still and floppy. 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 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. He clipped one onto her left nipple and pulled the elastic down before clipping the other end onto the left Labia minor .” She moaned. “Max?” she said softly. 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 get when he woke.Max fell on top of her and breathed into her ear. Mx. “Someone’s been fucking you. Mandy looked around to see him go to the table that lay under the shelves of paddles and whips. A few minutes later she was dressed and slipping on her shoes.” Carter said at last. Then she left the room and caught a cab back to the house. When she was fully extended and utterly defenceless he leered at her naked body.” He said pushing his fingers into her pussy. sticky buzz that made her feel drowsy. like his dick. “This will do. . She could feel the pills she had taken earlier that night slowly entering her system and it was a hot. He tightened the cord clasp around her neck and started to turn the ratchet. Then he did the same to her right breast nipple and the other side of her pussy. 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. The loud clicking filled the room and she felt all the clasps tense. bitch!” he said slapping her clitoris with the tips of one hand. “I can see you’ve been fucked today. Being naked now with him looking down at her made her feel incredibly vulnerable and slightly scared. Then looking into his face she saw he was in a deep and sudden sleep.” He said.

” He made a grab for Jayne but she laughed and ducked. “We were supposed to collect a kilo of coke but just ended up catching crabs from a one legged whore in Tijuana. She was propped up between two obese politicians both of whom had proud erections.” he spat as his teeth ate into her pussy.FOUR. “Come you fucker. Carter pulled the elastic cords as hard. “What you want is a real man. Downstairs in the bar Sam stopped what she was doing and looked towards the ceiling and smiled… “FIVE. “What was that for?” the boy whined as he rubbed the side of his face. .” said a fat Jewish man who was decked out in fancy gold jewellery.ONE.THREE. Then he started.When Carter pulled the elastic it pulled her pussy lips apart and lifted her nipples into points at the same time.” A tremendous roar filled the room and a chorus of Auld Lang Sine rose from the assembled gathering.” He spat biting into her and stimulating with his coarse chin. “Me and the boys went down to Mexico…” the gangster continued. “Come bitch. She felt his hot breath inside her and the stubble on his chin rub against her gaping thighs as he leant in to inspect her properly. suddenly she couldn’t hold it in any longer and a gush of warm juice spurted from her cunt into his face. “Happy Nineteen Sixty Six. “He’s just a spoilt brat. 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. They extended.TWO. The harder he bit on her clit the more his chin rubbed her hole and the tighter the elastics became.” the seaman said rubbing a thick hand against his stained crotch.” Said a bearded sailor as he grabbed Velta on the rebound and pulled her to his chest. she could feel the clips digging into her flesh and pinching her tightly.” Velta was pinched on the butt by a spotty collage boy from Texas and reacted by slapping the boy’s face almost knocking him off his feet. “That’s it bitch. “A New Year. Then he licked her slowly from the bottom of her gaping pussy to the tip of her throbbing clitoris. “Deserves a kiss. The sensations were overwhelming as she tried to pull away but found the cords and clasps holding her tightly.” He sighed taking a good look into her vagina.” Mandy’s screams of ecstasy filled the room and echoed down the stairs into the hose below. lifting her nipples into the air and crating cones of her breasts. digging deep into her rectum she let out a scream as the sensation hit her. that was some party.” Liz shouted pouring drinks for everyone along the top of the bar. come good. Carters tongue shot from his mouth and entered her asshole. “That’s better.

