It was a forbidden temptation, one that he couldn’t withstand. David had never been the strongest of men, nor had he ever been the most confident. When he first met Laura, he was smitten with her beauty, her intelligence, and her charisma. But, as time went on, he realized that he was not enough for her. She was too much woman for him, too experienced in the methods of the world, and it made him feel small.
It was at a party, one that David had been dreading, that he first saw her. Meredith was stunning, with blonde hair cascading down her back and a body that made his mouth water. She was confident, bold, and she knew exactly what she wanted. And, as he watched her flirting with Laura, David knew that he was in trouble.
Over the next few weeks, David found himself drawn to Meredith, despite his better judgement. He couldn’t help it, he was addicted to the way she made him feel. She would laugh at his jokes, touch his arm when he spoke to her, and there was a fire in her eyes that he had never seen in anyone else. It was intoxicating, and he knew that he was powerless against it.
Laura could sense that something was going on between them. She would watch the two of them together at parties, her eyes narrowed with suspicion. But David was too caught up in his desire for Meredith to care. He found himself spending more and more time with her, sneaking away from Laura’s watchful eyes whenever he could. They would talk late into the night, sharing their deepest fears, their wildest dreams. And, as time went on, their conversations began to get more intimate.
It started innocently enough, with Meredith asking him about his sex life with Laura. David was hesitant to distribute, but something about the way that Meredith was looking at him made him feel like he needed to impress her. So, he told her about how he and Laura had experimented with a few things, but that they mostly kept things vanilla in the bedroom. Meredith listened intently, then she leaned in close and whispered, “What if I told you that I could give you something that Laura never could?”
At first, David was confused. But then, as Meredith’s words settled in, he realised what she was implying. He shook his head, his heart pounding in his chest. “I could never do that,” he protested weakly. But Meredith only smiled, a wicked glint in her eye.
“Of course you could,” she said, moving closer to him. “You’re weak, David. And I know that you crave something more than what Laura can give you. I can see it in the way that you look at me.”
David swallowed hard, his eyes darting around the room nervously. “But, what if Laura finds out?” he asked, his voice shaking.
Meredith laughed, a cruel sound that made David shiver. “Don’t worry about Laura,” she said, her hand moving to rest on his thigh. “I’ll take care of everything.”
And, with those words, David was lost. He let Meredith take control, letting her lead him down a path that would forever change him. It started with small things, like her texting him during work hours, telling him what she wanted to do to him later that night. Then, it moved on to her sending him explicit photos, photos that he couldn’t stop staring at, no matter how much he tried. And, finally, it led to them meeting up for secret rendezvous, quick stolen moments in a hotel room, with Meredith telling him exactly what to do, what to say, how to act.
David was addicted to her. He couldn’t help it. He had never felt this way before, never felt so alive. And, as the weeks turned into months, he began to realize that he would do anything for her to keep this feeling going. Even if it meant betraying Laura.
It was on a cold, rainy evening, when everything came to a head. Laura had been out of town for the weekend, and David had been taking benefit of her absence, spending his nights with Meredith. But, when he got home that evening, Laura was waiting for him, her eyes blazing with fury.
“I know about her,” she spat, her voice shaking with rage. “I know about Meredith.”
David froze, his mind racing. He had planned on telling her eventually, but he hadn’t expected her to figure out like this. “I can explain,” he stammered weakly.
Laura laughed bitterly, shaking her head. “I don’t want your explanations, David. I know what’s been going on, and I’m done. I’m leaving you.”
Those words hit David like a ton of bricks. He had never considered that Laura would leave him, never wondered that his addiction to Meredith would cost him everything. But, it was too late, she was already packing her bags, getting ready to leave him forever.
And, in that moment of despair, David turned to Meredith. He begged her to run away with him, to begin a new life together. And, for a moment, she looked like she was considering it. But then, she shook her head, her face cold and distant.
“I can’t do that, David,” she said, her voice empty. “We had our fun, but it’s over now. You were a good pawn, but that’s all you were. I never cared about you, not really.”
David was stunned. He had given up everything for her, had let her control him and manipulate him, and she had never cared about him at all. It was a harsh blow, one that made him feel like he was drowning in his own misery.
It was weeks before he could pick himself up again, before he could face the world without feeling like a failure. But, eventually, he did. And, as he moved on with his life, he realized that there was a new sort of temptation lurking out there. One that was much more dangerous than anything he had ever experienced before. One that promised to take him deeper into submission and taboo indulgence.
And, despite everything that had happened, he couldn’t withstand it.