Licking around the rim by Matt Potter

She pulled the car over to the kerb. And the man in the front passenger seat reached through the window and took the ice cream from the puffy clasp of a fat guy standing on the footpath. He licked around the cone’s rim, smacking his lips – the passenger, not the fat guy – while the driver idled.

It all went like clockwork. Like a perfectly timed drop in a Mafia movie.

I watched this as I waited at the bus stop on Turmstraße. Sure, it was a hot day, but the driver was in the middle of a driving lesson! The car said Fast Fahrschule on its roof.

I dipped my head so I could see the driver. And over my sunglasses, I saw her say something, just as the ice cream began to melt down his hand.

“What, you want some?” he said, in German loud enough for me to hear above the mid-afternoon traffic, licking his hand, tongue dripping white and creamy.

She replied – drowned out by a truck’s exhaust brakes – and he said, between slurps, “What, you want me to starve?”

Meanwhile, the fat guy with the puffy clasp stood on the kerb, waiting. For what, I don’t know. Perhaps a tip.

Perhaps a lick.

The driver turned the car into the traffic, and the fat guy watched them disappear.

I got on the bus, and he watched that disappear too.

After that, I don’t know what he did. Though I’m sure it was something interesting.


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11 responses to “Licking around the rim by Matt Potter

  1. Al McDermid

    I love stories that are quirky and uncomplicated, and yet vaguely incomprehensible. Reminds me of Richard Brautigan, especially “and he watched that disappear too. After that, I don’t know what he did.”

  2. Alive and quirky, it felt like I was there watching. Nice work

  3. What a fantastic build-up and then?!? I love it.

  4. Somehow I think there’s more going on that what you can see on the surface. Nicely done!

  5. Liked that one, Matt. Yes, quirky, but there’s more to it than meets the eye and that is what makes it so good. Nice work.

  6. Randal Houle

    I’m so glad the story was about ice cream…

  7. can i make a wish? i want part 2 in the next flash issue :)

  8. Very quirky. And yes, I was thinking this story would be about something other than ice cream! So… what happened? Peace…

    • Ha ha – I think regular readers now expect my stories to be about sex, and when I added the line in the story I thought, yes, that’s the title. Thanks for reading – I was missing your comment. Hope you are OK.

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