Notes:

This story is a fanfiction based on the web short entitled "Lies" for the a new series called Match. The series can be accessed at match-dot-colaborator-dot-com. The really cool thing about this series is that if the producers like the fanfics that people write, they can ask the authors to use their stories and credit them for future episodes. If you're a fanfiction writer, I recommend checking it out!


Making Progress

It seemed like just another normal session for Serenity, as she stared down Dr. Caduto's hamster and waited patiently for their time to run out. There was, however, something about this session that was not normal. That something was October.

"It was so embarrassing!" exclaimed Serenity's 13-year-old sister. "Mom and Dad were making such a huge deal over whether or not it was okay that I wanted to see Kai Jenkins' thing, while Serenity got to go to this fun party, and I was being grounded for no reason. That's why I answered her phone when you called."

"So, you're saying you were jealous of Serenity?" asked Dr. Caduto as he jotted down some notes.

"I wasn't jealous. I just wanted to be able to have fun too!" October insisted.

Serenity rolled her eyes. "October, you were jealous," she said, finally coming out of her distracted daze and joining the conversation.

"And how do you feel about your sister's behavior, Serenity?"

"She had every right to do what she did. Mom and Dad treat us both like shit."

"Thank you!" exclaimed October.

"Hey, that doesn't mean you're off the hook," Serenity scolded.

"So you're saying that you think October was justified in what she did?" asked Dr. Caduto, looking closely at his notes.

"What I think," said Serenity, leaning in too close for comfort, "is that you shouldn't be making this all about us when you're the one who agreed to date an under-aged patient. Who's the real transgressor here, William?"

Dr. Caduto fought the urge to correct her again by asking her to call him by his professional name. He knew that he had already screwed up any professional relationship they might have had. Instead, he kept his eyes focused on his notes. Looking at Serenity was far too distracting for him. She had to be one of the most beautiful girls he had ever seen, but also one of the most problematic. As long as he could at least pretend that he still saw her as a patient, his career would not be on the line. Unfortunately, she insisted on making every reasonable effort to prevent him from doing just that.

"I already explained that it was a misunderstanding. That's why your mother requested for October to join you for this session," said Dr. Caduto, without making eye contact.

"I don't think you explained everything to Mom," said Serenity. "You made it sound like October scheduled a session pretending to be me, but she told the story a bit differently. What if Mom found out the real reason you agreed to meet with me that night?"

As Dr. Caduto felt his blood rush to his head, he gaze wandered to his watch. To his relief, it was 4:00. He didn't have to answer Serenity's question.

"Time to go," he said. "I'll see you next week."

"Of course it is," said Serenity, rolling her eyes.

"Can I come too?" asked October. "This was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, William."

"That's up to your parents," said Dr. Caduto, "and please don't call me that."

"I think we've made some good progress today, William," chided Serenity.

She turned back to stare uncomfortably at Dr. Caduto as she took October's hand and guided her out of the office. Maybe it was time for William to look for a new career.