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2020.11.25 02:22 bobaimee Sex chat direct

Hi.
So, for the first time in my life I quit without notice in June.
I was the project manager and defacto 2nd in command for a very small company that produced elearning. There was my boss, myself, 2 tech guys and 5 content developers. There was no HR, only my boss and his retired mother who wrote the paychecks. I was there for 1.5 years. My boss's parents owned the company, they retired and he was the only one willing to take on the responsibility. He has a degree in cello, zero business acumen. He was also a raging asshole, and most definitely doing coke in the bathroom my office shared a wall with.
He was toxic and abusive. A couple months before I left he bullied a 7-year employee, who's work brought in probably at least a million in revenue, into quitting because he didn't want to give him a pay raise OR pay him severance. Bullied him to the point he had a nervous breakdown. I have screenshots alluding to this that I've given the employee for his labour board complaint.
I did an excellent job in the role I was hired for. He fired the script writer and then I also became the script writer (no previous experience) and he would fly off the handle because I didn't consistently capitalize a term, or miss a period. Never to my face, always over instant messaging. Or I'd get 5 paragraph long rants at 11pm... And then I'd try and talk to him in person the next day and he would rug sweep and pretend it didn't happen. I'm 100% certain that cocaine and other stimulants had a part to play in his behaviour. Other longterm employees told me they'd found baggies of white powders at the office before.
He would make crude sexual jokes in the group chat, even making oral sex jokes about his mother. He would swear all the time. He made a joke about killing my cat and he alluded that my husband and I were beards for each others because I would go to weekend events without my husband.
Everyone who worked there was miserable and hated him, but it was covid and the job opportunities where we live are awful. Everyone felt stuck.
I'd been looking for other work for months. After a particularly egregious expletive-filled rant from him directed at the group chat, I had finally had enough, and I suggested that we develop and implement a professional code of conduct. He basically told me to pound sand, and I quit on the spot. My mental health healed basically overnight. Because of all the evidence of his bad behaviour I had, I was able to prove to EI that I quit because there was no other option. I started studying for and achieved my PMP certification, and now I've started applying for jobs. 2 additional employees have also quit since I left because of him.
My question is: how do I tell potential employers that I left because my boss was abusive, without coming off as a mudslinger, or high maintenance, or trouble? And how do I explain that I won't give them my boss as a reference, however all my other coworkers will give me a glowing reference?
I don't want to lie and say I left because of covid because then they'll wonder why I'm not giving my boss as a reference. I don't want to seem like I'm a sensitive troublemaker who can't take a joke etc etc. Help?
Tldr; quit because of abusive boss, how to explain to future employers without sounding like a sensitive baby?
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2020.11.24 21:25 bobaimee Sex chat direct

Hi.
So, for the first time in my life I quit without notice in June.
I was the project manager and defacto 2nd in command for a very small company that produced elearning. There was my boss, myself, 2 tech guys and 5 content developers. There was no HR, only my boss and his retired mother who wrote the paychecks. I was there for 1.5 years. My boss's parents owned the company, they retired and he was the only one willing to take on the responsibility. He has a degree in cello, zero business acumen. He was also a raging asshole, and most definitely doing coke in the bathroom my office shared a wall with.
He was toxic and abusive. A couple months before I left he bullied a 7-year employee, who's work brought in probably at least a million in revenue, into quitting because he didn't want to give him a pay raise OR pay him severance. Bullied him to the point he had a nervous breakdown. I have screenshots alluding to this that I've given the employee for his labour board complaint.
I did an excellent job project managing. He fired the script writer and then I also became the script writer (no previous experience) and he would fly off the handle because I didn't consistently capitalize a term, or miss a period. Never to my face, always over instant messaging. Or I'd get 5 paragraph long rants at 11pm... And then I'd try and talk to him in person the next day and he would rug sweep and pretend it didn't happen. I'm 100% certain that cocaine and other stimulants had a part to play in his behaviour. Other longterm employees told me they'd found baggies of white powders at the office before.
He would make crude sexual jokes in the group chat, even making oral sex jokes about his mother. He would swear all the time. He made a joke about killing my cat and he alluded that my husband and I were beards for each others because I would go to weekend events without my husband.
Everyone who worked there was miserable and hated him, but it was covid and the job opportunities where we live are awful. Everyone felt stuck.
I'd been looking for other work for months. After a particularly egregious expletive-filled rant from him directed at the group chat, I had finally had enough, and I suggested that we develop and implement a professional code of conduct. He basically told me to pound sand, and I quit on the spot. My mental health healed basically overnight. Because of all the evidence of his bad behaviour I had, I was able to prove to EI that I quit because there was no other option. I started studying for and achieved my PMP certification, and now I've started applying for jobs. 2 additional employees have also quit since I left because of him.
My question is: how do I tell potential employers that I left because my boss was abusive, without coming off as a mudslinger, or high maintenance, or trouble? And how do I explain that I won't give them my boss as a reference, however all my other coworkers will give me a glowing reference?
I don't want to lie and say I left because of covid because then they'll wonder why I'm not giving my boss as a reference. I don't want to seem like I'm a sensitive troublemaker who can't take a joke etc etc. Help?
Tldr; quit because of abusive boss, how to explain to future employers without sounding like a sensitive baby?
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2020.11.23 18:20 ThouYS Sex direct chat

I’ve studied some French with Anki in slow motion for a while. About two months ago I started doing it MassImmersionApproach-style, and am now advancing much faster (the lockdown helps). In this post, I’ll show you my framework, namely the tools, workflows, and of course, resources, I use.
