Lady's Maid

"Colette, could you unbutton me please?" Belle called.

"Certainly, madame," Colette said. She stood behind Belle and carefully undid each tiny button, following the line along Belle's back until it ended at her hips. As she slid the gown off Belle's shoulders, Belle leaned back, sliding the sleeves off. Carefully, Colette tugged the dress over Belle's hips until she stood bare but for a thin corseted slip. "Would you like your robe?"

Belle shook her head. "No, thank you."

Colette busied herself with untying the corset and loosening the strings. Determinedly staring at everything but Belle, she let the straps fall down Belle's shoulders. "Madame?" she asked.

Smiling, Belle turned to face her, and the slip fell to the floor. "Colette."

"Do you need anything else?" Colette asked, willing herself to look Belle in the eye.

"Yes," Belle said, and pulled her closer.

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