This wraps the broken window nude modeling episode. The short story version of the last two days is here. Further commentary will be a Writerly Concerns. Like Chick Fil A, we’ll be closed on Sunday.
Cambridge, U.K. / Closing in on 1 AM Thursday June 21, 1979
“No ma’am. Really. I mean it, I didn’t ‘fancy’ him. At all.” Deanna had been through the interview four times and wanted to go home. Before the sun came up. She leaned her head next to the police woman’s and lowered her voice. “He’s got a big butt, for a guy. You know? I don’t know about you, but my dream guy isn’t shaped like a pear.”
The WPC taking Deanna’s statement snorted into the back of her hand so hard she dropped her pen. “Very well. You’re not being formally charged with anything, Miss Collings. If you change your mind about him,” she tilted her head slightly in Michael the horny art teacher’s direction, “give us a ring.”
“Can I change my mind and lock him in a room with everyone he’s pulled this on for an hour?”
“Arrange it, I’ll watch the door.” She handed Deanna her business card, looked at Michael and over at the Officer in Charge who nodded. “Pick up your things, Miss Collings. You may go. Mind you, quietly.”
Deanna, done at last with the crazy-assed vagina-pelt-hunting art pig, shouldered her way around the swearing, red-faced, demonstrative arm waving lorry driver whose windscreen had gotten smashed by the easel she’d sent through the second story window, turned sideways to worm between two bored uniformed policemen. She slowed a beat past a no-nonsense looking man in a lightweight tan jacket, leaning a shoulder against the door jamb. He reminded her of someone, vaguely. Seen him around, somewhere? Maybe?
Michael said “Good night” again, this time to the police contingent, found himself alone with the no-nonsense man who had volunteered to help tape cardboard over the broken window.
No-nonsense used his teeth to tear a piece of duct tape from the roll he was holding, held it up to the wall while Michael pushed the cardboard into place. “Busy night for an art teacher.”
“Bloody stupid, skinny fucking cow. Forty pounds to stand about naked, not a thank you of any kind. And I’m done for the window.”
“Insurance will have the lorry’s windscreen, Cambridge city fathers will have this all under the rug to keep you from being the big bad wolf on their payroll. Unless there’s a copper with their hand out to the morning press you’re off light I’d say. For a lad with his trousers around his ankles and all, chasing a lass around who wasn’t up for being your Wednesday’s casual. I’ll have the film roll, if you don’t mind.”
“Meyers.” He ran the strip of tape down the side of the cardboard in a quick, smooth motion.
“Well, Meyers,” Michael held the right side of the cardboard up, watched his helper eyeball and tear the tape a perfect length and swipe it across the top in the same smooth motion. “I do mind. I shot it, it’s mine and I’ll have my forty again and more out of her, one way or another.”
“Or…One way or another I’ll have the film. Day’s end, Michael?” No Nonsense turned from the wall saying, ” This window is all of yours needs breaking on a Cambridge summer’s eve.”
Michael took in Meyers out of the corner of an artist’s trained eye. A deceptively offhand, nonchalant, Marlboro man sort. Sandy hair, hard, gray eyes that could have come from Michelangelo’s marble set in an outdoorsy tanned face and whose deft economies of movement snapped him to the fact that nude photos of the girl, and possible extra income from them weren’t worth a trip to the A&E. They swapped out holding the cardboard, Michael took a couple of steps to a cluttered desk where he rummaged around, located his camera, popped the film and tossed it to Meyers. “She was just another nude model who turned out to be a bit of bad idea. Who is she to you?”
“I’m told someone across the pond has concerns. Wasn’t sure I wanted the job, seemed like babysitting.” The film disappeared into Meyers’ pocket. “That said,” he tore another piece of tape with his teeth, offered it with a mildly amused expression. “She appears to be a girl who can turn a bit of bad idea into a right shit grenade, eh? Tape?”