I sagged against the ropes. Breath rasped in my throat, and I tensed as the cat came down again across my back. I would have pleaded for mercy, could I find the breath, though none would have given it. The boatswain shouted the count, and down came the cat once more. Pirates stood on either side of me, grinning and shouting. I took a grip on the ropes and yearned for unconsiousness.
Wrist and ankle rope marks by Etalena Lane for GutterPup. Leg swordwound by Tarn Skirr for Aunty Entity. Flushed back and back whipmarks by Tijn Erde for Ropeworx. Black and Blue Pirate Pants by Alice Plante. Rope belt by nimrod Yaffle for Port Obello. Wrist and ankle ropes by Fee Fride. Shot on location in New Desperation Isle.
Sand gritted against my feet. I wiped sweat from my eyes and attacked. The tiger roared and lunged, but I threw myself aside and its claws missed me. That time. I panted for air. My sword sliced across the beast’s leg, and as it collapsed, tendons cut, I limped forward to deliver the killing blow. I bowed to the cheering crowd, but it was sheer luck, and I knew it. Next time, things might well go the other way, and they would cheer even louder.
Crimson belted tunic by AnnaLisa Gable. Thigh scar by Kaitlyn Argus for Aunty Entity. Face cuts by brittainy Beeper for *defiant designs*. Chest and back scratches by Stevo Greene for Bloody Hell. Cat Rips by Sarah Hollwood for [HS]. Kitty Claw Marks and Slightly Dirty Skin by Etalena Lane for GutterPup.
The man’s eyes were colorless, like ice. He never smiled. I never screamed, though I bit my lips hard enough to bleed. I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. As he carved each letter into my chest, I stared at his face, imagining what I would do to it if I weren’t chained down. I would smash it. I would destroy it. I would hurt him worse than he ever could hurt me.
Kinky Basic Cuffs by Slovar Flossberg for Kinky Items. Snake belted pants by Keishii Roo for Goth1c0. Halloween Bloody Vampire Bites by Itarille Kyomoon for Night Spirit. Clumbsy Girl Bruises by Etalena Lane for GutterPup. Master Scar by Dale Harmison for Harmison’s I.N.K.
“You’ll be fine,” said the doctor as he finished sewing me up. “Just try not to move around too much.” I grunted and slid off the table. If the gang came for me again, there wasn’t much I could do about that.
Back at the crash, I sacked out on the only available mattress and tried to sleep. Everything happened at night. Afternoons were the only time I could rest in the hope that they wouldn’t be looking for me. I considered one of the painkillers the doc’d given me. Decided against. They were worth more on the street, and I needed my head to be clear tonight.
Slightly Dirty Skin, Clumbsy Girl Bruises and Naughty Girl Bruises by Etalena Lane for Gutterpup. Leg stitches by Stevo Green for Bloody Hell. Bloody Nose by brittainy Beeper for Defiant Designs. Arm stitches by Tarn Skirr for Aunty Entity. Rinehart Signature Destroyed Jeans (modded) by Neogrinch Trenchmouth for Ubercrummy and Kitsch.