"Itíll turn up, Dorothy. Mrs Maloney must have taken it away with all the rest of the washing. And itís so incredibly warm and weíre none of us going any further than the pool today. What the hell!"
Dorothy Chambers did not look very reassured by this at first. She had paid a lot for that blouse and it was too bad the way it had disappeared overnight, as well as weird - she always locked her door. It just HAD to be one of the other girls, clowning about. Funny, though, sheíd known them all since childhood and silly practical jokes had never been a thing they had been prone to do. They had always been rather a serious and sober-sided bunch.
She glared at the other three and returned to her toast and marmalade, washing it down with a cup of delicious coffee. The sun shone through the large French windows and warmed her exposed arms, shoulders, chest, ample cleavage and midriff. It felt pretty nice, she had to admit.
Elspethís words had been true enough. For most of the day they would none of them be wearing too much, not in this heat. This was the hottest summer any of them could ever remember. And next day the careless housekeeper would be back, perhaps with her missing blouse and if it WAS one of the others - well, plenty of time to play a trick on her - whoever she was!
As Elspeth had predicted, they spent all morning diving into and lazing beside the swimming pool. Harriet and she played tennis for a while and Jenny took herself off and went for a solitary walk across the moors. They were all busy career women by nature, cast out of their jobs by various and simultaneous misfortunes, holidaying at Francesí recently inherited country home as they took stock of their lives and relaxed together for the first time in years. For the first three days of their stay here, all had gone pretty well as planned.
"Iíll go and catch up with Jenny," said Frances. "I donít like to think of her brooding on her own. I think sheís taken misfortune much harder that any of us. She always was the sensitive one. WeĎve got to be extra nice to her, I feel."
She went inside the house and came back looking furious.
"OK, you lot, just what the Devilís going on?"
Dorothy was the first to answer.
"Sorry, Frances; I donít understand. Whatís up?"
"Whatís up is that my walking shoes are not where I left them and some creep with a twisted idea of what constitutes a joke has left me with only one set of clothes - those I wore this morning. Very funny, girls! But the jokeís over!"
She did not look a happy hostess at all. She went on, "Iíll go after Jenny in any case, shoes or no shoes. When I get back, I want all my gear returned. Iím not laughing at your stupid childish joke and this is MY house - remember that!"
Dorothy watched her storm off in her flip flops. Before she had got very far she had stumbled several times in this rather unpractical footwear and discarded them, preferring to rely on her own bare feet to carry her. When their hostess was nearly out of sight she turned to the others. "I wonder whatís going on; first my blouse then her shoes and all her other clothes. Letís go inside and check on our stuff. This is very odd."
In twenty minutes Dorothy, Harriet and Elspeth returned from their respective rooms. All had the same tale to tell. Their spare clothes had gone and none of them had a complete set, even of their remaining apparel. Dorothy, as has been already mentioned, had no blouse. Harriet, that inveterate topless sunbather had a blouse, but no bra and Elspeth, perennially barefoot, had no shoes. None had bothered to put these items on in the morning and thus not noticed their absence.
"It must have been Jenny," said Harriet at last. "As Frances said, sheís taken our misfortunes more to heart than the rest of us. Sheís flipped somehow. Poor girl - when she gets back with Frances, weíll just have to be extra nice to her. Itís a sort of cry for help, I suppose."
Dorothy suggested that they search Jennyís room for the missing clothing. The door was not locked and they had soon searched it from top to bottom. Nothing! Not only were the other girlsí missing things not here, but Jennyís spare gear also seemed to have disappeared.
"What was Jenny wearing when she went for her walk?" asked Dorothy. "I seem to remember she wasnít very well covered below the waist, but itís so warm, I hadnít thought much of it."
Harriet agreed. "Right, Dot! She just had her blouse, bikini bottom and shoes on. I thought it a bit daring, but - what the hell! Whoís she likely to meet around here?"
"So there we have it!" said Dorothy. "We are all of us missing one item of clothing and weíve all had our spare gear swiped. We arenít alone here, girls! Someone had to have done this. I wonder who?"
The three of them trooped outside and waited for Jenny and Frances to return. While they waited they took off what clothes they still had and plunged into the pool. As they swam, the thief rubbed his hands and chuckled. What a jolly day he was having! And there were more days to come!
"Hi, Jenny! Thought you might like some company!"
Frances had finally caught up with the youngest of her guests. She had been worried about her ever since the five of them had arrived here, four days ago. Jenny was usually the most effervescent of girls, by far the most light-hearted of this quintet of lifelong buddies, but had lately she been quiet and subdued, smiling sadly at the othersí little jokes and staring downwards seeming to be lost in thought. She had been devastated to lose her post at the merchant bank and seemed totally broken-spirited by it. Of all of them, Frances reckoned, Jenny was the one who most needed this time together.
Jenny smiled and allowed Frances to link arms with her. They walked together for some time and then Jenny laughed gaily, the first time she had not looked solemn for longer than Frances could remember.
"Lost your shoes, darling? Never mind, those are the sweetest feet! I always envied you them! Bet it feels sore, though with all this heat and everything so dusty and dry!"
"Yeah! It does a bit. I like your legs, come to that - and you sure seem to be showing a lot of them today!"
Jenny grinned. "I didnít see where Iíd put my shorts this morning, Frances, and itís so warm, I decided to leave off looking for them until tonight. I love the sun on my legs - it feels so free somehow."
Frances became thoughtful.
