CHAPTER FOURTEEN: GLORIA


    Cindy was walking with Gloria on the State Capitol grounds. A man happened along and greeted them.

    “We’re free tonight.” Gloria said. She was carrying a cane and wearing dark glasses.

    The man paused. “Umm…” was all he could say.

    “You don’t have to if you don’t want to. There are other volunteers on tour.” Cindy mentioned. “You wouldn’t be the first one to reject me just because I’m blind.”
    
    “Oh, it’s not that, it’s just that I don’t know much about blind people, and I’m worried I’ll mess up.” the man explained.

    Gloria asked, “You mean like when I ask for directions and they point to where it is?”

    The man laughed. “Do you get that?” he asked.

    “All the time.” Gloria lamented.

    “Well, I don’t think I’m that stupid, but I don’t know, like, what blind women enjoy.” the man explained.

    Gloria said, “You just did mess up, but that’s okay. You implied that all blind women would enjoy the same things.”

    “That’s right!” the man realized. “You might like French kisses, but that doesn’t mean another blind woman would like French kisses. Sorry, I didn’t realize, because, like I say, I don’t know much about blind people. Can you pardon my ignorance?”

    Gloria said, “That’s fine with me. I don’t mind if you’re a dummy, as long as you try to learn. It’s the dummies who act like they know what’s best for us, who bother me.”

        The man introduced himself. “My name is Phillip.”

    “Let’s go to the hotel.” Cindy said, leading Phillip.

    “The three of us? That’s a good deal, two for the price of one, and the price of one is free.” Phillip said.

    “We’ll explain it to you in the hotel room. Out here, we ususally just introduce ourselves.” Gloria explained.

    As the three were waiting to cross North First Street, Phillip said, “Did you see that big trophy Stevie Wonder got?”

    “No, and neither did he.” Gloria replied.

    “I guess you heard that one.” Phillip said.

    “I think I’ve heard them all.” Gloria replied.

    “Like, how did Helen Keller burn her fingers?” Phillip asked.

    “I know, trying to read the waffle iron.” Gloria answered.
 
    Once in the hotel room, Cindy calmly explained, “Gloria is a virgin. Since this is her first time, she might feel very uncomfortable. If she changes her mind, I’ll take care of you. Is that okay?”

    “Oh, absolutely.” Phillip agreed. “She said something about other guys rejecting her, what’s up with that?”

    Gloria explained, “Some guys don’t want me because I’m blind. Let me guess, you’re just doing this because you feel sorry for me?”

    “Not exactly.” Phillip said. “If you need me, if I can fix your broken heart, you know, that’s the kind of thing that can turn me on.”

    “I understand.” Gloria said.

    “Oh! Oh! Oh!” Phillip exclaimed. “Like, um, definitely don’t get the silly idea that you’re imposing on me any. Just in case you got that notion, you know.”

    Gloria smiled.    

    “I see that smile.” Phillip said. “Listen, your friend just told me that you might get scared and want to back out, which is your right, but I figure the best way to try to avoid that is to please you the best I can. Maybe it’s not always easy to tell me what you want, but I do want you to smile when I do please you.”



HOME PAGE
CHAPTER ONE: THE PARKING LOT
CHAPTER TWO: THE COMPUTER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LOUNGE
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CAFETERIA
CHAPTER FIVE: THE PARTY
CHAPTER SIX: LUNCH
CHAPTER SEVEN: MELISSA WORRIES   
CHAPTER EIGHT: MELISSA’S PROJECT
CHAPTER NINE: THE TEMPLE
CHAPTER TEN: RECRUITMENT
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE PLANNING
CHAPTER TWELVE: OPERATION UNDERWAY
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: OPERATION MOVED
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE DISCUSSION
GLOSSARY


Copyright 2007 Tom Alciere