I’m listening to the phone with my left ear when it whispers in my right ear.
That wet worst-kept secret we normally do in a toilet? There’s a guy doing it off a balcony. Just out of range, thank every god of every religion. I tell my phone companion; he isn’t offended: “Of course, I’ve done it before. Stroll to the edge, check for pedestrians, unzip the pants, look at the moon and take a leak.”
“I’ve never done it.”
But I have pissed on a Staten Island street corner. It was 3am. No one was around. Urgent burn dissolving into dreamy relief.
“Are you enjoying yourself this evening?” I ask.
“Oh, hmmm, well…” his voice sounds like a feather boa, coquettish, ticklish.
The cold makes my muscles marble, then makes them throb. I wish I was indoors, drinking with him. Or just indoors. Or just drinking. Alcohol is a good criminal defense lawyer that represents us to ourselves as misunderstood, well-intentioned, promising. We are just fine, we have always been fine, we will always be fine. It’s a life sentence.
“I worry about you,” I say.
“Don’t worry, pray.”