By Mary Gaitskill
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People have told me that my sexuality is death-oriented,” said Dolores, crunching her mouthful of candy. “People have dumb ideas about sex,” said Lily. ” She was picking through the candy; it looked funny to see her serious face bent over it. "Well, they didn’t mean literal death. ” "There’s no such thing as death in the abstract. ” Lily’s hand dived into the box and emerged with a nut-encrusted chunk. ” She leaned back in her chair like Patrick and popped the candy into her mouth. She sucked on it, her face slowly becoming tranquil.
The next time she went into the Oasis, she brought a box of Dragon Lady fingernails, and two botdes of red polish, After she got her coffee and rolls, with the usual trouble, she took out the box and laid the flesh-colored spears on the table so Teresa would notice them and wonder what the hell was going on She got the glue and began working, periodically stopping to hold the claws up to dry. Teresa didn’t notice, but the guy at the next table did “I didn’t know anybody wore those things anymore,” he said.
She sweated wonderfully as she ran around the gym. Every day there were lots of other people sweating around the track with her, in headbands and sweatsuits. They were all trying to be strong. ” like it was the best thing ever. Anyone would do anything to be stronger. In the gym next to the track, college students took karate classes. Little teenage girls padded out of the dressing rooms in their white karate uniforms, some of them wearing small gold chains and nail polish. She could hear the instructor yelling at them.
Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill