lock and key

Amy sighed, catching her breath from the lengthy trek up the stairs to her apartment. Her key stuck in the lock and she allowed herself a few colourful words before forcing the door open with her hip. She tossed her keys in the little bowl by the door and pulled off her scarf and coat, running her hands through her hair as she searched for a hanger. She turned to find Jamie on the couch, a glass in one hand, all eyes on her.

She smiled, heart skipping a beat. ‘Hey, stranger. I see you found the whiskey.’

Mischief danced in his blue-grey eyes. ‘Don’t stop.’ His voice crept across the room, soft but overwhelming. ‘I was enjoying the show.’

She grinned and pulled her hair across her shoulder. Her fingers moved to the buttons of her cardigan, plucking open one after another. He leaned back into the couch and took a drink. She tugged her arms out of the sleeves and tossed it aside, making her way closer to the couch and reaching for his tie.

‘I missed you,’ she whispered, tugging gently at the silky fabric in her hand.

‘I missed you, too.’ He granted her a dry peck. ‘I noticed you’ve stopped undressing.’

‘I thought I’d let you join the fun.’

He took hold of her wrist, leading it back to her dress. ‘I’m having all the fun in the world, baby.’ He gently pushed her back a step. ‘Now, then. Where were we?’

She felt her cheeks redden as he drank her in, marvelling that even now, after all this time, after so many had looked at her in the same way, he could so easily make her blush. She turned her back to him, reaching for the zipper on her dress and sighing as every inch of skin was exposed. She tugged off first one sleeve, then the other, looking back over her shoulder to watch him as the garment fell to the ground. She caught his eye and he smiled, suddenly goofy and boyish, belying the ruse and sending her belly into a fit of butterflies.

‘Turn around?’ he begged, trying to stifle his excitement with another drink. She did as she was told, thumbs reaching self-consciously into the waistband of her panties.

‘Do you want to touch me?’ she asked, pitching her voice just a little higher, playing coy. From the look on his face, he didn’t seem to mind.

‘Would you like that?’ She nodded. He set down his drink and opened his arms, allowing her to straddle his lap as she kissed him. His fingers danced along her spine, sending goosebumps down her arms and legs. He massaged the curve of her ass and down her thighs. She could feel him grinning. ‘Do you usually wear thigh highs to work?’ he asked, dropping character.

‘Only on special occasions.’ She nipped his bottom lip and he laughed.

‘Guess you really did miss me.’ He pulled her closer, his lips and stubble grazing her ear.

She gasped and felt another rumble of laughter. ‘You have no idea.’ She leaned into his touch and tugged at the knot of his tie.

‘Now now, dear.’ His voice dropped again as he slid her back just enough. ‘You must learn to be patient.’

She looked down, feigning embarrassment. ‘I’m sorry, sir.’

‘You must not be a naughty girl.’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘I’m afraid I’ll have to punish you.’

She bit back a smile. ‘Yes, sir.’

He stood and stepped away. ‘Turn around.’ She turned and faced the couch, blushing again in her excitement. He shoved her down, enjoying the startled squeak as she caught herself on the seat of the couch. His palm slammed against her ass again and again, each with a satisfying crack. Her heart pounded as she stifled her cries, her body shaking with delight.

A gentle hand rubbed the small of her back–a simple reminder that she was safe, that she was in control–before he flipped her into a seated position and knotted a hand in her hair. She reached for his belt buckle, then caught herself. She glanced up through her bangs, eyes pleading. ‘Put your lips around me. Now.’ She scrambled to unfasten his belt and fly, tugging his straining cock free.

‘Jesus, Jamie…’ she whispered, reverent. He chuckled and petted her hair, a low groan parting his lips as she sucked greedily. He thrust hard into her mouth, down her throat, pulling back just a little when he felt her gag. She pulled him back in, massaging the tip of his cock with her tongue. He brushed a tear from her eye, his other hand reaching to cradle her head.

‘Good girl…’ he muttered, delighting in her moan. She yanked his hips closer, drinking in the first droplets of his precum, drowning in his soft, spicy scent and the warmth of his skin. She could feel his body tensing and tightening, his thrusts accelerating, his breath catching. Soon, she thought. So very soon…

‘Stop,’ he cried and gently pushed her head away. ‘Not yet.’ He ran a finger along her lips and she sucked it into her mouth, glancing at him. He grinned and rolled his eyes before feigning severity once again. ‘I want you on that bed. Now.’

