Hello fellow kinksters,
I'm honored today to present to you a special treat. I am delighted to welcome Rhys Stowell, a character from the amazing Confessions Collection Vol 1. by Leila DeSint, to our blog today.
After the day the wonderful Ms. Leila offered me a copy of her book and I read it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I can assure you it's like something you have never read before.
You can find my review of it HERE . I recommend you read it if you aren't familiar with the book or just who exactly is Rhys.
Ms. Leila:Thank you Iva for your wonderfully insightful review of Confessions Collection Vol. 1 (London Brown) and requesting Rhys as your guest. I now hand you over to him. Good Luck.
Rhys: Hello Iva,
I must admit that when Ms. DeSint emailed me indicating that you'd like to interview me, I wonder what in the world would you want to ask me. Piece by piece I've been asked to bare my soul not solely to Desniah but the world. Yet, there is more you desire to learn.
You might be aware that I like to control situation…so I emailed Ms. DeSint to ask if you'd be willing to answer questions I asked you in exchange for my responses.
Iva: Hello Rhys, thank you very much for agreeing to the interview. What can I say, you intrigued me, even more than London and Desniah and I can’t wait for Confessions Collection Vol. 2 to hear more from you. Wait, wait… An exchange with questions? Oh, I know first-hand how you like to control. I see you’re using that on me too.
Rhys: I prefer to call this a mutual agreement of terms.
Iva: Hmm, I must say this interview just got better. So here we go into a dialogue… First I want you to know that I support you 100% with your fight for a successful relationship with Desniah.
Rhys: That's very kind of you. I've pushed back concerns of being worried she's with me for the wrong reasons. From my perspective, no other outcome is acceptable.
Do you think some women find the thought of possibly taming someone so dark, unpredictable and reckless exciting? Why?
Iva: This sounds a little like that classic ‘why women love bad boys’ question, Rhys. Women may want to change them and ‘save them from themselves’ and yes, some women do find something potentially even dangerous like that exciting. Why? Partly, because it’s different from their every-day life, different from the usual guys that look like spoiled boys. Most simply, it’s a challenge too.
Rhys: Do you think they know in their hearts that they can never conquer only be subjugated? Meaning that at some point, they are the one that bends to the will of the other not the other way around?
Iva: Well maybe, but I don’t think it’s like that at all. Women who look for a special guy, even a guy like that, in the end just want to feel different from the other women, not change them.
With you Rhys, it’s not simple. You’re not just a bad boy with a past. Definitely not for Desniah. I see your problem and I believe she needs you as much as you need her.
Rhys: Very insightful of you. I'm glad we both agree that I'm not a bad boy. I have unique, shall I say very particular needs.
Iva: But I wonder, how did you two meet?
Rhys: I'm not sure if you're aware but Caden, Desniah and I all attended the same private school. Our families are all heavily involved in politics but in different corners of the spectra. Actually the Carringtons are closer in leanings to the Stowells than the Williams. But money, power and titles tend to share acquaintances.
Back to the three of us going to the same school, I skipped a grade. I might have advanced several, but my parents refused because they worried about my social development. You can see how well that turned out.
Everyone at our school knew of Caden and Desniah, the inseparable duo. They were whispered about. I bet you’re burning with the why? A number of underlining hiccups shall we call them were that Carringtons' are conservatives, she was adopted and that one day she'll want to find a man with a similar background to hers. Yes, they were implying ethnicity.
I was in the fourth grade, the first time I truly saw her. I was at the far end of the school yard reading. Most of the other kids left me alone. I was on a bench. On an oddly bright sunny day, the city of London isn't known for them.
Caden was chasing Desniah down by the area where I sat. She was fast. Finally he caught up to her, brought her down to the ground and said, "I've got you."
Sun beamed on her face. The most brilliant smiled lit her entire expression, especially her eyes. She giggled, infectiously, laughing. She glanced my way. Our gazes locked, hers shone with acceptance and the corners of her mouth curled up.
My heart thumped awkward and somehow light. Something inside me sparked and I wanted her in that very way for myself.
Iva: Oh Rhys, that’s a wonderful story! You should tell Desniah about it, I’m sure she’ll love it.
Rhys: I will when the time is right.
Iva: So what attracted you most about her?
Rhys: Her smile and then later her strength. Don't misunderstand me, Desniah Simcoe Williams is an attractive and intelligent woman but those two things did me in.
Iva: Are you now finally satisfied after she finally accepted you? Actually, do you think she truly accepted you yet?
Rhys: A two part question, I see.
Desniah and I have come a long way in a short period of time. I believe she feels that she's accepted those things she knows of me. I know we have some difficult truths to face ahead of us in regards to the monster within me. I'm prepared to deal with her reaction to them.
Iva: Do you think that Desniah will manage to fight off London?
Rhys: Even though Desniah currently believes it is about suppressing London, I don't think that it is simply a matter of fighting her. London is part of Desniah. If Desniah decides to stake claim to her own life and face the pain that forced her to create London she may be able to find peace. But at some point there will be truths she's not ready to come to grips with and that opens the window for London to take over. So I guess what I'm saying is, it will be a long time before we see the last of London unfortunately. But I'm in for the long haul.
