Ann looked at the bed, then back at Inge. It was a double, not two
twins. The blue comforter gave the headboard carved with swans a fjord
setting, maybe. Maybe Ann didn't understand Norwegians, she wondered.
Women could share a bed; there was plenty of mattress. It was just the
presumption of it, she supposed.
Ann's Scandinavian preparation was the "Lonely Planet". Her roots were
here, so just the language thing would be the issue. Norway and Sweden
were totally civilized, not like, say, Spain. Oslo and Stockholm were
Lonely Planet perfect, even to where the 20-somethings hung out. They all
spoke English, not like here on an island.
She'd met Inge by e-mail, a distant cousin, whatever distance common
great grandparents makes. Ann just wanted some travel tips, but Inge had
some holiday time and would be happy to show an out-of-the-way spot to a
relative. For a Norwegian, a jaunt to Sweden was an exploration for her
too, she insisted. They'd go to Gotland for the beaches, as Norway, she
freely admitted, wasn't best in everything.
Inge was great -- her English not American, but it was quick. Inge's
speaking Norwegian to the Swedes and they, Swedish to her, sounded the same
to Ann. The American quickly realized that a local ("local" here being of
regional scope) knew more than one might find in a paperback written by
expatriates. As these places were expensive, an insider's cost cutting
translated into more days for exploration.
Inge would kiss Ann on the cheek every morning. "They do this in Italy,
not Norway, but we're cousins."
It was Inge who had booked the Visby inn -- three days to suntan. Ann
hadn't come this far for the rays; but it would be a Scandinavian
experience. She'd college friends who visited Europe just to see how close
it could be to America.
Inge grinned as they set their backpacks by the bed. "Do you like it?"
It was already after dinner and too late to suggest otherwise. The
rosy-cheeked maid, fluffing their pillows, offered a cheery, "Valkommen."
Almost English, actually. And they wear those little white caps for real!
"Oh, sure," agreed Ann about the sleeping arrangement. "I don't roll
around much, I hope."
"If we roll together, we will then be warmer," volunteered her guide.
Tired from their journey, they slept well.
WEDNESDAY (Named to honor Odin, chief god in Norse mythology.)
Seen from the ferry, Gotland's shore was more rocks than sand,
uninviting by North Carolinian standards. It looked cold. Inge, on the
other hand, saw the sun. Even when the sky was overcast, she sensed the
So did about a million others toning their Nordic fairness, what to Ann
seemed a scrubbed-clean look. She knew she looked the ethnicity at least
somewhat, judging from being spoken to in undecipherable syllables. Her
being blond of course helped. Probably her sensible shoes and cotton
shifts enhanced her understated projection. No "check-out-my-tits"
American halter top, thank you. She just didn't think of her skin as so
clean looking. People smiled when they sorted her out. Ann just wished
she'd not had bangs so she'd look more like her cousin.
After coffee at the inn, (strong stuff in this part of the world), Inge
found the bus departing for a beach not as close as the brochure-hyped
shore of Mediterranean-looking sand. "It is popular with people from
Helsinki. You will see."
And Holy Cow! Ann had never seen so many breasts. Topless pubescents
batted beach balls with their older brothers. Even older fruens shed their
cumbersome brassieres, stiff and multi-ply. Breasts drooped like handbags
into their knitting. They'd had their perky years, thought Ann, and she'd
have her saggy ones. When Inge shed her top, so too did Ann. Nobody
noticed Ann's blush but Inge, who grinned at it being Ann's first time.
The cousins lotioned each other, a strange experience for Ann, but
apparently what girls did here. You burn quickly at high latitudes, Lonely
Planet had advised. Inge didn't seem to notice how close Ann, applying the
lotion, drew her fingers near her areola. In return, Inge stroked lotion
fully into Ann's nipples, which goosebumped. Ann inhaled involuntarily.
The arctic breeze was what made her gasp, she decided.
When Inge stepped out of her bottoms, Ann held back and Inge said that
she shouldn't hurry things. "The Finns do too much and the Americans do
too little. Saunas."
Inge was tall, small breasted and her body hair was less blond than her
ponytail. Not having gone topless enough to loose her tan lines, she
retained the illusion of wearing perfectly fit gauzy cream bra. The girl's
big-boned beautiful, thought Ann. In a photograph, to be sure, but even
more so in the way she unconcernedly walks by the sea. Ann had seen her
come out of the shower in the Stockholm hotel (the one where their room had
more than a sink) and had seen her change clothes everyday. Watched, not
just seen. But she hadn't seen Inge jump the stray waves.
