|by Van © 2016
CECELIA WAS having a difficult time falling
asleep. Why? She was having the time of her
life. A real castle! Her room was perfect,
like something out of an Agatha Christie novel, or maybe Daphne
du Maurier. She couldn't decide which. She was in
the humongous canopy bed in her "sleeping chamber," dressed in a
borrowed full-length nightgown (with matching panties), with the
covers pulled up to her chin. The lights were out and the
only illumination came from the waxing moon shining through the
diamond panes of the chamber's single window. She'd left
the drapes open so she could enjoy the resulting romantic
(meaning deliciously spooky) pale white glow and deep,
Cecelia enjoyed camping and bird-watching, but staying in a
genuine English castle? "Wow," she sighed, and closed her
Suddenly, there was a quiet knock at the chamber door and the
heavy portal opened on silent hinges. Cecelia sat up in
bed and blinked in surprise.
Standing in the open doorway was Elyse, the maid, with her left
hand on the doorknob and a candelabrum with three lit candles in
her right. Her ginger hair was loose, framing her
incredibly cute face (in Cecelia's humble opinion). She
was wearing a long, frilly, gauze-thin nightgown (like Cecelia),
but with the addition of a matching robe. Unfortunately
(or fortunately, from Cecelia's point of view), neither the
nightgown nor robe could fully disguise the curves of the petite
maid's fit and thoroughly feminine body. News flash:
Elyse-the-maid has boobs! Cecelia mused, with nipples!
"Is there anything I can do for you before retiring, Miss
Harper?" Elyse asked. "Would you like some warm milk,
"No, no, I'm fine," Cecelia answered quickly. She realized
that if she could see the maid's boobs through her nightie and
robe, Elyse could see her boobs! She blushed and
started to pull up the bedclothes to cover herself, then heaved
a chagrined sigh. It was silly. Why should she be
embarrassed? It's just us girls, she thought, as
the saying goes. Fortunately, the room was too dark
for Elyse to notice her flushed cheeks (Cecelia desperately
"Very well," Elyse said as she dropped a shallow curtsy.
"Enjoy your stay as Her Ladyship's guest, and please let me know
if there's anything I can do to make your stay more pleasant."
"Thanks," Cecelia said, then cleared her throat.
"Ahem. Wait! Please, come in."
"I'm curious," Cecelia explained. "Tell me about what it's
like to live in the castle."
Elyse smiled, shyly. She was relieved by the blond
American's invitation. Getting her foot in the bedroom
door, literally, was the first serious challenge of Her
Ladyship's plan, and she hadn't been at all sure she could carry
it off, and now she had. So far so good. She
padded on slipper-clad feet to the bedside. "What would
you like to know, Miss?"
"Please," Cecelia giggled (nervously), "call me Cecelia."
She patted the mattress. "Take a load off. Just tell
me what it's like to be the castle maid."
Elyse suppressed a giggle of her own. 'Take a load
off,' she thought. How American. A
delicate blush touched her cheeks, matching the blush the
candles had revealed on Cecelia's. And she's so very
cute! "Lady Carwyn is wonderful," Elyse
gushed as she set the candelabrum on the nightstand and sat on
the edge of the bed.
"And Nora?" Cecelia purred.
Elyse paused before answering. "Mistress Nora is...
demanding but fair."
There was another pause... and the blond American and ginger
Brit shared a conspiratorial giggle.
"In all fairness," Elyse continued. "It's not like Nora
drags me down to the dungeons if I spill Her Ladyship's morning
"Of course," Cecelia giggled—then abruptly became quite
serious. "Wait... dungeons? This place has
Elyse smiled. "Of course."
"Of course," Cecelia agreed. "But... real dungeons?
With bars and chains and... everything?"
"Yes, Miss," Elyse confirmed. "Very dark. Very
"Cool!" Cecelia gushed. "Show me. I have got
to see this."
Elyse blinked in surprise. "Now, Miss?"
Cecelia grinned. "Now. And call me Cecelia."
"Very well, Cecelia," Elyse said with a dimpled smile, "but...
Cecelia's lips curled in a mischievous smirk. "Why
not? It'll be... spooky."