"Jenny, I canít find my shoes, Dot canít find her blouse and now you say your shorts have disappeared. A pattern emerges! I wonder who the silly bugger is - surely not Harriet or Elspeth - not their scene at all, IĎd have said."
"I donít know, Fanny! I wouldnít have thought any of us were that way inclined. Not really. Not like some of the other girls weíve known. That Tricia Fordyce and her little gang at school - they liked horsing about - but we were always such goody goodies!"
íYes. Thatís right,í thought Frances, ĎWe were all five of us serious minded little prigs and went on to be serious minded hard working women and look where itís bloody well got us!í She knew that Tricia was still going from strength to strength in her career as a fashion designer, and the five of them in their solid respectable careers had all come terrible croppers. What a very unfair business Life was! Still inheriting this house had been a welcome surprise - life wasnít all bad.
The place had been built in the Eighteen Seventies by a great-great uncle who had made a fortune in questionable circumstances and then retired here to live out his long retirement. It had been left her by a distant cousin only a couple of years ago and she had not had time to spend a lot of time in it until she lost her job. It might be a bit of a ramshackle place and well off the beaten track, but it was certainly ideal for a summer retreat, with its extensive grounds, tennis court and enormous swimming pool, installed by the last owner.
She had fallen in love with the isolated and remote place, vowing to spend as much time here as she could, but work had been so hectic at the time that it had been impossible to get up very often. And then the crash had come and she was out of work, clutching a fat redundancy cheque and with all the spare time in the world!
As soon as she had become unemployed and learnt of her friendsí simultaneous misfortunes, she had invited them all down here to lick their several wounds and think how to get their lives back together. The first day had been spent in a serious discussion, reviewing the ways they could all set up in some kind of business together and then the wonderful weather had reduced them all to a state of semi-comatose and hedonist abandon. And then, this morning, they had started to lose their clothes.
Jenny and Frances continued walking and soon arrived at the highest point for miles around. They stood together and looked down at the Victorian pile below, the sole dwelling in their field of view. Both of them agreed that it was wonderful to be utterly away from it all. They lay down side by side and contemplated the view for some minutes before Jenny fell asleep. Frances sat by her side, her arm around her friend, and then dozed off herself. When the pair woke it was well into the afternoon and the sun well past its strongest. A cool breeze, the first stirring of the air in weeks of hot sultry weather, ruffled Jennyís long golden hair as well as Francesís shorter black locks. They enjoyed this refreshing change in the weather for a while longer, and then Frances got to her feet.
"Letís get back, Jenny. We need to get together, the five of us and sort out whatís going on. I have a feeling things are not as they ought to be, my dear. In fact I feel very uneasy indeed for some reason!"
Jenny and Frances took their time getting back to the house. Poor Frances had lost count of the number of thistles, briars and razor sharp stones her delicate little feet had trodden upon by the time she was finally able to relax by the poolside and examine her sore and weeping soles. To think that in some parts of the world a shod person was a rarity, though people like that were mainly peasants who had a higher pain threshold!
She recalled an account she had once read of the life of the Zulu King Shaka, who had forbidden the wearing of sandals by his soldiers, training them to be able to cover scores of miles each day barefoot. This ruthless despot would force them to perform tribal dances on a floor strewn with thorns and those who missed their steps would be clubbed to death as an example to encourage the others. Well - she would have lasted maybe two minutes in an outfit like that!
Tomorrow, if the missing clothes still hadnít turned up, she might drive into the nearest town, some twenty miles distant and buy some more shoes. Her flimsy sandals had been quite ruined before she had been forced to ditch them. As she and Jenny relaxed after their walk, the others came out of the house and settled themselves around their two returned friends.
"We have a confession to make, Jenny," began Dorothy, "We thought you were behind these mysterious losses, so we looked through your room. Sorry, about that darling - it was just that we thought you were behaving unlike your usual self. Anyway, youíre obviously in the same boat as the rest of us. We do apologise."
Jenny smilingly forgave them. "I suppose weíre looking at each other and wondering which of us it is. I vote we forget it for today! Tonight we must all lock ourselves in our rooms and close the windows, stuffy though it is in this heat. And one of us should be in the corridor for an hour at a time to keep guard, armed with something suitably heavy in case we have visitors."
Frances agreed, except that she suggested two of them at a time and for two hours at a stretch. Frances and Jenny agreed to take the first two hours, Dorothy and Harriet the next, and Frances and Elspeth the remainder of the night until everyone had got dressed. Frances resigned herself to a more sleep deprived night than the others, but she had always been the natural leader of the group and leaders have responsibilities.
They carried out an audit before retiring for the night.
Jenny: Top, bikini top, bikini bottom and shoes.
Dorothy: Bikini top, bikini bottom, slacks and shoes.
Elspeth: Blouse, bikini top and bottom, shorts
Harriet: Cotton blouse, Bikini bottom, hot pants and shoes.
Frances: Tank top, Bikini top, bikini bottom, micro skirt.
The three watches went off without incident. No one reported any further loss. At seven am all went to their several bathrooms to shower and brush their perfect and gleaming white teeth. Then they assembled for breakfast.
Dorothy was dressed in her bikini and shoes. While in the bathroom, her slacks had disappeared. She had heard nothing, but when she had pulled back the shower curtain, the said garment had gone!
Harriet had lost her blouse, which did not worry her, since she spent most of the day bare-breasted in any case. With her tanned upper body, she looked the least put out of all at her loss. As in Dorothyís case, it had vanished when she was looking the other way for a second. "Pretty smart piece of thieving - unbelievable!" was her comment before breaking her fast with her usual gusto.
