Black Lingerie Chronicles, Part Eighteen

Flopping on her bed, Sarah stared up at the ceiling. She had just taken her laptop and phone downstairs to her dad, severing her connection to the outside world. Almost an hour late to dinner, she knew she was going to be in trouble. Her parents had grounded her for a week, which was a lot less than she had expected. Still, she was going to be stuck in the house for seven days, save to go to school.

Worse, she couldn’t even let Mindy know what was going on. She had fully expected to be grounded a month or more, not just a week and she couldn’t even tell the girl the good news.

The girl had walked her most of the way home, all the way to the head of the path that led to the pond she skinny dipped in the summer. Mindy had pulled her into her arms, gave her a heated kiss before letting her go to face her punishment.

Thinking about that kiss now, Sarah sighed, thinking it was going to be a really long week. It had only been a couple of hours, but she already missed Mindy. She had to smile and shake her head at how bad she had it for the girl.

“I love her,” Sarah said, out loud to no one in particular. It was the first time she had said, but she was pretty sure she meant it.

Closing her eyes, she could clearly see Mindy as she had looked wearing that pale blue bustier. Mindy had looked so sexy in that thing. Starting to get horny, again, Sarah forced that mental image out of her head.

She thought about the picture she had taken of herself in the black and purple corset and her heart beat a little faster. After leaving Mindy just inside the woods, she had sent the picture to the girl, then deleted the evidence from her phone. Laughing, Sarah wondered what the girl had thought, when she opened the message.

A naughty shiver worked up her spine, and she wondered what she had been thinking, first taking the photo, then sending it to Mindy. Grinning, she thought, Mindy is right about me having a kinky streak

After what she had learned today, Sarah could say the same about her girlfriend. Mindy had admitted to having slept with Erin and Ashley at the same time. Maybe Natty, too.

“Natty,” Sarah said, suddenly remembering the dead girl. Her heart started beating faster when she thought about her exchange with Erin and Ashley…

…Are you sure?” Erin asked, glancing at Sarah, “do you think you are ready to meet Natty?”

Laughing, Sarah asked, “Why does everyone assume I’m going to put it on?”

“No one has resisted so far,” Ashley said.

“Oh,” Sarah said, then shook it off, “besides even if I do try it on, doesn’t mean I’ll go to the Place of Locked Doors.”

“You’d be the first not to,” Erin said…

They had seemed pretty sure that she would try the lingerie on if she saw it and they had been right. They were also pretty sure that she would visit the Place of Locked Doors because she put the black lingerie on. Were they right about that, too? Would she meet Natty in person tonight when she went to sleep?

Chewing on her lip, Sarah hoped they were wrong. The whole idea of the Place of Locked Doors creeped her out.

She sat up, reaching for her TV remote. She needed something to distract her from thinking about the possibility of going to the Place of Locked Doors when she managed to fall to sleep tonight. Flipping through the channels, she was disappointed to find nothing on that grabbed her attention.

“This sucks,” Sarah said, turning off the TV.

She still needed something to distract her, so she looked around her room. Her eyes went to her school backpack, and she had to shake her head that she wished she had some homework to do. She started to look away when she suddenly sat up straighter and said, “Homework!”

Getting off her bed, she headed downstairs, through the kitchen and into the garage. She shivered as the cold concrete found her bare feet. She hurried to a bookcase her father kept on the back wall of the garage. As a caretaker, he had dozens of books on maintaining the various equipment he was responsible for. Scanning the titles on the shelf, Sarah hoped for something on electric motors or water pumps, or anything that could help her figure out how to get hot water into Mindy’s cabin in the woods. She found one on electrical systems, pulled it off the shelf. Still looking, she found one on plumbing and grabbed that one, too. None of the other volumes caught her attention, and she groaned. The two she had found probably wouldn’t be any help. She took them with her anyway, as she headed back inside.

Her dad was in the kitchen, grabbing a beer from the fridge. He looked up when Sarah came through the door from the garage. His eyes went to the manuals in Sarah’s arms, then up to his daughter’s eyes. He closed the fridge and leaned against the sink. As he twisted the lid off his beer, he nodded at the books, asked, “What are you up to?”

“Um… research,” Sarah said, figuring it was technically true.

“Research, huh?” He parroted, waving her over. Setting his beer down, he took the books from Sarah, reading the titles out loud. He met her eyes, asked, “What exactly are you researching?”

Sarah looked at him a long moment, then decided just to tell him the truth, “I found this bicycle-powered generator. It’s rusted up, and the batteries are corroded… I was hoping there would be something in here about fixing it.”

“And the plumbing manual?” He asked, curiosity in his eyes.

“There is an electrical water pump… I’m pretty sure the batteries run it,” she said.

He looked at her a long moment, then set the books on the sink, said, “You aren’t going to find what you need in here.”

Sighing, she said, “I know, but I can’t get online.”

“Can’t it wait until you aren’t grounded?” He said, amused.

“I don’t have anything better to do, so…” She said, shrugging.

“Where is this bicycle-powered generator at?” He asked, picking up his beer.

“There is an old cabin in the woods,” Sarah said, waiting for her father to ask for more information.

“Do you want me to help you fix it?” He asked, sipping his beer.

“Not really,” she said.

He laughed and asked, “Don’t want me to know where this cabin is, huh?”

“No,” she said.

Pushing away from the sink, he put his arm around her shoulder and said, “Come on. Let’s go find the information you need.”

“Really?” Sarah asked, surprised.

“You’ve piqued my interest with this generator,” he said, smiling at her, “I’m curious myself.”

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Yawning, Sarah set her printouts aside. She and her dad had found a bunch of information online about making and maintaining a bicycle powered generator. She had just finished reading the last of it, and her eyes were feeling grainy. Still, she had learned a lot, thought she could fix the generator at the cabin. She was going to need some WD40 and a couple of new batteries, probably would need to replace all the cables that linked the batteries. That was just for the generator; there was a lot more work to be done on the water pump.

She yawned, again, and glanced at her alarm clock. It was already after ten, so she rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom to brush her teeth. Back in her bedroom, she slipped out of her clothes, save for her panties. Turning out the lights, she got between the sheets. It had been a long day and no sooner did her head hit her pillow did she feel herself starting to drift off. She drifted and drifted and it wasn’t until she was ready to nod off, that the Place of Locked Doors popped into her head.

Researching what she needed to do to get the plumbing up and running at the cabin had done the trick, had distracted her from where she might go when sleep took her. Her last thought as she slipped into sleep was, I hope Mindy was wrong

Sarah felt a disorienting sense of motion and opened her eyes. Gasping, she realized she wasn’t in her bedroom, anymore. Looking around wide-eyed, she thought she was in Erin’s room. Well, not Erin’s but Natty’s. Her heart racing, she realized it had happened. She was in the Place of Locked Doors.

“Shit,” Sarah said, looking around nervously.

“So you did show up.”

Sarah gasped, whirling around to find Natty standing in the open doorway. There was no mistaking the girl, and she was even more beautiful in person.

Laughing, she said, “Jesus, you scared me.”

