I'm in the middle of writing some short stories for inclusion in Waterlines 16. I started one called Paying the Rent; it showed promise but, as I continued writing, it became obvious to me that this was going to be a great deal longer than the usual story that goes into the Waterlines series. And I had no way of breaking it up into a serial with two or three parts.
I could have shelved the story and found something else to put in the Waterlines edition. I liked the story, and wanted to carry on with it, while I still had my Muse breathing down my neck. So here it is. But please rest assured that Waterlines 16 will be out as soon as I can finish it and get it passed by my editor.
And now here are some details for Paying the Rent:
Adults Only. Warning: this story contains elements which some people may find offensive. If you aren't interested in golden showers or watersports, or aren't curious about the fetish, don't buy or read this book.
Susie lives with Gerry - a control freak - but takes a break to attend a summer-school where she meets Ben, a lawyer. At the end of course party, she gets drunk and ends up in bed with Ben. When she gets home and finds that Gerry already knows what happened, he makes life hell for her. When finds a new place to live, but can't pay the rent, her new landlord has a solution.... What exactly has he in mind? (12,000 words.)
“I have a problem. You might as well know: my former boyfriend has emptied my bank account. I’m trying to get it back, but it’s going to take time.”
“And in the meantime… you have nothing to fall back on? Nothing worth selling?”
“No. And unless I find something pretty soon, I won’t be able to afford to pay you next month’s rent.”
“Thanks for your honesty. I appreciate that. And I hope you can get your money back quickly. But you have to see things from my point of view. You’re a new tenant, and as far as I’m concerned you’re still on trial here. We hardly know each other, but if you’d been here for six months, let’s say, I’d know you a lot better and I’d probably feel I could trust you. If you can’t pay me when the rent is due, you’ll have to leave.”
I hadn’t expected this reaction. I was close to tears. “But I have nowhere else to go. Can you help me? Please?” I felt as if I was begging.
“I have a line of tenants waiting for my rooms. I allowed you to jump your turn as a personal favour to Marina, that’s all. You have to consider yourself lucky to have got this room in the first place.”
“And Marina’s done a lot for me already, and I don’t want to pester her for any more help.”
He thought quickly. “Maybe there’s something else. Can we go in your room for a minute or two?”
I unlocked the door and showed him in. He sat on a chair at the table.
“I’ve never varied arrangements for rent with a tenant before, but maybe I could be flexible in this case, provided you’re prepared to be flexible too.”
“Honestly, Scott, I’m desperate. I’d be prepared to consider anything.”
“I could take a month’s rent in another form.”
I thought I could see where this was going. I remembered my grandmother telling me she once had a neighbour who had a private arrangement with her landlord.
“Over the next month, you’d have to sleep with me – here in this room – as often as I choose, on the nights that I choose. There’s room in your bed for both of us. I’m not a violent man, and I’d never harm you. I’d never seek to humiliate you; this is a straightforward business transaction, remember. I wouldn’t make too many demands, but it’s fair to warn you that I do have a few strange fetishes and you’d be expected to satisfy me in that direction too.”
“Fetishes? What fetishes?”
“We could call them small services. Things that you would do naturally anyway. Nothing for you to worry about. That’s the deal. Yes or no? If you can’t bring yourself to consider it, you will have to vacate the premises by the end of this week.”
I sighed and looked at him. He seemed a reasonable guy, I supposed. At least he wasn’t a vicious brute like Gerry. I’d have to steel myself; in the dark nights I could pretend that I had Ben, that adorable lawyer from summer-school, inside me.
“I don’t want to pressure you, but I have to know now. As I said, I have clients waiting in line for this room if you don’t feel –”
“O.K. I agree. Provided it’s only for the month.”
And now I have to get back to Waterlines 16...
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