The title of this post comes from a passage used to describe the royal torturer in Mabel Bunt, a web serial written by Rhissanna and Narrator. After a few chapters of Mabel’s adventures, I find myself wanting to use similar words to describe the remarkable woman.
Mabel Bunt is carved out of good hearts and honorable souls… She doesn’t quite agree with my assessment of her. At least the surface of her mind doesn’t: “It wasn’t that she thought she was an honorable woman. One day she’d be bending the ear of a Priest with wide eyes and a doubting expression. She knew that. But she had been paid to offer the man final comfort and she would count herself a thief if she didn’t at least try to earn the coins tucked into her stocking.”
But her actions speak a different truth. One that says honor can’t be easily defined: “‘Yer can talk if yer wants to. It don’t matter. It’s the company that the lady said yer’d want. That and a goblet o’wine. But...’ she lifted her head. ‘I’m willin’. I’m bought. There ain’t no reason t’say no, unless yer don’t want me. This is what I do, yer lordship. I ain’t ashamed of what I do. Harlotry is honest work, if done honestly. Some folks just want to sit and natter, an’ I understands that.’”
The story is for adults. There are graphic scenes—sex and violence—and court intrigue runs thick through the veins of the plot. If you liked A Game of Thrones, you might also enjoy Mabel Bunt.
Nudes by SunshineShelle