As they eat cake I kneel and reflect upon the wave of emotions that have entered my heart today. To call Brittany’s appearance a “surprise” would be an understatement. I haven’t thought about her in years with the exception of Mistress talking about her a few nights ago. Her presence has opened my heart and I now see a lot of her influence upon who I am today. The feelings linger in a bittersweet way. I make eye contact with Mistress and my heart fills with love. I feel a knot in my chest relax… like the ties between my pain and the memories loosen and fall away.
I glance around as they converse. Brittany immerses herself seamlessly within the group. Her social skills are very strong and she displays them beautifully while being able to listen and interject with questions when appropriate. Barb is looking quite drunk and she continues to probe for answers to the questions that are obviously bothering her.
“Cass, how long have you been married?”
“A little over a year but we’ve been together for about 6 years now.”
“I thought you said officially he was your maid.”
“That’s true, too, Barbie. We have a 50-year labor contract where he must be on-call for me 24-7, 365 days a year.”
“Did he sign that before or after you were married?”
“Before, but the original contract was for only 15 years.”
I look on as Barb shakes her head. I feel a small pit in my chest as I read her expression.
Gordon and Sammy wheel in carts full of presents. Mistress finishes her cake and receives the first package. Watching her as she inspects the card and careful removes the paper brings a smile to my face.
I continue kneeling in silence, happy that I am no longer the focal point. I squirm a bit inside as she opens the first box. From Dominique, a heavy leather flogger with metal tips.
“I’m sure the little one will scream gloriously when that bites his skin.”
Mistress laughs as she passes it around. I watch Barb slap it against her hand a few times and mouth the words “what the fuck.”
From Theresa and B comes an extra large strap on. The “Reverb Ultra Mk III” to add to her collection. I groan silently.
“B thinks fur needs to ‘loosen up’ a little, so when we saw this it just seemed to perfect.”
“Does it include diapers?”
My face instinctively shifts to red as I watch in horror as they compare it to their forearms. The double entendre would seem cheesy if it wasn’t about my rectum. I slump my shoulders.
Lisa’s gift is a full pedicure kit. She takes another guzzle of wine instead of speaking and blushes red when Mistress asks if she wants to take the first go with it. Barb leans her head on Mistress’s shoulder.
“I really wish you had told me there was going to be this kind of party.”
Mistress turns her head to face Barb’s and plants a passionate kiss on her lips. Barb’s cheeks rush red as she closes her eyes. Brittany rises from her seat and retrieves her present from the cart, holding it tightly against her abdomen. The peculiar look on her face isn’t an expression I am familiar with.
Brittany scrunches her nose and shakes her head a few times before extending the package to Mistress.
“I think I sort of misunderstood what type of a gift I was supposed to bring. I thought I was actually giving something to gayboy so I’m not sure if this is appropriate so please don’t hold it against me.”
“I’m just glad you’re here, Brittany and could be a part of this. I’ve been wanting to meet you in person for a long time now and I’m glad you’ve been able to reconnect with my pet.
Mistress carefully unwraps the package, revealing an old and tattered photo album.
“This is every photo I ever took of him, starting with that day in the bathroom at school all the way until we graduated.”
A deep smile forms over Mistress’s face. Theresa and Lisa move their chairs closer as Mistress flips through the pages and Brittany narrates.
“These were from the day we duct taped him in the stall. This picture we took from the car as we drove by when we made him run home from the mall. Here’s the first time I hogtied him and put him in the closet.”
Even though we shared a “healing moment” earlier the memories still sting as they replay themselves in my head. There are plenty of giggles and fingers being pointed. Dominique chugs wine while Sammy and Gordon dote on her. B sits with her arms folded and her eyes closed.
“Here’s Chloe and Courtney sitting on his back and tormenting him as they held him down. This one I took from my bedroom window while I made him shovel the driveway. He groaned about it so I took away his coat, hat, and gloves. That day was freezing outside. Here’s pictures from him on Christmas when I made him wear those awful mittens and hat. I used to look at these whenever I felt down.”
As they near the end of the album Brittany’s voice shifts a bit. She slows down and the excitement fades from her voice.
“This was the last time I saw gayboy. It was the day after my graduation party. He brought me a bouquet of flowers and I threw them on the ground and stomped on them. When he started to cry I called him a loser and told him that no woman would ever love him. I told him I never wanted to see him again. He just sobbed and walked away. I cried that night but my stubborn pride wouldn’t let me call him.”
