A Canadian Literary Journal
Agnes and True: a Canadian online literary journal dedicated to providing a place for the work of Canadian writers, both established and emerging.
Adelaide sits behind a metal desk putting condoms in a large bowl. “Set aside a dozen or so for me,” I yell. Pete laughs. Adelaide shakes her head. Next to the bowl is a wooden penis for demonstrating how to put them on. As if we don’t know.
We’re in an old house on Gerrard street, that seedy stretch east of Jarvis. Pete and I are in the front room, sitting on folding chairs at a card table someone donated to YouthHelp. He’s shuffling a deck of cards and picking at a zit on his chin. The ashtray on the table is full of butts. The air is grey with our smoke.
“What are you doing?” I kick him under the table. “Rubbing the tits off the Queen again?” Pete grins. He knows I can’t stand it when he shuffles forever. I drum my fingers, slip a cigarette from my pack and light it. I inhale deeply and blow smoke slowly and loudly towards his face. Pete stops shuffling and coughs like he’s caught in a burning building. We’re […]