Erin woke up about 6:00 AM and realized that she hadn't gotten up at two. She glanced over at the door to her bedroom, but she had opened it after her “lesson” last night. She got up and went into the nursery to check on her boys. Francis was still asleep but Thomas was awake and laying quietly in his crib, studying the mobile dangling above him.
At about 8:30 AM, Erin's cell phone rang. She recognized her mother's number and answered the phone. “Hi, Mom! How are you today?” she asked.
“I'm fine,” Colleen replied, “and you sound better than you have in weeks... months even. What happened?”
“I got to sleep a whole seven hours, Mom, that's what!” Erin boasted.
“You mean both of the boys slept through the night?”
“Yes, Mom, they did!” Erin was almost giddy.
“And I'll bet you got really relaxed before going to sleep, right?”
“Um, Mom, what do you mean?” Erin asked, not sure of what her mother was talking about.
“Your 'lesson' last night,” she replied.
“Mom! You listened in!” Erin cried as her face turned beet red.
Colleen chuckled. “I only caught the last of it, but I think it was sweet of David to help you...”
“Mother!” Erin protested, then continued more calmly, “You're not upset about that?”
“You know I just learned about you yesterday, and I don't quite understand most of it, Erin,” Colleen said, “but I can see that David is waiting for you. Let him take care of you now and you'll have all the time you want and need to be with him when the two of you get through this.”
“You know, I can’t believe we're talking like this,” Erin admitted.
“Dear, you're twenty nine and the mother of twins. I have to face the fact that you're not my little girl any more.”
“Thanks, Mom,” Erin said.
“No problem, dear,” Colleen said. “So do you know what the plan is for today?”
“Not yet,” Erin admitted, “but I do know David and I want to get to Karen's office as soon as possible."
Erin's phone beeped. She checked the display and saw it was David. “I've got to go, Mom. David's calling."
“I'll be there in about a half hour, dear,” Colleen told her. “See you then!”
Erin flashed over to the other call. “Good morning, Master!” she said cheerily.
“Good morning, little one,” David replied. “You certainly sound chipper this morning. I take it you got a good night's sleep?”
“Thanks to your Academy for Future Slaves,” Erin giggled. “Oh! And also, both boys slept through the night for the first time!”
“That's great!” he replied, "but are you sure you didn't miss them fussing?”
“Trust me,” Erin said. “If they would have cried, I would have heard.”
“Then that is great! However, don't expect us to role play like that every night.”
“I don't need the role play, just the release,” Erin cooed. “Your directing me was so stimulating.”
“Will you think that when I order you not to cum?” David inquired.
“Would you do that to your little one?” Erin asked in her little girl voice.
“To help you learn to listen to your Master's voice,” David replied, “and to teach you to value each orgasm I grant you.”
Erin gasped at the thought of having her orgasms controlled by her Master.
“Are you reconsidering it now?” he asked.
“N... No, Master,” Erin replied. “It... it just hit me. How much control you can exert over me.”
“Does that concern you, Erin?”
Erin struggled to find the words. “It... It doesn't concern me, not like that,” she replied. “I guess... I guess I never realized how much control a Master has over his slave.”
“You mean how much control a slave entrusts in her Master,” David suggested. “That also emphasizes the fact that Ronald was in no way a real master to you... just an abuser disguising his abuse in kink.” Erin said nothing.
“Erin, are you OK?” David asked.
“I am,” she said quietly. “I just can't believe you've come into my life.” Now David didn't know what to say. There was silence for over a minute.
“Oh!” Erin said, brightening up. “Mom said she'll be over here about...” she looked at the clock. “Nine thirty. When will you get here?”
“I'll be there a little after ten,” he replied. “I'm finishing up some chores around my place.”
“OK,” she said.
Will you be able to be away from the boys for a few hours? It wouldn't be any problem with their feeding, would it?”
“I have it covered, Master,” Erin assured him. “Does that mean we're...”
“No, no, little one,” he chided. “That would be telling. No spoilers.”
“I take that as a “Yes”.”
“I'm not saying,” David chuckled. “I love you! See you in an hour or so.”
“I love you, Master! See you then!”
The next half hour passed by quickly as Erin cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast and played with the twins. Colleen showed up at 9:30 AM, as promised, and took over watching the boys so Erin could get ready to go out with David for the day.