Elspeth had lost her bikini bottom. "Never mind!" she said, surprisingly brightly. "Weíre all girls together! Shouldnít cramp my style too much".
Jenny had lost her shoes and Frances her little skirt.
It was a very thoughtful quintet which ate silently and reflectively. ĎWe ought to be afraid,í thought Jenny, Ďbut somehow we arenít.í It was as though all of them knew they were in no danger, (apart from ending up completely stripped after a few more days of this). And it was still very warm, with a long-range weather forecast seeing no end to the drought for the foreseeable future.
Just as they were about to clear up the breakfast things and transfer themselves to the pool, to spend as much time splashing around in it as lying beside it, the telephone rang. Frances went to answer it. She came back looking annoyed.
"That was Mrs Maloney. Her sister is no better. She wants to stay away a few more days. Damn! I was hoping to get her to buy a few clothes for us all before she came back. Never mind! We are, as Elspeth has reminded us, all girls together. Any of you fancy a drive into town to buy the stuff ourselves? IĎll go and get the car out of the garage, while you make up your minds!"
"Iím happy to stay here for the day. Itís too hot to get in the car. Anyway, I want to see what happens next!" said Elspeth as she prepared for a day by the pool. Having no bikini bottom, she felt it would look silly to wear the top, and was already plastering her white parts with a protective cream.
Beside her lay Harriet, her breasts already deep brown like the rest of her. She was also naked in order to keep Elspeth company. Neither girl had ever done this before and were still finding it a bit of a novelty. Jenny and Dorothy looked at them both a little doubtfully. They were not ready to follow suit just yet, although Jenny rather thought they might have no choice before long!
She shivered despite the heat and looked around. No one there, but she felt something - a kind of presence. "Iíll go with Frances in the car" she said. "I need shoes as well. Letís hope we donít get arrested going shopping barefoot and in bikini bottoms."
The other two said not to worry. In this heat, nobody would bat an eyelid at two reasonably attractive young women showing considerably more leg than usual. It would most likely make quite a few young gentlemenís days for them!
Jenny went around to the garage just as Frances had got the car out. She climbed in and off they went to town, the shops and replacement clothes for all five. Jenny sat back and decided to enjoy the journey. The scenery around here was magnificent with all the expanse of gorse, bracken and heather. Such a wild area compared to the gentle downland pastures of her native Sussex.
Frances seemed not to be her normal confident and efficient self. Jenny became aware that her companion and driver was cursing under her breath. Also she noticed that the car was not behaving itself. A few miles away from the house, at the bottom of a long if not too steep hill, the engine gave out a few discreet coughs and gave up the ghost.
The two barefoot and bare legged girls got out and Frances pulled up the radiator. It did not take her long to see what was wrong.
"Fucking sugar in the tank, Jenny! Look at that horrible mess! I donít like jokes at the best of times, but this is the perishing bloody limit! Who of us is that fucking moronically terminally fucking stupid - not to say malicious! And I thought I knew you all so well!"
"What do we do now, Frances?" asked Jenny. ĎWhy am I not a bit surprised by this?í she silently asked herself.
"We turn this thing around, push it back to the house and phone for someone to come and take it away to be repaired. Itís fifteen miles to the nearest garage. I hope you are feeling strong and fit, Jenny! Letís get started."
"Quite hot, really isnít it - the tarmac, I mean" gasped Jenny at one point. She was convinced that her newly bared feet must be a mass of blisters by this time.
Frances did not deign to reply. After her walk of the previous day, she was already in agony, even after a few yards up the hill, straining and gasping as she put her shoulder against the back of the broken down car.
To think she had fallen in love with this bloody house! It was going on the market first thing tomorrow! She never wanted to see the cursed place again, or this ghastly deserted countryside! She began to dream about London, where a situation such as this could never arise. Fucking countryside! She hoped never to see a blade of grass ever again as long as she lived!
It might have seemed a gentle enough slope when they were driving down it, but it was another matter again as the two sweating young ladies heaved and panted and pushed the heavy vehicle laboriously back up it and then the few yards back to the house. The other girls looked on in horror as Jenny and Frances propelled it slowly back up the drive.
The naked Elspeth and Harriet were the first to see the premature return of the two would-be shoppers. They left their places by the poolside and wandered over to give a hand as Jenny and Frances, red, sweating and flustered, pushed the car the final few yards back to the garage.
"Are you two trying to get yourselves fit, or is there something wrong," asked Harriet.
Francesís brief and robust reply was unprintable and I will therefore not reproduce it here.
"I think I must have about a fucking ton of gravel embedded in the soles of my feet" she fumed as she examined the said body parts.
Jenny seemed to be taking it all with much better grace.
"I could murder a long cool drink" was her only comment as she looked amusedly at her red faced and apoplectic companion. "I think this looks like being one hell of a vacation."
"The wordís Ďholidayí," spat Frances viciously. "The last thing I need is any of your fucking Americanisms. One long weekend in New fucking York and she tries to pass herself off as Hillary fucking Clinton."
"Calm down, Frances!" said Jenny, looking cheerful for the first time since she lost her job. "At least we all have each other. Just go and phone the garage, and for goodness sake get a grip on yourself! ItĎs hardly the end of the world, you know!"
Frances saw the sense of this and stalked off to make the phone call. Within seconds she was back. She looked even angrier than ever.
