As the clock struck midnight, the house settled into a deep silence. The parents had gone out for the night, leaving their rebellious teenage son in the care of their new babysitter, Claire. The young blonde had only just started her new job, but she was already getting a sense that her responsibilities exceeded just childcare duties.
As she sat on the couch in the living room, trying to distract herself with a book, she couldn’t help but feel the tension between herself and the young man she was put in charge of. He was lounging in a nearby armchair, his eyes never leaving her. She felt his gaze, heavy and intense, and it sent shivers down her spine.
She knew she shouldn’t be feeling this way, her being the babysitter and him being the impressionable young teen, but she couldn’t help it. Something about the way he looked at her made her feel special, desirable even.
Claire tried to shake off the feeling, to focus on her book, but she found herself getting more and more distracted as the minutes ticked by. The young man spoke up suddenly, breaking the silence.
“Do you like bars?” he asked.
“What?” she replied, caught off guard by the sudden shift in the conversation.
“Bars. Do you like them?” he repeated.
“I-I don’t know. I guess. Why?”
“I know a place. It’s open late. We could go if you want.”
Claire’s heart was pounding in her chest. She knew she shouldn’t even be considering it, but she couldn’t help the curiosity that was overwhelming her. She glanced at the clock. It was already past midnight. What harm could one little bar visit do?
“Okay,” she said softly, trying to mask the excitement in her voice.
The young man grinned widely, jumping up from his chair. He led her outside, away from the safety of the house, and into the dark streets.
As they walked, the young man chattered on about his interests and hobbies, but Claire wasn’t really listening. Her mind was racing with anticipation, with the thrill of doing something she knew she shouldn’t be doing.
Finally, they arrived at the bar, and the young man led her inside. It was dimly lit, with a few people scattered throughout the space, nursing their drinks. They took a seat at the bar, and the young man ordered her a gin and tonic.
As the night wore on, Claire found herself getting more and more comfortable, the alcohol warming her from the inside. She was laughing and joking with the young man beside her, forgetting for a moment that she was even a babysitter at all.
But eventually, as all good things do, the night had to come to an end. The young man paid the tab and they made their way back to the house. The silence was even more deafening now, as they walked through the dark streets of the quiet neighborhood.
When they arrived back at the house, the young man unlocked the front door and led her inside. Claire was suddenly aware of the fact that her heart was pounding in her chest, her nerves getting the better of her.
She followed him up to his bedroom, where they both collapsed onto his bed, laughing and gasping for breath. The room was spinning, and Claire was suddenly aware of the fact that she was alone with him, in his bedroom, past midnight.
She tried to stand up, to make an excuse to leave and get back to her book, but the young man was quick to grab her hand, pulling her back down onto the bed beside him.
“Stay,” he murmured, his voice soft and low.
Claire tried to protest, but the words died in her throat as he leaned in closer to her. His lips met hers in a soft, gentle kiss, and Claire felt her body respond, her heart racing.
She knew she shouldn’t be doing this, but she couldn’t help the way her body felt, the way his touch made her feel alive and electric.
The young man’s hands roamed her body, underneath her shirt and over her skin. She gasped as his fingers found her sensitive spots, her body responding instantly to his touch.
The night was a blur of sensation, of touch and taste and smell. Claire couldn’t remember ever feeling so alive, so present in the moment.
But when the sun started to rise, she knew it was time to go. She slipped out of his bed, her clothes in disarray, and made her way back to the safety of her own home.
For a moment, as she lay in her own bed, she thought if the whole night had been a dream. But when she saw the marks on her skin, the kiss marks and bruises, she knew it had been all too real.
And she knew that she was in trouble, that this midnight lesson had been a forbidden affair that would haunt her for days to come.