Learning the Secrets: We’re Not Bovvered

Today has been a strange day for one of many reasons.  Nothing to go into at the moment: in fact, there may be nothing at all.  In the meantime–

Things are the same at Salem, only now Kerry is getting some words of support–first from Annie and then from the only other person in the room:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

“That’s because I’m not bothered by any of the things you told Coraline. What we did was done privately and involved no one else. And as far as I’m concerned, I’m still going to do those things.” Annie hugged Kerry tight. “There’s nothing you admitted to for which we should feel ashamed.”

“She’s right, you know.” Coraline returned with two full glasses, one in each hand. “I know you guys like tomato juice so I had some sent up.” She handed them over and returned to her chair. “What you both need to know is that no one here—at least the staff and administrators—are ever gonna judge you. We have far more important things to worry about than which student are engaged in sexual activities with others.

“The truth is about eighty percent of A Levels have their first sexual experience inside these walls. That experience may only be masturbation—like what happened to you both—but it’s still a sexual experience. And by the time they’ve finished their B Levels, that total rises to about ninety-nine point five percent—with about thirty percent of B Levels moving beyond self-pleasure.”

Kerry took a long sip of her tomato juice and set it aside. “I didn’t know.”

 

It’s been stated time and again, but let’s do it once more for the cheap seats…  Witches Mature Fast.  They age slowly due to magical energy, but that same energy forces changes to them that see some physical changes occurring earlier than might happen with Normal kids.  And being sexually aware and, yes, even active, can be one of those changes.

If what Coraline says is true, probably more than a third of Annie’s and Kerry’s level mates are about where they are sexually, or even beyond, as Kerry indicated they haven’t had intercourse.  And since most of the kids are now fourteen, they probably started kicking it into gear when they were twelve or thirteen–pretty much like Annie and Kerry.

Coraline opens up just a little more on the subject, since they are the only people in the room:

 

“Of course you didn’t. That’s because sexual activity here is kept private as much as possible. I mean, there’s hundreds of places student can sneak off to so they can enjoy a few shenanigans.” After everyone had a chuckle Coraline continued. “We know it’s impossible to keep late tweeners and teenagers from having sexual relationships if they want, so we don’t try to stop them. In the past The Foundation has tried both draconian measure and manipulation of hormones to keep that from happening, but both were disasters. If you monitor students day and night to make certain they aren’t getting busy, you have to be willing to go after them at all hours of the day and night to keep it from happening, and that’s a pain in the ass.

“Other times magic was used to manipulate hormones in an attempt to curtail student’s sexual urges, but that resulted in issues developing with the physical development of the students, and that’s not a good thing. In a few instances it actually led to the deaths of students, which meant The Foundation had to put a stop to that process.

“Today our focus is making certain that if people are involved in sexual activity, that’s it’s healthy and it’s consensual. If either of those rules are broken, we step in and fix things.” Coraline looked away as she snorted. “The last thing I want to see is the witches leaving school having the same degree of sexual hangups that you find among Normal kids their age.”

Given the things Annie and she had already done, Kerry didn’t see either of them leaving school with a hangup of that nature. “That’s a good thing. Can I ask a question?”

Coraline crossed her legs. “Sure.”

“You said you knew from personal experience what your first time’s like. Did that happened here?”

Coraline shifted her gaze slightly downward for a few seconds, then looked up and focused on Kerry. “Let me tell you about that…”

 

So we are going to hear a rather personal story from Coraline, and no surprises here, this is going to lead into a tale of first times for Annie and Kerry.  As indicated, they’re talk a little about their first night in the Sea Sprite Inn–

And I know about this because Annie and Kerry told me what happened six years ago…

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Learning the Secrets: Getting It Out

Yesterday we learned that Annie and Kerry have been–well, it seems they aren’t quite the chaste kids people thought they were.  We don’t know exactly what they’ve been up to–

But we’re about to find out.

