His Word Is Law
Bess is a creature of the forest – free-spirited and happy with her life. One day, as is the custom, she is bride-captured by the local lord of the manor, the handsome and powerful Raoul. Bess must be taught civilised ways and that means the acceptance of her husband’s absolute rule and the consequences of disobedience.
Bess’ disobedience has gone to far and Raoul must be seen to properly punish her or risk unrest among his subjects. Much more severe measures are called for than normal – no mere spanking will do. Raoul has grown to admire his new wife’s spirit, though, and doesn’t want to hurt her. What will win through?
Eyes Like A Hawk
Seeing it as a way of escaping her confines for a few hours, Bess takes an interest in falconry. Unfortunately, getting carried away with the occasion, she then goes against the strict instructions of her husband, lord and master. As a result, Raoul is forced to take her to task in the most severe of manners.
Part way back to the castle, Raoul drew his great black horse alongside Bess’ dainty white one.
“I do not think you enjoyed the display,” he said.
What was she to say? Raoul was bound to consider it disrespectful if she told him she felt cheated. It wasn’t so much that she’d wanted Angel to do more; obviously she’d been mistaken in what to expect. It was that she felt she’d been hoodwinked into believing it would be a grander spectacle so that she’d given it undue weight when deciding what punishment to opt for.
“But I did, my Lord,” she said. “It’s just that my wheals are painful today. Riding has brought them out again.”
For a split second Raoul looked worried, then he looked straight into her eyes and she blushed.
“When I last looked they were healed; you should not be feeling them. But if they do hurt you, put a poultice of plantain on them. I cannot take account of your whimsy.”
Bess wasn’t satisfied. Her sense of injustice made her bold.
“My wheals surely earned me more than I saw today.”
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