Forfeits - Chapter 1Submitted by: KRR1957
The eight of us had known one another from our university days since when we had paired off and married. Whilst the other three girls were all desirable in their own way I knew that, in marrying Claire, I had got the pick of the crop. She was intelligent, vivacious and was blessed with a body that was almost too perfect to be true.
We were now all coming up on out thirtieth birthdays but we still kept up the ritual of organizing a dinner party every three months on a rotation basis. On that fateful evening Claire had excelled herself. She had cooked a wonderful Thai meal and was basking in compliments when I went to fetch the Trivial Pursuits board. This, too, had become customary. We had all enjoyed playing since University but there was now an added spice in that the losing couple had to carry out a forfeit. Tradition had it that the losing couple, having paid their penalty, got to choose the forfeit for the next game even though they themselves might fall victim to it.
David and Diane had lost last time round and their forfeit had been to spend a night in the hostsí guest bedroom. This would not have been too bad except that the bedroom was in the process of being redecorated and there was not a single scrap of furniture or carpeting. When we met up the following day David and Di did not look at all happy and Claire suspected that they would chose a harsh forfeit on the basis that they were unlikely to lose twice in a row.
I poured some more wine and set up the board.
"Okay, so whatís the forfeit?"
Di looked across at her husband and smiled before opening her handbag. She took out what appeared to be a steel tube. It was about three inches long, an inch and a half in diameter and girded by three flexible notched belts. She placed it into the middle of the board and everyone immediately craned forward.
"What the hell is it?"
Di seemed to take great delight in explaining.
"Itís a male chastity tube. It will fit all sizes unless one of you boys really has a surprise in store for us."
We all laughed but I sensed an undercurrent of unease. Several of the past forfeits had been a little risquť but this one seemed to be a shade more sinister. Claire asked the obvious question.
"What about you David? Are you prepared to wear it for a night if you lose?"
"Of course - and you and Peter can be keepers of the key if you like."
Adele, our self-appointed champion of fair play piped up.
"How do we know there isnít a spare?"
Di answered her.
"You can use a padlock of your own choosing - as long as itís a reasonable size."
I guess, in retrospect, that it was machismo that made us play along with it. None of us wanted to wimp out in front of the others. Di picked up the dice cup to start the game and then dropped her bombshell.
"Oh, by the way, it has to be worn for a fortnight; after all, it has to be a forfeit for both partners."
I was willing one of the others to protest but it did not happen and before I knew it the die were cast and the game began. Over the years that we had played I guess that Claire and I had probably paid the fewest forfeits, not least because of Claireís phenomenal range of general knowledge, and that night we got off to a good start. I thought that we were going to win at a canter but then, unusually for her, Claire made a couple of careless errors. Even I knew the answers but we had to answer alternately and I was not allowed to prompt. About an hour into the game we were in third place and Claire drew "Arts and Literature". The question was on Hemingway and I gave a silent cheer; Claire had finished reading the book just the previous week. I looked across at Patrick, who now seemed doomed to pay the forfeit, and it was a second or two before I realized that Claire had answered wrongly.
I looked at her aghast but she just shrugged her shoulders and mouthed a silent apology. On the next go Patrick and Petra answered correctly to go ahead of us and then, on their turn, Mark and Adele won and, because they had been the last to start, the game was over. I sat there bemused and tried to digest the implications. Di, meanwhile, picked up the tube.
"Time to get you dressed Peter."
Claire turned to her.
"Whoís going to put it on?"
"Well we canít trust you or the boys. He might get their sympathy vote."
In the next few seconds the atmosphere was as strained as I had ever known it to be in our small group. Over the years there had always been some innocent flirting, as you would get with any group of people who had come to know one another so well, and before we settled on our established pairings we had dated in different combinations, but there had never been any suggestion of intimacy once they were settled. I hoped that one of the men might protest because Claire was certain to and I did not want her cast in the role of spoilsport. Di rose from the table.
"Come on Peter, weíll do it in the bedroom. Adele and Petra can come and ensure fair play."
I waited for Claire to blow a fuse. One of her few bad points is her quick temper and Diane must have realized that she had pushed it too far. I looked at my wife and prayed that she would remain diplomatic but there was a curious half smile on her face and when she spoke it was with an unmistakable hint of amusement.
"Donít be too long. Iíll be timing you."
I now looked at Mark and Patrick hoping for rescue from that quarter. I was sure that they would not let their wives get this heavily involved in Dianeís devilment but I could see that they too were nervously excited and curious.
