Recently I was gifted a pair of spanking dice – two innocuous looking items in a cheery blue. One lists on its six sides a variety of implements: paddle, hand, cane, crop, tawse and brush. The other die a succession of numbers: 1,2, 4, 6, 8 and 12. Used together, well, I’m sure you get the idea…
The dice got well broken in, of course. Six rolls, each punctuated by the application of its decree. Two with the crop to start, followed by strokes with the hand, cane, and tawse. Then later, with another set of dice, a group of five girls all rolling for each other (with only a small bit of mischief), the results tallied and administered by two gentlemen who were quite up to the challenge.
And now… my mind turns to other scenarios in which the dice might be used. A couple separated for a week, the young lady left with the dice and instructions. Each evening before bed, she’s to roll them once and record the results. For seven nights she’ll perform the ritual, knowing that at the end of the week all seven rolls will be delivered to welcome her back.
Or perhaps another option. A combination is chosen; something traditional such as six with the cane, or maybe a more American twelve with the paddle? The girl is then handed the dice and told to roll. Each roll will be followed by the administration of its strokes, continuing until she rolls the chosen combination. There are 36 possible pairings. How many rolls will it take her to land the right one?