Smiling, Natty said, “Sorry.”

“It’s okay,” Sarah said, her heart still racing, “You don’t seem surprised to see me.”

“Erin said you might be coming,” Natty said, coming into the room. She grabbed something off the bed, holding it out to Sarah, “You are probably going to need this.”

Taking it, Sarah saw it was a short silk robe. She frowned, wondering why Natty was giving it to her. Looking down at herself, she gasped. All she had on were the panties she had worn to bed. Her face red, she hurriedly slipped into the robe, tying it in place. She felt better, but not much. The robe was very short, barely covered her panties.

Grinning sheepishly at Natty, she said, “Well, that was embarrassing.”

Laughing, Natty said, “The girls should have warned you to wear something else to bed.”

“They failed to mention it,” Sarah said, looking around, “this is Erin’s room, back in the real world, isn’t it?”

Smiling, Natty nodded.

“Weird,” Sarah said, then glanced at Natty, “no offense.”

“None taken,” Natty said, amused, “come on. I told Erin I’d call her when you arrived.”

“Where are we going?” Sarah asked.

“The living room,” Natty said, then grinned, “sort of an ironic name, now.”

Snorting in surprise, Sarah laughed. The ghost’s levity helped ease Sarah’s nerves, some. The fact that the Place of Locked Doors didn’t seem all that different than the real world helped, too. As she followed Natty downstairs, Sarah started to understand how the others could get used to coming here. It wasn’t as scary or creepy as she thought it would be.

It’s still a little creepy, Sarah thought, remembering this was technically the afterlife. Not Heaven or Hell, but somewhere in between. She was walking in a place not meant for those who hadn’t breathed their last breath. If anything, she was the ghost here.

Instead of going to the living room, Natty walked into the kitchen, opening the fridge. She pulled out a couple of Cokes, offering one to Sarah. Sarah looked at the glass bottle for a long moment, then shrugged and took it. Twisting off the cap, she took a drink. She didn’t know what she was expecting, but she was surprised when the fizzy, syrupy liquid tasted like Coke.

It got her thinking, and she realized all of her senses were functioning. She could feel the cool tile under her feet, could smell something cooking on the stove. Everything was vivid, real. This place of the dead was alive with stimuli, not ethereal but solid like the real world.

“What smells good?” Sarah asked.

“Dinner,” Natty said, smiling, “chicken noodle soup.”

“Out of a can?” Sarah asked.

“No,” Natty said, her smile widening, “Mindy has inspired me to learn how to cook.”

Glancing at the clock on the wall, Sarah said, “It’s a little late to be making dinner, isn’t it?”

Natty shrugged, said, “I really don’t sleep, so my internal clock isn’t the same as yours.”

“You don’t sleep?” Sarah parroted, then waved her hand, “never mind. Stupid question.”

“Did you want a bowl? It should be ready,” Natty asked, opening one of the cabinets above the sink.

Sarah had to smile at the quiet absurdity of eating dinner in the Place of Locked Doors. Still, the soup smelled delicious, so she nodded. Natty got two bowls, ladled out two healthy helpings. Passing one of the bowls to Sarah, Natty went to the table. Shrugging, Sarah joined her. Trying the soup, she sighed happily.

“This is so good,” Sarah said, around another bite.

“Thanks,” Natty said, pleased by the compliment.

The chicken noodle soup was like a salve on her nerves. As she ate, Sarah found herself relaxing even more. By the time she reached the bottom of her bowl, Sarah was ready to stay in the Place of Locked Doors for a while.

Natty went to the living room for a second, came back with a phone. She smiled when Sarah gave her a curious look, then dialed the phone.

“Hi, Erin,” Natty said, smiling at Sarah, “yeah. She’s here… How do I do that… Okay.”

Natty put the phone on the table, then pushed a button. Leaning closer, she said, loudly, “Can you hear me?”

Laughing, Erin said, “Yeah. You don’t have to yell.”

Sheepishly, Natty said, “Oh.”

“Hey, Sarah,” Ashley said.

“Ashley,” Sarah said, then thought of something, “you could have told me to wear clothing to bed.”

Laughing, Ashley said, “Sorry. Didn’t even think about it. How bad was it?”

“I sleep in just some panties,” Sarah said, her cheeks hot. She heard Ashley and Erin laughing, and her face was even hotter, “I’m glad you think it’s funny.”

“It happened to all of us,” Erin said, still laughing.

“Well, welcome to the club,” Ashley said.

“The club? What club?”

“I don’t know… The Black Lingerie Club, I guess,” Ashley said.

“I’m in the club, huh,” Sarah said, amused, “is there a newsletter? Maybe a spot in the parade, like the Shriners?”

Erin laughed, “I’m pretty sure we’d get grounded if we showed up in our club attire.”

“More like arrested,” Ashley said.

“You can only get away with walking the streets in lingerie here, at the Place of Locked Doors,” Natty said.

Sarah gave her a curious look and Natty shrugged, said, “Long story.”

“Do you mind some more company?” Ashley asked.

“Not at all. I made dinner, and there’s plenty for everyone,” Natty said.

“Enchiladas?” Ashley asked.

Laughing, Natty said, “Chicken noodle soup.”

“Ah,” Ashley said.

“Don’t be like that,” Erin said, laughing.

“The soup is delicious,” Sarah said.

“Well, save us a bowl. We’ll be there in a minute,” Erin said.

“See you then. Bye,” Natty said, hanging up. She held the phone out to Sarah, asked, “Do you want to invite Mindy?”

“Um, can I? I mean, would that be okay?” Sarah asked.

Smiling, Natty said, “Yeah. Invite her.”

Taking the phone, Sarah looked at the buttons. Sheepishly, she asked, “Um, do you know her number? I have it on my cell phone, but… I don’t know it by heart.”

Natty took the phone from her, dialed, then handed it back to her. She gathered up the dishes while Sarah waited for Mindy to pick up.

“Hey, Natty,” Mindy said, coming on the line. She sounded sleepy.

“Guess again,” Sarah said.

Laughing, Mindy said, “So the black lingerie works on everyone.”

“Natty made some bomb chicken noodle soup. You should come try some,” Sarah said.

Mindy sounded amused when she said, “So, you want me to come there? To the Place of Locked Doors?”

“I know what you are getting at… I guess this place isn’t dangerous,” Sarah said, then added, “although you could have warned me about what to wear to bed.”

“Oh shit,” Mindy said, laughing.

“Yeah, Natty got an eyeful,” Sarah said, hearing Natty laugh at the sink where she was rinsing out the bowls, “anyway, hurry up and get here. Erin and Ashley are coming over, too.”

“Coming over,” Mindy repeated, laughing, “Sounds like Natty’s is down the street, not on another plane of existence.”

“Just get here,” Sarah said.

“I’m coming,” Mindy said.

The phone went dead in Sarah’s hand, so she set it aside and said to Natty, “Looks like you are going to have a full house.”

“Why? Is Mindy coming, too?” Ashley asked, as she and Erin came into the kitchen hand in hand.

