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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 304

When they were seated in the car, Luigi said, “Where to?"
Home. I s'pose. If it still is."
Where's that?" queried Luigi, patiently.
Keep going along Brunswick Road, I s'pose. It's just off High Street."
Near where I saw you?"
Cody nodded.
Cody's home was just round the corner from Luigi's granny's house. Luigi wondered at the chance that had brought them together in a pub when they had lived so close to each other.
He parked outside and tore a page from the car's manual which was the only paper he had. “I'm going just round the corner to my nanna's. This is the address. If … if you need help … if your wife … you know … come to me there. If I'm not there, just ask my nanna if you can stay till I come."
Won't she mind?"
No." Luigi looked directly at Cody and smiled. “She's ace. She has my mobile number. But I'll also give you that."
What about the police protection? And all that stuff?"
Did your mobile have your address in it?"
Cody shook his head.
He can try and get your address from your number at Telstra but they're not allowed to give it out. But if you see anything suspicious, Coads, ring me."

Episodes 1 to 260 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 303

It was some time before Cody came out of the doctor's consulting room. He looked terrible: drawn, pale and desperately sad. His expression didn't change when he caught sight of Luigi. Dmitri took him to the receptionist's desk and said something quietly to her. She nodded and wrote something in the desk diary. Luigi went up to join them.
Can I help you with some cash?�? he asked.
Cody shook his head.
No, it's been bulk-billed,�? answered the receptionist at the same time.
Luigi nodded.
Let's go, Coads.�? He took Cody's hand, half afraid Cody would shake him off, but Cody left his hand in Luigi's, as passive as a child's.

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Episodes 1 to 260 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 302

 “AIDS is treatable now,�? said Dmitri. “It's not a death sentence. I'll give you this injection which will most probably stop it. And in a coupla weeks you can have a blood test, and if necessary we'll start treatment.�?
I don't WANT to be sick!�? Cody was so unhappy, so angry that Luigi stood up and pulled him into a tight hug. Cody pushed him away. “If it hadn't been for you, none of this would have happened! Leave me alone! Go away!�?
Right.�? Luigi spoke through tightly compressed teeth. “Well fuck you then!�?
He stormed out into the waiting-room. He wanted to go out to the car and drive away and leave Cody to his
own devices. Let him sort out his fucked up life! Slamming the door, he went outside to his car. He got in and slammed that door too. Then he has to smile at himself. Taking out his pain on inanimate objects. “Sorry, car,�? he muttered, patting the dashboard.
In a moment he was weeping, for himself, for Cody, for the horrors and cruelties of life. Suddenly he was a little boy again and his gran was picking him up after he'd fallen and scraped his knee and was kissing him and murmuring comfort in Italian and plying him with home-made sweet almond biscuits.
Sometimes you fell over. And sometimes you needed help to lift you up again.
He wiped his eyes and went back inside.

Episodes 1 to 260 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 301

Cody untied the floral boardshorts Michael had lent him and pulled apart the velcro fly. He turned away from Dmitri and bent over. Dmitri pulled on some latex gloves and with gentle hands began his examination.
I'll give you a shot of antibiotics,�? he said. “It's too late for stitching.�?
As Cody began to pull up his shorts, Dmitri said, “Just a mo'. I want to photo the wound. It'll be needed as evidence.�?
Cody waited, humiliation and shame in his posture.
Dmitri took a small digital camera from his drawer and started taking photos.
Colin—the policeman in Macedon—took some photos. Won't those be enough?�? Luigi was angry but he knew it wasn't right to be angry with this man, who was kind and compassionate and only doing his job.
I rather got the impression from Colin, that—how shall I put this?—that he would be glad of some evidence being outside the police system. And anyway, if I have to give evidence, I'll need the photos.�? To Cody, he said, “you can get dressed now. I think I'll also give you an HIV shot. There's a new drug out which if you give soon after intercourse can completely prevent infection. And I'll also need to give you a blood test.�?
Jesus fuck,�? said Cody, his eyes filled with horror. “It'll never stop, will it? I'll get AIDS and even if they catch him, I'll … It'll never stop!�?

Episodes 1 to 260 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Majorca Flats 299 & 300


Mixed them up.  I was tired and not 100% compos mentis.

They're in the right order now.

It's that one!