When Inge, her San Francisco Giants bill-cap pulled over her eyes, asked
Ann to add a little lotion where she might need extra, Ann let herself
cream the tips of her breasts. The irony, Ann realized, of who was wearing
a baseball hat! Not knowing where to proceed, she redid the application
until Inge reached below her waist, relieving Ann of the dilemma.
Not as many women shed their bottoms, mostly just the statuesque ones
like Inge. Most, like Inge, didn't shave what would have stayed within
their bikinis, were they on. Despite their carefreeness, Ann noted, these
girls were careful how they sat or lay. Only rarely would Ann see a male
trying to look. She could imagine the commotion of American males shoving
each other aside to gawk up a skirt. Pigs! Her breasts were just for her
over here. Except for Inge, because she was so close, they weren't for
There didn't seem to be much standard of modesty. Some suited women
wore the bottoms with curls above and below. A few girls went without even
a fluff of cover, but the razored ones tended to lie on their stomachs and
not stroll around. "Swedish girls," explained Inge, without being asked.
"Perhaps we are to think cinema stars," rolling her eyes.
After sufficient surreptitious glances, Ann decided she'd seen enough
penises. She'd not stare long enough to see much about any particular one.
Never, in fact, was she sure she saw testicles -- mostly just blobs of
flesh in hairy tangles. She'd seen guys up close before, three actually,
when they were stiff and hard, much more evocative. Swedes talking Swedish
weren't as engaging. Or maybe they were Finns.
"Cold water makes them go back as the water makes us go out," smirked
Inge, flicking a nipple.
Well, some or the ones that walked close (not the girls' fault, they
ruled) were sometimes sort of interesting. Once, an older gentleman jogged
by, flopping his proof of manhood. "Swedish meat balls," giggled Inge.
Was that a food name over here, thought Ann? Would a Frenchman call
French dressing, "French dressing"?
"Think he gets sore, maybe?" Ann whispered back. "Think sports bras."
"You go bump him and see if he cries."
"No you. I can't say, 'Excuse me, sir.'"
"I can not," countered Inge, "because I am naked and he might bump me
back." The two laughed at the scenario, inventing a dialog about repeated
At the cutest little shop the woman said something in her language that
Ann immediately translated to "Come in." Maybe having roots here helps with
the ear! Ann bought a little cap like the maid's.
At the inn, Inge ordered their dinner, demurring menu translation. "You
will like the taste, only not the name." It was from the sea and served on
noodles; Ann was glad she didn't know more. Inge ordered them an
after-dinner drink rather incendiary. Fortunately it wasn't large.
At bedtime, Inge asked, "Unhook me, please," turning away. It wasn't
unusual to help a girlfriend with a fastener. Inge stripped to her
panties, beige and Scandinavian minimal, poked the side of her breast with
a finger, pronounced it not sunburned and slipped under the covers.
Ann undid her bra and pulled on her nightgown when Inge was facing the
other way. Being so public had actually made it easier on the beach. She
wasn't sunburned because Inge had lotioned her so many times. She could
still feel the fingers still, kneading her, always erect from the sea
breeze. Ann pulled off her shorts, hit the light switch, and crawled into
the other side. The sheets were cold.
Inge giggled. "Ann?"
"Here's a joke."
"There was a Lithuanian family, two parents and two children, a boy and
a girl. Because they had only two beds, the children slept together. As
they got older, they began to roll together. This the mother discovered
and instructed the girl that to prevent a problem, mother and daughter must
switch beds. Nine months plus one day later each had a child.
"'Mother,' said the girl, 'I thought that we changed beds to prevent a
"'And this we did,' answered the mother. 'I asked your father and he
asked the Priest who said for you and your brother to remain in the same
bed would be incest."
"But perhaps it is better in Norwegian," suggested the teller.
"No, it's funny in English, too."
Inge giggled again and in one swoop, rolled on top of her cousin,
whispering, "Skyldig i incest, far cousin," whatever that meant. Ann was
surprised by the sudden weight and Inge rolled off again.
THURSDAY (Named for Thor, Norse god of thunder.)
