Malcolm Worthington was a second; not a Jr., a second. His campaign manager had told him, back when he was just starting out, that people found it off putting to hear his title. He used it now and again when he was combing pockets for donations but Malcolm had learned long ago that impressing them was overrated. He was much better at getting what he wanted when he could squeeze them a little. Begging, especially now that he was running for his second term in Congress, was really not his forte.
Unfortunately, that never had worked with his wife. Virginia Worthington never hesitated to drop the fact that her husband was a second, especially when it impressed the neighbors. Although you would think that for a woman whose primary job in life was gold-digging, that enough doors had opened for her. He couldn't really complain though, she was the perfect politician's wife. She had enough Botox in her face to keep it almost perpetually blank. She wasn't too thin or too fat. Every dark brown hair was always in place and her clothes were always elegant and never too flashy. Virginia fucked that way too. She could rise up from the bed when Malcolm had finished, smoothing her hands through her still perfect hair and have the same frozen expression on her face.
He'd stopped fucking her long ago but that didn't mean it was mutual. This morning was the perfect example of how much Virginia still liked to stick it in. Just as he was about to leave, he heard her calling his name in the icy tone that usually froze him in his tracks, "Malcolm, dear, I need to have a word with you." She was already perfectly dressed, as usual, in a navy, blue suit that looked the same as every other suit that took up more than half of her walk-in closet.
Using the word "dear" or any other term of endearment was always trouble, he had discovered, since they despised each other. Malcolm knew perfectly why he hated her guts but had absolutely no idea what Virginia was such a cunt about. Malcolm tried every trick that worked so well with everyone else, donors, constituents, employees and they all thought he was a great guy. And if they didn't, they had the decency to shut the fuck up about it, but not Virginia. "Honey, I'd love to talk to you but I'm running late as it is," with every word, her right eyebrow rose higher and higher on her forehead. She should really work on the Hill, she wouldn't take no for an answer.
"It won't wait," she curled her red, manicured nails over his forearm and Malcolm thought if they were just another inch longer, she would look like she had talons. Virginia would make an excellent dragon, it would actually fit her personality perfectly. "Tomorrow Ashley is coming home from school."
He almost dropped his briefcase and immediately, he felt too warm in his clothes. "What the fuck, Virginia? Why didn't you tell me about this sooner?" Malcolm was grateful that he hadn't eaten breakfast. As it was, the coffee seemed to curdle and churn inside.
She looked triumphant, removing her hand and placing it on her hip. She stuck her chin out, "because I knew that you would react like this."
Virginia had a point but he'd never admit it. When it came to Ashley, most things were better left unsaid, "what did she do now?" She was completely foreign to him and she had been for longer than he could remember. She was like a hurricane, Ashley wasn't happy until everything around her was in shambles.
Virginia rolled her fingers together and Malcolm knew that his wife was craving a cigarette, an indulgence that she had told everyone she had given up long ago. He knew that she would sneak one occasionally. His wife was so fucking fake, but so was he, which was why Ashley was such an anomaly. "There was a misunderstanding with the headmaster and one of the teachers had some accusations of cheating." There was more, she hadn't finished but he exploded.
"Goddammit! Why do I spend fifty thousand a year on school for that little bitch?" She might as well go in the city with all of the other thugs. She's already a fucking criminal, might as well learn something goddamn useful." Private school and the promise of molding her into a young lady was bullshit and they both knew it. What Ashley needed was a cage. Better yet, to be cut loose altogether. He'd done his time and he felt like the prison sentence should be over. "I'm going to go make some phone calls, she's got to stay," his face was red and Malcolm assumed that the large vein on his forehead was bulging.
"One more thing," Virginia wasn't done with the knife and her thin smile gave him the goosebumps, "she'll be coming to work for you when she gets back. She needs a job. If she's not going to stay in school, she has to do something," Virginia rushed to add the last part, "and she totaled the car."
Malcolm shook his head no, "no way in hell, Virginia. She's not coming to the office." His wife knew what their daughter would do there. It would be non-stop chaos and knowing Ashley, it would all be newsworthy.
