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They were pulling shards of glass out of my back. " I'm not sure if I believe him. "But the nurse was really hot," he says. I can't resist chiding him. " I ask. " "You know, with the skin. " He looks at me and touches the area around his eye, which is turning the colors of a gasoline spill in sunlight. "I can't believe you actually fell for that," he says, and shakes his head. I go to a lecture for my Portraiture in Painting class. The professor turns on the slide projector and switches off the lights.
Congratulations," I say. The ROTC boy calls me from a bar, where he's drinking with teammates after a hockey game. "I've got tacks in my face for you," he yells into the phone. I look at the clock. It's after midnight. " I say. " "Hey Tice," he calls out to someone else. " I hear yelling, music, a game on TV, a cheer. " I say. " "Like twenty. " I say. " "Sure," he says. " "Yeah," I say. "Tice," I hear him yell. He puts the phone down and I hear his voice from a few feet away. " I hang up. Tom calls me and tells me he wants his lamp back.
He's taking a long time. When we were teenagers, Freddie said, "You know in old movies when the women say they're going to go into the bathroom to slip into something more comfortable? " When he comes back into the room his breath is fresh. " "I used my finger," he says. He sits on the bed next to me and then kisses me. His tongue tastes of Aquafresh, but his lips smell like cigarettes. "I didn't know you smoked," I say. "I know. " Close-up, his face has little diamond marks, acne scars. Maybe from when he was eighteen and a coke fiend.