"Forget the phone call, girls! Some bastard has fixed that! Phone's smashed beyond repair. Weíre totally cut off - whoís feeling up to a long walk back to civilisation? After what Iíve been through, Iím bloody crippled for life and Jennyís not a whole lot better."
"Well, it wouldnít have been any use anyway, Elspeth. Weíre so far away from the nearest mast," said Frances as Jenny examined her mobile phone, the only one between the five of them. The battery had been removed by person or persons unknown. It was late afternoon and Jenny had belatedly remembered that she had brought her mobile with her, despite a mutual agreement to leave them all behind.
Now that she had recovered from the rigours of her barefoot experience with the car, Frances had recovered her composure. The five were lying beside the pool, three bikini clad and two nude. The sun still shone and the sky was still blue. There was plenty to eat and plenty to drink. Mrs Maloney was bound to come back fairly soon. A mood of acceptance had settled over them all. Despite Francesís earlier fury, the magic of this remote retreat was once more exerting its influence over them all.
"I wonder what we will have lost in the morning..." speculated Jenny.
"We wonít," answered Frances. "We will none of us sleep alone again. Iíll share with Jenny and Elspeth and Harriet can sleep with Dorothy. That should fix it!"
Jenny doubted this, but held her peace. She declined to give up her privacy and nothing any of the others said could change her mind. Whatever the others did, she knew how she was going to react to this bizarre situation!
Next day, Dorothy found that she had joined the ranks of the barefoot and her companion Harriet was now without her minuscule shorts.
Frances sported her ample bosom at breakfast, having involuntarily shed her bikini top overnight - this despite having slept in it! "Extraordinary - I never noticed a bloody thing!" she gasped to the others. Francesís companion, Elspeth had lost her shorts and breakfasted in bikini bottom and shoes.
All four expectantly awaited the arrival of the solitary Jenny. They gasped as this young lady arrived downstairs totally naked.
"Golly, Jenny! We warned you not to sleep alone!" gasped Harriet. "At least the rest of us still have something to cover some of ourselves."
Jenny laughed merrily. "Oh! I threw all my stuff out of the window before I went to bed! Why fight it, girls? Weíre all doomed to be starkers sooner or later. You should join me! It feels great!"
Frances went outside to see if Jennyís clothes were still underneath her bedroom window. They were - minus her bikini bottom. She handed them over to Jenny without saying a word. She wondered whether this was actually happening or whether she was going insane.
Beside the pool later in the day, Frances, now the only non-nude member of the group, was talking about the gentleman who had built this house all those years ago.
"He was a very disreputable fellow," explained Frances. "Made his money out of the exploitation of women - a kind of high class pimp. Ghastly man. Ebenezer Braithwate, his name was. At the age of forty he was so stinking rich as a result of his activities that he retired prematurely and built this place. Funny thing, though - he left very little money when he died, despite having lived pretty frugally in his retirement.
"The place came down to me after his great grandson died a few years ago. He was the only one to live here for much of the time. For some reason the place has always had a bit of a bad reputation, but I love it, even if we are being stalked by some madman!"
"I donít think he is mad," said Jenny. "He just likes the sight of naked young women. I think thatís extremely sane! Now that IĎve given him what he wants, I feel so lovely and peaceful. I feel somehow that IĎve made him happy, whoever he is!"
Before anyone could reply, the sound of an approaching car was heard. ĎThank God,í thought Frances, ĎMrs Maloney is back - we are saved!í
They moved over to the front of the house and watched the open two-seater approach. No! This was never Mrs Maloney! That car cost a great deal more than that good lady earned in a year! As the expensive vehicle came to a noisy, squealing halt, they all stared open-mouthed as a pretty girl got out. It had been years since any of them had last seen this effervescent young lady, but all recognised her immediately.
"Tricia Fordyce! My God, what the hell brings you here?" spluttered Frances.
"My, oh my! We are letting our hair down, arenít we! Hi, Jenny - gosh, but you do look gorgeous! I always hungered for your lovely body! And the rest of you! I see old Fanny here is still maintaining a bit of propriety! Nice tits, Frances - now letís see that glorious bush!"
Tricia looked around the undressed and half-dressed group delightedly. She had never had an uncharitable thought in her life, even towards these rather humourless good and industrious paragons of virtue.
Jenny was the only one who returned Triciaís friendliness. She had often half wished herself a member of her fun loving and highly mischievous circle, but her respect for and fear of Frances had always held her back somehow. She guessed how this high spirited and fearless young woman would have reacted to the situation they were in. Tricia would have loved it!
"I was in the area, Frances, and thought it would be nice to see my old school buddies again! Mind if I stay the night? Thought not! Iíll go and take my stuff upstairs. I donít require the very best room, Fanny old sport! The second best will be just fine, unless Jenny likes to share, of course!"
"Iíd love to, Tricia," replied Jenny eagerly. "How lovely!"
A few minutes later, the self invited guest emerged from the house, totally naked and plonked herself down beside the pool and next to Jenny. She put her arm around the girl and kissed her hungrily and thoroughly on the lips, very noticeably working her tongue into every corner of JennyĎs wide open and welcoming mouth. Frances looked away in disgust. She had never liked this woman! And what was Jenny looking so bloody pleased about? Why wasnít she fighting off the advances of this repulsive creature!
