The Bride Stripped Bare – Anonymous first then Nikki Gemmell


“And all that’s left is rawness, too deep for tears.”

“You push his face towards you. He’s surprised at the boldness, he wants his back back but you hold him firm for you’re remembering walking down the aisle and looking ahead to him and your heart swelling with love like an old dried sponge that’s been dropped into a bath.”

“You always loved people like that: heart lifters, not heart sinkers.”

“That night Cole slips into your bed and curves his body in a question mark around your back.”

“It’s as if you’ve never felt pleasure until now. It’s as if what passed as pleasure before was a cardboard cut-out of it. For you’ve never been in control, until now; you’ve never been before, had exactly what you want.”


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