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Finding God

byMoondrift©

Gordon, ah yes, my husband Gordon, The Reverend Gordon Isaac Barsmith BA (Hons) MST, the darling of the parish ladies.

"Oh Mrs. Barsmith," they warble, "how wonderful it must be to be married to such a fine man, so youthful, so energetic, such a brilliant preacher, you must cherish him my dear, such a privilege to be married to a man like him."

Stupid cows!

It's true, at forty he still has youthful – one might almost say boyish - looks. You know the sort of thing; fair hair, bright blue eyes, rosy cheeks and an ingenuous appearance. Of course I know what they really mean, that they'd like to get him into their beds. If I'm right then all I can say is good luck because if my experience is anything to go by they're not going to get much satisfaction out of him.

All right, I fell for it myself. I used to sit in the church listening to him preach thinking how wonderful it would be to be married to a man like that. My God if only I'd known then what I know now when he plighted his troth with me – his words not mine.

I can hear him now; "Prudence, will you join me in double harness?" I didn't know what the hell he was talking about so he had to spell it out.

He was thirty at the time and I was twenty two and we've been in "double harness" now for nine years. "Double harness" is a good description of the life of a parson's wife. The parishioners see themselves getting two for the price of one; I found that out quickly enough.

You will of course be the superintendent of the Sunday school, do the flowers in church, be president of the Women's Guild, arrange the church cleaning roster, serve in the youth club canteen, organise the annual church fete, decorate the church at Christmas and Easter, and cherish our dear Reverend Gordon, and by the way, do you play the organ?

I had them on that last one because I don't play the organ. That really annoyed them because they were stuck with old Miss Ants who is ninety two and manages about one right note in ten.

Mind you the disillusionment really started even before we got married, it was just that naively I didn't see it for what it was at the time. "Felicity," he said, "I think you had better go on the contraceptive pill because we don't want any early pregnancies, do we?"

Now that seemed odd because I'd heard him preach several times on the evils of contraception; "Setting up a barrier to frustrate God's purpose," was one phrase I can remember.

He told me I'd better not go to the local chemist to get the prescription made up because someone might see me and what I was getting, and so I had to travel about twelve miles to the next chemist.

If that didn't register at the time the honeymoon did. At the wedding people said stupid things like, "A match made in heaven." If only they knew!

Believe it or not, being such a nice church girl I was still a virgin when we got married. I wasn't sure what to expect on our first night but I'd read about being in paradise and the earth moving and stuff like that. Not with Reverend Gordon though. It took him three nights to get it up and even then it was still too flaccid to break my hymen. I had to go to the doctor to get it cut and it took another two days before I'd healed sufficiently for him to get it into me.

And that's another thing; in our nine years of married life we've never seen each other naked. True on that first night I felt incredibly shy about him seeing me undressed, but I thought he would very gently take off my nightdress and tell me how beautiful I was; not so. Whenever Gordon does try to "copulate" with me I'm still wearing my nightdress pulled up and his cock pokes out of the little slit in his pyjamas. He thinks it's unseemly for men and women to see each other naked and feel each other's naked flesh because it promotes excessive lustful desires, or so he says.

I don't know why he bothers because often he goes off the boil before he manages to ejaculate – did I write "off the boil"? More like "off lukewarm."

I'd never experienced any of those rapturous things I've read about in novels and magazines, and as for blissfully falling asleep in each others arms, if he does manage to come Gordon usually ends up farting and then turning his back on me.

I often used to wonder if the stories about ecstatic sex were true, and if they are true, why, according to Gordon, does God condemn the very thing he must have intended when he created us? I mean, if someone invents sliced bread do they condemn people for eating sliced bread?

I used to look at myself in the mirror. Before I married Gordon I was accounted a quite pretty and lively girl. When I was thirty one the image reflected back at me showed a woman with dark smudges under eyes, lacklustre hair, a slight stoop and a general air of melancholy.

Of course there were no kids, because as Gordon said, "We are wedded to the Lord and nothing must get in the way of our total devotion to Him." Apparently children are a stumbling block when it comes to serving the Lord and that despite the many sermons Gordon has preached on the text, "Let the little children come to me."