Looking back, I should have risked their derision and called a halt right there but I suppose that I still believed that Diane would not go through with it. She took me by the hand and pulled me from my seat and the others cheered mockingly as she led me to the stairs. Less than a minute later I was in my own bedroom with my three closest female friends and Diane was locking the door.
"The moment of truth Peter. Get undressed."
"Di, youíre not serious? Weíre going to go back downstairs and pretend that Iím wearing it right?"
"Iím very serious. No oneís ever reneged a forfeit up to now."
She was right but then no one had ever been asked to do anything quite so outrageous before. I decided to call her bluff. Iíve got a good body. I row and play tennis and my Mediterranean ancestry has left me with dark, healthy, complexion. I also knew that I had nothing to fear in the manhood stakes as, like me, my three friends were fairly averagely endowed. I started to unfasten my belt betting with myself that Adele would be the one to break ranks. She is our paragon of virtue and easily embarrassed but she stood quietly as I dropped my trousers.
"It will be easier if you take your shirt off."
Dianeís matter-of-fact tone was getting to me but I removed my clothes until I was standing in just my designer boxer shorts. They had all seen me in swimwear in the past and I had a feeling that this was the break point. I expected them to laugh, tell me I was a good sport, and call it a day.
"Take them down Peter."
I looked for a hint of a smile but Diane was in deadly earnest and now I was in trouble. All three of them were looking down at my groin and it suddenly began to appreciate the attention. I hesitated as I felt the familiar stirrings but Diane was impatient; before I could react she reached forward and tugged my shorts down. I covered myself with my hands but there was no disguising my excitement.
"Well, well. Weíre pleased to see you too. Take your hands away Peter"
"Look, Diane, let me go into the bathroom and put it on."
"No deal. Letís see the goods."
I dropped my hands but now it was with a perverse sense of pride.
"Very nice Peter but youíre going to have to lose it. Adele. Your wine glass will do."
Petra and Adele had brought their glasses upstairs with them and Adeleís, having been recently refreshed with Sancerre, was frosted with condensation. In the next few seconds my opinions concerning Adele changed forever. Far from being shy she came forward and, without another word, she knelt in front of me and touched the cold glass to my ball sac. I yelped, as much in surprise as from the shock of the cold glass. I stepped away and clutched my manhood but the glass had had the desired effect and my erection began to wilt.
"Hands behind your back Peter."
I had the horrible feeling that things were spinning out of control but obeyed like an automaton and it was with a weird sense of detachment as I watched Diane kneel down to take hold of my manhood and slip the tube on so that only the head of my penis remained exposed.
"These three bands tighten it up."
So saying Diane took hold of the first band and pulled it through its retaining loop. It made a clicking noise and with each click I felt the tube get a little tighter.
"Petra, you do the next one."
Diane got up and Petra took her place. She giggled as she tightened the second band and Diane admonished her.
"Not too tight we donít want it dropping off. Adele... "
Adele tightened the third band and, looking down at her blonde head so close to my groin, my thoughts became more lascivious but I had no time to dwell on them. Diane took Adeleís place again and I wondered what was coming next. The tube felt snug but its weight made it decidedly uncomfortable. Diane took a fourth band and threaded it through the first three, effectively locking them in place. She then passed it behind my scrotum before she pulled it through its own retaining loop on the tube.
"Adele, would you get the padlock out of my handbag."
Adele did as she was asked. The padlock was small, almost flimsy looking, which was reassuring, but the added weight as Diane clicked it into place was significant.
"Di Iím not comfortable with this."
"Donít worry, the instructions said that it takes an hour or so to get used to it after that your body adapts to the weight."
I thought that was a little optimistic but it did not matter. I had already decided that it was coming off at the earliest opportunity. The girls left me, laughing as they went, and I got dressed quickly and followed them downstairs. The boys cheered as I came back into the room and they insisted on a quick flash. Needless to say the remainder of the evening comprised almost entirely of a series of double entendres at my expense and, whilst I smiled along, my tolerance was getting ever thinner. Finally the time came to say goodbye and Diane took great delight in flourishing the key before she got into the car and David drove off.
