December 10, 2013

Posing for Manet

I look down and fiddle with the metal clip and the band.  I keep my head lowered and when I get tired of pushing at my stocking, I let my fingers relax and just keep them there, the tips tucked under the band above my knee. 

It is not like the nude poses for Moulin.  I know the tops of my breasts are showing, pushed up by my stays, but when I go to tuck my nipple behind the edge of the fabric, he tells me not to.

“I need that bit,” he says.

~~~

a mini-scene from my novel Paris Red, forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Christian Bourgois

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About Maureen Gibbon

Writer. Author of the novels Swimming Sweet Arrow, Thief, Paris Red.

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