Ann awoke to sunlight, but it was still too early to get out of bed. As
Inge's arm was over hers, not to wake her, Ann lay still. When Inge rolled
over and wrapped the arm around Ann's middle, Ann dozed contentedly a few
Ann sipped her coffee and reread tomorrow's ferry schedule while Inge
chatted with the maid. "She hopes we have a fun outing," the explanation.
The maid giggled and added in English, "Have a nice day." Geesh, thought
Ann, hotel maids in America sometimes don't know that much.
The beach Inge chose had a different sense from that of yesterday. The
male-female ratio leaned strongly toward the former and lots of them were
paired. "Homosexuals," noted Inge. "Gay boys."
Of course they were, once Ann noticed more than the penises. Even the
suited males wore spandex briefs to accentuate their organ. She could tell
who was circumcised, a few, anyway. The boys were touching, holding hands,
some of them resting their heads on another's abdomen as if to mark
ownership. Many were into bodybuilding, almost strutting.
Among them, however, were girls like themselves paying little attention.
They must be noticing, decided Ann, but too well-mannered to stare.
"It is crowded," declared Inge. To Ann, this meant that this place
wasn't for them, but instead, Inge wheeled toward the less-populated end of
The two found a spot against a rock, sunny at least for the moment.
"OK?" asked Inge, already nude and unrolling her towel. Ann unrolled hers
and bared her top. After several freeze-thaw cycles, "bathing" to Inge,
the girls opened their basket to find the wine. Going to the shore was so
"To the sea! To the North Pole! To being here!" Ann saluted.
"To Norway and America and Sweden," appended Inge.
The two sipped and lay back and Inge resumed charge of Ann's sunburn
protection. Inge drew her finger between Ann's every toe. Ann stilled as
Inge did her chest and felt fingertips brush her suit when doing the top of
her thighs. It must have been the edge of a little finger as Inge did
Ann's right. Reaching across, it must have been Inge's forefinger. It
must have been a forefinger because what trailed, tentative over the inner
fabric, was the hint of a thumb. Would Inge do it again? If so, Ann
sensed that the pass might be more firmly drawn, that it would be safer to
feign sleep and hope not to tremble. Did Inge realize that so little could
so excite? A vision flashed of her in climax, a crowd rebuking her in a
Ann waited, not knowing. The hand drew back up, and, yes, the touch was
on the edge of her labia. Inge would surely stop before the thumb was over
the lip. Surely she would!
But then, "Alo!" and some babble. Two boys, college age perhaps,
squinted at them from where the water lapped the sand. Inge babbled
something in return and waved them welcome, a hand still on Ann's leg.
"They saw our screw and wish to use it," she explained, pulling her palm
fully against Ann's suit and pointing toward the corkscrew. Ann sensed
that Inge's hand delayed abandoning the fabric between her legs until the
boys had noticed.
The spandexed boys approached hand in hand. Thongs, Ann thought, though
she wasn't sure what the male garb was called. Girls wore thongs, girls
that had lots of dates. The two boys said something more in whatever
language, a pleasantry, by its tone. Inge laughed something back and the
two turned toward the foreigner.
"Hi. My name is Arvid. Welcome to Sweden." His words were separated
with space suggesting vocabulary chosen from a schoolbook. Ann couldn't
have done the same in Swedish.
"Hello, Arvid. My name is Ann and I'm from America." Here I am, tits
sticking out, talking to somebody named Arvid who maybe saw me get goosed,
she told herself. Wow! Try to speak slowly.
"My name is Peder," volunteered the other, more haltingly as he worked
in the corkscrew. "My practice is not large, but I read English,
particularly Michael Crichton."
"He's very popular," encouraged Ann, who found the author's work to be
formulaic, albeit lucrative.
"Thank you for the opening," said Peder, the cork loosened. "Thank you,
Norwegian girl," he added to Inge in English. Ann realized that they
didn't want to make her feel like an outsider.
Inge winked at Ann, then replied. "Perhaps you would join us for a pot
luck?" showing them who had the better English. The fact that Inge was
buff naked didn't seem to be a factor in the interaction.
"What we call a meal where we share the food everybody brought,"
explained Ann, to the boys' relief.
"Yes. We will do that, please," agreed Arvid. "May we place our
"Okie dokie," Inge confirmed her rank. They guessed the "OK" tie.
Living Planet said that "OK" and "Coke" were understood in every language.
