QUEEN OF THE NIGHT…
…It is night and I cannot sleep.
Jed cannot sleep either.
I can hear him turning in his bed but I do not speak.
Steve is asleep.
It must be about three in the morning.
There are strange voices outside my window and a knock at the back door.
I wait for Jed to get it, which he does, eventually.
I listen to the conversation – two guys in search of some ‘American chick’-
Jed eventually convinces them that she is not inside.
I wish she was and play with that thought for awhile.
Jed climbs back into his bed.
There are strange voices on the other side of the apartment
and then… a knock at the front door.
I start to laugh.
Jed sighs and goes to the door.
They go through the whole rigmarole
again practically word for word as I resort
to suppressing my laughter in the pillow.
Jed eventually convinces them for the
second time that she is not in our apartment.
“Didn’t they recognise you?”
“Maouri – albinos – both of them,” says Jed by way of explanation.
“Twin albino Maouri – are you having me on?”
A glint in Jed’s eye.
“I was tormenting that lizard, this afternoon, the white one.”…
“I knew it was for you.”