Updated: Jan 18, 2021
As they walked to a table at The Riverside Cafe’ Stephen’s cell phone rang. Kate didn’t seem to notice that their mom had her brother’s phone in her hand or that she handed it to Stephen without comment. To Kate it was her brother simply answering his own phone. Though she did not miss that he did so despite the fact their parents had told them repeatedly it was rude to do so when out with the family like that.
“Hi Sweetie” said the cheery female voice on the other end. Sue knew Jenny’s voice. For the last six months, she’d been at there house almost as much as Dianna and Monica. Unlike some of the other girls who had come over for activities related to the school’s football team, she did not seem full of herself and condescending to Kate and her friends. That had won Jenny lots of brownie points in Sue’s book.
“And hi to you too” Sue replied. It would prove far easier for Sue to make a convincing Stephen then Stephen to act the part of his mother. She let ‘Mom’ and Kate take their seats at the table while she talked standing off to the side.
“I really had a good time last night. That was a great idea, it was so romantic. It was a little chilly, but that made the snuggling afterward even better” the girl’s voice said. “All of it was wonderful.”
“I had a great time too,” Sue replied “and I’m so happy you did as well.”
“It looks like I will be alone at home tonight. One of my aunt’s sisters died and my parents are going to Clarks Crossing tonight so they will be out super late. They are taking my little sisters to my other Grandma’s so we will have the house all to ourselves. Can you come by?”
“What time?” Sue said. She made eyes to Kate like she was trying to get off the phone. She knew full well that their family did not allow anyone to talk on their phone when the family was sitting to eat.
“They will be leaving at like 4:00, but you will have to wait till after dark. I wish we could have all day but that is just too risky. Park on the next street over and come in the side gate. My parents have like all the neighbors watching the house…well me. I have been forbidden from leaving. I got in and out last night, but trying that twice in a row is just crazy.”
Sue didn’t like the idea of being part of a deception, but if she was to live his life, she’d better go along. And she had sympathy for the girl. Though they had never talked about sex directly, it was clear her parents were a lot like Sue’s mother. She knew how the girl felt and the truth was she thought her son was good for her.
After putting his phone away ‘Stephen’ apologized for answering Jenny’s call just before they sat down. Then he asked ‘Mom’ about going over to Jenny’s tonight. To Kate’s eyes, Mom seemed a little nervous. Even so, she agreed to let him go out even though he’d missed curfew the night before.
Kate listened and watched. She was puzzled. Something was going on. They seemed to be getting along all too well after last night’s blow-out at two in the morning. At the same time both of them seemed to be treading carefully. But why? That question took a back seat to the unfairness. She had to speak up. “Mom! Is he going to get off scot free for breaking curfew? It was just last month I was grounded for two weeks when I came home at 1:30. You caught him at 2:00. I heard you yelling when he came in!! That is just so totally unfair!”
The response was astounding; Kate later would call it life changing. Her mother turned to her and nodded in agreement. “You are right. I need to make it up to you. I guess this is as good a time to discuss this as any.”
Mom put down the menu. Kate knew she didn’t need it anyway. “Your brother and I had a talk this morning. I apologize for blowing up at him and he told me some things I did not understand. It seems that when your father and I created the permanent house rules, we didn’t make our intent as clear as we thought. You and your brother seem to have inferred something far different than what we thought you would understand.”
Sue (in Stephens’ body) tensed. She had not intended him to bring that up to Kate today….at The Riverside Cafe’. She struggled for a way to stop him but could not think of one that would not make things worse.
Stephen tried to say it like his mother had just said it before they left the house. “Katie, when your brother and I were processing what happened last night, I realized the fault was mine. Your brother had been out late to spend intimate time with Jenny rather than to just bring her home and do that in his room.”
Kate couldn’t believe what Mom seemed to be saying. ‘Was she really saying that she knew that Stephen had been out screwing his girlfriend? No that wasn’t possible, but it seemed she was.’
Her mother went on “Your father and I somehow seem to have given you and your brother the impression that we did not want you to…” She looked around. Her back was to an open space so there was little chance of being over heard. Even so, she spoke just above a whisper. “…we did not mean to make you think we did not want you to have sex in the house when your father or I were at home. That was the exact opposite of what we meant. With the rules we posted we were trying to let you know that when you were ready, that our home was the best place for you to have sex; and that you had no need to hide what you were doing. We wanted you to be safe and comfortable as you enjoy your teen years to their fullest. I actually regret waiting till I was in college to begin really enjoying sex. One of the big reasons I struggled so much in high school and my freshman year of college was my mother had programmed me to think I had to wait till I got married. That messed me up. If she even suspected I had sex with my high school sweetheart…well it would have been bad. Even when your father and I moved in together my senior year of college…yes college…she was angry and hurt. You know full well your dad and I don’t believe like she does; but I seem to have given you the impression that I was embarrassed or didn’t want to be aware of when you and your boyfriends were getting it on in the house. That is not so. From here on out, if you want to bring home a boy and spend the afternoon in your bed, you can just say so and I won’t disturb you. When the weather warms up, if you want to make love under the sun in the back yard, just let me know. I’ll even set you out blankets and bring you ice tea when you are done. How is that for making it up to you?”
