"I need you to hang back" Paul told Dave as they moved quietly through the forest.
"Okay" said Dave.
"Just keep out of sight, and whatever happens, don't get involved" said Paul, talking while scanning the trees as they walked "If we get into any trouble at all, don't let anyone see you, but run back to the den and raise the alarm."
"Why are you expecting trouble?" asked Dave.
"We're not, but best be on the safe side" replied Paul.
"I don't want those scouts getting hold of us" said Emily "Not after last night."
"What happened last night?" asked Dave.
"We haven't got time for that now. You drop back out of sight and follow us" said Paul.
Victoria sat alone, her legs curled up underneath her, musing about changes they could make to the den if they had professional help. She wasn't banking on help from Keith, but after her talk with him this morning she had some optimism that he might actually come through for them. She was quite prepared to sacrifice her body to him if that was required, and as she thought about it she decided she'd quite like to sacrifice her body to him anyway. She wondered if Ben would be as sexy when he grew up, and thought he probably would be, if not more so, and she was looking forward to finding out.
Ben had jumped back into his clothes as soon as Victoria had given him permission to do so. Not wanting to be naked on her own, Alison had also dressed, though rather more sedately. She and Ben still lay on the red settee in each others arms, and Ben was tickling Alison gently while she giggled and squirmed and stole kisses.
Amy sat in a chair on her own with Victoria's laptop. She had been given the responsibility of monitoring the cameras for any security threats, both from Forestry Commission workers and boy scouts, and she took the job very seriously.
Wendy and Alan were still being punished, but Alan definitely had the worst of it. He was bent over the arm of a chair, naked, and was being beaten. Wendy, who was also naked, wielded the riding crop and although she didn't swing it very hard, tried to make pretty patterns on his bottom with it. Alan yelped and shrieked as she struck, but he wasn't crying.
"They're coming back" said Amy.
"Any signs of trouble?" asked Victoria dragging herself out of her daydream and back to reality.
"I can't see Dave, but apart from that it seems okay" said Amy.
"He's probably shadowing them" said Victoria.
"What's that?" asked Amy.
"Following them at a distance so if they run into trouble he can come and get help" said Victoria.
"Oh, I can see him, he's running from tree to tree and hiding, only not very well" said Amy.
"How does Katherine look?" asked Victoria.
"Nervous" said Amy.
"Wendy, you get dressed now. Alan you stand in the corner with your hands on your head, face the wall" instructed Victoria.
Wendy pulled Alan up from the arm of the chair and marched him to the corner, making sure he was properly placed before getting herself dressed "And behave yourself!" said Wendy as she smacked him on the bottom.
"You keep monitoring the cameras, Amy" said Victoria.
"Okay" said Amy.
A few minutes later Katherine entered flanked by Paul and Emily. She gave a quick nervous smile to Victoria, then look round the room curiously.
"Welcome to our headquarters, Katherine" said Victoria.
"Thanks" said Katherine.
"Nervous?" asked Victoria.
"A bit" said Katherine.
Paul settled himself in a chair, and Emily pushed Ben and Alison's legs aside and sat at the end of the settee. Victoria smiled at Katherine who was now staring at Alan's naked red bottom.
"Who's he?" asked Katherine.
"He's a very naughty boy who's being punished" said Victoria "Say hello to Katherine, Alan!"
"Hello" said Alan unenthusiastically.
"Turn around and say hello properly" said Victoria.
Alan turned slowly, keeping his eyes down "Hello, Katherine" he said.
Katherine stared at his penis "Um, hello."
"Turn back, Alan" said Victoria, and Alan gratefully turned himself back to the corner.
"Is he in the gang?" asked Katherine.
"No, he's Wendy's pet, she's not in the gang either by the way, just a friend, like you" said Victoria.
Katherine smiled at Wendy, and Wendy smiled back "I'm training him" said Wendy.
Dave walked in and looked round, then stood awkwardly by the door.
"Sit down, Dave" said Victoria "You're making the place look untidy." Dave looked round for somewhere to sit, until Emily tutted at him "Come and sit here" she said, indicating the settee "You two shuffle up" she said to Ben and Alison. Ben and Alison reluctantly shifted from lying to sitting, but still kept their arms around each other, and Dave sat carefully next to Emily. They didn't put their arms around each other.
"Well, why don't you get undressed and then you can tell me all about how things are going with your scouts" said Victoria.
Katherine immediately looked more nervous "Do I have to?" she asked.
"I told you, you would" said Victoria "And more, if I remember rightly."
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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Changes last made on: Tuesday, April 10, 2018