Gingerbread man drowning another gingerbread man in coffee
Image: Death by Decaf, by Jamie Oxenham for Fangoria magazine
Eric Pride has left the community in the wake of pro-consent movements, stating that we have started tearing each other apart instead of standing by each other. I’m sad that he is not who I thought he was.

This post is part of the Eek! series.

I am ridiculously happy today. But it takes a while to explain why.

Let me catch you up on what happened last week.

As you may recall, I once attended a class by Eric Pride and concluded that maybe it wasn’t impossible to scene with a stranger after all. So I was pleased to see that he was giving a weekend of classes near me. Mindfucks and interrogation were clearly aimed at doms, but I figured the world wouldn’t end if one more sub knew how it was done.

And then, God help me, this tweet arrived.

I tried to think about the decision. Really. But it was there already.

(Definitions of jargon: bottom and scene.)

At least I had the good sense to volunteer for interrogation. But first I had to sit through the mindfuck class.

All faked. But as you can imagine, they had an effect on me. A friendly vanilla asked how I was doing and heard more than she bargained for.

But all’s well that ends well. Here’s what I tweeted after my scene.

Yup, very happy.

This isn’t the end of the story. I’m still astounded that such an intense scene was possible given all my restrictions. And my friends are still trying to understand why I’m okay with doing a classroom demo but not a play party.

I’ll explain. More soon, I promise!


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