“So. Henry has this fetish….”
Marjory swirled her martini around with a naked swizzle stick. She’d already eaten the olives.
“Okay,” Jackie replied, waiting for the ellipses to run out. They didn’t.
“So, is he into feet or something?”
Marjory shook her head.
“Breast milk? Teddy bears? Tell me it’s not corpses.”
“No, no. It’s none of that. Besides, Henry’s too squeamish for dead people.”
Jackie downed the last of her cosmo and signaled for another.
“So, what’s he into then?”
Marjory blushed and looked away.
“Yeah. You know… Greek statues.”
“Like…the kind in museums. With boobs and missing bits?”
“Yeah. Like those.”
“Huh. That’s interesting.”
Marjory had always played it kind of straight. Jackie was the one who’d gotten around. She waited for her sister to say more, but wasn’t surprised when she didn’t.
“So what’s the problem? It could be worse. It could be corpses.”
“Stop with the corpses. This is serious.”
The bartender set down Jackie’s cosmo. She tossed him a wink for the extra twist.
“So,” she said, toying with the little curl of lemon. “Tell me why it’s serious. Can’t he get it up? Can he only fuck in the Met? Museum fucking is hot….”
“No! I mean, yes. He can get it up. But he really, really wants me to do this thing and I’ve never done anything like it before and I don’t know if it’s normal or not.”
“Sweetie,” Jackie said, “there is not such thing as normal. There’s just stuff you’ve done and stuff you haven’t. So what does he want you to do?”
“He wants me to…you know. Dress up.”
“Like what? A statue?”
“Yeah,” Marjory said, chewing her lip. “Like a statue. He even bought me an urn.”
“Aw! He bought you an urn? That’s super sweet!”
“Yeah, but is it? Sweet, I mean? Isn’t it kind of weird?”
“I don’t know. What does he want you to do with it?”
“While he fucks it?”
“No. Just hold it. While I watch.”
“Yeah?” Jackie smiled. It was a smile she knew Marjory hated, but only because she’d never smiled that way herself. “Watch what?”
Marjory leaned in and dropped her voice.
“He wants me to watch him…masturbate.”
Jackie slapped the bar and laughed.
“That’s it? He wants you to hold a vase while he wanks? That’s great! Oh! You know what you should do? You should wear, like, a sheer toga thing and expose one breast. That would be lovely! He’d be so surprised!”
“Jackie, I’m serious!”
“Marjory, so am I! Of all the fetishes in the world, this one is pretty sweet. Random, but sweet. It’s not like he’s asking you to cut off your arms for authenticity. Besides, haven’t you ever watched a guy get off? It’s fucking hot!”
The bartender glanced over and pretended to straighten the cocktail napkins. Jackie pounced.
“Hey! Sexy guy! Am I right? Isn’t being watched by a woman you’re into hot?”
“Uh…yeah. Actually, it is.”
The bartender smiled. Jackie grinned.
“See? It’s hot! And the only other thing he’s asking for is that you hold a thing and stand super still while he does it. My vote is that you go for it. Expand your horizons. Embrace the new.”
“I don’t know….”
“Of course, you don’t. You’ve never tried it. Go on. Be a statue. Live a little.”
“Okay…if that’s what you think.”
“That’s exactly what I think,” Jackie said, scrawling her number on a napkin and sliding it to the bartender. He took it and tucked it into his pocket. “You’ve already got the urn. Now all you need is something sheer.”
“I don’t have something sheer.”
“We’ll go shopping for curtains tomorrow.”