In this snippet, Aiden got an earful at dinner and Moira headed upstairs. He brought her tea in an attempt to figure out how to fix his mistakes. He learns that Moira tried the BDSM lifestyle, which gives him hope, and she tells him exactly what she wants.
Hope expanded in microbursts in his chest, but he reined them in. Walk softly here. "So, the lifestyle doesn't bother you?"
She shook her head, but her expression remained stoic. "No, but it takes a lot to earn my trust, and my submission now. I prefer to live without BDSM than put myself in the position of mistreated submissive."
Anger flared. "Someone hurt you in the lifestyle?"
She dipped her chin and looked up at him from under her brows. "Yes, genius, and you don't have any cause to get angry. You took a hiatus, remember? If you wanted to initiate me into the lifestyle, you shouldn't have done your Houdini act. As it was, I figured it out on my own and learned exactly what I do and don't want."
"And what do you want, Moira?"
"For starters, I need my partner to understand who I am and what I'm worth, rather than what I can be for him." She rose and headed for the closet. He swallowed hard at the glorious expanse of skin and her beautifully rounded ass. "Second, I want someone who will be around for me when I need him, not when he needs me." She threw a long t-shirt over her head and blocked his view. "And third, he has to understand I'm me, as I am, not as he'd like me to be on his pedestal."
She retrieved her mug and handed it to him while drawing him upright. "So that's my deal. But I'm too tired tonight to negotiate, so off you go to your room and I'll see you in the morning."
"Good night, Aiden." She pushed him out the door and closed it behind him.
He stared at the oak surface and some of his uncertainty faded. He'd win her submission by learning the woman she'd become.
He's got a plan now. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, Kathy Griffith Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.
Moira Callahan knows a thing or two about fresh starts. Second chances are a different story…
As an empath synced into the energies of spaces around her, Moira always understood what people needed, and tried to provide. But after escaping an abusive D/s relationship, she's ready to make her own rules as the owner of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Life is good. Until her first love shows up in town seeking his second chance.
Aiden Westmorland escaped Cloudburst to learn to control his sexual needs, but he left behind the one woman who calmed his statistical empathic abilities. Now he has a chance to rekindle the fire they'd shared as teenagers, with the flavor of BDSM. But earning the trust of an emotionally scarred woman after his long radio silence is easier said than done.
When Moira’s past comes to Cloudburst, threatening the life she’s fought to rebuild, Aiden insists she go to the police. But her former Dom has a past of his own, and he isn’t willing to let go so easily this time....
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