Claire quickly set about gathering glasses and went through to the kitchen to load the dishwasher. In the meanwhile I slipped into the garage. I am definitely not a DIY enthusiast and I keep just enough tools to carry out the odd running repair about the house. It seemed odd, standing there in the chill air under the harsh fluorescent lights with my trousers around my ankles, but I wanted to get it over with before I went to bed. My first thought was to pry open the padlock but now, on closer inspection, I could see that it was so close fitting that I could not insert the blade of the screwdriver. It was frustrating but I was not unduly worried. The padlock was no larger than my thumbnail and it was bound to yield to brute force. Unfortunately, its size proved my undoing. I could not get a good enough grip on it to yank it free.
I could hear Claire moving around in the bedroom overhead and knew that it would only be a matter of moments before she began wondering where I was. My final option was to use a saw. As it happened the only one I possessed was a small hobby saw which should have been perfect for the job. I decided to attack the narrow band which held the tube around my scrotum but two things quickly became obvious. Firstly, the saw had been used and abused over a number of years and the blade was long past its best. Secondly, and perhaps more telling, I could not get a good angle of attack at least not without hurting myself.
I swore under my breath and threw the saw down. It would be easy if I could get someone else to do the job but it was going to be slower than I anticipated and there was no way Claire was going to start on it so late in the evening. I pulled up my trousers, turned off the light, and went upstairs.
Claire was in the en suite brushing her teeth and so I got myself undressed. I always sleep naked but, catching sight of myself in the mirror, the tube made me look so absurd that I dug out a clean pair of boxer shorts and slipped them on. I joined Claire in the bathroom and, as I reached for my own toothbrush, she caught my eye in the mirror.
"Why are you wearing those?"
"Is that supposed to be a joke?"
"Take them off... Iím not going to be wearing a nightdress."
She said it seductively and ran a finger down the centre of my chest.
"Claire, why the hell did you get that question wrong?"
"Iím sorry. I didnít realize that we were going to lose so quickly."
"You mean you did do it deliberately?"
"Weíve won the last three times and we were all set to win again. It takes all the fun out of it for everyone else."
"What about the bloody forfeit?"
"Iím sorry. I wasnít deliberately trying to come last I just wanted someone else to win. Besides I didnít think for a minute that Di was actually serious. Look, if you feel that badly about it, weíll get it taken off tomorrow."
She gave me her little girl smile and then went back into the bedroom. I surreptitiously watched her in the mirror as she undressed and, as I had countless times before, I thought myself a lucky man. Claire is tall and stands only a couple of inches shorter than my own six feet. Her height is in her long legs and that evening she was wearing black stockings and suspenders which was a combination always designed to fire up my libido. As she pulled her silk evening dress over her head my eyes dropped downwards and thatís when it hit me. As Diane had said the discomfort of the tube had dulled to a background ache, which was not dissimilar to the feeling you got when lying in bed and not giving in to the urge to go to the toilet, but now my manhood was trying to follow itís blind instincts and the pain was suddenly like a kick in the balls. I winced and clutched at my groin but Claire remained unaware. The pain passed within a few seconds but I realised that I was going to have to be careful until the tube came off.
I brushed my teeth and splashed some water on my face but decided that a shower could wait until the morning. When I went through into the bedroom Claire was as good as her word but not in a way that I had anticipated. She was not wearing a nightdress but was, instead, lying on top of the bed in her red silk underwear and still in stockings. Usually, after a night with the gang, things would go one of two ways. Either we would end up making love, borne up by the bonhomie that the evenings engendered, or, slightly more often, we would both have too much to drink and would be happy just to snuggle up and go off to sleep.
I had assumed, given the circumstances, that this would be a night to snuggle but Claire clearly had other ideas. She knew full well that my penchant for women in classy underwear, and more especially her, would fire me up but I do not think she was ready for my reaction as I grunted with pain and sat down heavily on the end of the bed.
"Oh, sorry babe, I didnít realise...."
She sat forward and we both looked down at my groin. The head of my penis was literally throbbing, as its attempt to come to an erection was thwarted, and I felt each pulse as a dull cramping pain. When I replied I could not keep the edge from my voice.
"What did you expect?"
She reached down and took hold of the tube.
"I thought, you know, that it was just a piece of jewellery. I didnít think that it would stop you functioning."
She had that tone of genuine tenderness in her voice that I found impossible to resist and she ran a thumb gently across the angry red head of my penis. Her hands were cool and the relief was almost immediate but within a few seconds the pain returned as my body reacted to her ministrations in a different way and made a renewed attempt to rise to the occasion. I winced as I took her by the wrist and moved her hand away.
She looked at me slightly puzzled.
"Youíre joking arenít you? Surely itís not that bad."
She could see from my face that I was in earnest and she put her arm gently around my neck and pulled my head down onto her shoulder.