‘Yes, sir.’ She rose and walked to the bedroom, feeling a sharp pat on her rear as she moved past. He followed her in, tugging his tie free from his collar. She climbed onto the bed, her eyes never leaving his.

‘Good.’ He grabbed her ankles and yanked her across the bed. ‘Take your bra off. Give it to me.’ She passed it to him, cocking an eyebrow in question. He smiled a little and shook his head. She’d have to wait and see.

He crawled up the length of her body, grabbing her by the wrists and pulling her arms up toward one of the posts of the bed. He tied her wrists together, wrapping the remains of the bra around the bedpost and tying a loose knot. He slid back down her torso, his mouth finding her nipple and suckling greedily, a hand massaging her other breast. She arched into his touch, voice keening, his name soft on her lips as she begged for him. He kissed his way across her chest and found her other nipple, his hand grazing lower and lower, fingers tickling and teasing through the thin fabric of her panties. Her hips bumped against his hand.

‘Baby, you’re all wet,’ he mumbled, the tips of his fingers pushing just slightly, just enough to drive her mad. ‘Is that all for me?’ She nodded, eyes wide, breathless. He slid his fingers beneath her panties, slipping inside of her, nuzzling her sternum as she moaned. ‘You’re so good, baby. Such a good girl.’

‘Jamie…’ she panted, clamping around his hand. ‘Jamie, please…’

‘What do you want, honey?’ His fingers rocked into her, gently at first, gaining speed. ‘Do you want me to be inside of you?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Do you want to feel my cock inside your body?’

‘Yes, sir!’

‘Do you want me to fuck you?’

‘Yes!’

‘Do you want me to fuck you hard?’

‘Yes! Please, Jamie, please!’

He kissed her, frantic and needy, his tongue tugging at hers desperately as he ripped off her panties. Her lips fell open to allow him in, in wonder, as always, at his desire and his warmth and the pleasure he pulled from her. He sat back and, for a moment, it was just him, just Jamie: lopsided smile, hair a wreck, a little speck of dirt on his nose. She grinned breathlessly at him and nodded, answering his silent question: I’m okay, this is good, don’t worry about anything. He yanked off his shirt and kicked off his shoes, tearing off his boxers and pants in one fluid motion before climbing back onto the bed. He grabbed her ankles and folded her legs over her head, slamming inside of her with a strangled cry.

White hot pain clashed with blinding pleasure, too dizzy with joy to marvel at his size, her fullness, the perfect thrusting pace, the light sheen of sweat across his forehead. Her muscles strained against his grip, hips meeting his as often as she could manage. She arched into him, scrambling against her restraints, shouting his name as he crashed into her.

He came with a shout and fell against her, her legs folding to wrap around his torso. The quaking of his aftershocks bucked her–trembling–with him into pleasure and she rocked against him, gasping his name.

After a time, she felt his stubble against her chest, a light nuzzle as he came back down to earth. ‘You okay, babe?’

She laughed. ‘I would definitely not call this okay. For one I can’t feel my legs.’

He stretched across her to unbind her hands. She kissed his chest. ‘That seems to happen a lot when you’re around me.’ He peeked at her between his arms and winked.

‘That’s because you have a talent for temporary paralysis.’ She wrapped her newly freed arms around him as he settled down into the bed.

‘Mmm… Stop that. I’m too tired for big words.’ He tugged her closer and kissed her head. She threw her leg across him.

‘Your socks are still on.’

He wiggled his toes. ‘That’s because I’m very attractive.’

‘You are very attractive.’ She closed her eyes, breathing him in. ‘I’m so glad you’re home.’

He smiled and squeezed her arm. ‘Me too.’

February 2013

© Charlie Pevensie

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{can’t wait to feel your skin on my skin}

can’t wait to feel your skin on my skin
my arms around your waist
your lips on my neck
my ear
whispering my name, your promises
hands tugging at the hem of my shirt
the buckles of your belt
breath hot, hearts pounding
fingers slow slow slow
savouring
wanting
waiting
stretching out the minutes, the hours
wringing them out for every blessed second they have
don’t ever want this to end
far from my bed my home the people I know
wrapped up in you
want to remember your smell
the rumble of your voice in your chest
the sweet scent of your breath
the shape of your lips
the lines of your body
press my face against your belly and hear the gurgles of your insides
exploring
examining
all the years of quiet wondering
all the years of silent wanting
all coming to this
coming begging screaming
wrapped up in your desire
in the taut muscles of your arms
the glint of your teeth in their feral smile
softly keening please please please
pull me onto you in you against you
make me one with your desires
your wants and needs
your digestive processes
swallow me whole
yours and mine.

