If you are a DD or D/s couple, you know that communication has to become a key part of how you live this lifestyle. So when all the sudden the Duke seemed to be hiding something, I was struggling on what to do, or how to handle it, without being disrespectful.
He's been quite down all the sudden. There were times of joy, but they were short lived compared to how often he seemed to be very depressed. I would ask him what was wrong, and he would tell me that nothing was wrong. I would ask if something happened at work, and again, he would tell me nothing. After several weeks, I really worried something was going on. Doubts started to creep in, and one of them was that he was beginning to regret our marriage or he was beginning to be interested in someone else.
So I had to bite the bullet and follow my rule of not keeping secrets, of not allowing something to fester inside of me without talking to him about it. So I went to him and admitted that I felt he was really hiding something from me. He said he wasn't. I told him something was wrong. He said there wasn't. I braved myself up and asked in nothing but a whisper if there was someone else, I feel sick even remembering how scared I was in that moment. Thankfully he laughed, said no, there was no one else, and comforted me. I really can't see him ever doing that, but I had no idea what was going on. We talked. Come to find out, he is down, though he couldn't really put his finger on why. I know work is hard, and we've been extra busy lately, and he said those may be it. So for the next little bit, we're going to try to really be low key so he can get some down time.
Thankfully no spanking was issued for asking if there was someone else. :) Nor for being persistent. But I am so thankful, for the millionth time, that we have learned these great communication skills, and that I have the rule of not allowing things to fester. I know if I let it go long term, I could have worked myself into quite a tailspin. And I honestly believe left to fester, his would get bad too. Hopefully cutting things back for now will help him get to a happier, more peaceful, place.