“Tell me how it all started.”
Linda took a deep breath, “Well, it started several months ago. I had begun to notice that he would try taking little peaks at me. On a few occasions, I noticed that he would open my door slightly so that he could spy on me.”
“And how did that make you feel?” the counselor asked.
“I felt a lot of things. Betrayed would be one of them that he would do such a thing to me while I’m completely undressed. He doesn’t have a right to see me like that. It’s a woman’s choice as to who gets to see her body.”
The counselor then turned his attention towards Tom. “You don’t deny any of this do you?”
Tom shook his head in embarrassment, “…No…”
“So the obvious question now becomes why would you look at her like this? Is it simply that you’re attracted to her? Do you enjoy that she’s off limits? Perhaps both?”
“It’s just that…I’ve never seen a naked woman before…that’s all,” Tom hesitantly responded.
The counselor followed up by asking, “So it’s safe to assume that you’ve never done anything intimate before, have you?”
“No. I haven’t.”
“This sounds like a fairly common situation for a curious 18 year old,” the counselor said. “But I want to go back to my previous question; does the fact that she’s your guardian add any special significance to your seeing her nude?
“In a way it did. I mean, yeah she’s kind of my mom, but I guess that added to it. When I saw her naked for the first time, it made me see her in a different light…” Tom said, as Linda listened in shock to this stunning revelation.
“Go on. I appreciate your honesty, and I know this can’t be easy for you, but it’s important for all of us to be open with each other. So please continue,” the counselor said.
“It’s hard to explain. I guess it has to do with how she’s taken care of me and how much I’ve always look up to her as being ‘perfect’ in every way. But when I saw her naked, it changed everything. She became all I thought about. I never meant to come across as a pervert or anything. I just wanted to see more of her, that’s all.”
The counselor then turned his attention back to Linda. “Linda, what are your thoughts on hearing Tom say this about you? Does it change your perspective at all?.”
“It does. I had no idea that he felt this way. I simply thought it was a juvenile case of boys being boys. But I didn’t realize that it was a lot deeper than that,” Linda replied sincerely.
The counselor nodded his head in agreement, “These matters are never easy, especially when a delicate issue such as sex is involved. Now Linda, I want you to tell Tom about some of the dreams you’ve been having.”
“…I…I was under the impression that what we’ve discussed in private stays strictly between us,” Linda nervously replied.
“And it will always stay private between us. But this is something that involves Tom and I feel that he should be aware of it. I’ve been doing family counseling for a long time, with great results, and I believe that complete honesty always leads to the best outcomes.”
Linda sighed, “Well, it was after I caught him spying on me coming out of the shower. I had a dream that night where…I can’t believe I’m saying this in front of him…but in the dream, we were in the kitchen and…I was on my knees servicing him orally. I woke up and I couldn’t believe what had just gone through my head.”
The room suddenly felt a little warmer as the counselor had to adjust his collar, and Tom found himself going from feeling humiliated to becoming aroused after hearing Linda’s most intimate thoughts involving him.
“It didn’t end there, did it?” the counselor enquired further.
“No, it happened again about two or three weeks later. This time we were in my bedroom, I was naked and we were making out before he performed oral sex on me. That was when I knew that this issue had really gotten to me and so I had started to lock my bedroom door. Tom of course tried much harder to get his peaks at my body which was the last straw for me. And so here we are, talking to you…”
“Linda, it’s my professional opinion that you’re over thinking all of this,” the counselor stated. “You had previously assumed that Tom was being some sort of deviant when he was looking at your body, and now you’re assuming that your dreams are something to be ashamed of.”
“I don’t understand. What exactly are you implying?” she asked.
He raised his eyebrow, “I’m not implying anything. I’m simply saying that you are making things out to be something that they are not. You are the one implying that this is immoral.”
Linda was strongly taken aback by the remarks she had just heard. “It’s just that, I don’t think it’s right the way he’s been spying on me and…”
“I want us to be honest with each other,” he said, cutting her off mid-sentence. “When you had those explicit dreams with you and Tom, you had previously admitted to me that you masturbated when you woke up- is that right?”
“I really don’t think it’s necessary for your to say that in front of him,” Linda said with defiance and a hint of embarrassment.
“The only reason I’m doing this is because I’m trying to break down the barriers between you two,” the counselor stated boldly. “Obviously the way that I work isn’t taught in any classroom or practiced by any of my colleagues, but there’s a reason why so many of my patients have seen great progress in their relationships and are more than happy to return. That’s because my process works. So are you still interested?”
“…I am,” she replied after being humbled.
“Now if we can continue where we left off; have you ever thought about kissing Tom?” he asked.
Linda hesitated for a moment. “Not often. But I would occasionally wonder what he would taste like.”
The counselor then turned his attention towards Tom, “How does this make you feel Tom? Knowing that she has fantasized about you and has wondered what you taste like it must be very exciting for you.”
“It is,” Tom replied. “It’s the last thing I expected to hear when she set up this appointment. I thought she would just stay mad at me over everything that’s happened.”
“Now Linda, I want you to give him a gentle kiss on the lips,” the counselor casually asked. “I want you to kiss him so that neither of you will have to wonder what it’s like. It would be completely innocent and much of the tension between you two will disappear.”
Linda’s jaw nearly dropped from hearing such a taboo request. She was about to question him again, but seeing the various plaques and awards on the wall let her know that it was useless. He was one of the most well-known counselors in the city, and he was personally recommended to her by her sister, who had a similar problem recently. And when she turned to look at Tom, she saw the eagerness in his eyes and knew that he was more than interested in doing it.