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  What If:Vol 5-1:Burbon
by Mark M Lichterman
Friday, March 16, 2012
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What if I never lied?
What if we parted in 1952 and never saw each other again... until?
What if we did meet again... sixty years later?
What if we never met in the first place?
What if?
Vol 5-1 can be found followingVol 4-5


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What If: Vol 4-5

Ultimatum

 

June 25, 1952

 

He waited four days.

Somehow he

lived through four days

without speaking to Susan,

then,

taking a deep breath

he called at 5:30 p.m.,

a time when he was sure she’d be home

and her father wouldn’t;

meaning he would have a 50/50

chance of either Susan or her mother

answering the phone.

 

“Hello.”

 

Silent a moment,

Susan’s voice destroying all composure,

“Sue,”

his throat thickening,

barely able to speak,

“it’s me, Sue.”

 

 

Feeling her heart pound,

swallowing,

fighting back tears,

desperately wanting to talk to him,

to tell him,

Oh, God,

I love you.

I miss you

Susan said nothing.

 

“Sue,”

finding his voice,

“honey,

I had to talk to you one more time.”

He waited three heartbeats for her to speak,

 and when she didn’t,

“I love you!

No one!

I promise no one in your life will

love you as much as I love you!

And I know you love me, too.

I know this is because of collage

and I promise

I’ll do anything

to get into college, Sue.

Only please don’t let them do this to us!

Please, Sue!”

 

“Mitchell…”

 

Oh, God

he sighed.

“Yes, Mrs. Friedman.”

 

“Susan does not want to talk to you,

and she does not want you to call her again!”

 

“Mrs. Friedman,

I know what I did was wrong!

But I got trapped that first night

and had to say what I said!

But I swear I did everything to make it right.

You have no idea what I did

or how hard I worked to make it right!

And I promise I will make it right!

Please, Mrs. Friedman,

I’m still the same guy,

and I know you and Mister Friedman like me…

liked me.”

 

 

“No.

Apparently you are not ‘the same guy’

we thought you were,

nor ‘the same guy’

my daughter thought you were!”

 

“Mrs. Friedman,

 I love Susan,

and know she loves me, too!

Please!”

 

“No!

Susan does not love you!

Susan thinks what you did was reprehensible

and she does not want you to call again!

Do you understand?

And if you do,

we’ll call the police!

Do you understand?”

 

Not answering,

dazed,

he broke the connection.

 

 

What If: Vol 5-1

 Bourbon

 

June 26 to August 25, 1952

 

Summer was spent in an eclipse of unbearable loneliness.

July passed into August…

And the young man passed his eighteenth birthday in black despair.

Refusing to go to dinner with his family,

barely pretending to be

thankful for the gifts given him.

that night,

the night of his birthday,

sneaking a half full

—not in a very optimistic mood—

sneaking a half empty

bottle of Canadian Club from

his father’s liquor cabinet,

driving to Talman Avenue,

at 11:30 that night

he parked in a tight,

but perfectly situated space

directly across from the building

then shut the motor.

 

The window shade partially pulled

to allow a breeze,

Susan’s back-lit bedroom window was opaquely visible.

 

 Leaning against the passenger side door

with legs stretched across the seat,

opening the bottle of bourbon

he took a full-mouthed drink and,

grimacing,

concentrated on keeping it down.

Lighting a cigarette

he took another near-gagging swig.

Putting the bottle between his thighs,

staring at Susan’s window

his heart lurched when the bedroom

light went on and the shadow of a

person he knew was Susan passed

back and forth behind

the partially drawn shade…

Then the light went off  

and his heart pitched once again

as the shade was lifted higher to allow

the passage of more air.

 

Imagining Susan pulling the summer quilt back,

lying on the bed and closing her eyes…

the bittersweet memory of that one time

—that one time only—

when, in the darkness of her bedroom,

Susan had allowed her nude breasts to be kissed

and a nipple to be suckled and,

stretching her hand under the top of his pants,

she’d actually touched his bare penis.

And knowing where that was leading!

And knowing where his next touch would be and,

desperately,

Oh, God, she had thought,

I want him to!

Desperately wanting him to touch her “there,”

“No!” Standing,

 pulling her bra over her breasts,

Susan had left the room

—he remembered that once Susan and he had lain on that bed together,

and…

Though the words were for Susan,

“Susan,”

 the words were a prayer, too.

 “Susan,” he whispered,

“do you remember me?”

Taking another drink,

 “do you think of me, Susan?

Damn you!

Do you know what you’ve let them do to us, Susan?”

Holding back tears,

 closing his eyes,

drawing on the cigarette,

taking another drink,

fixing his mind,

said firmly under his breath,

“Think of me, Susan!”

Concentrating,

willing his thoughts to her mind:

Cry for me, too, Susan!

His tears came.

Miss me like I miss you, Susan, because…

“Oh, God,” he said aloud, “how I miss you!”

 

 

To be continued

©March 18, 2012 / Mark M. Lichterman

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/18/2012
Mark, my Sue had just turned 16, and I was 19 ... On a Saturday night, she was

Baby-Sitting for her older sister. I got there right on time, met her sister & broth-in-law. he had a couple of beers for me in the fridge. after playing with the two kids awhile, she put them in bed. after they were sleeping, she got up to put something 'more comfortable on.'

When she came back, in a beautiful robe, with only a bra & panties beneath ...
my heart was pounding! After 'making out' for a short while, and each 'touching '
the others really private parts, it was time! I was awkward, as it was my First!

But she helped me along until I was inside ... OMG - was this really finally happening? As we were basically 'Riding Bareback' ... at some point she knew what was about to happen, and whispered gently to me "If you Love me, take it out now!" I DID! I was no longer a 'Virgin' ... and she was still 'Safe!'

Occasions like this are Never Ever Forgotten!

Peace - Tom...
Reviewed by Laura Fall 3/17/2012
Truly a remarkable write as always my friend Laura

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