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- Posted: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 07:31:35 +0000
The sweat hadn't even cooled on Jay's skin before he rolled off the bed, groping blindly for his clothes. The apartment was too high up for the weak glow of the streetlights below to illuminate the cramped bedroom, and though there seemed to be a sky overhead, there was no moon to speak of. That was okay, though; Jay had done this often enough that he had a system specially designed for quick getaways like this one: clothes on the floor in order from his feet up, in a pile just waiting for him to slip back into them. He hadn't managed to get his shirt on when he felt the light scrape of nails against his spine. With a practiced grin, Jay turned and caught the fingers that had reached out to him, twining them with his own.
"Where are you going?" the woman in the bed asked, her voice just shy of plaintive.
"Work in the morning," Jay lied easily, rubbing his thumb over her knuckles. "Sorry, babe." The woman sighed as he turned away to pull his t-shirt on.
"When can I see you again?" Definitely a whine that time.
"Soon," Jay replied as he finished lacing his boots. In your dreams, he thought as he walked to the door. Light spilled into the room as he opened it, but he didn't turn back to look at the woman on the bed. He wouldn't have remembered her face now that he could see it, anyway. She had just been something to do to fill a few hours of his time.
He walked down the street, back towards the artificial lights and the bass that had throbbed and pounded like a collective heartbeat since the sky had magically reappeared a few weeks ago. Everyone was celebrating this new development, seeking to squeeze every last drop of jubilation out of it just on the off chance that Something Else would happen and the world would be once more on the brink of ending. Jay was just as determined as everyone else to take advantage of this opportunity to affirm once more that, no, he wasn't dead and, yes, the world was still there.
But really, the world could be ending and Jay would still find an excuse to party.