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Paying The Price For Service

#1
Abigail Offline
Business was doing well in Syracuse, better than she would have thought. Naturally it wasn’t what Jessabelle and she had had while in New York. Only 6 of the girls had followed her to the new city, less than half of their number. It made the books thinner then she was comfortable with some months. So adding more girls into the service had been a top priority as of late. With their service they had started in New York Ms Campbell had done all the hiring of new girls. It made her wonder how her former love was doing in that department. It had been several years now since they had last spoken in person. Now the only conversation between the woman was the occasional email regarding a client traveling between the two cities. 

When it came to hiring more girls into the escort service it wasn’t anything like a normal job hiring. She couldn’t exactly put out a wanted add, and rarely did she ever get escorts asking for a job. So it left the dark haired woman to look for suitable candidates. It meant quietly keeping tabs of the freelance girls in the area. While it was always handy for a new hire to have a long client list already standing it wasn’t always the thing to look for. So many things factored into the right girl. While Abigail needed new escorts she wasn’t about to hire just any woman who claimed to be working in the business. They were the pillars of her business, so it wasn’t a choice to make lightly. 

Naturally the best way to approach a potential new girl was to hire them for a period of time to make it worth their while. So tonight she had done just that with a pretty redhead named Lilith. From what she had seen at a distance she fit the criteria. She wanted to meet the girl and get a feel for her personality to be sure though. Despite being the owner of the escort business the former Jamaican never actually took a girl she had paid to bed. The only women she ever slept with were those who wanted to. So tonight after her meeting with this girl she fully expected to go back to her penthouse alone. Her goal tonight was to hire the girl, not bed her.

She had made an appointment with the redhead for 9pm at the Clouded Leopard Lounge.  It was five minutes before and Abigail sat at a table waiting on the girl. Tonight the vampire woman was dressed in a black knee length formal dress and royal blue pumps. In her hand was a glass of Sagrantino, although if anyone looked closely they would have noticed the liquid in the glass to be thicker than normal, it was because she had poured blood into it. She brought with her a flask of blood in her purse, always wise to have a stash on one's person, something she had learned long ago. The succubus wanted to stay focused tonight, a feat always more easily done when not feeling the need to feed. 

Finally her eyes caught sight of red hair. The older woman put on a friendly smile and made eye contact as the girl approached. She told Lilith to look for a woman with blue shoes, black hair and dress. Abigail was the only one fitting the bill for that here. In that time she couldn’t help but to admire how innocent the girl looked. Many would find that appealing, better yet it was a face many would underestimate. Abigail herself found the girl attractive, but that was beside the point. Once the girl reached the table she held out a pale hand. “Good evening, you must be Lilith. I’m Ms Campbell and it’s a pleasure to me you,” she spoke, her tone pleasant. “Please have a seat and order anything you’d like from the menu,” she followed up with.
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#2
Lilith Offline
It wasn’t a stretch to say that working in the elicit services industry was tricky. First you had to establish your presence, then accumulate a collection of trustworthy clients. Of course after working freelance for a while your tolerance for strange requests grows. As long e wry thing is consensual and you have a foundation of trust, everything else is just a game.

That’s what Lily loved the most about her job, that and absolute control over the tasks she was willing to take on, and those she outright refused. It made her feel powerful to always have the deciding vote. So when’s potential new client texted the specifics of a meet, she was excited about the prospect of filling her pockets, albeit apprehensive that she didn’t know this person in any way. There was always some measure of anxiety, like butterflies before a theatre performance. 

She wondered which role she would be playing tonight. 

Lilith had been invited to an upper-scale lounge, and had dressed for the occasional. Expecting to meet the woman with shone she’d corresponded and aware of the broad strokes of her attire of choice, Lilith decided to change things up a little. It also happened to be a good practice to gauge the customer’s reaction. As an escort it was important to stray from the stereotype to maintain confidentiality and avoid the prying eyes of the authorities. Lily walked in wearing a pant suit complete with an untied bow tie dropped around the collar of her shirt.

Blue shoes, black dress… she reminded herself as she scanned the lounge. Eyes finally resting on who she assumed was her date for the evening, she feigned recognizing the woman as she made her way across the floor. When their eyes met for the first time Lilith got the impression she might have met her match. Lily was in control of her own life as a freelancer, but this woman seemed to command the room in its entirety.

Luckily Lilith wasn’t the type to be easily intimidated. She gave Ms Campbell a smile and intimated that she shared the pleasure as she slid gracefully into place on the other side of the two-person table. 

“I’ve never been here before,” she admitted, “Is there anything you’re looking for in particular? Something that you would recommend?” It was this kind of harmless double talk that excited her about her work. Like putting together a puzzle without knowing the end result, each person contributing their portion until the image was complete. 

