In Her Teddy Bare, Diana Harper accepts an invitation “to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience your most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.” Here’s an account of her arrival on Aphrodite’s Island from Her Teddy Bare:
Diana felt amazingly refreshed on the ride across the island to meet her hostess. Alex, Miss A’s hot attendant, had met her at the Miami airport, escorted her to a small luxurious jet, seated her comfortably, served her an iced fruit drink, then…nothing. He’d awakened her with a whispered, “Mistress Diana, we’ve arrived.”
When their small electric car turned into a driveway, the wild vegetation morphed into tended tropical gardens. Around a curve, she sucked in a quick breath. The sprawling villa would have been more at home on the slopes of Santorini. Situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, the terraces led down to a private beach on a lagoon. They stopped in front of an entrance that boasted fluted Ionic columns twice her height. Gauzy drapes covered the entrance where the carved doors stood open to the breezes.
The Santorini reference is to the Aegean island of Santorini (also called Thera) which is home to a volcano that has erupted several times. The caldera of the volcano is filled with water and small islands sit on the edge. The eruption of the volcano about 4,000 years ago was one of the largest in recorded history and destroyed the island and the civilization of Crete. Today, sparkling white buildings sit on the edges of the volcano and its slopes, looking out of the blue Aegean.
Diana departed for her adventure from Miami, so for the next week we’ll be looking for Aphrodite’s Island closer to home.