That’s because The Foundation, in all their inquisitive wisdom, want the lowdown of all of Kerry’s escapades.  She doesn’t want to give it, so Coraline has to do a bit of explaining:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

“Because they want to know everything.” Coraline set the tablet aside. “I’ve already explained this: since you’re the first they want to gather all the information they can on you during your development. Though it doesn’t seem like it is, this is unobtrusive: they could have put visual monitoring on you 24/7, or do so for the next six months—”

“When I have to do this again.”

“When both of you do this again.”

She looked down as she shook her head. “For how long?”

“I’m no sure: eight years, maybe ten.” Coraline leaned forward. “And after that you’ll likely have an annual medical examination, though if you become a Guardian that’s going to happen anyway.”

Kerry said nothing for a few seconds, then brought a hand slowly to her chest to touch the still-glowing medical monitor. “They could figure out what we’ve done through our medical data, couldn’t they?”

It wasn’t necessary for Coraline to ask who else Kerry was speaking of when he said “we’ve”: she already knew. “They could. The Foundation has collected extensive medical data from both Annie and you for the last seven months. They’d likely put a few people—”

“You mean a team.”

“Okay, then: a team. They’d put a team together and go through your data and probably figure out with good certainty what you’ve both been up to.” She tapped the tablet. “Or, you could just answer the questions and no one will care.”

Once again Kerry glanced at Annie, only this time she was the one to squeeze Annie’s hand. “Screw it—” Kerry sat back in the love seat and folded her right leg under her left. “Ask away.”

 

Like it or not, Annie and Kerry have been feeding data to The Foundation ever since their medical monitors were installed, and it would be probably a simple task to go through everything and figure out just what was happening when.  It’s not quite the same as having someone Far Sight you day and night, but if The Foundation wanted to get shitty about this, they could make them wear the monitors for another six months, just to get their baseline data correct.

And that’s something I’d guess neither kid wants.

So Kerry figures she’s got nothing to lose and decides to answer questions. And what do they show?

 

Coraline began asking the questions concerning individual acts. She had somewhat expect Kerry to be evasive concerning what Annie and she—or, at the time, he—did together when in private, but instead she answered the first two questions—on manual and oral stimulation—straight forwardly, although she refused to make eye contact with Coraline when admitting to performing oral stimulation on another person.

There was a definite “No” when asked about doing any form of anal stimulation, which Coraline didn’t find surprising. That led to the last question— “Have you ever engaged in copulation?”

Kerry shook her head. “No.”

Coraline tapped in the answer before setting her tablet aside. “And that’s it: that’s the last question.” She got up. “I’ll be right back.”

Kerry waited until Coraline was on the other side of the privacy barrier before releasing a long, loud sigh. “Shit.”

Annie pulled her closer. “What’s wrong, my love?”

“Oh, nothing.” Kerry snuggled into Annie and held on to her right hand draped over her shoulder. “Why should I be bothered by having told Coraline every freakin’ thing we’ve done sexually for the last year and a half?”

“My love, look at me.” Kerry twisted her head and looked up into Annie’s soft, loving face. “Do I appeared bothered?”

Kerry half-closed her eyes as a slight grin appeared. “No, you don’t look bovvered.”

 

First off, while I know the answers to all these questions asked, I figured a while back that giving a blow-by-blow retelling of everything–no pun intended, by the way–would likely be a little too much.  Reading between the lines is enough and discerning viewers will figure out what sort of wink-wink, nudge-nudge my kids have done.

And while Kerry is a bit bothered by the admission, Annie gives zero shits about her sexual history being divulged.  Because that’s the way Annie is: from her point of view she’s done nothing wrong, so why act ashamed?  She grew up in a family of witches where admissions of love, touches of affection, and kissing were the norm, and in one instance where Annie was certain her mother heard her masturbating, Pavlina said and did nothing afterwords.  Why?  Probably because she knew it was none of her business.

