Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.
An excerpt from Jean Smith’s yet-to-be-published novel Obliterating History—A Guitar-Making Mystery, Domination & Submission In A Small Town Garage
continued from last week
“I was looking at women in New York because I wanted to meet someone more interesting. I saw your photo and you looked so robust. It was like you were daring me to say something to you. You’re a solid, entirely complete human, and more than a little intimidating, but I wanted to know you.”
“And the bra? How does that figure into it?”
“It gave me an impression of your breasts being bound and by saying that, I know I risk a negative reaction, but I’ll continue,” Frank says, looking down at Veronica’s large breasts underneath her black cashmere cardigan.
“I would like to use a length of soft white rope to gently bind you.”
Veronica, aroused by his suggestion, feels her face redden.
“OK,” she says slowly. “So we’re establishing the possibility of a common interest. Have you ever done this before?”
“No,” says Frank. “It has to do with you–and the photo.”
Veronica is turning the square white serviette clockwise on the table, watching the Egg ‘n Nest logo right-side-up and upside down, wondering if it’s Egg in Nest or Egg and Nest.
“Back to my question,” she says, intentionally preoccupied with turning the serviette. “Is there anything else on your profile that isn’t true?”
“I’m married,” Frank says.
Veronica has put a lot of effort into avoiding married men—and liars. Her initial online questions intend to determine the likelihood of either. The two, of course, go hand in hand. Men lie about being married. She will not communicate with men who don’t have photos on their profiles. If a man tells her that he has taken a few years off his age, she moves on. But now she is operating without a compass. Destabilized by the day’s events, sitting with Frank, a man who represents the possibility of experiencing something extremely exciting, Veronica notices that her reactions are different. Perhaps being with a married man is safer, she thinks.
to be continued
“Every Wrong Word,” from The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 200) (download):