Take Your Daughter To Work Day - Version Alpha
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When father and daughter appeared together, Beth was pounding the dough
for biscuits. It made her look angry, because it looked violent.
"Beth," said Tom, who held out one hand in supplication.
She looked over her shoulder at husband and daughter. Both looked
scared. She wondered what looks would be on their faces when she
finished talking to them. She hoped she was doing the right thing.
"Give me a second. I need to roll these out and get them in the oven. Why don't you two help me?"
As her demeanor had confused Carly on the way home, it now confused
Tom. He had been ready to throw himself on his sword, so to
speak, and take all the blame for what had happened. He was so
relieved that Carly wasn't "slutting around" that he was practically
euphoric. And while he wanted to talk to her more about what had
happened, what was most important right now was to preserve his
marriage. He hoped taking the blame and apologizing for being
weak would move things in that direction.
It was silent as they approached the counter. He winced as Beth
picked up the rolling pin, but then she simply handed it to him and
stepped back to let him flatten the pile of dough on the counter.
She pointed to the drinking glass she used to cut the dough and told
Carly to use it. While Carly pressed the rim of the glass into
the flattened dough, Beth got out a baking sheet and sprayed it.
By then there were biscuits ready to put on it, while Tom reformed the
remaining dough and rolled it out again. When the sheet was full,
Beth put it in the oven and set the timer.
"Let's sit here," she said, pulling out a chair at the kitchen table. "I need to keep an eye on them so they don't burn."
She thought it was interesting that Carly and Tom sat on the other side
of the table from her. Again, she wondered if maybe something had
been going on before, and she'd just been blind to it. But
his confusion had been too genuine. And Tom would never do
something like that behind her back. It just wasn't in him.
It was time. All the worrying, and wondering if her plan would
work or be a catastrophic failure wouldn't do any good. She just
had to tell them and let the chips fall where they may.
"First," she said, folding her hands in front of her on the
table. "I love you both. No matter what happens, I love you
both." Wide eyes looked back at her from both faces across the
table. "Second, Tom, I haven't been completely open with
you. When I was Carly's age, I had a lover. He taught me
about physical love. You weren't my first."
"You never said I was," he said, suddenly. He was blinking rapidly. "I mean I knew you were my first, but I also knew I wasn't your first."
"You were my second," said Beth. "My first was ... my Uncle Bob."
There. She'd said it. It was out there, for better or
worse. All she could hope for was that it would be better.
"Uncle Bob," said Tom. He knew the man well. They'd hunted
deer together ... brewed beer together ... gone fishing together.
"Uncle Bob?" Carly's voice was high. Other than her
grandpa, Uncle Bob - she called him what her mother called him - was
the coolest old guy she knew. She tried to imagine him ... and
her mother ... doing something.
"It just happened one day. I think I was teasing him, and he
hugged me ... and it just happened." That's all she said, because
that's all she thought they could handle. She couldn't tell them
that she had seduced him, and then gotten him hard as often as she
"You had sex with Uncle Bob?" Carly's voice sounded a bit whiney now.
"Yes," said Beth. "So I can understand why you might have been
... curious. Is that what it was? Curiosity? Or have
you two been fooling around before this?"
Father and daughter both jumped and said No! at exactly the same time. Had they rehearsed it, they couldn't have gotten it that perfect.
"I really thought she was you," said Tom.
Beth looked at her daughter.
"You obviously knew who he was."
"Yeah," said Carly. "But he was already on the table ... um ... naked ... when I got there to tell him you couldn't come."
Beth felt immeasurably better already. Neither of her family
members had shown disgust that she'd had engaged in incest when she was
Carly's age. That her husband hadn't blown up had astonished her
at first. But clearly he wasn't as off-put as she had expected
him to be. So she took another chance.
"So you made him cum instead."
Tom's head jerked up. He'd been looking down, thinking. His
mind was moving a mile a minute. He'd always known that his bride
was free and open about sex. He'd felt almost handicapped as she
brought him out of the cave his parents had stuffed his sexual emotions
into. It was like coming into the sunlight for the first time in
his life, and he had been scared some of the time. But everything
she'd done with him had made their lives only better, closer, more
So he had accepted that what she wanted ... was a good thing. A precious thing.
Now, though, she had been vulgar, and it rubbed him the wrong way.
"This isn't a joke!" he snapped.
Beth was immediately contrite. "You're right. I'm just trying to keep things light, I guess."
"Why?" he asked. "That's what I don't understand."
Beth leaned back. She looked at both of them, across the table.
"I'm just going to tell you what happened," she said. "Back then,
I mean. Then we can talk about what happened today." She
didn't wait for them to approve. She just started.
