I finally remembered to give Lion his punishment swats last night. He now has a clean slate. I could have waited until tonight but I might not have remembered.
I was all set to put the nJoy butt plug in last night, but Lion asked me not to. He’s been uncomfortable for a few days and playing would have made him more uncomfortable. No problem. That’s what we call an adult conversation. He didn’t stamp his feet and demand I not use the butt plug because he didn’t want me to use it. He asked politely and gave a plausible reason as to why he didn’t want it. I decided there was no reason to go against his wishes. I gain nothing by making him miserable. That’s true in most cases, but certainly when he’s got a problem.
For the past few weeks we’ve both been off our game. I’m sure it’s cyclical. At some point we’ll snap out of whatever we’re in and move forward. For the moment, I’m still edging Lion when he feels up to it. Most play has taken a backseat. I’ve been keeping an eye on things. I don’t want to lose any ground. We shouldn’t give up playing for good. We’re just in some doldrums right now. At a certain point, one of us will call it and things will go back to normal. I have no idea how long that will take, but I’m offering to play almost every night unless something weird comes up. I know Lion will never blame me for not playing, but it has been my doing in the past and I want to make sure I don’t do it again.
What we’ve created here does work, even if it’s not working at this exact moment in time. It can’t go on working without maintenance, though. We need to keep it up.