Thursday, April 10, 2008

Picture Pages

One afternoon when I was in second grade, I went over to my friend's house to play after school. As I went inside, Jodi said, "Hey, I got something to show you in my room."

We ran upstairs into her immaculate room. Jodi's mom cleaned houses when she wasn't teaching aerobic classes, so their own house always had a sense of comfortable perfection. Donny, her younger brother, joined us as Jodi knelt by her bed and reached under the dust ruffle.

"We found this in my dad's dresser drawer," as she showed me a Playboy magazine.

"He doesn't know you took it does he?" I asked anxiously.

"No. We gotta put it back soon though," Jodi answered.

We started quietly turning the pages, giggling when we saw a picture of a woman that was posed funny.

"Oh my gosh!" I exclaimed. "That's not a.. you know... in her mouth," my voice dropped to a whisper as we stared a picture of a woman with what I now know to be a dildo protruding from her lips.

Jodi and Donny stared for a moment before Jodi said brusquely, "No. That's not real."

We considered this for a moment before Jodi shoved the magazine back under her bed and we left the room to play a game somewhere away from the lusty images.

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