“These must be the most unsophisticated bunch of cretins I’ve ever seen in here. But that bastard paid in the end.” The gangster shouted as his friends belched with laughter. “If Ruby found out you were stopping her working there’d be hell to pay. His eyes were filling with tears and he now looked like a small child that had lost a favourite toy. She went to him and sucked the small white chalky tablet into her mouth. oh. “Why on earth does the old girl let them in?” “Money.” Carter called. Sam. Carter. Mandy and Jo stood in silence watching what was going on cautiously.” The rest of the room laughed riotously seeing the sailor retch in agony. honey.” “Do what you want Max. 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.” In the shadows where they could observe the room a small group stood. no-one fucks Chico Mastranormo and lives.” “Lady Mandrax. Carter’s fingers gripped around her wrist and she felt him pulling her towards the door.Velta smiled before kneeing the man hard in the balls before laughing. “Let her go. that’s all. “I thought you were going to leave me and my work alone?” Mandy said as he slid up beside her.” Max replied looking across at Carter. “Well you’re not him. expecting him to return a smile but he just frowned as she left the room. The room was full of talking heads but her ears heard nothing. “I’ll leave if it’s upsetting you. Mandy mouthed I’ll be back shortly. As she turned to face Max she saw his expression change into a fit of anger and she thought. 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.” Mandy looked back at him as Carter pulled her from the bar. Chapter 16 A few days later she was in that same hotel room again. Mandy turned to look at him and saw a pill on his tongue. she felt blind and deaf beyond the look in his eyes.” Sam said softly her eyes darting around the room taking in everything.” Jo whispered in Max’s ear. . Max stood and walked over to join them. no.” Carter whispered to Sam through the side of his mouth. the place becomes a fucking monkey house.” Mandy replied taking a sip from her glass. “Forty two stitches…” the gangster shouted in a thick Chicago accent as he stuck the dead but of a cigar between his lips. “I just wanted to see the New Year in here. “I had to stick it on the cunt. “Just don’t get in the way. “Have you seen Max?” Jo asked Mandy during a break in the noise. no- one!” “One night a year…” Ruby explained to a group of friends drunkenly. “One night a year the girls can drink what they like and look at what happens. “I was lucky to be alive. I’m telling you.

What’s it like when he fucks you?” “Stop doing this to yourself. pulling her back down upon the bed he tried to climb on her.” She shouted as he pressed his face into hers.” Mandy began to swing her feet off the bed and look for her shoes when he reached up and grabbed her hair. when you couldn’t earn a pot to piss in?” .” She replied trying to pull away from him. I don’t fuck him. Mandy sighed and rolled onto her belly and sighed.” she replied. you’re hurting me. you’re full of crap.” She cried. you might enjoy it or something. “I’m hurting you?” he laughed. it’s not his style. he just doesn’t want to fuck.” Max replied looking at her momentarily.” The room fell silent and he slid off her hanging his feet over the side of the bed. “What is it?” he continued. long tongue hairy ass or what. “Has he got a big dick.” “Don’t you see. She sat up and looked at him.” She said as tears began to well up in her eyes.” She spat trying to pull his fist from her hair. please. “What is it then?” max asked pushing his hand under her dress and grabbing at her panties.” “Oh. “Does he treat you rough. “I don’t believe I’m hearing this shit. “Max. I’d better not do that. please. okay.” “Oh Max.” He gasped eventually as his grip relaxed and he sat up. “It’s true. “What!” Mandy exclaimed.” she replied straightening her clothing and looking for her shoes. for me?” he said after a long pause. He sucked on his cigarette and exhaled loudly. “Just tell me. we don’t fuck. what is it with the guy?” Max said tightening his grip and holding her chin. “What guy?” “That Carter. that’s it isn’t it?” “Max.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’m trying to understand what you want. he fucks himself does he?” “You don’t understand. “You know who I’m talking about.” “What’s shit?” Max replied. “Oh. “So. “I’m just asking a simple question. “What happens when you’re old and grey and all your teeth have fallen out. “What are you on about now?” she said abruptly.” she said softly. “It’s my job Max. “Don’t. you are hurting me.” “He’s got style has he?” Max replied screwing up his face.” “Max.” Max said after a pause. “Do you enjoy that man fucking you?” Max said at last. “You’re hurting me Max. fuck you. “I told you before. “Can’t you give it up. “No I don’t Max.” He shouted.” “Don’t lie to me.

