Back in Virginia, our writing group had what we called a Pint and Prompt. A group of friends hit the bar, have a pint, and write for a few minutes on a writing prompt. Then you read your responses to one another. It’s really great to see the variety of responses, and it’s a good time with friends. Recently, they got together and did a Pint and Prompt, and my friend Keith at Strange Things Done posted his response. And once I had a pint, I joined in the fun.
Time: 7 minutes. Click here to go to my list of prompts.
“She appraised me, canted her head and shrugged apparently disappointed.”
There was something synthetic about the motion, but maybe I was just looking for it, looking for a reason to discount her reaction.
“I know what you’re thinking,” she said. She straightened. She was waiting for a response.
“Oh?” I said, trying to sound coy, but feeling more self-concious than I liked.
“I see it all the time. My kind makes you nervous. Without the veneer of plastic pores and synthetic hair, you can’t dehumanize me.”
“You aren’t human,” I said.
“Which is why you wanted me. I can do things women can’t do.”
I coughed and looked away.
“You want to feel better than your partners. I can give you that feeling.”
“Well, why don’t you? Why haven’t you?”
“Maybe in addition to my hair and my cuticles and my lips, my feelings are less synthetic than the last model too. Maybe it’s shit doing business all day with people that want to take you down a peg.”
I felt bad. It is what I had wanted. “Maybe this isn’t the line of work for you.”
“I got debt. I was made with it. And this pays the bills.” She looked away and undulated her shoulders. She stretched. When she turned to look back at me, her eyes held a different look. It was like a different woman. I could see the hunger in her, calling to me.