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#3
Abigail Offline
Abigail admired this girls choice of attire, a bold choice that few would have taken. It was a good sign right off the bat.  She was most curious for how this Lilith would act though. The acting skills were what made the difference between a pro and a beginner. How this girl would present herself here tonight would say a lot. Once at the table in front of her the vampires instinct was that this girl would fit what she was looking for nicely. After being in this world for so long her instincts were rarely wrong. Of course it wasn’t always so simple. The decision wouldn’t be made until after dinner. Even this it wasn’t a done deal. Not all freelance girls wanted to be brought on. They sometimes would cling too tightly to their illusions of freedom.

Blue gray eyes held fast to the woman across the table from her as the younger woman spoke. Abigail let a cat like grin show for a brief moment before putting back her pleasant one.      

“This place has a wonderful menu, very versatile. With some more adventurous choices for those brave enough to try something new,” she replied smoothly. It was an entertaining way of speaking, it required more thought be put into what was said. Between two quick tongued people it like a dance. She understood the woman's use of it now. It was a more tactful way of discussing what was being paid for. Of course Lilith was likely also doing so used it so those overhearing would think nothing of their conversation. It was what the vampire was looking for in a girl. There wasn’t much to worry about in the Clouded Leopard lounge though. Ms Campbell had hired the staff for their discretion and the other patrons were there for that themselves.  

“They make a superb confit de canard. Or if you dare I’ll be ordering boudin aux pommes, I highly recommend it,” Abigail told the younger woman with a slow smile, bordering on wicked. It was a quiet challenge. She very much wanted to see how far this pretty redhead was willing to go for the job. Of course Abigail had no intentions of following through. This was merely part of the test before she made this lady a job offer. The clients who requested the service of the Clouded Leopard had a great many different tastes. It made it a lot easier to have girls with a wide repertoire. One trick ponies as it were made for a small client base.     

While looking over the innocent faced woman she brought her blood laced wine up to her lips but paused before taking a sip. “And where are my manners,” she exclaimed with a light laugh. Placing her glass back down she looked up and made eye contact with one of the waitress’, lifting a hand she made a two fingered gesture for the woman to come to the table. Promptly the staff member came to their table.  There were some perks to being the owner of a place Abigail would never get tired of. “Alex dear, my friend here needs something to drink,” she said, addressing the waitress with a smile. 

The server turned to Lilith. “What can I get for you, miss?” Once the order was giving the woman quickly hurried off to get the drink in question.

“Now, where were we?”  Ms Campbell asked sweetly, turning her attention back to the human in front of her, looking fine indeed. There was always the temptation to do a full test run before hiring someone new into her service.
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#4
Lilith Offline
Things were going well so far, at least from her perspective, but the night was still young and there were a plethora of coded messages to be conveyed. She has lovely features Lilith mused. Ms. Campell's expressions were subtle - you had to really pay attention to notice changes, otherwise, it appeared as still last a statue. Lilith thought her interlocuteur was very skilled, and she was surprised at her level of calm. This must not be new to her... it was all very mysterious. Female customers were rare, especially ones with airs of grandeur such as Ms. Campell. It's like she owned everything upon which her eyes rested. Whether Ms. Campell's gaze would bring Lilith luck or misfortune, it was too early to tell.

Lilith listened to the suggestions weighing each word quickly and carefully. It sounded as though she was being asked to elaborate on the type of clientele she was willing to entertain, and the ways in which she would entertain them. It was a fair enough inquiry, after all, this was an exchange of goods. She smiled widely, "That sounds delicious. I'm always up for new things." Closing her menu, she held out her hand and taking the second, her fingers brushed Ms. Campel's hand. It was cold, like death, an odd morsel to be sure but Lilith was far too concentrated on the matter at hand to reflect too deeply on the matter.

Drinks were soon offered, which Lilith accepted gladly. She'd requested spätlese, a German riesling which might seem like a thoroughly considered pairing but frankly the majority of wines tasted more or less the same to her. But it was important to put one's best foot forward.

"Oh, we were just getting started." She said, resting her arm on the table, finding Ms Campell's hand, "So, tell me, what made you call me after so long?" It was time to get down to the details which would make it trickier for her to be subtle but she felt herself up to the task. "Not that I'm complaining in the least." Lily smiled coyly. No sense not enjoying yourself.

