A week later, in the evening, Xu Ye appeared in a dull and plain bar on the eastern outskirts of the city.
He had lived in K city for so many years, he thought he had been around the block and seen it all, but he never knew there was a bar there. The shop was small but had a nice environment, and he even saw some expensive foreign wines stocked in the liquor cabinet. What kind of business is there in a place like this? He wondered.
Two young bartenders were lazily staying at the bar, and when they saw him approaching, one of them asked, “What can I get you?”
Xu Ye took out a crumpled piece of paper from his suit pocket, with a name written on it, “I’m looking for him.”
The bartender smiled, and with a thoughtful look he said, “That doesn’t sound like a personal name.”
“I know.” He looked at the word ‘White Rabbit’ on the piece of paper with an unnatural expression on his face, “I was referred by David.”
The note had been commissioned by Liu Jing, who had asked him to submit a very detailed medical report before doing so. He couldn’t say exactly what the details were, except that there were layers of interpersonal relationships in between, and this note was about a person who could take him to a certain place. At first, he thought it was a prank and threw it in the trash. Only after Liu Jing repeatedly assured him that he was not trying to make fun of him did he decide to come and have a look.
The bartender grinned, “Just kidding, please follow me.” After he said that, he walked out of the bar, and came to the elevator. He took out a black magnetic card and swiped it, and the elevator door opened. Xu Ye went in with him. The bartender presses the floor button 2, and the elevator went up.
“Your name is Xu Ye?” the bartender asked suddenly.
“I am the white rabbit, you can call me Rabbit, or Hare.” The bartender looked up at him,
Xu Ye couldn’t help but laugh, “From the fairy tale?”
The rabbit smiled, “Yes, I am the guide, just like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.” He continued, “You can also choose a nickname for yourself and use it as your name in the circle. Of course, if you don’t mind, you can also use your real name.”
At this moment, the elevator arrived and the door opened.
Inside was a large room, divided into many small single rooms.
“This is a separate locker room where you can store your personal belongings in the lockers. All communication devices are prohibited in here, so please put your mobile phone inside.”
He did as he was told. Rabbit handed over a silver electronic card, “Keep this card safe, it identifies your membership.” Then he was led up the other side of the stairs.
On the third floor was a large banquet hall with crystal lamps emitting crystal clear light hanging high in the air. The people in the venue were wearing all kinds of costumes, some of which were very excessive and gorgeous. What shocked Xu Ye even more was that some people in the venue were kneeling, with their upper bodies naked, wearing something like a dog collar around their necks. These people were kneeling beside others randomly with their gazes lowered. Xu Ye set his eyes on the person wearing a half-face mask with feathers. The man was leaning his head against the lap of a tall man on the sofa, who was looking over his shoulder.
The rabbit coughed lightly, and said in a low voice, “It’s impolite to stare at other people’s slaves for a long time.”
Xu Ye’s eyes flickered and he averted his gaze.
He was beginning to understand what kind of place he was in.
This was a BDSM club. BDSM was a relatively special kind of sexual relationship, that included various forms of bondage and training, domination and submission, sadism and masochism, etc. The two parties involved are divided into dom (dominant) and sub (submissive), with the dom being the master who issued orders, and the sub voluntarily obeyed, which led to the so-called ‘master-slave relationship’. Those who were kneeling were the so-called ‘slaves’. Xu Ye glanced over there again, and his eyes met with the man sitting on the sofa. His eyebrows twitched, and he quickly moved away.
Rabbit handed him a stack of documents, “The club is for members only. The senior management approved your membership application yesterday, so I brought you in. There are a lot of rules that the members need to be strictly followed, so please make sure you read them carefully.”
Xu Ye flipped through it, and the first entry was ‘It is prohibited to reveal the identity of a member in any way, anywhere, or to act in a way that would compromise the safety of the club.’ It seemed that these clauses were to protect the privacy of this club and improve the club’s information security. “Do I need to sign it?” Xu Ye asked.
“No need, these are just notices. Whether you agree or not, you must abide by them from the moment you walk through the door, and you will be severely punished if you violate them.” Rabbit’s eyes were arched, but there was an unquestionable force in his voice, and he said, word for word, “Better not risk trying, or you’ll regret it.”
Xu Ye subconsciously nodded. He didn’t know who the club belonged to, but he knew whose territory it belonged to. A certain big shot who started from the underworld once used this place as his lair, and he still dominated this area after being cleansed. The establishment of the club here must have been acquiesced by that person. As he listened to the rabbit’s confident tone, these rules had a strong deterrent effect on the members, meaning that the enforcers of the penalties must have the power to override the wealthy and powerful members.
