August 27, 2013

Stride of Pride


I woke up to Peter typing away on his laptop, sitting at his little desk catty corner to the foot of the bed. Some time in the middle of the night I must have kicked off the covers, because I was lying there stark naked, legs spread, providing Peter with a very unladylike view of my body. At least I’d recently gotten a wax?

My fingers found the duvet and I pulled it up to my chest, concealing my secret garden. “What time is it?” I croaked. And sadly, not in a throaty sexpot kind of way.

“8,” Peter said.

I had to be at work by 9, and I needed at least twenty minutes to get there from Peter’s apartment. There was no way I had enough time to get to my apartment, shower and change, and make it to my desk by 9. “Shit!” I said. “I thought you got up at like 6.”

“I normally do.” Peter shut his laptop and looked at me. “But you wore me out. Decided to work from home this morning.”

“Peter, I have to be at work in an hour!”

“That’s plenty of time.”

“Yeah, if I had work clothes here. I have a cocktail dress and strappy sandals. Like, ‘Good morning, I’m doing the walk of shame!’”  I sat up, holding the duvet to my chin. “My boss is watching me like a hawk right now so that’s just great.”

That got Peter's attention. “Why?” he asked.

I said that forgetting that Peter knew my boss, or at least knew of him. I told him about how I’d been a slacker in the assistant department lately. When I finished, he snorted. “William Bradford is such a joke, Josie. Don’t even worry about him.”

“Um, he’s my boss. So even though you may not like him because of his whole deal with Elizabeth, I do have to worry about him.”

“The things I could tell you about that guy,” Peter said, shaking his head.

“Like what?”

“I don’t even have enough time to get into them right now.” Peter pushed his chair away from his desk. He walked over and sat down on the edge of the bed. “I’ll tell you another time.”

“You can’t do that to me,” I groaned. “Tell me now!”

Peter traced the tip of his finger over my collarbone and my breath caught in my throat. “I will,” he said, quietly. He pushed the duvet cover down and slipped underneath it, covering his body with mine. He was wearing a t-shirt and boxers, and I felt how hard he was against my thigh. “But only if you’re good.” He kissed me, his hands sliding lower onto my hips. 

“Peter, I have to get ready,” I whispered, even though I did not want him to stop.

Peter slipped his hands underneath me, grabbing my ass and scooping me up so that he was standing and my legs wrapped around his waist. He carried me into the bathroom and put me down in front of the sink. He gestured to a tooth brush, still in its packaging, on the counter. “Multitask.”

He turned me around so that my elbows were on the counter and he was standing behind me. It was the weirdest, kinkiest thing I’ve ever done, but Peter refused to enter me until I started brushing my teeth. He reached around and stroked me using just the pads of his fingers, soft and slow at first, then faster but still just as soft. I thought my knees would give out but he held my hips high, pressing his palm into the small of my back and telling me to arch. I almost choked on the toothbrush when I came. 

After that, I really had to hustle. I threw my hair in a high bun, showered off, and fixed my make up using what little essentials I had in my tiny clutch. At the last minute, I got the idea to borrow one of Peter’s white button downs. I rolled up the sleeves and tied it in a knot at my waist. On Kate Moss, the men’s shirt/cocktail dress combo would have looked effortlessly cool. I repeat: On Kate Moss.

I made it to work on time, and Richard spit out his coffee when I walked by his cube.

"Josie, time to stop reading that Man Repeller fashion blog immediately."

Whatever. Better he think this was just a botched attempt to make a fashion statement. Kate was not so easily fooled.

"Stride of pride?" she mouthed to me. Off my nod, she gave me a thumbs up.

I didn’t have much contact with Megan and William in the morning, so at lunch, I ran out and bought a shirtdress on sale at Banana Republic. The last thing I needed was another sensible work garment—I have quite the collection because I'd rather buy something new than have to deal with picking my stuff up from the dry cleaners. Yes, my apathy is that great. 

I spent the rest of the week literally chained to my desk until 9 or 10 every night. Peter wanted me to bag the Hamptons house this weekend and stay with him in the city (he had an engagement party to attend on Saturday night, so he was stuck for the weekend). But not only was it our last weekend in the share house, we were throwing a huge party, this time to celebrate Kate’s 24th birthday. Taylor even emailed me to tell me she had hired a stripper for the big event.

“He’ll be dressed as a cop but don't be fooled,” Taylor wrote. “He’ll say he’s following up on a noise complaint, ask for Kate, and give her the ‘frisking’ of her life. HA. I call second lap dance!” 