Virginia had turned and was headed up the stairs, "it's not really up for discussion, Malcolm. Until you find something else for her, she's coming to work with you."
He was fuming and marched to the car, pushing past the driver as he opened and closed the back door for him. Once inside, out of the way of Virginia's prying eyes, Malcolm sighed and rubbed his forehead. There had to be somewhere she could go. She wasn't going to ruin anything else, he couldn't let her. The problem was that it had never mattered in the past. Anything that they had tried, the girl was a goddamn genius at skirting consequences. He wondered for the hundredth time about military school, knowing that they'd never accept her. She never respected authority.
That and the fact that she was so beautiful.
Malcolm told himself to stop right there, he couldn't afford to reminisce right now. There was a damn good reason for her to not be under their roof once again and it hadn't started that night but that was when he knew that he was definitely powerless when it came to Ashley.
It was just a barbecue, something simple, other families did these kinds of things all the time. Why couldn't they? It was just a couple of his real friends and a few of Virginia's fake ones. Ashley was home and grounded as usual and her ghostly presence was a minor annoyance but after a few cocktails, it was even possible to look past her. She had slunk away and Malcolm supposed that he knew she must be up to no good. When his neighbor Patrick, a circuit court judge, pulled him aside, a look of sheer panic on his face, Malcolm suspected it had something to do with Ashley. "Malcolm, I've got to say something. I am so fucked," he grabbed Malcolm's forearm. "You know me, if she says I started it, you know she's lying, right?" the man's eyes were wild and he was almost whispering, obviously terrified of the wives overhearing.
He drained his cocktail glass and tried to ignore the sinking feeling in his chest. For a while, maybe almost a month, Ashley had actually been on her best behavior. Still a beast, but Malcolm was beginning to think that school was helping. "What did she do now?" he asked Patrick, sounding exhausted.
"She was in the kitchen and leaning over the counter, and well, you know what she was wearing," they all knew. Essentially it was a tee-shirt that ended about two inches below her ass and it had been painfully obvious that she wasn't wearing a bra all evening. The breeze had kept her nipples hard and the fabric was snug and Ashley did everything deliberately so Malcolm just tried not to look. "I walked past and said excuse me and she pushed her ass out and rubbed up against me," his friend looked sick. Patrick was about as square as they came but he was a red-blooded male for Christ's sake, "I had a hard-on." Malcolm wondered who looked more ashamed, Patrick or him, "how could I not?"
It was the same excuse Malcolm had been using with himself all evening. She was young and ripe and about as fuckable as she could be with her long, black hair, her big, blue eyes and her pale, pink lips. Ashley had the face of an angel with a body for sin although neither seemed to be entirely accurate. "I know," he nodded, "so what happened next?"
Patrick didn't want to tell him. He looked over Malcolm's shoulder, just to check and make sure that the wives were still busy gossiping. "She grabbed my hand and put it on her breast," and although he clearly regretted it, the judge was still in a haze of want and shame, something Malcolm was more than familiar with. Poor Patrick, he hadn't ever stood a chance against that. Malcolm didn't think that anyone could. "Her nipples, well you know, they were hard all night," he shook his head, staring at the ground, "well, I guess I was feeling her up but then when I stopped, she said she was going to tell my wife."
Fucking Ashley, leave it to her to pull something like that. Ruining a man's marriage just because she wanted a little attention. In Patrick's case, if rumor of something like this, feeling up the neighbor's teenage daughter ever got out, even his job would be in jeopardy. Malcolm bent his head and whispered in his friend's ear, "don't worry, I will talk to her and she won't say a word. I know you," he clasped his hand on Patrick's shoulder, "you're a good guy. It's her. It's always fucking her."
"But I was, I mean I was doing what she is going to say I was doing," the judge sounded sick, "Christ, Malcolm, believe me, I thought of doing a lot more."
The wives were wondering what the two of them were up to, "go back to the table, don't say a fucking word and let me take care of this." Malcolm never questioned Patrick's story and he was shaking with rage by the time he got to the kitchen. There she was, bent over exactly as Patrick had described, headphones in her ears, oblivious to what she had just put a decent man through.
