The man shook his head. The man shook his head, slowly.
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For a moment it seemed to Shadow as if the man was insubstantial; as if the plane had suddenly become more real, while his neighbor had become less so. I can pay you better than any other job you find will pay you. The grin got bigger. Shadow found himself remembering a PBS show about chimpanzees. There may be a little risk, of course, but if you survive you can have whatever your heart desires. You could be the next king of America. Easy on the ice—not, of course, that there has ever been any other kind of age. Information and knowledge: two currencies that have never gone out of style.
Mister Wednesday. Although given the weather, it might as well be Thursday, eh?
Job offer. Think about it. Take your time.
The plane landed with a bump, and a few passengers got off. Shadow looked out of the window: it was a little airport in the middle of nowhere, and there were still two little airports to go before Eagle Point. Shadow transferred his glance to the man in the pale suit—Mr.
He seemed to be asleep. Impulsively, Shadow stood up, grabbed his bag, and stepped off the plane, down the steps onto the slick, wet tarmac, walking at an even pace toward the lights of the terminal.
A light rain spattered his face. Before he went inside the airport building, he stopped, and turned, and watched. No one else got off the plane. The ground crew rolled the steps away, the door was closed, and it took off. Shadow walked inside and he rented what turned out, when he got to the parking lot, to be a small red Toyota.
Eagle Point was about miles away. The storms had passed, if they had come this far.
It was cold and clear. Clouds scudded in front of the moon, and for a moment Shadow could not be certain whether it was the clouds or the moon that were moving.
It was getting late. He was hungry, and When he realized how hungry he really was, he pulled off at the next exit and drove into the town of Nottamun pop. He filled the gas tank at the Amoco and asked the bored woman at the cash register where he could get something to eat. Jack says they add character. Through the town, over a bridge, on for a couple of miles, and he stopped at a low, rectangular building with an illuminated Pabst sign. The parking lot was half empty.
Shadow looked around for the crocodiles, but could not see them. He wondered if the woman in the gas station had been pulling his leg. Best chili in the state. There was a stuffed alligator head mounted on the door. Shadow went through the door. It was a clean, well-lit rest room.
Shadow looked around the room first; force of habit. He took the urinal stall on the left. Then he unzipped his fly and pissed for an age, feeling relief. He read the yellowing press clipping framed at eye level, with a photo of Jack and two alligators. There was a polite grunt from the urinal immediately to his right, although he had heard nobody come in.
The man in the pale suit was bigger standing than he had seemed sitting on the plane beside Shadow. He was staring ahead of him. He finished pissing, shook off the last few drops, and zipped himself up. Then he grinned, like a fox eating shit from a barbedwire fence.
Do you want a job? In a dark red room—the color of the walls is close to that of raw liver—is a tall woman dressed cartoonishly in too-tight silk shorts, her breasts pulled up and pushed forward by the yellow blouse tied beneath them. Her black hair is piled high and knotted on top of her head. Standing beside her is a short man wearing an olive T-shirt and expensive blue jeans.
He is holding, in his right hand, a wallet and a Nokia mobile phone with a red-white-and-blue faceplate. The red room contains a bed, upon which are white satin-style sheets and an oxblood bedspread. At the foot of the bed is a small wooden table, upon which is a small stone statue of a woman with enormous hips, and a candleholder. The woman hands the man a small red candle. The man looks at her hungrily, then he takes the candle from her and pushes it into the candleholder.
She passes him a book of matches. He tears off a match, lights the wick: it flickers and then burns with a steady flame, which gives the illusion of motion to the faceless statue beside it, all hips and breasts. She massages his white shoulders with her brown fingers; then she turns him over and begins to make love to him with her hands, and her fingers, and her tongue. It seems to him that the lights in the red room have been dimmed, and the sole illumination comes from the candle, which burns with a bright flame.
She is rocking back and forth on him: the engorged head of his penis is being rubbed against the wet lips of her vulva. Will you pray to me?
Will you worship me with your body? He smiles. Is that all she wants? She reaches her hand between her legs and slips him inside her. I worship your thighs and your eyes and your cherry-red lips Your kiss is honey and your touch scorches like fire, and I worship it. Let me walk in dark places unharmed and let me come to you once more and sleep beside you and make love with you again.
I worship you with everything that is within me, and everything inside my. That feels amazing. So amazing I pray And then the pleasure crests into orgasm, blasting his mind into void, his head and self and entire being a perfect blank as he thrusts deeper into her and deeper still Eyes closed, spasming, he luxuriates in the moment; and then he feels a lurch, and it seems to him that he is hanging, head down, although the pleasure continues.
He thinks, grasping for thought and reason again, of birth, and wonders, without fear, in a moment of perfect postcoital clarity, whether what he sees is some kind of illusion. He is inside her to the chest, and as he stares at this in disbelief and wonder she rests both hands upon his shoulders and puts gentle pressure on his body. He feels the lips of her vulva tight around his upper chest and back, constricting and enveloping him.
He wonders what this would look like to somebody watching them.