The Tormenter

Short Story
By Stephanie Geary

Sitting outside the school gates, I wait nervously for Stan Foster to come out of class. My mind whirls at the prospect of seeing him, knowing what I must do. Nerves and fear play a part in making my decisions. I can see a crowd forming, they have heard about what will be happening shortly. Hands in pockets, I glance at the growing audience, knowing that I am about to be put on display and that I must perform. My hands are clammy, and I wipe them roughly down my school trousers. I pull a handful of change from my pocket and count the coins.

Not enough, I need more.

What will he say about that?

I see him making his way out of the school, a group of friends surrounding him, offering him encouragement. They all look this way, none of them wanting to admit that they play a part in this scenario. As they get closer, I feel my heart racing, adrenaline kicks in and I feel ready. My eyes never steel away from his, I stare him down and gulp down on the salty saliva building up in the back of mouth and throat. I feel nauseous, but I know that is due to the fire burning in my gut.

Racing towards Stan, I see the fear in his eyes as he sees me, his secondary school bully approaching him. He looks at me, tears ready to spill from his eyes and I feel the raw fear that comes from his every pore.

And I love it.

I wish that I didn’t! I feel the hold that I have over him and the feeling of being powerful is like a drug I can’t get enough of. I clench my fists eagerly.

My audience waits as I approach my prey; all eyes are on me. I cannot let them down.

 

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Another day, more writing…

I am doing fairly well today with keeping on track with my writing schedule! Day 2 and i am excited about how my story is coming along! 😀 still a LONNNNNG Way to go, but I am writing! Better to be doing than not doing, right? 😀

Word counts excite me

So, as I push ever onwards with my story…I feel such a rush and a sense of accomplishment when I see the word count rising!

Having spent the last few hours catching up with my part written novel and writing new chapters, I have increased my word count by more than 2,500 words! Go me! 😀

Writing away the Days

Due to one thing or another, I haven’t spent a lot of time on my blog as of late. In fact, I haven’t even switched on my computer. I really want to get back into writing. I have so many projects that I want to work on and so many avenues I want to pursue for work.

The whole reason for me giving up my day job was so that I could be at home more with my family, providing them with support, but it was also a good opportunity for me to dive into a career as a freelance writer. I have other ambitions that I will one day pursue and my craving to be a midwife has not disappeared, but for now I want to focus on trying my hand at writing professionally.

But where do I start? It’s so easy to sit on my computer chair, kick my computer into gear and get my fingers ready on the keys…..but then that’s where I pause….I don’t really know where to begin. I have seen many articles about writing as a freelance but the advice is sometimes outdated or not applicable to someone like me, who is just starting out.

A few months ago, I enrolled on the writers bureau writing course – this is for fiction writing and I am keen to get started but there is always something else to do or somewhere else to be. My mind has been distracted a lot in recent months but I am very keen to turn it all around.

I have got course folder out, and I am thinking about that first piece of work. I am drafting short stories and I am keen to get myself out there more.

I am going to start spending more hours writing, and hopefully turn out some work that may appeal to publishers etc.

Sleepless nights

Lying in bed, with my husband snoring beside me and I can’t sleep…..

I feel hot, so I stick my leg out but feel cold….so I pull it back in.

I feel uncomfortable and try to shift position but nothing works….

I feel anxious and stressed but I can’t really say why. I am going over and over things in my head, conversations I’ve had or not had, etc. I feel like I can’t relax, my stomach is in knots and my heart is racing….

There are so many things swimming around my head and I can’t switch any of it off….

I wish tonight was a one off but I’ve felt like this for so long now. This isn’t the first sleepless night I’ve had…

I must try to close my eyes….

More writing for 2020

One of the things that I haven’t done much of the last year is writing. I have taken part in book tours and worked with some fantastic authors but I want to put my own words to paper and hopefully publish my book. This year feels like it has flown by….and they will all combine and tumble ever forwards until there is no more time left. So with that in mind, I am going to make a conscious effort to be more assertive, to write more and plan more. I am going to use my ‘unemployed’ status to do all the things I wanted to do. I’m going to get myself ready for when i apply to university for the midwifery course I want to do, and I am going to write those books that have been in my mind for so so long. And more than anything, I am hoping to finally put the past few years behind me. I haven’t been the same person for such a long time and I want to have a more positive year. Let’s hope the year gives me everything I need and more!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2020 is good to you!