Having finished with Jenny for the time being, Tricia addressed herself to the rest of them
"I say that Jenny here has got the right idea! Donít fight this thing, girls! Get that silly thing off you, Frances and join the club! LetĎs see that bush! I bet itĎs a sight - nothing like JennyĎs, though - hers is something else, just like the rest of her!"
With this she returned to her earnest and enthusiastic exploration of Jennyís body. She covered that sweet flesh with passionate dripping wet kisses and her hands expertly fondled the now moaning and ecstatic Jenny from top to sweetly delicious toe. Jenny responded with equal energy. Finally, the two got up and walked away together. They strolled to the edge of the grounds and ducked under the fence, making off into the distance where Frances and Jenny had walked a few days previously. Soon they were out of sight.
"Disgusting bitch!" fumed Frances. "How dare she push her way into my house and seduce one of my dearest friends? Bitch!"
"Jenny looked happy enough, Frances," said Dorothy. "And sheís a big girl now - itís her life. Let them be! She really came alive as soon as Tricia got out of her car. I havenít seen her look so happy in months! Good luck to both of them! Thatís what I say!"
Harriet and Elspeth nodded their agreement. They too had noticed Jennyís delighted smile as Tricia had gotten out of her car. All at once they all four of them called back to mind numerous instances of their friendís liking for Tricia. It had often been touch and go whether she would attach herself to her little coterie. Now that Tricia had forced the issue, saw how inevitable this had always been, even Frances, who finally joined the rest of her companions in their nudity, removing her bikini bottom and tossing it to one side with a gesture of finality.
From his vantage point high up in an attic room, the thief sighed contentedly!
"Canít you stay a bit more than just the one night, Tricia?" asked a sweat-drenched Jenny during a pause in their love-making. They had found a nice smooth area of the moor to lie down on together. It was a bit itchy for them both, naked as they were, but their delight in having finally discovered each other made up for all that minor discomfort.
"Why donít you come away with me tomorrow, darling? I only came for you, in any case. Someone told me about you losing your job and said you were up here with the others. I just had to come and see how I could help out. Iím sure I can fix you up with something - my body for starters! Let those other four look after themselves, my sweet!"
Jenny shook her head, although without any great deal of conviction. In any case, she had nothing to wear! She ditched her remaining clothes and they had disappeared. The thief was obviously taking no chances on her changing her mind!
Tricia arranged Jenny so that she was resting her head on her lap. She then stroked her body very tenderly for some moments, before speaking.
"Oh, you gorgeous lovely girl. Iíve loved you since we were both eleven year olds in our first term at St Olaveís. Why have we wasted so much time, my love? Anyway, weíre wasting no more! Right?"
"Right, darling. Oh! How right!"
She put her arms around Triciaís haunches and buried herself in the other girlís profuse pubic forest, inserting her tongue into the moistness. It was a long time before either felt capable of speech.
"It interests me - this mysterious thieving. I think I WILL stick around a day or two. I love whodunits! Letís have a look at your poor darling feet, Jenny, my love! As I thought - much too sore to walk on any more today. Fancy being carried back to the house?"
With this she picked Jenny up as if she weighed no more than the proverbial feather and carried her back home, pausing frequently to kiss her. Jenny just lay back in her new loverís strong arms and surrendered herself to being cherished. As they came within sight of the others, Dorothy let out a low whistle.
"Wow! Doesnít she look sweet - our Jenny. And doesnít Trish look the part! I feel quite envious - how about you, Harriet? Fancy a cuddle?"
Harriet giggled at this and moved smartly away.
Frances looked angry. Elspeth agreed with Dorothy that they were looking at two very happy people.
Tricia walked up to them, carrying her precious burden. She gently put Jenny on the ground and sat next to her with her strong arm around those slight shoulders.
"You realise you have a ghost, donít you?" she asked.
"Donít be stupid" snapped Frances. "There are no such things. No. Someone is lurking about the house, and has cut the phone line and smashed the phone and sabotaged my car. If you want to be useful why donít you drive over to the police and get some help? And STOP doing that to Jenny! Itís revolting!"
"No it isnít, Frances," replied Jenny. "Itís lovely and beautiful."
At this, Frances got up and stalked haughtily into the house, her slightly oversized bottom swaying angrily from side to side and detracting a little from her dignity. Tricia and Jenny snorted and giggled at the sight and the other three were soon grinning, despite their loyalty to their hostess.
"I think Tricia may have a point" said Dorothy. "Itís pretty uncanny the way our clothes seem to vanish into thin air, almost from under our noses. I wonder what history there is to this place."
"Itís not that old," said Harriet. "Eighteen Seventy Six it was completed. At least thatĎs what Frances said. LetĎs go in and try to make peace with her! Try to keep your hands to yourselves for a bit, you two. Stop winding her up!"
"Keep my hands off this gorgeous expanse of sweet flesh? Get lost. Iíve been keeping my hands off her for far too long as it is! What say, Jenny?"
"Too bloody right, Tricia. Even a millionth of an inch is too far to be away from you! You keep your hands right where they are and doing what they are!"
Tricia picked Jenny up again and carried her inside. Frances was seated in the lounge and the others trooped in and sat down. Tricia casually tossed Jenny onto a large sofa and immediately leapt on top of her. As the two crawled all over each other, Tricia looked up in the midst of her love-making and spoke to Frances.
"I think a supernatural explanation is the only one. Tell us about your ancestor Frances. He interests me."
Frances ignored Tricia for some seconds. The sight of her best friend being virtually raped in front of her eyes in her own house was doing dangerous things to her cardio-vascular system. She could feel the blood coursing through her veins and there was a red mist in front of her eyes. She was not a happy chick!
