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, Acting Lessons, loosely based on the story of Kiss Me Kate.
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 by informing 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. Furious, Kate makes the mistake of challenging her husband, and he lets her know right away what he will and will not tolerate by proving to her his threats are no longer idle. The spanking provides an emotional release for Kate, and she ends up crying in Peter's arms. Once she gets herself under control, Kate attempts to apologize, but Peter cuts her off with a kiss.
Kate made no effort to resist him. She couldn't. Instead, she parted her lips and gave herself over to his tender domination. With her mask of pretense swept away, she had no shields left to hide how deeply wounded she was. How badly she needed him.
Peter's kiss awakened a dormant desire she'd forgotten existed. His arms offered a warm haven of security she'd craved for years. His lap cradled and supported her as if she belonged with him and no one else.
When he drew back to stroke her jaw, Kate feared he'd make a snide comment about how her current boyfriend must be lacking for her to react the way she did, but he merely gazed at her with open concern for a moment. "Better now?"
At her nod, he pressed her cheek back against his chest. "I am serious about you doing this show with me, Katie girl. So, what do I have to do to convince you?"
After awhile, Kate asked in a near whisper, "When do you want my decision?"
"I'd like to hear you say yes, right now. But, if you're not quite ready, I'll need your response no later than tomorrow morning. If you refuse, I'll have to start searching for your replacement. And, if you're even thinking of accepting, I'd like to have dinner with you tonight."
Kate pushed, so Peter pulled. Now Kate's regretting having pushed so hard, and yet a part of her is pleased by Peter's caring dominance
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