“Yeah,” Sarah said, smiling at them holding hands. It was both weird and made perfect sense that Erin and Ashley were dating. She was still getting used to them being lesbians, but a couple… She had no problem picturing them together. To paraphrase Forest Gump, they were like peas and carrots.

“Nice,” Ashley said, grinning, “the whole band is here.”

Sarah looked at her two friends standing there. It was them but not them. Or maybe this was really them, and their bodies were just empty husks back in the real world. She wondered if she looked as creepy lying in her bed as Mindy had when she flipped over. She pushed the thought away before she could freak herself out, again.

Luckily, she spotted Mindy coming down the stairs. She shook her head when she saw Mindy only wore a pair of panties and a t-shirt. Getting up, she met the girl just inside the kitchen, gave her a hug and a kiss. Pulling back, she said, “You aren’t wearing pants.”

“I know,” Mindy said, amused.

“Were you in such a rush, you couldn’t take a second to put some shorts on?” Sarah asked.

Smiling, Mindy said, “I wanted to see you. Besides, everyone in this room has seen me in less.”

“I guess they have,” Sarah said, then laughed, “I guess I can technically say the same.”

“This is a nice robe,” Mindy said, then leaned closer, “are you wearing anything under it?”

“Just some panties,” Sarah said.

“I was hoping Natty let you borrow some of her lingerie,” Mindy said, her blue eyes flashing at Sarah.

“This robe is revealing enough,” Sarah said.

“I don’t mean to interrupt,” Ashley said, getting their attention, “but would you ladies like to join the party?”

“In a second,” Mindy said, giving Sarah a toe-curling kiss, “okay. Now we can join you.”

A little dazed, Sarah blushed when she saw everyone grinning at her. Taking Mindy’s hand, she said, “So… We are all here… Now what?”

“First things first,” Ashley said, going to the stove, “I need to try this soup. I started smelling when I was still on the stairs.”

“Help yourselves,” Natty said, pointing at the cabinet above the sink, “bowls are up there. Cokes in the fridge.”

While the late arrivals got their food, Natty fell in beside Sarah, said, “So you and Mindy… You two seem happy.”

“We are… Well, I am,” Sarah said, watching Mindy ladle some soup into a bowl, “I think I love her.”

“I think you do, too,” Natty said, smiling at her, “and I think she loves you back.”

Rubbing her arms, Sarah said, “I hope so.”

“How much have they told you about this place?” Natty asked.

“Too much and probably not enough,” Sarah said, laughing.

“Did they mention the time loop theory they have?” Natty asked.

“Um, no,” Sarah said, meeting the girl’s eyes.

“No time passes in your world for the time you spend here,” Natty said, leaning closer, “you and Mindy could spend a week here, and it’d still be the night you went to sleep when you get back.”

“Really?” Sarah said, frowning, “How is that possible?”

Laughing, Natty said, “I don’t know. You could ask that question of about a lot of things that happen in the Place of Locked Doors.”

“But it’s true… A week over here is nothing over there?” Sarah asked.

“Erin and I took a trip to the Grand Canyon, were gone for eight days,” Natty said, smiling at the memory, “but no time had passed when Erin went home.”

“That’s… crazy,” Sarah said, trying to wrap her head around the idea.

“I only bring it up because if you have doubts about Mindy’s feelings matching yours, a romantic couple of days here would help seal the deal,” Natty said, smiling at her, “As Ashley likes to say, ‘I’m just putting that out there’.”

Returning the smile, Sarah said, “I’ll think about it… Thanks, Natty.”

“You are welcome,” Natty said, joining the rest of her guests.

Still mulling it over, Sarah sat at the table with the rest of her friends. She looked at Natty, and she smiled, thinking the dead girl was going to fit into that category, too. Natty was hard not to like.

“You know,” Ashley said, looking around the table, “maybe we should make it a thing, the Black Lingerie Club.”

“The what?” Mindy asked.

“Ashley told me, ‘welcome to the club’,” Sarah said, in the way of explanation for her girlfriend, “which became the Black Lingerie Club when I asked what club. We are going to have a float in the parade, a newsletter.”

Laughing, Mindy said, “Newsletter, maybe, but the float… It’d be pretty cold, wearing anything in Erin’s hiding spot.”

“Yeah, it’s all lace and not a lot of it, at that,” Erin agreed, grinning.

“Seriously,” Ashley said, pointing with her spoon, “we are already a club, I’m just saying we make it official.”

“Get matching t-shirts?” Sarah asked, laughing when Ashley gave her a dirty look, “What is the… purpose of the club?”

“Purpose?” Ashley asked.

“You know… A chess club plays chess… A motorcycle club rides motorcycles… What does a lingerie club do?”

“Wear lingerie?” Ashley said, laughing when Sarah gave her a sour look, “I don’t know. We can do whatever we want. We can run down the street naked if we want to. Well, here, anyway.”

Laughing, Erin said, “Yeah, we might get in trouble in the real world.”

“Oh hey,” Sarah said, looking at Mindy, “speaking of being in trouble, I’m grounded.”

Mindy sighed, said, “I figured. How long?”

“A week,” Sarah said.

Perking up, Mindy said, “Oh, that’s not too bad.”

“No phone or internet,” Sarah said.

“That sucks,” Mindy said, then grinned, “we’ll just have to meet up here to talk.”

“Just talk?” Erin said, amused.

Sarah’s cheeks were hot when she said, “Shut up.”

“You know,” Natty said, drawing Sarah’s attention, “the house next door is unlocked.”

“Really?” Mindy asked, interested.

“Yeah,” Natty said, grinning, “I stayed there when Erin needed to borrow the house. It’s a nice house.”

Sarah looked at Mindy for a long moment, then asked, “What are you thinking?”

“I didn’t tell you all the… strange details about the Place of Locked Doors,” Mindy said.

“You mean that time doesn’t pass in the real world while we are here?” Sarah asked.

“You know about that?” Mindy asked, surprised.

“Natty told me,” Sarah said, rubbing the back of her neck, “she also said maybe we should spend a couple of days together before we go back.”

Smiling, Mindy said, “It’s not a bad idea.”

“We recommend it, too,” Erin said, taking Ashley’s hand.

“Yeah,” Ashley said, smiling at Erin, “in fact…”

“You think any other of your neighbors left their house unlocked?” Erin asked Natty.

“Probably,” Natty said, smiling, “but locks never stopped you before.”

“True,” Erin said, laughing, “maybe we’ll look later.”

Sarah looked from Erin to Natty, then had to ask, “What do you mean locks never stopped her before?”

“On our trip to the Grand Canyon, we might have broken into a shop or two,” Natty said.

“Or a dozen,” Erin said, making the girl laugh.

“Broke in?” Sarah asked.

“Picked the lock,” Erin said.

“You can pick a lock?” She asked, surprised.

“We Googled it,” Natty said.

“Wow,” Sarah said, laughing.

“It was a crazy eight days,” Erin said, smiling at Natty.

“Yeah,” Natty agreed.

“That reminds me,” Ashley said, perking up, “we need to discuss our ‘eight days’.”