She forced herself to be calm. As the others had said, Jenny was old enough to know her own mind and she DID look very happy, as she lay in Triciaís arms and allowed herself to be loved.
"He was a nineteenth century Hugh Heffner, I suppose you could say, Tricia. Ran some very shady enterprises and was a pornography merchant, always just on the right side of the law, and always making money hand over fist. Then he came up here and lived the life of a recluse for thirty years until his death. He had a few servants, but not many by the standards of the time. He kept a very modest establishment and died relatively poor."
Tricia took a while to digest all this. She returned to Jennyís sweet mouth, inserting her tongue inside it for the thousandth time that day. Then she transferred her attentions to another orifice with Jenny enthusiastically reciprocating! The others looked on in wonder. Fancy Jenny being like that! Dorothy, for one, felt she would never again disbelieve anything about anybody. Jenny withdrew from Tricia's pussy after giving it a final loving lick and spoke.
"Letís talk this over tomorrow. Come on Trish darling. Letís get to bed. Iím tired!"
Jenny woke up in the morning and was disappointed to find herself alone. Had she dreamt about yesterday? Had she not, after all, spent those incredible hours, doing all those nice things, with Francesís arch rival Tricia? Certainly everything about the last few days had been pretty unreal.
Clothes disappearing and all five gradually becoming nudists. Yes. It must have been a dream. When she got up she would find all her clothes neatly folded on her chair as usual. Then the door opened and in walked a naked Tricia, holding a tray on which reposed two teacups.
"Here you are darling. One early morning cup of tea - the first of many Iíll be bringing you over the years!"
Tricia looked anxiously as a grateful Jenny took a sip.
"Well, I do like it rather stronger actually and I donĎt take sugar, but itís so awfully sweet of you. Iím overwhelmed, I really am!"
Tricia whipped the cup away from her and scurried out, returning minutes later with another.
"Better this time, petal?"
Jenny professed herself satisfied. As she drank it a tear trickled down her face. A concerned Tricia got into the bed beside her. Jenny continued to finish her tea and wriggled closer to Tricia.
"Sorry to be so silly, Trish darling. It just reminds me of when Johnny brought me the first morning cuppa after we were married. Iíve been very lonely since he died. Todayís the first day Iíve woken up and not been alone."
"Well, you wonít ever be alone again, darling little Jenny - not as long as thereís breath in this body of mine!"
The two lay together for a while. Then Tricia asked if Jenny wanted to go down to breakfast or whether she wanted it brought up to her.
"Oh, Yes, please. Letís have it up here together, just the two of us. We can go and join the others a bit later."
Once again Tricia took herself busily away and soon returned with a tray containing breakfast for two. They sat side by side in bed and shared the first meal of the day. They each took alternate bites out of the same piece of toast. They shared the same cup, making sure to put exactly the same spot to their lips in as had the other. Both felt themselves to be in Heaven.
Meanwhile, the others had emerged from their several rooms and drifted downstairs. None had bothered to check which item of clothing had vanished overnight, having resigned themselves to a life of nudity. They were all naked as they sat around the table.
"I guess those two love birds are having breakfast in bed" murmured Dorothy. "Lucky old Jenny. She looked so happy yesterday. Letís face it - she deserves it after all she's been through!"
The others agreed. Jenny was the only one of the five to have married and her husband had fallen prey to some mystery illness on a trip to the Far East dying after only a couple of months of marriage. Jenny had thrown herself into her career after that. Loss of her job had hit her very hard, bringing back her earlier sadness to combine with her distress at the ruin of her career.
Harriet and Elspeth were the first to finish eating. They took their plates out to the kitchen and washed up. Then they decided to go for a walk over the moors. Soon they were at the same high point from which Frances and Jenny had surveyed the scene at the start of their adventures.
"If anyone had told me two weeks ago that I would be wandering stark naked across the open countryside, I would have thought they were crazy!" said Dorothy. "And now look at us!"
"I wonder what our mysterious thief thinks now heís got what he apparently wanted?" said Elspeth.
"If he is a ghost, then I canít say how heíd be feeling. Iíd have thought it hard for a phantom to masturbate, but then, IĎm no expert on the paranormal!"
Elspeth agreed. "I imagine itís an aesthetic experience for him, whoever he is!"
Dorothy laughed loudly. "I wonder what he makes of Tricia and Jenny? It might make him a bit wild to think of two of us turning out to be dykes!"
Elspeth joined in her amusement. "Well, I guess Tricia can look after both herself and Jenny. Theyíll be OK. Itís the ghost Iím sorry for if he tries anything on with that woman!"
At the same time as these two were wandering naked across the open country, the practical Frances was going through the contents of the fridge and freezer. In three days they would be running short of food. She waited impatiently for Tricia to come downstairs. In due course, she arrived, carrying Jenny as though the girl did not have legs of her own. Once again she dumped her laughing companion onto the sofa and flopped down beside her.
Before the two of them could start their, to Frances, irritating and loathsome little games together, she spoke firmly to Tricia, ignoring Jenny altogether.
"We are running out of food, Tricia. Someone needs to find a telephone and order the suppliers to make a delivery in the next couple of days. You have a car and you most likely have some clothes left. Would you be a dear and help out?"
"Sure thing", replied the amiable Tricia. "I seem to recollect seeing a phone box just before I turned off for this place. Come on Jenny - time for a nice drive in Triciaís lovely expensive powerful car!"
