Oil of Roses Ch. 21
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After a time, Carol got up off the floor and very calmly removed another seventeen fifty-dollar bills, as well as five more sheaves of notes from albums. Then she returned the forceps to Eddy and knelt before Harry, eyes downcast.
“May I take all of you to supper this evening?” she asked.
“If you want to sweetie, of course you can. Any preference as to where?” Harry replied.
“I was hoping the Bangkok Inn might be acceptable to everyone.”
Everyone chimed in with agreement so Carol asked, “May I reserve the Vimanmek Palace room?”
“Certainly, my pet,” Margo answered, “I’ve been curious to see what it looked like ever since I heard the story of your first trip to the Bangkok Inn.”
As Carol padded off to make arrangements, Harry and Eddy went into consultation. Within minutes Harry was measuring the door and windows of the room while Eddy was getting dressed. Shortly thereafter Eddy was heading out the door, a set of measurements from Harry in his pocket.
A few hours later the room sported a new door frame, security door, and interior bars on the windows. Both keys to the new door were handed to Carol.
“Baby Girl, I’d recommend putting one of these on the chain with the whistle, the other somewhere only you know about,” Margo said.
“This is silly,” Carol responded. “The two of you should have the other key.”
“No,” Harry said, smiling. “You’re the lady of the house and the treasure in that room is yours.”
“Yes sir… but I’ll tell the two of you where the key is, just in case.”
“If you wish,” Margo said, “but that’s your decision.”
While the door and bars were being installed, Karen and Patricia had gone home to grab clothes for the evening and Kelly had driven Tamara to Eddy and Tamara’s apartment to do the same.
Because of their labors, Harry and Eddy were the last ones to hit the showers and prepare for the evening.
“Harry, sir, before you get in the shower I’d like to ask; could we possibly go by the Chateau de Chantilly after supper? I’d like to sit and listen to Bizoumet play for awhile. Maybe you and Margo, some of the others, could get in some dancing… in my head it’s sort of a wake for Tony.”
“Sweetie, no problem at all. All that I know of that’s on anybody’s schedule tomorrow is that Eddy and I are planning to set up your stereo equipment just the way you want it, and I have to go pick up Nikki at the airport in the evening. Why don’t you go check with the others? Is there anyone else you might like to invite?”
“Yes sir, there is, I’ll make some calls.” She paused then turned and leapt up, throwing her arms around his neck. She snuggled her face into his neck and kissed him. “Thank you sir.”
The rest of the crowd was more than amenable to the idea so Carol hopped on the phone while Eddy called Bizoumet to let them know they were coming and they were bringing a crowd.
Margo overheard the end of Carol’s side of one conversation.
“Yes, I’m serious. He meant as much to you as to anybody on Earth.”
“No, I don’t want that to happen, it could be… troublesome. Anyway you can avoid it?”
“Alright, as long as you have a plan… we should be there by ten.”
Margo fully expected a night of surprises.
* * * * *
Even though they’d been the last to get showered, in the time-honored tradition Harry and Eddy were the first to be ready. Harry was in a pair of dark blue chinos, with matching blazer and a cream shirt. Eddy was in a pair of black pinstripe slacks and a black dress shirt, his hair pulled tightly back into a ponytail. And as tradition dictated, they stood in the living room and waited patiently, or at least kadıköy escort pretended to.
* * * * *
In the downstairs guest bedroom, Tamara put the finishing touches on her makeup, fastened the collar and leash she was slowly teaching Eddy to use upon her neck, and looked in the mirror. The satin kimono dress was such a deep shade of purple it almost seemed black. She smiled and bowed to herself in the mirror, her vaguely Kabuki style make-up helping to make the illusion complete. She put on a pair of suede strap sandals in the same color as the dress and twirled in place, imagining she was dancing with her love.
* * * * *
In the upstairs guest room, Karen waited most impatiently as Patricia made sure Karen’s outfit was just so.
“I’m still not sure, Liz,” Patricia said, chewing on a finger, “are you sure you want to go with the white cotton blouse? The copper silk blouse looks much better.”
“Will agreeing with you get us going any faster?”
