Sir J wrote an interesting post about just saying no. Of course Omega is HOH, but there are times that it needs saying...the "no" word comes out. In the conduct rules Omega wrote that I must learn to accept no as answer without pouting. Because mouse has a great pout that often gets her nowhere but it doesn't stop her from trying it.
But when mouse says, 'no' it's not met with pouting by Omega, he listens to it. Now, he might not agree with the reason for the, 'no,' and in fact might over-rule it. But he always listens to it and takes it under consideration. Sometimes it's something that mouse feels strongly about or is fearful of. It shows him to take a step back a little bit, and guide mouse slowly through what he wants. Other times the no comes a shock that he didn't anticipate, or assumed wouldn't be a problem, but instead learns a different perspective.
Some Doms feel that submissives have no business using the word no. They believe that "no" has no place in a TPE arrangement. Thank goodness that isn't true.
In our dynamic "no" isn't frequently used or thrown around by mouse, but it has been used, especially when she feels very strongly about something. Omega tho, he might like to think he does, actually doesn't have all the answers -- at least not all the time because he's human. And I don't think he'd be very happy with someone only capable of saying yes. If he were doing something that potentially harmful to himself or others, mouse has a hard believing that expressing, "no, that's not a good idea," would be contrary to her position in his life.
In fact mouse would think the opposite is true.