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The boy and girl walked along
a sea-shore far from the girl's sunny home. The beach was
cold, with dark sand and white seashells. The lonely path
to the shoreline passed through a treeless golf course where
hardy men drove into the wind. The two walked by as though
invisible, climbing over dunes and rocks towards the water.
They stood at water's edge. Looking south,
the landscape was industrial, even post-industrial. He pointed
out the factories, shipyards and nuclear power station. Looking
north, the dunes and grass rolled endlessly as they had since
before the last millennium.
Burned-out bonfire traces were the only sign
other people had ever been there. The boy and girl were alone,
"An amazing place," she said.
"This is where I'm from," he said
simply, with quiet pride.
Looking into his eyes, she saw emotions matching
her own. She shivered. He saw, as always, watching her closely.
He walked toward the dunes, toward the path
back to the world. She followed slowly. Despite the cold the
girl wanted to stay and stomped, whining.
As they reached the dunes and climbed up,
she realised they weren't heading back to the path, but to a
sheltered point between two dunes. Her eyes focused on the rock
in the center. He faced her.
"You know what I want." His face
was set, emotionless.
The girl leaned over the rock, expecting to
feel his palm on the seat of her jeans. Instead, over the wind
she heard metal click then jingle. Panicked, she breathed raggedly
and struggled, finally feeling his hand on her back. Reaching
up she wound her hands in the grass that grew from the rocks
"Still!" he said, smacking her hard
with the doubled belt.
She kicked up one foot. He struck hard enough
to hurt through her jeans. Again and again, the belt came down,
each time hard, leaving her gasping with no time to recover.
She pulled the rough grass. Just as a cry came from the girl's
lips he stopped and embraced her.
The girl held onto him, whimpering a little.
"You know I'm not done."
She hadn't known, but now did.
"See those golfers?" She looked
down at the men playing. "When they move on, your jeans
are coming down, and I'm going to thrash your bare bottom, hard."
She looked at his belt and the sand between
"Look at me. Why will I do that?"
The girl looked into his eyes. "I need
The boy returned the girl's stare, his expression
open. In his mind he heard her cries, saw stripes on her skin,
imagined the pink glow now beneath her jeans. He unbuttoned
her jeans as she clasped her hands behind her head.
"And I want to," the boy said. "You
belong to me."
They turned their backs on the sea and patiently
watched the golfers play through.
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