But all that money and influence didn't make Mark happy. The more he gained the more he wanted to be stripped of his wealth, power and responsibilities. He wanted to belong to a powerful woman who would make decisions for him and use him any way that she saw fit.
Then he met Andrea a woman who needed to be in charge as much as Mark needed to submit. She became his mistress in every sense of the word sharing his bed and taking control of his life.
It cost him his marriage, but Mark still wasn't happy.
There was one fetish that Mark had nourished since early childhood. An impossible fantasy that had become a reality thanks to bleeding edge technology. Mark wanted to be small. Smaller than short, smaller than a dwarf, he wanted to be as tiny as the action figures he played with as a child.
The Stovent Company had made that possible.
Stovent, nicknamed Shrink Inc in the popular press, had perfected a technology that could make Mark's dream come true. There were only two catches; the process was irreversible, and the shrunken person had to sign away all of their rights. Not only as a citizen, but as a human being. They would become property; a toy for all practical purposes.
This is the story of Mark giving up everything to be owned by the woman of his dreams. He will enter Stovent a respected man of wealth and power; he will leave an owned pet.
But before he can belong to Andrea he must learn how to safely navigate a world of giants that no longer sees him as fully human. Training that will be provided by Claire, the first of many giant women who will thoroughly dominate his tiny body and toy with his little mind.
It is a life that he has spent months planning, but even the best laid plans of toys and men can go pear shaped when fate steps in.
Warning: This 49,000 word erotic science fiction novel contains adult material and explicit scenes, including erotic shrinking, masturbation, female domination, gender play, BDSM, age play, verbal humiliation, pet play, and body worship. For mature audiences only. All characters are over 18 years of age.
I think the opening of the story is probably as important as anything that comes after it. Despite what you might expect, Mark is not some poor schmuck forced into an experiment to make a few bucks, and he is not some helpless victim who falls prey to a mad scientist. He is a man who could have it all, and he chooses to give away his life, his freedom, and his fortune to live out the fantasy of becoming a living action figure. There are a lot of preliminaries to be dealt with, and the story smartly explores both motivations and consequences. For instance, they discuss the common fetish of insertion, with the institute vetoing is because of the physical harm it causes. We come to understand where his fetish comes from, and why he wants to take such a drastic, irreversible step.
Once Mark is shrunk, the story starts to get really exciting, with some bizarre, clever, and amusing details to his new world. Not to be deliberately punny, but it really is the little things that make this stand out - details like turning over the oddly proportioned mattress to find a Kotex adhesive strip on the bottom, using tiny thimbles and tiny brushes to literally paint his trainer's nails, or describing the paddle-like impact of a fingernail on his bare bottom. Taedis puts a lot of thought into what Mark's tiny world would look like, and how it would work. It is oddly erotic, amusing and arousing at the same time, until the final arc . . . when things get terrifying.
Where the story really exceeded expectations is in the characters. Mark, Claire, Andrea, and Linda are all well-rounded characters, with personalities, motivations, hidden agendas, and more. There is love here, there is friendship, and (yes) there is fear. We really see what happens when you give up all control, when you put yourself at the whims of others. While there is always a subtle awareness of physical safety to the novel, it is the erotic and emotional vulnerability that drives it. Mark went into his new life with certain fetishes, but his owner has dark, secret fetishes of her own, while his trainer has different fetishes altogether. As a result, he is forced to do things he really does not want to, endure erotic punishments he really does not enjoy, reinforcing the fact he is a pet/toy. It is that triangle of tiny man, trainer, and owner that drives much of the story, but the introduction of his bimbo secretary makes for a suitably crazy descent into the darker side of the fantasy.
Worshipping Claire does what good science fiction should do - it makes you think, and it makes you appreciate its deeper themes. However, as A Shrink Inc Novel, it also does what good erotic should do - it makes you feel, and it makes you appreciate the fetish as a whole.
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published August 6th 2015