By Wanda Morrow-Clevenger

Getting wasted wasn’t the primary goal. Neither was dancing. Both backdrop, secondary bit-players in the small-town extravaganza. Our Town for the ’70s. Leaving with a guy, being seen leaving with him, the band’s muffled last hoorah cut off as the car door thuds shut, warm vinyl against bare ass was the goal.

Every Saturday night was the same: same place, same band. Same faces, too, for the most part. Sometimes it was with a repeat horn-dog, but usually it was a different guy in a different backseat helping to spread the good word. And it was always good: the beer, the music, the sex. It’s what we lived for.

The dingy, three-stall john was perpetually crammed with girls in varying degrees of lucidity. A reeking toxic-dump of cheap perfumes necessary to mask two hours of dancing and excessive consumption. Estee floated in a floral plume around my waist-length hair, worth every hard-earned penny of the twenty-five dollar price tag. Nectar blossoming against damp skin barely restrained in halters enhanced the passion during the slow dances, though not needed. The Guild’s rendition of "Silhouettes on the Wall," everyone’s preferred grab and grope song, dialed up the pheromone level on its own.

A row of firm plums, ripe for the picking, crowded a narrow shelf vying for face time. Tender youth pressed as close to the mirrored wall as a tube of lipstick would allow and wiped away glisten with quick fluffs of Maybelline. It was a sea of faded bellbottoms and proud nipples poking through spaghetti-strap tanks. The blend of loopy chatter dwarfed the sound of flushing.

It was a rush to pee, powder your nose, and get back to your guy before his attention wandered or he got into a fight. No girl wanted to miss the start of the last set. Whoever you ended up with, who was still clinging on in hopes of a farewell fuck in the parking lot, was who you danced McCartney’s "1985" circle dance with.

On Saturday night all was fair. Every girl wanted a piece of the night to call her own. Every guy just wanted a piece. The blaring music became background noise. The band: scenery bought and paid for with the price of admission. The stamp on the back of the hand was a brand marking you old enough to know better.

Getting some in the parking lot at midnight was never a sin. Getting caught by two overzealous cops who thought they were making a drug bust--we perps naked and obviously not smoking--was considerable bad luck. Facing down the cops, my lace panties stuffed into my accomplice’s back pocket while scared to death I would be hauled in for screwing, was terrifying. Being released with a warning, then cajoled into finishing the job we’d started was less than romantic.

Having those events exposed was worst of all. Watching one week later, along with two hundred drunk others, as a band member produced my panties, smelled them, then put them on his head like some Easter pussy hat is something I’ll never forget . . . or forgive.
Wanda Morrow~Clevenger is a freelance writer living in Hettick, IL. She is published in The Storyteller, Nuthouse, The Nocturnal Lyric, and online in Up The Staircase


Leon said...

Not the usual fare for these parts, but definitely an interesting read.Nice work.


Anonymous said...

Leon, much thanks.
Proud to be here. --Wanda

Jake said...

I like the sketch-like quality of this flash. It's like a snapshot of a seedy time and place seen through one pair of eyes. Nice.

Jen said...

This paints a picture of a sad reality. Well written.

Jimmy Callaway said...

Yeah, seconded all around. "Evocative" is the word I'd use to describe this (hoping that's the right word). Good work.

Anonymous said...

A tiny excerpt from my memoirs.
Evocative works. Thanks. ~Wanda

Wanda Morrow-Clevenger said...

Another bit of possible interest from my memoirs will appear in Clockwise Cat, winter issue #16, 2009. :)