Captain Thomas Edwards - hero of Claimed By The Captain - is very much a man of action: a spank-first-talk-later kind of guy.
Our heroine, Ellen Makepeace, however, believes that rules are made to be broken.
When fate brings them together, they have barely exchanged more than a few words before the following scene unfolds in the Captain's chamber...
He hadn’t expected her to give in easily and so he wasn’t surprised when she attempted to dart past him and get to the door.
“Oh, no, you don’t,” he said, catching her around the waist with one arm. She let out an incoherent cry of outrage and tried in vain to wrench herself free. Thomas could feel her heart pounding against his arm.
“Let me go!”
“Calm yourself, Ellen!” he scolded, as he pulled her toward the wooden table in the middle of the room. “Anyone would think you had never been thrashed before.”
“I have not!”
Thomas could scarcely believe her. It seemed incredible that she could have reached adulthood without being chastised at least once. “Well, if that is true, I will soon remedy the situation.”
“You… will… not…” she ground out, still struggling against him with all her might.
“I will,” he said, holding her down over the table and pulling up the back of her dress. “I am your master and it is my duty.”
Ellen wriggled and kicked her legs but Thomas held her fast, unfastening her drawers with one hand and then doing his utmost not to stare at her beautiful bottom as the white fabric fell away. She gasped and froze under his arm. He could only assume it was the shame of being exposed in this way.
“How many apples did you steal, Ellen?” Thomas arranged himself into the right position, still holding Ellen in place.
He tapped the belt lightly against her bottom and she flinched. “Shall we say a dozen?”
“Please…” All of her bravado seemed to have abandoned her.
“A dozen it is.”
Thomas drew back the belt and steadied himself. He had an urge to go easy on her, to be merciful—if this was indeed her first time, it would be a great shock.
But no. This was a punishment. It was his duty to keep her safe and he couldn’t fail her now.
Thomas pressed his lips together and then brought the belt down hard across her bare bottom.