Do you know what it's like to have something take over your whole life? To be so obsessed that every waking thought leads only in a single direction? I do. My preoccupation was the usual one for a sixteen year-old male--sex--but I was a particularly suitable case for treatment. What really gripped me was that I seemed to be the last of my entire class to have a proper girlfriend. To hear the others talk, you'd believe they spent every night in some incredible bonk-fest. Not me. I wasn't getting any - had never got any! It wasn't for want of trying. I'd come close on a couple of occasions, if you'll forgive the pun. There was this one girl who was supposed to be really easy, mad for it. Naturally I was the one who bombed out. I got her to the bedroom and then received that "What kind of girl do you think I am?" line just as my hand was disappearing into her knickers. I didn't answer that one; it must have been totally bloody obvious! Not even a moron in a hurry could have mistaken my intentions. Still, crashed and burned, again!
There I was, sixteen years old and pure as the driven snow. Everyone else had steady girlfriends and seemed to be at it like demented rabbits. Not me. All alone with a dog-eared Penthouse and a box of Kleenex as my only consolation. Something needed to be done! I mean, it wasn't as if I was that bad looking. Some of my pals were total mobile zit-farms. OK, I'll confess to the odd infrequent blemish - the kind that usually erupts on a Friday night and you make it worse by messing with it - but other than that I was mostly presentable. I had the regulation number of eyes, ears and teeth. I just didn't have, couldn't get, a girl. The problem was the usual prime cause of teen-age angst. The girls I fancied didn't fancy me, and the ones who did, well, I didn't want to know. No wonder Auden called it the 'age of mirrors and muddle.'
It was probably because I was so obviously desperate. I must have been transmitting signals like Sputnik. Orbiting the Earth every ninety minutes bleeping, "fuck me, fuck me!" That's enough to put anyone off. I took advice from my all my worldly-wise pals. "Don't try so hard," they said, "you scare them away." Fat lot of good that was! They all had it cracked, didn't they? My desperation was making me a laughing stock. They'd greet me every Monday morning with "Hey, Mark, get laid yet?" and a lot of snide sniggering. It was driving me mad.
Things took a turn for the worse over the Christmas holidays that year. I met this girl, Nicola, at a party on New Year's Eve. She was gorgeous! She had long red hair and lovely green eyes. We got on really well. To tell the truth, I was just a wee bit hammered at the time so I guess I was quite relaxed. We arranged a date for a couple of days later. One of the greatest trials for a teenager in England is the weather. It must be the only country on the globe that doesn't have a climate, just weather, lots and lots of the stuff! It pissed down that evening so I arrived at her place looking like the sole survivor from the 'Wreck of the Hesperus.' Of course, I was too young to drive and the finances didn't stretch to a taxi. I walked the mile and a half over to her place in the biggest bloody downpour since Noah turned to boat building. My coat kept me dry for at least the first hundred yards.
I reckon her parents were singularly unimpressed with my impersonation of a terminally drowned rat. I stood there dripping on the hall carpet while she rounded up her coat etc. I shuffled from foot to foot and squelched a bit. Her dad glared at me like I was a serial rapist and her mother had a slightly pained expression on her face like she had severe case of wind and was too classy to fart. Nicola, on the other hand, looked stunning. She wore this really short mini-dress that showed off her lovely long legs. Her hair was shining like watered silk. I can remember thinking that my luck had most definitely turned. I even sprang for a taxi to keep her dry.
It couldn't last, of course. We had a pleasant enough time, at first. I took her to a Blues Club I used to frequent called The Vat. We danced a bit and chatted a bit and I dripped a lot. Things were going swimmingly until I attempted a seductive smooch to a slow number near the end of the evening. Her stomach must have been black and blue from the prodding of my rampant cock. I kept grabbing her buttocks to pull her against me and she responded nicely by digging her fingernails into my hands. Now I know this can be a sign of passion but it Nicola's case it definitely was not. It was more of a 'stop groping me, you insensitive ape' kind of signal. Needless to say I didn't get the message until she stomped hard on my foot and said, "Piss off! You smell like a wet dog." Now it may surprise you to know that that isn't the most romantic thing that's ever been said to me. I took her home in stony silence. Ever the optimist, I asked if I could call her. She said something like yes, in about three million years when you've evolved some more. I took that as a 'No'. I'm perceptive that way.