August 2012

© Charlie Pevensie

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i-80, heading east

cold wind rushing
against the old pickup truck
playing sad songs on the radio.

cool skin
warm touch
your hand on my leg
right where it’s been for the last hundred miles
right where it belongs.

steal your coat for a pillow
doze off to sleep
every streetlight catches
my fingers over yours
intertwined.

your thumb tapping out the well-known rhythms
my knee its drum
each movement spreads a smile across my face.

we’ll be home soon
your hand will drum on my knee
for the next hundred miles
and my smile will stretch
a hundred miles too.

February 2012

© Charlie Pevensie

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cermak-chinatown (for Stacey)

I wrote this walking to the L from a friend’s pre-wedding party this summer.  It was an incredible and unexpected night, and I met an amazing man who is brushing his teeth in my bathroom right now (as he has been doing ever since).  This poem is rather bittersweet for me, especially tonight as I am going to that friend’s funeral in the morning.  She found herself in a position she couldn’t see her way out of and decided to end her life on Boxing Day of 2011.  She was a beautiful, talented, wonderful girl and I wish she would’ve remembered the people that loved and cared about her and come through the other side of her despair.

There is always hope.  There is always a chance.  You are not alone.

Looking back on this memory of that hot July night in light of all that has happened since, this piece seems oddly fitting:  almost an alternative ending to her life story.  I’m glad to have met her and I’m glad for all she gave to me without ever knowing she had given it.  I wish she was able to read this right now.  So instead, I’ll give it to all of you.

Maybe it’ll help someone else make a different choice.

–c.p.

walking through Chicago
late night
full moon
delivery vans and taxi cabs whirl past me
uncaring
hot air on my skin
no breeze
smell of sweat
and beer
and the scent of the river
phantom hand at my hip
still dancing
dipping
twirling
the lights of Chinatown burn neon to my retinas
foreign nonsense
but I know they’re words
pretend they promise salvation and rescue
not manicures and half-price pad woon sen.

July 2011

© Charlie Pevensie

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for steve, raleigh, don, peter

This was written specifically for a Bill Murray poetry contest and submitted here. If you are so inclined, you can vote on it and keep me in the running for next week’s grocery money. –c.p.

UPDATE! For Steve, Raleigh, Don, Peter has been chosen to continue to the final round in the poetry competition and is being published in a handsome coffeetable edition by the World Poetry Movement! And that, kids, is why you write silly poems about Bill Murray.
Central Illinois
Is what we both call our home.
Glad it’s not just me.

So sad when you died
Onscreen in Zombieland. I
Wanted to boycott.

Take me under seas;
Let’s stop the jaguar shark
For poor Esteban!

Battle ghosts and sprites.
Save the girl from possession.
Then get sandwiches.

Perfect Saturdays
Spent watching, absorbing it.
Your face on the screen.

December 2011

© Charlie Pevensie

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support other writers (but also me)!

Hey there, internet. How’s it going? Yeah, I repost sometimes. You wanna go?

Sometimes I write book reviews with some of my friends from Borders. Today I put up a new review for Party Wolves in My Skull, a fun book written by a very good friend of mine. If you’ve got a few minutes, check out the book review. And if you like what you see, consider picking up a copy from the Amazon store of your choice. It’s a fun book and a very quick read. Plus, you’ll be helping a young author who’s just starting out to achieve his dreams. And you just can’t put a price on that.

There’s inspirational music in the background of those last two lines. You can probably hear it.

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after party

The door flies open with a sharp bang and he fumbles trying to throw his keys in their bowl on the table. He keeps losing control of his hands. One is glued somewhere between the small of her back and the peak of her bottom’s curve; the other runs from hair to neck to around her waist, never settling or satisfied but begging more more more. Her legs are latched tight around his waist — the muscles of her thighs like steel in their grip — and her arms and hands add unnecessary stability on his neck and in his hair.

Her mouth has not left his in twenty minutes.

He stumbles down the hallway, swaying like a drunk from lust and her added weight, until he finds the door to his room. The knob slips out of his sweaty hands and he pushes her against the door for better purchase. Her noise is terrific as white teeth sink into his bottom lip. He feels a flare at the end of his spine and grinds into her. A distant thought floats through the back of his mind, wondering if the splinters of his old door are hurting her. She doesn’t seem to mind. His tongue seeks the depths of her mouth as other parts of him cannot, but long to. His hand slides further down and wanders up her dress. She pulls away and finds his gaze with wide eyes.