2020

This past year has been the first one which has been quite relaxed and trauma free. For the past 3 years I have been dealt some shitty hands, but this year has been what can only be described as normal.

I have left my full time position to support my husband at home. I have spent a lot more time with my boys and feeling better about being available for all the school stuff that they did. This year also helped to heal me a bit. It’s not uncommon that I struggled with stress and slight depression after the previous years and since giving up work, I have been able to slowly get back to the person I used to be. I am looking forward to the year ahead. New challenges, new beginnings, and hopefully a new improved me. There’s a lot that I want to change about myself and I’m hoping to chip away at the bad to reveal who I really am.

There are some exciting things happening in 2020, and I can’t wait to see how the year shapes up 🙂

hopefully this will be our year……

Torturing myself

I spent a good portion of my night thinking about the people in my life. I lost out on sleep and managed to get a mere 4 hours before I had to take boys to school.

Like many people, I have those that support me and those that don’t. I went through scenarios and battles that I should have either avoided or done more about. I have people who would go that extra mile for me, and who I would do the same…..and then I have others who can’t be bothered. People who put their own needs and feelings before others.

And I ask myself….why do I torture myself about it all?

Why do I constantly fret over who likes me and who doesn’t? Why do I put myself out there, just to feel rejection and hurt? I have been through some shitty stuff over the past few years, more than anyone should deal with in any one lifetime….and it has made me realise who I can count on 100% and who lets me down time and time again. I should turn away and not let them get to me, but it’s hard! I am going to start looking after me and mine. I will give the same amount of support to those who give it to me…..match support with support. And then see how long it takes before I hear any complaints….

I have a busy year ahead of me, and I want to focus on moving towards a brighter, future and career. I need to learn to shake the negative people off!

#Blogtour Naughty or Nice by Rachael Stewart

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Blogtour – Sunday 1st December

Hi all…

How are you all on the first festive day of December? I have one hell of a treat for you with this super hot, super sexy review… this was a story that pulled me in from the very start, making my heart race passionately with every turn of the page! For some, this may be TOO HOT! So please, handle with care!

As always, big thanks must go to the blog host and the author, who both allowed me to read and review this sizzling book.

Rachel of Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

Rachael Stewart – www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

HOT! HOT! HOT!

I like my stories with a bit of spice….something fun and sexy, which had me begging for more…and by golly, this book had it in buckets!

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Before I delve deeper into this pulse quickening story, lets get to know an author who has once again given us a story that is juicy to the last word!


About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –
Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: @rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/


About the Book

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Naughty Or Nice

She’s setting the terms…

In business and pleasure!

Lucas Waring was my brother’s best friend—before he broke my heart and betrayed my family. Yet one glance from those dark, intense eyes, and that bolt of aching need returns. Now Lucas wants my business. But the nice Eva he knew is gone forever and naughty Eva wants her cake, and a taste of deliciously hot Lucas, too. Only my heart’s about to pull the biggest betrayal of all…

Purchase Links
Amazon –  https://mybook.to/NaughtyOrNice


My Review

I have said it before and I will say it again! Rachael Stewart never ever fails to brighten my days. Her stories ignite such passion and intrigue, and they really fire up my cold, dreary days.

This story is a fabulous, fun, sexy escape from the normality. We see two characters, divided by family feuds who cannot stay away from one another. Years have gone by since Eva last saw Lucas, the guy who won her heart when she was only 18; the guy who also broke that heart…..and yet her body reacts whenever she sees him.

Lucas sees the sister of his ex-best friend. The girl who he wanted, but couldn’t have. And now there is nothing standing in his way, and he wants what he deprived himself of all those years ago…..

But now, it is Eva who calls the shots…

This book had me wanting from the very first chapter. I read the pages greedily and hid myself away when the scenes got hot…. I couldn’t steer myself away from the drama as it unfolded and as much as I loved the ‘strong willed’ Eva, I knew that wanted nothing more than to feel Lucas’s love for her….and I wanted it for her too!

The scenes were written brilliantly….Rachael sure does know how to get people HOT under the collar! From the story building, the character interaction and juicy sex scenes….I was not left disappointed!


Conclusion

Sexy…. Hot… Dramatic… with two characters that I believed in. This was top notch Stewart work at its best! I look forward to reading more…

Rating – Can I ever rate any lower than this?

5 out of 5!

Fantastic book! Give it a ago…..but beware… It may raise your blood pressure…


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