"Indeed," Elyse sighed. "Very well... Cecelia." She
rose to her feet, lifted the gauze-thin robe that went with
Cecelia's sleeping costume from a nearby chair, and held it for
her to don.
"Perfect," Cecelia giggled as climbed off the bed and shrugged
into the robe, then freed her long, loose hair. Her form
was now as thoroughly covered (meaning inadequately
covered) as the ginger maid's. "Wouldn't want to catch a
"Exactly," Elyse agreed, then shared another giggle with Her
Ladyship's guest. She picked up the candelabrum, watched
as Cecelia stepped into a pair of slippers, much like her own,
then gestured towards the door. "This way."
"Lead on, McDuff," Cecelia giggled. She knew she was
misquoting the line from Macbeth, but was too excited to
cast a sphere of dim, yellow-white luminosity. It was
adequate to light their way, but did little to dispel the deep
shadows looming on all sides or the near-total darkness
beyond. The only thing missing is a howling windstorm
and billowing curtains, Cecelia thought, like in one
of those really old horror movies. True to Victorian
fashion, the castle's windows were all covered by both thin,
light-diffusing curtains and heavy, opaque drapes. The
drapes were open and tied back, but the curtains were all
closed. They glowed blue-white in the moonlight, but hung
limp and still in what Cecelia considered to be a very
unimaginative and disappointing manner.
Still, Castle Caerwyn by moonlight was spine-tingling, if one
was inclined to such things. "Spooky," Cecelia sighed,
shivering with delight.
Elyse smiled. She liked this American. She liked her
sense of fun. And her smile. I like her smile.
Elyse led Cecelia to the ground floor, down a side corridor, and
past a series of closed doors and branching hallways. By
the decor (or lack thereof) they were in a less public and more
staff-frequented part of the castle. The maid paused to
open a small wooden cabinet mounted on a wall and lifted an iron
ring with a half-dozen or so iron keys from a hook.
Cecelia smiled. The keys had a hand-forged look, like they
could be hundreds of years old. A thrill of
deliciously sinister anticipation shivered through her body as
she watched Elyse unlock and open a heavy wooden door.
They crossed the threshold and were now in a narrow corridor
with natural stone walls and a vaulted ceiling. Elyse
closed and locked the door behind them, then led the way
"Stay close, Miss," Elyse said quietly. "It would be very
easy to get lost in the passageways and side tunnels once we're
Cecelia shivered in delight, again. "Cecelia," she said,
huddling close to the maid in the pool of candlelight. "I
told you to call me Cecelia."
Elyse smiled. "Cecelia," she said with a nod.
Cecelia rolled her eyes, but said nothing. She strongly
suspected Elyse was jerking her chain... so to speak.
After only a dozen or so steps they came to a gate of iron bars
blocking their way. Beyond was what appeared to be a
landing, the start of a set of narrow stairs leading down.
Elyse unlocked and opened the gate, they passed through, she
closed and locked the gate behind them, and they descended the
Cecelia noted that the steps under her slipper-clad feet were
worn, the edges of the stone treads rounded with slight dips in
the middle, the result of generations of use. Another
shiver rippled up her spine (and between her legs). It was
all so deliciously... sinister.
The stairs bottomed out at a three-way junction leading to the
left, right, and straight ahead. Elyse led the way forward
to another iron gate—which had to be unlocked, opened, closed,
and re-locked, like the first— then to a T-junction and down the
right corridor to a third gate... down another set of steps to
an even lower level... then through a fourth
"Maybe I should have worn my hiking boots," Cecelia muttered
under her breath.
"That would depend," Elyse purred, "on whether one wanted to be
in a horror movie, or play Tomb Raider."
Cecelia grinned. This was the first time her ginger
companion had spoken in a manner suggesting that she was
anything other than a subservient maid. "Point taken, but
why all the locks? And why is this place such a maze?"
"I can't speak for the architecture," Elyse answered, "but I
assume the locked gates are to prevent escapes. I'm
locking them behind us for two reasons. One: it's Mistress
Nora's standing orders that all the dungeon-level doors and
gates are to be kept locked at all times. And two: if she
decided to take a late night walk, I don't want her following a
trail of unlocked doors and gates and finding us."