“Then the copper blouse it is.” Karen quickly shucked her dark brown leather blazer, pulled off the offending blouse and slipped on the copper one, tucking it into the tight leather pants that matched the blazer.
“God, I wish we’d had time to polish your boots,” Patricia said.
“Darling,” Karen said, slipping her hands up under her lover’s Victorian ruffle shirt to caress her breasts, “nobody will notice the condition of my boots once they see you.”
“Liz, stop that,” Patricia said, writhing away from her. She tucked the shirt under the beaded waist of her forest green ankle-length skirt. “You don’t want to go starting something you don’t have time to finish. Would you help me with my shoes?”
Karen rummaged in the overnight bag, pulling out a pair of black velvet flats with pewter trim.
“Oh shit, you’re going to want to dance tonight!”
“Yes I am, Liz, and I’m going to want to dance with you.”
“Trish, will you rub my smelly sore feet when we’re through?”
“Silly woman, for the chance to dance with you I’ll do that and much more,” she said, leaning in to blow softly into Karen’s ear.
“Now who’s starting things they don’t have the time to finish?” growled Karen.
* * * * *
In their bedroom, Kelly and Jessica were finishing their preparations. Kelly’s outfit had been relatively simple for her to get into; turquoise silk camisole and flounce jacket, low-rise distressed jeans and a pair of slides with three-inch heels that matched the camisole and jacket.
Jessica, on the other hand, was having some minor issues.
“I think I’m going to need more baby powder. I cannot fucking believe I’m having this much trouble with these damn boots!”
The black riding boots were refusing to go on and between Jessica pulling and Kelly pushing it was starting to resemble some old comedy skit. Her black and purple mesh tulle skirt was in the way, they were running late and she hadn’t even begun to get into her blackberry velvet corset top.
“Here, here’s some more powder… shake ’em around… alright, here we go, on three,” Kelly said, positioning herself with a grip on the right boot.
“Are you sure we can’t just stay home and fuck?”
“It’s not that I don’t want to go out, but this has become a nightmare.”
“I know, three!”
The boot slid on as if it had never been any trouble at all.
The two girls looked at each other and laughed.
“Halfway there!” Kelly exclaimed as she readied to do battle yet again.
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In the master bedroom, Margo and Carol were working on completing their dressing. Carol had just finished pulling the lacings tight on Margo’s black satin, steel-boned corset. Margo turned to look at her pet.
“So, how does it look?”
“Madam, are you sure you’ve never dressed Goth or fetish before?”
It was a valid question. The corset with it’s deep plunging neckline, the black satin brocade and satin ball gown skirt, the black satin opera gloves and the lace and black ribbon choker all added up to a vision that would’ve looked right at home at the Samhain Fetish Ball or any Goth club in the city. Although they were barely visible underneath the skirt, a stunning pair of buckled leather ankle boots finished out her ensemble.
“Well, not and known I was doing so,” Margo replied.
“You look lovely, Madam.”
“Thank you, my love. Now let’s finish with your outfit.”
Margo knelt down and buttoned Carol’s suit top. The ’40’s tailored women’s business suit, looking like something from a Hollywood glamour shoot, changed the lines of Carol’s body remarkably. She looked severe, all angles and edges, sharp and painful. Margo helped her put on her three-inch platform heels.
“How the hell do you walk on those?” she asked the young woman.
“A lot of practice, Madam,” Carol replied. “It’s definitely an acquired skill and it took me a long time to acquire it.”
Finally üsküdar escort Margo attached the collar and leash and placed the black period-pillbox hat and veil on her head, pinning it in place.
“You look… like you’re in mourning, Baby Girl.”
“Good, I should.”
“Let’s go knock the boys’ eyes out,” Margo said with a mischievous glint in her eye.
* * * * *
Harry and Eddy felt like they’d walked into a black tie dinner in their jock-straps and flip-flops.
First Tamara had entered and walked to Eddy, putting the leash in his hand. Harry had never seen her looking any lovelier than she did that night.
“Eddy? She looks…”
“Yes, she does, doesn’t she? Theresa, my love, you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”
“Thank you, Edward.”
Then Karen and Patricia had walked downstairs.
“Dyke, you look very handsome tonight,” Eddy said, sincerity evident in his voice.