“What. Mandy held her hand up to her face and said hello. promise.” He replied looking at her briefly.” “Oh come on.” “You’re right there. “You might enjoy it. She had a shower and got dressed before going downstairs to see who was around.” she said heading to the door. noticing that her breath stank of brandy. “Fuck it. “Fuck it. “You’re so complicated Max. that hang-dog expression he sometimes had made her want to think about something else . thinking the old woman had been raiding the bar again. beat you for kicks.” He laughed. “Morning Miss. “But you’ll be lonely.” she said opening the motel room door and flooding the room with light. that’s all. dusty cobwebs hung from the ceiling here and there.” “Well then. Mandy noticed some of the silk wallpaper was peeling from the walls in places and when she .” “Well.” “No. “You know where I’ll be.” “I’ll think about it. I can’t handle you sometimes. 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.” She said throwing him a sharp look. I do. It was cold in that room again and she noticed the white dresser was stained with thumb prints and lip stick smudges and that it looked decidedly filthy.” Mandy cursed as she looked down at the ugly welts that had turned black and red overnight. The evil perverts.” She closed the door behind her.” He said quietly. I’ll look after you.“Don’t worry about me Max. “It’s not that at all. She hobbled to the mirrored dressing table and sat in front of it pushing a tangle of matted hair out of her face. if you’re frightened…” “Who said I was frightened?” He said standing and looking into her eyes. You only think they’re perverts because you don’t understand what they do. “Why not take a risk and try it out with me. I’ll be fine. before leaving the old woman to get on with her work.” She said rubbing her sore wrists.” She said standing and looking down at him.” “I might own my own black house. Walking down the stairs she noticed that the carpet was getting a little threadbare in places and that long.” “What a brothel?” he laughed sarcastically. Liz was in the hall again dusting although the house never seemed to look any cleaner. “I don’t know if I could ever understand. Thinking about his face as she left him yesterday afternoon in the motel. “By then I’ll have my own money and perhaps my own house. I’m a big girl. no I don’t think so. “But then. I mean black as in black girls and black men only.” “You’ll have a house and money. “Catering for the perverted.” “It’s not like that Max.” Liz smiled a wide toothless grin as Mandy walked past her. just a little pain but controlled.” She started to pull on her shoes.” “Try it.” She smiled. Nothing too bad.

me and Max are…” “Max. am I right or am I wrong?” Mandy thought about this and realised that everything Ruby had said was true. he’s nothing but a baby faced faggot and you’re only indulging him coz one day you hope he’ll become another Carter. A long cigarette burned in a holder between her stained fingers. it was stained with grease and had cobwebs inside. desire for devotion and we end up going for the decoy rather than the real McCoy.” “What shall I do?” Mandy asked pushing a lock of hair from her eyes. “I think I know what’s bothering you. It’s the way of the world. bad. “I know a love triangle when I see one. “Don’t give me that shit. She then sipped some coffee from a chipped cup. “We all get confused. Her sagging breasts jumped up and down with every cough but she appeared to solve this with another suck on her cigarette holder.” Mandy replied making Ruby burst into laughter. we’ve all been there in the past. she wondered why she had never noticed before. “How are you today?” Mandy just raised an eyebrow and sucked her teeth in an expression of discontent. “it takes someone on the outside to see what’s really going on?” “That’s right honey. “Don’t worry honey.stopped to look at the large ornamental vase she had noted on her first day in the house.” Mandy said at last. Mandy said nothing and poured herself a coffee before joining the woman on the sofa.” She poured more coffee while Mandy thought about this and then continued. “Does that mean you’re good. that you mean nothing to him. Don’t let it get to you Kid.” “It’s not like that. “Good morning. “I’ve seen the way you look at Carter. So seeing as you can’t have the real thing you’re hoping to make Max into a second rate edition of the original. He’s your little project. this caused her to cough at the same time and her face creased at the eyes with tense lines.” Ruby replied in her thick New York accent.” Ruby said suppressing her barking. “No. This did not mean she could agree with her and instead sat there with her jaw hanging. “You know you’ll never really have Carter.” Ruby said as she sat on a sofa with a trey of biscuits and coffee beside her. shit.” 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. . She looked around the room and saw that most of the objects in it were worn and slightly tattered. or undecided?” Ruby asked exhaling a lungful of cigarette smoke. Mandy knocked on the office door and heard Ruby call from within.” Ruby interjected.” “Carter?” Mandy smiled. sometimes we all mistake lust for love. “I’ll tell you about Max.” “I guess you are right.” Ruby said at last breaking the awkward silence.

