Author: Alex M. Pruteanu

Alex M. Pruteanu is the author of the novella Short Lean Cuts. He has published fiction in NY Arts Magazine, Guernica Magazine, [PANK], and Specter Literary Magazine. His forthcoming novel is titled The Sun Eaters.

Born Out of This

“Oh come on,” she says.
“I bet you’ve never had your dick sucked by a midget before.”
“You win.”
“How old are you baby?”
“You’re so tan,” she says.“Such good skin.”
“I’m Greek. And Italian. And something else I don’t remember, mixed with some other something from the Mediterranean.”
“Ooo la la. Come on baby, let me do it.”
She pulls at the zipper.
“I just want to drink. Please, let me drink.”

There are worse things than being alone. It takes decades to figure that out. And most times it’s too late. And there’s nothing more tragic than being too late.

In Memphis I paid for a girl from the yellow pages to come to my room. Only I never wanted the hand job. I just wanted her to sit with me and talk. I had been on the road for eight days, twelve hours at a time. I wanted to tell her how nice the girls were in Knoxville. And how good the food was in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I lived, then, on a candy bar a day. I ate it at night, before going to bed. In Tucumcari, New Mexico I found a can of white beans at a rest stop washroom and so I had it for supper sitting in the car, parked. I ate in the middle of the worst storm I’d ever seen. The crosswinds were rocking the car and I thought I was going to be flipped over in the parking lot. I was going to Hollywood to try to be something. I was too late.

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