"Ashley, take your headphones out," Malcolm stayed on the safe side of the island, approaching her from behind was just another opportunity for her. He repeated himself, louder this time and still there was no reply. He reached over and snatched them out, "I want to talk to you, young lady. Pay some goddamn attention!"
Ashley cocked her head and smiled. She hadn't really ever been scared of him, had she? "Can I help you, Malcolm?" she said it sarcastically, like she always did. On top of everything else, she had stopped referring to her parents as Mom and Dad two years ago, just to rub their nose in how little she respected them. She'd become their equal instead of their daughter. His daughter, his little girl, his little brat of a girl and Malcolm was tired of being a big joke to her.
He had to keep his voice down. Calmly, he began his questioning, "did you or did you not just rub up against poor Patrick?"
Ashley shook her black curls and sounded very amused with herself. "Why? Did he have a heart attack out there?" she turned around and strolled casually around the kitchen. Ashley was checking the cabinets, "where does Mom hide the fucking cigarettes?"
He wished that she was just clueless, but no, Ashley was way too smart to be clueless. She just didn't give a shit and Malcolm rushed up behind her, no longer heeding the danger zone and grabbed her by the shoulders. "Did you tell him that you were going to tell his wife? How could you do that to someone?" he was way too close to her and his dick was enjoying it even if he heard alarm bells in his head.
Ashley broke free and reached behind his head, too much of her satiny skin touching his as she took what she wanted. She had found the pack and fished one out. Lighting it, rolling her eyes, "Jesus, Daddy, it was a joke. Like I would say anything to those bitches. I'm not a fucking rat," she dismissed him with that look. Ashley jumped up and sat on the counter behind her, taking a drag and exhaling, "what's your deal? Are you jealous?"
Her legs were parted and the skirt had rolled up. Malcolm told himself not to look down. She was just fucking with him as usual. It didn't matter that his cock was pressed against the front of his pants, eager to see everything that was on display. He had to control himself, "no, I'm not jealous," he spewed, he was such a fucking liar. "What are you talking about? Jealous that you rubbed your," her beautiful, perfect round ass that he instinctively watched bounce with every step that she took. He stopped himself right there.
"You are, aren't you?" Malcolm couldn't remember the last time he'd seen her smile like that. In a sing song tone that he remembered from much younger days, she continued, "Malcolm's jealous that his friend got to feel me up and not him." She took another drag and blew the smoke in his direction, "just admit it. I bet you're hard as a rock right now."
He looked down and immediately needed more and regretted looking all at the same time. The wisp of panties that were there covered almost nothing and Malcolm felt the precum swell up and drip slowly down the length of his shaft as he stared. "Shut-up, Ashley, you're disgusting," he muttered, "I'm not jealous. You're a fucking brat."
Ashley held the cigarette in her left hand while the right wandered down her body and stopped under the bit of shirt, almost on her lower lips. "My poor Daddy," Ashley's voice dripped with sarcasm but there she was, touching herself in front of him. "All excited and can't do anything about it. I have to admit, it's very fun watching you get so frustrated." She couldn't know this, how could she know exactly what to do? His daughter fluttered her thick, black lashes as she asked innocently, "How long has it been since you banged Mom?" She pulled the strip of fabric to the side and purred, "why don't you fuck me right here, Daddy?"
That was the breaking point. He stepped closer, he had no control over his feet. His hands reached for her thighs and when he dug his fingers in, his cock throbbed, like it was begging him to give in and give her exactly what she asked for. "That's what you want, isn't it?" he could barely speak, Malcolm was panting, as if he were in heat. He didn't know if he wanted to slap her or kiss her and if she reached for his zipper, it was over.
She leaned back, giving him a full view, "of course, Daddy. Isn't that what all little girls want?" She threw the dwindling cigarette in the sink. "Mom is going to walk in any minute now," she moved her hand to her damp lips, parting them, letting him see every pink, shining, detectable bit of her. Ashley's clit was hard and glistened with her juices. Malcolm was sure that he could make his teenage daughter cum with the tip of his tongue and fingers, on his knees, looking up at everything he wanted for far too long. "What if she catches you?" she continued, touching herself and that moment, no matter what he had done to try to force it from his memory, had altered everything.
