About: The Fox
A young man returns from war to find two women living on the
isolated farm he’d called home. Needing to dominate, he sets out to put
his life in order.
The bitter, dark night a rugged man appears
on their doorstep, everything about the quiet life of Ellen March and
Jill Banford changes. The presence of the powerful, brooding man
complicates the simple daily existence of their lives on their
struggling chicken farm.
Henry Grenfel, a young soldier recently
returned from war, is determined to possess the stronger, more forceful
of the two women—Ellen. His need to possess her knows no limits and he
uses every opportunity he finds to pressure her into breaking her ties
with her best friend, Jill. Jill’s dislike for Henry turns into pure
hatred when she realises he’ll stop at nothing to take Ellen from her.
the tension among the three of them builds, Henry coerces Ellen into
submission, forcing her to recognise her own need for the sexual release
only he can provide. After Ellen accepts the inevitability of his
dominance and agrees to his marriage proposal, the resentment brewing
within the love triangle takes an even darker turn.
Excerpt From: The Fox
He had been sawing logs for the fire in the afternoon and his
entire body had been, at one point, covered in a fine sheen of
perspiration. What remained now was the scent of his exertion and the
lingering effects of the satisfaction that comes across a man when he
has done a hard job well.
Darkness came very early. It was still a cold,
raw mist. It was getting almost too dark to see. A pile of short sawed
logs lay beside the trestle. March came to carry them indoors, or into
the shed, as he was busy sawing the last log. He was working in his
shirt-sleeves, and did not notice her approach; she came unwillingly, as
if shy. When she bent down he saw the firmness of her muscles and the
easy way her strong arms moved the logs. She was a fine prey, indeed and
they both knew it. He saw her stooping to the bright-ended logs, and he
stopped sawing, letting his probing gaze rake across her. A fire like
lightning flew down his legs in the nerves and he was more aware of
March than he ever had been. Everything about her called to him, her
scent, her body, her essence. It was not enough to be near her. He
needed to possess her. Indeed, master her.
"March?" he said in his quiet, young voice.
She looked up from the logs she was piling.
"Yes!" she said.
He looked down on her in the dusk. He could see her not too
distinctly and he struggled to see what he could of her. If only she
would stop shrinking away from him and expose herself to him as she
"I wanted to ask you something," he said, feeling that lightning fire burn in his limbs.
"Did you? What was it?" she said. Already the fright was in her
voice. But she was too much mistress of herself. And it was that
control, he realised, that he most wanted to take from her. She would
weaken and give herself to him. He would see to it. As he felt that was
what he wanted, he knew she must want it too.
"Why"—his voice seemed to draw out soft and subtle, it penetrated her nerves—"why, what do you think it is?"
She stood up, placed her hands on her hips, and stood looking at
him transfixed, without answering. Again he burned with a sudden power.
"Well," he said, and his voice was so soft it seemed rather like a
subtle touch, like the merest touch of a cat’s paw, a feeling rather
than a sound. "Well—I wanted to ask you to marry me."
March felt rather than heard him. She felt him everywhere—on her
face, across her breasts, deep inside her, filling her and taking her
soul. She was trying in vain to turn aside her face. A great relaxation
seemed to have come over her as she had known this moment was coming and
finally it had arrived. She stood silent, her head slightly on one
side. He seemed to be bending towards her, invisibly smiling as he came
for her. It seemed to her fine sparks came out of him, ready to jump
across to her and burn through her skin.
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