Secret Lover

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Summary

Coming out of another breakup, Nora is looking for something different, and is given a chance to find it when she gets invited to an elite secret club where her desires come to life and her heart is in jeopardy. Mature content warning ⚠️

Genre:
Erotica
Author:
Meghann Crane
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
40
Rating:
4.7 37 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

1: The Inivte

Nora

Alexander, my best friend, was sitting next to me at our favorite restaurant, flirting with a server again. We try to have lunch with each other once a week so we can make sure to keep each other up to date with things.

I’m jealous that he can pick up women at the drop of a pin. I’ve always been envious of that skill of his. He probably doesn’t have to try hard. He’s a good-looking man and pretty charming, women are drawn to him.

I’ve known Alex for a long time. Our dads were friends, and then our moms became friends once they met our fathers, which only makes sense for us to be best friends. We do everything together. We even collectively decided on what college to attend and lived together throughout college.

“Can you stop flirting for a few minutes and have a conversation with me?”

“What is there to talk about? It sounds like you found another loser, another guy not worth your time. I think you need to stop jumping into these relationships and have fun. Not every guy is worth dating or keeping around. Not everything revolves around you.” He snapped back.

I don’t understand what his deal is. I’m the one that should be mad because he’s spending more time trying to pick up a girl than talking to me.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you angry.”

“You didn’t make me angry. I just have some shit I’m trying to sort out.”

“I’m not sure I can have one-night stands like you.”

Alex exhaled and looked at me.

“It’s easy, Nora. You don’t get to know the person. The less personal it is, the easier it is to walk away. Once you get to know the person then your feelings get involved.”

Alex rolled his eyes before telling me I had to leave to get back to work.

“Are you still coming over tonight?”

“I wouldn’t miss movie Wednesday for anything.” He responded and handed me cash for his meal before leaving.

Not too long after Alex left, the waitress approached.

“Your friend is right?” The server said.

“Excuse me?” Why was she listening? It’s rude.

“About it being less personal. There is a party this Saturday. It’s a masquerade party, and I think it would be perfect for you.”

The server slid a business card on the table with an address. “Tell them Scarlett invited you, and you should get in.”

“Thanks?”

“The meal is on the house. I hope to see you there.” She gave me a wink before she walked off.

That was odd. Who the fuck carries a business card as an invitation to a party, and was she flirting with me? If so, that is definitely a first.

Besides the weird encounter with the server, the rest of my day played out as expected. It was ending like my typical Wednesdays should end. I could wrap up my work and head home.

I’m currently preparing for the weekly movie night Alex and I have. It’s our way of being available for each other, besides our weekly lunch date as well.

“I brought the alcohol,” Alex announced as he let himself in.

“The food is almost done. I’m finishing the chicken for the fajitas, so set up everything else in the living room.”

Alex took the glasses and snacks to the living room to set up the coffee table.

Wednesday nights were a tradition. We have been doing this for years. I look forward to it weekly. Drinking, eating, and gossiping with my best friend was the recharge I needed.

“So that server was weird after you left today?”

“Really, how so?” He said with a mouth full of food.

“Apparently she was listening to our conversation and told me you were right about one-night stands and she invited me to a party on Saturday.”

“If I didn’t already have plans, I would go with you.”

“I’m not sure I want to go.” It seems kind of shady, but if I told Alex that, he would say that was my opinion about everything. I’m afraid that if I put myself out there, I may regret it because of the rejection or finding another loser.

“You need to. It would be so good for you, and I’m sure it would be fun.”

“I don’t know.”

“You need to go. I’ll leave you alone about your poor choice of men if you go. You need to get out more, and trust yourself more. you’re an amazing person Nora and you need to see that.” he said with his signature smile.

“Fine, but if I don’t have fun, then you leave me alone about not going out as much as I should.”

“Deal.”

Hopefully, I don’t live to regret this deal.

“What plans do you have this weekend?”

“Just plans.”

“Are they a secret?”

“No. It’s the typical Saturday plans.”

“So, you’re going on a date?”

“I wouldn’t call it a date.”

“Well, I hope you have fun.”

I find it strange the Alex is being a little standoffish and moody with me. I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but if I did, I hope he knows he can tell me.

Our movie night went later than we intended for it, like always. Alex helped me clean up like he usually does, only this time he was quiet. We usually discuss the movie we watched while cleaning up. Maybe if I go to this club, he won’t be so annoyed. I know he gets annoyed at me for not trying new things. I hate it when things are rough between us because he is the one person that I consider my rock.


My goal was to find a mask that would hide my identity. If I’m going to this party, then I’m going all out and stepping out of my comfort zone. Which I think is easier since I can use a different identity.

I wasn’t having much luck until I came across a small costume shop. I had a nice red dress that I could wear. I was just looking for a mask of some sort.

“Hello, can I help you find anything?” The store clerk asked.

I’m looking for a mask, something for a masquerade. One that will match a red dinner dress.”

“I think I have a few in the back.”

I followed the clerk to the back of the store, where she rummaged through some boxes

“Just give me one moment.”

After a few moments, she came back with four masks for me to look at. The first one reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera, except it was all lace, and the second was a red and black silk mask bead detail. The third one was the winner. It was a black eye mask with red lace detail that looped behind the ears. There were rhinestones in the corner of the eyes.

“This one is perfect.”

“It’s beautiful, and I think it would look perfect on you.”

“Thank you.”

Now that I have a mask, I was getting excited about the party, because for one night my life would not be boring. I can be a different person than boring Nora, I can be whoever I want for one night.

I thought this was going to be a house party, but this isn’t a house, it’s a mansion. Whoever is throwing this party must have money.

I showed up a bit late, hoping people would already be here mingling. I didn’t want to be the awkward new person waiting for others to get there. If the room is already packed then it will be easier to blend in. I knocked on the front door and was greeted by a tall, bulky man wearing a mask.

“Are you on the list?”

I’m not sure. Scarlett invited me.”

The guy looked at his list.

“I need you to sign this.” I must have been on the list as Scarlett’s guest.

I looked at the tablet he handed me. It was a non-disclosure, and it was making me regret coming here.

“Whatever you see or do here is confidential. To maintain that confidentiality, we require you to sign this and provide an ID. The only person who will have access to this is me and the owner.”

“Ok.” I took a deep breath, signed the document, and provided my ID for him to scan. Once he handed me my ID, he moved aside to let me enter the home.

Here goes nothing.

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