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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Chez Aphrodite

by Leanne Baugh-Peterson

You jumped into my revolving door. Your Greek warrior shoulders and Adonis face. A delicious moment of whooshing, twirling, swirling bliss. Then you escaped in a gust of wind.

If I were a colour I’d be beige, like oatmeal, or the colour of change-room walls.

There’s a sign on the cracked window:
Chez Aphrodite School of Sex Appeal – Awaken the Seductress Within

“Un, deux, trois… now follow me daw-ling.” Madame, a fifty-eight-year-old Barbie doll with a gypsy face, ran her hands seductively down her thighs. “You must swing your bottom. Like zis.”

I strutted and swayed and caressed my thighs but you walked past me on the street as if I were a crumbling stone statue.

“Promise me you will buy a sexy pair of high-heel sling backs. Have you not heard of toe cleavage, dawling?”

Days pass. I finally spot you leaving your glass tower. I wobble up to you in my new stilettos. So close I’m lost in the maze of your navy herringbone. I smell your cologne, like steaming chocolate with cinnamon. Your pheromones cling to me like a wet bathing suit. You turn and bump me. You say, “Sorry.” To me. You couldn’t identify me in a police line up. But you spoke… to me.

I move in front of you, stop you in your tracks. I nudge your Hawaiian sunset tie with my index finger while I drown in your surprised, deep-sea eyes.

“With your lips parted, give him a smouldering look that tells him he’s yours. Then walk away. After all, daw-ling, anticipation is the key that unlocks the door of desire.”

See you around.

During our recent Love Month, a few people contributed stories and reflections that were far too good to keep hidden in a Comments section. The piece above is one of them. Leanne Baugh-Peterson of Victoria, BC., has had a passion for screenwriting for several years. She was awarded a development deal in 2003 to co-write Tokyo Nights, a TV movie for CTV. In 2004, her script Chasing the Stars was optioned and is presently in development. In addition to screenwriting, Leanne occasionally dabbles in short fiction.


Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Thanks for giving us this, Leanne. I love the sassiness of it.

Thu Mar 08, 02:14:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need lessons too!

Thanks for the fun piece, Andrew T.

Thu Mar 08, 03:57:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Steve Gajadhar said...

Great piece. I loved the oatmeal description, it's perfect.

Mon Mar 12, 02:41:00 pm GMT-4  

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