Rasa Duokhan, though her name betrays her Hindu roots on her mother’s side, is the quintessential American.  Her father, a third generation African on a strict americanization plan, taught her everything she knew about “how to win friends and influence people.”  Based on his plan, she was expected to go into politics, to complete the circle of becoming completely American by helping to make its laws.  She had always been so shy, though, she knew her father was right that she would have to acquire both more courage and more confidence in order to reach this goal.  Good grades would not be enough for her to get ahead.  He insisted that she go to a local Toastmasters meeting in order to hone her public speaking skills.  Her father’s own experiences with the Toastmasters and a short stint doing male modeling as a young man during college were crucial to his success, or so he always said. (where is the mother now?)

At her very first Toastmasters event, she immediately saw some of her classmates.  They approached her, and too polite to pretend she hadn’t seen them before, she smiled and fell into meaningless conversation with them.  They seemed somehow amused by her naivety, which she found disconcerting, but also compelling.  Both the men and women in this group were very open about discussing their sexuality, and seemed to love teasing her, highlighting her innocence in their eyes.  When asked why she had come to this event, she ultimately confessed that she was here to overcome her fear.  They all seemed so happy to her, and welcoming, and they promised that after she went to this particular event, she would be so much more relaxed about the idea of speaking, or for that matter any kind of performance, in front of any group.  Although Rasa felt uncomfortable about the teasing, she also wanted to find out what it was they seemed to understand so well that she did not.  Some of the girls asked her out for lunch the following day, and they also began meeting weekly at a local coffee shop.

 Her newfound friends continued to tease her incessantly, the girls being the most relentless.  Over time, they began to ask her more and more personal questions.  She normally did not answer such questions, but her desire to fit in overshadowed her need for propriety.  She was not new to sex, but she had tended to avoid it as much as possible in high school, favoring her studies over the necessities of fitting in.  As the girls continued to tease her, though, she noticed her dreams were becoming more erotic; she had even started fantasizing, which was definitely new to Rasa.  Remembering what Rasa had said about needing to overcome her social anxiety, they decided to invite her to a different gathering downtown that met the last Saturday night of every month.   They mentioned the downtown monthly gathering each time she saw them, always reminding her how many days were left for her to RSVP. Finally, she succumbed and accepted their invitation to the event. Now, as she prepared for it, she dressed casually as she was told to do, but she could not resist putting on her sexiest pair of underwear and a black midriff corset “just in case.”

Rasa had of course attended a few parties when her friends could drag her away from her studies, but this seemed more formal, somehow.  It was not at all the standard “cups and kegs” type of event.  Never before had she been to a club that not only meticulously checked ID, but also made everyone read and sign the “house rules” before entering.  The first thing she noticed, once she made it past the entrance, was the bizarre attire of some of the patrons of this club.   They were dressed in anything from street clothes to fetish gear to partial nudity.  Extremely embarrassed and nervous, she wanted to run, but knew that would only draw even more attention to herself. Once she was able to see beyond the flesh and leather and lace, she realized this was actually several events going on in one, with not only dancing and a party but also a vendor area and scheduled events. There was even an exhibition on the Japanese art of shibari, or rope bondage, and the poster jokingly advertised for “Subjects wanted, come get hung!”. Rasa found herself fascinated by how everyone was acting so normally despite the sexual conversation and nudity, a few of the women in particular made quite an impression with the way they seemed to be so confident in their own skin and sexuality.

She followed behind her friends as they giggled and made risque comments to embarrass her over the items on the tables of sex toys and fetish wares.   They thoroughly enjoyed shocking her by miming sex acts with double sided dildos and bondage gear.  As they walked up to one table the woman around her own age was showing a customer how to properly attach and tension a fine silver chain, demonstrating using her own bare breasts with silver bars through both nipples. She bought a photo book on Tao sexual massages just to speak to the proprietress, and was surprised at how quickly she felt at ease talking to this half naked woman. Reluctantly she took her purchase and moved on with her friends, continuing the circuit around the vendors. While enjoying a drink and the music later and half listening to her friends discuss sex acts she was betting they'd never actually done, she was surprised to find the woman with the silver chain standing at her side. She said "I hope you will visit us" and before Rasa could say a word she leaned forward to kiss her cheek and press a card into her hand, disappearing across the dance floor. Taking care not to let her friends see it, she quickly hid the card, her friends teasing her about “making new friends.” Later, she saw the business card had a weird little cute picture on it, and said simply "www.HEX.xxx - Black Light Bar - Invitation Only - Formal Undress Code Strictly Enforced".

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Rasa - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rasa

noun

(in Hindu aesthetics) flavor, sentiment, or emotion: regarded as one of the fundamental qualities of classical music, dance, and poetry.

Origin:

1790–1800;  < Sanskrit rasa  sap, fluid, essence

in Sanskrit literature, the concept of aesthetic flavour, or an essential element of any work of art that can only be suggested, notdescribed. It is a kind of contemplative abstraction in which the inwardness of human feelings suffuses the surrounding world ofembodied forms

Duo - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/duo

noun, plural du·os.

1.

Music . duet.

2.

two persons commonly associated with each other; couple.

3.

two animals or objects of the same sort; two things ordinarily placed or found together; a pair: a duo of lovebirds.

Origin:

1580–90;  < Italian  < Latin: two

Khan - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/khan

noun

1.

(in the Altaic group of languages) a title held by hereditary rulers or tribal chiefs.

2.

the supreme ruler of the Tatar tribes, as well as emperor of China, during the Middle Ages: a descendant of Genghis Khan.

3.

a title of respect used in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and other countries of Asia.

Origin:

1350–1400; Middle English Ca ( a ) n, Chan  ≪ Turkic Khān,  apparently contraction of Khāgān,  equivalent to Turkish kağan  ruler