"That's probably for the best," Cecelia chuckled.
They came to yet another heavy wooden door, which was unlocked
and opened. Beyond was what at first Cecelia took to be a
small jail cell with iron bars on three sides and with inky
darkness beyond, then she realized she was on another
landing. The bars to her right were another gate,
protecting another set of stone stairs leading down; however,
unlike the previous two staircases, this one had a wall on the
right-hand side, and nothing but a black void on the left.
While Elyse unlocked the gate, Cecelia stepped forward, gripped
the cold, vertical iron bars with either hand, and gazed
between. The candles were doing their best to illuminate
what lay below, but all Cecelia could tell was that she was
above a large, vaulted chamber and there were... things down
below. She couldn't really tell what they were.
Maybe they were furniture, or maybe they were something
else. Cecelia's money was on something else.
"Come, Miss," Elyse said. The gate had surrendered to the
key, opened on oil-hungry hinges, and the way down the stairs
Cecelia started to correct her ginger-haired guide again,
to remind her that she should call her "Cecelia," but instead
closed her mouth and silently followed. Her spine was tingling.
It was a deliciously ominous moment, not something to be wasted
on a petulant argument.
They crept down the stairs on slipper-clad feet with Elyse in
the lead and Cecelia close behind, very close
behind. They kept close to the wall, but while the stairs
were just as worn and ancient as the all the rest, the descent
wasn't especially treacherous. Nonetheless, they were
careful. The black emptiness on their left was
At the bottom of the stairs, the first thing they came to was a
heavy iron stand. Cecelia watched as Elyse lifted her
candelabrum and used one of the candles to ignite what Cecelia
realized was a torch. The stand was an oil-lamp of some
sort, an iron reservoir with a large wick. It cast more
light than the candelabrum alone, but not by much.
"Wait here, Miss," Elyse said, then silently padded away.
Cecelia watched as Elyse took twenty or more steps and lit a
second torch-stand... and then a third... followed by a
fourth. Again, Cecelia was ready to assert her desire to
be addressed by name... but what was being revealed by each
additional burning flame had literally taken her breath
away. "Wow!" she finally managed to gasp as Elyse lit the
eighth and final torch, completed her circuit of the room, and
returned to Cecelia's side. She unconsciously took Elyse
by the arm and stared at the chamber's contents in dread (and/or
open wonder). Before them she beheld:
Cecelia turned to Elyse. "T-this is a torture chamber,"
- What was unmistakably a medieval torture rack—a low,
narrow bed of heavy timbers! At one end was a rope
wound on a wooden drum with iron gears, a ratchet mechanism,
and six wooden handles; and at the other was a set of heavy
stocks with a pair of ankle openings.
- A pillory, a heavy timber post solidly mounted in the
floor with a pair of horizontal timbers, a neck opening, and
wrist openings, one to either side! Cecelia's best
guess was that if trapped in the device she would be bent
forward at the waist in what would eventually become a very
uncomfortable manner. And anyone taller—like, say,
Cat—would be even more uncomfortable.
- A horse! An actual medieval torture horse! Its
massive, upwards-facing wedge might have been crafted from a
single wooden log and was mounted on another heavy vertical
post. A rope dangled from a pulley attached to a
vertical chain directly overhead. Granted, the top
edge of the wedge was rounded, but any damsel unfortunate
enough to find herself straddling the thing with her pussy
squashed and taking her weight would not be happy.
- A pair of seven-foot vertical wooden posts set in the
floor about five feet apart, and dangling from iron rings
near the top of each post was a length of chain terminating
in an iron cuff lined with lambskin fleece. Near the
posts was a wooden rack with several different whips and
canes and multi-tailed floggers dangling from wooden
pegs. The purpose of the arrangement was quite
- Finally... a gibbet! No, Cecelia corrected
herself silently. It's a gibbet-cage.
A gibbet is what such things usually hang from.
This particular cage had an hourglass shape, suggesting it
was designed to closely confine a feminine victim, and in a
decidedly restrictive manner. The base of the cage was
about a foot off the floor and the entire thing dangled from
another vertical chain somehow attached to the dark ceiling
far overhead. There was no gibbet.