“Your eight days?” Sarah asked, looking from Ashley to Erin.

Erin shrugged, said, “Ashley and Natty made plans before we started dating. I’m okay with them going on their road trip.”

“Really?” Sarah said, giving her a curious look. The way Ashley was smiling at Natty suggested some shenanigans were going to happen.

Laughing, Erin said, “Really.”

“That’s…” Sarah said, then didn’t know how to finish the thought.

“Open-minded?” Mindy offered, grinning.

“I guess that’s one way of putting it,” Sarah said, laughing.

Looking at Erin, Sarah wondered if she’d be okay with Mindy going on a road trip with Natty. She didn’t think she would be as ‘open-minded’ as Erin was. Then again, she didn’t have the relationship Erin had with Natty. Ashley, Erin, and Natty had a past together… Maybe more than just a past.

She inadvertently got a mental image of Natty, Erin, and Ashley sharing a bed, and she couldn’t meet any of their eyes for a moment. Her cheeks felt hot, and she wondered if they noticed she was blushing. She took a deep breath to get herself under control. She was a little embarrassed to be thinking about her friends like that, but she couldn’t deny they were three very attractive girls.

“Not to change the subject, but I was thinking-” Ashley said, but didn’t get to finish the sentence.

“Uh oh,” Mindy said, interrupting her. She laughed when the redhead gave her a dirty look, said, “Sorry. Go on.”

“It’s almost Halloween,” Ashley said, looking around the group.

“Okay,” Sarah said, looking at the girl expectantly. She could see the mischief on Ashley’s mind in her emerald eyes, and she wondered what she was thinking about. Halloween, obviously, but in what context?

“Oh come on,” Ashley said, grinning, “I can’t be the only one thinking about a costume party.”

“A costume party?” Sarah asked, raising her eyebrows.

“The Place of Locked Doors-style,” Ashley said, her mischievous smile turning up even more.

“You are thinking about the costumes upstairs,” Erin said, laughing, “the ones in Natty’s closet.”

“You mean the…” Sarah said, blushing as she thought about the skimpy costumes Mindy told her about in Erin’s closet. She was pretty sure those were the ones Ashley was talking about.

“We can make it the first official party of the Black Lingerie Club,” Ashley said, still looking around the table.

Mindy took Sarah’s hand, squeezed it to get her attention, then meeting her eyes, asked, “What do you think?”

“I-I don’t know,” Sarah said, looking down at herself, “I guess I’m already half naked.”

“That’s the spirit,” Ashley said, smiling at her.

“Are we really going to do this?” Sarah asked, laughing, “I mean, this is…I don’t know what it is.”

“We don’t have to,” Mindy said, squeezing her hand, again, “we can go next door and let them have their fun.”

Sarah looked at her for a long moment, then laughed and shook her head, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but okay. Let’s have a party.”

Mindy kissed her, then whispered in her ear, “There’s that kinky streak, again.”

“When in Rome, I guess,” Sarah said, smiling at her.

“Sweetie, you can’t pretend you aren’t a Roman, too,” Mindy said, returning the smile.

“If I keep hanging out with you, I’ll be in a toga in no time,” Sarah agreed.

Her smile becoming playful, Mindy said, “Or out of it.”

“So we are doing this, then?” Ashley asked, meeting Sarah’s eyes.

Looking around the table, Sarah realized everyone else was already on board, which is why Ashley was only looking at her. Laughing and shaking her head, she said, “Let’s do it.”

“Woohoo,” Ashley said, excitedly, “slutty Halloween party, here we come.”

Her heart racing, Sarah looked at the girls sitting around the table. There wasn’t an unattractive one in the bunch, and there was about to be a whole lot less clothing being worn. She didn’t know if she was more nervous about being seen in something revealing or seeing her friends in something revealing. True, she has seen them in less, but that was back before any of them were interested in girls. Things were a bit different this time.

Part of the reason she stopped hanging out with Ashley and Erin when she started to realize she might be a lesbian was because she was attracted to both of them. They had the same willowy build- Mindy had it, too- that she liked and they were both equally beautiful if for different reasons. Suddenly awkward around them, Sarah had opted for staying away instead of either talking to them about it or pretending nothing had changed.

Now she was about to see them in next to nothing and that old awkwardness wanted to rear its head, again.

Her thoughts were interrupted when Ashley said, “Everyone upstairs!”

The girls started filing out of the kitchen, heading upstairs to change. Mindy caught Sarah’s arm, let the others get out of earshot, then said, “Are you sure about this?”

“Um, yeah,” Sarah said, with a nervous laugh, “I-I think it’ll be fun.”

“So do I,” Mindy said, smiling at her, “I think we need to talk about… etiquette.”

“Etiquette?” Sarah parroted, raising her eyebrows.

Blushing, Mindy said, “You know my past with these three.”

“Yeah,” Sarah said.

“These things have a way of getting out of hand,” Mindy said, meeting Sarah’s eyes.

“Oh,” Sarah said and it was her turn to blush, “you mean…”

“Yeah,” Mindy said, laughing.

“You don’t think that’s what Ashley had in mind, do you?” Sarah asked, thinking about Erin letting Ashley go on her road trip with Natty. Apparently, Ashley’s and Erin’s relationship was still open.

“Probably not,” Mindy said, then winked at Sarah, “although, she probably wouldn’t be against it.”

“Right,” Sarah said, shaking her head, “let’s go find our costumes.”

They headed upstairs, found the others already riffling through the rack of costumes. Sarah looked around and laughed. She hadn’t realized just how much lingerie was in the hole in the back of Erin’s closet until now. Teddies, bustiers, corsets, camisoles and baby dolls in every color and style imaginable. Not to mention the costumes.

“All of this is in your hiding spot?” Sarah asked, giving Erin a dubious look.

“Yeah,” Erin said, laughing, “wasn’t easy.”

“I’d say not,” Sarah said.

“Oh,” Ashley said, pulling something off the rack of costumes, “this is mine!”

Sarah saw the schoolgirl costume and laughed, said, “Don’t you get tired of wearing a school uniform?”

“Ours isn’t this hot,” Ashley said, stepping out of the space behind the closet and into the bedroom.

Sarah glanced her way, gasping as Ashley pulled her shirt over her head and off. Realizing Ashley was just going to strip down and slip into the costume right there, Sarah looked away, her face hot. She noticed Mindy looking at her with an amused smile on her face and realized the girl had seen her. Sarah gave Mindy a sheepish grin and a shrug of her shoulders.

Laughing, Mindy leaned in close and said, “You can have one peek, if you want it.”

“Seriously?” Sarah said, giving her a dubious look. She couldn’t tell if Mindy was serious or messing with her.

“We’ll both look,” Mindy said, grinning, “on three?”

“Shut up,” Sarah said, laughing. She still wasn’t sure if Mindy was messing with her or not, but she didn’t look toward the bedroom. She didn’t need the image of Ashley naked on her conscience.

“Suit yourself,” Mindy said, moving to the rack of costumes. She started poking through it, her head tilted to one side as she browsed.