. is it?” “Yes sweetie.. but even I’m lonely.” Ruby sighed. perhaps it’s this fucking house. “I don’t know why I’m still not happy. you wait ages for one and then half a dozen arrive at once.” They both started laughing and then Ruby’s face lit up. let him go. 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. “Follow your heart. “Momma needs a fuck. be careful. mostly business men away from their wives and the odd stranger. “What about Pops and all those other admirers?” “Look honey. his jaundiced eyes looked about to see what other meat was on offer. like I said.” Ruby said at last. a big old house. she felt as if she knew what her plans were and she was going to get them done with a new enthusiasm. I have money. “It’s like that.” “You’re kidding me?” Mandy said looking at the old woman intently. “See. honey…” Ruby sighed.I’m not sure that’s a good idea.” Mandy looked at her shocked. you can’t beat a dog mean. I knew I could cheer you up. Men are like busses.“. “You know.” 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 shaking her head. her .” Mandy said after a long silence. “Hardly any of them are fuckable. “You know Mandy. Men like Carter are born mean. girls and maids and all. they’re born that way.” “Oh. Those impotent old bastards couldn’t get it up if you tied a balloon to their dicks.” She sucked on her cigarette holder and then looked over Mandy’s shoulder towards a mirror that hung on the far wall.” Ruby said with a sigh. “You know what? Here I am approaching my sixtieth birthday. Chapter 17 Lights burned smoky red and cast blue shadows across the Bar room wall. She thought for a while before looking into Mandy’s face and adding.” Mandy smiled. “Look at these whores. and I’m still not happy.” “I’ve asked Max to try the Black Room’s toys. Ruby swayed in her usual place at the bar.” “Oh. Have a jolly jaunt with Max and find out if he is just a substitute for the real thing and if so.” The Greek smiled back and flashed a row of green teeth. Seeing her there with no makeup and her hair undone made her realise just how old and frail she was.” A beer gutted Italian belched into the sallow face of his Greek friend.” “Well..” Ruby said in a whisper. “I’m a woman with needs and although I’m getting on there’s still a fire burning in my box. if you catch my drift. he’ll never be a Carter.“That’s the fifty four thousand dollar question. The shadows flickered like beacons upon the faces of the belching assembled. “You’re the first person I’ve ever said this too. open his mind a little.” “I thought it may be fun.

Max opened the bar door and entered the room looking anxious. “Not if you aren’t into it. “.” Liz said placing a glass on the bar and taking the note he was offering. “. Then he felt a soft touch on his shoulder. “One whore looks just like any other.. “Here’s your drink.” he stammered.boozed up legs rubbery and panda like eyes watery. “Gino?” he asked softly. “Wow. if it isn’t Max…” Ruby drawled raising her glass and then sipping it with a lipstick smudged mouth. “Nervous. Max picked it up and the ice rattled in the glass loudly. He turned to see those bright green eyes lighting up the room. “I’m absolutely frantic. “Get me another whiskey. focussing back behind the bar.” The Greek looked around and touched his friend’s arm and both of them looked at the vision in the high leather boots and short leather hot-pants standing next to Max. He looked about and then walked to the bar taking a note from his wallet as he did so.” Max replied. please. “She’ll be down shortly. “She did mention something. “Why.” the Greek whispered and looked about the room. “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. “What was that?” . She looked at the fat Italian with an air of disgust before turning away to call Liz. no. He scratched his crab -ridden pubic area and looked across at Velta's chest as she spoke to another punter on the other side of the room.” He said trying to catch the woman's attention.” She said softly..” Mandy said softly.” Ruby hissed cracking the face powder into lines as she forced a smile...” He lied.fancy seeing you here.” “I’m cool. honey.” Mandy smiled. “C'ept in dimensions I guess…” “Ay. “This cast whore is different. “You look beautiful.” The Greek turned to face his Italian friend.” “Different?” his friend said taking his eyes from Velta's chest for a moment.” “Mandy invited me. but Gino…” The Greek whispered. She fumbled in her pocket and removed two pills and dropped one in his glass before swallowing the other. “Gimmi a brandy and soda Liz.” 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.” “You don’t have to do this.” He tried not to stand out too much and looked briefly at the two sleazy characters beside him.” He replied with a slur in his tone. “Hi. “You look different?” “She is beautiful man.

