“Legs and Livers” By: Diane Payne

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I met her at a party. She was going on and on about her boss, “It’s only out of professional courtesy that I don’t go into his office and shit on him.” Her words created an incredibly wholesome picture so I followed her around all night handing her drinks, and her vulgarity increased with every sip. I wished I knew her boss so I could go into his office and shit on him.
 
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Calves like a sexy football player, we’d run through the Lake Michigan dunes, and she’d never tire; she’d push me down in the sand and do what she called a quickie. Then she started eating without me, running out with me, and screwing without me.
“All we do is drink,” she moaned.
“That’s not all we do,” I cooed, pulling her close to me.
I’d promised to give up booze just to have those legs wrapped around me on the beach.
 
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She opened the door, saw beer bottles all over the table, walked over toward me and said, “The liver is an amazingly forgiving organ.”
I looked at her, in awe; her words were so brutally clever and honest. I started picking up the bottles, relieved she was home. I was sure she was going to add, “But I’m not.”
Immediately, her words became a hopeful mantra in my head: The liver is an amazingly forgiving organ. Then I started humming the words, doing a bit of a dance as I picked up the bottles. She wrapped two toes around a bottle neck, lifted the bottle from the floor, and performed the most amazing acrobatic move, the bottle reached above her face and she drained the final dregs. “I’m ready for a cold one.”
She didn’t need to wait. I’d do anything for those legs.


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