I look at him, handsome, cheeky, wife at home so not really of concern to him or me.
“No, you don’t feel it. Certainly not if you’ve put it in right.”
“Oh.” He seems a little disappointed. I decide to flirt a little, what the hell.
“Would be pretty cool if it did.”
He squints up at me from the desk by the window, the one with the half decent view. The one we all want, but this new guy, a month in the door, somehow has.
The month passes and he’s there with a grin, noticing spots poxing my chin as if a gremlin’s sprayed me with a tiny AK47 from the chocolate bar I’m lifting to my mouth.
“I’ve been looking in the shops.”
“That shit’s expensive!”
I nod, grumpy and wishing it wasn’t so obvious that the curse was upon me once again. Fucking moon, fucking menstruation. Fucking men.
He smiles, sly, eyes glinting with mischief.
“I think I can help you out with that…”
“What, sponsor a sanitary pad? Treat me to a tampon? Piss off.”
He leans closer, and despite myself I want to pull his perfect earlobe into my mouth and never let it go.
“Better. I can get you something so you never have to pay for protection again. Period.”
He sniggers at his little joke, and I’m intrigued.
“I’m not fiddling about with one of them moon cups, I’m clumsy, I’d spill it, trust me.”
“No, trust me. I can sort this out. My brother’s good with this kinda thing.”
“What kinda thing?”
He taps his nose, and I notice his nails are clean but just slightly too long.
I thought his brother worked in the quarantine section of the zoo. Maybe he did, maybe he was just an inventor on the side. I never thought to ask. Not till later. I wasn’t thinking about the cons when he brought me the pro.
“Stick this baby in? Sliiiide it in like it was your favourite…” he looked at me and I blushed “…toy. And you’ll never need another of them fiddly paper bullets.”
He folded my fingers round the small metal sheath lying heavy in my hand.
“It’s kinda like a washing machine. You just need to know it works, not how it does it.”
Again with the nose tap, and I’m hypnotised by the creamy crescent of nail like a child’s tooth on his fingertip.
“Don’t I need to take it out and replace it? Wash it or something?”
“Nah. Just let it do its thing while you do yours. But you’re gonna have to let it settle in. And no sex.”
He smiles and I can hear him breathe, feel its heat on my skin.
“You won’t want to with this.”
I raise an eyebrow. He opens his mouth and I pre-empt him, “I know, I know, ‘trust me’”.
In the ladies, I look it over like I wanted to at my desk but couldn’t. Similar to a blunt steel syringe, quite like an applicator tampon, but there’s no string dangling like a dead rat’s tail, and it has an unusual weight to it.
I can feel the surge of the crimson flood, and I hate the pads, the tampons, the care I have to take in getting the angle right for insertion, the fear of a leak, the pain when I yank the string for removal and catch a pube too. Fuck it.
I stick it in, as far as it will go, push the plunger and feel a warmth spread through me as if I’m drunk and vibing it up, as high as the speed setting will go. Ohhh, it’s good. I walk out the cubicle as if half asleep, wash my hands with plenty of soap, stick the empty steel in the bin under plenty of paper, then wink at myself in the mirror. Looking good, kid, and feeling fine. Pretty damn fine.
I don’t question it, would you if you were always coming, and never going? Would you? Course not.
Not till I have cause to months later.
It’s after the office party, well after. The pretty girls are done photocopying their bottoms, the boss has gone home with a hard-on to his long suffering wife, and me and a few of the guys are off to the pub for a follow up.
Then I’m in the beer garden, lighting a fag, still in that good good mood of great, effortless continuous sex. And he gets me from behind.
Nobody knows I’m here.
They’ll think I’m in the ladies, or on the dance floor, or at the bar. His hand splits my lip on my teeth with the strength of sick silence, his other one tugs my skirt up and his zip down. Since the silver syringe, I’ve done away with knickers, never wear them. Never need to. I wish I had that flimsy barrier now. I struggle and squirm, hating him, terrified, that BASTARD, and he prods me with his thing, stabs it in-
and shrieks with pain. Tries to pull away. Now he’s the one twisting and squirming, battling to be free. There’s a horrible, hideous tearing sound and he falls to the ground with a squealing scream. It reminds me of the pigs my daddy used to butcher on the farm, before mum left and I chose to go.
I clamp my hand to my groin and feel wet warmth there, where I haven’t for months. Then as I whimper, and he groans far away on the floor, flopping in the pooling blood, I feel it pulling away.
What the fuck?
What the fuck was it and where the fuck’s it going?
Someone throws the door open and light falls over my attacker. He’s twitching with shock now, pale, anonymous; I’ve never seen him before in my life. But I’m sure he used to have a penis.
There’s just a horrible meaty mess amongst the hair now, and the bouncers rush to help him, taking care not to stand in the wet red surrounding him, ignoring me in the shadows by the wall.
I stick my fingers in, glad I kept my nails short. They feel the stub of him, feel the warm strength of my vaginal vault, then… holy shit.
I pull my fingers out, quick, hold them up to my face.
The bouncers are calling for an ambulance now, looking about for his penis.
I step into the light, and all I see are my fingertips.
And the teeny, tiny bite marks my pet made, nibbling me within.
Before it knew it was just me, just mummy.
And carried on with its welcome feast.
By Gill Hoffs