Hello Hello? Anyone out there? Sorry I have been away for so long. I changed jobs and had a baby girl, two things that will keep a long-winded blogger off the map for a while. Anyway, I felt it would be wrong to leave you hanging. Let us pick up where we left off, with Lisa and Etienne. So much has happened since then and, boy oh boy, will you be shocked when you find out how this little saga ends.
Ok, so to bring you up to speed: Lisa was a student at Etienne’s dance studio. Etienne was a recent divorcee who was into reliving his single days and playing out wild sexual fantasies. Lisa was blinded by her admiration for his craft and her desire to be with him verged on obsession. To Etienne, Lisa was no more then a groupie plaything who fell in too deep too fast.
Our story picks up a few months after Etienne denial of his relationship with Lisa. By this time, Lisa was laid off from her 9-5 and started working at the dance studio. Etienne, now technically her boss, enjoyed taking advantage of the proximity by slipping her into the private lesson room for some sexy one-on-one time. In fact, the other dance studio employees were getting wind of what was going on behind closed doors. Audible moans and frequent disheveled clothing was a dead give away that Etienne and Lisa’s relationship was far from professional. Lisa was proud of her liaison and wanted nothing more then to be the publicly recognized woman in Etienne’s life. She hoped the other employees and students caught on! Public knowledge of the relationship gave it legitimacy, at least in her mind.
Lisa remained convinced it was just a matter of time until her real life “Fifty Shades of Gray” became a modern day fairytale. That notion came crashing down when a freckle-faced blond stopped by the studio one evening as class was wrapping up. Etienne glided over to her, kissing her on the mouth and offered a warm greeting. Lisa looked as though someone punched her in the gut. She stared in dismay as Etienne, announced to the studio, “Everyone, meet my girlfriend, D.” Etienne’s fan club of groupie students flocked to the couple. In their eyes, D snagged the unattainable local celebrity and was therefore admirable. Lisa was shocked, she worked at the studio everyday, was still involved in a heated sexual relationship with this man, yet here he was introducing the world to his girlfriend.
The next morning Etienne picked Lisa up to go on a previously planned worked-based shopping trip. He laughed at her fury and resentment, believing that they both understood what they had was purely physical. Lisa vowed to cut him off and threatened to put an end to their workplace romps. Etienne smiled and cajoled Lisa, knowing his powers of manipulation were far stronger then Lisa’s restraint and desire for him. Later that night, his assumption proved right as he bent her over the ballet bar after the studio closed.
For weeks the theme continued. Lisa was in an endless cycle of swearing Etienne off then giving into his advances; meanwhile Etienne called D his love. Lisa held tight to the delusion that despite D’s existence, she would be the woman in Etienne’s life. She was a shell of her former self, desperate and unglued. Still working at the studio her behavior became erratic, anything to garner the attention of her lover. One day she came to work announcing she got a new piercing (down there)! She began to share explicit details of her sex life with studio patrons and co-workers. Needless to say, the sex was not worth his business, Etienne cut her off and let her go. Lisa’s downward spiral continued. It seemed that she hit rock bottom when she contacted D via Facebook and confronted her with the details of her dalliances with Etienne. Etienne was beyond furious and apparently did everything in his power to patch things over with D. In fact, two weeks later D was in the studio showing off her shiny new engagement ring and sharing details of her pending nuptials with the slimy dance teacher.
Now I realize I have been going on and on with the tale of Etienne and Lisa, and since I’m back after my hiatus, I’m sure you’re ready for some new material. Let’s just tie up the loose ends here with a wee bit of “where are they now?” Care to guess? Well, Etienne still owns and operates a dance studio, although a smaller school with a slightly less stellar reputation. He had to fire all the employees associated with the “Lisa” era, as they knew too much and could corroborate her claims. The few students that knew of the Lisa’s situation were told that the incident was nothing more then a fatal attraction and that theory was widely accepted. Wounded, mentally exhausted and scorned Lisa disappeared, never to dance again. It was rumored that she would reach out to Etienne from time to time, with no avail. The louder his silence, the deeper her seclusion. This year Etienne announced D was pregnant and they would be welcoming a little boy into the family. Since then, there has been no word from and no trace of Lisa.
If we were all able to truly step outside of our own situations and look objectively upon our lives…relationships would be easier. But many of us, like Lisa, get caught up in our desires to the point of delusion…seeing and feeling things that were never really there. It is my hope that Lisa chose to move on without those people, like me, who reminded her of this dark time in her life. I hope she finds a healthy relationship that is two-sided and…I hope she dances again.