Erin showered, this time being careful not to let it get out of hand. She took a long time with her hair and makeup, knowing this would be the first time she'd be seen in public with David. Opening her side of the closet, Erin went through every outfit she owned, evaluating each one. She came to the conclusion that there was nothing in her present wardrobe worthy of her wearing for him. Then she realized that she didn't know how David would want her to dress and she panicked for a minute.
“Now think, Erin,” she said to herself. “What do I know about David right now?” She started listing his traits: caring, decisive, loving, self-controlled and kind. He did not seem like a master who would force his slave to wear outlandish outfits in ordinary situations, either for his amusement, her training or punishment.
With that, she picked out a blouse and skirt outfit that was pretty and would show off her figure well while not being too provocative. When she finished dressing, she realized that, due to that last five to ten pounds of “baby fat” and her breasts being enlarged due to her nursing the twins, the outfit didn't look quite as good as she had hoped it would.
Looking at herself in the mirror and stewing over her looks, Erin didn't hear any of what went on in the living room. She was surprised, therefore, when she heard David's voice from the doorway say, “Erin, I like it. You look great today!”
Turning to face him, Erin replied, “Are you sure, Master? I still need to lose some weight and my boobs are...”
“Don't worry,” he said softly in her ear after he went over to embrace her. “You look good enough to eat!” Then he started lightly nibbling on her shoulder just where it met her neck. Erin felt a cold shiver run down her spine and explode into a ball of heat in her crotch. She moaned softly.
“Hmm, looks like you're still on a hair trigger,” David chuckled. “I'll have to handle with care.” He slid his left hand behind her head, gently took a handful of hair and tilted her head back as he lowered his lips on hers. Erin felt her knees start to quiver.
“You keep doing that and I will not be able to be held responsible for my actions,” she warned him when he broke off the kiss.
“That's only because we're still in a bit of an awkward situation,” he replied. “Speaking of which, we'll need to leave for your lawyer's office in a little bit.”
Erin sighed. “How will we make it through this awkward situation if you keep doing things like that to me?”
“Then I guess I'll just have to stop,” David said.
“NO!” shouted Erin. When she realized how loud she had said it, she slapped her hand over her mouth on shock. “Please forgive me, Master, I did not mean to...” but stopped when he started laughing, which led to her laughing. “Let's get going, Erin,” he finally said.
They walked out to the living room where Colleen sat with a smile on her face. “Trouble in Paradise?” she asked with a chuckle.
“No, David replied. “Just the first round of negotiations.”
Colleen looked puzzled until Erin said, “I'll explain it to you later.”
Erin and David said goodbye to the twins and headed out to his car. She was surprised to see it was a relatively recent four door car that you'd usually see senior citizens driving around town. David saw her curious expression and explained, “What can I say, I got it at such a great price it was almost a steal.”
“I thought you'd have a sportier car,” she remarked.
“I used to, but the repair bills were getting out of hand,” David explained. “This car is so reliable, not to mention comfortable, that I wouldn't go back if I could.”
After they got on the road, David looked at Erin and asked, “So could you tell me a little about the lawyer we're going to visit?”
Erin smiled. “Her name is Karen Akiyama. She's about my Mom's age, I think. I do know she has a daughter in law school. She was in a practice with her husband but he passed away of a heart attack during a hearing.”
“I remember that!” David said. “Let's see... He was Junichi Akiyama.”
“That's right,” Erin agreed.
David nodded. “I remember reading about it when it happened. If I remember correctly it was a civil case and the judge suspended the trial until after the funeral, but by then the parties in the lawsuit came to an amicable settlement in honor of Mr. Akiyama.”
“Oh! That's why it sounded familiar!” Erin exclaimed. “I remember thinking at the time it was a great way to honor him.”
“I also remember reading that they were a very successful team of lawyers that resisted going into larger practices because they wanted the flexibility to help people in need.” David smiled. “You did well in your choice of attorneys, little one.” Erin positively beamed at the praise her Master gave her.
“Did you tell her about your relationship with Ronald?” David asked.
“N... No, I didn't,” Erin admitted, crestfallen. “I realize now that I should have.”
“Wasn't your mother with you when you went to see her?” David inquired.
“Yes, she was driving me around,” Erin replied. “I guess that's why I didn't say anything.”
“Why didn't you ask to speak with your lawyer privately?”
