• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 7c

    Quinn remains on the floor, shivering. The bile is acrid in his mouth. He doesn’t know how long he has sat here, or how long he’ll remain. Maybe come the morning when they clean up, they’ll find him still here, and sweep him out with the rest of the trash. He hears the door open. There’s a distinctly girlish giggle. Then a guy’s voice, young and unsure: ‘Hang on. I’ll check.’ Footsteps hurry into the bathroom. Then: ‘All clear!’ Quinn recognises that sharper clip of high heels across the floor. The door closes. Bodies collide. Breathlessness. The smacking of lips. Both sets of footsteps shuffling back. The door in the…

  • 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…