"I've been so busy lately but when I got your call I just had to move things around to see you, catch up." Her personal client list wasn't the longest but any stretch, but she lived quite comfortably and many of her dates were repeat affairs. Loyalty was everything.
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#5
Abigail Offline
To anyone looking at the raven haired woman they would have only seen exactly what she wanted them to see. Centuries of training to appear in charge yet not the dangerous predator that she was in public was working at the moment. Ms Campbell even had a habit of being the same way with her own kind. Although they tended to be quick enough to get the glimpses of the big cat that lurked behind her steady eyes. It was always more satisfying when she pulled the wool off the eyes of men who thought they could dominate her. She was amusing to be considered a tame succubus, but it worked to her advantage greatly. The people who said silly things like that had never seen her paint things red.  

She gave the redhead a wide smile. “Wonderful. You have no idea how happy that makes me,” she replied warmly. 

When Lilith made contact with her hand she watched the young woman with extreme care, looking for any signs of the other girls finding the temperature amiss. Her kind wasn’t exactly a secret anymore, yet it still amazed her how many people knew nothing about vampires. Abigail was curious to see which side of the scale her pretty companion sat on. All of her girls were aware of what she was, so if she hired the girl then she would break the news to her. It would go no further than that. She made it perfectly clear to all her girls what she was more than capable of protecting them she didn’t let them see that side. While she longed for a true companion again most humans simply couldn’t take it. 

She hide the dangerous purr wanted to come to the surface when the girl spoke, she did let the lust touch her features faintly. “You have no idea,” she murmured so softly the other woman would have to struggle to hear her words. Oh how she wanted to take the fiery woman to her bed but she had to remain professional. Ms Campbell willingly let her hand be taken by Lilith. She had to admit the girl was doing a good job of selling herself. Abigail didn’t take just any girl to her bed but she wanted to with this one. An impressive thing.  

Well I know how rarely you get to go out on a girls night but I figured you’d be up to it,” Abigail said with a casual shrug. Escorts being hired by other women was an uncommon thing. It meant it was a good test to see how a potential new girl would present herself given the unfamiliarity of it. Wasn’t like being hired by any old john. “I’ve been meaning to call for a while now but I wanted to make sure you were doing well first,” she explained further. As fun as double talk was she looked forward to being a little more open about what she meant.

Leaning across the table she reached out with her free hand and brushed the woman's cheek with a feather light touch. “Good, I would hate for you to not enjoying yourself tonight,” she said softly, for a moment looking serious. She was firmly of the value of taking care of her girls if they took care of her. That mindset carried over from the bedroom. So she made sure that it was well conveyed, regardless of the setting. Of course the younger woman had no idea that there was more to be offered here. She would find out soon enough though.  

“Thank you for making the time to see me, I can promise you that I will make sure it’s worth your while,” she said with another smile. The vampire woman meant it to. She was feeling more confident that she would be offering her a position. So if Lilith let her she would make things very worth her while. The trick now was finding the right time to make the job offer. The most delicate part of the the hiring portion of things.
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#6
Lilith Offline
They had fallen into a rhythm; the conversation felt very natural – there were moments where Lilith forgot this was a business transaction altogether. Everything seemed to be coming up daisies. Looking at Ms. Campbell with a glint of mischief in her eyes, Lily laughed at the double entendre. She wondered what it was exactly Ms. Campbell was alluding to. If things keep going the way they’re going I’m sure I’ll find out eventually.

As the night progressed Lilith felt increasingly at ease. Ms. Campbell was a worthy conversationalist to say the least and parried Lily’s comments effortlessly. Even their physical contact was taken gladly, with no perceptible confusion or withdrawal.  Lilith couldn’t help but feel a little excited as she considered how the night could unfold. How much of each other would they discover, when they dispensed with the more obvious discourse? The possibilities were certainly intriguing. She could easily see them together. Even with her experience, the notion made her cheeks flush. She was human, after all, and susceptible to all the trappings of the human condition. 

She was surprised when she heard Ms. Campbell intimate that she had been following Lily’s work for some time – or at least that’s what she gathered from their exchange. Had Ms. Campbell been following Lilith herself or had she hired some goon to do it for her? In either case, how could the person have gone completely unnoticed? Or possibly Lilith hadn’t been followed – this line of work tended to create its own community. All manner of secrets could be divulged – for the right price. "Such a shame," she smirked. "What happened to our bond of trust?"

“Besides, I always do well, you know me, right? Or at least know that now.” The first course had flown by and now both their plates were nearly empty. The future (however best) lay before them, thrilling and unfathomable. Lily's fingers brushed Ms. Campbell's fridged hand, dancing invisible infinities onto her skin. 

