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Chapter 4

Alice had thought a lot about what Adam would ask for next. The logical conclusion was he would ask for fully naked pictures. In her head, Alice had already decided that was what he’d ask for. All that was left to do was wait for the inevitable text message.

It wasn’t as if she hadn’t taken nudes before, but she had always been careful to keep any defining features and her face obscured. Maybe Adam would let her do the same. If she asked nicely. Why did he need to see her face anyway?

When the text arrived and read simply, “Come to my house after school tomorrow,” Alice had to stare at it for a moment as the message sunk in.

‘He wants to see me? In person?’ Alice gulped.

It had been nerve-wracking enough going to his house to grovel. Now she had to go there and… do whatever he tells her to do.

“What if I have to sleep with him?” Alice muttered to herself. It wasn’t as though he was ugly or gross, just… a horrible person. She scrolled through her saved pictures to find the one of Adam topless, and sat, biting her lip while wondering what it would be like to sleep with him.

‘Why did I save this?’ Alice asked herself and blushed at the insinuation she might actually be turned on by his body.

“Did you say something?” Jamie asked.

“Oh, nothing,” Alice said, smiling as he passed her cup of coffee.

“Did you get a piercing?” Alice gasped, noticing his nose for the first time.

“Yeah,” Jamie smiled. “Zoe got her tongue pierced and she took me along. Long story short I ended up getting this done.”

“You’ve been spending a lot of time with Zoe,” Alice noted.

“Hmm,” Jamie said. “Well... I think she likes having a gay friend. We hang about the coffee shop making scathing observations about people and its hilarious.”

‘Oh jeez, I’ve created a monster,’ Alice thought. Deep down she was happy that Jamie finally had a friend, and such a popular one too. It was hard not to be jealous of his overnight popularity.

Jamie took out his phone and showed her Zoe’s Instagram. The page was full of pictures of her and Jamie posing together. One even had the hashtag ‘Besties’.

“Cute pics,” Alice said, smiling at her little brother. He was like a different person when he was happy.

“How has the Adam guy been with you?” Alice pried, fishing for information.

“Well,” Jamie shrugged. “He caught me perving on him in the changing room and didn’t kill me so… I guess he’s changed.”

“You were perving on him?” Alice gasped.

“He has a hot body. Sue me,” Jamie laughed. It was weird to hear him talking like a guy that way. Up until now, he’d been very coy about his sexuality and feelings towards men. This new attitude had to be Zoe's influence.

“Yeah, he does to be fair,” Alice nodded in agreement without thinking.

Jamie flashed her a suspicious look. “How do you know?”

“Erm, you c—can just tell,” Alice stammered. She wasn’t able to lie to her brother as seamlessly as she did with her friends, having known him all her life.

“If you say so,” Jamie said, still regarding her with suspicious eyes.

She actually felt guilty. Which was ridiculous since she was only doing this for Jamie.

The following day Alice’s college was closed for teacher training. This meant she had the whole day free to dwell, panic, almost talk herself out of going, then try on seventeen different outfits... because looking good for the blackmailing bully suddenly felt like the most important thing in the world.

‘Maybe… if I look beautiful enough, he will fall in love with me and won’t… do whatever it is he’s going to do with me,’ Alice reasoned. ‘God, I wish I knew what it was.’

She ended up wearing skinny jeans and a crop top. An outfit she knew she looked good in since her friends had told her so and they never lied when it came to fashion.

After giving herself a last once over she left for Adam’s house. He opened the door and led her into the kitchen telling her, “You are going to hate me.”

“Oh God… why?”

“You just are,” Adam said. This didn’t tell Alice much.

She stood in front of him, shifting from foot to foot, trying to look cute. He barely noticed her—too engrossed in his phone to look up.

“I’ve got this lady coming from social services tomorrow. She checks that my brother is looking after me properly, even though I’m obviously the mature one out of the two of us,” Adam said.

“Oh,” Alice frowned. She wasn’t quite sure what to say to that.

“Yeah so I’m going to make you do cleaning,” Adam said, in an almost apologetic tone. “I suck, I know, but I really hate cleaning and well… you owe me, right?”

“Okay. I can do that,” Alice said. She felt relief wash over her in waves until she looked about and noticed how dirty the place really was.

