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naked on that skinny bed after we had made love, sweating and alive, unable to get enough of each other, so sure of our perfection. I can see her gazing up at me. That is when I knew how love felt. There is a tapping on my window and when I open my eyes, Tabatha is there with a bottle of wine and a smile. We finish the joint, drinking wine from the bottle, and then kiss to Brahms, still wailing and soaring and dive-bombing. “We will go to my place now,” she says. She pulls out onto the main drag, empty at this hour, and heads up the island. We pass a movie theater, dark and quiet, and a hotel with an Irish restaurant on the first floor, an old man stumbling out the swinging door, and a gas station with a convenience store, lit up like Disneyland, a halfdozen cars lined up with the engines running, the windows down, bass and drums thumping. Brahms has given way to something else foreign to me. I close my eyes and ride the piano on a million notes then quiet then explosion then violin then piano and then the whole orchestra joining in the party. We park at the end of a side street near the beach. The houses are dark. Tabatha settles back in her seat and waits for me. I kiss her and touch her until she comes, until she’s clutching me as if she’s afraid of falling on slippery ice and she moans like blowing across an empty soda bottle. She says, “If you love me, you can tell me.” I’ve never loved anyone but my wife, but if I don’t love her anymore, then what is there to keep me from loving Tabatha? “You too,” I say. “There is a bench on the beach at the edge of the dunes. I will take you there.” There are wooden stairs at the end the street. We climb up through the sea grass and across the dunes to the bench, where we are alone with the ocean, the sky, and the stars. I put my arm around her and she rests her head on my shoulder. I try to forget.

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