Majorca Flats -- 300

Dmitri turned out to be in his early thirties, already with grey streaks in his dark curly hair, his eyes soft and brown and kind.
Hi," he said. “I'm Dmitri."
When Cody didn't answer, Luigi said, “I'm Luigi and this is Cody."
The doctor looked at him, assessing, then nodded.
Come and sit over here." he said, gesturing to some shabby sofas underneath the tall elegant window.
The policeman, um, ... "
“ … Colin ... "
... yeah. He gave a bit of background. Could you tell me a bit more?"
At first Luigi thought Cody was once again not going to speak, but then, barely above a whisper, and stopping often to swallow, or wipe away his tears, he told the whole story once again.
Dmitri listened for the most part in silence, occasionally prompting Cody with a question.
You've been through the wars, mate," he said when it was clear that Cody had finished.
Can I take a look?" he asked Cody.
Do you want me leave, Coads?" Luigi didn't think he would, but he wanted that to be clear, to him and to Dmitri.
In response, Cody grabbed Luigi's hand and gripped it tightly. “No," he whispered.

Episodes 1 to 230 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 299

The receptionist was very far from mainstream. Her hair was dyed in stripes of purple and pink, she had a ring in her nose and two the size of curtain rings in each ear. She was wearing Doc Martens and skin tight black jeans. As soon as Cody said who he was, she gave him a warm smile and said, “Come through. Dmitri will see you at once.�? She took them down a corridor with a worn Turkish carpet, up half a flight of stairs, and into a room with windows which looked out onto the almost leafless plane tree in the street outside. The walls were covered with an eclectic mix of posters. Some were notices to the gay community and AIDS and venereal disease; about counselling services; notices of special nights and gay pride events. Others were cheap reproductions of famous paintings. There were also some rather bad original oil paintings, and an earnest pencil drawing of two nude young men.

Episodes 1 to 230 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 298

Cody didn't reply.
Luigi took Cody's hand in his and squeezed it.
C'mon. We've got an appointment with the doctor.�?
They didn't speak for the rest of the trip into the city.
The doctor they were going to see was in Brunswick. Luigi had to use the map on his mobile phone to find out how to get there. As he parked the car outside the shabby Victorian house where the surgery was, he received a text message.
Let's get together sometime.
What made his blood run cold was that it was from Cody.
The killer still had Cody's mobile and was using it. Did he think that all Cody's contacts were gay? Was he hoping to find a new victim?
He didn't say anything to Cody. Cody had enough to worry about.
But Cody saw something in his expression.
What?�? he asked, concerned.
Nothing. I just felt a bit queasy.�? And in truth, Luigi did feel queasy. His hands were clammy and his armpits soaked; his stomach churned; his heart pounded. He was enraged that a stranger should threaten someone he cared for. And he was terrified. As soon as Cody was out of hearing he would phone the policeman in Macedon and tell him this new development.

Episodes 1 to 230 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 297

 “You're not queeny!" Cody was fierce. “You're fucking not. You're amazing. You're so strong and resolute and … just fantastic. How can you think you're queeny?"

See? You're doing it too." answered Luigi quietly, watching the bright blotches of distant jet headlights as they came in to land at the airport. “You think because I'm queeny that I can't be strong and all that stuff. You think that a femme bloke is somehow inferior."
No I don't, Lou, love. I don't." Cody looked hurt and alarmed and indignant, all at once, and Luigi felt an urge to laugh.
It doesn't matter, Coads. I was drawn to you from the first because you were so butch and macho and manly. It doesn't matter. But you see, Cody, they don't see me like that. They just don't care about my femme stuff. Keith's a slob. Undies and crisp packets and stuff all over the house. If you just met him on the street or in a caf√©, like, you'd never guess. He comes across as a classic nerdish bloke. He doesn't care how he looks and what he does and stuff. He's just a bloke, as far as he's concerned. And as far as he's concerned I am too. And when he fucks me, he doesn't think, I'm fucking a woman."
I never did, either, with you. Never." Cody spoke so quietly Luigi could barely hear what he said above the whine of a jet taking off overhead.
I know, Coads. But you see, they mean a lot to me, Jason and Keith. They helped me heal after … after what happened between us."