"What happened to me back then wasn't a bad thing. It didn't hurt
me. If anything, he helped me grow up and figure things
out. He was very caring. I wasn't afraid of him, and I got
to satisfy my curiosity about some things that had been bothering
me. He was a man I could be honest with, and ask questions
of. He was a man I didn't have to be worried about, or afraid of."
She stopped and got up to take the biscuits out of the oven. As
she did so, the timer dinged. She set them on top of the stove to
cool, and sat back down.
"I knew that nobody would approve of what we were doing. I knew
it was called incest. And I knew it wouldn't last forever.
I knew I wasn't going to marry him or any of that. It was just a
way to explore and grow that I felt good about."
She stood up. Her plan was to start making the cream gravy to go with the biscuits.
"So I don't see what happened today as something that should be bad, or
tear our family apart. I love you both. I understand a
little bit of how you felt, Carly. And I believe that you thought
it was me," she finished, looking at her husband.
She turned and got the gravy mix from the cupboard. With her back to them, she started working on that.
"That's it?" Tom sounded confused.
Beth looked over her shoulder. "Of course that's not it.
You and Carly need to talk about this, and decide what to do. I
don't want this to make things tense between the two of you
either." She turned back to the gravy, her eyes tightly closed
... hoping that things were going to work out.
"How can I talk to my daughter about ..."
It was quiet for long enough that Beth had to turn and speak again.
"About sucking your cock? Just talk to her. Ask her what
she was thinking about and why she did it. I wasn't there for the
whole thing, but I assume you didn't ask her to."
"He did!" said Carly, suddenly and loudly. But immediately her voice softened. "Except I knew he thought it was you."
"Let me ask you this," said Beth, still looking over her shoulder at her daughter. "Are you sorry you did that?"
Carly suddenly looked nervous.
"Just tell the truth," said her mother. "For any of this to work
out, we have to tell each other the truth. That's why I told you
what I told you. You both needed to know ... to understand where
I'm coming from.
Carly darted a look at her father, who was looking sideways at her.
"No," she said, her voice small. Her eyes moved frantically from her father to her mother, expecting censure.
"Really?" Tom sounded incredulous. He was clearly not irate.
"Yes," said Carly more firmly. "It was weird ... but I'm not sorry."
"Why don't you just tell him what you were thinking about," said Beth. "Start from when you got to the room."
Looking a bit incredulous herself, the teenager nodded.
"Okay," she said.
"... and it was just too cool not to touch ... so I did ... and it felt
so interesting in my hand ... and then I got excited and when you said
to suck it ... I just had to try that too."
Carly stopped and took a deep breath. Once she'd started, she got
a case of motor mouth and spoke in a rapid stream, just blurting out
everything in one, immensely long run-on sentence. Now, though,
she was so out of breath that she had to stop and pant. She
noticed her father was staring at her breasts. "Daddy?" she said,
His eyes jerked up to her face. "Sorry," he said.
Carly looked at her mother, whose back was to them again as she stirred
the gravy. She looked a little stiff, perhaps, but she
wasn't angrily beating the batter.
"I knew Mom must do that for you," she said, looking back at her father. "And I couldn't believe it. So I tried it."
Now her mother turned around. "And what did you think?"
The truth had been well received, and it was easy to say now.
"It was awesome," sighed the girl.
Her mother raised an eyebrow. "Even the taste?"
"Ohhhh man," groaned Tom. It was the first thing he'd said since Carly started talking.
"Actually ..." said Carly, softly, "... I liked it a lot."
"You must have gotten my taste buds," said her mother. "I like it a lot too."
"Ohhhh man!" moaned Tom. "I can not believe this!"
"You've always been a little shy when it came to these things, Darling" said his wife. She smiled.
Carly smiled ... tentatively too.
Beth looked at Tom. "And how did you feel about all this?"
He looked owlishly at her. "I thought it was you!"
"I know how you feel about
what we do together," she said. "I mean after you found out it
was Carly. How did you feel then?"
Tom suddenly looked trapped. He was quite sure that his wife had
been telling the truth about what she and Uncle Bob had done. And
he believed every unbelievable word that Carly had said, as she
described why she had done what she did.
But he couldn't tell them the truth. How could he admit that it
had excited him so much that he'd seriously thought about finding a
place to masturbate while his troops were practicing donning their gas
"Sweetheart," said his wife, in that special voice she used when she
wanted something from him. "Just tell us how you felt."
"I can't," he groaned.
"Why not?" asked Carly. "I did." She used the logic of the
young. To her, it was now simple. She had been truthful,
and there had been no reproof. That made it easy to keep being
"I just can't." He blinked his eyes as tears filled them.