Elyse stooped and placed the candelabrum on the floor at the
foot of the stairs, then stood erect and gave Cecelia a
reassuring smile and squeezed her hand. "It is," she
confirmed, then pointed to a dark doorway blocked by another
iron gate across the chamber. "That leads to the dungeon
Cecelia turned back to the face the chamber, and then, in
something of a daze, strolled from insidious device to insidious
Elyse watched, still smiling, as the blond American inspected
the rack... then the pillory... the horse... the whipping
posts... and finally, the gibbet-cage. Cecelia's
examination was both visual and tactile. She ran her right
hand across the bed of the rack. Next, she lifted the top
timber of the pillory a couple of inches, with difficulty,
thanks to its substantial weight, then let it drop and flinched
at the resulting thud. Cecelia shivered with
dread—Elyse decided it was probably dread, anyway—as she
delicately slid her hand across the rounded top edge of the
horse. Her eyes glazed with fascination, Cecelia reached
up and opened the manacle-cuff dangling from the top of one of
the whipping posts, fingered the fleece padding, then released
the cuff to let it clatter against the post. Finally, she
stood before the gibbet-cage.
"It's... small," Cecelia said, gazing at the closely spaced,
curved bands of dark iron.
"People in medieval times were generally shorter than they are
today," Elyse noted.
Cecelia nodded. "Childhood nutrition," she muttered, then
frowned. There was something odd about the shape of the
cage... something about the position of the arms of the would-be
occupant. "It's designed for the victim's hands to be
behind her back."
"I believe so, Miss," Elyse agreed.
"Cecelia," Cecelia corrected the smiling maid, her eyes never
leaving the cage. "I suppose it makes sense," she
said. "It would be easier to force somebody inside if they
were tied up." She reached out and touched the iron cage,
then withdrew her hand. "It would be harder for them to
resist." She stepped behind the cage and noted the dozen
or more open, horizontal, hinged bands that would swing closed
from either side and lock, completing the cage and the close
incarceration of the hypothetical damsel within.
Another delicate shudder rippled between Cecelia's legs and up
her spine... and she made a decision.
Elyse watched as Cecelia scampered to the rack of whips near the
twin posts, removed her robe and draped it across the top,
removed her slippers, then lifted a coil of what could be called
either thin rope or thick cord from a peg. She hurried to
Elyse and tossed her the rope/cord, spun on her bare feet, and
crossed her wrists behind her back. "Do me!" she gushed.
"I want to try it," Cecelia explained. She looked back at
the stunned maid over her left shoulder, her lips curled in a
wry smile. "You do have the key, don't you?"
"Yes, I have the key," Elyse admitted, holding up the key-ring.
"I want to try it," Cecelia reiterated, then turned to face the
waiting cage. "Tie my hands."
"Didn't you say you wanted to make my stay more pleasant?"
Cecelia giggled. "Tie my hands."
"Locking you in Her Ladyship's cage was hardly what I had in
mind," Elyse sighed.
"What did you have in mind?" Cecelia giggled. Her
wrists still crossed, she wiggled her fingers. "Tie my
Elyse's smile broadened. As she was behind Cecelia's back,
her reaction went unseen. The plan, sketchy as it might
be, was succeeding far better than any of her fellow
conspirators had ever hoped. The tour of the dungeons was
so Elyse could gauge the American's reactions and report to Nora
and Her Ladyship. That Cecelia would demand to actually try
something in the torture chamber hadn't even entered the
discussion. The most optimistic scenario was that she
might venture inside one of the dungeon cells to see what it was
like, once they continued the tour; but, that she would ask to
be locked in the gibbet-cage? Never. Elyse stepped
forward and began binding Cecelia's wrists.
Another shiver shook Cecelia's frame as the cord tightened, was
wrapped and cinched, then wrapped and cinched, again. She
knows what she's doing, Cecelia realized. Elyse
knows how to tie somebody up.
"Why did you remove your robe and slippers?" Elyse inquired
quietly as she tied a final knot and tucked the very short free
ends into the other bindings.