Brittany sniffles a little as Mistress closes the album.
“You said that this was supposed to be for my pet, but as a slave, he is not permitted to own any personal possession. If you want to ask him what he would like me to do with this, I will permit it.”
Brittany forces a smile as she wipes her eye with her hand. She receives the photo album back from Mistress and sits down on the floor next to me.
“It’s kind of funny, gayboy. I didn’t keep a single photo album of my family and I didn’t keep any photos that include my ex-husband but I always considered this to be one of my prized possessions and I want you to have it.”
I crack a smile and glance her way before my eyes fixate on the large book that sits before me. A work chronicling years of my pain and suffering… humiliation… a broken heart.
“Is it important to you, Miss Brittany?”
“It’s very important to me.”
“Why do you want to give it away?”
“It just doesn’t feel right… to keep this. When Mom remarried and I started my new life I was so angry and confused. I wanted everyone to think that I was strong. You were the only one that had seen me weak and I hated you so much for that. I wanted to make you weak… to make you hurt more than I did. It was wrong.”
“If you had two of them would you want to keep one?”
“Of course. These are still memories from my life.”
My instinct is that I want to burn the album and never see it again. My heart claws at me… a simple signal that I do not truly wish for that to happen. I take a deep breath and close my eyes.
“Mistress, is it okay if we return the album to Miss Brittany?”
“Is that what you want to do, pet?”
“Yes, Mistress, but I accept whatever you decide to do.”
“I’m sure Brittany would be willing to scan a few of the photos and send them to me. I see you every day and could take plenty of photos if I wanted to.”
Brittany’s face quickly changes into a smile as she sniffles a little and rises from the floor.
“Thank you, Cassandra. This has been a very important day for me… it’s not often that you get to have closure on the darker times in life. What pictures do you want me to scan?”
Brittany presents the album back to Mistress and she flips through the pages.
“Do you see that facial expression?”
“The one where it looks like he’s about to burst into tears and die at the same time?”
“Exactly. Can you send me all of the pictures where he looks like that? Those expressions just can’t be faked and they’re so few and far between. I noticed you had at least half a dozen of them captured on film.”
Dominique springs to her feet and resumes her role as unofficial master of ceremonies.
“If I see one more hallmark moment I am going to vomit. Sammy, Gordon! Fetch the carts.”
I watch them quickly scurry out of the room.
“Everyone knows the best part of a birthday party is the spanking and I’ve waited long enough.”
I swallow hard and barely notice Sammy and Gordon return with a rolling garment cart and a long flat silver serving cart. Dominique strides across the room and takes a coat off of the rack and Sammy helps her into the sleeves. She retrieves a matching Russian style hat from the cart.
“Bundle up, everyone. I keep the dungeon at about 40 degrees.”
“Why do you keep it so cold?” inquires Lisa.
A wicked grin spreads across Dominique’s face.
“Because when the skin gets cold it stings at least twice as much.”
I remain kneeling as the others walk past me and choose coats for themselves. In their inebriated states I can sense they’re having fun. Their voices are lively and without inhibition.
“B you look adorable!”
“I wish I had a coat like this.”
“Is there really a dungeon?”
After a few moments Mistress taps my head and I turn and look up at her. She smiles down at me, wrapped in a full length fur and a matching headband. She motions with her head and I slowly rise and lead the parade through the doorway and down the stairs into the dungeon.
I feel the chill creep up my uniform and tingle the exposed skin as the cool air enters my lungs. In the center of the room sits an X-frame under a series of lights. Sammy and Gordon appear on either side of me and lead me by the wrists. Each wrist is locked above my head. My ankles are locked to the lower posts. A thick leather belt binds my waist to the frame.
“You two may be excused.”
Behind me I hear the familiar clatter of various devices being handled.
“So are we hitting him like 30-some times each? Or total?”
“Total please. I’d like him to be able to walk tomorrow.”
“Such a sourpuss, Cass, robbing me of my fun.”
“So with seven of us, are we rounding up or down?”
“Rounding up, I won’t have it any other way. I can make do with six strikes but I’ll throw a fit if you limit me to five.”
I hear Mistress laugh in response.
I crane my neck trying to peer over my shoulder but the lights from above blind my eyes and exaggerate the shadows. I try to adjust myself in front of the frame but locking my wrists and ankles directly and the addition of the belt leaves me with extremely limited movement.
“I still have to hand it to you on these uniforms, Cass. Leaving the ass exposed is such a luxury that I can’t imagine going back to the olden days.”
