Sunday, September 25, 2011

31st Six Sentence Sunday...when therapy goes terribly wrong...

From The Falstaff Vampire Files, therapist Kristin's client, Mina, explains that she's just got engaged to a man who wants to become a vampire, though she doesn't understand why:

"I'm not sure if he wants power, or if he just wants to be immortal--he's an older man--he's thirty-five."

I sat back just a little, partly to keep from smiling, remembering my own twenties when thirty-five had seemed impossibly old to me, while now, in my late forties, it seems impossibly young. Scratch that, I happened to be dating--well, sleeping with--a thirty-five-year-old man, so I couldn’t call it impossibly young.

"His name is Henry Roy," Mina said, happy to say his name.

It became very hard to breathe in my office at that moment because Henry Roy was the name of my own thirty-five-year-old lover, though everyone called him Hal.

"Everyone calls him Hal," Mina said.

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  1. I love your style of writing. Fabulous six.

  2. Awkward moment... love how you lace it with a touch of humor as well! Nice Six!

    Amy Durham

  3. Oh, so not good. (the situation) Great six though! :)

  4. I always leave your six with a smile on my face. I look forward to more.

  5. OMG - what does the therapist rule book say about this? You led up to it nicely too with the 35 year old bit. I wonder if this has ever happened in real life? Can't wait to see what you do about it

  6. Oh man! I think Hal just got his ass in a sling. Well done six! :)

  7. Ooops ... wonderful conflict! So much happening in six sentences!

  8. Thanks, Xakara and Alix!

    Kind words which appreciated Amy, Jessica & Gem!

    Good question, Sassy, I asked an actual psychiatrist about this kind of situation, and he just put his head in his hands and said, I thought I'd heard everything!"

    You're right, Siobhan and Nina, Hal is in trouble and on his way to more!

  9. Uh oh. Sounds like she's got a problem. Love your 6.

  10. Oh my! Nice segue from the humor of 35 being old to the realization that it's the same lover in both cases.

  11. ...I read 'Hal' and I immediately think '2001: A Space Odyssey'

    ...I can't wait to read the rest of this therapy session ;)