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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Me too!

Oooh, I loved this. Entire relationships summed up in one paragraph:


He wanted everything about it so bad I couldn’t refuse. The time he told me that he sat in his dark room waiting for me to get off work shocked me still, almost paralyzed, for minutes. In the end, it would be hard to say who ripped the other up worse or for longer.

One good night, we joke-argued about the color of a palomino until I indignantly fetched each of us a dictionary. My roommate walked in on us, naked in bed, both furiously looking it up. We argued for real over whether the Rodney King rioters should be shot on sight and never stopped fighting again.

He made me young and taught me fun. In that relationship, he was the shockingly blue-eyed one. He would start conversations about our relationship after midnight, which can only go wrong. He loved me more, then I loved him more.

We were never bored if we were in the same place. Ever. We could play hours-long games of kai-bai-bo, going from regionals to states to nationals to the world championships to the Champion of the Whole Universe This Time For Real. He often hit on me at parties, sometimes real sleazy and sometimes shy and awkward. I waited for him when he kept saying he was coming back, but he never really did.

He wrote to me first and wrote to me more and kissed me. Then he was gone and I was grabbing at air.

23 Comments:

Blogger Megan said...

I was right. He was thinking of an Appaloosa.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes. How about one sentence? Here's mine:

She slept with me to make my major professor jealous.

A4, thinking that sounds like the first line of a pretty boring short story.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sheila O'Malley said...

Megan - You're wonderful! The whole looking-up-horses thing is amazing. I'm glad you liked my little writing exercise and ran with it. It's amazingly clarifying, I think ... to try to boil something down to its essence. I think I need to do more!

4:04 AM  
Blogger bobvis said...

We shouldn't ignore Haiku:

Forbidden touches
Inevitable embrace
Lasting forever

5:44 AM  
Blogger jens said...

Is that the whole list of yours, except for that last one yet to come?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Those are the big ones. I could do minor ones as well.

Sheila, that was a wonderful idea. It is going around, too. You started it.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous SwissArmyD said...

"I was right. He was thinking of an Appaloosa."

heh, Megan, that sounds like the whole thing in one sentance. ;)

10:52 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Some of the minor ones:

He thought I was so brave and daring. I would never have climbed up on all those roofs if he weren't there. But he never saw how hard I was working to match his stride.
***

I'd have fucked him that first afternoon if he'd gone upstairs with me.
***

I felt more when he told me on the phone that he was going to kiss me than I did when he kissed me.
***

He fed me a grape at Food Orgy.
***

You know, I think that is enough for now.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Dubin said...

I felt more when he told me on the phone that he was going to kiss me than I did when he kissed me.

Most evocative yet. That one made my soul go "ouch" a little bit.

But these aren't necessarily boiling the relationships down to their literary essence... it's much more like pulling the most powerful images out of the piles and piles. Those aren't always the images that summarize, but they are the images that stick.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Dube, definitely. I don't have the skill to exactly summarize them and make them interesting. My writing would get too technical.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Dubin said...

Hey, Megan, can you make a secret and anonymous erotica blog? People could use it to post sultry paragraph-long images of naked palomino arguments... I would start one myself as an experiment, but I'm too chicken. Everyone wants to post short anonymous literary porn drawn from stories in his/her past... hmm... yes... we can figure out how to make money off this idea later, for now just get it started. K thx bai. :)

12:49 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Another secret and anonymous erotica blog? What's wrong with the one I'm already writing?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Dubin said...

But I mean, sort of a communal one, for people to write on. Sort of like whispering a story to a tree... Ok, so it will be anonymous but NOT secret, otherwise it would be hard to get the word out.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

We could do a project, to be unveiled at Valentine's Day.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Dubin said...

Brilliant. You got it. It will be fiercely moderated against pron. Pron is something else.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'll email you, shug, to set this up.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Pron is floods and debris flows!

1:34 PM  
Blogger amanda bee said...

My favorite(*) class at Berkeley was the deCal on erotica. Sometimes it was cheesy. Othertimes it ruled. I think writing about sex is like that (actually, maybe sex is like that?)

(*) hyperbole without reason

Anyway. You know I have access to password protected places. Can I play, too?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

You're in. Anyone else?

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only cared what she could do, she only cared what I can't.

there was more but as you can tell from the first sentence it wasn't pretty.

9:07 PM  
Blogger matt said...

Can I join?

11:52 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yes, absolutely.

I'll put up an invitation for everyone, soon as we know what we're doing.

11:05 PM  
Blogger meanhappyguy said...

I'm in! Haven't started up an anonymous, communal porn blog yet. Suh-weet!

10:28 PM  

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