Mandy glided him towards the door like a butcher following a lamb for the slaughter. Carter had given her a couple of Mandrax the previous evening and she thought they may come in handy sometime. Then the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is fruit for the crows to pluck. Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh. When they reached the door it appeared that all eyes were upon them. She was once a novice but was now the teacher. Sam had been watching them talk ever since he arrived. His face was frozen in a mask of fearful expectation and this delighted her. “Shall we go upstairs?” She said softly. Mandy looked at Max quietly for a moment. or the way she held her shoulders back which was different. Here is a strange and bitter crop. For the rain to gather. that empty look in her eyes that worried her. She looked into his eyes and she recognized no tenderness. no longer a lover but an object that’s only purpose was to give her pleasure. for the wind to suck. cold and lifeless. There was a track on the record player that reminded her of the first time she had met Carter. Southern trees bear strange fruit. The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth. The words seemed to resonate with her . In reality only Ruby and Sam watched them go. . Her acutely perceptive intuition aware that Mandy’s mood was somehow different to how it was generally. only suffering. Perhaps it was Mandy’s expression. Tonight seemed as good a time as any.“It'll help you relax. Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. He was entering a world of slavery where she would be his master. She had only felt this way once before and it was the night Carter had taken Lorry to the Black Room.” Mandy said as he swallowed the drink and pill with one gulp. it throbbed within her like a beating drum. She felt like a scorpion and that Max was her prey and that thought excited her. for one night only. she was the darkness that would overcome the light. Black body swinging in the Southern breeze. It may have been the way she had been talking to Max. She felt confident that tonight would be a triumph for her and for Max. no beauty only agony waiting for release. for the trees to drop. For the sun to rot. all minds fixed upon their terrible hopes. Pastoral scene of the gallant South. passionate and deadly. Putting her into a dominant frame of mind she imagined Max as her victim. There was something that she couldn’t quite put a finger on that worried her about this whole scene Mandy had arranged. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Like two magnet they immediately fell into each other and she felt his strong arms reach around her. He looked at her and then the floor and then the walls and the ceiling before saying softly. “Did you want to say something?” “Yep. He thought that while he was with her no one else would be.” She whispered reaching down and unzipping his pants.” He said quietly. They stepped inside and she closed the door behind them. You’ll be safe with me. surely that was worth some discomfort. “Let’s go back to the bar and you can go home. you know Master and Slave and then change roles.” “Then come with me. she could feel his hard cock under the soft fabric bursting to be free and she rubbed the palm of her hand against it before pushing his pants to the floor. “Hmm. her expressionless face cold and hard.” “Just relax.” He stuttered. “I feel really funny.” She huffed and turned to face him.” he sighed. okay?” “Okay. “I want to say something. “Don’t be like that. eventually feeling the character leave her totally. “We’ll try a little role play. I can’t explain. I’ll take them.” “Fine. She expected him to say something but he just looked back at her in silence. “What Max?” she said. She turned and led the way again and although he still felt uneasy he was prepared to give this a go just to spend some time alone with her. “What’s wrong Max?” she asked tenderly breaking into a smile. She looked so beautiful tonight that just standing on the stairwell away from all those people alone with her may have been worth all the pain to come. “I don’t want to hurt you.” She said reassuringly.” He said softly. .” She said sharply.“Hay Mandy?” Max called when they got to the bottom of the stairs. “I promise not to hurt you. Good funny. “I don’t know if I can go through with this.” He replied like a small child. 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 so she kissed him and thrust her tongue into his mouth. I promise.” Reaching the Black Room Mandy reached inside the door and flicked on the light switch flooding the room in a dim red and green hue. that'll be fun. If there are any risks. 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. She tried not to answer him as this may have meant her coming out of character and it would have spoilt the whole experience for them both. “Hang on will you?” he called again. “I’m not sure if I want you to hurt me either.

