Many of you write romance that includes scenes that range from explicit to implicit. For you, I have this little nugget I came across the other day on Quora, which you may particularly enjoy if your romance takes place in the 19th century.
During the 19th century, prostitutes had a little gadget to measure how long they would have sex with a client.
It was known as “Short Time Sales“.
You see, it turns out that when it was time to take a client to a room, they lit some small candles. Said candles were made to burn for 5-7 minutes, and when the flame went out, it meant the customer’s time was up.
When I read this, I remembered how Jodie Foster in ‘Taxi Driver’ lit a cigarette and left it burning in an ashtray when De Niro paid a visit. No matter how much things change, they remain the same, it seems…