"It seemed like the right thing to do," Cecelia answered with a
Elyse responded with a dimpled grin. "Indeed," she purred,
then took Cecelia by the arm and led her towards the cage.
"You aren't going to struggle, are you, Miss?"
"Only if you keep calling me 'Miss,'" Cecelia giggled.
Elyse heaved an exasperated sigh (which Cecelia found very
attractive). "Very well, Cecelia. But you have to
understand, it goes against all of Mistress Nora's many long
months of training to address a guest in such a personal
manner... but I'll do my best."
Cecelia giggled, again, then stopped. They'd arrived at
the back of the cage and the moment of truth had arrived.
She carefully stepped up and into the cage, placing her feet
side-by-side atop the thick wooden disk resting on the cage
floor, then shivered as Elyse closed and locked the hinged
bands, one by one, starting behind her ankles and working her
Each time, the band closed with a snap, then Elyse inserted a
small key and gave it a turn, sliding a bolt and securing the
lock. Cecelia could see none of this, of course, but she
could hear and feel the vibrations of each turning mechanism as
band followed band until she was confined in the cage from head
to toes, with no more than an inch of room to spare in any given
direction, and in some places, significantly less. Yet
another shiver shook Cecelia's nightie-clad, bound form.
Lady Caerwyn's Cage wasn't quite a body-harness of rigid
iron, but it was close enough.
The key still in her hand, Elyse stepped to the front of the
cage and smiled at her prisoner. "Would Miss... I mean
Cecelia... like me to return at dawn and release her from the
cage? Or will she be breakfasting in the torture chamber?"
"Very funny," Cecelia huffed. Her heart was hammering,
butterflies were fluttering in her tummy, and her pussy was...
purring? It was tingling, anyway. Her increased
pulse and jittery stomach were explained by the experience of
being bound and locked in a close-fitting cage in a medieval
torture chamber. On the other hand, the tingling between
her legs was explained by the experience of being bound and
locked in a close-fitting cage in a medieval torture
chamber. This was the fantasy of being a helpless
damsel-in-distress made real in a manner Cecelia had never
thought possible, not even in her wildest (and wettest) dreams.
Cecelia twisted her wrists. Elyse's bondage remained
inescapable. The key knot or knots were nowhere near her
fluttering, groping fingers. Not that it mattered.
Bound or unbound, she knew she wouldn't be getting out of the
cage until Elyse released her.
Elyse smiled and pointed to Cecelia's feet. "The underside
of the disk is covered with fifty or more tiny spikes. If
I'd flipped it over before placing you in the cage, you would be
standing on them."
"Spikes?" Cecelia gasped.
"Don't be alarmed," Elyse giggled. "They're tiny, and not
really sharp. Initially, it's little more than a form of
foot massage, but after a few hours..."
Cecelia shuddered. "It's like one of those chairs," she
said in a near whisper, "the ones with the spikes all
over. The seat, back, armrests, footrests... all over."
"Her Ladyship has one of those as well," Elyse said, "in the other
Cecelia's blue eyes popped wide. "The other
"Just joking," Elyse giggled.
Cecelia favored her new friend with a withering stare (and
suppressed smile) and was about to followup with a scathing and
frightfully clever remark, when suddenly—
"What's all this, then?" an angry voice demanded from the top of
Cecelia and Elyse looked up (or looked up as best she could, in
the case of the prisoner-of-the-cage) and beheld Nora standing
at the open gate of the barred landing at the top of the
stairs! The Staff Mistress was wearing a white nightgown,
robe, and slippers, like Elyse, but the Staff Mistress' sleeping
costume was opaque cotton. The distance was great and the
light from the torch-stands somewhat limited, but the blonde and
ginger could easily make out the older brunette's disapproving
frown. Mistress Nora was not happy.
"Oh, no!" Cecelia and Elyse gasped, more or less in unison.
she'd drunk too much of Lady Caerwyn's excellent wine with the
excellent dinner. She hadn't become intoxicated, not even
tipsy, and she certainly wasn't now, but she'd drunk too
much. It was a matter of fluid intake before bed.
