"Hi Kim, I'm glad you could make it for dinner. I love to see the energy flowing between you and Terri. The two of you make great best friends."
"Thanks, Nate. I appreciate the invitation, and I also enjoy getting together with Terri. We never seem to run out of things to share."
"Terri is just finishing up getting ready, but she should be down soon."
"That's OK. Is there anything I can do to help?"
"I'm just setting the table, so if you want to catch the plates as I toss them, you're welcome to assist."
"Very funny. I'll get the napkins. They appear to be much safer."
Bouncing down the stairs, Terri said, "Hey, don't leave me out of the fun."
"Well, look who got all cuted up for me. What did I do to deserve this eye candy?" joked Kim.
"Have you ever thought maybe I like Nate noticing me?" replied Terri.
"I've never noticed Nate having difficulty noticing you. He has a hard time hiding his desire."
"Kim!!" said Terri, with a shocked voice, "you're not supposed to look down there and notice things like that."
"When it's out in the open, and that obvious, who am I to look away? Life is about enjoying what's there to be enjoyed. Nothing is being lost by my adding some extra pleasure to my life. It's not like I'm taking anything that doesn't belong to me."
"OK, Kim, feel free to admire him, while I'll feel free to ravish him."
"OK girls, I thought only guys had interest in the meat markets."
"Nate, You'd be shocked to discover what really goes on under the guise of shyness," said Kim.
"Before you distract me too much from the real subject at hand, let's sit down and get some real food in our bellies," said Nate.
After sitting down, Kim became aware of Terri staring at her. "What's up, Terri? Did I mess up on my makeup?"
"No..." Terri dragged out. "I just see an interesting glow that wasn't present the last time I saw you. Is it a new man?"
"Not really," Kim replied. "The only difference I'm aware of is I spent this last weekend at 'The Love Spa.'"
"The Love Spa," Terri queried. Is that a swingers' club? I never pictured you spreading your legs for endless anonymous donors who care only about their own satisfaction."
"Ewwww," said Kim. "That's a yucky picture you just planted in my brain. No one will enter my temple without a personal invitation, and I am very selective in giving out those invitations. You ought to know that by now."
"You're right. I couldn't see you in that setting. So, what's this place all about?"
"Well, to tell you the truth, I was weirded out a bit when I first heard of it, but you know my motto: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. Most of the time, my ventures turn out pretty good, and this wasn't an exception to the rule. It's not about people satisfying themselves, but about showing people how desirable and lovable they are. It's a self-esteem booster. The only rule is no penis or pussy will ever be touched. It's all about pampering, giving the participants positive strokes, both verbal and physical. It's the ultimate escape. You can lose yourself in the sensations, with no hangover or other negative after-effect. Everyone focuses on what he or she appreciates and then shows that appreciation through action or word. It's amazing how these caring words, touches and kisses help us see ourselves more clearly, through other people's eyes. I had my own doubts going in, but after the experience, I couldn't imagine anything more relaxing and enlightening. Maybe I'm still glowing from that experience."
"Wow, I've never heard of anything like this. Is it truly safe?" asked Terri.
"Yes, they are very protective of their reputation, so anyone who is caught masturbating or touching another person's crotch is automatically ejected from the spa and banned from ever returning. There are plenty of guards who keep a close eye on everything that goes on. I'd feel safe having my daughter participate ... if I had a daughter," Kim added with a laugh.
"Kim, no matter how wonderful the experience was for you, I just couldn't imagine myself laid out naked and being studied by total strangers."
"I understand it isn't for everyone, but I don't regret having the experience."
Nate stepped in and changed the subject, as he wanted the evening to be comfortable for all. His action worked, and the rest of the evening was filled with playfulness and laughter.
That night, in bed, Terri was more amorous than normal. There seemed to be an added intensity that surprised Nate. "You're quite the lover, tonight, Terri. What did I do to deserve this treat?"
"You like it this way? I thought you preferred me passive."