The fact that Taylor had volunteered for a lap dance was proof that she's never actually been to a male strip club and has instead watched Magic Mike too many times. I have been to The Cave in Philly, people! None of those guys look like the Magic Mike cast. Well, except for Tarzan, and I would cry for my mommy if a guy who looked like Tarzan tried to frisk me.

I think Peter was actually kind of surprised I didn’t cancel my plans for him. I was obviously tempted because the sex was getting good and freaky, but I needed to take this slow. I couldn’t go rearranging my life after just one two orgasms! He tried to bribe me to stay by telling me he'd give up the dirt he had on William, but I'm pretty sure I already know what it is—he's a scumbag, hits on his assistants, yada yada yada. I could wait until next week to hear it.

On Saturday night, our ramshackle little Hamptons house was packed for the last time that summer. I was looking around at all the new friends I’d made, feeling all beer-teary and sentimental, when 'Officer O-Face' charged through the door. He was wearing dark glasses and a hat, and he was enormous. His shoulders looked like two muscle-y ham hocks. 

“Kate Nelson, identify yourself!” he demanded. Someone turned the music off and the room went silent with fear. It was like everyone was having flashbacks to that obligatory high school party that had gotten busted and gotten them grounded. 

“Ummm,” Kate said in a timid voice from the center of the room. “Present?” 

I looked at Taylor and we covered our mouths with our hands, trying to silence our laughter. "Present?" 

'Officer O-Face' told Kate to take a seat. A circle formed around Kate in a chair. I stood on my tippy toes, but Richard was in front of me, and all I could see was Officer O-Face’s back, standing over Kate in her chair. He called for someone to turn the music up, and then he ripped open his shirt. The crowd cheered, and Richard and his friends groaned.

I put my hand on Richard’s shoulder and pushed him aside. “Move!” 

“Easy, tiger.” Richard stepped aside. When he did, I saw the stripper’s bare back, the blonde hair that tumbled almost to his shoulders when he tossed his hat aside. I knew who it was even before he turned around to stick his sexy ass in Kate’s face. But I didn’t have enough time to get out of his eye line before that happened, and suddenly, I was face to face with Grady.     

61 comments:

  1. I SO Had a feeling it was going to be Grady....such a shame. I want to know what's going on with her boss...also, there was a line that was hard to read due to formatting. This blog just keeps getting better!

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  2. Ohhhhh my god that is too much. Chock full of awkward.

    How does Grady work as a stripper and a bartender and still not afford a place with a kitchen? Does he have a drug problem, or major student loan debt? haha, poor dude.

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  3. Omg I can't even!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good for Josie for not rearranging her schedule around Peter's

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  5. Loved it! Way to continue the awesome! Glad Josie kept her weekend plans with friends & holy a-w-k-w-a-r-d with Grady...

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  6. totally love this. damn can't believe that's Grady is a stripper. how is that even possible if he bartends? don't bartenders make their income on weekends for the most part? I understand how crazy is still living paycheck to paycheck as a stripper and bartender maybe he has some underlying issue. I love Peter he's awesome. can't wait to hear what he has to say about William. love this post thank you so much for continuing to blog.

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  7. Loved it! Thank you so much for continuing Josie's story! I can't wait to hear what Grady's full story is!

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  8. I knew it would be Grady "shady grady "

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  9. This is from the last post on cosmo but the line:

    "“My dear,” Martin kissed Ashley’s hand. What was up with him? Had he been doing coke in the bathroom with Elizabeth? "..That was freaking hilarious.

    I always liked Peter...and I'm glad Jos didn't have any interaction with Justin. The Grady thing....Lordy. LOL!!!

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  11. The sex scenes with Peter are hot! I liked that you didn't go with the obvious with Josie sleeping in, and the comment from Richard was great. Also excited to hear the dirt on William!

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    1. Oh also, love the "Stride of Pride". I've never heard that before. Great way to reclaim the derogatory Walk of Shame phrase.

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  12. I have never been compelled to comment but at the end of this post I literally said, 'ohmigod' and covered my face with both hands. So scandalous!!

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  13. I totally love the sex between Josie and Peter. so hot. just wish that they use protection seems like they're getting it in without using anything. last Thing Josie needs is an STD or pregnancy scare.

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  14. Can't wait til thursday!!

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  15. and because you threw Tarzan in the narration, I totally never expected it was gonna be Grady until the blonde hair!! Hahaha! So I guess this might cross Grady off Josie's list? Coz I definitely want to be with Peter!! (er, ehem, I meant, I want *her* to be with Peter) LOL great post! So glad you stuck with the old schedule! :)

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  16. Loving it! !!!!! More please!

