Sneak Peek of new published story, “A Love for the Marquis de Sade,” in Between There, Vol. 2, edited by Anthony S Buoni. Check out the full volume here!
Villa suppressed the hot shiver his voice caused. The way this man looked at her, almost into her, and drew goose bumps to sprout along her arms and the back of her neck as a heat ignited in her core. She straightened her spine. “I am fine, I was just browsing, Monsieur…”
“Gillette, Madame Flores. I apologize. I have not received a tag.” He tapped his chest where the other library workers pinned their golden nameplates.
Villa clenched her jaw to keep her mouth from falling open. She was somehow pleased that he knew her name. “And how do you know me?”
“Why the registry, of course. You are required to sign in when you enter the lower levels because of the delicacy of the items we have stored here.” Gillette gestured to the books she had been perusing that were now at her back. “Please, let me assist you. You have been here three days, searching endlessly. There must be something I can find for you.”
Warmth bloomed along Villa’s cheeks, and she lowered her eyes. Had he been watching her? Could she tell Gillette what she searched for? Villa wanted to be the first to discover it, but she hadn’t gotten very far on her own. And then, what would this man may think of her should he know what it was she actually searched for? Should she concern herself with his judgment of her? No, she’d heard every name and perversion other scholars could think to throw at her: sinner, diabolical, literary wretch… Some of her colleagues had gotten fairly creative, but Villa had taken them, filed them away, and locked the drawer.
What exactly concerned her? That this man she didn’t know may think she was easy, perverted? That she sacrificed babes in the name of great and demonic sex? She’s never tried any of these things she’d read in his texts, too scared to free herself that way with someone else. Although, she has been prone to be adventurous since her fiancé left her because he’d been jealous of her attentions to the Marquis de Sade. He hadn’t fulfilled her, and neither of them could change that. Besides, she hadn’t wanted to dominate him any longer; as little as he had allowed her…
Gillette politely cleared his throat, causing Villa to jerk back to reality. How long had he been waiting for her to answer?