Kate was in a catatonic state. She was reeling. ‘Where had this come from?’ her mind screamed. She knew her mother was as far from being a prude as she could get. She’d posed nude for her mother’s paintings many times since she was little. The cool bias relief painting that hung in her bedroom was first sketched out at a girl’s trip to the Outer Banks the summer before she started high school. She and Dianna and her mom spent a week posing (mostly nude) for her mother on deserted stretches of beach. On that trip and twice since her mom had posed nude for her to give her experience in drawing from live models. From that trip were literally thousands of photos of the four of them either topless or fully nude on the beach and in the water. Her mother made a big deal about explaining that nude beach photos of girls her age were perfectly legal, not that she or Dianna cared.
Kate knew there were many more photos on her mother’s computer that she did not know that she and Dianna had seen. They were of both of their mothers and fathers at swinger sex parties. She had never let on to her mother that she knew that Mom and Dad fucked other people at parties like that. And then a few months after that beach trip, her mother hadn’t even raised the slightest objection when, just before her fifteenth birthday, Kate announced she was ready to start having sex and wanted to get on birth control. But this? ‘Did Mom really just say she’d bring me and a guy iced tea after we had sex in the back yard in broad daylight? She had done a school report on when Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was replaced with open and legal gay marriage. For the people involved was it like this?’ Not knowing what else to say Kate answered by just saying “Really?”
At the same time Kate was trying to make sense of this, across the table her brother blanched. The gamesmanship was getting out of Sue’s control. Though he didn’t actually say anything she would disagree with, she certainly wouldn’t have just laid it out like that. She hoped this didn’t backfire and make her daughter even more secretive. This made her very uncomfortable, but there was absolutely nothing she could do.
Stephen, in his mother’s body, thought he needed to further clarify the house rules. “You have had a 1:00AM curfew since you first started going out. The intent was never that you had to be home, only that you were off the road. So, we still expect you to be off the road by one, but let me make the meaning more clear. You can spend the night with boys, just like you do with girls.”
Kate seemed to be trying to work out the catch. There had to be a catch. There had to be a ‘but’ or a claw back of some kind.
Mom nodded, “Yes Kate. I mean if you want to you can sleep with your boyfriend at his house as long as his parents know and agree. But I will need to confirm that with them. But that is no different than the rule about sleeping over at a girl’s house.” She paused then added “Now, of course since you are only sixteen the boys you sleep with can’t be more than eighteen years old; but I don’t think that is an issue. Is it?”
Sue knew that she had not said that when talking to Stephen earlier. Why had he added the caveat? Though he was right and she was actually glad he had. He seemed to be ahead of her on this.
After a period of silence Kate said “No that is fine. Thanks Mom. Really, I mean I have really wanted to be open about it. I’ve been telling Stephen for a while that you are way more open about sex than he thinks, way way more open. You know how clueless guys can be about what women do. He has insisted that you did not want to know directly about our sex lives. So does that mean I can wear the kind of stuff you do around the house and in town? Summer will be here soon, since you said I can have sex in the back yard, does that also mean I can wear your bikinis? I mean the micro thongs you wear at our family friend’s swimming pools”
It was Sue’s turn to be taken aback. Clearly her son knew his sister better than he did. Not only was Kate not mortified at Mom’s explicit description of what was allowed at home, she repeated them back as she went after another huge inconsistency. It was obvious that Kate had been thinking about her mother’s double standard regarding what she wore and what she let Kate wear. Sue had never planned to set one standard for herself and another for her daughter. It had just snuck up on her. Since…well since before she met Dwight, Sue’s night and early morning attire has always been tee-shirt and panties. Not those long tee-shirts made for night shirts, but just regular tee-shirts. She had a whole collection of concert tee-shirts that made up her nighttime wardrobe. She was rather proud of them, even if now a day’s more had come from eBay than from concerts she had been to. Some of the ones she had actually bought at concerts were pretty old and ratty and none of them went lower than the top of her hips. None covered her where her panties would go. And she hadn’t owned “granny panties” since she was nineteen. Most of her panties were thongs, and those that did have some sort of rear coverage were lace or completely see-through. Occasionally after sex, she did not put on panties at all when she went down to the kitchen for something to eat or drink. To her kids that was normal night wear, unless it was cold, for their mother and always had been. Even on those rare occasions they saw her downstairs in her concert shirts without any panties, it was just Mom’s way. Yet, when Kate had been transitioning out of her Disney Princess night gowns, Sue had told her she was too young to dress like mom and insisted on pajamas. Somehow she’d forgotten to tell her when she was old enough to wear a tee-shirt and thong around the house.
Sue’s daytime home wear was actually fairly normal “mom clothes,’ but she knew that kind of attire was not what Kate was asking about. Kate was clearly referring to her studio ‘work clothes.’ The men’s overalls she wore even when she was with the students from the Tuesday art group literally left nothing of her breasts to the imagination. Not only when she bent over were her entire breasts visible from the side, more than once in the last year and a half, one of her mom’s breasts had fully come out during the sessions. Not once did her mother seem embarrassed or even apologize for exposing herself to the teenagers. More or less Kate was asking if she could effectively go topless not just in front of the family, but when her friends were over. But Sue suspected that Kate was not planning to do so, only to clarify she could if she wanted. One thing she had asked about in the last few months was for her and/or Dianne to pose nude for her friends in the Tuesday art group. The fact she’s had sex with all but the one gay guy in the group seemed to make that a reasonable question.