The Carthanage Stories -- A collection
of stories taking place in a world we call Carthanage that is much like
our world, but not entirely. Stories include the following:
Other stories by Cardaniel
- "Academy Girl" (NOW COMPLETE!)
--- Miranda was the best present Andrew Cameron could have expected from
his father for his twenty-first birthday: a stunningly beautiful,
fully-trained, sexually sophisticated graduate of the Hanging Academy
to serve as the principal entertainment and main dinner course for his birthday
party. For Miranda, the event was to be the culmination of a lifetime of
fantasy and three years of intensive training. Her obligations, sexual
and otherwise, to Andrew and his father Preston were spelled out clearly
by Academy rules, but what about the other member of the Cameron
family? Was there anything that Miranda, in the last hours of her life,
could do for eighteen-year-old, bookish wallflower Amy Cameron? (This describes
the first book in a series.)
- "At the Dairy Farm"
--- In Carthanage, most women exercise their privilege (or discharge their
obligation, as a very few view it) of serving as a source of food in a
single, climactic act. In Clarissa Martin's family, however, most of the
women spend their entire adult lives nourishing friends, family, and society
at large as girlcows on the family dairy farm. The Martins are a loving family
in which the normal dynamics of mutual
care, respect, and gentle manipulation are not much altered by the fact
that Tom Martin's livestock (with one very important exception) is drawn
from his sisters - until, of course, his daughters are old enough to join the herd.
The lives of the Martin girls are filled with purpose because of their
role as girlcows. Their lives are also filled with sisterly love and
sexy fun because, well, they're the Martin girls.
- "Home For The Holidays" ---
Freshman and Omega Tau member Randy is struck by the plight of Kristi,
a plucky Grade B girl who had come to campus hoping for something much better
than the treatment Randy's frat brothers had in store for her. This is a story of
as elegant an expression of love as a man can make in Carthanage.
- "The Experiment" --- While it's theoretically
possible for both involuntary subjects to survive
a run of Dr. Smith's diabolical experiment, that has never happened yet because
trust, cooperation, and altruism are required for that result and the doctor stacks
the deck by pairing people who are unlikely to care if the other survives. When a
single subject does survive, it is usually through ruthlessness. When youth and
inexperience are added into the mix, do kidnapped teenagers Robbie and
Lisa even have a chance?
- "High Tide" --- Bright, pretty, creative,
artistic, and sensuous, Ronnie seems to have the
perfect life -- she even has love. However, when, under pressure from her husband,
she blurts out her deepest erotic desire, he finds it too strange to even consider.
She can fulfill her desire by giving herself to another lover, but, if she does
so, how complete must her gift be?
- "In Trouble" --- It is virtually impossible for
lesbian lovers Brianna and Jenny to
escape their sentence of death by hanging because there is no way to affect the
cold mechanical apparatus through which the sentence will be carried out. But can
they find a way to cheat their executioners of the pleasure of having them die in
loneliness and separation?
- "Killer App" --- What if your life could be placed in
the hands of online friends who
shared your appreciation of the eroticism of asphyxiation?
Had Paula's husband really found a way to do that? And was he acting out of anger
or out of a loving desire for her to attain sexual fulfillment? And how serious
was he? How far would this go?
- "One in Sixty-Four" --- A young gasper-girl
devises an ingenious way to add an element of genuine
risk to her noose-play, while keeping the odds heavily in favor of her survival.
But what if she hasn't planned as well as she thought? Are the odds still in
- "The Right Motivation" --- Cheryl is very firm in
her conviction that she could never be persuaded to
voluntarily perform a suicidal act. Can her boyfriend Chris prove her wrong?
How far will either of them go to win an argument? And, is winning REALLY
everything or is there something beyond that?