Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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The long shadow of the Place Vendôme fell upon us before she was bluelit, nearly vanishing in the diffused light, nearly taking us with it. For just a moment, how I wished exactly that. Given what had happened in the intervening decades, we -- I -- could have lived with such a dénouement. I tried to think only of the task at hand, one so dear, so vital, to the both of us, but that delicious memory, along with so many others, welled up from the deep, cresting and crashing in a tearful cataclysm as I read her barely legible script.

I thought of Père Lachaise and the two of us leaning against Proust's tenebrous slab trying to outwit each other, and how I so often failed. I remembered the narrow black doors of Chausson's famished crypt and arguing over which was better, the concert in D or the trio in G minor, making up by zigzagging hither and yon until one of us caught the other. And now, she would be joining that exclusive company, not in that most famous necropolis, but somewhere close.

Then, when I played Come, heavy sleepe, she had laughed, not at my choice of Dowland, but at my bold step of something unexpected, something old in lieu of the ubiquitous goodnight kiss. My rewards were bushels of those evening after evening as we greedily explored the unmapped places of the world and each other.

Now, she looked at me with those sad, grey eyes resting against the cold, wooden headboard, and I thought of when we learned each other's secret so long ago, promising to keep it safe no matter what.

Her sallow, motionless face belied the warmth still coursing through her body as I took her wrinkled hand in mine. Despite the condition that had sapped her once fierce strength, she managed to grip me tightly, conjuring a primal fire one more time. Whatever splendidly destructive passion that once separated us fell away as crumbling masonry, revealing the graceful, unbreakable foundation beneath.

Those heather pearls sifted the air above before descending to meet me, a gentle, pink smile painted on her weary, yet still beautiful face. Her lips could no longer speak, but she voiced thick volumes with her silent plea, remembering our mutual promise. Of course she remembered. I cried, as did she. Whomever was left was tasked with keeping our secrets. I never believed that I'd be the one.

I kissed that gentle, pink smile in the lengthening shade and watched her eyes close for the last time, waiting for her breath to vanish in the diffused light. When it did, I wept, then sat stunned as a giggle broke through the inexorable cascade. This time she would have laughed at me for such childlike hesitation. Werewolves are a bit too gamy, even to us ghouls, but a promise is a promise. Rest in peace, my love.


Übermilf said...

It should be "wept," not "weeped."

Also, do ghouls eat things? I thought they were some sort of spirit.

This story is all wrong.

Rewrite it.

Randal Graves said...

Fix what? I never make fifth grade spelling errors. Ghouls are known to eat the dead.

And I'm sorry, but monsters need love too, you heartless Texan.

Tengrain said...

Graves, you swine!

If Barbara Cartland ever wrote a werewolf-romance novel, I think it might go something like this, except of course the he-wolf would rip the bodice off of the she-wolf and then things would get interesting with 8 heaving bosoms.

Tip: You can always blame the spelling and grammatical errors on her, btw.



sunshine said...

Are you and Beach having a "make Laura cry" contest this week?

I swear, I was wiping tears away as I read this.
Very moving. Very excellent. :)


sunshine said...

Hang on a sec.
Did he eat her in the end? :0

Randal Graves said...

tengrain, I was certainly going for something more heartwarmingly romantic than tawdry sex 'cause that's the kind of classy guy I am.

sunshine, I'm glad someone got it, thank you. Et bien sûr, a ghoul (or werewolf, as it might have been) has gotta eat!

Übermilf said...

It figures you'd go with the Islamofascist definition of ghoul.

Beach Bum said...

Damn, that hit me like a Mack truck! This was great, Hell this was Literature!

Werewolves too gamy? That's what Tabasco sauce is for.

Holte Ender said...

WOW - Tremendous.

Demeur said...

Graves you swine! And you didn't even save a breast or drumstick for me.

La Belette Rouge said...

Le sigh! You may be the next "Twilight" guy. Who did write Twilight anyways? Well whoever he is he better watch out, there's a new guy/ghoul in town.

MRMacrum said...

Very nice Randal. Excellent as a matter of fact.

sunshine said...

