Etienne was in his early thirties once his divorce was final. He felt that because he was in a committed relationship for the majority of his young adult life, he had earned the right to let loose and experience things he felt that he missed. During his marriage he focused on the success of his dance company, now that the company was thriving he could tune into pleasing himself. His former wife left the school, which created the perfect environment for Etienne’s new adventures in singlehood.
Now that his situation had changed, Etienne began to admit to himself that he was deeply attracted to Lisa. She was beautiful in an edgy dark way, unlike his blond haired blue-eyed former wife. Lisa brought mystery to the table and Etienne could not help but fantasize that her talents on the dance floor translated to her dexterity in the bedroom. He watched as she pirouetted across the floor; believing that Lisa held the key to his own sexual reincarnation. Lisa, tuned into Etienne from day one, noticed the recent peak of interest. She admired him from a distance for so long and was breathless at the thought of her student teacher fantasy becoming a reality.
After class one day, Lisa stayed after to ask Etienne for extra help. Knowing Lisa was by far his most competent student, Etienne realized this was Lisa’s way of creating private time. Etienne capitalized on this opportunity and suggested that they retreat to her apartment and watch a movie…about dance, of course, for instructional purposes. As we know, watching a movie closely translated to other things sparking between the pair.
Etienne followed Lisa to her apartment where she opened a bottle of wine. They both quickly drank their first glass in the hopes of easing the tension between them. When the movie began, Etienne sat on the couch while Lisa squatted near him on the floor. Neither was ready to assume the other’s intentions that night…it was too soon to tell what would actually play out. About an hour into the movie and two bottles of wine consumed, Etienne reached for Lisa. His embrace alone was enough to send her over the edge. The years of coy glances and subtle touches had finally amounted to a real romantic encounter. The man of her dreams who was out of her reach for years was finally obtainable. The encounter was mutually mind-blowing.
The next morning Etienne left Lisa’s apartment with little to say. He gathered his things explaining that he needed to get to the studio and warm up for his afternoon class. Lisa was slightly disappointed that the loving vibe from the night prior had shifted back to a more platonic, almost friendly exchange. As she walked him to the door she was hopefully that he was just nervous and that the relationship would continue to progress. In her mind, she wondered if her raciest leotard was clean, for she would wear it to class that evening in order to keep Etienne’s fire burning. To Lisa, this was the beginning of something beautiful: the union of two people who shared a passion for dance and a passion for one another.
Out in his car, Etienne was experiencing a range of different emotions. He liked Lisa, respected her talent and found her physically irresistible but he was concerned that mixing business with pleasure could result in trouble. He also worried about his image. He built his school on the foundation of family and now his own family dissolved. People would not understand his involvement with Lisa so soon after his divorce. To protect his integrity, he would need to keep his involvement with her a secret. After all, image was everything to Etienne. From the car, he sent her a text, “I had a great time last night but we have to keep what happened between us, ok?”
Lisa immerged from the shower to find her phone blinking with the message. When she saw it was from Etienne her heart fluttered. She read the text and although deflated that she would have to keep her excitement quiet, she understood the sensitivity of the situation. Her strong feelings for Etienne would keep her tied to their secret affair for months to come. In this moment, foreshadowing had not yet shown Lisa that her secret involvement with Etienne would become dark and twisted. It was too soon to tell who Etienne really was behind closed doors.