Tools Anki, well, it goes without saying. Anki is the workhorse that builds the scaffolding which is then reinforced and strengthened by immersion. I like to think of it in terms of underwater structures that accumulate clams, algae, etc. over time, as they are immersed in the sea. It takes time for the organic structures to build, but with a "seed"-structure to kickstart it, it goes much faster. I use „Basic with Reverse“ cards for everything. Only sentence cards are allowed, word to word translations are absolutely forbidden!
Typical sentence card in Anki.
Alfred is the second most important tool for me. It’s a macOS app like the built-in spotlight, with the added benefit of being able to add additional sources to be searched. Its task is to make manual card creation much faster. I use it to quickly search online dictionaries, do a context search or run online translations.
Using Alfred to quickly search different dictionaries.
Larousse.fr is my most used dictionary, ever since I started using french-to-french cards exclusively. It oftentimes has good examples and contains almost everything that I look for.
Reverso Context is used if Larousse doesn’t have an example or only a bad example. I usually only use the french sentence, but if I don’t find a good explication in french, I sometimes use their bilingual translations.
Dict.cc for symbolic images or to clarify the meaning of a word, if the Larousse definition is too vague.
YouGlish is just used sparingly to find real-world pronunciations if I’m not sure about a certain word. Anki has a built-in Text-To-Speech feature since 2.1.20 which works like a charm as well. Definitely use that!
Before I went monolingual, I used DeepL a lot to translate sentences or expressions that were unclear to me. It has become much less important over time though.
Workflow I watch my series without subtitles now and thus also only rarely extract vocabulary from them. Sometimes an expression jumps out at me, then I turn the subtitles on and make a card. However, the vast majority of vocabulary comes from books. As Stephen Krashen has said in the latest video with Matt, „the secret is pleasure reading“. I can confirm.
Starting with a book is a lot of frustrating work but absolutely worth it. It increases your vocabulary super quickly, see the screenshot. And the good (or bad) thing is, that a genre of books usually has a specific vocabulary. For example sword, dagger, scarlet, land, jump, etc. are all words that are shared in different fantasy stories. This means you can chip away at the giant rock that is the foreign language, one genre at a time.
Vocab card growth thanks to reading books. Compare to the actual course I had in the beginning...
Book-Reading Process In the beginning, I looked up most words directly, as I couldn’t advance otherwise. Especially since you need to have a grasp of the passé simple for reading. Now, after a handful of small books, it has taken a more asynchronous turn. I usually keep a notepad next to me when I’m reading, and whenever I feel like I’m not sure about a word, or it just jumps out to me, I write it down and continue reading. The notepad I use is pretty small and thus prevents me from making unmanageable chunks. Small notepad means few words, means can-be-done-quickly. So every now and then I take one of my pages from the notepad and ankify it.
Small notepad I use while reading to note down interesting words/expressions.
Ankification To ankify the words/expressions, I usually start with Larousse. I simply type "rou XYZ" in my Alfred search, and voilà, the Larousse entry is opened in Safari. I then copy that to Anki: the definition on one side and an example sentence on the other. I underline the target word in the sentence. The example sentence is either directly the one from Larousse, or if that one sucks, one from Reverso Context. Sometimes, I also directly take an entire sentence from the book itself.
Reviewing the Cards I review my cards every morning after getting up while having a coffee. I usually read the card's contents out loud and then try to explain them in french. This takes me around 12s/card. But the amount of vocabulary is still manageable, thanks to changing the „steps“ in Anki to „15 1440“, which is often recommended. This way new cards immediately get out of your way, and I still have a good 85 - 90% true retention rate.
Resources Books As mentioned above, they do the heavy lifting in terms of vocabulary. I can’t overstate their impact: Read! I'm mostly reading kids and young adult series at the moment, and honestly, I wonder why I ever stopped reading them; Heroes-Journey-type stories of self-development - fantastic! Notably „Le Pacte des Marchombres“ - Wonderful.

  • Pacte des Marchombres (Trilogy)
  • La quête d’Ewilan (Trilogy)
  • Phobos (Tetralogy)
Series Series are the main resource in terms of active listening. I’ve listed my favorites below, from easiest to understand to hardest to understand. The Non-French Netflix Originals have really good french dubs, and the french originals often have the „audio description“ channel which is fantastic! Other than Netflix, ARTE also has interesting shows (e.g. Moloch).
  • Ladybug et Chat Noire
  • Money Heist
  • Sex Education
  • She-Ra
  • Plan Coeur
  • Family Business
  • Moloch (Audio-description)
  • Dix Pour Cent / Call my Agent
Pure Audio I have yet to find an interesting podcast in french. The only thing that I’m listening to often is France Culture. Notably their „LSD - La Série Documentaire“, which is often very interesting and has a great app.
YouTubers And finally YouTubers. Also here I haven’t found anything really exciting yet. However, the following channels are kind of entertaining sometimes:
  • SEB
  • DirtyBiology
  • ScienceEtonnante
  • EasyFrench
So that’s the way I’m working on my french at the moment. See my MIA_French post for a look into my immersion table. In the end, what counts, is to make it work for you. Adapt everything as to be most effective to you. Thanks Matt for making and popularizing the MIA approach!
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2020.11.23 18:15 ThouYS Direct chat sex

I’ve studied some French with Anki in slow motion for a while. About two months ago I started doing it MassImmersionApproach-style, and am now advancing much faster (the lockdown helps). In this post, I’ll show you my framework, namely the tools, workflows, and of course, resources, I use.
Tools Anki, well, it goes without saying. Anki is the workhorse that builds the scaffolding which is then reinforced and strengthened by immersion. I like to think of it in terms of underwater structures that accumulate clams, algae, etc. over time, as they are immersed in the sea. It takes time for the organic structures to build, but with a "seed"-structure to kickstart it, it goes much faster. I use „Basic with Reverse“ cards for everything. Only sentence cards are allowed, word to word translations are absolutely forbidden!