"Oh, you poor babe."
She began to stroke my hair and then she lay back taking me with her. We lay for few seconds with me breathing in her perfume and watching the steady rise and fall of her breasts and then, almost without thinking, I slipped my hand into the silky confines of her bra and my fingers sought out her nipple. I was surprised to find that it was already solidly aroused as I pinched it gently between my finger and thumb and Claire shuffled her body slightly to allow me easier access.
"Mmmmm... thatís nice."
She closed her eyes as she said it and relaxed more deeply into the counterpane. For my part I flexed my hand, turning the bra cup aside, and then I rose over her to take the hardened teat into my mouth. I have always loved her breasts, so perfectly shaped and weighted, with their dark clearly defined nipples but I had barely started to tease her with my tongue before my groin renewed its complaints and I could not help but groan.
Claire misread the signals and she put her hand to the back of my head and pulled me more firmly onto her breast. I squirmed to try and get myself free but that only compounded her misunderstanding. She shifted slightly up the bed whilst at the same pushing my head downwards. I half twisted and used a little more force but Claire turned with me lifting her hips at the same time. I found my face pressed into her panties and I was shocked to find that they were sodden.
Claire is normally slow to come to the boil and I fleetingly wondered what had gotten her so aroused but then, in another new departure, she began to rub herself against my face. Now, whilst I like women in underwear, it is in the aesthetic sense of glamour poses, the idea of being so up close and personal with my wifeís panties had no great appeal, but Claire obviously saw it differently.
"Lick me ... "
I was so taken aback by this unusually forthright approach that, for a moment, I forgot my own difficulties. I eased my hands under the side straps of her panties so that I could slip them off but Claire pressed a little more firmly on the top of my head.
"Leave them on ... "
Now we were really entering uncharted territory. This was something she had not asked me to do before and my immediate reaction was to say no and laugh it off. Cunnilingus was never my favourite activity and I usually only enjoyed it in the context of a classical soixante-neuf, when I could lose myself in my own pleasure, but then I felt a pang of guilt about our recent difficulties; if I did as she wanted I would earn myself a few bonus points and, one thing was for certain, I was not going to get turned on by it.
Claire laid back with one leg stretched and the other drawn up and I settled in between them. This left me uncomfortably half on half off of the bed but I did not intend to be long about it. Now that I could see her panties they looked distinctly unedifying. There was a damp stain which not only covered her crotch but also most of the back of them and the unmasculine thought, that we were going to ruin the counterpane, entered my head
I leaned in and licked at them and the silk felt oddly smooth but the overwhelming impression was the taste. It seemed stale somehow and I began to wonder how long she had been wearing them and for just how long she had been aroused. I tried not to dwell on it and licked again quickly.
Her body shivered with pleasure and fired up with my own success I licked her in a series of long strokes right along her cleft which, as the silky material grew wetter, became more clearly delineated. The taste now was hot, fresh and strong and I hoped she was getting close not least because the silk was more abrasive that I might have imagined. My tongue was getting a little sore and I moved up a fraction and hoped that I had found her clitoris. Judging by Claireís more fidgety movements I guessed that I was prospecting in the right place and this became obvious when she screwed her panties in her hands and pulled them more tightly to her mound. The material was sheer enough to show all the details of her sex and I renewed my assault at the apex of her labia.
Claire was being more vocal than usual and she began to push her hips at me forcing me to bob my head to maintain contact but then she arched her back and stayed rigid as I finally achieved success. Her body gave a series of tiny jerks and then she slumped back onto the bed seemingly sated. I did not want to seem perfunctory and so I stayed where I was for a moment whilst she got her breath. Her panties were very wet and looked decidedly uncomfortable and as though reading my mind she touched me on the head.
"Take them off for me."
I eased them down her legs, dropped them onto the floor, and then started to crawl up the bed but just as I drew up my knee she put her hand back on the top of my head.
"I want another one..."
My immediate reaction was to laugh but one look at her face was enough to tell me that she was not joking.
"Claire, Iím tired."
She gave me her pouting look which I have always found difficult to read. Her face might break into a smile but it was equally likely to develop into a scowl. In the end the decision made itself. I could do nothing to relieve my own situation until the morning and playing the considerate lover gave me an opportunity to retake the moral high ground. She smiled as I lowered my head once more but it took an effort of will. In all the years of our relationship Claire had always been very fastidious about keeping a neat and closely trimmed bikini line but more recently she had opted for a more natural look and I suspected that she intended it as an subliminal slap in the face. Now her nest of tight black curls was cold, wet and reeking and not at all appealing but I steeled myself to the task. I pressed two fingers to her labia and parted her slightly and then began to lick gently with just the tip of my tongue. She was surprisingly hot and she leaked moisture at the first touch but I avoided the temptation to push right in and concentrated on her labia which firmed beneath my touch.