A few weeks later, I met another really nice girl called Lyn. Same lyrics, different tune, I'm afraid. We were necking on someone's sofa. The lights were out and the scent of raging hormones filled the evening air. I had my hand up her sweater and was playing with her nipples and the tongue wrestling had entered the sixth and final round. I thought I was home free. Of course I blew it. I thought I'd try this really 'sophisticated' line I heard somewhere. It's called the 'hereafter technique.' It goes "If you're not here after what I'm here after, you'll be here after I've gone." All delivered with a rakish grin. Excruciating, isn't it? The left side of my face was swollen for a week.
I felt I was the favourite for the Male Virginity World Championships: through to the last sixteen with only the Pope to beat for a place in the quarterfinals. Fortunately for me and for the sanity of my family - did I mention I was an impossible little prick at home? - I met Sarah. She wasn't one of those instant knockout babes like Nicola or Lyn. She was, well, less obvious, somehow. The most startling about her was her smile. It sort of lit her up from within, if you know what I mean. It was the sort of smile that could change even the English weather. It could be pissing down one minute, Sarah would smile, and suddenly it was sunny. At least, it seemed that way to me.
Did I mention she was a bit shy? When we first met I spent about an hour talking to the top of her head. It was a very nice head, as heads go. She had mousy brown hair. That was all I could really tell. Suddenly the situation tickled my sense of the ridiculous and I started to laugh.
"You, me, everything."
"What are you on about?"
"Look. I've been talking to you for ages and I have no idea what you look like. I reckon you could give an incredibly accurate description of my feet when the Police ask you for a photofit of your assailant."
She looked up at me then and smiled. The effect was magic. I felt something melt inside in me. My brains turned to mush. "I'm sorry," she said, "I'm always doing that. Everyone tells me off about it but I can't help it. Looking right at people makes me, sort of, I don't know, cringe a bit, inside." "Why?" I asked her. Which didn't exactly score a '10' on the scale of the week's brightest questions. She shrugged and I noticed things moving deliciously under her sweater.
"Do that again."
"That sort of shrug you just did."
"I love the way you jiggle."
I had that familiar 'Oh My Christ' sensation as she stared at me. Then, to my immense relief, she burst out laughing. "It is true what they say about you, then," she said. It was my turn to shrug. I knew what was coming, sure as fate, and muttered something defensive. She kept laughing. "You should see your face! You're absolutely beetroot! " That, of course, made me even redder. "I don't mind, really, I don't," she said. "But you shouldn't be in such a rush. You give all the girls the impression that you're only interested in sex and nothing else. It's like it could be anyone as along as they're female." I gulped. I stammered. She put her hand on her my arm. "We like it as well, you know. The difference is we want it to be a part of something, not the be-all and end-all." I was cowed, felt humiliated. She saw the look on my face and smiled. "Now I feel really mean. I've hurt your feelings. I think you're really a nice person, underneath."
I reassured her that I wasn't hurt a bit, well no more than being smashed in the nuts with a cricket bat. Anyway, to cap it all, she asked me out! I stood there open mouthed. The neighbourhood flies were in severe danger. I recovered enough composure to accept graciously. Which is to say I managed to keep my foot out of my open mouth, for a change.
We dated for a couple of months. The Monday morning jokes stopped. Everyone just kind of assumed that we were 'at it'. The truth was stranger. I hadn't touched her. We'd held hands and had the odd chaste goodnight kiss but that was that. She wasn't as shy now. She looked at me when we talked and we talked a lot. Sarah was interested in everything. She had a real knack of pinpointing the weaknesses in any of my carefully constructed arguments, whatever the subject. Yet she never made me feel small or ridiculed my little dreams. She'd just smile and touch my hand and things happened to my cerebral cortex. I'd never had a friend like Sarah.
