Σάββατο, 1 Ιουνίου 2013

GOING BACK

She had brought him there where it all started. At her town that never was steady. Like her. It moved depending on the undercurrent moods. He let her take him where she wanted. It was pointless to bring her any resistance. As the current dragged him through the narrow streets of the city, he greedily gazed. Not much had changed all those years. The same wet columns with the moss, the oldish yellow convertible cars with the sea horses behind the wheel, the fluorescent threatening stingrays with their electrified tails, the blinding neon signs, people with a suspicious look. Her image waited for him behind each sealed window. He stopped a crawling taxi with half broken windows to take him to the one place time would have stopped.
Jack's bar was at the edge of the town. The darkest door with the darkest secrets. Stories that stick to the glasses and the full of cigarette buts ashtrays. He was standing at the back behind the bar. The time and the night had written kilometers on him. A deep friendship was also there. He was leaning and wiping a glass. As he turned his head he recognized him. He gave him a tightened smile and put a dusted bottle on the bar. He knew it was the one that he drunk on his previous journey. It was not served to anyone since then. He poured him three blurry jiggers of elastin with gin and stayed silent for a few minutes. As long as it took to emotionally warm up their memories.
To bring the past into the present. To bring her between them. Back then she had prevented his plans. She had seduced him and he had fallen in love with her. They had met at Jack's bar and everything was said in an instant without a word ever spoken. She poisoned them with her scent. He came from far away in order to kill her. He bent at her sight. She let him live. Jack had seen them together. He had seen a lonely man not doing the job he was assigned to and a weird female losing her strength. They both lost their duty into their will.
Jack first broke the deafening silence. He talked to him about everything that had happened all these years. At first she disappeared. His absence hurt her a lot. She left town, away from the water. She came back worn out and very angry. She hid in her favorite urban backyard and stayed there for a while. She passed from the bar one night. Blurry and restless. She asked Jack if he knew anything about him, if he had seen him. Her gaze got dark on hearing the negative reply. She left in a hurry. They both knew it.  The new victims would exist only to draw his attention. She poisoned humans and fish with the scent coming out of her body. Like she used to. It was her last card up her sleeve just to meet him again. She risked her life for a night with him. Just like him who risked everything just to see her again. He drank his last sip and took a deep breath. He had sunk into oblivion. Jack leaned under the bar. He took a dusted suitcase this time with worn straps that barely held it together. He gave it to him and warmly shook his hand. He repaid the greeting in deep emotion. He knew that she had been waiting for him and he was helping him. He took the heavy suitcase and looked around. It was his last visit.
He got into the nightHe grabbed a jellyfish that went up. It would take him to her. Orion’s time had come.


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