by Kim Chinquee
She gave me her hips. Mine did their sway and we knew how to be sexy. Her hair was always red and I was blonde, the fake kind. We danced like we were equal, partly for my boyfriend. He was a bouncer.
art by Robinson Accola
We'd gotten matching tattoos the night before, had taken off the bandage. We figured it was dumb, but you're allowed to be dumb once, and it's good to be reminded. We liked to have fun.
In the bar, my boyfriend wasn't really a boyfriend, though he was the closest thing to a boyfriend. She was indifferent about him. I'd slept with him enough to know he was worth spending time with.
There was the music, and oh, up there, here was my friend. I loved her like my sister. I wanted to lay in bed with her like I used to with my sister. I wanted to smell her hair. We'd told each other secrets. We used to wake up tangled.
The music was unsteady. She pulled me in, then kissed me. I looked down on my boyfriend. He seemed to admire us.
We were there, on the floor, doing it. The music was boom-boom-booming into the heart of me.
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Kim Chinquee is the author of Oh Baby and Pretty. She lives in Buffalo, New York and Viroqua, Wisconsin.
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Robinson Accola creates artwork for SmokeLong Quarterly as needed.
Issue Twenty-Nine (September 29, 2010):
Bearded by Patrick Allen Carberry «»
Hip by Kim Chinquee «»
Our Littlest Brother by Dan Crawley «»
LAX by Michael Czyzniejewski «»
Bathroom Jesus by Kelli Ford «»
Boy With Cherries by Adam Golaski «»
Dancer by Peter Grandbois «»
Aeroplane by Alex Haber «»
Feral by Joe Kapitan «»
Gorillas by Ben Loory «»
Model #3 by Annam Manthiram «»
Working Halloween for Christmas Money by John Minichillo «»
Claire by Nick Ripatrazone «»
Guard by James Robison «»
Sixteen by Laura Tanenbaum «»
These Three Things That Noah Doesn't by J.A. Tyler «»
Snake Walk by Ajay Vishwanathan «»
Dive by Dawn West «»
Bedtime in Thorpe Village, Leicestershire, England by Sue Williams «»
Thank You, I'm Sorry by Caroline Zilk «»
Patrick Allen Carberry «»
Kim Chinquee «»
Dan Crawley «»
Michael Czyzniejewski «»
Kelli Ford «»
Adam Golaski «»
Peter Grandbois «»
Alex Haber «»
Joe Kapitan «»
Ben Loory «»
Annam Manthiram «»
John Minichillo «»
Nick Ripatrazone «»
James Robison «»
Laura Tanenbaum «»
J.A. Tyler «»
Ajay Vishwanathan «»
Dawn West «»
Sue Williams «»
Caroline Zilk «»
Cover Art "Sara Serengeti" by Marty D. Ison «»
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