My father sold me into marriage. Though I know my worth is measured by a negotiated bride price, I accept the agreement. After all, how many young girls of reduced circumstance have the opportunity to marry a handsome earl? Such things happen only in halfpenny novels.
Richard, my husband, is both more and less than I expect. He demands such things from me and the pleasure is beyond my comprehension, though I know I get only the small part of him his mistress Angeline doesn’t claim for herself.
When my husband brings her to share our marriage bed, she binds me into a web of delight and agony I cannot escape. Nor do I want to. I am enthralled by their touch, my obedience bound to their will. My love for them is boundless, and I am their willing concubine.
The spell is broken when I learn what Angeline truly seeks. I know I must take back my husband and my family. Suffer not a witch to live, and I have labored too long under her spell.
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