With this she scooped up the compliant Jenny, who put her arms tightly around her neck. In seconds she had left, depositing little Jenny in the passenger seat and starting the engine. She ran it for a few minutes to make sure the thief had not sabotaged her car as well and drove away, making a tremendous din as she did so.
"Bloody exhibitionist!" muttered Frances, covering her ears to keep out the noise. She hated noise! "And why does Jenny go along with being treated like her toy, being picked up and dumped wherever that person wants to put her?"
This was a not unreasonable question. Jenny had been in a very senior position when the axe had fallen, with a large staff of well-qualified men and women, many of them twice her age. And here she was being ordered around, and willingly so, by a mere seamstress, albeit a very high class one! Weird, weird weird!
The powerful two-seater ate up the miles and Jenny surrendered herself to the exhilaration of it all as the wind blew her fair hair behind her. Frances was such a meticulous and careful driver, but the inspirationally demented Tricia seemed to have never learned the meaning of the word Ďcautioní.
"Trish, darling! I think we just passed the phone box!"
"Sure we did, Jenny my pet! And weíll pass a good few more before we get back to lovely old London Town! You need a few days in Town, my girl! And Iím going to make sure you get them!"
"What about Frances and Co.?" asked Jenny, not really caring.
"Forget those boring arseholes!" laughed Tricia. "The world belongs to us today and for many days to come, my dearest heart. Letís go and claim our inheritance of pleasure!"
"I wouldnít like them to starve" said Jenny in a weak and uncertain voice.
"You donít give a shit, Jen! Admit it. We are the only people who matter in the whole wide fucking world. Lay back, my darling girl and enjoy the wonderful time I am going to spend the rest of my life giving you!"
And the car sped onwards until Tricia decelerated sharply.
"I think we need to rest awhile my lovely Jenny," gurgled Tricia, "Two bare-arse naked chicks in a Porsche might attract unwelcome attention from over officious officers of the Law! Most of them are famously known to be as thick as pig shit, but there is the odd half way intelligent copper! I know a blessed and secluded spot where we may rest awhile and explore the further reaches of debased and perverted pleasure in total privacy. How does that grab you?"
"Sounds great, Trish!"
Jennyís intimidating but charismatic chauffeur turned off the main road and negotiated a bewildering miscellany of twists and turns until the car finally came to rest in a driveway. They were in the grounds of some dilapidated house, long deserted by any inhabitants.
"I did a fashion shoot here a couple of weeks ago. The place is empty for a few months yet. Letís find somewhere nice and cosy and amuse ourselves until itís dark."
As soon as dusk began to cast its deadening influence, the two got back into the car. It had been a very pleasant few hoursí wait. But, reflected Jenny, all time spent in Triciaís company was pleasant!
The drive along the motorway back to London was no less hair raising than the rest of the day. Tricia directed a few words at her passenger, as she cowered back in her seat after yet another brush with death and the furious sounding of yet another horn as yet another fellow road user announced his displeasure at TriciaĎs cavalier manner of driving.
"Iím not Frances, Jenny! Your life with me is going to be one hell of a rough ride! Exciting, isnít it!"
Jenny agreed silently. Even after a couple of days with this crazy and wonderful girl, there was no prospect that she could ever leave such a marvellous lady! How had she been able to bear life before Tricia?
Not long before dawn they arrived at Triciaís North London house. She drove with undiminished brio, into the drive and pulled up. She switched off the engine. Then she looked at her bunch of keys, swinging below the dashboard.
"Something wrong, Trish?" asked Jenny.
"Oh! Iíll say somethingís fucking wrong. I must be an idiot to have missed it! SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT!!!!"
Tricia swallowed hard.
"Your thief may not have put sugar in my tank, sweetheart. BUT! The bastard has removed my back and front door keys from my fucking sodding key ring. SHIT!"
"I suppose we canít drive back to Francesí house?"
"No, Jenny my love. We donít have enough petrol."
"Well, darling Trish. Weíll have to break in somehow! Come on!"
For once it was Jenny who was taking the initiative!
"Think we can break our way in, Tricia?"
Tricia shook her head sadly.
"I turned my home into a veritable fortress, darling. Fort Knox has nothing on this place!"
Jenny refused to be discouraged.
"I know about burglar alarms, my sweet! They always go off when thereís nothing wrong. I bet when there is a break-in they fail to go off. Anyway, we canít stay out here all night. Itís not as warm as it was, for a start, Tricia. I think the weather might be about to break at last. You MUST have left a window open somewhere, surely to goodness!"
They stepped back and inspected the front of the house. No window appeared even a little ajar. The whole place had been meticulously secured. Round the back things looked no more promising until Jenny spotted a window right up in the attic.
"I think I could get up there, Trish. If you give me a hand up to that branch, the tree is tall enough and I think itíll just about take my weight at the top. Letís try it!"
With her heart in her mouth, Tricia watched as Jenny climbed up the tree. By the time she was level with the window, the upper branches were swaying madly, but the agile little girl managed to hold on and jump on to the sill of the open attic window. She was soon downstairs and opened the front door to admit Tricia to her own home. She blinked in the glare of the powerful flashlight.
The owner of the said flashlight spoke in a surprised voice. "Take a look at this, Serge! Two naked burglars! I like the arse on the little one! Yours isnít bad, either!"
"Well, thank heaven there are at least two decent coppers and we met both of them!"
