I found myself thinking about what I should do at the end of the week. I could keep my intentions to myself and just head home, I could change my locks and drop off of the face of the earth. I love Him, but I thought thought I was supposed to be able to leave if I wanted. I thought that was the only rule. In our 24/7 dynamic, I thought that the choice to leave, to say "I withdraw my consent," was the only rule that we still had. I thought it was my last line of defense. But he wouldn't let me exercise it, so I didn't know where I stood.
We talked about it eventually. I told him how scared I was, how I didn't understand why what he did was okay. He recognized that it was an intense experience, but he didn't think anything was ever going to be normal with us. We could never just walk away from each other. We could never just put one another down and pretend like it didn't affect us to the very core level. He is right about that.
I told him that I didn't know how to process what had happened, only that I knew what he had done would have been unacceptable for anyone else's boyfriend. If one of my girlfriends came to me with this story (...all of it...), I'd probably tell her to run away. I kept feeling like that for days, focusing on the paradigm of the controlling boyfriend, until he stopped me short.
"I'm not your boyfriend. I OWN you. I know what is best for you and I will do whatever I want with you. Do you understand that now?"
I need to stop thinking of him as my boyfriend. That's what he is to the outside world, to the people at work and my family. But he's not my boyfriend, not really. I've been thinking a lot about the public/private aspects of our relationship and the cognitive dissonance that that divide causes for me. I remember all of the times when friends who know me as a Type A in-charge woman joked about how I probably wear the pants in the relationship while I looked down and he gripped the back of my neck tighter and tighter. We always laugh that off, but I'm a little bit sick of behaving one way in public and another way in private.
I used to think that part of the allure of my submission and all that comes with it is that it is taboo and wrong. I thought that I was thrilled by my little secret and even worried a bit about the lustre wearing off as the taboos became an acceptable part of my life. But that's not the case at all. The ruse of the "secret life" is exhausting and I hate it. I want to be who I am with him all of the time. I want to stop worrying about playing to my audience. I want for him to really be my owner 24/7 and I want people to know.
I've ventured off topic, but I feel like this is an important point. I got past the drama of that evening and we are back to normal. I did not leave and he will be letting himself into my apartment tonight as usual. But we are also back to keeping our relationship silent out of fear of whatever is out there. Out of our own desire for privacy, sure, but also out of a desire not to face the judgment of the world that tells us that what we are doing is wrong.