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  17. Oh man, good ending! It's funny and leaves you wanting to know what next?! Lol

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  18. My heart is pounding so hard for Josie! I love this blog, looking forward to reading more.

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  19. First of all, how nice it is that Josie has her own blog now! And then let's see what's happening here! Wow! Just how awkward it was to face Grady there! But it was also hilarious...
    Keep on Josie...

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  20. I know it would be awful to ditch your friends for kinky sex with Peter but I would have ditched : ) ! I can't get enough of this new storyline with Peter. I hope their fling continues & turns into more. That said, what is up with Grady? How can he work so much & still be so broke? Maybe he is on the roids? Seriously there must be something up with him. I hope Josie returns to the city, gets with Peter & gets the dirt on William.

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  21. Love, love, love your work!! Us taken ladies need to live vicariously through you!

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  22. I second that - totally living vicariously through Josie!

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  23. OMG LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!! Awkward!!

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  24. That sex stuff is good. Multitasking? Love it!!! I wonder what's next with Grady. I agree with the comments here: it is Awkward!

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  25. I love Josie and Peter! I'm hoping Grady will be out of the picture now he seems fine just not for Josie and I really love Peter (: I saw him being a stripper coming but I don't understand how he's still broke

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  26. DUUUUDE!!! was not expecting that! I wonder how he'll feel when he sees Josie there.

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  27. I love your blogs.

    I'm on team Peter. I got a little sad when it didn't work out before. But I sincerely hope it all works out this time :)

    Grady? A stripper? Ohmigosh!!

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  28. Gahhhhh!!! XD I need it to be Thursday right now! I need to know what happens next. This is so awkwardly funny I can't lol.

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  29. Love this blog and it just keeps getting better. I really like Josie and peter and love the interaction that they are having and nthat Josie wants to take it slow :)

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  30. This blog is amazing! I am so glad only the people who are interested commented now and we don't have haters.

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    1. Why do you think that anyone who disagreed with Josie choices are haters? the beauty of this great country is we all have the freedom to voice their opinions. On the cosmo site it seemed like readers were more interested in the comments and not the post. Let's be real this blog has been great lately but had rough patches but the last couple months its become addicting.Let's not judge others for their opinions and enjoy this fantastic blog.

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    2. I thought the the exact same thing when it happened in the last post, they havent been together for a while and had been seeing other people and was disturbed that they jumped right into it without any condoms.

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  31. I absolutely LOVE this blog! I second that... I'm so glad the haters are out. I was sick of negative comments before...I'm totally Team Peter! Cant wait for Thursday!

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  32. I really love your blog! Keep up the good work =D

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  33. i'm not sure what caused the change-up, but i'm loving the posts on LSP wayyyy more than what was posted on Cosmo. keep it up, girl.

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  34. I know most guys love Peter and I really have nothing against him but I really liked Justin even though towards the end he turned out to be a jerk. I also love Grady and cant wait to hear his story.

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  35. Why can't it be...Richard and Jossie?

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  36. Peter is too hot! Omg! But Grady !? Ahh! Covered my eyes with that one lmfao!

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  37. OOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! this blog is getting better and better..... Grady a stripper !!!! i just cover my mouth when i read this lol...


    -- I feel this blogs will get better and better.. keep up and we will continue reading it :)

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    1. i agree with you i never saw 46 comments on cosmo before, regarding a post :]

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  38. Grady: lmfao... Soooo awkward.
    Great blog!!! Can't wait till the next post!

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  39. SO GOOD!!! THIS IS CRAZY!

    <3, Charlotte

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  40. this blog is better off cosmo!

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  41. OMG. So glad this blog moved. I was always afraid to comment because of comments being linked to Facebook. Not anymore! I bet the author moved off the Cosmo web site because they probably were telling her how to write!

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  42. Wow did not expect that ending lol. I hope Josie ends up with Peter...the sex sounds ahhhhmazing lol

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  43. I agree. This is exciting that its continuing. I'm glad all of the negativity isn't present here. The story line has been excellent! I also like the ups and downs of her friendships as well. I used to love Ashley back in the fedora guy days, but then things took a turn and she wasn't my favorite; however, I think that's very realistic. Friendships sometimes do part ways or mature heading down different paths. Sometimes the paths return, sometimes not. I love Grady for the story line... Almost comedic relief. To the author, I'm sure this is not part of your new job description, and we thank you for your time and talent.

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  44. I love the way this blog is going and so glad you are continuing it! Can not believe it was Grady.. Super excited for Thursday!

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