Typical sentence card in Anki.
Alfred is the second most important tool for me. It’s a macOS app like the built-in spotlight, with the added benefit of being able to add additional sources to be searched. Its task is to make manual card creation much faster. I use it to quickly search online dictionaries, do a context search or run online translations.
Using Alfred to quickly search different dictionaries.
Larousse.fr is my most used dictionary, ever since I started using french-to-french cards exclusively. It oftentimes has good examples and contains almost everything that I look for.
Reverso Context is used if Larousse doesn’t have an example or only a bad example. I usually only use the french sentence, but if I don’t find a good explication in french, I sometimes use their bilingual translations.
Dict.cc for symbolic images or to clarify the meaning of a word, if the Larousse definition is too vague.
YouGlish is just used sparingly to find real-world pronunciations if I’m not sure about a certain word. Anki has a built-in Text-To-Speech feature since 2.1.20 which works like a charm as well. Definitely use that!
Before I went monolingual, I used DeepL a lot to translate sentences or expressions that were unclear to me. It has become much less important over time though.
Workflow I watch my series without subtitles now and thus also only rarely extract vocabulary from them. Sometimes an expression jumps out at me, then I turn the subtitles on and make a card. However, the vast majority of vocabulary comes from books. As Stephen Krashen has said in the latest video with Matt, „the secret is pleasure reading“. I can confirm.
Starting with a book is a lot of frustrating work but absolutely worth it. It increases your vocabulary super quickly, see the screenshot. And the good (or bad) thing is, that a genre of books usually has a specific vocabulary. For example sword, dagger, scarlet, land, jump, etc. are all words that are shared in different fantasy stories. This means you can chip away at the giant rock that is the foreign language, one genre at a time.
Vocab card growth thanks to reading books. Compare to the actual course I had in the beginning...
Book-Reading Process In the beginning, I looked up most words directly, as I couldn’t advance otherwise. Especially since you need to have a grasp of the passé simple for reading. Now, after a handful of small books, it has taken a more asynchronous turn. I usually keep a notepad next to me when I’m reading, and whenever I feel like I’m not sure about a word, or it just jumps out to me, I write it down and continue reading. The notepad I use is pretty small and thus prevents me from making unmanageable chunks. Small notepad means few words, means can-be-done-quickly. So every now and then I take one of my pages from the notepad and ankify it.
Small notepad I use while reading to note down interesting words/expressions.
Ankification To ankify the words/expressions, I usually start with Larousse. I simply type "rou XYZ" in my Alfred search, and voilà, the Larousse entry is opened in Safari. I then copy that to Anki: the definition on one side and an example sentence on the other. I underline the target word in the sentence. The example sentence is either directly the one from Larousse, or if that one sucks, one from Reverso Context. Sometimes, I also directly take an entire sentence from the book itself.
Reviewing the Cards I review my cards every morning after getting up while having a coffee. I usually read the card's contents out loud and then try to explain them in french. This takes me around 12s/card. But the amount of vocabulary is still manageable, thanks to changing the „steps“ in Anki to „15 1440“, which is often recommended. This way new cards immediately get out of your way, and I still have a good 85 - 90% true retention rate.
Resources Books As mentioned above, they do the heavy lifting in terms of vocabulary. I can’t overstate their impact: Read! I'm mostly reading kids and young adult series at the moment, and honestly, I wonder why I ever stopped reading them; Heroes-Journey-type stories of self-development - fantastic! Notably „Le Pacte des Marchombres“ - Wonderful.

  • Pacte des Marchombres (Trilogy)
  • La quête d’Ewilan (Trilogy)
  • Phobos (Tetralogy)
Series Series are the main resource in terms of active listening. I’ve listed my favorites below, from easiest to understand to hardest to understand. The Non-French Netflix Originals have really good french dubs, and the french originals often have the „audio description“ channel which is fantastic! Other than Netflix, ARTE also has interesting shows (e.g. Moloch).
  • Ladybug et Chat Noire
  • Money Heist
  • Sex Education
  • She-Ra
  • Plan Coeur
  • Family Business
  • Moloch (Audio-description)
  • Dix Pour Cent / Call my Agent
Pure Audio I have yet to find an interesting podcast in french. The only thing that I’m listening to often is France Culture. Notably their „LSD - La Série Documentaire“, which is often very interesting and has a great app.
YouTubers And finally YouTubers. Also here I haven’t found anything really exciting yet. However, the following channels are kind of entertaining sometimes:
  • SEB
  • DirtyBiology
  • ScienceEtonnante
  • EasyFrench
So that’s the way I’m working on my french at the moment. See my MIA_French post for a look into my immersion table. In the end, what counts, is to make it work for you. Adapt everything as to be most effective to you. Thanks Matt for making and popularizing the MIA approach!
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2020.11.23 15:34 tomasparzen Sex chat direct

Hi everyone, I would like to share this story with you and have your impressions. First, I discovered the concept of limerence just today. And I read the whole book by Dr. L (Living with the Limerence). For me this concept has shaped the last 18 months of life, that were just a mass of trouble before. Knowing that what I am experiencing is border-line of pathology and that there are other people that feel the same is really helpin me through.
Act I (the beginning) I was in love, or had a LO, with person from the other side of the ocean, she was here in the place I am, doing a master. She s 5y older than me, with a carreer at her hometown. I just started my PhD and moved here when we met on Tinder. After a few dates I was already out of my mind, but she told me that she had a boyfriend (Frank) and he was coming in town and we should stop meeting. I went through the causes of my limerent obsession, but are not relevant now.
