Paul tapped on his door again. He could hear his mother and aunt gossiping in the lounge and he knew they would probably be at it for some time yet, so he was unlikely to be able to get to sleep before eleven at the earliest. Their laughter sounded a little bit drunken, but he couldn't believe his mother had been drinking. He hadn't bothered to disturb them when he had come in, he just hollered a quick "I'm back" as he passed the lounge, just to let them know he was in.
He didn't hear a reply from Angela so he opened the door and went in quietly. He could hear her quiet breathing coming from the bed and he guessed she was probably asleep. The room was dark now, with just a shaft of light from the landing, he hesitated. He had promised to let her know how the vote had gone, but there seemed little point waking her now she was asleep. He turned to leave.
"Paul?" came Angela's sleepy voice from the bed.
"It's okay, you go back to sleep" he said quietly.
"No, come here" she said.
Paul closed the door and navigated his away across the dark room with practised ease. He sat carefully on the bed and he felt Angela pulling herself up into a sitting position.
"Did you vote?" she asked, hopefully.
"Yes, we did, and we agreed unanimously that you could attempt the initiation" he said.
Angela threw her arms around him and gave him a kiss "Thanks, Paul" she said.
"It's okay. Listen, you're going to have to get through the initiation though, like I said, and it is going to be hard, so if you really want to join you're going to have to tough it out" he said.
"What will I have to do?" she asked.
"I can't say, I'm sorry, but it's secret" said Paul.
"Will I have to get naked?" she asked.
Paul hesitated for a moment. "Look, I can't say Angela, okay? But... probably, yes."
"Okay" she said "I'll try to be brave."
"I know you will, and just remember, we've all been initiated, so we've all been through it, and however hard it is, it will come to an end, and then it's over" said Paul.
"Okay" said Angela "I am scared though."
"I'll be there" he said "And, even when you join, you're going to be a probationary member, a junior member, so you'll have to have training and that's going to mean being naked as well, and you're going to have to follow orders or you'll be punished. I won't be able to protect you if you're naughty, and that's probably going to mean being naked too."
"There's a lot of having to be naked isn't there?" she said.
"I guess there is really. But that can be fun too" he said.
"I know" she replied coyly "Do you want to have sex?"
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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