Well , as long as he didn't eat her in the Biblical sense. :P
Gawd! What is it with me today?? That's the second pussy joke I've made today!


sunshine said...

Oh, and I freely admit the joke wasn't even funny. :)
Well, I giggled but I'm very immature.

sunshine said...

Hey! I'm starting to feel like "BBC" here. Answering my own comments on other blogs..
I need to stay away from him.....

sunshine said...

Oh. What the hell... one more!

I'll really do a "BBC" for ya...

"The weather here in Ontario was very nice today. A high of 10 and lot's of sun.
I think I'll go camping! Or make some soup.
Grumble, grumble.. fuck, fuck, fuck. You're all monkeys!"

Hope he doesn't read your blog or I'm screwed BIG TIME!!!

sunshine said...

Delete those BBC jokes would cha?
He'll kill me if he sees them. :)

Love you Billy!!!

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Are was that a low fat or high fat meal? Any idea on the calorie count? Just wonderin'....

Why is it that stuff like this is so sexy to me? I think your blog is a bad influence...I'm supposed to be avoiding all temptation of sin.

Tom Harper said...

Cool picture of Place Vendome. I've actually been there. Magic place (like everything in Paris).

Sunshine: Another BBC fan, I see. He's all over my blog too. (My local non-political blog, not the "main" political one.)

Every other word is "monkey" and he ends every comment with "ha ha ha." We live in the same town but we've never met. I know several people who know him; they say he's just as wacky in person as he is online.

S.W. Anderson said...

"The long shadow of the Place Vendôme fell upon us before she was bluelit, nearly vanishing in the diffused light, nearly taking us with it."

Hmmm, Randal is writing about a gas lamp. No, it's a pilot light that had to be re-lit. But he forgot to mention the BOOOMMM!

"Then, when I played Come, heavy sleepe, she had laughed . . ."

She was being good natured. Some women don't consider this playful. They look on it as a male postcoital habit that really ticks them off.

"Now, she looked at me with those sad, grey eyes resting against the cold, wooden headboard . . ."

Uh, head resting against headboard, no problem. Dentures resting on bedside table, OK. Eyes resting on headboard, no. At least not unless she had a physiologically unique set of peepers. :)

Dr. Zaius said...

If werewolves are so gamy, why are they so bad at checkers? Or Twister for that matter?

susan said...

That was most cool. We're all monsters who enjoy tender moments of grace.

sunshine said...

Sorry for "Drunk commenting" on your blog last night. ;P
Not sure what I was thinking... you don't have to delete the comments. I'm not scared of him..
Well, I am but... I think I can sweet talk him. :)


Randal Graves said...

übermilf, well, I do yearn for the downfall of your imperialist nation.

BB, thanks, and I'm not a big fan of Tabasco. What about teriyaki?

holte, merci!

demeur, I'm sorry man, but how often does one get to eat werewolf?

LBR, Twilight? Them's fightin' words! That said, please buy 80 billion copies of my crappy stuff.

mrmacrum, thanks, I wasn't sure if the ending would be too stupid in relation to the rest. Or maybe that's the best part, you suckers gotta be the judge.

sunshine, no need to apologize, we heartily endorse such endeavors.

I think BBC died and his ghost is possessing you, that's the most plausible explanation.

nunly, I'm not sure about the calories, but low carbs and saturated fats. Sinning is much more enjoyable than being righteous, plus you guys have a built in 'get out of jail free' card, right? Just confess and get back to sinning. ;-)

tom, all you bastards with your world traveling, go to hell.

BBC may indeed be wacky, but his main point about us being monkeys fucking around isn't all that off base.

SWA, the explosion was in the original draft, but it felt too Michael Bay-ish.

As if you'd be against removable eyeballs. Whenever they get tired, just hang them in a sack. They're not just for stashes anymore.

dr.zaius, I can't answer that, but don't ever play Monopoly with them. They're always eating the red hotels.

susan, thanks, definitely part of the vibe I was going for.

sunshine, of course you can, that's what you Canadians do, and why no one ever wants to invade. Besides us, of course. ;-)

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