When Harvey let him
unbutton her top button he was certain she was going to give it
up.At that point she was certain too.All the elements were
there.They were alone. It was warm, dark, and comfortable where
they were at. The parking brake was set.Although it was only
their first date, they were both more than ready.
flirting for weeks in class.He'd finally asked her out.They'd
seen a movie and been to dinner.Now, parked in the comforting
concealment ofdarkness whichher face hadbeen seeking since
puberty, it was time for desert.
He'd been taking
"Perhaps he's shy,"
she thought. She liked that.
He's been working
his way down from behind her ear with a trail of warm kisses, and
now nearing her neck where it met her shoulder.He paused a bit,
inhaling the perfume she'd placed there.He liked the way it
didn't just smell like perfume.I'd smelled like her and the
perfume, an exotic proprietarymix worn byno other woman.
"It's a wonder how
women are," he thought.
made her inhale as well, swelling her breasts, making them tug
against the constraint of both buttons and blouse.
That's when he
moved down to the second button.
But then she
grasped his fingers by their tips and pressed them to her
"I just can't do
this Steevie-weevie," she said softly, "not now."
I'm going with Tony to Mexico."
"Tony, that idiot
with the motor bike?"
"But why him?Why
She dropped his
hand then placed two of her fingers against his mouth to silence
him.She looked directly into his eyes.
said, looking down as if she were in pain, "Tomorrow he'll still
be here.You won't."
He was speechless.
Not because he was dumfounded you understand, but because he had
nothing to say.It was perfectly true.
On Monday when he
walked into class she wasn't there.
he said to a girl who sat in front and was staring at her empty
pimple-faced girl? Haven't you heard?She's dead.A drunk driver
hit her in Tijuana. She was on a motorbike, Tony too.It knocked
them fifty feet."
He never went to
the funeral.He figured he'd paid his last respects back there
when he'd stopped at the second button.And though it seemed the
whole school appeared shook up by her death,they were shamming.
Only he had looked into her eyes. Only he would regret it.