Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.For Sneak Peek Sunday we share six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).
My submission for this week is from my 5th book, and newest release, Acting Lessons.
He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons. She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage. They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.
After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse. Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.
In this scene, which occurs early in the first chapter, Peter Thorton, seated comfortably in an agent's office, is attempting to convince his wife, Kate, to give their marriage a second chance by signing her to appear with him in a College Summer Stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, but she's never stopped loving him. And though Domestic Discipline originally played a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house. Peter realizes he made a mistake in letting Kate do as she pleased, so he's determined to rectify matters immediately, and informs his famous wife that if she keeps acting like a brat, he will turn her over his knee. Since Kate doesn't believe him, she dares him to try it. He doesn't hesitate, And before she gets another word out, Kate finds herself stomach down across her husband's knees. Furious and humiliated by both her position and Peter's warning swat, she demands her agent call the police.
"Quiet, Kate," Peter warned, his tone demanding her obedience, however, she wasn't about to give in so easily. Shoving her fingers under his thigh, she dug in with her nails. He let out a sharp exclamation, then giving her a quick shift, trapped both her wrists in one hand. From experience, Kate knew Peter was about to get serious. He intended to spank her in front of her agent of all people, and she thought he'd been bluffing.
"Behave," he commanded, delivering a second swat firmer than the first when she continued to struggle. Fighting him was a losing battle. It only made him more determined to prove his point. With both hands captured, she squeezed her eyes shut to check the tears of impotent rage flowing down her cheeks, clamped her lips together and stilled.
"Don, would you mind giving us a few minutes? I have a couple of things I'd like to say to my leading lady in private."
"I didn't agree--" she protested, cutting off her own words when his fingers tightened in preparation for another swat.
"Silence." His third strike was a bit firmer yet, but all three had been mere warnings compared to what Peter could and would dispense if he decided she wasn't heeding him.
Despite her desire to lay into him, Kate forced herself to go limp and lowered her head. Submitting galled her, but the consequences if she didn't would hurt a lot more than her wounded pride pained her at the moment.
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