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Feb 26, 2021 11:39 AM
Audrey's third day in the Rose Bowers
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Getting therapy may be humiliating and ridiculous, but it's probably her best bet at this point, sad to say. 

She runs a hand through her hair. What is her life.

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Alright let's get serious about this. Can she do this? Should she do this?

Yes, she can. She's a big girl and she's had awkwarder conversations in the service of her transition. 

And yes, she should. This is the time. She's unlikely to get better help than here. 

So...

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Let's do it, then. 

She picks up her phone and places a call to Tasha.

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"Sorry, I'm unavailable!", chirps the recording on the other end of the line. "If you want to set up an appointment, call the central bookings service at 555-0619, not my personal number. Thank you!"

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Alright, she'll try that then.

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"Hello? You've reached the Bowers Sex Therapy Centre, Dr. Clematis speaking. Can I help you?"

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That's not who she was expecting to get but she'll roll with it. 

"I was looking into doing some therapy for a... kink I'm having difficulty accomodating or accepting."

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"You're in luck," says Clematis. "That's my exact line of work. Would you like to come in in person or would you prefer to speak over the phone? I have an hour open, so..."

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"... Over the phone would be better for me." She flops into bed. 

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"Alright. And you'd like your appointment to start...?"

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"Now, please. Or as close to that as you have."

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"I have 'now', as it turns out. So... shall I just get right to it?"

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"Please."

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"So, what's the kink you're having trouble accomodating?"

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"... I'm a little," she says. Her voice wavers.

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"Ah. And you're having trouble with it because?"

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"Because it's... taboo and wrong. And embarassing and I worry that it'll hurt how others see me."

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"What's taboo about it? Pretend for a moment that I'm a starfish."

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"That you're a starfish? Uh, okay, I get your point. ... it's taboo because I'm pretending to be a category of person for whom it's morally and legally wrong to have sex. Children aren't supposed to have sex, when it happens it's violence towards them."

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"Because children can't consent."

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"Why not?"

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"Because... there's such a dramatic power imbalance between them and adults that it's essentially never not coerced."

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"But it's fine for children to have sex with each other?"

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"That never happens because children are too young to have sexual urges."

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