This doesn’t mean her family would be completely happy to learn about these events, but just like with Coraline, Annie wouldn’t care. Her body, her pleasure, and as long as she uses good judgement why should her parents fret?

Now what is Coraline gonna say after this?  You’ll find out tomorrow.  And that conversation will lead to–

Oh, another scene?

 

Yeah, another.  And if the title is to be believed, we may just discover what happened at The Sea Sprite back at the end of the A Levels…

Learning the Secrets: Opening Up

I’m going to start out by saying this excerpt is going to make people uncomfortable.  I should know: I was uncomfortable writing it even though I’ve known for a long time it needed writing.  Because if you remember the last question Coraline asked a few days ago, you know where this is headed–

Like I’ve said time and again I know my kids inside and out–not only do I know them, but someone else has as well and when the time comes I’ll explain what that means.  Needless to say this is going to answer one or two questions, while likely opening up a few more.

Let’s not drag it out any more: let’s return to where we were a few days ago…

 

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All That Medical Information: The Most Uncomfortable Stuff

Here I am in the light of day, a little sore but in much better shape than I was at the start of the week.  Which is a great thing considering I did blocking drills last night and took some pretty great hits that only knocked me off my skates once.

Does this mean I go to practice tonight?  You know me…

We’re getting into the details of the questions being asked of Kerry and this is where Coraline–which is to say The Foundation–is getting into detail.  Probably more detail that Kerry at first imagined:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

Coraline nodded. “Yes, we do.” She read from her tablet. “A: once a year; B: once every six months; C: once a month; D: once every two to three weeks; E—”

Kerry looked to her right as she answered. “D.”

“When performing self-stimulation, do you often fantasize about other individuals?”

Kerry paused for a moment before answering. “Yes.”

Coraline glanced up from her tablet. “You almost said no, didn’t you?”

“Yeah.” Kerry understood the doctor’s question. “You’re watching my aura, aren’t you?”

“Have to make sure you’re not trying to deceive me on any of these questions. And just so you know—” She pointed up at the ceiling. “I’m recording this and one of the devices is monitoring your aura, so we’ll know if you’re lying.”

Kerry knew it made sense that their conversation was being recorded—she only felt a twinge of regret that Coraline hadn’t mentioned this before they began talking. As there wasn’t anything she could do about it now—nor would it have done any good to protest or express anger at not being told—Kerry decided to return to the questionnaire. “Yes.”

Coraline sat back with a slightly puzzled look on her face. “What?”

“The answer to the last question. It’s yes.”

“Ah, I see.” She scrolled something on the display. “Given that you indicated you are heterosexual, are your fantasies structured along that orientation?”

“Yes.”

“Do you A: fantasize about one individual in particular always or the majority of the time, or B—”

“A.”

 

With this part of the scene we know Coraline is not only monitoring Kerry’s aura to see if she’s telling the truth, but there’s a video recording of said aura, which will tell The Foundation if Kerry was being less than truthful so they could have Coraline go back and get the right answers on certain questions–

Like, “Do you fantasy when you’re, you know, doing that thing to yourself?” Yes, boy Kerry does and, it seems, there’s a particular girl who fills those fantasies.  Any guess as to whom that might be?  Coraline has a good idea–

 

Coraline cast a quick glance towards Annie, who was impassive and seemingly unperturbed, before continuing. “Next question: have you ever employed aids or devices for the purpose of self-pleasure?”

A confused look fell across Kerry’s face. “Like?”

“Um… aids like vibrators or devices like anatomically correct dolls.”

Kerry’s eyes shot from side to side. “No. I mean—” She turned to Annie. “Where the hell would I even get that stuff? It’s not like you’ll find them here.”

Annie and Coraline exchanged looks before Annie spoke. “I wouldn’t say that.”

Kerry turned a quizzical eye towards her soul mate. “You don’t—?”

“I don’t own anything like that, but—” Annie paused for just a moment, knowing that what she was about to say remain with the people in the room and would likely be edited out of the recordings. “Alex has a vibrator.”