"Actually, I just enjoy you, so either variation is enjoyable."
"I think Kim's conversation just kindled an itch in me that needed to be scratched. Though I could never see myself doing what she did, I must admit it did energize me. Everyone has his or her own insecurities, and it sounds so wonderful to be in a safe place where you get nothing but positive strokes and appreciation. Though I'd be scared for anyone to look at me that way, part of me would love to feel that desired and valued."
"Ever since we met, I've told you how unique and special you are to me and how attractive you are to me."
"I know, Nate, but you're my husband, and that is something that's expected of a husband. To hear it from others, who have nothing to gain by those compliments, might actually get me to finally believe those words. I only wish I had the guts to actually do it, but that will never happen."
"Terri, what if you had a taste of it in a setting where you felt totally safe?"
"Even in my own home, I couldn't invite strangers to study my naked body."
"What if you weren't naked and there were no strangers?"
"Even fully clothed, I'm not about to ask friends and family to study me that way."
"What if it were just Kim and myself? You totally trust both of us."
"Well, that would be different, but the unknown is still a bit scary."
"Think about it. I don't think there are two people who love you more or would be more willing to be totally honest with you."
"OK, I'll think about it, but don't make any plans behind my back."
"I promise. Now let's get back to this itch of yours."
The next Saturday, Nate spent the day working in the yard. When he came in the house, Terri came up to him and hugged him closely. "Terri, I'm all sweaty and smelly. Let me clean up, first."
"I happen to like how you feel and smell after a day's worth of physical labor."
"Maybe so, but I feel self conscious before I have a chance to take a shower. Let me take a shower, and then you can have me any way you wish."
"If that's a promise, I'll let you go."
Nate got in the shower and enjoyed the hot water spraying over his body. Suddenly, he felt a cool breeze hit his body, and then realized Terri had joined him in the shower. "Well, this is a pleasant surprise."
"Do you like surprises, Nate?"
"These types, definitely."
"Then, that clinches it."
"What clinches what? I'm confused," said Nate.
"I've always held back, due to my insecurities, but since Kim told us about her experience, I've found myself needing to know how others see me. Maybe if I can accept their reality, rather than continue to see my own perception in the mirror, I can allow myself to be the woman and wife I want to be ... and you deserve. I've made up my mind, and I'm going to call Kim and set this up."
"Good, I'd love for you to see yourself as I see you, and I believe adding Kim's perspective will cement my case. Also, if it triggers this type of energy in you, I'll be even more eager."
"I'll see if she can come over next Saturday night."
"Any time would be fine with me, but I can see how Saturday would be ideal, as you'll have that day and the next to prepare and relax, before heading back to work on Monday. Ahhhh ... Terri, what are you doing there?"
"M mmmm mmmm." That was the closest she could get to 'I don't know, ' with Nate's manhood filling her mouth.
The next Saturday
"Nate, let's go take a walk. I have to burn off some of this nervous energy. On one hand, I wanted Kim to tell me she already had plans, to get me off the hook, but I want it to happen, also. Actually, at this point, I think what I want the most is to have it over. I don't regret asking her, but I'm not sure how it's going to feel and what I'll be willing to actually accept. I told her I wanted to experience it with clothes on, even though all three of us have seen each other nude. I just want to take it slowly and see how it feels. After that, I'll determine whether I want to go further."
"OK, Terri, let's take that walk. I could use some exercise to burn off that nice lunch you prepared for me."
"Well, I had to do something to keep me busy and my mind off of this evening, not that anything is helping me not think about tonight."
The walk was brisk, and they held hands the entire way. Terri told Nate that Kim recommended she keep her clothing to the minimum, so the reactions could be based on facts, not assumptions of what might lie beneath her protective barrier. "She reminded me how often we have seen each other in bathing suits, so suggested I have you choose the one you feel would be most appropriate for the purpose."
"If I get to choose, I pick your pink two-piece. It's not risqué, but it doesn't unnecessarily cover you up, either."
.... There is more of this story ...