I sometimes wonder if Gordon really believes in the God he talks so much about. I sit through his services that have long grown dreary as far as I'm concerned. And that's another thing, I'm expected to attend them. It wouldn't matter if I was dying from pneumonia I'd still be expected to be there sitting in the front pew trying to look super pious.

The parson's wife is expected to be there watching her husband at work, but why? Is a plumber's wife expected to watch her husband at work, or a dentist's wife? Strange isn't it?

But what I was saying about Gordon and God; he starts the service by telling God who and what he is and what he's done. We then sing a hymn which says much the same thing. Is God so uncertain about who and what he is and what he's done that he needs to be reminded? Or perhaps he's so unsure of himself he needs the ego boost of being told how wonderful he is?

After that, Gordon tells God all about our sins, but he also says that God knows more about our sins than we do, so why do we need to tell him about them if he knows already? But to be fair Gordon always adds that God has forgiven us.

We get some readings from the bible mostly read by lay people who mumble, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens anyway.

Somewhere along the line we have to pray for Mrs. Somebody or other's blisters or boils, and for poor people all around the world, and for the church hierarchy and sometimes for rain if there's a drought. I don't know whether Mrs. What's –her-name's blisters or boils got better because of the prayer, but I do know that there are still millions of poor people, the church hierarchy doesn't get any more efficient and I've yet to see it rain because of Gordon's prayers.

Of course we get a sermon, but I've heard them so many times. In his study Gordon has along the top of his bookcases a lot of little cardboard boxes. These contain the sermons he wrote in the early days of his ministry, and the back of each box is marked Christmas, Easter, Advent, All Saints Day, Rotary, Free Masons, and so on. Now he just takes out one of these sermons for the forthcoming Sunday and preaches that. Most of them I've heard at least six times.

To give him due credit Gordon does have a very flamboyant delivery and he does look elegant in his robes, and that's what gets the women in. They're mostly middle aged and constitute about ninety percent of the congregation.

Secretly I've always wanted God to give me some assurance that he does exist, but it seems that's asking too much.

Well that's how things stood with me at age thirty two and I saw that as my fate until the day when, as Gordon would put it, "I am taken up to the Lord." How little we know of what can be in store for us; what peo0le or events can wander across our path and change the direction of our life.

* * * * * * * *

What was in store for me came in the person of Hugo Kaesler. Hugo was a theological student sent to our parish for twelve months of what was called "Practical Training." What that meant was that Gordon was supposed to teach him the trade - God help the poor lad – if there is a God. For me Hugo came into my suffocating life like a breath of fresh air.

I know it's not fashionable these days to call a young man beautiful. You may say he is sexy, a hunk, even attractive, but not beautiful. Girls no longer want beautiful Orpheus with his lute, they want the sweaty pop singer, the shaven headed tattooed gorilla, and the dirtier and more bodily odoriferous the better. Yet I can think of no more suitable word to describe Hugo than "beautiful." He was tall, slender with features of almost heartbreaking perfection such as a classical sculptor might have produced. His eyes were dark, his hair black and fitted him as a close fitting cap might have done. He was the very opposite physically to fair haired Gordon.

He was, as he put it, "Into Freudian psychology," and I claim that's what changed my life.

Hugo had been with us about a month and I'd noticed him taking a close interest in me; I don't know why he should have been interested in a frump like me.

One day when I was cleaning the church he came in and sat in a pew looking at me. After a while he stood and came over to me and said, "Felicity you're very depressed."

Well that was the truth and at last someone had noticed. I plumped down on one of the pews and started to cry. Out it all came – well a lot of it. The bloody church, bloody Gordon, bloody God and his two offsiders; on and on I went while Hugo sat beside me listening. It was the first time in years that anyone one had really listened to me, and by the time I'd finished there were two soaked handkerchiefs, mine and Hugo's.

After I'd quietened Hugo said, "There's a lot of shit in your head Felicity and you need to get it out." I told him he was right but I didn't know how to get it out, and if I did and Gordon found out he'd go berserk because after all a lot of the shit he'd put in my head.