” .He kicked them off with his shoes and she slid her hand under the soft fabric of his underwear. “Do you feel scared?” she said softly. “Fuck. Max placed his feet together and she strapped them together with a short leather clasp “Arms up.” She said abruptly.” He snapped as her fingers probed his ass. “I was really enjoying that. Then she turned a lever and the crossbar lifted his body from the floor.” He sighed. Max did as he was told and she connected his wrists to a cross bar that hung from the ropes.” She said as he undid his shirt and slid it off his shoulders. Mandy looked at his body. “That’s fucking beautiful.” She said pushing his forearms toward the ropes that hung from the ceiling. he was about six feet tall with broad shoulders and a flat stomach. She could feel him pushing into her now and she stopped and looked up at him. Other than that Max had no hair on his body. Mandy cupped his tight scrotum and ran her fingers up and down the inside of his leg as he swayed above her slowly. “What’s this?” he asked gingerly. Feeling the ridge under the tip with her tongue she slowly massaged it before sucking the whole cock deep into her. Max reached down and pulled off her top so that she was bare from the waist up.” “Put your arms up. touching the damp patch of pubic hair and then the base of his hard cock. She looked up at him before slipping the tip of his cock into her mouth. When he was swinging freely she walked back and started to run her nails over his chest. She was level with his navel and Max’s hard cock stood like a flag pole in front of her face. “Do you feel helpless?” she said as her nails reached down to his balls and under them. She ran her nails down the inside of his legs and back up over his balls again. His chest muscles were not as developed at Carters and he didn’t have the tattoos but he was still nice to look at. even his legs seemed as soft as her own although she did notice that around his ankles and thick blonde down sprouted. “You’re not gonna come yet.” She smiled. The sight of her sucking his cock made the passion within him rise like a fire in his belly.” He smiled back and she led him across the room to a piece of equipment that she was familiar with. His pubic hair was a soft light brown mound around his long thick cock and it had a little path that rose up to his navel. “Put your feet together. She pulled it into a proud position and rubbed it up and down gently before falling to her knees and pulling his underclothes down. “That feels funny. “It would spoil things.

“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. “Now you do me up. She was someone he didn’t recognise. He saw her turn and reaches out for something.” She said. It was flat leather and around four inches wide. “Ouch!” he shouted. okay?” “Okay. “Very funny. “What are you going to do with that?” Mandy said nothing and just tapped the tip of his cock with the paddle.” She said as he slowly did the collar up.” Mandy whispered. He then strapped he wrists tightly at her side and went to place the final clasp around her neck.” He smiled.” Max looked up and saw between the two mounds of her breasts his cock going into her mouth.” She looked at the rack in the corner of the room. “I was enjoying that.” He slurped as he pushed his tongue into her lips and tasted the juices there. Standing and pulling him up Mandy led him to the frame.Max looked at her and in the semi darkness with the chemical in his blood she was someone else. Having the blood rushing to his head and he pussy in his face aroused him greatly. “You bitch. “I’ll lie down and you can clamp me. She saw his cock twitching again and she placed it back in her mouth. “Eat my cunt.” She put the paddle down and twisted the frame that he was on until he was hanging upside down. Max fell from the frame into a crumpled heap on top of her and they sprawled across the floor.” He said looking up at her.” “There’s plenty of time for that.” Just as he was about to come she reach out and pressed a small switch that automatically undid his clasps. “Oh come on. It stood there majestically like a well made piece of furniture. “Okay. “Feel free to enjoy yourself.” Max’s cock was shrinking away from her and she saw that she was losing him. Clink-clink-clink- . She bent it between her fingers and looked at him wickedly. 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 held them. “Try this. “That hurt. before stepping back into the light with a paddle.” He shouted.” Max did as he was told and found it strangely erotic looking down at her strapped up like that. “Go on Baby. She pushed her pubis into his face and Max found that he was at just the right height to eat her.” He said with a half smile. “That’s better. Mandy lay on the rack bed and pulled her legs wide apart before allowing him to clasp them in this unnatural position. Then she looked down at his face and laughed.” She sighed.” He said being perfectly level with her pussy. “This is more like it. “Turn the ratchet. “Hmm.