“Oh,” Adam gave her a cheeky grin. “And you have to wear this.”

He pulled a pile of black and white lacey fabric from his bag and threw it at Alice.

“A maid’s costume,” she said. “Classy.”

“I saw it on the way home and couldn’t resist,” Adam admitted. “If I’m not going to get any pictures this week I might as well get some cheap thrills.”

“Cheap?” Alice asked, brows raised in question.

“You know what I mean,” Adam laughed. “Put it on then. I’ll turn around.”

The fact he really did turn around and give her some privacy surprised her a little. He’d already seen her breasts after all. Why was he being so nice?

‘Nice?’ the cynical part of her brain piped up. ‘He is using for slave labour and cheap thrills. This is most definitely not a nice guy.’

Still, Alice couldn’t help but feel a certain amount of gratitude. He could literally make her do anything he wanted and they both knew it.

Adam smiled as he looked her up and down, happy with his purchase.

“All the cleaning stuff is under here,” Adam said, opening the cupboard under the sink. “You can look around and figure out where stuff goes, or just ask me.”

With those extensive instructions, he left her to sit and play some shooting game on his PlayStation. Alice got to work, cleaning as though her life depended on it. When she had to bend over, she caught Adam looking up the short skirt of the maid costume. At one point she could have sworn she heard the clicking of a camera phone.

“Are you taking pictures of me?” she asked.

“Yeah,” Adam said. “So what? I can do what I want.”

“Okay, okay, geez... I was just asking,” Alice muttered under her breath as she got back to the cleaning. There was so much dog food spilt around the back of the bin. It smelled so bad Alice had to hold her nose as she swept it up.

Just as she was finishing up the kitchen, Alice heard the dog begin to bark.

She looked out of the window to see Adam’s older brother walking up the path. Thankfully he stopped to stroke the dog, giving her time to change out of the silly outfit.

“Shit, where are my clothes?” Alice uttered, frantically searching about the newly spotless kitchen.

“Adam?” Alice asked, interrupting his game. “Where are my clothes? Your brother is here.”

“So?” Adam asked.

“So, I can’t let him see me like this. It’s too weird. I’ll die of embarrassment.”

“I’m sure he’ll appreciate the show as much as I am,” Adam assured her.

“Come on,” Alice begged. “Please give me back my clothes.”

Adam laughed. “No way. You get them back when I’m happy with your work.”

“Oh, please, Adam,” she whined, pressing her hands together and making big, puppy dog eyes. “Please? I feel naked. Please.”

Adam rolled his eyes as if she were drastically overreacting to the situation. “You can hide upstairs in my room until he goes. He’s only popping in to pick up some stuff. First door on the left.”

“Thank you, thank you,” Alice gushed, profoundly grateful that she got to avoid the embarrassment of being seen cleaning in lingerie.

Alice shut herself in Adam’s room, praying she’d gotten the correct room and the scary brother wouldn’t wander in and die of shock. His room was a typical 'boys room,' not dissimilar from her brothers. After a couple of nerve-shredding minutes, Adam shouted for her to come back down.

"I’m making a coffee. Do you want a coffee break?” Adam offered.

Alice nodded, happy to receive both a break and a dose of caffeine. She curled up on the edge of the sofa, sitting as far from Adam as possible, and covering as much as she could with what little fabric the dress comprised.

He passed her the coffee and frowned. “I won’t bite.”

Alice smiled nervously but didn’t move.

“Thanks for getting Zoe to hang out with my brother by the way,” Alice said.

“I didn’t even do that. She just decided she loves him all on her own. He’s the best thing since sliced bread according to Zoe,” Adam replied and shrugged. “I think she’s always disliked Ste, too. Her and Jamie sort of bonded over their mutual hated of the guy and their friendship blossomed from there.”

“Oh,” Alice shrugged. “Well, thank you for being nice to him as well. He’d still be crying himself to sleep every night if it weren’t for you.”

“I told you there isn’t a need to thank me,” Adam reiterated. “Go on, now. Finish the cleaning like a good maid.”

Comments (2)
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Tonie Sledge
Maid to order hahahaha
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Witty_Red
she doesn’t seem that intimated or scared of him
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