"Come on, Ben" said Victoria encouragingly "Clothes off, you shouldn't need to be told."
Ben and Amy had only just walked through the door, and although Ben hadn't intended to get undressed unless told to, he still felt Victoria's comment was a little unfair since he'd barely had a chance to say hello. Victoria sat in her usual chair, with Emily and Alison sat on the settee together. All three girls smiled at Ben, and he blushed.
Ben started to get undressed while Amy sat cross legged on the floor.
"Why's it only me? Why doesn't Amy have to get undressed?" he asked.
"I think we've already explained that" said Victoria "Because Amy isn't shy. She's perfectly happy to get undressed when needed. You're the one who needs to get used to it."
"I am used to it now" said Ben.
"If you were you'd not be complaining about it now, would you?" said Victoria gently.
Ben didn't answer. He knew he wasn't used to it, and he also knew he wasn't going to fool Victoria.
"Besides, the same applies to Dave. Until he's comfortable with being naked with us, he'll have to stay naked too" said Victoria.
"Oh, Dave won't be here this evening" said Emily, suddenly remembering.
"Why not?" asked Victoria a little surprised.
"He's got a role-playing session" she said, a little disappointed.
"Well that won't do. That boy's going to have to get his priorities right. Give him a ring, tell him to come" said Victoria.
Emily pulled out her mobile phone and began dialling while half watching Ben stood in just his boxer shorts. Ben tried to remove them with no sign of embarrassment, but his red face gave him away.
"Come on, studmuffin" said Victoria beckoning him to her. Ben climbed into the seat beside Victoria and she wrapped her arms round him, giving him a kiss on the cheek "Besides, you look gorgeous in your birthday suit." Ben frowned slightly then rested his head on Victoria's breasts.
"Oh, dad said to tell you that he's got an engineer coming first thing tomorrow morning, and a work gang will come along later" said Ben.
"Really?" said Victoria excitedly "Wow! That was quick. Might be best if we stayed away then, let them get on with it. We'll clear out anything compromising tonight, make sure there's nothing dodgy for them to find."
"He says he can't" said Emily.
Victoria switched train of thought quickly "Can't what, Em?" she asked.
"He can't come, he's busy - Dave" said Emily.
"Tell him if he's not here within an hour he's going to be one sorry little boy when I get my hands on him" said Victoria.
Emily relayed the message and then frowned, nodding her head and uttering the occasional "Uh huh, yep, I see, I'm not sure that's..." until finally she looked up at Victoria again.
"Apparently they're about to assault the Zombie Lord's Castle, and his character is critical to the success of the mission. He says they've been planning this for weeks, and if they fail the whole Kingdom of Avara will suffer terribly, not to mention he'll miss out on the treasure and experience points. There's some holy mace or other he's got his eye on" said Emily, but she paused as more information came to her over the phone "It's plus three and plus five against undead apparently."
"Pass me the phone, please, darling" said Victoria with infinite patience. Emily passed the phone over and Victoria took a deep breath before putting it to her ear.
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: Monday, April 16, 2018