Black and White by Lidia Yuknavitch

Editor Matty Byloos, Fiction, November 22nd, 2011

"When I cum I shout FUCK and the shiver overtakes me endlessly."

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The camera didn’t have anything to do with anything.  It didn’t matter.

I’m lying.  It did matter.  It mattered that she used a camera.  It mattered so much my mouth fills with spit as I think of her, even now.

For example.  She walked into the white room of our motel.  She stripped the mattress white.

This is important.  The whiteness.  And her volition.

She was dressed in tight black pants, tight black sleeveless cotton shirt, Gap-like and stiff and new.  Her hair the precise wheat color of mine, only short and raging.  Her eyes the precise transparent blue of mine, but more driven.  Us both Geminis but not quite twinning.  Sexual questions between us—the what of it.

Her camera gave her self possession.  I did not expect her to direct things… I thought she would want me to, but immediately she said lay down on the mattress.  I did it.  Her voice was calm and quiet.  She said take off your pants.  I did it.  She said take off your shirt.  I did it.  Sweat formed on my upper lip simply from her asking me to do ordinary things.  From language out of the mouth of a woman.  She said touch yourself.  I pet myself lightly.  Heat. She said close your eyes.  I did.  I heard the first click of the camera.  She said—but it was not as if she was saying it—it was the power of the camera in front of her face giving her the means to direct things—squeeze the meat of your pussy until you are wet.  I did. That’s when I felt her eye on me close in—the lens of her.  She said take one of your tits out of your bra and squeeze it like it’s full of milk.  I did.  She said milk it.  I did.  My mouth opened barely.  My pussy became wet.

You will think that I am speaking porn.  But I am not.  I am speaking precisely the body of it.

She said take off your panties. She said take off your bra.

I heard her steady the camera.  She said whatever you do, don’t open your eyes again. I don’t.  Everything becomes present and past tense, like in a photo.

She says play with your tits.  First, I squeeze the full palmed whole of each breast and knead them up and out as if I am readying them to be devoured.  They become swollen and my nipples harden.  I pinch my own tits over and over again thinking I will make them red for her, I will make them mouthable and hard and huge and reddened.  I picture them as I play with them.  I keep working them until I can feel them becoming the picture I want.   I can hear the camera and I can feel her moving in and out and in and out.  When she is near I feel heat and while I am pinching my tits I can’t help it; I undulate my hips and my cunt begins to cream.

She says play with your tits again so I begin to shake them by holding my nipples and jiggling my tits… this makes me arch and moan and I lift my hips and cunt up to where I imagine she might be.  Then I cup each tit with each of my hands and jiggle them for her like a porn paid woman might for some sap of a man.   She says put your hand up yourself and I do, and my pussy becomes swollen and like a begging mouth.

I moan and whine.

I can feel her photographing me.  I can hear the shutter clicks.  The sound of the camera fills my skull.  My ears.  My mouth.  I think I might lose my mind.

I pull my own tits up so hard it makes me cry out.  I push them together and I wait and wait, doing that until I cannot wait any longer and then I shove one tit up to my mouth and suck my own nipple.  I bite and suck myself. I say please and spit covers things.  I can feel her lens very close to me but not touching me and I think a little this is what it is like to go insane.

Or this is desire, convulsive.

It is no wonder men cheat.

It is no wonder women cheat.

Desire is larger than god.

Ask a believer.

While I’m sucking myself hard and wild like an animal or infant I suddenly hear her say play with your cunt.

I let go of my tits and they drop like fallen faith.

I move my hands down to my cunt.  She says pull your pussy lips apart first and show me.  She says show me your clit, I want to see your swollen clit.  I do it.  I drive my hips toward her voice.  I think I hear her use a zoom.  I fuck the air showing her my clit and my wide open pussy, as slowly as possible.  The throbbing seems like it’s bringing me close to death.

She says finger your clit.  She says play with it between your thumb and forefinger, hard.  I do it.  She says with your other hand shove your fingers up your cunt.  I do.  I think I am maybe panting and sighing or crying.  My tits feel enormous and my nipples erect and red.  My cunt is red.  At least I hope that it is, and I picture it so with all my might.  I am creaming. My fingers are swimming.  She says taste yourself.  I do.  She says now lift your legs up and show me your asshole. I do.  She says stick your finger up your asshole while you finger your clit.  Make yourself cum.  Do it.  Jam your fingers up yourself.  Cum for me.

I can’t see her, but I know the camera is nearly touching me at the site of my cunt.

If a camera could record smell and heat and taste.

Click.  And click.  Clicking like sparks.

I begin to cry inside my ecstatic state, I am close to release, she knows it, she photographs it a frame at a time, I picture the obscene position I am in, I am close to surrender without touching anyone or anything except this woman with her lens.

When I cum I shout FUCK and the shiver overtakes me endlessly. The cum shoots from my pussy in a way that has never happened before.  Like a man’s.  I come and I cry.  The shivering lasts several minutes.  My pussy opens and closes in violent contractions, the dark of the inside of me meeting the light of the white walls, the production of an image, the intimacy of art, the space between two women, everything balanced in its dark and light.  My eyes still closed, I feel the weight of her body, finally.  She lays on top of me, naked.  That’s all.  She doesn’t move.  She asks me not to move.  She cries, and her tears fall on my face, wetted whispers.

When I open my eyes she is back in a chair in the corner, sitting like a beautiful and quiet bird.  Her stilled camera.  Life in it.  As if it was all the camera.

She never speaks to me that way again.

This is the only night between us like this.

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Lidia Yuknavitch, Portlandlidia yuknavitchLidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water, a memoir from Hawthorne Books, as well as three books of short stories, Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel.

Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil).

She teaches in Oregon with the filmmaker/writer Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son Miles, where she just finished a novel based on Freud and Dora… but mostly Dora. She is the Editrix of chiasmus press.


Matty Byloos

Matty Byloos is Co-Publisher and a Contributing Editor for NAILED. He was born 7 days after his older twin brother, Kevin Byloos. He is the author of 2 books, including the novel in stories, ROPE ('14 SDP), and the collection of short stories, Don't Smell the Floss ('09 Write Bloody Books).