Craving My Boss

By: Tasha Fawkes

Chapter One


Ashley


“Oh fuck! Yes! Give it to me!”

She arched her back, sweat pouring down the dip in her spine, and hissed as the hot tongue of her lover licked a trail all the way up to her trembling shoulder. In the next instant, a broad hand came down on her ass with a crack like thunder. The smarting pain lanced through her, mingling with her pleasure, and she cried out. Her hands, bound at the wrists behind her back, could do nothing to ward off the punishment. Her lover grabbed a fistful of her raven locks and yanked her head back.

“I thought I told you to keep that filthy mouth shut,” he growled. His lips articulated the harsh words against her ear, and she shuddered. “You know what it does to me to hear you plead like that.”

“I can’t help it!” she gasped. Strong hands gripped her waist and overturned her suddenly, throwing her down on her back into the tangle of velvet sheets. Her lover followed her down, his blond hair damp with perspiration, his jaw clenched from the immense effort it took to hold himself back, his fierce green eyes promising swift correction for her mistake. She trembled beneath him as his animalistic gaze raked her. To him, she was a tantalizing dish of trussed-up limbs, a womanly feast who had no choice but to spread for him and let him end her torment with a thrust of his majestic...

“Ashley!”

I rocket out of my chair in the break room, the effect of hearing my name like a splash of cold water dumped on the proceedings. I slam the screen of my laptop down quickly as Tory Keppel, inconvenient coworker, strides into the kitchen.

“I believe the word you are looking for is ‘manhood’? Or something similar? Or maybe something more contemporary,” she offers as she pulls up the chair beside me and drops down.

I flush, my tongue as tied as my heroine, but I can’t think of a good deflection to throw her off the scent. If she managed to read even a line of my book—

“You’re describing Daniel, right?”

“No!” My protest sounds strangled and comes too readily to be believed. Tory raises a strawberry-blonde eyebrow at me. “I mean… am I?” I feign surprise as I pick at a loose thread on the hem of my skirt. “I hadn’t noticed.”

“I mean, I know they tell us to ‘write what we know’ in every pithy college creative writing class, but wow.” Tory whistles. “There’s no way you can know that much about our boss.”

“I…” My throat has gone completely dry. Unlike the roll I was on a minute ago, the right words simply won’t come. “… Please don’t tell anyone, Tory. Especially Stewart,” I plead. “It’s just something I’m writing for fun.”I hope the amused twist to Tory’s smile bodes well for me, even if her eyes are skeptical. Stewart, my on-again off-again hookup of two years, is also Tory’s cousin. Stewart definitely doesn’t know about my private prose sessions.

“All right. I won’t tell,” Tory promises.

My posture relaxes instantly, and it’s all I can do to keep from slipping down in my chair and puddling onto the break room floor. “Thank you.” I breathe a sigh of relief.

“But that tied-up girl is totally you, isn’t she?”

I manage a sheepish grin as I collect my laptop and rise. It’s all for Tory’s benefit—because her conclusion is terrifying in its truth, and I don’t want her to know just how personal that last passage is. Better to put on a show of having come to terms with being caught than give over to the stark panic raging inside of me. I’m confident that for the sake of my relationship with Stewart, she’ll keep things between us.

What relationship? The little voice in the back of my mind niggles dismally as I stride down the hall toward the small office I share with Tory and another editor. My desk stands in front of the window. Things with Stewart had been—have been—tepid from the start, and that start was two years ago. ‘Tepid’ is definitely an adjective I wouldn’t use in my novel—so why have I made any space for it in my life?

I played up my relationship with Stewart to Tory twice to save my own skin. The truth is, I don’t consider what we have as a ‘relationship’—but he does.

What I consider a relationship, I’m finding is a lot more intense than most people can comfortably stomach.

I sit down behind my desk. Pen and Quill Publishing is a casual, open-door kind of publishing house. I don’t know why I thought that coveted concept of privacy could be found in the break room today. I pop open my laptop, my eyes skimming over what I’ve written, before hitting Save and exiling my manuscript back to the hidden folder I keep on my desktop.

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