When Gabrielle returned to the Tuscan Bed and Breakfast, it was to let go of the past and begin the long process of healing. But she found soon enough that the guilt tied up with her husbandâ€™s death still held her tight in its grip.
Julian was captivated the instant he saw the sad, sultry Gabrielle. Having overcome the pain of his own past, Gabrielleâ€™s need drew him. When she trusted him with the story of her guilt, his dominant nature knew what she needed in order to free herself from her suffering.
â€œGuilt left unpunished devours from the inside out,â€ he said. â€œDo you need me to punish you?â€
Gabrielleâ€™s acceptance bound the two strangers in their journey from pain through pleasure and to the dawn of healing.
â€œIâ€™ve stopped wondering if I could have saved my wife,â€ he began.â€But I know for a fact that guilt left unpunished is like an open wound. It will fester and infect everything else around it. No living being can thrive much less survive under those conditions.â€
She drank a big swallow of her wine.
â€œIâ€™ll punish you, if you allow me to.â€
â€œI donâ€™t understand. Punish me how?â€ she asked.
â€œIâ€™ll give you physical pain, a spanking to start for example, to help alleviate your guilt. Youâ€™ll take pain, as you believe youâ€™ve caused it.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think a spanking is what I need,â€ she chuckled, unsure how to react to this strange conversation.
â€œI can use my belt if you prefer.â€
She swallowed hard, but his face told her he wasnâ€™t joking.
â€œYouâ€™re serious,â€ she said.
Dear reader, please be advised this story contains graphic sex and BDSM elements, including spanking, belt whipping and anal sex.