Between the four, it was an odd potluck: wine, chips, rolls, butter
cakes, some sort of oceanic spread and apples. Ann had seen them in the
supermarket and they looked like American apples. No sweets, but then
Peder pawed in his bag and retrieved a Hershey's with almonds. "Why would
they have Hershey's here?" thought the American; they claim to love good
Conversation succeeded, partly due to the boys' inhibition about
linguistic exactitude and partly due to strategic Swedish/English
clarification by a Norwegian. The two were accountant trainees in some
Swedish bank, and, as they put it, "shared a domestication." They seemed
unsure about further explaining their acquaintance.
They're probably aware of the issue's divisiveness in her country, Ann
judged. Well, they don't need to think that we're all homophobes. She
smiled her best, "Oh yes. Where I live we have many gay and lesbian and
transgendered couples." A bit of a stretch, she knew, but somewhat the case
for Chapel Hill. Maybe not the transgendered.
The two brightened. "It is right. We are two lovers." Arvid thought a
moment, then added, "But we love all people also," as if the meaning of
"love" were in question. Often it is, thought Ann.
The boys were enchanted with the concept of a "gay rodeo", but less of
their interest seemed to be in sexual orientation than in what manner the
"cowboys" roped and rode. Peder said that he could be the clown who hid in
The four chatted a bit more and then turned toward the sun. Without
comment, Inge leaned over and again oiled Ann's bust. The two boys
watched, not erotically, until Inge rolled her over and began on her neck.
Ann hadn't minded the attention, actually, even if they were gay.
Arvid worked out, "It is good to have a friend when bathing." Ann
presumed it to mean swimming or sunbathing, but for all she knew, maybe
that's what he intended.
"Perhaps we may remove our shorts?" asked Peder. Inge nodded and the
boys exposed themselves, tanned evenly, Ann noted. Both had brown hair and
neither penis seemed much more than a couple of inches. It was as close as
Ann had been to one for six months when she'd had sex with a supervisor who
never got back with her afterwards. Had she been that lacklustre? He'd
been married, but still, she'd cooked him dinner and everything!
Inge lifted the waistband of Ann's bottoms to massage lotion where
elastic had creased the skin. Ann supposed that it didn't matter that much
if a gay boy saw just the top of her crack.
When Inge tugged the nylon on the sides of Ann's hips, Ann was glad she
was face down, her weight keeping the fabric triangle over her pelvis. As
Inge was full-frontal (as they say about movies), a hint of her own pubes
shouldn't count for much, Ann wondered? Maybe when the boys exited, she
could return to her back and Inge could finish her thighs.
Arvid likewise lotioned his partner's buttocks, then rolled him over and
rubbed around his penis. Ann pointedly gazed away, but guessed that Arvid
knew she'd peeked. Inge was smiling. Ann could see Arvid's grin flash
back as he lifted Peder's organ and squirted it with a dab of lotion.
"Look away," Inge interrupted Ann's thoughts. "He is preparing to
masturbate his friend, but you should not watch unless you wish."
Ann froze. Inge knew the word "masturbate", even! Shutting her eyes
for real, Ann could soon hear, or at least imagine hearing, Arvid stroking.
A girl doing it to herself would never start so rapidly.
And Inge, never ceasing to massage, continued to coax Ann's suit,
leaving Ann to burrow self-consciously downward. Earlier wafts of arousal
had just been passing awarenesses, but now her mind was integrating the
stimuli: the bodies she'd seen, the proximate sounds, the breast she'd
fondled, the thumb that had reached inward, her suit slipping downward,
Maybe the boys aren't looking, Ann hoped, pushing into the towel with
each of Inge's presses, for that was what Inge was doing. Ann was no
longer being massaged; she was being rocked on the fulcrum of her pelvis.
Surely they wouldn't see how Inge was working Ann against the ridge of
sand, wouldn't know how it felt to a girl. Anyway, they're gay; they
wouldn't care. Ann herself cared less and less. Left to her own devices,
she could climax very quietly. Being facedown with Inge beside her made it
safer. Protesting would only draw attention to her thoughts. Nobody would
know. But she shouldn't. She mustn't.
And too quickly she heard the boys rustle and then murmur.
Inge said something to the Swedes, and then to Ann, "They are finished,"
pulling Ann's bottoms up from their half-mast position.
Ann didn't want to turn, but being a topless toppled statue wasn't an
option. When she did flop her head, the males were entwined, but with
their trunks back on. Peder had his eyes closed.
Arvid blushed, "The beautiful Norwegian girl said yes," looking to Inge
"No, I did not say no," corrected the Norwegian girl.