Malcolm was shaking when he took a step back and then another, he needed some goddamn self-control, that was all. Ashley looked more and more disappointed the further he retreated. He could hardly breathe. His daughter's swollen, dripping cunt was there for the taking, something that he was never, ever supposed to see, not even think of and it was served up and ready to be devoured. He had such a taste for her. He could almost see himself, as if he were watching someone else, run the tip of his tongue along her crevice until he reached the juicy, pink bud. He was ravenous for her luscious, young flesh. Instead of giving in though, he promised, "you're going back to school." Malcolm was shaking as he pointed his finger at her, "tomorrow morning, you're out of here."
He almost ran out of the kitchen and stopped before he had reached the patio. He couldn't walk out there like this with his dick jolting in the front of his casual, weekend pants. It wouldn't go unnoticed. Virginia would suspect something, she'd caught him staring more than once and she had never bought his excuses. There, his cock was deflating, the liquid puddling in his underwear. Thank goodness that thinking about his wife did that to him.
He hadn't seen her off in the morning and Malcolm had never explained himself to Virginia or anyone else. His wife had bought Ashley a new car for her birthday and it had turned into a shouting match when he announced that he wasn't going with to surprise her. "It's your only child's birthday," Virginia had both of her hands on her hips, "why on Earth wouldn't you want to go?"
There was no way he could be honest and he rarely was about anything with her anyway. "I already had plans and I just don't want to," even though part of him ached to see her in spite of how stupid that idea was. He'd stormed into the den and locked the door behind him and didn't come out until much later. Malcolm had developed his own cure for his depraved thoughts about Ashley but seeing her in the flesh would push him over the edge.
And now she was coming back.
They were stuck in traffic and Malcolm had spent almost the last forty minutes on the phone. He had both secretaries calling a variety of private schools. "It doesn't have to be local," he told them, "in fact, it's better if it's not." They could send Ashley to the North Pole, especially if the tuition was cheaper. The further away, the better. Nothing sounded promising yet and he was desperate. He called her principal and while on hold, quickly calculated how much cash on hand he had available at campaign headquarter. Malcolm wasn't above bribery if that's all it took.
The headmaster sounded hesitant to speak with him and Malcolm had been on hold for almost five minutes when he answered. "Mr. Worthington?" he asked.
"Yes, but call me Malcolm," bribery was an ugly word and a last ditch effort really. A donation, a scholarship, whatever the snooty man wanted, he'd figure it out. He made a very successful living handing out favors and calling them in. "I'm calling about Ashley," he'd have to be very careful here, "to see what we can do about letting her finish out the year." He'd just start there and maybe after a new lab or a library or some such rot, they'd just keep her.
The man cleared his throat, "I don't see how that would be possible at this point, sir."
Fucker was going to make him beg, wasn't he? Fine, "come on, what's your name? It's Charles, right? Do you go by Chuck?" being folksy was part of his shtick. He'd invented this game, "Well, Chuck, come on, it's not like she burned the place down, right? I mean, you're still there." He laughed, he needed a little camaraderie here.
The man wasn't amused. "No, sir, I go by Charles," of course this motherfucker did. "I'm sorry to say Mr. Worthington, that Ashley is no longer welcome here. It is the decision that the board came to and we all believe it's best for all parties involved."
Malcolm was used to this. Everyone wanted to play hardball, they wanted to see just how much they could get away with. "OK, tell you what. I get it, Ashley's a bit difficult, what we like to call challenging." He was knee deep in bullshit, might as well continue, "what if I threw in a little extra with the next tuition check?" Please, he thought to himself, just keep her, even if it's just for another month or two until he figured out something else.
"Sir, I'm sorry, that's just not an option," Charles didn't leave the door open. The headmaster was dismissing him, "now I do have another call, so I'm sorry, but I must go. Have a good day, Mr. Worthington." He hung up and Malcolm wanted to throw the phone, but he needed it to make one more call.
In spite of the stress, thinking of his daughter had made him desperately hard. Desperate times called for desperate measures.