What?” Kerry was taken aback. “Alex? How do you know?”

“Remember I stayed with Penny and Alex when you were away on your overnight flights last level year? She showed it to me while you were away on the last one.”

Kerry chuckled. “Damn. How’d she get it?”

That she didn’t say—and I didn’t ask.”

 

As I’ve stated before, witches mature faster than Normal kids, which means as they physically mature, they also mature sexually as well.  Alex is now fifteen, which is probably–what?  Twenty or twenty-one in Normal kid years, and she’s having feelings that sometimes need fixing when her boyfriend isn’t around.  I’m not saying that she’s having sexual relations with her boyfriend, but she at least knows how to tend to those, um, needs herself.  No word from Annie if she found out about Alex’s toy because Penny complained about the sound while trying to sleep…

Anyway… It looks like we’ve about run out of questions here:

 

“Okay.” Kerry shook her head as she suddenly realized he knew a secret about one of his friends that her boyfriend probably didn’t know. “I just—” She turned to Coraline. “Next question?”

Coraline tapped her tablet. “That’s the last of those questions.”

“Oh?” Kerry turned to Annie before shrugging. “That wasn’t that bad.”

“That wasn’t, no.” Coraline sat back and cupped her chin in her right hand. “The next ones coming, however—”

“What’s wrong?”

“Those questions are going to be a bit more personal.”

A strange look came over Kerry’s face. “Like how?”

 

If those questions just asked were personal and the ones coming are even more personal, like Kerry asks, how personal can they get?

Well, I guess that means I have to leave this excerpt with a bit of a personal cliffhanger–

 

Coraline looked down at her tablet. “Like the first one, for example.” She kept her eyes pinned to Kerry’s as she spoke. “Have you ever engaged in sexual activity with another person?”

 

Yeah, Kerry, it’s safe to say, things are gonna get way personal from here on out…

Bringing Sexy Back

Saturday, right?  You know what that means, right?  Video time!  And here comes the newest one.

 

The First Madness: Madness Interruptus

Well, here it is lunch time and the living is easy.  Or so-so easy.  Last night was not an easy night for me even though I bought a new version of Dragon–which I should get in a few days–and I made it through Ep 2 of Humans, which I need to recap tonight.

I am such a busy girl.

“Just keep typing, just keep typing, you can sleep when you’re dead–or through plotting stories.”

Now that we have Annie’s swearing out of the way–and the feeling seems to be that Annie was likely to be the first of the couple of swear because she’s way ahead of Kerry in terms of her personality–there’s something else we have to get out of the way–and we’ll leave it to Kerry to get running with that ball …

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

A moment of indecision crossed Kerry’s face before he wrapped his arms around Annie and begin kissing her. As they kissed he slowly lay her on the sofa seat, stretching out his legs so he could lay between her and the sofa edge. When he was done kissing he propped his head up with his elbow and began stroking her cheek with his finger. “I understand you perfectly.”

Annie stretched out and relaxed. “What is this?”

Kerry looked at her with dreamy eyes. “Do you know what I wish?”

“No, what?”

“I wish when we leave here tonight we didn’t have to go to separate rooms.”

She turned her head slightly so she was staring up at the faraway ceiling of the Dining Hall. “Like what we had in Paris.”

“Yes. Just like that.”

“I think…” Annie wrapped her arm around Kerry’s neck and pulled him closer. “Having our own room here at the school would be a dream come true.”

Kerry moved closer until he was almost pressing into her. “But it will probably never happen.”

Annie nodded. “I think the odds are slim. I believe the headmistress would be conscious of the fact that other students would think were getting preferable treatment.”

He lay back yet remained close to her. “They know were not going to be having sex.”

“The headmistress and everyone else might know that, but the other .” She began tracing her finger over the area of his chest where the medical monitor was implanted. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that…”

Kerry chuckled. “Having everyone think were having intercourse all the time, or actually having intercourse all the time?”