Erin chuckled. “My Mom would still try to get it out of me later. Also, I never dreamed he would try to use it against me.”
David nodded. “You never suspected he could be such a bastard.”
They arrived at the offices of Akiyama and Akiyama and Erin started to open her door. “No, no, no,” David warned her, “I am, if anything, a gentleman in public.” He got out and came around the car to open Erin's door.
“But Master,” she said quietly, “if anything, I should open your door.”
“In public, I maintain the highest standard of etiquette,” David explained. “If it ever revealed that we are what we are, I want it to be said that “they were always so polite and loving.””
“Putting the best face on our lifestyle,” Erin observed.
“Yes, though I prefer to just call it our life.”
Crystal looked up as they entered the office. “Erin! How nice to see you again,” she said pleasantly. “How may we help you?”
“I apologize for not calling ahead, Crystal,” Erin replied, “but we'd like to talk to Karen, if she's not busy.”
“Karen is on a conference call right now,” Crystal explained, but it should be wrapping up soon, if you wouldn't mind waiting?”
“We'd be happy to, Crystal,” Erin said, smiling.
“May I ask, who is your handsome companion?” Crystal was smiling slyly.
“This is my friend, David Saunders,” Erin said, her smile growing wider.
“It's a pleasure to meet you, Crystal,” David said, extending his hand.
“Likewise, David,” Crystal replied, shaking his hand. She turned to Erin. “And just where are those delightful boys of yours?”
“Mom is watching them at home,” Erin said. “We have a few more stops to make after this.”
“I see,” Crystal said, smiling.
Erin and David sat down on a sofa to wait. “You brought your boys to the office?” David asked, intrigued.
“Karen asked me to,” Erin replied. “The whole office was out here playing with them while Mom and I went over the divorce petition.”
David nodded, smiling. “That's one advantage of a small practice. You can stop and enjoy a pair of babies when you want to.”
The door to Karen's office opened and she came out. “Erin!” she exclaimed. “What an unexpected surprise!” She walked over to the couple and hugged Erin.” “Though I am disappointed that Francis and Thomas aren’t with you.”
“I promise I'll bring them around another time,” Erin assured the lawyer. “Right now, I have a concern I need to speak with you about.”
“I'll be happy to give you all the time you need,” Karen told Erin. Turning to David, she aid, “you don't mind waiting here, do you?”
“Oh, I'm so sorry!” Erin said quickly, blushing. “This is David Saunders. I want him to come in, too.”
“Are you sure, Erin?”
“He's the reason I'm here in the first place,” Erin explained. “I need him to be with me today.” She had an almost pleading look on her face.
Karen looked at Erin, then at David, then at Erin. “OK, I understand,” she said. “come on in, David.”
“Thank you, Mrs. Akiyama,” David said.
“You're welcome,” Karen replied, “and please call me Karen.”
They all walked into the office. Erin and David sat in the chairs opposite Karen's desk and she sat behind it. “So, what's going on, Erin? Did you hear from your husband?”
Erin nodded. “I did, Karen, and I've realized that I didn't tell you everything I should have. I honestly didn't think it would come up, but I guess I underestimated my husband.”
“What's that?” Karen asked.
Erin looked at David and took hold of his hand. Then she looked at Karen and said, “Soon after Ronald and I married, he started talking about trying a relationship called dominant and submissive. He made it sound as if it would bring us closer together then we even were already. I finally agreed to do it because I had read some information making it seem a way for a couple to be more intimate. What I have found out recently was that the relationship we had was noting at all like a dominant and submissive relationship should be.”
“I can understand that, Erin,” Karen said. “So what did he say to you in his phone call that made you bring this up to me?”
“He said he was going to...” Erin said, then stopped. She squeezed David's hand tighter because of her nervousness, then continued, “He was going to accuse me of talking him into BDSM and corrupting him.”
“Oh, no,” Karen said quietly. “Did he demand anything from you?”
“Yes,” Erin replied. “He wants me to drop the divorce and just keep things as they are now.”
“So he wants to have it both ways, eh? Run around on you and keep you as his nanny and maid?”
Erin nodded her head.
“So, how are you involved in all this?” Karen asked David.
