Tuffenuf shows me the red spandex he is wearing. “I want to get you in my show,” I tell him, “so can you wear compression shorts a lot higher up those thighs?”
“No problem,” he smiles cooperatively. When I see Tuffenuf smile, he makes me feel twenty-three again. That is why I am really fixated into this fantasy about nineteen-seventy-nine SupraStyle Retro-Gear. Rema actually got me into this.
“How old were you when you felt your parents’ home was no longer your home?” Out of the blue comes this Lad who is more interested in hearing what I have to say than what he has to say. Finally!
“Oh, in nineteen-seventy-nine,” I tell Tuffenuf. “That makes me twenty-three.”
“I was 14,” says Tuffenuf.
It is time for images of moon-glow, face-glow, and fist-glow. It is time for the New Gypsy Minstrels to play their music for us. It is time for the Fight-Dances. Last night, I saw one hell of a Fight-Dance between Rad and G-Ray. In my mind’s eye, we are creating two hundred grand in six months.
“With all this unconventional genius,” says Rad, while showing me his entire photo spread of head-to-toe full body shots so he can show off his Retro-Wear. I am ready to climb over the fence with Rad__any minute__without offense. There are a lot of nice shots of him wearing spandex. “I am paying attention, Rad,” I tell him. “I got my eye on you.”
“So you noticed?”
“I always catch’ya lookin’!,” says Rad laughing. “I know you want me to catch you looking.”
And now I see that Rad did respond to my watching, even when I thought he never would. I always knew that he would find his way back. He knows he is ready now.
“And who is that black guy in track shorts with the dark, smooth ebony legs?,” I ask upon seeing the Prince’s New Vision Vision Wall.
“That would be me,” says Rad, “the one with the inner-thigh slaps.” He shows off, for me, his smooth sculptured legs. “You flatter me,” he says as though he is reading my mind. Could it be that since he can read my mind, that now finally another Soul-Mate has arrived? Now that would be worth a thousand dollars a day.
I am facing The Radical Pirate. Face to face with Rad… That is all I can say about it now.