Annie lay partway upon his left shoulder and rested against his chest. “You know which one I would like.” She leaned in and kissed him for a few seconds. “And considering that my period is finally over—”

He was about to say something when he noticed movement out of the corner of his eye. His eyesight shifted slightly to the right for a moment, then back to Annie. “Hold that thought.” Kerry turned his head to greet their new visitors. “Hi there.”

Soroushi Yazdi and Nancy Piugattuk, the B Levels with whom they shared the second floor of their tower, stood quietly on the other side of the coffee table. Nancy was the first to speak. “Is this a bad time?”

Annie sat up moments before Kerry and spoke before he had a chance. “No, we’re just fooling around a bit.” She motioned at the easy chairs on either side of the sofa. “Won’t you please sit?”

 

“Students are going to think that we’re having intercourse our every waking moment–not that there’s anything wrong with that…”  Needless to say, Annie gives no shits what the other students think she’s doing with her Ginger Hair Boy, and right hear admits that, if it were possible, intercourse would likely become an extracurricular activity.  Annie’s more mature mentally and emotionally, and with her fourteenth birthday only a few weeks away she’s ready to add sexually to that list.  We started seeing her develop last year and this is something that will happen throughout this novel and the next ones.

The kids are growing up and this is going to become something for which they’ll need to deal.  They both want The Three Bindings, but if they keep spending the night together in their own hotels rooms when they’re away from school and homes, they may have to forget about that special Gift.  And then we have Kerry laying down with Annie in the Madness, talking about having their own room and sleeping together in the tower–good think Kerry’s mom isn’t present to hear her son talking about what he’d like to do now.

But leave it to a couple of their covenmates to throw some cold water on these two.  Wonder why they’re there?

To see the show?  Probably not.

The Future Abstaining

It’s finally getting cold enough outside to start feeling like winter all the time.  The last couple of mornings it started out in the 30s and hasn’t actually gotten much over the mid 40s by late afternoon, so I guess one can assume it won’t be long before we start getting snow around here.  I’m got the mukluks ready to go–now all I need is the snow.

Writing last night was kind of strange.  Didn’t quite get to a thousand words, but I did make it three quarters of the way there.  It was like a kept having problems figuring out what I was going say, even though I knew what I was going say.  I even found myself repeating stuff I’d already said that having to go back and make certain that I didn’t do that.  I’ve had this happen before, but it’s been a while since I’ve had to deal with this.  Could be I’m tired: could just be a lingering bit of depression.

Whatever.  I’ll cross eighty thousand words tonight, and once I do that I will only be one hundred and seventy thousand words away from a huge milestone: a million words written for this series.  Yeah, quite a lot there.  I should have a party on the cross that finish line…

"I never thought I'd get here.  But I'm always thinking that."

“A million words!  All unpublished!  Um…  yay!  Time for tacos!”

Speaking of tacos I can use us right now–

So, what is Annie and Kerry thinking of at this moment?  Annie’s done worrying about Emma and Kerry and she have made affirmations of love once more.  But Annie isn’t about to let that last one go–

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

He raised his head up and gave her a quick kiss on the lips. “Do that and we miss out on whatever we’re going to get from The Three Bindings.”

“I know.” Annie allowed her shoulders to droop as she sighed. “I know we’ve done well when it comes to not fooling around that way, but sometimes—” She stared at Kerry for a good five seconds. “I want my husband to make love to me and I don’t know if I can wait five more years.”

“Don’t I know that.” Their burgeoning sexuality was something they didn’t need to discuss: they were both aware of the changes in each other’s bodies and the effects it was having upon them. They kept reminding each other that at their age intercourse was out of the question, but Kerry knew the more they mention that, the more they were only reinforcing the fact that their astral binding—and by extension the other two bindings that would eventually lead to the mythical The Three Bindings and whatever gifts it would bring—had become barrier to engaging in actions that they knew other kids their age were doing at school.