She was much more mature than I was and being with her made me grow up a bit. Not before time, I suspect I hear you say. One day, the realisation hit me that I was scared of losing her. Somehow, she had overcome my obsession with sex and replaced it with something else I didn't really want to think about. I was in danger of falling in love!
Spring finally limped into what passes for summer and, at the weekends, Sarah and I would go to the beach or take my dinghy for a sail. I had a small motorbike by this time and we were able to come and go as we pleased. The beach was our favourite place. We went there as often as the weather allowed. The first day it was warm enough to strip off and sunbathe, I got my biggest surprise. Sarah peeled off her habitual jeans and sweater to reveal the tiniest bikini it was possible to wear without getting arrested for indecent exposure. She was amazing! The description 'petite' was invented for Sarah. She stood a couple of inches over five feet and you could almost have enclosed her waist with two hands. Her hips were rounded but slim and she had the most perfect breasts I have seen to this day. She caught my expression and grinned. "Like what you see?" Stupid question. I loved it. I put out my arms to her and she came to me.
We kissed properly for the first time. It was natural, easy; and it sent my pulse rate off the scale. When we eventually surfaced for air we were both a little flushed and breathing rapidly. She looked at me shyly but with a glint in her eye. "I guess you do like what you see!" Like I said, stupid question. I cut short any further conversation with another kiss. If the first was good then this was spectacular. It felt like my whole being was incorporated into that one embrace. How she did it, I don't know, but she seemed to inspire every possible emotion in me with just a kiss. I was left breathless, confused, happy and gloriously in love.
There's not a great deal you can do on a public beach in England without either frightening the horses or attracting the attention of the local constabulary, but we did our best. That blanket could have told a tale or two. All too soon the weather changed and we had to cover up as another icy blast from the steppes of Russia whipped the sand into spiteful, stinging volleys. So it was back on the bike and a long ride home through wind and driving rain that left us both soaked to the skin and shivering. When we got to her place, she turned shy again. She stared directly at my feet and said, "My parents are away this weekend. Would you like to stay over? I don't think I'd like to be in the house alone. My mother says you can have the spare room." There probably is a word to describe my reaction but none I know comes close. Euphoria? Ecstasy? Far too mild! I rode home at least four feet above the tarmac, which is quite a trick on a three-foot bike. I didn't even notice the Godawful weather.
The weekend couldn't come soon enough, of course. Monday dragged, Tuesday crawled and by Wednesday I was fit to be tied. Her mother had spoken to mine and it was agreed that we were 'sensible young people', which seems to me a contradiction in terms, and that Sarah's folks would be happier if they knew she wasn't alone. So would I. Sarah never told me what she thought about that week but there are absolutely no prizes for guessing which way my mind was working. Actually, by Thursday my mind had stopped functioning entirely and I was on full gonad autopilot. It was life, Captain, but not as we know it. Friday came at last, oh rapture! But there was still a whole day of school to get through. It was like swimming through treacle. The hours dragged by until the final bell rang to put an end to the torture.
I hurried home as fast as I could and showered, shaved - a relatively recent phenomenon - and jumped on the bike to speed off towards Sarah and waiting bliss. In theory. Wouldn't you just know that would be the moment when the bike played up? The bastard thing would not start! I tried to kick it into submission but it wouldn't co-operate. An hour later, with me covered in oil and sweat, it finally fired up. There was nothing for it but back into the shower. My little brother, cocky fourteen year old brat, stood there pissing himself laughing. He had me sussed. 'You wait!' I thought. 'Just wait 'til it's your turn.' Once free of the house and with the bike running sweetly, I couldn't stay mad. I can remember that short ride as clearly as anything. For once it was gloriously sunny and the air was warm. I rode along singing: and catching a variety of insect life with my teeth as a consequence.
Sarah had bought some stuff for a barbecue and we sat in the back garden eating burnt hamburgers and declared them 'brilliant.' It was my first effort at cooking. There was a bottle of wine, thoughtfully provided by her father, whether he knew it or not. We watched the sun setting over the sea and all was very definitely right with the world. It grew chilly so we moved inside and watched some old film on the TV. Sarah snuggled up against me and I cupped her breast with my hand. It moved enticingly; she wasn't wearing a bra!
