I was watching how she held the gun on me; not a tremor, a waver, a twitch.
“Why are you looking at the gun? You should be looking at me.” Her voice was tight. “It’s not like if I pulled the trigger, you could get out of the way. I’m talking to you, and you’re looking at the fucking gun.”
I looked at her. “It’s sort of distracting me from what you have to say.”
“You weren’t listening before.”
“So this is how you solve things when people don’t listen to you?”
“No. It’s how I solve them with you.”
“So killing me fixes the problem.” I was trying to keep her attention; the longer she didn’t pull the trigger, the longer I’d live; it was a pretty big gun. Truth be told, I didn’t know if she could handle the kick, and that meant the bullet could fly anywhere.
Okay, clearly, she wanted to talk.
“I just said I wanted to leave. I don’t feel loved by you anymore, and I want to go. I was hoping you’d take it better. You never even told me you had a gun. I feel like you don’t trust me, not telling me that. And all great relationships, as you well know, are built on trust.”
“And I can’t believe you’re trying that psychobabble on me. Who is she?”
“The other woman you have.”
“There is no other woman.”
The gun went off, and the bullet zinged past my ear.
“Her name is Miranda. We met at the bar. You were away on business, and I wanted a drink, and…”
Her eyes had welled up, and her mouth was trembling. She couldn’t hold the toughness together. I felt like crap, but I wasn’t going to risk grabbing the gun from a woman mad enough to kill.
“Honey, it’s not –”
The gun went off again, the bullet flicking the edge of my pants leg, leaving a burn.
“Don’t call me that.”
I sighed, my fright turning to anger, but the gun was still steady.
“Fine. Why don’t you just let me go, then?”
“Why did you have to cheat? You could’ve broken up with me first, then went to Miranda. We’ve had sex since then. Did you have sex with her? Is she inside me now, too?”
“We didn’t have sex that night. We wanted to, but we were both so tanked that it never happened.”
She looked at me a long time, but the gun never wavered, never lowered; it’s cold, empty eye watched me like a cat, ready to swat a fly.
“What are you doing?” I said, just to break the silence.
“Trying to decide if I believe you.”
“I’m telling you the truth.”
The gun went off again, this time past my other ear. This woman was psychotic, but she was a great shot, and oddly enough, I was getting a bit turned on.
“The truth would have been less painful if you’d left me first.”
“But now you know, so what are we going to do?”
“Are you still seeing her?”
“I wanted to, but I haven’t since that night. She was embarrassed by what happened; she hasn’t been returning my calls.”
“So you’ve called her since then?”
She came toward me, her gun hand retracting as she closed the distance, but she never lowered it. She reached into my pocket, pulled out my phone, and stepped back.
The warmth of her body in close was a pheremone ; I was shivering with fear, and heated with lust.
She scrolled until she found Miranda’s number; I thought of rushing her, but the gun never moved.
I heard Miranda’s.voice. “Hiiii, baby.”
She smiled, and said “Hi baby.”
Miranda hung up.
“She called you ‘baby.’ ”
“I do too.”
“Not so much anymore.”
“Is that what you miss?”
“Among other things.”
She moved in close again, put the barrel of the gun on my forehead, pushing my head back a little until I felt some tension in my neck, her lips brushing along the side of my throat.
“I’ll give you what you miss, baby. Take off your clothes.”
“Did I stutter? Take off your clothes.”
I fumbled them off, adrenaline pumping, wanting to do something quick and drastic, and not daring to risk it. The circle of the barrel indented my skin as I worked things off.
She walked around me, keeping the barrel of the gun against my skull, and her other hand went to work. It didn’t have much to do before I was ready.
“On your back.”
I lay on my back. She settled herself, the gun now against my left nipple.
“Don’t lose me, and don’t go soft.” For emphasis, she cocked the hammer back. “And don’t touch me.”
Her breathing changed, and her free hand wandered, but the gun never moved at all.
She had her way, looking into my eyes the whole time, her brow furrowing with concentration, her mouth issuing little moans of pleasure.
The adrenaline rush in me crashed under her attack, and I could no more have grabbed the gun than used it. I didn’t have the strength to push her off, much less fight back. It went on for awhile, and her motions and teasing kept me as she wanted me.
In her release, the nails on her free hand raked, the barrel went into my ear, and her tongue went into my mouth as she rode out her pleasure.
Both of us spent, she lay on top of me until she got her breathing under control, then emptied the gun and kept the bullets, leaving it on my chest as she disengaged herself.
“Where are you going?” I asked, my voice weak, my body weaker; she could’ve stabbed me slowly, inching the knife in, and I wouldn’t be able to stop her.
“To take a shower. There’s money on the dresser. Don’t be here when I get out.”
I listened to the water for a time, and struggled to get my legs under me before it stopped; eventually, I managed. I got dressed, took the money and left.
And I deleted Miranda’s number.
© Alfred W. Smith Jr.