This story is part of a Dreamspinner Press Daily Dose - First Time For Everything. This is how it works. Readers purchase a package of stories. Everyday in June, you'll automatically get a new story posted to your bookshelf.
The Moon HouseIt was around noon. The sign said, “Beat Samson, Win a Prize.” I didn’t know they still had carnivals with a Strong Man act.
I watched him raise the hammer over his head. The muscles in his chest bulged. He was shirtless, wearing faded jeans. In the warm autumn sun, sweat ran down his body, gleaming dark rivers in a forbidden dream. He spread his legs, and for just an instant, I saw myself there, between his thick legs and - -
“You’re smiling like you see something you wanted to try,” Samson said.
He was bigger than life—all muscle, ebony black skin, and dark brown eyes. A shudder ran through me. I’d broken out in a light sweat. I was—God—there was no other way to say it. I was in heat. I wanted him. Bad. He could have had me right there.
He looked into my eyes and I was sure he’d seen what I was thinking, positive he knew I’d get on my knees for him in a heartbeat. Heat flamed in my cheeks. I was blushing the deepest shade of red I’d ever been.
“You ever get anything from a strong man?” Samson said.
To the crowd, Samson’s words were carnival banter, just hooking another mark into the game. But I knew better. His eyes weren’t playing.
“No.” I stared down between us, and of course I was staring right at his crotch. “It looks hard.”
I wanted to shoot myself. How could I say something so stupid?
My hands were shoved deep in my pockets. He grabbed my right arm, held it up over my head. “Here’s our next champion ladies and gents. What do you say?”
His hand was big and beefy on my arm. I was sure he could lift me up without blinking an eye. For the first time in my life, I thought about taking a man inside me, thought how it would feel, Samson lifting me up, putting me on him, and just letting me ride.
Good natured applause came from the crowd as he pulled me forward to the hammer on the platform.
“It’s easier than it looks,” he said, still talking to me and the audience. “All you have do is hit it harder than me.”
I barely reached up to his broad shoulders. The crowd laughed.
“Think you can do that?” he said.
Before I could stammer an answer, he grabbed the hammer—it was a tool on steroids up close—and hit home. The bell went all the way to the top with a loud “Bling!”
The crowd laughed and clapped.
“Your turn,” some wiseass shouted.