“When I met Erin the first time, she was so starved for any attention, for validation of her self image as a woman that she tried to get me to make love to her,” David explained. “I almost did, but I noticed that she was a person of faith and that told me she'd regret doing that the rest of her life. I talked with her and suggested she try to remind her husband of the loving and sexy woman he had married. Unfortunately, that attempt backfired in a way I hadn't expected.”
“So you were the catalyst for what Erin did to try and get her husband interested in her again,” Karen observed.
“Correct,” David acknowledged. “I told her that if he came up with a poor excuse for not wanting to make love to her again, that she should consider getting a divorce. I didn’t even dream he would say to her what he did.”
“What was that?” Karen was taking notes now.
Erin took a deep breath. “That I should stop playing silly games and act like an adult, that my responsibility was to take care of the kids and the house now.”
“Are you sure he's not Japanese?” Karen remarked, then she asked, “May I ask what he thought was “playing silly games?””
Erin covered her face with the hand that wasn't holding David's. David leaned over and whispered to her, “Don't be ashamed of who you are.” Erin lowered her hand and looked at Karen. “He... we... we used to enjoy anal intercourse,” she said, wincing at the words.
Karen sat back and smiled. “No need to be embarrassed, Erin,” she said. “I've heard others in your position tell me much worse acts they had done.”
“But at the time, I was wearing a butt plug,” Erin said in almost a whisper.
“Was it part of your sex play before?”
“Yes it was,” Erin replied, starting to relax.
“But now that the twins were born, he thinks that preparing yourself for something that you had enjoyed prior to your pregnancy is a silly game.” Karen looked at Erin with compassion in her eyes.
“Yes, that's right,” Erin said, giving a slight smile now that she knew Karen understood.
“But how did you get back into the picture, David?” Karen asked, shifting her gaze to him.
“Erin needed someone who could help explain the type of relationship she thought she was in and how what she was living were entirely different things,” David told the lawyer. “I've also gathered that I may have been the only one she could have turned to, since her husband ran off all of her friends.”
“Are you some expert in dominant and submissive relationships?”
“Well, I was in one for two years,” he explained, “until my then-wife suddenly accused me of being a major pervert and sex fiend. It turned out she had bipolar disorder, but we didn't find that out until after she had divorced me and basically ruined my chances of following the career I wanted to in the Navy.”
“I think I understand a bit better now,” Karen said, “but it looks like you two have grown closer than just friends.”
“I was attracted to her from the first time I saw her,” David admitted, “but I'd rather have seen her happy with her husband than just get a cheap thrill. The thing is, I wasn't able to get her out of my mind. I guess I know why now.”
“David's been the kindest man I've ever known,” Erin added. “He even loves the twins!”
“Well, we're just going to have to figure out how to counter any accusations your husband plans on making,” Karen said.
“I would think that sleeping with three different women on a regular basis would trump any sleazy lie he could come up with,” David remarked.
“Sometimes it's not that easy,” Karen admitted.
“I know that there's photos of him entering and leaving the residences of the women,” David said. “Could I look at those photos?”
“Erin, it's up to you,” Karen told her.
“I have no problem with it,” Erin replied, then she looked at David. “If I had known you wanted to look at the photos, I would have given you my copies.”
“I just thought of it,” David said. 'I don't know if it'll do any good, but I want to do whatever I can.”
Karen handed the stack of photos to David and he began leafing through them. He went “hmmm...” as he looked at each picture, until he got to one. He compared it to another picture, his brow wrinkling as he compared the two.
“There's something vaguely familiar about these two photos,” he said, laying photos marked “Tuesday, 8:00 PM” and “Friday, 7:00 PM” next to each other.
“They are the same photos of the entrance to an apartment building,” Karen observed.
'No, I mean, I feel like I've seen this place before... maybe even have been there before,” David said, scratching his head. “But I can't put my finger on it. Well, it may be nothing.” he said as he handed the photos back to Karen.
“OK, then,” Karen said. “Bottom line, I don't think that your revelation is anything to worry about, Erin. However, I think I might have Mr. Bennett do some more surveillance to see if he can find out anything more about the women your husband visits.”
“Thank you, Karen,” Erin said, smiling with relief.
“It's been nice meeting you, David,” Karen said.
“Same here, Karen,” he replied.
“So, any plans for the rest of the day?” Karen asked, smiling.
“We have a few more stops before I'll get Erin home today,” David replied.
“Then enjoy your day.” Karen said as she stood up to escort them to the door.