“So do you, Neanderthal,” she replied.
“And Patricia, whoa… you look lovely,” Harry said.
“Having a Keanu moment, Harry?” Patricia said, blushing.
Then came Kelly and Jessica to general acclaim and improper propositions from one and all as Kelly preened and Jessica blushed.
“Guys, ladies, thank you for the kind words and interesting proposals,” Kelly said, kissing Karen on the cheek. “If only some of them were serious.”
Finally Margo led Carol out of the master bedroom and conversation in the living room stopped.
“Uh, on a purely lust level, everyone in the room who would do either or both of these lovely ladies, show a hand,” Eddy said in a reverent whisper.
Seven hands shot up in the air.
Margo and Carol laughed. “Eddy, thank you as always for your sweet, romantic way of putting things,” Margo said.
“Uh, Margo, you know I love you, as a friend and all. Lemme ‘splain this to ya… what you’re wearing isn’t sweet and romantic, it’s a ‘fuck me now’ wet dream. And Carol’s outfit, well, that’s a gawddamn submissive’s board room fantasy come true,” Eddy replied.
“It most certainly is,” Tamara said as she licked her lips.
Margo looked at Carol, then down at herself.
“You know, you may have a point, Eddy,” she said, smiling. “I guess we’ll just have to get used to being objects of lust, won’t we, Baby Girl?”
Margo handed the leash to Harry and leaned in to whisper in his ear. “I’m not sure why, but the money thing seems to have her feeling real insecure.”
“Got it,” he replied. “Well, our ride should be here in,” he looked at his watch, “shit, about now.”
Sure enough, within minutes there was the sound of a car pulling up outside. As everyone ‘ooh’ed and ‘aah’ed over each other’s outfits, Harry went to the door and announced, “Our carriage awaits.”
The ultra-stretch limo had been a lucky find for Harry although if he hadn’t been able to find something suitable he would’ve been more than willing to call in a favor or two, and spend more money to make it happen. The company that G & P used for clients had a last-minute cancellation so no added effort was called for.
On the trip to the Bangkok Inn Carol sat between Harry and Margo, eyes still downcast, snuggling up against both of them in turn. It was one of those situations where Harry didn’t feel the time was quite right to ask what was wrong, so he leaned down and hugged her, murmuring in her ear, “Something’s obviously got you feeling very insecure. That’s fine, we’re here for you. But you also need to know that whatever you’re feeling, there’s really no need to worry. Nothing has changed between you and us unless you want it to.”
“Thank you, sir,” she said. Harry thought he heard a small bit of relief in her voice.
The manager of the restaurant scurried to the door to greet them as they arrived.
“Mr. Grimes, so good to see you again. The room is ready for you.”
“Thank you so much,” he said, smiling. “I’m sorry, but I can’t recall if we got your name the last time we were here?”
“Mrs. Sukhawari, Mrs. Phailin Sukhawari, but please call me Phailin. Come right this way.”
As they moved through the restaurant they caused a small stir, primarily because of Tamara’s and Carol’s leashes. Soon they were in the comfortable seclusion of the Vimanmek Palace room. Two of the walls had sculpted half-columns along them with a panorama of the palace grounds and various outbuildings. The other two walls were made to look like carved stone walls.
“This is a fairly accurate representation of the view from a balcony on the southeast side of the palace,” Phailin said. “When the Thai ambassador was in town three years ago he made a point of stopping by, as he is a distant cousin of my husband’s. He pointed out a few small errors which we had corrected.
“Should we be expecting more guests to join you this evening?” she asked.
“No, I don’t-” Harry began.
“Yes,” Carol said, “one and possibly two more, thank you so much.”
Harry smiled, “Guess tuzla escort I’d better check with the evening’s coordinator before I go answering any other questions.”
“That is always a wise course of action,” Phailin replied, smiling in return. “My niece, Chatsiree, will be your hostess this evening. Be assured she is empowered to make everything as you wish it to be. Good evening.”
As she was leaving Chatsiree came in, She was in her mid-twenties and stunningly beautiful.
“I am Chatsiree and you are the only group I am serving this evening so your needs and desires have my utmost attention. As I understand your party is not complete, would you prefer to wait or would you like to order drinks now?”