"Donít stop... I like that... "
I did as she asked licking each side in turn and with each stroke her legs opened a fraction more until I could work freely on her inner lips and then I naturally moved on upwards towards her clitoris. It was at this point that she put her hand back on my head and kept it there.
"Not yet... "
I immediately felt a surge of irrational anger. Claire knew that I could, and would, only do it out of love for her and that I hated it when she used her hands to guide me. On the one hand, I suppose, it was the symbolism, it seemed to reinforce the idea that one person was beneath the other in every sense, but there was also the resentment of the suggestion that I was, somehow, in need of guidance. As far as I knew I did not leave her disappointed.
I was about to shrug her off when she began to breath more quickly and I decided to simply carry on and get it over with. I firmed my tongue and pushed it inside to be greeted by a fresh gush of moisture and an appreciative yelp from Claire. Her muscles began to flex, hugging my tongue almost painfully, and, at the same time, she twined her fingers in my hair and pulled me more tightly to her. She was flooding with excitement, forcing me to swallow to keep up with her, and I was grateful when, finally, she tugged at my hair and drew my mouth onto her clitoris.
My tongue was sore but I made one last effort and licked at her in a series of rapid flicking strokes which was almost guaranteed to take her over the edge but I was surprised at the strength of her reaction. She almost lifted off of the bed as a frenzied climax began to shake her and, as she took hold of my head in both hands and pulled me to her, it was though she was seeking an anchor point to save from taking off. Claire is a strong woman and I am not sure that she realised just how uncomfortable I was but she was totally lost in a private universe of pleasure and she did not release me until the last of the tremors abated and she fell back with one final sigh.
Afterwards I felt odd and, looking back, I guess it was because that, in some way, I felt used. It had always seemed to me that our lovemaking was so special because it was selfless but what had just transpired somehow seemed to have crossed a boundary.
I got up and went through into the bathroom where I spent a little longer than necessary brushing my teeth again and then I ran a bowl of hot water and dipped my face. As I dried myself I looked at the tube in the mirror and, for a few seconds, I was tempted to go back downstairs and try again with the saw but I now felt a new tiredness to add to the effects of the alcohol and I padded back to bed.
Claire was already asleep, the remains of her clothes tossed casually on the floor, and I crept in beside her. I rechecked the alarm to make sure that I had enough time to get the tube off before I left for the airport in the morning and then I turned out the light. I closed my eyes but sleep did not come easily. My hand seemed to keep creeping down to my groin of its own accord but examining the tube in this way was self defeating. My brain assumed that my hand was headed south for altogether different reasons and I was soon suffering the cramped pain of a frustrated erection. Finally I disciplined myself and locked my hands together behind my head and after that I must have started to doze.
My dreams were both vivid and strange. At one point I awoke sitting on the edge of the bed in a cold sweat and I had to look around the bedroom to reassure myself. In my mind I had been in the room with Di, Petra and Adele and they were coaxing me to put on the tube but I was resisting. I refused to get undressed and I called out to Claire but she did not come. The three of them were taunting me, calling me a wimp, and then they pushed me onto the bed. I fought, but I struck out half-heartedly with the uneasiness of a man who had never hit a woman, and they took advantage of my reticence. Petra and Adele sat across my body, pinning me down, whilst Di ripped my trousers off. I kicked out blindly but Di sat across my legs and I could do nothing as she slipped the cold tube on to me. She told me that it was wrong of me to resist and, as a punishment she was going to fix the bands of the tube another notch tighter. I begged her not to but I was overcome by pain as she fulfilled her promise and then I woke up.
It took a long time for my heart to settle and for sleep to take me once more but it was only to be assailed by an older, more familiar, nightmare. I have always been mildly claustrophobic and I would often have dreams of suffocation only to wake and find myself struggling with the bed clothes. This was one such dream. I was finding it hard to breathe and I felt myself getting hotter. I willed myself to take deeper breaths but there was a weight pressing on my lungs and then there was the awful moment when my brain told me that my eyes were open but all that I registered was darkness.