Sarah watched her for a moment, her heart beating faster. There were a lot of skimpy, tight, or sheer outfits on the rack Mindy was looking through. She thought the girl would look amazing in any of them.

Noticing Sarah still standing in the doorway to the hidden compartment, Mindy smiled at her and said, “Come pick something for me.”

“For you?” Sarah asked, moving to her side.

“And I’ll pick one for you,” Mindy said, her smile widening, “after all, the costume really isn’t for the one wearing it, is it?”

“Um, I guess not,” Sarah said, intrigued by the idea. The more she thought about it, the more she liked it.

“Now to find the skimpiest thing on the rack,” Mindy teased.

“You better not,” Sarah said, making the girl laugh.

“I’m not going to lie, Babe,” Mindy said, kissing her, “it’s all pretty skimpy.”

“I know,” Sarah said, shaking her head.

She started looking through the costumes and had to smile at all the different concepts. The usual fare was there- maid, school girl, nurse- but also some she wouldn’t have expected. There was an inappropriately sexy nun costume, a bunny costume, a ninja costume, and other less likely but still curiously hot ones. Then again, just about anything tight and short could be sexy.

Sarah’s hands froze on a sheer belly dancer costume, and her heart started beating a little faster as she pulled it off the rack. She would hesitate to call it a fetish, but she had a thing for belly dancers. There was just something sexy about a bare midriff and wriggling hips. Mindy didn’t have the swarthy skin of an Arab girl, but Sarah thought she’d look hot as hell in the costume.

“Is that the one?” Mindy asked, seeing Sarah looking at the costume intently.

“Um, yeah,” Sarah said, a little sheepishly.

Nodding, Mindy went back to riffling through the costumes. Sarah watched her, wondering what sort of fantasy the girl would choose. She realized she was about to learn something new about Mindy, one of her turn on’s. While she was a little nervous about walking around half naked, she liked the idea of dressing up for Mindy.

Mindy suddenly laughed and pulled something off the rack. Holding it out for Sarah to see, she asked, “How about this one?”

Snorting in surprise, Sarah had to laugh. It was a clown costume, complete with a curly red wig and a red nose. Even as ridiculous as the idea of a clown costume was, it managed to be sexy, more appropriate for a bachelor party than a kid’s birthday party.

“Is that what you are picking?” Erin asked, laughing.

“No,” Mindy said, putting it back on the rack, “but I had to show it to Sarah.”

“Why do you even have that, Natty?” Sarah asked.

“A lot of these costumes, I’ve never worn,” Natty said, then started grinning, “but I have worn that one. Got a good laugh from my Love.”

“I bet you did,” Sarah said, shaking her head.

“Oh,” Mindy said, stopping in her riffling.

Sarah looked at her, saw the girl’s eyes bright with excitement. Her heart beat faster as she realized the girl had found the costume she would be wearing. She couldn’t quite see what had caught the girl’s attention.

Smiling, Mindy pulled the costume off the rack and held it up for Sarah to see, said, “It’s not a toga, but…”

Sarah snorted in surprise when she realized it was a Roman gladiator costume- or, more accurately a sexed up version of a gladiator costume. It was basically a leather mini dress, stylized to look like it should belong in a pornographic spin-off of the movie Gladiator.

“What’s that about a toga?” Ashley asked, coming back into the void behind the closet.

Sarah glanced at her, almost sighing with relief that she was dressed, again. Even if what she wore barely counted as dressed. The skirt on the schoolgirl uniform barely covered her ass and wouldn’t even do that if she bent over even a little. The top was really short and cut low in the front, revealing Ashley’s sexy belly and a fair bit of cleavage. She looked ridiculously hot, and it took Sarah a little too long to look away.

“Inside joke,” Mindy said, handing the costume to Sarah.

“You need these, too,” Natty said, holding out a pair of lace-up knee-high sandals.

“Definitely,” Mindy said, taking them, “come on.”

“Where are you going?” Ashley asked.

“To change,” Mindy said.

“If you are gone for more than ten minutes, we are coming to find you,” the redhead said.

Sarah followed Mindy out of the master bedroom and down the hall to Natty’s old bedroom. Just inside the room, Mindy grabbed Sarah’s arm and spun her into her arms. Smiling, Mindy kissed her deeply before saying, “You will make a sexy gladiator.”

“God, I can’t wait to see you in your costume,” Sarah said, then a little self-consciously added, “I kind of have a thing for belly dancers.”

“Well, when we are alone,” Mindy said, with a playful grin, “I’ll do a little dance for you.”

“Promise?” Sarah asked.

“Yeah,” Mindy said, kissing her, again.

“Maybe we should just go now,” Sarah said, her voice husky.

Laughing, Mindy said, “Pick a corner. Don’t turn around until we both finish changing.”

“Okay,” Sarah said, inclining her head toward the corner she intended to use.

Nodding, Mindy slipped out of Sarah’s arms, walking with her costume to the corner opposite the one Sarah had picked. Sarah watched her slip out of her shirt and wriggle out of her panties, then looked away before she could ruin the surprise.

Loosening the belt on the silk robe, Sarah shrugged out of it and tossed it on the bed where Natty had taken it from earlier. In just her panties, Sarah slipped into the gladiator costume. Like the rest of Natty’s lingerie, it fit her surprisingly well. It was cut low in the front and was very short, so she was showing a lot of skin. Still, all of her naughty bits were covered, so she didn’t feel too exposed.

She slipped into the sandals, lacing them nearly to her knees. Looking down at herself, she thought she looked kind of sexy, like a warrior princess out of a fairy tale. She wondered if this costume would get Mindy’s motor running the way Mindy’s would surely get hers.

“Ready?” Mindy asked.

“Um, yeah,” Sarah said, her heart beating faster.

“On three?” Mindy asked.

“Okay,” Sarah said.

“One… Two… Three!”

Sarah turned and gasped, her eyes wide as she drank in her girlfriend. There wasn’t much to the costume, just a sparkly bejeweled bralette that left Mindy’s sexy stomach exposed and a sheer skirt left her legs bare. It was closer to a slave girl costume than a belly dancer Sarah realized, her heart racing at the sight of Mindy in so little.

Smiling, Mindy said, “I take it you like it.”

“I… I didn’t realize there was so little to it,” Sarah stammered.

Her smile widening, Mindy said, “That just makes it that more fun.”

Sarah couldn’t look away from the girl. The costume was more than she could have hoped for, maybe too much. She really just wanted to skip the party and just have her way with Mindy right now. She might have, if she didn’t remember Ashley’s threat to come find them if they took to long.

Mindy came to her, kissed her, then said, “My costume is a bit more revealing than yours.”

“Yeah,” Sarah said, a little sheepishly, “sorry about that.”

“How about we do this…” Mindy said, running her hands up Sarah’s thighs and pulling her panties down, “to make us even.”

