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1997(Updated Version - as shown)
This work may not be reproduced in any form. Ever. Without
my express written permission. And even then, you're asking for trouble.
I have the right to set limits, and expect them to be respected. I have the right to adjust these limits at any time, with notice to you. I have the right to expect you to push them, to force me to create new limits and boundaries.
I have the right to privacy. I expect you to be concerned about time we spend apart, but I expect you to understand that I am a person, separate from you, and thusly having problems and situations in my life that I will not need your help with. I have the right to expect you will respect me for my independence and not criticize me for it. I have the right to ask you for help, should I need it. I have the right to be trusted, providing I have earned it, and I have the right to expect you to believe I am an intelligent, caring and loyal person.
I have the right to ask things of you, and have you listen to my requests. I have the right to ask for your attention, without having to misbehave to get it. I have the right to ask you to contribute as much to this relationship as I do. As long as my requests are submitted respectfully, I expect you to consider them as you would from any friend or colleague. I have the right to question your motives, should you deny my requests, as long as I do so with the proper respect.
I have the right to expect you to administer your punishment with care and caution. I have the right to use my safewords at any point, should I feel them necessary. I have the right to get up and walk away from a scene if you have crossed the line. I have the right to expect you to respect my decisions, and not think less of me, or abandon me for them.
I have the right to return my safeword to you, should I feel you've earned my trust completely. I also have the right to refuse to do so if I am not comfortable with it.
I have the right to speak up if I feel our relationship is not giving me what I need. I have the right to tell you what I need, in a respectful manner. I have the right to expect you to understand my reasons for doing so, and the right to expect you to listen with an open mind. I have the right to walk away from the relationship if we cannot come to a common ground on these issues.
I have the right to expect tenderness, love and understanding after a scene is completed, should it be what I desire. I have the right to ask you for that tenderness if I've had a bad day, or if I just feel the need for closeness. I understand that there will be times when you and I will disagree about this - when you will want a scene, and I will not. I have the right to call for a talk about this, and to expect you to listen to and consider my reasoning. I expect you to have the final word, but I expect you to wholeheartedly consider my feelings, whatever they may happen to be.
I have the right to expect our
relationship to progress, for trust to continually be renewed, for our
souls to be as close as our bodies are. I have the right to tell you if
I need more from you, and I expect you to respect my decisions about what
I want and need. I expect you to want the relationship to progress, unless
decided otherwise before hand. I expect you to understand that deep trust
often breeds love, and I expect you not to repel me if I tell you that
I love you. For, my Master, I will love you, should our relationship move
ahead, should our trust continue to grow. I have the right to expect you
to tell me, at any point, if you do not feel you can return those feelings,
so that I may decide what I want and need. For it is your pleasure that
adds to my own, makes it real. And mine, that adds to yours.
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