Beth saw the glisten of tears and suspected what was going on in his
mind. Uncle Bob had been very truthful with her about how he felt
... about how he thought most
men felt, at one time or another. And, of course, while she
hadn't been lovers with anyone other than her uncle, she had gone on
lots of dates. So she knew what men were like ... generally
speaking. And, knowing Tom, if he had enjoyed it too, he would be loathe to admit it.
She dusted off her hands and went to sit sideways, on his lap.
She found it very interesting when she sat down on an erection.
"Sweetheart," she said, very softly. "I know she's growing up,
and I know you're a man. I think both of you are probably normal,
which means that just like she noticed you, you have to have noticed
her. I really believe what I said ... that for us to get through
this and stay together as a family ... we all need to be honest with
each other. Please ... just tell us what you felt."
"But honey," he whined.
"You liked it ... didn't you," she said, leaning to kiss his
forehead. "You can say that. She liked it. You did
too ... right?"
A tear spilled out of his eye and rolled down his cheek.
"Yes," he whispered. He put his forehead against her right breast.
She reached to hold his head against her.
"It's all right, baby," she cooed. "I know you love me. And I still love you."
"What do we do?" he cried into her breast.
She looked at Carly, who looked about ready to jump up and flee.
"I think that's for you and Carly to decide," she said. "I'll support you both, no matter what you decide."
Beth had hugged Tom to her breast for another five minutes, until he
stopped crying. Then she stood. Sniffling, he got up and
left the room, headed in the direction of the bathroom. Carly
looked lost, sitting there, staring at her mother.
"What does that mean?" asked the girl. "What do you mean we have to decide?"
"There is a new component to your relationship with your father
now. You decided to do something, and now you must deal with the
ramifications of that decision. It's all part of growing up,
Carly. You did something adult, and that catapulted you into the
adult world. If you can't stand being there, then you need to see
if there's a way you and your father can still be friends, but keep
some distance between you. If that's not what you want, then you
need to tell him. And he needs to tell you what he wants.
Then the two of you can decide what's going to happen ... or not happen ... in the future."
"Wait, wait, wait, wait!" said Carly. "It almost sounds like
you're saying Daddy and I might ... um ... do things ... again."
"You might," said Beth. "That's what you need to decide. As
you can see, things have changed. It's a whole new world,
Carly. And you have to figure out how you're going to fit into
"And you're not just going to tell me to go to my room and leave Daddy alone?"
"Would that do any good?" asked Beth.
"Well sure," said Carly, automatically.
"Would it change how you feel about your father?"
"Would it make you decide that you no longer like what happened?"
"So what would it change, if I took that approach?"
"I wouldn't do anything else with Daddy," said the girl.
"But you might want to," said Beth.
Carly thought about it. She wasn't used to being so truthful with
her mother. Telling the truth could get you in big trouble.
Then again, she'd sucked her daddy's penis, and not only was she not
grounded or kicked out of the house, it almost sounded like her mother
might let them do that again ... if they both wanted to.
She shook her head. That was impossible. Mothers just
didn't let their daughters do stuff like that.
It was then she remembered her mother's astonishing
confession about Uncle Bob. She remembered a time that they had
all been at a family reunion, and her mother had been talking to some
of her cousins. Uncle Bob had walked by and casually slapped her
gently, right on her ass! Carly had seen it happen. And her
mother had simply glanced at him, and smiled, and then gone on talking
to her cousins! Carly had forgotten all about that until
now. Back then it had been just one more incomprehensible thing
adults did, probably just to screw with the minds of the kids, she
But now that took on a much more significant meaning.
She looked at her mother, who was simply waiting for her to answer the
question. That was also unlike her mother. And that,
more than anything else ... the fact that her mother was waiting
patiently for her to make up her mind ... convinced her that it really was a new world. It was suddenly possible that she really could discuss this with her father, and that they could make decisions ... very important decisions ... about their future.
"Yes," she said softly. "I might want to."
"He needs to know that," said her mother. "And remember that
everything you're feeling ... all the doubts, and fears, and worries
... he's feeling them too. He's just as scared about all this as
you are. It's just as new for him as it is for you. And I
have a feeling he's had some thoughts and feelings about you ... sexual
feelings ... for some time now, and he's been feeling guilty about
that. So don't expect it to be easy to talk about ... okay?"
Carly hadn't been aware of the terrible weight on her spirit, until it
was lifted by her mother's pep talk. The girl had enjoyed having
epiphanies before this, even though she didn't know that's what they
were. But this time she suddenly understood that she was almost
insanely lucky to have the mother she did. It didn't make
sense, but she could still recognize how lucky she was.
"I think I should go talk to him now," she said.
"I'll be here if you need me," said her mother.
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