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Interview with a dominatrix: A journalistic fable

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 18, 2013 at 8:51 am with No Comments »
June 18, 2013 8:51 am

kaboomWhile working for the Orange County Register in the days of  yore, George Cunningham was assigned to interview one Velvet Rhodes, a local dominatrix, and of course I tagged along.

She was good-looking, tall, dressed in black and had, in her home, whips and masks and things that, frankly, gave me the willies.

George, older and more a man of the world at the time, was fascinated.  They talked, I listened and may have taken photographs. Or I may have sat with my mouth open, I cannot be certain.

Velvet explained that her profession called for tormenting her clients, physically, mentally and  - eek! – sexually.

As a young man loosed upon the world, I had pursued most every woman I met and even caught a few. Never had I encountered one like Ms. Rhodes.

George asked at one point if she beat her clients.

“I beat them until they cry, not until they bleed,” she said.

Mr. Cunningham wrote a wonderful story after the interview. Me? I couldn’t get away from Velvet Rhodes fast enough.

I think George used Ms. Rhodes as a model for a character in his latest novel, ‘Kaboom.’  If you’re looking for a fun summer read, take a look here – it’s $2.99 on Kindle. No one gets whipped. Several meet nasty demises.

 

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