This short tale is only a small part of something larger, I'm hoping. Oh, and happy St. Patrick's Day.
It was a scene right out of Chandler, except I'm no gumshoe. A rain-soaked back alley at night, distant neon smeared abstract by the tireless storm. She wore Docs and a faded cotton dress, some reptile print. Gators or iguanas or some shit. Close-cropped hair and makeup-less. Celtic eyes dark as oxbow tannin. Her dress in the downpour so thin she might as well have been naked.
Without a shred of lechery, I said, "Nice Brazilian."
Despite her instant "Fuck you," a corner of her mouth twitched in a phantom smile.
I passed her the thin package wrapped in plastic film and she slid it under her dress, smoothing it carefully against her lower belly like a newly expectant mom.
"If I'd known, I'd have brought a raincoat."
"Not a chance, mister."
"I meant an actual raincoat."
Again she smiled. Cursed at me without malice before leaning forward and whispering three words in my ear and then dissolving into the night.
"Yeah, bye, Sinéad," I called after her. Did I tell you I have a puerile sense of humor sometimes?
It earned me one last well-deserved "Fuck you," and I could almost see it trailing off like cigarette smoke and rejoining the shadows—tragic, arch, and funny, like its source.
Nothing compares, indeed.