Act II (rise and fall) After 2 months we meet again, the boyfried is gone. We have dinner, we have sex, it's amazing. It's the strongest emotion I ever had, it s everywhere. he following two months I get in a OCB for her. We have sex a few times more. We were into rough sex and felt really attached each other. She was also dating another man (we call him Bob) and being unconsistent with me (one year later, she discovers a latent bipolar disorder). She was quite manipulative with me and I was getting crazy. One night we had a fight because I wanted bring her home and she felt harassed. I went for 2 session of CBT and did not meet her for 1 month. Then we met again after summer and things were chill, somehow. I was out of it and enjoying other shallow relations, although she was constant in my mind. In those months she was in another town.
Act III (the reprise) In december we meet again, we go out, dance kiss, it's cool. I am less OC and she s more relaxed. SHe invites me to have sex. She just told me that that time I was drunk and very rough that night, like I wanted to seriously hurt here. We date a few times, then she s back in a depressive mood and I try to invite her for dinner with friends to show help and friendship. I feel that my OCBD is rising again. Again tension. Now we have more stable terrain to discuss and she's kinder with me.
Act IV (the lockdown) We end up doing the lockdown together. It is best (worst?) thing could have ever happened. I love to be with her and despite I know that she s there I am jelous. I am jelous of another man, she is in touch with Bob and this tears me apart. So the days are nice, intense, crazy feelings, we share a lot, cool sex, caress, I am happy, she looks happy too. Actually she is focused on going back to her other side of the world place, after two months living almost all the days together she leaves and I ve not met her since the.
Act V (8 hours timezone different) In the last 6 monhs of my life I have been in contact with her for an average of 1 hour per day (some day we just chat few minutes). She s in a depressive state and trying to build again her life where she is. Sometimes we sent pics, sometimes chat. She tried to push me to be just friends, I repetedly accepted this new condition, but than I am jelous of whatever she does and I cannot stand she does not plan to meet each othere. We stopped chatting for a month, then I contacted her back. In these months I could not live happily anything that happened to me and everything I do it is directed to show how cool I am and how she should come back to be with me. All my life has meaning through her distant eyes and I cannot help to don't wake up and look at the smartphone every morning. I dream of her, I dream of Bob. Interestingly, the boyfriend (Frank) is innocuous for me. I am actually happy when she is with him because I don't feel him a threat to me.
Conclusion A few days ago we called and I sad her I cannot have a nomal sex story with anyone cause I feel overwhelmed by the idea of us. I just want her to commit to me and plan together whatever is possible to meet. We are now super intimate, we kow more of each other than anyone else. Though I feel she is always more in pwer than me and I interpret all he behaviour as some weird psycho-game to keep me yoked. She convinced me, and I partially agree, that we have to work to be friends and that we cannot plan our lives together, just accept that if anything will happen it won't be now but in 2 years or so. I thin this is bullshit and I cannot stay the absence, I cannot stay her having hypomaniac hypersexuality. She makes me feel like she s doing this for me, and I feel the opposite. I don't now wat i could be to be her friends and I think to her all the day long. Also when I am with other people. I feel I am slowly trying to be like her. In the way she acts, listen to music, the way she has sex or do yoga.
Questions: 1. How do I stop suffer? (1000$ for the answer) 2. Do you think we should stop chatting? For how long? I am afraid that if we stop chatting than there will be no possibilities to met anymore, that is my main, daily concern. 3. Shall I wait of finding a new LO? 4. It will be worth to endure this pain to have a friend later? Or our friendship will vanish the day my limerence stops? 5. Do you know of any other limerent person that wen through forced long distance shit.
Feel free to comment as you like Tomas
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2020.11.22 16:33 ZoskaMotor How to focus during sex when your mind is racing?

My wife and I [42M] [41F] have a great sex life, although we’re busy parents and my libido is typically higher than hers, when we have sex a few times a week it’s always enjoyable. She takes a little bit of time to get into her sexual mode, but it’s fun to get her there and when she’s fully engaged, we have so much fun.
We also have a lot of fantasies that we discuss during foreplay and during sex. The past year or so for us has been full of new fantasies and new desires that are exhilarating, but still mostly fantasies. They range from hotwifing and stag/vixen fantasies, to bring with other couples, to my own of being with other women. She’s had some chats with a local anonymous friend and we share pics and videos with him, talk about fantasies, etc. If it weren’t for this pandemic, I feel quite certain that we would have met him in person by now and probably had some kind of fun being watched or sharing her or a threesome. We talk about it often and it’s so much fun.
I’ve also gotten her to open up about past sexual experiences before we met in 2002, and her own fantasies. It’s amazing to her her stories and know what memories she loves the most. It’s fun getting her to open up and embrace being verbally sexual to me.
Now, here’s where my question comes in:
I’m starting to notice that with all of these thoughts, fantasies, memories, etc. my mind starts racing to the point of distraction, and it leads to either a loss of erection, or a general sense that I’m excessively wondering what’s next in those moments: what memories hasn’t she shared? What fantasies hasn’t she shared? What guys’ photos of R4R posts turned her on? Or, imagining our local anonymous friend with her, which is a frequent thought due to talking to him myself, us getting to know him, and my wife affirming the things she’d love to do with him.
Then there’s my own fantasies to compliment hers: how I’d have fun with another woman, things I’d love to chat with someone about, having my own anonymous friendship with a woman to discuss fantasies, role play, etc.
My mind just goes in too many directions, like it’s holding me back from finishing or making me crave more verbal stimulation to push me over the edge. Other things factor into the mix - energy levels or time of day and such - but all too often I wish I could just focus on HER, drop the racing thoughts (which, again, comprise subjects that are fun for both of us and that we enjoy being open about) and be more in the moment and connecting with HER.
