“What do you see on the other side of the door when you look through a keyhole?“
– a prompt for this week’s CW piece.
As a child, I was sheltered.
“It’s for your own good” – my parents used to say.
Or: “You don’t need to know that, yet.”
Back in the day, I did not have a computer, or a phone to look things up on. Books were the only things I could learn from. They were rationed based on my age, and what my parents though was adequate for my level of development.
“I have something to show you” – said Frank one day when we were playing at his house.
“What is it?”
“Come in here” – he said, pulling me into his room, making sure that no one was outside, and closed the door.
“Frank, what’s going on?”
“Shhh! Be quiet. I don’t want my mom to come barging in” – he replied, reaching under his mattress.
He sat on the floor, and I lowered myself to the ground next to him. In his hands he had a newspaper. No. A magazine. Or maybe a comic. I wasn’t sure, as it was rolled up in his hands.
“OK. Ready to have your mind blown?” – he asked and unfolded a Playboy magazine in front of my eyes.
“Gross” – was my first reaction.
“Have you never seen a naked lady before?” – he asked with judgement in his eyes.
“OF COURSE I have” – I said, trying to muster up as much confidence as I could.
“Good. I was worried you were going to run crying to your mommy” – he said, turning onto the next page.
As he browsed through the magazine he said to have gotten from his older brother, I wondered why all these women weren’t ashamed of being seen by random boys.
“What do you think of this one?” – he asked, pointing at the spread featuring a nurse sitting on a chair.
Her uniform was too tight.
So tight that the top button couldn’t hold in her full breasts.
One of her legs was lifted, and resting on a stool, revealing the secrets under her skirt.
“I like it” – I answered.
“You LIKE it?” – Frank asked, clearly offended by my answer.
“Dude, are you homo, or something?” – he asked, leaning away from me.
“No. I’m not” – I couldn’t get those words out fast enough.
“She’s hot. It’s just clear that you like her, so I didn’t want to salivate over your lady” – I answered, looking at him so as to see if it worked.
“Bros before hoes. I like it, man” – he said and high-fived me.
“So have you actually seen it when they do it?” – he asked after putting the Playboy away.
“Do what?” – I asked, in need of a clue.
“You know… It.” – he said, as he formed a circle with his left hand’s thumb and index finger, and then put his right index finger through it.
“Ahhh” – I said as if I knew what he was talking about.
“You have?” – he asked excitedly.
“No, actually, I haven’t” – I said, realizing that he wanted to know more.
“Neither have I, but my brother told me that he hears our parents do it all the time.”
“Hmmm…” – I uttered, wondering what “it” sounded like.
That night I was determined to be enlightened. I was hoping that I would hear the proper noises and finally know everything that my parents kept me from learning.
Unfortunately, that night my parents had an argument and my father went to a bar. I have no idea when he came back, but I must have been long asleep by then.
Staying up late every night, hoping to hear something extraordinary, was starting to take a toll on me. I was tired in the mornings.
“I’ve seen my parents do it last night” – said Frank one morning.
“How was it?” – I asked, hoping that he’d save me some sleepless nights.
“Why don’t you tell me when you finally see for yourself and become a man.”
That was all the motivation I needed.
Two nights later, I heard moans, panting and muted screams coming from my parents’ bedroom. I carefully tiptoed up to their door, and pressed my ears against the door. Pleasure sure sounded a lot like pain.
I looked through the keyhole and saw a huge ball of sheets on the bed. It was whirling around, back and forth. Limbs everywhere.
While I was trying to register every detail so that I could tell Frank the next day, I felt a breeze, and then a poke on the shoulder.
As I turned around slowly, a hand wrapped around my mouth.
“Shhhh” – the man in the mask mimed.
I tried to remain calm, but the butcher knife in his spare hand wasn’t filling me with optimism.
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