Almost as soon as everyone had given their drink orders, Tatiana Turov was shown into the room. The eccentric artisan had dressed for the occasion in a burgundy Donna Karan outfit, top, slacks, cashmere cardigan and suede boots. Her hair was swept back and held in place with one of her own creations, a hair clasp of silver, that Harry remembered from their visit to her shop. At various points the clasp had brilliant red stones emplaced. Harry had thought they were rubies until he read the card next to the piece which said they were red garnets.
Carol finally showed some animation. “Tattie! I’m so glad you could make it! Where’s the boy toy?”
“Oh darlin’,” Tatiana replied. “He was all excited about a night out until I told him it was y’all. Then he went straight into a power pout and told me to have fun by myself because he’d rather die in some horribly dramatic fashion that I can’t for the life of me be bothered to remember rather than spend time in your company. I do believe you upset the dear boy with your callous comments.”
Carol stood up, looking terribly contrite. “I’m sorry I hurt your boy toy’s feelings, Tattie. Would a formal apology help?”
“Oh HELL no, it’s about time to trade him in on another model anyway, one that isn’t stupid enough to start believing the bullshit lonely old women say in the throes of passion and start thinking the world revolves around them and their cocks. So are you going to be a proper hostess and make some introductions or what?”
Carol took her around the table, making introductions and soon everyone was relaxing with their drinks, waiting for their meals.
* * * * *
“… so it was 1966, I was twenty …”
“So that makes you si-“
“Enough of the math calculations, thank you very much Mr. Janak,” Tatiana said, looking archly at him over the tops of her glasses, “so as I was saying, I was twenty, in my sophomore year at UT, and I already had a decent little business going in custom jewelry design. I had a little money and was a proto-hippie, hangin’ around a lot of the beer joints and little hole-in-the-wall clubs where there was a lot of interesting music bein’ made.
“So it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m sittin’ in the Student Union building, no boyfriend as was usual, when a friend of mine, Billy Ray, pops in and says we need to go get drunk and listen to some blues at this little beer joint. We do so and we have a pretty fun evening, sitting around with long-hairs and rednecks, just enjoyin’ the music and getting’ drunker by the beer. Finally it’s time to leave and Billy Ray and I offer a ride to some people we’d been hangin’ with, a girl who’d been singin’ that night and a guy, and so it’s the four of us in my VW Microbus. And I’m drunk and a little maudlin so I’m bitchin’ about not havin’ any man to call my own and this girl pipes up from the back seat that she’s in the same boat and that it really sucks and we should go to New Orleans ’cause Mardi Gras was in full swing and if we couldn’t find men at Mardi Gras we might as well shoot ourselves in the head.
“Well, for a road trip like that we needed alcohol and cash. I stopped by my place and grabbed a wad of cash, but there was no place to buy booze that time of night so this guy in the back seat, Chet, says his roommate’s dad keeps a well-stocked liquor cabinet and always has plenty of beer so if we grab his roomie we could probably raid the old man’s supplies and outfit ourselves for the drive. None of us had no objection so we grab his roommate, who turns out to be a speed freak named Willie, go to his parent’s place and clean the old man out. It’s like two or three in the morning and we’re loading up the bus with bottles of every kind of hootch imaginable and cases of beer. We manage to loot and pillage the place proper and we’re away like the stealthy drunks we were prayin’ we were.”
“Sorry to interrupt,” said Karen, “but what was the girl in the back seat’s name?”
Tatiana looked at her imperiously. “Janis, if you must know, Ms. Pinard.”
“She from Port Arthur by any chance?”
“Why yes, yes she was.”
“Fine, just curious.”
Everyone else at the table was looking at the two of them curiously as Tatiana returned to her story and Karen smiled smugly to herself.
“So there we were, five drunk or otherwise altered freaks in a microbus, driving to New Orleans in the early morning hours, no plan, no clue. We get to Palestine and I’m way too wasted to see straight so we’re all talkin’ about finding a place to pull the bus over and crash for awhile when Willie the speed freak pops off sayin’ he ain’t tired and he ain’t drunk and he’d be happy to drive.
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