Sunday, December 16, 2012
"this place is amazing," i found myself breaking one of my cardinal rules by blurting, to which he replied, "yeah. come on back," and led me to the bedroom.
but it truly was--high in the sky, minimalist-modern, 10' ceilings, vast expanses of glass in every room giving out onto a spacious terrace overlooking the lights of the city beyond.
he shed his clothes without ceremony or conversation--not muscular, but even at 35, he had one of those lean, bronzed, life-long-effortless speedo-bodies i've always envied. having already put myself at an early disadvantage, i compounded the error by lamely trying to break the ice by saying,
"jesus, is there even any such thing as an outta-shape brazilian?"
instead of laughing, he looked at me like i'd just farted in church, said, "why would you ask me that? do i look like i know ugly people?"
ah, so he thinks it's gonna be like that.
thing he'd forgotten was, his sexual needs were urgent, specific and well-suited to my particular skill-set, so it only took me about 10 minutes to break through that haughty wall and put him where i wanted him; i.e., ready to spill his guts to me afterwards.
i listened as he recounted his indulged childhood, his emerging sexuality, his emigration to america, his rewarding-but-low-paid career, made all the right noises as i waited for the only thing i was really curious about: how he had ended up in this goddam apartment.
turns out it belonged to a wealthy, married east-coast biotech-type who kept it (and him) so that he could come out three or four times a year and scratch an itch that couldn't be scratched at home. when i met him, this arrangement was entering its fifth year.
jesus god, this guy had landed the weho holy grail--a stable, distant, undemanding, non-repulsive sugar daddy who allowed him to live in the lap of luxury, hobnob with movie-star neighbors, and he only had to put out once a quarter and on the occasional trip abroad. what's not to like?
turns out, a lot. he'd been in love with the guy from the start, knew he'd never leave his wife and kids, and, four years in and counting, was coming to terms with the fact that he was closing in on 40, still single, and wasting the prime of his life in this gilded cage.
so he satisfied himself with the occasional trick when he couldn't stand it anymore, never saw anyone more than once.
until me, that is. once he let me in, i found a warm, smart, funny, sweet-if-somewhat-spoiled guy i enjoyed in and outta bed, and began to entertain stupid fantasies of taking him away from all this.
once a week (or two), i'd pull up in my crappy truck, hand the valet my keys, enter the marbled lobby, announce myself to the concierge, who, after giving me an only slightly-knowing smile, would key me up to the eleventh floor, where he'd be waiting.
one night i drunkenly poured out the whole story to an acquaintance--leaving out all the identifying details, i'd thought--only to find said acquaintance three weeks later standing in the living room of that marvelous apartment in the sky when i showed up for a party. guy looked at me, looked at him, his eyes got big, his jaw dropped as i called out his name, strode quickly across the room, pulled him into an embrace, planted my lips on his and said into his open mouth, "say one word and i'll fucking kill you."
our last date, we went to see the movie of the moment, sat close, held hands, sniffled together, went back to the apartment, had brokeback sex. curled up in my arms afterwards, he snuggled closer, said, "that's what i want, mike--a love like they had."
my heart fluttered a little. "so why don't you reach out and take it?"
he raised his head, looked at me incredulously, said, "yeah, like i'm gonna move into some crappy studio apartment in hollywood, buy some IKEA furniture and wait for love. diahann carroll had me over for dinner last week--how am i supposed to give that up?"
many months later, i found myself back in that elevator, pressing "11", expecting...well, i wasn't sure. what i got was, "i forgot you were coming, so i made other plans. hurry--we don't have much time" as he headed toward the bedroom.
don't know for sure, but i imagine the "fuck you" he got in reply as i slammed back out the door came as big a shock to him as it did his genteel neighbors.
he hit me up on adam the other night, like nothing had happened. i did the math--it had been almost six years, so he had to be well past that dreaded 40 mark. i asked him, "so, you still in the same place?" he replied, "yeah--come over", and i signed off, closed the laptop, went to bed.
guess i can't blame him. it's a great apartment.