Oliver Sanders, a young scholar from Oxford, arrives at the isolated Wycliffe Castle to work as a private tutor. However, his new student turns out to be not quite what he had expected.
Winston Henley has been expelled from a prestigious boarding school. He is devastatingly handsome, but unfortunately he has absolutely no interest in studying, something that Oliver has to change if he wants to keep his employment.
Category: Victorian gay romance and erotica
Length: 21 pages, 11500 words
File size: 300KB
Publisher: Independently published by
My Secret Quill
23rd of May, 1843
“Do you have any questions, Mr Sanders?” Lord Henley asked in his deep voice and rose from his chair behind the immaculately polished pedestal writing desk. The way he said it clearly indicated that the grey-haired viscount never for a moment had considered that anyone would ever dare to answer him with a “yes”.
“No, not that I can think of at the moment, my lord,” Oliver Sanders replied politely and hurriedly stood up too. He was more than a little relieved to leave the remarkably uncomfortable wooden rococo chair that was placed in front of the writing desk.
During the last hour, Oliver had been sitting on the disagreeable mahogany chair that forced him to sit up extremely straight, while Lord Henley had interviewed him thoroughly and extensively for the position as a tutor to his son.”
Tags: Private teacher, gay romance, proposal, old castle, M/M erotica.
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I wanted to write a story about growing love and desire between two young gentlemen in the in a classic Gothic setting.
The story was slightly inspired by “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë, but also (to a lesser extent) “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
Wycliffe Castle does unfortunately not exist in the real world; however Highcliffe Castle, a couple of miles from Bournemouth, is quite similar to Wycliffe Castle (although Highcliffe Castle is much smaller and not quite so old, since it was built in the 1830-ies).
Some of the research for this story included: University gowns worn by students during the Victorian era, interior and furniture styles during the 16th and 17th century, and boarding schools.
I am in debt to the Victorian and Albert museum in London where I spent an entire day taking notes for this story (and trying to convince myself not to steal a couple of the lovely evening dresses or corsets from the 1800th fashion exhibition...).