Are there any of you out there that I’ve had similar problems? How have you dealt with them, and what advice do you have that might help me scale back the multitude of competing thoughts and fantasies, and just be in the moment and fully enjoying the connection and physicality of the sex we are having? It’s tough because I’ve discovered she really gets off on verbalized thoughts, reminders of our fantasies, suggestions of things she might do with our friend, etc.
Any advice? Any wives that have had problems like this with their husbands? All these thoughts of ours are still so new and vivid - it’s like we opened this fantastic and mutually enjoyable door and it’s hard not to obsess about it.
TL;DR: Looking for advice to limit my overly sexual racing mind during sex with my wife.
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2020.11.21 20:44 Sciencepenguin Patricia Roland

I had taken a bus to somewhere. It's not my normal routine to travel this far, but the job offer I'd gotten was something I wasn't really in a position to decline. Of course, I didn't expect I'd end up in some ghost town. And I don't mean unpopulated; rather, populated with a demographic that was not entirely human. Nine-Tales Vale was a small village on the coast of California that took great pride in its immigrant heritage, being a veritable cornucopia of Japanese cultural iconography.
This was definitely the place; that funny little man had been helpful with his directions, even if he did try to pinch my attorney's badge. So why have I been waiting outside this locked door for ten minutes?

Flashback.
"Did you-"
"No, Maya. I did not get food. Seriously, I was gone for five minutes. Someone's written me a letter. Asking about my services, apparently."
Maya pouted. "I thought you might have had something delivered."
"We can barely afford noodles right now."
It was a lull in work. Some months you just can't get any corpses to turn up. It's always eventually made way for busier times, but I had never gone this long without a case before. Maybe it was because I had just gotten my attorney's badge back? I explained the nature of the offer to Maya.
"Sooooo, are you gonna go?"
"I don't think I have a choice."
"This guy sounds like a creep, honestly."
I motioned as if to object, but paused, at a loss for how to respond.
"Maybe he's just... one of those people who can't get tone across well through text?"
"Sure. Whatever helps you get through this, Nick."
I rolled my eyes. From her take on our potential benefactor, as well as the fact that she'd basically set up base on my couch, I could tell she wasn't coming. I got dressed and headed out the door.
And one short commute later, I'm beginning to wonder if Maya wasn't being harsh enough on this man.
I decided to knock again.
"Mr L'Belle, I'm here about the offer-". My words were cut short as my knocking threw the door open. It had been unlocked at some point after I arrived.
"Come IIIIINNNN....~", echoed a voice from within the room.
I had received a letter asking for my services as an attorney. The man claimed it was a "long term arrangement", which struck me as odd, given he didn't exactly have the type of job that struck me as prone to being entangled in lawsuits. He was a personal aide who was wont to moonlight as a makeup salesman -- minus the "sales" part. All this is to say that before today, I had never seen what the man looked like.
His face was pale, utterly caked in foundation. He was wearing a velour purple bathrobe that looked like it could slip off at any moment, causing some indecent exposure that I'm not sure I signed up for. His build was a paradox; a slim, twinkish physique with impressively broad shoulders. Also, he had some sort of... gilded lapels on his bathrobe? It struck me as a bizarre fashion choice.
In summary: He was the most irresistible man I had ever seen.
"Mr. L'Belle!", I said, averting my eyes. "I'm so sorry, I just, it had been a while, and I wasn't sure if you were actually in here, and, uh, I thought the door was locked, and-"
"LOCKED? Oh, you mean by THIS?"
He pulled out an old looking key. The doorknob to his room had one of those locks where you just turn a dial vertically and horizontally to lock or unlock the door from the inside. Whatever this key was for, it was absolutely not this room. But I didn't have time to mention this, or even consider it, as L'Belle began to stick the key into his mouth.
He stuck it in up to a certain length, and then paused. He revolved his tongue around the key, getting it incredibly wet and showing off some impressive tongue dexterity. I could not think of anything to say. I had never been more aroused in my entire life.
After deciding he'd shown off enough, he closed his mouth over the key, and made a pained swallowing noise, followed by several more. He began sweating, and his face became... well, I guess not more pale, but the paleness changed in some manner. I realized that, even if it was by his own foolishness, this man was choking! Luckily I knew the Heimlich. I gripped L'Belle from behind and began doing abdominal compressions, and within no time at all, he gasped for air as a foreign object spewed forth from his lips. As L'Belle began to chuckle, I realized that this wasn't the key at all.
It was a condom.
In shock, thoughts raced through my brain as I tried to find the piece linking everything together, and I came to two conclusions.
One: This man was clearly some kind of fucking wizard.
Two: I think he may be trying to signal something to me with his behavior.
But I'm not one to make assumptions, so I'm not sure what this could be.
My train of thought was interrupted by L'Belle's voice.
"You know, I certainly WON'T complain, but I KNOW how the Heimlich maneuver goes, and you DON'T have to hold me for this long..."
Realizing our compromising position, I quickly backed off.
"SO. You were here about my... proposal, correct?"
I picked up what I could of my shattered composure and responded. "Yes. Something about long-term services? Forgive my prying, sir, but you didn't seem the type who would need such a thing."
"Ohhhh, this BUSINESS is just such a HOSTILE one." he drawled out, pouring me a cup of coffee. "So many LONG and HARD battles fought over different positions or what is and isn't copyrighted."
"Uh. Is this about your job as an assistant, or..."
"It CAN be about that. I'm in dire need of someone to assist ME."
I pointed out to him that I was a criminal lawyer, and he seemed like he was looking for someone with a completely different set of skills.