Sarah shivered as she stepped out of her panties, cool air finding its way under her dress and caressing her bare skin. Her costume was way too short not to be wearing underwear. Still, she didn’t protest, partly because it seemed only fair, considering how little there was to Mindy’s costume. Mostly, though, she didn’t stop Mindy because not wearing panties under the very short dress was kind of exciting, added a note of danger to the whole thing. A naughty shiver ran up her spine.

Mindy was smiling at her, had a look in her eyes that made Sarah’s heart beat faster. Stepping into the girl’s arms, she asked, “Do you really think Ashley will come looking for us if we take too long.”

Kissing her, Mindy said, “We’ll just have to hurry.”

“We are down to maybe five minutes,” Sarah said, glancing at the door.

Mindy grabbed her hand, said, “Come on.”

Following Mindy out of the bedroom, she asked, “Where are we going?”

Mindy didn’t answer. The girl held her finger to her lips, the universal sign to keep quiet. Sarah stood back as Mindy moved to the wall next to the open master bedroom door. She peeked around the corner, and Sarah grinned. She just figured out what the girl had in mind.

“Let’s go,” Mindy mouthed.

Nodding, Sarah followed her down the hallway. They ducked into the bathroom unnoticed, giggling as they moved into each other’s arms. Their lips met, the nervous excitement of sneaking around turning into desire. The kiss lingered a moment, then Sarah noticed the door was wide open.

Pulling away, she whispered, “Shouldn’t we close the door?”

“It would give us away,” Mindy said, kissing her, again, “there are no closed doors in this house.”

“Why not?” Sarah asked.

“Ask me again, later,” Mindy said, her hands sliding down Sarah’s back to grab her buttocks, “I think we bought ourselves some time, but I don’t know how much.”

Looking at the open door, again, Sarah asked anxiously, “Do you think we have enough time?”

“Not if we stay here,” Mindy said, grinning at her, “Luckily, I have a plan.”

“What’s that?” Sarah asked.

“We are going to hide where they’ll least expect to find us,” Mindy said, kissing her.

Sarah meant to ask where that would be, but Mindy distracted her by rubbing her thigh between her legs. The pressure on her bud drew a moan to her lips, and it escaped her before she could hold it in. Her eyes were on the wide open door, and she fought to keep her voice in check. Mindy wasn’t making it easy, rubbing her leg against her girlhood. Hoping to distract herself from the lovely sensation, Sarah kissed Mindy deeply, her hand stealing down to cup one of her breasts.

“Okay, we need to slow down,” Mindy husked, pulling away from Sarah. She went to the door, peeking out into the hallway. Glancing back at Sarah, she said, “When they come out of the bedroom, we’ll hide there. I doubt they’ll check there.”

“You doubt?” Sarah said.

Laughing, Mindy said, “It’s the best plan I’ve got, unless you want to wait.”

Sarah looked at Mindy in her sexy costume, and she didn’t want to wait. She really didn’t want to get caught, either, but she was willing to risk it. Moving behind the girl, she put her arms around her and whispered in her ear, “They need to hurry up and get out of our room.”

Mindy turned her body so she could kiss Sarah, said, “Yeah, they do.”

When Mindy returned her attention to the hallway, Sarah let her hand slide down Mindy’s bare stomach and between her thighs. Mindy moaned softly as Sarah teased her bud. The lazy circles Sarah’s fingers were making had Mindy’s hips moving, her backside rubbing deliciously against Sarah’s lower abdomen. Sarah smiled when she saw Mindy’s fingers tighten on the door jam as what she was doing to the girl started to feel really good.

“God, they really need to hurry,” Mindy said, in a breathy moan.

A couple of seconds later, Mindy straightened up, seeing something. She was grinning when she turned to Sarah, “They just left. Let’s go.”

They hurried to the master bedroom, both of them on padded feet. Inside, Sarah thought Mindy intended to use the bed, but she was wrong. The girl moved to the far side of the bed, pulling her down on the floor. Sarah glanced back toward the door and nodded her appreciation. The bed would hide them from a cursory inspection of the room from the doorway.

Wouldn’t do a thing if one of the girls actually came into the room to look for us, Sarah thought, getting a flutter of nervous excitement in her belly.

Sarah cast one last look at the door, then smiled at Mindy, said, “I hope this plan of yours works.”

“Me, too,” Mindy said, pulling Sarah down at top her. She wrapped her arms around Sarah’s neck and kissed her deeply. She let Sarah come up for air, smiled as she said, “We should hurry, though.”

“Right,” Sarah said, nudging Mindy’s legs open so she could move between them. She pulled the skirt of Mindy’s costume up around her hips, saw the girl wasn’t wearing anything under the gauzy strip of cloth. She hiked up her own costume, not wanting anything to come between her and Mindy. She straddled Mindy’s hip, lowering onto her until Mindy’s girlhood was molded against her own. As always, their bodies fit together like they should never be apart.

The first roll of her hips forced a moan from her, and she glanced at the open door. She bit her lip, reminding herself they needed to be quiet. She looked back at Mindy, saw the girl looking up at her with amusement in her eyes.

“Shh,” Mindy said, playfully.

Laughing, Sarah leaned in and kissed her. This time it was Mindy who had to bite her lip when Sarah started moving her hips again. Neither one of them was having much success in controlling their excitement, their moans and sighs threatening to get away from them.

Having sex like this, when the girls would be looking for them, was dangerous and kind of thrilling. It reminded her of skinny dipping in the summertime. The chance of getting caught only made it that much more fun. Swimming naked at the pond was only slightly risky- it was secluded and not a lot of people knew about it- but what she and Mindy were doing now… A naughty shiver ran up her spine as she thought about the wide open door and Ashley’s promise to come looking for them if they took too long. There was a real danger of being caught here and she should probably be ashamed of how turned on that made her.

I think Mindy’s right, Sarah thought, her hips moving faster and faster, I am a Roman, too.

Sliding her hands up Mindy’s bare belly, Sarah pushed the bejeweled top of Mindy’s costume up, revealing her up-swept breasts. The girl’s back arched off the floor as she trapped her straining nipple between her teeth. Mindy groaned loudly, and Sarah’s heart skipped a beat. That unmistakable sound of enjoyment had to carry to the hallway. Still, she didn’t let up, not even when Mindy made that sound, again.

She kissed the slope of Mindy’s breast, then the graceful curve of her neck, and finally her lips. She teased Mindy’s tongue into her mouth with her own, and the girl kissed her back eagerly. She flashed back to that first kiss in the garage at Carrie’s party. She had been so nervous, finally telling Mindy how she felt about her. She had panicked when Mindy didn’t say anything, but then the girl had kissed her. There had been a spark behind that kiss and one every kiss since.

Mindy’s hands were on her shoulder, and Sarah shivered when the girl pulled the costume off them and down to bare her breasts. The shiver became a moan as Mindy’s mouth found her nipple. The swirl of the girl’s tongue across that sensitive nub made Sarah’s back arch, pushing her breast against Mindy’s mouth.

The pressure on her bud as she ground against Mindy, the tease of the girl’s tongue on her breast, the danger of the moment they were in was making it hard to do the one thing they really needed to do if they weren’t going to get caught- be quiet. It seemed like the more she tried to hold in the little sounds of excitement she was making, the more that slipped free. Mindy wasn’t having any more luck than she was, both of their moans and sighs surely loud enough to catch the attention of anyone walking by the open door.

