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25 October 2005 @ 11:54 am
Jim/Blair: tractor, horseradish, Taos for timian  
The drive to Taos was all rain and tractor-trailers and greasy burgers--at the last, even Jim, champion burger-eater of the greater Cascade area, started to look at the identical truck-stop menus with a jaundiced eye, and lit up like a winning slot machine when they found a Kosher deli tucked into the middle of nowhere; his kisses tasted of horseradish afterwards, and they lost a few hours from their schedule in the cheap motel next door. But despite the dispiriting sameness that was assimilating American highways, Blair wouldn't have traded the trip for anything; it was his first time out of the city in almost a year, a far cry from his student days when he used to keep his backpack by the front door, ready to hit the road on a moment's notice.

And it all came together when they reached Taos, the skies rewarding their journey with blue clarity, Jim's shoulders settling to a relaxed level, and the smell of sage coming through the open windows like a cleansing.
kassrachel on October 25th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ohh! Yu.
Winning slot machine. Kisses like horseradish. The assonance of dispiriting sameness assimilating. And that last line, the smell of sage, the gentle nod back to Naomi --

::sighs happily::
kassrachel on October 25th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
That subject header was supposed to say YUM.

Anna S.eliade on October 25th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yu! Oh, yu. *giggle*
grit kitty: chaingritkitty on October 25th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
I miss Jim and Blair. Thanks for the unexpected visit. So lovely.
auroramama on October 25th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Those shoulders that speak louder than words. Lovely.
cindershadow: Brothers in Armscindershadow on October 25th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
I feel pitifully repetitive, but lovely is most definitely the correct word for this.


(I love your Jim and Blair. It was your stories that turned me on to TS, and your wonderful, detailed, seductive recs list led me to discover so many other wonderful writers. But I come back again and again to your stories.)
timian on June 6th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
I hope life is treating you like the superstar you are, and I'm so happy to still have your exquisite writing to visit when the mood takes me.