"Oh NO, I think you'll do just FINE.". He began approaching me, and I began to feel faint. This man was clearly behaving unusually. But why? What was his goal? I need to figure this out, and fast! I could be in danger...
Time to put everything together!
Florent contacted me for my services yesterday and arranged a meeting time early in the morning. I sensed something off about his writing, and Maya's comments proved that it wasn't just me. That feeling of uncertainty has been present ever since. When I showed up, something about our meeting was immediately strange. What was the first thing to strike me as strange?
(The appearance of the meeting place)
> (The time spent waiting)
(The smell of flowers)
That's true. He was the one who called this meeting; why would he have been late for his own appointment? He must've...
(Forgotten about it)
(Gotten stuck in transit)
> (Been preparing something)
L'Belle was making preparations for our meeting
He was already in his room while it was locked, keeping me waiting. He must've been preparing for our meeting and making sure he was ready. But wait... in that case, there's a contradiction in the state of things.
(His room)
> (His clothes)
(His life choices)
L'Belle didn't bother to dress appropriately
The man was wearing a bathrobe when I showed up. He had plenty of time to freshen up, and the asides about phone lapelles he included with his letter show he's a man who values fashion, so why? Maybe I need to look at what happened next...
What was the next strange thing that happened after I entered his room?
> (He choked)
(He offered me coffee)
(He laughed)
Yeah, that was pretty strange. He swallowed a key but in the process ended up choking on a condom that was in his mouth. Was that condom placed there specifically to choke him? Who could've put it there?
(Phineas Filch)
(Maya Fey)
> (Florent L'Belle)
The condom was brought by L'Belle
That's right! This room was locked from the moment I showed up. There was no chance for anyone else to do anything in there. It's hard to believe, but it must've been my potential client himself. But why? Why would he perform a risky and pointless move like that, all to store such a random object?
It's the last step now. I just need to put all the facts together. L'Belle has been cagey about his proposition for me the whole time I've been here, and I bet that's connected to the strange feeling I've had this whole time. What L'Belle really wanted was...
(Money)
(Legal Advice)
> (Sex)
L'BELLE WANTS TO FUCK That's it! He's been acting strangely this whole time because his true goal wasn't related to me being a lawyer at all! He wanted to have sex!
"Are you okay? You've been staring at NOTHING for the past five minutes. I THOUGHT you were about to say something so I didn't interrupt you for a while."
The voice pulled me out of my thoughts back into reality.
This is it. My final chance to choose what I want to happen. I didn't come here expecting this sort of a conclusion, and it's outside my regular comfort zone. But I won't say I haven't been pretty lonely myself. Maya only stops by to chat every few months, and she's taken a vow of chastity while her training is still incomplete. I have no idea where Iris has been for several years. My "game" is dead. I haven't had "game" since like, 2016.
I thought back to all the people who had advised me over the years. I wouldn't be here today without their support. My memories focused on one particular piece of advice given to me by my old mentor. A lawyer must be willing to do anything for the sake of their client. I had made up my mind.
"Let's do it.", I mumbled out.
"WHAT? Did you say something?", L'Belle responded.
"I said let's go for it." He still didn't seem to understand. "Ravish me. Enter my Forbidden Chamber. That's what you wanted, right?"
L'Belle looked puzzled, and I panicked for a second. Was my deduction completely off the mark? But the confusion quickly gave way to a grin.
"I thought you'd NEVER ask."
I removed my attorney's pants, and then my regular non-attorney underpants, and bent over.
The ensuing experience is beyond description. We went at it like animals. The animal in question being the Japanese tanuki, with it's legendarily massive nuts. I made more noises than I had made in my entire career as a defense attorney.
L'Belle was nonstop with the dirty talk the entire time.
"You LIKE THAT? Are you FEELING IT!!!"
"You're a BAD BOY, a very BAD BOY."
"NOT EVEN A PARTICULARLY WELL WRITTEN BOY. A boy I deserve to RANK ABOVE."
"While I UNDERSTAND that your relationship with Jeff Master was MEANT to tie into a GREATER THEME about dedication to family and the EXTENTS it is healthy for it to GO TO, the INTRINSIC FLAWS of the latter character make your arc feel WEAK and UNFOCUSED."
"AAGHAHGAHGAJHGAHGJHAJGAJHGAJH I'M SHELOCK HOLMES AND YOUR IRENE ADLER WAWWW YEAH BABY"
"SEX PENIS"
"TO BE CLEAR, IN MY EARLIER COMMENT, I WAS REFERRING TO THE HOLMES STORIES WHERE IRENE ADLER IS TREATED AS HIS LOVEROMANTIC INTEREST. IN THE ORIGINAL STORIES SHE WAS JUST SOMEONE HE RESPECTED AND WAS IN FACT ALREADY MARRIED. I UNDERSTAND THAT MAY HAVE CONFUSED YOU IF YOU ARE LITERARY MINDED."
"I'M GOING TO SCREAM NOW TO REACH THE CHARACTER LIMIT. 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God, he is a PRO at this. We were going at it for what felt like hours, and I began to feel faint from the excitement and exertion. Really faint. Like, I was about ready to call it a night, and it had barely passed noon. Is this a normal feeling when you're being... stimulated this way? I shouldn't be tired when I just drank that cup of coffee. Actually, that coffee did taste a little-
The next thing I knew, I was in a completely different room.
I scanned my surroundings. The walls were made of stone, with... some sort of metal implements hanging on them? I decided I was freaked out enough as is, and ignored them for my own health.
"Cuuuu~"
I heard a cry behind me. I slowly, cautiously turned around.
"CAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!"
