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 while Peter suggests the agent give them some time alone.
"Kate?" Don questioned uncertainly.
"She's fine," Peter assured. "I won't harm her; I only want her to listen."
Kate opened her mouth to retort that her ears were a fair distance from her butt, but remained silent when Don shifted his chair back. The coward was deserting her to her beast of an ex-husband.
"Ah, sure. I'll go get these changes added. Um, call me when you're both ready to discuss things further, okay?"
"Of course," Peter replied civilly, as though he conducted a polite business meeting rather than a discipline session with his former wife. When Peter eased his grip on her wrists, Kate suspected the reprieve was temporary. So, at the sound of the door opening and closing, she tightened her fists in preparation for what would happen next.
"Unh uh," he murmured in warning. "Just relax, Kate, so I won't feel compelled to point out how you are currently positioned for a purpose I have yet to properly fulfill."
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