We’d swum upstream, arching through the reeds and the little currents swirling around the sharp rocks just below us, grazing our elbows and knees. The river meandered under the watch of hills crumpled and confused like an unmade bed. Nothing moved except the wind and the water; and two undernourished, hopelessly drunk, hopelessly pale little tadpoles in the dark green of a midnight dip.
She’d hotwired the car in a dark corner of the drive-thru. Under the artificial glare of neon bulbs, we’d seen the young couple fingering each other damp before sucking away their respective juices and hitting the fries. All she needed was a cigarette lighter and a hairclip and we had a car. A good car. A V6 apparently, whatever that means, with two belts of cheap vodka and an automatic transmission. I didn’t mind. It meant she could grip my cock and still keep one hand on the wheel.
The narrow lanes guided us. I became convinced that she drove with telepathy, her delicate wrist flicking the wheel with minimal effort but maximum g-force. No lights, because apparently that would draw attention to us, she spat the thing out of town and into the swaying countryside. In town I felt anxious but with every passing mile and every fleeting farmhouse I realised that nature was calling us. I knew that somehow, Everything Would Be Taken Care Of. Any cop car that happened to chase us would end up in a swamp, or with a sudden puncture. We weren’t evil and we weren’t out to kill. Our goodness would see us through.
We left the road out of boredom and smashed through a fence in the gap between the posts. After a lot of bouncing and protesting we ended up in a field of tall corn past the roof, everything hissing and slurping as though the car itself was peaking a weird acid high. Leaving it behind, we lunged through this cathedral of corn stalks and plunged into the river.
We cuddle under the old railway bridge, naked and alone. At night, her skin glistens like a thousand pairs of moonlit cats’ eyes. She doesn’t shave anymore and I can grab full clumps of her leg and under her arms but I don’t care. I want everything she has, and if there is more of her I want that too.
Under dead stars and rusting arches she rests in my arms and legs, reclined against my back pressed against a damp stone wall. We talk about everything from hot dogs to Einstein. She doesn’t believe in the theory of relativity, but she does believe in a formula for the perfect dog. A bun the specific length of her hand, a quart of mustard, a quart of relish, and the merest fumes of mayo…Mid-conversation she presses two fingers into the forest of her bush and pisses out a stream of alcoholic nectar running between our legs.
I kiss the back of her head and tell her everything will be fine. It’s my generic line. I don’t know if she is unwell. I don’t know if she needs everything to be fine. She tweaks my nipples, pulls my hair and licks my chin. Then a hair bobble frees her ponytail and she winds it three times around her wrist until her hand glows, veins protruding like the contours of an atlas, ready for a needle we don’t have.
I apologise and cuddle her tightly. My cock grows and lifts, dragging itself against the small of her back. Underneath the bridge, a midnight train rumbles and complains overhead sending dust onto our heads and a small colony of bats scrambling over the river. I’m cold, filthy and pointless. But she is in my arms…my arms…and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
Born in November 1983, I have been writing in some form or another for most of my life, but I began to take it seriously as a career around 2003/2004. Since then I have produced a novel, a novella and a series of short stories some of which are loosely linked into an overarching anthology.
Most of my stories come under the wide umbrella of ‘general fiction’, but I have experimented with genre pieces. My short stories tend to be bittersweet, nostalgic, sometimes melancholic and (on occasion) examine the darker side of human nature and obsessions.
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