Thief of My Heart @pklucky
Under Lock and Key

The next morning, Kiran cracked open her door and scouted out the hallway, “Looks like the coast is clear.” She opened the door wider and pulled her undershirt collar up to conceal the collar Matthew forced her to wear. Her foot was barely out the door when a cheery voice projected through the hallway.

“Good morning, Kiran!” greeted Anna. She ran up to Kiran and eyed her neck, “Hey, isn’t that the collar you--Mmph?!”

Kiran covered Anna’s mouth with her hand and put a finger to her lips, “Shh!” Kiran frantically surveyed the surrounding area, then sighed, relieved no one was around. She took her hand off the commander’s mouth. “I didn’t want anyone finding out about me and Matthew, remember?”

Anna raised an eyebrow, “Yes, but what does that have to do with--Ohhhhhhh… Taking things outside the bedroom?” She winked. “Kinky.”

Kiran pulled her hood down, trying to hide her embarrassment, “It wasn’t my choice! I mean, I agreed to it, but--” Kiran put her hands together, “Anyway, can you please, please, please make sure that nobody sees me like this? Especially not Niles or Valter. I’m begging you!”

“Well,” Anna rubbed her chin, “I can’t guarantee to keep an eye on everyone, but I can make sure Niles and Valter are out of the loop at least.”

“Thank you so much, Anna!” Kiran bear hugged the commander and dashed off. “I’m gonna get some breakfast then start today’s training regimen. See you later!”

Over the next couple of weeks, Anna kept up with her end of the bargain making sure Kiran was not in either Niles’s or Valter’s sights. As for Kiran, she spent her days concealing her collar, keeping her secret of submission from everyone. At night, she was with Matthew, kept under his heel, answering to his beck and call. Other than a few close calls usually involving Kiran forgetting she even wore a collar in the first place, everything was going well for her. That is, until she accidentally and literally bumped into a certain someone one afternoon.

Over the next couple of weeks, Anna kept up with her end of the bargain making sure Kiran was not in either Niles’s or Valter’s sights. As for Kiran, she spent her days concealing her collar, keeping her secret of submission from everyone. At night, she was with Matthew, kept under his heel, answering to his beck and call. Other than a few close calls usually involving Kiran forgetting she even wore a collar in the first place, everything was going well for her. That is, until she accidentally and literally bumped into a certain someone one afternoon.

“Oh?” He turned around, revealing himself to be the flirty archer Niles. He smirked, “Ah, Kiran. Do be more gentle with me next time.”

“Oh?” He turned around, revealing himself to be the flirty archer Niles. He smirked, “Ah, Kiran. Do be more gentle with me next time.”

“Oh, fuck me…” grumbled Kiran.

Kiran pointed at Niles, “You know very well I didn’t mean it like that!” She sighed and started walking away, “Anyway, I have important business to attend to.”

Niles hastily caught up to her and walked beside her, “My, my, what’s the rush? It has been so long since we’ve talked, Kiran. And the commander is quite adamant about not letting me see you at all.” He stepped in front of her, blocking her path, “Perhaps you’re hiding something from me?”

“Wh-What do I have to hide?” Kiran lifted the collar of her undershirt, hoping Niles wouldn’t notice, “You gotta admit I’m an open book.”

“Yes, I can agree with that.” He pointed to her neck, “That must be why I think it’s obvious there is something suspicious about your neck.”

“W-Well, I’m not that much of an open book!” Kiran forced a laugh, “Oh, would you look at the time! I’m late for the thing I needed to do.”

“You don’t have to leave just yet, Kiran.” Niles leaned forward and whispered into Kiran’s ear, “I’m sure your master wouldn’t mind if I had some fun with their pretty little pet for a while.”

“You don’t have to leave just yet, Kiran.” Niles leaned forward and whispered into Kiran’s ear, “I’m sure your master wouldn’t mind if I had some fun with their pretty little pet for a while.”

“Ha! I knew it!” Niles leaned in closer to Kiran’s face, “So, who’s the lucky person who gets to keep you under lock and key, hm?” He paced back and forth in front of Kiran and continued, “Is it that porcelain prince you serve? Or perhaps it’s that vixen of a woman who calls herself the Blue Crow? She does have a dominating aura about her.”

“Ha! I knew it!” Niles leaned in closer to Kiran’s face, “So, who’s the lucky person who gets to keep you under lock and key, hm?” He paced back and forth in front of Kiran and continued, “Is it that porcelain prince you serve? Or perhaps it’s that vixen of a woman who calls herself the Blue Crow? She does have a dominating aura about her.”

“What about that spy?” Niles raised a finger, “Matthew, was it? You two seemed to have hit it off lately. It would not be at all surprising if you--”

“What about that spy?” Niles raised a finger, “Matthew, was it? You two seemed to have hit it off lately. It would not be at all surprising if you--”

“Before you go, Kiran,” Niles placed a hand on Kiran’s shoulder. “Allow me to say one more thing.” Niles gave Kiran a stern look, “No matter what, do not forget to stand up for yourself. You may be the bottom, but you can't let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want.”

“Before you go, Kiran,” Niles placed a hand on Kiran’s shoulder. “Allow me to say one more thing.” Niles gave Kiran a stern look, “No matter what, do not forget to stand up for yourself. You may be the bottom, but you can't let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want.”

“Niles…”

“Alright, I’m done." Niles pushed Kiran forward. “Go out there and give Matthew a pleasurable night. Just not too pleasurable.

Still red-faced from her encounter earlier, Kiran stood in front of Matthew’s door. C’mon, Kiran. Pull yourself together! Sheslapped her cheeks then knocked on the door, “Matthew? It’s Kiran. You ready?”

Still red-faced from her encounter earlier, Kiran stood in front of Matthew’s door. C’mon, Kiran. Pull yourself together! She slapped her cheeks then knocked on the door, “Matthew? It’s Kiran. You ready?”

The door creaked open. Matthew looked at Kiran with a sullen face. “Hello.”

Kiran’s eyebrows furrowed, “Matthew? Why the long face?”

Matthew undid the collar around Kiran’s neck, “Kiran, we shouldn’t be doing this anymore.”

Matthew lifted Kiran’s hand and placed the collar in her open palm, “I know your feelings are true,” Matthew looked at Kiran in the eye, “but I can’t say the same for myself.”

Kiran kept silent. She didn’t know what to say. All she could do is stare down at the collar in her hand. She swallowed and bit her lip. “Y-Yeah, I guess you’re right.” She started to tremble. Her hands tightened into fists. Tears welled in her eyes. “It was dumb of me to think you actually loved me, huh?”

Kiran kept silent. She didn’t know what to say. All she could do is stare down at the collar in her hand. She swallowed and bit her lip. “Y-Yeah, I guess you’re right.” She started to tremble. Her hands tightened into fists. Tears welled in her eyes. “It was dumb of me to think you actually loved me, huh?”

“Kiran, that’s not--”

Matthew stepped forward and stretched out a hand, “Kiran, wait!” He froze, staring down the empty hallway. “What am I supposed to do…?”

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