We are totally going to get busted, Sarah thought, deciding she didn’t care. It wasn’t like Mindy and her being intimate was a secret to their friends. They wouldn’t be shocked or dismayed to find them having sex. They’d probably tease the hell out of them, but that wasn’t enough to make Sarah want to stop.

From the hallway, Sarah heard Ashley call, “Are they in there?”

“No. Check in there,” Erin called back to her.

Freezing, Sarah looked wide-eyed at Mindy. The girls were out in the hallway, searching for them. Sarah started to roll off of Mindy but froze again when she heard the floorboards only a half dozen feet away creak.

“Mindy? Sarah?” Ashley asked.

Her stomach dropping, Sarah was sure they were busted. She glanced over her shoulder, expecting to see Ashley looking down at them. The redhead wasn’t there, though. So far, they hadn’t been found, but that couldn’t last. Ashley was in the room with them.

“Are you ladies in here?” Ashley asked

Sarah realized Ashley was still in the open doorway, hadn’t come all the way into the room. From where she stood, the redhead couldn’t see Sarah and Mindy.

Please don’t come in, Sarah thought, meeting Mindy’s eyes. She saw that the girl was saying the same little prayer to the god who kept young girls out of embarrassing situations.

“Are they in there?” Natty asked, sounding too close for comfort.

“No,” Ashley said.

“Maybe they headed next door,” Erin suggested.

“Just like that? Without saying goodbye?” Natty asked, sounding dubious.

“Maybe their costumes were too hot to wait,” Ashley said, her tone playful.

“Maybe,” Erin said, laughing, “I could understand that.”

“Let’s go back downstairs,” Natty said, clearly smiling, “they’ll turn up eventually.”

Sarah held her breath, daring to hope they wouldn’t be found out. The three girls were still only feet away from discovering them, much too close for comfort. She silently pleaded with them to listen to Natty.

“Yeah, let’s go,” Erin said.

There came the sound of retreating footsteps, and Sarah let out her pent-up breath in a nervous giggle. She made the mistake of meeting Mindy’s eyes, and those giggles got away from her. Mindy was laughing, too.

“Holy shit, that was close,” Sarah said, whispering.

“Too close,” Mindy agreed, kissing her, “at least we don’t have to worry about them, anymore.”

“They still might come back upstairs,” Sarah said.

“I doubt they will,” Mindy said, kissing her, again, “now take your costume off.”

Laughing, Sarah gave her a look, said, “Pushing our luck, huh?”

“The costume is cute, but I want you naked,” Mindy said, fiddling with the hem of the skirt. She flashed her beautiful blue eyes at Sarah.

Forgetting to breathe, Sarah leaned in to kiss the girl. When the girl hooked her fingers in the skirt of the costume and lifted, Sarah helped her remove it. Naked except for a pair of strappy sandals, Sarah shivered with excitement. At least the costume had given her some chance at modesty if the girls did come searching again, but not anymore. All of her naughty bits were out.

“Let me up,” Mindy said.

Sarah got off of Mindy, sitting beside her. She frowned as Mindy got to her feet and walked over to Natty’s dresser. The girl turned the little stereo sitting atop it on, set the volume just loud enough to be heard in the bedroom but not loud enough to reach the hallway. Still frowning, Sarah wondered what the girl was up to. Mindy had a mischievous smile on her face when she turned back around. With her hands over her head, Mindy started rolling her hips in a seductive dance. Her eyes widening, Sarah watched her dance for a moment, then started laughing.

“I thought you were joking about the dance,” Sarah said.

“I said I’d give you a dance,” Mindy said, smiling at her.

Leaning back on her elbows, Sarah watched the seductive gyrations of Mindy’s hips, the flex of her sexy belly. The girl was actually pretty good at belly dancing, something she’d have to ask her about later. Right now, she just wanted to enjoy the show.

Mindy ran her hands up her sides, hooking her fingers in the bejeweled top. She pulled the top the rest of the way off, tossing it to Sarah, who snagged it out of the air.

This is turning into a striptease, instead of a belly dance, Sarah thought, her heart beating faster. Even as the thought popped into her head, she saw Mindy hook her fingers into the skirt part of the costume. Mindy worked it off one hip, then the other without stopping the gyrations of her lower body. Gravity finished what Mindy started, and she stepped out of the rest of her costume.

Mindy was out of clothing, but the dance wasn’t over. Sarah couldn’t look away from her girlfriend as she swayed and twisted. She hadn’t realized Mindy was so graceful, could move with such a raw sensuality.

Unable to remain in her spot on the floor, Sarah had to go to her. Seeing her coming, Mindy welcomed her into her arms. Sarah kissed her deeply, her excitement getting away from her. She finally had to come up for air and she gave Mindy a sheepish grin.

“You are a beautiful dancer,” Sarah said.

“I was going for sexy,” Mindy said.

“Oh, it was sexy as hell,” Sarah said, laughing, “where did you learn to move like that?”

“Youtube,” Mindy said, then a little self-consciously, “I wanted to take dance classes when I was younger, but we couldn’t afford them. So… Youtube. One of the online classes I took was belly dancing.”

“God, you were so hot dancing,” Sarah said, kissing her.

“Just do me a favor,” Mindy said.

“What?” Sarah asked.

“Don’t tell the others,” Mindy said, a little embarrassed.

Laughing, Sarah said, “Okay. Your secret is safe with me… If you promise to dance for me, again.”

“Just for you,” Mindy said, kissing her.

“I love you,” Sarah said, then gasped. She hadn’t realized she was going to say those three words to Mindy, yet. It just sort of slipped out.

“You love me?” Mindy said, clearly caught off guard.

“Um,” Sarah said, then figuring it was already out there, “yeah.”

Mindy looked at her for a long moment, and Sarah found herself holding her breath. Then the girl hugged her so tight it squeezed the breath out of her.

“I love you, too,” Mindy said, pulling back to kiss her.

Looking down at their naked bodies, Sarah blushed, said, “This really isn’t how I meant to tell you.”

Mindy laughed and kissed her, said, “As long as you mean it.”

“I do,” Sarah said, taking a deep breath, “I love you.”

“Then it was perfect,” Mindy said, smiling warmly at her.

Returning it with one of her own, Sarah said, “I’m glad you are easy to please.”

“Speaking of easy to please,” Mindy said, kissing her, “we were in the middle of something.”

Sarah started to stretch out on the floor, again, but Mindy caught her hand and tugged her toward the door.

“Where are we going?” Sarah asked.

“Natty’s old room,” Mindy said.

“What about our costumes?” Sarah asked, looking down at the strewn articles of clothing.

“We’ll come back for them,” Mindy said, inclining her head toward the doorway, “come on.”

Sarah followed Mindy down the hall, very conscious of the fact that she was naked. She cut her eyes toward the stairs, half expecting to see the girls gaping at her. They made it to the other bedroom without getting caught, bursting into the room in a fit of nervous giggles. Sarah made the mistake of meeting Mindy’s eyes, and it only set them off, again.

