It’s hard to scream when you have a ball gag in your mouth but I managed before I passed out.
Pippa came in to my room half an hour later to find me distraught and close to total breakdown. She just untied me and held me as the two of us slipped into my bed together and she cradled me from behind and stroked my hair like my mother used to do, as, for the first time since I was a child, I cried myself to sleep.
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