i lick my lips then pick off the dead skin with my teeth. spitting out the layers of skin i imagine myself high on a cliff somewhere. i so badly want to look over the edge but before i make it i’m distracted by a touch on my shoulder. He nibbles and his hair tickles the side of my face. i think of us as a couple of mysterious animals in the wild. But then he kisses my belly and we become something else entirely. Something cosmic, something without a word tied to it. My eyes begin to grow heavy and he fades and i fade. The bath water is cool now and my body is my own once again.

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