Hugo said something about helping me and that Gordon needn't know. I asked Hugo how he could help me and he said just by listening as I talked. That's how it began. Often we'd just sit in the church, or at other times when Gordon was away at one of his endless conferences, seminars, consultations or whatever they were, we used his study.

Bit by bit it all came out including the really intimate stuff. Hugo said that was fine because we all get sexually frustrated from time to time. I pointed out that I was sexually frustrated all the time; he made no comment about that but he looked thoughtful.

Nearly everyday we had our talk and this went on for about a couple of months. Hugo said it was wonderful practise for when he took up a parish of his own and had to counsel people. That helped a lot because I didn't want to think I was selfishly taking up his time to no purpose.

There's something I think is called "Transference," and that's what happened to me; I started to imagine myself in love with Hugo. That of course isn't supposed to happen to a parson's wife because once married she is supposed to be above such sinful things as noticing a good looking guy. Supposed to or not I was noticing Hugo and wondering what it would be like to be married to him, or if not married what it would be like to...well you know what I mean.

It was one day when Gordon was away at one of his conferences and I happened to be dusting what is called "The first aid room." This was a small room built on to the side of the church. It had a first aid box, a couple of chairs, a table and a bed for people who felt faint to lie on.

As I dusted and tidied Hugo walked in and sat on one of the chairs. He looked at me for a few moments and then said, "I know what your problem is Felicity."

"What?"

"You have an overdeveloped superego."

"A what?"

He hesitated for a moment and then said, "It's the part of you that controls your behaviour, the part that parents, society, the law and religion impose on you to make you conform. You've had so much of that garbage dumped on you can hardly live your life."

"Oh really, so what do I have to do?"

"We have to set your id free."

"Do we, what's an id?"

"That's the instinctive part of you, it's where you're primitive instincts and energies boil away. It's like a boiler and if it doesn't find a way to let off steam it blows up."

"You mean I'm going to blow up?"

Hugo laughed and said, "Not physically, but emotionally. What we have to do is get rid of your inhibitions. You told me that you and Hugo have never been naked in each other's presence; do you want to be naked in his presence?"

"I don't really know, I mean, I might have wanted to once, but now I'm not sure, Hugo says it promotes lust."

"There you are," Hugo said triumphantly, "he's reinforced you superego so that you're too inhibited to be naked in a man's presence."

"Am I? Yes I suppose I am. Are you afraid to be naked in a woman's presence?"

"Not at all," Hugo said evenly, but with a strange gleam in his eyes; "there's nothing more beautiful that a man and woman naked in each other presence."

Thinking about fat old Mr. Plunket and his equally fat wife I wondered about that, but with a burst of inspiration I said, "You mean like Adam and Eve?"

"Yes...yes I suppose so," Hugo said doubtfully.

I recalled Gordon preaching about Adam and Eve, and as best I could recall I thought he said that Adam and Eve were sinful because they were naked, and they knew it was sinful and so when God came looking for them they covered themselves with fig leaves. I had read the Adam and Eve story and I never seen it like that, but I thought that because Gordon was theologically trained he knew what he was talking about.

"Isn't it sinful for a man and a woman to be naked in each other's presence," I asked.

Hugo laughed and said, "That's a lot of nonsense and shows just how much your superego is inhibiting you. Now I have no such problem," and too my amazement he proceeded to take his clothes off.

I turned away covering my eyes and saying, "Stop it, you can't do that," but he could do that and did.

"Turn and look at me," Hugo said softly.

"I can't...I can't," I protested.

"You can and will," he said sternly, "turn now and look at me."

I remained still, but he came up behind me and turned me round. Saying, "Now look at me," he took my hands from my eyes, and there he was, stark naked.

I'd thought him a beautiful young man before, but now...now...he was splendid: his wide shoulder, flat stomach, narrow hips and strong legs and...and...I could not say I'd ever really seen Gordon's penis, only felt it when he tried to get it into my vagina, but Hugo's, it was...was like...like...like a lighthouse, that's what came to mind, so long and thick with a large purple head and...and it looked so hard.

"Now you," he said.

"Me?"

"Yes, take your clothes off."