Who could be the owner here?
Xu Ye suppressed his curiosity and followed Rabbit to the dining area. The bone china serving trays were filled with exquisite food, including a variety of snacks and beverages. “The club is open every night, and there are some classes and demonstrations on weekend evenings. You can chat and make friends here, and if you see a dom or sub you like, you can take the initiative to chat with them, or you can leave your contact information for a private meeting. However, please note that you must not touch any slave who has a master without permission, this is also mentioned in the rules.”
Xu Ye frowned and said, “Do slaves have to kneel like this?”
“That’s not necessarily the case. Different partners have different ways of dealing with each other. But as a slave, all actions will be aimed at satisfying the wishes of the master.” Rabbit smiled, “There are many features on the first and second floors of the club, You can go down and walk around, but you don’t have the authority to use the elevator, so please use the stairs on that side. If you don’t show up here for more than three months, you will be considered to have forfeited your membership. For the rest of the day, please do as you wish.” After he finished speaking, Rabbit shook his hand and left.
Xu Ye felt a little stuffy in his head, so he found a corner and sat down, looking through the densely packed regulations.
The BDSM circle had always been secretive. They had their own unique ways of behaviour and a set of strict standards for entering the circle. Xu Ye didn’t know how he passed their selection, and after entering here in a daze, he felt a little overwhelmed. He looked on in silence at this unfamiliar and huge meeting place, at these strangers who were having fun on their own, and his eyes were full of confusion. He didn’t know what he was looking for, and even in the midst of it, he didn’t have the answers he was looking for.
“Hey.” A brief voice caught his attention. Someone sat across from Xu Ye, and it was the man who had just met his eyes. He was just in his early thirties, and he looked very handsome in a black-collar military uniform. He was holding a riding crop in his black leather gloved hand, and with a big smile on his face, he asked, “You don’t have a dom?”
Xu Ye was stunned for a moment before he realized what he was talking about, pursed his lips and said, “How do you know what I’m looking for is dom and not sub?”
The man smiled broadly, revealing a mouthful of white teeth, “It’s very obvious.”
He frowned, “Where does it show?”
“Everywhere…is visible.” The man deliberately teased him, his eyes lingering on him, “Your panicked eyes, the way you sit uncomfortably, and the way you speak, tsk, so cute, a newcomer.”
Xu Ye’s ears reddened slightly and he said in anger, “Get away from me.”
The man chuckled. He seemed to be born with an aura that attracts attention. After he sat down, Xu Ye clearly felt that more eyes were gathering on their side. Some people were intentionally or unintentionally approaching this side and gathered together to whisper about their backgrounds. Being noticed in this way made Xu Ye feel uncomfortable.
“My name is Marvin. Little guy, are you interested in trying out what I have in my hand?” He said, flicking the whip in his hand, “It’ll make you happy.”
“No.” Xu Ye didn’t want to be entangled, and got up to leave, but was stopped by the riding crop. His eyes grew cold, and he said, “It’s not polite to stop someone with a whip, is it, sir?”
“It is also impolite not to respond to someone after they have given their name, newcomer.” Marvin looked at him with a relaxed expression.
“I’m sorry, I’m not going to use my real name, and I haven’t thought of one yet.” Xu Ye replied very straightforwardly.
“How straightforward.” He withdrew his whip, “Can you tell me the reason, why you refuse me?”
“You have a slave, don’t you?” Xu Ye glanced at the white-feathered masked man kneeling in a corner not far away.
“It turns out that you don’t accept one-to-many relationships. It’s really troublesome.” Marvin tapped the riding crop lightly on his palm and suddenly smiled, “I can recommend a good dom who has no subs, is very skilled and has a good temper, which is rare for a newcomer. But also, he has high requirements, as for whether you can catch his eyes, it depends on yourself.” After he finished speaking, he stood up, and said slightly provocatively, “Do you want to meet him?”
Xu Ye was stunned. Deep down in his heart, he was a little moved by this kind of game, as if the secrets that had been suppressed in his heart all year round were put into a room full of secrets, and it seemed no longer so different and unbearable. But he had some conflicts. He was afraid that he would unwittingly lose his integrity and dignity and become one of those slaves. So he was at a loss as to whether this was what he wanted.
“Don’t you dare even try?” Marvin shrugged with a smile in his eyes as if he felt regretful.
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