Kerry wrapped his arms around Annie held her tight. “Don’t worry, we’ll get to that one of these days. And when we do, it’s going to be fantastic.” He lowered his voice and spoke in a soft murmur. “Besides, our visions showed that the first time we do that, we’re in the loft at your lake house. We want those visions come true, don’t we?”

 

Annie has always been the more mature of the two in this couple.  She shown that emotionally and of late she’s begun to show it sexually.  It’s a simple fact: girls develop faster than boys and a lot of different areas, and when it comes to sexuality they usually have a better understanding of what and who they like earlier on.  Emotionally, Annie was in love with Kerry at a very early age and the same situation is beginning to present itself here, with Annie developing a more mature outlook on their coming sexual relationship.

Kerry, however, seems aware of it as well.  This is not the same kid who flew off to Boston two years earlier: Kerry has matured emotionally as well, though he still a bit behind his sweet little cabbage roll in that regard.  And, in a way, where it comes to their sexuality he seems to spend time trying not to think about it, whereas Annie is thinking about it and doing what she can to repress it.

It was only a short time ago that Deanna told them that in the way she felt sorry they would have to go through this whole situation of having to fight against their instinct to be together.  If they were normal witches it would probably be a done deal: they’d have “done it” already and continued on with their relationship in a fairly normal fashion.  Although, with these two, is there any such thing as normal?  No, not really.  They’re not like all the other witches and likely never will be like them.

And that just makes everything that much harder.

Speaking of visions and sexuality, there are a few more thoughts shared between them on the matter:

 

“Of course we do.” Annie kissed him then whispered in his ear. “But we both know, visions can change and sometimes not come true.”

Because of all the reading he had done Kerry knew this was true as well. There was another variable to put into play, however— “You built your lake house because of a vision and you included that loft because you know something happens there on one particular night.”  He touched the tip of Annie’s nose. “I don’t want you to miss out on that, Darling, because I know if you don’t get to live that vision, you are going to feel disappointed.” He set his hands upon her shoulders. “And I will do everything I can to keep you from being disappointed that night.”

Annie reached up and took hold of his left wrist with her right hand. “The only way you could disappoint me as if you weren’t there that evening.” A mischievous gleam formed in her eyes. “Or if you drink too much wine and you’re, you know…”

Kerry didn’t need it spelled out for him. “I promise I will not drink too much that night. Though if your parents have champagne—”

The cabin lights flickered and came on under low illumination. They both knew what this meant: the hostesses would be coming around to check on the students and see who had come out of adjustment and who was still under. For those who were still under they could administer a reactant that would wake them after five minutes, at which point all cabin lights would come to full illumination.

Annie looked about their private quarters. “The hostess will be here in a few minutes.”

“Yeah, fun time’s over.” Kerry looked toward the door and let out a sigh. “We could just lay here like this; the hostess won’t say anything.”

A slight grin began forming on Annie’s face. “In that case you might want to stop touching my breast.”

Kerry immediately pulled his right hand away when he realized his hand had slipped from her shoulder and was touching her there. “Sorry.”

Annie appeared ready to come back with comment when a slight chime sounded through the private compartment. She rolled off Kerry and faced the door, propping herself up on her right elbow. “Come in.”

 

You gotta love Annie: and I getting married for at least another five years and already she’s telling Kerry, “You better not get drunk at our wedding reception, because I don’t want to have to deal with that on our wedding night.”  By that time in their lives the probably be good enough with transformation magic that they can purge the majority of the alcohol out of their system and not have to worry about a possible fiasco that evening.  Still, one could look at what Annie is saying and remark, “Man, she starting to nag him already.”  Just make sure you don’t remark too loudly around her.

Tomorrow I should be ready to finish the scene.  What I mean by that is I should be ready to finish showing you the scene: the scene’s been finished for quite some time.  And once that’s over, I’ll be ready to take them home.

Really, it’s been such a long time in coming.