"That is why," he brightened. "We are lovers together. It is good for
American Ann to know about love," diplomatically adding, "You are beautiful
also. You move like a Swedish."
The boys adjusted their penises, dutifully kissed each girl on the cheek
and departed in good spirits. After they'd gone, a more-than-sun blushed
Ann asked, "They did it where you could see?"
"They allowed us, but I helped you to not see," Inge's voice revealing a
tinge of regret.
"And you looked?"
"It is their beach where we are. And also, I liked to."
"But they let you. And you showed them my butt!"
"They are on holiday. We are from another place and shared our meal.
Perhaps it was fun with us beside."
"Many boys do it together on this beach, I think. Arvid was gentle and
the other, as you say, cast his seed on the sand," wiggling her nose at a
spot and holding her fingers about six inches apart. "They kissed like
girls." Inge smiled, drawing her fingers an inch closer, "Or maybe."
Ann thought a moment, "We say casting pearls before swine, and seeds in
fertile soil, and houses built on sand, so you've covered it." After they
laughed, Ann returned to the serious. "Thanks for helping me be cool. I'm
not too used to it."
"Too used to it?"
"Used to it at all, I mean. Guys do it in gay bars or someplace in the
US, not in public."
"We are by a rock. And girls together in America?"
"In bed, I guess."
"The sand is soft too, but it is better in private, not with boys,"
conceded Inge. "And naked," slapping her hip, adding, "They wanted us to
make love with them."
"I mean to make love beside them." Her eyes lit at a translation,
"Scandinavian birth control." She laughed at her joke.
"We're not lesbians."
"Lesbisk. No, we are just girls... We shall have a good evening meal,
do you agree?"
The two sipped the aperitif again after the dinner. It was probably
something evolved to stay warm. "Perhaps a second?" and Ann enjoyed the
"In Greece," Inge looked at the window, "there are beaches where no one
comes. Two friends can see only themselves all day."
In their room, Inge had Ann unhook her as if it were their long-held
routine. Ann let Inge do the same, Inge then lifting the straps and
pulling it forward. Inge's breath was on Ann's neck, breasts brushing
Ann's back, skin against skin. Her hand lingered on Ann's shoulder.
"Night, Inge," finally pulling away and pulling on her nightgown. It
was cold. The maid was right, they'd had a very nice (exotic, actually)
"Good night, Ann." Inge's hand trailed down Ann's spine as they parted,
darting to their respective sides, trying to hog the spread and then moving
more toward the middle.
The sheets were cold.
"Ann?" Ann felt the mattress sag, Inge leaning further in her direction.
"The Italian way, now in Norway" she whispered, pecking Ann first on the
right and then the left. "You're Norwegian too," she suggested, leaning
"The Old Norse way," conceded the American, planting tiny busses in
return. Breast touched breast, but only for an instant. Did Inge notice?
Inge lay apart a moment, and then scooted back into Ann's territory.
"The American way?"
"We don't do anything."
"Not like this?" kissing Ann on the corner of her mouth. "We see
"Well, probably in LA, maybe. We just don't, is all." Not anybody with
whom she hung, anyway.
Inge giggled and flicked her tongue against Ann's cheek.
"Really, don't!" Ann tried to roll away. She hadn't the space to move
far, but at least she was now facing outward. She'd just had thoughts a
few times that day, silly ones. Just about the beach, not bed.
Inge moved against Ann's back and reached an arm around, her breasts
against Ann's shoulder blades.
Ann tried to sit, but the arm held her down. "Don't, Inge." Her
thoughts certainly never involved being hugged.
"No!" The breast felt snug, soft.
Inge's hand was reaching for Ann's navel and her other arm was working
under Ann's side. Ann tried to fend off the hand, but only succeeded in
letting the lower one curl up her ribs.
"Stop it! I don't want to." Whatever Inge wanted, Ann didn't, not
exactly, anyway. They were regular girls and it wasn't right, fooling
around in bed like this.
Inge was pulling Ann against her, her hand traversing to Ann's collar
and then back behind Ann's neck, pulling Ann's shoulder back. "Only a
Ann tried to break the hold, but tugging at Inge's elbow was futile.
Ann had no purchase to do much but flail behind, trying to discourage
Inge's increasing dominance. "Please, Inge, don't." She avoided elbowing
Inge's other hand was pulling Ann's gown upward.