He lay the on her hot breasts for a moment panting wildly. He stepped down to her ankles and looked at her pussy gaping wide for him and he couldn’t resist Pushing his hard cock into her. her eyes looked strange. Now that her legs were pulled so far apart he could really get some depth into each thrust and it felt good to push as deeply as he could.The slack on the collar began to tighten and he looked at her breasts and the soft mound of pubic hair rising like an airstrip above her pussy and his cock began to get very stiff. It was impossible for him to stop the sensations were building within his cock and he could feel and explosion brewing. He pulled his flaccid dick out of her cunt and walked to her face and looked down. Max did as he was told and turned the handle three more times. He fell forwards and his head came to rest on her chest between her breasts. “Baby?” he said softly. “Mandy?” he said concerned. The room was silent and it was an un-natural silence that suddenly filled him with dread. He was lost in the moment of pleasure. Looking up at her face Max noticed that Mandy’s tongue was poking out of her mouth.” Max screamed as hot spurts of come spat from his throbbing dick like a toothpaste tube that had been stamped upon. Pulling her towards him he felt he struggle and thought he heard her say something but he didn’t respond to it. “Come on baby. . Then he noticed that he couldn’t hear anything. “Ahhhhhhhhhh. She crumpled as the cords and clasps slackened and he quickly began to untie her. “Tighter. A stray lock of hair was in her eyes and he pushed it to one side as he stared at her speechless. Max was pushing in and out and pulling her hips up to meet him frantically building up into a climax. glassy and empty. don’t do this to me.” She moaned. “Did you enjoy that?” he asked simply. Max closed his eyes and felt her tight cunt grip his as he slid up to her pubic bone. She was lifeless and malleable as Max lifted her head and placed it on his lap.” She gasped. he couldn’t stop now and just had to finish fucking her cunt before he exploded. Placing his hands behind her hips Max pulled her towards him and thrust deeper. He reached out and pressed the release that made the ratchet spin freely. Clink-clink-clink “Tighter. What was she saying? Something about a colour. Her face was red and quite sweaty but he was eager to look from the other end of the table.” He spat slapping her face. He was filling with terror looking at that lifeless and contorted face. He could feel her clamping down on his and her juices flowing over him dick as he pushed in and out slowly. He heard that sound again.