That was her bladder's opinion, anyway, and she had no choice
but to agree... and to act.
Cat had no idea what time it was as she climbed out of
bed. She considered using the slippers and robe that had
come with the borrowed nightie and panties, but decided they
weren't necessary. The air was cool but not cold, and the
same went for the carpet under her bare feet.
She silently opened the bedroom door. The moon had set,
but her eyes were fully dark-adapted and she had no difficulty
making her way to the bathroom by means of what little starlight
managed to leak through the softly glowing curtains of the
hallway's windows. Once in the bathroom she found there
was a nightlight, so she didn't have to turn on the overhead
lights or use the facilities by touch. Mission
accomplished (and her bladder most grateful) Cat washed
and dried her hands, then made her exit. She had no
difficulty retracing her steps. Cat padded to her bedroom
door, placed her hand on the doorknob... and paused.
There was something odd at the end of the hall, a regular
pattern in the shadows that didn't belong. Curious, she
carefully made her way forward... and was confronted by a series of vertical bars,
no, a wall of vertical bars. Now that she
remembered, there had been a pair of iron gates at the beginning
of the hallway, hinged panels of bars on either side and folded
back against the stone wall. Obviously, someone had closed
the gates. Cat gripped the inch-thick, closely spaced bars
in both hands, gave them a tentative tug, then pulled with
greater strength. The impenetrable barrier didn't even
Locked, Cat realized. She remembered a similar pair
of gates at the opposite end of the hall, turned, and padded in
that direction. Sure enough, the second set of gates were
also closed. She tested the iron barrier. Closed and
locked. What the hell? Was it a safety
precaution, so Her Ladyship's guests wouldn't trip on the stairs
in the dark? That seemed to be the only reasonable
explanation. She assumed she'd emerge from her room in the
morning to find the gates unlocked and open.
Cat shook her head and returned to her bedroom, which, she now
realized, for all practical purposes was now her luxurious
prison cell. Maybe she'd mention this to Cecelia in the
morning. A smile curled her lips as she climbed back into
bed and pulled up the covers. No, she'd definitely
mention it to Cecelia in the morning. The little scamp
would be thrilled to learn she'd spent the night as a
prisoner in Lady Caerwyn's castle, disappointed that she hadn't
known about it at the time, but thrilled.
pulse had been pounding and her stomach fluttering before, now,
with Mistress Nora descending the stairs into the torture
chamber, her heart was doing a drum solo and the
tummy-butterflies were in an absolute panic! As for her
pussy, it was no longer tingling. She suspected it was
lying low, waiting to see if it had an excuse to add horniness
back into the flight-or-fight mix... so to speak.
Cecelia had only known the approaching Staff Mistress for a few
hours, but it didn't take any personal experience to
tell that Nora was furious (or a reasonable facsimile thereof).
"Well?" Nora demanded as she completed her descent and
confronted the cowering Elyse.
Her eyes on the floor, Elyse was the very picture of a naughty
toddler caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Despite
her nervousness, Cecelia found the ginger's contrite
embarrassment absolutely adorable, as well as completely
Elyse cleared her throat. "Ahem. Cecel-, I mean Miss
Cecelia, asked to see the dungeons, so I—"
"Tied her up, dragged her to the torture chamber, and locked her
in Her Ladyship's cage?" Nora demanded.
"It's true!" Cecelia said, coming to the terrified (adorable)
Nora turned her withering gaze to Cecelia. "She tied you
up, dragged you to the torture chamber, and locked you in Her
"No!" Cecelia gasped, "I mean, yes, she tied me up and locked me
in the cage... but I asked her to."
"You asked her to," Nora muttered, and Cecelia nodded.
"I'll deal with you in a moment," she growled, then turned back
Deal with me? Cecelia thought. Her heart was still
pounding, but her tummy butterflies were now frozen in
terror. Well, not actual terror, per se, but...
she wasn't sure exactly what she was feeling, but it wasn't
"I've tried my best to train you as an adequate maid," Nora
said, "and now this."
"It's my fault!" Cecelia interjected, tugging on her bound
wrists. As she struggled, the cage shook and and swayed,
just a little.
