(Continued from Scenes From An Italian Restaurant- Three)
Antonio lay the spatula across her back and held it with his left hand. With his right, he cupped her bottom gently. “This is going to be good one”, he said.
“I know”, she peeped.
“But when you’re done-it will all be over.”
“Clean slate!” she said softly to the floor.
Marie saw the first swat coming and still jumped, startled by the sound at impact. She hadn’t settled when the second landed in the same place; fully on the right globe which after only two smacks was flushing pink. The third landed more in the middle of her butt resonating down her shallow crack and between her legs. Then the other cheek. Marie’s eyes wandered nowhere else but she kept her hand at her breast as if to keep her heart inside.
Connie, for her part, hung on gritting her teeth and trying to dig her fingertips into the hard floor tiles. She was surprised that her eyes were stinging already. Yes, his hand was heavy, yes his hand hurt, yes her ass was burning. But not enough to make her cry. She blinked when a smack landed low, where the bottom meets the leg, and a tear splashed delicately between her hands. Her mouth, already open, betrayed her with a small cough. Then another and finally a whispered “Ouch”.
“Well” said Tony, “I’d say that’s enough for the warmup.”
“Oh Dear…” thought Marie and, with no thought of sitting, slipped behind the bar table as if behind a battlement protecting her from what she was seeing. And what was she seeing-or feeling? It was strange how her own bottom was itching. Connie gave no outward sign of crying, just the drops that were sprinkling silently onto the floor. She felt his movement and the spatula was gone from her back.
“Are you ready for this Constance?”
“Yes, Chef. Please.”
She exhaled and relaxed, softening her clenched bottom. At the first stroke of the spatula she allowed a wall to buckle and cried “Owww…” Then, after the third, began crying in earnest. The swats burned and she reacted to each with a yelp or a twist but all under the soft veil of tears that had seemingly come forth unbidden-on their own.
Chef Tony was nothing if not precise. The welts he was leaving on her bottom were adjoining but seldom overlapping. Connie was not a kicker but couldn’t stop her legs from scissoring nor her toes from dancing, bundling her jeans and panties at her ankles. As she cried beneath his hand, Antonio twisted his arm around her waist and increased the tattoo on her aching bottom to a loud fast “Rat-tat-tat”. Marie’s hands had moved from her breast to her face. When she told about it later she would swear later that Chef’s arm was a blur.
“Tony!” she called to him after another moment. “Tony?”
He stopped what he was doing and looked up as if surprised to find someone else in the room. Without the loud cracking, slapping and wailing, a silence colored only by Connie’s soft sobbing, settled over the room.
She was holding out a handkerchief toward Connie’s head. Antonio nodded. She approached and held the hanky down where her friend could see it. The floor between her hands was puddled.
“Thanks”, snuffled Connie taking it and drying her eyes as best she could. Marie stood a moment next to the furnace that was Connie’s backside. No longer pink, it was a mottled red and burgundy-the color of spilled wine. She retreated back to her spot behind the table but there was no need.
“Are you done sweetheart?” asked Tony softly, gently cupping her bottom.
She took a deep breath, thinking about it and wiped her nose. “Yes, Chef.”
He patted again. “Good. Come on….”
He helped her up and she stood shakily beside him patting her bottom. He stood and wrapped his strong arms around her squeezing. Her rear glowed like a brazier in the dim light and Marie eventually looked away. “Beautiful”, was all he said kissing Connie on top of the head. “Now pull up your pants…”
“Can’t I leave them down?” she sniffled, patting her glowing butt.
“No you can’t”, he said lightly. “Not that kind of place.”
He turned his attention to Marie.
“What?” she asked in a gasp. He said nothing else. She felt a need to fan herself but didn’t move.
“What Chef?” she asked again having slid back behind the table.
“You’re never too old you know.”
“For what? For…no way Chef! I’m too…” she stopped herself.
“No you’re not.”
“Chef. Tony. I couldn’t…”
“Then why are you here?”
The truth nearly escaped when she opened her mouth, but instead she said, “For her!” and waved her hand toward Connie hoping for some support. Her friend was seemingly paying no attention, engrossed in gingerly pulling up her panties then her jeans, trying not to scrape unduly across her hot skin.
“Connie?” she asked.
“I think you should,” she said in a small voice not looking up.
“If not now, when?”, asked Connie finally looking up.
“O Jesus”, she said to herself. The room seemed to be moving around her.
“Take off your jacket Marie…” said Tony, feeling that she needed a direction.
Words died in her mouth. She desperately wanted to tell him that she did want this-that she’d wanted it for a long time but couldn’t imagine how to ask. She might have been able to live her whole life out without this if he and Connie hadn’t started playing like this. Was it their fault? Was it hers? Was it anyone’s? This is what she was thinking as she was saying nothing…and unbuttoning her jacket.
Chef Tony sat back down and beckoned her over. She slid out from behind the table dragging her hand across the top. It took an hour to cross the three strides. She waggled a finger and Connie who was now, fully clothed and watching. “You, you….”
Connie smiled through her tear streaked face and leaned against the bar.
Marie stood before her seated boss with her hands at her sides not resisting as Tony reached out and unsnapped her jeans. He unzipped them and worked them down over her hips.
“You might need a bigger spatula for me.”
“I think my hand will cover enough ground.”
He helped her into position. “I don’t fit as well as that one…”
“You fit fine. Now lift up”.
He patted the tight cotton encasing her bottom. “Really.”
She lifted up, and squeezed her eyes shut in embarrassment as he slowly pulled down her underwear. She mouthed a nasally “Ooohhh…” to convince anyone listening including herself that she wasn’t giving into this easily. She breathed deeply as the cool air washed over her naked bottom. Then she felt his hot hand on the back of her thigh.
“Tell me again what I’ve done to deserve this.”
“Lived too long without it.”
She relaxed and felt her body form to his lap. He wasn’t in a hurry. “Yes…Too long…” she sighed just loudly enough to be heard by both.
Those are beautiful sandals she thought absently as she grabbed Antonio’s ankle and waited.