This is from “The Penitents”, due out May 15th. It’s a sci-fi love-and-spanking story with some intense punishment scenes, and it has an awesome twist at the end!
I have to give a hearty thanks to Natasha Knight, who gave me the inspiration and the blessing to take an idea she had and run with it.
Last week’s excerpt had Leina “lying” with Joran, who proved to be a less-than-considerate lover after he came and then left her handcuffed to the bed and unsatisfied. This is a few weeks later.
A noise made me look up. Samial stood over me with an expression somewhere between sadness and anger. He started to say something, but shook his head and turned to walk away.
“What’s your problem?” I asked, tired of games. He kept walking, so I jumped up. “Samial! Stop walking away from me!”
He turned back to me. “What do you see in him?” His voice was low and controlled.
“See? I see a way out of this Tour! That’s all I see! He’s a means to an end!” And then it dawned on me. “You are jealous! Oh, fuck, you’re so jealous you’re almost green! You know I don’t really want Joran. You know I’ve always wanted you!”
He said nothing, staring silently off into the distance.
“Dammit, Samial, tell me! Tell me something that would explain why you came along on this Tour if not to find a mate? Tell me why you’ll be my friend, and comfort me when I’m sad, and teach me your language and your culture, but you won’t fuck me, and you get mad when I fuck someone else? Give me a reason that makes sense!”
“There are things I haven’t told you. Things about me, and about you, that you deserve to know.” He paused, a look of pain drawing across his face, and then reached out his hand to me. After a moment, I placed my small one in his large one. He sat down on the grass and tugged me down next to him.
Twenty years ago, Leina’s people attacked Samiel’s planet out of desperation, and though they lost, they left behind a terrible legacy. Now the two species find themselves needing each other to survive, but forgiveness is difficult, and Leina’s people are finding that the aliens have no intention of making it easy for them to atone for their sins.