Son Games Mother
by Catherine Vibert
Tommy gave a long sigh as he stepped off the escalator and walked down the hall into the waiting room. He knew if he didn’t show up, she would take his computer.
“Come in Tommy.”
“This is stupid,” Tommy plopped onto the sofa and crossed his arms.
“We can sit here and talk about that if you like,” the therapist’s voice was calm, sterile, “Or, we can just sit here. Either way, it’s the same to me.”
Tommy stared at the floor most of the hour. When his time was up, he reached into his pocket for the co-pay check his mother had written, slipped it into the therapist’s hand, and bolted out of the room.
Later at dinner, he sat down with his mother to eat.
“How was your appointment?” she asked.
He gave his mother an angry stare.
“We determined I’m just lazy.”
“Did you talk about any resolutions?” she searched his face for any truth.
“I don’t care!” Tommy shouted, “I don’t want to go anymore!” He threw his chair back and ran to his room, slamming the door behind him.
Listening from behind the door, she heard his computer power on.
“Tommy, please come out here and talk to me!” she pounded at the door, but he had returned to the game, there would be no talking tonight.
“Good night Tommy,” she walked away, defeated.
“You have an instant message”, her computer beckoned.
“I hate you”, said the words on the screen.