Holy shit. It's the legendary avian yokai "Tenma Taro". I was close to shitting my pants, but I gathered my strength and ripped off my attorney's badge, slamming it towards the beast's eyes.
He slapped it out of his face and firmly grabbed my arm. What the fuck was I thinking? Would the pin on any fashion accessory have damaged him, let alone one this cheap?
"SCREEEEEEE", the tengu expy let out.
I got a good look at his gaping maw as he yelled. His beak opens up into an impenetrable void of pure black. I can't even make out a uvula. Do monsters have uvula? Uvulas? What's the plural of that, anyway? I decided it was probably uvulae.
I was broken out of my internal monologue by the realization that this void was getting closer. Tenma Taro had grabbed hold of both my arms and was pulling me towards his head. It was official.
I was getting vored.
I tried to struggle, but it was no use. His grip was iron-tight, and it seemed like even attempting to pry my way out could break my bones.
Suddenly, I was startled by a banging noise. I saw the head of the feathered beast tilt slightly. There's no time to worry about what that is! Time to use my opportunity!
I kicked Tenma Taro in the groin and ran to the corner of the room.
A woman emerged from the door as I realized there was a door I probably should've run towards. Tenma Taro was frozen in place, seemingly uncertain of what to do.
Marie Miwa ~ Hugs and Kisses Ace Attorney Investigations Miles Edgeworth 2 Music Extended begins playing
"Would anyone like to explain to me what's going on here?", She asked.
Nobody said anything. This woman was dressed in a manner that suggested she might be affiliated with law enforcement, so I didn't want to make any rash moves.
"Well. I can't say I completely appreciate your moving to this room, given how difficult it was to find. But this does imply you might have recognized the problem."
Tenma Taro finally made his move, and ripped off his head.
What?
It turns out it was L'Belle in a suit the whole time. This is completely shocking.
"MA'AM, I don't know WHAT you think I've DONE, but-"
"Noise. It's about the noise. They must be very short on staff if they're asking me to deal with something like this... I originally came to apprehend a suspect in a theft investigation."
The raccoonish caretaker I met earlier peeks out from behind the door.
"But it seems I've been asked to pick you people up as well. These sorts of things have consequences. I'm afraid you can't do that sort of thing in a neighborhood like this."
"WHAT! Since when is LOVE a crime???", L'Belle cried indignantly.
My embarrassment at the situation led to my defense attorney instincts kicking in, and I rapidly explained the sequence of events, sparing some of the more visceral details.
"Mmm. Well, using date rape drugs certainly is, boy."
L'Belle pouts. "Okay, THAT one, I CAN explain. There was a mix-up, you see. I didn't intend to pour that coffee for him. Honestly. I have TWO different brews. I suppose it IS my fault for not labelling them properly. Apologies." He makes an exaggerated bow, gesticulating with his hand, which was still in the guise of a monster claw.
"Hu hu hu. You'll have to tell that to the judge. Still, if this pantsless blue little porcupine is to be believed, he had given consent. It would be strange for you to do..." She paused. "...what it is that you did in that situation. Out of curiosity, what WERE you meaning to do with a drink laced with drugs?"
L'Belle began visibly sweating, sending droplets of his makeup down his face. "Uh. It's... to help me sleep."
The woman looked ready to object, but he continued before she could get a word in.
"ANYWAY! What was that 'what it is that you did'? Are you insulting our LOVE? For SHAME, pig!" L'Belle spit in her general direction.
"Heavens, no! It's strange for me to imagine, not the least of which because you two are far too old to strike my fancy."
That's... an unusual thing to say.
"But I understand! Happiness can come from the most unexpected places! My home always catches people off guard at first, but I can assure you it's a veritable paradise. I'm going to have to be heading back, now. Follow me."
Her tone was kind, almost familial. But it had an undercurrent that made it clear she was telling, not asking. At this point, L'Belle had shed the lower half of his avian outfit. I quickly pulled it over my legs to preserve at least SOME of my dignity, and headed out the door behind the others.
"Yes, I've learned that this world is full of... all different kinds of people. I have to say, I didn't expect this from you, Mr. Wright." she said, chuckling softly.
"You've heard of me?"
"Who hasn't! Well, lots of people, I'd suppose. But we have a mutual acquaintance of sorts. Someone in my home has history with you."
"Oh." I thought about the people I know. I feel like all of them would've mentioned living with someone this peculiar. "Who is it?"
"You wouldn't know them." I do a double take and let out an OBJ- "Yes, I know, sort of seems like a contradiction, doesn't it? But we investigated everything and found you two had no past interactions."
"You... investigated this guy?"
"Well, obviously. Of course there are people who will look into someone who tries to kill a bigshot lawyer like you."
I had never understood anything in my life less.
"Yes, that certainly was an odd one. Aside from their inexplicable grudge for you, there's something odd about the way they talk. I love all the members of my family, of course, but I think some people could stand to use their words more economically. Why, one time, when I just came to ask a simple question, they went into a long tangent analyzing the type of person I was. I think it went a little something like this."
As if possessed, she rapidly began reciting a whole bunch of nonsense. I think there was something about a murder? Or about a key? It was a lot to take in. If you forced me to recall, I guess I'd be able to repeat some of it. Maybe.
I'm pretty sure it went a little something like this.
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2020.11.21 18:57 ThrowRAField_Full Sex chat direct

Hi Reddit!
I’m a little confused about what is going on here. So any insight would be appreciated.
A little background:
I (26M) met this girl (29F) (let’s call her Becca) and after a couple dates, she decided that we would be better off as friends. I was disappointed but agreed. However, our friendship grew and grew so rapidly, to the point that after a month we were spending time everyday together (hours and hours), taking week long trips, talking every day, ect… Everything we did felt special. A true bond.
