Rachael Perry The Stunt Couple Fight In a trailer that smells of sweat and Mexican beer and worse-- blood from mistimed punches, rust, musty yellowed scripts, processed cheese spread and stale crackers, sour salty breezes filtered through smog--the stunt couple fights again. He has her backed into a corner, her thin face half in shadow. Mascara puddles under her eyes and dips into her wrinkles. Never beautiful, she could almost be mistaken for women who are: thick cheeks, a bit of an overbite, a round bulb at the end of her nose, a short neck. Her hair creates the real-life glamour--silky, golden, framing her face for effect. ``How dare you,'' she whispers in a voice half Lauren Bacall. He can sense her open hand before he sees it, a graceful, forceful arc, like the homerun swing of a baseball bat. An open hand and snatches of the vanilla polish on the tips of her fingernails; he feels a cool wisp of air inches in front of his face, and his head snaps back; he flinches; he reaches for his jaw and scowls. ``Watch it, sweetheart,'' he mutters. ``Next time, I hit back.'' ``You wouldn't dare,'' she breathes. The
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 20, 2007
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