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Polishing the Silver

Polishing the Silver

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Published by Terry Collett

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Published by: Terry Collett on Jan 05, 2013
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POLISHING THE SILVER.Susie polishes the silver.She hates polishing theforks, the bits in between,the stink of the cleanser.She’d rather be in bedwith Polly in the attic.Holding her close, feelingher body next to hers. The cold weather offersa good excuse. Polly’dsay, get off me you queergit, otherwise. She rubsthe cloth over the prongs,the stink making her feelnauseous. Dudman, thebutler will be along soon.He’ll snoop up close to her,look over her shoulder;press his body next to hers.Maids are as nothing, heoften said, pressing hisfinger into her back, orpinching her arse. She holdsher breath as long as shecan; the stink is getting to her.She thinks back to the night
before, Polly’s nightgownagainst her flesh, her smellinvading her nose, spooningclose. She recalls the moonin the skylight, captured likea painting, the stars spreadlike vomit on a dark cloth.Mrs Gripe the cook called hera lazy cow over breakfast,the fat bitch staring at herwith her cow like eyes. Sherubs between prongs, easesalong the handle. She’d love toshove the fork into Dudman’sarse; push it in with all hermight. Soon the bell wouldring, someone would wantmorning tea upstairs. Shebreathes out, puts downthe fork, picks out a spoonand begins the cleaning again,thinking of Polly, her fingerscaressing the spoon’s end,imagining fingering alongPolly’s waist, moving herthumb into the indentation,sensing her body move, that

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