We kept this routine going for about 7 months. In the middle of these months, she became official with another guy (let’s call him Mike) who she had a previous history with (and adored) but it was very long distance, and he wouldn’t be able to move to the State for several months. So this had no impact on her and I’s friendship. Everything remained the same. Eventually, when it was time for him to move here, he delayed it & said he might not ever move. And they agreed to go back to being friends, and maybe wait to see if they are relationship compatible if he does end up moving here. Becca was extremely sad and bawled her eyes out (we were on a trip when this happened) and asked me to comfort her. About a week after this transpired, Becca and I’s relationship became more, with me essentially moving in with her (living at her place 3 or 4 times a week) and us becoming intimate.
I was happy with this direction. She said we were more than friends but not a couple, and we’ll see where things go as she didn't want me to be a rebound. I don’t care about labels so I was all for it. I also started helping her move into her new place, which she was supposed to do with Mike. During this time her relationship with Mike, stayed the same, only without the label as well. They too chatted every day, hour long video chats, flirted ect… Becca and I though had a lot of fun exploring, doing day trips, watching movies, and cuddling at night. Sexually I am very glaring inexperienced for my age (only had sex 3 times, and only made out a handful of times as well, which really surprised her as I am a likable and decent looking guy). This always frustrated her and put a huge damper on things as she said it takes her out of the moment. Every time we would start up she would say, this is not good we should stop. Granted she always tried, and initiated things even, but would immediately stopped when something was not to her liking. I even felt like I had one last “try out” where if I did well, we would be a couple, but I didn’t perform. So after a few weeks she put an end to things and was sad saying we would have been a couple, but she doesn’t want to take the time for me to get better and we should go back to being friends like before, but reiterated that it is EXTREMELY important we stay lifelong friends, saying this 10 or so times throughout the hour conversation. Saying even if it is weird at first, we have to make it work. Says we can still talk all the time, and have our weekly adventure type thing.
We went back to the old normal for a couple days. It was a little hard for me so I said I needed space. I took a week, no contact because during this time, based of many signs I picked up on (almost a 100% sure), that she had replaced me immediately with a FWB. Which I’m sure since we were never “officially” a couple had started even before she decided we weren’t going to work. I was tremendously upset that I was potentially used first as backup option, then as someone to help her move, then someone who she can move on from so quick. I showed her one part of me that is flawed or that requires her to show understanding and she leaves. I know I shouldn’t have, but I broke no contact by phoning her up out of the blue, and told her off (not my best moment). She didn’t confirm or deny anything, just silence, and said sorry if I hurt you. I didn’t say anything nasty or downright mean, just outlined what I said above (that you used me) in a loud voice and was really heated for 10 or so mins. I also said nice things at the end once I calmed down a bit, like I still think you’re a good person, I would be devastated if we didn’t remain friends, but I needed to get this off my chest.
Since I said what was bugging me and felt better, & because of how much we clicked in the summer, in addition to how our relationship before was just purely friendship based, I reached out after a few days. Given what she had said about being lifelong friends, I thought we could start mending and going back to that. Becca said that what I said made things awkward and uncomfortable, & that she needs space from me to let things cool down, and that she was hurt by what I said.
Another week goes by I reach out, and am met with a very positive response; it feels different but we are friendly and talk the following 3 days. Over the next few weeks, we chat off and on, over text. Maybe msg for an hour once or twice a week. The positive response I got before has slowly gone away. I always text first (whereas she usually did before), and if I don’t we won’t talk. Not only that she’s not her usual self, more straight laced, but still asks lots of question about my life and responds, conversation still go on for an hour or more. But she’ll ghost me out of the blue in the middle of talking. Days will go by. She’ll always respond in a prompt manner if I texted her a couple days later starting a fresh conversation, but this cycle keeps continuing. I would like to point out that she is friends with all but one of her 4 ex-boyfriends (none live in the same city) but they talk a lot. She even said that one was so nasty when they broke up, but she fought so hard and spent so much time trying to be their friend it worked. Yet, she has not reached out to me once.
So finally we get to my question: As much as I want to be friends with her, does it sound like she wants to? Or does she want me to stop texting her and let this friendship fade away. Why does she keep the text chain going for hours? Only to ghost me for days, and have me text first all the time. I don’t want to be an annoyance or someone who can’t take a hint. But if there is friendship still there I don’t mind putting in the work to continue to mend it. I just want to point out, that while I’m disappointed because I really care for her deeply, I would not get back together with her, and am happy with friendship, so I am not angling for anything more. She also she keeps turning me down when I suggest we go for a coffee and catch up. So what does she want? (Not a question I could ask her, she hates confronting elephants in the room discussions).
TL;DR - Girl and I became friends after a few dates because she didn't think we would work out.
- Girl and I hit it off and spent all are time together, nothing romantic happens between me and her, but week long trips, seeing each other everyday, talking all the time over text ect...
- Girl got back together with prior BF, was very long distance. Nothing changes between me and her.
- They break up, Girl and I become more than friends, but she doesn't want to be a couple and wants to see where things go.
- When she realizes I am very glaring sexually inexperienced for my age. She is turned off and wants to go back to being friends. I believe she does actually want to be friends if story ended here.
- She immediately gets a FWB.
- I get heated and lash out bc I feel I was potentially used, as the only thing that didn't work is something we could have worked on together, as well as how quickly she moved on.
- Now she'll answer my texts and will talk, but I can tell she no longer wants to be friends because my initial anger response, despite many prior statements where she said we have to always make the effort to be in each other lives no matter what.
- How to proceed?
This was a long one, good job if you got to the end of it.
Thanks for any advice.
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