"I'll scream," she whispered, feeling the fabric pull free of her hip.
"Please, Ann. They would not understand you. They would put us apart."
What would they understand? Ann struggled to extricate herself, but to
her surprise, wasn't panicked. Inge wouldn't hurt her.
"You will like me," whispered her bedmate, exposing Ann's breast.
"Just let me go!"
Inge began to touch, more lightly than when she'd done the lotion. Ann
told herself that she didn't want it. But it didn't hurt.
"We did this on the beach to each other. You were pleased."
"It was for the sun." She'd not minded it there, but here she should.
"I'm all burned and it hurts," but she knew it rang hollow. Inge's touch
didn't hurt at all; it felt like new lotion.
Inge relaxed her lock on Ann's neck enough to confirm Ann's failing
resistance, and then drew the hand down to Ann's other nipple, already
"You shouldn't, Inge." Ann had nowhere to go.
"Kiss?" The other hand crawled to the hem of Ann's panties. "Tell me
yes," and reached inside.
"Not now! Somebody might hear. I might start my period. What if...?"
Ann twisted, but not so much as might squeak the bed.
Ann knew that Inge had sensed her letting the finger trace her suit.
How she'd made herself still. Had she involuntarily rolled her thighs,
imperceptibly to anybody but Inge? She didn't remember. Now despite her
twisting, she couldn't stop the stroking, lower and lower.
Inge's leg hooked around Ann's knee and tugged it outward. "We know you
feel it, like on the sand when you had me touch your swimming suit. And
when the boy masturbated the other."
"I don't know," her twisting increasingly corresponded to Inge's
petting. But it was to escape.
"You know." Inge's knee drew from behind to further spread Ann. "You
are almost ready now."
It was the surprise of it that had made her moist, Ann protested
inwardly. The pushing is why. She let her legs be further parted, the
dampness seep outward.
A finger found Ann's vulva, tested her wetness and slipped into her
vagina. It was so fast.
Oh God, I'm being raped! Ann tried to resist with renewed vigor, but
was so tired. Maybe Inge just wants to warm me and her hand slipped. Inge
is her friend. The finger wasn't savage, like being raped would be, just
strange. Ann was at least glad she was wet enough for it to slip so easily
within. But it shouldn't be there, probing her essence like that!
"Tell me if it hurts you," a request for information. Maybe Inge needs
to know. She let Inge pull her to the center of the bed, losing her gown
in the process. Maybe it means something different to Inge, pushing into
another girl. Maybe girlfriends are closer over here, less inhibited.
Their bed felt warm where Inge had made them room in the center.
"It doesn't." Ann knew she'd conceded, not even come close to
dissuading. She was supposed to lose. Inge was slipping out of her own
panties one-handedly, her other hand still on Ann who had to twist inward
to keep it there.
Though it was late, the sky's dimness thru the windowpanes illuminated
the two as Inge pushed the covers aside. Inge began to penetrate
repeatedly, but no faster than Ann could accept.
"You are going to orgasm." Another fact. Extracting her finger, she
raised her hand to Ann's cheek, drew it against first Ann's chin, then her
own. Then she resumed preparing the American.
"No I'm not." But the trembles were already radiating. She could smell
where Inge had wetted their faces. "I don't want to," wondering if Inge
would be disappointed in her.
"A Norwegian girl rape because you first pretended," Inge confirmed, now
using an additional digit. "Lift and I will take your panties. It is
better if we can see."
"You won't tell," pleaded Ann, arms above head, hips raised.
"No," a promise. "And you will be warm under me."
Ann hooked her heel over her lover's calf as she watched her groin
plunge against the palm. "We just came just to see the beach," as she
locked arms around Inge's shoulders.
When Ann began to pant, Inge rolled her facedown and ascended, fingers
fluttering all the while. Ann tried to rise on knees and elbows to afford
more opening, but then collapsed into the waiting mattress.
Inge's hips drove her again and again against the determined Nordic
Ann at last stilled, spent and known, and Inge murmured, "You are a
Norwegian girl. We fight to guard our maidenhood."
"I didn't want to fight," Ann admitted. "But it was my first time.
With a girl, I mean..." She sought an easier topic. "We wouldn't say,
'maidenhood'. 'Virginity', usually."
