Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.Welcome to another offering for Frisky Friday, where we hope you're getting as excited about the weekend as we are.
My submission for this week is from my 5th book, 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 at the beginning of Chapter Four, Peter Thorton is attempting to get his wife ready for a trip to a college camp ground in upper New York, where they will appear together in a summer stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate has agreed to help Peter teach the drama students who have auditioned and been selected personally by him for the course he is teaching. Though Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, she's never stopped loving him. And despite having Domestic Discipline originally play a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house.
Now, however, they are temporarily reconciled and Kate has agreed to appear with Peter in a college summer stock production of Kiss Me Kate. She only hopes she isn't making a huge mistake. The place looked like it was made up of log cabins, and Kate does not like camping.
Peter chuckled at Kate's less than enthused expression. "I warned you the place was rustic."
"Yes, but I didn't think you meant I'd be camping out like a pioneer."
Laughing, he got out of the car and walked around to open her door. When she stood before him, he drew her into his arms. "Living here won't be so bad. And, I can promise you won't get splinters in your butt when you use the facilities."
"Ha ha," Kate replied, though she met his kiss without hesitation and leaned into him.
When he drew back from their embrace, his eyes burned a deeper brown. "You may be lousy at giving directions, lady, but you do know how to kiss," he murmured with a light nip at her ear. "So, shall I escort you into the dining hall to meet some of your cast while you eat dinner, or give you the grand tour?"
"Actually, I think I'd like to get settled first. Would you mind showing me to my room?"
"Don't you mean our room, darling?"
Though Kate intended to sleep with Peter, she also wanted to keep her things separate to avoid detection. That meant she needed to have her own cabin. "Depends. Are you willing to admit you purposely didn't tell me about the spanking in scene five?"
Peter frowned. "I was under the impression we'd already settled that issue."
"Not exactly. You got me to agree to let you direct me in it, but you never admitted you kept the scene from me on purpose, knowing how I'd feel about it."
Though Kate is putting on a good face, the sight of the camp where they'll be performing fills her with dread. Her idea of roughing it is staying at a three star hotel, and she begins to doubt their accommodations would rate any stars at all.
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