I’ll pay the girls off and then sit on my rocks for a while. “I’ve always loved you.” He whispered pulling her body towards him and holding her close. I never wanted to do this. Shit. Both women were dressed in expensive black raincoats and they wore veiled hats that covered the redness in their eyes. Max thought.” Sam thought about what had happened since “the incident”.. “I’ve had it with men. I didn’t mean it like that. settle down and buy a small place in another town... He had killed her.” He pulled her up and felt her still warm body press into his naked flesh as her limp arms fell at his side. He looked up to the ceiling and a strange cry filled the room.” Sam replied. All the questions from the police and the media.“Come on baby. “What with all the publicity. remembering when things had been different. it'll never be the same again.” “Don’t rush out and buy us a toaster. “Things like this can kill a business stone dead. An animal cry.” “I understand. The howl became a scream and the scream became the wail of police sirens ringing out in the night. even the milk being delivered. “Yes. “.” “Congratulations.” Ruby replied with a small smile. Epilogue The long black limo rolled down the road at a slow and steady pace. peering out of their respective windows in silence.. I never wanted to hurt you.” she replied. It was an overcast day and a veil of drizzle ran down the closed.” Ruby turned round and reached out to take Sam's hand in her own. The driver looked ahead of the car and paid no attention to the two soberly dressed seated behind him. stop messing around. “I’m getting too old for this game.. better. like a wolf baying at the moon. taken her life when she had so much more to do in this world. tinted windows.You know I love you Mandy. “I don’t know Kid. incubate them for a little. Pops has asked me to marry him of course. another funeral. “No!” He screamed in a long emotional howl. “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. It was just another day. Seeing that glare of hers filled him with fear and his eyes fell back on the road immediately. if filled the hall outside the room and flooded the stairs. . After a pause. “What are you going to do now?” she asked looking at Ruby briefly. a pause in which her thoughts were filled with memories of green eyes and vivacious looks she added.” Ruby replied.. another hire. how they had been camped outside the house for days on end photographing everything. “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. filling the house with the sound of his grief.

she was such a good girl. I’m so sorry…” “Oh. death waits for us all and when the lord wants you. She studied her lined face and thick fingers with interest before stepping over to her once she had thrown the rose she carried in on top of the coffin. Her gaze fell on the passing monuments again and Sam thought before answering. She was thoughtful like that. “I love you. She loved you very much. “Holy Jesus!” The old woman exclaimed upon seeing the thick wad of notes that the envelope contained. “Such a grand lady.” The service was short and sweet only mentioning the death as a tragic accident which could not have been foreseen.” “Friends in high places eh?” “Something like that. “When the police came and told me. “Don’t you worry about my little girl.” “What’s gonna happen with him?” Ruby asked after a short pause. “I guess there will be a trial. She held it out to the old woman who peered inside having taken it from the diamond- bejewelled hand. They’re not charging you with anything are they?” “No. “You must be Mandy’s mother?” she said as the old woman turned her red eyes up to face her. “It belonged to your daughter and I’m sure she would want you to have it. with respect and grace. She looked into the grave and shook her head thinking of that wasted life and weather she had anything to feel guilty about.” Ruby reached into her Hermes handbag and withdrew a thick envelope.” Ruby replied. told me she was gone. “My little girl left home and made something of herself…” the old woman continued with tears welling up in her eyes.” The old woman said looking at Ruby’s coat and shoes. you just have to go. Mandy never went anywhere without letting me know. did she work for you?” “Yes.” . She was now at the graveside in a worn black coat wiping a tear from her eyes with a small white hankie.” Ruby hissed.Sam reached out and squeezed Ruby’s hand in her own for a moment before whispering. I was surprised. The coffin was carried to the grave by four unsmiling graveyard attendants and lowered into the ground slowly. please Mam. “Every week a letter would arrive with a few dollars in it for me. Tell me. “What is this?” “It’s seven thousand dollars.” The old woman replied dabbing the hankie against her nose. She’s in the arms of Jesus now” “Quiet.” Ruby said softly. “The chief was very sure that he didn’t want me anywhere near the court.” Ruby replied simply. “Mandy spoke about you as lot. Ruby had seen the frail old woman in the church during the service but didn’t know who she was.

“Can you credit that.” “A maid. earning all this money for being just a maid.” “Yes…” Ruby whispered.” Ruby lied. Thank the Lord for that. There’s been such a lot of evil.“Oh.” THE END c: David William Kirby July 2010 The Dogbreaths Publishing (from the original 91 MS . “She was my housekeeper that’s all. whatever was she doing for you to earn this much money?” “Oh. viscous gossip about her and it was all wrong. a maid.” The woman cried clutching the envelope to her breast. “I’ve never seen so much before. Lord. “She was the best maid I ever had. she was my housekeeper. My girl.” The old woman laughed.

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