Tricia had just shut the front door as the two policemen had left, more or less satisfied with Triciaís explanations. Jenny had listened in amazement as her companion had reeled out a catalogue of woes to the listening (and watching!) pair. They had promised to contact the local police in Yorkshire and get them to send a man to investigate the mysterious series of thefts and sabotage.
Having been assured that her four friends were not being left to their fate, now that the long hot and dry spell had ended with a spectacular and nationwide downpour, Jenny prepared to surrender herself to whatever her new friend had in store for her.
Both of them were now dressed in one each of Triciaís dressing gowns. Jenny seemed almost lost inside hers. Tricia came over and gently removed it. She steered her over to a long couch and used her own garment to cover the two of them.
"Howís that, darling?" she asked.
Jenny said nothing. Very tired after a long and often hair-raising day, she was soon asleep, resting her head on Triciaís generously endowed bosom. Tricia pulled the voluminous gown closer around them both and was before long asleep herself. It was already becoming light and by the time they both woke up the sun would have been streaming in through the windows, had it not been obscured by thick and very rain bearing clouds.
Tricia was the first to wake. She looked down at the peaceful face of her little friend and gently stroked the fair hair away so that she could the better see her. With infinite care she eased herself from under the sleeping girl and left her to continue her slumber, arranging the covering to keep her warm. Restored for a while to her former nakedness, she slipped out to the kitchen to prepare a generous meal. Neither had eaten much the previous day and now was time to make up for it.
Having made tea and fried plenty of sausages, eggs and thick slices of bacon, she placed the two meals on the kitchen table and went back for Jenny. Very gently she picked her up. She opened her eyes and smiled sleepily and delightedly.
"Hi, Trish! Good morning. I love being held in those strong arms. How long could you hold me without getting tired and having to put me down, darling? Hours and hours I should think!"
"Days and days, my love! Time to eat and drink! Iíve made the tea just the way you like it! Come along!"
And Jenny was carried into the kitchen and lowered onto a chair. Tricia was about to sit down opposite her, but changed her mind, moving around to be by her side. Jenny smiled and put up her face to be kissed. She pulled her borrowed dressing gown about her and ate. Beside her, her companion was still naked. After the last few days, she had come to like the feeling! Jenny glanced sideways at her and slipped out of her own covering. "Thatís better, my love" whispered Tricia. "Youíre much too nice to be hidden away!"
Meanwhile, back in the depths of the countryside, a gloomy quartet was staring through the window at the dismal scene outside. By this time all of their clothes had disappeared and they were beginning to become seriously worried. Dorothy had taken one of the bed sheets to cover herself. Returning from her bathroom, she had been horrified to see that the bed had been stripped of all covering. The other three had made the same discovery. With the summer in abeyance and the temperatures falling from the high eighties to the mid sixties in just a few hours, they huddled together for warmth.
"I agree with that Tricia person" said Elspeth. "This is no human thief. Where have all our clothes and things gone? Weíve searched the entire house from top to bottom. I say we need a priest rather than the police to sort this one out!
The thief, who was nearby at the time, heard this and began to feel worried for the first time since this little diversion had begun. ĎDamn that Tricia, putting ideas into their heads! What now,í he asked himself? This was such fun, having all these naked girls to admire all day even though they werenít necessarily the ones he would have chosen.
Frances was pretty enough, but a little too broad in the beam for his taste. Elspeth was too skinny and he had never liked big noses on women. Dorothy was very plain, in his opinion, although she did have a very nice bottom - the best thing about her by a long way! Now that the exquisitely petite Jenny had gone, and the visit of the lovely and buxom Tricia had proved to be of such short duration, he supposed Harriet was the pick of the bunch. It was still a whole lot nicer seeing them unclothed than clothed. What was he to do? He decided on a damage limitation exercise.
Later in the day, a police car drew up and two uniformed and one plain-clothed officers and got out and rang the bell. They had been warned in advance to expect to see a bevy of undressed young women and were able to maintain an appearance of composure.
"I understand from the Met that you have been burgled, Madam I have come to investigate," said the plain-clothes man, introducing himself as Inspector McLeod. "May I come in?"
Frances admitted him and he asked to be shown around the bedrooms where the thefts were said to have taken place. Twenty minutes later an astounded and embarrassed Frances was showing the three of them out. Dark words were uttered and threats about charges for wasting police time had been made. If it had not been for the damage to the telephone and the obvious havoc wrought to the engine of Francesís car, they would indeed have been in trouble.
Even the car and telephone failed to convince the police that anybody other than one of the girls could have been responsible. The police car drove away and the four now dressed girls sat down and tried to recover their poise.
"I agree now." said Frances." No human could have put all our clothes back in our rooms in such a short time. This place must be haunted and by my great-great uncle at that. He was a dirty old man in life and a dirty old phantom is what he is now. I vote we get back to Town as soon as we get the car repaired. And then, this place goes on the market!"
And that is the end of the story, really. Just a few loose ends to draw together.
Tricia tired of her career as a dress designer, having made an enormous fortune. She and Jenny continued to be inseparable and when the house where they had met came onto the market they did not hesitate to buy it. After refurbishment, they decided to live together in part of the building, the remainder being turned into a hotel and country club for lady naturists.
It was to be an immensely popular holiday place for generations of women, who would go home and tell their friends what an amazing atmosphere the place had. As one delighted customer put it, "I think thereís a benevolent spirit watching over us the whole time. One feels welcomed in the most amazing way."