A Kiss Without Benefits


Love in all its travesties riled her to breaking point; cursed with more than average looks, and that allure which chaos brings, she chose to mock at ordered lives, and “Try and spice things up a bit.” She swept through events with spendthrift haste, guzzling at experience; “Bills are not my thing” she said,         ” But you can pay them if you wish.”

She understood stability, and the fantasies of sober men, teasing them with coquettish skill and tugged their hearts with reckless angst: eased them from their marriage beds, then laughed at their stupidity.

Your attention was all she sought but only as a passing whim. “Loyalty is the gift of fools” her glib remark to some poor man, finessed by her perceptive guile into paying for a holiday, “Unaccompanied if you please. Talent needs its solitude” and so the poor chump slid away, muttering about “The greater good,” only to find, when she returned that some new guy with polished teeth, who had the keys to Hollywood, was taking her beyond his reach, but kindly in her awkward way, she did not leave without a thought, but sent back a signed photograph, “Taken by a man of note.”

You may love her if you wish, but do not make a point of it. Already bored in infancy, she sought for nothing you could give. Diversion was her sanctuary and leaving you her one true gift.

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About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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30 Responses to A Kiss Without Benefits

  1. catterel says:

    Another good ne, Ducks. I do hope that this bevy of heartless beauties you write about is purely the product of your imagination and not your own wretched experience 🙂

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  2. mikesteeden says:

    Other than that, she had a heart of gold!

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  3. ksbeth says:

    there was no getting through her moat to reach the castle. she had built herself quite a mighty wall.

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    • I always love your comments and, once again, you are so right 🙂

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    • Funny you should make this comment as I was thinking Peter had done a wonderful job of describing a narcissist. Everyone ((me included) believes that Trump is a narcissist;;and he is building a wall.
      Also funny how my mind makes these connections; or maybe not. Maybe that was Peters intent all along.
      I’ll quietly leave the room now.
      Great piece as always Peter!

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  4. Ben says:

    I love your lyrical style, it offers such a lovely contrast to the subject matter. Thanks for writing 🙂

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  5. Al says:

    A very worthwhile caveat about the bevy of femmes fatales that lurk among us. “Proceed at your own risk” is their mantra and we should adhere to it.

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  6. I’m moved to feel a little sympathy for your femme fatale, Peter: to be ‘blessed’ with such attributes could easily leave her hollow, pursued by all and never knowing either what she truly wanted or, indeed, what the motives of her beaus were. A great read.

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  7. Leaving you her one true gift…love it!

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  8. gotham girl says:

    I used to have a friend that you just described perfectly. Note the “used to.” Great one Peter!!

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  9. Peter, I thought I had inspired this piece…then it went sideways, and I knew you must be thinking about my evil twin!! 😉

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  10. judithhb says:

    Yet another heartless female Peter. Hopefully they are all fiction written to delight your followers.

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  12. Thank you very much for the nice comment

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  13. nelle says:

    Summer Wine is in my head after reading this… (take your pick – Corrs/Bono or Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra.) Would she woo me? Quite unlikely, save I like to dig deep and rescue people from darker spaces, unfortunately, even when I am incapable of doing so.

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  14. bloggeray says:

    Remarkable as ever, Peter. Saying so much in so few words. Kudos!

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  15. I hope to goodness these beautiful, heartbreaking pieces are pure FICTION, darling Peter. xxx

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  16. Martin says:

    Met a few like her in my time! Great piece, I like the fact there is not even a hint of redemption.

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