Iva: I'm seeing a disaster ahead with her and Caden. Especially Caden.
Rhys: For purely selfish reasons I hope you're wrong. Though, the realist within me is preparing for the possibility of destroying every last Carrington if needed.
Iva: Do you feel threatened by Desniah's past with Caden?
Rhys: Threatened? No. But I don't think I can ignore the fact that he is actively pursuing the woman I love despite knowing that she and I are involved in a physically intimate fashion.
Iva: Are you scared that one day she'll grow afraid and run?
Rhys: Scared? No. I expect that she will become overwhelmed and run. That may take the form of London taking over or her physical departure from my vicinity.
Iva: What would you do then?
Rhys: You'll get your answer in Confessions Collections Vol. 2.
Iva:You’re making me feel a little scared over here, Rhys. Vol.2 better come soon. I hope. Okay, enough with the heavy stuff. Since I am a woman, I'm dying to ask: What gets you off the best?
Rhys: I'm still figuring that out and enjoying every second of how Desniah and I come together. I do particularly relish both on a mental and physical level watching Desniah's every reaction to me being inside her.
Since I am a man, I'm intrigued by why you'd ask this question. If I weren't otherwise attached to someone would you offer to help me discover 'what gets me off the best'?
Iva: Excuse my enthusiasm, but YES! Well, the submissive in me definitely wants that but I admit that your wants sometimes go beyond the things I’m willing to try, Rhys. But honestly, if you were someone that I loved, or at least trusted, I wouldn’t mind experimenting.
Rhys: What gets you off the best on a physical level? And on a mental level?
Iva: Oh the physical level, I’ll go with some light bondage and pure male domination, but without a lot of degradation. Foreplay and eye contact is also very important to me. Seeing the passion of a man’s face always gets me off.
I know you two started with some breath play.
Rhys: I read in your review that you found the concept of breathplay "exciting but I don't like it". Is it the breathplay you don't like? Or is it that you find it exciting that makes you uncomfortable?
Iva: I don’t like the breathplay. I never tried it really, but I don’t think I could enjoy that. To be honest, I have a small breathing problem and that probably affects my judgment. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable at all that I find it exciting. I understand how some people could find it enjoyable.
But there are a lot of toys in that house of yours. What's the next thing you want to try with Desniah?
Rhys: I'm aching to use even just one of my three paddles on her. The thought alone thrills me. I intend to savour each new experience we share fully before we explore the next though. As I am trying to slow the escalation process and control my other needs. Is there something you'd like to recommend?
Iva: Oh I trust you to decide that, Rhys. You’ve done a great job so far and besides – I love it when a man, who knows me well of course, surprises me with something new.
We haven't got any more information about your day-to-day life. Do you have any hobbies?
Rhys: This is one of those questions I feel you find in a dating questionnaire. Where I should say, I enjoy long walks along the beach and making love in the rain. And I'm sure I would find great pleasure in both but my version of them would be darker.
Iva: Yes, I know. But hobbies and preferences tell an awful lot about a man! You can’t deny that.
Rhys: You'll find, Iva that I deny very little and admit to approximately the same amount.
You mean aside from investigating other people's crimes, researching BDSM techniques, collecting play instruments, and self-diagnosing my condition based on research I do on the web? I box at gym a few times a week still for the physical release.
Reading is another love of mine; I gravitate toward literature and non-fiction. A few months ago, I decided to take up the task of reading all the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Literature. Recently I completed The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. In particular I'm fond of his lean, uncluttered narrative style. I'm about to start The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric.
Iva: An author from my country, Rhys? Hmm. I do hope you enjoy it.
Rhys: The region is of particular interest to me. The reason is forthcoming.
Another activity, I find enjoyable is drawing buildings or the human form using charcoal. Is there a spot you can think of that I might find architecturally interesting that you'd suggest? Or would you model for me so that I may draw you?
Iva: First I must say that I always love discovering how artists reflect how they see the world in their art and finding that deep meaning of a certain piece. So I don’t know in what way buildings interest you, but I find the contrast of dark and light, or darkness and color, a very powerful subject. Buildings and corners are a good way to express that.
Rhys: Indeed, they are. If you are well behaved, I might one day tell you what entices me to them.
Iva: Well yes, I’d rather model for you. I admit I always had a fantasy starting like that. If Desniah doesn’t mind I’d like to take you up for that offer!
Rhys: You willingly volunteer, though you admit that "my wants sometimes go beyond the things you're willing to try". You've spoken of the submissive in you but I suspect there is also a boisterous and cheeky aspect to you. I look forward to our sessions and what I will discover about you during.
Thank you, Iva for engaging in this dialogue with me. Given the unorthodox nature of this interview, I'm grateful for your open and honest responses to my questions.
Iva: Thank you, Rhys. I hope we'll get a chance to talk more in the future!
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