It was already eight twenty-five and the twins were not ready. If they didn’t
leave in five minutes they would be late for school…..again! She screamed up the
stairs for them to hurry.
Although it was raining hard she managed to get the pair of ten year-olds to
class on time. I always seem to be rushing these days she thought as she made
her way to the old part of town and Sanger’s Food Market. She preferred Sanger’s
to the new super stores, it was less crowded, friendlier and their produce and
meats were excellent. The other small stores along Chestnut Street were more to
her taste also and she often browsed through them either before or after
The windshield wipers slapped in tune to the music on the radio as she pulled
into Sanger’s parking lot. She recognized the song, the classic, ‘Question’, by
The Moody Blues….’I’m looking for someone to change my life….I’m looking for a
miracle in my life’…. She turned off the engine and contemplated her life -
thirty-six years old, twin boys that seemed to cause her lots of stress and a
husband she hardly sees or knows anymore.
‘I need a miracle in my life,’ she murmured to herself as he slammed and locked
the car door.
As she crossed the parking lot to the store she took stock of her life. Jim’s
job keeps him away a lot and when he’s home we don’t communicate. Something we
had has been lost, I’m sure we loved each other once. Lovemaking reduced to a
quicky under the covers that leaves me far from satisfied.
She had learned to satisfy herself with several vibrators and dildos purchased
from the adult store in town but she longed for a passionate man to make
unbridled love to her and bring her to climax, something Jim hadn’t done in
years. Quite by accident she had discovered internet pornography and found she
liked watching lesbian sex although she had no desire to seek out another woman.
Most of all she enjoyed watching a black man with a white woman and would often
sit at the computer and masturbate with one of her toys. There was one video
that she particularly liked and she had saved it in her favourites list. She
thought she resembled the woman and the man was very well endowed. The part she
liked most was a close-up of the man’s penis thrusting in and out of the woman,
her cream coating the black shaft and running down onto her anus as she screamed
into climax after climax. I would love to be that woman, will that ever happen
to me she’d muse as she sank the vibrator inside her.
Standing in line at the checkout she suddenly remembered she had forgotten to
pick up oranges. She filled the plastic bag with six oranges and as she turned
to place it into the cart it slipped from her hand and the fruit rolled all over
the floor. As she bent over to pick them up she saw a sneaker-clad foot step
onto one and crush it. ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ she said and looked up at a tall,
attractive black man in his early forties.
‘No problem,’ he replied, ‘let me help you.’
He stooped and picked up a couple of the wayward oranges and handed them to her
with cupped hands. She took the fruit and as their hands touched she felt a rush
of excitement. Embarrassed, she thanked him and gave a weak smile.
‘You’re very welcome, anytime,’ he said and flashed a dazzling smile.
She made her way to the checkout feeling very flushed and wondered if her face
was as red as the beetroots in her cart.
Her heart raced as she drove home and after she hurriedly put the groceries away
she masturbated with a black dildo while she watched her video, imagining it was
the ‘orange man’ making love to her.
All week she thought of the black man and when Jim climbed on top of her on
Sunday evening she tried to pretend it was him but her husband was so pedantic
she never neared climax. Jim satisfied himself then rolled over to sleep. She
lay there with tears welling in her eyes and sang to herself, ‘I’m looking for
someone to change my life….I’m looking for a miracle in my life,’ then she
turned away from Jim and closed her eyes.
Walking into Sanger’s on Thursday she was filled with excitement at the prospect
of seeing the black man again but her intellect told her the chances were
against it, after all, she had never seen him in the three years she had shopped
at the market. She was waiting in line at the deli counter checking off the last
two items on her list with a feeling of disappointment when a voice behind her
said, ‘No oranges this week?’
She spun around, ‘Er…O…yes…no…I mean yes, they are buried at the bottom of the
cart, no chance of them ending up on the floor this time,’ she said laughing and
feeling herself flush.
‘I’m Terry,’ he said.
‘Laura,’ she answered shaking his hand and she feeling that tingle again.
They stood in line together making small talk and were served simultaneously by
the deli staff. He turned to her and asked, ‘Could I buy you a cup of coffee?’
‘No thank you,’ she replied, regretting it immediately.
‘A juice perhaps? I make an excellent trampled orange juice.’
They laughed and she heard herself saying, ‘Well, trampled orange juice, how can
I refuse.’ She felt excited and nervous; ‘I’m looking for…’ tumbled through her
He helped her stow the groceries in the mini van and suggested The Town Café, a
little ways down Chestnut Street. It was a couple of hours before the place
would fill with the lunch crowd and they found a booth easy enough. She found
out he was new in town, a fireman, single and enjoyed painting. He had purchased
a small house just off Chestnut that had a sunroom perfect for his hobby. She
told him about Jim and the kids and wondered if he picked up on her sadness and
the availability she felt as she looked across the table at him. She wanted to
be naked with this man and a warmth spread between her legs….is this my miracle
she asked herself.