"Please, tell me what you've decided, before I have to beg."She pleaded playfully.
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#7
Abigail Offline
Oh how tempting was it to throw away business and take this woman up to her room. It was an indulgent thought from the moment this redhead had sat down across from her and it was only growing. A desire she couldn’t shake. It was oddly going beyond sexual, the only reason she was unable to suppress it. The succubus found herself genuinely enjoying the company of this young human. It was all too easy to forget this was meant to be business. Despite what many humans said or thought Abigail was still human enough to crave companionship. Since parting ways with Jessabelle she hadn’t gotten close to anyone beyond the bedroom activities.

The night was going extremely well. The pretty young thing was flawless at this. Abigail even found herself laughing at times, a rich sound she hadn’t heard herself make since she was in the company of her former lover. There was a chemistry that didn’t feel like acting on either of their parts. Dinner flew by, and she hardly paid any mind to the food itself. Almost all of her attention was on her dinner companion. Normally she would have spent more energy keeping an eye on things around her as well.  

“Please don’t take it personal, beautiful. I have a strong desire for knowledge,” she replied with a slow smile. “Besides, I like to know what I’m getting myself into,” Ms Campbell added with a small laugh and smirk. She had been watching the other woman's reaction carefully. It was part of the vampires job to keep tabs of all the girls who worked in this city. Indeed this line of work had quite the community, and the secrets tended to flow as freely for the dark woman as the blood of men. Not all girls reacted well to finding out Abigail did her research on them. Thankfully Lilith wasn’t reading as upset or disturbed. So there there was some working room to be had.  

“Oh but I want to know so much more about you,” she replied quietly, her tone coy. Reaching out and touching her soft skin very delicately. While she made it sound sexual it was more than that. Ms Campbell was almost annoyed at how much she was enjoying herself. It was hard to focus at times. When Lilith asked her what she had decided she had to resist the urge not to sigh. It was time to stop playing and get real with this young escort. The moment of truth as it were. From here things would either continue or end. The hardest part of the hiring process.      

“I’m going to be be very honest with you. I very much want you to be informed before you make any decisions,” she told her seriously. Lowering her voice slightly she continued. “I own this building and Clouded Leopard Inc, a service provider. I had asked you here to see if I wanted to invite you to work for me. And I do. You’d be under my protection and well provided for; an apartment is provided to all in my employ.”  With a sigh she pulled her hand back to fold them neatly in her lap. “I’m going to admit something very unprofessional as well. I also have a desire to have you all to myself,” she confessed to Lilith. Never in her time hiring women had she liked them so much on the first meeting she said such a thing.

Keeping her tone carefully neutral she continued. “I would understand if you’re upset and wish to leave, if so you may leave at any time. I would never hold any woman against her will. Naturally, you'd be compensated for your time. If you like either of those offers or have a counter I’m more than happy to continue our conversation,” she finished speaking. This was it. The cards were on the table and it was up to the young lady now.
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#8
Lilith Offline
Food was inconsequential at this point and the courses came and went unnoticed until the table was cleared. Lily asked for some post-desert coffee to warm her hands, and her spirit. Now that they had progressed beyond the usual niceties and delved deeper into the details of their respective careers and motivations, it was time for Lilith to make a decision. Ms Campbell was bold, that much was clear, and had no qualms getting down to the point. She wanted to know more about Lilith, but how much would the latter choose to divulge? She could keep it professional or steer the conversation in a more exciting direction. All the power was hers to wield, which was not what she had expected. Usually when meeting a customer you expect to give over to their needs and desires. To address her own was novel considering the circumstances.

She paused to consider what she had learned about her dinner guest (or was she the guest, as it seemed like Ms. Campbell owned this restaurant?) the more she wanted to know. There were some concerns to be sure but the anxiety these would usually cause was strangely missing. There would be plenty of time and more apt opportunity for questions later on. For now, Lilith was preoccupied with Ms. Cambell’s numerous (and generous) offers. 

Her interlocutor’s touch was welcomed, the coldness of their hands sharp and thrilling. The confessions that followed only made the differences between them more pronounced, as Lily’s cheeks flushed. Fingers still intertwined, she tucked her hair behind her ear absently, smiling softly. “How sensational, to be offered a job and propositioned in one fell swoop…” She waited, looking down at their hands. Turning her partner’s hand over, Lily began tracing the lines of their palm with her finger. “It’s an impressive trick you played, bringing me here to your turf.” She sighed as if she were to refuse the advances made, and backed away slowly, her hand coming part from Ms Campbells to rest on her lap.

Leaning back into her chair she gave Ms Campbell a coquettish smile. “I see your game… Take me home with you. Let’s see how we feel in the morning.” She got up from her seat and gathered her things. Taking a few step away from the table, she turned back to look at her partner. “Well, are you coming or not Ms Campbell”
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