She came into the clinic cheerful and quiet. A bubbly underneath was easy to induce with a smile or kind phrase. But Mars knew that inside were demons and skeletons she had buried so deep she couldn’t even see or fathom existed yet.
Mars always had a love/hate relationship working with “victims”. She had started seeing and providing services for them at about the 6 month mark of her business. She wanted to make sure she had created a truly safe space because she knew that sometimes like in this case it involved breaking them back down again to build them back up. It was never pretty. Never easy. Never welcome but most always, always needed.
She saw the pain in the depths of her eyes that she knew all to well herself. Having gone through her own program and having taken many other test subjects before offering it to the general public she knew it worked. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t come with tears and agony.
It was still months from getting into the real fractures of her person. Right now it was going to be all about research and intel. She liked this girl already so much.
Mars smiled at her and said “I’m so glad you’re here” and meant it to the bottom of her heart. She was going to go through this pain with her. Which inevitably always brought her own pain back up. Why she did this sometimes she wondered herself. There really didn’t seem to be a way to reach into the depths of someone else’s pain without feeling it yourself. Part of the human conundrum she supposed.
“Here we go” she said and a small tear formed in the small of her eye. “Here we go again” she said silently this time and she smiled in a way the girl was soon to understand and appreciate.
And Mars was glad the sun was shining outside today. She looked out the window and discreetly dabbed at the tear with one quick finger.
“let me show you around”……..she said….and so it began.