‘Bed. Now.’ He can’t help but chuckle as he finds the knob once more.

They tumble into the room; mouths still locked together, her small hands fumbling with his buttons as he searches for the zipper of her dress. She yanks off his vest, flinging it toward his desk without much consideration as he bends to take off his shoes. She plops onto the bed to do the same, tugging her hair from its bun and grinning at his prone figure. His returned smile is predatory as he disposes his socks and climbs up the bed, pushing her onto her back and burying his face beneath her dress.

‘Oh my god! Jesus, Scott…’ His triumphant laugh sends shivers up her spine and she falls back in pleasure. ‘God, Scott, you’re too good at that.’ He nuzzles the crook of her leg and she tugs up her dress to knot her fingers in his hair.

Her hips roll wantonly with his attentions, rising to meet his tongue with its every move. Her hand pulls his face closer, closer, demanding more from him, deeper pleasure, a vibrant connection.

‘God, Addie!’ He can almost feel her smile, even down here. Her hand smoothes his hair, touches his ear as he regains his composure, then grips him harder than ever. He laps up her moaning, delighting in its increase when he ducks his head slightly or presses just a bit more with his tongue. Her body is taut, tense like a spring, awake and alive to his every action and on the brink. He’s drowning in her smell: soft perfume and summer air, salt and sweat; lavishing in her taste and the warm wetness of her skin. If she asked him to, he would be happy to never move from this point. He is content with the odd posture and the remaining clothes. But he is no stranger to her ways: there will be more soon. So much more.

‘Scott…’ Her voice — pleading — pulls him back from his fantasies, her fingers tug again on his hair. ‘Scott…?’ He runs his tongue along her labia, feels her shudder again and can’t help but grin. ‘Scott, I…’

‘What, Addie?’ Her smell, her taste. ‘Tell me, please.’

She pulls him up suddenly, searching his face, eyes lingering on his mouth. She kisses him, tastes herself on his tongue and moans. Then she pulls back, rubbing her cheek on his, her voice too hot, too low in his ear.

‘I want you inside of me.’

He battles the tangle of buttons and sleeves, struggling as she fights with his fly and belt. He rips off his undershirt, his boxers, kissing her roughly until he tears her dress over her head, returning as he unclasps her bra. Her skin against his, her warmth, soft hands upon his bare back. Hot wet against his straining cock. His words incomprehensible as he buries his face in her neck and his desire between her thighs. She gasps and her muscles grasp tight tight around him. ‘Scott- Scott!’ The consonants too rough on her parched lips. He rubs his lips along her collar, his stubble on her cheek.

‘You can call me Scotty. If you want.’

‘Scotty…’ Like a prayer. Like the sweetest song. ‘Scotty…’ And she envelops him.

His mind begins to wander, but never far from this bed and this moment. He thinks of the tight clamp of her legs around his waist mirroring lower muscles. He thinks of her dancing at the party, her spins and twists unrehearsed, wild, free. Mostly goofy. He thinks of being here, in this bed, alone tomorrow, his visitor long gone home. He knows that her scent, however, will linger long after he has washed his sheets, how that scent will bring about questions from any other visitors he might have. Part of him wonders if she plans for that to happen. Part of him knows that she definitely does.

Their murmurs are never soft nor indistinct. They compliment freely. They wonder at one another’s abilities, laugh at the response. There is an ease to this dance, but an urgent hunger: a knotting of sheets, a pleading, an overwhelming desire crying for more, again, stronger, there–

‘There!’ She keens at his cry and clenches harder, desperate for his body, his warmth.

‘There, Scotty?’ He tilts his hips just so and she shouts. His lips are on her neck.

There…’

‘Scotty–’ She hitches up her legs. Her mouth finds his ear. ‘Scotty,’ she whispers, ‘I want you to come inside of me.’

He swears. His stomach burns pleasantly and he can feel his body following her command. ‘Yes, Addie!’ Her legs tighten impossibly; her heel digs into the small of his back. ‘God, Addie, yes!’

Thick wet bursting inside of her, his body tensing, voice gasping — it’s all too much. She shouts and presses her face to the crook of his neck, blunt fingernails scratching and scrabbling his back. Her muscles dance around him, clenching wildly, pulling the last of his climax from him by force.

‘God, Addie…’ She kisses his temple, smoothes his back. ‘Fuck me.’ She gives him a warm, throaty laugh. His lips meet hers.

She will miss her flight the next morning. And neither of them will seem to care.

June 2011

© Charlie Pevensie

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