I slid my hand down her flank and up again, under her sweater this time. She snuggled in closer and made a throaty purring noise that seemed to connect my ears with my balls and all points in between. My hand was suddenly full of warmth and softness; topped off to perfection by a hard little peak that nestled into my palm. We kissed; that is to say, I looked into her eyes and drowned. Her head came up, our lips met and everything else in the World receded beyond conscious thought. Her arm came around me and she pulled me down. We fell off the sofa.
Somehow her knee managed to land in my crotch and I saw stars. I was lying there doubled up as the nausea rushed through me in waves. Sarah was caught between sympathy and helpless laughter. Women can be so cruel. There is something about seeing a fellow smacked in the bollocks that reaches their dark side. Any man would wince in sympathy, but not a woman. Oh no. They find it funny. They find it so bloody hilarious in fact it's almost more painful being laughed at than being knackered. OK. I suppose it was quite amusing, given the situation; but she didn't have to go into hysterics. There were tears rolling down her cheeks as she spluttered and coughed and tried to make consoling noises. "Oh Mark, poor you. Oh I'm sorry" tends to sound better when not accompanied by peals of feminine laughter.
After a century or two, the pain eased sufficiently for me to sit up. She was still cackling like a deranged magpie. I gave her a look that would curdle milk. She ignored it and went off again, laughing fit to bust. It took her longer to recover than it did me. Whatever, the moment had gone and we both knew it. We went to our separate beds that night, me to nurse my injured pride and bruised balls and she to. giggle herself to sleep, I supposed.
Something woke me early the next morning. It was a hand around my cock. I went from deep slumber to wide-awake in no seconds flat. For the first time in my life, it wasn't my hand gripping the Pride of the MacDonalds. There was something warm and silky pressed against my back. I rolled over, hardly daring to breathe. Her hand explored the topography of my erection. Her fingers sought and found all the sensitive places. She stroked around the head and rubbed the shaft. Her other hand found my sac and massaged it gently. I must have been groaning out loud. She started a slow pumping rhythm, running her hand up and down with a feather-light touch. I reached for her but she shook her head briefly. "Let me," she whispered. I was in no state to argue.
My hips rose in time with her gentle stroking. She leant over me and kissed me deeply, murmuring endearments. My balls were turning somersaults and I knew I just had to explode. The wish was father to the deed, for a few moments later, I was racked by a shuddering orgasm that had me thrashing and gasping as I sent spurt after spurt of milky white fluid arching into the air to puddle on my chest and stomach and dribble over her hand. She looked at me with big eyes. "Wow!" was all she said. Speech was well beyond me, I was totally out of it.
I regained consciousness a couple of eons later. She was smiling at me. "Had to make sure there was no permanent damage," she said, with an impish grin. She answered my weak but delirious smile with another kiss then slid away and walked, naked, from the room. I was granted a brief glimpse of those outstanding breasts, with their turned-up nipples hard as rocks, and the cutest arse in Christendom before she vanished through the bedroom door with a provocative wiggle. Sleep claimed me again pretty soon and when I awoke for the second time, I still wasn't entirely sure that it hadn't all been a wet dream. If it was, it was the best ever!
That Saturday was the best of the summer so far. It was warm and still without a cloud in the sky. We packed up some sandwiches and jumped on the bike to head off to the beach. Quite a few of our friends were also down there so we spent the day messing about together on the sand and sunbathing. I think I was the happiest guy alive that day. The looks that Sarah was getting in that incredible bikini made me feel really proud - and it wasn't just the boys who were casting envious glances her way. If anything, I was even more proud of the way that she overcame her natural shyness and joined in with the rest of the crowd. She was a revelation. The quiet, mousy girl had blossomed into a vivacious, happy bundle of sparkling energy. She positively glowed.
We rode home slowly in the early evening. I was weaving the bike in long, easy swoops up the lane to her house. She hugged me close as we rode and we were both singing for the joy that was in us. There is nothing like that first touch of love. We'd invited some friends over for another barbecue and this time I didn't cremate all the burgers. Sitting around in the garden, listening to someone playing guitar while we all sang along, the evening passed in a bright blaze of happiness. The last friends departed and we stood together at the gate listening to the laughing voices recede into the darkness. We were alone at last.
