The erotic short piece Black Silk Blindfold by Vanessa Wu is a coming-of-age tale in which a young woman plots sexual conquest over her younger colleague over the course of a short holiday.
Our unnamed narrator works for a prominent law firm, and she often finds herself flirting with the new associate Benedict Knowles. Fresh out of law school, and freshly dumped by his girlfriend, Benedict is the very definition of naïve. His innocence arouses our narrator tremendously; despite Benedict later revealing he’s found a new girlfriend, the two end up going to Helsinki, staying in the same hotel room to ostensibly save money. As the sun doesn’t set in Helsinki during the summer, our narrator declares that she will be unable to sleep without the titular silk blindfold. And so the sexual games begin.
I very much enjoyed this short piece by Ms. Wu. The writing is sophisticated without betraying the story’s sense of passion and lust. I felt the characters were real people with fully fleshed out desires and insecurities. Our protagonist is a master manipulator, yet not an evil vixen or femme fatale. And though she’s older than Benedict, she’s not a cougar; she’s simply more experienced in the art of seduction.
I definitely recommend Blind Silk Blindfold, especially for fans of tasteful, well-written erotica. I’m looking forward to reading a longer piece from Ms. Wu in the very near future.