Tail of the Bell by Gabriel Neustadt



Eric is a recent college graduate working as an SAT tutor to pay the bills. Tonight he arrives at the Tarzana home of one of his wealthy students but finds that her mother, Michelle, is waiting for him instead. Her daughter Jessica isn't there yet, she explains, but she'll be arriving soon. However as the conversation between them carries on, it becomes clear that Jessica is not coming at all, and that Michelle has brought Eric here for different reasons. His relationship with Jessica has become close, she explains, perhaps too close. And despite Eric's denials and explanations, Michelle trots out more and more evidence suggesting that something abnormal has been going on between tutor and student.