We are using the About page as the home page, with the intention of giving readers who are not already familiar with the Dark Erotic Universe, an immediate introduction to it, and equally important, giving a few hints about how to navigate around in this Word Press site.
The stories are accessible under “Categories” or by “Authors”, both of which are in the left hand column. They are posted in chronological order (increasing chapter sequence, as you would read a book), but not all are displayed in the recent posting list on the left, so it might require using the “previous post” button (at the bottom of each post) to move back to the beginning of the story. That can be cumbersome if you’re new to the site and looking to read from the beginning. (As you should.) As a point of interest, Rita is presently forty-eight chapters in length and number forty-nine is being written. Its still not ended. All the chapters will eventually be posted here, they are just being added slowly.
The easiest way to start from the beginning, or to pick up in the middle, is by selecting the Directory page link at the top of the page If you want to just jump to the beginning of one of the stories right now, use one of the links below.
Many “Delia’s Story” chapters are quite short as a consequence of the way the original site was set up. The chapters get longer as the story progresses. Rita chapters are longer, about the length you would expect for a chapter in a book.
The Delia and Rita stories on this blog first appeared on the original Dark Erotic Fiction site. That site created the underlying basis for these two story lines, as well as all of the other stories there. While there was some interaction between stories and authors, for the most part all stories were written independently. However, they all had to adhere to the same set of rules governing that universe. In that site, the actions occurring in Rita, Delia, and the other stories made perfect sense because they were embedded in that larger context, and had all of the other stories adding background substance and greater understanding to things these two stories now gloss over. Therefore, as truly stand-alone stories they now lose some of the ‘flavor’ added by the knowledge gleaned from the other stories. It’s not a fatal loss.
The Universe of Dark Erotic Fiction
A flu-like disease swept the globe (like the real world 1918 world-wide flu epidemic), leaving genetic and other changes in its wake. The two most significant of these were an alteration in the balance of human reproduction and the increasing passivity of females. The male/female ratio of births changed from roughly 50/50 to 30/70. The psychological change was a strengthening of the gene (or whatever) that disposes one to become either submissive or dominant. Females, as a rule, became much more submissive in character, while males moved in the dominant direction. Although not specifically posited as a genetic change, readers will notice that there was also a marked increase in the level of male virility.
As an aside, the concept of genetic mutations in humans arising from a flu epidemic is not the stuff of science fiction. The specific changes posited in this story world are pure fantasy, but the underlying science is not.
The Legal Environment
The setting for these stories is contemporary USA for all purposes, but for one significant difference. In this universe, in the year 2000, the White Slave Act (WSA2000) was passed. In short, the Act enabled the enslavement of women over the age of 18 for a variety of reasons.
- Voluntary. Women over age 18 and not pregnant could voluntarily enslave themselves. They might do so simply because of their disposition, or perhaps to try to negotiate a better deal for themselves in the face of possible involuntary enslavement.
- Judicial. Women convicted of virtually anything were judicially enslaved. Prison terms for women were a thing of the past; they were enslaved and either sold, or executed as a slave. The crimes that allowed for enslavement were as minor as speeding and public drunkenness.
- PPC. Short for Person of Personal Contact. “The Boyfriend Enslavements”. Women who engaged in vaginal sex more frequently than three times in a thirty day period could be enslaved by any man who had the evidence of her actions. There were many cameras hidden for the specific purpose of documenting that, so that the offending woman could be enslaved. An exception was permitted for porn actresses and prostitutes. As long as the woman was being paid for the sex, it was exempt from the PPC provisions. Two dollars per act was set as the minimum threshold for exemption. It gave a whole new meaning to the term “two dollar whore”. This led to women requiring their boyfriends to sign and date two-dollar bills before giving them vaginal sex. Anal sex and blowjobs became the standard form of sex for many women, as non-vaginal sex did not violate the law in most states.
- Marriage. As long as the husband is not drunk or on drugs and she is not pregnant, all he need do was say so. In a similar vein, an unmarried daughter between the ages of 18 and 21 could be enslaved by either of her free parents simply at their request. If the mother was already a slave, then she could not cause the enslavement of her daughter.
Once enslaved, unless the owner gratuitously decided to free a slave, it was for life. In one of the stories, a Conditional Enslavement was created, which provided for the woman’s freedom upon the attainment of a specific goal or a specific event happening. The event could have been nothing more than reaching Friday. The Conditional was later challenged by another author and it was mutually decided that her freedom would be enforceable only if it was pressed for by a free person. The slave could not successfully demand her own freedom for any reason. Slaves had zero rights. Or, as the site owner liked to put it, they had the same rights as a dog. Considering the SPCA, maybe they had less.
All slave sales had to involve a licensed slave trader. Two owners could not sell a slave directly to one another unless one was a licensed trader. This was used as the mechanism for collecting taxes on every slave sale. Long prison terms awaited any male violating these rules. In practice, many slave sales were done between individuals with a licensed slave trader acting as a broker.
