Feb 12 2011
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Jessica Marie Havemeyer knew when to let the curtain fall. And at two in the morning, thirty-five minutes after Kent Gordon, neighbor extraordinaire and apartment-complex hottie, was supposed to get home from his date with the little Vietnamese girl, Jessica put down her binoculars and moved away from the window.
The disappointment stung. For a week, she'd been looking forward to adjudicating Gordo's first moves. He had a knack, or a predilection, for arranging his sex in the window for full viewing-’lights on, the curtains just askew, the slats of the vertical blinds missing here and there like punched-out teeth. Jessica had been spying on all her neighbors for the three weeks she'd been laid up with a broken foot, but most of her attention had been devoted to Gordo. With a punctuality bordering on OCD, Gordon would leave his home and return to it, usually with a new lady guest, though the diminutive Vietnamese had monopolized him for seven days straight. Holding out, she'd figured. Maybe a virgin. Imagining scenarios provided a constructive reprieve from hours of Law & Order reruns.
Jessica rearranged herself on her bed, her foot lofted on pillows to help speed swelling reduction. She cursed herself again for not paying attention in Geometry those decades ago- If she had just moved the crash pad a little to the left, accounting for the climb's overhang, she wouldn't have come down on the edge of the pad, forcing her ankle sharply right. When she closed her eyes, she could still hear the loud snap! of her bone breaking.
"Three more weeks, Jessica Marie. Three more weeks-"
She leaned back and closed her eyes. Sleeping had been like that since the accident-’hard little spurts, filled with crazy dreams. She was descending into one, binoculars still in hand, when she heard distinct footsteps on the landing outside.