The Dragon's Gift
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Sitting through Maxine’s latest theatre performance about a dragon is an experience her friend dreads, but Maxine’s promise of a surprise for her after the show has piqued her interest. After a production that both pleases and surprises, Maxine—in full dragon costume—motions to meet her friend through a stage side door. In the dark and under the stage, the friend’s desire for Maxine is finally realized…and then some.
I gulp as her claw becomes the flat of her finger, tracing the outline of my mouth and further sending me alight. I want to close my eyes and accept the responses from my body, but my mind tells me I should see who causes them and understand why. But all I see is the dragon and the light of the lantern flickering, appearing and disappearing as the shape of Maxine’s costume continues to sway back and forth, repeatedly blocking it out.
Why knowingly trigger me? Maxine is never cruel, nor does she make decisions lightly. She’s methodical in all aspects of her life, carefully choosing every move before its execution. I think surprise and want to melt into the floor. There could be no greater gift than finally experiencing the touch from the single most desirable person in my life, and no better place for her first experience with the same sex than the exceptionally quiet, still, and private dark under the stage where Maxine has just fabulously performed.
A single clawed digit pushes into my mouth, spreading my lips apart and caressing over the flat of my tongue. I create an O shape around it and curl around her finger. The front of my tongue slides smoothly over her pointed tip as she withdraws, and I enjoy the light smacking sound our actions make from my suction once she’s left my mouth. My mind wanders as I imagine gliding in and out of multiple places…extra-long caresses reaching extra, extra deep…If this is really happening, I tell myself I cannot let her down.
I reach with both my hands to grasp the hand still floating in front of my face. I kiss each knuckle in turn, and then lick the space between her thumb and pointer finger with the tip of my tongue. The texture of the costume is rough in the opposite direction of the layered fabric, and smooth as glass down the other way. I taste something I imagine to be the remnants of stage makeup she might’ve helped a fellow actor draw on, but it’s the warmth radiating from underneath that lures me further; I want to feel it all over my body. Grasping her hand tightly, I place it over my face, guide it down over my features to my neck, and push into the dip of my shirt collar. I feel the trail linger like a mild burn long after her hand cascades onto my shirt fabric and pauses above my rapidly beating heart.
My eyes closed sometime during the action, but I open them to confess what I’ve always wanted to say, “I want you.”
Maxine doesn’t speak a word, but her head tilts from side to side again. I wish she’d say something—anything—to assure me of her intentions. A few touches, some light kisses—they mean less to me without the emotional connection inflicted by words. I’d like to hear her tell me she’s always secretly desired me, been curious. A confession of mutual love would send me over the moon….
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing
I've been writing since I was old enough to scribble with a crayon. I loved creating picture books in elementary school, and I wrote tons of poetry in high school. I didn't get serious with my writing until after college, when I moved to Europe. I've written everything from children's picture books to explicit adult erotica, and I'm only now exploring romance. I often find myself wanting to write what I haven't written before, and writing a "sweet" romance is next on my to-do list.
2) What inspired you to write this story?
I've always been amused and fascinated by "beast" and "monster" erotica, which is quite popular at the moment. It's strange, explicit, and over-the-top. I've never written this type of story and The Dragon's Gift was an experiment in doing so. My original ending wasn't a happily ever after, and I ended up writing two more endings to see how it would change the overall feeling of the story. This story experience was delightful, challenging, and something I'm glad I attempted.
3) Do you have a favourite genre to read/write?
I enjoy reading YA fantasy books. They're quick and easy to read, and usually tell a positive tale about characters seeking redemption. I also like paranormal/horror stories. I grew up eating the words of Anne Rice and wishing I was inside a tale from R.L. Stine. Right now I'm writing only erotica and romance, although I also enjoy writing YA fantasy.
4) What are the best and worse things about being an author?
I'm my own worst enemy. I strive for perfection in character and plot to the point where I dig holes in my work and can't write another word. The best thing would hearing that someone was entertained by a story. The whole reason I write is to empty the voices of the characters inside my head and dump them where they can't pester me anymore. These characters want attention, and being read and loved by a reader is magical.
5) What's your favourite book you read in 2015?
One of the most memorable stories I've read this past year is Ghosts Have Pride by Patient Lee in the Erotica After Midnight Anthology It's a story about coming to terms with sexuality, and learning that the struggle of self-acceptance is both an individual journey, as well as one made by many others. It's touching and upbeat, reminding the reader that they're not alone.
6) Which of the characters you've written so far is your favourite and why?
My favorite character of all time would have to be Beth from A Normal Girl. She's my favorite because she's an unredeemable, insane Dominant, who dominates all wrong. She was fun to write because it allowed me to break traditional rules of BDSM to show the purpose of having rules in the first place.
7) Do you have any special routine you follow when you're writing?
I typically write only in the morning when my brain is fresh. If I try to write later in the day, I find myself struggling and unable to focus. I don't have an official desk, so I'm left to write on my couch with my feet up and a big glass of ice tea (that I drink even in the cold of winter). I jot down a few notes and then just let it all out. When I'm really in the zone for a long while and suddenly snap out of it, I'm drenched in sweat. That's the best kind of writing session.
8) Tell us a little known fact about yourself
I have a phobia to Shrimp
9) What's coming up next with your writing? Any projects on the go?
Readers can expect the re-release and improved version of A Normal Girl in 2016. It's a fetish focused erotic novella about a young man seeking to find his ideal, normal partner, when what he finds teacher him that "normal" is relative, and that he's not really so "normal" at all.
10) How can readers connect with you?
Readers can find me on Facebook, twitter, G+, or pop in on my blog.
Angora Shade is a multi-published American author living in what she lovingly refers to as "Sheep Shit Nowhere" Europe. In an attempt to add some spice to her small town life, Ms Shade began writing explicit erotica as a form of entertainment. Exploring the boundaries of acceptable sexual literature, she often seeks to create stories that not only entertain others, but also expose and push against the negative stigma surrounding sex in modern day society. She believes that sex, in literature, art, personal thought, and physical nature, should be celebrated and expressed freely and as easily as any God given freedom. Her favorite themes in writing include revenge, self-discovery, alternative materials for love play/bdsm, as well as anything that produces a good tingle, sizzle, or laugh. When not writing, Ms Shade enjoys red wine, travel, dancing, classic cartoons, baking, and creating fine art.