“So was it her or him?” Shaun asked.
“What do you mean?” Jenny shot back.
“The way you took to the crow’s nest like that. If you were a sail, the way you flapped on the mast, I could have gone forty knots.”
“God, man,” Jenny slapped his chest before she laid her body over his, parts of her fusing to his flesh thanks to their sweat and other flows. “Just once, can’t we just do this without you being a wise-ass after we finish?”
Shaun pulled the blanket over them with his one hand before reaching for the remote.
“Please, not another bad movie,” Jenny said as Shaun muted the screen.
“I wish I knew what’s on,” he said. “I wish pirated signals were less traceable so that I could get a channel guide widget to work with this.”
“Ah, it’s Canadian news. Let’s just leave it here, with the sound off.”
They watched in silence for a few moments, reading the crawl across the bottom.
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Jenny put her head over Shaun’s heart to listen to it better. She could hear it still beating steadily, quickening slightly when her hands brushed between his legs…
KOREA ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF LAST ORPHANAGE IN HAMKYEONGNAMTO
“So who was it?” Shaun asked.
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“Jenny, come on. You don’t want me to tickle you, do you?”
“You son of a bitch, you promised-”
“So spill. Who?”
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“OK, it was Peter. Happy?”
“That another guy turned you on that hard? Explain that to me.”
“I wasn’t expecting it was him.”
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“What, you thought I was attracted to him?”
“So what did he do that turned you on like that?”
Jenny sighed. “What he said through the negotiations, okay? That’s all .”
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“What, the part about how he and his crew were going to coordinate with us? The arrangements for the day and time? I mean, we talk logistics all the time and I never got you that bothered when I would-”
“Oh, shut up!” She slapped his chest.
VANCOUVER ANNOUNCES THAT DUE TO EXCESS DEMAND, PROGRAM TO ASSIST AMERICANS SEEKING ASYLUM WILL BE CURTAILED BY END OF MONTH
“No, seriously, what did he do? Because I’d love to bottle in and spread it on you every time.”
“Okay, you know what it was? All the talk of the end coming.”
“Jenny, religious people have been saying the end is on us ever since World War I.”
“Yeah, but, well…”
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Shaun used his good hand to brush Jenny’s face, softly stroking her cheek.
“He seemed so sure the end was coming,” she said. “And maybe, part of me wonders, what if this is the last time we sleep together? And do I want the last time to be forgettable?”
Shaun kissed the top of her head. “Yeah, I could see that, I guess. Not that I think this was the last time.”
“You’re not going anywhere, are you? Not with anyone else or anything?”
“I’m staying ashore for the laker raid, all by myself. Nice and safe.”
“Good. Glad to hear that.”
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“Of course, if you want to leave Mary Margaret the dancer with me for company, hey-”
“What? After all I did, you’d say that?”
“What, you did something for me?”
“Okay, that’s it,” said Jenny as she rose and put her knees to either side of his waist. “Prepare to be boarded, mister!”
“What kind of piar…” Shaun started to say as she started touching him, the words dying on his smiling face…
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