“I guess I’ll go first.” Barb’s voice reaches me as I hear her steps click against the stone floor.
I feel my pulse rise in anticipation.
Smack. The crop reaches the bare skin of my behind. I exhale on impact but compared to what I’m accustomed to it’s a mosquito bite. Dominique intercedes before another blow can follow.
“Barb, I don’t remember giving anyone permission to bring any weak-ass nonsense into my dungeon. You have to step into it.”
I hear a foot pound against the floor.
“Then lead with the handle and snap the wrist. Like this.”
WHAM! I’m unprepared from the blow and the impact of heavy flogger and bite of the tips immediately sends my breath from my body with a primal shriek. I fall limp, held up only by the restraints as tears fill my eyes.
“That one doesn’t count as one of mine!”
I gasp for air and slowly catch my breath. I hear another set of steps approach from behind. My rear throbs and I can feel the pulse of my heartbeat all throughout my body.
“Just be glad I’m too drunk to care, Dom, but the last woman to call me weak-ass ended up missing half of her hair.”
I can hear the sound of Barb’s breathing. I hear her tongue click in her mouth.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, I don’t know if I can do it. The way he keeps looking over his shoulder with those eyes.”
Dominique exhales loudly. I hear the rapid patter of steps. A metal talon pokes my cheek.
My open mouth is immediately filled with a plastic wiffle ball. Before I can protest a velvet bag goes over my head and is cinched snug at the neck. I let out a small moan.
Smack! The next stroke lands. Harder than the first but manageable.
“Step in and snap it. Snap it.”
Smack! I let out a grunt as the tip bites my throbbing skin. The fifth blow makes me wail. The sixth has me bucking against the restraints. Each round increases the sting more and more. I can feel the throbbing and swelling gradually build. Some of the blows make me cry out, while others do not. Dominique continues to call out instructions as they cycle through the various people and devices. The cumulative blows take their toll but since none of them are particularly hard hitters I manage to keep my bearings.
In my head I’ve counted 30, leaving only Mistress and Dominique. My breath shudders as I feel the warmth leave my body.
“You or me, Cass?”
The response is non-verbal and panic fills my brain. My knees twitch and I tug gently against the restraints above my head.
I feel the bag loosen around my neck. I blink a few times as my eyes adjust to the light. The smell of perfume solves the mystery as the metal talon digs into my cheek. I spit out the wiffle ball and hear it rattle across the floor.
Her voice whispers to me.
“Don’t disappoint me, little one. I bet you’d rather be making out with Brittany right now, huh?”
I blush a little but close my eyes without answering. It’s hard to remain calm in the moments before impending doom.
WHAM WHAM! The flogger lands hard twice in a row. My body shakes and convulses as I howl in pain. I feel the muscles in my bottom quivering as my legs give out. I can’t tell if I’m bleeding. WHAM WHAM! I shriek and sob with my weight collapsing upon me. The belt holds me in my place. The hard thud and the bite of the heavy tipped tails scourges my skin.
“Please….” I try to speak from between my whimpers and moans.
“Those almost sound like words. You know what I want to hear, little one.”
WHAM WHAM! I shriek and scream, thrashing about. My head tips back as the tears stream freely down my face. My eyes open to find Dominique’s face uncomfortably close to my own. She flares her nostrils as she inhales and exhales a deep breath. I try to lean my head away but she stops it with her hand. I feel her tongue against my cheek as she licks a wide band up my face. Her hand forces my head away as her cackling laughter fades away with the clicking of her boots.
My chest heaves as my body feels lifeless. If I know Mistress she will give me some time to recover. I have to wonder if she will go easy on me.
“Don’t you dare go easy on him, Cass!”
“As if I’d go easy on him when I have to follow that. Really, Dom, I have my pride.”
Dominique’s laughter continues.
I turn to find Mistress standing next to me.
“I love my pet.”
She follows that up with a kiss on the cheek before she vanishes from my peripherals.
SMACK! The impact of the strap puts my brain into a spiral as I gasp and writhe. Mistress strikes repeatedly until my cries no longer separate and melt into a prolonged vocalization. The blows cease but the throbbing and pain continue to arch through my body as I slump back and whimper quietly.
The light across my eyes as the tears form a kaleidoscope of the room. I hear the tap of footsteps and voices trail off behind me. The lights go out and I’m alone with the sounds of my sniffles, the light rattling of metal on metal, and the throb of my blistered and bruised rear end.