Lady Nimue craves a good thrashing, and in her husband's absence she decides her loyal servant is the man for the job. Initially hesitant but eager to please her ladyship, Thomas soon lays on with a will.
I'm fascinated at the moment by reverse dominant/submissive dynamics - that is power plays where the spankee is the one in charge. Class politics have always provided a rich seam of inspiration for punishment scenarios, and I love this twist on the classic erotic romance trope of the neglected aristocratic lady taking her pleasure from a serving man. Except in this case, of course, her pleasure takes the form of a sound whipping.
Nimue and Tom brought this dynamic to life and created a nuanced relationship between the characters which I think is genuinely touching. The implication is that Nimue brought Thomas with her when she married, and has a long, affectionate history with her devoted retainer. Perhaps there might be some physical attraction, but she would never dream of treating him as her equal or making herself vulnerable to him emotionally.
Instead, she abuses her power, knowing that he won't, or can't, refuse her however distasteful he might find the idea of hurting her - and initially he is reluctant to act above his station. However he has no choice but to do his lady's bidding ... and he soon gets into the swing of it. The resulting scene has some moments of surprising tenderness made all the more powerful by the restraints of social status.
As well as containing some interesting power dynamics, this scene is quite physically severe. Able to precisely control the pace and flow of the action, Nimue was free to indulge her masochistic enjoyment of thuddy hand spankings and slow, deep whippings. Under her direction Thomas uses his hard hand and the springy riding crop to turn her bottom literally as red as her hair. The vivid welts and marks decorating her lovely round bottom by the end were a gorgeous sight, and she had some impressive bruises afterwards as well. Here's what Nimue has to say:
"It was great to shoot this scene, a wonderfully intense spanking, delivered at the pace that was just right for me, in the beautiful garden with the sun shining down on us – what more could a girl want?"
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Photography: Pandora Blake