Sue Allison 1. street life Had it not been such a warm afternoon perhaps so many of the tables beneath the green-and-white-striped awning of the Cafe Piccolo would not have been occupied. As it was, when the young woman stopped alongside the cafe she had at her command a sizable audience. Her hair, long and blond, was held loosely off her neck. Escaped tendrils stuck wetly to her skin. She handed her cigarette to her dark-haired boyfriend and began to unbutton her long-sleeved white cotton shirt, under which she was wearing a white chemise, which would be cooler. Her jeans, though tight, were probably cool enough, being white. They shone in the sun as if made of silk, or satin. She bent swiftly at the waist--it was a long drop; her high heels made sure of it--to stuff the shirt into a shopping bag from which she pulled, as she stood, a long pink boa trailing white tissue paper. The girl unfurled the feathers, draped the unseasonable scarf deliciously around her neck, and struck a pose at her boyfriend, who smiled, finally. She kept the moment masterfully brief. Even while the image of a sultry nightclub remained, she
River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative – Ashland University
Published: Mar 11, 2005
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