Inge likewise tried to sound educational. "In Germany and Nederland and
Britain there are many blond people. Each is one part Norwegian. When the
Viking traders made camp on their shore, the dark girls would come nearby
to wash so that they would be caught. 'Miste dyden,' we call it. After
they struggled and were devirginized, their people let them return to the
camp until they became pregnant."
"Oh really?" countered Ann from the bottom. "And why is there so much
black hair in Oslo?"
Inge thought. "Because Norwegian girls always love to holiday in Italy.
I did, you know, but found the boys too rude."
"Italian birth control, maybe?"
Inge tried to pout, but forgot and laughed.
"Inge?" It was harder to talk with a bosom now shushing her mouth.
"I don't think you made me pregnant."
Drifting off, Inge as her blanket, Ann remembered on the opening of a
"There are strange things done in the midnight sun."
Sweden wasn't the poem's Yukon, but was also where the summer sun set
late, rose early and went from twilight to dawn between. Making love with
a girl, covers astray, was strange, but probably not as much as cremating a
buddy, what the poem was about.
Boys making love had seemed weirder. Maybe not that they made love, but
with Inge watching. Well, Inge was Norwegian, maybe. Maybe having
Norwegian roots was why Ann went along with it, listened, talked to the
boys after. Was with Inge now.
FRIDAY (Named for the Norse goddess of love, Frija.)
When Inge at last stirred, her arm yet around Ann, Ann was waiting. Ann
stroked the back of Inge's hand. No response more than the warmth.
Whatever time it was, it was bright thru the window, and things can seem
harsh in full light. Ann pondered. Should she have sobbed at rape's
shame? But Inge even said it wasn't rape, how a man would rape, anyway.
Inge had wanted to love her.
Perhaps she was supposed to have done for Inge what Inge did for her.
But she didn't know, was confused.
Should she have moaned, "Oh, fuck me, fuck me?" She'd seen a film where
a girl, bound and violated by a beautiful other, said it for the longest
time. It was a plastic penis and penetration wasn't a special effect.
She'd gone with friends on a lark and returned alone. But a woman, nattily
dressed, sat beside her and asked her name and Ann had become frightened.
Had she answered even, "Ann", she sensed that the woman would have offered
to buy her a Coke or to meet her for a walk or something. Ann still
remembered the woman's perfume.
Maybe she had done something to deprive Inge of conquest. She'd fully
climaxed last night, but protracted enough to reward the one who'd worked
so hard for it? Maybe Inge wanted her to taste her fingers afterwards.
What was expected? She'd just thought of her own needs, nobody else's.
Inge would leave her. Abandoned in a foreign place wasn't the issue;
losing someone who'd loved you was.
But when Ann reached behind to touch Inge's side, warm still, Inge
pulled back just enough for the hand to fall between until bare Yankee
knuckles rested against lacy Nordic curls. Inge had raised her knee over
Ann's hip and pushed forward, trapping Ann's fist against the bone under
Inge's soft tissue.
Cold fingers in return tweaked Ann's nipple, not in diameter that much
less than the finger that transcended it. The girls watched it readily
harden as it had done yesterday.
Touch preceded verbalization. Finally, "Inge?"
Inge put her cheek on Ann's shoulder.
"The ferry's not till 2:30," ventured the American.
"Maybe we should not get up this early," agreed her friend, raking her
hair back and pulling the cover tent-like over their heads. For the first
time in their sojourn, Ann realized, it was truly dark, reminding her of
being in the tent at Campfire Girls, secrets told in stealth. "Keep doing
it," Inge's cloven flesh parting.
Ann hesitated. "They might come in to make the bed or something."
"The maid knows that we are two girls together on holiday. She told me
of our beach yesterday, to go there. She will bring us coffee after we are
"I tried to come for you with the boys."
"A girl sees." Inge's voice confessed her smile. "Homosexual boys see
too. But you were not ready inside. Besides, the boys hurried
"Girls don't have to hurry." Under the comforter, Ann giggled and kissed
her friend on each cheek, her hand gaining confidence, "Can I teach you a
line of a poem about a cremation?"
"Yes, about getting warm inside."
"Then of course. So we shall not want this blanket. The sun is in our
window and I too am not yet pregnant."
Holly on the Web
Wherever you found this story on the web, thank you to the server. My
problem is that I've no systematic way to update the various servers. As
literary errors (or just poor word usages) are made known to me, I'll
repair that which is salvageable on http://www.asstr.org/~Holly_Rennick/.
My website's not much graphically, I admit, but HTML isn't my native
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