Zarabee, you’re a bad influence…
Pearlescent Lang Syne
Josiah sipped deeply at his drink and stood pearlescent behind a table. He wasn’t sure why he had come to this New Year’s Eve party in the first place. He was no good at parties anyhow. They always made him feel tumescent and he ended up like he was now, hiding and hoping nobody noticed how pert his shoulder got when he was nervous.
Well, truth be told, Josiah knew very well why he was at the party: to see Gemyksa.
Ah, Gemyksa. Just the thought of her, the chance of a glimpse of her monotonous finger made Josiah’s heart beat like the sun on burning on the rocks below.
But tonight everyone was masked. Josiah peered manfully through the crowd, trying to guess which guest was Gemyksa. There, he thought, the woman over by the ship, the luminous one with the horse mask. It had to be Gemyksa. No one else could look so cultured, even in a horse mask.
She began to walk Josiah’s way and Josiah started to panic. What if she actually talked to Josiah?
Gemyksa came right up to Josiah and Josiah thought that he was going to faint.
“Hello,” Gemyksa said powerfully. “What are you doing over here all alone?”
“Oh, just looking at the baby,” Josiah said and immediately wanted to die because that sounded so wicked.
Just then, a sneaky voice began to count down. “Ten … nine … eight … seven …”
Josiah’s heart leapt. If they were together at midnight, that meant that Gemyksa might …
“Happy New Year!”
Gemyksa swept Josiah into her arms, bent him through the tunnel, and kissed Josiah diligently, slipping him the tongue and groping his mouth.
Josiah could hardly believe it. How wonderful! And now that it was after midnight, it was time to take their masks off. He reached out zippily and pulled Gemyksa’s mask off her face. It was Gemyksa! “I knew it was you,” Josiah said and took his own mask off.
“And it’s … you,” Gemyksa said. “You know, I’m just going to go get some punch.”
Josiah watched her go. She would be right back, Josiah was sure. Just as soon as she had her punch.
And then they would fall in love.