They say when the student is ready the master will come.
For Marcia and Meg, the student came to the master, or in this case, mistress. Marcia, eighty-six years old, was homebound. Marcia was also the author of a dozen books on bdsm*. Her pinnacle tome, “On Their Knees,” was “The Bible” in some circles. Her favorite activity now was to watch the sun rise from her garden. Her days of incubating ideas that became bestsellers was over.
One day Marcia’s agent brought her a pink envelope that smelled of cinnamon and sex. The letter inside said, “Teach me. Meg.”
*My apology for not spelling out and/or defining “bdsm” in my story. Here is a general definition that should help explain:
BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or role-playing involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent upon self-identification and shared experience.
The term “BDSM” is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers, body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers, rubber fetishists, and others.
Similar to using CISgender in the LGBTQI+ terminology to denote straight, in the BDSM community vanilla is used to denote “the norm” or lack of any kink.
I tried to find the author of the first line and found so many different attributions, from Lao Tzu, to Buddha (Siddhartha), to Confucius, to even modern authors (ha!) that the author shall be considered anonymous at this time. If you know otherwise and can back it up with citation(s) let me know and I’ll change it.
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