Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Theme Thursday: Limo

Swirls of white, with glittering smiles, the happy couple spun furiously around the hard wood floor, full of new life and hope, to the delight of the crowd of family and friends. Crystal cups of red punch, adorned the hands around the circle, a blush in contrast to the purity of the moment.

Slipping in the back door, his grey suit, pressed just for the occasion and quirky top hat perched precariously above his close shaven chin, he took up an easy stance in the shadows to wait. A familiar grin creeps across his face at my approach, a memory of our past acquaintance.

When did you start driving a limo?

Contemplation gripped his eyes in a far off gaze, his mouth clammy to stutter his tale of woe...infidelity had cost him dearly, a trist with a co-worker, both married, now only tentatively. Reversing course to save face, he shares tales of wickedness and wanton glimpsed through the clouded glass partition that separated him from his passengers, with an impish grin.

My heart shriveled, as if biting down hard on a lemon, seeing the man once revered, lusts tentacles buried so deep. I knew addiction's embrace well. Jumping from one flame to the next to avoid the burn, losing sensation without its touch...we give in to one more click, a box of donuts,one more pull, one more swipe of the card, one more release.

More. More. More. Until exhausted we cry...Until we replace our desire with something we desire even more, something better, filling the vacuum of the fleeing hooks. Giving direction to our addictions. Speechless, I nodded, excusing myself to return to the throng, my frantic thoughts unsaid.

Soft tired hands held the limo door open, amid an afternoon shower of birdseed, as the couple dashed into the dark interior. A secure thump closed the breach, sliding into the front seat he pushed off into his own river Styx.

Limo.

42 comments:

Kate Hanley said...

Amazing, truly. Happy TT! I'm too busy with rehearsals to post my own and limo had me stumped but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's.

Betsy said...

The best...as always! I'm not even going to ask if it's true...cause they always are! Truth is always stranger than fiction, huh!

liza said...

Lovely memory...just lovely. You remember things with such tenderness. On another note...are packing or warmer climate, yet?

only a movie said...

I love how you weave so many experiences together into one short piece. Well done as usual, Brian.

An Open Heart said...

Hmmmmm....I went in many directions with that one....back even as far as my sister's wedding...and a limo situation.....

;o)
S

Brian Miller said...

@kate - thanks. hope all is going well and the cast is gelling....got that drink yet?

@betsy - ty. true...about 7 years back i believe...T and I were trying to figure out whose wedding it was tonight, but i do remember the driver, but i'll let him keephis anonymity...

@liza - we are waiting on the house to sell here...but we have an offer coming in this week from a couple that has been by several times...so we will see...

@only - its all the different threads of life coming together in the tapestry...or i'm just full of it...lol.

@an open heart - ok, need a blog on that one...smiles.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Again, you knock me out! Great writing.
Thank you.

Dreamhaven said...

didn't realize the TT glitch until today!!
Loved your post. ty for finding mine

Cinnamon said...

One more click bought me here, lol!

I was just over at Tom's and his little doodle made me think 'who'd be a limo-driver?'. And here we have a gut-wrenching scenario.

Not that there's anything wrong in being a limo-driver, i hasten to add! This man's occupation is coincidental- it is his slide into the vice-grip of his addictions which is painful to read.

And we all have to kick against that tide sometimes.

Pastor Sharon said...

wow, Brian, you have posted a couple times this week with the same theme of broken relationships.

This one is well written about the lusts that humans try and fill that empty spot with.

Posts like these help us readers remember the frailty of life if we don't pay attention to where the focus is and should be.

Amy said...

I love how your write and grab my attention and make me think. The way you bring many situations into one piece and make them all fit!
Great post!

Tom said...

addictions are sooo boring. I mean who wants to do the same thing over and over and over....lol. Seriously, that's a heavy post and brilliant writing.

otin said...

I loved the river Styx reference, just gave me great visual in my head!

Perfect, as usual!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

...pushed off into his own river Styx.
Such a great ending and perchance beginning. -Jayne

JeffScape said...

