Friday, 22 January 2010

Glitter

She had a commitment to magic, Tim thought, as he watched Gemma brush her hair; a commitment to glitter and sparkle, to pretty clothes, and looking pretty, and to the manufacture of pretty pictures. In his own way, he too was committed to fantasy and fabrication. They had little else in common, but that suited them. “We’re not going to be boyfriend and girlfriend, you know,” she had said several weeks before. “I know,” he replied. “I haven’t got time for a boyfriend; it just complicates things.” Instead they had sex, animal and meaningless, regularly, at weekends usually.

It was Saturday morning. Her hair had recently been the colour of candy floss, and before that, shocking pink, but had since faded to the bleached milky hue of evening clouds. Several strands of it clung to the brush. She turned.


“Are you still here?”


It was a joke.


She plucked a tangle of hair from the brush’s plastic spines and nonchalantly let it fall from outstretched fingers into the bin. The previous night’s nail-varnish, chipped in places, still clung to her nails. She was beautiful; he was her audience.“What shall you do today?” he asked.


Her reflection began to apply eye-liner, its eye very wide open, lashes fluttering slightly.


“I suppose I’ll meet friends in town, or I’ll do some drawing.”


The mirror was set into a dressing table that must be old, but he did not know whether it had come with the room or she had brought it from home.


“How about you?”


She put the eye-pencil down on the untreated pine, where it rolled against a pot of lime-green nail-varnish. She picked up a tube of mascara. The dressing table was integral to her, symbolic of her. It often appeared in her candy-gothic illustrations like a signature. In the drawings it was less cluttered.


“Write, or play videogames.”


He shrugged. Beneath his bare elbow the sheets were still warm, but he could not tell whether from only from his own body-heat, or from hers as well. They smelled of her, and when he moved, the scent was disturbed. Above the bed’s head was draped a line of unlit fairy-lights.


She looked at him, smiled. When he left they did not kiss goodbye. They only kissed when they fucked.


(To read the rest of this short story please go here)


Story by H. Benjamin Petrie (www.hbenjaminpetrie.com
Illustrations by Yours Truly

5 comments:

Bertie said...

I love the fluffy pink slippers!!

NMW said...

great illustrations, as always, munchkin

Henry: really enjoyed the virile female character. also thought 'In the drawings it was less cluttered' worked particularly well- definitely makes me want to see her drawings. were you talking about our VS? ;)

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BCollins said...

i like it, lived the drawings and the story was good, would be nice to see more illustrations from he story

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Winnie said...

Oh I love the illustrations!