Argon is the new master of the body mods shop at the rebuilt Velvet Glove and he needs an apprentice. He’s hoping for someone who will not only want to learn how to pierce, tattoo, scar and brand, but who is interested in being his submissive as well.
Brother Yves arrives at the body mods shop on a mission from the clerics of Mount Bell. The cloister has been his only home and he is totally innocent. Scared and far away from home, he nonetheless forges forward and presents himself to Master Argon, insisting that he is destined to be with the man.
Are Argon and Yves too different to find common ground, or are they destined to be together forever?
Was he going to meet anyone even passably qualified today?
The next knock on his door was oddly... gentle. Could a knock be gentle?
"Enter." He watched the door, ready to dismiss this candidate as quickly as he had the last.
The door opened and a lean, incredibly pale man walked in. "Master Argon?" The man's eyes were the lightest blue, hair snow white, features foreign and fascinating.
"Yes, I am Master Argon." The first one to address him properly. There was potential here. He looked the boy over again. Oh, yes. Definite potential.
Long fingers were brought up, palms together, and he was given a deep bow. "I am Brother Yves. The clerics of Mount Bell sent me to you."
Well, this was not a boring interview.
"Sent you to me? You're a priest?" A priest? Here at the Velvet Glove? And at the body mod shop at that. Argon had so many questions.
"I am in training, Master. The brotherhood had a vision that I was meant to come to you."
"Do you mean to apprentice with me? In this place where men use their bodies in all manner of perversions and pleasures?" He was blunt -- if what they did here would offend this Brother Yves in any way, he needed to know now.
"They say that I am to come to you, offer myself to you for your will." So calm. So still. What would it take to ripple these waters?
"You will have to experience each of the body mods we do here." His apprentice would be a canvas to his will.
"The brotherhood says I will find the light here, that I am destined for this."
Argon put his hands on his hips, let his body be on display. He wore only his leathers, which hugged his body and displayed his package. His upper body was bare, skin glinting with sweat as he kept the shop quite warm. "Even if it gets physical between us?" His apprentice didn't have to be his submissive as well, but it was Argon's dream, to have his shop and his love all in one place. To be able to work together as Dom and sub in all aspects of their life... He yearned for that. And there was an attraction here, a spark that lit the moment Yves had walked in.
"I have not taken a vow of chastity, Master. If the gods intend me to be yours, I am yours. I have faith."
"My scars and brands don't offend you?" His facial scarring and branding had not been voluntary, but they were badges of his survival. They had appalled more than one lover and he knew that many submissives found him scary because of them.
"Should they? I have been kept pure for my calling, but I have heard no one who called marks a blasphemy."
There was something about that deep water calm that made Argon want to shake it. Hard.
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