“We really are trying our luck,” Sarah said.

“Kind of fun, isn’t it?” Mindy asked, grinning at her.

“Definitely,” Sarah said, moving into her arms. She backed Mindy up until she tumbled onto the bed. Ending up on top of the girl, Sarah smiled down at her, said, “I think this was where we were before we were interrupted.”

“Almost,” Mindy said, scooting backward so Sarah could crawl onto the bed with her. She put her long leg on Sarah’s shoulder as Sarah straddled one of her hips. Smiling up at Sarah, she said, “Now, this is where we were.”

“Right,” Sarah said, grinding her lower abdomen against her.

It didn’t take long for them to fall back into rhythm, their young bodies moving together in perfect time. How well they moved together was still a bit of a surprise to Sarah. The whole process of making love was still brand new to her and, while Mindy was more experienced, their passion still had that new relationship smell to it. The times they had been together could be counted on her fingers with enough digits left over to still fly the devil horns on both hands. Still, they never missed a step.

She didn’t consider herself much of a romantic, but she thought there might be something to that, that easy way she and Mindy fell into intimacy. Feeling like a silly girl, she thought maybe it was a sign that they were meant to be together.

Whatever it was, she and Mindy were good together. As a moan slipped past her slack mouth, she amended that, Very, very good together.

They had been well on their way before the search party interrupted them and Mindy’s little dance had turned them both on even more- not to mention the mad dash from the other bedroom with nothing on but their shoes- so it didn’t take long for all that excitement to catch up with them. Sarah took Mindy’s hand as she really ground against the girl and their eyes met as they pushed each other closer to the edge of ecstasy. She saw Mindy’s beautiful sapphire eyes widen as she started to come, didn’t look away even as her own body started to come undone. Lost in each others’ eyes, they climaxed as one.

Collapsing to the bed next to her girlfriend, Sarah fought to regain her breath. She rolled against the girl, snuggled tightly against her. Smiling, she managed to say, “I love you.”

“I love you, too,” Mindy said, kissing her.

They stayed like that a little while, then Sarah glanced at the open door. Sitting up, she said, “Maybe we should join the party.”

“I was thinking the same thing,” Mindy said.

They left the bedroom hand in hand, only to stop dead in their tracks as they saw Natty coming out of the bathroom. Hearing them, the girl turned to look at them, her eyes widening when she saw them standing there naked.

Laughing, the girl said, “So you two are still here, after all.”

Covering up as best she could, Sarah said, “Yeah.”

Nodding, Natty said, “Should I tell the other’s you’ll be down in a minute?”

Sarah blushed when she realized what the girl was really asking.

It was Mindy who answered, “Yeah. We are coming down as soon as we put our costumes back on.”

Natty frowned, asked, “Where are your costumes?”

“Um, your bedroom,” Sarah said, then clarified, “the master bedroom.”

“Right,” Natty said, laughing, “this should be a good story.”

With that, Natty headed downstairs, leaving Mindy and Sarah to look at each other. Shrugging, Mindy said, “They were going to ask, anyway.”

“Yeah,” Sarah said, shaking her head.

“Let’s get dressed,” Mindy said, offering her hand.

Taking it, Sarah said, “Yeah, our luck has officially run out.”

8 Responses to Black Lingerie Chronicles, Part Eighteen

  1. Andrew Mason says:

    Sarah and Mindy remind me very much of Tai and Dora from the comic Questionable Content. Tai declares her live for Dora for the first time, and Dora just stares for a few panels before grabbing Tai by the hand and dragging her to bed.

    This isn’t the one I was thinking of, but I couldn’t find that one, and this one also illustrates their relationship nicely.

    http://www.questionablecontent.net/comics/2246.png

  2. Sarah-Sophie says:

    I loved this part again Ebo! Only I think it´s sad that Sarah doesn`t really learn anything about Mindy’s turn ons. The Gladiator costume is more a pun on the when being in Rome saying. It´s hot yes but would Mindy have choosen it if they hadn`t had that talk before?
    Also I´m kinda missing the freeness of the girls thinking up stuff! Like the angel costume way back! It was way fun to not have them “limited” to 60 year old fetish clothes. lol Not that there are many limits with Natty`s wardrobe. I hope you will add that back when the girls stay for their vacation! It´s hot to have them always naked or in the lingerie. But sometimes the “hidden” stuff is hotter than the one you can always see.

    Love you Ebo!
    hugs and kisses!

  3. Fur says:

    I loved it. Got a little confused by the talk between Natty and Sarah about the place of locked doors. So far I like what you’ve done but I do still want more openness in Mindy and Sarah’s relationship but that’s me..

    I do keep checking for more stories here but today my router was being an ass.

  4. sumfun says:

    Love this series, can wait for the next chapter, I hope that sarah joins in the group activities. Really good story telling

  5. Lex Cortland says:

    I’m always reluctant to put my two cents in on the direction the story is going, because I want it to come from your imagination, not mine. So I’ll just say, more please.

  6. No One says:

    Very sweet and sexy chapter. The developing relationship between Mindy and Sarah continues to be adorable, and it was fun to see Sarah’s reaction to the Place of Locked Doors. I think she got used to it pretty quick. Being grounded doesn’t mean much when you can go meet your girlfriend in a magic timeless place, huh?

    I’m still not sure the “timeless” part makes any sense, though. How can time not really pass in the real world while they’re “flipped over”, but still allow them to communicate with the outside? If, say, Sarah is in the Place of Locked Doors and calls Mindy, then she waits an hour and calls again, how much time is there between the calls in the real world? It seems like the calls should be at the same time (since you can be gone a week and still no time has passed) but that’s not the case since they can still communicate normally… Ah well, maybe the fact that it doesn’t make sense is part of the charm. :)

    I’m looking forward to Ashley’s trip with Natty, and hopefully we’ll also return soon to some of the lingering mysteries, like the missing money, and the weird people/place “beyond” the Place of Locked Doors.

  7. Quinlan says:

    No One, to quote a great and wise man who know oodles about it. “It’s just a bunch of timey wimey….stuff.”

  8. The Poster Formerly Known as ME says:

    First, as always, a superb chapter. Love the whole Mindy/Sarah dynamic.

    Secondly, I noticed the girls all have the same nervous habit: namely, they all rub the back of their necks when they are thinking or nervous about something. You may want to watch that for future characters or other series.

    Thirdly, it seems to me that the oddities of the Place of Locked Doors conversely make more sense the less they make sense. It seems to me that a way station between life and death (or the afterlife, or whatever the hell that place is — personally I think my description fits best, but that’s just me) wouldn’t always follow the rules of the real/waking/living world, and time would only pass in the real world when the body of the person is being observed in, or the PoLD interacts with, the living world.

    Lastly, apologies for the odd name; I’m not good with names and I’m in the process of finding a new nom de plume. I wasn’t too thrilled with the old one and Ebo’s joke in response to an earlier post of mine reminded me of that.

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