By: Leddy Harper

I opened the door, not knowing what to expect. Her file said she was thirty years old and single. Aside from a brief background history of foster care and an even briefer history of relationships, I had nothing to go by. I typically tried not to set expectations prior to meeting someone, but for some reason, the words in Ivy’s files had me imagining all sorts of things. I had found myself re-reading them, trying to decipher what the words meant, none of which came close to the woman that stood as I opened the door to my office.

I greeted her and waved her inside with an open hand. No smile, no words, nothing but aloofness. She slowly stood and walked in without a sound. She was slightly taller than average with a long, thin body. I couldn’t help but notice her legs, which looked as if they went on for miles in her tight pants. I wasn’t an expert on women’s fashion, but they almost looked like tights the way they stuck to her thin legs. They weren’t overly thin, just lacked the shape or curves that I was used to seeing on women. She was wearing a long and loose-fitting tank top over them, hiding her ass from view. It was such a loose top it also hid the rest of her body, and I found myself wanting to know what was beneath it. I wanted to know if the rest of her body matched her legs. How skinny was she? And was it everywhere, or only her mile-long legs?

She turned and looked at me. It was brief, but it was long enough to notice her unusual eye color. An odd combination of slate and red. I had never seen anything like it before. And the honey color of her hair only made the red in her eyes more pronounced. It wasn’t until she cleared her throat that I realized I hadn’t said anything to her. I had just gawked and checked out every inch of her that was available to my gaze. That had never happened before. My speech always started as soon as I opened the door.

“I’m sorry; please, have a seat.” I gestured to a chair and then sat down in one across from her. “This is only an initial consultation in order to get to know one another before you make the decision to move forward or not. So let me start by introducing myself. My name is Caden Morgan, but you may call me Cade. The atmosphere here is personal, Miss Jaymes. Do you mind if I call you Ivy?”

She nodded as her eyes moved around the room, looking at everything but me. That wasn’t unusual. Most of my clients acted that way in the beginning. They came to me for a reason, and confidence seemed to be a big motivator to seek out professional help. I could work with that.

“I’m sure you must have a lot of questions. Would you like to ask me anything or did you just want to hear my speech?” I wasn’t expecting her to have questions, most didn’t, but I usually offered them the chance to ask anyway. It was all part of the script I went through every time a new person walked into my office. I had repeated the same things for twelve years; I could recite it in my sleep.

Again, she didn’t say anything, only continued to look around.

“Okay, let me begin by explaining what it is that I do. I am a licensed sex therapist that practices sexual surrogacy. Do you know what that is?”

“A licensed prostitute?” she offered with no humor in her voice. Still, her eyes didn’t meet mine nor did a smile form on her lips. I had met many women with low self-esteem in the years I had been practicing, yet I had never met one like her. It was clear there were more pieces to her puzzle than not having confidence.

“Not quite,” I said with a laugh. I had heard that answer before. “You have come to me looking for help. You have some concern in regards to sex and I am here to help you with that. I do not have a set plan of action that I do with every client. It’s something that we work on together to reach the goal you have in mind. Would you mind telling me what the ultimate goal is that you would like to achieve with this sort of therapy?”

“I want to be able to have sex and enjoy it.” Her tone was soft, yet held no emotion behind it.

“Okay, that’s an easy one.” I wanted to make her feel comfortable. Though she wasn’t acting uneasy, there was still something going on with her. I always performed a clinical background check with each new client, and hers came back clean. It only served to intrigue me more. “Why is it you don’t enjoy it? Do you know what it is, or is it sex in general that you don’t particularly like?”

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