Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong
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Walking on Water

(When something's titled Walking on Water, it is of my Vegas memoir. Yes, that means nonfiction. Weird things happened in Vegas. Something just sparked this memory, so I'm braindumping.)

"You're so beautiful."

I looked up warily. "Um. Thank you."

I was sitting at the kitchen table with an apartment guide, jotting notes and folding down pages. This was the second month in a row that we weren't going to be able to pull off Jackson's rent without a miracle, and though miracles tended to happen to us, they weren't a thing that should be counted on... thus the search for a new and cheaper apartment. Which I would have to follow up on, too. Between Layne's dreadlock mohawk, Hal's air of menace, and Jackson's tendency to wear pajamas everywhere, I was the most likely to pass as someone you'd want to rent an apartment to.

"Do you mind if I masturbate, looking at you?"

I put down my pen and looked at him; he already had his pants unbuttoned. I can't even remember his name now, much less his face - just that he had long brown hair. Jackson's place was full of random people; at the moment, it was just me and this guy. I was speechless, really. What does one say to that? "Um... I guess so. Just - I'm not gonna do anything with you."

"Yeah, that's fine. I just want to look at you, okay?"

"Okay."

Of course I was drastically uncomfortable. This was my life then - sitting at a dilapidated kitchen table comparing apartment ideas while a near-stranger sat in a chair opposite the stove and intently stared at me as he methodically stroked himself. I remember the light - the kitchen window was right over the table, and it made the salt shaker sparkle. I remember how cramped it was in the kitchen due to the cases of Hungarian champagne.

But for the life of me, I cannot remember that guy's name.
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