Six Sentence Sunday 39

This week I’m giving you a taste of the fourth Encounters story Rituals. In Rituals, Drake Keating’s neighbor and friend, wizard Nick Diamond, discovers that the woman he’s been painting is a lot more than she said or he ever noticed. Secrets are revealed and lust is born.

Ione knelt on the drop sheet that covered the floor of the dais, sitting with her legs folded beneath her. She stretched her hands out before her and murmured a few unintelligible words. Then she said, “I will tell you when I am ready. At my word, you must whip me until my blood runs freely. Only then will my sacrifice to Artemis be complete. It should take no longer than five minutes.”

If you’re interested, you can look up the Cult of Orthia. It’s an ancient religion whose members participated in ritual flagellations. Nick’s model Ione is a member of that religion.

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24 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday 39

  1. Gem Sivad says:

    Well I’m assuming she gets something out of this besides scars. Ancient magic maybe? I’m totally intrigued.

  2. Dark, and love the concept! Fab six xx

  3. Fascinating. Great six, hun! 🙂

  4. Wow. That was unexpected–and painful. I hope for her sake, she bleeds sooner than that. Intriguing six.

  5. Dee Carney says:

    Five minutes?! It sure as hell better take a lot less time than that!

  6. Alix says:

    ouch, blood running freely, my back is stinging thinking about how important this ritual must be, well done.

  7. Zee Monodee says:

    Wowzers! This is definitely intriguing!

  8. Eleri Stone says:

    And Nick is horrified? Does he actually do it?

  9. Vivien Dean says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Interesting snippet. I’m a little scared to read what happens next. LOL!

  11. Dark, yet enticing! Dying to know what happens next. 🙂

  12. Sandi Sookoo says:

    That is some interesting info 🙂

  13. Dark! And how does she know its only 5 min?

    • She’s done the ritual before. However, Nick is horrified at the thought of whipping her for so long once her skin breaks. He just has no idea what he’s in store for.

  14. Piper says:

    That is a wonderfully intriguing six! Spectacular!

  15. Laura Kaye says:

    Wow. Really intriguing. Love stories steeped in mythology!

  16. ooh love it. intrigued!

  17. Sharita Lira says:


    Really liked it

  18. Ouch! That damn Artemis. So exacting.

  19. Cara Bristol says:

    She’s certainly very specific about her requirements.

  20. Dakota Trace says:

    Very dark and just a bit sensual. I will definitely be looking up that cult too. Great six

  21. Interesting! Is he gonna do it? Hope there’s a follow up post next week!

  22. Lisa Fox says:

    Wow, very, very interesting. A very sensual, sexy and somewhat dark snippet. I will look up that cult for sure.

  23. Well, that certainly is a surprising thing to learn.