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. However, when she tells Peter she wants him to honor their contract and let her have her own place, he is not the least bit happy about it.
"No, Peter. You know how vulnerable I am after one of your spankings. Did you really think I'd be okay with that scene?" He didn't respond, which was answer enough. "I thought so. Well, until you're ready to confess and apologize for not conducting a full disclosure when you hired me, I want you to honor my contract and give me my own room."
He lowered his hands from her waist. "Fine. Leave the luggage. I'll have someone bring it. If you will follow me, wife, I'll show you to your cabin."
Turning on his heel, he started up a small stone path. Kate scowled at his back. Pig-headed, stubborn man. She traipsed after him, taking care not to trip over any loose stones as she continued to call him names. Why couldn't he simply admit he was wrong, and apologize?
* * * *Stubborn, petulant, brat. Peter was tempted to turn her over his knee on the spot, but even though giving her a spanking might make him feel better, it would do little to put her at ease. Then, he smiled. If the lady wanted to play hardball, he was willing to go up against her. He'd already arranged for her cabin, though he'd expected her to use the place as a quiet retreat when they were in rehearsals, since her lodging was closer to the rehearsal hall than his. He'd never imagined she'd insist upon living there for the full six weeks. In fact, he was sure she wouldn't, once she got a look at her new digs.
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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