• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5a

    Constance leans against the edge of her desk, arms folded across her chest. She has been hostess a long time and remembers many eventful nights. Indeed, she remembers every night in vivid detail, once recalling them with condescension and judgement, then with amusement, and now with a wry disassociation. There have been attacks against Icons, fights on the dance floor, journalists sneaking in attempting to find the famed basement, numerous acts of copulation in dark corners, and even an attempted robbery. But tonight has been different because it’s involved an uprising. The only time she has experienced anything similar was the night she was offered the position of hostess. She…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 4g

    Mr Hermes’s smile brims with malice and condescension and something else – something vile and irreconcilable. Holly had entertained the belief that perhaps his temptations might be altruistic, that he might be some eccentric billionaire interested in helping those trying to find a start in life. But of course that’s silly, a romantic notion. She now understands Mr Hermes’s only motivation is subjugation. He wants only to bend her to his whim so he can feed off the humiliation. ‘I feel you have not told me everything about yourself, Holly.’ Holly tries to hold his silvery gaze, but she is stripped bare, sitting naked, not just physically, but all her…