Women in Lust excerpt: “Smoke” by Elizabeth Coldwell

An excerpt from the second story in Women in Lust, “Smoke” by Elizabeth Coldwell.

There’s something I need to know before this goes any further. “When I arrived here, you were sitting with three girls.” I picture them in my mind, young and pert, attractive in a wholesome, farmer-folk way, like the barman inside. “If you’re in the mood for a fuck, what was wrong with them?”

Gijs shrugs. “They don’t do it for me. I like someone older, someone who knows what she wants.” He leans closer. “Tell me, Barbara, what do you want?”

I want what I’ve wanted since my first sip of beer, since the music started to rouse me on some primitive level: to be filled with hot, hard cock. More than that, I want to try something I would only dare in a foreign country, where I know there’s absolutely no chance of bumping into someone I know who wouldn’t approve, or understand.

“You and Peter. At the same time. And we’ve got to be quick, because I’ve left my beer sitting on the bar. How about it?” As my words hang in the air, I can’t believe I’ve been so bold. Playing for such high stakes has never really appealed to me before.

Peter spins his empty bottle on the table. Is he deciding whether to go for it or not? A quick glance between the two men, then they nod.

Gijs extends a hand to me. “Come on.”

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About Rachel Kramer Bussel

I'm a writer, editor, blogger, event organizer and writing instructor. I'm the author of Sex & Cupcakes: A Juicy Collection of Essays (Thought Catalog Books), and write sex columns for Philadelphia City Paper and DAME. I'm the editor of 50+ anthologies, including Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, The Big Book of Orgasms, The Big Book of Submission, Gotta Have It, Best Bondage Erotica 2015 and others. I teach erotica writing classes at colleges, conferences and sex toy stores and online at LitReactor.com. I tweet @raquelita.
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