Nothing was said as we moved into the house. I could feel my heart pounding hard enough to crack a rib. There was fear in her eyes mixed with something else. We both knew that this was the moment. It was so right somehow, the only possible end to a perfect day. Sarah took my hand. Her shyness returned and her head went down. She led me up the stairs, still not looking at me. I could hardly breathe. We paused on the landing and she looked up at last. There was a sort of challenge in her eyes now. I raised her hand to my lips and kissed it gently; putting every ounce of feeling I could muster into that simple gesture. She gave me a tremulous smile and she had a sort of misty look about her that reached right down into my heart and soul and churned me up.
We seemed to float into her bedroom. I mean, one minute we were on the landing and the next we were in her room. We came together in a clumsy rush and fell onto her bed. There was a brief ecstasy of fumbling and zips. She lifted her hips to help me. Predictably, I fell on my arse in the rush to shed my jeans. We both pretended not to notice. Sarah slipped under the sheets and I slid in beside her. For a long moment we just hugged each other so tightly it was if we were trying to meld into one form. Her skin had taken on a rosy hue, as if lit by an inner fire. We were both panting hard like it was the end of a marathon. I opened my mouth to say something but she shook her head; no words were needed.
I eased back from her and let the sheet slip away. Sarah tensed for a moment and then relaxed as she saw the look of absolute wonder on my face. My fingers trailed down her neck and onto her breast. Her arms wrapped around me and we kissed, oh so gently. Her breast was full and firm under my hand and I lightly rubbed her nipple with my thumb. It sprang to attention. She sighed softly. I moved down her body, kissing and nibbling until I captured that nipple with my lips. I sucked gently and rolled it slowly with my tongue. My hand encountered the soft tangle of her bush and her legs parted. She went rigid and gasped as my finger slid between her dewy lips. I searched the folds and vales, an explorer in unknown land on the brink of some amazing new discovery. All the while her nipple graced my mouth and she held me firmly, pressing my face against the sweet satin softness of her breasts.
I fumbled for a condom. "Let me," she said. The foil finally co-operated. "Oh no! It's too small!" I burst out laughing. "It unrolls," I told her and between us we managed to get the bloody thing onto my rock hard cock. We moved together easily. I slipped into her without resistance. The surprise must have shown on my face. "Horse riding," she said, smiling up at me. Of course, I misunderstood her and immediately started out like I was astride the favourite in a Selling Plate at Aintree. She wrapped me with her legs and adjusted my rhythm to a gentler, deeper thrusting.
It couldn't last. I did my best, honestly, I did. I tried to think of anything but what was happening. I even tried doing calculus in my head. She started to buck against me. That did it. I'd been waiting for this for almost seventeen years. I couldn't hold any longer. The pressure was building and building and Mother Nature's safety valve fulfilled its prime function. Some kind of super-nova chose that moment to explode in my brain. My back arched and my hips went into overdrive. My whole existence was centred somewhere near the base of my spine. I felt myself coming from sixteen miles back. It drew nearer and nearer and I got more and more frantic. Suddenly it was there and I poured myself into her in wave after scintillating wave until I was utterly spent. I think I yelled when I came, I hope it was "Sarah!"
When normal service was resumed, I saw she was looking at me. There was a look of total awe on her face and her eyes were wide. "Wow!" she said. I groaned. "Fuck me!" Sarah giggled. "I just did," she said, "wasn't that fantastic?" I could only dumbly nod my head. Words failed me, which was probably just as well, I'd have only put my foot in it. I lay down beside her and we cuddled for a while in silence, each wrapped in our own thoughts. After a bit she stirred and sat up. She looked down at me and I stared into her eyes. They spoke such great tenderness that it almost made me weep. "That was my first time, " she said. "Me too, "I replied. She hit me with that devastating smile again. "I'm glad it was you, Mark," she said. "It should be special when you lose it."
Thanks to Sarah, it was.