I have done a lot of research, and am in the throes of exploring my own needs and tendencies, so there was a lot of personal examination in the background of this story. Whatever kind of lifestyle people live, it doesn't change the facts. Everyone has an emotional life, and there is no reason being a Dom or a sub precludes living emotionally, and meeting the needs of your partner, or having your own desires answered.
Plus, it's Christmas! I don't buy in to the commercial or religious aspects of it much, but I do believe in fostering good will and happy times!