Fertility rates began to fall many years ago, but when it got to the point where no babies were being born, governments the world over banned birth control, and female bodies were declared to belong to the state. Any man could have as many wives as he could support, in hopes that he could father a child.
When humans began to escape from the planet they could no longer bear to live on, only families were allowed, along with single men. Females were not allowed to leave, without the man who owned them. When Elena can't live with what her life has become, she bribes with cash and anything else she can think of, in order to travel to Mesa Verde, one of the first new planets opened for colonization. Seems they need a new secondary English/History teacher, and she needs to escape. Once there, she keeps to herself, making few friends, hoping that she's gone far enough that she will never be found by the one she fears.
Meanwhile, Dakota, who was a senior in her first year on the planet, long ago decided that she was the only woman for him. Once he was declared an adult, he hoped to convince her of his love. But she's refused his advances.
Dakota Proudfoot smiled as he walked into the business area in front of his living quarters. While most people on Mesa Verde were able to choose a line of work that they wouldn’t find too odious, Dakota felt unusually blessed because he truly enjoyed what he did. As Nature Guide for the village, it was his job to ensure that once a year, every citizen spent at least two days and one night outdoors communing with the natural surroundings on their planet. Much had been passed on as lore from the old ones about how those who remained on Earth had no connection to the planet’s natural cycles or creatures. That was what had made it so easy to destroy what one had never experienced, thus didn’t value enough to save it.
Now he settled into a chair with a steaming mug of nettle tea to look over the records for the week. Most people only required a quick visit to choose the date for their next camp-out. Many would combine with relatives to make a family outing out of their yearly civic duty. But some were not so eager to drop everything for a two-day span. They were the ones he had to prod into fulfilling their responsibility.
As he looked over the names of those who were due for their turn out of the village, he saw her name. That was enough, as it always had been, for him to feel the instant physical reaction he had long since given up fighting. Elena! Woman of my dreams! Why do you still treat me as if I’m a child? You’re one of the hardest people to convince to spend time outdoors. Every year it requires numerous visits to finally get your capitulation. And often you cancel the initial dates only to give me trouble rescheduling.
What will be your excuse this year? He adjusted his buck-skin trousers to better accommodate his thickening cock and bent over to lace on his moccasins. Better go to see her first, since no one else gives me the trouble she does in choosing a date. Once I have her booked, I can fit the others in around her.
He adjusted himself again as he stood up. I know what I would like to fit into her! His lips curved into a smile again as he spent a few seconds indulging in imaginative erotic scenes he wanted to experience with her. Then he took a deep breath and exercised more control over his body to force it into submission.
Can’t go strolling into her classroom with a hard-on! Don’t want to shock the youngsters. But then, as I remember, I spent a whole lot of time trying to hide my engorgement when I was in teen-school, especially once Elena took over as my English teacher. So I’d get sympathy from the boys and probably amusement from the girls. But still, I must show I have more control than they do, since I’m six years older than even the oldest students.
With a quick last sip of his cooled tea, Dakota grabbed his scheduling board and headed out the door.
Copyright, Fiona McGier, 2023
Note: this book is only available on my publisher's site for now. Soon it will be offered on all of the usual book sites.