Fucked by ForceBy: Bree Bellucci
Embarrassed again, Mandy looked away. Could Ally’s words be true? It didn’t make sense. Guys fell for girls like her, not girls like Mandy.
“It doesn’t make sense!” Mandy argued. “And even if it did make sense, I’m not nearly as pretty as any of you.”
“You are a natural beauty. It takes hard work for the rest of us to look like this, but you’re naturally pretty. That’s what Justin likes. He’s a werewolf for Christ’s sake. He doesn’t want a woman that takes hours to get ready!”
Mandy didn’t believe Ally would lie to her, and she felt relief begin to course through her. Maybe she was worthy of Justin after all.
“Alright, enough!” Ally said playfully, “Let’s get inside and spend Justin’s money! We have a wardrobe to buy you!” She hopped out of the car and Mandy followed.
“That’s another thing – why do you all dress so well?” Mandy asked as she nearly ran to catch up with Ally.
“Oh. Well, we have a wardrobe stipend.”
“You know, we have a special allowance for clothing. Justin prefers his employees to be dressed well and to set the right tone in the office. Many of us have a stipend for clothes,” she said matter-of-factly. Mandy realized that it made perfect sense.
“Well, why don’t I have a stipend then?” she asked suddenly.
“Because you’re the Property! You don’t need a stipend. You have Justin’s wealth at your disposal!”
Mandy wasn’t sure if she liked the idea of having access to Justin’s money. It seemed too big of a responsibility.
“But, I wasn’t the property when I first started! I was just a regular worker and I didn’t have a stipend,” she argued.
“Justin doesn’t usually give stipends until employees have been with the company for four weeks. He likes to make sure they are a good fit before he offers the stipend.”
Somewhat appeased, Mandy followed Ally into the mall. Ally was clearly in her element as they moved from store to store, their arms becoming more and more laden with bags. They purchased pair after pair of shoes, skirts of all shapes and lengths, various dresses, multiples pairs of pants with an array of blouses and shirts. Mandy stopped looking at the price tags because it was too unbearable to see the costs. She constantly reminded herself that this was what Justin wanted.
The women needed to make three trips back to the car to drop off bags, and Mandy realized it would have been impossible for anyone else to join them. The trunk had been easily filled, and the bags were now spilling into the backseat and piling precariously high. They were just finishing up with jewelry and accessorizes when Ally smacked her head with recall.
“I almost forgot! We have to find you a gown for the party!” she exclaimed. Mandy was tired and it was already past four o’clock. She trudged behind Ally as Ally led her to a fancy store with racks of long gowns. Ally rifled skillfully through the racks before extracting two gowns. One was a deep plum shade, while the other was a jeweled-indigo shade. The plum dress was stunning, but the indigo dress was beyond words. Even Mandy gasped at her own reflection. The dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline that was adorned with twinkling crystals. The dress was rouched and fitted through the waist, but once it reached her hips, it fanned out, cascading down her frame in gentle ripples. The material seemed to float above the ground, and Mandy looked ethereal.
“It’s perfect,” Ally breathed. Mandy could not believe her own reflection.
“I’ll find you the perfect mask. Don’t worry!” Ally exclaimed. The women made their purchase, along with matching shoes and were back in the car heading towards the office by five o’clock.
Mandy shifted uncomfortably in her seat.
“Can I ask you something?” she asked Ally. Before Ally could respond, she barreled on. “What happened to the last Property?” She noticed Ally slightly flinch.
“It was bad,” Ally said quietly. “I knew you would ask at some point. There are rumors.”
Mandy waited while Ally gathered her thoughts.
“She was really pretty. Josephina. Almost too pretty. She attracted a lot of attention, and Justin didn’t like that. She also flirted way too much for her own good. Justin thought he could tame her but Josie was even too much for him. She began an affair with another pack member and Justin found out. It became really ugly, or at least that’s what the few people who witnessed their fight say. The next day Josie’s desk was cleared out and she was gone.”
Ally paused and took a deep breath. “We all just figured she quit or she was fired. The pack member stopped coming around, too. Justin banished him from the pack. Apparently, he has the authority to do that, and it’s a huge dishonor and embarrassment. But a few weeks after that all happened, I went by Josie’s house to drop off a bracelet I had borrowed. The house was empty, but everything was still there. I had a key, so I let myself in. It was as if Josie had never returned to her house. There were dirty clothes on the floor and dishes in the sink. The house was lived in, but there was a layering of dust over everything.”