Curiosity Killed the Kat
I clawed the sofa as Jason continued to take me from behind. My body was about to give outright from underneath me when I saw her in the mirror.
Her faded pink hair was slung up in a messy ponytail and she had a cardboard box in her hands. We made eye contact. The most awkward three seconds of my life ticked by and then on the count of three Kitty lost it.
“Holy fuck!” She screamed at the sight of us. Jason stopped immediately upon hearing her voice and fell out of me.
In a momentary lapse of judgment, he turned to face her.
“Jesus, Jason cover yourself,” Kitty shielded herself from the sight of Jason’s naked body with her hand.
He scrambled around looking for his boxers and got them up just in time for Kitty to unleash her fury. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Jason looked over at my naked body and then back at Kitty’s flaming eyes, “Anal Sex.”
I watched as her fingers twitched, no doubt fighting off the desire to strangle him. I knew the feeling all too well.
Apparently realizing that she could shame Jason no more than a half-priced hooker, she turned her attention to me.
Her usual cheerful smile and warm gaze were nowhere to be found; In that moment we were strangers.
“You’re fucking him?” She asked, blinking back the astonishment.
I tried to respond but was cut off, “Just don’t,” She looked between us and clenched her jaw before tossing the box onto the table, “Those are for you. I thought you looked a little down today and might need something to cheer you up.”
She swallowed down the anger building in her throat and walked out the apartment without another word.
Jason and I let the silence fall over us; The only noise in the room was him coming to join me on the couch.
He sighed, “I should have locked the door.”
I buried my head in my hands and listened to him breath, “What now?” I asked knowing that the answer couldn’t be anything good.
“Whatever you want to do.”
I glanced at him, “What does that mean?”
“I can put my clothes on, leave, and pretend that nothing from tonight ever happened or I can stay.”
“I can’t even think about having sex right now.” I gathered my clothes from the floor and yanked on my shirt.
I tried to ignore Jason’s eyes following my every move, “We could just watch a movie. I’ll even keep my hands above the blanket if it makes you happy.”
I tried not to smile at his suggestion, “Thanks for the offer but I think it’d be better if you left.”
“Yeah, of course.” Jason’s eyes fell before getting up and putting on his clothes.
Once he was dressed I walked him to the door. The same one that I had kissed Ethan by just a few hours before, that my friend walked through and caught me screwing my boss, and now sending off the man that I wanted to stay the night.
“Come see me tomorrow morning.” Was all he said before leaving me standing alone.
After he disappeared into the night there wasn’t much left to do other than lay in bed and loathe myself to sleep. So that’s exactly what I did.
I squeezed my eyes shut and pretended that everything was fine. A coping mechanism I had perfected over the years and put into use quite a few times.
I promised myself that Kitty would forgive me for lying, after all, I would do the same if the roles were reversed, Wouldn’t I?
When I curled into my bed and fought away the images plaguing my mind, I finally drifted to sleep.
I groaned when the alarm shook me awake with its incessant ringing. I felt like I had been buried in a shallow grave; Dirt scratching at my throat and being close enough to the surface for the sunlight to annoy me.
I dragged myself out of bed and put on the first outfit I saw. I didn’t know what to expect after the events of the day before. My body ached with each step closer to Pink Cherry.
I took a deep breath and pulled open the door. The scent pumpkin pie and cornbread hit me as soon as I entered.
My eyes widened as I took in the decorations for the event; The entire room was built to look like a forest. I followed the fake stone path into the winding woods and found a clearing.
“What do you think?” A chirpy voice called me out of my amazement. I turned to see Sarah perched up behind the front desk.
“It’s,” I struggled to find the right word, “They put this all up last night?”
She nodded, “Jade is going crazy looking for you. Your costume is the only one unfinished.”
I had been avoiding fittings alone with Jade. She had a way of prying out secrets that you didn’t even know you had, plus she was a little stab happy with the needle.
“Alright, I’ll go find her in a minute.” I wandered through the woods and stopped as I approached a large table dining table. Each chair came with restraints on the arms, legs, and waist.
I turned my attention to the actual table where every place setting sat in the middle of more leather restraints. I swallowed, finally understanding what I had signed myself up for.
I wasn’t going to be the main event; I was the main course. Swallowing down the urge to run out the building, I pressed on to the back where Jason had told me to meet him.
My nerves sparked underneath my skin as I tried to understand where we stood. Maybe I didn’t stand at all since I seemed to always be on my knees.
When I reached the back hall it was obvious that Jason was arguing with someone.
I forced myself to go towards the shouting and hid behind the door. Kitty’s voice was unmistakable and very clear.
“After the stunt you pulled yesterday you’re lucky I haven’t tazed you into oblivion.” I peeked through the crack and watched her wave her hands around.
He fiddled with a half finished toy and pretended not to hear her.
Blood rushed to her face, “Are you even listening to me? You can’t treat her like one of your toys.”
“Our relationship is none of your business.” He finally responded.
Kitty’s shoulders softened, “What relationship?”
“An amicable one.” I tried not to be surprised. Afterall, we never discussed being anything more.
“Does she know that’s all it is?”
“Yes,” He sighed at her constant questioning.
“You’re hurting her,” She stared at him like he was transparent; His deepest secrets were her casual reading. “You of all people knows what that feels like.”
Jason stiffened at her words but she continued, “Don’t keep playing with her like An-”
“Anna has nothing to do with this.” He cut her off and walked away.
Her fists were balled in anger, “If you actually cared about her then,” She stopped as if seeing see through him, “You do don’t you? That’s what this is about.”
“I don’t,” He snapped.
Kitty approached him, “You’re not in Kindergarten and she is not your own personal sex doll. She is my friend.”
“Oh, really?” Jason scoffed. “If she’s such a good friend then you must have told her who you are. How about why you’re really working in a kinky sex shop?”
Kitty went silent at his accusation; “Just let her be happy.”
“She can make her own decisions.”
“Her decision can’t be you,” Kitty said. Dark circles made her frosty blue eyes practically glow in contrast. I wondered if she had slept at all.
“And why not?”
“Because you use people,” She stared at him. Her words barely denting his stubborn exterior, “I’ve seen you do it every year. The new girl always gets pulled back here and tricked into being your slave.”
Jason chuckled, “I don’t trick them. They agree. You would know all about that, wouldn’t you?”
“That’s none of your business.” Kitty snarled.
“And who I fuck and how I fuck them is none of yours.” Point Jason.
Kitty stepped forward and softened her tone, “Please, leave her alone.”
Jason glared at her. He was clearly annoyed by her persistence, “Why are you so concerned?”
“Because she doesn’t belong here,” Kitty said, “She’s smart and witty and deserves more than a job where’s she’s poked and prodded like an animal.”
Jason loomed forward, “Better not let the other Cherries hear that. You might have a mutiny on your hands.”
“This isn’t a joke Jason. She’s in love with you.”
“No, she’s not.”
“You didn’t see her face yesterday when you pulled that shit on stage.”
The darkness in his eyes subsided and for a second he almost looked guilty.
I tried to steady my breathing as Jason leaned into Kitty’s personal space, “I think you have a show to get ready for.”
“Jason!” She called after him as he marched out the back door.