Hah! You did Styx, I did Acheron! Right on.

Wings said...

Interesting take on the whole thing. Sometimes we just a word, I guess, to spin some amazing little tale. Great piece.

subtorp77 said...

Brian, well done sir! As Princess Cheese would say, "You Rock!"

Lorraine said...

Oh ...sumptuous, passionate, crash! Limo, love it ;)

Daniel said...

So many chains hold us back and keep us down. Lust for flesh, for money, for success, for more sucks the life out of us. Once you are fully in its grasp, it is so hard to get out.

willow said...

Box of donuts? Do you have spies?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh my....gotta watch out for those tentacles!!

driver wasn't named johnny by any chance! (obviously I went to the manor earlier)

happy tt!

Annie said...

Quite like your blog, and your writing..amazing..thanks for visiting my post on Gabbinbar Homestead.
Keep up the good work.

Alan Burnett said...

TT is certainly bring out the best in everyone this week. Great piece.

Alix said...

Hello Brian! Greetings from Casa Hice in beautiful Ponte Vedra, Florida.

I wanted to stop by and thank you so much for visiting my humble little blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I'm still rather reeling from the surprise of being mentioned on David's Post of the Day. What a thrill. I actually found out by accident when I followed him back to his blog from my tracking widget.

For someone who just blogs for fun and has virtually no audience or followers, I feel positively on top of the world today. Thanks for being part of this momentous day in Casa Hice history.

I look forward to getting to know you and am subscribing to your blog immediately. Please remember me and come back for a visit now and then. The welcome mat is always out.

Poetikat said...

You have such an ability, not just to capture a moment, but to dig deep into its wounds and carresses.
I thought that blush against purity was genius and the Stygian reference very apt.
Do they really throw birdseed these days?

Kat

VE said...

Excellent writing as always. Of course, you mention the river Styx and I think of the band. Doh!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I am always in awe how you weave the stories you write like a fine linen...or better yet, like a fine wine. :)

Skip Simpson said...

I love your style of writing! Fantastic post!

Jill said...

"seeing the man once revered, lusts tentacles buried so deep" this is true ALL TOO OFTEN and makes me sad...the STRONG hold of addiction! Makes me angry...everyone is at risk of falling into it's evil clutches!

Excellent as always Brian.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Well written.

Baino said...

Great story well told as usual. I'd forgotten that I had a mercedes limo at my wedding actually but was too swept up in the moment to even think about the driver or how he managed to spend his Saturday's sharing other people's big day.

blueviolet said...

Seeing how he attempted to change the conversational topic but yet in reality, he didn't, makes me feel sad for him. He learned nothing through his mistakes.

Kris said...

I got married in shorts and thongs. The only vehicle nearby was a electric cart. The bride wore green. We didn't invite any guests. It was in a tropical rainforest. It went well.

krysandlucky said...

Great imagery! I love the heart shriveling like it biting down on a lemon... that was great!

krysandlucky said...

Great imagery! I love the heart shriveling like it biting down on a lemon... that was great!

Kay said...

your observing, knowing mind is so precious, just grand in all demeanor

Candie Bracci said...

That was a great story Brian!Nicely wriiten as usual!:)

Megan said...

Whew.

Dakota Bear said...

Interesting take on the theme. I myself always wonder why someone becomes a limo driver. The ones I know all have interesting stories, but so far not like this.

C.M. Jackson said...

brian--wonderful story--reminded of Chapin's song about the taxi driver with the line-"Harry keep the change"
kudos-c

The Retired One said...

I have been gone and busy when I got back, so haven't read you for a few weeks..just now getting caught up.
Loved this one...the contrast of the innocence of a new found marriage and life ahead with the dark, addiction past of the limo driver...so wonderful of a piece.
When are you going to publish these?? You just HAVE to!

Billy Coffey said...

Came here through an invite from Meredith from The Things We Carried, and I'm glad I accepted. This was amazing! Looking forward to reading more.