She looked at the appointment calender and sighed. The next patient was one of her more difficult patients. He also seemed to turn the session around and left her adrift that not many could. She had known many people who were trying and completely Manipulate others, he was one of the best. Her mother was the best however and she had learned a few tricks from the woman.
She sat back in her chair and let herself breathe. This was his second to last mandated session and they had not scratched the surface of his issues. She almost felt like this was a failure. She couldn’t reach him no matter how she tried. She had an idea. Maybe just maybe it couldnwork. She squared her shoulders and thought for a second as she buzzed her receptionist and he was shown in.
He took his seat and looked at her behind the desk. “Are you going to sit there, my dear?” He was chuckling to himself.
“Mr. Akechi just wait a moment.” She said in her blandest tone. That caught his attention. He watched her as she sat there and was looking at something on the computer in front of her. He was now waiting.
She was almost going to smile. She now had his complete attention and she knew it. She kept her eyes focused on the screen. She knew he would be able to read her. It was his job after all. She also knew if he wanted to keep his job he would have to give her something.
She stood after five or ten minutes and she moved her seat to in front of him. Before she sat she removed the jacket to her slick suit just leaving her with a white button up shirt and her pencil skirt. It had done the trick. His eyes never left her body until they traveled to her face which she had schooled to a look of boredom. He could never realize this was a different game.
“Sorry to interrupt whatever you were doing for our appointment.” He said sarcastically.
“I didn’t think you would mind.” She said blaisely back to him. “It isn’t like we actually speak during these sessions.”
“Well that much is true. At least you won’t push so hard now.” He replied.
“No. I won’t. It is nice weather we are having isn’t it? I was thinking I would take a long walk in the park before I head home tonight.” She replied.
“The weather? Really?” He asked shocked she would bring up something so mundane.
“Well it is a safe subject for the most part.” She said as she stood and stretched. She walked over to the window and looked out.
“You know the last person who tried these mind games with me ended up dead?” He replied.
“That’s interesting.” She said but she didn’t turn around.
“Is it now?” He asked. “You pushed and prodded and now you don’t care?”
“I care very much Mr. Akechi but honestly why would I continue whenyou keep your secrets to close to the vest.” She said as she slowly turned arojnd to look at him sitting there almost irritated and irate with her, “the fact is I know you are only here to pass your evaluation not actually talk about things. I get it you are a spy. You have to keep things close. You have to protect yourself at all costs. I am not hear to prg or prop. I am here to help.”
“You understand?” He asked shocked.
“This isn’t my first rodeo, Mr. Akechi.” She said.
“Call me Mitsuhide.” He said and she went to sit down.
“Okay Mitsuhide how do you want to spead the hour?” She asked and he looked at her.
“You really don’t want me to spill my guts to you so you can place it in my report?” He asked as he looked her over.
“No.” She said. “I honestly have no desire to hear that right now. Let’s talk about traveling instead.”
“Oh so you can hear of the places i have been?” He asked skeptical of her every move. This was not normal.
“No.” She smiled. “I recently took a trip to visit an old friend and do you know the airline actually had the audacity to lie as to why we were grounded? They said it was snowing in the airport which was my connection but do you know the airport ran out of fuel? How could they run out of fuel? Its an airport.”
“I missed one flight because of something similar one time, well more than a few times actually.” He replied.
“Chicago?” She asked.
“How did you know?” He asked surprised.
“Apparently they are known for it.” She said.
“Which airport do you like the most?” He asked.
“Continental or all together?” She asked.
“You’re a world traveler?”he asked.
“I have been around yes.” She said with a smile. “If we are talking here then i would have to say raleigh.”
“And somewhere else?” He asked.
“ In Africa.” She smiled. “The place is classified.”
“Sure it is.” He said with a smile and chuckle. The pair went on for the rest of the hour and he dropped little hints for her to place later. The excercise worked well and she did get him to talk. She had to smile to herself.
“Mitsuhide it is time for the session to be over.” She smiled as she looked at the time. He got up and looked back at her.
“So Doc?” He asked.
“Yes?” She said as she sat at her desk and looked up at him.
“Next session is supposed to be my last.” He said
“I know.” She replied.
“Do you think I could schedule a few more appointments after that?” He asked.
“I think we could arraigned that.” She said as she wrote it down. “I have an assignment for you Mitsuhide.”
“That is?” He asked.
“Find something that has nothing to do with work and we can talk about that next session.” She said as she looked up at him.
“You know, my dear, I think I just might be able to do that.” He said as he turned and shut the door behind him. She smiled. Maybe her hardest patient just became her easiest one all thanks to the training she learned from her mother.