The law made one distinction between classes of slaves, and that was minor. A slave was a slave, was a slave, for the most part. Common practice and custom, however, created distinctions. At the top of the slave food chain there were the Corporate Asset (CA) slaves. CA slaves generally had more freedom, more liberties and quite often held responsible corporate positions. Any slave could be whipped, but it was unusual for CA’s to be whipped. CA’s were often used for work outside of, or away from supervision. The distinction in the law was that CA slaves could act as corporate agents, and could have enforceable contracts with the corporation that owned them. Only corporations could own corporate asset slaves. Corporate asset slaves had to be treated in accordance with the corporation’s bylaws, although those could allow just about anything to happen to a corporate asset slave. Alternatively, the bylaws could be written to provide protection for their CA’s as long as they behaved according to the rules established by the corporation (which could be reasonable or extreme). Corporate asset slaves also had to be treated within the limits of their slave contract, if they had one. Killing a corporate asset slave outside the terms of her contract carried considerable financial penalties (the original writer mentioned that it was a quarter-million dollars). Of course, the slave would find it difficult to enforce the contract because slaves had no rights, so many CA’s named enforcement agents in their contracts, or made themselves owned by a trust that then leased them to a corporation.
Many corporate asset slaves were not treated as slaves at all, or only in some ways. They were often wives of other employees who accepted slave contracts.
The lowest of the CA’s, (like “regular” slaves), when traveling alone were often outfitted with an exploding collar. The simplest collars were nothing more than timers. If the slave returned within the allotted time, it was deactivated and removed. The more sophisticated ones contained cell phones and GPS tracking. The GPS was usually tracked by a computer that allowed the slave to travel a predetermined route or freely within a specified distance or area.
Further down the pecking order were sex slaves, torture slaves, and general slaves. Those should be self-explanatory. The term “general slave” was the overall catch-all term used to designate slaves who were not corporate asset slaves. Technically, torture slaves and sex slaves were included in the category of general slaves, with the distinction of their more specialized function being that of common usage.
There were popular, if not legal, distinctions between groups of slaves. One of the largest classes of slaves were the slave-in-name-only, or SINO, slaves. They were “persons of limited rights”, as the law called slaves, but were not treated as slaves for the most part. They were enslaved for various reasons, including, to make them immune to the drug laws, or as an ego and libido boost to their husband or boyfriend. There was a wide spectrum in the treatment of slaves, from the SINO slaves, to the most abject of slaves who were treated worse than animals, and every shade in between. Many husbands who had enslaved their wives let them operate in public like free women, but made them stay nude at home and gave them little or no input into decisions about sex.
One legal detail that is quite important is that many laws did not apply to slaves. Public indecency laws did not apply; they could go around nude (and often were forced to). Drug laws didn’t apply. They couldn’t vote, but they could do just about anything that a free citizen could do, as long as their owner allowed it. Slaves could have drivers licenses with their owner’s permission, but they were clearly marked as slave licenses. In contrast, if a slave broke a law (like robbing a bank) her owner would be considered guilty of the offense. A slave could not defend herself or her own life under the claim of self-defense, but she could kill with impunity if she was defending her owner.
The economy changed and unskilled or non-professional free women found it hard to get employment. Many companies fired their free woman employees and offered them positions as slaves (CA or general). Many women in skilled professions (lawyers, doctors, accountants, for example) allowed themselves to be enslaved for economic reasons, but they didn’t always set up enough protections for themselves. Slaves owned by husbands were assets in bankruptcy proceedings, and husbands often sold them off for no particular reason, or simply because they were tired of them. If a husband died, a slave wife was a part of the estate, and unless there were provisions in the will for her to be freed, she was passed on to an heir or sold as part of the estate. Even if a will had a provision for freeing the slave, it was not automatically done. She had to be passed on to a beneficiary, and the beneficiary had only a moral obligation to free her. Moral obligations are frequently ignored, and if ignored in this circumstance, the slave had no recourse. Slaves were property, period.
The Story Setting
The psychological changes previously mentioned (enhanced submissiveness in females and greater dominance in males) spawned many societal changes, including the formation of entire industries built on the concept of slavery, including, naturally, punishment and control devices. It also led to the creation of TV stations (on cable) showing content related solely to slave matters. One such channel was TTC: The Torture Channel.
An entire storyline developed around TTC and their corporate parent (“the most evil corporation in America”). That, by the way, was the root cause for the creation of The Game. While not directly incorporated into any of the stories that will likely be posted here, it is mentioned in one Rita chapter. The Game will be posted here for those who wish to read it. If you don’t like going to the dentist, reading this may give you nightmares. The author writing the TTC storyline was going to initiate a new program, Horrible Things for Hotties, and was seeking ideas for use in that line. The Game was written as a contribution to that storyline.
The preceding is only an overview of all the machinations and inner workings of the story lines that were created. Without the benefit of all the other stories that fleshed out the WSA universe, some things could be unclear as you read the stories here. Feel free to ask any questions you wish to.