It's Sunday's Six of the Best! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference. Written as a sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding, Past Interference is available as part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Three, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is six days away from getting married again, and her doubts are eating her alive. After suffering through a bout of stress-related migraines, she's finally gotten up enough courage to tell her husband-to-be that she's not sure she wants to get married. Jerry knows Elly is nervous, but believed he'd managed to convince her he is nothing at all like her first husband, Arthur, who abused her. Unfortunately, when he realizes Elly still thinks he will turn into an abusive monster once they're married, despite all his gentle reassurances, his hurt pride causes him to snap at her in anger before he returns to his vet clinic next door. Elly realizes she's made a serious mistake, but has no idea how to fix things between them, so she decides to go for a walk, hoping the crisp, winter air will help clear her head. As she tromps through the Colorado snow, her tiny toy poodle suddenly goes on guard. Uncertain if her situation constituted an emergency, Elly reaches for her phone and instinctively presses 1 for Jerry's office and puts the phone back in her pocket so the mouthpiece is exposed. Jerry and his receptionist are listening as Elly confronts her ex-husband.
Arthur Benson took a step closer. “They can try, though I have no intention of being apprehended by either of those fine gentlemen. I came to see you, darling.”
Muffin’s growls grew louder, but Elly kept her focus on the approaching danger. “And I still have a restraining order out against you,” she reminded, holding her chin up.
“Yes. I know. That was extremely vexing of you.” Muffin made a lunge, and Arthur took a quick step back. Control your dog, Eleanor. This time I won’t hesitate to snap her scrawny, white neck.”
Elly gave Muffin’s leash a sharp tug as a signal for her to sit and be quiet. The poodle obeyed, but couldn’t resist a final growl of protest.
“I’m impressed. You’ve been working with her.”
“Jerry helped me,” she replied, knowing such an admission would also vex her ex-husband.
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend. As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.
Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him. The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.
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