Hello and welcome to the Round Up – Week 54 post for Quote Quest.

This week we have the very lovely Ruby as our round up guest for week 54 <3 You can check out Ruby’s twitter here.

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“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection”

Firstly, thank you so much to LSB for inviting me to do the round-up this week, and what a perfect quote for me to muse on. Vulnerability is something that I can find difficult, and I have a tendency to build walls around myself so it was so interesting to read others’ thoughts on their experiences of vulnerability and what that means to them. There were four submissions this week so I thought I’d mention all four as part of the round-up – I hope you all enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Cuck Fantasies – sub-Bee

My GOD what a hot piece this is. I firstly liked the way sub-Bee explored the meaning of “cuckolding” within the gender binary – and I completely agree that cucking isn’t and doesn’t have to be something that fits neatly within that binary. The scene that follows perfectly captures the hotness and humiliation of someone being made to just listen to their partner fuck another person, exploring themes of teasing and denial that pushed so many of my subby buttons. It really captures the sense of being vulnerable, and that vulnerability is part of what makes the scene so hot. I hope sub-Bee gets to play out this fantasy in real life once things return to normal!

Risking Connection – Lilith Avir

This is a lovely, sweet piece about being vulnerable, getting hurt, but being brave and opening yourself up again. Lilith is so right when she says “wounds heal”. I really like the way she talks about using what she had learned about herself and her needs and wants when she was ready to be vulnerable again. I hadn’t really thought about it much before, but I think that Lilith taps into something that’s really key here: that vulnerability can be a lesson, and isn’t just a once-and-done thing but part of an ongoing learning process that can lead to amazing connections later down the line, like Lilith very clearly has with Michael.

The vulnerability of submission – Master’s Pleasing Bitch

I really love the way MPB talks about what “real life” can be like within a D/s relationship. Yes, you open yourself up and make yourself vulnerable – but not all the time. Real life can get in the way of kink and that means less opportunities to be vulnerable. What shines through is that MPB’s connection with her Master is strong enough to survive those times where vulnerability and kink may fall by the wayside, for whatever reason (and god knows there have been my over the past 18 months). That said, I also like the determined note that the piece ends on, as a reminder that sometimes, we just have to try and carve out the time for both vulnerability and masterfulness!

Connection is King – LittleSwitchBitch

This really resonated with me, especially the distinction LSB draws between vulnerability inside and outside of sex and the differences between the two. The way she talks about her relationship with her OH gives such a sense of the strength of their connection, the intimacy between them, and the strength of their relationship. I particularly love the final line: “To me, connection is king and it is what I need to survive.”

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Thanks again to Ruby for being the Round Up Week 54 guest <3 You can check out other round up posts here

The post for next week’s prompt is live – you can check out Quote Quest Week 16 here and closes on Thursday at 11.59pm GMT.