**WARNING** Adult Content ahead. Read At Your Own Risk. **WARNING**
My earliest memory is of my nurse dipping a curtsy and calling me ‘my Lord Bastien.’ It was on the day of my fourth birthday, the day my parents’ bodies were brought in from the cold. That year the winter was so frigid the gardeners couldn’t break ground to bury them. My noble parents were laid on a slab of stone in the ice room, side by side as though asleep to wait for spring.
Frost preserved them quite well for a while. I would go to them each day to wish them a good morning and pretend they answered the same. “Good morning, Bastien. Another day has dawned. Another day in which you are Lord of all you see.” When the thaw came, they were gone. Only an engraved stone marker remained deep in the garden, set so far back I could not see it from my room.
I am Lord Bastien Sauvage III, Duke of Colline, second cousin to King Arnaud. A prince of this kingdom. It’s a delicious mouthful. So am I. My castle stands proud near the village of Fauve, surrounded by forests and fields. Game is plentiful here and the earth fertile. None in my demesne go hungry, least of all me.
Tonight I stare out into the velvet black, watching the moon make its way across the sky. It is summer, the feeble breeze bringing with it more warmth than cold, even far up in my tower chambers. Though my hunger was assuaged, I am still restless and loath to return to my bed and the female reclined on it.
She is fair and delightfully lusty, a quality which I cherish and enjoy above all else in a woman, more even than her name – which for the life of me I cannot remember. Some Countess or another… they all blur together after a while. I remember a touch, a gasp, a blush, the bite of nails in my shoulder, the shocked cry of unexpected pleasure. These are things to savor. Names change. Memories… ah, memories are what I live for.
I trace the gilded title of the book beneath my hand and smile. Yes, memories make such delightful companions.
“Come to bed,” the female mewls as though I am a servant to do her bidding.
“No,” I say. She is a leech. If I come near enough to touch, she will latch on to any part of me she can reach and cling like second skin. I hoped the binds would dissuade her. Instead, the moment I released her I found myself smothered by quivering arms and ample bosoms. She nearly broke my neck. I am not keen on repeating the experience.
“But I want you to.”
“And, were I a better man that would mean something to me. Alas, I am not.”
She makes another mewling sound. “But Bastien… don’t you love your Christine anymore?”
A stronger puff of air brings with it a hint of pine trees. I inhale deeply of the mysterious scent of silence and turn to the mirror to see my own mocking smirk. “I never claimed to love you at all.”
Christine giggles and a scowl replaces my smirk. “Play your games, my love, but we both know that before the night is through, you will be back in my arms, thrusting that glorious hard cock between my thighs.” She slides off the bed and comes to me, snaking her pale arms around my bare waist. Her hands splay over my stomach as she catches my eye in the mirror and smiles. “And we will both adore it.”
We make a stunning portrait in the mirror’s frame – she, a soft, pliant beauty with hair the color of sable, and I, the golden god. Christine, I remember now, is a conquest if ever there was one. Daughter of a well to do man, betrothed to a well to do noble, a pious, virtuous woman. At least she was. Now her greedy fingers slip down over the hard ridges of my abdomen to curl around my rising cock. Her generous breasts are pressed into my back and she writhes against me, so eager to seduce though her skill is sadly lacking. No doubt I will find her already wet and aching for me.
I have well and truly corrupted her. I could not be more proud. She sees my smile and returns it. “Shall we?” she asks boldly, but her eyes betray uncertainty.
Well, we can’t have that, can we? I drag her hands away before she chokes the life out of my most favorite body part and turn to capture her mouth. She moans eagerly, looping her arms around my neck to hoist herself up.
I have different plans. I ravish her mouth, savoring the way her breath catches. Women always interpret these kisses as proof of a man’s hunger for them, body and soul. Christine is no different. It works to my advantage – the easier to get under her skirts. In truth, I only want her to stop pestering me with her nonsense. Her mouth is much better suited for other purposes. She is gasping for breath as I back her out to the balcony. The swell of her backside touches the cold stone balustrade and she emits a squeak that makes me smile against her lips.
I break our kiss long enough for her to look behind her at the vast, dark night and back at me. Her eyes are wide – with wonder or fear, I cannot tell. Nor do I care. “Turn around,” I say.
Christine licks her lips and hesitates but does as she’s told. I taught her to trust in that which only I can give her. I lean her over the balustrade. It’s wide enough to support her, the edge just brushing the underside of her breasts. I nudge her legs apart and press into her, palming her curves for leverage. I take her slowly at first, give her a moment to acclimate to the vertigo. But soon I am thrusting hard and deep, and she’s screaming her pleasure into the dawn as her body squeezes me tight as a fist.
I take her until she is too weak to move; bring her pleasure so intense it doesn’t stop even when I have. She comes apart in my arms as I carry her back inside, and again as I dress her in one of my robes. She cannot keep her feet under her on the way down the staircase. Her smile is blissful and utterly oblivious. I place her gently on the plush seat of my carriage and her nails curl into my arm as another climax shudders through her. She is still coming when I kiss her good-bye and when her eyes once more open half mast, she looks at me as though I am an angel flown down from the heavens.
I close and latch the black lacquered door painted with my golden crest, and tell my driver to deposit her home. He doesn’t look me in the eye when he answers, “Yes, my Lord Bastien.” He knows better than to protest my wishes. He will drive the lovely Christine to her father’s estate, and deliver her still quivering in my robe directly into his arms.