Good morning, sexy Sixers! Today we’re going to peek in on study-abroad Mira and my latest WIP again. She is not only struggling with her conflicting desires for corporal punishment and praise from her tutor, but she is also struggling to maintain her progress at school. This scene takes place immediately after Mira has shown her tutor that she has not completed her work for the week and therefore their lesson time is wasted.
The silence dangles between us like a screen gradually descending, and her unsaid thoughts flicker toward me. Her busy schedule teaching full-time and helping to take care of her ailing father. Her dedication to her work and spontaneous offer to meet with me during her precious one free night of the week. Her reassurances, at my expressions of doubt and guilt at taking her time, that she loved tutoring and her reward would be to see my progress. She takes off her glasses, rubs at the small hollow between her eyes where the pads left red indentations, and sighs. For a moment I wonder if I’m about to receive my first lecture ever (she’s not one to scold, and at only four years older she’s been low-key about her position of authority). I want to apologize, but at this point words seem rather meaningless.
(c) Anastasia Vitsky
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