I tried to yell but my mouth was gagged and then, through the blackness and chaos, there came something familiar, something to latch on to. It was a taste, sour sweet, and it brought with it all my memories of the previous evening and a blessed return to consciousness.
"Good morning sleepy head."
Claire was kneeling over me with her legs astride my head and her weight resting on my ribcage.
"What the hell are you up to?!"
"Oh, donít be like that. I enjoyed last night, it was really something special. I was hoping that you would give me a little morning treat."
I licked my lips reflexively and the taste suggested that she had already taken a self service approach. I felt annoyed and jerked my shoulder to signal my displeasure but Claire thought I was being playful.
"Oh, no you donít."
She slipped her weight forward and, because my hands were still linked behind my head, she was able to pin my arms.
"Claire, get off! Iím not in the mood and Iíve got to get to the airport,"
In fact mood had little to do with it. It was simply a position that I hated to be in. I could not even enjoy soixante-neuf unless I was on top. I know that this had rankled Claire from time to time but I was just not comfortable with it.
"Youíve got plenty of time. Come on, make me come, and then weíll get that thing off and you can fuck me senseless before you go."
Only then did I remember the tube and with it the obvious knowledge that this was not a morning to upset her. With as much good grace as I could muster I put out my tongue and started to lick at her dark bush. For her part Claire shimmied further forward, positioning her sex over my mouth, to grant me easier access but, pinned as I was, I could not reach her clitoris without straining my neck. Nevertheless I made the effort knowing that it was going to be the quickest way to satisfy her but Claire was in no hurry. She lifted herself slightly so that I could only reach her with the tip of my tongue and then she cupped her breasts in her hands and began to brush her nipples with her thumbs. This was quite brazen, even by Claireís standards, but the results were obvious as she started to moan and drips of moisture began to fall into my mouth.
I hoped that I managed to disguise my disgust but Claire seemed oblivious as she used her fingers to part herself and settled heavily onto my face. Her weight was uncomfortable but I could now get at her clitoris and met with immediate success. As I drew the engorged bud gently between my lips and licked firmly her body began to tremor but, as the pleasurable feelings grew, she seemed to lose all control. Within seconds she was grinding herself onto my face and I was so shocked I could not even protest. I closed my mouth to spare my tongue but it seemed that she had no further need for it. Her damp pubis felt almost abrasive as she worked herself up over my chin, nose and forehead in a series of violent jerks that came from the hips. Mercifully her orgasm was as short-lived as it was violent and she settled back onto my sternum as she attempted to gather herself.
As I looked up into her face, sheened in perspiration, her eyes looked wild and it was a while before she seemed to draw herself back to the present. When she did, she got off me and kissed me on the tip of the nose.
"Thank you. Mr. Bond"
The reference to 007 was a small jibe. Back in University, when we were still dating the girls, we had a boyís night out and Patrick said that our partners were good looking enough to be Bond girls. That started a debate about who was who. Diane was easy. With her English rose good looks and cultured voice she resembled Fiona Fullerton. Adele could be taken for the blonde spy in "From Russia With Love" whose name none of us could remember, and Petra, with her exotic Cuban ancestry, could only be Barbara Carrera. That just left Claire and my three friends seemed in no doubt. They did not believe that I had not seen the resemblance and when they gave me the name I was amazed that I had not spotted it myself. Claire was Maud Adams, the actress who played Octopussy, which in itself gave rise to a few ribald remarks.
The actress was a Swede by birth and both she and Claire have the same clearly defined Nordic bone structure and striking blue eyes. They also had in common a thick head of dark curly hair and a self-confident look which some people took for haughtiness. Unfortunately the girls got wind of our conversation and we had all had our legs pulled about it ever since.
"Now for the other half of the bargain. Letís go downstairs and Iíll get the saw."
"A saw? Isnít that a little drastic?"
"Itís the only way. The padlock is too tight fitting."
"You know best."
We both slipped on dressing gowns and went down to the kitchen. Claire put the kettle on whilst I went into the garage. Having thrown away the saw the night before I now had to look for it. I found it lying on top of a pile of dust sheets but I cursed as I retrieved it. The blade was broken in two and must have been much weaker than I thought because the canvas sheets had ensured a soft landing. I took it back into the kitchen and Claire stated the obvious.
"Thatís not going to be much good."
"Can you get to the shops this morning? I wonít have time in Scotland. Iíve got two meetings and making the flight back will be tight anyway."
"Okay, Iíll see what I can do. Are you going to be all right?"
"Iíll have to be."
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