Femme Friday – Femmes in Literature: Grace from “Winner Take All” by Andrea Dale

There are so many twists and turns on the highways and byways of popular culture about which I know little to nothing. Things like hick-hop and “Game of Thrones”* and the contest in this story. Everyone has to touch the new truck, and the winner is the person who keeps their hand on the truck the longest; they get to keep the truck. That is weird. The story, however, is hot as hell, and Grace is a domme bomb.

Deep gratitude to Andrea Dale for taking a stroll into the world of weird contests and coming up with Grace, who knows that choice can be a very good restraint.

That innocent, breathy voice coming out of that pretty little blond form.

            Aren’t dommes supposed to be tall, imperious, stern, and wear black leather? Not petite, angelic, smiling, and wearing ruffly colorful fashion?

            Maybe that’s why she was affecting me the way she was. She wasn’t a cliché, wasn’t someone who used the tired old props.

            In other words, she didn’t need a dungeon to be a domme.

            The DJ called another scheduled time-out.


            The showroom had only one tiny ladies’ room, but Grace and I were the only two women left. She let me use the bathroom first, which was nice, except…damn.

            Damn if I didn’t want to plunge my hand down into my jeans, into my cotton panties, and stroke away the slick, needy urge she’d raised in me. A few minutes of privacy, that was all I needed. But I knew she was waiting outside. I knew she’d know what I’d been doing.

            And somehow, I didn’t want to disappoint her. It was crazy, I knew, and yet I also knew that if I got myself off, I’d be…disobeying, maybe?

            Grace hadn’t said a word about what I could or couldn’t do – and indeed, we’d only just met, so who was she to give me orders, anyway – but I instinctively understood what she expected of me, and I wasn’t about to let her down.

                                    –“Winner Take All” by Andrea Dale in The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, ed. DL King, Cleis Press, 2012

Every Friday, I showcase a queer femme goddess. I want to feature you! Write to me at thetotalfemme@gmail.com and let me shine a spotlight on your beautiful, unique, femme story!

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)

 *Which I actually started to read because one of my students asked me to since she loves it so much, but right on the first page it said the words, “Never trust anything you learned at a woman’s tit,” so that was as far as I got.


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