"I can't...I can't," I wailed. I think part of me was afraid of what he might think of my body when he saw it.

"You will," he said, and started to undress me.

I was wearing the cotton dustcoat I always wore when cleaning round the church, and he started to undo the buttons. Suddenly I felt less fearful of him seeing me naked but I was worried about someone coming in and catching us naked."

"Stop it Hugo," I cried out, "Suppose someone comes in."

He stood back for a moment, grinned and held up a key. The room had a lock on it and only Gordon and I had keys to it – it was my "duty" to unlock the door whenever the church or other church buildings were in use. When I'd come in that day I'd left the key in the lock outside, and Hugo had obviously removed it.

He went to the door, put the key in the lock and turned it. "All safe now," he said, and returned to me. "Now, off with your clothes."

He was so gentle as he undid the buttons that I made no more protest. "Let him see me naked," I thought, "and he'll know the worst."

He removed the dustcoat and I stood there in my panties and bra. I thought that would be enough, but Hugo put his arms round me and unclipped my bra and pulled it off. He then tugged down my rather old-fashioned panties and stood back and looked at me.

"Felicity," he murmured, "you're so beautiful."

Me, beautiful? Never had Gordon said anything to me like that, and I didn't really believe Hugo. I'd often heard Gordon preach on the sins of the flesh, and the way he said it made is sound like the human body was the sinful flesh and ugly.

"We'll go to hell for doing this," I howled.

"No," Hugo said, "we're going to heaven and we wont have to wait until we die, I'm going to take you there right now."

He pressed his body against mine and I felt his penis thrust between my legs and he started to slide it along my cleft. His hands closed over my breasts and he whispered, "You have lovely breasts Felicity."

I was so disorientated hardly knew what was happening to me, but the next thing was me laying on the little bed and Hugo kneeling beside me kissing me in a way I'd never experienced before, with his mouth open and trying to get my mouth open, while his hand was fondling one of my breasts.

I think my id must have found a way of letting go of at least one of my instincts because I opened my mouth and in went his tongue.

Gordon had always said that the mouth was the most germ laden part of the human body, and when he kissed me it was always with primly pursed lips, and that only briefly. I didn't care if Hugo got my germs or me his, I only knew that his probing licking tongue and his breast fondling was causing strange things to happen in my genitals.

He stopped kissing me and transferred his attention to one of my nipples, sucking and licking it while his hand went down to my genitals. A finger was stroking between the lips of my vulva and gradually pushing in.

I knew that what we were doing was wicked - I knew because I was enjoying it and if you're enjoying something it's invariably accounted sinful, but I didn't care.

Then Hugo was pulling my legs apart and lying between them. Something was pushing against the lips of my vulva and Hugo was saying, "Guide me in." I reached down and took the warm firm flesh of his penis into my hand and put its head against the entrance to my vagina. My id certainly seemed to know what to do when given the opportunity.

He was in, slowly sliding deeper and deeper into me. Remembering the size of his penis I wondered if I could take it all and whether it would hurt, but my vagina seemed to expand as it clung round his manhood.

I hadn't known it at the time, but I'd never lubricated properly with Gordon and if he did manage to get it in it always felt rough. Now I was wet, very wet and Hugo was sliding back and forth in me and it wasn't rough and didn't hurt a bit.

I wanted him, I wanted him to go on for ever, but then something frightening started to happen. It was a strange sensation like a tingling in my genitals that grew and grew and I somehow knew it was going to hurt me.

"Stop Hugo...stop...something's happening to me...please stop...I don't want...ah, ohwaa...stop...stop..." But he didn't stop, he went faster and harder and I clutched at him, pleading for him to stop.

I once read an account of a woman having sexual intercourse and she said it was as if the earth trembled beneath her. But it wasn't the earth trembling beneath me, it was me trembling. The sensation grew and grew moving towards a climax and then I didn't want Hugo to stop.

I convulsed and then started to thrust up against him, begging him not to stop. He had one hand at the base of my neck and the other under my buttocks and he was dragging me onto him. He give an enormous thrust into me, groaned, and I felt his sperm beat against the top of my vagina.

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