In the barn, the deer hung on something that resembled a sadistic coat hanger. The ends were sharpened spikes that pierced through the skin between the small bones in the deer's lower hind legs. The hook was a loop of metal hung on a fat tack, resembling a small railroad spike, in a beam of the barn. The deer dangled, spread-eagle, over the vegetable tray from the beer fridge.
He'd killed it only
two hours before and field dressed it, so it only smelled of blood and
wild animal. Gamey. He'd let the dogs in to sniff around, and when he
set the body to swinging, the lab licked up the dribbled blood while the
rat terrier went berserk. It leapt at the deer's face, snapping until
it latched onto the tongue. The dog jerked its head from
side-to-side, wrenching the deer's neck in a blur of motion.
"That's enough now," he said to the terrier and herded both dogs outside so he could butcher the deer. "We start with the saw."
lifted a rusted wood saw and put the blade against the silvery-brown
fur of the deer. "Right here, just above what we'll call his elbow," he
explained as the saw slid through fur and skin, through tendons and
ligaments and the joint. For a moment, he held the lower right front
leg by its ankle. With a casual flick of the wrist, he flung it outside
the barn, with the result of excited, shrill barks from the dogs. He
repeated the process on the other front leg.
When he'd made all
the use he needed of the saw, he set it aside and picked up the fillet
knife. After poking a small hole in the skin above the shoulder, he
slid the knife between meat and skin, being careful to cut off the
silver skin as well. "You gotta get it all. It's awful eatin'," he
said. "Chewy as hell."
The butchering went in stages - separating
skin from meat and meat from bone. All the while, the steady drip,
drip, drip of blood and juices giving rhythm to his work and the
twitching of the body as friction countered the knife blade. When he
finished, he had filled a large Tupperware tub with meat, and the deer
was now a stripped skeleton with only its head intact.
pretty enough to mount," he complained, grabbing the antlers and staring
the deer in its filmy eyes. "Here," he gestured to the tub, "take that
on up to the house and let the dogs back in for just a minute. I'll
let 'em play."
"Yes, sir," I said, picking up the tub.
heard the yips of the terrier and deep-chested growls of the lab mix in
with his laughter as I crossed the yard to the back door of the house.
In my hands, the meat was still slightly warm.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Note: When I'm not writing novels, I am usually writing erotic shorts. This post begins a new collection on this blog that I'm entitling "Quickies." I plan to post some of the old ones and write some new ones. Here is the first. Enjoy!
In the bathroom of the restaurant, she crossed from the row of stalls to the row of sinks. She pressed the pump on the dispenser, and the scent of the soap drifted up to her. Lavender. As the warm water ran over her sudsy hands, her eyes glazed. She no longer saw the reflection of her hands or the faucet.
When he entered the kitchen, he stopped at the table. Overnight, the lavender had dried on the paper towels. Along with rosemary, mint, and basil, a friend had given him the lavender. He didn’t know why he accepted it. No, that wasn’t exactly true. He picked up a sprig and, after crushing it between his thumb and forefinger, rolled the dried flowers, leaves, and stems, in his hands, fully releasing their aroma. He dipped his nose into his cupped hands and inhaled. Closing his eyes, he remembered her.
She was in the shower, her right foot wedged between the thin rim of the tub and the wall. She used the poof to soap up her upper thigh and knee. She heard the curtain open, felt the cool outside air displace the cocoon of steam so that the temperature difference sent chill bumps up her back and even to her scalp.
“You’re letting the cold air in,” she said, smiling to herself. She knew that stating the obvious amused him. She heard the curtain shift closed, heard him hum before his hands, his always-warm hands, glided up her back. “I’m almost done. Then, the water’s all yours.”
His fingers, now wet, slid over her bottom and then between her legs. With the simple stroke, she was ready, but he liked to take things slow. He liked to savor her building pleasure, hear her, smell her, taste her. Only when he did these things did he receive complete fulfillment.
He reached forward and cupped her breast, urging her to stand up straight. Her back pressed against his chest, and the top of her head slid neatly under his chin. He skimmed his fingers over the top of her thigh and all the way up and between her legs. He watched as her arm shot out – the one holding the poof – and he smiled as she tried to steady herself with one soapy hand. He nipped at her earlobe and trailed kisses down the side of her neck as his fingers danced in and out, back and forth, round and round in a rhythm just for her and with just enough pressure to bring her to a quick climax. He would have liked to prolong the foreplay, repeatedly bringing her up and backing off, until she quivered all over and could hardly breathe. It teased them both, and made him hard to the point of pain, but this afternoon, he wanted to take her while the water was still hot.
In his left hand, he held her breast, felt her heart thudding against her ribs along the side of his hand and up his pinky finger. He squeezed gently and rubbed his thumb over her nipple. Her head slipped to the side and rolled back against his shoulder. Her mouth open as she panted, as she gripped his finger as it slid inside her. Tilting her hips, she spread her legs as far apart as the width of the shower. She bucked and jerked as she grew closer and closer.
When she made the sound, somewhere between a squeal and a sigh, he knew she hit the top, and he twisted to he could capture her mouth with his. His finger still moved in quick circles over the small knot of nerves, and she tore her mouth free of his.
“Now.” She gave the primal demand that loosed his inner animal.
She bent forward and, reaching back between her legs, found his cock. With one simple tug, he came forward and slid home. She moaned with it and, dropping the poof, planted her palms against the front of the shower.
She had given, and now, gripping her hips, he took. She could hear him, sucking air between his teeth and letting out gasps as her rump slapped wetly against him. When she felt the hair of his legs brush against the backs of her thighs, she arched her back and lifted her chin so he could go deeper and deeper.
Water poured over her face, making her soaked hair slick over her eyes. She smiled, but when his fingers found her swollen clit again, she cried out and moaned until he found release.
Movement…slowing…stopping. He pulled her back up to standing. Still inside her, he kissed her neck, wiped her hair from her face, massaged her creased wrists. As their breathing returned to normal, he wrapped his arms around her and held her until the water ran cold.
Her hands were red from the heat of the water. She slapped off the faucet and though still in a fog of sorts, she moved over to the hand dryer. Lavender. She half-smiled and left the restroom.
He lowered his hands and let the crushed blooms drop back onto the paper towel. Then, he turned to the fridge to make breakfast.