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LJ Idol - Week 8: Yes, and

Training Day

Mara dreaded the training sessions with Jalon.  They always started out calm but quickly progressed to a frustrated end for both parties.  She could sense that he was losing patience with her, and the mage kept warning her that time was running out for her training.

Jalon entered the room and once again placed the small golden sphere on the table.  He showed her how to harness the power and raise the ball, allowing it to hover above the table.  Once again, he lowered it and indicated it was her turn to try.

Mara closed her eyes and began to concentrate.

“Eyes open, child!” he chided her, frustration making its first appearance.  “You must visualize the sphere rising,” he further instructed.

Mara opened her eyes, vacillating between concentration on the sphere and fear as she glanced at his face.  Try as she might, the sphere wouldn’t budge.

“Focus!” he shouted.

Mara jumped as if he had struck her.  A memory, unbidden, came of a time when she was a child and her father had struck her.  She had not been afraid then.  She had been angry, so very angry.  She felt the anger as it took hold.  Anger at her father, anger at her mother, anger at the situation she found herself in.  The more she allowed it to smolder, the brighter it burned, and the brighter it burned, the more she could feel the power of it course through her.

She looked at the small golden sphere and flicked her wrist.  The ball flew off the table and smashed into the wall across the room.  Her eyes grew wide in surprise.

Jalon turned and picked up the sphere.  “Well done,” he said.  “Again.”

He placed the sphere on the table once again and indicated that Mara should repeat her feat.  Again, Mara tried, but the sphere did not move.  She tried to harness the emotion that she knew must have preceded the feat the first time, but she couldn’t find it.

“I can’t,” she sighed.  “I don’t know how I did it.”

“Again,” Jalon growled at her, her success only increasing his anger and frustration.

Mara turned away.  “I can’t,” she said.

“Mage!” Jalon called, and the mage standing just outside the door came running.

“Get her maid,” Jalon instructed, “and the bindings.”

“Master, she is so young,” the mage protested.  “Is she ready for the bindings?”

“You would do well not to try my patience any further,” Jalon replied.

“What are the bindings?” Mara asked, fear causing her to shrink smaller on her seat.

“You will move the sphere.  Or another object,” Jalon told her cryptically.

Within minutes, the mage returned with Mara’s maid in tow, both of them holding a set of braided cloth.

“Undress her,” Jalon instructed the maid.  “Come,” he told the mage, “help me affix the bindings.”

Mara trembled with fear and humiliation as her maid undressed her and laid her clothes aside.  It was cold in the room and goose pimples rose on her arms.  Her maid carefully piled the discarded clothing and moved to stoke the fire.

“Leave it,” Jalon said, not even turning around to be sure the maid followed his instructions.  “Come,” he told Mara.

“My Lord,” Mara began, unsure of what to expect next.  “I do not want to,” she continued.

“You will come to the bed, Mara,” he told her.  “Or I will make you.”

It was the first time he had ever called her by name.  There was something gentle in his voice when he said it, coaxing, drawing her to him.  It was as if she couldn’t resist.  Her bare feet padded their way over to the bed and she climbed up.

As if she was in a trance, she watched as Jalon and the mage bound her hands and feet to the posts at each corner.  She had no thought to fight them, and no will.  It was as if she watched from somewhere outside herself.  The bindings were soft against her skin even though they were snug.

When they were done, the fogginess left her mind and she found she could not move except for a slight swivel of her hips.  She tried to wriggle in protest and let the outrage build within her.  She allowed it to overtake the fear.

“What do you intend to do with me,” she brazenly asked.

“Not what you think or have heard, child,” Jalon lazily grinned.  “I am a monster, but my tastes run to someone with a bit more experience than what you have to offer.”

He turned to the mage, “The candle,” he said.

Turning back to Mara, lit candle in hand, he placed it gently on her belly, covering her belly button.

“The base is not wide,” he began.  “The hot wax will melt and before long it will drip on your smooth, young skin.  If you move, the candle will fall to the mattress and set it alight.  It is simple.  If you do not want to be burned, move the candle.  Once you move the candle, remove the bindings.  No one will come to save you.  It is up to you and you alone.”

“The candle will eventually burn out,” she answered, feeling a little smug.  I can surely survive the pain of one candle, she thought to herself.

“The candle will be replaced every hour until you remove it,” he told her.  “Choose how long you can sustain the pain.”

Mara watched in horror as the mage poured melted wax from another candle into the base of the candlestick on her smooth, pale skin.  It would not be long before the drops of hot wax started their torture.

Jalon walked out, followed by the mage and her maid, who turned back with a sad, apologetic look in her eye.

This is my entry for therealljidol Season 9, Week 8.  The prompt was "Yes, and".  Many thanks to roina_arwen and lilycobalt for their beta reads and suggestions.  I had actually written two pieces and had a difficult time choosing.  Each of my beta readers suggested a different piece, which effectively made the decision mine again.  I went with this one, because the other still needed work but I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it needed.  This piece is related to earlier entries, but should work as a stand alone.  Thank you for reading!  You can enjoy the other fine entries this week here.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 8th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Glad I could be of some help, and I really love this piece, just FYI. :)
May. 10th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
May. 8th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm, if Anger is her trigger, Joran better be careful.

I enjoyed this, Annie!
May. 10th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Emotion is her trigger. It helps her feel the power innately within her. Jalon's goal is to harness it and help her use it, albeit for nefarious purposes.
May. 9th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm thinking that this.would be a good toke for Ellisandria to help out. Somehow.
May. 10th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
It would, wouldn't it? :)
May. 10th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Yay! Mara is back. I missed her.
Shame she didn't put the sphere right through Jalon's skull, but I'm hopeful that day will come.
May. 10th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like her. :)

I think she's still too afraid of Jalon to think about doing anything to him. She's unaware of the power she possesses.
May. 10th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Aha! nice to see the story continue..enjoyed reading this..hoping for more soon..:)
May. 10th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)
May. 11th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
This was a bit creepy,tbh!
May. 13th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I'm experimenting with creepy. I tend to have lots of my writing end happily, so I'm trying to force myself to go in the opposite direction.
May. 11th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I was hoping she would get Jaron with the sphere as well, though I don't imagine she has the focus for that yet. She wasn't expecting to move the sphere in the first place!

Jaron is a sick, sick man.
May. 13th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that Jalon's villainy is coming through. Working on a villain is one of my goals this season.

Mara doesn't yet realize the power she possesses, so thinking of lashing back at Jalon wouldn't enter her mind.
May. 12th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
I think I would hate those training sessions, too.
May. 13th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're not pleasant.
May. 12th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm hoping she manages to do something really nasty with that candle.
May. 13th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
She's not aware of her power yet, so her focus will be on escape. Eventually...we'll see. :)
May. 12th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
What an awful situation to be in! Hope she succeeds. AW
May. 13th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
She'll figure her way out, and learn a little about herself in the process.
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