Her Barbarian Master:Forbidden Love (Alpha Male Master Series Book 2)(14)By: Maggie Carpenter
"Please, sit," he said, gesturing to a table and chairs as they walked in.
As he closed the door behind them, she took in her surroundings. Besides the table and chairs the large room was sparsely furnished, but had a huge fireplace, and large windows that overlooked the grounds.
"Where are we?"
"This is where my father meets with those who need privacy."
As she sat on one of the rough-hewn chairs, she watched him meander to a seat opposite her. His manner had completely changed.
"Does that happen often?"
"Quite often. Being the leader means keeping the peace within the tribe, not just with the village. Soon we will be having our celebration with the Alamans from over the hill. When they arrive he will have many meetings in here."
"Last time you had that tribe here we were scared. There was a lot of screaming and yelling, and we heard all the way down in the village."
"That won't happen again. Father has laid down a new rule. The younger men and women are to have only one glass of fermented berry juice. Last year they drank too much of it and became unruly. The celebration is not an excuse to do that."
"What's it for?"
"It's a chance for relatives and friends to see each other before winter sets in and the mountain becomes impassable, and a get-together for those seeking life partners, but tell me, Serenity, why are you here?"
"Why am I here? To be punished of course. Why else would I be here?"
"Haven't I already punished you?"
"Yes, and it's unfair that I should get a double dose, and maybe saying that will get me in even more trouble, but it's true."
"Serenity, when you arrived at Layla's home yesterday, it was immediately obvious you hadn't told anyone what happened. We had no choice but to suggest you join Layla and be punished."
"Oh. I see, and you couldn't say anything in front of her downstairs."
"Not without giving away your secret, and you very nearly got your bottom spanked again. Why must you be so difficult?"
"I don't know what to say. You're right, and thank you, Killian. I would have been so upset and embarrassed if you'd told father what you'd done to me."
"Our silence at Sampson's house should have been enough for you to know you could trust me."
"Uh, I suppose that's true."
"It is true. Now I'm embarrassed."
"Just so you understand, the discipline you received is common here. A hard spanking, then pleasure without fulfillment, is often used to punish a disobedient woman."
"Do all the men here have many women like you do?"
"Until they are married. It is our way," he replied, then pausing, he added, "This is interesting."
"You're quite pleasant."
"Thanks, so are you, and you look nicer now too. Your face isn't all funny."
"When you were angry you looked nasty."
"It's a gift from nature. The transformation helps us in battle, and speaking of anger, I don't understand why you became so vexed when I told you I would send for you. It was a compliment, in fact, it's seen here as an honor. You must explain this to me."
"Village men don't have a collection of women. It's not right."
"Village men see several women before they make their choice," Killian argued.
"What? That's not true!"
"Are you telling me that both men and women have not laid with anyone before they marry? That's ridiculous. You yourself have been with men."
"But men don't have several women they see at the same time."
"Oh, so one after another then," Killian said thoughtfully. "That's not so different."
"It most certainly is!"
"Many ways, and I don't want to talk about this anymore."
"My, my, you are so fiery. Do you get that impatience from your father or mother?"
"I'm not impatient," she retorted, glaring at him across the table.
"Or what, you'll spank me?"
"You have no right!"
"I have every right. When you're with me, you'll behave."
"Yes, Master," she said sarcastically, but the moment the words left her lips she knew it had been a mistake. His face tightened, and his eyes narrowed.