Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 -

The Russell Corner

by DJ Black
Published: Apr 03, 2013
Words: 74,596
Category: general
Orientation: M/F
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The Russell Corner is an exploration of erotic discipline. At its core is love and the unconditional love of various submissive women for their dominants. Women are very much at the heart of the story. Indeed the only man to be more than cursorily treated is the nominal hero.

Richard Russell is a patriarch who loves his wife and daughters and genuinely values his friend and faithful secretary, while his secretary can only envy the severe punishment he hands out to his two eldest daughters at his office. It is her obsession with the corner in his office that gives the story its name.

But the true narrative of the story is carried by Catherine Raven and her relationship with her stepdaughter Eleanor. Although she secretly yearns for the submission of her former married life, widowhood has forced her into the role of dominant. She is on a mission to complete her late husband's will to mould Eleanor into her father's worthy successor.

Eleanor herself is an intelligent, independent woman who clearly need not submit to her stepmother's tyranny, but at heart must because it is the only way that she can address her submissive needs. Again it is really love and a desire to gain Catherine's respect that motivates her scheming.

For most of the women in the story it is necessary to pretend to be reluctant submissives, even to themselves, or else their world will be exposed as a game and come crashing down.

The story is set around Easter 1990. This removes it in time while still allowing it a contemporary feel. This not only serves to provide it with sense of unreality but is a world before mobile phones and the Internet, which could otherwise inhibit the plot.

The plot itself is not a detailed one. It often merely serves as a hook on which to hang various punishment scenarios. But more importantly it allows for characters to be developed through an exploration of their motivations.

The Russell Corner stands as a metaphor for each of the submissives in the story and their quest to be loved and protected for the price of submission.

Dr David Roman, Hampstead, London, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Annie sat quietly at the Blake household breakfast table and nibbled at her toast. Mr Blake had already left for work and Amy was stomping around the next room in a foul mood as usual.

"Is there something wrong with your breakfast?" Mrs Blake asked.

"No, everything is fine," she replied unconvincingly.

"I don't think her mum is very happy that she stayed over last night," Tiffany added helpfully.

"Nonsense. It was far too late for you to get home by the time you arrived here last night, you had to stay," Mrs Blake said.

"I think that's the trouble," Tiffany replied.

"Mother says she will speak to me about it tonight." Annie spoke in a voice close to a whisper while biting her lower lip.