Nora heaved a disappointed sigh, snatched the key-ring from the
wayward maid's right hand and dropped it in her robe pocket,
then dragged Elyse to the whipping posts. She lifted the
redhead's right arm and clamped her right wrist in the dangling
cuff, then her left wrist in the left cuff attached to the left
post. Elyse was now between the wooden columns with her
arms raised and outstretched to either side. Her gaze
remained submissively on the floor, mostly, but she did steal
occasional furtive glances at Cecelia.
"Don't hurt her!" Cecelia demanded as she watched Nora use one
of the keys on the ring to lock the cuffs. "Or
I'll—" Cecelia's mouth snapped shut. Nora had spun
on her heels and the full fury of her anger was focused on the
"If you're threatening to inform Her Ladyship that you've abused
her hospitality," Nora said evenly, "you needn't bother. I
fully intend to inform Lady Caerwyn of your actions..."
She turned back to Elyse, "as well as the deplorable
behavior of her maid."
Cecelia and Elyse watched as Nora walked to the stairs and began
the climb to the landing.
"Wait!" Cecelia shouted. "You can't just..." Nora
was on the landing and was closing the gate. "I mean, you
can, we can't stop you, but..." Nora had
closed and locked the gate and was exiting through the heavy
wooden door. "Wait!" The door slammed with a
resounding thud. "Please?" Cecelia's last
remark might best be described as a plaintive squeak.
Cecelia turned her gaze from the stairs and the locked gate and
door to her fellow prisoner. Elyse had a little slack in
her chains. She wasn't up on her toes or hanging from the
cuffs, but she certainly wasn't going anywhere. Arguably,
the ginger maid wasn't as totally restrained as Cecelia in her
close-fitting cage... But at some point, the blond
captive reflected, helpless is helpless, and we're both
Cecelia realized her pulse had returned to normal, more or less,
and the butterflies in her stomach were fluttering only a
little, nowhere near the level of their former hysteria.
As for her pussy... the sight of Elyse chained between the posts
in her whisper-thin robe and nightie, her head bowed and her
long, ginger hair a tousled mass was certainly erotic,
but... Maybe later, Cecelia thought. Now
isn't the time or place to think about smokin' hot British
redheads chained in torture chambers. Well, it is,
but... Cecelia heaved a sad sigh. "I haven't
gotten you fired," she asked Elyse, "have I?"
Elyse lifted her head and shook her ginger locks from her
face. A shy (adorable) smile curled her lips. "No,
Cecelia, and it's very kind of you to be concerned about my
employment... given our current circumstances."
Cecelia smiled back. "No problem," she sighed, then tugged
on her bonds. She realized she was just nervous, not
really trying to free herself. "Well, it's not like Lady
Caerwyn is gonna have Nora torture us, or anything."
"Of course not, Cecelia," Elyse giggled.
She heaved another sigh. She didn't feel like
giggling. She was confused. And she still
wasn't terrified. Not even scared, really. Well... a
little scared. Go figure.
Cecelia had other thoughts: Why didn't Nora just open
the cage, untie my wrists, and lead me upstairs... like a normal
pissed off Staff Mistress? Why is Elyse in chains?
And what is Cat gonna do to me in the morning, when she finds
out I went skulking in the dungeons with Elyse?
"She's gonna be so mad," Cecelia whispered under her breath.
"Excuse me?" Elyse inquired.
"Cat," Ceclia answered. "Cat is gonna kill me."
Elyse wasn't giggling, but she was smiling. "I
doubt if Her Ladyship will allow that,"
Cecelia had the courage to smile back. "So... I guess
we'll have to put off the rest of the tour until morning?"
"At least until morning," Elyse agreed.
Cecelia sighed, again, and settled in to wait. She had no
other choice. They had no other choice. Cat
isn't gonna kill me, she admitted to herself. She's
gonna make me wish she'd killed me. Her gaze
settled on Elyse, still standing between the two posts with her
arms raised, still dressed in her smoke-thin, revealing sleeping
costume, and her ginger hair still a semi-tangled riot.
Cecelia couldn't help but smile. At least the place
has a nice view.