‘What kind of painting do you do?’ Laura inquired.
‘Oils mainly and I like to sketch in charcoal,’ Terry answered.
‘I took Art History at university for two years before dropping out to get
married. I’d like to see your work sometime.’
‘Sure, as long as you’re not too critical, how about now, my house is only a
block and a half from here.’
‘No, really, I can’t. I need to get the groceries home before some spoil, it’s
quite warm out.’
‘Of course, I’m sorry, some other time. Are you free tomorrow, I’m on the night
shift for a month and I don’t sleep much during daylight? I would appreciate
your opinion and your face has beautiful bone structure, I would like to sketch
you if you don’t mind.’
She felt herself blush, it had been a long time since she had received such a
compliment and thought for a few moments before responding, ‘Tomorrow is fine
and the sketch is fine also, thank you.’
‘Good, shall we say nine-thirty here at the cafe?’
‘Nine-thirty it is, see you tomorrow then.’
Laura drove home much faster than normal, her panties were wet with arousal and
she longed for the feel of her black dildo. Foods that required refrigeration
were quickly sorted and put away, the rest were left on the kitchen counter. She
stripped off in the bedroom and took her dildo out of a dresser draw. Her climax
was powerful and she lay on the bed for several minutes with the vibrator deep
inside her. There was still doubt in her mind; was Terry just looking for a
friend, he knew she was married with children; she had made no attempt to hide
it. Was she reading far too much into their conversations because she desired
this man or, did he have intentions of seducing her…she hoped it was the latter.
The following morning she rose early, prepared breakfast and lunches for the
twins. She showered and selected her underwear, a half-cup bra in mauve with an
abstract flower motif and a matching thong. Not bad she whispered to the
reflection in the mirror. Her breasts were full with no hint of sagging; a slim
waist gave way to nicely shaped hips and a lovely bottom. Next she chose a long,
loose, summer skirt and a sleeveless top that showed just enough cleavage to be
At nine-seventeen, the Town Café was not too busy and she scanned the room for
anyone she knew. Seeing no one, she found a booth and ordered an orange juice
and bran muffin. Her heart missed a beat each time the café door opened and she
reminded herself to calm down, maybe nothing was going to happen…maybe he
wouldn’t show up…called out to a fire or other emergency. Her thoughts rambled
as she picked at her muffin, too nervous to enjoy it and then he walked through
the door. He spotted her immediately, smiled and joined her in the booth.
He ordered a large grapefruit juice and they exchanged pleasantries. He
mentioned that the night had been quiet at the fire station and he had been able
to sleep for a while. Upon arriving home at six-thirty he had arranged some of
his art for her critical review and hoped she wouldn’t be too severe. She
laughed and replied that any critic worth their salt must give an honest
appraisal, regardless of how devastating it might be to the artist. They
finished their drinks and he said, ‘Ready to destroy the starving artist?’
She slid out of the booth leaving her muffin uneaten on the table. She thought,
I’m ready to do something to you and a scene flashed through her mind of a black
cock covered in vaginal juices thrusting into her…the hairs on the back of her
neck stood on end.
It was a short walk to the well-kept bungalow he called home. He led her through
to the sunroom where he had displayed about a dozen works of art for her
approval. The sunroom stretched across the entire back of the house, the studio
comprised half the space while in the other half there was a small breakfast
table with two chairs, two armchairs, TV, stereo and a drinks cabinet. It was
the room he spent most of his free time in, whether painting or relaxing.
She studied the canvases and was struck by their competence, they really were
very good and she suggested he approach the Tyler-Sebastian Gallery in town as
she was sure they would sell.
He seemed embarrassed by her praise but said he would contact the gallery
sometime. Sketching was his favourite medium and he asked if she would pose for
him now. She said she would be delighted and he directed her to one of the
hard-backed chairs at the breakfast table. He grabbed his pad and charcoal, sat
on the other chair about six feet away and began to sketch her face.
He worked quickly, glancing up frequently and within a few minutes he was
It was beautiful but captured the loneliness she felt, especially in her eyes
and tears welled as she stared at her likeness.
He moved behind her chair and she felt the gentle caress of his hands on her
shoulders. She tilted her head back look at him and he bent and kissed her on
the lips. Nothing was said, nothing needed to be said. He stood in front of her
and held out his hand, she took it and he led her into the bedroom.
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