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159 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 6, 2014
"Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson," said Holmes in a reminiscent voice. "It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared."
"Since when did you talk to the law?" demanded Leonora in Shanghainese.
"Since his nobility's been fucking it," Merrick returned. "You want the shortarse on your side."
‘Stephen gulped. “You do love to put me on my knees, don't you?”
“I like to make you know your master,” Crane said. “It's only fair. The rest of the time, you've got me so thoroughly enslaved, I might as well be wearing a collar with your name on it.”
‘Thinking of his lover's irresistible foxy grin led Crane to a moment's consideration of more interesting uses his desk could be put to.’
“You look like the cat that swallowed the cream," Stephen said softly.
"That comes later.”
“Charm's a very dangerous thing. Lucien, tell me," Stephen said thoughtfully. "This respect for shamans, this inviolability..."
"Well, I don't know if you remember, but some three weeks ago, you tied me to your bedposts and spent two hours subjecting me to acts of unimaginable depravity. And considering you call me a shaman--"
"I take issue with 'unimaginable'," Crane interrupted, sudden heat and light rushing through him. "I imagine those acts in detail every night you're not there. In fact, I've imagined quite a few more that I have every intention of subjecting you to when I get a chance.”
“Dear me, Mr. Day. You really do love to get fucked on desks, don't you? Put you on a desk, and you're begging for it. What is so particularly exciting about desks?”
“Oh, thank God. I thought you’d killed him.”
“I realise that. Thank you for your good opinion.”
"I like to make you know your master," Crane said. "It's only fair. The rest of the time, you've got me so thoroughly enslaved, I might as well be wearing a collar with your name on it."
“I like to make you know your master,” Crane said. “It's only fair. The rest of the time you've got me so thoroughly enslaved, I might as well be wearing a collar with your name on it.”
“My life changed four months ago, and I utterly failed to understand that until just recently, and therefore… I may have omitted to tell you that I love you.” He took a breath. “That’s all.”