Episodes 1 to 220 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 296

 “It's worse, Coads. With one …. this is so … fuck …. Coads, I …. I fucking went back to him. Got beaten up again. And one day a friend from the gay help line took me to one side and said it was no good for me. I'd kept on making up lies about how I'd got injured.�?
Why did you go back, Lou?�?
I worked it out. After I met Keith and Jason. We talked about a lot. In between the sex.�? He looked at Cody as he said this, and took Cody's hand in his. For a moment or two he was silent. “See, I sort of hated myself. Deep down. I thought being gay was wrong. Even my grandma, she loves me and accepts me, but she doesn't really get it. So I looked for ways to punish myself. Not consciously, you understand,�? he said, as Cody looked as if he was going to speak. “Subconsciously. From deep in my past. You know what it's like, the straight guys at school, the way gay stuff is wrong and taboo and despised. And what happened is that I realised what was going on. Keith and Jason as so … I dunno … so manly. So straight-acting. But they are happy to … well fuck me and let me fuck them. They don't even notice I'm queeny. They ….�?

Episodes 1 to 220 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 295

 “Unlike me."Cody was glum. “I love women. I love Philippa. But … I …. it sounds so fucked up … I need a man in my life."
You should talk to Keith. He's pretty much bi I think."
Yeah. He's Jason's friend. But he's a good bloke."
Cody was quite silent for a minute or two then he looked straight at Luigi. “You fucking him, too?"
Luigi nodded. He smiled suddenly. “It's called friends with benefits. It's not, you know, total out-of-this-world love. But it's good. We watch TV shows together and then spend the night together."
All three of you?" Cody squeaked.
Luigi smiled. “Yeah."
But …. But what do you do? And … why?"
I had a … well, he was a trick. Who paid me. His name was Richard _______, the cellist. In the end I grew to love him. We lived together. He was kind to me. Then for a while I had no one, just tricks I used to pick up." Luigi looked away, swallowed. “They used to beat me up, sometimes."
Fuck, Lou. You poor bugger." Cody's compassion was genuine, and Luigi all at once remembered why he'd grown to like him so much.

Episodes 1 to 220 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 294

But you did." Luigi was curt.
Cody didn't reply.
Luigi glanced at him, and he could see that Cody was weeping silently, staring out of the window, swallowing the sound of his tears.
There was a BP freeway garage just ahead, and Luigi turned into it.
pulled over at the far edge of the concrete apron, as far as possible from judgemental sightseers and undid his seatbelt. He put his arms round Cody. He didn't speak, just hugged him. Cody put his head on Luigi's shoulder and sobbed.
After five or six minutes, Cody lifted his head off Luigi's shoulder and gave him a watery smile. “Sorry," he muttered.
Luigi cupped Cody's head with his hand. “I meant it," he said, “I do love you. But … Coads love, you have a wife and a child. And maybe it'll work out." Cody shook his head without speaking. “You never know, love," insisted Luigi. “And what then? Is she going to be happy if you go on seeing me? Are you going to lie to her?" He let go of Cody and stared through the window at a jet taking off from the airport a few kilometres away. “When … I found out about it … I thought of all this. I thought of how I keep on falling for straight men and I keep on having my heart broken. And you know what?"
Cody made a small interrogatory murmur.
I did it all over again. I went to the park, you know, Carlton Gardens near my flat and I picked up Jason. He was so macho and hot. I called him 'straightboy' and he called me 'gayboy'. But he was kind to me, and gentle."
Is he straight?"
No, I don't think so. I think he can do it with a woman. But he's basically gay."

Episodes 1 to 220 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

Monday, 2 April 2012

Majorca Flats -- 293

In a way. Yeah. But more like a friend. Not like you."
I fucked up, didn't I?"
Maybe. I … Coads …. I'm sorry."
For what?"
For everything."
Cody waited. The countryside flashed by the speeding car. It was a perfect autumn day.
It was … with you … it was just …." Luigi struggled to explain.
Look, I've been hurt before by straight guys or bi guys. They say they love me and they act like they do and then suddenly you don't hear from them and you don't see them and there they are with their girlfriends. Wives."
There was a silence, with just the thrum of the car's wheels on the tarmac.
So … when I saw you with … your wife … it reminded me of … well, other times when I was shafted by straight guys."
I'm not straight, Lou. Not really."
You looked it! With your wife!" Luigi relied sharply.
Yeah. Well. I'm really sorry. I never meant to hurt you."

Episodes 1 to 220 (without pictures, 10 episodes per chapter)

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