And so the unravelling began. The conversation in Vivian’s room was the exact reason I didn’t want to go to the work shop. She had only mildly probed, but already I was upset. I’m not one for confrontations − I’d rather drink a bottle of wine and fall in love. It was only Monday morning. […]

A hint of therapy

“You’re next,” Sarah said. Her hands trembled slightly. “Are you OK?” I asked. “You seem a bit flustered.” “I’m a big fan of Vivian. I’ve wanted to come here for years. To be able to speak to her in person is just amazing. I guess I’m a bit star struck, really.” “Vivian is to you […]

Damaged goods

“No, of course not,” Sarah said, but she held her head down. “I−I’m sorry.” She slowly looked up again, searching for my eyes. “I didn’t mean to imply that it was.” She swallowed hard. “A problem, I mean.” “Good.” This was an interesting case of denial. Sexually-confused, unavailable and mocha-skinned is one of my favourite […]


“I hope you all had a good night’s sleep,” Vivian said. Her eyes found mine for a split second and there was that sly smile again. I was usually so good at deciphering smiles, but hers remained a complete mystery. “Today I’m going to split you into groups of two. You will work together to […]


“I’ve been expecting you,” Vivian said. Even though she only wore pyjamas, she still looked intimidating. “What?” I was confused. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, Lee. It only takes me one alcohol-free dinner to know which one of you will go in search of a night cap. That was what you were […]