WIP: Work in progress. WIP it up Wednesday is a hop where writers share portions of the project they're working on with readers. I really like the idea because it allows me to share something that's still in the creative stage as well as work behind the scenes as a prompt to keep me writing.
My current WIP is temporarily stalled, so today, 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 was originally part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," but is now being sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Four, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is home from the hospital after nearly being choked to death by her ex-husband. Her throat is bruised, so she's forbidden to speak until her doctor gives the okay. However, letting a call from your best friend go to voice mail when you're bored out of your mind is criminal. Isn't it? Unfortunately, when Jerry catches her talking, he makes it clear he doesn't agree. Since Elly was just released from the hospital, Jerry escorts her into the guest bedroom, places a chair in the corner and orders her to sit down and put her nose to the wall, giving her fifteen minutes corner time. Suggesting she think about what she did that earned this punishment, he informs her she'll be doing lines later to drive the point home. After corner time comes "the discussion."
“Okay.” Jerry’s warm hands settled on her shoulder. “You may straighten.” He helped position her against the chair back, but the resulting groan from her shift in posture earned her no sympathy whatsoever. It did gain her a Poodle on her thighs and a partial back rub, however, after he’d handed over her board and marker.
“What did you learn?” he asked, giving the board a tap before his strong fingers traversed along her aching spine.
“Not to piss you off,” Elly wrote back.
His stroking stilled. “Attitude can earn you a trip over my knee as easily as disobedience, you know?”
Erase. “Sorry. Feeling cranky.”
Lifting Muffin under one arm, Elly obeyed without comment, but when Jerry moved the chair closer to the center of the room and took her place, she winced. “Put Muffin down, and come here,” he ordered, patting his knee.
When she gave him a pleading look, he shook his head. “Sit.”
Grateful for another reprieve, she placed Muffin on the bed, gave her the signal to stay, then gingerly moved into position on his lap and curled up so her head rested beneath his chin. Admittedly, it was one of her favorite positions.
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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