Thanks so much, Apostate! I do look at the artwork, and am more troubled than turned on by it. Therein lies my conflict. Because my take on the story is that none of my protags are in any way willing--whereas I read posts from people who seem to dream of being crucified and made victims, and I have trouble understanding that. Again, I am not sitting here judging or condemning what people do in the privacy of their own minds. I'm just not sure how it would be received. For that matter, I'm not even sure where to post it. But the generally encouraging responses are pushing my mind and preconceptions out of shape.I share Windar's bemusement over your concerns about turning people off with these themes, whipmaster. He urges you read the stories. I urge you to look at the artwork.
Below are fixes the crux addicts come for. This one does, anyway.